Monday, June 30, 2008

Haul Bug

It's a small haul this month but that's more than okay with me. I finally found an Iron Monger. The supply of Iron Man figures dried up real quick. I don't think retailers were expecting the movie to be as big of a hit as it is. They didn't allocate as much space for Iron Man toys as they should have. It also didn't help things that there are like a dozen other summer movie toylines they had to make room for. Iron Monger is the short packed villain and I'm very glad to have finally have one. Now if I could just find a Dark Knight Joker I'd be set. Also I've updated last month's haul with more ninja goodness.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Section Nine Redux

Anime News Network has news of Mamorou Oshii's classic anime film Ghost in the Shell being re-released in theatres in Japan on July 12th. The movie has been remastered and has recieved a technical facelift somewhat akin to the Star Wars Special Editions. This new version, called Ghost in the Shell 2.0, will feature newly rendered CGI blended into the film. You can see a series of comparisons images between the original film and the new remastered version here. In addition there's a video preview which can be seen here.

I have to say I'm not particularly impressed with these images. The CGI isn't too impressive nor does it mesh very well with the rest of the movie. Ghost in the Shell was always beautifully hand drawn and even if the CGI looked good I don't think this revisioning would be much of an upgrade. While I wouldn't want GitS 2.0 to replace the original movie completely, here's hoping the remastering does become a worthwhile effort. There's currently no word on whether Ghost in the Shell 2.0 will be released in North America. I'd say that say with the series' popularity, it's likely that it eventually will.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Subtitle Fatigue

A teaser poster for the G.I. Joe movie has been revealed. The poster shows the team leader Duke, as well as officially revealing the film's full title as G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Why? Granted that's not nearly the worst subtitle I've heard this month but it still seems unnecessary. I think the studios are too intent on making the film seem like one chapter in an ongoing epic. They're already banking on having sequels when they're still working on the first film. Well I guess it worked out for Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

A Netherlands blog called Film1 has pictures of other G.I. Joe posters featuring Snake Eyes and Baroness. Based on the pics we've seen so far, these two are the best looking characters in the movie so it's not too surprising they'd spotlight them.

The same blog also a pic of the movie poster for Dragonball. The posters consists mostly the same press images and logo that have been leaked before. We do get what I think is the first look at Mai. Still no Piccolo though. Now the poster says "The Legend Comes to Life" which I'm really hoping is just a tagline and not actually part of the title. You know how I'd feel about that.

Friday, June 13, 2008

King Of Docs

I've seen The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters at least four times now and I still find it exceptionally entertaining. The film chronicles the attempts of Steve Wiebe to achieve the record for the highest score on the original Donkey Kong arcade game, and the bizarre lengths the current record holder Billy Mitchell goes to prevent that from happening. Steve Wiebe is a regular guy who's had a bit of a hard luck streak in his life, but he has a loving family and an obsessive focus on Donkey Kong. Billy Mitchell on the other hand is a living icon with a carefully defined image and is greatly admired in the classic gaming community. He's also a member of the organization that referees the classic gaming world. This conflict of interests allows him the leeway to make things difficult for Steve Wiebe. I won't give too much away who wins out in the end but I will say that what makes the film great is how Steve Wiebe wins over the people who are first suspicious of him by showing them how he is just a nice person with some genuine talent whereas Billy's odd behavior forever tarnishes his carefully cultivated mystique. I highly recommend checking out this fun and touching documentary.

King of Kong will air again on G4 today at 4pm, 7pm Eastern. The movie will be followed by a special episode of X-Play called "X-Play Investigates: Steve Wiebe Life After Kong". Presumably it'll involve interviews with Wiebe and the events that occured after the movie. I'm hoping they'll also interview other important players in the movie. Both the documentary and the X-Play episode will air again Saturday at 11:30 am.

There's also a "sequel" that looks great!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Welcome Back Frank


MTV Movies Blog (and yes I too was surprised to learn MTV has a movie blog) has a sneak peek at the logos for the upcoming Marvel Studios films for 2010 and 2011. Let me just remind you that having a logo doesn't necessarily guarantee a film's production.

The Iron Man II logo is simple enough. The others are nearly replicas of their respective comic book logos. That Captain America title is terrible though. That's marketing synergy taken a step too far.

While we're on the subject of bad movie titles I want to mention Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. Unless the Fallen in question is in reference to this guy then that's a really weak title.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Haul Flowers

Due to the interference of real life, May's haul pics are a week late. That's just the way things go sometimes. I got some quality figures last month including the Incredible Hulk, the sensational She-Hulk, and shaky Shikimaru. I also got The Dark Knight Movie Masters Batman. The six inch Movie Masters line has proven to be ridiculously popular and Batman is the only one I've found and only on its release day. Hopefully the distribution improves as the movie's release date approaches.

My contest winnings came in, so that was pretty exciting. I've been meaning to get The Devil's Rejects for forever and it was recently on sale for four dollars at Circuit City so I figured I had waited long enough. I also got a neat promotional DVD for Speed Racer.

Updated 6/30: I forgot I also picked up (what was then) the latest volume of Naruto.