The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I have seen this movie roughly 4 times. Benjamin is certainly ( understatement alert ! ) interesting. The reverse of Robin Williams title character in the movie ” Jack “, it is like he has reverse progeria with maybe some sprinkles of ” Peter Pan – ism “. All things considered, as much as I might like to relive my youth, I really DON’T think I’d want to do so in a fashion like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

(Paramount) Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Elle Fanning. Directed by David Fincher

One of the constants of our lives is time. It follows a preset course in our perception; we are born, we grow up, we grow old, we die. There is a certain comfort in knowing how that progression will go. However, what if time wasn’t a constant for us all?

Benjamin Button (Pitt), like a modern-day Merlin, doesn’t age; he youthens. He was born an old man in turn of the century New Orleans; his father Thomas (Flemyng), overwhelmed by the death of his wife in childbirth and the double whammy of a peculiar child to boot, leaves him at a home for the aged, to be cared for by Queenie (Henson), a woman with a gigantic heart.

From there on we watch the events of…

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Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson

Has anyone read this story ? It sounds somewhat interesting & perhaps I should look it up ! The concept of another species besides apes evolving ( Even though apes & humans supposedly evolved from a common ancestor ) is rather interesting, although if I could choose an alternative species of beings to evolve, it would be dogs. Maybe because most of my animal companions have been of the canine persuasion & I myself was born in 1958, which in the Chinese lunar calendar, is the Year of the Dog.

ANYWAY – Planet of the Bears, anyone ?

Let me know if you’ve read it or are familiar with it.

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Source: Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson

Sci-Fi Classic ‘Childhood’s End’ TV Miniseries Debuts Tonight

I’m watching the 1st installment of the Syfy production ” Childhood’s End ” ( based on ) Arthur C. Clarke’s novel – Which, unfortunately, I never read.

The initial scenes come off like the re – vamped ” V ” series & MAYBE ( maybe ) the classic Twilight Zone episode ” To Serve Man “, & a few dashes of ” The Day the Earth Stood Still “ ( Klaatu, Barada, Nikto ? )

Classic benevolent would – be leaders, the Overlords, disable all the weaponry of the planet ( I’m assuming this means firearms. Sorry, NRA ), leaving us effectively vulnerable, however. There are apparently 2 groups – Those who’ve given up on God / A ” Higher Power ” / Goddess, etc., & those apparently willing to accept the Overlords as Gods / Goddesses / ” Higher Power ” surrogates – substitutes, SO religion & the trappings therein, belief, faith & spirituality do exist as an element in ” Childhood’s End “, although not blatantly nor ” loudly “.

I’m watching this with something of a critical eye. Some science – fiction & fantasy writers’ work ( Ray Bradbury is a good example of a sci – fi writer whose prose doesn’t always translate smoothly into the visual medium ) doesn’t make an easy transition to the big or small screen, A. C. Clarke’s is no exception

I hold out hope, though. Syfy alienated / put off its fan following in 2010 with a spate of ” reality ” / occult / unexplained series, deliberately BAD made – for – Syfy movies & WRESTLING. They’re trying, bless their hearts, to get them back.

” Childhood’s End ” may tend towards the formulaic, but let’s see….. What Would Arthur Think ?SETI Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

P.S. & BTW : I am watching the 2 – night miniseries ” The Expanse “, & apart from a ( Ronald D. Moore ) Battlestar Galactica flashback, so far I am NOT blown away overmuch.

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A TV miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction classic “Childhood’s End,” debuts tonight (Dec. 14) on the Syfy network.

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