July 26th, 2016
Recently, I’ve had people telling me how amazing the 1997 Starship Troopers movie is and sorry, I just don’t see it. It was originally an unrelated script called “Bug Hunt at Outpost Nine” when people noticed that it had a slight resemblance to the 1959 novel Starship Troopers, written by Robert Heinlein. Therefore, they retroactively got the rights, dropped in a couple of elements from the book, and renamed the movie.
I like the book but this isn’t the book. Director Paul Verhoeven hated the book, could never get past chapter 2 so he asked people to describe it to him and then he did his own thing. What remained was a mess. It had decent special effects for the day but the plot sucked and had very little to do with the novel. I think a lot of people pretend to like it because they think the novel was a classic, even if they’ve never read it. So, because I’ve done tear-downs of Battlestar Galactica and Firefly, let’s see why I think Starship Troopers, the movie(s), is so bad.
July 24th, 2016
Oh look, I finally got around to watching a movie that was in theaters months ago! Okay, this one I should have had a month ago when it came out on Bluray, but with the move, I put a moratorium on my Amazon orders because I didn’t want to miss anything. But now that the move is complete, these movies should start coming in again.
So anyhow, I’m a big fan of Deadpool, as anyone who has been reading my comic reviews on Saturdays should know. I was not at all happy with the portrayal in that really bad Wolverine movie though, so is this going to be better? Let’s find out.
July 23rd, 2016
It’s been a really long time since I reviewed Saga, to be honest, while I continue to pick it up, it just keeps falling off my radar. It isn’t that it’s not good, it’s that it falls outside of my usual interests and therefore, it piles up and piles up until I realize, holy crap, it’s been a very long time since I read any of that and I run through a whole bunch of issues all at once. Honestly, I think that’s the best way to read this title anyhow.
So let’s get into this 6-issue arc of Saga, shall we?
July 21st, 2016
A lot of the time, I have no idea what’s going on in other countries. My wife told me she had heard a commercial for a new show coming to FOX called Houdini & Doyle. Well, she said Conan & Houdini, but I figured it out. But of course, by the time it aired on FOX, it had already run in the UK so I went looking for those releases and over the course of a couple of days, we burned through the entire first series.
So was it any good? Keep reading to find out.
July 19th, 2016
I was listening to a podcast over the weekend and they were talking about villains and it got me thinking about what kind of villains I like in roleplaying games and what kind I really, really, really hate.
Anyone who has other views, please let me know in the comments, I’d love to have a discussion.
July 17th, 2016
I kept meaning to see this movie. Everyone said it was amazing, but I just never got around to it until now. For some reason, every time I almost did, something came up and I had to pass.
But now I have and I find it hard to believe that almost 3 years have passed since it came out. Does it stand up to critical scrutiny? Was it worth all of the hype? Should I have seen it earlier?
Well you’re going to have to go below the fold to find out. Let’s go see if Gravity is as good as everyone says.
July 16th, 2016
Last year, Marvel introduced a short A-Force series tie in with Secret Wars, which I reviewed here. I noted that they were going to turn this into a regular series in the regular new Marvel continuity and now, of course, they have. So it’s time for me to take on the first story arc of this all-female superhero story and see if it’s actually going to be a decent ongoing, or if it’s just going to be a flash in the pan.
So away we go.
July 14th, 2016
After getting its start on both Arrow and The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow is probably one of the more ambitious superhero shows out there, a true ensemble cast, all of them vying for the spotlight, in a romp through time to save the world. What could go wrong?
July 12th, 2016
Holidays are usually when we get together with family and sit around most of the day and watch bad movies. This time out, my brother-in-law saw this on pay-per-view and had never heard of it so wanted to give it a watch.
My wife and I had, of course, heard of it, although I hadn’t heard any reviews of the movie itself, but I didn’t have a particularly good feeling about it. I mean, zombies in early 19th century London? Not two things that I traditionally think of as going well together.
But we watched it anyhow and… well… here’s my review.
July 10th, 2016
I need to take a look at my YouTube subscriptions because I think a bunch of the woodworking channels I follow simply need to go away. For some, they’ve just changed to something I hardly recognize and I just don’t enjoy them, but for a huge number, they’ve just become corporate shills. I’ve got better things to do than watch sponsored commercials.