Archive for March, 2009

Andy Hallett – RIP

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

One of my favorite television series of all time, Joss Whedon’s Angel – is something I still get to enjoy every day thanks to TNT airing episodes in order every morning from 6-8am. In fact, I haven’t even opened my DVD packs for about 3 years since I bought them.

Sad news today, Andy Hallett – otherwise known as Lorne or “The Host” from that show, and series of comics – has died in Los Angeles from heart failure at the age of 33. Honestly, out of all the characters on that show – all the actors – my favorite was Andy Hallett’s Lorne. Hallett did a wonderful job portraying the sometimes overly flamboyant green faced demon.

Angel Star Andy Hallett Dies of Heart Failure.

It’s just astonishing, and so unexpected… My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

God still loves losers.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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The Twlight Zone

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Ok, so I watched the movie Twilight last night, and despite MAJOR changes to the Vampire mythos that I’m used to, I enjoyed it immensely.

Generally, my experience with the genre is that they bite you, you drink their blood, and you’re turned. Sunlight makes them burst into flame, a wooden stake through the heart turns them to ash. They’re strong, fast, and have very heightened senses. They can’t enter a home without an invitation, and any symbol of religion (mainly Christianity from what I’ve seen) crosses, holy water, etc… will hurt/kill them.

Twilight pretty much took the genre, kept the basis of blood drinking and heightened abilities – and then turned it on its head. These vampires sparkle in sunlight, like they’ve gone native with a bedazzler. They don’t have fangs. Sharp teeth apparently, but no fangs. The only way to kill them is to cut them into pieces and burn the remains.

Ok, I could deal with the artistic license taken to a very popular genre. It made things interesting, but I couldn’t peel myself away from the Angel/Buffy similarities (it’s a Vampire love story for cripes sakes). The lead, Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) pulls off an American accent very well, and nails the role too (again, someone was watching David Boreanaz on Angel to do this role). The girl, Kristen Stewart? Pretty girl, decent actress, but she has a massive flaw…

Shock.

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Fear.

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Happiness.

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Confusion.

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Dismay.

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Get my drift? The girl has like 2 different facial expressions which are not a confused frown. It is absolutely distracting, and takes away from the performance.

Also, what was the deal with Jasper?
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Seriously, every scene this guy was in, his expression was one of shock, amazement, or an overwhelming urge to urinate. I hope in the sequel both he and Bella overcome their Bell’s Palsey!

Overall, a good movie, despite having a Calvin Klein underwear ad feeling sometimes. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next. Maybe I’ll read the books too, who knows.

Battlestar Galactica – Daybreak Part II

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Job well done.

Cadbury Gorilla

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The Lost and The Damned, and that’s how you’ll feel.

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

The Lost and The Damned.

Sounds like Rockstar North to me.

Seriously. The crank out the turkey that was GTA IV, give us a game with fantastic graphics, outstanding physics, and a level of detail never before seen in a sandbox style game… Then they strip out everything that made it a great game!

Sure, the whole ‘playing a movie’ thing was fun, but movies that last longer than an hour and a half generally start to wear pretty thin, and GTA IV was no different.

The Lost and The Damned picks up just about in the middle of the original storyline, only you’re now a member of a biker gang. The plot is alright, no fresh ground broken there. A few new cars, a few new bikes, a few new guns, but generally speaking, IT’S THE SAME OLD !@#$. Not to mention, Rockstar decided to remove even more functionality, achievements, etc… and they just give you a few lame mini-games such as arm-wrestling, the same old racing, and ‘gang wars’ which are pretty much rinse and repeat shootouts.

Grand Theft Auto has gotten stale and boring. I highly recommend that everyone who made design decisions for GTA IV as well as the Lost and The Damned pick up a copy of Saints Row. Not the second, I want to keep it simple because these guys apparently haven’t gotten that in order for a game to be fun, and replayable – IT NEEDS TO BE A !@#$ING GAME.

They should play Saints Row, maybe 5 or 6 times straight through, like I have.

Then – they should pick up and play Saints Row 2, play that 2 or 3 times, like I have.

Last but not least, go through their back catalogue and play everything up to Vice City.

If by that point, they haven’t learned why GTA IV sucked so bad, besides any advances it may have brought to the genre, they should just sell the damned company to EA and at least make it so we would expect a steaming pile of the same old crap, and not be wholly disappointed after blowing hours of time playing it, not to mention about 75 bucks on something which simply put – doesn’t deserve to be called Grand Theft Auto.

Watchmen… And you will. A big blue man. And his… little blue man.

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

There should be a law, listen to me – starting to sound like an old man here. At least, there should be an industry standard, in the film industry, that gives some perks to a movie-goer who sits through a near 3 hour long turkey like the movie Watchmen.

Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy movie-theatre-ass as much as the next guy, but when the only stand-outs from a 2 hour and 45 minute social commentary circa 1986 are a glowing blue penis and the fact I saw the full trailer for Terminator Salvation… I’d rather have waited for the DVD from Netflix.

From the start, the film was SLOW. I seriously considered sneaking out and checking out the latest mall cop movie (and don’t worry, the team that brought you Knocked Up is working on another one of those) after about 20 minutes… but I sat through. What followed was an obnoxious amount of blue penis, peacenik and superhero persecution, and the punch line – that humans are doomed and can only unite under a shared state of misery.

I’ll still pick up the comic now that I’ve seen the movie, but where V for Vendetta was updated to use a misguided commentary on current events – Watchment depended on an alternate reality, wrapped in the cold war, where there really is no middle ground – only extremes… and those extremes? Are just plain dumb. Nixon for 5 terms? Peaceniks executed en mass? Electric cars on the streets after world peace breaks out on the backs of mass murder? Come on, I’d need to suspend a pulse let alone disbelief to truly enjoy this crap.

All in all, Watchmen’s underlying plot made about as much real sense as the one from the V for Vendetta movie, but wasn’t nearly as entertaining.

Oh. My. Frakking. God.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

If this movie is even HALF as awesome as the previews would have us believe… It will be the best Terminator film yet.

So far I’ve got this trailer on loop. It is… beyond belief. FINALLY, they’re doing the story justice.

Welcome to the party, pal.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

It’s good to see that at 50mpg, the 2010 Toyota Prius will have finally reached the same fuel efficiency that Volkswagen did 20 years ago.

Still, any move forward towards cost-effective fuel efficiency is a major bonus in my book, especially with the ability to run completely silent.  I personally can’t wait until these guys take the lead again, and find a way to shoe-horn a freight train horn under the hood of one.

My biggest hopes are that prices will come down, that someone will finally pair up a hybrid drivetrain with a diesel (and make 50mpg look like a gas guzzler), and that Chevy will come to their senses and realize that nobody in their right mind is going to pay $40k for a state of the art Chevy Malibu… beyond the Hollywood elite who are still pissed that their EV1’s were recycled.