Sunday, April 22, 2012

Green Lantern the Animated Series

I'm really loving the Green Lantern cartoon on Cartoon Network. The CGI is good, not stellar, but good enough to replicate the Bruce Timm style that was popularized in JLU and it's predecessors. The stories are where the show really shines. It's playing a bit fast and loose with the continuity, so if you're following the comics, you'll be certain to notice a bunch of deviations.

For the most part, they work. In fact, in some ways they're an improvement on what we've seen in floppies. In particular, I really enjoyed with how they handled Saint Walker. They haven't introduced Blue Lanterns yet in the series but they did give us a good look at his character. It's a big change from the pilgrim we've seen in the comics. This Saint Walker is self-assured and has a good handle on kung-fu, which he puts to good use. That's not to say he runs in kicking butt. Instead, he defends himself from attackers until he is left no other option, knowing in his own way that all will be well.

Such a great show. I need to catch up on the episodes I have on the DVR. I'm such a slacker with tv lately. I apologize. Anyway, check it out.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Pop Sculpture

Pop SculpturePop Sculpture by Tim Bruckner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a toy aficionado, I felt it was a moral imperative to read this book. After all, it wasn't just the normal tome that listed figures and prices that I'm used to. Instead, this one actually gives you insight into starting your own sculpting and toy-making career, from conception to photographing the final product.

It's written by some pros in the industry and they take you through the creature of a figure or two and it's a pretty easy and engrossing read. If you've ever wondered what exactly goes on behind the scenes of the figures and statues you love, this book is well worth checking out.


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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Ward

I started to watch 13 Assassins on Saturday night, but didn't want to read subtitles for two hours. I switched over to watching The Ward, which is John Carpenter's latest movie, his first since Ghosts Of Mars.

The film follows the adventures of Amber Heard, who gets locked up in an mental institution where strange murders have been occurring. Is it a ghost? Or is it something else entirely? Whatever it is, we're on a fun ride getting there. It's a fun cast and each of the girls that is locked up in the ward with Amber Heard's character has some interesting problems. One is suicidal, one thinks she's a little kid, another thinks she's Jackie O or at least dresses like her. It is set in the 60s though so I might just be misjudging that last part.

Much like the Descent, the idea of whether the monster that the people are seeing is real comes up, and it's handled decently. We get tossed a few other red herrings along the way and it ends up being a pleasant surprise how it ends. There is another recent movie that actually does something similar, but I liked this one a lot more. I won't reveal the identity of that film, as if you know the ending, it will give away this one.

It's gotten bad reviews, but it's a pretty enjoyable movie. I don't think it did well though so we might have to wait awhile on another film from Carpenter, which is a shame, as he's one of the true masters of the genre out there and always entertains. Check it out.