Monday, December 31, 2007

For Auld Lang Syne

2007 ends tonight and I'm sorry to see it go. It was a good year and despite being nothing more than a number on the Gregorian calendar I have an emotional attachment to it. Alas these things are inevitable and we must move on and all that claptrap. So I'm going to celebrate the end of 2007 the same way I celebrate all year round; by basking in my fantastical haulage.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chatwin Rocks The Dragon

Via this place. Spiky hair and an orange outfit. Well that's certainly Goku-ish, I suppose. Yeah. Moving on...

There have been quite a few casting updates since I last posted about this anticipated adaptation. Contrary to the misinformation I shared earlier, Emmy Rossum has been cast as Bulma. (Thanks again IGN.) In other, significantly cooler news Chow Yun Fat will play Master Roshi. If there's a scene of Chow Yun Fat inappropriately propositioning Ms. Rossum than the movie will be a success despite any other possible flaws.

Eriko Tamura will play Mai, Pilaf's henchwoman who is apparently being rewritten to be Piccolo's henchwoman, and Joon Park has been cast as Yamcha. Two U.S. produced live action movies based on popular anime series, both with roles for Korean pop singers, being released in the same year? The end of days is nigh upon us.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Haulidays

Christmas always provides the biggest and greatest haul of the year and this Christmas was no different. I got a rapload of fantastic gifts. I'm too lazy to give out details bu t this group shot more or less covers everything. I got some DVDs of some of my favorite movies including Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey and Fight Club. And I finally got Watchmen, the most critically acclaimed graphic novel perhaps of all time. Within the last two days I've read it in it's entirety, and yes it deserves the accolades it gets.

I got more action figures as gifts this year than I usually do. I got two Venom figures, one of which vomits Symbiote ooze. The other is an Unleashed 360 figure which just might be my favorite figure of the year. I also got "Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man", a plush doll that sings and dances. It is blindingly adorable.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

December Haulin'

I know, I know, now is not the time to be purchasing items for yourself. Traditionally I've avoided buying anything for myself in the year's final months, and occasionally regretted it. With stores currently discounting merchandise and restocking daily I've found myself caving in to temptation. Some of these deals were simply too good to pass up. The Invisible Woman figure is even a bit of a personal triumph as I've only ever found a toy of the character once before and reluctantly passed it up. Now I can set my sights on related products.

I have to admit I'm ambivalent about the Dawn figure. It's been a long time since I've made any kind of of Pokemon related purchase. However Dawn, besides being the first brand new human character produced for the line in years, is also a store exclusive short-packed female character. If I didn't buy her then, I would never see her again. What made the decision a little more difficult is the figure's maligned packaging and sloppy paint apps. Plus being a new figure, I had to pay full price. Short-packed exclusives don't hit clearance. On the upside; Buneary!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Excitement Then Disillusionment

Good God. Bandai has produced brand new figures of the two characters that I would willingly kill a gift basket of puppies for. Tommy even has the gold arm bands and the Dragon Dagger in his holster. My brain is exploding from the awesomeness. Unfortunately all this is an elaborate plan to cruelly torture me. See Bandai has decided to make these chase figures, which means they'll be produced in far fewer quantities in comparison to the rest of the line. We don't know just how rare the figures will be, but I've already resigned myself to the fact that I will probably never own these. *sigh* I'm a sad Mighty Morphin fanboy.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Frank Castle Rides Again

Comic Book Resources has an interview with Lexi Alexander, director of the upcoming sequel Punisher: War Zone. I forgot this movie was coming out. It's interesting that Ray Steveson looks just like The Punisher while not looking much like Tom Jane's portrayal of the character. Steveson looks more like the classic interpretation of the Punisher, while Jane looked like the more modern Tim Bradstreet version.

The new movie will also feature Frank Castle's techie backup Microchip and disfigured villain Jigsaw. This is shaping up to be an old school style take on The Punisher. Reagan era style. Perhaps even Lundgren era style? Probably not.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Mach Go Go Go

If you ever wondered what a Wachowski Brothers directed live action adaptation of a thirty year old anime series would be like, well this seems like a reasonable approximation. Speed lines! Chimpanzees! Korean pop singers! Good lord, this looks like a Crayola nightmare of a movie. It's fantastic. I wish we could get a better glimpse at Racer X though.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Education Mama

Jamie Chung has been cast as Chi-Chi, Goku's love interest and the eventual overbearing mother to his sons. Jamie Chung is another actress I haven't heard of, although she was apparently in the episode of Veronica Mars where the dean is murdered. I miss that show.

December just started and I'm already continuously posting about 2008's movies. So I decided to add a few new tags.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

More Awesome

In other news, fan favorite Ray Park has been cast as Snake Eyes. That's the first bit of good news to come out of that movie.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Friday, November 30, 2007

Ugly Ugly Game

The man in this video, Jeff Gertsmann, was fired because of the negative tone of this review. At the time Gamespot was heavily promoting Kane and Lynch and apparently the game's developers did not take kindly to Gertsmann's review. They pulled advertising dollars and Gamespot's bosses decided to fire Mr. Gertsmann. I'm sure every gamer has at least suspected that some game companies bribe reviewers for good reviews. It would seem there is some truth in this conspiracy. Next thing you'll be telling me is Bigfoot is real.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ms. Briefs

Via IGN. I've never heard of Camila Sodi before so I can't really pass judgement on this casting decision. It's not like they were going to find an actress with naturally green hair. Although one wonders what color her hair will be in the movie. It doesn't hurt that she's easy on the eyes, which is my awkward antiquated way of saying she's attractive. As of right now this latest bit of news doesn't bother me.

Neither does James Marsters as Piccolo for that matter. Granted they could cast him as Oolong and I would think it was awesome. For what it's worth I think he'll be fine as Piccolo. Chatwin as Goku is more troubling. I hope the studio knows that Goku is a jovial, simple minded but light hearted individual. He's not some conflicted mopey white boy. Interestingly Cinema Blend has character details for Chi-Chi, whom is described as Asian. So I guess it's okay to cast non-whites just as long as they're not the main character.

It's just baffling to me that this movie is actually being made. The live action adaptations of Akira, Astro Boy, Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, and Blood The Last Vampire are all stuck in development hell and Dragonball get fast tracked for this August? I should mention that Speed Racer will beat Dragonball to theatres by three months. You can't expect to beat Speed Racer though. He's a demon on wheels.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Well someone watched Batman and saw the Joker riding in a parade throwing money and thought "Hey wouldn't that be great for the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade?" You know what the Joker didn't do in the movie? Sing and do impressions on the scale of a Las Vegas lounge act.

I like how they made you guess who the actor was playing Joker. Of course it was Fred Travalena! Who else would you expect?

It's a shame those parade balloons weren't leaking Smilex gas.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Creatures Of The Night

I got the Castlevania figures in yesterday. I've been looking forward to these since they were first announced, and my anticipation manifested itself in interesting ways. I bought Alucard and the Succubus. Also in this series are Simon Belmont and Dracula, the latter I would have purchased if his face didn't look like he just took a stake to the groin. Although I've read a rumour that there's a closed mouth variant, so I might have to track that down now.

The Succubus isn't as pale as the prototype and has a more natural looking skin tone. This isn't really an issue for me but it's worth pointing out. The other thing is her wings are slightly translucent which I wasn't expecting so that's a nice surprise. My only slight quibble is that her head is set lower on her body than the prototype, obscuring the choker she wears on her neck.

Alucard pretty much looks exactly like the prototype. It has elbow articulation which I had never noticed before in the prototype shots. I have to hand it to NECA for trying to improve itself instead of becoming another McFarlane. Unfortunately my photographs don't really do Alucard justice. His skin tone looks darker than it really is and, maybe because of the angle of the shots, his nostrils look flared. I assure you that in person he looks like his lovely bishounen self.

Overall I'm very pleased with these. They might be my favourite figures of the year if for no other reason other than I've wanted Castlevania action figures for so long. I'm really hoping NECA announce a second series.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Maus Is In the House

Man last night's episode of The Simpsons was a surreal experience. I can't believe they told so many jokes that only comic fans would get; from the idea that an indie artist secretly wants to draw Batman to Alan Moore being pissed off at movies being based on his comics. I would totally watch Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation. Look at that adorable little Rorsarch. The baby Doctor Manhattan however looks terrifying. Alan Moore, by the way, sounds as gruff as he always looked.

In the episode Jack Black plays a hipster store owner (whose girlfriend has a lunchbox for a purse - priceless) who opens up a comics shop across the street from Jeff Albertson's infamous Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop and wackiness ensues. Earlier in the episode Jack Black sings "What's New Pussycat" in Korean, which apparently translates to "Annyong Pussycat". Annyong. Unfortunately this clip skips to the credits right before Lisa reads some Tin Tin comics. This is the probably the first time Tin Tin has been mentioned on U.S. television since I guess when they took his show off Nickelodeon. You know I watched that show.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wrong Sounding Family Guy

According to this report, Fox is preparing to produce Family Guy episodes without Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane is currently on strike with the WGA and Fox is not going to wait for him to return to work. They're going to complete the episodes that were already in production before MacFarlane left. After that, who knows? They have the right to create episodes without any of MacFarlane's involvement. Besides being the show runner MacFarlane voices a sizeable number of characters on the show including Peter, Brian, Stewie, Quagmire, Tom Tucker, and Mr. Pewterschmidt. He would have to be recast, presumably by more than one actor. This could ruin the show forever, like when Jim Henson died.

God Hates Us All

Slayer was right.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Here Comes The Spider-Man!

As promised, here are more pics of the Spider-Man 3 DVDs. First up is the Target 3-Disc Deluxe Edition.

It includes the 2-Disc Special Edition, a booklet of production notes, and a bonus disc in a plastic sleeve. It all comes in an oversized slipcover with the same artwork as a billboard I've been considering stealing. What? It's cool artwork. And it's not like I'm actually stealing a billboard. That'd be insane. I'd just be stealing the vinyl sheet that's affixed to the billboard.

This is the Spider-Man 3 Wal-Mart Exclusive Pack. In typical Wal-Mart fashion it's two DVDs shrink wrapped side by side.

It comes with the single disc Spider-Man 3 DVD with a lenticular slipcover (which I demonstrated last time), Spider-Man 3 The Black comic book, and a bonus disc. The comic is written by Brian Bendis and drawn by Mark Bagley, the former creative team of Ultimate Spider-Man, and also features character bios.

A comparison pic of the Spider-Man 3 Production Notes and Spider-Man 3 The Black comic book.

A comparison pic of the Spider-Man 3 Bonus DVD and The Villains of Spider-Man 3 Collector's Bonus Disc.

I'm just like the kid in Amazing Spider-Man #248 except I'm not dying. Yet. Here's the collection:

Saturday, November 10, 2007

For Worse

Yes I know taking comic panels out of context is the biggest cliche in the blogosphere. And yes I know "blogosphere" is an awful word. Still I felt these comic panels were endearingly horrific. That boy is totally going to kill his sister.

I excised the final panel from both strips so you can focus on the violence and not the punchline. You can see the full comic strips here and here, but I'd advise against it though. It's better simply to bask in these brutal examples of child on child abuse.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Those Wonderful Toys

This commercial is lies. The Joker's face change was not that immediate. It took a few minutes. And after a few years his face turned into an off-color white. Or maybe it was always an off-color white and my memory is failing me.

I also had that Joker cycle. Joker drives a motorcycle with a giant effigy of his face emblazoned on the front. Plus the face shoots off as a weapon. For any other human being it would ridiculous but for the Joker it makes perfect sense. Although, in the movie Joker has his own cars, vans, and parade floats but not a motorcycle. Strange. That jet looks nothing like Batwing either. Does this mean the toy company was lazy or trying to be more creative?

You know, I have no idea what happened to that Joker cycle, and I'm pretty good at keeping track of my toys, even when I was a child. I would sure love to sit down with those toys again and enjoy a big bowl of cereal.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Distinguished Competition

After a few years of dragging behind Marvel, DC has started fast tracking more of their properties into films. Both The Flash and Green Lantern have new directors. And after years of being rumored as the title role for the Captain Marvel movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been cast as the villain Black Adam. He's a great fit for Black Adam but now one wonders who'll play Captain Marvel himself.

Meanwhile Wonder Woman is on hold again. Then there's that quasi-CGI Justice League movie which I'm not really looking forward to. The Flash and Green Lantern are supposed to tie into the Justice League. All that means is the same actors will play the same characters in the movies, as opposed to Superman and Batman who won't be played by Brandon Routh and Christian Bale. But uh, hey The Rock is Black Adam. That's something to be pleased about.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Horror Beyond Imagination

Fox is releasing "Blue Harvest", Family Guy's Star Wars spoof on DVD. This set is really elaborate for a single episode. It's pricey too at $35 for the gift set and $23 for the standard edition. Granted it's a double length episode but that's still only about forty minutes. Still you'll have to buy it if you want to own the episode. Considering what happened with the Stewie "movie", it's a safe bet that this episode won't be included in the season sets. It is a neat set though. I especially like the old school style trading cards. Knowing Family Guy there's a C3-P0 joke to be made there, so it makes sense that Quagmire is the Threepio analogue. Giggity giggity goo!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Lucky License

It's official. Kadokawa's Lucky Star will be brought over to the U.S. in 2008 by Bandai Entertainment. They cleverly annonced it by including a trailer on the last Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya DVD. As you can see rather than it being a standard trailer it's a full scene straight from the series. It's not just any scene either, it's a Haruhi Suzumiya parody for maximum crossover potential. In the clip the Lucky Star gals head to a cafe where Konata, their otaku friend, works as a Haruhi cosplayer and impersonator. Nice job Bandai.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Devil May Buy

Devil May Cry 4 will be released on February 8th 2008. A collector's edition will be available which will include a bonus disc and the first volume of the Devil May Cry anime series in a steelbook case. I so want this. A video game and an anime DVD together in a steelbook case? That's an obvious purchase. Heck I'd buy the empty steelbook. I don't care if I have to play Nero instead of Dante. You know they're essentially going to be the same character anyways. I already have the first and third Devil May Cry games, so this will almost complete the quadrilogy. Trouble is, I don't have an X-Box 360 or a PlayStation 3. But would that stop me?

Believe In Him

Bigfoot is real. Well we all knew that already, didn't we? Sadly there are those close-minded individuals who will not let the great Sasquatch into their hearts. Yet there is now indisputable proof of Bigfoot's existence in the picture above. You can see him there in the forest majestically looking for his lost contact lens. It is truly a wondrous sight. Of course there's also the theory it is merely a picture of a mangy bear:

Anorexia; not just an affliction of young starlets.