Monday, April 30, 2012

Doctor Who Meets Metal

I love Doctor Who and I love when fans do their own thing to show their love. This guy posted a video of himself metaling out to the Doctor Who theme... Prepared to be shredded!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Prometheus International Launch Trailer

I'm getting more and more excited for the release of Prometheus. Disney could tale some notes from FOX in how they promote a movie. They're releasing trailer after trailer, each giving new nuggets to the story. All the while they let you know this is Ridley Scott's return to sci-fi (if you didn't know they're reminding you he did Blade Runner and the original Alien.) Here's the latest trailer for Prometheus which is a little over a month away.

Every time I hear Prometheus it makes me think of the cartoon series Kablam and the Prometheus and Bob tapes...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fringe Renewed for a Final Season

I'm actually very happy FOX decided to stick with Fringe as long as they have, considering the fact that the show is on Friday nights. For the longest time, with the exception of X-Files, Friday night has been considered a death slot, a place where networks can cast of shows that have made episodes that need to be burned off. But a small, dedicated fan base has kept Fringe going, and now it will be able to end on it's own terms. This fall/winter there will be a shortened final season of Fringe with 13 episodes. Now, before you grab your pitchforks and cry for revolution keep a few things in mind. Some of the best shows on television right now run on short seasons:
  1. AMC's The Killing, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead all have less than 20 episode seasons
  2. FX network series Sons of Anarchy, Damages, The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Justified and Rescue Me have/had short seasons.
  3. HBO, Starz and Showtime each have shows that only run 10-13 episode seasons: Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, The Tudors, Camelot, Spartacus, Entourage
  4. If Fringe ends it's final season it will have had completed 100 episodes, which is the magic number for syndication.

Even J.J. Abrams' other baby LOST had it's final three seasons shortened to keep the story from going way out of control. I'm hoping the final season will keep true to form with the rest of the series.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Community and Order

Tonight we get another parody episode from the folks at Community, this time they're taking on Law and Order. Take a look at the open sequence. I have to say I'm very excited.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods - Spoiler Free Impression

People frequently say they've been waiting years for movies to come out, the anticipation for a movie like The Dark Knight Rises is a good example, we've been waiting for four years for that movie to be released and for good reason. I'd been waiting for The Cabin in the Woods to be released ever-since I heard it was going into production in 2009. Movie-making is a long process but it seems like this movie was damn near never going to see the light of day.

Flashback to 2010, MGM filed for Chapter 11 and a large number of movies in development were either shelved or at risk of being dumped. Movies completed like CITW and the remake of Red Dawn (also featuring Chris Hemsworth) were delayed while MGM dealt with their money troubles, you probably heard about this because it put the future of the Bond movie franchise into doubt. Then they movie was slated to be released in 2010, on schedule, but it didn't. Instead, MGM decided to post-convert the movie into 3D, the new movie craze most likely hoping the 3D charge would give them a boost at the box office. That process delayed the movies release again to 2011, but now that it's been released without a 3D version the whole process seems a bit pointless. Honestly, I don't think 3D would have made the movie better. Some movies don't need 3D to be amazing.

I will say this movie is very good, that has to do a lot with the writing. Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard wrote the script, and I'm anybody who knows me knows I'm a Whedon loyalist through and through. Drew Goddard wrote some of my favorite episodes of Lost and Angel and had a great run on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 comic book, and he wrote Cloverfield. The movie was filled with that brand of humor present in Buffy, Angel, Firefly and all things Whedon. I have to say if anybody doesn't enjoy the movie it will be because it may be the funniest horror movie since Shaun of the Dead.

Now getting on to the movie itself, I loved it. Now I'm going to try my best to be spoiler free as I give you the plot. You've seen the 'cabin in the woods' horror flicks before, a group of youths go to a cabin, that just happens to be in the middle of the woods (kind of on the nose, I know) and one by one end up being killed. You have the stereotypical horror movie sacrifices: the slut, the fool, the scholar, the jock and the virgin, and they are hunted by something. You've seen it before in some of the classics, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween and their many sequels. Even modern day slasher flicks like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream follow these conventions, while recognizing them, and at some point lampooning them.

Now the twist on the convention is that these kids are being controlled by some type of outside force; someone has sent these people to this cabin and are controlling their actions, driving them to drink, smoke weed and have sex. And soon, that force begins to kill them. Now that's where I'll stop, because you need to see where the movie goes from their. The movie takes the common tropes of horror movies and flips them and twists them and at some points in the film tears them apart completely. That's what makes the movie so entertaining, it is very hard to impress or surprise anymore. It has become very difficult to come up with something original that does not appropriate something from another movie or medium.

I would love to praise The Cabin in the Woods and talk about all the stuff I loved about it but that would spoil some very good surprises. Watch the trailer to get a little bit of info.

Two movies from Joss Whedon being released in less than a months time... That sounds like providence to me.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Mass Effect 3 - Shepard's Indoctrination (NEW)

Some people aren't fans of the ending of Mass Effect 3; I for one thought it was great, but here's a theory that wraps up the entire trilogy... I think it's quite the valid argument. Kudos to the people who put this together.

So do this mean we'll finally get a Mass Effect and Philosophy Book?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Naptown Roller Girls - Sting Time, April 7th

You know the old saying, “April showers bring May flowers?” Well in this case, April showers are gonna bring May… hem! Join us for a double-header on Saturday, April 7, when Naptown Warning Belles take on the Steel City Blitzburgh Bombers in the first of two bouts. Then, your Tornado Sirens face Pittsburgh’s Steel Hurtin’. It’ll be an action-packed derby spectacle. Come for one bout, or come for both. Just be there!
Your Tornado Sirens last faced Steel Hurtin’ in January of 2009 with a devastating season opening loss at The Blue Ribbon Pavilion. The Sirens are ready to settle that score but the ladies from Pittsburgh aren’t traveling to Indianapolis to lose. The Sirens and Belles are coming off double home victories in March against Dutchland Rollers and both want to keep their winning streaks going. Neither home team has ever lost a bout at The Pepsi Coliseum.
With a special half time appearance by Indianapolis Junior Roller Derby!
... and music by The A-Squared DJs!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ted - Restricted Trailer

I've been waiting for this one for a while... This looks like it could be hilarious.