Monday, June 30, 2014

The Legend of Korra: Book 3


I love Avatar.

No, not the super boring and really stupid--but very pretty--James Cameron movie featuring a space rehash of Dances With Wolves where Mighty Whitey McBland-o saves the big stupid blue Cat People of Pandora from being idiot savages in the face of corporate space-progress. No. No. God, no. Come on, man... I'm talking about Avatar, the Last Airbender, or more specifically in this particular instance, its fantastic spin-off: The Legend of Korra.


Yes, I've talked about this show before. Right here, in fact.

If you don't know it, you should click through that link and read up. You will find that I go on at great length about the whole set-up and what not, as I am wont to do on occasion... okay, maybe not great length, but I do go on. I only do so because I'm a fan, so I can be forgiven for gushing a bit, right? The upside of all that for you, my Dear Reader, is that it's pretty informative, if I do say so myself... and I do... Anyway, tldr, as the kids say: It's a good show and you should check it out. It's funny and smart, the world building is fantastic, and I really love the fact that the people behind it have very obviously given a lot of thought to the little details, like the various inventive ways Bending would be used, and the big things too, like how the show's set-up would affect the growth of the world it's set in, and it's not always positive either. I love that it's not afraid to be a little complex and sophisticated, storytelling-wise. This is especially impressive for an American cartoon. And perhaps just as impressive, the show also features a ton of strong female characters who only get better as the show goes on. This is a really good thing. Seriously, genre fans, you should be watching this show.


Here's the trailer for the coming latest season.


How fantastic does that look, huh?

I know, I know, pretty good god damn fantastic, right? You're interested, right? Of course you are, you have good taste. So why do I bring this up now, you ask? Well, I'll tell you. As you can see from the trailer the 3rd season is just starting, just last week in fact. I haven't seen it yet, because Itunes is being stupid and haven't posted the episode yet, but I will. Oh yes, I will.

This is just your notice from me that you should be watching it too.
Jon

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Films I'm looking forward to - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Final Trailer

Oh man... This looks really good.

I know I've mentioned before how excited I am about these films, multiple times even, but I just want to reiterate: This looks so good and I am super excited to see it. One month left, folks. I can't wait.


I mean, come on. How fantastic is that poster? Super fantastic, right? I love how it continues the theme of the poster of the last film. That's a little thing, and honestly, it really should be a given thing when it comes to sequels, but it's just not, so seeing that happen here is a really good sign, I think. Plus... it's a chimp on horseback, that shit never gets old.

But now let's take a moment to watch the trailer, shall we?

Yes. Yes, we shall...


How about that, huh?

It probably comes as no surprise to all y'all out there, but I love that they're just jumping straight into the crazy Post-Apocalyptic goodness foretold in the credits of the last one. I'm always up for a good Apocalypse. And I really love all the homages to the original franchise of Planet of the Apes on display too. They really did a good job of integrating those nods into the last film, because they did it without making the film into a limp bunch of "Hey, remember this?" type of moments, like the shitty new version of Robocop, for instance... which also features Gary Oldman... that's kind of weird... Anyway, the dedication to world-building is fantastic. The sets look great. I love the whole "Life without People" aesthetic going on. I mean, sure, okay, you got me... the lack of wrist crossbows and football pads is like a whole in my heart. I can admit it. I am just a man, aren't I? I am not made of stone. But the way they pick up the strings from the last film is so good, I find I just don't mind.


The consistency of Caesar's character, his continued arc of leadership, not to mention the call back to Franco's character, is great. It's exactly what I want from the film. I love that Koba--only an implied adversary in the last film, one curiously set-up but then left open-ended--is really digging into his role as rival. I love that. I love laying seeds for future work, especially when it doesn't detrimentally impact the current work. Glad to see Maurice back too. Everybody loves Orangutans, right? I know I do. Most of all, I just love the absolute nutty embrace of the crazy-ass story. It's so good to see. No self-conscious winking at the camera. They're treating their world as credible, but still trying to be fun. That's such an important balance. Yes, it's crazy, but that's the setting and we're running with it. Plus, you just don't get stuff like this anymore, or at least, you didn't. The 70s are a bygone era for sci-fi. For the past few decades, as the big studios pour more and more money into these big summer films, they drift towards the center of the road more and more. They're familiar. Reliable. Really, it's understandable why they would get timid and lean more towards safe bets... It's understandable. And it's boring. But now...? I don't know, between films like this, or Snowpiercer, even Edge of Tomorrow, maybe there's a new day... wait for it... dawning... Seriously, folks, there's a chimp riding on horseback, through walls of fire, while shooting two machine guns! That's some crazy sci-fi goodness right there! Revel in it.

One month left.


I can't wait,
Jon

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scribblerati


Hello all,

Recently I had to take a little break from my writing. This wasn't my choice, but what can you do? These things happen. However, now that I can get back to it, the question becomes: How does one go about that? Click here and see just what exactly I intend to do.

Your friend,
Jon