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Maybe Not “Too Old For This Sh!t” After All

August 7, 2008

Who is up for another round of Lethal Weapon? Apparently Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are. And, to be honest, I think I am too. Word is floating out on the internet via the industry web site, and numerous other movie related sites, that original Lethal Weapon screenwriter Shane Black (remember way back in the day when he got paid $1.75 million for The Last Boy Scout?) has either handed in a spec script or an outline for Lethal Weapon 5.

There was never anything real groundbreaking about the Lethal Weapon movies, but they pretty much redefined the “buddy-cop” movie in the ’80s and ’90s. In fact, one of my current projects that I’m working on I refer to as “Lethal Weapon in space” — it’s a sci-fi buddy cop movie.

Notice how I had to post pictures of a bearded Gibson and Glover since I posted a picture of myself sans goatee last post?

August Pick Flix

July 30, 2008

Fresh from all the hoopla that is the San Diego Comic-Con, it’s time to take a look at the Pick Flix of August — the movies that I want to see, think I might want to see, and what will probably wait until DVD or DirecTV.

Pineapple Express (August 8 ) — Lazy stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city’s most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene.

Two words — Seth Rogan. That’s all that’s needed to make sure that my girlfriends sees to it that we see this movie. And, to be honest, I’m a Seth Rogan fan — he’s a likable guy that tends to play likable characters, even if they might not be great role models. The trailers for this film have been amusing, and the song that they use — “Paper Planes” by M.I.A — with the borrowed Clash track is damn catchy and has sucked me in. This will be one flick that I’ll catch in the theater.

Star Wars: The Clone War (August 15) — On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin’s padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains–led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous–are poised to rule the galaxy.

This chapter of the Star Wars lore takes place between Episode II and Episode III. The release of the feature film kicks off an all-new animated television series also called Star Wars: The Clone Wars. What better way to fix the mistakes of two-dimensional acting and story of the second film than creating a 3D-looking animated movie to serve as a band-aid to affix over the boo boo. This looks like it’ll be entertaining eye-candy, to say the least, and will probably be best served on the big screen with a state of the art sound system. I’ll go check this flick out solo during the mid-week after the crowds have died.

Tropic Thunder (August 15) — A group of self-absorbed actors set out to make the most expensive war film. But after ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.

This is probably the first Ben Stiller movie that I’ve ever eagerly anticipated. The flicks in which he has starred in have never really done anything for me, though he’s been fine in supporting roles when the spotlight wasn’t shining on him directly throughout the entire film. I hear this flick is worth it just for the “unrecognizable” Tom Cruise cameo — though this may more likely end up a DVD rental as opposed to actually humping it to the cineplex to see. If there’s real good word of mouth I might make the hump.

Death Race (August 22) — Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the U.S. penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport. Adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for violence and a spectacular, enclosed arena come together to form the ‘Death Race’,

This movie can be either knock it out of the park — or be a complete swing and a miss. Not sure if I want to risk the eight plus dollar admission and twelve plus dollar popcorn and a coke — for a total of twenty plus dollars — on the chance of the latter. I’ll probably wait for DirecTV for this flick.

And, that wraps up the August Pick Flix, and the summer blockbuster season as well. Stay tuned for what’s in store for September.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Sunday

July 17, 2008

Assuming that I’ve survived the Wednesday Preview Night, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I’ll find myself ready to wrap things up on Sunday and get the hell out of Dodge. But, before I make my escape there are a few panels that I’m interested in that I’m likely to skip out on.

10:30-11:30 Zuda Online Comics— Read. Vote. Create. With those three little words, Zuda is changing the face of webcomics. Panel participants include Zuda staff Richard Bruning, Ron Perazza, Kwanza Johnson, and Dave McCullough, along with creators Jeremy Love (Bayou), Bobby & Peter Timony (The Night Owls), David Gallaher & Steve EllisHigh Moon), Nick Doan (Pray for Death), Johnny Zito & Tony TrovarelloThe Black Cherry Bombshells), Sheldon Vella (Supertron), and Caanan GrallCeladore). Listen as they ramble incoherently, pausing occasionally to make a good point. Room 4

Seeing how I currently have an entry submitted for the Zuda competition, there might be some useful nuggets of knowledge at this panel.

12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29. Don’t miss the stars of this cult classic comedy franchise as they talk about their experiences making the films and the plethora of extras features on the DVD including “Dude, Change the Movie!” where the viewer decides what Harold and Kumar do next. Ballroom 20

Having just recently seen this movie this might be a lot of fun. My admiration for Neil Patrick Harris has been growing steadily — and this flick just helped the cause.

12:00-2:00 Browncoats Fan Group— Calling all Browncoats! Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats to hear about upcoming events and products that you’ll really love. Stop by and listen to some quality storytelling by ’verse-related and ’verse-friendly authors. And last but not least, come to meet and hang out with all the great Browncoats at Comic-Con! Room 24A

I’ve stated before that I’m a Firefly/Serenity fan though I’ve never participated in any Browncoat activities. It might be worthwhile to hang out in the back of the room and check it out.

And… That wraps up the San Diego Comic-Con panels that I’ll regret missing for the year 2008. It was revealed earlier today that the event is now completely sold-out. It should be a helluva year. Hopefully I might even make it to a panel or two this year. See you at the show.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Saturday

July 16, 2008

It figures… The one day that I would prefer to remain off of the way over crowded show floor than any other really doesn’t have that much panel-wise to entice me — well, other than one panel that I will be sure not to miss. Saturdays at the San Diego International Comic Con have become a juggernaut of a fanboy throng of immense proportions. (Note: I typed “throng” not “thong”. I have no desire to ever see a “fanboy thong”, though I’m sure that it would probably be of immense proportions as well.)

10:15-11:15 Spotlight on Ralph Bakshi On par with such auteurs as Walt Disney, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and art spiegelman, Comic-Con special guest Ralph Bakshi redefined animation and became a hero to countless generations of fans and filmmakers. His name is synonymous with the great tradition of American cartooning. Bakshi is responsible for such memorable films and television shows such as Fritz the Cat (the first X-rated animated feature film), The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Spider-Man, Heavy Traffic, Wizards, Cool World, and The Lord of the Rings, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Join Ralph Bakshi for a rare, in-person appearance as he discusses his legendary career. Moderated by Jon M. Gibson and Chris McDonnell, co-authors of Unfiltered: The Complete Ralph Bakshi, the only book chronicling the career of one of the pioneers of animation. Room 6B

Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards is still one of the movies that has left an impression on me after some thirty-plus years. I’ve wanted to see a Wizards comic book for almost as long. When I was serving as Editor at IDW Publishing I was trying to arrange a discussion with Bakshi’s “people” to see about making it happen. Hell, I want to write the Wizards comic book. I know there was talk of it possibly happening in the past. Maybe this panel will shed some light on whether or not it could happen.

11:00-12:00 IDW Publishing: Ideas and Dreams 2008— IDW publisher Chris Ryall presides over a superstar panel including writer Joe Hill; artists Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), Ben Templesmith (Welcome to Hoxford), and Darwyn Cooke (announcing a surprise new project and offering up an exclusive signature card available only at this panel); writers Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall), Steve Niles (Epilogue), Rick Remender (Legion of the Supernatural), and David Lapham; actors Shawnee Smith and Ken Foree; IDW special projects editor Scott Dunbier, and others. And they all guarantee at least a few surprise announcements of things to come! Room 3

Alright, here’s one panel that I’m not going to miss. I have it on very good authority that a couple of announcements are of projects very dear to my heart. Though, it will be weird to view an IDW panel from the audience as opposed to being up on stage and behind the table. No special SDCC chocolate for me.

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Ray Bradbury The legendary science fiction and fantasy author has been a perennial guest at Comic-Con since the first show in 1970. Ray Bradbury talks with interviewer Arnold Kunert about his career and what’s up next. Room 6CDEF

Any opportunity to see and hear Ray Bradbury speak is an opportunity not to be missed. A true master in the craft of writing.

10:00-12:00 World Premiere! Mutant Chronicles Special “work-in-progress” feature film screening hosted by stars Thomas Jane (The Mist), Ron Perlman (Hellboy II), and Devon Aoki (Sin City). This is the first public showing in our hemisphere of this steampunk action-adventure. A disparate squad of former enemy soldiers undertakes a suicide mission deep into the seething heart of the otherworldly mutant scourge bent on human extinction. Unrated, uncut, unreal. Q&A with cast, director Simon Hunter (Lighthouse), and producer Edward R. Pressman (The Crow). Room 6CDEF

This flick looks pretty damn cool — bleak, but pretty damn cool. Though, a ten p.m. screening on a Saturday night when there are numerous parties, drink-ups, and general practices of debauchery happening in and around all of the bars and hotels within the Gaslamp District and general Convention Center area. I don’t think I’ll make it.

That does it for Saturday. One day left to survive… Er, uh… enjoy.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Friday

July 15, 2008

Alrighty then… Let’s take a look at the San Diego International Comic-Con programs that I’m probably going to regret missing on Friday, the second official day of the show, because I’m either: a) too hungover from Thursday night’s parties, and/or b) trying desperately to meet with editors and publishers to find work in order to pay rent.

10:00-11:00 Batman: Brave & Bold See an exclusive first look at the latest take on the Dark Knight, which premieres this fall on Cartoon Network. Producers Sam Register (Teen Titans) and James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) discuss the show, along with writer Michael Jelenic (The Batman), director Brandon Vietti (Superman Doomsday), voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday), and the new voice of Batman, Diedrich Bader (Surfs Up), followed by a Q&A session. Room 6B

The latest incarnation of the Batman cartoon sounds to be the best so far. I dig the Brave & Bold concept of teaming Batman with other superheroes. Generally, I wouldn’t be going out of my way for a panel like this — but something about Diedrich Bader being the new voice of Batman caught my attention. How come nobody thought of this before?

10:15-11:15 The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A— Positive proof that physics is funny, The Big Bang Theory makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the “Nerdvana Annihilation” episode and a Q&A with the show’s creators and stars. Come talk with executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), as well as series stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) and Kunal Nayyar (NCIS). Adam Savage (MythBusters) will moderate the session. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for a second season on September 22 and airs Mondays at 8:00 PM< ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Room 6CDEF

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows currently on television. While a lot of the science technobabble may fly over my head it’s still rather amusing — and I do get all of the nerd/geek jokes relating to gaming, sci-fi, comic books, etc… I’d be more inclined to hit this panel as opposed to the Batman: Brave & Bold panel. And, then there’s also Kaley Cuoco.

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Max Brooks America’s favorite zombie expert is a Comic-Con special guest for the first time! Author Max Brooks, whose groundbreaking work in the walking dead genre could possibly save your life some day (see his The Zombie Survival Guide), talks about his work and what’s up next for him. Room 5AB

Zombies are still cool, what can I say?

11:00-12:00 LEGO and BrickJournal: Brave New World— See what grown-ups and “big kids” are doing with LEGO today and what fuels them to never put the brick down! With notable guests including Joe Meno, editor and creator of BrickJournal, the magazine for adult fans of LEGO; expert builders Bryce McGlone and Brandon Griffith; and female builder Jessi Pastor. This panel showcases amazing examples of how they put their LEGO building talents to use! Dust off those old bricks in your basement and join the brave new world of LEGO builders! Room 4

I’ve always dug LEGO, but it’s probably best that I do miss this panel since I’d just be insanely jealous of the talent that these true architects of the plastic building blocks is so far above my own. That, and the fact that they can afford LEGO sets. Damn them.

11:30-12:30 Marvel Cup o’ Joe— Meet the EEK himself, Joe Quesada, and surprise guests as they unveil what’s in store for all your favorite Marvel characters and creators, make some surprising announcements, and take on any and all questions! As always, this is the one no-holds barred panel that everyone’s gonna be talking about and the one panel you don’t want to miss! Room 6CDEF

I’ve never been to a Cup o’ Joe panel. Maybe I’ll just wait until he’s announcing that Marvel is publishing a comic that I’ve written — which means I’ll probably never will.

1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon— Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, will show never-before-seen clips while Joss also discusses Buffy Season Eight, the Fray crossover, and the upcoming Serenity comic focusing on Shepherd Book. Ballroom 20

I don’t consider myself a real Whedon groupie. Other than the fact that I’m nuts about Firefly/Serenity that is. (Hence the tattoo.) I do appreciate his work though — even as far back as writing for Rosanne. And, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is pretty damn nifty. This panel is sure to be packed.

3:00-4:00 World of Warcraft Hear what’s next for World of Warcraft straight from the source! Representatives from Blizzard Entertainment will be joined by folks from Upper Deck, DC Comics and Tokyopop to reveal what’s in store for World of Warcraft gaming, comics, action figure, and manga fans. Plus, while supplies last, attendees will receive an exclusive World of Warcraft Comic-Con gift! Room 6CDEF

I miss playing World of Warcraft — even if the highest I ever got was 28th level Orc Hunter. Hopefully I’ll jump back in sometime in the near future. I’m no where near as Word of Warcraft suave as I should be in order to even be admitted into this panel I’m sure. But, there’s always that exclusive gift to put up on eBay come the day after the con.

3:30-4:30 BOOM! Studios Panel— One of the fastest-growing independent publishers invites you to take a peek at what makes BOOM! so great. Editor-in-chief Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), co-founders Andrew Cosby (Eureka) and Ross Richie, marketing and sales director Chip Mosher (Left on Mission), and a few surprise guests will be making announcements about the upcoming year for BOOM! Studios. Come and watch us explode! Room 10

This is a panel I’ll be sure to attend, and not regret missing, having worked with BOOM! Studios on the Josh Medors Benefit Book Pulp Tales.

4:00-5:00 All Hail the Transformers!— TF editor Denton Tipton hosts a panel of Transformers creators including writers Shane McCarthy (All Hail Megatron), Chris Mowry (The Reign of Starscream), Marty Eisenberg (TF Animated), artists Alex Milne (The Reign of Starscream), Marcelo Matere (TF Animated) and others. Advance art, surprise announcements, and pints of Energon all around! Room 2

Oh, I remember sitting on these Transformers comic book panels back when I was editing the Transformers titles — good times. I think this might be the first panel Mowry is sitting on, so I might have to show up just to heckle him. That, and who can turn down a pint of Energon?

6:30-8:00 Kevin Smith Makes a “Porno”— Well, not really, but for the umpteenth time, Smith is back at Comic-Con to talk movies, comics, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about. This year, he’ll be highlighting his fall film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Expect some special guests. Hall H

The Kevin Smith panels are always packed. The man knows how to entertain a crowd. I’m looking forward to Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and if Seth Rogen is one of the special guests, then I’m sure that my girlfriend will see to it that we’re at this panel. I just don’t want to wait in line for it. At least it’s at the end of the “day” schedule.

8:30-11:30 The Spirit Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards The 20th annual Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be given out at a gala ceremony. This year’s special them is “The Magic of Comics.” Presenters include comics creator/director Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, The Spirit), Spongebob Squarepants creator Tom Kenney, and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos, plus several other celebrities from comics, animation, and film. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees—just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pros and VIPs at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Ballroom 20

Actually, I don’t think I’ll regret missing the Eisners seeing how I’m not nominated for anything. It’s not that I was overlooked. It’s kind of hard to be nominated when you haven’t produced anything in which to be nominated. As much as I respect the Eisner awards, I’ll probably hold out until that day comes.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Thursday

July 11, 2008

I’ve been to the San Diego International Comic-Con every July for maybe the last dozen years or so. It’s my regular pilgrimage — both as a fanboy like most everybody else and now as a “professional”. One thing I don’t attend at the con as much as I should are the panels. In fact, I think I may have been on as many panels as a speaker than I have sat in the audience as an observer.

And, this year probably won’t be much different than others. The Thursday Schedule has been released (Sunday has as well, but I’ll cover that later) and after perusing the first official day of the programing schedule I’ve concluded that I will probably regret missing the following panels…

11:30-12:30 Hasbro: GI JoeAs Hasbro ramps up for the summer 2009 blockbuster movie release of GI Joe, Aaron Archer (Hasbro Design), Michael Ritchie (Hasbro Marketing), and Michelino Paolino (Hasbro Design) discuss this year’s product line, entertainment, and other initiatives. Panelists will include special guests that you won’t want to miss, plus Q&A! Room 7AB

It’s going to be a big year for GI Joe — IDW is launching a new comic book series, and there’s a new live-action movie due out next summer. Having been involved with The Transformers in the past I’ve got an interest in what’s in store for the “Greatest American Hero”. And, I’ve worked with Aaron Archer and Michael Ritchie in the past so maybe I can throw an awkward question their way.

2:00-3:00 Red Sonja: One-on-One—Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Rose McGowan (Grindhouse), Doug Aarniokoski (2nd unit director, Resident Evil 3) and David White (Undisputed 2) are teaming up to bring back the red-headed warrior woman known as Red Sonja. Join Robert, Rose, Doug, and David for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session! Room 6CDEF

Spy Kids movies aside, I dig a lot of Robert Rodriguez‘ flicks — El Mariachi, From Dusk Til Dawn, Sin City, Planet Terror. And then there’s Rose McGowan — yeah, fanboy crush. I was intrigued when I heard that the two were lined up to remake Barbarella. Now it looks like it’s the on-again, off-again, on-again Red Sonja. This may potentially be the most kick-ass and hottest looking sword wielding movie ever.

4:00-5:00 Star Trek Without a Blueprint: How Books and Comics Keep Expanding the Boundaries of the Star Trek Universe—Andy Mangels (moderator and Star Trek author), Margaret Clark (executive editor, Pocket Books), Andy Schmidt (senior editor, IDW) and Star Trek authors Kevin Dilmore, Dave Mack, Scott Tipton, Wil Wheaton, and Dayton Ward discuss the future of Star Trek publishing. Room 32AB authors

This is pretty much the same panel that I was on last year when I was serving as editor for IDW’s Star Trek line. I’m interested to hear what Andy has to say as the new Star Trek editor. It’ll also be nice to say “hey” to Margaret and Scott.

Now, if they only held panels at the Hyatt bar I’d probably attend more of them.

July Flix

June 30, 2008

Is it July already? I still haven’t caught up on the few movies from June that I wanted to see — WALL-E, The Incredible Hulk, and probably Wanted. But, there are a few flicks coming out in July that have peaked my interest…

Hancock (July 2) — There are heroes… there are superheroes… and then there’s Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility — everyone knows that — everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough — as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy.

Word on the street is that this movie is uneven — starts off solid, and then spins out of control. i like Will Smith, and I like Jason Bateman. On the surface this seems like the kind of movie that’d be right up my alley, but I’m not sure if I’ll actually make it to the theater to check it out. Might be a DVD or DirecTV viewing.

Hellboy II (July 11) — After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders.

I’ve seen the first Hellboy, though not all in one setting. I’ve caught bits and pieces of various airings on DirecTV. Having read many of the Hellboy comic books, I’m familiar with the character and backstory, and have always appreciated the franchise — though have never quite bonded with Hellboy. This sequel actually looks better than its predecessor — but is it enough to actually pull me into the theater? Definitely looks good enough to sit through and watch in one sitting at home though.

The Dark Knight (July 18 ) — With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

Here’s another comic book movie sequel in which I didn’t see the predecessor in the theater, but managed to see most of, if not all of, in multiple viewings on DirecTV. (I swear I bought the DVD the day it was released. It’s still factory sealed on the shelf. I’m a bad fanboy.) But, the latest Batman movie definitely looks worth checking out while it’s still at the cineplex as opposed to DVD. And, there’s the portrayal of the Joker by Heath Ledger.

Space Chimps (July 18 ) — Two NASA chimps are sent to a galaxy far, far away. One chimp has ‘The Right Stuff,’ and the other, a good natured goofball, has ‘The Wrong Stuff.’ The two chimps find themselves on a strange, uncharted planet, where they embark on a fantastical journey to save its inhabitants from a tyrannical leader.

This movie looks fun on paper. It’s got chimps. It’s got chimps in space. It’s got Patrick Warburton doing the voice of one of the chimps in space. But something tells me that it’s just not going to measure up to the ‘bot in space movie that comes out three weeks prior. Yeah, I just clicked over to review the trailer once again before finishing up this entry… I’ll be checking this flick out on DirecTV.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (July 25) — In grand “X-Files” manner, the film’s storyline is being kept under wraps. This much can be revealed: It is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show’s most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in unexpected directions.

I never thought in a thousand years that this movie was ever going to be made and released. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the X-Files. I dug the television series (at least while Mulder was still around), and I dug the first movie, X-Files: Fight the Future. But that was ten years ago. I’ll probably go see this movie in the theater — I feel that I’ve invested enough over the years to “want to believe.” That, and I want to see if I’m still crushing on Gillian Anderson/Dana Skully.

So, it looks like The Dark Knight and The X-Files: I Want To Believe look like definite flicks I’ll be checking out in the theater. Handcock has about a 50/50 chance, but will probably end up a DVD viewing along with Hellboy II. Coming in August I’m already eying The Pineapple Express and The Perfect Game.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Serial

June 25, 2008

I thought I’d bet Michael May to this post… It’s common knowledge that the character of Indiana Jones is based on the serial movies of the 1930s. Well, RogerRmjet has cleverly chopped the original Raiders of the Lost Ark up into individual chapters, dropped the color, and added vintage credits to bring us Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Serial, available on YouTube.

This is one editing experiment that works rather well. Apparently the first chapter (“The Golden Idol”) has been posted for about two months, with the latest chapter, number 12 (“Showdown at Sea”) having just gone up about two days ago. Having been around for two months, I’m surprised that I just now came across it. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Movie Review – Sex And The City

June 4, 2008

Sex and the City – (7 stars)

The continuing adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they live their lives in Manhattan four years after the series ended.

True to my word, I went and saw Sex and the City. Mock me, ridicule me, scoff at me if you must. I’m man enough to take it. I’m also man enough to enter the dark theater of the “Big Newport” that served as the den of over 700 cougars all hellbent on catching up Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda. To quote Obi Wan Kenobi, “You will never find a more retched hive of scum and villainy.” Alright, that might be a little harsh of a description regarding the crowd that attended last night’s 7:00 PM screening. But, it was definitely a unique crowd, one of which I had never experienced before. The vibe at the theater while waiting in the long line of attendees showing up at the last possible minute was not unlike that of Return of the Jedi that I saw at that very theater a quarter of a century ago — just the complete opposite spectrum of the demographic chart. These women wanted their Sex and the City.

The movie itself was alright and I enjoyed it for the most part. But, I’m pretty sure that just had to do with the fact that I had some familiarity with the characters having watched most of the six seasons worth of late night reruns. I’ve got my girlfriend to thank (or blame) for that. In fact, it was with her and three of her girlfriends that I went to see the movie with. Had I not felt some sort of connection and familiarity with the characters I’m sure I would’ve been bored out of my skull. It’s a long movie that might have worked better as five individual episodes. Or, maybe even as a seventh season since the movie spans at least nine month’s time, probably more. I think the movie would have benefited by further exploring certain aspects of the movie that seemed to just have been glossed over — but, I wouldn’t have wanted to sit through a three hour plus Louis Vuitton commercial. I doubt I would bother seeing a Sex and the City sequel if one were to be produced.

Breaking it down to the basics — If you like the TV show, you’ll like the movie. If you’ve never seen or don’t like the TV show, then go see Iron Man again.

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Christopher Noeth
Directed by: Michael Patrick King
Written by: Michael Patrick King, Candace Bushnell
Produced by: Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Patrick King, John Melfi
Distributed by: New Line Cinema, Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language.

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Angry Fanboy – 11

May 29, 2008

NOTE: The views of Angry Fanboy do not necessarily support my own personal views. I happened to have really dug Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Though, I do have to agree with him about how Han did in fact shoot Greedo first.