Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fun Stuff, Cheepnis

Best Movies of 2013

2013 is winding down pretty quickly.  I think for lot a lot of people this time of year can be a bit overwhelming.  Most people stay pretty busy anyway, throw in shopping, and a few other extras, and you can have a lot on the  plate.  I had to go in and get a tooth pulled--getting an implant, and I'll have to return a couple of times for that, plus I have a crown that needs to be done was well.

The past couple of nights I've watched the two Christmas themed movies by John Hughes/Columbus, Home Alone, and Home Alone 2.  I don't think they'd be my favorite Christmas movies, but they are a lot of fun, and have rather beautifully designed sets, color palate, and the slapstick just is the icing on the cake.

A lot of times at this  time of the year critics and wannabe critics will have their Top 10 list.  I ran across one by Wired magazine that might closely echo my own taste.  I by no means have seen everything in 2013.  I get super behind in my movie watching.  Heck, from Netflix sitting on my shelf next to the TV,  I've got The Dark Knight Rises, a Dr. Who episode, and Elysium, a SF movie.   I still would like to get out to the theater and catch the new Hunger Games film, and the second feature to The Hobbit.  Now whether or not I'll find  time is anybody's guess. I'm looking forward to watching American Hustle as well and the Coen brother films, Inside Llewyn Davis.  Here's an recent interview with the Coen brothers if interested. 

Sunday, December 01, 2013


It being the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Who, I've been in a Doctor Who mood lately and ran across this mini album made from the Jerry Anderson studios.  It's a short story about the Daleks.  I tried to figure out how to put the actually Youtube link on my blog, but could not, so I'll have to provide a link:

I watched one of the Tom Baker episodes last night called Image of the Fendahl.  It was better than I remembered  it, which only goes to show that watching Dr. Who is worth watching more than once.  In it a scientific team attempts to investigate a mysterious ancient skull.  The Doctor (Tom Baker along with Leela)  recognize the skull as that of the Fendahl, an creature many million years old.   But  how does one dispose of such a creature?  He is unable to prevent the Fendahl from manifesting itself through the body of a woman, however, he's able to stop the creature absorbing all life on Earth.  As with many of the Tom Baker episodes there's drama and tension, but also some light joking and such, which made me laugh out loud more than a few times.

I came across a comic that sounded interesting, called Godzilla, The Half Century War on IDW, art and story by James Stokoe.

I'd never heard of James Stokoe before, however, a Google search told me he also was the creator of the indie book, Orc Stain, which I'm not familiar with.  But I read the first issue of Godzilla  yesterday and really enjoyed it.  I'd picked up some other Godzilla comics in the past, and they really didn't do much for me.  Some of the artwork in them was fine, I recall one on Dark Horse which was done by Art Adams, but they didn't have anything fresh to say about the giant lizard.  Stokoes' story, however, did.

 The year is 1954 and Lieutnant Ota Murakami is on hand when Godzilla makes first landfall in Japan. They are on a tank patrol in Shinigawa, barely a teen in the Japanese self defense.  Their mission is to aid in some sort of disaster relief, however, not much is known beyond that.  They are just told to expect, bad weather.  This is when we first see Godzilla, and he is enormous, powerful, and awesome.  Along with his pal, Kentaro, Ota makes a desperate gamble to save lives... and in the process begins an obsession with the King of the Monsters that lasts fifty years.

It appears that the second comic takes place in Vietnam with the second sighting of the monster.  If you enjoy stories about Godzilla and giant kaiju, this might be for you.  I  enjoyed the art a lot too, as it seemed to be influenced by some of the early manga that I remember, and is  highly detailed. 

I have to mention another recommendation that I saw recently from my Netflix subscription. 

I wasn't very familiar with Speed Racer.  I knew about it marginally from just a pop cultural reference, but I didn't know much about the story behind the manga or anime.  I was curious about it though as it was made by the Wachowskis siblings.  They're also the creators behind The Matrix.  It turned out to be a lot of fun.  The way that they did the movie is totally in overdrive, and I love the way it was handle with all the crazy colors, and all the actors seem to really fit their parts well.  If you haven't seen it check it out, it's light hearted fun.  When I watched it I thought it was definitely coming from creators to an audience raised on gaming and that generation.  I could see how either a young boy or girl would go crazy over watching this, that includes a few adults.