I was surfing around and came upon this article at Basically it is the video posted above, which is an interview with Neil Gaiman. A book he wrote, Coraline, is being made into a stop-motion animated movie. Not only that, but its being filmed in 3-D by the director from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. It looks interesting and I’m pretty much game for anything by Neil Gaiman. I recently finished an excellent novel written by him called American Gods. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, sci-fi, or mythology.

I’m also a huge fan of stop-motion animation, so this movie looks to be right up my alley. It looks like Coraline will be released in February of 2009. I’ll be checking it out for sure.

Transformers The Movie (2007)

At Botcon this past weekend, I had the unique opportunity to watch the Transformers Movie a week ahead of its release, surrounded by hardcore fans like me (though slightly more socially awkward). It was an unreal experience. The movie was amazing, but being in such an energetic crowd put it over the top. The first time Bumblebee transformed the crowd went nuts. They knew all the references and lines that were put in there from the original series and cheered whenever they heard them. And so did I! Tyrese was there, but that was not important. What was important was this movie and what it meant to all of us.

Today I have received four text messages from friends who have seen the new Transformers Movie.

Some of the messages include:

That ROCKED!!!

Oh wow. Its even better the second time.

U were rite. It was awesome

What really got to me, though, was the phone call I just received. It was my mom. My parents very rarely see movies, particularly my mom, but my sister had bought them tickets to the movie this evening and they went. My mom called me as soon as the movie let out. She loved it. Absolutely loved it. Despite it being two and a half hours, it felt like five minutes to her. She said it was the culmination of bringing me to all the comic book stores on my birthday each year when I was younger, of managing to find a transformer in the airport in Paris to bring back for me, of getting home in time to record that cartoon when I was so little to make sure I’d have 2 and a half hours of it on tape to watch over and over again (and I did!). She said it was surreal to see that cartoon we used to watch together when I was so young turn into this larger than life movie. And it really is.

I can’t even describe what the past week has been like for me, but the picture below sure helps.

Me and Prime

I am truly excited to be here right now.

Modern Day History Lessons

Wandering aimlessly from youTube video to youTube video, as I do often, I came across the most fascinating series of clips that I have found yet. I sat there for all ten minutes of the first clip, absolutely enthralled by what this man had to say. He is a 94 year old World War 2 veteran who lived in Japan in the 50’s. In these clips, he recalls what Japan was like in the post-war era and a lot of his interaction with the Japanese while living there. He also talks a great deal about a great friendship he made with one of his former enemies. I am absolutely humbled by watching these.

The video I first came to was the 5th in this series. It can be found here. I watched all of the others and so should you.

This is what youTube was made for, and this is what keeps it going…that and a lot of young girls that like to dance in front of a camera to whatever music they can find.

Here are the other clips from that series:

I hope I live half as interesting a life as this man.

Corpse Bride

Corpse Bride Corpse Bride came out on DVD on Tuesday this past week. I saw it in the theaters shortly after it came out. Being a fan of Tim Burton‘s The Nightmare Before Christmas, I was quite excited knowing Corpse Bride was a return to his stop-motion animation style.

The story is based on a Romanian fairly tale, I believe, where the main character, Victor, is to marry a girl he has never met before, but before any of that could happen he ends up marrying a corpse bride. I liked it very much and would recommend anyone to pick up the DVD. Its loaded with extras that go into some of the process that went on in making the movie have its unique style. I was able to pick the DVD up Thursday night after work.

If your interested in getting any merchandise for Corpse Bride, McFarlane toys has put out some action figures. I bought the movie poster at the last major convention we went to and it is now proudly hanging on my wall.

Click here for more information about the movie and the origins of the story.

You won!…two weeks ago

Underworld EvolutionI read the Metro Boston every morning on my commute into the city for work. Every once in a while there is a notice in the entertainment section to email your name and address into the listed email address and you can win a free ticket for two to an advanced screening to the latest hot movie.

Two weeks ago I sent in my information for the Underworld Evolution screening as soon as I got out of my first meeting that day at work. After that, I quickly forgot about it. The day of the screening came and passed. Underworld Evolution came out in theaters and I went opening night. I liked it and thought it was a good sequel. I’ll certainly keep the movie poster up in my room.

I just came back from my parents house to pick up my mail and discovered, mixed in amongst the mailings, an envelope from The Metro Boston. I ripped it open and sure enough there was a voucher inside with Kate Beckinsdale on it staring back at me. So I won the tickets for the screening that happened two weeks ago. -_-

Did Lucas, himself, go to the Dark side?

I had the opportunity to go see Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith on Thursday.

I must say I was very pleased with this movie. It had everything it needed to have and was more story driven that the first two atroci…er I mean movies. I was reading a review that I thought was amusing. It said, “To say that Lucas cannot write a romance scene is an understatement. A greeting card shows more emotion.” It was completely accurate too, from my point of view. Other than that, the movie wasn’t really dumbed down or catering to anyone other than tying up all the loose ends to lead into the original trilogy. It made me sad to see Aayla Secura die though. :(

I was reading a few articles today about the movies. The first was an interview with Ian McDiarmid, aka Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious. The other article I read had an interesting commentary from the original director of Star Wars Episodes 4 & 5 (A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, respectively). The article talked of the potential of a sequel trilogy following the exploits of Luke Skywalker as a Jedi knight, but revealed something rather different.

The director was mentioned as saying at the time of the first Star Wars movie (episode 4) that there was enough material to do as many as 12 movies, but 9 would be the more likely outcome. The original full blown plan potentially could have had the trilogy, a prequel trilogy and a sequel trilogy. Lucas apparently had a timeline written out expansing this whole timeline and lots of background on it all. Originally, Return of the Jedi never involved Ewoks, a second Death Star, nor the death of the Emperor. It did, however, contain the death of Han Solo among other things. Leia would leave to help lead the survivors of her former planet and Luke would continue training. The Emperor, originally, was only supposed to have a few cameos and not even show up until the end of the sequel trilogy where an older, more disciplined Luke Skywalker would confront the evil Sith Lord.
This director left over differences with Lucas over the Return of the Jedi film. The director was apparently quite opposed to the changes that Lucas instituted to the original storyline. The first of a long line of changes, Lucas has made with immense backlash from the fandom. I wonder if Yoda was originally supposed to die in Jedi like he did.

Oh, to be a proofreader of that original draft of the timeline!

Feel free to post your thoughts.

On another note, I’m thinking about going back and re-reading the Star Wars books I’ve read and reading some others I have that I just never got around to.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

I finally got around to seeing the second Resident Evil move last night; Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

My housemate has Netflix and had that movie, so he passed it off to me and told me just to drop it in the mail when I was done. Sweet Deal. I may have to take him up on that more often.

I didn’t think the movie was nearly so bad as most people said it was. It wasn’t really impressive eithter. It just was what it was. I think the only thing I was underwhelmed by was the sorta campy looking creature from the Nemesis program formerly known as Matt. Otherwise I enjoyed watching Milla Jovovitch (sp?) as a total badass kicking ass and taking names.