Sunday, March 25, 2012

The League: Zombie Apocalypse Sidekick

This is the League of Extraordinary Bloggers topic this week as assigned by the Cool and Collected blog.

"Which TV or movie hero do you want beside you when the zombie apocalypse arrives."

I thought who would be the most bad ass, take no prisoners, tough as nails sidekick that would make more zombie kills than anyone. That person/character would be a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Terminator, and more specifically the T-101 from Termaintor 2: Judgement Day. The first reason being is that he was "basically" a good guy. We'll ignore the fact that he was only that way to help John Connor. The reason I'd pick him is because he's nearly unstoppable, especially to zombies. He is super strong, has a wide knowledge of all kinds of weapons, doesn't need to eat or sleep. He could keep guard 24 hrs a day and best of all would have no fear of getting bitten. Sure the zombies might like to chew on his living tissue around the endoskeleton, but that wouldn't slow him down and if he had that protective directive to help me, he'll never give up and bail on me.

Here is a scene from the original Terminator showing the type of damage he can do to multiple attackers.

Who else would the League recruit for their sidekicks, read about them here:

Cool and Collected wants a guy who "ain't got time to bleed".

Revenge of the Cosmic Ark wants a girl who has a leg up on the competition with a machine gun.

AEIOU and Sometimes Why has not one, but a whole death squad.

Sexy Geek's House of Swag teams up with pro-wrestler the Undertaker.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Prometheus - Full Trailer
My Thoughts, Questions, Theories

Today I had a chance to watch the Prometheus full length trailer a dozen times. I thought I'd just free form write/blog about it. Basically, just random thoughts, ideas, and things I've taken from the film. Grammar and run-on sentences will abound much like a swarm of Alien warriors on LV-426. I've read interviews and such, but not a ton of news as to really keep the surprises to a minimum for me in the form of official stuff, like this trailer and the final film.

The first two huge things that I really enjoy about the trailer are that 1) it shows much more about the story than we saw in teasers previous to this. 2) Ridley Scott's numerous interviews saying there are very few ALIEN connections, was not him being entirely honest. Which I feel was to really hit fans with this trailer and sort of bring down expectations to a degree. At the 1:40 mark we are shown the discovery of the ship from the original ALIEN that let off the beacon, that had the dead "space jockey" and alien queen eggs.

I liked that when they are discussing the maps discovered, a woman corrects them and says "not a map, an invitation". Similar to how in ALIEN, they first think the beacon they are receiving is for help, but later Ripley says "it's a warning". This does raise the question that I wondered about in ALIEN, and now with Prometheus. If that space jockey had eggs on the ship, why would his beacon be giving off a warning? Wouldn't he be really wanting something to come to the ship, so that his bio-mechanical creations could infect others (if he created them at all).

Speaking of that alien ship. It appears from the trailer that they discover it being beneath the surface of the planet they are on, which I theorize is LV-426. The reason I suspect this is because it shows them on a planet investigating/searching for alien life based on some discoveries shown at the opening of the trailer. They show the ship on some digital display that it's clearly the ship from Alien. Then we get to see the "space jockey" walking around and sit in the chair that he's later discovered on in ALIEN. Also it shows the ship emerging from the ground and from what I can tell the human explorers running their ship into the alien ship to destroy or at least keep it from taking off into space. They show an explosion as if you are on the ground looking up and see the alien ship coming down. You hear someone say the ship is planning to go to Earth, and then a female character say "we were so wrong" and "if we don't stop it, there won't be a home to go back to". Which indicates they know the ships cargo is those eggs or at the very least he holds something that could destroy the Earth.

There is a quick scene of one of the women investigating something on the planet and saying "Oh the head, it's changing" and she's crying, but looks like she's crying maybe in awe and amazement rather than fear. I wonder what that is about. Is it that human face we've seen on the marketing material? Why would a human like face be on an alien planet? Good fun questions to think about. Well that's about all I have for now... although...

Ridley said we would not see a xenomorph in this film but man... this quick shot looks eerily like one to me, if only in some kind of work of art on a wall in some alien location.

Also, since we are talking ALIEN here, I thought I should post the original 1979 trailer, since that new Prometheus trailer uses that same haunting alarm music/sound effect and quick cuts. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

League of Extraordinary Bloggers
Things that make you go “Whoah.”

This weeks League topic from Cool & Collected is as follows.

"What media announcement had you throwing fist pumps and doing roundhouse kicks in the air? Did the final result live up to your dreams?"

An announcement that grabbed me was "Alien vs Predator" being made into a film. I am a huge fan of both the Predator and Alien franchises. One of my favorite things, at least up to that time, was when Dark Horse put out "Aliens vs Predator" first in "Dark Horse Presents 34-36, then as a 4 issue series. It was spectacular and really captured the flavor of both franchises with a solid story that I hoped would one day show up on the silver screen.

In 2004 that dream became a reality. A lot of people took issue with the director Paul W.S. Anderson, but I didn't know enough about him to feel one way or another. All I cared about was seeing two of my favorite monsters battle it out on screen wrapped in a good story, hopefully based on the original AVP comic series. One red flag that I see now was Anderson saying that his movie will be called "Alien vs Predator", not "Aliens vs Predator" as not to be confused or intentionally associated with the comic series. This seems really odd when you see the final product. There are huge story points and elements that are directly lifted from that original series, such as the Predator befriending a female human. I heard that a lot of people hated that, but in the comic it worked and I felt it was handled fairly well in the film.

I would say as far as monster vs. monster action goes it was pretty enjoyable, although the Predators got picked off far too quickly for my taste. The Predator vs. Queen fight was also enjoyable, but had a hint of T-Rex from Jurassic Park going on. I don't hate the movie like many did and wasn't totally let down, because the movie does succeed in many areas and its attempt at connecting the franchises with Charles Bishop Weyland was a nice touch. I think they tried to do their own idea but really aped a lot from the comic series, and that fans would have been much happier if they had just created a film version of the comic series. I also think the film would have been more successful as a hard R film, instead of PG-13. Nevertheless, seeing two of my favorite movie monsters battle on screen was quite thrilling and I'll still pop in the DVD just to watch the battle scenes.

If you want more, I did a movie review of this flick at my site Sideshow Cinema, where I go into more depth about the film.

Check out one of the fight scenes here between the Celtic Predator and an Alien, which was one of the more memorable scenes in the film.

Check out what the other League members found to be their own jaw dropping announcements and subsequent highs and lows.

Branded in the 80s falls limp in the toy isle with the announcement of 25th anniversary G.I. Joe figures from Hasbro.

AEIOU and Sometimes Why gets to watch with many other hard core Star Wars fans a Return of the Jedi deleted scene pulled from Lucas' vault and showing publicly for the first time.

Tupa's Treasures getting to see the first three Star Wars films in the theater thanks to special editions that were re-released.