1/31/2011

What we've seen so far the next Spider-Man film costume is pretty bad. Here's an analysis of what it looks like.

We don't see the mask here, but it looks like some kind of rubber or latex. It's textured and has the iconic Spider-Man logo on the chest. Its pretty torn up, but looks a lot like the comic book.

The red-blue color scheme is the same and has the webbing pattern across the red portions.

So far, underwhelming, but traditional. There's something different about the sleeves though. Let's look deeper.

This unofficial set picture shows a full body view. Here's where we get to the changes. We can also see the sides of the costume and notice a lot of strange lines intersecting the costume. There's that line going from the belt to the boots and blue stripes cutting across the sleeves.

The mask is on and has red disks over the eyes. This is a major departure from the comic and looks weird. It's possible that its going to be replaced post-production, but not likely.


What's been covered before is that Spider-Man has returned to the mechanical web-shooters. That's good, but what that disk is defies explanation. The traditional shooters are wrist mounted with a nozzle in the palm. Maybe this is his watch.

It's rare to completely replicate a superhero costume from the comics. Usually the physics is off. But I think this one is going to go into the list of the worst comic book-to-film costume adaptations of all time.



Via: Splashpage Superherohype and themoviebit
How do you feel about the new Spider-Man costume?  
Here's what's on sci-fi this week. Human Target is moving to its new time on Monday nights. This could be good or bad since the ratings have been dismal this season. TV By the Numbers says it's "Certain To Be Canceled" and I agree. They put V and The Cape on the bubble too. Hopefully, they're wrong.
Human Target
FOX, Mon Jan 31, 2011
"Kill Bob"
Synopsis: A man in convinced his wife is a Russian spy and wants him dead to gain access to classified military information; Ames tries to keep a secret from Chance.
Guest Cast Janet Montgomery: Ames Lauren German: Angie Todd Grinnell: Bob Richard Zeman: Ivan
NBC, Mon, Jan 31
"Dice"

Synopsis: A savant (Mena Suvari) seeking revenge for her father's death targets Chess, who is preparing to reveal a device that may determine Palm City's fate. Vince sets out to defend Chess, realizing he must keep his nemesis alive to completely destroy him.
No Ordinary Family 
ABC Tue, Feb 1 8:00 PM
"No Ordinary Double Standard"
 Synopsis: Jim and Stephanie have a contest to test their crime-fighting skills after a friend of hers is attacked; Daphne is upset by her father's double standard on a dating issue; Katie makes a shocking discovery about Joshua.
ABC, Tue, Feb 1
"Unholy Alliance"
Synopsis: Erica tracks a former Mossad agent who leads the violent faction of the Fifth Column; Jack and priests from across the world speak out against the Visitors; Anna visits the Vatican to try to win over religious leaders.
ABC, Thu. Feb 3, 2011
"The Thespian Catalyst"
Synopsis: Sheldon wants acting lessons from Penny, hoping they will make him a better teacher.  
CW, Fri, Feb 4 3:00 PM
"Collateral"
Synopsis: The VRA releases Clark, Oliver, Lois and Dinah, who all have flashbacks of Chloe's involvement in their capture. Trust becomes an issue when Chloe returns to town and Dinah fears she is now a traitor.
CARTOON,  Fri, Feb 4
"Altar of Mortis "
Synopsis: As the Jedi attempt to escape Mortis, Ahsoka is taken captive as a lure to seduce Anakin Skywalker to join the dark side. As Anakin battles against dark forces, the Father attempts to stop a confrontation between his children, which threatens to unbalance the Force completely.
CARTOON,  Fri, Feb 4
"Schooled"
Synopsis: When Superboy quits his training, will a powerful new enemy that even the Justice League can't fight be enough to return to the team?
[Image Source: ABC - V ]

1/26/2011

1/22/2011

My brother and I love video games. Our favorite computer game is the popular FPS Half-Life. The company, Valve Corporation, revolutionized the industry with cutting edge graphics and in-depth story-telling.  Today's awesome guest post by "Accredited Online Schools" traces the history of the company.

Online Universities - Valve

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1/21/2011



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1/19/2011

The impact of forensic shows like CSI are undeniable, but are they realistic? The following guest post by Forensic Science answers the question.

The CSI Effect

Image Source: Forensic Science

Is CSI science-fact or science-fiction?

1/18/2011

We'll be honest...not fans of the title for the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises. While it's easy to criticize, the question is: can you do better? Maybe. Here are some alternates:
  1. Knightfall
  2. The Caped Crusader
  3. The Fall of Bruce Wayne
  4. The World's Greatest Detective
  5. Legend of the Dark Knight
  6. Shadow of the Bat
  7. Revenge of the Dark Knight
  8. Bruce Wayne
  9. Batman Lives
  10. Darkness Falls on Gotham City
And just for clarity, here are some titles that we could have been stuck with:
  1. Fear of a Bat Planet
  2. The Pointy-Eared Guy
  3. Batman 3: The Rise of Bookworm
  4. Batman: The Superhero Who Punched Me
  5. Dark Knight: The Musical
  6. The Violent Fascist Sociopath
  7. Jane Austen's Batman
  8. Dark Knight III: The Rise of Alfred
  9. Batman Goes Bananas
  10. Batman 3: The Dark Knight 2
Do you have any other suggestions: better or worse?

1/17/2011

This week marks the official first episode of The Cape after last weeks two-hour premiere as it moves to its new time slot. It also features Summer Glau doing the aerial silk splits. It must be sweeps week.




The Cape
NBC, Mon, Jan 17 4:00 PM
"Kozmo" - Season 1, Episode 2
Synopsis: Vince fights to protect his new friends from an old pal of Max's who comes in search of the cape. Meanwhile, Dana returns to work at the public defender's office, and Peter and Marty try to determine Orwell's real identity.
Guest Cast Thomas Kretschmann: Gregor Molotov

Chuck
Mon, Jan 17 8:00 PM
"Chuck Versus the Balcony" - Season 4, Episode 11
Synopsis: Chuck embarks on two secret quests. As he tries to locate a nano-chip in the vineyards of France, he also attempts to stealthily concoct a romantic getaway for Sarah. Meanwhile, Lester pesters Big Mike to help him sort out his troubled love life.

V
ABC Tue, Jan 18 9:00 PM
"Laid Bare" - Season 2 Episode 3
Synopsis: Lisa's body undergoes changes; Anna dispatches Ryan to find Agent Malik after she goes missing.

No Ordinary Family
ABC Tue, Jan 18 8:00 PM
"No Ordinary Detention" - Season 1, Episode 13
Synopsis: During an Internal Affairs probe of a dishonest police officer, the precinct is overwhelmed by a gang of criminals, and Jim may be the only one who can save his colleagues. Meanwhile, Katie and Stephanie care for an ailing Joshua at the lab but grow suspicious of human-resources executive Victoria Morrow (Rebecca Mader).

The Big Bang Theory
CBS Thu, Jan 20 8:00 PM
"The Love Car Displacement" - Season 4, Episode 13
Synopsis: Howard is jealous when Bernadette runs into her old boyfriend at a science event they're attending.
Guest Cast: Mayim Bialik (Amy), Rick Fox (Glenn), Melissa Rauch (Bernadette)

Primeval
BBC Sat, Jan 22 9:00 PM
Series 4, Episode 5
Synopsis: Connor and Abby are sent to investigate an odd anomaly signal, and uncover the existence of an ancient Labyrinthodont in a small coastal town. While trying to track it down, they discover a group of farmers smuggling dangerous fuel. Back at the ARC, Matt sets out to find Emily after her mysterious disappearance.

Television listing information taken from tvguide.com.
[Image source: NBC media village]

1/16/2011

Sci-fi isn't just for TV and cable anymore. Seems there's a whole bunch of geeks out there who are creating their own shows straight on the Internet. One of them that we're looking forward to is Overturn. Not much has been announced about the show, but the synopsis sounds intriguing:
Christopher Gabriel suffers from constant terrifying nightmares. These dreams have been coming since childhood, and all his life Chris tries to understand this disease, but no doctors or books give answers. Suddenly, an unknown group of people kidnaps him and conducts a number of strange and cruel experiments on him. At first, it looks like one of his nightmares has come true, but gradually, he begins to realize that they know something important about him. Chris also feels that something changes in him… But he does not know yet that he will never get back to his ordinary life because his real life is only beginning…
Sounds like it could work, sort of an X-Files thing. There's a teaser on the official site that gives a hint of what it's like. First episode premeires on February 15th. We'll keep you posted.

1/05/2011


The tag line for Tron: Legacy is "The game has changed" and it has, but not for the better.

The movie is about the son of a brilliant software engineer who has disappeared and Sam Flynn's quest to find him in a virtual computer world. He is forced to compete in gladiatorial games, save his father and restore freedom to the world inside a computer. Its based on a 1982 film called Tron. You probably don't have to watch it to enjoy the sequel, but its worth watching anyway.

The plot moved well, but, was pretty basic. The characters moving from one place to another till they got what they needed to try and escape the computer world. Garrett Hedlund did a good job as the rebellious Sam Flynn, while Olivia Wilde played the wide-eyed apprentice Quorra. The best actor was Jeff Bridges. As both the menacing Clu and the older wise figure of Flynn he gave a stellar performance. Its interesting to watch him grow as an actor from a handsome leading man to the commanding presence he has in his later years. This is one of his best performances.

They tried to one-up the fantastical video games created for the original and its hit-or-miss. The updated disc fight is good, basically Pong using Frisbees, in a cube that has floors that can be strategically destroyed.
 
The updated light cycles, while spectacular, make no sense. Instead of driving in a straight line and turning at 90 degree angles, the new cycles can turn in any direction and use ramps and bridges to come from above or below. This seems like a better idea, except the strategy of using the light walls is lost. Since drivers can go anywhere its almost impossible to force them into a wall. Most of the destruction happens by knocking the riders off, so the walls are pointless. Don't get me started on the light jets.

The special effects were stunning, with brilliantly lit costumes and vehicles that danced and played in the virtual atmosphere. The fight scenes were breathtaking and memorable. The most jarring special effect was the character of Clu. In actuality, he was an actor with Jeff Bridges CGI face superimposed on his. The effect worked until the character talked. It was kind of like watching a live-action Kermit the Frog with the mouth opening and closing with unrealistic motions. It was realistic enough to be unnerving when both Jeff Bridges were on the screen at the same time.

As much as I loved Tron: Legacy, I wanted to love it more. With its amazing special effects and nostalgia it was enjoyable. It just didn't have as much substance as I'd like.

Do I recommend this film? Yes. Its a good popcorn film and nothing more. But, after 30 years, I'll take it. A reluctant 3 1/2 Stars.



If you've seen Tron: Legacy, what did you think? If not, will you see it?
 
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