Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Centurion

Switched things up last night and checked out an action film instead of the usual horror flick. It did have pedigree though, being directed by Neil Marshall, who is known for such genre flicks as Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Doomsday. It was pretty damn awesome.

It has a lot in common with some of Marshall's other flicks, mainly being set around a group of people who are fighting against overwhelming odds to try and survive. In this case, it's a band of centurions, led by Micheal Fassbender, who are trying to get back home after their legion is slaughtered by the Picts. Unfortunately for them, they are being hunted by a mute tracker who exudes a demonic intensity and will stop at nothing until she has their heads.

It's a solid film, based very loosely on the story of the Lost Legion. Nobody really knows how it disappeared, so it's an interpretation of what could have happened, but it's a fun ride. It has Marshall's trademark goriness but it all fits considering people are being beheaded and slaughtered via gladius swords and other fun weapons.

The cast does well with their roles. Fassbender is absolutely enthralling in the lead and the men he leads are all good as well, the only one I knew off the bad being Mickey from Doctor Who. Olga Kurylenko makes for a wicked hunter and she is a scary presence throughout the film.

It's another hit from Marshall. I think it works better than Doomsday, which seemed a bit long. This one clocks in at a little over an hour and a half and none of it seems wasted. A good choice if you're in the mood for some historical action. Check it out.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Working on a card alter for the front of my mini binder. It's based on an image Steve Argyle drew in jest. I think it fits the card I want to put it on nicely. :)

I think it might even work as a digital alter if for some reason I decide to make any. Maybe I can make a foil out of it. That could be amusing.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides

We were bored on Saturday, so against my better judgement, me and the wifey popped in the new Pirates movie. Sometimes, I should just trust my instincts. Especially as I found the previous two installments rather lackluster. It's a shame, though, as I enjoy the Jack Sparrow character and his shenanigans.

In this film, Jack Sparrow is on a quest for the Fountain of Youth and running into friends and foes both new and old along the way. What should be an interesting and fun quest gets dragged down by extensive action sequences that go on for far too long and appear with almost too much frequency. As a viewer, I shouldn't be bored by the action on screen. It's almost like they decided to parody the series hallmark of stunt sequences with them.

The plot is pretty simple and there's quite a bit of foreshadowing on how the end will play out between two characters in particular. It's unfortunate that it's between two characters we don't care about. It's no fault of the actors, either. They're all good. I think it's that, despite the long run time, we don't really spend long enough with any of them to even start to care about their fates, save for Captain Jack Sparrow, who honestly feels like a bit player in the movie instead of a star.

I think paring it down a bit for a quicker pace would help the film immensely, as well as focusing on more on Sparrow, as he's the main draw for most of us watching. I'm not expecting to be moved to tears by a Pirates movie, but I shouldn't be bored to them either when watching it.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Aquabats Super Show

Saturday mornings just got a little brighter. No, not because of Daylight Savings Time. Instead, this stems from a crop of new shows on tv that don't suck. Leading the pack is a show by the Aquabats, a ska band that has been around for awhile and likes to pretend they're super heroes. Their show is an amalgam of Batman and the Monkees with a dash of some Sid and Marty Kroft for good measure and is tons of fun. It's the type of show I would watch as a kid, growing up with the above three shows, and I'm glad that my daughter can watch this show. You know what? She loves it, too, so they're doing something right. That's no surprise considering the leader of the Aquabats is one of the masterminds behind the hit show Yo Gabba Gabba. I think some of that magic is rubbing off here. They're only two episodes in and I know I'm hooked and can't wait for another ep of the five heroes/band members as they sing their songs and fight some villains along the way.

Also on is the Green Lantern cartoon. It's your standard superhero fare but it's GL so I'm loving it. I know there was a bit of an uproar because it's Bruce Timm style but in CGI instead of traditional animation. It's rather unfounded though as the show looks very good and is well written and crafted to boot. Check it out.