Saturday, March 28, 2009

YouTube Saturday

Saturday, March 21, 2009

YouTube Saturday

Friday, March 20, 2009

More PG Porn

I still think that Nailing Your Wife is the best one so far, but this one might be a close second.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Remake Grudge Match!

You may remember that a couple of weeks ago, I talked about Quarantine You may also remember that I absolutely loved it. It was scary, the pacing was spot on and had to assume that, as remakes go, it was one of the best.
Well, I finally got to see [REC]. The Spanish original that Quarantine was based on. I had said
This is one remake that I have to assume that they got absolutely right.
And I was right. They nailed the remake. Which got me to thinking, is this going to be another Ringu/The Ring. One of those things where, since both are so good, people tend to prefer the one that they saw first? And, I could see that being the case. However, I firmly believe that Quarantine improved on what was already a great movie in [REC]. Quarantine took a little more time to build up. Which, isn't saying much. [REC] comes in at a brisk 75 minutes, and Quarantine is only 89. Both are pretty short movies that move at a good pace. Quarantine, however, spends that extra time building tension in and around the apartment complex, as well as giving you just a little bit more of the characters. Those 14 extra minutes are well spent in that regard.

[REC] is also much shakier. The camera is constantly moving, regardless of what's going on. I think the only time it stopped moving is when it gets set down. Quarantine keeps the shaky cam, but there are moments when it's steady. I think that at those times, such as when the fireman falls from the floor above, has greater impact.

Quarantine though, has an ending that makes a little more sense. That may have more to do with my own, American, sensibilities though. The quasi-religious ending of [REC] just doesn't feel as plausible as the chemical terrorism explanation in Quarantine.

I will say that the 'creature',  for lack of a better term, at the end of [REC] is MUCH creepier looking. It's just plain unsettling. And, I will say that I liked Manuela Velasco a bit more than Jennifer Carpenter.

Like I've said, Quarantine, got it right. It took the story, kept all the great stuff and then improved upon it, making a tight, taut movie that much better without losing a bit of the soul of the orginal.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

All I wanted was to see the helicopter destroyed

Do you know why I grabbed Asylum's Supercroc at the video store? No, of course you don't. I haven't told you that. It's certainly not based on Asylum's track record.  I still remember watching Monster. So, that wasn't it. The title itself is enough to pique my interest. It's enough to raise at least one of my eyebrows There's a certain imageto it. The title, Supercroc, is enough to get me to look at the box. It' the back cover, however, that sold me. 

I never realized it before, but in that moment, standing there at the video store, I knew, without a doubt, that all my life I'd wanted nothing more than to see a giant crocodile LEAP from the water and envelop a helicopter in it's massive jaws.

It's not as exciting as the cover would have you believe. The attacks are actually all pretty blurry. The supercroc is mostly blurry when it appears. It must just be cheaper.

It's a crocodile that the movie's scientist claims could eat a T-rex. A T-rex! Think about that! That's just SO cool. Of course that's the only thing that they say in their little 'war room' that isn't complete gobbledygook.

Look, you and I both know that this is not a good movie. It filled with plot holes, cliches, bad acting and worse effects. No, you know what, the effects are actually much better than most of the acting. I don't care though. I had fun with it. I want to be in an Asylum movie. I really really do. Is there anyone out there who can help me with this? I don't even want to speak in it, I just want to be a part of a movie like this. That's my new dream. 

You know what this movie needed? A couple of knocked down buildings. Just let the supercroc take out a building or two with it's tail! It would have been perfect. Considering that the supercroc takes out a helicopter and an SUV with no real difficulty, a building would have helped demonstrate it's destructive effectiveness. Also, it would have been really sweet.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

An Open Letter To SyFy

This isn't what I originally planned to post here today. However, my stellar review of SuperCroc will just have to wait until later in the week. I have another bandwagon to jump on.

Dear SciFi Channel,

Can I still call you that? Is that ok right now? I'm not sure how official the name change is yet. Have you gone before the judge yet? I've seen everyone talking about it, so that much be like putting an anouncement in the newspaper. I guess that means it's time to give up the ghost and start calling you SyFy, huh?

Well, SyFy, I have to tell you, I'm pretty disapointed in your behavior. Changing your name to a silly spelling seems like the kind of thing you do in junior high to make yourself stand out and feel special. It doesn't REALLY change anything though, does it? I mean, you aren't exactly changing your programming, are you? Are you going to give up on SciFi Saturday (The most dangerous night on tv!)? I mean, I really hope you won't stop showing top quality movies like Dark Storm and Raptor Island. I'm not being sacracastic here. I love these movies. I can't count how many Saturday nights I've spent watching your movies and drinking some beers. It's been a lot of fun.

You said that changing the name makes you cooler and hipper. SyFy.
“The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network.
Um...that's not a real nice thing to say about a large portion of your audience. It doesn't exactly make me feel all warm and fuzzy about your network, dude. And besides, you can't manufacture cool.
"When we tested this new name, the thing that we got back from our 18-to-34 techno-savvy crowd, which is quite a lot of our audience, is actually this is how you'd text it. It made us feel much cooler, much more cutting-edge, much more hip, which was kind of bang-on what we wanted to achieve communication-wise."
You can try, I guess. Don't you remember what made you special though? You weren't cool. Who the hell wants to watch 4 straight hours of Enterprise?
"Syfy allows us to build on our 16-year heritage of success with a new brand built on the power that fuels our genre: the imagination. Syfy ushers in a new era of unlimited imagination, exceptional experiences and greater entertainment that paves the way for us to truly become a global lifestyle brand."
So, how does ECW Wrestling fit into that? Let's be honest though. This should come as no surprise. You've basically been shitting on fans of science fiction for years. Terrible movies, bad series' and a lack of understanding what science fiction even entails. Few have done more to make science fiction unappealing to the masses than the SciFi Channel.

Space ships, aliens, time travel, robots, these are all components of science fiction, but it can be so much more than that.There is more to science fiction than Star Trek, The X-Files and Star Wars. Rather than being a network cobbled together with the scraps no one else wants to bother with, you could have built something bigger. How many shows that couldn't work on network TV could have found new life on your network? A show like Firefly would have been perfect. It would have gotten better ratings on a network that nurtured quality science fiction shows for a built in audience than one that was trying to appeal to everyone. You missed that boat so many times that I actually wonder how you managed to succeed with Battlestar Galactica. No, rather than try to create something great, you let yourself whither away in the dark recesses of basic cable.

Rather than trying to be a healthy meal, so to speak, you've striven to be the junk food network. You could be showing movies like Children of Men or Sunshine or Blindness (okay, this is still awfully new and probably a bad example) instead of I Am Omega and Anonymous Rex and SS Doomtrooper. Instead of looking at your audience and seeing a group that wanted you to succeed, you saw a group holding you back.

Eventually, most people realize that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. I don't know that your audience will abandon you because of the name change. I think most of us are accustomed to being maligned and abused. You run the risk, though, of becoming a joke. More so than your movies already make you. And if those 'antisocial boys in their basements' abandon you...well, I wouldn't expect an influx of new viewers to show up to replace them.

$7 Popcorn

Monday, March 16, 2009

Oh, I'll show you what bad CGI REALLY is!

Last week, Total Film posted an article on the 20 Worst Movie CGI Moments. And, in looking through the list...I have to wonder if they really know what bad CGI is.

Yes, Sam Jackson's death in Deep Blue Sea is horrific (horrifically AWESOME!). With that and Shark Attack 3 to open things up, I had a feeling that they might be onto something fun. Then I read on...and realized that whoever wrote this article has never watched the SciFi Channel on a Saturday night (though I'm not sure if that says more about me or Chris Hicks).

It's one thing if you want to stick to scenes in big budget movies like Watchmen or Transformers and that sort of movie. That's a whole different discussion. But when you start off by mentioning a couple of low budget shark movies, well, they just can't compete. A movie like The Matrix has a lot more money to work with than the likes of Shark Attack 3. It's not a level playing field. And it's unfair to lump them into the same category.

Besides...if you want to talk about bad CGI? Let's start by taking a look at something like Attack of the Sabertooth.

That's from the friggin movie! A movie like Transformers puts more effort into an animatic!

And you want to talk about surfing? Die Another Day has not-a-goram-thing on Escape From L.A.

Do you really think that any thing about this looks better than what the accomplished in Die Another Day? Come on, dude!

Or, let's look at Event Horizon:

Do you really think that the opening sequence full of shitty looking floating debris looks better than anything in Lord of the Rings? And don't even get me started on Johnny Mnemonic or Lawnmower Man and their all CGI depictions of the interweb.

And let's be fucking honest, the only reason the effects looked bad in King Kong was because of how much Peter Jackson and Weta Workshop accomplished on LotR. Sure, the dinosaurs weren't the best CGI effects, but the damn monkey looked amazing.

The Wachowskis, the Bays, the Bruckheimers in this world will never put out the kind of movies that are chock full of bad effects and pure awesome-osity that the Lions Gates, Nu Images and Asylums will.
It's just a different mentality.

And not just among the film makers. As a viewer, I go into something like The Matrix with certain expectations. I expect to see something to write home about. When I pop in something like Raging Sharks, I expect to get a good chuckle and maybe be entertained for a few minutes. So, when I see a goofy alien, or a bad CGI shark, I laugh. I make fun of it. And while I may expect it to be bad, that doesn't mean that it's more inexcusable for a big budget movie to have a little shoddy CGI in it. Hell no. After seeing what people are doing on average home computers and with little money, I expect MORE out of the low budget flicks. When you have all the money in the world to spend on your movie, you damn well better hire the best. When you're on a shoestring, it's about getting the biggest bang for your buck. And when you don't...when you get something that looks like it was made using the airbrush in MS Paint...that's the CGI to get offended by.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

YouTube Saturday

Friday, March 13, 2009

Nathan Fillion Week: Let's Make Some Pie

I feel like I should include a pie recipe here today*...I don't know any pie recipes though. In fact, I can only really think of one time I made pie I made an apple pie something like six or seven years ago. So, I don't have any pie recipes. I don't really like pie** that much anyways.

The characters of Waitress like pie though. And Jenna is like a pie genius. She invents a new pie*** like every day. Sometimes more than one a day! She works at a pie diner. I assume that's a southern thing. Then again, her doctor claims to have gone to a pie diner as a kid, and he's from Connecticut, so maybe it's just not a Detroit thing.

By the way, Jenna and her doctor? Totally having an affair. She's cheating her complete dick of a husband and he's cheating on his wife. A wife we really know very little about through most of the movie. But it's ok, because they're in love, or something. Why is that acceptable? You know what? I'm not getting into a discussion on morality here. It's not worth it. Not even a little.

Oh. And Jenna is pregnant. Don't worry, it's her husband's baby. She didn't get pregnant by some other guy or anything like that. Nothing like that. Which is almost a bit of a shame. Jenna's husband, Earl, might be one of the least likable characters that I have EVER seen in a movie. There is nothing even a little sympathetic about him.

This is how you can tell a movie wasn't made to appeal to the first ten minutes, you hate every character you meet and everything that comes out of their mouths. And, as it goes on, you find pretty much every character unlikeable. That's okay though. This is not a movie made for the likes of me. Quite obviously. Though at about 53 minutes in, they played a Cake song. THAT was meant to appeal to me. I think. Really, though, that's the only thing that they film makers did to appease me. Jerks.

Nathan Fillion had a few moments where his character was clever or enjoyable. A few traits that were fun. Even he couldn't shine through in this one though. You know who could? Friggin Matlock dude. Matlock was the only remotely likeable character in the whole movie. He gets the cranky old man role. The cranky old man who turns out to be a big softy. It's kind of like the hooker with the heart of gold, you know? Good job Matlock.

Old Joe: Are you with child?
Jenna: Shush!
Old Joe: I saw that look on a woman's face before. Her name was Annette. I made sweet sweet love to her all through the summer of 1948, and she had that look on her face all through the fall.

Waitress kind of feels like it's going for that kind of quirky Amelie vibe. I could be reading it all wrong, but that was what I was left with. And who can blame it? Amelie was a fun little movie. It had spunk. Waitress does not have that same spunk. There are a few laughs to be found in the movie, but not as many as I might have hoped for.

Like I said though, I'm not the intended demographic for Waitress, so that I didn't like it in the end isn't exactly surprising or anything. I'm ok with that. This is a movie that has an audience out there. It's just not an audience of me.

*Or, held off until tomorrow, since tomorrow IS pie day...well, pi day. 3.14
**I do like pi though.
***Hooray for pi!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Nathan Fillion Week: Does anyone else actually remember Seven Mary Three?

Do you remember the band Seven Mary Three? They did that Cumbersome song that people liked at one point. I have actually heard it in the last three years I think. On the radio no less. I mean, sure, I used to have the cd, but not anymore. I got rid of it a long time ago. I think. I hope. Ugh. Anyway, they also did a song called Water's Edge. And I liked the song. I remember liking it more than Cumbersome, that's for sure.

I can't go down to the water's edge,
I didn't do it,
I saw who did.
Don't go down to the waters edge,
They did it once and they can do it again.

Water's Edge has NOTHING to do with that song. I mean, they both deal with murder, murder near the water at that, but that's really where the similarities end. See, in the know, I looked up the lyrics, but I don't really remember the music, so I forget what happens in the song. There's a van and a crime and someone died and, you know, he didn't do it but he knew who did. Ok, look, I'm not going to go find the song and listen to it. I just don't care that much. Let's just get to the movie, huh?

Let's see...Nathan Fillion plays an author named...well, he has a name and I don't remember. Robert I think. Robert Graves. That sounds kind of ominous. Anyways, Robert and his wife, who also has a name, are broke. And, like many people in today's world, they are doing what they have to do to survive. In this case it's leaving New York City for a place in the middle of nowhere called Reedsville. Robert's father owned a house there, and when he passed away it fell to Robert.  So, they move out to the middle of nowhere called Reedsville.

I guess it's worth noting here that two years prior, their daughter died. As a result, their marriage is...strained and the wife, who I swear has a name, is suicidal. She tries to kill herself with a shotgun of all things. Which, as anyone who has heard the Kurt Cobain conspiracy theories knows is pretty tough. Well, hubby finds out and runs off with the gun. He ends up finding a sheriff about to kill a young lady for reasons unknown. With a rock. You know, standard police procedure. I was going to ask my friend who's training to become a cop, you know, to make sure that bashing in a young lady's head with a rock is standard, but she signed we'll have to assume it is.

Well, he finds this and the cop is a bit of a dick about it all. Clearly he's doing something outside the boundaries of the law. It's a tough situation. And, the cop gets shot. In order to protect the young lady's life, he shoots the cop. And then...he does something dumb. See, he was right in shooting the officer. The cop was obviously doing something illegal, and the woman couldn't defend herself. The officer was shot in defense. The woman's life was in danger. If he hadn't fired the weapon, it's likely that they both would have been killed by this sheriff. So, he loads the sheriff's body into the back seat and dumps the car in the lake! I hate shit like that!

So, he saves the girl. She's having an affair with the mayor. There might be blackmail involved. And, like any small town, there's the good ole boys network to contend with. There's a lot of twists and turns. The to-be-killed girl, who (you guessed it) had a name too, explains what happens. Rob doesn't believe her. It feels like she's manipulating things throughout the movie. And the ending...just feels weird and forced. Actually, it really annoyed me. No, not the ending. Let me rephrase that. The ending was fine. It felt right. The movie's climax felt strange and forced and...only made a little bit of sense.

Nate was good in it, don't get me wrong. The guy can do dour as well as he does smarmy. And, the other people, with their names were fine. The story was a bit all over the place at times, there's more than a few holes in the plot. I don't know, Water's Edge isn't a terrible movie. Really, it's not even bad. I just couldn't recommend it to anyone.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nathan Fillion Week: Special Edition: Castle

Ah, Castle, the premiere that made me decide to do Nathan Fillion Week this week. Nathan Fillion plays celebrity author Richard Castle. Writer of murder mysteries and signer of breasts. He's also the type of person who has let the celebrity go to his head.

After writing a successful series of crime novels, he's killed off his main character, much to the chagrin of his publisher. Which wouldn't be so bad, except the rumor mill keeps saying that his well is dry and he can't come up with a new story. He's nine weeks past his deadline. What's a self obsessed writer to do? We'll come back to that.

You see, someone is killing people. More than that, someone is killing people based on Castle's books. Which intrigues Castle. Detective Kate Beckett, aside from being the lead on the investigation, is also a fan of Castle's books. And, like any good detective, she talks to Castle. And, suddenly he's involved in the case. He's not a suspect, but his knowledge of his own material gives him a unique insight into the case. Or at least he thinks so. So, he talks to some of his friends and gets brought in as a consultant.

Long story short, they end up working together to solve the mystery. And, in a mostly fun way. It's not quite as light as some of the USA Network shows like Psyche or Monk, though the potential for it to go that route is there. It's also not deathly serious. Castle and Beckett have a lot of witty banter between them that will hopefully become sharper as the characters develop. Castle treats the case as a story, and Beckett comes at it as a cop. It's two unique perspectives. And they go together well, like ranch dressing and...well a lot of salad, or fries or onion rings from Red Robin. Just trust me on this one, the analogy works.

The show has a lot of potential. The characters look like they could be interesting and fun. The focus was on Castle in episode one, with just enough Beckett to establish her and her role. And, of course, they gave the two characters enough of a personality conflict, and made them both smart enough, that they become equally matched verbal sparring partners. I have to say it, Castle seems like it might just be fun!

Nathan Fillion Week: That was so gay

So...Outing Riley. I think that if I were not doing a week's worth of Nate* Fillion movies, I would never have watched it. I mean, an independent movie about one Irish Catholic trying to tell his brothers he is gay after their father's's just not something that I'd go out of my way to watch. I mean, there are no monsters, no aliens, no cities being destroyed. There was not a single fucking spaceship in this movie. Oh sure, there was a helicopter, and naked girls and even a ninja fight (stick around after the credits), but there was no way to know that going in! Chalk that up to a pleasant surprise.

The story itself is nothing to write home about. Bobby is an Irish Catholic from Chicago. He has three brothers and a sister. Shockingly, his sister is okay with it and his brothers need time to adjust. It's a series of gay cliches. The story is told in an entertaining way though. Much of the story is presented as Bobby imagining that his life were a movie. He explains how he would do things if it were. He's constantly breaking the fourth wall, talking to the audience. At one point, he even has a conversation with the boom mike operator. And every guy's discomfort with homosexuality becomes another running joke.

And really, that would be enough to make an entertaining movie. There was an excellent choice, however, in casting Nate. He has the best role in the movie. He gets the best lines. He gets to be the fun brother who tells all the jokes and that everyone likes. And he takes advantage of it. Nate puts in a great performance here. It's just fun watching him clown around with everyone throughout the movie. This includes a scene where he's high and arguing with a guy who is peeing on the house. He doesn't realize that he's peeing on a mirror and fighting himself.

As a result of all that, (the whole performance, not just the peeing), what could have been a bland comedy becomes much more interesting.

*The further this goes on, the closer I feel to him. It's a kinship, really. So, I feel like it's informal enough that I can call him Nate.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nathan Fillion Week: Dracula Goes To Mardi Gras

Dracula is kind of unique among monsters. In the pantheon of monsters, there are few that can hold a candle to the man himself. No other monster walks with his head held as high. There is no iconic mummy. No standout amongst the werewolves. No singular zombie that the others aspire to. Frankenstein's monster comes close, but let's be honest, no one cares unless the monster is played by Boris Karloff.

No, Dracula is more than just a vampire, he's the vampire. The one they all aspire to be. He is, as they say, The Man. We know this already. So, what can Dracula 2000 do to add to the myth? What can it do that hasn't been done before? Um...well...we could go to the year 2000 and check out Mardi Gras?

The 'This is SPARTA' guy from 300 plays Dracula, aka Judas Iscariot. 7 of 9 plays a reporter who becomes a vampire. Dr Foreman is a thief, Sickboy is an antiques dealer and Christopher Plummer owed someone a favor and repaid it by playing Van Helsing himself. THE Van Helsing. Kept past his 'sell by' date by injecting himself with Dracula's blood...filtered through leaches. You know, so it would light cigarrettes.

Also, in a star making performance is one Nathon Fillion playing the pivotal Father David. And by pivotal I mean completely irrelevant. This is, of course, pre-Firefly. So, he wasn't brought in to play the smarmy, jokey kind of character that he plays so well these days. He's just a priest. A friend of Mary's who tries to help her in a time of spiritual crisis. He adds little to the story. Which is a shame. could use the help. It's fun to watch some of the actors in this. Some, like Sparta Guy and Fillion are here before people really knew who they were. Others, like Christopher Plummer...well, sometimes it's just fun to watch an actor like that slum it in a movie like this. Like John Rhys-Davies in Chupacabra Terror. Unlike Chupacabra Terror though, I don't think I'd want to sit through this one again.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Nathan Fillion Week: If you save someone's life, you are responsible for it.

It's worth noting that I never did see the first White Noise. I've never considered that an impediment to watching the sequel though. I mean, it's a strategy that has served me well in the past. I never did see Octopus, I skipped right ahead to Octopus 2. And, hell, I went right for the good stuff and straight to Shark Attack 3.

Besides, it's Nathan Fillion week, and he was in White Noise 2, not the first one.

Actually, how can I go wrong with this one? It has a link to not just one, but TWO of my favorite science fiction shows. That's right, not only does it star Firefly's Nathan Fillion*, it also features Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff, aka Starbuck**.

Nate's living the good life, until his wife and kid are murdered in a diner one fun day. In his sadness, Nate tries to join them on the flip side by downing a ton of pills. But he's got a friend. A friend who checks in on him and calls an ambulance. Its off to the hospital where Nate gets pulled back away from the light. That his first words to the doctor aren't 'Fuck You' is simply amazing. Actually, maybe they were. That part is never shown. Nope, he just wakes up with Starbuck hovering over him. She's his cheery nurse with purple hair. He must be in California. His doctor wears a Hawaiian shirt and a gold earring. What the fuck kind of hospital did they take him to?

According to the doc, Nate had an NDE, a near death experience. And now he's seeing weird shit. "Auras' and...electrical interference. It turns out that the 'auras' only surround people who are going to die soon. And, well, he starts to think that he should try to save them...I mean, who wouldn't? But...there are...consequences. After 3 days, those he saved will be compelled to kill. What ever will Nate do?

It's weird seeing Starbuck so...cheerful. Obviously, in BSG she's kind of looney tunes..on a good days. I mean, as often as anything she's completely batshit. And in The Last Sentinel she was...a fighter, a warrior...whatever. Here though, she's...happy...and fun to be around. It's a nice character for her to play.

And know, after the pilot episode of Firefly, I always wondered what Mal would have been like if Fox hadn't wanted him to be 'lightened up'. If he had stayed that dour character. The less humorous Mal, the less sarcastic Captain. I imagine he'd have been a lot like Abe Dale, our hero here.

If I were ever going to use hella good to describe a movie, now wouldn't be the time. It's a good movie, to be sure. There's a lot of..out there elements to it though. The story is kind of ridiculous, but there is a children's choir doing Rush's The Spirit of Radio, so, you know it has that going for it. Which is nice. The acting is good, the story is surprisingly interesting, despite it's goofiness. What can I say, overall...ding ding! We have a winner.

*There's even a Captain Tightpants reference in the movie.

**It's only fair that if I'm going to refer to Jamie Bamber as Apollo in anything he does, I should do the same for Starbuck.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

2 Guys, A Girl And A Theme Week

As I was cruising around the internet a while back, bored (as usual), I stumbled on one of those 'What Character Are You Most Like From This Movie Or Whatever' type quizzes. Like I said, I was bored, so I took it. Well, it turns out that, to no one's surprise, that I'm most like...well, see for yourself.

Your results:
You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
River (Stowaway)
Inara Serra (Companion)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.

Click here to take the "Which Serenity character are you?" quiz...

I know, it's a silly little internet quiz. No big deal. But it gave me an idea. I mean, I like Nathan Fillion. I thought he was great in Firefly/Serenity as Captain Mal Reynolds. I liked him as Bill Pardy in Slither. Ok, I only barely remember him in Saving Private Ryan, but he was pretty awesome as Captain Hammer in Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog. I looked him up on Netflix, and he's done a handful of movies now...enough that I could do a week of them. And, let's be honest, it's been awhile since I did anything like that. So...Nathan Fillion Week at $7 Popcorn...I only had to decide when. Well, it turns out that he has a new show premiering on ABC on the 9th of March, that's perfect! I can have it coincide with that!

And that's how it was decided that I would do Nathan Fillion Week beginning tomorrow, March 9th. Ok, so, it's not that exciting of a setup. Sorry. It will be a fun week though!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

YouTube Saturday

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

My Battlestar Galactica Theories

As we all know, Battlestar Galactica is rapidly coming to an end. And, as you may not know, I'm a week behind in my viewing. I'll rectify that tonight. In the meantime, it seems to be in vogue for people to speculate on how the series will come to a close. Well, I'd be remiss if I didn't share my crackpot theory with you.

I'm sorry, did I say crackpot? I meant brilliantly insightful.

See, I don't think Starbuck is a cylon. Or related to a cylon. I think, in the end, we're going to realize what should have been fairly obvious from the very beginning. In the last episode, we'll find out that Starbuck weighs the same as a duck! And then they'll burn her as a witch. Fade to black.

Also, the humanoid cylons are really vampires.

And the mystery humanoid cylon, Daniel, is better known as Daniel LaRusso. The karate kid!

Sorry if I spoiled it for you!

Monday, March 02, 2009

WonderCon did not go according to plan

That I went to San Francisco really isn't that big of a deal. I've been to California at least 7 times and I've been to San think this was the third time. So, I've seen a lot of the city. Not all of it. I've never really wandered too far from downtown. I don't like getting further away than I can walk. Which is fine, I can walk pretty far.

The part of my trip that was pretty cool though was that I go to go to WonderCon. It's not quite San Diego Comic Con, but I was still pretty excited. I mean, it still held more promise than the one they have here in Detroit every year.

Needless to say, I was pretty excited to get to go. I had such great plans too. I had ordered some stickers that I was going to give away and was going to have some fun with it. Try and get pictures of people holding the stickers and stuff like that.

That was my first problem. There was a problem with my order. The company lost my graphic and then after I re-sent it...they re-lost it. They were unwilling then to do anything that would get the order to me in time for me to bring them out there with me. In fact, I still don't have them. But hey, to make it up to me, they doubled the order! So, now I have twice as many stickers that I don't really have a use for anymore.

That's not entirely true. I'll take them to the Detroit comic con with the same intention. It'll be fine. I'll probably use them as prizes for the next contest I do as well. It'll work out fine, I'm just a little bitter about it.

So, I'm there sans stickers, but I have a bunch of cards that I was going to leave out for people to grab. See, Detroit has a big table of free stuff by the entrance for people to grab stuff from. I figured that this would be standard fare for everywhere. I was wrong. There was nothing like that. So, failure #2.

My ultimate goal though was to meet Felicia Day. I mean, who wouldn't want to? She just seems so awesome. And, really, it was her saying she'd be there on twitter that even alerted me to the fact that I'd be out there for WonderCon in the first place. Well, that was failure the third. By the time I go back to the booth that she was signing at, they'd cut off the line. And despite my coming all the way from Detroit, over 2000 miles, I would not be allowed to sneak into line. All I could do was take a picture from about 5 feet away. And, while I want to be mad at the California Browncoats, it's not their fault.  I was pretty disappointed though. I was so close.

I'm glad I went though. I had a good time and got a good deal on some trade paperbacks. We found a place that was selling all the ones they had for 50% off. I picked up Wanted (way different than the movie), Star Wars Tales Vol 2 and three volumes of Y: The Last Man. I also picked up Scott Pilgrim Vol 5 at the Oni Press booth.

It really did make me look forward to the Motor City Comic Con though. The guy from Flight of the Living Dead is going to be there!