Archive for June, 2010

Scenes from the lost Babylon 5 Combat Simulator

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Check out these videos of a Babylon 5 space combat simulator video game that, sadly, was canceled only a month or two before it was set to be released in 1999/2000. The special effects still look great.

Rats.

Since no official video game has ever been made, you can make do with an unofficial free game, “I’ve Found Her.”  There’s also a full mod of “Star Trek: Armada 2” which converts it all to the Babylon 5 universe.

The last (best?) Bunnies theater

Monday, June 28th, 2010

It looks like Angry Alien has discontinued their Bunny theater, but they ended with:

EVIL DEAD II!

Review: Toy Story 3 in 3-D

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I’m 40 years old this year. “Toy Story” debuted when I was 25, and though I was no longer a kid, that film transported me back to the years when I would let my imagination run wild just like Andy in the movie.

Pixar immediately established itself as what the Disney brand used to be: a guarantee that the movie that followed would be visually impressive, thoroughly entertaining, well-told and family-friendly. They have yet to make a movie that wasn’t a superior film to most anything else made by Hollywood. Half of their films should have been Best Picture contenders if not winners.

“Toy Story 2” was originally going to be a cheapo straight-to-video, second-rate cash-generator, as the Disney studio has been cranking out for the last two decades. (“Lady and the Tramp 2”? Really?) Pixar wasn’t all that interested in doing sequels…but as the plot came together, they fell in love with the idea, shifted gears and made a sequel that was as good as the original in story and better in terms of visuals.

“Toy Story” was about a child’s natural tendency to lose interest in old toys as new toys debuted, with a side-plot about the kinds of children who do not treasure toys. “Toy Story 2” carried the theme a little further: that a child’s fascination with toys doesn’t last forever, and is it better to be treasured in a glass case or to be loved intensely for a limited time?

There is a logical flaw in “Toy Story 2” which I only realized as I re-watched it this week-end. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t wreck the movie: it may be illogical, but the actions are driven by emotions.) The entire misadventure occurs because a damaged toy is being put on the yard sale and Woody tries to rescue it. Of course, rescue it from what? If it sells, won’t the penguin toy be off to a new home with someone who loves it the way it is? Isn’t that better than sitting on a shelf, un-repaired and gathering dust?

It turns out that this question is the entire theme of the third movie: What happens to the toys when the child becomes an adult? Should they be kept in the attic for a possible future generation of kids to play with, if the adult even remembers they’re there? Should they be handed down to someone? Given to a charity toy drive? Kept as an un-playable memento of childhood? Or perhaps, being in a glass case in Tokyo should have been given more consideration? How about winding up in a landfill, only to be dug up by Wall*E 700 years later?

(Spoilers ahead!)

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The toys’ donation to a day care center turns into a nightmare, where they are beaten on by toddlers by day and bullied by a toy overlord by night. The second half of the film becomes a prison escape movie. The climax, which I will not spoil, is almost too frightening for kids. Frankly, I’m amazed that this is a rated G picture, given the intense drama of the climax. Also, this film features the dreaded bug-eyed monkey toy that has prompted more than one horror movie, and the sight of it frightened me!

By the end of this film, I had tears in my eyes. I can only imagine how powerful “Toy Story 3” would be to someone who was Andy’s age when the original movie came out.

As for the 3-D, I would say skip it…except that the short film “Night and Day” playing before it is a stunning example of what can be done with today’s 3-D techniques. Aside from it, the 3-D does little to enhance the film.

Coming Next Summer

Monday, June 21st, 2010

First, there was Avatar. Now…

Voyage of the Dawn Treader trailer!

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Fresh from its debut on Big Hollywood:


Chronicles Of Narnia 3

Batman 3 and Superman reboot news

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Batman 3 to Begin Filming in March 2011?.

My toys! MINE!

Friday, June 4th, 2010

This week, a three-year-old named Grayson stopped by our house. He came into our home office and spotted all my comic book merchandise from DC Direct and others atop the book shelves.

He said, “Can I play with those?” and pointed to all of my MIB stuff (Mr. Miracle and Big Barda, three different Elongated Men, the Metal Men figures, Sam the Eagle, Ernie Pyle’s G.I. Joe figure, a Talking Presidents Donald Rumsfeld, etc.).

And I felt really sad to be a forty year old man with a bunch of toys I won’t let out of their boxes.

The Hobbit, Soviet style!

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Here’s a link showing a Soviet era translation of The Hobbit, complete with illustrations!

Also included, a Russian TV production of The Hobbit!
As an aside, judging from the first vid, I never pictured Bilbo being the same size as Gandalf…

Foul Language Alert!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Okay, it’s the heading, so you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

The following movies consist only of the clips in “Pulp Fiction” and “The Big Lebowski” where the F-word was said.  Of note:

  1. Two minutes of each movie is taken up by F***s.
  2. The F-word is almost everywhere, so that you can follow the entire plot of both films.
  3. I’m with the cowboy, BTW.