Saw Doctor Strange this weekend (wow, I really wanted to type Doctor Who just now). It was pretty good, but it wasn't awesome. Better than Iron Man 2 but it was no Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

I mean, the movie looked stunning. The Inception like folding of the landscapes that you glimpse in the trailers is just a small taste of what's in the actual movie. It must look crazy in 3D. But pretty effects alone can't prop up a story completely.

Spoilers for Doctor Strange )

Oh, and here's a neat fact (that should please you very much [ profile] newnumber6): Apparently Nico Minoru's mother is in the film and she wields the Staff of One. Runaways set-up! I suppose they could have just borrowed the design of the Staff of One, but I like to think that it's eventual set-up for the Runaways TV show Marvel is developing.

So next is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, then Spider-Man: Homecoming, and then Thor: Ragnarok. And then there's the Netflix side of things with Iron Fist and The Defenders. Wow, 2017 is going to be a busy year for Marvel.
Still sorting through my photos from the Star Trek con, but in the meanwhile, here's some of the non-Star Trek things that also happened over the weekend.

Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. )

Back at the con, they have something called the Signers' Room where some of the guests can set up a table and sell their own photos and do autographs and selfies and generally just meet fans. I wandered in there to check it out and I walked by a table set up for Cas Anvar. He didn't have much set up yet and he wasn't there himself, but he had a sign showing the things he's been in. I noticed he's been in The Expanse and Assassin's Creed: Revelations (but no Star Treks) and moved on before I could really dwell on it.

But then it hit me as I left the room. Cas Anvar is in The Expanse? Wait, that name sounds kind of familiar now... So I dug out my phone and did a quick Google search. And what do you know. Cas Anvar plays Alex on The Expanse! I rushed back to the Signers' Room the first chance I got and Cas was there talking with people. Turns out he was there because he's the reason Kirstie Alley was attending the con. He knows her and talked to his agent and his agent talked to her agent and etc. He ended up getting a table because he has so many genre related things on his filmography.

Meeting Cas Anvar )

Oh yeah, I also bought an old school TARDIS key for my Fourth Doctor cosplay. So yeah, it was a multi-fandom weekend.
Comic Con is in full swing, meaning lots of news and trailers are being released. I haven't been reading too much, for fear of spoilers, but I did watch the two new trailers for Justice League and Wonder Woman. And you know what? I'm actually excited to see these movies. Shocking, I know. Hope and optimism about DC Extended Universe movies.

In a radical, but welcomed, change of direction from Batman v Superman, the Justice League movie actually has a sense of humour:

Justice League trailer behind the cut )

The Wonder Woman trailer also looks like fun, though its tone is more serious than the Justice League one:

Wonder Woman trailer behind the cut )

And I have to say that the Wonder Woman theme is fabulous. The pounding drums is very primal and that suits Diana as a warrior.
I saw Star Trek Beyond today and you know what? It wasn't that bad. I certainly enjoyed it more than Ghostbusters (not that Ghostbusters was really bad) and it was definitely much better than Star Trek Into Darkness. No re-hashing of old storylines here, thank you very much.

The theme of the movie certainly lives up to the spirit of exploration that's embedded in the heart of Star Trek, but it also slaps on some showy summer movie antics that made me roll my eyes. I will be so happy when the new Star Trek show premieres. The franchise needs to get back to telling smaller stories.

Spoilers for Star Trek Beyond )

I say Star Trek Beyond is a solid B. Maybe it was rushed so it could be released for the 50th anniversary, but at least we got something to celebrate the franchise.
- Happy Canada Day! Next year, the country will be 150 years old. That should be fun. I think the government has all sorts of stuff planned for the big 1-5-0.

- I needed something to read on my phone while at work so I decided to download The 100 since it was available and I'm vaguely interested in checking out the show. I was hoping it'd be like the show, with its cool sci fi premise and intense drama, but nope. It was your typical YA angst with a vague sci fi background. The plot is the same - 100 convicted teenaged criminals are sent down to a ruined Earth to see if it's habitable again - but instead of Lord of the Flies with mutated deer, the story focuses entirely on the relationship drama of the four main characters. Ugh. I don't care if so and so broke up with what's his face and what's her name can't date blah blah blah because they're from different tiers of the society. Give me 100 scared teens trying to survive on a post-apocalyptic planet or space station drama because it's falling to pieces. I mean, it's there, but there's not enough of it.

Shame, since the world building is actually quite good. It's clear that Kass Morgan gave everything quite a bit of thought. Like, the birth control law. You have to apply to have children and each family can only have one child and breaking that law is punishable by death. So no one has a sibling on the space station, which is what makes Bellamy an interesting character. He has an illegal younger sister. He has this bond that no one else has. Too bad he's saddled with a stupid romance (and a love triangle at that!). There are different kinds of love, you know. A story about a brother trying to protect his sister on a strange new planet is infinitely more compelling than a guy and a girl angst-ing over whether they should be together.

I think the next book has more sci fi elements, so maybe the rest of the series is less annoying. I'm probably better off watching the show (though I hear the show has made some dumb mistakes, too).

- Finally got around to seeing Finding Dory. I wouldn't say it's better than Finding Nemo, but it's not a tired sequel either. The writers didn't succumb to the urge to rehash old plot points or throw in old characters for no reason (though old characters do show up).

Spoilers for Finding Dory )

I totally didn't realize that most of the upcoming Pixar movies are sequels. There's only one original movie amongst the four that are in production. I don't know what that says about Pixar or Disney.
See, now this is how you do a superhero smackdown movie. I wonder if Marvel is laughing quietly in the corner.

Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War )

So Doctor Strange is next with, I think, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 after that. Don't drop the ball now, Marvel. You're on a roll.
I finally got around to seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I was worried it would be a bloated mess, and well, I was right about the bloated part.

Spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice )

That's it. I'm going to re-watch the Supergirl/The Flash crossover. It has 100% more happy superheroes being excited by surprise ice cream:

I would have liked to have seen it opening weekend, but the timing wasn't good for me. Also, I was feeling Star Wars fatigue from all of the merchandising and advertising. As such, I ended up with a theatre full of kids off for the Christmas break and I think some of them had already seen the movie. Case in point, there was a mom with two boys sitting behind me and the younger son kept talking about the movie and the mom had to tell him to stop talking a bunch of times. Clearly, the mom didn't want to be spoiled. Now that's a good parent. ;-)

Anyway, the movie. I really enjoyed it. It was, foremost, fun, and it does a good job of setting up another trilogy.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens )

Overall, the movie was very much in the spirit of A New Hope and you're left with a great desire to see what's next. Please don't screw it up. We've been burned once before.
I actually forgot that this is coming out next year:

Oh, the feels...

Some thoughts. Spoilers for the trailer. )

I can see now how Agents of SHIELD is laying groundwork for the movie. Man, the show will have to work through another giant shake-up at the end of the season.
Saw Ant Man this weekend. It's actually pretty decent; funny in places, great visual effects, and cute ants! I totally didn't think that ants could be cute, but this movie managed it somehow. Could it have been better? Who knows. The version that Edgar Wright wrote before he left the project probably still has some bits in the final movie, but you are left wondering how things could have been different. Definitely zanier. Maybe too zany. It's so hard to balance these Marvel movies.

At the heart of it, Ant Man is a superhero heist movie, so it's able to put a twist on some of the tropes, but the tropes are still there. It's a good summer movie regardless, but it can't compete with the success that Guardians of the Galaxy had during its late summer run.

Spoilers for Ant Man )

So, what's next in the Marvel pipeline? Captain America: Civil War and then Doctor Strange?
So glad I had today off to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. Something tells me the theatres are going to be very busy this weekend...

First, an aside about the trailers in front of the movie. There were five: a brief teaser for Mockingjay Part 2, the new trailer for Fantastic Four, the new teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a trailer for Ant-Man, and a trailer for Tomorrowland. No Star Wars trailer, which was a surprise, since it's Disney, which also owns Marvel. Though, you do end up with three Marvel/Disney properties, so you know who's winning in that department. Man, Batman v Superman better not suck or DC has no chance in heck in keeping up with Marvel.

Anyway, on to the Avengers:

Spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron )

And it's kind of crazy how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had to do this mad dance for the entire season to get everything synced up for the movie.

Mild spoilers for 2x19, "The Dirty Half Dozen" )

And just a head's up: there's no post-credit scene. There's a quick mid-credit scene, but that's it, so no need to hang around to the very end of the credits. I can't believe people got up and left before the mid-credit scene, though. Have you never seen a Marvel movie before?
- Happy 51st Whoniversary! if I had a copy of "The Day of the Doctor" handy, I'd be watching it right now.

- Next year it's New Who's 10th anniversary. Kind of hard to believe it's been ten year since the show came back. I think Moffat has said he doesn't have anything planned, but it'd be cool if they had a little something. Have the Autons back for a story or sneak in Nine somehow. It shouldn't detract from whatever Twelve is doing in the episode, but a small acknowledgement would be fun.

- On a completely different note, I stumbled upon the trailer for the Paddington Bear movie and I giggled when I saw Peter Capaldi. I knew he was in it, as Mr. Curry the mean neighbour, but reading about it and seeing actual footage are two different things. Is this Capaldi's niche? Playing grumpy guys? I'm actually kind of interested in seeing the movie purely because he's in it. See, he impressed me so much as Twelve that I will watch anything he's in. :-)

- I started playing Dragon Age Inquisition this weekend so I foresee all of my free time being dedicated to killing digital demons and hellspawn. I haven't done too much yet but I did have a good giggle when I realized that one of my party members is voiced by Gareth David Lloyd. Seems like someone at BioWare is a Torchwood fan. ;-)
At least they got to show something during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night:

This scene is absolutely perfect. Well, right up until the murderous robot shows up. But aside from that? So cute! I wish the whole movie could be like this. It's so wonderful to see the team kicking back.

And watching everyone trying to pick up Mjolnir is priceless. Tony approaches it, well, like Tony. He thinks technology will do it, whether it be enough pulling force from an Iron Man gauntlet or stealing Thor's fingerprints. I love that Steven can get the hammer to budge just slightly and the look on Thor's face! I totally thought Steve would be worthy of Mjolnir but I guess he's not as wholesome as we think. I wish we saw everyone else give it a go. Or maybe they do and the scene was just edited down for TV.

Oh, and a bonus sneak peek. Marvel was just knocking it out of the park yesterday. Agent Carter!

There's not too much to see, but we do get to see Peggy being a bad ass. :-D She also seems to have stolen Carmen Sandiego's fedora. But I can't wait to see this show.
Well, so much for airing the new Avengers trailer during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

But who cares if it's a week early. It still looks awesome. :-) And thank you for making "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio extra creepy, Joss.

For some reason, James Spader as Ultron kind of sounds like Joss Whedon to me.
- I finally saw Frozen. Yeah, I wasn't blown away or anything. I appreciate that they broke some of the Disney princess tropes, but I wasn't left with an overwhelming urge to listen to the countless cover versions of "Let It Go". I was surprised to see that Alan Tudyk voice one of the characters. I totally did not recognize his voice. Same thing happened in Wreck-It Ralph. Well, I guess that's why they keep hiring him. I read he'll be in Big Hero 6, too.

- Speaking of Disney movies, I'm loving Guardians of the Galaxy's soundtrack. Not the orchestral soundtrack, but the soundtrack that's basically Peter's mix tape. They're familiar songs, and some I've heard before, but when you stick them all together, I just smile. Someone online lamented that the soundtrack wasn't released on a cassette tape. I bet some fans will burn (transfer?) the songs to a tape so they have something playing in their vintage Walkman for their Star-Lord cosplay. :-) Incidentally, I found the Sony Walkman I used as a kid. Now, this one is from the 1990s and it doesn't look half as nice as Peter's and I wasn't taking it with me to alien planets. Hell, the last set of batteries I left in it had corroded. So Peter's super power must be the power to keep things in pristine condition.

- And speaking of GotG cosplay, I was looking at Spirit Halloween's website (as you do when there's nothing to do at work) and I saw that they have GotG Halloween costumes for kids and adults. They look cheap but I love that they have a Rocket Raccoon costume for kids. Sadly, there is no Groot costume, though there is a mask. The mask for the Star-Lord costume looks pretty decent, but I bet it's made out of flimsy plastic. I don't know if I have a Halloween party to attend this year, but if I knew for sure that I had a party to go to, I think it would be cool to do a low rent Star-Lord costume. Oh, Spirit Halloween also had officially licensed Game of Thrones costumes and a femme!Ezio costume from Assassin's Creed II. That last one made me laugh. Oh, Ubisoft, you're trying really hard to get the girl gamers back aren't you.

- Ace cosplay is progressing. I cut out the Ace logo for the back out of various pieces of felt. I had planned to go to the fabric store, to get some good quality felt, but after looking at screencaps of Ace's jacket, I came to the conclusion that the Ace logo was done cheaply by the production team, so I just bought some felt from Michael's. I think it works. Most people will see the logo from a distance so it doesn't have to be perfect. I'll be wearing a backpack, too, so the logo will be covered most of the time. I'll probably finish the jacket before August 23 as I need a completed costume for the theatre screenings of "Deep Breath".

- Oh, and the screenings of "Deep Breath" are only on August 25th and August 30th in Canada. :-P I read there will be limited screenings on August 23rd in the US, so, fingers crossed, they do the same thing for Canada. I mean, I'll still watch the premiere on August 23, but it would be more fun if I had a chance to see it in a big theatre with other fans.


Aug. 1st, 2014 09:31 pm
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So I went to an early showing of Guardians of the Galaxy last night. So good. It's clearly part of current storyline going on with Thanos and the Infinity Stones in the Marvel cinematic universe, but it's a good action/sci-fi film, too. I will it admit it's not perfect, though, but it's still good fun.

And my god, it's hilarious. In other Marvel movies, there are moments where you laugh and chuckle, but mostly it's guys beating each other up and explosions. Well, GotG still has that, but you're laughing so much in this movie. That's a hallmark of a James Gunn movie. He treats the genre very seriously, but he finds the funny, too. Actually, I was very much reminded of Joss Whedon throughout. The writing and gags felt very Joss-like. Hell, the movie felt like it was more sci-fi-y, big budget version of Firefly. Rag tag crew thrown into the middle of some galaxy wide badness but they persevere and form a family like unit in the end.

I tried to describe the movie to a co-worker and as I was listing off the characters, I realized what a crazy sounding movie it is.

Spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy )

So I guess the next Marvel movie is The Avengers: Age of Ultron. That's what? May 2015? Well, I guess we can fill the void with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
- As there is nothing else to watch right now, I'm watching the new Sailor Moon cartoon. Thankfully, it's being streamed (legally!) on this site here. The anime style is a bit different and things have been updated for the times, but enough of it is the same so you get that nostalgia factor. I watched the English dubs as a kid, so I'm always going to have a preference for that, but watching the original Japanese with English subs isn't bad either. I did learn, however, that they will be releasing the entire original cartoon on DVD and Blu-ray with the original Japanese and a new English dub that will be completely uncut. That's right; no edits, no North American network execs meddling. I may have to foolishly waste some money on this.

I will have to get used to the new English voice cast, though. In my mind, Luna will always have a British accent. :-)

- Went and saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It has the same problem as the new Godzilla. The creatures are really good, but it's the humans who are kind of boring. I could have gone the entire movie without any humans; the apes are just that good and convincing. I was left with the urge to watch the old movies. I know I've seen the first three but I don't think I've ever seen the last two. My library has all of the DVDs, so maybe an POTA marathon is in order for the future.

- There was a Guardians of the Galaxy trailer in front of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and I'm so happy I bought tickets for the early screening on July 31. I hope the movie lives up to all of the hype. It's looks so off the wall, compared to the other Marvel movies, but that is going to set it apart, I think.
Apparently this is a thing now, doing trailers for other movies and whatnot in the style of Guardians of the Galaxy's trailer. I like it. :-D

It just makes me more excited to see Guardians of the Galaxy. And I hear Nathan Fillion has a cameo!
- Oh dear god, they're going to reboot Stargate. Do. not. want. :-( Seriously, Roland Emmerich had his chance and Brad Wright did a way better job with the universe on the TV shows. My only hope for this is that they create completely new characters. I don't want to see another Jack O'Neill; no one can compete with Richard Dean Anderson's portrayal. And it's weird that they're not bringing in someone new to help with the reboot. It's the same two guys. Wouldn't you want different people so the universe isn't the same? We'll see...

- Has anyone read the Newsflesh trilogy? [ profile] newnumber6, I know you have. I was finally able to read one of the novellas, "San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats". Basically, it's the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. I wanted to read it because, hey, Browncoats and zombies. Cool. Then I read it and I was left feeling, well, kind of freaked out. I know the chance of a zombie apocalypse is nil, but the story really brought home what a bad place a con is if a huge emergency were to break out. Tons of people, crowded aisles, not a lot of exits. At the same time, the author shows how random people can band together and that's geekdom in a nut shell. It also doesn't hurt that the main characters are Browncoats. I was expecting more Firefly references, but there weren't that many in the end. The theme song is mentioned, though, and how it's used in the end... I won't ruin it, but the moment sort of sent a shiver down my spine.

- I've been watching Penny Dreadful because, well, I really don't know really. I saw that Billie Piper was in and that got me to the first episode, but her character isn't a big part of it and yet I'm still watching. It kind of reminds me a little of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the comic book, not the crappy movie) in that you have these different literary characters in the same universe and they're coming together to fight the forces of evil. It's not horrible, and I do love Timothy Dalton, but I could do without the nudity and the sex. Just because you're on cable doesn't mean you have to have that stuff. It doesn't make the show better. Seeing as there's not much else to watch during the summer, I'll keep with it. It should hold me over until August for a certain Doctor's return.

- I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past last weekend and it was actually pretty good. Better than I expected. The plot focuses more on the "Past" part than the "Future" part and I think that helps. You don't feel overwhelmed by all of these characters. The plot of the comic is sort of there, too, but I can see why they changed some things for the movie universe. And I'm really glad they did one thing:

Spoilers for X-Men: Days of Future Past )

Oh, and they filmed most of the movie in Montreal. Yay, Canada! I'm headed there in September so it'll be neat to see what parts of the city they used for Paris and Washington.
The summer movie season has begun, even though it's only spring, but that's okay. Saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend and it's pretty good. I was forced to see it in 3D (damn you Cineplex for only having 3D showings!), but it wasn't that bad. I don't think it was filmed as 3D since there weren't really showy 3D moments, which I appreciated.

I got to say, Marvel continues to dominate the big screen. There were three trailers for movies with Marvel characters: X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy. DC? Well, I think they do better on TV, frankly. But anyway...

It nice to have these individual movies to catch up with all of the Avengers. Cap has closer ties with S.H.I.E.L.D., so we do see more characters from The Avengers than in the other movies, but there's enough breathing room for everyone. It's still Steve's movie, though. He's still adjusting to life in the 21st century, but it's less about the technological shock and more about the cultural shock.

Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (and maybe Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., too) )

Next up: Guardians of the Galaxy in August. Get ready to have "Hooked On a Feeling" stuck in your head. "Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga..." :-)


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