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VIDEO: MOVIES: DOCUMENTARIES: REVIEW: Superheroes (2011)

Clint: 5/5 stars, 8/10.
Carolyn: 3/5 stars, 7/10.
Native ratings: 3.2/5 stars Netflix, 6.2/10 IMDB.

That was pretty awesome. (For a documentary.)

Pretty goddamn motherfucking awesome. I don’t usually mention stuff I watch during dinner…. This documentary probably took us about 10 meals.

Real life super heroes! I knew they were around, but I’d never had such an insightful glimpse into the phenomenon

Carolyn’s reluctance at believing this was real astounded me, and was a hilarious source of entertainment to me. She had to look it up on HBO and such. I had thought the RLSH (real life super hero) movement had been around long enough to at least have become common knowledge in the circles I run in. Like, the spousal circle, at the very least :D

And police Lieutenant Andra Brown: What a fucking bitch! She sits on her ass in an office and complains about the people actually doing something, all too often in situations where the cops can’t even bother to show up, as was demonstrated in the movie and experienced by myself and others.

Her responses may as well have been written by a robot. Was that really the best the police could do, when confronted with people more heroic than themselves? Throw a bunch of FUD* into the equation? Pathetic.

*(Fear, uncertainty, and doubt.)

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1792621/combined

VIDEO: MOVIES/COMIC BOOKS/CARTOONS: REVIEW: Astonishing X-Men: Gifted (2010)

Clint: 4/5 stars, 8.4/10.
Carolyn: 4.6/5 stars, 8.6/10.
Native ratings: 3.4/5 stars Netflix, 6.5/10 IMDB.

Did I mention this was written by Joss Whedon?

Very interesting animation… It looks like it’s going to be motion-comic-style with hardly any real movement and no lip-moving, but then it turns out to be almost fully animated. Still more “comic-book-y” than any “real” animation… But I think this really meets the halfway point between the two, in a way that I’ve never seen done better in my life. However, the strange warping they did to simulate 3D-ness kind of wigged me out. But I get it: This is a motion comic, they take shortcuts, lower budget means higher ability for more releases. Works for me. You just gotta accept it.

My one problem with this was that there was no steadfast conclusion to all the various stories spinning up (and down). In that respect, yes, it was very comic-book-y. Almost too much! Though… If something like this came out once a month for the rest of my life, it’d be frickin’ awesome.

Also, the voices weren’t top-notch… Beast’s voice especially threw me off as being so different from what I’m accustomed to that it was actually distracting. But again, that’s kind of something you have to accept when doing with motion-comic type releases (Even though this is the most motion-y motion comic I’ve ever seen.)

But other than that? That was pretty fucking awesome. It took place in the current chronology: The Legacy Virus is long gone… Beast had his secondary cat mutation… Colossus is dead…Jean is long dead [again, but this time for real]… Cyclops is dating Emma Frost The White Queen now….  [Which, if you read the wiki on Jean… Her spirit actually basically rose from her grave to tell Scott it was okay to hook up with Emma…]

WAIT WAIT WAIT.. THIS IS ONLY THE FIRST OF FOUR “MOVIES” (some call them seasons, but they are analagous to Whedon’s graphic novels)?!?! WTF!!! WELP.. I’M OFF TO GET THE REST! CYA!

LINK URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2047677/combined

I kept fondly remembering the crazy sounds I had running on my Windows 95 back in college, such as Butt-head saying, “You dumbass” in place of the windows beep. Finally, I decided to go find some of my old WAV files, and create my own “theme”. I simply named the files after the windows event, and went into settings->control panel->sounds and audio devices, went to the “sounds” tab, clicked on the sound I wanted to replace, and replaced it with the WAV file of my choice.

I zipped up the whole pack for download HERE: clints-custom-sound-theme-2009.zip.

As a sample, here are mp3 versions of the sounds that will play within this blogpost:

For asterisk, which comes up a lot [like when you search for text and it reaches the end of a file], I use a quick ‘laser’ noise. This is also a good audio effect for when people complete a download from you (for whatever reason):

20030926 - Simpsons - Homer Simpson - Rubik's Homer - box - side - Homer - blurry - 100-0043“Default Beep”, by, er, default, is originally the same sound as the asterisk sound. It’s much better to have 2 different sounds. A beep is worse than an asterisk, and it should sound worse. The logical choice? Homer Simpson’s famous “Doh”:

For a critical stop — much worse than a beep — the best sound I can think of is Pac Man dying:

https://i2.wp.com/clint.sheer.us/download/imagedump/pacman-animated.gif

Although I rarely connect USB devices, audio events are very useful. Often I’m at the back of my computer hooking something up, and not looking at the screen to see “device connected”. Being a huge fan of Gargoyles, I chose the sound of the Gargoyles awakening. This is also a great sound for when people upload files to you (however they may do that). It is akin to a new file “awakening” on your harddrive:

https://i1.wp.com/clint.sheer.us/download/imagedump/gargoyles-goliath-white_bg.jpg

For power-down, I use the “magic depletion sound effect” from Gargoyles. I’d love to get a cleaner sample of this, but usually it’s happening in an action scene with other audio going on. Maybe Greg Weisman has a better version… But for now, this will do:

https://i1.wp.com/clint.sheer.us/download/imagedump/wolverine-1990s-closeup.jpgThe best Wolverine voice was always the Wolverine from the 1990s X-Men animated series. When leaving windows, it’s great to hear Wolverine say “I go… where I want to go! <SNIKT>”:

Similarly, when windows boots up, I like to hear Goliath from Gargoyles say, “I am Goliath”. I consider my computer a Goliath anyway… They are also good for when people log on to your server:

Crossovers - Some things only make sense when you're drunk (Simpsons, Futurama)

Again, I zipped up the whole pack for download HERE: clints-custom-sound-theme-2009.zip. Leave a note if you ended up using these.

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