Thursday, November 13, 2014

Big Hero 6

We saw Big Hero 6 this weekend. It was really good.

Sadly, the most interesting and most fleshed out character dies early in the film (or does he?). The villain has the coolest costume.

It has a couple of plot twists that should shock most kids under 10 and be mind numbing my obvious to anyone over 12 who has seen a film in the last 30 years. In this case, it doesn't really take away from enjoying the film. It's not about the destination. It's about the journey. I would have liked to have had Godzilla appear but there will likely be a sequel so there is hope.

There is lots of cool science in it. Tons of near future tech too. One review I read said the reviewer's daughter said she wanted to go to college to study science after watching it.

The main lead is mopey and angst ridden for much of the film. He's likeable but very much like a younger brother. The rest of the team while not completely flat are 2 dimensional overall.

The Stan Lee cameo is funny. There is one post credit scene. It doesn't really set anything up but it's funny. Think the shawarma scene after the credits in The Avengers.

Overall, I'm looking forward to the DVD when I can watch it again.

3.5/4 Stars

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Snowpiercer

I watched it this weekend. All I can say is "Whoa".

It's a beautiful piece of cinema. It's the director's first piece in English. He's Korean.

It's a post apocalyptic film about a train. The last remaining life on Earth is on this train. The people at the back of the train, the tail, are less than steerage. From the beginning there is a clear caste/class system in place but we don't have a clear pictures of how extreme the class gaps may be. It's certainly a story on par with a story like 1984.

Chris Evans gives a killer performance as Curtis. They go to great lengths to hide his Captain America era physique so that he'd look like he fit in a society of folks who are starving.

To say much more is to give away so much of the story.

It is based on a French graphic novel from the 80s but is an original piece. It was inspired by the graphic novel. The story is completely different as are the characters.

It's definitely worth watching. I give it a 3.5/4 stars.

It has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

As I stumbled through life the other day.....

Somehow, the other day, I ended up on Disney's back lot.

I have never been a Disney Geek, but I immediately recognized the Roy E. Disney building.  Why wouldn't I?   I've seen it in enough pictures and shows over the years.  It is easy to enough to recognize.  LOL.  Who wouldn't?

While everyone else in the car seemed indifferent, I found it to be rather exciting.  I noticed that the people working at the building seemed to have grown quite custom to it's presence.  In fact, when I looked around the driveway, everyone was merely arriving or heading to a meeting.

I took a quick snapshot and headed in a different building, in a different direction - to my own meeting.




Friday, September 12, 2014

New 52: Green Arrow ArtFX+ Statue

This is part of the ongoing series being produced by Kotobukiya.  If you haven't had a chance to look at any of the others, I would definitely recommend that you go back and take a look.  As I have already mentioned, I have already picked up Aquaman and the Flash.  The next one on my list is the Green Arrow.

Specs
Distributor: DC Direct
Sculptor: Atelier Bamboo
Height: 7.5”
Available: November 2014
Price: $59.99

Pros
As I tend to prefer simplified, I'm sticking to some bullets:

  • Pricing.  This entire series has been the perfect price.  For beginners, budget conscious, or someone considering having the entire DC universe.   The price on this one makes it an easy to have.
  • The sculpting, colors, and even the pose are spot on.  Similar to Aquaman, this is simply a pretty piece.  One of my favorite parts of the sculpture is the bow.   NICE!
  • He still has an Errol Flynn look to him, with the updated look of wearing the hood.
Cons
While it is an awesome stand alone piece, he still does look better with the collection.  Other than that, I couldn't really see a con to getting him.

Recommendation:  HOT BUY!
From price, to the sculpting and colors, this is a beautiful piece.  I have a very good feeling that he will be sitting on my desk.  Finally, whether you realize it or not, Errol Flynn (who was before my time) was still cool.