Saw this on Reddit. Thought it was very cool.
Just haven’t had much to talk about lately.
I enjoyed The Owls Of Ga’hoole… maybe I’ll write a review about that some time.
“Pain. Agony. My hatred burns through the cavernous deeps.”
I’ve been waiting for this teaser for a while. The movie is going to be awesome.
HOW FRIGGIN’ AWESOME DOES THAT LOOK?!
Sorry it’s been a little longer than I’d hoped since my last post. No excuse really, work got a little busy is all.
So, what’s been on my mind lately?
What I’ve Been Watching on TV:
I’m really loving Dexter this year. I hadn’t watched the show until the middle of the summer hiatus this year and I tore through all 4 seasons in about 2 weeks. It’s an excellent show. The cast is great and the writing is top notch. It’s gory, but the gore is sort-of necessary given that the protagonist is a knife-wielding serial killer.
The Walking Dead
I had very high hopes and expectations for The Walking Dead and it has not disappointed yet. It was just renewed for a second season, but unfortunately after the initial 6 episodes, we’re going to have to wait till October 2011 to see more. The production values are top notch and the characters are great. Very creepy show.
Other than those two, I’ve not really gotten into any new series this year. Well, I’m watching Conan and the Daily Show With Jon Stewart, both of which are excellent, but not really groundbreaking. I’m still giving The Event and No Ordinary Family a chance, but the former is moving a little slowly for my tastes and I don’t think it will get more than a second season renewal (if that) and the latter is a great premise, but the execution is… flawed.
So to round out what I’m enjoying in the TV world this season: Dexter, The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother, The Event, No Ordinary Family, Criminal Minds, CSI, Bones, The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, Smallville and Supernatural.
If you want to top four: Dexter, Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory and Supernatural are head and shoulders above the rest, in my opinion.
What Movies I’ve Seen:
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
This movie was awesome. I really wish it had done better in theaters. It’s audience is pretty specific, but damn if it wasn’t a wild ride. Highly recommended.
Lower budget film with Sean Bean about a group of warriors during the Black Death who seek out a what they are referring to as a necromancer in a village that has not been hit by the plague. Very interesting and well constructed film dealing with religion.
What Specials I’ve Seen:
The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
This was a huge rally in Washington DC to bring attention to the atmosphere of fear that seems to have permeated the American psyche. It was started by Reddit and taken up by Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart. The speech that Jon Stewart gave at the end was nail on the head. It was wonderful to see that not everybody is afraid and many are frustrated by the media and its propagation of sensationalist drivel. The American media seems to think that people always need something to be angry about.
Rachel Maddow Interviews Jon Stewart
I respect both of these personalities and seeing them discuss the rally and how it was perceived and what intentions were was very interesting. Well worth a look if you have the time.
The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson
I’ve spoken before of my love for listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson talk on religion and science. Although this back and forth isn’t as interesting as his 2006 Beyond Belief “sermon” (embed below), it’s a fascinating discussion between two of the most visible proponents of science and reason. (I’d recommend clicking through and watching it on the Google Video Site)
Other than that, not much else to report at the moment. Oh, my Harley Quinn statue, which I ordered in February, was finally shipped. First statue I’ve ever bought and I absolutely love the detail on this thing.
Robin sent me this video and I thought it was a simple, yet great little combination of HD video images from North Korea and audio from C&C.
Scary, but pretty.
I suggest watching it in 720P.
So while waiting for the new episodes of Dexter and The Walking Dead to be posted, I figured I would have a look at the latest copy of Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem that was bundled with the Predators box set. I guess I was hoping that somehow, the “Unrated” title actually meant “Rewritten, re-cast and re- shot”.
I was wrong.
I’m a pretty forgiving guy when it comes to movies. Just ask Jonathan; he’ll tell you that I can find “good” in movies that leave most people shaking their heads. Waterworld, Hard Target, and Deep Rising are pretty good examples of movies that I own and enjoy that aren’t really… well they’re not fine art. I don’t care if the movie has little to no artistic value as long as it lets me escape for a few hours and takes me into the story.
Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem is one of the few movies I that I get genuinely angry about while watching.
This is an amalgam of two amazingly lore-rich franchises that was a very clear misstep with the first one (Alien Vs Predator) that just went “fuck it… let’s see just how bad we can make this movie” with the second one.
If you don’t know the basic premise between Aliens vs Predator… well… that’s kind of it. You have the greatest hunter ever conceived, the Predators, against the greatest prey, the Aliens. These two together are an amazing idea. There is a tonne you could do with these two to make an amazing movie.
In the other mediums in which this particular pairing has been tried, there have been some hits and some misses, but they had a lot of neat ideas and for the most part were fun to read or play (in the case of the AvP game).
Fox, in it’s infinite wisdom, seemed to think that these two monsters would be better suited for a teen slasher flick than a science fiction film that could have been a wonderful thing.
I’m going to quickly run through a few of the more asinine things in AvPR:
So, after crying my way through it, I really started to think, I could write a much better AvP movie. I probably wouldn’t, but I figured it would be fun to write up here some ideas and things that SHOULD have been so damn easy to get right to make a better film.
First, let’s look at some of the tropes of the Alien and Predator franchises that are cool that should have been included.
Both of these franchises also have wonderful sound design and musical scores. The pulse-rifles (as mentioned above) and motion detector from Aliens are both very recognizable, as is the alien screech. Predator perhaps even has a leg up in the audio department with very characteristic sounds from the Predator itself as well as the Predator technology.
So what basic premise would I have done to make an Alien Vs Predator movie?
Simple; something similar to Aliens and drop a Predator or 10 into the mix. It’s not original. It’s what was done in the game.
And it worked. It was awesome.
Anyways, Walking Dead should be done soon. I’m gonna post this in rough form and maybe add something to it tomorrow. Just wanted to rant about it.
Thank the FSM that neither franchise was fully abandoned and we got a decent Predators film and Ridley Scott is now working on another Alien film.