Big game hunters eat your hearts out...
I could mount this Velociraptor head from Jurassic Park on my wall... imagine the conversation starter it would be.
"Oh! I see you noticed my catch while I was on safari. Just wait till you hear the story of how we spent 3 days in the jungle hunting each other until I got the upper hand." Yea I think it would go something like that. Of course in order to pull it off properly I would need to get a Predator head and an Aliens head to go next to them.
Exploring: Predators Trailer
The trailer gives the Predators movie a feel much more like the original Predator movie. I also like that they have the Predators collecting their prey for a big game hunt since the humans proved themselves formidable and it is a typical behavior for them to do so.
Both franchises had their first movie named in the singular and featured only one. Aliens went on to feature many Aliens in it's second movie and was thus named in the plural. Predators also will feature multiple of the hunter warriors and is named in the plural.
Predators' release date 7th July 2010
Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
How Do You Know If You Love SF
When asked "Do I love Speculative Fiction?" The answer is yes I know in my heart that I love Speculative Fiction and would consider myself a fan. If that question is followed up with "How do you know?" Then the answer is more difficult and involves a man in a batman suit playing guitar at a street light but more on that latter. One could just claim "I know because that is how I feel." It is my first answer to this question but people feel many different things throughout the day and even have feelings that contradict previous feelings or their own believed position. This does not belittle the gut check but it does reduce it's value to one method of discerning one which should be tempered with something else.
Actions speak louder than words. A phrase that has so much truth to it and is very applicable to this process of discovery. Our actions toward Speculative Fiction gives us evidence of our true feelings toward it. Take this real life experience as an example.
Friday, traveling in my car through town I noticed a man standing in the grass near a three way intersection. This was not ordinary man for he was wearing a Batman costume and jamming away on a guitar with a smile of joy on his face. I realized by my own thoughts that this is the moment of truth, what are your thoughts about this man?
My thoughts first went toward protection of Speculative Fiction by discerning if the man was doing this out of mockery. Satisfied that he was not, my mind turned toward fraternal thoughts. I celebrated in his expression, became excited, thought about which Batman suit he chose and found myself wishing he could have a catwoman singer and a robin playing drums. If your thoughts turned destructive, toward mocking this man tearing him down and robbing him of his joyous moment then your feelings are in question because your actions say your not a fan.
How Do You Know If You Love SF? You know that you love Speculative Fiction if you celebrate it, cherish it and express those feelings in fraternal /constructive actions. If your actions are hateful, mocking and destructive than you do not love SF. You are not a fan.
By the way his Batman costume was blue and grey 1960’s style Batman costume.
Lightsabers Are A Real Weapon?
I love that Star Wars is so popular that when I use the word lightsaber in public people know what I'm talking about. What I want to know is when did lightsabers become a real weapon. It does sting a little to have one's knuckles rapped during a mock duel but I never thought of it to be a real weapon. So does Woolworths know something about our military technology that the general public doesn't?
supermarket chain Woolworths has restricted the sale of toy lightsabers to people over the age of 18, concerned that the toys could be mistaken for real weapons.
Last I checked lightsaber technology doesn't really exist. The general public presumption is that it does not exist and there are not weapon shops across the country selling lightsabers to the general public. If there are please tell me where I will sell my car to get one! So Why would Woolworths think that the toy based on a space opera could be mistaken for a real weapon?
We the public do have some common sense!
via (Beam Me Up)
Buffy, Once More With Big Screen
Conversations stirred up and talk about doing another Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie broke out at L.A.'s PlayFest last Thursday. For the first time in four years all of the original cast and creators gathered for a reunion. As much as we all would love to see more Buffy beyond the comic series a movie would be a difficult project at best. Gellar pointed out:
"We have two strikes against us," she told MTV News. "Because we already were a movie that wasn't successful, I think it makes it that much tougher for us to go out there. One of the reasons that the show succeeded [where the original movie did not] was that it wasn't a two-hour story, but a story you have to develop over time."
Though I would dispute her second claim that a two-hour story would not be enough time to develop characters and setting since there is a series, comic and established fan community out there. She didn't mention whether she has had a change in heart and would be willing to considering returning to do a Buffy movie since in the past she said she wouldn't.
The other cast members were excited about the idea and each had contributions on what they would like to see in the next movie most involved a return from the dead in one fashion or another. If Joss were to do a movie I would hope that he would move on. As much as I loved the Tara Willow story line and enjoyed watching Anya's development a rehash or revisit would not interest me.
Time will tell if there is a Buffy movie but I won't hold my breath for that one.
Justice League Fans Have Spoken
Common put out a plea to the fans to help keep the new Justice League movie alive. Now let us think about that... My first reaction was, that is awesome to see a studio turn to the fans in a time of need. That is the power of fandom. We are the ones supporting them, we are the target demographic that the advertisers want to reach, and in the end we are the ones who will buy the merchandise and games. It's nice to see a studio... oh wait it was not the studio it was Common who called out to the fans and recognized our importance and impact on the project.
That is when I remembered that the studio were the one who put together a piece of crap and called it a script. They were the ones who rushed the piece of crap to production instead of waiting for the writers strike end to edit it.
It was the studio who was so impatient that they did not want to bring back Brandon Routh the best superman they have had since Christopher Reeve.
I think Common is a great, nay I would go out on a limb and say perfect (I have faith) casting for Green Lantern. I want so badly to see him on the big screen but I would not wish for him to have to try to save this travesty. Maybe he could get a Green Lantern project to move forward with.
The funny thing was while reading the article on MTV Movies Blog my eyes wandered down to the comments. Aaron put it as:
"They have a model with zero acting talent or experience playing Wonder Woman, they have a 21 year old kid playing batman, they have Seth from the OC as The Flash, Whoever is playing Superman they aren’t Brandon Routh or Tom Welling. Common is a great choice for John Stewart. He really is. But with the majority of the cast being THAT awful, do I REALLY want to see this justice league movie go forward?"
Guille also sums it up:
Sorry Common. But with the current casting, plot and director I don’t want this movie to happen any time soon. Warner is making a huge mistake with this project. It has “train wreck” written all over it.
If you want the fan's support here are a few good guidelines to follow:
- Don't treat the fans like surplus until you get into trouble then expect us to bail you out.
- Don't use a beloved franchise name if you are not going to stick to the story and setting already established. I'm glaring at you Warner Bros. Pictures who ruined Batman Begins. If you had only used Night wing instead of Batman that could have been a good movie.
- Listen to the fans, we are the target audience and our voice will be heard.
I can wait. In the mean time I will continue to enjoy watching my collection of Justice League on DVD: Justice League - Season One, Justice League - Season Two, Justice League Unlimited - Season One, Justice League Unlimited - Season Two