Alison Towner

Always find time for things that make you feel happy to be alive

Spending hours engrossed in the adventures of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Australian shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor, Alison Towner wanted nothing more than to study sharks. She grew up in Lancashire, England, where the weather was wet and it was a long drive to the coast.

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The Frozen Ground (2013) – Spoilers

The press nicknamed Robert Hansen, the well respected, normal in everyone’s eyes, owner of a bakery, the “Butcher Baker”. He killed, possibly up to 17 women, between 1971 and 1983 in and around Anchorage, Alaska. The 2013 movie, Frozen Ground, is the telling of the story, of his capture and conviction in 1983, by Scott Walker. Scott was writing a fictional story about a hunter when someone said that it was a true story and turned him toward the Robert Hansen killings.

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The Frozen Ground (2013)

I watched the 2013 Lionsgate Docu-thriller The Frozen Ground on Netflix DVD. It is a Scott Walker film, who both wrote and directed the movie, which was his first. It is a factual based account of the Alaskan State Patrol hunting down a serial killer with the help of the only known victim to have gotten away. The Frozen Ground takes place in and around Anchorage Alaska in 1983. The movie is produced by Curtis Jackson (50 Cent – 13, Setup, Freelancers, Escape Plan movies, The Prince, Spy, Den of Thieves) who also is the pimp in the film.

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Roswell: The First Witness (2020)

I just watched “Roswell: The First Witness” three, two hour, episodes on History’s Greatest Mysteries hosted by Laurence Fishburne. Former CIA operative, Ben Smith, is the investigator on this special event. His main clue is Jesse Marcel who was the first official to arrive on the scene of the reported crash.

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Vintage Computer History Films: From IBM to SAGE

This is a collection of old video shorts, reminding me of the kind of 1960’s films they would show us in school. They come from the time where computers were the size of rooms, buildings, not something we carry around in our pockets every day.

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The Social Dilemma (2020)

I watched this 2020 Sundance documentary/drama, The Social Dilemma, on Netflix. It is a series of interviews of people who worked at social media companies telling their stories of how they are ruining society and actors showing their addictions to the system. They tell about monetizing surveillance, data mining, its effects on mental health, teen suicides and conspiracy theory misinformation especially for Gen Z. They bring up a lot of good points telling why you see ads related to things that you like to do or buy.

They point out the obvious that they must monetize through advertisers, since they let you use their programs for free. The better the mining data about you the more advertisers will pay to be seen on their media. It is directed by Jeff Orlowski and written by Orlowski, Davis Coombe, and Vickie Curtis. The Interviewees include Tristan Harris (Google Inbox. American ethicist), Aza Raskin (Firefox,son of Jef Raskin – human-interface expert and initiator of the Macintosh project at Apple),

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Confessions of a Time Traveler – The Man from 3036 (2020)

I watched this supposed true story on Prime Video. It is documentary style sci-fi written and directed by the Nostradamus Brothers and released July 2, 2020 by Anon Films. It is about a reporter trying to get a story from a man that had been arrested and told a wild story of time travel. It comes along pretty good but gets more unbelievable by the end. It is only 38 minutes so I’ll give it 2.5 out of 5.

The Current War (2017)

I watched the, Martin Scorsese, 2017 historical drama “The Current War” on Netflix DVD. It is about the battle of alternating current versus direct current in the late 1800’s. Thomas Edison is played by Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s Sherlock, Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness and Doctor Strange in the Marvel movies), George Westinghouse is portrayed by Michael Shannon (Groundhog Day, 8 Mile, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, Man of Steel and Knives Out) and Nicola Tesla is played by Nicholas Hoult

(A Single Man, Clash of the Titans, X-Men: First Class, Jack the Giant Killer and Tolkien). It was directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Glee, American Horror Story: Coven) and written by Michael Mitnick. The story is excellent at showing the ruthlessness of Edison to get his DC no matter what, Westinghouse to do what is right and the genius of Tesla. I enjoyed this movie and will give it 4.8 out of 5.

Click read more for the trailer and videos on the science involved.

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Richard Jewell (2019)

I watched the Clint Eastwood produced and directed film “Richard Jewell” on Netflix DVD. It was filmed in Atlanta, where it originally took place, and depicts Richard Jewell as the completely innocent ex-cop, security guard. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution (AJC) and the FBI are portrayed to look like jerks. The AJC tried to get Clint Eastwood not to make reporter Kathy Scruggs, played by Olivia Wilde, look so bad in the film saying that her role was  “entirely false and malicious.”

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Simulation Hypothesis (2015)

I watched The Simulation Hypothesis on Amazon Prime. The hypothesis is that everything, the earth, the universe, is a simulation, and that you are existing in a reality that seems real to you but you are just living in a computer simulation. The simulation would be so real that living in it would seem normal. Many fantasy and sci-fi TV shows and movies (like The Matrix) have taken advantage of this theory.

Read more about the documentary on IMDB and more about Simulation hypothesis on Wikipedia, Scienticamerican.com, Techrepublic.com, NBCnews.com and Vox.com . I give this documentary 4.8 out of 5.