26 July 2008

The Babylonian Captivity - And Now For a Word (2x17)

Time for the obligatory documentary style episode. This one was pretty good though as it focused on the escalating war between feathers and lizards. Both sides are doing dumb things and now the war is surrounding Babylon 5, which should be off limits since its neutral. Its only a matter of time before war erupts. Yay war!

4/5

The Babylonian Captivity - There All the Honor Lies (2x16)

Sheridan set up to kill a Bonehead (Minbari) in self defense and to make it look like cold blooded murder. The Boneheads hate him for his victories during their war. The plot is uncovered, all returns to normal.

2/5

The Babylonian Captivity - Hunter, Prey (2x14)

Finally, some proof that the former VP was a conspirator to kill the pres. And the mysterious full-body suit alien Kosh agreed to teach Shiridan something, though what remains to be seen. Plot progression is good.

4/5

The Babylonian Captivity - Acts of Sacrifice (2x12)

The Lizard faces are getting whooped in their fight with the Featherheads, and no one is willing to openly support them, because no one else wants war. Poor Lizardfaces. Also, so Ivanova does a cringeworthy scene in which she dances and spurts out cliche relationship lines like "will you call me in the morning" in an attempt to trick an alien into thinking they are having sex, human style - the sex being a prerequisite for their alliance. The scene was embarrasing to watch, and not funny at all. Without that subplot, this may have been a 4/5 but with it, since I NEVER want to see that again,

1/5

The Babylonian Captivity - All Alone in the Night (2x11)

Commander Sheridan got captured by some weirdo aliens. Also, the crew agree to secretly investigate the possible assassination plot by the new President to kill the old one. The last 5 minutes of this episode gave it a reason to exist, but barely.

3/5

The Babylonian Captivity - GROPOS (2x10)

The Babylon 5 crew get chummy with some "GROund POunding" marines before they go off to war and die. Better than the description might imply, but a pretty pointless episode.

3/5

25 July 2008

Brave, Bold New Footage


The folks over at Superherohype.com have posted a video first look of The Brave and the Bold animated series starring Batman. I also want to thank my friend over at AnimatedSuperheroes.Com for his continual coverage of this and other upcoming shows. Between these two sites I have scored some great new images from the series. At first I was terrified that this would be Superfriends all over again, but I am starting to get excited about the show. The footage shows Batman teaming up with Plastic Man, Red Tornado, and The Blue Beetle against the likes of Gentleman Ghost and Grodd. I like the idea of some of the unknowns getting a chance to shine outside of the comics. The animation looks great, aside from the dorky Green Arrow design, and this could be a fun way to go, as long as it doesn't get too silly. Lets just hope this series is better than that last season of the Batman which similarly featured Batman team-ups, but was pretty boring.

Tr2n is Coming


A surprise from Disney at Comic Con, the announcement ofTron 2.0 lamely titled TR2n. Now c'mon, a 2 and a o look nothing alike. Anyways, this is an awesome announcement. I loved the original Tron arcade game, and the movie was decent too, especially the light cycle sequence. I can only imagine how cool light cycles will be with modern technology - or will they just look like Speed Racer? Yikes!


24 July 2008

Ink Blots - Meet the Robinsons


Having the honor of following up Chicken Little, the movie that abandoned Disney traditional animation in favor of CG, was Meet the Robinsons. From the trailers, Robinsons looked like a wacky, zany, and wholly unfunny movie, complete with a breakdancing T-Rex... Fortunately, that estimation was not completely accurate, after all, Robinsons was not wholly unfunny, and though there was a T-Rex, he did not actually break dance.

The movie opens by introducing Lewis, an orphan boy that likes to invent things. On the day of the big Science Fair, a guy with a bowler hat sabotages Lewis' rememberator device, hoping to ruin Lewis's day. Another kid, Wilbur, having failed to stop the hijinx, tries to convince Lewis to "keep moving forward" and to not give up on inventing. As it turns out Wilbur is from the future, and the two boys end up there where all hell breaks lose. At this point in the movie we are introduced to the whole Robinsons clan which is a troupe of way too many wacky people who enjoy food fights and other wacky interactions. There really is just too much new character overload to follow. Anyways, after this point, the movie does get a little better as we learn more about the bowler hat guys motivations. There were a couple of interesting twists in the movie as well that kept the story interesting, and I do not want to give them away. Needless to say, the tale wraps up nice and cheery like.

Now, this movie was not all bad. Along with the zany characters, the future sequences also had some pretty nice designs and colorful depictions of the world of tomorrow. In addition, we were treated to a dark and twisted alternate future where the Bowler Hat Guy had taken over the world. And like I mentioned before, the story was actually interesting. My main complaint is that all of the characters seemed to have ADD (one of them actually bragged about her hyper caffeine stimulation). There were also some singing frogs that showed up for no real good reason, along with about 100 other images and characters that all seemed thrown in for extra stimulation.

All I know is that this was a big step up from Chicken Little, and in spite of its flaws, I did enjoy watching it. The problem is that Disney doesn't seem to have an identity anymore. This movie lacked the heart and soul of traditional Disney films, it lacked the all ages appeal and endearing characters of Pixar, and even lacked the irreverence of Dreamworks. Without any of those elements, the movie just seemed a little bland. Lets hope Disney finds a way to stand out in the oversaturated animation market, preferably by going back to its roots. As for Lewis and his crew, they earn an unremarkable B-.

Radar Blips - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom


The Year: 1989

The Players: Indiana Jones, Mrs.Spielberg and Data from Goonies.

The Take: $179 million

Is this the crappy one?: That distinction now belongs to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. But yes, this is the one people complain about.

Why you should see it: There is plenty to enjoy here in between scenes of Willie screaming. You get hearts being ripped out and everything else associated with Mola Ram, an exciting mine cart chase, the collapsing bridge sequence, and of course the gross out dinner feast. Steven Spielberg has apologized for this movie, and though it was a step down from Raiders, at least this is still good ol classic Indy.


23 July 2008

No Joke, People Love Crazy Clowns

The Dark Knight has amazingly busted through the $200 million mark in just 5 days. By tomorrow, The Dark Knight will have already out earned Batman Begins and by the end of the week, it will be the all-time biggest Bat-film. Not only that, but even adjusted for inflation, The Dark Knight will already be the 2nd biggest Batman movie by the end of its second weekend with a decent shot of out-grossing Batman '89s adjusted total. In any case, the coveted $400 million mark looks quite attainable now.

That is just crazy! I remember the mania for Batman back in 1989, and to think that Mr Batman has hit that level of popularity again is fantastic, especially after all he went through in the 90's. But lets give credit where it is due. Its that Batman Joker face-up that is the common element in 1989 and 2008. People just cannot get enough of that Joker.



Radar Blips - The Brothers Grimm


The Year: 2005

The Players: Jason Bourne and The Joker. Directed by Terry Gilliam.

The Take: $38 Million

Is This a Biography? No. The Grimm Brothers were real people who wrote many of the best known fairy tales like Snow White and Cinderella. In this fictional version, these brothers begin as con men / witch hunters, and then stumble upon a real enchanted forest which becomes the inspiration for their stories.

Why you should see it: One of the best Bilbo Baggins inspired lines I have heard regarding this movie is that it is twice as good as people say and half as good as we were hoping for. Though it does drag at points there are some awesome and fantastically gruesome visuals including a spider horse eating a little girl and a mud monster / gingerbread man stealing a little girls face.






22 July 2008

Battlestar Beta AKA Caprica

Here it is, Sci Fi's prequel to the reimagined BSG. Looks interesting, but I don't know if this, like other prequels, will be able to effectively be shohorned into the existing universe.

20 July 2008

The Dark Knight Returns, In Style

Batman is now the holder of the all-time weekend box office record with The Dark Knight's take of $155 Million. Just like that, The Dark Knight has passed up total earnings of Batman & Robin, and should pass Batman Returns total by tomorrow. One of Batman's casualties was last week's winner Hellboy II, which must have suffered from Batman wooing away its similar core demographic. Hellboy dropped 70%+ from last week, proving that opening a superhero movie 1 week before Batman was a boneheaded idea.

Indiana Jones continues to close in on Iron Man, but at this point, it seems the two will be fighting over 2nd place because Batman will likely take the summer crown. Hancock and Wall-E continue to aim for $200 million and the Incredible Hulk looks to eek out a total just above '03s Hulk.

Next week has Step Brothers and X-Files, neither of which should register in this top 9 list, but Wanted will probably jump back on dumping of the Jade Giant.

Standings:


#1 Iron Man - $314,360,000
#2 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - $312,584,000
#3 Kung Fu Panda - $206,506,000
#4 Hancock - $191,504,000
#5 Wall-E - $182,476,000
#6 The Dark Knight - $155,340,000
#7 Sex and the City - $149,864,000
#8 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $139,500,699
#9 The Incredible Hulk - $131,764,000