Marvel is doing something right. In many ways they really needed to do something to revitalize their characters. For years there were endless crossovers, new teams, characters swapping teams, this that and the other thing. Then....They started the Ultimate Universe version of their Marvel Mythos. A chance to retell their key caracters stories fresh and new for new readers. In my mind this has really worked.
It started with Ultimate Spiderman, much of the first issues got translated almost line for line into the first movie. Then came the Ultimate X-Men. Updating the characters for the new millenium. Then came time to do the Avengers. but here they really took a serious departure...Here they are called "The Ultimates"
There are key changes in the Ultimate line of comic books. Things that they have altered or updated. The one I had the biggest problem with was Nick Fury. They turned him into a black man. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I just have always been a HUGE Nick Fury fan. To me it would be like making Wolverine hispanic. It just didn't seem to fit and I didn't like it. But I put that asside and just enjoyed the comics. Nick is still a kick ass super spy and head of SHIELD so I'm good.
I know I haven't even touched on the movie yet. I'm getting to it hold on. The first movie "The Ultimates" was almost a direct translation of the first storyline of the Ultimates first 12 issues. You can almost take the comics and hold them up to the screen and find matching pictures bringing to 2D comic to animated life right before you.
This new movie continues where the last one left off. The Ultimates all have lives away from SHIELDS headquarters in NY. They all go their separate ways doing their things untill called upon. In this case, the Alien invasion that they thought that they thwarted was only delayed. The Threat rises again and they are called back into action to fight for the salvation of the earth once again. This was again a quality animated movie with great super heros. I totally want to have both of these on DVD at one point or another. I know that Max wont mind.
[b][u]Fall Out Boy[/u][/b]
I have been hearing their songs for a while, on the radio, on "So you think you can Dance"... I finally picked up their album "From Under the Cork Tree" and I have to say I really like it. It has become an instant classic. I'm going to be listening to this album for a few days. So if You see my IPOD recent tracks list is almost all Fall out Boy it's cause I have the album on repeat.
These guys win the award for group with the longest titles for their songs. Lets review for those who aren't familiar with their album....
1. Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name Of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued
Yow that's a mouth full. So lets move on to the second track. which isn't too bad, in fact the next 4 aren't bad at all.
[size=1][size=2]2. Of All The Gin Joints In All The World[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]3. Dance, Dance[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]4. Sugar, We're Going Down[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]5. Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]Now we are back to the freaky long titles....ready for this?[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]6. I've got a dark alley and a bad idea that says you should shut your mouth[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]7. 7 Minutes in Heaven[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]Funny how that's the 7th track....do you think they planned it that way? What if it had been the 8th track, would it still be 7 minutes in heaven or would it be 8 minutes in heaven? Shouldn't this be a 7 minute long song as well? To finish off the joke?[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]8. Sophmore Slump Or Comeback of the Year[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]Here they go warming up for the really big ones again...[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]9. Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends[/size][/size]
[size=1][size=2]10. I slep with someone from Fall Out Boy and all I got was this stupid song written about me[/size][/size]
Yes that is actually the title for the 10th track...a little wordy I guess if your into that sorta thing.
11. A little less sixteen candles, a little more "touch me"
12. Get busy living or get busy dying (do your part to save the scene and stop going to shows)
I dont' even understand that last title. I think it's close to being the longest on the Cd...if not the longest. Good grief people!
Well at least they ended it on a short note.
There you have it. Fall Out Boy, kings of the long song titles. Still their rock guitars and bangin drums are infectious. I really could listen to this album for days without fail. When I need to get stuff done I like to have up beat rock like that that gets my toes thumping and makes me want to do air drums, just one of those things.
I will note, the lead vocalist on the album is very distinct and tight with his vocals. that was one of the things that I really liked about the songs that I had heard on the radio. Then I saw them on SNL and it nearly killed my desire to get their album. On SNL they were anything but good. Slurred words, vocals all over the place. It was like the lead was seriously drunk or toasted, which he might have been. Then again they might just be one of those bands that are great in studio where they can refine and clean things up verses being horrible live.[size=1]
Managed to watch two movies. Well three really one of them really wasn't a movie it was a comedy special. Still it was over two hours long. I'll get to that in a minute.
Leave it to Disney to tell a story like this, water it down and show the same scenes that they do in every movie of this type that has ever been made. It's based on a true story of a man who is a walkon to the Philidelphia Eagles one season in the 70's. The team had sucked the previous year so they thought they would try something unconventional. Hold open tryouts to anyone who wanted to come.
Enter our hero, a bartender/teacher who just isn't making it financially or romantically. But under the urging of his friends he tries out and manges to make cut after cut till he's on the team.
It's a cookie cutter formula movie. If you've seen any sports movie about an underdog you've seen this movie. There is no new ground tread hear. Still it was a pleasent and "safe" movie to watch with just about anyone. No sex, drugs, language, fights, violence, or anything to really spice up the movie.
Blade Runner is an interesting movie. It's one of those seminal sci-fi movies that is the cornerstone of many peoples Sci-Fi collections. Harrison Ford is a "blade Runner" a person who hunts down and kills "replicants". What is a replicant? an artificial human who is almost indistinguishable from a normal human. But since they are stronger, and able to withstand hazardous conditions and recently revolted they have been outlawed. Killing them isn't murder, it's "retirement". They did build them with one catch. A life span of 4 years. At that point they die.
6 replicants escaped and are on the loose on earth. It's up to our blade runner to track them down and get rid of them. But what are they really after? Can a machine become human? We have seen this story, or something like it many many times. But many of those movies took their inspiration from this movie. it really is a cornerstone of the Sci-fi universe. I found it funny that the movie with all the flying cars, human settlements on other planets...it's 2018. Only 11 years from now. Damn. I cannot wait for those model 2016 flying cars! hot mamma.
This was a fun video to watch. Dane cook is a great new comedian. Well I guess he really isn't all that new new. But he's one of the younger comedians on the rise. He's got a great delivery and is just fun to watch. This DVD was taken from an HBO special that was aired. However, unlike the HBO special, this one isn't edited. easily over half the content wasn't aired in the HBO special. Including some of the funniest bits. I liked this set up because his stage was in the center of the arena. He had crowd a full 360 degrees. He was constantly moving which just fed the energy of the show.
This is a must watch movie.
Yet another "based on real life" movie. Well, the story isn't real, the characters aren't all real. But the character the movie is based off of it. A female bounty hunter. I liked a couple of things about this movie. For the most part the grungy, yellow tinted lense really didn't do it for me. Lucy Liu was pretty much just there probably to fullfill a contract. But what I enjoyed were the subtitles! Yes you heard me right. The subtitles, didn't just flash on the screen when someone spoke spanish or iranian or whatever. No, they slid across the screen like they were flowing as part of the visual dialogue. I loved it. I also liked how they played a couple scenes out and then later, said, no that didn't really happen, and you see the whole thing in reverse.
So technical stuff was what caught my eye with this movie. The movie itself, a pretty forgettable action movie. There really weren't any edge of your seat excitement. Just lots of guns and rough attitudes.
There is just something about an IMAx experiance that is just breathtaking. The screen encompases your whole vision, it is like you are right there and that is incredible. So you might ask, isn't that best for things like aeral shots? How does that translate to the water?
It's just as breath taking. I'm not a big documentary fan, in fact I typically don't like them. I didn't bother with March of the Penguins, but this was very interesting and fun. It was a choice of Dolphins or a film on the Tour De France. I really wanted to see the clear warm waters of the carribbean again so it was the dolphins we watched.
Best part of the movie was the Dolphin Sex. The male swims upsidedown under the female. Don't blink or you will miss it. Ok that wasn't the best part. but it was the funniest. The most amazing piece to me was watching the two main divers that swam with the dolphins in the movies. They would be 20 feet under the water, interacting with the dolphins, or recording them....without scuba gear. This man and woman were snorkle diving. I couldn't imagine holding my breath for as long as they do. I couldn't imagine being able to function under water as smoothly as they do without desperately trying to get to the surface for air. These are special people.
The life of a marine biologist looks terribly interesting though. Her day included, sailing around in the beautiful water, on a boat for hours just trying to find the dolphins, only to get off and go swimming when they find them. Damn that sounds like hard work doesn't it? And here I thought I had a cush job.
At only an hour long it felt really well paced. I could have used some more. I can only imagine what watching a film shot on IMAX film would look like. WOW.
Wow....that was one of the best movies that I've seen in a very long time. Not only did I love it. BUt the kids and wife loved it too. It was filled with action, great humor, and great special effects. I loved the characters, they managed to get plenty of great sub character actors to play the extra parts in the movie.
When this comes out on DVD we will go to the store and buy it right away. in fact the wife and I may just go back and watch it again in the theaters for my birthday dinner next friday. It was that good that I would be willing to pay really good evening full price money to see it a second time.
If you haven't gone and seen this movie, then you need to. Even if your not really a "transformers" toy/cartoon fan. The movie will stand on it's own. Not only was it a great movie. But it also set itself up for the potential of sequals. That's right, this could be the very next spiderman/x-men type franchise.