Lightsabers and Surfboards

Stefan A. Slater's blog about whatever's on Stefan A. Slater's mind (e.g., Ewoks, Pipeline and speaking in the third person).

Category: Movies and trailers

How much would it cost to be Batman?

As a freelance writer, I’m not exactly raking in the dough. And that’s fine, except if I want to be Batman and I kinda do (nixing the whole dead family thing, of course). Because as I found out yesterday (while I was doing some online banking, oddly enough), it’s ridiculously expensive to walk a mile in the Caped Crusader’s “fictional” custom Kevlar boots. Check out this info graphic (via that breaks down all Bruce Wayne’s expenses. By the way, Alfred does pretty well for himself. Maybe there’s something to this whole being a butler thing?

Oh, and on a side note, the pants that Mark Hamill wore while playing Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” are up for sale. They’re expected to go for something between $70,000 – $100,000. I really hope they were washed at some point, because they don’t like they’ve seen a washing machine since the ’70s. Actually, would washing them decrease the value? Weird stuff.






Space Junk and Mining on the Moon!

I’ve been working on a short story set in deep space , so all I can think about lately is interstellar travel, rockets, aliens, lots and lots of nothing mixed with a million stars, etc. It’s almost like Chris Hadfield is living in my mind!

So, on that note, here’s a few interesting space-y stuff for ya:

All the space junk floating around Earth (via Reddit):


Here’s the new trailer for Europa Report, which looks like all kinds of smart and scary combined. District 9‘s Sharlto Copley is in this too!

Check out this short film called Expo, about a female space miner who’s dealing with the loss of a loved one back on Earth.

EXPO from Joe Sill on Vimeo.

And if those last two clips got ya down, here’s a fun list of the unglamorous space catastrophes that you’ll never see in a movie, courtesy of io9.

Robots! Monsters! Robots Punching Monsters!

Yes, I’m in my twenties, and yes, I still get excited about seeing giant robots fight giant Lovecraftian monsters. And no, I’m not ashamed of that. Just don’t tell my boss. Or my parents. Or my girlfriend.

Here’s the latest trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. Please enjoy all of the awesome robot-ness. (I don’t care if that isn’t a word–it should be.)

Also, and I had to share this one, there’s a company called The Asylum that makes all their money by copying popular blockbusters, fudging with the premise and the title only slightly and then pumping out poorly made straight-to-DVD flicks. Their whole game plan is to tap into those confused folks who can’t tell the difference between Michael Bay’s “Transformers” and Asylum’s “Transmorphers” when they head over to Netflix. Solid strategy, if you ask me.

Here’s their latest ripoff, “Atlantic Rim.” Think I’d have to be drinking a bit to pay to watch this one.