Curtis and I gather round the coffee table to kick around Thor. Not harshly, mind, but we do feel that it needs to be kicked a bit. I really wanted to like this movie in the same way that I like Iron Man or the Incredible Hulk. Unfortunately, the result was somewhat lackluster – with a story that just didn’t live up to the potential of its characters. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of good stuff going on in this movie, and we found it to be an acceptable offering, if not a particularly outstanding one.
Released now, calculated to bring as little benefit or press to the film as possible, Curtis and I break down as much of “Avatar” as we can stomach. We lay the entirety of the blame at James Cameron’s doorstep – he really ought to know better. We do some side trails into the fad that is the current generation of 3D movies, “Prince of Persia” – which we both really enjoyed, in spite of my frustrated rant about the ending, and then plug upcoming RPG projects here at Critical Press Media. Hey, it’s worth repeating: look for OpenD6: Agents to hit digital download and POD before the end of the summer!
Gather round the coffee table while Curtis and I discuss our reactions to the documentary “This Film is Not Yet Rated”. Topics of the show include censorship, the ratings system, the rights of artistes, and what makes a film age or content appropriate. Just because something reflects real behavior does not make it art.
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Gather round the coffee table for a discussion of the state of television today. Kick back, relax, and grab a cup of coffee while the guys and I kvetch about those shows that should have been, those show we wish weren’t, and reality vs actuality.
Not all claims of High-Definition TV are equal. I give a quick primer on HDTV, Blu-Ray, and thing to consider when setting up your home entertainment area. Lite on links this week, so click around the website!
Some family, some not so family. Some good, some not so good. The wife and I recline and share some views on the movies we’ve seen this week, the movies we’re anticipating, and the state of movie making in general. We touch on the topic of horror films, highlight the technical improvements of the new Star Trek over the old, and despair for the glory days of Disney past like the old fogeys we are. Movies include: The Battle for Terra, Star Trek, assorted Disney films, Friday the 13th, and Halloween. Plus an update on November contests and stuff. There’s a whole slough of worthy links on the blog page, so don’t forget to click some of them.
Mistreatment of my favorite characters makes me crazy. Unearned reputation makes me crazy. Spending two and a half years on a comic book hoping against hope that it will turn out to be epic (or at least comprehensible) makes me crazy! And when the Powers That Be decide to turn a waste of paper into a waste of film, shoot a trailer and promotional reel that looks freakin’ awesome, and then utterly fail to deliver the goods on a product that I really should have known better than to buy in the first place . . . well that really makes me crazy!
Marvel Comics has really dominated the animated movie landscape for the past three years or so. I take the time to look at the recent offerings from Lion’s Gate and break down the subtext of my favorite films. They’re all good stuff, and I recommend any of them. This week introduces a few new things, including the Fanboyarama section of the Amazon store, and the podsafe album of the week. This week, we’re doing Marvel Heroes in animation, and the music selection is “Manifestations” by Synaecide. Check it out in the tabber box!
I realize we’re only two episodes into the new television season, but I’m really impressed with Nathan Fillon’s new crime drama “Castle”. I get my father on the phone for a better perspective of television crime through the years, and wrap it up with a review of the newest addition to my gaming library – Savage Worlds!
I spent the weekend at Fear the Con 2 in St Louis, MO. The guys over at Fear the Boot put this on, and it looks like its going to be a regular event. I debuted the Atomic Earth board game this weekend officially, and got some cool conversations with other podcasters. Also, the Watchmen premiered this weekend, and you’re getting my impressions of that event as well.