Monday, July 27, 2009

Hank Hates You All

Why aren't you watching Californication right now? Turn it on. Do it now! Then go blog about it in the Apple store.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Ruins: Plants are Assholes

My wife and I needed something to watch last night as our DVR was being a douche (thanks Comcast) so we popped in The Ruins, which had sat in our inbox from Netflix for a few weeks now. For those not familiar with it, this is the second film based on a book by the author of A Simple Plan. It's also his second book, so he's batting 1.000 so far. The short of it is several young people head to a newly discovered temple for various reasons and shit starts going down. Why? Because plants are assholes.

As you might figure out from the dvd cover/movie poster, the vines/flowers that cover the entire temple are not to be trusted. Before the crew even sets foot on the temple to look for a German guy and a journalist, they are detained by enraged Mayans who try to keep them off of it. Once they put a foot on the vines, though, the warning shots become lethal and the remainder of the group has to hoof it up the temple as they get surrounded by angry villagers. One by one they fall and start to realize that maybe they should have listened to the Mayans as the vines start to wreck some people's shit.

A good movie with more suspense than gore and a cast that doesn't jump out at you with who might be the first to go and the last and they all turn in great performances. I've never heard of the director but if this is his first film, it's a doozy. Great camera work and tight editing help keep the pace terse and the tension palpable. Well worth checking out. This and Evil Dead will have you using Round Up like crazy to keep the plants at bay in your yard.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Seperated at Birth?

Lucinda Dickey in the final number of Breakin' and Gozer, from Ghostbusters. You decide.

Blackest Night #1

Well, it has arrived and I have read it. Actually did so a few days ago but haven't had a chance to write up a review until now. I have to say, it was a very good read and I'm excited so far to read the rest of the series. A lot of people thought it started slow and maybe had too much introduction, but for me it had the perfect amount to appease new readers and old ones. It opens on a day of rememberance for fallen superheroes, helping us understand the sheer numbers of heroes who have died and those that have come back as well. Then the dead rise and it starts to get a little gory. That's to be expected with a zombie/undead book so it should come as no surprise but it was a little jarring as I haven't really experience that with Green Lantern. It all makes a wicked sort of sense in the end too, as the heroes that are killed are experiencing a bunch of emotions and it seems that's what the Black Lanterns are hunting to fill up their battery.

The Black Lanterns so far are actually cooler than their creators, the Black Hand and Scar, who have been around so much lately that they've been driving me nutty. As much dimension as they've been given too, they just aren't that interesting. However, Black Lanterns the Dibnys are freaking awesome. Same with Martian Manhunter, and I've only seen one panel of him. It makes me giddy and I'm going to have to save up for the action figures. Maybe actually sell some customs too. I need me some official Black Lanterns. That might be a good custom with one figure I've had around for awhile too, as he kicked the bucket in this issue. Hmm. Can't wait to see what the official design looks like to play with.

Another issue this week too, in the form of GL #44. If you have the guts to make your way through essentially a 24 part series, start picking this up. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Atlantic Highlands Film One Fest

Didn't get into this fest. Apparently they like shitty contributions about people standing on a riverbed for a minute with a cell phone. For a one minute film fest and considering the amount of submissions they got, they should show them all. I mean, at 60 seconds or less, you could fit 60+ films in an hour. I'm sure they saved room for reacharounds for the committee and all that jazz though, you know, the pretentious stuff. Irritated about it. We cut our hearts out on that one. And Rob, I swear to god I will summon a rain of cock spiders down on them.

Also, I need to upload the trailer to Youtube, but I've been packing and a painting so I'm really sorry. I should be able to do it tonight.

Fuck.

Green Lantern: Blackest Night

No, I haven't read the actual issue yet, as it comes out this week, but I've read the prologue and prelude issues of Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps respectively, and I wanted to weigh in on it before it began proper.

I'll start by saying I'm a bit apprehensive at the whole multi-colored corps idea and how fast we've been rushed into it. I thought that we could have dealt with the fallout from the SC war, sort of what GLC was doing, hunting the strays down and dealing with the power vacuum that Mongul is attempting to fill. Instead, the main title has been a six issue retcon of Hal's origin and the Black Hand's, as well as Hector Hammond's all in order to set up Blackest Night. Red Lanterns and Blue Lanterns were barely touched upon and it seems like Orange is the only one that got a decent shake but that might be due to the singular nature of that corps. Indigo is yet to be introduced in full and the Reds still need some more face time to fully explore their powers. Moving on.

GLC finishes up the Emerald Eclipse arc that deals with a riot on Oa and Mongul conquering Daxam. In the process, some issues are raised as Guy and Kyle take offense at the Guardians new fascist laws and Sodam Yat is incognito after igniting a sun. The Guardians are going to have to get their asses kicked big time to realize the mistakes that they're making in being too controlling. Well, that and continuing to listen to Scar, who looks like a fucking zombie lately. Nobody thinks anything is up? Seriously? Tomasi and Gleason make a great pairing and I would love to see a Soranik Natu figure in her skivvies as Gleason drew in this issue. For the upcoming Blackest Night, I think this title will fair pretty well.

Green Lantern, on the other hand, seems like a mess. The Black Hand, who was a gimmick but good villain, is now a necrophiliac with "darkness" inside of him that needs to be let out and he hears something that tells him what he must to do bring about the death he wants to embrace. I'm annoyed at the amount of retconning needed for this story. There have been great stories told by Johns that didn't fuck with the histories of characters as much as he's doing here. Black Hand already got modified by little German gremlins. We didn't need to unnecessary additional crap he added, thereby invalidating older stories in a way by making the villain so different. For all the depth he gave a villain like Captain Cold, it seems here that he's only doing it to tell the story he wants, which he could have done without changing as much as he has.

I'm optimistic and will buy the issues when they come out because I love me some GL, but I think that this could have been handled better and maybe Johns is hitting a dry spell as of late. I hope I'm wrong. I'll have a review of the first issue up when I can after Wednesday.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Zombie Diaries

Sat down for some zombie action last night and popped this flick into the dvd player. It attracted my attention at Best Buy a few months ago but I never got a chance to see it until now. The verdict? A solid mockumentary-styled zombie epic with decent gore and acting and the harrowing idea that the only thing worse than the undead might just be the living. The story follows three groups of people--journalists, scavengers and survival types--as they deal with a world that is being dealt a deadly blow by a virus that turns people into the undead. The story jumps around a little due to the narrative relying on the limitations of a single camera shoot for the most part. It works well and has you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out who will come out of this alive. Entertaining, though not if shaky-cam makes you sick. For the most part there isn't a lot of that though and what there is isn't too bad at all.

It's worth checking out for zombie lovers and horror fans alike. Be warned that it does start to unravel a bit once you get the third segment and you might night like the ending much, as it pushes the "humans are bad" idea pretty hard and almost ruins the film in the end. Also, don't let the cover of the dvd mislead you. This is strictly a low budget affair. No Vin Diesel wannabe with guns and a biohazard vest on and definitely no post-zombie holocaust London either. Just farms.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy July 4th

It's that time of year to celebrate freedom, our own and that of our country. It's also time to have bbqs and relax as I'm on vacation. Unfortunately, there will be little relaxing in this case as I'll be packing up and moving stuff over to the new house, which is actually pretty exciting. I'll have room to use as a workshop for customizing and everything. I'll probably still painting indoors as I usually prefer to be near a water source. I'm enjoying it and can't wait to be moved in. Enjoy your holiday.