September 25th, 2014
August 4th, 2014
August 3rd, 2014
I also enjoy opposites and reversals...
We didn't like the original Ghostbusters simply because it was an all-male team. We liked it because they where comic geniuses.
But.. how do I put this...
This kinda feels like change for change's sake and an appeal to the feminist crowd. But if they really are going after that crowd they better be careful because
1) You can't just substitute male for female because then it'd be Ms. Male Character. Which is "The female version of an already established or default male character." this would be that to the logical extreme. It would be a female version of an already established GROUP of male characters.
2) What would they wear that would please the above audience and everyone else? Can't be too sexy or else they'd be objectified. Can't be the original dickey's jumpsuits because then they'd just be Ms Male Character.
In order to please the politically correct crowd it'd probably be best to go with a symmetrical male, female team. But does anyone really want a politically correct Ghostbusters movie?
I'm not sure how a Ghostbusters reboot would work out with modern comedians in there male or female. Saturday Night Live has gone downhill as it has been changing hands from one generation to the next... with the original Ghostbusters generation being the first.
It's probably going to happen sooner or later much to people like me who had the originals as a part of their childhood's chagrin though. Unlike with Robocop however a PG-13 Ghostbusters reboot would be an "upgrade" since the original was just PG.
About the "xenomorph" name in Aliens. I'm glad someone wrote an article such as this. When Lt. Gorman coined that name he wasn't even aware of what he was talking about. He didn't know what was waiting for them on the surface. It could have been anything. Xenomorph isn't the official name of the species of alien in the film.
I'm also glad they mentioned the whole "bug hunt" thing because a lot of people misunderstood that line too. Even writers of spinoff media. It didn't mean they faced the type of aliens that where in the film before and that they knew they where going to face an insect like foe. As someone said in the forums:
"I can't quote specific lines off the top of my head, but I always interpreted the movies as implying that humans had not run into intelligent life before, but frequently sent Colonial Marines off on wild goose chases ("bug hunts") when there was suspicion of alien life somewhere (a colony reporting a suspicious disappearance or some such)."
"My understanding even back then was:
1. Xenomorph is a generic term for any alien not yet know by humanity
2. Bug Hunt is interchangeable with wild goose chase"
Neither is "The Alien" or "Giger's Alien" the official canonical name but most of us call it our preferred name because it doesn't have a good readily available name other than those mentioned above.
The general gist of all this was they (the colonial marines) where ignorant of what was waiting for them on LV-426 and where just being "smarty pants" about it.
Of course later on we got prequels, sequels, comics and games that muddy the water of whether or not they have faced the titular creatures before.
August 2nd, 2014
I was watching Video Games: The Movie (2014) and I have to say I don't like it. First of all it gave no lip service whatsoever to the personal computer's role in video games. Even if just mentioning its role in developing games as well as originating the modern graphics processing unit. Not to mention pioneering such stuff that is now taken for granted like online play and HD graphics.
But what added insult to injury was when they started praising "the power of the cloud" and they had a guy from Microsoft talking about how Xbox One is so much more powerful than systems in the past with graphics that are better than reality because of "the cloud". I my inner started the "ohgod *facepalm*.. emotions. At that point it started feeling more like an extended commercial than anything.
July 31st, 2014
July 27th, 2014
I love this new trailer for Mad Max Fury Road! If the movie is anything like it it's just as apocalyptic as I would want Mad Max to be! Also this is the first time I've heard Tom Hardy's Mad Max voice. It seems more gritty and gravelly than Mel Gibson's ever was.
This doesn't even compare to the amount of vitriol Batman received when a picture of him facing Daleks was posted to Facebook. People said he'd be dead in 2 minutes there too. Batman deserves a little more credit than that. He's the god damn Batman after all!
July 24th, 2014
It seems as if they may have tried to make it look "more clean" by removing the film grain but the thing about movies with film grain is that the grain is actually a part of the detail and when you remove that you remove part of the detail. The image in GITS 2.0 look softer than the original cut even though I've watched both in 1080p HD.
Also, the replacement CGI intro is jarring next to the 2D cel animation the movie has.
One other thing.. in the original movie the puppet master was voiced by a male actor. Which is something I liked because of the idea of the identify of the puppet master being immutable and the voice wouldn't change no matter what body he, she or it is downloaded into. Suddenly changing the voice to a female actor changes this..
The Major's voice always remained the same whenever she would download into any other body in future installments of Ghost in The Shell anyway.
My interpretation of Ghost in the Shell was always this: The puppet master was a rogue hacker who got smarter than the average bear. His mind and intellect was too vast for a human body to contain due to all the cyber augmentation he received. So, he decided to upload to a network where he got even smarter which threatened the status quo of the security firm he was working for.
So they lured him into the first body available which happened to be a gynoid (it could have been anything really). They then killed his real life body to trap him there. But his identity remained the same and to him since he was the puppet master the bodies he dove into didn't define his identity. On the other hand I only say "he" because that's what the Puppet Master was originally.
Then of course there was the whole matter of wanting to create the next step as in offspring because apparently he felt he hit the end of the road in terms of intellectual growth... thusly wanting to merge with Major Motoko Kusanagi and create the next generation of advanced computer intelligence that could transfer to any cyber body at will.
To me it seems like they changed the voice of the Puppet Master in Ghost in The Shell 2.0 for the benefit of those who lack imagination and understanding that one's internal identity could differ from their external one. Especially when that consciousness was transferred to a body from elsewhere.
The too long; didn't read version of all this is.. "The only thing improved about Ghost in The Shell 2.0 is the audio quality".
July 23rd, 2014
Here's a video that talks about Dolby ATMOS what it is and how it would be setup in the home....
Apparently there is also other configurations that I hadn't mentioned before like some that add 4 ceiling speakers instead of 2.. I think that type of configuration with a higher number of speakers will probably be best for larger rooms and smaller rooms would go more with the types that have 2 celling speakers.