Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
It was rumored that Megan Fox from Transformers was to play the sultry Catwoman in Christopher Nolan's third installment of his Batman series. This news gave a lot of boys naughty thoughts of Fox in leather, but Warner Bros. quickly shut down the rumor in a press release saying, "It's rumor. It's not true." Can’t you hear the collective groans of disappointment from boys all around the world? To read what my friend had to say about Megan Fox and her pick for the Catwoman role visit her blog Pop Candy Arcade.
One of the comics series that I read over the summer, Powers, might be given a TV makeover. Powers is a comic that depicts a world where people with super powers are very common and it’s the duty of detective Christian Walker (a de-powered hero) and his partner Deena Pilgrim to solve homicides involving citizens with special abilities. Basically, the comic boils down to Marvel’s version of CSI. Brian Michael Bendis the creator of the series said, "All kinds of good things are going on behind the scenes right now. They’ve (Sony) just asked for more material and we’re putting together budgets as well as some other stuff.” I hope this happens because I think this comic might actually work out to be a good TV show.
Literally a day after Sony announced that they were going to cut the price of the PS3, Microsoft (not wanting to be left out of the spot light) also announced a price cut of their own. The 360 Elite will be getting a $100 reduction making it $299. Analysts firm EEDAR believes that Microsoft's price cut won’t make a difference in sales, probably because price conscious Xbox fans have already bought the less sophisticated Xbox pro for the $299 price tag. The EEDAR also believes that if the Xbox truly wants to compete with the Wii and the PS3 Slim they will need to lower to the price of the Elite to $250. Oh Microsoft, why can't you give others some time in the lime light you greedy corporation.
Side Note: If you're wondering about the fate of the Xbox Pro, it too will recieve a price cut of $50, but once all remaining units are sold Microsoft intends on discontinuing the Pro series.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Like a distraught mourner, I want to scream in a fit of rage and trears that it was your fault (the reader) for not watching this incredible series, but it wasn’t your fault, it’s no ones fault. A lot of people watched The Spectacular Spider-Man and critics gave it raving reviews. IGN even gave it an award for best animated series for 2008 and also gave the show’s Peter Park the award for best TV hero of 2008. So you ask, “What lead to the shows demise?” The answer would be bad circumstances. The show fist got picked up by what was left of the Kids WB and when the WB finished phasing into the New CW all contracts owned by the WB were void and it was up to the CW’s discretion whether or not to pick up any of the old WB shows. They opted for not and that is how Spider-Man was sent to TV limbo.
Let me pause for a second and tell you why you should actually care about this show.
- It’s an interesting take on Spider-Man -- The Spectacular Spider-Man is an intriguing mix of several Spider-Man universes. I can see influences from Ultimate Spider-Man, the movie Spider-Man, and of course the show’s name sake, the Spectacular Spider-Man comic book. The series somehow seamlessly combines all these different aspects of Spider-Man into a show that gives a fresh perspective of our friendly neighborhood spider.
- The animation is great -- It has a very distinct look and the characters move fluidly making all of the boss fights look awesome. Speaking of the fights, the animators took their time to make sure the web slinger’s fights were intricate enough to show of the wall crawler’s speed, agility and fancy spider moves.
- The writing is top notch -- It is one of the few cartoons today that has a plot that builds off itself. I think it’s cool to know that the minutia in episode 2 can avalanche into an epic fight all the way down in episode 13. I also like that Spider-Man doesn’t defeat his foes in same old tried and true way. Example: Instead of always blasting Sandman away with water, he incases him in cement. This isn't necessarily new, but at least he uses other options unlike his 90’s counterpart. Spidey is also back with his clever quips and one liners and I must say that his banter sessions with the Green Goblin are throughly entertaining.
Alright, now that you have a better grasp of the show lets continue. Disney was the one to rescue The Spectacular Spider-Man from limbo by picking up the rights to the already completed second season and placed the show on its new channel Disney XD. This seemed like a great place for show to land, but that’s not the case. Disney XD clearly doesn't care about the show which is evident by the show’s sporadic air times and the lack of commercials promoting it (I bet Disney would care more if it had a Disney star like Hanna Montana on it).
This wouldn’t be a big deal if season 3 didn't hinge on the success of season 2. You might be thinking, "At least there’s hope." Well sort of, the problem with season 3 (if it does manage to get picked up) is that all of the writers and animators who made the show have moved on with their lives and are doing other projects. That means the Spider-Man will have a whole new crew with a new look and feel. It still might end up being an amazing season, but I’m a HUGE fan of how it is right now.
What can you do to help save Spider-Man? Well I can only imagine that the DVD sales of season 1 and eventually season 2 are what will really keep this series going and even if it's not the same show anymore I really want a season 3. So I urge you, please buy season 1 of The Spectacular Spider-Man and do your part in saving a good show. If you’re still not convinced that this show is worth rescuing, then watch some of the episodes on youtube [click here] and find out how good this show is for yourself. If you don’t feel any attachment toward the show thats fine (heartless!!!), but if you do end up enjoying this series then hopefully you will buy season 1 as well.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Ryan Reynolds is going to play the Green Lantern! I must have been sleeping because this was announced back in July and I’m just learning about it now. Let me just rub the sleep out of my eyes, OK thats better. Lets think about Reynolds as our hero in green, I have nothing against Reynolds being the green power house, but he never struck me as the Green Lantern type. Hal Jordan (I hope it’s Hal and not Guy Gardner) seemed kind of serious and I’m sure Reynolds can play serious roles, but I’ve only seen him as the goofy guy with an arsenal of decent jokes. By the way, whatever happened to Reynolds being in the X-Men Origin's spin off Deadpool? I wonder how he will be able to play both roles since Deadpool and Green Lantern are set to be in production around the same time. In news that is actually new, the Green Lantern movie is having some problems with it’s budget. The movie is ready to be filmed in Australia, but due to the rise of the the Australian note the movie could see a loss of 15 to 25 million U.S. dollars in currency exchange (yikes). Anyways congratulations Ryan, seeing as how you're going to be in four different comic book movie adaptations you are clearly the poster boy for the comic book movie genre.
It looks like Ubisoft is having a little trouble getting the sequel to its cult hit Beyond Good & Evil into the grubby hands of its fans. Now I haven’t actually beaten the first game, but I do like what I’ve played. I mean who doesn’t like unraveling the mystery behind a corrupt government? Very little is known as to why the game is on hold, but it’s very unfortunate that a another good game (put it back on the list with Psychonauts and Okami) may never get that sequel it deserves. [Source]
X-Men Origins: Magneto is also on hold once again. David Goyer, the producer trying so hard to make Magneto’s silver screen story a reality, revealed that a writer’s strike and the lack of lead actor contributed to the film never making it to production. Goyer remained hopeful and said, “I'm sure that project will move forward in the next year or so" (Translation: maybe in 3 years we will tease you again with the prospect of a Magneto Movie). As you may already know, I was in opposition to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but I can’t deny the endless laughter that I enjoyed from watching that movie, so I can't wait to see how they will butcher Magneto’s life story too. [Source]
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Now let me just say I know absolutely nothing about Spider-Woman other than she shoots electricity that’s not really electricity. I tell you this to say that I will be relinquishing my nerd card for this review and take the position of the average joe. Before the nerd card goes away I have to mention that this story takes place right after the events of the Secret Invasion and Jessica Drew finds herself trying to figure out what to do with her life. Should she rejoin the avengers or perhaps join a new organization named S.W.O.R.D. who basically tell her, “We want you to beat the crap out of the aliens that hurt you and we want to pay you to do it” (judging from the title, I wonder which team she will pick). One last thing, Spider-Woman Agent of S.W.O.R.D. is written by Brian Michael Bendis author of the Ultimate Spider-man series and what I’ve discovered is that people either love him or hate him which means if you don’t like any of his previous works odds are you’re not going to like this one.
What’s a Motion Comic?
It’s basically a still frame shot that movies occasionally, whether it’s moving cars in the background or Drew raising her cell phone closer to her face. The whole thing really presents itself as a giant monologue except when Drew talks to another person (then it becomes a dialogue). Also, our friend Jessica Drew got some complaints for having a british accent, but since I have no previous attachment to her all I can say is that her voice over was good. In fact, everyone’s voice over was good.
Alex Maleev did an excellent job of drawing beautiful characters and detailed backgrounds. This episode of Spider-woman has Drew battling feelings of hatred and despair and the dark backdrop perfectly captures those feelings. Another aspect of Maleev’s art style that I enjoyed was that his drawings were very sharp with heavy distinct lines and good shading.
Nonexistent!!! I would have really liked to have heard some ominous music to compliment the the somber tone of the comic, but I guess I’ll have to settle for the appropriate noises in the background like cars whizzing by an open window.
Its good, but I like Brendis so take that with a grain of salt. I will say that a couple of times when I was fully immersed in Drew’s monologue about her tragic life she would say a word like do-hickey and I would instantly snap out of the world Brendis so carefully tried to create.
The word on the net is that the Motion Comic is going to bring something new and creative to the table and while it may be true that it’s new for marvel, it is in fact old, very very old. The animation and art style reminds me of one of my favorite TV shows, The Maxx, that aired on MTV in 1995. It had a similar look and feel as Spider-Woman Agent of S.W.O.R.D. and frankly I think The Maxx did everything a little bit better. That’s not to say Agent of S.W.O.R.D. isn't good, I’m just saying there is room for improvement. Spider-Woman's motion comic is about 10 min long and though I would like to see how this story plays out I’m way to much of a cheapo to pay $1.99 for each episode. Maybe when Marvel comes out with the first Motion Comic omnibus for a reasonable price I’ll buy it. Until then, I can only imagine what kind of misadventures Spider-Woman will be having.
I’m giving Spider-Woman Agent of S.W.O.R.D. 4 bioelectric blasts out of 5
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Oh G.I. Joe, how do I feel about your movie? I think the word that sums this summer blockbuster up is meh. I can understand why all those big movie reviewers (who get paid to do this stuff) gave this movie such a low score. The acting is bearable, the music wasn’t noticeable, and the visuals were just something else and based on those criteria it deserves the D rating that it got from so many of my peers. But I actually like bad movies...I’m talking to you Dead or Alive and Doom, so what’s my take on G.I. Joe you ask?
Like any good (or bad as it may be) B movie the acting must be terrible or the dialogue must make you cringe because you know that no one in real life would actually say that. In G.I. Joe’s case the acting wasn’t good enough to merit praise, but it wasn’t bad enough to warrant laughs. Clearly it’s not the actors fault for having terrible lines, but I’ve seen clichéd lines pulled off very well...in cartoon; so I don’t see why movie stars who make a living of this sort of thing can’t do it too. In regards to the writers, they obviously wrote this movie more for the general public and less for the G.I. Joe fans, probably because they thought they had a chance of actually making a hit (laughter in the distance). I think if they had stuck more to the G.I. Joe mythology the movie would have popped a little bit more and maybe would have gotten a big cult following by the fan boys; instead, the movie was a wash because of its blasé attempt to appeal to everyone.
Ok I’ll admit that the special effects are what saved this movie for me. I get very bored very quickly and the fact that I only checked my watch twice during the movie is a testament to how visually crazy and appealing the movie was to my senses. I will say that in two years when the graphic technology advances, this movie will look like a flashy steaming pile of poo. I would say that 87% of the scenes in this movie seemed to have computer generated backdrops and 100% of the scenes had some kind of glowing very not real looking gizmo in it.
If you’re a fan of G.I. Joe you have to see this movie, but I have to recommend you wait till it makes its way to the cheap theater where people shout at the screen and have loud conversations on their cell phone, but its a $1.75 so why complain. You can also wait till it comes out on DVD and rent if for a dollar at a redbox and if you’re really not that into G.I. Joe wait for it to play on TBS. Now you know and knowing is half the battle.
I’m giving G.I. Joe 2 YO JOES!!! out of 5
Oh wait, did I forget to mention the ninjas? Well they weren’t that special, but if you combine them with the warm fuzzy childhood memories of me playing with my cousins G.I. Joe action figures I’m going to have to bump this movie up a notch.
3 stealthy ninja throwing stars out of 5
The new score is a 3 out of 5 for those of you not paying attention
Saturday, August 22, 2009
First off YAY!!! I’ve been in love with this video since the second I watched it on my friends XBox 360 and I’m super happy it made its way to youtube. The song is catchy, the choreography is actually good, and the overall production value is great. Even though I'm a fan of free things I will advocate that we all buy this song off of iTunes or Amazon so we can support the Guild and catch the 3rd season of the Guild starting August 25th.
Side Note: If this song ends up on DJ Hero or Guitar Hero I think my head might just explode out of sheer rapture.
Friday, August 21, 2009
So as you may know the big buzz around the gaming community is that the PS3 is going on a diet and she will be ready to show off her slim sexy new body some time before Christmas. Not only is she going on a diet, but she’s also going to be cheaper then ever before ($299 you hussy). Despite her new vivacious curves the PS3 seems to be getting a lot of flack for not being backwards compatible (BC). From what I’ve gathered Sony representative John Koller announced that, “It won’t be coming back,” because the PS3 has grown big enough in the market to not need gimmicks like backwards compatibility to sell systems. So my question to you out there in cyber land is why are you so angry about the PS3 not being BC?
From what I’ve read on the net, people want to keep their massive collection of PS2 games and thats fair, but who said you had to throw out your games or your PS2. Is it really so hard to put your PS2 in a box and pull it out to play with when overwhelming nostalgia hits you? Because that’s what I do with my N64 and Genesis. Also, considering that the PS3 is $300 cheaper than its original price tag, don’t you think the BC feature would have made the PS3 Slim more expensive and less slim? As I recall, people have been complaining about the high price of a PS3 since its conception and now that it’s cheaper people still don’t want to buy it because a feature that will make it more expensive isn’t included (Ahhh so irritating). I for one am all for the PS3 Slim and the decision to keep backwards compatibility out of the picture. I can’t wait to get my hands on inFAMOUS, Katamari Forever, and one day in the distant future Kingdom Hearts 3 now that the PS3 is within my budget.