September 22, 2007

Even Gods Must Die.

So, I’ve seen Superman Doomsday. I suppose it doesn’t really matter if I tell you what happens, considering that it’s based on the Death of Superman comic books, but here’s my mostly non-spoilery review.

This movie is BRUTAL.

The fighting in this movie is probably the most intense I’ve ever seen in animation. It definitely pulls no punches! There’s a little bit of blood, and no real visible gore, but there would be no way for any of this to ever be on a regular TV show like Justice League. There are 2 major fight scenes in the movie and they are both intense! There’s lots of bone crushing and civilian deaths too, so keep the younger ones away. It’s pretty dark and violent.

That all said, the story here really isn’t about Superman or Doomsday. It’s more a story about Lois Lane than anything else, and I thought it was really well done. Everything unfolds from her perspective, and it’s interesting to see a Superman story being told like that. Lex Luthor also has a part to play in all this, and he’s a really evil sick bastard here.

It has nothing to do with any of the other Superman animations, so all of the character designs and voice actors are different. Some of these differences may take some getting used to. Superman’s face looks kinda wrinkly, and I think that was done just for the sake of making it different from the previous animated design. It’s also a bit jarring to hear different voices coming out of these characters, but the voices fit the roles for this particular film, and I eventually warmed up to them.

Oh, and there’s a little in-joke for fans of “An Evening with Kevin Smith” that got a big laugh out of me!

All in all it’s a decent movie, and a good start for this new line of DC Comics Animated films. I’ve read some negative reviews for it, and I just don’t get that. It’s not a perfect film, but I think anyone who hates this movie clearly fails at life. I don’t have the DVD yet, but I’ll get it eventually. I hear there’s some great extras on it.

Superman Doomsday is recommended for fans of Superman, fans of animation that’s not for kids, and fans of… um, punching, I guess.


September 19, 2007

Chikyuu no Uta wa Ore no Uta.

Today is “Talk like a Pirate Day“. Of course, as is well known, I am a Ninja. And since Ninjas and Pirates are mortal enemies, I do not celebrate.

However, as an anime fan, there is one pirate that I must deem worthy of praise. The greatest, coolest pirate in the history of all piracy.

And that is, of course, this guy.

Arcadia, HASSHIN!!!

Captain Harlock FTW. I want to say that the world needs more heroes like this. But there’s no point because none of them could ever be this awesome.


September 16, 2007

It’s Career Day!

Go to the website Career Cruising. Put in Username: nycareers and Password: landmark. The take their “Career Matchmaker” questions, and it’ll give you a list of potential careers that you might enjoy or be good at. Here are my top 20 results.

  • 1. Desktop Publisher

  • 2. Animator

  • 3. Fashion Designer

  • 4. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator

  • 5. Artist

  • 6. Graphic Designer

  • 7. Computer Animator

  • 8. Medical Illustrator

  • 9. Industrial Designer

  • 10. Website Designer

  • 11. Craftsperson

  • 12. Potter

  • 13. Interior Designer

  • 14. Exhibit Designer

  • 15. Historian

  • 16. Dental Lab Tech.

  • 17. Computer Trainer

  • 18. Writer

  • 19. Upholsterer

  • 20. Manufacturing Machine Operator
As expected, the top entries are all art and design related fields. Though I’m a bit surprised that Comic Illustrator is even a possibility. I guess that means I gotta do what I gotta do!

But then we get down to #16, Dental Lab Tech. Umm.. what? That’s probably a very, very bad idea. I don’t think anybody wants me to be poking their teeth and gums with sharp metal instruments.

But then we have #17, Computer Trainer. This is someone who, I assume, trains computers. To do what, exactly? I’m not sure, but if it were up to me, I would train computers to take over the world. Bwahaha.


September 4, 2007


So, the news is out and it would appear that this is finally happening.

Live Action Dragonball Z movie to film in Montreal.

A lot of people have been talking about this, making their jokes, and acting like this is some kind of big deal. Well, come on now. Let’s be reasonable about this.

First of all, is anybody actually surprised that there is going to be a Dragonball Z movie? OF COURSE there is going to be a Dragonball Z movie. Such a thing has been written in the stars for ages. This should really come as a surprise to no one.

Allow me to explain why a Dragonball Z movie is so inevitable. There are certain things about the movie business that we know to be true. We know that Hollywood will latch onto just about any material it can and make a movie out of it regardless of whether or not it would logically work as a decent movie. Case in point: There is a movie called “The Brady Bunch“. Do you all know what the Brady Bunch is? It’s an old sitcom about 3 brothers and 3 sisters and their parents who marry. And they made a movie about that. So if such a film exists, then it simply stands to reason that it was only a matter of time before a movie based on Dragonball Z were to be made as well. In light of this reality, there needs to be a Dragonball Z movie for the world to continue to spin!

Of course it’s going to be cheesy. Is there any reason to expect anything else? It just wouldn’t be Dragonball Z if it wasn’t at least a little bit cheesy. The alternative would be to make it really dark and dire, or just remove all the fantasy elements entirely, and I’m thinking that would be pretty stupid. For this to be a movie that really is “Dragonball Z”, and not just another martial arts film that happens to have that name attached to it, we’re all going to have to eat a little cheese. I have absolutely no problems with that. Just because it’s going to be cheesy, doesn’t mean it should not exist.

People think they are funny with all their punch lines about how it’s going to be nothing but 2 hours of powering up and 5 minutes of fighting, or other such nonsense. Ha ha. Very funny. I’ve only heard that 500 times since the news broke. Yes, and go ahead and make fun of how all the characters are going to be talking in Canadian accents too. That’s real original. Don’t let your limited knowledge of Canadian geography and the fact that other movies, such as “300“, were also filmed in Montreal stand in the way of a lame joke that no one wants to hear.

It’s frustrating yet amusing how people have been essentially making fun of this movie before a single frame has been shot. I suppose that sort of thing is to be expected in this day and age. But people are acting like they aren’t interested in seeing it at all, and that is the biggest joke ever. You will all be in line at the theater just like everyone else. Even if it’s a complete train wreck, you’ll be there, so don’t go and act like you won’t be. It’s Dragonball Z, and while I’m not going to say that it’s definitely going to be an awesome movie, I will say that they’d have to screw up awfully hard to make a movie about Dragonball Z completely devoid of any entertainment value.

So, I say, bring on Dragonball Z – The Movie. It doesn’t even matter if it’s any good. Let’s have it as cheesy as possible with insane martial arts, crazy costumes, and over-the-top dialogue. The movie will be made, and then we can all watch it and move on with our lives, knowing that it happened.

But what do I know? I coincidentally wrote this while wearing a Dragonball Z T-Shirt. Maybe I’m biased.

PS: It’s over Nine Thousand.