Archive for May, 2008
I’ve just heard that Harvey Korman passed away. Harvey was a comedic genius and brought much joy to my childhood. I’ve loved him in everything from Blazing Saddles to The Carol Burnett Show to his short-lived “The Nutt House” tv series.
Oooooh…he was even on that slice of nerd heaven, “The Star Wars Christmas Special”!
R.I.P. Now go do that voodoo that you do so well, Mr. Hedley Lamarr.
A great movie trailer from when I was 18. I’m not saying it’s a great movie, but this is a great trailer!
I finally saw the first Phantasm when I was in my mid-twenties. Man, it sucked and it didn’t make any sense, though it did feature some genuinely well-done thrills. I can’t imagine why it’s such a phenomenon. It’s probably the kind of movie made for groups of teens to watch while making out at drive-ins or when you’re totally baked (neither of which I’d have any knowledge of).
I was going to write an Indiana Jones review filled with spoilers — but I’ve changed my mind.
Instead I’ll say: George, it wasn’t worth 15 years of waiting for you to get your way on those plot points…
But I loved that last scene. Yes, I did.
And the whole sand-trap revelation scene. (Not that it was surprising, but it was well executed.)
45 minutes of great stuff, though, puts it on par with Temple of Doom.
I’m going back to Raiders now, thank you!
Finally, a superhero everyone can hate…
I had no idea they were even redoing Andromeda Strain, let alone that it was being done by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott and starring Andre Braugher, Ricky Schroder and Daniel Dae Kim! Man, this sounds good.
I saw the original movie and it was…okay. Frankly, it’s computer graphics were so crude that they were laughable at a point where the story called for intense drama. (There’s a scene where computer-guided lasers are shooting at a guy climbing a ladder, and it’s so crude that it makes Crazy Climber look like Super Mario Galaxies.
And a clip just premiered today:
When I was a child there was a program on CBS called Space Rangers. It was science fiction, live action and on primetime. I think it was at 8 PM on a week night. I was but in elementary school at the time, and it was not yet that I was in the Fifth Grade when the show started, last six whole episodes, and was canceled. I do not know if the show was bad or if it was merely not given a chance. I still don’t know. At that age few have good judgment on the quality of television-writing. The DVD release is horrifically prohibitively expensive for a six-episode batch. That rules out watching it willfully these days. Yet:
7:00 PM, 4 hrs
NR, English, Made for TV, 1993
Back-to-back episodes of the complete “Space Rangers” series follow a ragtag team of lawmen patrolling the outer reaches of the galaxy in 2104. As if being stuck as far from home as possible wasn’t bad enough, the squad has to deal with problems ranging from inferior equipment to bureaucratic meddling. Cast & Credits: Jeff Kaake, Linda Hunt, Jack McGee, Marjorie Monaghan, Danny Quinn
Tonight the Ion television network (a micro-network that is smaller than the CW, but is the size Fox, the WB or UPN once was, I reckon; it was once known as Pax and then i Network) as part of their RHI Movie Weekend time block, is playing all six episodes as one entry from 7 PM to 11 PM EDT.
I presume that this particular program is all six episodes poorly edited into one four-hour movie with few breaks. There will be advertisements. But based on the opening credits I reckon it is all one bit. The credits for each episode was presented at he beginning of this 7 PM broadcast. It’s hard to say if the movie will present the complete contents of all six episodes. It’s hard to say what the individual links of the respective episodes are, let alone how they fit into a four-hour block, or if they would fit into one with commercials included.
Unfortunately I probably will not be able to see the whole thing tonight; I lost the VCR remote and so I cannot record it. Fortunately these RHI presentations come back as reruns time and again.
Someday I’ll properly be able to review some semblance of the show, but as old as I am I do not think I’ll give Space Rangers the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s an awesome movie idea from the scribe of “Batman Begins” and it may actually make it to the big screen: “Super Max”, in which Green Arrow is imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and must then escape from a facility designed for holding super criminals… and it includes a list of B and C-level villains that comic fans will recognize (though none are in their costumes).
I’m not a big Green Arrow fan, but this sounds like an awesome idea for a movie. And maybe that’s the key to this: instead of an overwrought and formulaic two hour origin tale, the origin and establishing of Green Arrow is done in the first few minutes, and by 10 minutes in he’s already been captured for the murders. The rest of the movie is focused on an exciting plot that would be a good story no matter who the main character is.
(Hat tip to Condiment King!)
Metropolis, IL, is holding a contest to pick their Superman for their annual festival.
So, I write this long post finally venting about PvP always always always being late…
…and Scott posts that his dad ripped him a new one about always being late ON THAT VERY SAME DAY! Scott’s making an extra effort to get organized, and acquainting himself with some new hardware which may make it easier to draw, and he is trying hard to work ahead.
Bad timing on my part, I guess.
UPDATED: In case you’re wondering why I called that post “FAIL!!!”, it was a reference to this animated GIF that I like of Luke Skywalker kicking a guy and totally missing him. Unfortunately, I cannot find the original GIF no matter how hard I try (images are tough to search for unless they’re tagged or described in text, and most aren’t). But check out 1:45 in the following video:
Scott Kurtz decided that PvP would go to a Monday through Friday comic in order for him to do justice to the title and keep it on time.
It is now 10:15PM central time and still no Monday PvP.
Look, I’m not some Scott Kurtz hater. (And I’m amazed how many haters there are. Mention his name in any crowd and someone will call him a donkey opening.) I mean, anyone who works so hard to keep his comic going for ten years, who develops a gargantuan following and is supportive of his friends deserves some respect.
Time for the inevitable “however”. If I have one criticism of Scott, it’s that he never, ever has managed to work one day ahead of schedule. He’s got a comic book, TPBs, a book about webcomics, a cartoon, an upcoming DVD of that cartoon, shirts, skull plushes, other merchandise, podcasts, MMORPG guilds, Blank Label Comics, HalfPixel, convention appearances, comic store appearances and who knows how many other ventures. It’s a FULL SCHEDULE. I understand that. I’m amazed he can get anything done, frankly. All of it, however, is based on one thing: his daily web comic. And ever since he started doing more than just drawing the web comic, it has meant that that day’s comic gets launched in the afternoon, the evening, that night, or retroactively the next day.
I know, it’s that whole “how dare we demand something he gives away free” thing. But it’s not free! Look, his web site makes an exorbitant amount of money in advertising based on our checking the web site for that day’s comic. We’re stopping by in order to see one thing: the webcomic. It would be nice if that comic was actually there.
Now, I could follow the conspiracy rule established by leftists ever since Bush took office (“Any possible conspiracy theory that would result in profit automatically means that theory is the truth.”) and conclude that Scott has realized that if a cartoon was on his web site in the morning we wouldn’t return to his web site five more times looking to see if it’s up yet, and thus his hit count would plummet and he’d lose money.
I said that just to see how easily some people will now tout that theory as the absolutely true reason that Scott Kurtz posts comics late. It couldn’t possibly be that he’s a well-meaning guy who has a bad habit of never getting caught up on his comic and working a day or two ahead of time.
So, Scott, should you ever see this, here is my advice. Take a week off and have another week of guest strips. Not because you need to go to a big con. Not because you’re sick, or your dog is sick. No…use it just to draw and get a week ahead of yourself. We’re your fans, and if you took some time to fix the biggest flaw in your strip, we’d love you for it. Besides, if all the guest strips were as funny as this one, it would be well worth it.
Signed… the guy who never worked ahead of schedule on anything.
Fantasy bodies tend toward the ideal. Go figure.
I’d like to use this post as an opportunity to announce my formal decision to cease all future purchases of DC Comics mainstream titles and stories. I’ve been turned off by a lot of the poor writing in Flash and JLA the last few years anyway, but this is the clincher that has turned me from apathy to a definite “anti-DC” stance.
Ever since Superman died and resurrected, this card has been played far too often in comic bookdom, especially in DC continuity. It was okay when Supes did it. I even thought Hal’s death (as Parallax) and resurrection (as Spectre) was really clever. But now it’s Steel. And then it’s Hal back as Green Lantern. For a while, the only sacred deaths that meant anything anymore, that were to remain untouched, were Jason Todd and Barry Allen. Eventually even Jason came back by “punching through time,” a gimmick that, I’m convinced, only existed as a means to boost sales — because it was too lame to come off as any notion of a good idea for a story.
Only Barry remained. The man who risked everything to save a thousand worlds. The man whose death was almost as magnificent as his well-written “life” was. But they just couldn’t leave him be.
Damn you, DC. Damn you, Grant Morrison, for taking one of my all-time favorite stories and cheapening it by undoing it. This silly gimmick is causing death to mean nothing anymore — for who is afraid of dying when they can inevitably come back to life? Don’t even get me started on the reintroduction of the multiverse. What was that whole “Crisis” for, anyway?
No more. I will no more spend my money and invest my interest in stories that simply recycle themselves and don’t go anywhere anymore. If DC’s writers and executives don’t know how to take a character and actually DEVELOP him rather than hitting the reset button over and over again, then they don’t know how to make me pull out my wallet. How can I be true to a character whose writers aren’t true to him?
Elseworlds-type one-shots and minis are still potential purchases as they are untouchable by the bastardized mainstream of DC continuity, but if I ever get back into regular comics reading, I’m afraid you’ll only find me picking up Marvel titles (not that they haven’t played the resurrection card at all, but it has been much less frequent).
DC Comics, you have officially lost a customer.
Still not excited about the new Star Trek prequel, but that’s a cool image.
Thomas Denton of the comics blog Say It Backwards, has launched a two-part charity auction with the proceeds going to the Candlelighters organization… and these auctions have a boatload of goodness donated from all levels of comicdom… from original David Mack artwork to a Transmetropolitan page to a commission by me – and that’s just the first round. Second round promises bigger stuff!
Check it out, it’s all for a good cause!
SiB’s Charity Auction
Wow. Never let it be said that Scott Kurtz doesn’t know how to write a powerful moment. Jade Fontaine and Brent Sienna have tied the knot. No interruptions, no plot twists, no fleeing the ceremony. They’re married.
I distinctly remember Kurtz swearing ages ago that he would never have Brent and Jade get married because that would ruin it.
I guess he changed his mind.
Or he decided to ruin it.
I was at Jimmy Jams in Rochester, MN, today, along with Tom Nguyen, Gordon Purcell, Bob Lipski, Brian Bastian and Zach Miller. I sold three copies of Job Wanted; grossed $9. Then I went over to Gordon’s table and saw two amazing comic pages with Batman, Elongated Man and Detective Chimp. Spent a lot more than $9 adding those to my collection.
I also got this from Bob Lipski for all of you Killer Moth fans:
I’ll post my Iron Man review tomorrow. Short version: most painless $8 I’ve paid for a movie in ages. SO worth it…and if you go, you sit through all the credits, understand?