Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Oddly prescient...

I don't know which came first but either way it's awesome.  This is only temporary, I'll try to replace it with something better quality, maybe.  As of right now I only had my phone to record off it off the television and edit it.  But enough excuses! You must watch!

UPDATE: I did a capture of it but the original is below the jump in all it low-fi glory.

Cosplay Wednesdays

  This week he have one of the good distaff Robins from my Robin collage followed by a terrible, terrible, awful, terrible Nightwing.  No mask, the hairs all wrong, the costume is off and he's giving us the double dream hands.  I can live with and accept the Half or Full Fonzie but a double dream hands is unacceptable, at least as Nightwing.  After the jump is another one of this fine Robin to cleanse your pallet.

Super cute.

That's not so cute, I can't really say what that is, but I'm sure it's not cute.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I had an interesting conversation today...

  Well perhaps not a conversation, at least not yet, more like an exchange with akimoto89 over at This Shinee World. Their opening bit followed by the rest and my response after the jump.  Mind you it is a wall of text but I think it's worth reading and also keep in mind that I didn't realize that this person may not be my age when I offered to feature them for Cosplay Wednesdays.  I don't know if they're 14 or 40, obviously one of those is an inappropriate age to offer showing pictures of them on the internet.  I leave the distinction to you and the FBI.  I guess what I'm trying to say is: Please don't arrest me Chris Hanson!


  I inadvertently stumbled upon a shit-show this evening, and it has consumed nearly all of my allotted time for sleep. To make things short, there is a guy named Chris Spags who posted a rather derogatory (in my opinion) slideshow of Black Widow cosplay on his website, and when the cosplay community found out, chaos ensued. Instead of going over it all myself, I’m going to post a link to a pretty good blog post that has summarized all the goings-on quite nicely, with discussion to follow. Mind you, all this is nearly a month old. But because I am an old granny in Internet time, and feel somewhat personally about this matter, I have decided to post my opinion. This is a reply to Fancy Deadpool‘s discussion, taking him up on his promise.

  Late to the party, but whatever.

  I found Chris Spag’s article on Black Widow through a Google search on Black Widow cosplay images. I am considering doing a Black Widow cosplay in the future, and I was trying to garner information about styling, cloth options, etc. Needless to say, I was kind of surprised to find this particular firestorm.

  Personally, I’m very particular about which characters I might cosplay, because I want to do it “right.” Meaning, if I posted a photo of myself in costume on the internet, I would hope it ends up in a “Top 20″ list or something. But I would never belittle anyone who chose to do a character cosplay who didn’t “fit” that character’s image. Because who’s to say that despite my best efforts, I don’t really end up looking like a character I’m trying to portray?

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Blu-Ray

Rating: 3 out of 5 weddings ruined by cosmic menace

Plot Synopsis:  It’s time for Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman to get married, because, hey why not we need to pad the opening of the movie anyway.  Also we need to close the movie.  Honestly we wrote mostly middle so we have to do something.  We got, like, a cold open with some CGI, some bullshit, a decent scene on a plane that goes nowhere but it’s fun, then cosmic menace.  So we got a B plot with Mole Man or B plot with wedding.  Keep in mind Mole Man doesn’t have dancing.
  So there’s a wedding followed by cosmic menace is what I’m saying.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blinky500 feature: Punisher '80

Punisher '80 is probably the one of the most heart warming Christmas Speciasl ever.  He also accurately expresses the same sentiments about Christmas that I have.

  Looking for a serial killer leads Frank to torture a skeezy dude in a Santa outfit (as if there are any other kind) before going for the serial killer himself

  The usual is good about this (soundtrack, cinematography) but is probably the weakest entry of the four.  It's quick, it lacks the great dialog of the others (mostly because there's so little dialog to begin with but what little is there is good) and sort of rushes to the end.  Also Frank leaves skeezy Santa alive, something he wouldn't do.  In the comics he's killed people for WAY less than being an accessory to a murderer.  But it was needed to advance the plot so you have to take it for what it is.

Don't get me wrong, saying it's weak isn't saying it's bad.  It's sort of like saying Godfather 3 is the weakest Godfather.  It's still Godfather.  The comparison is a little over blown but the point remains, the rest of the series is strong so being the weakest one still means it's better than most.  If you had to skip one, I'd skip this one but since it's linked to the payoff in '81 it's worth checking out (especially considering how good '81 is).  Besides it's only like 7 minutes long, I've waited in lines longer to pay money for things I didn't even really want.  It's definitely a better experience than that so check it out.

Punisher '79-'82 IMDB

Blinky Productions

A word from Chris (stolen from his You Tube page) after the jump

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cosplay Wednesday

Another 2 fer.  We have a good Psylocke standing next to another Deadpool.  This Deadpool has chosen to give us the Half Fonzie.

Yay, I'm touching a girl!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bonus: Featured Cosplayer

This is Yaya Han, seen here as Scarlet Witch (which is the first cosplay I saw her do).  She got enough attention from cosplaying that Marvel did an article on her (here).  She seems to know her stuff, she makes her own costumes, she's passionate and she puts in the effort.  If you got some time check her out.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fantastic Four (2005) Blu-Ray

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stretchy appendages

Plot Synopsis:  Reed Richards wants to study a cosmic phenomena so he goes to Doom for cash.  This leads the titular (and in the case of Jessica Alba, tit-u-lar) incredible four, and Doom, for some reason, up in space where they are bombarded by the rays cosmic.  Hijinks, and mutations, follow.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tell Me A Storyline: Deadpool - Dead

Series: Deadpool
Issues: Vol. 3 #50-54

  I've recently finished Dead, the story took place in the pages of Deadpool Vol. 3 #50-54.  I gotta say, overall I didn't like it.

  The story is coming off the awesome arc with Evil Deadpool (we'll cover that later), someone has come up with a serum that will make our dear Merc with a Mouth mortal again.  By which I mean remove his healing factor and the only thing that enables Wade to hang with anybody, because when you have a mouth like that you need a healing factor to survive the beatings that are sure to follow.  When Wade sees that Evil Deadpool is in fact killed after being injected with this serum he decides to use this opportunity to run into the arms of his lady love: Death.  But of course Deadpool can't go out like any normal person, he has to go out it style, with pizzazz, with gusto, he's got to go out on top.  So Dead follows Wade's plan to die.

Batman: The Last Laugh

 The thing I love about You Tube is the abundance of fan made movies on it.  There's a lot to see and some if it isn't terrible!  This is one that isn't terrible.  I really like the Joker in it even though I couldn't tell you if he even talks.  There isn't a lot of dialogue to begin with and doing some research reveals the the production company, ENSO is mostly a stunt organization.  This does explain why it's one big fight scene and why that fight scene kicks ass.  But back to why I like this Joker, it's pretty simple, he looks like Larry King.  He looks like an old, down and out Vaudeville comedian.  I don't know why I pick Vaudeville, that's just the vibe I get from him.  But that's pretty much it.  There are a lot of great Jokers out there.  Pretty much everyone who's played him has been awesome, with few exceptions, all for different reasons.  Check it out, it's pretty awesome.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Blinky500 feature: Punisher '79

  I've decided that I'd re-feature Chris Notarile's Punisher series individually as we lead up to something.  What is that something?  Well in a few weeks you'll know.  First let's get caught up by looking at the Punisher series as individual features.

  Punisher '79 opens with some vintage scenes of New York in that era.  I can't tell if the stock footage is precisely from 1979 but it looks like other scenes from other films I've seen in that era.  It's edited together pretty well to the music of The Beatles, more specifically, "Come Together".  Followed is a great opening read from Franks War Journal before he gets ambushed by Jigsaw.  What follows is a great interaction between Shawn Parr's Frank Castle and Thomas Daniel's Jigsaw which includes both Shakespeare and Sid Vicious.

  As usual you can point to the soundtrack as being one of the short's major strengths.  When edited together with the vintage stock footage and into the scenes it makes the whole thing pop.  The dialog is strong with one small line where Frank tells Jigsaw to make friends with breath mints that fell a little flat with me but other than that Frank comes off as a total hardass in his fearless banter with Jigsaw and his cronies.  A pretty strong showing and worth the 9 or so minutes it would take someone to watch it.

Punisher '79-'82 IMDB

Blinky Productions

A word from Chris (stolen from his You Tube page) after the jump

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cosplay Wednesdays

Here we have a creative Iron Man imagined as Thony Stahrchk (because that's how creative Lucas is) the storm trooper, below him, entendre' fully intended, we have a pretty kick-ass version of Rescue.  If you don't know that's Pepper Pots in an Iron Man suit.

I don't know, these may be the droids we're looking for.

Does my armor NEED boobs?

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cosplayers wanted

  I think I want to start featuring cosplayers once a month.  If you're a cosplayer with a web site/web page/deviantart/flickr account/deviant flick/site page/whatever who wants to show off I'll feature you.  Obviously I can't pay you, I make no money here and I don't really plan to start making money off it any time soon.  Mostly because no one's interested, they second they are I'm selling out so god damn (Batman) fast it'll be shocking.  But until then if you're a cosplayer with the above criteria and one of the half dozen people who visit the site not looking for porn (as if there are any) drop me an email, which you can find by clicking on my profile (upper right below the banner above the appeal for what is up).  If you do good work, male or female, I'll spotlight it and I won't tear anyone apart who isn't totally deserving of it.  I promise.

  However, I'm not looking for models, if you model what you make all the better but I'm looking for designers.  If you do good work and want to show it off why not do it here?  Get your stuff displayed, maybe a profile, maybe answer some questions.  It's one step above bathroom graffiti.  Okay a half step.  Alright, it's a lateral move but without the targeted hobo demographic.

The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) DVD

Rating: 2 out of 5 call backs to Matt Murdock’s blindness, we get it okay?

Plot Synopsis:  David Banner goes from a modest country hole digging job (???) to be big city when he’s bullied by a veteran county hole digger (????).  Going to the city he finds a rundown apartment and goes looking for a job without ID, a resume, references, a telephone or a social security number.  Ah the 80’s, when you could get away with that shit.  He helps a girl on the subway from getting, I don’t know, forcibly married (that’s what the guy says, that he’s going to make her his wife) and ends up involved in a plot orchestrated, rather poorly, by the Kingpin of crime.  Also Daredevil shows up.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cosplay Wednesday

This week we have a very bulky Deadpool giving us the Fonzie and one of the good distaff Robins from my Robin collage.

Would this make Batman more or less creepy?

...I fixed it by hitting it.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Avengers (2012, Theatrical Release)

Rating:  6 out of 5 super badasses coming together to fight an alien invasion.

Plot Synopsis:  When Loki comes to conquer Earth it comes down to it's mightiest heroes to protect it in the coolest most awesome way possible.  Iron Man gets techy, Cap gets super soldiery, Hawkeye gets arrowy, Widow gets, er, spyey and Thor hammer times it.  Also I think Hulk smashes (I don't know if you know this but Hulk strongest there is)

Daredevil (2003) Gameboy Advance

Rating: 0 out 5 billy clubs that can’t be thrown because this game sucks

Plot Synopsis:  Kingpin is framing Daredevil to make it look like Daredevil is being paid by Kingpin to take down Daredevil’s rouges gallery.  I think, it’s pretty weak and stupid and lame.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

If I Made It- Daredevil: Trail by Fire (Xbox 360, PS3)

Outline:  Matt Murdock tries a series of criminals by day and fights crime at night.  But there’s something strange about some of the trials, they couldn’t all be connected could they?

Friday, May 4, 2012

Half Assed Avengers Week! FRIDAY! Gotta get down on Friday!

  So this is it, the big day.  For the rest of America, not for me, my big day will be Sunday.  But I've already bought my tickets and I decided to make it my first IMAX 3D movie.  I've wanted to see other movies in IMAX 3D but never had one close to me before.  Hopefully it'll be as awesome and I think it will, I don't see how it couldn't.  Especially now, with my hopes raised at their zenith I can't imagine it letting me down.  At this point, honestly, if it's anything less than a blowjob from god I'll be disappointed.  So let's hope for divine oral.  First up we have the final trailer to get us all geared up.  After the jump we have a featurette about the threat The Avengers face and finally we have Iron Man taking on Thor...sexually.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Half Assed Avengers Week! Thursday!

  Here we have a few trailers, one about the team coming together, one about Hulk smashing things (I don't know if you've heard but Hulk strongest there is and he smash) and one about Black Widow.  The tension feature first everything else after the jump.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Half Assed Avengers Week! Wednesday!

Hulk = 1 army.  I think we can all agree on that math.  The shorter trailer after the jump.

Cosplay Wednesdays

We get a 2 fer today as we see a pretty bad-ass Iron Man costume and a pretty good Black Widow.

A bar isn't the only thing I'm hitting...

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Half Assed Avengers Week! Tuesday!

  Here we have a nice little conversation between Loki and Fury.  The best part about this clip is the small reaction on Mark Ruffalo's face when Loki calls the Hulk "a mindless beast".  It's the look of someone who's had something deeply personal about them insulted and is trying to laugh it off.  It's sort of an outward denial of the comment but recognizing its truth inside.  Subtle but I imagine that's how Bruce Banner would feel about the Hulk.