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Superman + Batman movie announced!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2013 by halbard100

One piece of news from SDCC was DC’s announcement of the Man of Steel sequel basically being World’s Finest, the Batman Superman team up comic. Personally I wasn’t a super huge fan of Man of Steel. It felt a little awkward, unnecessarily dower, and stiff. That said, there was just a lot of nerd rage involved with it. Second viewing, it seemed more fun that initially. Maybe Marvel has ruined me, or just my preconceptions of Superman, but I wanted something more to aspire to. The Dark Knight trilogy, at least the first two, made me look up to Batman, want to aspire to be him, but leaving the theater, Man of Steel didn’t have me jumping to be one of the characters. For a movie about a superhero, that seems like a serious misstep. 
Going into the cross over movie, I’m apprehensive. The announcement didn’t hit me with delight. It honestly reads as a cash-in to me and trying to capture the lingering success of the Dark Knight trilogy to bring up Man of Steel. It also strikes me as a better stand alone adventure rather than a sequel for a single movie. While Avengers was a pay off for watching half a dozen other movies, it still functioned as a stand alone and hopefully S+B will be able to do the same. 
For speculation, I’d honestly like Lex Luthor but without the Joker, and having it work almost as a back door pilot idea for Batman to be introduced but by himself and not with a rogue. I assume that’s the idea at least. Lex offers a different villain that  Superman can’t just bunch through a building a beat, and Wayne offers the ability to challenge Luthor. 
It does offer some interesting possibilities. If Man of Steel had stuck with me more, I think it would have come across better, but the memory of the Dark Knight being so fresh doesn’t help things either.

New Godzilla details!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2013 by halbard100

New Godzilla details!

Personally I never watched the original Toho Godzilla films, and I’ve only seen bits of the ’98 Hollywood attempt. My affection for the big guy comes from the Saturday morning cartoons he was in (Yeah, Hanna-Barbera and the animated 98 spin-off). That being said, I’m loving the design work Legendary and Warner Brothers are putting in. With the bust especially, the head and jaw shape and having the nostrils higher back near the eyes makes a lot of sense for me and looks cool and unique. Think about it, he’s a water beast right? So it lets him come up for air kind of like a whale but get a quick peak of his surroundings. Goujira is a combination of whale and gorilla in Japanese, so whether or not that’s an intentional nod or just an appropriate biological inspiration, I really like it. Also really like the size of him, not just vertical, but how bulky the miniature is – hopefully that will be a toy you can buy! Though it makes him look a little cuddly in my eyes, it does create a powerful silhouette and solid form. At 30+ stories tall, he’ll just look like a giant monolith of destruction. Haven’t seen Pacific Rim yet, but I hope WB and Legendary do a better job exposing and marketing this to the masses, though they can probably stick with advertising massive destruction, and it work well for this flick. 

Stay Golden. Bang….

Posted in Anime, Geeking out, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2012 by halbard100

Happy April Fools. Personally, as a child of the tech culture, April Fools gets tiring. There’s a lot of slick cool jokes, a lot of them I actually want to be real, and a huge amount of stupid ones. The internet fuels them, and half the time they are based on tired memes or old forum jokes. But sometimes, there’s one that’s not a troll, not false hope, just pure.


This was one of those moments.

I grew up in the 90s and look back to that time and miss the good old days. My desk and room are littered with the modern versions of the franchises I grew up with plus some more vintage stuff. Toonami was one of those grand childhood memories. I still throw on [url=http://www.tonnamiaftermath.com]ToonamiAftermath[/url] from time to time when I’m working. So, flipping on Adult Swim for some back ground noise and seeing they brought it back, was just a surreal moment. They could have thrown up old footage, but those guys went way above and beyond, even bringing back Steve Blum for some fresh lines as TOM the host. My friends and I just couldn’t believe it. I really can’t put into words my emotional state. I had the biggest grin in the world and just the purist bliss I could think of. No matter how much stress, I was just happy. Plain, simple, pure, happiness. Nearly brought a tear to my eye. Like I said, I grew up with this, it was like the best gift anyone could give me. It made it a good day. Thanks Adult Swim, you got me, right in the heart-strings. Kudos.

Stay Golden. Bang.

I’m back?

Posted in Uncategorized, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2010 by halbard100

Wow were has the time gone. The levels of business that have been taking up my time have been a little staggering, but that’s school. I’ve been trying to get a few article out and about (check my 1UP, I’ve got a few more there and its more video game oriented) but unfortunately time got away from me on them and they just seem irrelevant now. Now though, I’ve got some time:

I’ve finally, finally, FINALLY, gotten a PS3 of my own, so after 4 years of trying to save, I’ve finally made the jump to the current console generation and getting to play a growing back log of games I’ve been accumulating. Right now, I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed 2 and Arkham Asylum. Yeah, no Brotherhood yet, I kinda want to catch up on the story. But damn, have I been enjoying these two games. My background is in platformers, I’m a child of the 90s, so its what I grew up with. My first game was Mega Man X, I have fond memories of playing Sonic CD on our family Dell, and one of the few things that kept my brother and I from messing with each other was trading terms playing Crash Bandicoot. I’ve held Ubisoft in high regard for years dating back to my love for Battle Realms and some of my favorite games of all time the Prince of Persia trilogy. I really don’t have to harp on how great a game AC2 is, I’m coming late to the party after all, but just running around the beautiful open world they created (I love open worlds and sandboxes too, just sayin’) is a dream. Arkham has been interesting. My roommate rented it a few weeks back and could only play about an hour of it, probably less, before he decided he didn’t like it. After all the praise it got I thought he was crazy. Admittedly, I was a little iffy about it for the first little bit, about till you finally get into the open grounds of Arkham, but once everything got rolling I’ve become really addicted. Some of the platforming puzzles and Riddler… riddles have been just a dream, but I wish I was better at the predator system, all I really do is jump from gargoyle to gargoyle and do vertical take downs but then again I guess that’s partially the point. But I’ve had a lot of fun with the stealth and combat elements, too.

On top of starting to play some of the PS3 games I’ve bought in the past, I’ve downloaded some demos to play around with. So far I’ve gotten to play Echochrome, Vanquish, Bayonetta, Brutal Legend, and Darksiders. I’m liking Bayonetta and Brutal Legend a lot, Devil May Cry, God of War and the like are some of my favorite games, so Bayonetta is right up my ally and despite all I’ve heard of Brutal Legend, I quite enjoy it. I love metal, Jack Black, Tim Shaffer and general insanity. Vanquish I’m not sure on. I’m not a shooter guy per-say, but I prefer the 3rd person style instead of FPS, and damn is Vanquish fast paced, like Gears of War on super-speed, in the best possible way.

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Posted in Uncategorized on June 4, 2009 by halbard100

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