Monday, November 23, 2009

The center of attention: The Core(2003)

What with Roland Emmerich's "end of the world" disaster film 2012 playing in theaters right now I got to thinking about some of my own personal favorite disaster movies. One that comes to mind is The Core, released to theaters back in 2003 by Paramount, the film directed by Jon Amiel and loosely based on a novel authored by Paul Preuss called "Core". This movie didn't blow me away but it had some interesting visual effects and storyline.

In The Core, a secret government project to weaponize an earthquake making device inadvertently causes the Earth's molten core to stop spinning. The molten core's rotation is what provides our planet with the protective electromagnetic field that blocks out harmful cosmic and solar radiation. Without the core's rotation, scientists declare that the Earth will be incinerated by cosmic rays.

Scientists and the military forum and devise a plan to re-start the planet's molten core using nuclear weapons, this nuclear payload delivered by way of one scientists' special ship which will be fitted with a drill and special alloy to withstand the tremendous temperatures at the Earth's core. The ship, called "Virgil", begins it's descent into the Earth's mantle after being launched into the Marianas Trench in the Pacific ocean. From here the fate of the Earth rests in the hands of the small group of scientists and Air Force officer who have been tasked with piloting the "Virgil" to the planet's core, deploy and detonate 1000 megatons of nuclear bombs and somehow make it back to the surface...(no other spoilers)

The film's trailer:

To see this movie for sale on Region 1 DVD click the DVD cover art image above or click the title of this blog entry.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Monsterland Forums

It's hard to believe that my message board, Monsterland Forums, is nearly four years old. I started it back on January 29, 2006 on a used laptop computer. The board generated only 5637 posts in 2006 but nearly doubled that post total for 2007. The board's breakout year was in 2008 when "MF" began regularly exceeding 2000+ posts per month and averaged at least 1-2 new member registrations per month. The year 2009 has been a busy posting period for this online community. We now have 194 members and have exceeded over 30,000 posts for the year with December still in front of us.

Monsterland Forums should easily reach 100,000 posts and 200 members by the summer or fall of 2010. Check out our community! I think you'll like what you see!

The board link: (you can also access this online community by clicking the title of this blog entry)