Sunday, December 31, 2017

Time lapse of Death Star Construction

This is what it might have looked like if Darth Vader recorded the Death Star's construction.

The video reveals how huge of an undertaking it must have been, requiring millions of people just to finish it. Seeing the panels come together to provide the bones of the structure, then seeing the vast interior being fleshed out, followed by the outer layers, really puts it into perspective.

Sure, it might have been a terrifying weapon capable of obliterating civilizations with the snap of a finger. But it is an engineering marvel! Who knows how many different construction workers had to be transported in to complete work on the Imperial superweapon.

Timelapse of Death Star Construction from Outside Hollywood on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ranking the 14 movies I saw in 2017

Late in 2016 I listed 20 movies coming out in 2017 I was interested in seeing ( 20 2017 movies to check out ),
I wasn't able to see them all but 14 / 20 ain't bad. I usually would've written up a lil something about each them individually but with my clan expanding and work being what it is I just didn't have the time this year.
So here's my year end recap of the 14 movies of 2017 I saw.

1. Blade Runner 2049
I loved this movie, aesthetically gorgeous, beautiful story where I didn't think we needed one.
It stands on its own and compliments it's predecessor.
If I only had money to buy one of these movies on blu ray it would be this one!

2. Cars 3
Pixar knows how to close out a trilogy! After Cars 2 deviated so far from the original they returned to the core story and used the familiar "past his prime, passing the torch" story.
I was glad to see a return to the story from the original, Cars 3 had lots of heart and did a good job of balancing the feels with the laughs.

3. Thor Ragnarock
I really enjoyed Ragnarok, the retro sound soundtrack, and visual style, it matched the fresh more fun approach of the movie and never felt over done or forced.
Cate Blanchett hit a grand slam in my opinion as Hella! Perfect Casting! And I also thought Tessa Thompson was another great casting choice.  
I saw this with my son and he loved it...(he's almost 8 and thankfully was laughing so loud he didn't hear the orgy comment when they were headed towards the devils anus) and yes that's really in the movie!

4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
GotG V2 was a terrific sequel that only suffered because of people's unrealistic expectations. 
The whole Tazer Face scene had me laughing so hard I snorted like a pig! 

5. Spiderman Homecoming
Spidey really needed this movie to be good, after the roller coaster ride we've had with the last 3 and fortunately Homecoming was great, highly entertaining and I really bought Tom Holland as Peter Parker, and Michael Keaton as the birdman Vulture was the best realized villian Spidey has faced in his cinematic career in my opinion....yes I think Keatons Vulture is better than Molina's Doc Oc. 
The movie did an incredible job fitting into the MCU and at the same time adding new layers to the Avengers/ MCU. 
And kudos to Marvel and Sony for pulling off a plot twist that M. Night Shaymalan would be impressed by!

6. The Lego Batman Movie
Absolute hilarity from start to finish I enjoyed it as much as my son, and the soundtrack....pure gold! 
TLBM really expanded my knowledge of the Dark Knight and his Universe...Lobster Thermador....who knew!
And thanks to the movie I now know the secret password to the bat cave computer!

7. The Boss Baby
This movie came out at the perfect time for me as my son was struggling with the addition of our new addition. In our case the boss baby was a girl.
Highly entertaining movie that both adults and children will enjoy.

8. Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi
I saw TLJ on Saturday the 18th, I'm still processing what happened in that movie.....I'm still searching my feelings.

9. IT

The poster says it al,
"It's everything I was ever afraid of"
The best scary movie I've seen in a loooong time.

10. Kingsman The Golden Circle
I absolutely loved the first Kingsman movie, and was really looking forward to The Golden Circle. Sadly I was disappointed by this sequel. I didn't care for the Statesman, I didn't like what they did to Merlin and I unfortunately found Julianne Moore's character uninspired compared to Sam Jackson's Valentine from the first film.

11. A Cure for Wellness

The uniqueness of trailer grabbed my attention, and honestly I enjoyed the movie for the most part, there were times where the movie reminded
me of A Clock work Orange.

12. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

I love the 5th Element.....this not so much. And I'm so frustrated because this was one of my most anticipated movies of the year!
If they cast Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich in the roles of Valerian and Laureline I think the movie would've been better received in the US.

13. Alien Covenant
OK it's officially time to bring this franchise to the retirement home along with Terminator.....

14. Ghost in the Shell
This steaming pile just reiterates my stance that THERE IS NO REASON TO MAKE LIVE ACTION ADAPTATIONS OF ANIME!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mortal Engines Official Teaser Trailer

Unlike Star WarsMortal Engines does not take place in a galaxy far far away. Instead, it’s all-too-bound to Earth, or the dying steampunk-inflected wasteland that remains of it anyway. Based on the novels by Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines portrays a dystopian world where human survivors band together in small towns-on-wheels to traverse the wasteland and make the most of its limited resources. But one wheeled monstrosity towers above all, and actually feeds on the others for its own sustenance.
“What is that?” One character asks.
“That is London,” replies outlaw Hester Shaw (Hilda Helmar), as the city of London, gobbles up a smaller town full of poor scavengers into its infernal belly.
Looking like a mix of Mad Max: Fury Road and Howl’s Moving Castle, Mortal Engines was directed by Christopher Rivers and produced by Jackson.  It’s set to hit theaters in December 2018. 

Watch the trailer below.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Annihilation (2018) - Official Trailer

Paramount Pictures has released a new Annihilation trailer for the highly anticipated follow-up from Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s terrifying eco-horror novel of the same name, the film stars Natalie Portman as a biologist whose husband is recruited on a secret mission, then comes back unrecognizable and in dire straights. She, along with three other women, are then sent to the same location, the mysterious “Area X”, a portion of land in the United States that has been secretly quarantined due to abnormal activity. In the book, they are the twelfth expedition sent into Area X on behalf of the mysterious Southern Reach organization. The second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as the members turned on one another, and the eleventh expedition returned as shells of their former selves, all dying of cancer shortly after coming back.
For book readers, this new trailer offers a clearer overview of how Garland approached this adaptation, while also teasing the incredibly strange and surreal sci-fi thrills that fresh audiences can expect. I would describe VanderMeer’s book as being in the “enviro-horror” genre, in that the environment itself is where the horror is derived, and it looks like Garland was able to translate that aspect of the book tremendously well. I love how weird and strange it all feels, and those expecting a clear-cut story or some large mythology that gets explained in the third act should brace themselves—if the movie is anything like the book, it’s not about answers but the experience itself. And what a hell of an experience it looks to be.
Watch the first Annihilation movie trailer below. The film also stars Jennifer Jason LeighTessa ThompsonGina RodriguezTuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.

Annihilation opens in theaters on February 23, 2018

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Capcom Cup 2017 Grand Finals Results and Street Fighter V AE Sakura trailer AND SFAE Cinematic Intro

As God is my witness after watching the match between Daigo and Mena RD I texted my friend and said "This Kids Birdie has a chance to win Capcom Cup 2017. I've seen him give Punk's Karin a hard time"
Lo and behold....

So Congratulations Mena RD for proving to many that Birdie's still got it!
So after the closing ceremonies Ono comes on stage and we are graced with the trailer for the first season 3 character!

And she looks great! I'll be dropping 100K FM on her when she becomes available! I love her updated look, with the mic. And her SFA2 stage complete with her brother still playing (and losing lol).
The trailer was hype!
So the Sakura announcement Trailer concludes and the audience see's the damn silhouettes for season 3.
Then Ono returns with his little Blanka and we feel the power of the troll.....but he gives us another trailer! The cinematic Intro for SFV AE annnnnd believe the hype!! This trailer is Amazing!!!

The intro is gorgeous and I hope it plays every time the game starts up! Right now I know who I'm spending FM on. Sakura, Sagat, Cody and Falke, I'm not sold on G, and Blanka is Blanka.

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

That's one hell of a collection!
Me wants it even though I have every single one of these games.

Ready Player One Official Trailer 1

I grew up in the 80's played Atari, Nintendo, PlayStation, I know about Easter eggs in Video Games and Movies. I grew up watching Sci Fi and Anime, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Comic Books etc.. I made this blog so I could write about about all these subjects I grew up with that are now a main stream part of our culture.
The slogan of my blog is "Celebrating the DeCulture of the 21st Century"
As I've mentioned before when writing about this up coming movie my friend Krogenar bought this book for my birthday years ago...we've been friends since 3rd grade so he knew I'd appreciate the book.
This movie truly is a celebration of my generations culture! At it's core this story is about a contest in a virtual world where all the players are looking for a "Golden Easter Egg" coughwillywonkacough.
And this trailer brilliantly bombards us with easter eggs!
Here are the ones I've found , have you spotted any I missed?


Alita: Battle Angel

The story is set in the 26th century and is about a female cyborg, Alita (played by Maze Runner: The Death Cure’s Rosa Salazar), who is rescued from a trash heap and repaired by Dr. Dyson Ido (Inglourious Basterds / Downsizing star Christoph Waltz). She discovers that her adopted father moonlights as a bounty hunter, and joins him in his work, learning about her lost past in the process, and fending off attackers who know more about her history than she does. Cameron, who is producing the film, has said that the film will be the “spine story” of the first four installments of the manga.

Cameron also wanted to shoot the entire film digitally, like he later did with Avatar. Rodriguez seems to have followed the same plans, because Alita is definitely a digital creation, and she stands out in her real-world surroundings like a green screen on a set. The character looks like an anime doll come to life, or like a Disney character that’s just a hair off from normal. It’s probably a deliberate choice, meant to remind viewers at every moment that Alita isn’t human. But after so many years of CGI animators trying to mimic convincing human faces and not entirely succeeding, it’s still unsettling to see a character hovering this close to realistic while staying this far away from it.

Alita: Battle Angel hits theaters on July 20th, 2018.


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Official Trailer

All of this has been leading up to the release of the first trailer for the film, which is directed by JA Bayona, and costars Daniella Pineda (TBS’ The Detour), Justice Smith (Paper Towns), and Jeff Goldblum, who reprises his Jurassic Park role of mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm. In the new preview, he warns, “These creatures were here before us…and if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after.” As if their situation wasn’t already precarious, things are made worse for the humans when there’s a volcanic eruption on the island, sending them and hundreds of deadly creatures running for safety together — right off a cliff and into the ocean.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Opening Cinematic

I have played almost every FF title except FFXIII-2, Lightning Returns FFXIII,  FFXIV,  FF Type 0, World of FF and the FFVII spin offs. So I'm a bit of a fan of the franchise, I'm also an avid fighting game fan...mostly SF.
So this seems like a match made in heaven for me, so I'm not sure why I'm not really feeling this game.
I think perhaps it's because I'm fighting game purist, what I mean is I prefer 1 on 1 simplicity over team battles like 3 on 3 with multiple classes and a multiple bars to manage...I know I'm getting old.
Anywho the opening cinematic is cool. Kefka looks crazier than ever, I'm glad we didn't get brow beat with Sepheroth/Cloud face off's in the intro.
Dissidia FF NT releases worldwide on the PS4 January 30th 2018!