Science: It's Happening

13-Jun-08 6:05 PM by
Filed under Celebrities; 3 comments.

I subscribe to quite a few podcasts, but I consider only two to be favorites. Though neither is showbiz-related, both often intersect from the topic, as evidenced by Showbits's previous references to both Major Nelson and Scientific American.

In a timely interview, yesterday's episode of the latter's podcast (iTunes) features M. Night Shyamalan, director of The Happening, which releases today:

M. Night Shyamalan's new film, The Happening, involves an environmental backlash, the limits of reason and the beauty of math. SciAm editor George Musser discusses the film with the director. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.

It's genius for Scientific American to capitalize on this current film by giving it a science angle. The general public can always benefit from more science education, as too many theatergoers accept science fiction as science fact. Such knowledge shouldn't stop us from appreciating the artistic license Hollywood takes, as long as we recognize it at such.

For more such analysis, be sure to check out movie and television reviews of Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait, who was recently interviewed on another excellent podcast, Point of Inquiry (iTunes).

3 Responses to “Science: It's Happening”

  1. Ken Gagne adds:

    With both ends of the interview coming through a phone, the above recording isn't the greatest. Unfortunately, it seems to be better than the actual film, as critical reaction to The Happening has proven negative.

    I settled for reading the plot for free on Wikipedia.

  2. Adult Ühler adds:

    Tell me about it. My nephew seems to think that The X-Files is gospel truth.

  3. Ken Gagne adds:

    The Happening is now available on RiffTrax! Here's a free sample: