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Wait, You Wanted Me To Do More Than One?

5 Sep

by Xann Black

I’m back to do another post! Apparently claiming I would do more writing at the end of my last post counts as a written contract in my state, yada-yada; several calls to Goldberg law offices (800-600-6014!) later, it turns out I actually do have to fill more space with letters. Fortunately, I like doing this!

Movies

  • Time Bandits – Directed by Terry Gilliam, this “children’s movie” challenges beliefs in ways that most adults probably could never handle. On the outside, it’s a quirky romp through time with a band of little people determined to rob history itself blind; within this are serious questions about morality, friendship, and the nature of good and evil.
  • Equilibrium – Every few years, when I haven’t seen this for a while, I somehow convince myself that it’s overrated. Then I find a friend who hasn’t seen it, and while showing it to them think “Man, I was way off.” Christian Bale stars in this 1984/ Farenheit 451 blend of action movie and political piece. Think V for Vendetta, but with Batman instead of Agent Smith at the center.
  • Date Night – Tina Fey and Steve Carrell. Together. Plus James Franco and Mila Kunis in a cameo. Plus Mark Wahlberg, minus shirt. I expected good, but by-the-numbers comedy from this; what I got was sharp, poignant satire mixed with a healthy dose of genuine chemistry, and one really awesome car chase.

Television

  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – When the original run of FMA happened, the manga hadn’t been completed yet; thus, the admittedly bad, sometimes awful second half of the series was more or less filler. Thankfully, with the full run of story now completed by the creator, the animation studio saw fit to completely reboot the franchise. The first two volumes (26 episodes) have commercial releases, and the blu-rays look flawless. And if you don’t mind reading subtitles, the whole 64-episode run is on Hulu, though I don’t know for how long.
  • Rubicon – New from AMC – Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and the upcoming Walking Dead – give us their spin on the “espionage drama.” Except it’s way better than anything else that has ever tried this. Based around a fictional private-sector intel-gathering, code-breaking, foreign-policy-altering think-tank, the only thing more interesting than the conspiracy within the conspiracies are the characters themselves.
  • The Venture Bros. – Now into the “second part” of its fourth season on Adult Swim, this show is just too damn funny. I really don’t know how else to describe it. Part Johnny Quest spoof, part pop-culture riffing, and all genius, my best suggestion is to have your pop build a box to teach you how awesome it is. Just remember that it sometimes gets very hot, in the box, that pop built.

Comics

  • Batman & Robin by Grant Morrison – I’m aware that Morrison’s current work isn’t something everyone is a fan of. But this series – with Dick Grayson as the caped crusader, trying to wrangle an out-of-control Damian Wayne as the boy wonder – has consistently delivered for my money. Removed from this time-travel craziness, it finds it focus in examining just what these personas represent to Gotham, to the people behind the masks, and even to costumed heroes the world over. 
  • Chew by John Layman – In a world where certain food has become illegal, a young detective makes his way by using his ability to psychically connect with anything he eats. Whatever ideas might spring to your mind from that statement, they’ve probably been incorporated. With elements of (and jabs at) crime dramas, prohibition-era mob fiction, and noir flicks, this is a great read for someone looking for some new indy love.
  • The Marvels Project by Ed Brubaker – The man who helped resurrect Daredevil and has turned Captain America into something amazing again asks us an interesting question: What if Marvel superheroes, from first to last, weren’t just happy accidents, but part of something very carefully orchestrated? Highly reminiscent of the groundbreaking Marvels from a decade ago, this is the universe we all know so well, but through fresh eyes and without the prejudices and pre-conceptions we also know so well.

That’s all for this time.

 

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The Walking Dude Cometh

1 Sep

By Xann Black

So what with all the awesomeness floating around out there today, there’s sometimes too much for just one warrior to handle. As such, I’m here on loan from Loaded Couch Potatoes to help rein in some of the goodness. I don’t know how frequent my input may be, so for now I’m just going to give you guys a “wham-bam-thankya-ma’am” of what’s been getting my attention.

Books

  • The Prince of Nothing by R. Scott Bakker – It’s the crusades, except in the future, or maybe an alternate past; that doesn’t matter. What does matter is that this trilogy is fantastic in its scope, and though a little heavy-handed at times, has enough blood, sorcery, and gratuitous bits to keep you entertained through most of it. Book one is The Darkness that Comes Before.
  • The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe – If you like your sci-fantasy heavy on the “wtf” and light on the mass-market appeal, this set is for you. Set unknown-eras into a possible future, Wolfe tackles everything from theology to philosophy to physics and beyond as he drags his main character – a torturer, complete with violent depictions – from one side of reality to another. The first two novels are collected in one tome called Shadow and Claw.
  • Terry Brooks – This man has written a good half-dozen trilogies, any of which can be read separately from the others. Though many claim his work is cliché, the dude has been at it since ’77, and is arguably part of the reason high fantasy still exists. If you want something very elves-with-pointy-ears, pick up The Scions of Shannara; if modern-era demon fighting is more your thing, try out Running with the Demon.

 Games

  • Metro 2033 – If you own a 360, you should get this next time you go into GameStop. If you have a computer with Steam – and if you have a PC, you need Steam – just get it now. An FPS set in post-apoc Moscow – or rather, then metro tunnels under said city – this chilling sci-fi tale has it all. Beautiful production values, a too-good-to-be-true story, tight gameplay mechanics, and several moments that will keep you up at night.
  • Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – I hate to be such an XBot, but this Live Arcade action / adventurer has sucked up many hours in my house since its release. With full on-box or online co-op, this little gem will surprise you and whoever you get to play it with you. The graphics are impressive, the puzzles are either thoughtful or oh-$#^%-a-giant-spike-wall intense, and each level has multiple challenges and time-trials to keep you coming back for more.
  • Torchlight – A little more PC love, again brought to me by the goodness that is Steam. This Diablo-style loot grabber is all about becoming bigger, meaner, richer, and then selling all that old crap two level-ups later. Created by the same mind that brought us the aforementioned devil-monikered title, this single-player-only experience is the testing platform for an MMO that will launch later on down the line. If my time with this version is any indication, adding the ability to play with friends will render me useless for a month or so.

That’s all I’ve got for now; keep a weather eye on the horizon, as tomorrow should bring similar tidbits from the cinema and comics areas of entertainment.

Tik Tok Mr. Spock

22 Jun

by: Captain Oblivious

While I am sure Kesha is popular for a reason (very much so with my lady) I have failed to see why. But I will admit this video is pretty damn funny. Honestly anything involving Star Trek will get my attention as long as it looks good and is edited well like this video.
Thanks to Topless Robot

Random Wrestling Clip Of The Day- 03/11/10

11 Mar

by: Captain Oblivious

Today we go back to the “glory” days of WCW. More specifically the first hour. Remember when WCW was a hype machine for returns of wrestlers only to have them eventually be squashed by Goldberg. Well this man is no different. He would return triumphantly win a few then as if by some retarded reasoning the writers would say: Hey let’s put him in a match with Goldberg. Sound logic if it was going to be a competitive matchup…but alas no.

So without further adieu. UselessWarriors.com brings you the man, the myth, the master of the Cryonic Kick……Glacier!

Monday Night War…A Response to Captain Oblivious!

7 Mar


I have been hearing from the wrestling community about how happy they are about the Monday Night War returning, but I am going to be honest, I believe it will fail, and fail bad. Unlike my partner in crime Capt. Oblivious, I just don’t see TNA doing much in this fight and I have some reasons why.

1. Its way too Fast.
The biggest problem is I believe TNA jumped the gun here. While it makes sense because it would cause both shows to put on a better product, TNA is not as established as the once WCW was when it made the jump. Hogan comes in and TNA is ready, the war is on, No I am not buying it. Not to mention doing it this soon, plus the month leading up to Wrestlemania, I would have wait till the Monday after Mania because lets face it, the Raw after Mania is a recap of Mania with a maybe one big return. I know the Raw after mania usually has good numbers in ratings, I believe it would have been easier for TNA to go head-to-head that night instead of the whole month of build up for Wrestlemania.

2. March 8th Main Event 1 week too Soon.
Mark my words hear and now, the Main Event of Impact this week with Hogan/Abyss vs Flair/Styles should have been pushed back one more week. I believe its a big deal match don’t get me wrong, Flair’s first match since WM 24 in America, Hogan’s First Match on American TV since ’06, but the probably is on March 15 wrestling fans won’t watch Impact. Why? Because on March 15 “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will be host Raw. Now is the common wrestling fan going to watch, Impact that will have some good matches, or Stone Cold…Lets be honest most fans are saying “AH MAN IT’S STONE COLD!!! THROW ME A STEVEWEISER!” However, if TNA had held this match off one more week, WWE might could feel alittle pressure.

3. Feels like WCW all over again.
It may just be me, but TNA just reeks of WCW. I am seeing old WWE stars in TNA, granted they have the belt on the right guy with AJ Styles, but still feels too WCWish to me. The TNA product when Christian came in, and Sting was there and Angle first came, would probably give WWE a run for their money on Monday nights. Now it seems like instead of having a whole show full of good storylines, they only have like 2 and the rest just kinda floats around. Makes you wonder who will make the jump to the competition (…I see another blog in the future).

4. The Celebrities that Guest Host Raw.
I did this one last because it won’t kill TNA, but could hurt it. Now with them going head-to-head, the WWE will probably try and get bigger name people (well the biggest they can get) to host Raw. Not to mention one of the rumors that was on prowrestling.net, which by the way is very reliable wrestling site, has stated that the WWE has decided to keep the Raw guest host going awhile longer, even though Austin was going to be the last one, and have even been in talks with The Rock to host the whole month of June. I am sorry, but if that happens, this is one wrestling fan that will not watch Impact for the entire month of June. Watch Hogan and Flair, who I have seen for months, or watch the Rock actually be in a WWE for the first time since 2004. If that does happen, TNA could be in trouble.

Now don’t get me wrong, I really hope TNA does well and that the wrestling business gets a boom from this. But right now I don’t see it. Maybe TNA will change my mind, but to be honest, I just don’t see it happening. I will be surprised if this time next year, we are still talking about the new “Monday Night War”.