MonthJune 2004

Screw You, Crime!

Annette and I went to see the new Harry Potter movie tonight – it was pretty good, a lot darker than the last, which was nice. Alan Rickman and Gary Oldman acted circles aound everyone else. The kid who plays Harry Potter is actually a pretty crap actor, especially when compared with whoever is playing Ron and Hermione, and certainly when he has to share a screen with Oldman and Rickman. But still, I’m looking forward to the next couple of movies.

On another note, quite some time ago I spent many hours playing a game called Everquest, which was fun, until it got really old really fast – I was just grinding out the same old camp, kill, level, camp, kill, level crap. So I kinda swore off MMRPG games for a while. I was expecting not to buy another one until Blizzard released World of Warcraft. And only then because Blizzard have never made a game I haven’t enjoyed. But today I purchaed City of Heroes, a superhero MMRPG. And it’s TOTALLY EXCELLENT. I’m currently playing a fire-based blaster archetype called “The Amazing Flambe” on the Infinity server. I’m up to level 7, and climbing. It’s fun, different, the quests are handled well, the unique dungeon (Diablo style) is great, and the character powers/skills (and uniform!) design is unsurpassed. It’s awesome. I shall be spending a great deal of time playing it.

I should really go to sleep now, but….I ask you, does EVIL sleep? Does CRIME sleep?! No!

I shall not sleep while there’s crime to put and end to! Away!

 

 

P.S. Any advice on pithy saying to utter before, during, or after combat would be useful. Like, say, “The weed of crime bears bitter fruit!” and “I’m here to serve a big slice of justice pie!” or “OMG WTF U SUX!” … okay, not that last one. But something like the others would be great. Please, suggestions will be welcomed.

Seriously, Hand That Laser Over Right Now.

So, I’m sorting out music for my ipod, since I’m sick and I can’t sleep.

AND! AMAZING!

That Mr Mister song from, like, the mid-80’s is named “Kyrie” and I’m thinking “What on earth kind of name is that?” and SO it turns out that a certain lyric is “Kyrie eleison down the road that I must travel”

And NOT, as I had thought for the last 20-ish years “Gimme a laser down the road that I must travel”

And google (which soon will have Don’t Panic stamped on it’s cover) tells me that Kyrie eleison is a pre-christian expression meaning “God Have Mercy”.

Still, if I’m travelling down a road I MUST travel, which implies that you’d rather NOT travel down it, which implies that there will be uncomfortableness or maybe even peril on the aforementioned road … I’d rather keep my laser handy.

Firefly

So, I just finally this weekend watched “Firefly”, a TV show by Joss Whedon. I’ve been kinda dodging it, because basically “A _space western_? No. Really? Bullshit. Really?” and some time ago I watched one episode (“Train Job”) and wasn’t very impressed by it.

But, this weekend I watched every episode, and .. wow. It’s possibly the best science fiction I’ve seen on TV since Babylon 5. It’s excellent science fiction. And WHY is it excellent science fiction, you ask? Mostly because there’s very little science in it for starters. Sure, there’s a spaceship, and shuttles, and the occasional laser-gun. But these are just _there_, as a backdrop. They could just as easily be a Tall Ship, Rowboats, and Muskets.

Because this show is 100% about the _characters_ in its ensemble cast, and the whole show hangs off these characters and their relations and interactions. The characters are ALL three-dimensional, fleshed out beings, and you get a HUGE sense of unseen backstory from all of them.

And I’ll tell you what, Firely NEVER finishes a show by routing a beam of onanite particles through the wankor array, there’s sure as hell no holodeck, and the doors don’t make a wooosh noise. They’re more likely to creak with rust, or get stuck.

It’s brilliant. They’re making a movie. I will be giving this movie my dollars.

This gets cancelled after half-a-season, and Enterprise (which I watched for two seasons then got bored with and can only remember a couple of characters names thereon) is now at Season-4 and still going?

Weird… just, Weird.

Heckblazer

So, they’re making a movie of Hellblazer, one of my favourite comics.

“Excellent!” I thought. Then I remembered the recent Punisher and Daredevil movies and I had second thoughts. And they were “…or, perhaps, it’ll pretty much suck!”

So, I go find out what’s going on with the production.

Two words: Keanu Reeves. Three more: Set In America.

“What The Fuck?” thought I.

But now I have seen the trailer. And it is The Suck.

Based solely on the sixty-second teaser trailer, I am prepared to state that black-haired, american accented, Keanu “Solid Oak” Reeves is UTTERLY MISCAST in this sorry-looking ballsack of a film. He just doesn’t fucking carry it off. He is NOT JOHN CONSTANTINE.

If the producers were looking for a “name” actor for this, they should have hired Ewen McGregor who (a) can act, (b) is from the right part of the world, and (c) apprently actually is John Constantine, which is a strong statement I know, but as evidence I offer this picture:

ewen-constantine

Where do these casting decisions and story alterations come from? I’m guessing Satan Himself has a hand in it.