Meeting recap, some news of interest to members

April 26 Meeting

Early birds arriving around 11 O’clock were entertained by a series of clips compiled by Sylvain st-Pierre: ATTACK OF THE SPONSORS FROM MARS. These often hilarious TV adverts were mostly new to us.

Giant antThe SF Cinema Matinée, hosted by Keith Braithwaite, featured BUGS. Five movie titles were on offer, the winner was THEM!. The audience was impressed especially by the strong  dialogue and reasonably sound science. It holds up well.

Paleo Art,Archaeopteryx again presented by Keith Braithwaite, Jurassic Art–Painting the Prehistoric Past, proved very interesting especially as he showed the evolution of our interpretation of the fossils.

News: Danny Sichel gave a brief presentation on The SCP Foundation and also advised us of a sale of used library books. The sale is Saturday, second of May, to Sunday 10th of May, from 13h to 19, at  l’Aréna Etienne-Desmarteau, 3430, rue de Bellechasse. Bring lots of bags–apparently the entire floor of the arena is packed with books discarded from several Montreal libraries. almost 11 thousand books and magazines in fact, and every day books are added to replace those sold. WEBSITE with map, pictures, poster.

 computer-condomSwimming with Cyber Sharks–-Tips on Protecting Your Computer From Attack:  Steven Janssen gave an interesting presentation on protecting our computers. The main lesson learned was to create strong Pa$$Words. Common phishing tactics and frauds were also discussed.

Supper was at La Cage, where we were bombarded by noise as the restaurant was packed to the rafters with hockey fans. Ah, well, at least we got seats, and service was reasonably quick in spite of the crowd.

Promotion–and a chance to win free movie tickets!

image002    In Theatres In 3D May 1st

 

Poster

©2015 MARVEL  http://marvel.com/  Click to view full size image

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson

Writer/Director: Joss Whedon

We have been offered FIVE DOUBLE PASSES to an advanced screening of MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON in 3D

Wed April 29,  19h00,  Forum

In a day or two, I will send our members a skill-testing question, and we’ll draw 5 names from the correct responses.

Click here to read the official synopsis!  

SF Cinema Matinee to feature BUGS! GIANT BUGS!

Giant ant
Take me to your picnic!

A sub-genre of ’50s monster movies was the “Big Bug” film. And, of course, along with April showers comes the reemergence of insects as Spring takes hold of the environment. So with all of this in mind, Keith has chosen the following movies for us to choose from, all featuring giant insects of one kind or another:

Them! (1954)
The Black Scorpion (1957)
The Fly (1958, and set in the quiet, unassuming little town of Montreal, Quebec!)
The Deadly Mantis (1957)
Beginning of the End (1957)

And so we have giant, mutated ants and grasshoppers (locusts), prehistoric scorpions and a praying mantis, as well as a human-fly hybrid, the victim of his own mad science!