Hidden for Centuries

Is this Ciudad Blanca?Talk about a sci-fi writer’s wet dream. The Los Angeles Times reported today that scientists from the University of Houston have discovered an ancient city in Honduras, deep in the Central American Mosquito Coast region. Apparently, this civilization has been covered by jungle growth for centuries. (Yes, we’ve seen the scenario in film before, but this is real. Who knows what’s under there?!) The city was discovered using laser mapping technology called LIDAR (laser-based light detection and ranging) from an airplane. Many are hoping this spot will turn out to be the infamous gold-filled Ciudad Blanca (White City) mentioned by the Spanish explorer/marauder/colonizer Hernán Cortés back in 1526. (In addition to supposedly being full of loot, Ciudad Blanca is also described as the birthplace of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.) Either way, it’s bound to be pretty damned special. Imagine: a city undisturbed for hundreds of years….hmmmm. The wheels are turning already.

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Beyond the Black Rainbow (And no, it’s not about race.)

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Just checked the trailer for the new sci fi film by Panos Cosmatos called “Beyond the Black Rainbow.” Two words: beyond excited. Finally, a big bowl of what gets our juices flowing: science fiction, minimalism, 1980s, sleek lines, grimy synthesizers. The film is set in 1983: Despite being under heavy sedation, Elena tries to make her way out of Arboria, a secluded, quasi-futuristic commune.” Considering what her therapist looks like (see above), clearly she’s in big trouble. (Doesn’t hurt that the filmmaker looks a lil’ touched his damn self.) Whatever: it warms our heart to see someone doing something truly mental! Nothing like it when someone takes the time to do it right when they blow your mind. The reviews for this one are smoking — if the trailer is any sign of things to come, it’s no surprise.

Check it: Beyond the Black Rainbow TRAILER