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Yippee-Kay-Ay Mother Bleepers!!!!!

 062909_diehard2-jockWhy haven’t I heard anything about this before!? I just read over at Geeks of Doom that Boom! Studios produced a Die Hard comic, Die Hard: Year One. The comic tells about John McClain as a “trainee officer and Vietnam veteran” in the 70’s. The Insomniac reports that the art work and story has a gritty true to 70’s New York style. I’m sold!

I remember seeing Die Hard as a kid (probably a little too young to be seeing it, I think I was 7) at the drive-in theater in Union City. And then I soaked up repeated viewings from a VHS copy recorded from HBO. Every detail of that movie is like childhood bliss for me. Though I was never a big fan of Die Hard 2, Vengeance was also a totally awesome flick.

I missed this comic in its first run but Boom! Studios just released a hardcover compilation of the first round of issues. For a much better review of it check out Geeks of Doom here.

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Review: Terminator Salvation

I remember watching the first Terminator as a kid on an old VHS cassette recorded from HBO. My most vivid memories are of the final battle in the factory, the Govinator’s balls, and Linda Hamilton’s tits (hey I was a little kid when I saw this shit, it warped my mind)! So naturally I’m a huge fan.

When T2 came out my brother teased me to no end for looking just like Edward Furlong. I wanted to learn how to hack into the local ATM with a laptop. I was thankful for no balls but pissed for no tits. In the end I was sad that the machine had to die.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. I liked John Connor ending up in the bunker at the end.

Now comes Terminator Salvation. The rumors, the leaks, the bad reviews. I wish I hadn’t read anything about this movie before seeing it. I had a hard time getting into the movie, not because of any problem with the movie but because I kept looking for all the shit that they were complaining about. Yes the movie isn’t perfect. Yes it does seem a bit rushed. But I get the feeling that McG wasn’t allowed to do the film he wanted to do. As a screenwriter myself I can see where other writers put their mark on the original scriptwriters work in order to give John Connor a bigger part and to rework things for whatever reason.  But dammed it, we get to see the war! That’s the shit we’ve been wanting to see since Arnold’s nuts first hit the silver screen!

And the best part, for me at least, is that all the different time incursions in the other movies have an effect on the future. “The future is not what my mother told me it would be.” Time travel has been something that has fascinated me more than any other sci-fi/scientific area. Terminator was always one of my favorite scifi franchises because of it’s time travel conundrums. One of the few complaints I have about Salvation is that it doesn’t get into this aspect really at all.

One thing I really liked is the introduction of Kyle Reese as a young man. First off we got Chekhov playing the father of the future. I like how we see the seeds of what he’ll become in his journey with Marcus. And speaking of Marcus, I really liked his addition to the mythology but I think they missed some opportunities with this character and what he could have brought to the mythos. Yet another area I think McG was castrated.

All in all thought Terminator Salvation was a great ride. I recommend it to everyone. It is a good introduction to a whole new story of the future. And I think that’s the great thing about this movie: it sets the stage for a new set of movies about the war against the machines.

Oh, and we get to see how John Connor gets that nasty scare that we see him with in the first movie.


Star Trek is Back and so am I!

Photo 6Well, holy shit! People are reading my blog everyday and I haven’t even posted a new entry in over a month. Hell, probably a few months. If your wondering what the hell I’ve been up too the short answer is: looking for work. Blogging is fun. I would like to make it a career (well, writing in general) but it don’t pay the bills. But luckily karma has been on my side and I can now say I have begun my second week at a video production company in Stockton! Now I can buy all the new Star Trek merch!

And speaking of Star Trek, this will have to do as my “review”, Fucking Awesome! I went to the early showing and again that first Sunday. I squirted geek all over my shorts. Any one with something bad to say can lick my sweaty, unwashed, and dingle-berried taint & balls! Sorry… I loves me my Star Trek. This is the Star Trek movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I was a little kid. The one that I could talk to all my friends at school about and not fear having my underwear pulled over my head until my anus began bleeding profusely.

Yeah it’s not perfect but it is beautiful. As a film maker there are so many little details that just get me wet. Like at the beginning when George Kirk is going to ram the Kelvin into Nero’s ship and they turn it into an emotional character moment between him and his family. Beautiful. The music in that section is just wonderful. I had a tear in me eye.

There is so much more I would love to say about this movie but It’s already been talked about endlessly so I won’t bore you with my brain dribble. So I’ll leave you by saying, I can’t guarantee that I’ll keep posting regularly but I sure intend to. I think I need to though if I want to bee the coolest blog on the net!

Sweaty taint and balls everyone!


This Guy Loves Battlestar Galactica; And So Do I!!

I saw this on a few sites today. I love this! It’ll get stuck in your head. I think I need to collaborate with this guy!


BSG Finale

It took me three days to write this and a hell of a lot of, “please sweety Daddy needs to work”s but it’s here. Though you may be wondering, was it worth the trouble?

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Well, I figured it was about time to post my thoughts about the Battlestar Galactica series finale. I won’t go into to much detail because I’m sure you’ve all been reading these non-stop for almost two weeks now, so I’ll just tell you my story of watching it and my thoughts about how it went.

As is tradition for me I made sure I had a few brew’s for the show. Three 32 oz bottles of Bud Ice, one for each hour of the three part finale (I had to watch all three together so it would feel like a movie!). Hey I’m unemployed and I live with my parents, don’t judge me! I waited till the whole house was in bed, fast asleep. I pulled a chair directly in front of the TV. Pushed play. In three hours my face would be soaked with tears.

The first part of the three hours, as you all know, was shown the week before. It set up the final confrontation between the humans and the Cylons. It was good stuff, yes? Adama and Starbuck dividing the hanger deck with red tape. Dying Roslin being helped across the line. Classic Alamo. I love Baltar’s inner pull to the other side of the tape.

The second hour was some of the most intense shit I’ve seen in a long time. They moved the story into the action really fast. I love how Baltar (I think in the end he was my favorite character) simply hands the box over and tells Paulla that his followers are hers now. He made a choice that changed his character. A choice that he has been searching for since Caprica. That’s what great storytelling and character development is all about, making choices. He made a choice to stay not for him self but because he was needed there on some level he couldn’t explain. You can see it in how James Callis plays the hesitation when Baltar is looking around the hangar deck. The inner conflict is written on his face.

Next we have the jump directly in front of the colony. Insane! Guns blazing! Explosions everywhere! Raptors jumping from inside the ship! And then ramming the fracking ship into the fracking colony! That’s fracking action man!

I love the way Boomer goes out. You know she had to go, but hey man, I remember when she was one of the good guys. Yeah her character became nothing more than a play thing for Cavil but I’m glad they gave her some dignity in the end. I like the flash back showing that she made good on her word to Adama.

Back on the ship.

The Caprica Six and Baltar story was great. I really dug how they both could see each others “imaginary friend”. That was a great moment for me. From the very beginning I wanted them to be some kind of spiritual messengers and I was right.

I really liked how we get to see what the opera house dreams were all about. The way they inter-cut the footage of the dream with the reality on the ship was perfect. Especially when Baltar and Six enter the bridge. The Final Five watching over them from above was cool, and a little creepy. That slo-mo shot of the Number 4 spurting blood from his neck and Adama kicking his legs out from under him was the ballz!

Batlar’s speech: good. “I see angels.”

Cavil makes deal: too convenient, but necessary.

Final Five sharing thoughts: awesome!

I like how they all dip their hands in to the “milk” and share their minds. Tory cracked me up when she was scared about what the others would see. Galen’s face when he sees her kill his wife is priceless. And then the Mo-Fo snaps her neck with his bare hands! Awesome use of Cylon strength.

Oh! And when the shit hits the fan and Cavil yells “FRAK!” and shoves the gun in his mouth and blows the back of his head out I fraking almost woke the whole house! I’ve never seen a more fitting and just end for a character. I rewound that part several times.

Starbuck using the Final Five’s song as jump coordinates not unpredictable but very cool.

The Third Part:

Now apparently this is the half of the show that fans had a problem with. All I have to say to them is: Shut the frak up! You whinny little bitches! I watch a LOT of TV. It’s my “job” I’m a writer (OK fine I don’t actually get paid for it and I do it from my mom’s house but come on let a guy have his fantasies!). Aside from The Shield I’ve never seen a show that has had a finale that has perfectly ended the story (though I don’t think even this one could top The Shield’s). Each character gets a conclusion that fits their personal  arch. I would have to say my favorites are… well, all of them actually.

The concept of the humans and Cylons landing on primitive earth is great. What really struck me was how the survivors ponder the question of how they could travel billions of light years to find another group of humanoids who evolved naturally and are genetically “compatible” with them. It fits into the whole “Hand of God” concept of the series. (by the way I love Baltar’s explanation of God as a force of nature) it makes sense that for the cycle of Human-Cylon birth and destruction to ever end they would need to come together and to introduce a third, neutral, element, our ancestors. I love that Colonials, Cylons, and Earthlings, merged and created us.

The jump to our time was poetic. Baltar and Six, the angels walking amongst us, exlpained the end wonderfully. Baltar looks at our modern world, evolving into a similar technological situation as the Colonials. But Angel-Six had a point. The story of the Cycle is in our DNA. We will avoid what happens before because our mitochondrial memory will warn us and save us. Or some shit like that.

And the final and best part: Jimmi Frakin’ Hendrix!

I loved this show. From the mini-series through to the final Moor-Eick cartoon after the credits. I’ve seen every episode. I have sat in front of my TV screen with empty beer bottles all around me and tears running down my face. I have uttered the words, “best writing on TV,” and “best fraking show on TV,” countless times. I have vowed to get my first TV gig writing for this show (I guess I’ll have to go for Caprica). And most of all I have learned more about writing from this show than I have in 8 years of film studies. I love this show and am sad that there will never be another like it. Until I make one of course, and I promise you all I will.

“What do you hear?”

“Nothin but the rain”

“Grab your gun and bring in the cat”

So say we all!


Review: Monsters vs. Aliens

I got up Sunday morning had breakfast at about 1:20pm. Attempted to clean our room (Harmony and I share a room), which means I pushed everything into a big pile in the middle of the room. I came out of the room to check on Harmony, make sure her cousins weren’t torturing her, or her them, and Darth Mom tells the kids to get ready to go to the movies.

Room forgotten, I ran up to Darth Mom and asked (like the giddy almost-thirty-year-old-who-lives-with-his-parents that I am [sob]) if we can go to the comic book store too. I had a twenty burning a hole in my pocket! Also I still hadn’t gotten the 3rd Star Trek Countdown issue (and still haven’t, the valley sucks).

Me: “Oh, by the way Darth Mom, what are we gonna see?”

Darth Mom: “Monsters vs. Aliens”

Me, jumping and clapping for joy: “this is the best day ever!”

Comic shop:
Ender’s Game #1-4 almost got Chucky #1 but hey, twenty bucks remember?

Dairy Queen:
Marshmallow Shake! (Mmmmmm)

Movies:

After getting my geek on and discovering a new comic shop (right next to the movie theater! Geekgasim!), I sat in the theater unloading many pounds of smuggled candy from my jacket pockets. The previews came on and I was pleasantly surprised with a good selection of trailers: where the Wild Things Are, Battle for Terra, A kick ass new Star Trek trailer, Disney’s Earth, and some others I’m sure but my geek mind only had enough juice for these.

The now for the review:

It kicked fucking ass!

It was a total geek flick. Lots of nods to Sci Fi flicks of old. The US Prez, played by Stephen Colbert, greets the alien “visitors” with a keyboard. He attempts to play that tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, failing that he goes with the next best thing, the theme from Beverly Hills Cop.

The film has lots of references that geeks will appreciate, from Stat Trek (“we have a code Nimoy!”) to Stephen Hawking (“By Hawking’s Chair!”).

The cast is filled with recognizable stars, Resse Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Kiefer Sutherland, the dude from House (Hugh Laurie), Seth Rogan, Rainn Wilson, and Will Arnett. The voice work is great all around with exceptional work done by Sutherland as the military general, Rogan as the blob Bob and Wilson as the evil alien Gallaxhar.

On a personal note I was totally stoked that a prominent location in the movie is Modesto California. I live not too far away from Modesto. In fact the town that I live in is so small that we spend most of our time in Modesto. The only complaint I have though is that they didn’t really make it look like Modesto. I guess that could be because they didn’t want to make it look leik the meth Capitol that it is. Not a good image for a kids movie. But they did get the feel and look of the outlands of the area and the hills on the horizon looked just like they do.  I see that stuff every time I go outside.

The action is good but the story not so muchbut that’s ok they do a good job with the characters.

I could go on and on about the cool stuff in this movie but instead I’ll just tell you to go see it for your self.

All Hail Gallaxhar!

p.s. I’d do Ginormica, how bout you?