December 2016 news

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  • (saw in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum: glorious long shots panning over the Earth from the ISS presented in IMAX 3D. Wallpapers cannot compare, and 3D for once serves its purpose of creating presence & making one feel like one is in the cramped submarine-like confines of the ISS. The ISS unavoidably feels fake in normal photos and videos, but taking a 3D camera-rig’s perspective and floating slowly through the ISS modules or on spacewalks, I finally felt like it was a real place. The biggest flaw is the narration by Jennifer Lawrence, who in attempting gravitas, comes off as almost histrionic & incomprehensible due to sheer levels of obnoxious .)
  • (An improbable-sounding plot, but it works and is moving, offering rewards beyond cringe-humor and the usual watching Hollywood recreate the 1940s. I checked WP on , and was amazed how close the film hews to history and how few & reasonable liberties it took with events.)
  • (Scientology expose; one can learn much more about Scientology online reading articles like “The Apostate: Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology”, and this documentary is no substitute for them or for books like Bare-Faced Messiah: A Biography of L. Ron Hubbard, but benefits from the use of archival footage—it definitely adds something to see footage of Hubbard himself and especially David Miscavige, to put faces & voices to the quotes & facts.)