Mar 31, 2009

ForLorne

The Whedonverse is mourning the loss of one of it's own. Angel star Andy Hallett has passed away at the age of 33.

Hallett starred as Lorne, aka The Host, aka Krevlornswath of the Deathwok Clan. He died of heart failure late Sunday night in Los Angeles. According to his publicist Pat Brady, he'd been admitted to the hospital several times in the last few years for his condition.

Originally from Osterville, Massachussettes, Hallett was discovered by Joss Whedon while singing in a Universal City Blues revue. It wasn't until after he first appeared on Angel that he got himself an agent. Brady actually called the show asking about him. After the show ended he spent most of his time on his musical career. 

I was skeptical about his character at first but Lorne grew on me quickly. It's a shame he died so young. Here's something to remember him by.

Mar 30, 2009

The Cure

No, this isn't about the band. Nor is it about the $110,000 we raised yesterday to help find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy at the Stride & Ride. This is about Barbara Gordon.

Let's play a little word association. When you hear her name, what's the next thing that comes to mind? Batgirl? Oracle? How about Commissioner Gordon or even the Joker? For me, it's Oracle and that's not the only reason why the new miniseries "Oracle: The Cure" holds special meaning for me.

You may have expected I'd be writing about this, after all I am a redhead in a wheelchair, but I almost didn't. After reading some other fans opinions of the first issue online I felt I needed to speak my exact feelings on Oracle's possible cure, even if it was a bit personal.

First off, do I think they're going to actually do it? Will DC make Barbara Gordon walk again or will the cure be for someone else, namely Calculator's daughter Wendy? Honestly, I have no idea and that makes me truly nervous. At Wizard World Philly last year a fan asked Dan Didio if she would ever walk again. He answered simply, "No. Never." On the other hand, Didio regularly talks about how he's been working to bring the most recognizable characters back to their iconic roles; i.e. Hal Jordan and Barry Allen. Bearing that in mind, it would make sense if that's where the series was headed but, is it the right move?

Even though I don't have the same type of disability as Babs I've obviously always related to her. So no, I hope she never walks again. I think it was bold of DC to show her taking a shower in the first issue. Not for the skin factor but because it shows the struggle she must go through each and every day during the simplest of tasks. 

I understand the argument that these are comics - where people come back to life regularly - so it's unbelievable that in this fictional world she hasn't been healed already. I also understand the character's drive to find a cure, hell I know I'm doing the same thing, but once you take the disability away from Barbara she loses rather than gains. 

Right now, no matter how many modifications Barbara makes to her shower it's still going to be a struggle. Every hero has something they must overcome or a defining moment that makes them who they are. Bruce Wayne's parents are never going to be there for him again, so why would you take away Barbara's driving force? See, it's not just the fact that we're both disabled and I want to keep her that way so I have someone to relate to, I'd have to argue she's more interesting as Oracle than she ever was as Batgirl. She's always had a good heart but Barbara started fighting crime without a dynamic cause. As Oracle she'll always have a larger purpose and mission.

Putting everything else aside, you can't honestly see her taking on the role of Batgirl again can you? She's all grown up now and Batwoman is already taken. If she's cured but remains as Oracle, can you believe for one second she'd sit out all the fights to work solely from behind the scenes? No way! Babs is a fighter through and through but she's worth way more to the DCU than her ability to execute a perfect roundhouse kick.

Mar 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr. Nimoy

Man, that "Live Long and Prosper" thing really works. Leonard Nimoy turned 78 yesterday.

I've been waiting a long time to post this. It's a genuine autograph picture of our favorite Vulcan that's been in the family for years. Unfortunately it's seen better days. We had it in a photo album for a while but that didn't seem to help much as you can see. Regardless, it's a prized item in my geek collection. 

I've always marveled at it's classic 70's imagery. Not unlike how I've always marveled at the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. Either way, I'm glad he briefly came out of semi-retirement to reprise his role as Spock in the new Star Trek movie. Actually, I was half-hoping they'd cast him as Sylar's father on Heroes this season. Too easy I guess but then they could have had a story line where Parkman discovered his real father was William Shatner and the world would be complete. Oh come on, tell me Shatner would not have been amazing as Parkman's dad.

Mar 26, 2009

Last call to help The Nerdy Birds!

I'm making one last ditch effort to reach my fundraising goal for the MDA Stride & Ride this Sunday at the Palisades Center Mall. Won't you donate so I don't have to use the handicap viewfinder at the zoo anymore?

I'm only about halfway to the goal I hoped to raise. Are you going out this weekend with friends? Maybe to a bar? How about having one less beer and giving the extra $5 to the cause? If you can give more that's fantastic but I think we could all use one less beer, don't you think? :)

Besides my mom and dad, Beth from Amber's Fashion Tips for Superheroes and her mom are going to be walking as my team, "The Nerdy Birds," this weekend. All the teams usually wear team shirts or team colors. I decided we should all wear shirts with nerdy things on them so who knows what we'll come up with.

Here is the link to our team page where you can donate securely online. You can make a general donation to the whole team or sponsor one of us separately. Thank you so much to everyone who's donated so far and for spreading the word about the Stride & Ride on your own pages. 

Mar 25, 2009

Tricky Thursday

Tomorrow's episode of Smallville, appropriately entitled "Sex," I mean..."Hex," is almost upon us. Please, let's all take a moment to thank everyone involved for Serinda Swan's casting.

I don't even care they're only using Zatanna for a Freaky Friday switch between Chloe and Lois, just that they've taken a page directly out of the comics for her look. There's a lot of great potential with the character so I hope they leave it open for her to return. 

And now for some wonderful hi-res stills of Z.

There's a little something for everyone in this promo shot - fishnets, thigh-high boots and a chained up Oliver Queen.

Mistress indeed. Don't forget to set your DVR's, this episode will probably warrant repeat viewings.

Mar 24, 2009

DoubleDCoverage 3/11 - 3/18

Check out what you've missed the last two weeks in DC Comics with my DoubleDCoverage over at the Girls Entertainment Network!

It was a light two weeks but a lot is going on. Life after Batman, Green Arrow is out of character and Supergirl wishes her mother was dead. Cheery!

Mar 23, 2009

Nerdy News

There is no Dana...only Alyssa Milano.

Sigourney Weaver will not be reprising her role as Dana Barrett in Atari's Ghostbusters: The Video Game says Variety. Instead, Milano has been added to the cast. "I have so much respect for that character in the movie that I hope I do the position that she is in justice'," she told them.

Don't fret though, Milano will not be replacing Weaver as Dana, just as the leading lady in the game. "Milano said she spent one day in the studio voicing the character of Dr. Ilyssa Selwyn, the brainy guest curator of a 'World of Gozer' exhibit at the Natural History Museum," said Variety. 

No word as to why Weaver turned down the offer especially since she's heavy into voiceover work these days. It's unfortunate considering the rest of the original cast has already lent their voices to the project but I think Milano is a good choice. Who knows, maybe she'll be cast in the "new" Ghostbusters film too. 

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Quick!! Think of SOMETHING!!

That's the executives over at the Sci Fi Channel (soon to be SyFy) freaking out over the networks loss of Battlestar Galactica this week. So, what's next? Three fantasy miniseries are in the works. Two of which, says The Hollywood Reporter, will serve as potential series pilots.

"The network has ordered a retelling of 'Alice in Wonderland'; a fresh take on the comic-book hero 'The Phantom'; and 'Riverworld,' from a series of fantasy books by Philip Jose Farmer. All the projects are four-hour movies from prolific production company RHI Entertainment," reports THR. Phantom and Riverworld are the potential pilots and Alice will be written and directed by Nick Willing who's responsible for the networks Tin Man miniseries.

I, for one, am an Alice In Wonderland freak and will watch just about any adaptation so I hope they make it a good one. I'm not familiar with the other two, what do you guys think?

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Calling all cars. We've got a law suit over Dick.

Dick Tracy that is. From The Hollywood Reporter,"In a Delaware court filing on Thursday, Tribune Media Services, a unit of bankrupt newspaper publisher Tribune Co., said [Warren] Beatty 'wrongly claims' to have exclusive motion picture and television rights to the well-known police detective character."

Beatty did own the rights after he purchased them in 1985, subsequently starring in the 1990 film of the iconic man in yellow, but Tribune claims the rights revert back to them because he's "made no productive use" out of them in over a decade. 

The legal battle has been ongoing since 2006 but Beatty slowed things down even more when in November he claimed to be working on a Dick Tracy television special. "Tribune, in its suit, said that the TV special being produced solely for the purpose of preserving Beatty's rights would not benefit either party, and that it does not believe Beatty has begun shooting the special in the manner that would be required under their agreement," wrote THR.

I've already used up my witty comment for this one.

Mar 20, 2009

Have you ever wanted superpowers?

We've all seen the foreign language and short film categories at the Academy Awards. Usually it's a snooze-fest. When are they going to start recognizing genius creations like this one? Don't let the subtitles put you off, this is superb.


"This is the story of Arne (Trond Gil), who is convinced he has superpowers. He just hasn't found them yet. So he decides to put up a wanted note for an archenemy, hoping that it will help him discover his true powers."

Then again, The Dark Knight was nominated for a few Oscars this year so maybe we're not so far off. "Nemesis" was sent to me earlier this week and I was so impressed I felt compelled to find out more about it. I spoke with 23-year-old Norwegian Writer/Director Stian Hafstad who's set to graduate from the University of Bergen, Norway in June. Yup, this was made by college students. 

Hafstad studied Animation after graduating high school but thought it was time to "grow up" and switched to Economics, something that didn't last long. "I quickly discovered that I'm still too young to do the safe thing, so I started studying Film & TV production instead," he said. It's a safe bet that was a wise decision, he had the idea of the bus portions of the film since high school. "I've always been fascinated by the concept of super powers. Mainly because it is so extremely fun in itself, but also because it works so great as a metaphor for so many other things," he said.

A short that could have been a simple superhero comedy gets flushed out into a buddy movie with heart. Hafstad could have gone with a traditional love story for his script but instead chose to explore something that fascinates him. Male friendship. "I'm thinking that it might be hard for someone to stand up and say: 'Hey, I'm lonely. I could use a friend,', simply because you'll at once be viewed as a failure. So I came up with an idea of a lonely guy who had that dilemma, but managed to find a way around," he said. That's what makes "Nemesis" stand out. That, and the magnificent performances by all the actors involved.

Considering the subject matter, you'd assume Hafstad is a huge comic book fan. Actually, he doesn't read them. "It is a bit weird because I love superheroes, but I've never really been that into superhero comics," he said. Although he does enjoy Calvin & Hobbes and a Norwegian comic strip called Pondus. You may have also noticed the use of NBC's Heroes in the background of the film. "We chose to use a clip from Heroes because it says quite a bit about our character. The people in Heroes are at the place he wants to be," he said. Halfstad even owns one of the paintings from the show.

Hafstad gained some Youtube popularity last year with his hip-hop Bert & Ernie mash up. He also somewhat convincingly edited himself and a friend into the trailer for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. His other, more serious work includes documentaries, but all are in Norwegian without subtitles.

Like most film students, Halfstad dreams of making blockbuster films in Hollywood one day. "Hopefully someone will give me a chance to write and direct a feature film with a budget to do whatever I want," he joked, "But dreams aside, I just hope I'm able to get a job when I graduate." If he keeps making movies like this, he won't need powers to make his dream come true and maybe by the time he gets there, a superhero film will finally be worthy of an Oscar. 


You can also view and discuss this article at GEN.

Mar 19, 2009

Comic Review - Groom Lake #1

If you're a conspiracy nut, you already know all about Groom Lake in Nevada and possibly have an irrational fear of extraterrestrials. If you're like me, you can't wait for the day when aliens finally show up on Earth. After today, Groom Lake #1 from IDW Publishing has me siding with the nutters.

Publisher and Editor-in-chief of IDW, Chris Ryall begins the 4-issue series of abductions and government cover-ups along with artist Ben Templesmith to provide the necessary probe accoutrements and hot Women In Black.

We're quickly thrown into a world that neither we, nor our main character Karl Bauer are prepared for. He believed his father Barnabus dead, when in reality he was abducted and drastically altered by aliens and left for the government to nurse. Agent Leticia Pope drags Karl to New Mexico for a reunion but things go a bit awry in the compound. Good thing Leticia had her Sonic EMP-Driver (nice nod to Doctor Who) with her. An unusually enthusiastic alien named Archibald, who smokes two cigarettes at a time, has Karl on edge but apparently he's there to help. With the next Manhattan Project. 

I'm not entirely clear where Groom Lake is going yet but it has intrigued me enough to wonder where it will go. It's not as perverse as Templesmith's Welcome to Hoxford (not yet anyway) or as amusing as Wormwood, but it does share some some of the wit and visuals of both. Ryall, who I've never read before, does some fantastic introductions for his characters but falls short in getting the actual plot across clearly in this first issue. Templesmith's little grey men are simple and cute but it's his blood splatterings that make an impressive visual as per usual. 

According to Templesmith, IDW is staggering the release of the second issue to give retailers a chance guage interest. You'll probably hear a lot of Men In Black or X-Files comparisons but in reality it's not like either. MIB was never this vulgar (in a good way) and Mulder never would have made it past the killer robot.

Groom Lake #1, on sale now. 


You can also view and discuss this article over at the GEN.

Mar 18, 2009

Boob Jokes by Jimmy

Wow, two posts in one day. That doesn't happen often. Actually, it's kind of like I'm getting the day off considering both of these took no effort at all.


As promised, my second CBR TV interview is now online at Comic Book Resources. This time around I spoke with Jimmy Palmiotti:
In this exclusive on-camera interview filmed at New York Comic Con, Palmiotti discusses with CBR's Jill Pantozzi the unexpected success of DC’s “Jonah Hex” and the new film based on the classic outlaw. The writer also hypes up his and Amanda Conner’s much anticipated new Power Girl book, which he promises will be fearless and fun. Palmiotti also talks about his video game work and his new IDW project, “Last Resort,’ which the writer describes as “a cross between an Irwin Allen production and a biological hazard gone bad.”
...and boobs. To be fair, I was actually the one who started it. :) Enjoy!

I'm a Wednesday Motivator!

It's new comics day and I'm honored to have been chosen by Kelly Fenton over at Bottomless Cup as a "Wednesday Motivator." Kelly asked about my collecting habits, favorite superhero movie, why I read and who would win in a fight between heroes among other things. Check out the interview here!


Besides recently getting back into comics, Kelly is a composer. She's based in NYC and has written several pieces based on comic books and characters. "Elegy for Ted Kord," "Infinite Crisis," and "Serenade for Donna Troy" just to name a few. Check them out on her official site.

Thanks Kelly!

Mar 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

No, I'm not Irish, but this lovely little lady is...

That's Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This shot, released over the weekend, shows the character in her rather enthusiastic Gryffindor mascot hat. Personally, I think this might be the greatest thing they've ever done with the series. Though, it doesn't look like it's going to roar realistically and that's a bummer.

I'll never get over the fact that this actress was just a crazy fan of Harry Potter like the rest of us when she convinced her dad to take her to the open casting call for Luna. She even made her own radish earrings which were eventually used in the film! What a dream come true.

Anyway, enjoy the day! I'll be wearing my "Kiss me I'm NOT Irish shirt" out tonight. I know. I live on the edge...

Mar 16, 2009

The Nerdy Bird Recommends - Jekyll

What would you do if you realized another person was sharing your body? Would you check yourself into an insane asylum thinking you were going mad or would you devise a schedule that works for both of you and hire an assistant to keep your appointments straight? That's just the tip of the iceberg for the captivating and thrilling British series, Jekyll.

God damn it, those Brits know good TV! Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" has been tinkered with and retold numerous times since it was published in 1886 but never, I repeat, never like this. Jekyll has actually been described as a sequel of sorts to the original work. 

The series, set in modern times, shows that Dr. Tom Jackman has gone to great lengths to keep his other half in check while preventing his wife and two kids from finding out Daddy's little secret. Digital recorders, GPS and numbered condoms help with that. He doesn't know why this is happening to him and neither do we, at first. Unfortunately a secret organization does. They've known about him for over 100 years and have big plans for his future. (View the trailer)

I realize I'm a bit behind the times on this one. Occasionally I'll get wind of some "amazing" show I just "have to" watch. Seeing as how that's the quickest way to turn me off I usually pick them up much later. (Ex. Battlestar Galactica, SpacedJekyll's six episodes first aired in 2007 on the BBC and later on BBC America. It was written by Steven Moffat, (Coupling, Doctor Who) who I'm convinced, sweats genius. 

The true spark that ignites Jekyll into something extraordinary is it's star James Nesbitt, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as both Jackman and Hyde. The transformation between characters is subtle - darker hair and eyes, different hairline, taller, yet Nesbitt might as well be two separate actors. Jackman is nothing special, underwhelming even whereas Hyde is ferocious, insatiable and violent, yet as precocious as a child. His deftness at making each someone you want to know, mixed with Moffat's script make for an unforgettable experience. Did I mention he makes Jackman and Hyde sexy as hell? I'm aware, I'm a strange girl.

Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman) stars as his more-than-meets-the-eye assistant but it's Gina Bellman (Coupling, Leverage) who really surprises as Jackman's wife Claire. She makes just as much a progression through the series as does poor Jackman who loses more and more of himself along the way. The lines begin to blur for everyone as the story escalates to the point of no return. And no, there has not been a second series. It's an amazing succinct story all it's own.

So, if you need a fix for something dark, brutal and unforgiving after BSG ends this week or if you need something entertaining to hold you over until Doctor Who comes back, I highly recommend you rent Jekyll on DVD. At six episodes it won't last you very long but it's got everything - science, mystery, horror, psychology, sci-fi, conspiracy, even shrewd wit. Don't believe me? How about this?

Mr. Hyde: Ever killed anyone, Benjamin?
Benjamin: Not personally. I have people.
Mr. Hyde: You're missing out. It's like sex. Only there's a winner.

I suggest watching it in a dark room, late at night.

Mar 13, 2009

Jill talks with Jin

I mentioned last month that I interviewed a few people for Comic Book Resources' CBR TV. Well, my interview with Daniel Dae Kim from Lost is now up!

You can view the video here, where you'll also be able to leave a comment about it in the forum if you want (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Or you can watch it on the CBR TV page here. There are spoilers up through the current season so beware. But don't worry, if you aren't caught up with the show you are safe to watch up to 1:35 without any Lost talk.

Daniel Dae Kim was friendly and gracious, not to mention nice to look at. Overall he was a really great guy to interview. And yes, he did get a chance to walk around the con floor after all. I warned him he might want to wear a mask if he was going to attempt to do so and it turns out that's exactly what he did.

Mar 12, 2009

The Nerdy Bird Adores - Green Lantern Corps #34

Sure, Green Lantern Corps #34 featured Sodam Yat going ape-shit on his mom and a heavy weight match for the history books between Mongul and Arkillo but it also showed something rather...domestic.

A day in the life of two off-duty GL Corps members. If you haven't been reading the book, Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu just recently realized they had feelings for each other. I find it particularly adorable that they've left their rings in the soap dish. This has been going on for all of, two, three issues and it's like they're married already or something.

Their new found interest in each other came at a really bad time considering the Guardians just banned "physical relationships and love between members of the Green Lantern Corps," but since when has that stopped anyone. It's really got me wondering how the Guardians are actually enforcing the new law though. How creepy would it be if the rings were secretly recording their tryst?

Kyle makes some coffee-to-go for Soranik since she's got actual GL work to do, unlike Kyle who's been pretending he's back in Kindergarten. It's ok man, not like there aren't a spectrum of crazies running rampant in space right now or anything. You just paint some happy little trees. 

So they say goodbye and Kyle's all, "I have a bad feeling about this." Me too Kyle, me too.


Mar 11, 2009

DoubleDCoverage 2/25 - 3/4

Check out what you've missed the last two weeks in DC Comics with my DoubleDCoverage over at the Girls Entertainment Network!

Batman bares his soul to the Joker, Superman takes on a new role in space and someone makes a surprise return in Wonder Woman! Check out what you’ve missed the last two weeks!

Mar 10, 2009

Resident Eeeeeeevil

Killing zombies is a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

The Girls Entertainment Network is celebrating the release of Resident Evil 5 with a weeks worth of outstanding original features including retro game reviews, zombie survival guides and RE cosplay. That's where you come in. 

My contribution to the festivities is, "So You Want to Be a Zombie Fighter?" I've showcased some amazing RE costumes from around the internet, including my own (above) which is not so amazing compared to the rest. Regardless, I need as many comments as I can on my article! If you're not already a member of GEN take a minute to sign up and leave one. Not only does it help me possibly win a copy of RE5 but it puts you in the running to win one too! Don't wait, do it RIGHT NOW!!

Even if you don't like, play or even own a gaming system for Resident Evil, leave me a comment because you love me soooooo much! And make sure you check back throughout the week for more RE features from the amazing ladies (and gents) of GEN!

Mar 9, 2009

Jane Means Pain

It's finally official. Dakota Fanning will be playing the sadistic, but angelic looking, Jane in New Moon.

Summit Entertainment confirmed the news to People over the weekend. Absolutely no other details were given about the casting. Filming for the Twilight sequel is supposed to start later this month in Vancouver. However, Fanning will be playing one of the younger Vulturi who call Italy their home. Whether her scenes will actually be filmed there remains to be seen.

Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie in the films told People, ""We did just get a script. We're shooting the rest of the films back to back." It's the only possible option considering New Moon was given a release date of November 20th and the third film, Eclipse is meant to hit theaters just six months later in June 30, 2010. Hopefully it will also insure Fanning remains looking around the same age for the remaining films, seeing as how she's supposed to play a child-like vampire and all. 

Like everyone else, I heard she was interested in the role but I wanted to wait for confirmation before I wrote about it. I am so excited for this casting. She makes the perfect Jane plus she's a fantastic actress so I know she'll be able to pull off the innocent yet evil routine expertly.

Now, who can we see playing her twin, Alec?

Mar 6, 2009

New Half-Blood Prince Trailer

This is the brand new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer that plays before Watchmen. No chuckles in this one, just pure fear...


Lots more of young Tom Riddle, a brief glimpse of Narcissa Malfoy and most importantly - jaw dropping shots of the cave. If Little Riddle doesn't give me nightmares that scene surely will. July can not come fast enough.

Mar 5, 2009

Do you like to Watch?

Voyeur: one obtaining sexual gratification from observing unsuspecting individuals who are partly undressed, naked, or engaged in sexual acts; broadly: one who habitually seeks sexual stimulation by visual means. If you aren't one already, you will be by the time you walk out of Zack Snyder's Watchmen

The best part of reviewing a movie like Watchmen is it's based on a graphic novel everyone and their mother (well, not my mother) has read. That means I don't have to waste time explaining the plot and introducing characters. Keep in mind, SPOILERS abound for movie specifics, especially how mind-blowingly awesome it was.

Watchmen plays exactly like a comic book and it works perfectly. Starting with the big mystery (who killed the Comedian?), to back-stories (Sally Jupiter) and ending with the villain explaining his master plan (Ozymandias) it's everything a comic adaptation should be. In fact, Watchmen's success is partially because it's telling the tale of one graphic novel. This isn't a Batman, Iron Man or Spider-Man where you have 50 plus years of history to choose from for one movie. This has a beginning, middle and end that were already expertly laid out by Alan Moore over twenty years ago. 

The Minutemen's history is told almost entirely in the opening credit sequence of the film. It definitely leaves you wanting more, to the extent that I thought they should have made another movie just about them. Seeing as how it runs almost three hours as it is, this was the best way to showcase the earlier costumed vigilantes' exploits and it's done really well.

Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino) is the only member of the old team who gets more screen time as she's an intrinsic part in both her daughter, the second Silk Spectre, and the Comedian's lives. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's portrayal of the Comedian insured I will never look at him the same way again. Even though I knew what kind of character he was it still shook me to see his debasing actions. All of the actors were superb in their roles and Morgan was only upstaged by one - Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach.

Haley's got a bit of the Bale Batman growl going on but it fits Rorschach better. He's not a sizable actor by any means but his presence is felt like a giant on screen. Whether it's simply breaking and entering or violently extracting information from an unwilling source he's Rorschach through and through. And all that without the use of facial expressions, though his inkblots say plenty and he's impressive out of the mask as well. I'd like the shake the hand of whomever designed his ever-changing mask, it makes a big impact.

Speaking of big impact, "Lower" Manhattan makes more than a cameo appearance, it's practically a supporting actor. It's nice to see the male figure get as much play as the female for a change, even if it is computer generated. Doctor Manhattan, as portrayed by Billy Crudup, is truly the heart of the film. I definitely found myself having more sympathy for him here than I did reading the graphic novel. Even though he's the only hero with actual powers there's just enough of the real man under the surface to keep him human.

While the majority of the cast is working in costume for most of the film, it felt like Malin Akerman (Silk Spectre) and Patrick Wilson (Night Owl) would never get there. But when they did, it was instant chemistry. The awkwardness they shared while in plain clothes disappeared once they donned their rubber and latex and kicked some good old fashion ass. It's one of the greatest team-ups I've seen in a while.

I hold true to my original assertion that Tom Cruise would have made a fantastic Ozymandias but Matthew Goode played cool, cunning and crafty with ease. Not only that, but he's the epitome of eighties fashion. He's rubbing elbows with Ziggy Stardust at Studio 54 and getting painted by Andy Warhol all while running the wealthiest corporation in the world. He's the focus of a plot point that might bother some fans but it doesn't stick out and doesn't change anything overall. Bonus points for Bubastis showing up near the end.

There was once talk that the setting of the film should be updated to modern times. I'm so glad they didn't. Some of the younger audience might be confused by Nixon-era references and public figures but not enough to detract from the overall message I think. I must highlight an area in which Watchmen really excelled - it's soundtrack. Each song is placed perfectly and aides in the emotional impact of each scene, not just background music.

Boys AND girls have plenty to look at in Watchmen. I honestly can't see how fans of the graphic novel won't like the film. It feels like not much was cut at all (besides the Black Freighter) and there are plenty of little nods to readers throughout. A large number of shots are taken directly from panels in the book and set design is to die for. Archimedes, I'm looking at you. Watchmen is visually gratifying and stimulates the nerdy glands in every way possible. Make sure you don't get too excited while sitting in the theater though, you never know who might be Watching you.


Big thanks to the IMAX theater in the Palisades Center Mall for my preview screening.


You can also view and discuss this article at GEN.

Mar 4, 2009

Foxy Lady

Megan Fox is confirmed as playing Aspen in the film adaptation of Michael Turner's comic Fathom. Does this mean we can officially take her out of the running for Wonder Woman? No, really. Can we?

According to Variety, Fox will also be producing the film for Fox Atomic and Prince of Persia's Jordan Mechner will be writing the script. Turner, who passed away last year, will still be listed as executive producer.

"Fox would play Aspen Matthews, who was found abandoned on a ship and is adopted by a military man. She becomes a champion swimmer and marine biologist who comes of age realizing she has water-based powers and is part of an underwater race," said Variety. The comic was first introduced in 1998 through Top Cow but later found it's home at Turner's own Aspen Comics.

I've actually never seen Megan Fox act but she certainly has the look of the character and that's half the battle at least. Anyone read this comic? What do you think of the casting? What other female comic characters are you dying to see on the big screen?


You can also view and discuss this article over at GEN.

Mar 3, 2009

I need some cake.

I feel like I've been playing Portal for the last five days. If you've played, you know what I mean. Actually, if I'd really been doing that for the last five days I'd be in a mental institution right now. Regardless, you get my drift. Hopefully my brain will be back online shortly. Until then, I apologize for this post which, thankfully (and purposefully) did not take any brain power to put together. 

Via WeGame