November 2012


VIDEO: OPTICAL ILLUSION: Amazing Anamorphic Illusions

Whoa.. This totally blew my mind. 

LINK URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tBNHPk-Lnkk

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: Cobra has re-activated after many years, and G.I. Joe basically have 24 hours to stop a nefarious plot.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): G.I.s die.

PEOPLE: Charles Adler (The Red Guy from Cow & Chicken, Buster Bunny from Tiny Toons, Low Light in the original G.I. Joe, Silverbolt in Transformers) replaces Chris Latta (Starscream in Transformers, and Mr. Burns in 3 early Simpsons episodes) as Cobra Commander — just like he replaced Chris Latta (R.I.P.) as Starscream in Transformers! But for the most part, just a bunch of cartoon-industry people. Directed by an old storyboard artist from the recent Justice League series…


R.I.P. Chris Latta, original voice of Cobra Commander and Starscream

QUIRKS: Deaaaaath! Real death! No parachutes coming out of planes that just exploded. Hell, they killed over 10 million people in this! Way more realism with the death, but not with everything else.

Still — some badass fight scenes.

A martial arts move that reminds me of Kill Bill 2.

And some major destruction.

VISUALS: A Titmouse production! That is to say, same studio that brought us Metalocalypse, Beavis & Butt-head tripping in the desert in the B&B movie, Guitar Hero cinematics, and Avatar:The Last Airbender (soon to be a live-action film).

Way better animation than the original series.

Obviously.

That’s kind of the point.

POLITICS: Not enough, really. The Black Panther animated series had a lot more relavent politics.

BAD STUFF: It’s only an hour… It’s only a one-time thing… A lot of characters get killed off. Fortunately I didn’t remember any of them anyway. I was always a bit more into Transformers

The bad guys’ aim is no better now than in the 1980s. Two people can stand back to back in the middle of a room where everyone else is trying to shoot them to death, and THRIVE. Even when the enemy has machine guns and they have pistols.

The “Springfield” town was a little bit too contrived. This bothered Carolyn more than Clint. Clint thought “Springfield” was a neat way of saying “Anyville, USA”. Twenty years of The Simpsons kind of drives that home.

The plot was a bit thin at some points. Total deus ex machina at the end…

CONCLUSION: Despite its flaws, this way way better than the original cartoon. DEAAAAAAATH! REAL DEATH! Over 10 million killed!

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.8/10, Netflix: 3.9/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.4/5 stars, turned out to be a bit high).

Lord Cyclohexane says: “Warren Ellis is one of my favorite comic book writers, and he did a fantastic job when he wrote G. I. Joe: Resolute. I hope he gets more cartoon contracts, and I really look forward to the adaptation of his “Ocean” which I believe he himself is adapting.”

RECOMMENDATION: If you liked the original G.I. Joe cartoon AND the new G.I. Joe movie (Rise Of The Cobra), then it is a certainty that you’ll like this. However, a lot of people who liked the cheesy old cartoon then whined about the movie. Perhaps they weren’t ready for a live-action adaptation? Perhaps cartoons done in live action are too serious? Maybe some of those people who hated Rise Of The Cobra would still like this animated offering. It’s only an hour!

Quite a few people flat out say this is better than Rise Of The Cobra. I dunno. I like the glitz of some fancy live-action special effects. But I also love cartoons. In the end, I might like the live-action movie better simply because there is more of it.

MOVIE QUOTE: Cobra Commander: And this is how I win the world. This juncture, of course, is usually where the wheels come off. But not this time!
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Dreamed I listened to Sean E’s radio show and he played some awesome punk band.

I immediately tuned out, listened to more of it on Pandora, really really liked it, and then immediately went to bittorrent and downloaded their complete discography.

I listened to it and really loved this punk band.

Then the next day at work (still in my dream), I told Sean about it.

This dream was a bit odd because this dream was on the same night as his radio show in real life, and he’s my co-worker in real life, and I really did tell him about the dream in real life afterward… So this practically could have really happened.

''Dreams... They're the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.'' --Xavier:Renegade Angel

“Dreams… They’re the hurricanes that wash the soulfilth from the superdome of our nightminds.”
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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: Owlman is more of a fucking asshole than anybody ever.

PEOPLE: Executive produced by Bruce Timm, who is basically the #1 DC action cartoon force of my lifetime: Justice League, Batman Beyond, Superman, Batman… Every DC comic-related series or movie since 1990 has his name on it. Directed by Sam Liu (Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Hulk Vs., Batman Vs. Dracula, 7 eps of The Batman series, 3 eps of the Roughnecks Starship Troopers series) and Lauren Montgomery (the Wonder Woman animated movie, Green Lantern:First Flight, Superman/Doomsday).

Interesting casting; they have abandoned the standard 1990s and 2000s voices used for many of the heroes.

Now we have William Baldwin (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Flatliners) as Batman [No more Kevin Conroy! Wahh!].
Mark Harmon (Freaky Friday 2003, NCIS, Chicago Hope, St. Elsewhere) as Superman [No more Tim Daly! Wahh!].
Chris Noth (Law & Order, Mr. Big from Sex & The City) as Lex Luthor [No more Clancy Brown! Wahh!].
Gina Torres (Zoe from Firefly, Nebula from Hercules/Xena, Cleopatra 2025, 7 eps of 24 in 2004, Cas from The Matrix 2 & 3) as Superwoman.
James Woods (John Carpenter’s Vampires, Videodrome, Cat’s Eye) as Owlman, a real fucking asshole in the movie. [INTERVIEW]
Here’s an interesting one: Wonder Woman was played by Vanessa Marshall, who played Irwin in The Grim Adventures Of Billy & Mandy. From weak black boy to strong white woman, I guess she has a versatile voice, yo. She was also Lust Minion #2 in the animated Dante’s Inferno movie.
Green Lantern is played by Nolan North, who did Cyclop’s voice in the excellent Wolverine & The X-Men animated series, and Dead Pool in the Hulk Vs. mini-movies. And oh, he was a goblin voice in the great live-action fantasy The Spiderwick Chronicles.
A minor part, The Jester, was played by James Patrick Stewart, who some might remember as Keith from Andy Richter Controls The Universe.
And Black Canary? Kari Whurer – from The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane, Eight Legged Freaks, Sliders, and, most memorably, MTV’s Remote Control, where everyone lusted after her from 1988 til 1989.

QUIRKS: Alternate earth superhero action fest!

VISUALS: Great action. Well choreographed fight scenes. I’ve never seen Wonder Woman tie another woman up in such a graceful, action-packed, slickly-animated way. Great job.

MORALS: If you’re not Owlman, you’re not as much of an asshole as you could be.

POLITICS: Most governments would rather placate evil than stand up directly to it. Security over liberty, as usual. (Didn’t anyone learn anything from “Give me liberty or give me death”??)

BAD STUFF: The voice actor casting is distracting to those who have watched every animated Batman incarnation for 20 years.

CONCLUSION: A lot of action! Even in the first half! Solidly entertaining — this is one of the best animated superhero action movies to come out of the past decade. And alternate realities make anything more interesting!

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.1/10, Netflix: 3.9/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.4/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Worth seeing for any superhero fan!

SIMILAR MOVIES: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies was similarly kick-ass.

MOVIE QUOTE: This is the first time I’ve seen Wonder Woman with an invisible plane since the Superfriends era. It’s simply too goofy, and they were smart never to use it. But in this film, she ends up with one by the end. It’s not really relevant to the plot, but it’s nice that they give a nod to the original Wonder Woman mythos. The Flash confronts her about it:

Flash: I can’t believe you kept that thing.
Wonder Woman: Spoils of war. I like it.
Flash: What do you need a plane for anyway? You can fly.
Green Lantern: You drive a car.
Flash: That is *so* not the point. (more…)

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