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Real Scientists Talk About Reel Science

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Cinema Junkie Podcast is back from holiday break with a show all about real scientists talking about reel science.

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Cinema Junkie Podcast is back from holiday break with a show about real scientists talking about reel science.

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday break and got to watch a lot of movies.

If you love sci-fi films and especially if you love cult sci-fi, then here is the show for you. A new film series called Reel Science: Cult Sci-Fi Films Meet Real Science pairs real scientists every Saturday in January. theNAT will pair up a scientist with a sci-fi cult classic in order to compare movie science with the real thing, and provide a new context to view the films.

Since not everyone lives in San Diego and can actually attend the films, here is your opportunity to listen to these scientists talk about the films they will be introducing and a lot more. This way you can recreate the event in your own home.

Michael Wall, curator of entomology at theNAT, explained, “At the beginning of each screening a scientist is going to provide what we are saying is a context or a lens through which to view the film. In some cases the scientist will talk a little bit about their own research and how you can use their research as a lens for the film to view the screening of the film. Or in my case, I won’t be talking about my own science as much as the practice of science, and how that can inform the way you watch different films.”

The scientists will explain what the films got right and what they got wrong in terms of the science presented. Reel Science will take place on Saturdays in January, with theNAT and Digital Gym hosting the program on alternating weekends.

The series kicks off with neuroscientist Bradley Voytek (co-author of "Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?) introducing Ken Russell’s trippy “Altered States” at the Digital Gym Cinema at 7 p.m., Jan. 7. Then there will be the John Hughes comedy “Weird Science” with geneticist Adam Haberman at 7 p.m., Jan. 14 at theNAT; followed by “Donnie Darko” with physicist Daniel Sheehan on at 4 p.m., Jan. 21 at Digital Gym Cinema, and will conclude at 7 p.m., Jan. 28 at theNAT, with Wall presenting “Flash Gordon” from 1980.

For the podcast I speak with Wall (who will treat "Flash Gordon" like a found footage films), Voytek, and Haberman.

Reel Science is a collaboration between theNAT, Digital Gym Cinema, and Film Geeks SD.

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Satisfy your celluloid addiction with the Cinema Junkie podcast, where you can mainline film 24/7. This film and entertainment series is run by KPBS Film Critic Beth Accomando. So if you need a film fix, want to hear what filmmakers have to say about their work, or just want to know what's worth seeing this weekend, then you've come to the right place