Thursday, January 31, 2008

New Comics Day


Got some cool shit.

New Black Adam, new Action Comics, and FUCK YES new Captain America.  Among others.

Black Adam came to a pretty alright conclusion.  Man, he is gonna be pissed when he finds out how jerked around he got. 

X-Men: Emperor Vulcan...sucked.  What the fuck was that?  Goddamn, that whole storyline with the Shiar was a complete and total waste of time.

Countdown has actually been interesting for two months now.  Excellent!  Jason Todd as the new Red Roobin.  I do like this turn of events.  Monarch is a motherfucker.  A serious motherfucker.  I can't wait to see how these events turn out with Final Crisis.

Captain America.  What can I say about the new Captain America?  Well, the costume sucks, but we all knew that.  I mean, really, what were they thinking?  Terrible, just terrible.  Looks more like Captain Puerto Rico.  Ugh!  While I enjoyed the latest issue overall, I must object to the current direction.  Captain America started off as a World War II soldier kicking NAZI ass.  Then a superhero kicking all manner of supervillain ass.  Then as a spy for SHIELD kicking all manner of supervillain ex-NAZI ass.  Now?  Corporate trust buster!  No, really, he's fighting oil companies for SHIELD.  Mind you, oil companies taken over by ex-NAZI bad ass Red Skull, but does it really matter?  When the fuck did Captain America suddenly become Captain Blue State?  Fuck shit holy fucking fuck, is it possible to read about superheroes kicking ass without the writers shoving their lame ass political ideas down the reader's throat?  Guess not.  I mean, don't get me wrong, the action was really good.  Captain Bucky makes for a real shit kicking hero.  Plus shooting out the kneecaps of some AIM agents was awesome to see.  Tony Stark even seemed like less of a douche in this issue.  But the subtext for the whole thing is ridiculous.  I really had a hard time buying into the premise.  Riots over overdue mortgages?  Uh, sure.  If you say so, Brubaker!  But seriously, as flawed as it was, I thought it was a solid issue.  Really a good introduction of the new Bucky Barnes Captain America.

As for Action Comics, Batman and Green Lantern, I haven't read them yet.  All good titles and I look forward to them.

MIssed out on Death of the New Gods, waiting on a reorder.

Also picked up a copy of Neil Gaiman's Coraline.  Looks nice.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rudy has failed me


I revealed the Red debt bomb set to explode in your bank account.


See it, it's pretty good.

Giant monster blows shit up.  Massive destruction.  Me likey.

However, if you had problems with Blair Witch cause of the handheld shots, you're probably gonna hate this movie.  I mean REALLY hate this movie.  I mean FUCKING hate this movie.  So often you want to see more monster tearing shit up and killing people but the guy with the handheld is on his ass hiding behind a car.  Really, that's the one downside.

But the movie, in fact, isn't as genre redefining as Harry Knowles would lead you to believe.  In reality, it can be summed up like so...Blair Witch meets American Godzilla.  That's it.  It's handheld, which is Blair Witchy.  There's even a bit at the very end where the last two characters are looking at the camera giving their final testimonials.  It's just missing the right up the nose post nasal drip thing.  As for the American Godzilla influence...look, Godzilla came out in '98.  It's ten years later.  I saw that movie a couple of times.  Hell, I own the damn thing.  Remember the little Godzookies?  When it suddenly becomes Jurassic Park?  Well, there's a bit of that action going on.  Little baby monsters born live that immediately start killing everything in sight.  It was done pretty well, but I saw the influence.

The character's story is...well, who cares.  They have one.  You don't care.  You want massive monster action and destruction.  You won't to see people exploding after being bitten by baby monsters.  You want to see tanks rolling down Manhattan firing like crazy.  Building falling, carpet bombing...Goddamn, it's all good.  This movie NEEDS a sequel.  However, the sequel needs a different approach.  It needs to be told from the regular movie monster perspective.  This one is told from the ground level.  Like Knowles says, the guy's screaming "GODZEELA!!!!!!"  The next one needs to be told from the usual perspective.  You have teased us, Abrams, now give us what we really want!

I should note, that if you do see it, there is one tiny little thing to watch out for.  You see, part of the premise of the film is that it's all being shot over other footage of this guy and his kinda girlfriend.  On occassion this footage cuts into the main story.  Right, so the very very final shot is the happy couple on, what is it called, Coney Island or something on a ferris wheel.  There's a lingering shot on the ocean (the character's don't pay attention so there's no cues or anything).  Just make sure to pay attention to, I think It towards was the right hand side of the screen.  You'll see a little something that serves as the origin of the monster.  It's a real blink and you'll miss it thing.  Just to let you know.

I revealed the Red debt bomb set to explode in your bank account.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

For whatever reason...

Lately, when I button my shirt, I always seem to miss one.


Got a couple of DVD in the mail yesterday.  Moonstruck and Chocolat.  Mom likes 'em.  Said between those and the clothes I bought her I don't have to get her anything for her birthday.  I'm gonna try to find something anyway.  At least take her out to dinner.  I got a hankerin for a giant hamburger from The Lone Star.  Well, mostly I just got a hankerin to stuff myself silly at any restaurant that's good.  Mmmmmmmmm, foooooood!

Florida primary today.  GO RUDY!

When I get back from seeing Cloverfield this afternoon (assuming I wake up in time) I'm hoping for good results.  Fred dropped out, Rudy, don't you fail me too!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Alright already

So I've been reading.

Mostly comics, but I've been trying to get in a few books.

Reading Balkan Ghosts by Robert D. Kaplan.  Good shit.  Balkans are really interesting.  Confusing as all hell too.

Before that I read The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind.  More good shit, but he makes George Tenet look like a flawless saint.  Dubya get's hammered a bit, but mostly he goes after Cheney and Rice.  Otherwise a very interesting look into the intelligence end of the GWOT.

Coming up I also got The Summer of 1787 by David O. Stewart and The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes.  Also, cause I figured why not, I picked 1776 by David McCullough while I was at Target today.  I've got much reading to do.


With the words.


I don't blog anymore

I should start again.