Heroes Reborn

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The original Heroes television series a story of three seasons.

Season 1 started out with great expectations, and strong character development. It seemed television may have hit on something that would really envelop the comic book world onto the small screen.  We followed along as they all learned their powers and how to cope with them and use them effectively.  Sylar was an epic villain played well by Zachary Quinto. Watching the story unfold was fun and exciting and learning new powers along with twists and turns kept us on the edge of our seats.

Then the writers strike.  Season 2 picked up where the first season left off as would be expected and we eagerly waited to see what happened next.  New plot lines and stronger connections were built, but the bottom fell out.  With the writers strike it appeared as if a hodge podge of elements were summed up quickly and incoherently to get us to the end of the season.  It felt very disjointed but the beginning kept us hanging on.  Hoping for improvements and changes that would turn it all around.

Season 3 the Carnies! What?! Now it is just getting silly.  Not sure if this was just a give up or someone actually thought it was a good idea.  The last season was so ridiculous and the new characters highly flawed.  A traveling band of mutant powered carnies is going to destroy the world.  You have got to be kidding.  At this point I lost all hope for the show.  Turned it off and was okay with it getting cancelled.  It had so much hope, and optimism and they killed it in three short seasons.

Now the rebirth?  Are you interested in the new mini series version of the show?  Will they try to write the wrongs or just pick up where the train wreck left off?

The Indie Sci-Fi Revolution

An amazing story of success or multiple successes which in turn could change the face of the science fiction and fantasy world or the entertainment industry all together at some point. It is quite interesting what the internet has made possible already and where the future of technology might lead.

Damien Walter

In late 2012 Hugh Howey was an unknown writer of science fiction, even to most dedicated science fiction readers. And yet he had sold over 250,000 books, optioned film rights to the legendary Ridley Scott, and agreed a six figure book deal with major publisher Simon & Schuster. All this before his dystopian sci-fi novel had even, in traditional terms, been published.

Howey has gone on to become the poster boy for a small but quickly growing band of sci-fi and fantasy authors who are independently publishing their own books, and making a small fortune in the process. These ‘indie authors’ are surfing the crest of a wave driven by the rise of the e-book, the smartphone and the Amazon Kindle. And the popularity of the sci-fi & fantasy genres is putting them at the cutting edge of the revolution.

Sci-fi and fantasy writers have always had an air…

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Divergent not that different

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Releasing March 21st 2014 Divergent starring (Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet) takes another stab at the teen-scifi adaptation.

Synopsis from IMDB: Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.

I wasn’t impressed with this trailer, and don’t have much hope for this film.  It seems Hollywood is trying to attract a younger group of movie goers with these films so maybe I am just outside the target audience.  Where do you stand on these younger generation science fiction films?

Godzilla

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New trailer for Godzilla.

Enticing to say the least.  After seeing how Pacific Rim turned out I have new hope for large monster films.  Growing up watching the original Godzilla and the gamut of monsters I like the idea of updating this film, but after the 1998 version starring Matthew Broderick I was a little worried.  This new trailer may have turned it around for me.  Now I am excited to see what they have done with this film and I’m hoping for the best.

Are you looking forward to the new Godzilla film?

“Ghostbusters” Actor Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Hollywood has lost an important man today. Harold Ramis was a great talent and a wonderful person by all accounts. He will be missed.

Ramis has been suffering from an autoimmune disease and passed away with family by his side at the age of 69 last night.

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

CHICAGO (AP) – Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has died at his suburban Chicago home.

A spokesman for United Talent Agency says Ramis died early Monday morning of complications from an autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69.

Ramis is best known for his roles in comedies such as “Ghostbusters” and “Stripes.”

He co-wrote “Ghostbusters,” in which he appeared with fellow Second City alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. He also co-wrote “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Meatballs” and directed such films as “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day.”

More recently, he directed “Analyze This,” a movie starring Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro.

UTA spokesman Chris Day says Ramis had been battling an autoimmune disease that affects blood vessels for four years.

Day says Ramis’ family was at his side when he died.

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Robocop 2014

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Robocop 2014 somewhat robotic.

The movie gets a definite update with the added effects of CGI and new technology, but fails to improve storyline or plot.  It’s the age old story of crooked cops and corruption.

In comparison to the original film, which was campy and a true to the heart 80’s film, the new one doesn’t compete.  The first film had bad guys you wanted to see get it in the end and a hero that fought for justice.  The new movie uses this concept as a veil to hide a hero that is fighting for revenge.

The corporate bad man Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) in the original film is an evil man driven by money and power replaced in the new film by Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton) who doesn’t come across as all that bad.  Sure he wants money, what corporate CEO doesn’t want to see his company soar, but you don’t really get a true sense of hatred for his character.  In Robocop (1987) the criminals are an arm of the corporation used to pressure the public and sell product for Omnicorp.  This connection was taken out of the new film.  Murphy hunts down the gang and that made him Robocop in a warehouse in what is probably the most action packed part of the film and unceremoniously wipes out the lot, including the main bad guy.  This in my mind leads to a pretty anti-climactic end for the new film.  The only bad guy left is the corporation out to make money that saved his life in the first place.

The remake is not all bad, the effects are pretty good, and it’s fun to watch the updated Robocop run around the screen blasting other robots, but I don’t think it will make it to the classic status of the original film.

Emerald City Comicon

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I will be in attendance. Cannot wait to see the crazy and fun costumes or some of the actors and talent behind the movies, comics, games, and books that have brought me entertainment in the past.

Of note Karl Urban is going to be in attendance.  He is one of the best actors in recent times, IMHO.  The Dredd movie in 2012 was far superior to Sylvester’s version in 1995.  Also, the fact that Urban wore the helmet through the entire film.  Something I think Hollywood could learn from.  I know the actors want to get their face time for the camera, but really it isn’t like we don’t know who they are.  I found it more endearing that he played the character rather than himself.  If you haven’t seen it, check it out.  Great adaptation of the comic.

Others in attendance will be Alan Tudyk of Firefly fame, Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy), Rachel Nichols, Kelly Hu, Cary Elwes (As you wish), Eliza Dushku, and Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Colonel Jack O’Neill)

Tickets are still on sale, don’t miss out!

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Ender’s Game Trailer

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Recently released to DVD and Blu-ray. Ender’s game adapted from a world wide and NY Times Best Seller. The adaptation of the book into a movie was done very well. They mashed up some information to shorten the film into a two hour cinema event. Even with what was left out the movie does a great job of conveying the essential portions of the book. With Hollywood’s recent adaptations of science fiction and fantasy such as the Hobbit series it leaves one to wonder if they will attempt to move this story toward the same ends. The books don’t really seem to lend themselves too well for that purpose. Which story line will they follow? Ender or Bean? Will the other books appeal to the broader audiences?