Video of the day -- The Great Martian War 1913-1917
What if World War I had been fought not between human nations, but against invading Martians as imagined by HG Wells in War of the Worlds? That's the premise of a 2013 "documentary" made by History.co.uk (apparently similar to our History Channel) on the hundredth "anniversary" of the "invasion". The full film doesn't seem to be available anywhere, but the video above, found via Mendip, will give you a good sense of its look and feel. A little more info is here and here. I've sometimes lamented the lack of originality of mainstream current SF/fantasy movies, with their endless tired sequels and remakes and "reboots" and comic-book superheroes, but it looks like in this case the filmmakers came up with something genuinely fresh and different, and did it by going to real literature for inspiration.