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2022-01-19 5:17:44 PM  
I will watch that movie every time I come across it. Everything about it screams "bad" but it works surprisingly well.
 
2022-01-19 5:43:54 PM  
Earth's core is cooling at rates faster than previously thought, which could speed the planet's inevitable march toward inhabitability.

Gosh, I hope it happens soon, I'm still stuck on this planet.
 
2022-01-19 6:05:56 PM  
You know, I barely remember this movie even though I know I watched it. I remember a drilling ship that had multiple compartments and bunch of dead pigeons falling in some London plaza. I think the Earth's core had stopped spinning and that's what killed them. Or something. Anyway, I thought it would be amusing to refresh my memory by reading the Wikipedia page on the movie, got bored just reading the summary, and skipped to this line near the end:

On February 21, 2010, The Guardian ran an article about American professor Sidney Perkowitz's proposals to curb bad science in science fiction movies. In the article, Perkowitz is said to have hated The Core. "If you violate [the coherent rules of science] you are in trouble. The chances are that the public will pick it up and that is what matters to Hollywood. The Core did not make money because people understood the science was so out to lunch," he added.

Yes. Yes, that's exactly why The Core did not make money. If there's one thing you can count on with the mainstream American movie-going audience, it's their absolute insistence on movies being true to science.
 
2022-01-19 6:31:50 PM  

Pocket Ninja: You know, I barely remember this movie even though I know I watched it. I remember a drilling ship that had multiple compartments and bunch of dead pigeons falling in some London plaza. I think the Earth's core had stopped spinning and that's what killed them. Or something. Anyway, I thought it would be amusing to refresh my memory by reading the Wikipedia page on the movie, got bored just reading the summary, and skipped to this line near the end:

On February 21, 2010, The Guardian ran an article about American professor Sidney Perkowitz's proposals to curb bad science in science fiction movies. In the article, Perkowitz is said to have hated The Core. "If you violate [the coherent rules of science] you are in trouble. The chances are that the public will pick it up and that is what matters to Hollywood. The Core did not make money because people understood the science was so out to lunch," he added.

Yes. Yes, that's exactly why The Core did not make money. If there's one thing you can count on with the mainstream American movie-going audience, it's their absolute insistence on movies being true to science.


Just wait until the Roland Emmerich moon monster makes the moon fall on us.
 
2022-01-19 7:08:12 PM  
Just so y'all know, the core cooling is very bad for our radiation shielding, and also very bad for our atmosphere as geological activity ceases to replenish it.

HOWEVER, and this is a very important 'however', even with this updated understanding, that's still scheduled for hundreds of millions of years after the Earth is rendered uninhabitable by the expanding Sun.

So we're still exactly as doomed as we previously thought we were.
 
2022-01-19 7:17:45 PM  
Good.  Plate tectonics is a plague upon humanity.
 
2022-01-19 7:18:59 PM  

Lsherm: I will watch that movie every time I come across it. Everything about it screams "bad" but it works surprisingly well.


It was grossly underappreciated at the time but I still feel like it was one of the best comedies that year.
 
2022-01-19 7:21:40 PM  

AmbassadorBooze: Good.  Plate tectonics is a plague upon humanity.


Leather or chain tectonics would allow for more fluid motion.
 
2022-01-19 7:29:06 PM  

Tom Marvolo Bombadil: AmbassadorBooze: Good.  Plate tectonics is a plague upon humanity.

Leather or chain tectonics would allow for more fluid motion.


I like where this is going
 
2022-01-19 7:29:23 PM  
Don't forget the sacrifical black man.
 
2022-01-19 7:41:02 PM  

hardinparamedic: Don't forget the sacrifical black man.


Gotta suck to be black.  First, you're probably only there because the white people don't want to feel guilty that the only other darker-than-fishbelly person is the perky Hispanic hot chick.  Second, doesn't matter if it's sci-fi, horror, or comedy... bad things are going to happen to you.

If you are in a scary situation or on a space ship, and you see a black face looking at you from the mirror... time to shiat your pants.  You're going to die.  Maybe heroically, but definitely horribly.  In a comedy, you might just get hurt a bit, so if everyone's doing slapstick and spouting one-liners, smoke up and relax... that's your role anyway.
 
2022-01-19 7:53:57 PM  
Did anyone make sure there's an extremely thin female martial arts specialist with a long ponytail that's never pulled in a fight scene?

And a rodeo clown.
 
2022-01-19 8:05:02 PM  

Unsung_Hero: Just so y'all know, the core cooling is very bad for our radiation shielding, and also very bad for our atmosphere as geological activity ceases to replenish it.

HOWEVER, and this is a very important 'however', even with this updated understanding, that's still scheduled for hundreds of millions of years after the Earth is rendered uninhabitable by the expanding Sun.

So we're still exactly as doomed as we previously thought we were.


30 years?
 
2022-01-19 8:40:38 PM  
If you're going to make a craft out of me, I'd like some say in the matter.
 
2022-01-19 10:28:54 PM  
I mean, the sun is going out in about 7.5 billion years which makes it seem like we're losing time but...
Hell, we lose the moon in 600 million years anyway. So no one would have lived long enough for the core to get too cold.https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/09/moon-moving-away-earth/620254/
 
2022-01-19 11:11:51 PM  
David Bowie - Five Years
Youtube 4bcnO3VQ_fc
 
2022-01-19 11:21:33 PM  

wxboy: Unsung_Hero: Just so y'all know, the core cooling is very bad for our radiation shielding, and also very bad for our atmosphere as geological activity ceases to replenish it.

HOWEVER, and this is a very important 'however', even with this updated understanding, that's still scheduled for hundreds of millions of years after the Earth is rendered uninhabitable by the expanding Sun.

So we're still exactly as doomed as we previously thought we were.

30 years?


I wouldn't mind.  That's just a little under my life expectancy and would be trimming off those final undignified years.  Plus I'd get to see an apocalypse.  Not many people get that opportunity.
 
2022-01-20 2:06:02 AM  

Unsung_Hero: wxboy: Unsung_Hero: Just so y'all know, the core cooling is very bad for our radiation shielding, and also very bad for our atmosphere as geological activity ceases to replenish it.

HOWEVER, and this is a very important 'however', even with this updated understanding, that's still scheduled for hundreds of millions of years after the Earth is rendered uninhabitable by the expanding Sun.

So we're still exactly as doomed as we previously thought we were.

30 years?

I wouldn't mind.  That's just a little under my life expectancy and would be trimming off those final undignified years.  Plus I'd get to see an apocalypse.  Not many people get that opportunity.


Certainly not more than once.
 
2022-01-20 3:10:15 AM  

Pocket Ninja: You know, I barely remember this movie even though I know I watched it. I remember a drilling ship that had multiple compartments and bunch of dead pigeons falling in some London plaza. I think the Earth's core had stopped spinning and that's what killed them. Or something. Anyway, I thought it would be amusing to refresh my memory by reading the Wikipedia page on the movie, got bored just reading the summary, and skipped to this line near the end:

On February 21, 2010, The Guardian ran an article about American professor Sidney Perkowitz's proposals to curb bad science in science fiction movies. In the article, Perkowitz is said to have hated The Core. "If you violate [the coherent rules of science] you are in trouble. The chances are that the public will pick it up and that is what matters to Hollywood. The Core did not make money because people understood the science was so out to lunch," he added.

Yes. Yes, that's exactly why The Core did not make money. If there's one thing you can count on with the mainstream American movie-going audience, it's their absolute insistence on movies being true to science.


*cough cough Don't Look Up cough*
 
2022-01-20 3:54:19 AM  

thehellisthis: Did anyone make sure there's an extremely thin female martial arts specialist with a long ponytail that's never pulled in a fight scene?

And a rodeo clown.



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2022-01-20 9:20:35 AM  
So we might all die in 800 million years instead of a billion? Oh no.
 
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