Monday, June 30, 2008

Schlock and science

When I was in college, I was in the science fiction club (the Swarthmore Warders of Imaginative Literature - work out the acronym), and even president of it at one point. We started a great tradition called the "Schlock Film Festival." We showed the worst B-movies from the '50's and '60's that we could find. It was great. It was also incredibly cheap. Our budget was $200, and for that we could get several movies, because they were so cheap. We would get actual films - real movies, on celluloid, not just VHS. The kind you put through a projector. You could rent one for $50. We were professionals about having bad taste.

Now the LA Natural History Museum has come with a variation on our festival. It's called "B Movies and Bad Science." The idea is to show movies based on atrociously bad science, and use real science to explain why it's wrong.

I think that's a wonderful idea. Perfect for a museum in LA - movies and science! I'm going to try to catch at least one.

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