Friday, October 29, 2010

The Scribblerati

Hey there, folks!

Since you're here and you're all obviously in a blog-reading kind of mood, why not jet on over to the blog of my favorite (and yours) Twin Cities' area Speculative Fiction writers group, the Scribblerati? Why yes, I am indeed a charter member, do you need another reason to go? You do? Well, alrighty then, how about the fact that my fellow Scribblerati Agent Mark Teats has just put up a new blog? Huh? Huh? Sound good? I thought so. Stop on over and have a read.


More Cap

Hi-ho, it's me again!

So, yesterday, I posted a copy of the The EW cover that is coming out tomorrow. Since then, they've released the interior article pictures. I browsed them and picked out a few to post here, so there's others if you want to go hunt for them.

Just FYI...

Ok,  so first we have Stanley Tucci as Dr. Erskine, the man who created the super soldier serum that transformed Steve Rogers into... well... a super soldier. I like the look of the lab. The sarcophagus is new though.

Below that, we have Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull in the days before he actually becomes the Red Skull. I can tell this, despite the photo's lack of cinematic context, simply because his head is neither red, nor a skull. Also, some of the more sharper eyed viewers out there may have noticed the death's head octopus logo emblazoned across his arm patch. This is the sigil of Hydra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world and a group (in the comic book universe) originally started by some Nazis and some Japanese soldiers, all of whom were pissed about the war being declared over without first being consulted. However, and this is the possibly hinky part here, folks, in the movie universe, Hydra may be being used as a stand-in/replacement for the Nazis in WWII. Now, I don't know this for sure, of course, but as many of you out there will no doubt attest to, I am generally sharp-eyed myself and have noticed lots of Hydra popping up in the Marvel movie universe media and its peripheral stuff lately and very few swastikas.


Simply put: Spielberg.

He was all upset a few years back and stated a few times that he regretted using the Nazis as a foil for Indiana Jones, which I'm sure had nothing to do with his Oscar marketing campaign for Schindler's list that was going on at the time... Anyway, since then, it seems like Hollywood has been following suit. Like they're all afraid of mentioning Nazis in front of children or something, like kids shouldn't be told how fun it is to beat on Nazis. It's fucking criminal, is what that is... Lame! But whatever... Forget it, Jon... it's Hollywood.

The third picture, the one below the picture of Mr. Weaving, features a dark trio of dudes scootin' around on the motorcycles. They are of course, some examples of the rank and file Hydra goon. I don't know about you kids, but I'm digging the whole facemask/helmet/goggle thing they got going on there.

Anyway, have a gander, I'll wait...

And finally, here's something of interest. An alternate Captain America costume, maybe an early or ad-hoc version (note the torn sleeve at the shoulder) and the classic original shield. I like that. Seeing shit like that makes me smile. Love the blue helmet, too.

So, there's that. More insights, more glimpses. And what do we make of all of it? Myself, at this point, I'm leaning positive as far as the looks department goes. Let's hope it's a little more dirty and grainy on film though, not so bright and day-glo, but mostly, yeah... it looks okay. And sure, the no Nazis thing bugs me, but there's not much I can do about it. It definitely won't change, I'll tell you that much, so no use whining about it... I'm just hoping they'll treat Hydra as a splinter group of the Axis and not the Axis in and of itself... but I'm not holding my breath.

So, yeah... positive... for now, at least, but the real tests still lie ahead: The trailers and the script.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Another Captain America blog

This film is a bit wobbly for me. I'm more than a little unsure. Like Thor, Captain America is a hard sell to the unintiated and honestly, at this point, both films could go either way.

Over the months, I've heard some rumors about the Captain America script that gives me pause. Also, there are a few people attached to the project whose track records don't inspire a lot of confidence in me. I'm also beginning to suspect that all the Nazis in this film will be replaced by Hydra agents, which is just stupid... Damn you, Spielberg.  Okay, sure, sure, Joss has a credit, but I'll bet anything that's just clean-up and more than likely focused more on aligning the film toward the eventual Avengers film, then the film itself. And let's be honest here, I love Joss, but can he do the big action? He did some okay stuff in Serenity, but can he Michael Bay the shit out of some superhero fights?

I don't know.

That's a big, looming question mark.

Then there's the fact that sometimes those Whedon-isms can go really bad. I'll tell you what we don't want, we don't want the Avengers all sitting around, chatting and only cracking the kind of jokes where the names of things have been changed so that they all end with a "y". Please, oh, please, oh, please, Joss, don't do that.

Also, lest we forget... somehow, there's only one female superhero included in the Avengers cast. Okay, sure, it's Scarlet Johansson, but still: Only one? What about the Wasp? Not even Ms. Marvel? Come on... Long story short (too late), folks, I'm getting nervous. I need to see a Thor trailer. I need to see Captain America in action. There's information out there and I need it...

Like I said: I am more than a little unsure.

And then we saw the concept art for the costume. This didn't help. This didn't allay my fears much, okay, maybe a little, but still... I mean, why would they choose to reflect his modern day costume more than Bryan Hitch's incredible WWII designed version? Look at it! Look! It's amazing. It looks like a uniform from the era.

That's amazing, why wouldn't you use it? And I got to tell you, folks, every genre movie ever made that has inexplicablly ignored an awesome little detail in favor of some ridiculous Hollywood-by-committee type of marketing based decided gee-gaw has sucked... big time (I'm looking at you Aliens vs. Predator franchise... Are you kidding me? No Space Marines? You idiots.). So, I was even more worried, thinking great... they're gonna screw up Captain America... again.

But then this came out... And it looks... a little better. I like the stitching and the straps, that's kinda alright. In fact, over the course of the day, it's definitely grown on me a little. I'm digging the World War Two hair style they got Chris Evans sporting there. Most of all, I love the bullet-scuffed paint on the shield. Love it, that's so cool. So, yeah, hmmm... not bad, I guess. I'm still a little hesitant, but then... who knows? I've got some hope. Maybe it could turn out to be good. Maybe.

Anyway, Hasta manana, kids... or maybe early next week... probably... we'll see,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More Tron Legacy

Howdy, howdy, kids,

Yes, yes, I know... it's been awhile, I know, but what can I say? I am very, very busy. Ces choses qui nous arrivent, no? I promise to write a current project status blog this week. Really I will, really, pinkie swear. Until that day, though...

Watch this and enjoy:

I'll say one thing for the new Tron. It sure is pretty...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cool thing

I don't normally put up stuff like this because, cosplay... well, it isn't for me. It's a level of obsession I can't really get behind, (even when they're cute) but whatever, it's cool if folks want to do it. Steampunk though... as a general rule, I definitely do not support Steampunk. However, all that being said, this is a pretty damn cool cosplay costume of a Steampunk Iron Man.

 Phot credit to Judy

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The Little Things received its first rejection yesterday.

This is... well, it's poo-filled, yes, but... such is the life of the struggling and the unpublished, I guess. Today, I'll be spending some time digging up some more places to submit to and then I'll start anew. Tomorrow is another day, as the ol' song goes...

On the bright side... there's this:

Ha! ...funny. I found it here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Hey all, so I don't know if I've shared this little factoid with you all before this, but Tequila is bad--very, very bad. And let's just leave it at that.

So, anyway, if you've swung by today because you're taking a little break from your Sunday football action, here's a cool little short film for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy. It's crazy. I love the "downgrade" idea.

Be sure to check back later this week for some posts a little more current and Jon-centric, as my Loft class continues tomorrow night and work on my own short story currently in progress "Monster" progresses in leaps and bounds, alright?


8BITS_hd720 from 8BCREW on Vimeo.

Found at Io9