Archive for March, 2012

Only 5 More Days Until Atari National Pac-Man Day

Posted in Atari, Pac-Man, pop culture, video games with tags , , , on March 29, 2012 by Paxton

Countdown to Atari National Pac-Man Day

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Countdown to Avengers: Thor (2011)

Posted in comic books, movies, pop culture, reviews with tags , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by Paxton

Countdown to Avengers is a blog crossover between Nerd Lunch, To The Escape Hatch and the Cavalcade of Awesome.  Together we are reviewing all of the solo Avengers movies as well as some of the comics and cartoons.  It’s all leading up to the release of The Avengers on May 4 where we will all review the new movie.

So, today my assignment for the countdown is to review the movie Thor.  Directed by Kenneth Brannaugh and starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Thor
(Via Die Screaming)

My Review:
For this review, this was my second viewing of the movie and the first time I’d seen it since watching it in theaters when it was released in May 2011. To back up a bit, my background with Thor is pretty close to nil.  I was not ever a Thor reader.  I have a few of his issues from the 80s/90s, but mostly when he had co-stars I cared about like Hulk or The Fantastic Four.  I also vividly remember his terrible, terrible Incredible Hulk TV movie appearance.  So, needless to say, I’m not really a fan.  That being said, if they had decided to play fast and loose with Thor’s history, I really wouldn’t know any different and I would welcome it.  I just wanted the movie to have an interesting and engaging story with some really nice visuals.  Did it deliver?

When I saw this movie in the theater, I thought it was okay, I enjoyed it and thought the effects were awesome.  I think I was more excited about the Hawkeye cameo than I was about the rest of the movie.  When I watched it this second time, I focused more on Hemsworth as Thor and Portman as Jane.  They were great.  Hemsworth especially as the prideful Thor in the beginning is truly great.  And how awesome is Anthony Hopkins as Odin?  All the Asgard stuff was really good as are the machinations of Loki back in Asgard.  I actually believe Hopkins as Odin is truly disappointed and mad at Thor when he casts him out of the realm to Earth.  I jokingly quote some of Hopkins’ speech to my son. “..I CAST YOU OUT!!”

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Nerd Lunch Episode 30: Drilldown on The A-Team

Posted in Boba Fett, movies, pop culture, Star Wars, TV shows with tags , , , , on March 27, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Welcome to the big episode #30 extravaganza. In this episode, Jeeg “Bad Attitude” Baracus takes the hosting mic from “Hannibal” CT and joins me, “Howling Mad” Holley, and return guest Rondal “The Faceman” (from Strange Kids Club), as we do a drill down on one of CT’s (and everyone else’s) favorite shows of all time: The A-Team.

A Team

We’ll discuss the characters in the show, specific seasons, episodes and guest stars. We’ll discuss ideas we wish the show would have done as well as how we would like to see the A-Team continue on.  We’ll also delve into the movie from 2010 and wonder why it won’t be getting an awesome sequel.

So join us for an awesome discussion about one of the quintessentially 80s TV shows.

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Nerd Lunch Episode 29: Discussing the phenomenon of popular background characters in Star Wars

Posted in Boba Fett, movies, pop culture, Star Wars with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Here we are, one episode away from #30. This week’s topic came about due to a comment by Jeeg on my Star Wars Episode I in 3D article from back in February. Jeeg wanted to discuss why Star Wars characters like Boba Fett, Darth Maul and Admiral Ackbar are so popular with fans when they do next to nothing in the movie.

Ackbar cereal

It’s a valid question and I think is indicative of sci-fi properties in general, but most noticeably with Star Wars. Join us for a fun Star Wars discussion that delves into not just the movies but the expanded universe of books, comics and yes, we again mention the Holiday Special (it just won’t go away).

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I cast an Expendables movie featuring movie hackers…

Posted in computers, hackers, movies, pop culture with tags , , , , on March 16, 2012 by Paxton

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We have a new assignment for The League this week. Brian borrows a topic from the Nerd Lunch Podcast. He wants us to cast a movie with the ultimate ensemble cast. I’ve decided to join him but I’m sure CT is going to yell at me to “SAVE IT FOR THE PODCAST!”

So, ignoring CT’s protests, I’m going to create an awesome ensemble cast for a movie about computer hackers. I want to create a super team of Hollywood computer hackers. However, I’ve decided to change it up a bit and cast movie characters as opposed to actors (which I guess you can say I’m technically doing actors, but just go with it). All of the actors that played the characters are still alive as far as I’m aware.  Also, this topic neatly ties into my last League article about a modern WarGames sequel.

So, let’s move on to my ultimate cast of movie hackers:

Kevin Flynn(Via Automotive Rhythms)
Kevin Flynn (TRON and TRON Legacy) – Kevin Flynn is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of computer hacking and the leader of my “Ocean’s 11 of computer hackers”.

David Lightman(Via Nick Step)
David Lightman (WarGames and WarGames 2: DECODR) – Lightman would be the Yang to Flynn’s Yin.  Almost as talented, but a little bit more daring and unpredictable.  He would be Flynn’s second in command. Notice how I put the title of my own WarGames sequel in the movie list after Lightman’s name?  What up, Hollywood?  I’m straight up prepared to sell you that idea.  Call me.

Chloe
Chloe O’Brien (24) – The lone girl hacker in this group and probably more intimidating than every other guy but one. I think I’m cheating a bit by putting a TV character in here, but I just couldn’t resist. She’s just so awesome in the show.  And I love the idea of her berating the rest of the team the whole movie.

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Return of the Jedi: Special Edition was released 15 years ago today

Posted in movies, Star Wars with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by Paxton

This one is really hard to believe for me, but the entire Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition release happened 15 years ago in early 1997. More specifically, Return of the Jedi: Special Edition was released 15 years ago TODAY.

SW: SpEd
ESB: SpEd
ROTJ: SpEd

It was originally planned to be released on March 7, and many posters actually reflect that date, but Lucasfilm delayed the release a week due to the popularity of the first two re-releases.

Here’s the 1997 trailer for the release of the entire trilogy.  I remember seeing it for the first time in front of Jingle All The Way.

For those that ventured out to see Return of the Jedi: Special Edition in theaters, it’s possible you received a free action figure.  Select theaters passed out free “Theater Edition” Jedi Luke action figures.

SE Luke
(Via X-Entertainment)

I however didn’t get one. I was in my last year of college when I saw this in the theater and saw it at a small place in Auburn, AL that didn’t have them. I would have to acquire mine several years later.

I’m not a fan of all the changes Lucas made in this “special edition” of the trilogy, but honestly, I enjoy many of the upgraded effects and new scenes. Especially some of the subtle stuff that was added to Empire Strikes Back.

To date, the changes I hate the most are Greedo shooting first and the new Jabba scene in A New Hope and the new musical number in Return of the Jedi.  And I’m baffled why they changed the Ewok celebration music.  I actually enjoyed that (even though the new one is actually pretty good, too).

Nerd Lunch Episode 28: Star Trek What Ifs……

Posted in pop culture, Star Trek, TV shows with tags , , on March 13, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Episode 28 is in the can. This week we return to a subject that is near and dear to our hearts, Star Trek.

Star Trek
(Via http://dassel.home.xs4all.nl/)

This week we discuss what we think would have happened in certain situations pertaining to Star Trek. For instance, what if Kirk never replaced Capt Pike in the original series? What if Tasha Yar had never died on The Next Generation? What if Voyager was actually a good TV show?  Stuff like that. It gets pretty interesting postulating what would have happened to the different series if things went in another direction.  So join us and our guest, Chris Lockhart, for a fun Star Trek discussion.

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