THE 12th DOCTOR

So I guess “The Fires of Pompei” was secretly a casting call.  Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th Doctor (or is he technically the 13th) over the weekend.  I’m a little surprised because I was expecting someone I wasn’t too familiar with.  I know Matt Smith and David Tenant had done things before landing the role as the Doctor, but from what I understand, they were both relative unknowns.  Peter Capaldi has been in a whole mess of things. I guess I’m just used to someone I haven’t seen do things before.

I’m always excited for a new Doctor. There’s so much room for interpretation.  Colin Baker’s Six is the only Doctor I really couldn’t stand.  But for the most part, I’ve enjoyed seeing what each actor brings to the role.  They’re all different, yet they all somehow fit together.  So I’m looking forward to what Capaldi will bring with him.  I’m also curious to see if Clara will still be flirting with him as much as she did with Smith.  Will the TARDIS become the snog box that it was meant to be?!  Will we get a new sonic design?  Will the TARDIS get a new desktop?! AHHHH So many questions!!!  Christmas is too far awaaaaaay!!!!

And here’s a fan trailer of Capaldi as the new Doctor!  Oh my shit, this would be so awesome if this is the way he played it! HAHA!

NOMLINGS VLOG!

Just in case you weren’t already tired of my talking about dumplings, here’s my vlog announcement of Nomlings!

Red Band Trailer For Spike Lee’s Oldboy

Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy is a seriously fucked up movie.  I don’t know if it’s something I could say I “enjoyed” watching, but it blew my brains.  It did a great job of subtly drawing me in and holding tight with a strange kind of death grip until the very last frame.  I felt exhausted after watching it. It left me questioning all of humanity.

I don’t know if I could sit through something like that again.  I think it’s an amazing film which affected me more than I expected.  So I regard Spike Lee’s remake with hesitation.  I don’t doubt that Josh Brolin will be amazing in the titular role.  And I think Spike Lee has an excellent eye for framing scenes.  But having experienced the original, and it is an experience, I don’t know that I have the stomach for it again.  Maybe this is something that you get a whole group of people together for for a midnight viewing with plenty of beer and nachos to go around.

We get a little preview of the hammer fight in this trailer and though I think that overall Spike Lee’s interpretation matches the tone of the original, the hammer scene just isn’t as raw, at least from the trailer bit.

I don’t know.  This is a tough movie to watch and if Spike Lee brings it, his version will be just as tough.

Mako Mori, the Hero of Pacific Rim

Why I think Mako Mori is the hero of Pacific Rim.

Guillermo del Toro Talks Pacific Rim Sequel

I’ve been sitting on a Pacific Rim review because I want to organize my thoughts. And if I make it into the Geek & Sundry vlog channel, I want to do a review for that. But the short version is simple.

I. FUCKING. LOVED. EVERY. FUCKING. FRAME.

It’s such a great experience to see a culmination of so many things that I love come together in such a tight package.  Guillermo clearly knows his source material.  Pacific Rim is a love letter to kaiju and tokusatsu and I’m so happy that the studio just gave him a pile of money and let him run with it.

In this short interview with MTV, Guillermo talks about some of the ideas he has for a sequel.  The most compelling to me is a Kaiju/Jaeger hybrid, although really, after a nuclear explosion, I think most of Gypsy’s bits would have been vaporized.  But fuck it, we’re talking about a universe with kaiju invaders so I’m totally on board with a hybrid.  It actually makes sense to me.  The aliens would see Gypsy’s detonation as a declaration of war and would retaliate as quickly and viciously as they could.  They’ve already drifted with two human scientists so co-opting jaeger tech into the next round of kaiju makes a lot of sense.  Plus, they’ve created a bridge to our world before in the dinosaur era so it probably won’t take too long for them to create another bridge.  I just hope the nations of the world realize this and keep the jaeger program up to date.

Goddamn!  I’m so excited!!!  I hope the sequel gets greenlit soon!  I MUST HAVE MORE SWORD!

Kids Love Dem Cheerios

Somehow, I totally missed the whole interracial Cheerios commercial controversy.  And I would have been really pissed seeing as how I’m building an interracial family and my brother has one.  But before I could touch finger to key board to fire off a litany of vitriolic social justice I came across this video of kids watching the commercial.  It’s so fucking precious!  My favorite bits are Dylan with his whole “begins with an ‘E'” rant and Olivia’s bit at the end who just can’t take it anymore.

Obviously, I’m with the kids on this one.  It’s the new damn millennium.  Why is this a big deal?  And people say we’re in a post racial society. HAH!

And now I will buy all the Cheerios because they are awesome.

The Lone Failure

Why?

Adrienne K saw The Lone Ranger so the rest of us don’t have to and her scathing take down of the film post on Native Appropriations pretty much confirms all of my fears about this stinking pile of mess.

I’m not sure who this fucking thing was for.  There’s no nostalgia for this character for anyone under the age of 90.  Tonto was always going to be a problem.  In the radio show, he was the total embodiment of the Noble Savage caricature.  He’s not exactly a character I’d hold up as representative of my people were I Native American.  Casting Johnny Derp in the role is a final slap in the face to Native Americans.

Oh, but he’s one twentiethteenth Native– shut the fuck up!  No one thinks of him as Native anything.  If he truly stood up for Native representation, he would have backed down and told Disney to cast someone who doesn’t need a flow chart to prove they have some Native blood somewhere in their long lost ancestry.  The only good Depp has done in portraying this character is that it’s stirred up the conversation about Native representation in Hollywood.

In truth, judging from Adrienne’s review, it doesn’t seem like it would have mattered who was cast in the role.  Even if Tonto was portrayed by a Native actor, the movie would still fail to connect with audiences.  I’m kind of glad a Native actor wasn’t attached to this playing an insane caricature of his people.  We can point to it as a failure of substance rather than a failure of trying something new by casting a Native lead.  This was never going to be a movie that accurately portrayed Native anything.

From: Native Appropriations

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