Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Martian Haiku

John Carter's princess,
Bradbury's golden natives,
fade in Viking's shade.

Phobos and Deimos
hang cold o'er Olympus Mons.
It's midnight on Mars.

(c) 2009 by Tony Simmons

Today's Pick:

Against all odds, this adaptation (five hours over three nights, if I recall) overcomes its budget limitations (with effects of yesteryear and toy rockets that wouldn't even fool the viewers of 1980) and captures the otherworldliness of Bradbury's stories. This is not Mars as we found it, but rather as we imagined it might have been. Let go your disdain for cheap effects and let the stories take you to a Mars in its twilight, and in the birth of a new Mars, where earth people grow more golden by the day...


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