Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lost Episodes Seasons 1 & 7

Season 7: "Lost: La Secuela Sudaca"



I tried to translate this, and got two different meanings. Secuela is "sequel," so that's pretty self-explanatory. However, "Sudaca" is either slang for South American (my guess) or is some kind of pejorative term. The pic is from an Argentian account, so it is South American,

I discovered this pic through Flickr, so it's not one of mine, but I like it. I like to imagine that it takes place in the future of the island, a little Season 7 style. I can imagine two of the boys being Charlie Hume (son of Desmond and Penny, who also inherited his father's ability to not only absorb vast amounts of electromagnetism, but also his ability to "break the rules" of time and time travel. Another boy would have to be Aaron Austen, the son of Claire Littleton and her dead-beat boyfriend and the foster son of Kate Austen, who raised him after they left the Island together. He was deemed to be "special" as well. At first I though the dude in the middle with the long hair was a girl, but it's a dude. If it was a girl, I was thinking that could be Ji-Yeon Kwan, the orphaned daughter of Jin and Sun Kwon. The child was conceived on the Island (after Jin was told he couldn't have kids) and was rescued with Sun. Jin was thought dead and when Sun came back to the Island to find her husband, she left Ji-Yeon with her parents. Both Sun and Jin died on the submarine during the war with the Man In Black. Perhaps the teenaged Ji-Yeon is looking for the mysterious Island that both her parents disappeared on. I don't know who the last kid is, maybe somebody new to the Island.


Season 1.14 Special



I made this picture as a homage to a painting I found online of all the episodes.It started off as a screen grab of the comic in the show and a new panel was added with the word "Lost." The mystery of the Polar Bears had a big role during the first season and continued in bits and pieces, finally being solved by stating the Dharma Initiative brought over genetically-engineered polar bears (so they could withstand the heat) and use them for temporal experiments at the Orchid Station.

The comic book is in spanish, and was originally Hurley's, but found by Walt Dawson after the crash. On another note, virtually all the kids listed her are considered "special," either by the Island or others.


Friday, December 23, 2011

More Lost Episodes! Namaste!!

Episode 6.9 Ab Aeterno


Ricardo Alpert, a spanish slave turned immortal by the mysterious Jacob, crashes on the Island with the Black Rock, a slave ship. This ship plagues the castaways, blowing up unimportant castaways with unstable dynamite, parent-killing con men murders, and attempted suicides. I like this picture, even though it's from another comic series and not Lost. Oh, and Ab Aeterno means "of enternity."




Episode 5.2 The Lie



I like this picture. In the Fifth Season, Hurley and Sayid are on the run from mysterious people trying to kill them and the police. After Sayid is knocked out, Hurley drives them to a gas station and replaces the shirt ruined by ketchup. He buys a "I Love My Shi-Tzu" shirt as a disguise. This is from a picture of the McFarlane Toys Hurley action figure, I just changed the color of his shirt and added the logo. It's pretty funny.


Episode 4.3 The Economist





An episode that kinda pisses me off, but I still like it. Sayid, under orders from Ben to kill an off-island Widmore associate called The Economist. What really pisses me off is that seasons later, we still don't know who the damn Economist was. I like this song by the offbeat band Previously on Lost. It has a Shaft-beat. Once you get past the annoying voices in the beginning, the rest is gravy.

Top 5 Christmas Movies you didn't know were Christmas movies


Top 5 Christmas Movies you didn't know were Christmas movies:


5. Lethal Weapon


4. Die Hard


3. Rocky IV


2. Gremlins


1. James Bond 007: Die Another Day. If only for the Denise Richards-played "nuclear physist" Christmas Jones. And if only for the Sean Connery-esque quote "I thought Christmas came once a year" while banging her like a Christmas drum.



Gods, Muppets and Holmes

So I saw another group of movies and didn't put reviews up here in a timely fashion.

First off was Immortals. Clash of the Titans meets 300. Mythology on crack. The actor who will eventually play Superman did a decent job, shows he has the acting and action chops. Not worth it in 3D. The scenes with the gods are my favorite, but they were portrayed as young hot, ab-filled gods. Zeus was an old man. The fighting scenes with them were pretty cool and looked like an old painting. The most uncomfortable parts had to do with Mickey Rourke and the enemy army. In order to join this army, you evidentally have to get scarred, wear a mask and have your manhood smashed to bits by a psycho with a big hammer. Painful. We know this because it happened to a traitor, and the reasons behind this were never really explained. Freida Pinto--an Indian actress, not a tasty mexican platter, is gorgeous in the flick, but her character was little over the map.

The Muppets: One of my favorite TV shows growing up, Jason Segel (the writer and human star) did a great job, but I think he has something for hot redhead elementary school teachers (see both Amy Adams in this flick and How I Met Your Mother--a favorite). I had a smile on my face the whole time! One of my favorite parts is that the Muppets had a cover band performing their hits at dive bars. The Moopets. HA!

Sherlock Holmes II: Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law (now thankfully out of the annoying spotlight after being in like 20 movies in one year and sleeping with his kid's nanny) are great together and have truly encompassed their characters. Stephen Fry as secret agent Mycroft Holmes was brilliant, couldn't have asked for a better actor. I just didn't want to see him partially naked though. The old guy playing his butler was great too. The supposed death of Irene Adler was glossed over a little too much for my taste, as I find Rachel McAdams to be distractingly beautiful and a strong female presence. The flick had its trademark slow motion and fast forward, Matrix-like effects too. There was a dancing scene in the movie but it was so weird, so LSD, fast paced, it was too weird to forget or not mention. As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I knew what was going to happen at Reichenbach Falls, but I liked the way they went about it. The final battle between Holmes and Moriarty takes place entirely in their genius minds, trading punches and strategies. It would have been better if they left the end a little more to the viewer's imaginations. Good flick, but the World War plot has been done before--by the same character (Moriarty) in the under-rated League of Extraordinary Gentlemen flick a few years back.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's been one helluva day....

I need a Swiss Colony Beef Log...


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lost Season 7

Flashforward didn't last very long, but did have an advertisment for Oceanic Airlines.


Once Upon A Time is a brand new show, made by some of the producers of Lost. The clock tower in the fairy tale town was stuck at 8:15 until Emma came to town.



Person of Interest is a great new show starring the former Ben Linus, Michael Emerson. And, on this surveillance camera shot, the numbers are on the screen.



And, of course, Hurley numbers were featured in a real-life lottery ticket winner!!! Here's that story!!!



Lost is taking over!! Season 7 is all over the place!



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Buffy Season 9



One of my favorite artists, Jo Chen, has done another Buffy Season 9 cover. I think it's for the upcoming TPB or hardcover edition. I hate buying hardcovers; they cost a fortune. I will have to investigate....

Edit: New News!! Apparently this is for the hardcover edition of Season 8! Why the hell would I want to buy these twice? And it's only Volume 1....

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Bruce Banner Poster

Sorry, as a rule I hate Perez Hilton, but it's the only clear image I could find on short notice.

Gotta love the new poster they released for the Avengers movie; they're more character posters of each of the Avengers: Hulk, Cap, Thor, Loki, etc. This one of Bruce Banner is very cool--they chose to show Bruce instead of CGI-Hulk. But if you look carefully, he has a green tint to him, kind of like a green light to the side--and I think his eyes are almost green. This is probably my favorite of the new posters--the whole thing is my computer wallpaper.





This is one of my favorite Hulk posters from the awesome movie a few summers back. In that Incredible Hulk, Blonksy takes some kind of super-soldier serum, but it has some serious adverse effects--especially when he combines it with Banner's blood. Since the original super-soldier formula was lost in WWII after transforming skinny Steve Rogers into Captain America, it appears to have been from the same batch, but with different results. The military is trying to create super-soldiers again but unable to without the doctor.



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Real Steel Review




Ok, this is one's a long time coming. I just went through 8 days no power and 12 without cable (hence the no internets). So here we go.

Basically Real Steel is the best parts of the triumphant Rocky movies. Down on his luck boxer, looking for his next shot at the title. suddenly has a kid to take care of, indestrutable and impossible to beat opponents, slowly making his way to the top, cute girl waiting for him at home, kid makes him a better man and dad, foreign people with strange accents taking over the sport, "I will break him," makes you want to chant "Rocky Rocky Rocky," or in this case "Atom Atom Atom." A true underdog story with robots.

The Rocky movies made me and my cousin want to beat the shit out of each other everytime we saw them together on TV. Wolverine and Kate from Lost (looking super cute by the way) were good in this flick, if not a little predictable. Like I said, the best parts of the Rocky movies except with robots. Boxing. The kid dancing with Atom was a good hook, and the end where Wolverine takes over Atom, with Atom mimicking his shadowboxing movements is an awesome feel-good part of the flick.

Oh, and the new Ultimate Spider-Man with Miles is really good, I've been keeping up with it at work every month. The new Evanesence album is good too.



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Avengers Assemble!!

Okay, so I'm getting obsessed:






Also saw Real Steel last night, will have a review soon. And no, I'm not turning into a vampire--although I was offered once! I have a storyline idea I want to put online.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Wishverse Idea...

Something I'll be working on soon, just something I've been thinking about lately.




Also, new Avengers trailer comes out this week!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Misckellaneous

Yes, I spelled it wrong on purpose. It's all in the pronunciation....








Oh, and this pretty much sums everything up.... Borders employees strike back!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Avengers Stuff


Thank you free 3-month subscription to Entertainment Weekly!!!! Avengers cover!!




And this kick-ass shot of Black Widow and Hawkeye!!



Welcome back home RK!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Defender of the Universe

No, not me! HA! Seriously, Voltron is being made into a comic (that I probably won't see until trade paperback form)! Ordinarily, I would only slightly care, but it's covers by Alex Ross, one of my favorite artists!





Also, I picked up Thor on DVD, and I think it's better after I saw Captain America and have a better idea about Joss Whedon's Avengers movie next year! I still need to see the various features on the disc!


Speaking of Joss Whedon, I read Buffy Season 9 issue 1 at work, and it's very cool! There's new plot points, intrigue, etc!! Check out a tumblr for Buffy and Angel and Faith!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Movie Reviews Nobody Asked For....

The movie review you've never waited for: Conan the Barbarian. No, not the Arnold version, it's with a new dude I think was on some Stargate series. This Conan didn't grow up a slave; he grew up bad-ass. Born in the middle of battle, his mom getting some kind of battlefield C-section from his dad, the always awesome Ron Perlman. This kid grew up brutal, too--one scene from when he was a kid shows him beheading enemy invaders. One of the nastier scenes shows young Conan chopping off some dude's nose--a scene that's fairly pivital. Young Conan declares war on the man who slew his entire people--and his daughter, the always pasty Rose McGowan. Once the first bit of revenge is taken, the movie slides slightly. There's always battles, with a scarred Conan taking a big sword to somebody. Everytime he kills one of the men who killed his father, you feel a small sense of relief--you're keeping score. When Conan and his band of pirates repel a small invasion of enemy troops, you want to whoop and yell with them; it's fairly triumphant.


X Files: Fight The Future. What a piece of crap. I used to like this show, but it went on for about 2 or 3 years too long, they should have gone out on top, like a Lost or Cheers. This should have been a 2 piece episode instead of a movie, like they found an old script, changed it up a bit, then churned out this. There's Scottish-ex-priest-turned repetent pedophile psychic, gay beheaded Soviet mad scientists, and Mulder and Scully.

The Runaways: the story of Joan Jett's all-girl rock band. Kristen Stewart actually embodied young Joan Jett, turning in a decent Non-Twilight performance. Since Dakota Fanning doesn't do movies like this and she's not an innocent little girl anymore, she turns in a great performance. The girl playing Lita Ford was a bit of an unnecessary bitch (I'm sure Lita didn't appreciate that, but maybe that's how she was back in the '70's), the girl on drums had a cute smile, and the bass player had a nice rack. Here are the three sections of the movie: playing kick-ass classic Runaways tracks (one of which I put on my i-Pod), doing a massive amount of drugs, or being all introspective and annoyingly quiet. Sometimes, they do all three. You see the band form, there is some kind of lesbian undertone with Joan and Cherie, and then they spectaculary implode and disenigrate as a band.

Prince of Persia. Nothing really to write home about, but the ostrich race was stupid. The girl with the great eyes from Clash of the Titans is in it. Jake Gyllenhall plays a parkour stuntman/adopted prince from Persia. As with all movies depicting a foreign race, they all have English accents.

I wanted to watch Black Swan, but I couldn't get into it.

I am Number 4 was okay, but moved so slowly.

I'm sure there are more movies I've seen recently, but I can't remember all of them.



Enough of movies, I heard Van Halen is supposed to come out soon with a new album with the semi-classic line-up of Dave Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang (!) Van Halen--Eddie's son--on bass. I have a bootleg tape of part of their demo tracks from the '70's. Here's Voodoo Queen--it has new lyrics to the Mean Streets instrumental track.




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Odinson






So I was really bored and had a moment of creativity. Stupid creativity, but creativity nonetheless. Just click on the image and you'll see it in its entirety.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Cap Posters





I swear, that Conan recap is coming soon!!!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Animate!





I'll comment on my viewing of Conan in the theater and a few at-home viewings of some other crap-tastic movies!!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm probably seeing Conan tomorrow after work....


...And it better be bad-ass. I feel 60% manlier just thinking about seeing it.


Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.


Friday, August 19, 2011

The Doctor and Buffy


Three relatively large pictures found at random.



The cover of the third issue of Buffy Season 9. Apparently she meets up with some dude slayer who has a unique way of dealing with the vampire issue.


An old issue of Angel, by Mike Mignola. His artwork sometimes speaks to me.






I'm not the world's biggest Doctor Who fan, but this one made me laugh. You see, Rose and a clone of the Doctor ended up in an alternative universe where Rose's family is ridiculously wealthy. And, like any ending of a love story, they get together, much to the squeals of fangirls and boys.


Friday, August 12, 2011

100 Movie Meme Part II

49. The Back To The Future Trilogy: DeLorean, Biff, Doc, the 2015 Future (only a few years away and no flying cars!) train robbery and the alternate 1985.

48. Serenity--Joss Whedon directing a feature-length movie.

47. The opening credits of Nic Cage's Gone in 60 Seconds.

46. "The Ex-Presidents are Surfers!"--Point Break. This also made me hungry for meatball sandwiches and quoting Keanu Reaves.

45. My extreme guilty pleasure: Fast and Furious movies. I can even quote them.

44. Captain Jack Sparrow.

43. I think Bambi was the first movie I ever saw in theaters.

42. JJ Abrams' Star Trek remake. I waited until the last possible moment to see that flick in theaters.

41. Watching Snakes on A Plane with my friends and many other people in the theater, MST3K-syle.

40. Perfect comic book movie without the comic book: Unbreakable.

39. Al Leong--the ultimate Hollywood stuntman/actor. He's the Asian guy with long
hair and a goatee in pretty much every movie you can think of: Big Trouble in Little China, Die Hard, etc. You can make a game spotting him like we did.

38. Boot camp scenes in both Platoon and Stripes. The rest of those movies were just okay.

37. Chris Evan's Human Torch/Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.

36. Shannon Elizabeth naked in American Pie. The whole theatre got really quiet. On par with Phoebe Cates getting out of the pool in Fast Times.

35. The trailer to Van Helsing. Such promise. Too bad the movie itself sucked.

34. Watching Surviving the Game with Ice-T and Hard Target with Jean-Claude Van Damme the same night and realizing it's the same fucking movie.

33. Wyld Styllns.

32. Ultimate Nick Fury. Played now by Samuel L. Jackson. He was originally a character in the comics based on Jackson, now real.

31. The Rock in The Rundown.

30. Saw the original 1989 Batman trailer at a comic-book convention when I was a kid.

29. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. Best stoner flick I've seen in a while. NPH is brilliant and helped transform his career. I've never even had White Castle, but I wanted to after seeing this.

28. Ed Norton in American History X. He's terrifying as a Nazi skinhead, and just played the role so well.

27. The Matrix bullet-time. When it first came out, it was incredible. Now it's just cliche.

26. The implied mythology of the Vorpal Sword and the Jabberwocky in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

25. Watch Denzel's Manchurian Candidate and Mel Gibson's Conspiracy Theory the same night and try not to be paranoid.

24. The unrealness and pure comic-book feel of Sin City and 300, even though I don't like Frank Miller.

23. Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King in Blade 3.

22. Bruce Lee.

21. Cloverfield. I just feel it's a unique filmmaking experience.

20. "Yippe Kay Yay Motherfucker!"--Die Hard.

19. Rocky IV with Ivan Drago is the perfect Cold War movie.

18. Daniel Craig as a new James Bond without all the crappy gadgets. The parkour scene with the cranes is incredible!

17. Toy Story looked so real.

16. Goth sensibilities in The Crow. Brandon Lee's finest movie, he could have been
so much more. The music was great.

15. I remember watching all the Nightmare on Elm Streets during the summer on TV with my friends before going to the beach.

14. Another Fast and Furious reference: Suki from 2 Fast 2 Furious. She took over the beginning of that movie.

13. Armageddon. Every emotional available.

12. Speaking of Michael Bay-- Peter Cullen's voice as Optimus Prime in The Transformers movie. Brings me back to childhood. "Autobots--transform and roll out!"

11. The over-the-top violence of the first Kill Bill.

10. "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Wayne's World.

9. Thor and SHIELD agents fighting next to his hammer.

8. ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters. Vigo the Carpathian from II.

7. "Now you know what we are, now you know what you are. You'll never grow old, Michael, and you'll never die. But you must feed!"--Lost Boys.

6. "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."--Princess Bride.

5. The Outsiders. Greasers vs. Socs.

4. Two great Civil War movies: Glory and Gettysburg. I saw Gettysburg with my history class because my professor is a renactor that was in the film. Glory 'cuz it's perfect.

3. Tombstone's gunfight at the OK Corral. And Val Kilmer's entire performance as Doc Holiday.

2. Empire Strikes Back: greatest movie ever.

1. Getting out of my crappy cubicle job, getting on a bus to Maine, meeting up with my buddy and his geeky friends (in a good way) and seeing Star Wars Phantom Menace. Jar-Jar aside, one of the most fun parts of that was the Post-Mortem discussion afterwards in Chile's.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

100 Movie Meme

100 Movie Things (not really in order except the last few). I got the idea from http://samuraifrog.blogspot.com/2011/05/100-movie-things.html. Here are the first 50, which pretty much wore me out.


100. The 2 Magnetos: Ian McKellan in the first 3 X-Men movies and then Michael Fassbender in the new First Class. Both were brilliant actors, played the roles to perfection--old Magneto and young Eric.

99. Saw Animal House my first night of College. Every single guy on the floor came into our room (a converted break room/quad) and watched the ultimate party movie.

98. I love the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

97. Jurassic Park was the first movie I saw when I graduated high school. I think I read the book for an assignment in biology class.

96. Never saw the movie, not a big fan of Judd Atapow or Seth Rogen, but I love saying this: I am McLovin.

95. Becoming inspired by Bill Pullman's speech from Independence Day. Made you want to kill some aliens.

94. Braveheart on a constant loop in my old apartment. Everytime I'd come home, my roommates would be watching it. And we could do every line, complete with Scottish accents.

93. Wanted to become a Colonial Marine after seeing Aliens.

92. Seeing Wolverine for the first time on screen in the original X-Men. My best friend growing up and I were huge X-Men fans, read the comics, and thought about who would best play Wolverine.

91. Wishing we snuck in and saw Robocop 2 instead of Dick Tracy.

90. The opening credits of Watchmen and The Incredible Hulk movies.

89. Terminator 2.

88. Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight. Knowing he passed away made it seem more real.

87. My friend constantly saying something about Royales with Cheese or having a sip of my soda weeks before we saw Pulp Fiction--he had seen it before we did.

86. And I know I'm stealing this from Samurai Frog's blog, but: "Lo there do I see my father. Lo there do I see my mother and my sisters and my brothers. Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call to me, they bid me take my place among them, in the Halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever." -- The 13th Warrior.

85. Everytime I see an actor from Lost in a movie, I refer to them as their character from Lost.

84. Wanting to open doors or choke my mom with the Force after seeing Return of The Jedi with her and my cousin.

83. Billy the Kid from Young Guns 1 and 2.

82. The sheer presence of Mr.T from Rocky 3.

81. Yelling in victory with my friends when the guy in Misery told Kathy Bates she was a "sick demented fuck!"

80. The soundtrack from Judgement Night being more popular with me and my friends than the actual movie itself.

79. Speaking of soundtracks, being utterly disappointed at Pump Up the Volume for not including the great songs actually in the movie--they either weren't on there or were cover songs.

78. Watching Starship Troopers with my parents and being utterly embarassed at the shower scene. My dad made me turn it off. God, that movie sucked.

77. Watching Titanic with my friend Stacey, and having her cry before it began because she "already knows how it ends," she saw it like 5 times before dragging me along.

76. Con Air, Air Force One and US Marshalls will always have a place in my heart because I saw them during my time in Washington, DC.

75. My perfect imitation of Sean Connery in The Rock ("Your best? Losers always whine about their best...").

74. Renting The Fog, The Bog and something else that rhymes with that at a NH Blockbuster with my friends and watching the employee having "that" look on his face. I still have that NH Blockbuster card, 10+ years later.

73. Watching The Jackal my first night meeting RK and laughing at the non-DC Metro stations the movie made.

72. The utter shittiness of Highlander sequels after the classic first one and a great first few seasons of the TV show.

71. I cannot fucking wait for Joss Whedon's Avengers.

70. Watching Apocalypse Now in English class and needing my Mom to sign a permission slip.

69. watching Chicago to impress a girl.

68. Watching The Blair Witch Project, actually having scared the shit out of me, and it was in a theater with woods surrounding it.

67. I remember as a kid, watching a movie with a dude with leather overalls in it. Evidently, it stayed with me.

66. Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. After that type of background and ego, he was perfect.

65. Soundtracks to Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park having such a profound impact on me.

64. A dubbed Mexican in a USA Network censored presentation of Desperado saying "Holy Frijoles!"

63. I still count Uncle Buck as one of the funniest movies ever.

62. Midnight releases of all 3 Lord of the Rings movies with my cousin.

61. Two kids lighting up a joint during the third Matrix movie. In a theater. With ushers.

60. Brad Pitt in Snatch.

59. Being one of the only people I know who liked Daredevil, but not the only one who hated Elektra.

58. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny soundtrack.

57. Empire Records being on constant play on HBO during one summer. "Damn the Man, Save the Empire!!"

56. Putting Revenge of the Sith up there with the original trilogy.

55. Kevin Smith movies. Seeing him live was a highlight.

54. "Son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!" --Superman II.

53. The Star Trek movie with the Borg Queen and Data.

52. Seeing my first Jackie Chan movie, Rumble in the Bronx and being amazed by the stuntwork.

51. The only movie that I can actively recall wanting to cry: the firefighter's funeral scene in Backdraft.

50. Shawshank Redemption. 'Nuff said.


More to come?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

League of Extraordinary 30 Rock


I'm not a big fan of either the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (except I love the idea of literary heroes and anti-heroes from the Victorian Age banding together; and the movie was great) or the TV show 30Rock, but I'm a huge Alex Ross fan. One day I want to buy one of his prints--not an actual painting, cuz that would cost a fortune...

Ultimates Cap


I should go see Captain America again....

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Star-Spangled Man and The Boy Who Lived


Due to the immense heat we were having in my part of the US, I went to see TWO movies in about a week, since they had the almighty AC. So, I saw Captain America and the new and last Harry Potter.

First off is Cap. I love the poster above, it looks like the old WWII War Bond posters, which it's supposed to. They also had this great USO music with Captain America, that as a friend put it, made him want to out and buy war bonds. First off is the actor Chris Evans. In Fantastic Four, he was brilliant as the Human Torch--sarcastic, cocky, everything Chris Evans is known for playing. But, he took the film anyway away from my future wife Jessica Alba. I never expected him to be so good as Captain America. The only thing that bothered me about his performance is the scenes with him being super-skinny Steve Rogers. His head was so enormous on a skinny tiny body, that it was distracting. But, the SFX guys seemed to have gotten better at it during certain scenes. Tommy Lee Jones played his usual tough-guy bad-ass General. Hugo Weaving is great as Red Skull, but I prefered him when he had the regular-skin mask on. Red Skull is all about Hugo Weaving's Agent Smith voice. Oh, and HER. Her part (and acting) in the movie wasn't all that spectacular or mind-blowing, but the pictures I've seen afterwards sure are. The whole movie is set in World War II, with a Great Escape about halfway through the flick. Cap is a soldier, after all. Who kills, not just throws a shield to knock them out. His shield is a great symbol, by the way. The parts where Steve is put in the USO doesn't make a lot of sense, given he is America's first Super-Soldier. Looking back now, though, it kinda does. It was either that or becoming a lab rat. But the second half makes up for it, but not nearly enough derring-do and explosions.

It sets up the new Avengers movie perfectly: Brodsky from the last Hulk movie takes the same formula as the Captain, but with more disastrous consequences, Howard Stark is Tony's father from the Iron Man movies, and it has Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. The ending has a Joss Whedon Avengers trailer, however brief. Oh, and if you look carefully during the Stark Expo in the beginning of the flick, there is the original Human Torch (an android in the WWII-era comics) in the center of the pavillion.


Harry Potter was good too, with an end to the whole Voldemort/Harry Potter rivalry. Neville Longbottom was my hero in this flick, finally becoming a bad-ass with a sword after all the movies with him being a clumsy, awkward British kid with big ears. Draco Malfoy didn't turn out to be a big villain like everybody thought he'd be from his past behavior. He's just a bully with a big mouth. He did get an awkward hug from Voldemort though---Youtube that shit, it's hilarious! Lot's of magic and action, it's all from the book (which is usually better). Ron and Hermione (I actually never knew how to pronounce her name until the movie came out) finally get together. The final "19-years later" scene worked better in the book, but it was a fitting coda to a great franchise.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Buffy-sort-of-mood



From the 1st Season of Buffy....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

SHIELD!


Agents of SHIELD. Another Avengers poster from Comic-Con 2011! This time it's Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson in his Ultimates incarnation), Agent Colson--in both Thor and Iron Man 1 and 2, and whatever agent Colby Smothers is playing. I usually watch her on repeats of How I Met Your Mother when I got home from work latenights. I love her smile, and it would be good to see her in black leather. Kidding.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hawkeye Poster



Fresh from San Diego Comic-Con 2011, which I'm not at. I think I need to be adopted by someone who will take me. I'm housebroken and everything....

Anyhoo---

Advertising the upcoming Joss Whedon Avengers movie!!! Awesome. The Captain America movie had a brief teaser trailer at the END of the credits!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Jazzed

So, I went looking for this on the mighty YouTube, and this is what I found. For those of you who don't know, the Haka is intended to get a group of Hawaiian/Maori warriors hyped up about the upcoming battle. In this case, a football game. Makes me want to go out and smash something.





Saw the new Harry Potter and Captain America flicks due to the intense heat we're battling. Reviews soon...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Groovy Mutations and Green Light

So, I haven't been around lately. I was first on vacation on another coast and then sick soon after. There was a lot of snot. It was frickin' disgusting....the sickness, not vacation.

Anyways. Before and during all these shennanigans, I saw X-Men First Class and Green Lantern. Both were awesome. Like to hear it, hear it goes...

X-Men First Class:

I am a tremendous X-Men fan. Always have been. This new flick is not only a prequel to the other 3 (by the way, the second one is probably one of the best comic book movies ever) but also a bit of a reboot. The whole movie was kind of a '60's period piece, looking like a great retro Mad Men movie, but with mutants, super powers and Kevin Bacon. For my money, there were two great things about this flick. First is Erik (or Magneto as he is later known). The actor playing Erik did such a tremendous job, he was so good in this role. You know why he is the way he is. The scenes of him hunting ex-Nazis with his magnetic powers are great, I wouldn't mind a whole movie of him doing that! You can feel his pain during specific scenes. The second is the girl who played Mystique. Gorgeous, I couldn't take my eyes of her. They kind of forgot about her once she came into her own, she just disappeared into the background. The other actors and intense action scenes were good, but those two really stood out. Did you know that mutants were responsible for the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Green Lantern:

I said before, the fake trailer with Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern was better than the trailer they released for the actual movie with Ryan Reynolds, but the flick itself made up for it. It relied mostly on special effects as expected. It was all about willpower versus fear. The special effects of Parallax attacking earth was great, as was the constructs Hal Jordan created with his ring. Hal's a military man, so having him with green gatling guns, anti-aircraft weapons and fighter jets made sense. The environment of Oa was incredible, true to its comic roots, and I loved the little immortals as the Green Lantern's leaders. The cast of characters as Hal's fellow Lanterns were great, with a lot of presence despite them not being real.The guy playing Sinestro was good and charismatic, only because he will play such a major role in the sequel (stay tuned during the credits for him putting on the fear ring, and having him change right in front of you). The girl from that crappy TV show Gossip Girl, Blake Lively also appeared. She and Hal apparently knew each other as kids, along with another main character (the secondary villian). I thought this could have been shown, instead of imagining the bond between them--guess that's for the DVD. I understand though, not enough time for the action and complicated kid backstory. Lively, however, can't act for shit--but she is really nice to look at.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

If your life was a movie...

This one's for RK: If your life was a movie...

At this point in my life: Clerks.




Hopefully, later on in my life, it will be like the 2000's version of The Mummy (with Rachel Weisz hopefully):"I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. ... I am a librarian!" However, I do hope to combine that into a Giles-like librarian from Buffy. Combine that with Jessica Alba in Into the Blue, and I'm set...


Or, barring that, a porno in a library: Check this out! Not safe for work, BTW.




Aw, come on , that's funny!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Real Vampires Don't Sparkle!


See, I've been saying this all along, and Australia beats me to it!!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fast Cars and Norse Gods

So I was wicked lazy with these reviews and didn't post them until now. I saw 5 Fast and Thor over the past 2 weeks and they were awesome!!

5 Fast

Yet another installment in the movie series, with a 6th on the way I'm sure!! It's essentially Fast and Furious meets Ocean's 11. These flicks are my guilty pleasure. Almost the main characters from the past 4 movies come together with fugtives Dom and Brian to pull off a robbery (from a powerful drug lord) that will allow them to disappear forever. They are being chased by bad ass Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his team. Vince from the first flick makes an appearance as well, redeeming himself. With any Fast and Furious movie, you sometimes have to put cool stunts over the real world, but it's pulled off well. Lots of funny lines are throughout, and a real sense of family and friendship is pulled off. The druglord's chief lieutenant does not want to get killed---he always stays alive for some reason! Great scene: Million dollar Quarter mile race with cop cars. I would love to see the Rock in a movie of his own with this character and a new team. Be sure to stay after the credits---Eva Mendes comes into The Rock's office with impossibly high heels to tell him about another case in Germany...it sets the stage for the 6th.

Thor

I had absolutely no idea what to expect with this flick. Can't wait for the Avengers to come out next summer. The dude who played Thor did a great job. The Asgard scenes were like something out of an original Jack Kirby comic and it was written by the guy who writes the Thor comic now. Kat Dennings (one of my top ten if you recall) was hilarious as a political science major in the middle of a physics project. She called his hammer Meow Meow instead of Mljonior, very funny scene. Stellan Skarsgard is back to annoy me with yet another role as a genius mentor with a Norwegian background. SHIELD played a key role in the flick, and the scene where Thor goes through agents to get to his hammer, King Arthur/Excalibur style is my favorite. Samuel L Jackson does another Nick Fury cameo at the end. I was never a Thor comic fan, but one line stands out to me from a comic I read once: "Yeah, well MY god has a hammer."

And you can't watch Thor without the classic KISS song, "God of Thunder!"


Fanboys!!! (and SuckerPunch Girls)



Friday, April 22, 2011

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter



Saw this in hardcover a while back, but it just recently came out in paperback. I will be purchasing soon. Oh, yes, I will be purchasing soon.... It contains the only known photograph of John Wilkes Booth in Vampire form.



Apparently, Tim Burton's going to be directing the upcoming movie. Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Mary Todd Lincoln is a funny bit of casting. 'Cuz Mary's hot and Mary Todd ain't.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith



The two brand new covers to the new Buffy Season 9 and Angel & Faith comics, both by the incredible Jo Chen

Monday, April 4, 2011

Recent Movies 1



See below for some reviews!

Recent Movies

Sucker Punch: Wow, what a great movie! It comes down to a dream within a fantasy. or perhaps more fantasy in a fantasy. Cute girls with guns and swords--perfect movie, right? The main character is Baby-Doll, whose mother dies and is taken in by a sexually abusive step-father. Baby-Doll accidentally kills her sister while trying to protect her. He sends her to a corrupt mental instituion. It's there she begins to fantasize about escaping. All the girls have cutsie nicknames like Sweetpea or Rocket. There's also The Wise Man, who gives the girls mission briefings (everything they need in the real world, Baby-Doll imagines they get through incredible mission dream sequences) and spouts poetic sayings like Confucious or Bazooka Joe. It takes place in the 1960's, but the dream sequences take place in various places in history on crack. WWI Trench warfare combined with steampunk Germans, modern automatic weapons, and future-tech Meks. Then WWII bomber planes with orcs, dragons, and dudes in armor. Finally, Vietnam-era Huey Helicopters with robots and future trains with bombs. On the surface, it's an incredibly dark story but a positive track with friendship and freedom. The music was great, with one track getting my attention: Queen songs cut together with some dude rapping. Usually I hate the bastardization of such classic songs--huge Queen fan, here!--but this actually rocked and put a modern twist in the movie. One scene that should have had a different song but didn't. The Huey scene. On the side of the chopper is the painted name and logo "Cherry Bomb." This would have been a perfect opportunity to put The Runaway's Cherry Bomb song, but maybe they couldn't get the rights. Because it is a dream, time works differently. At first, you're not sure if it's all a dream in her head before a critical moment, but then you find out the stuff she did before the critical momet (sorry, don't want massive spoilers) matches what they did in the dream sequences. The action sequences are incredible, mostly with Baby-Doll doing feats of anime-and-video-game-inspired martial arts. There is so much more I could write, but this what came out first....


Kick-Ass: I read the graphic novel as well, and this was a little more sanitized than that. I like Mark Millar's work, his ideas are incredible and smash typical comic-book norms, but he does have a tendency to go too violent and over-the-top. The break out star is the little girl who plays Hit-Girl, trained by her ex-cop father to kill bad guys. There's one scene where she violently kills an apartment full of bad guys with the old "Banana Splits" cartoon theme music. Probably one of the more brilliant movie ideas. There's another massacre scene with Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation." I think the songs themselves in the movie were covers by other bands, though. Oh, and the girl who becomes our hero's girlfriend? Way too hot for him. He becomes friends with her originally because she thought he was gay, but then he reveals his secret identity as Kick-Ass and that he's not gay. And thanks to this manipulation, she bangs him. In the comic, she yelled at him and embarassed him in front of the school. Movie-wise, I like the fact he gets the girl. Anti-Spiderman.


Inception: I think I have to watch this movie several more times before I get it completely. A buddy pointed out that the jack is his wife's totem, not his. So everytime he spins it to see if he's still in the dream, it's his wife's state that he's seeing. The end confused me a bit too, because it looks like the jack stops mid-spin, and spins a different way. Also, all of the character's front names spells out DREAM.


Takers: Meh. Only cool scenes are during the two heists, made better with T.I.'s gangster commentary. Anakin Skywalker was in it, dressed like some Rat-Packer, and made some bad acting choices. If people thought he was stiff in Star Wars (I'm not one of those people, by the way), wait till they get a load of him here.


Jonah Hex: Didn't know what to expect, but it was pretty good. A good western, but too much 21st century commentary. A terrorist with the ultimate weapon and suicide bombers? The whole bit about Jonah's face got a bit old, but they owned up to that. Meghan Fox is flippin' gorgeous, and is not believable as a Old West Hooker.

Coming soon: New Fast and Furious, Captain America, Thor, Green Lantern!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Happy 3rd Annual Rex Manning Day!!

Yes, my friends. It's that time again. 3 years ago, I decided that April 1st will now be officially known as Rex Manning Day, in honor of the killer flick Empire Records....

And yes, I do wish this were true....