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Alternate History Thusday: Jaws

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In 1975 little known director Steven Spielberg released the cinematic classic called Jaws.  Today (well, yesterday really, but today somewhere else) marks the 40th anniversary of it’s original release in theaters.  I am not going to go over the actual plot of the film, I don’t want to spoil a 40 year old movie.  I also don’t want to confuse you as I go over the alternate history version of it below, after all, this is Alternate History Thursday, things aren’t allowed to be normal.

The main plot of the film from Alternate History land revolves around a giant snake that has been let loos in the middle of sunny South Dakota.  Think a cross between Tremors and The Abyss.  The giant snake has lived in the area for thousands of years, it’s not thousands of years old, it’s not a Basilisk,  it’s descendants have lived in the area for generations.  Humans, being the humans that they are, start mining for aluminum in the hills of South Dakota.  The aluminum mines are pretty standard mines (in this universe anyway), with tunnels, and mine cart runs and lots of nocturnal animals making their home in the tunnels.  While blasting a Floyd’s tunnel open with an old hammer, our secondary character “B” spots something.  The main character, “Ted”, doesn’t believe him, and the warden of the mine says to dig on, but over time, people are gobbled up by the snake, eventually having Ted start to believe.

Ted works with B to build a makeshift explosive device from spent uranium and aluminum casings.  Together they lure the snake into the main chamber of the cave and try to destroy it.  But, before the bomb goes off, ancient Indian ghosts pop up and protect the snake.  They warn Ted & B to leave the area, this snake is the master.  Being the only ones left alive, Ted & B make a run for it, while the Indians hold the snake back.

The End.

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Jurassic Park IV; Jeff Goldblum

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Did You that there’s a 4th Jurassic Park in the works?  It’s called Jurassic World, it’s scheduled to come out next summer.  It’s even got a cast, and director and everything.

It’s not directed by Steven Spielberg, so it’s got a so-so chance of being a great addition to the Jurassic Park franchise, but I’ll still hold out for it.  BD Wong is reprising his role as Dr. Henry Wu, the scientist present for the births in the 1st film.  Chris Pratt, better known as Andy from Parks and Recreation is staring in the film.  I like him in Parks & Rec, but I don’t how he’ll fit in Jurassic Park.  I’m going to believe that he’ll fit in perfectly.

This video is only slightly related to Jurassic Park:


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Famous Movie Cars

Cars play a big part in films.  I’m sure there are a handful of cars that you can name just from movies.  Well, Jesús Prudencio, over at Cars and has taken some famous cars form movies, and made posters for them.

Back to the Future poster

I’ll be honest with you, I usually hate these minimalist posters that defy the whole purpose of movie posters, being able to get excited about a film, because you usually need to have some knowledge of the movie before you understand what’s going on.  At least Prudencio has added the title of the film to these posters.

Mr. Bean car poster

How often does Mr. Bean get acknowledged?  Not often enough, that’s for sure.

So this poster is one I was talking about above, unless you know the film, you have no idea what it’s about:

Christmas Vacation car poster

I won’t give you and hints, try and figure it out in the comments.

Also, as imgur user dapperest said, No Batmobile, how is that possible?




Alternate History Films

I like movies, I like alternate history, I like this.  That being said, I have some concerns with some of the actors they choose to represent the iconic characters of cinema past.  Leonard Nimoy as John McClane, no.  Mick Jagger as the first James Bond, also no.

Yul Brynner as a crazy Blue Na’vi in Avatar, I can see that.  Steve McQueen as Kyle Reese, with Christopher Walken as the T-1000, that could be interesting.

Anyway, all that being said, I think there is some  potential in those accutane 10mg films, but at the same time I think it’s silly to re-immagine too many classics, you start a dangerous slide rather easily I think.

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Propaganda!  How obvious you were back with hindsight, how cute, and silly, but how important and needed you were too.  Here’s a list of a bunch of propaganda posters from the WW2 era.  Mostly they are of the Ally side, but there’s a few others in there too.

One thing that’s different about WW2, and what makes it so engraved in the minds of people, is the unified enemy – Hitler and the Nazis.  There’s just nothing like that.  The communists were good, but we never really went to war with them officially, we skated around it.  If we had a full out US vs. USSR war, that would be different, mostly to the tune of 7000 balistic missiles raining down on the inhabited world, but that’s a different story, and a lovely sight:

Anyway, here’s 2 more posters I liked:

Too bad they’d have a hard time tying her for anything.

Haha, ok.

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Floppy Software

Ah, I remember the days of the 3.5″ Floppy disk.  I used to be able to back up my entire semester of high school work onto one or two 1.44 MB disks, zipped up of course, because PKZip was all the rage back then.  Then I got a CD burner from my uncle, and magically, I could fit so much more onto them, and they were so much cheaper, I quickly stopped using 3.5″ disks, as did most of the rest of the industry. (For the sake of simplicity, we’ll skip ZIP disks, I had those too)

Imagine if we still used 1.44MB 3.5″ disks to ship and install software today?  It’s be a nightmare.  Well, antrepo has created some posters of what it would look like if some of the most widely used software was shipped on floppies instead of CDs/DVDs as they are today.

As a reference, iTunes, would take 48 floppy disks to install.  Firefox would only take up 6.  I hate to think what some of the other games and stuff would take up.  Numbers for Adobe Photoshop CS4 (only PS, not the rest of the DVD spanning suite) would equal over 300, and of The Sims, that’s almost 6x more at 1,700 disks.

Besides how much time and effort it would take to install, do you know how much raw materials that would consume, far to much.  Free shipping when would be a thing of the past thats for sure.

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And The Oscar goes to…The Joker

That my friend is viral marketing at it’s best.  Even though it’s not offical Warner Brother’s stuff, rather the work of this fan.  I don’t know how far The Dark Knight will make it in the Oscar running and in what categories, but I think that even if this isn’t offical, it will still infulence the minds of the decision makers.


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I Want To Believe

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One of the movies I can’t wait for this summer is The X-Files: I Want to Believe, which just recently got it’s sub-title, based off the famous poster hanging in Mulder’s office.  I can’t wait till the movie comes out, as I loved the television show, alot.

x-files poster

I really like that poster