Monday, December 31, 2007

For Auld Lang Syne

2007 ends tonight and I'm sorry to see it go. It was a good year and despite being nothing more than a number on the Gregorian calendar I have an emotional attachment to it. Alas these things are inevitable and we must move on and all that claptrap. So I'm going to celebrate the end of 2007 the same way I celebrate all year round; by basking in my fantastical haulage.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Chatwin Rocks The Dragon

Via this place. Spiky hair and an orange outfit. Well that's certainly Goku-ish, I suppose. Yeah. Moving on...

There have been quite a few casting updates since I last posted about this anticipated adaptation. Contrary to the misinformation I shared earlier, Emmy Rossum has been cast as Bulma. (Thanks again IGN.) In other, significantly cooler news Chow Yun Fat will play Master Roshi. If there's a scene of Chow Yun Fat inappropriately propositioning Ms. Rossum than the movie will be a success despite any other possible flaws.

Eriko Tamura will play Mai, Pilaf's henchwoman who is apparently being rewritten to be Piccolo's henchwoman, and Joon Park has been cast as Yamcha. Two U.S. produced live action movies based on popular anime series, both with roles for Korean pop singers, being released in the same year? The end of days is nigh upon us.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Haulidays

Christmas always provides the biggest and greatest haul of the year and this Christmas was no different. I got a rapload of fantastic gifts. I'm too lazy to give out details bu t this group shot more or less covers everything. I got some DVDs of some of my favorite movies including Blade Runner and 2001: A Space Odyssey and Fight Club. And I finally got Watchmen, the most critically acclaimed graphic novel perhaps of all time. Within the last two days I've read it in it's entirety, and yes it deserves the accolades it gets.

I got more action figures as gifts this year than I usually do. I got two Venom figures, one of which vomits Symbiote ooze. The other is an Unleashed 360 figure which just might be my favorite figure of the year. I also got "Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man", a plush doll that sings and dances. It is blindingly adorable.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

December Haulin'

I know, I know, now is not the time to be purchasing items for yourself. Traditionally I've avoided buying anything for myself in the year's final months, and occasionally regretted it. With stores currently discounting merchandise and restocking daily I've found myself caving in to temptation. Some of these deals were simply too good to pass up. The Invisible Woman figure is even a bit of a personal triumph as I've only ever found a toy of the character once before and reluctantly passed it up. Now I can set my sights on related products.

I have to admit I'm ambivalent about the Dawn figure. It's been a long time since I've made any kind of of Pokemon related purchase. However Dawn, besides being the first brand new human character produced for the line in years, is also a store exclusive short-packed female character. If I didn't buy her then, I would never see her again. What made the decision a little more difficult is the figure's maligned packaging and sloppy paint apps. Plus being a new figure, I had to pay full price. Short-packed exclusives don't hit clearance. On the upside; Buneary!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Excitement Then Disillusionment

Good God. Bandai has produced brand new figures of the two characters that I would willingly kill a gift basket of puppies for. Tommy even has the gold arm bands and the Dragon Dagger in his holster. My brain is exploding from the awesomeness. Unfortunately all this is an elaborate plan to cruelly torture me. See Bandai has decided to make these chase figures, which means they'll be produced in far fewer quantities in comparison to the rest of the line. We don't know just how rare the figures will be, but I've already resigned myself to the fact that I will probably never own these. *sigh* I'm a sad Mighty Morphin fanboy.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Frank Castle Rides Again

Comic Book Resources has an interview with Lexi Alexander, director of the upcoming sequel Punisher: War Zone. I forgot this movie was coming out. It's interesting that Ray Steveson looks just like The Punisher while not looking much like Tom Jane's portrayal of the character. Steveson looks more like the classic interpretation of the Punisher, while Jane looked like the more modern Tim Bradstreet version.

The new movie will also feature Frank Castle's techie backup Microchip and disfigured villain Jigsaw. This is shaping up to be an old school style take on The Punisher. Reagan era style. Perhaps even Lundgren era style? Probably not.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Mach Go Go Go

If you ever wondered what a Wachowski Brothers directed live action adaptation of a thirty year old anime series would be like, well this seems like a reasonable approximation. Speed lines! Chimpanzees! Korean pop singers! Good lord, this looks like a Crayola nightmare of a movie. It's fantastic. I wish we could get a better glimpse at Racer X though.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Education Mama

Jamie Chung has been cast as Chi-Chi, Goku's love interest and the eventual overbearing mother to his sons. Jamie Chung is another actress I haven't heard of, although she was apparently in the episode of Veronica Mars where the dean is murdered. I miss that show.

December just started and I'm already continuously posting about 2008's movies. So I decided to add a few new tags.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

More Awesome

In other news, fan favorite Ray Park has been cast as Snake Eyes. That's the first bit of good news to come out of that movie.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007