25 February 2006

The Grease Trap #1

When wading through the muck that is television, one occasionally stumbles across a worthwhile nugget -- much like a chicken McNugget may occasionally float to the top of a McGrease trap. This week's gleaming gem had to be Downloaded, from of the reimagined series Battlestar Galactica. Coincidentally, (notice I didn't say "ironically") this episode was not viewed via the standard method of "tuning in at 8:00." I will just leave it at that.

I have been looking forward to this ever since I heard that there would be an episode from the Cylon point of view. We finally learn that toasters can be schizophrenic too. The hybrid cylono-human baby was born, and on top of that we got another guest appearance from the Warrior Princess, (lesbians everywhere rejoice!) and the Kevin Spacey look-a-like. Truly, this was one of the series best offerings yet.

For those who have never seen the show, you don't know what you are missing. Star Trek, this is not. And if you do tune in, but feel lost, I will catch you up on all the frakking details. So say we all...

24 February 2006

Pajama Party #1

The big news this week was the announcement that Peter Parker will be donning the black costume in Spiderman 3. Now that is some sweet fan service. I have always been partial to the black costume, and even though this picture basically just looks like a gray tone image of his regular duds, I am excited. I guess this design saves the CG team a few bucks, since all they have to do is render their current models in B&W. Maybe they will keep the budget under $300 million after all.

In less cool superhero news, it looks like the Aquaman show Mercy Reef is really gearing up. Ving Rhames has signed up which, to me, is the surest sign of legitimacy for the show yet. They also recast the role of Arthur Curry. I’m not sure why it matters though. Is the world really ready for an Aquaman show? Will 2006* be the year that mermaids are finally welcomed into mainstream society? Or will the discrimination continue?

*As a side note, current 2006 projects involving mermaids include: The Aqualad Project, Mercy Reef, Next month's teen "fish-out-of-water" comedy Aquamarine, M. Night Shamallamadingdong's Lady in the Water, and not least of all the anticipated DVD release of Disney's The Little Mermaid. And that's just off the top of my head.

23 February 2006

Disappearing Ink #1 - Kaena: The Prophecy

I used to think that Miyazaki's Spirited Away was the weirdest movie that I had ever seen -- that is, until I saw Kaena: The Prophecy. Watching this movie is a lot like playing an imported video game. First off, the animation at times looks as if it were made for the cut scenes of a game, though at other times, the animation is absolutely stunning. The plot is a bit elusive; almost as if the "omitted" game play portions of the game were integral to the plot. Never once during the viewing of this movie did I feel qualified to explain to someone else what was going on, though that's not going to stop me from attempting to do just that in a bit. Lastly, this movie actually is an import from France (which explains the prevalence of edible slug creatures). Though the dub is quite good, with performances by Mary Jane Watson and the original Dumbledore, perhaps something was lost in the translation.

The basic premise of the movie is that Kaena lives in a village located in a giant tree (complete with its own atmosphere) suspended in space between two planets. There are some sap monsters making things tough on the villagers, and Kaena must lead her people to a new age of freedom. Notice I didn’t mention a prophecy, well neither did the movie except for in the title.

It is because of these shortcomings that Kaena has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of only 7%, and that is a real shame. While this movie is flawed, it definitely breaks the mold of traditional animation. It creates a highly stylized world unlike any I have seen before. If you just let your imagination fill in the many blanks, what you end up with is something truly worth checking out. It is bizarre, but I like it. I give this film a B-, though I highly recommend it to animation fans looking for something new.

Ahh! You found me!

So you found this blog and now what? You expect to be entertained? Well, I cant say that you are going to satisfied with what you find here. I dont really know what sorts of things I will be posting. I hope to have a weekly animation reveiw, and throughout the week, various geeky things. Enjoy, kick up your feet, read my blog, and help yourself to some chips.