Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cowboys and Aliens? More like Cowboys and FAILiens.

Okay, I should have been suspicious from the start.  Anytime a studio rejects a Drew Struzan poster, the project is doomed to failure.  It’s almost like they knew they weren’t good enough for this artwork, and didn’t want to get people’s hopes up.  But these days I’ve got a lot of faith in director Jon Favreau (Iron Man), so excitement won out.  I was looking forward to Cowboys and Aliens on a level usually reserved for the best of big summer comic book movies.

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Drinking, Smoking, and Misogyny: Now Available on Netflix Streaming.

Another Netflix Update, they’ve been quite busy these days.

Mad Men

Today the first four seasons of AMC’s much beloved and critically acclaimed series is now available on Instant Streaming.

Though, I am loath to admit, I’ve not seen a single episode. That only means I am delighted to get the chance to watch the series, in its entirety.  Because frankly, this is how I prefer to consume my television.

Here is a brief synopsis from Instantwatcher.com:

It’s 1960, and ad executive Don Draper rules the roost at New York’s Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency amid a glamorous climate of never-ending cocktail hours, worry-free smoking and ego-stroking power in this Emmy-winning series. Draper has the good fortune of being a man’s man –and a ladies’ man to boot. But with the world beginning to change, he’ll have to use all his smarts to stay one step ahead.

Sharp Like an Edge of a Samurai Sword

What’s that I hear? Swords being unsheathed! Stomachs growling? Delightful hip-hop influenced soundtrack?

Samurai Champloo is now available to stream on Netflix! (HD where available)

Join Jin, Mugen, and Fuu as they journey across Japan to find “The samurai who smells of sunflowers.”  I dare you to watch this amazing title sequence!

Harry Potter comes to an end

Harry Potter

Since 2001, audiences have flocked to the theater to see the Harry Potter and company fight against the forces of evil, namely Voldemort and his Death Eaters. However, July 14 marked the end of the Harry Potter era when The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released. Going into the final film, fans who haven’t read the books were sure to expect some surprises, while fans who have read the books were anxious to see how the final showdown would play on-screen.

The film begins where The Deathly Hallows Part 1 left off, with Voldemort violating Dumbledore’s casket to retrieve the “Elder wand”. The scene fades into Harry sitting at Dobby’s burial site, contemplating the trio’s next task. At this point, Harry makes the decision that the gang must break into the wizarding bank, Gingotts, in order to retrieve the next horcrux.

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Captain America: The First (and best?) Avenger

Chris Evans as Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger opened this weekend, and once again Marvel Studios has added weight to the phrase “if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself”.  It’s amazing to see how far comic book movies have come in a few short years, from the time period where nobody thought you could just put a superhero up on the screen in a recognizable costume with a plot true to the source material.

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Summer is Hot: A Nation in Panic

Our enemy, the Sun

As our longtime nemesis The Sun collided with Earth today, mankind came together across the entire Internet in a rare show of unity to declare that it is, indeed, super hot outside.  This event came as a particular shock to citizens of the United States, which typically enjoys breezy days of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.

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App Attack: Spotify is good, but it’s not the best

Spotify

At the beginning of this month I wrote an article about the differences between Rdio, Rhapsody, Naptser and MOG, and weighed in why I thought Rdio was the best music subscription service available at the time. Last Thursday, Spotify finally opened it’s doors in the U.S. and I was lucky enough to get an invite code on day one. After spending some time with Spotify since then, I can confidently say that in the battle of music streaming service supremacy, it most definitely is not the victor. Read the rest of this entry

Edward Cullen takes over Spider-Man job

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goth girls, start clearing out some poster space.

I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty excited about Sony’s upcoming franchise reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.  Now I just don’t know what to think.  Sure, it’s just one picture, but seriously.  Sony took so much internet backlash for Peter Parker’s emo turn in Spider-Man 3, and that was only a couple scenes.  Now he looks like Twilight‘s Edward Cullen on a weekend trip to Comic-Con, and this presumably will be for the entire movie.  I don’t know what’s going to be more embarrassing, watching him try to brood through the mask for 120 minutes, or seeing how he fits all that hair under there.

Maybe in the sequel he can battle Man-Wolf to see who can seduce more desperate outcast high school girls.*

 

*Sony, if you use this idea, I want money.

 

“What’s the matter kid, dontcha like clowns?”


Happy 72nd birthday to former blaxploitation henchman and current horror icon Sid Haig!  Best known today for his role as Captain Spaulding in the two good movies Rob Zombie made, Sig Haig has been making movies since 1960.  Outside of a brief self-imposed retirement in the 90’s which was ended by a cameo role in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown (1997), his career has gone largely interrupted.  He’s also appeared in a surprising number of iconic TV shows such as Batman, Star Trek, the Dukes of Hazzard, and the A-Team.

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Ms. ‘Splosion Man: Twisted Pixel releases accurate woman simulator

Released in 2009 as part of Xbox Live’s Summer of Arcade promotion, Twisted Pixel’s original ‘Splosion Man title met with generally favorable reviews from critics and fans alike.  Anyone claiming to not enjoy the game likely decided this about 2/3 of the way through when the difficulty curve reached 90 degrees, and other Arcade titles enticed them away from ‘sploding themselves into the same unavoidable meat grinder for the 500th time.

Two years later, in a release arguably more anticipated than any of this years “proper” Summer of Arcade titles, Twisted Pixel has finally given us a sequel in Ms. ‘Splosion Man, available exclusively on Xbox Live Arcade for 800 MSP.

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