Friday, July 26, 2013

Top 22 Villains - Part 3

Well, I'm at the end of the road for this list. Who's in my top eight villains? Let's find out:

8. The T-1000 from Terminator 2 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is one of my favorite movies. The T-1000 is one of those reasons. In the movie, his main goal is to kill John Connor, the boy who would one day grow up to become humanity’s hero. While the T-800 from the first movie is the iconic version, the T-1000 kicks that version out of the water. The machine is just ruthless in the movie. He does all he can in trying to find and kill John Connor. He’s a shape-shifter, he’s virtually indestructible, and he rarely talks. Whoever decided that Robert Patrick should play the T-1000 should get an award or something.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Top 22 Villains - Part 2

Well, it's part two of this pretty big list. I got eight for this run.

16. The Predator from Predator

It’s the alien with the awesome dreadlocks, ‘mon! In Predator, the… Predator (he gets no name) hunts down a team of US soldiers in a South American jungle. What makes him cool and interesting is that so much about him is really hidden until the end. He’s mostly in cloak using some advanced weaponry throughout the movie. He’s still awesome when we finally see him in all of his ugliness and Arnold wasn’t lying about that. He’s not out for something nefarious. He just wants to hunt, prove himself over the soldiers, and be the best hunter.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top 22 Villains - Part 1

A villain is usually described as being any of these three things:
  • A fictional character who is at odds with the hero,  
  • An evil, vile person, or 
  • The cause of some sort of trouble or evil. 
All sorts of stories have villains who stand against the hero in some sort of way. Some villains are just evil to the core while others are sympathetic but evil in some way. In some stories, the villain could be so awesome that he or she outshines the hero. I’d try to say something more philosophical or insightful here, but that’s all I got. Today’s post is a countdown of my top 22 villains. Why stop at 22? To make a long story short… and a fat man thin, I wanted to look at villains in all sorts of media. I didn’t want to just limit it to comics or movies/TV.

Originally, I was going to look at twenty, but I remembered two villains who needed to be added to the list and I wasn’t taking anyone else off. If I ramble on too long, I’ll just post the rest later. First, here are some honorable mentions that didn’t make it to the list. Some of these are good villains but I just couldn’t budge in making the list longer. Also, I wanted to try to use one villain from each franchise or movie. So, there’s only one Superman villain showing up here.
  • Sauron from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – While he did create that one ring, he really doesn’t do anything else except stare. 
  • The Green Goblin – He’s my favorite Spider-Man villain. If this list was going to be longer, he’d be on it. 
  • General Zod – He would have also been on the list if this list was longer. Also, I really wanted to limit it to one villain from a franchise. 
  •  Emperor/Chancellor Palpatine - The same thing that applies to Zod applies to “Mr. ULTIMATE POWER!” as well. Sorry, Palpie! 
  • Revolver Ocelot aka “Revolves A^^-a-lot” from the Metal Gear Solid series – He’s on the same boat as Zod and Palpatine. Even though he’s been a baddie in about every MGS game, there’s someone’s who I had to put on the list ahead of him. 
  • Michael Myers from Halloween – I’m not a big fan of the slasher movies, but Michael is the only one who is okay in my book… well, his first two original movies are anyway. 
  • Harlequin - She’s on the same boat as Zod and friends. 
  • Azula from Avatar: the Last Airbender - Crazy ‘Ole Azula is unfortunately in the same boat as most of these people. I really didn’t include any women on the main list, did I? Crap.
I'll start with my first few this time.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Random Pics of the Month - July

I guess the theme for this month would be the weirdness of Batman.

Eeeek... I can see why Tim has a shocked look on his face. 

While Scott Snyder's current run on Batman has its weird moments, it's still an awesome read.

I don't know what's worst: Batman's creepy smile, Batman's 2-foot ears, or that thing that looks like Batman on the left side.

Bat-nipples and George Clooney. That's all I got for this.

All-Star Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder. That is all.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Movie Talk - Direct to DVD Superman Movies Part 2

Man, I still can't stop talking about that Superman fellow, can't I? "Oh well!"

Today's post is going to talk about the other direct-to-DVD movies that primarily involve Superman. It's basically all of the ones I didn't talk about in the last post. I saw Superman/Batman: Apocalypse a while back, but I hadn't seen the first movie, Public Enemies, till now. I also rented Superman Unbound and watched it over the long weekend. With all of that said, let's see if these movies are worth it.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
This movie  is based off of the storyline "Public Enemies" from the Superman/Batman series. Unfortunately, I've never read this story, so I can't really compare it to the movie. The overall story is that Superman is framed by President Lex Luthor for the murder of a supervillain. Batman is the only one who knows something's wrong. Luthor places a bounty on Superman which causes all sorts of villains and heroes to come after him. There's also the threat of a big asteroid heading towards Earth. In the end, Luthor is defeated and the "World's Finest" save the day.

After this, they bust into their rendition of "Guy Love" from Scrubs.

I do like this one, but it has its flaws. The biggest thing I like about this movie was the voice acting. We had Tim Daly back as Superman, Kevin Conroy back as Batman, and the "Kurgan" himself, Clancy Brown, back as Lex Luthor. It was literally these three who carried the movie for me. The rest of the voice acting was pretty solid as well. We even had Allison Mack (Chloe from Smallville) voicing Power Girl. The overall story was pretty decent. It's basically Superman and Batman versus everyone and the action really sold that. I especially loved the banter between Batman and Superman. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Weird Star Trek Episodes - Shades of Gray aka "Clip Show: the Next Generation"

Wow! It's the first TNG episode in this section. Unfortunately, it's not a good one. Some say that it's the worst episode of the series. I don't think I can say that, but I see why people say it's the worst. It's basically a clip show. The plot is that Comm. Riker is on some alien planet where he gets struck by some alien plant. The plant had microbes that are spreading all over his nervous system and those microbes are shutting his body down. The only way Doctor Pulaski (in her last episode) can save him is to hook him up to a machine that... well, stimulates his brain to have either good or bad memories. It's through the bad memories that Riker's able to be cured.

Laying around in some sort of contraption sounds like money well earned.

About half of the episode is full of clips from the two seasons. It's an episode that really makes me want to watch those episodes instead! It's that dull! The story is alright but what I just explained is all that happens.   The weirdest thing about this episode is that it was the season finale to Season 2. A clip show being made to be a season finale... it looks like "These Are The Voyages" isn't the only crappy finale. I'll get to that piece of  stinkin' bread later. Some interesting info on this episode can be found here. Overall,  it's definitely an episode to skip since nothing really happens.

Man, I need to end this post on something cheerful... Ah.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Music Retrospective: The Police - Reggatta de Blanc

Well... one drawback to doing themed months is that you tend to pass over certain things. This was one of them. Oh well... Today's album is the Police's second album: Reggatta de Blanc. I think it's supposed to mean "White Reggae" though I believe Sting just made it up or something. Google Translate ain't helping' me out on this! Oh well... Anyway, is this album any good? Let's see...