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I really like this movie; it’s the closest any feature presentation has come to showing what the life of an astronomer is really like. That’s probably because the movie is based on a novel written by the eminent astrophysicist Carl … Continue reading

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“Fat Man and Little Boy” and “Gojira”

Thematically, this week’s double feature deals with the morality of having scientists design and build weapons of mass destruction. Many scientists who do this hide behind one of the moral shields presented in “Fat Man and Little Boy”: the scientists … Continue reading

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The Day After Tomorrow

There is plenty of bad physics in this movie, enough that we could make an assignment of just trying to find as many examples as we can. However, there is a deeper issue in the movie – that of global … Continue reading

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Wonder Woman

As far as backstories go, I find “Wonder Woman” to be one of the most compelling and enjoyable movie adaptations, on par with “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight.” Gal Gadot is fantastic. How many women could take on the … Continue reading

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2001: A Space Odyssey

This movie is older than I am, and yet it endures as one of the best examples of space-related physics in a movie. It’s worth pointing out that it also holds a spot on most lists of the “Top 100” … Continue reading

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Armageddon

OK, there are plenty of things to criticize about this movie from a physics perspective, but at least they get off on the right foot. The opening sequence describes pretty well the event most scientists believe killed off the dinosaurs … Continue reading

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Eraser

You could substitute just about any action movie here. Anything starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Vin Diesel, etc. should do fine. They all have the same cliches and the same bad examples of physics. The two most widely … Continue reading

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Mission Impossible III

I’m not really interested in entering into a debate on where this particular movie ranks in the “Mission Impossible” pantheon. I do feel this one has a stronger cast of characters than I remember from the earlier ones. Ving Rhames … Continue reading

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