Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Comic Review: Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1-4

December 19th, 2015

Seriously, this is not a comic that I’d ever expect to read, after having read Age of Ultron and hating it and having no love whatsoever for Marvel Zombies, but hey, there hasn’t been that much to read over the summer and I gave into temptation for this 4-issue mini-series.

Like most things I’m reading from Marvel these days, this is a tie-in to the Secret Wars storyline, this time having to do with the Ultron-controlled Perfection and the zombie-controlled realm, both of whom have been fighting for supremacy.  Caught in the middle are a few humans who struggle to survive, until one man comes along…

TV Thursday: Scream Queens Season One (2015)

December 17th, 2015

I actually almost passed on this one, mostly because I was so disappointed in how Scream: The Series turned out.  Scream, as a movie franchise, was a satire on the entire modern horror genre. It was self-aware, with characters that knew of the tropes and pointed them out.  It wasn’t slapstick comedy, that was the job of the Scary Movie franchise, which made fun of movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, but it wasn’t a straight horror film either. But when the series came along, they played the whole thing straight and lost all of the elements that I was really looking for.  Then I heard about Scream Queens and was afraid that it would turn into more of the same, but luckily, I heard some people talking about it and it sounded like exactly what I was looking for. So here’s my take on the first season of Scream Queens, an actual spoof of the horror genre, which the genre desperately needs.

Why Are People So Dumb?

December 15th, 2015

There are times I really don’t understand people and when those people infest my hobbies and show up on forums I frequent, I just have to rant about them. A couple of crazies this time out, just people being dumb for the sake of being dumb.

One guy get on and rants about softwood being hard to work with, then reveals he has entirely unrealistic expectations, he expects softwood to behave exactly like hardwood and  because it doesn’t, it must be the wood’s fault!  And he’s trying to work with dull tools and is complaining because it leaves fuzzy edges and tear-out.  Seriously?  Getting quality results in woodworking is a combination of having the right tools and the right skills for the job.  The tools don’t necessarily have to be expensive, but they need to be sharp, otherwise it’s like trying to cut down a tree with a herring.  But this guy has no sharp tools and sharpening tools is too difficult and time consuming so he thinks the laws of physics are going to let him get away with not doing what needs to be done.  Sure.  Tell me another one.  And then he wants qualities of the wood he happens to have on hand to be identical to wood he doesn’t want to go out and get, just because he wants it.  Head, meet desk.

Another guy wants to charge his LIPO drill batteries but he doesn’t want to actually buy a charger for them.  He keeps coming up with all kinds if hair-brained schemes that are both more expensive than just buying the correct charger, and are likely to blow up his batteries to boot.  He wants to use chargers that are not meant for the batteries he has to do the job for something he doesn’t want to spend money on, then he wants all of us to ride him around on our shoulders, telling him he’s a genius.  Well here’s the thing.  LIPO batteries have this really terrible tendency to explode when they aren’t treated right.  If they overheat, they go boom.  Overcharging them is a good way to get them to overheat.  That’s why there are special chargers just for LIPO batteries.  We told this guy that.  He ignored us.  He kept thinking he was special.  Hopefully he didn’t  burn his house down.

In both cases, the more people tell them to just do the right thing, the more they double down on their own stupidity, supremely convinced that they are right and everyone else is wrong.  Now I really don’t care if you want to be stupid so long as your stupidity only harms you, but how dumb do you have to be to go to a forum of people to ask questions, and when everyone tells you what an idiotic thing it is that you want to do, you argue with them and do it anyhow?  It reminds me of another  forum recently where someone showed up and immediately started insulting all of the moderators because they wouldn’t let him violate the rules.  He called them cowards.  They banned him.  He deserved it.  What an idiot.

Book Review: The Android’s Dream (2006)

December 13th, 2015

Now as much as I love John Scalzi’s work, sometimes he really nails it and sometimes he doesn’t.  He gets a lot of his inspiration from classic sci-fi, which I have no problem with, but in some cases, he takes more than others.  As I said in my review of Fuzzy Nation, he “borrowed” a lot from H. Beam Piper’s original Fuzzy universe, but here, he just grabs the title from the story that inspired Blade Runner, Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

So what does a reluctant war hero, a genetically engineered sheep-woman and a potential interstellar war have in common?  Let’s find out.

Comic Review: Old Man Logan #1-5 (2015)

December 12th, 2015

Way back when, Wolverine died.  Well, yes and no.  While he has remained dead, at least officially, they have put out comics left and right about him, how other characters remember him, etc.  When Wolverine is your bread and butter, letting him go completely fallow is just not an option.  Now that Marvel has rebooted their entire universe with Secret Wars, there’s no doubt that Wolverine will come back to life in some form or another and I’ll be trying, over the next couple of months, to get through some of the Wolverine-centric series they’ve put out.

So here goes a 5-issue mini-series showing us what might have happened if Logan lived to a ripe old age, in one universe anyhow.

Belated Review: Mad Max – Fury Road (2015)

December 8th, 2015

I’ve been a big fan of the original two Mad Max movies, especially The Road Warrior. I’ve seen them dozens of times and even though I, like most people, wasn’t the biggest fan of the third movie, I still have a real affection for the Mel Gibson character.

So when they started talking about a new movie, with George Miller back in the director’s seat, I perked up.  Could we get back to the Max from the second movie?  I sure hoped so!

But then we got… this. Lots of controversy, lots of hate from long-time fans and a movie that has very little of the old school Mad Max vibe.  I’m sure you can see where this is going, but join me in my look at Mad Max: Fury Road.

Book Review: The Returned (2013)

December 6th, 2015

It seems that I’m reading a lot of books-turned-movies or television these days. Some, I read because I liked the show and wanted to see where it came from, some I read and decided I wanted to watch the show.  Sometimes, the books are better, like the The Strain series and sometimes, far, far worse, like The Last Ship.

So which one will this be?  It was the basis of the really bad show called Resurrection, which I panned.  So, classic story that was ruined by TV, or bad idea all around?  Let’s see.

Comic Review: The Strain – The Night Eternal #1-12

December 5th, 2015

I honestly have a love/hate relationship with this series and its various adaptations.  I reviewed the book trilogy here, here and here, the TV series spread out across the blog, and the first two comic adaptations here and here.  Where I tend to have problems is where these adaptations drift off of the books, as happened with season two of the TV series, but the comics have been quite faithful, at least so far.

So let’s get into the final series, The Strain: The Night Eternal, adapting the final book in the trilogy.  Did they do it right or did they go right off the reservation?  Let’s find out.

TV Thursday: Minority Report Season One (2015)

December 3rd, 2015

Minority Report started the same night as Blindspot, but of the two, Minority Report didn’t fare well in the ratings and it became painfully obvious that it wasn’t long for the world when Blindspot got a full season pickup and Minority Report was cut from 13 episodes to 10. Unfortunately, it isn’t hard to see why one did well and the other did not, as Minority Report floundered around looking for an audience, mixing case-of-the-week with a really pretty uninteresting overarching mythology.  But now that it’s over, was it worth watching?  Let’s find out.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.