Nick Ottens is the owner and editor of Never Was magazine. An historian by training, he works for an international consultancy and writes about political and international affairs for the Atlantic Sentinel.
J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was released in the United States late last year, but we didn’t have a chance to see it here in Europe until last week.
The biopic about the former FBI director, directed by Clint Eastwood, is a great history piece but ultimately disappoints because there isn’t much of a storyline.
DiCaprio absolute submerges himself in the role and excels as “the most powerful man in America.” The costumes, the décor, the lighting all enforce a sense of nostalgia that should appeal to dieselpunk enthusiasts. The movie shows a lot of history, from the anarchist hysteria of the early twentieth century to the 1930s war on Crime to fears of communist subversion in the 1950s and 60s. Continue reading “J. Edgar Falls Short”
Guy Ritchie is at it again with his spectacular reimagination of the great detective. Robert Downey returns as the most outrageous version of Sherlock Holmes we’ve ever seen and Jude Law is impeccable as the loyal Dr Watson, who is again thrust into an adventure quite against his will.
Something about Dylan Fox’s rebuttal to Parliament & Wake‘s op-ed about why steampunk matters even if it isn’t revolutionary (I wrote my own thoughts about it here last week) got me thinking about what, if anything, makes steampunk uniquely qualified to be a vehicle for “change.” Continue reading “What Makes Steampunk Special?”
SteamPunk Magazine is planning a number of articles about the “Occupy” movement in its upcoming, eighth edition, which is something I’m looking forward to. I’m not a fan of “Occupy” but curious how they’ll make the case that it’s relevant to steampunk.
At the risk of speaking before my turn, some of the comments to the announcement that “Occupy” would be part of the new SteamPunk Magazine worry me.
Writes Ladd, “The occupy movement and steampunk do seem to go hand in hand.”
After the “Ottensian” Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), maybe we will soon have a real “Piecraftian” dieselpunk movie as well.
Panzer 88 is an upcoming horror film that tells the story of a German Tiger tank in retreat from Russia in the winter of 1944. The five-man crew of the panzer stumbles across a Jewish town that was previously the target of an SS purge. There they become the target of a vengeful supernatural entity “that will stop at nothing until they’re destroyed.” Continue reading “Panzer 88: Nazi Madness in the Snow”
Back in the summer of 2009, I exchanged several messages with the creator of Brass Goggles in hopes of completing a full interview for publication in the Gatehouse Gazette. Unfortunately, after emailing back and forth a few times, I didn’t hear back from her anymore, but I would like to share with you these tidbits of Brass Goggles history. Continue reading “Tinkergirl Talks About Creating Brass Goggles”
What should steampunks do if their art or fiction or role-playing hurts others? Stop and abandon something that’s been part of the steampunk culture for years? Or ignore the feelings of others and have “fun”?
Something I noticed reading the Twitter feeds of a number of American steampunk enthusiasts: they’re all anti-Republican.
I hesitate to say they’re Democrats, because the party might be too centrist for them. The number of disparaging tweets about conservatives in general, and Republican legislators and presidential candidates in particular, was high, though.
Conspiracy theories of Adolf Hitler surviving the war to die an old man in Spain or South America have been around since he was supposed to have committed suicide in a bunker deep below Berlin in April 1945.
Historians have largely dismissed these claims. Recent forensic research of Hitler’s remains, long held in Russian archives, proved that the German dictator did perish with his dream of a Thousand Year Reich.