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2016-11-09 06:01
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Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics – Hollywood’s Best Mistakes, Goofs and Flat-Out Destructions of the Basic Laws of the Universe
Author: Tom Rogers

WITH the production budget for some of Hollywood’s latest blockbusters eclipsing $200 million, we like to assume that the science and logic behind the visual spectacles are portrayed as true-to-life as possible. I mean, surely The Core was an accurate depiction of travelling to the centre of the world and nuking it back into rotation, right?

Not so, jeers Tom Rogers. Not only would the falling spaceships in Independence Day have unleashed far more devastation upon hitting the ground (destroying everyone who was near enough to see them, thus finishing the movie on a less joyful note), it seems Hollywood, with all its experience, can’t even get a regular gunfight right.

In Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics, Rogers has produced the best type of book - one that changes your perception of its subject matter and has you shamelessly begging other people to read it.
From dogfights in space to that bus’s jump in Speed, be prepared to watch movies with that credulous child’s voice inside you quietened and replaced with a more sophisticated, “Er, maybe not.”

Ready Player One

Author: Ernest Cline

Since reading Ready Player One, it’s become the first book I recommend to anyone wanting to get into fiction. It tells the story of Wade Watts, an impoverished teenager who escapes the realities of the world by logging-in to Oasis, a futuristic and massively-popular virtual environment (think the Matrix) where people do everything from meet others, game, travel, to relive their favourite movie participating as the hero.

The world is in shock when the founder of Oasis, Jimmy Halliday, dies and leaves it to the first person who can solve three riddles, all based on seventies and eighties pop-culture (the decades of Halliday’s youth). Will Oasis be won and monetised by the corrupt IOI corporation, who have employed a team of experts to solve the riddles, or will Watts and friends need to join forces to maintain Halliday’s pure vision of what it should be?

Fun, mature, nostalgic and visionary, Ready Player One has been adored by many since its appearance and is rightfully regarded as a modern classic. If the film adaptation by Steven Spielberg is half as good as the book, audiences will be in for a treat come 2018.

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