April 2011

George Takei Joins the Fight Against Steve

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Reader Laurie Lachapelle pointed me to this tweet by George Takei decrying the casting of the live action Steve movie. You know, that movie that Hollywood is trying to convince us is an adaption of Akira. Takei sent out a link to the Racebending petition and did an interview with The Advocate to expand on his thoughts about the white washing of the film and the plight of Asian American actors in general.

He then sent out a follow-up tweet encouraging supporters to re-tweet at WB to do the right thing.

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Now we saw a huge number of fans call out the live action Airbender flick for its white washed cast. Our concerns fell on deaf ears. The film bombed and was universally panned by critics.

With the dismal performance of Airbender in mind, perhaps WB will actually listen when fans call for a change in casting. Although honestly, if the leaked script for the film is the real deal, I’m not sure I want Asian Americans involved. It really sounds terrible.

Beware of this Gundam’s Heart of Gold

I’ve never really been impressed with the gold finish on Gundam kits. Something about those gold finished parts always looks fake to me. But this gold plated Master Grade RX-78 looks absolutely gorgeous. It seriously looks like it was cast from gold ingots! Apparently, this is a special limited edition kit that could only be bought if you belong to Club MG. The details are a little sketchy to me since the sight is in Korean and Chrome’s translation isn’t the best, but it seems like you had to acquire a certain number of points before you were allowed to purchase this bad boy.

Of course, this song immediately popped in to my head after seeing the pics. Check out the Dalong.net link for some more drool worthy photos.

Source: Dalong.net via Gundam Guy

Episode 2 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy Punches Your Eyeball Out!

More origin type stuff with Jax, Sonya, Kano, and Stryker. This time, we learn how Kano and Jax became the men we know in the games. I actually got a little squeamish during the whole surgery scene. Not a whole lot of kombat this time around, but it’s still a very solid episode.

Grandmaster Chu’s Yung Monk Mix Tape

This is a cross post from Yellow Peril.

Grandmaster Chu is back with a new mix tape, Yunk Monk, featuring tracks recorded from 2006-2010 in Beijing, China; Yale University, Connecticut; and Newark, Delaware. What I like about Grandmaster’s stuff is that it’s conscious rap. Not a whole lot of self aggrandizing, not a lot of boozing up with loose women unlike some other Asian Hip Hop group. I mean, there’s certainly a place for the kinds of lyrics that Far East Movement slings and I definitely think they deserve the air play they’re getting, but sometimes you want to hear something with a little more thought behind it. That’s why I’m digging Yung Monk.

Two jams popped out for me. In “Red Iced Tea,” Grandmaster calls out the whole poppin’ bottles in the club scene by offering up a more enlightened alternative to sizzurp. On “Battle Hymn of the Tiger,” Grandmaster and the Model Minority crew give shout outs to their Tiger Moms and Lion Dads. It’s a pretty interesting view on the whole Amy Chua, Tiger Mom controversy.

You can download Yunk Monk, The Mixtape over at the bandcamp site.

Source: Yunk Monk, The Mixtape

Ultimate Spidey’s New Look

I have never really followed Ultimate Spider-Man so I have no idea what is going on. The current story line is called “Death of Spider-Man” which is always great for headlines and sales, but ultimately never really sticks. I remember when Joe Q came in as Editor in Chief saying proclaiming that at Marvel, “Dead is dead.” And then Colossus came back. So I take all comic death related announcements with many grains of salt.

However, this is the new costume Spidey will be wearing after the Death story arc and goddamn, it’s fucking awesome! Who’s under the mask we don’t know yet, but I don’t really care. If he’s swinging around in this suit for the foreseeable future, I’m all for it! I think one of the things that kind of put me off Ultimate Spidey is that it was impossible to make a visual distinction between the Ultimate and 616 universe because it they wore the same costume. If this was the costume we got from the start, I would have been on board from the start. I realize it’s just a very shallow cosmetic thing and that comics are more than just looks, but I really, really love this redesign and I sincerely hope it sticks around for a while.

Surprisingly Good Star Trek Fan Fic Film is Actually PORN?!

So I watched this whole thing having no idea what the context was and I thought it was an amazingly good fan film. The plot was something that easily fits in the world of TNG. The actors look remarkably like the actual actors, except for Tasha. And the production values are pretty damn pro. So my jaw hit the floor when the final credits rolled saying that this is a PORN PARODY!

We all know that porn isn’t particularly strong in the story telling department. But this might actually be worth watching for reasons other than the sexy time. Who knew!

The Origin of Those Damn, Dirty Apes

I couldn’t stop laughing at this trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It sure looks pretty as you’d expect from Weta Digital, but the plot is just silly, silly, rehash, silly, silliness. How can you take any of that shit seriously! I can’t even get mad that this is a reboot of a remix of a reboot of a re-envisioning of a rerun of a sequel of a copy. Damn, dirty, silly, silly movie!

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