August 19th, 2014
It’s sad that I look back at the heyday of Syfy low-budget movies with a bit of nostalgia, back when they at least tried to make decent movies on a shoestring, movies that at least tried to have a plot and make sense, but those days are gone, now with the whole <fill-in-the-blank> shark movie stupidity, they purposely make stupid movies with people who can’t act for people to laugh at. These things belong on Comedy Central, not a channel that pretends to be about science fiction.
They just put out the sequel to 2013′s Sharknado and seriously, they have jumped the shark, even the movie itself thinks so, and given up any credibility whatsoever that Syfy might have ever had. So here’s my look at Sharknado 2: The Second One.
August 17th, 2014
On a recent episode of The Dice Tower podcast, Tom Vasel was answering a listener question about paring down one’s board game collection and he said that he had a huge problem getting rid of games. Now granted, he’s a special case because he is a professional board game reviewer, he continually gets new games, usually review copies given to him by manufacturers, but I see the same thing going on in discussions on Google+ and other forums. I have a solution to this problem though…
STOP BUYING SO MANY GAMES!
August 16th, 2014
After looking at the original Dark Horse Comic series last week, the one that covered the first novel by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, it’s time to move on to the next novel and that means a whole new comic book series! This 9-issue series started in 2013 and continues the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his fight against the Master and the other Vampiric Lords as they fight to take over New York City and ultimately the world.
Fair warning, even though I always spoil everything, there will be spoilers here for the first series. Read on at your own risk!
August 14th, 2014
This week we bid a surprising adieu to Dominion, which went from a 9-episode season to an extended episode 8 finale, which means I need to find something to add to the mix next week. I’m thinking about hunting down the first episode of the Almighty Johnsons like I said a couple of weeks ago. After all, it’s a completed New Zealand series that I’m sure Syfy is claiming as their own because people don’t know any better. Anyhow, six shows up, six shows down, let’s look at them on TV Thursday – 8/14/14.
August 12th, 2014
I collect a ton of DVDs, everything from recent movies to old TV shows and honestly, not everything gets as much love as it deserves. While I have watched every single DVD and Blu Ray movie I own, at least once, there are a lot of TV series box sets that I haven’t even cracked the plastic on. Oh, I try to at least watch the special features but there are quite a few, especially on those sets that I got a bunch of them at a time, that I’ve never popped into the player, much less watched all the way through.
Recently, my wife and I were bored, now that the summer TV season is underway and it’s slower than usual, so we went to the wall of video and pulled out the first season of the 1973 series The Six Million Dollar Man and started watching. We’re only through season 3 so far, but here’s my review of the series, which prior to this I hadn’t watched all the way through since I was a kid.
August 10th, 2014
I love SPT Layzner. I always have, I always will. In fact, among mecha anime, it is, by far, my favorite series of all time. I started watching it back in 1985 when it started, back in the days when there were no fansubs, you had to watch multi-generational video tapes, imported from Japan, and try to work out what was going on. I’ve been waiting for years for the fansubbers to finish the show, and it has been a very long wait. Some shows take forever and finally, they finished it up and I sat down and watched the entire 38-episode run, plus the three specials.
So here’s my take on my favorite mecha show ever. Enjoy.
August 9th, 2014
Now that Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Strain” is a TV series, airing on FX, I had to go back and read all of the original source material. This series started as a series of three novels, written by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, back in 2009. Thereafter, Dark Horse Comics produced two series of comics, following the first and second books. This, then, is the first series that follows the original Strain novel and I will cover both The Fall, which covers the second, and The Silver Angel, a digital one-shot, that was also published.
So let’s take a look at this tale of vampiric horror from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro.
August 7th, 2014
Back with our standard six shows, Defiance, Dominion, Extant, The Last Ship, Perception and The Strain. We’re just over mid-season with most of these series so let’s look at how they’re faring on TV Thursdays – 8/7/14.
August 5th, 2014
This is a show that’s been on my radar for a long time but was unable to find a fansub. Finally, I located one for the first season and am still looking for someone to do the second season, although I don’t know that I’m very hopeful. Most older shows unfortunately don’t get a fansub treatment, although I think that at least the best of them should. I guess there are too many new shows to keep up with for fansubbers to go back and try to work on the older ones. I guess I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed.
So here’s my review of the first season of Psychometerer Eiji.
August 4th, 2014
After listening to podcasts and talking to people who spent the weekend at San Diego Comicon recently, I can honestly say that I’m so happy I didn’t go and, surprisingly, there are lots of people who agree with me, that they wish they hadn’t gone too. It isn’t that I can’t go, I’m a professional, I get in for free, it would cost me nothing but hotel and travel, but I honestly don’t have any interest in being packed in like sardines with more than 130,000 people into a venue that’s far too small.