Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Marvel's Iron Fist - Season 1

Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and now... Iron Fist.  Marvel has indeed spread it's vast universe onto the television platform.  I want to include Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but clearly that show gets no respect from Marvel... at least, not the respect it deserves. It's never allowed to grow beyond it's television roots and become a true part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (hereafter, MCU). But I digress, we're here to talk about Netflix, here to talk about Marvel, here to talk about Iron Fist, and if it was worth the time spent watching it (binged over the course of three days.) For me, I enjoyed myself... for the most part.

Synopsis: After being presumed dead for over 15 years, Danny Rand, heir to the Rand Enterprises legacy, returns to New York in search of Harold Meachum, his father's long-time friend and partner. Along the way he reunites with Harold's two children, Ward and Joy, who quickly doubt his miraculous return from the grave, as well as a young mysterious Dojo Master, Colleen Wing. After the threat of The Hand emerges, Danny must choose between restoring his family's legacy, or honoring his duties as the Iron Fist.

Critique: It starts off slow, opening with some awesome Outkast music to try and lure me in, then follows up with some terribly executed martial arts take downs by Danny. Honestly, the moves were just painful to watch. I didn't know in advance that the fight scenes would get a hell of a lot better, so I was a little disappointed here. I understood that he was using their own momentum against them, but it just seemed off to me.

The characters start off pretty one-dimensional that sadly, some of them never grow beyond that fact. I'm not familiar with the source material for Iron Fist, but I felt that Joy never really evolved as a character throughout the events of this season. She had some moments, but by the end, I felt that she just didn't really matter to the story anymore, at least from my stand-point. Ward, on the other hand, actually went from being this bully-esque type of character to someone I actually started to care about whether he lived or not.

Danny, sadly doesn't really do it for me as an action hero, and while I don't know if that's how he's supposed to come off to the viewer to make him feel less threatening, but he just doesn't feel like the badass he's supposed to be portrayed as here. His core attitude, I want to say, never really changes. Danny has this same smug look upon him from the first episode to the last, and it just annoys me sometimes. I don't know if maybe I need to re-watch the season to get a better feel for him, but as it stands, Danny Rand is my least favorite of the Defenders. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the character, his combat abilities does evolve as the season progresses and ends up giving us some pretty fun fight scenes through and through. I just want him to evolve beyond what he is now.

Jessica Henwick is awesome, and her portrayal of Colleen Wing isn't half bad. Again, I cannot site source material, but I liked her character a lot. Her whole inner-struggle with who she is and who she wants to be actually entertained me for the most part, more than Danny's story did, which was kind of funny when I realized it's a show about the Iron Fist, not Colleen Wing. Girl got some fight in her, and she's a hell of a lot better in combat than Danny is.

Claire Temple, you badass mofo! I knew she would be in this season, that much was obvious, but daaaamn! We got Claire in training! When we first met her character, there was that feeling that she would be around more and become a recurring addition to Daredevil. Then we got her on Jessica Jones, then Luke Cage, now Iron Fist. And each time we see her, she's becoming more and more determent to seek out these enhanced individuals and become apart of their lives. She's definitely going to be the Nick Fury of the Defenders, and I'm more than okay with that. There's a moment where she (spoilers)  takes up claws and starts fighting  (end spoilers) that I just went; "YESSSS!!!" Rosario Dawson is always awesome, and I'm glad to have her apart of the MCU now.

I like David Wenham, he's a great actor. I found his portrayal of Harold Meachum to be enjoyable for the most part, even though I had some heavy reservations against him by the end. There was a short episode 7 moment that had me laughing at the screen in shock as for a moment, I got a heavy Luke Cage villain moment. But alas, that changed shortly thereafter. What didn't sit right with me was his position throughout the season. I get that Harold is a guy who only cares about himself first and that manipulating the Iron Fist to suit his agenda was a smart move on his part, but the back and forth between helping and working against Danny was just cringe-worthy sometimes. I didn't care for that. The man was no Cottonmouth... I miss Cottonmouth.

Wai Ching Ho... What can I say? Madam Gao is a fucking awesome character! I enjoyed her a lot on Daredevil and absolutely loved her in Iron Fist. She just has the overall BEST on-screen moments throughout the entire series. Whenever she showed up I was glued to the screen. I just loved her performance, her presence, her charismatic dialogue. If they somehow had her become the main villain someday for the Defenders to face-off against, I'd actually feel worried for the Defenders. I know as a fact that we haven't seen Madam Gao's true potential unleashed yet, and I for one cannot wait for when we do. She has my vote for favorite character on Iron Fist, next to Claire Temple.

Final Say: It's definitely not my favorite Marvel series on Netflix, for obvious reasons, but it's definitely not as bad as critics made it out to be. I swear every critic's review I read for it tried to vilify it like some kind of racist Anti-Asian project. It's hilarious to think that all of these people shouting white-wash and racist actually commented on Danny Rand being a Martial Arts expert and not being Asian. THAT in it's self is a racist cliche, you stupid fucking morons. If you're dedicated to keeping track of the MCU storylines, be it in cinema or on television like I am, I recommend Iron Fist.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

First Impressions - Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

Before I begin, let me say that I was a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed series back in the day. Ezio Auditore da Firenzi was a truly memorable character for me, and still stands among my other iconic protagonists to this day.

While Assassin's Creed 3 succeeded in giving me at least some kind of closure to the main story of Desmond Miles, it still fell flat in many places and by the end, I had become comfortable with putting the series behind me for good. It was because of this decision that I completely bypassed both Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed: Unity. And apparently, I seemed to have missed out, as Black Flag is considered a fan favorite for some reason. Most likely due to it's ship to ship battles, but it's been some time since I read up on any of it's reviews.

Fast-forward to just two short weeks ago; as I came across an Ubisoft sale on UPlay and decided to download Syndicate and give it a shot. Thankfully, being it's own unique story that I'm able to play without having to go back to the previous installments, I was able to just dive right in and enjoy myself... which I did, for a short time.

The Story: The story is simple enough; Jacob and Evie Frye journeys to London to take the fight to the Templars and find the Piece of Eden. Along the way, they start a gang, steal a train, take over districts and run remarkably boring side missions for some of history's most iconic figures.

I really enjoyed Evie's missions finding the Pieces of Eden, and had fun with Jacob's hit first and ask questions later style of combat, but felt that those moments were constantly lost in a sea of repetitive district conquest missions. The first few districts were pretty fun, and I would always find new and innovative ways to take out my target, or capture my bounty, or free the children.

But after a while, it just became tedious and really took the joy out of playing. Bounty, Assassination, Child Labor and Stronghold... playing them over and over again really ruined the experience for me. Add that to the slew of side missions that were a bore-fest more than half of the time, and by the end I was glad I was done with it all.

Gameplay: I overclocked and pushed this baby using UltraHD 4K and man was Syndicate a sight to behold. While I didn't really care about the missions as much as I should have, I cannot deny that the visual graphics were just beautiful to explore. There were a few obviously noticeable flaws in the graphical work that created some rather annoying texture flickering or shade displacement, but where they managed to get it right, they managed to create some beautiful scenery.

The combat system hasn't changed too much from my Assassin's Creed III play-through, but what it did change or update, were all very positive. I enjoyed the combat very much. The game's movement system felt a lot smoother this time around, giving you a nice easy flow from building top to building top. Cutting through side streets and ascending or descending structures or landscapes felt much more natural. I didn't have any complaints when it came to that aspect.

Final Thoughts: It's a good game, has two very fun, enjoyable characters. The story is good, but lacks something, I don't know what exactly. The graphics are beautiful, if you have the right setup to enjoy it, and the gameplay/combat systems helps you get into the mix and enjoy yourself while playing. It's a good game, don't get me wrong... but it's far from great. Definitely not one of the best AC games I've played, but still worth your time if you manage to find it on sale.

Monday, January 23, 2017

January Binge-Watch: Sons of Anarchy


I've decided to start off the new year with some of my all-time favorite television experiences. First up for January is (or by now, was) the FX series, Sons of Anarchy. I was first introduced to this show after coming across a pretty solid episode from season 3 on TV one night. I was bored, it was starting so I just stuck with it. By the end, I was already looking up the show online and soon after purchased the first two seasons. I remember blowing right through them in no time flat and catching up with season 3 by the time it had it's final two episodes of the season. It was something new for me and I was very intrigued with those first three seasons. Sadly, it would be a while before I watched any more of SOA.

I forget what it was exactly that made me stop watching, but sadly I did. By the time I had gotten back into the show, season 5 was just released on DVD and was on sale at Best Buy. I remember because it was a terrible spoiler experience for me ('til this day, fuck you Best Buy!) They had included a free T-Shirt with the DVD box set that read, and I quote; *SPOILERS* "Rest in Peace Oppy!" *SPOILERS END* Yeah, that was pretty fucked up, even looking back now it still makes me shake my head. Moving on; I purchased seasons 4 and 5, and within a couple weeks, binged through both just in time for the season 6 premiere.

Synopsis: The Sons of Anarchy is Motorcycle Club that spans most of the western seaboard, and even extends into Europe by way of Belfast, Ireland. Their brotherhood is strong, and their MC is known and feared. Their dealings include a Weed Business, but never deals in anything harder. Their main income; Irish Guns, smuggled in by the Real IRA, and distributed on the street by the Sons. Their biggest rival is the Latino MC, the Myans, based in Oakland. This is pretty much the basis of the show... until it all begins to unravel into a massive shitstorm with no end in sight and bodies dropping at every turn. This show is downright brutal, relentless and quite unforgiving.

Critique: There are no heroes here, no good guys to root for, no stand up police officers to trust in, no bikers with heart. These individuals are gritty, ruthless and pure outlaws until the end. They live by the road, trust in only their fellow brothers, and show zero mercy to their enemies. But that doesn't necessarily make it a bad thing. Sometimes you need a good bad guy to root for, and in that case, SOA has an endless supply of them. The characters are beautifully chaotic to watch on screen, and within a few episodes, you've already picked out your favorites to root for.

The story is engaging, compelling and at some moments, quite epic. Don't get me wrong here, this show is by far, one of the more emotionally draining shows I've ever had the privilege of watching. Even through my second viewing, knowing in advance what was to come, I was finding myself reliving my first emotions upon certain scenes, and deaths. Some things you just don't get over, and with SOA, it was the deaths of some extremely beloved characters (one death in particular got me hard, as I completely forgot this individual was going to die.) 

There are some moments that make me feel like it's just too over-the-top to believe in, or just downright idiotic actions by certain characters. It makes you look back at their actions and wonder, if they did just one thing different, or thought about the consequences beforehand, shit wouldn't end up so awful for them. In the end; if you're going to see Sons of Anarchy, you need to decide to be all the way in, or just not watch it. Because it's a series that you're either going to completely love, in spite of it's flawed characters and outrageous story arcs, or absolutely hate because of it. I for one, did not falter in my love for the Sons. Upon my second viewing of Sons of Anarchy, I rediscovered all of the reasons why I first fell in love with this show, and was able to gain a new, fresh perspective on which relive their moments.

Final Say: Second viewing, still highly recommended, still highly addictive, still among my all-time favorite television shows. If you haven't seen Sons of Anarchy, I recommend you do. By the way; 7 seasons in one month... not bad.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Last Impressions: Mass Effect 3

In preparation for the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda in March, I've recently started my first playthrough of Mass Effect 3 in years. The last time I ran through it was on my old X-Box 360. So yes, it's been quite some time now. 

The Mass Effect series has always held a special place on my list of greatest games of all-time, and has always had a rather bittersweet feeling. I've played ME1 more times than I can recall, and I've played ME2 quite religiously for over a year after it's initial release, then again just before the release of ME3. I can't even begin to recall the countless hours I've spent ensuring my Suicide Mission completed with zero casualties. Or even just how terrible I was at being a Renegade when it came to the hard choices. Paragon Shepard won almost every time...

When it came to Mass Effect 3, I always had a love/hate relationship with the game, for many different reasons. I can honestly recall only playing it in it's entirety twice. The first time, playing the ending a few different times to see the outcomes, then once more before moving on. 

This was before the Extended Cut was released, and by then I had moved on to something else and put it off pretty much indefinitely. Don't get me wrong, I loved the gameplay, and the story was, I'd like to say; beautifully tragic. But there was just something missing for me, and I never really got over it, hence the moving on so quickly.

Over the weekend, I downloaded the Extended Cut to ME3 to my new gaming laptop and decided to give it a chance, hoping to rediscover my past love for the series. I plan to take my time with the game, and just let it all settle back in, while I relive the final moments of Commander John Shepard and the crew of the Normandy, one last time.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Most Anticipated Films of 2017


With the arrival of the new year, a film junkie (no pun intended) such as myself needs to look ahead and make a list of my most anticipated films of the year. Being a STAR WARS fanatic, my sights are already set on the upcoming Episode VIII in December. But that's December, just under a year away. In the meantime, lets take a look at the obvious picks, as well as some noteworthy mentions.

Most Anticipated:
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The Lego Batman Movie: 02/10 - When I first saw the trailer for "The Lego Movie", I instantly reverted to my childhood state. I saw a piece of nostalgia and a fun time at the cinema. When I walked out of that theater, I found myself both surprised and amazed that it ended up being even better than I had hyped it up to be. I'm definitely looking forward to this one.

John Wick 2: 02/10 - "John Wick" was a pleasant surprise for me. I didn't even have it on my radar until a good three weeks after it's release. I was terribly disappointed in myself for waiting that long to see it, as it turned out to be an action-packed thrill ride from start to finish. This time around, I plan to see this opening weekend.

Logan: 03/03 - This one is going to be a bittersweet finale for me. Logan will mark the departure of Huge Jackman's portrayal of what has become one of the most iconic comic book adapted characters ever, Wolverine. I was there when he first extended his adamantium claws in the very first "X-Men" trailer. Now, sadly, I will be there when he extends his claws for the last time.

Kong: Skull Island: 03/10 - Originally, Kong barely made my Noteworthy Mentions list, but over the last several months, I've come to actually look forward to it's release for several reasons. I'm interested to see where they take this story, and how it will fit into the Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla" franchise, I'm excited to see the collaboration of Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston, Brie larson and John C. Reilly, and I'm actually excited to see what appears to be the largest Kong to date, but largest for obvious reasons.

Beauty and the Beast; 03/10 - Umm, it's a live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast"... one of my childhood addictions, I don't need to explain myself further. Move along...

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: 05/05 - I cannot express enough how happy I was with the first Guardians, it was such a change from the usual Marvel titles, and a great combination of character chemistry, action sequences and overall Rocket Raccoon fuckery. I cannot wait for Vol. 2 to be released, it's sure to be one hell of a ride.

Wonder Woman: 06/02 - I need this one to be great. Not just good, not just decent, but great. "Man of Steel" was okay, "Batman v Superman" was awful and "Suicide Squad" was only half decent. I'm very disappointed in the universe and series of films that Zach Snyder" is giving us, and a complete overhaul is needed here. Here's hoping that "Wonder Woman" can pull it off.

Spider-Man: Homecoming: 07/07 - One thing I came out of "Civil War" just floored by was the performance of one Tom Holland as not only Peter Parker, but an actually awesome Spider-Man! While I loved Toby McGuire's iconic performance, I never really felt he got the role of Peter Parker right. He didn't have that charismatic nature about him, and almost felt depressed most of the time. With Holland, he pretty much owned me with just a short appearance in "Civil War", as he pulled off an amazing Spider-Man (pun intended), as well as a very true to form Peter Parker. Side Note: Fuck Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man...

War for the Planet of the Apes: 07/14 - They blew me away with "RISE", they floored me with 'DAWN", I have no doubt that I'll be genuinely blow away with "WAR". Andy Serkis truly is one of the greatest actors you'll never see, and he continues to deliver remarkable performances playing characters in an ever expanding computer-generated world. The quality only seems to get better with each film, and the story is always emotionally gripping.

Dunkirk: 07/21 - Christopher Nolan delivers, and he delivers well. With "Dunkirk", Nolan gives us another WWII tale, but with a fresh angle and setting. The story of the battle/evacuation of Dunkirk is both heroic and heart-pounding to say the least. I am very interested in seeing his take on it, as well as the visual effects that will no doubt pull you into the story.

The Dark Tower: 07/28 - I grew up with Stephen King. I've read more of his novels than I have most authors, save for one or two that I'm ashamed to admit (I never read IT or The Mist), I grew up watching countless films and mini-series' time and time again. The fact that we are getting two King adaptations this year is really exciting to say the least. I'm interested to see how "The Dark Tower" turns out. Katheryn Winnick is a Goddess and Warrior, and I can't wait to see her. Add her with Idris Elba and Mathew McConaughey to the mix, and I'm there!

Stephen King's IT: 09/08 - Same as above, I'm very excited to see this, but maybe a little more than I am with "The Dark Tower", mainly because recently I finally got around to watching the original "IT" for the first time only after my brother talked me into it. I'm ashamed to say I called myself a King fan never really giving this classic a chance in either book or film form. The first images of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise looks terrifyingly delightful.

Blade Runner 2049: 10/06 - Harrison Ford should shoot me, just blast me away like he did Greedo. I only watched "Blade Runner" for the first time just 1 short year ago. I've lived on this Earth as a Sci-Fi fan for 33 years of my life, and I've only just seen "Blade Runner" for the first time last year. Note: my version was The Final Cut version. Anyway, I am looking forward to this very much.

Thor: Ragnarok: 11/03 - What I enjoyed most about the "Thor" films were all of the scenes off of Earth, hilariously enough. I loved seeing Asgard, as the lore, architecture and feel just felt nice. Odd thing to focus on, but it's really the only reason why I enjoyed "Thor: The Dark World" so much. I really hope we get more of that here, as I find the stories off-world to be more intriguing in his films. Apologies Natalie Portman, I don't mean to leave you absent from this, like Marvel has lately.

Star Wars: Episode VIII: 12/15 - "The Force Awakens" turned me into a giddy little child, three times in a row, then twice after that. "Rogue One" made me realize that the goody two-shoes of the Rebellion actually had a darker more shady side to them, and made me respect a classic like "A New Hope" even more than I had all my life, growing up. I need to express just how excited I am to know that every year for the foreseeable future, I am going to be graced with a brand new STAR WARS film. Knowing this just overwhelms the fanatic in me to no end.

Pitch Perfect 3: 12/22 - It's Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp and Rebel Wilson in their most cutest, adorable roles to date. I absolutely love this franchise, I absolutely love Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow, they are just amazing together and play off each other so damn well. And the songs, my stupid iPod has some of their songs on my top 100 playlist, it gets so much play. I'm ready to end my movie going year with them, for sure!


Noteworthy Mentions:
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The Founder: 01/20 - 
The Space Between Us: 02/03 - 
A Cure for Wellness: 02/17 - 
Ghost in the Shell: 03/31 - 
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword: 05/12 - 
Alien: Covenant: 05/19 - 
The Mummy: 06/09 - 
Kingsman: The Golden Circle: 06/16 - 
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: 07/21 - 
Justice League: 11/17 - 
Darkest Hour: 11/24 - 
Jumanji (2017): 12/22.


In closing, as you can see, I have failed to list two obvious mainstream releases for good reason. First being I am just fucking DONE with these "Fast & Furious" installments. They were too much before, they are way too much now. I enjoyed the last one and idiotically thought "this is a nice send off, he was a great guy and I liked this little send off, what a nice way to end the series"... boy was I wrong. I'm done with the franchise, sorry. Second being just how many times do we need to see Jack Sparrow get into mediocre adventures before we say; "you know what? maybe we should just stop." I am in no way, shape or form interested in seeing another "Pirates of the Caribbean" film. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016: My Year in Review

We rate a year by how much prosperity it brings us, by how much happiness we retain, by how much positive impact it has on us. We take stock, remember the good times, and also remember the bad. How much we lost, how much we failed, how much negativity affected us. How was our work life? How was our Personal life? Did we lose someone special? Did we witness a terrible act? Did we survive, whilst others didn't? Suddenly our look back doesn't feel so good, our proud and shining moments begin to fade away, and we're left with a sense of dread and discouragement.

It's easy to forget all of the good that's happened to you over the course of a year when you only focus on the bad moments. That sense of dread... it's one hell of a mother fucker to shake, once it grabs hold. And it doesn't help in the slightest when the media broadcasts it 24 hours a day just to get viewers. I cannot express how disgusted I am with national media these days. The same goes for fake news sites that spread false information just to screw with your head and make you believe whatever they want. Whenever I see a story with even one questionable fact now, I denounce the entire article and move on. I can't believe anything anymore.

But I digress. Regardless of what happens in a year, good or bad, it's easy to focus all of your emotions on just one particular aspect and forget about the other. Looking back at 2016; I think I came though it pretty good, save for a few failures and falls here and there. I started out 2016 working towards something that I managed to achieve with great pride and confidence, and managed to come out very prosperous in the end. A new venture, a new setting, a new look on my life in general. I count my blessings, take stock in all I have accomplished, and all that I have gained, and I sit here ready to take on the year that lies ahead.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Hopefully "Happy" New Year, 2017!

It's finally upon us! 2017 has arrived! And with that, I wish all of you a very Happy New Year! I know a lot of people has had a rather terrible time throughout the course of 2016, and while there has been some pretty awful moments, lets take the time to focus on all of the good times and happy moments with friends, family, loved ones, or just in your personal life.

I can honestly say that this has been an amazing night for me, and a rare New Years Eve spent free of personal drama or health issues. Had a blast learning new customs and cultures I never knew about before, got to experience the wonders of Tokyo and had the amazing honor of spending this night with some truly awesome people. The people of Shibuya are some pretty awesome people.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

"To me, she's royalty." Carrie Fisher - 1956-2016


I think I'd like to start off at the beginning... a long time ago, in a galaxy far away... I can remember my first film I ever truly remember watching, STAR WARS. I remember taking those first steps onto Han Solo's ship with Ben Kenobi and just being so excited to experience the adventures with them as they set off to find the Princess and defeat the Empire. I owned every toy I could possibly manipulate my parents into buying for me, and spent countless nights recreating iconic moments with myself in the mix. Yes, no shame here, I grew up a STAR WARS fanatic, and 'til this day, I am proud to be one!

So it was with a heavy heart that I had to learn of the now fatal heart-attack of my beloved Princess Leia Organa, Carrie Fisher. I remember in those moments after hearing that her also now passed mother, Debbie Reynolds saying that Carrie was in "stable condition", I felt a sense of relief for Carrie. Then waking up the next day to news that she passed away hitting me like a ton of bricks, I just felt this sense of loss. I know it's hard to explain, I didn't know her personally, I never had the privilege of meeting her in person, yet here I was overcome with grief for a person I basically grew up idolizing for not only her iconic character, but also for her overwhelming bravery in her openness regarding mental illness, and her fight against it.

Her death also prompted me to take a look back at every other iconic figure I've grown up with passing away over the years. I will never again hear a new Michael Jackson song, nor will I ever have the chance to hear the amazing Whitney Houston's stunning vocals. I will never see a new Dennis Hopper film, or a Philip Seymour-Hoffman film, nor will I see Prince or David Bowie perform... And now, I'll never see the amazing Leia Organa-Solo beyond Episode VIII. These death's may seem trivial to some as they are just celebrities. And while most of them are, and just mean little to us, it's the ones we grew up with, the ones that influenced our lives as we evolved, as we changed, as we became men and women, its these iconic figures that help shape us.

I will miss Carrie Fisher, as I will miss many other icons of my generation, as they pass on into memory, into history. 2016 didn't take away these people, time is the true fickle beast here, and it knows no mercy. It'll come for us all some day...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Logan - Official Teaser Trailer



Most of the time when I sit down to view a new movie trailer, my moods range from Overwhelmingly Excited to Extremely Disappointed. So it was a rarity to feel something completely different when watching the teaser trailer for "Logan" for the first time.

The moment the teaser ended I felt an incredible sadness rush over me. The Wolverine I've come to know and love was an old man, weaker and broken. His hair is grey, his body scared and finally showing its age. He was a far cry from the Hugh Jackman I've spent more than 16 years getting to know.

He's not only spent these long years embodying the iconic role of Wolverine, he's spent it growing and evolving into the memorable hero we all come to love. And just seeing him like that, felt really sad. These are Hugh Jackman's last days in shoes of an X-Man.

Another emotionally draining aspect of this teaser was the last legs that the legendary Charles Xavier seemed to be standing on, so to speak. He seemed so frail and brittle. It was very hard seeing Patrick Stewart that way. Professor X and Logan together in their final days, brilliance.

The setting, the rugged terrain, the characters and cast, the overall atmosphere of "Logan" is just extremely well done and will make for one hell of a final ride... final, I hate having to say that word so much here. It just feels sad really, knowing that this is the end of our journey with the Wolverine. It feels like we're letting go of apart of ourselves.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Has it Really Been a Year?

...just over a year has passed since I last bothered to log into my blog and share my bland thoughts with my entire base of non-existent readers. A lot has happened since then, some things to be happy about, some things to be sad about, and a lot of things to be angry and frustrated about. Pretty much the every day life of your average human being stuck in a thin, yet indestructible bubble of bullshit and drama. Yeah, basically that. So lets see, what to talk about;

My best friend in the whole world and most remarkable dog I've ever had passed away. His name was Gizmo and he was a beautiful golden brown and light black Pekingese that had the friskiness and youthfulness of a puppy right up until his final days. He was always able to cause vast amounts of trouble right before making us melt from his puppy-dog eyes. He passed away on May 31st, 2013 after 14 and a half amazing years with us. I miss ya mate!

Medical shitfest ensued as well since my last keystroke. I spent most of December and half of January 2014 with a terrible chest infection that just wouldn't go away, that gave me constant headaches and made me feel like shit for what should have been a happy time of year, I finally get over it for two months only to get sick again from some idiot that passed it to me in March, and spent another week getting better, only to get a relapse in mid April. Fun, right?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Short Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

Oh my god, where do I begin? I am at a complete loss for words here. I mean, this film... it was just amazing...ly horrible. The terrible plot, the numerous inconsistencies, the historical villain turned side character, the boyfriend issues (again?) the mutha fucking Trans-Warp Engine!!!

How do I begin when there are just so many things wrong with this film to even suggest that it be called "Star Trek"? Well, I guess I'll try to stay on track and list the problems where I found them. I promise to be brief, because this is of course, a short review...
  1. The Enterprise is NOT a submarine. No matter how much J.J. Abrams wants to believe it is. Spaceships and Submarines are built differently for two very big reasons. Space does not have water, and spaceships aren't built to withstand the depths of an ocean.
  2. Again, we live in an alternate universe where Starfleet is clearly a defenseless entity of the Federation, due to the fact that though more militarized, it still cannot defend it's own officers from a surprise enemy attack (i.e. Godfather: Part III massacre).
  3. Harrison/Khan is able to transport himself from Earth to Qo'noS (again, NOT Kronos), by using Scotty's Trans-Warp device, thus making starships ineffective, logic seem worthless and the story plot just a little more idiotic.
  4. Admiral Marcus, if you're going to build a completely secret starship made solely for war, please be a little bit smarter and take that fucking model off your desk. It can't be a secret starship if you have a model displayed in the open!
  5. Remember a quote from Enterprise? "Four days there, four days back." Well, apparently time does not matter in Abrams' Trek, because they're able to reach Qo'noS in under a few hours. And then make it back to Earth in even less time! Ridiculous!
  6. In less than a year of Vulcan's destruction, Admiral Marcus was able to find Khan, force him to work for Section 31, build a massive "secret" shipyard in a high space-traffic area, build the largest starship in the history of the Federation and plan for a war with the Klingons. Abrams' Logic at it's very best, ladies and gentlemen.
  7. After dropping out of warp over Earth's moon, both the Enterprise and Vengeance only remain adrift for several minutes until they are both suddenly pulled into Earth's orbit, you know... because the Earth and it's Moon are so fucking close.
  8. Again, why does the entire engineering section --including the warp core-- look and feel like some 21st century brewery? I mean, seriously, it's a starship, not some industrial warehouse! It's just too huge to fit in a ship that size, Mr. Abrams.
  9. One of my second biggest gripes; Khan crashes his ship into the heart of San Francisco, yet one year later Kirk's only going on about the lost of his own personal crew. Tens of thousands died in the buildings Khan destroyed, yet Kirk's crew gets a memorial?
  10. Finally; Every single detail in the scene between Kirk and Spock after the events of the battle between the Enterprise and Vengeance is the exact same as in "Wrath of Khan", only in reverse. This is so bad that not is it only NOT an homage to WoK, but it is an insult to movie goers who put their trust in terrible writing. It was just... bad.
So that's it. That's my take on "Into Darkness". I'm sure I'll have a slew of other complaints to be made available some time in the near future. Maybe I need to watch it more, so I can better attack it's low points which I promise there are many. In any case, if this is an indication as to how bad a series Abrams can make Star Trek, then I have nothing but fear for whatever lies ahead for Star Wars.

EDIT: Update - (added 11/9/2016) Sooooo, yeah. Abrams made The Force Awakens a mirror image of A New Hope... he did that, it happened, I wasn't surprised... oh well.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Disney Closes LucasArts... Big Surprise.


There's a limit to how much "revamping" a company can do to a decades old image before it just completely destroys it and shits all over it's remains. Clearly, Disney is reaching that limit here, by closing LucasArts an basically cancelling... one of the few SW games that actually had people interested in (1313). 

This is just downright stupid and total bullshit. Now I fear for the survival of The Old Republic MMORPG. Why? Because I just got into it three months ago and already have a slew of characters created and time and money invested, that's why!

Then again, I can't be completely angry over this, it's been quite some time since LucasArts brought us anything of true value. So their sudden close can't be all that shocking. I just hope that their current projects are given new life with someone else, because 1313 did have a lot of promise to it. At least, from the E3 coverage that was shown.
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