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Re-Examining SPLICE: OK, Guys. You Talked Us into Watching.

What turned us off from SPLICE was the trailer. The trailer gave us Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as reckless scientists mixing human DNA with whatever is on hand to make an “abomination.”

‘Thanks, Hollywood. You’ve produced yet another anti-science schlocky bullshit fest,’ we thought.

This was made more disappointing because we have much love for Vincenzo Natali‘s CUBE and an even greater love for the wrongfully forgotten, CYPHER. It took Guillermo del Toro to shift shift our viewing interest from flat out “no” to a resounding “ok, let’s have a look then.”

How bold is Splice? It’s so wild that del Toro says even he wouldn’t dare to make a film like that himself. “When I produce, I’m trying to produce movies that take you to places that are different than I would,” del Toro said. “When I was reading Splice, there is a particular scene towards the end, there was a left turn that shocked the hell out of me. It shocked the hell out of me and challenged me. I would have never been as brave or as crazy as Vincenzo was in doing that scene. But, reading it, I felt if it’s jolting me, that means it has enormous power, but I don’t know how he’s going to solve it. I was intrigued in seeing this absolutely insane scene come to life. I would have been too prudish and too timid to do that scene.

Here’s to keeping all fingers crossed that Del Toro is not in hyperbolic sell-mode. Because a movie that jolts his senses is a movie relevant to our interests.

Directly below is a list of other reviews and sources talking about SPLICE. And below that is a proper Tuesday Tease trailer write-up you’ve come to know and think was okay.

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Global Warming Solution #23: Fire a trillion Mirrors into Space, Relax in Shade

An astronomer has an (old*) idea. He wants to fire trillions of mirrors into high Earth orbit in order to fight global warming.

According to astronomer Dr Roger Angel, at the University of Arizona, the trillions of mirrors would have to be fired one million miles above the earth using a huge cannon with a barrel of 0.6 miles across.

The gun would pack 100 times the power of conventional weapons and need an exclusion zone of several miles before being fired.

Despite the obvious obstacles – including an estimated $350 trillion (£244trn) price tag for the project – Dr Angel is confident of getting the project off the ground.

To be fair, we’re only noting this because it’s amusing as hell and very, very violent. Firing mirrors into space, man! Fighting the deadly cosmic rays sent forth from the sun! It’s like a Futurama plot without all the huggable robots.

Even better, it’s, yet another, Robotech solution. And we all know how well that turned out don’t we?

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