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IMAX-imum Drama

Hubble 3D (2010, d. Toni Myers)

There isn’t much going on at the movie theater this week so I got dragged kicking and screaming to Hubble 3D which has been hanging around our local IMAX for months.  Pretty neat, I have to admit.

Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this 45 minute doc.  Half of the film follows NASA astronauts on a 2009 space walk mission to repair the storied, giant telescope.  The other half is impressive 3D sequences of distant gallaxies through Hubble’s eye.  The experience is spectacular and I think Hollywood has a lot of catching up to do given some of the recent $15 dollar 2 1/2 D chazerai their bringing out lately.

I do  have a couple of caveats.  First, Hubble in reality takes 2D, black and white pictures and I think the film needs to be more upfront about that.  What we’re watching are “visualizations”, computer painted 3D models rendered from Hubble photography.  Second, at just 45 minutes running time, I found certain details of the Hubble story discounted.  We’re told it will be the final mission to repair Hubble.  Why?  Last, despite all the flux-capacitor type babble about Hubble’s delicate technology I still have no idea what the astronauts were repairing.   I would gladly sit through an additional 15 minutes to find out.  Instead the film’s emphasis is that it’s just really important it get repaired precisely and in a hurry or the mission will be catastrophic failure.  This is what film critic Anthony Lane would call a binding rule of melodrama:  all escapes shall be narrow, no more than the breadth of a hair.  To save oneself and others at one’s leisure, with room to spare, would be an insult to the satisfaction of the moment.  So it is with Hubble 3D that every stuck bolt, every literal turn of a screw balances success and disaster on the head of a pin. Again, what are the consequences?

link to video on the production of Huble 3D images:

link to trailer:

The Fantastic Fairy Hoax

The Cottingley Fairies were a series of fantastic photographs taken by two young English girls around the time of WWI.  The photos became famous after catching the attention of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  It wasn’t until 1958 that the women confessed all of the photographs were faked accept for one.

link:  The Cottingley Fairies.

Booth Brother Saves Lincoln Son and Other Strange Historical Coincidences

How Edwin Booth saved the life of Robert Todd Lincoln and other bizarre coincidences in history.

link:  The 5 Most Mind-Blowing Coincidences of All Time | Cracked.com.

Pareidolia or Paranormal

Pareidolia is an illusion or misperception involving a vague or obscure stimulus being perceived as something clear and distinct.  Look at the pictures in the following post.  Do you want to believe?

link: Jesus or Child?