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San Diego Comic Con: One Day You Will Be Ours!!!

July 26, 2009 By: Geek Category: Comics, culture, Geek, Movies, San Diego Comic Con

sdcc08 logo1 244x300 San Diego Comic Con: One Day You Will Be Ours!!!The San Diego Comic Con is here, and movie, TV, comics and collectibles fans the world over are fuming with jealousy that they’re not there with those lucky ****s who managed to go this year. This year’s event is the 40th annual SDCC, and has attracted another sell-out crowd, along with the absolute cream, of the film, TV, video games, toys and comic industries, peddling their wares and previewing the delights that are to come.

There have been some massive panels at this year’s event, with James Cameron previewing Avatar, Robert Pattinson and ‘those other ones’ from Twilight previewing New Moon, Robert Downey Jr and co previewing Iron Man 2, a million and one comics industry announcements, the stars of the collectibles scene (check out the new items from Sideshow Collectibles at SDCC this year!).

Plus there have been the usual million workshops, panels, dealers, and mini events at the event that the major press doesn’t seem to cover, all of which we’d love to be able to go to.

Man, one year, ONE YEAR we’ll be there and soak it all up. Above all, aside from all of the big names that are there being all big named, the event is about fans and geeking out over the fantastic. What’s not to love?

One year it’ll be us there, filling YouTube and Flickr with goodies and making you all jealous. Until then, we must go and polish our Stormtrooper outfits and dream of Olivia Munn.

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Rediscovering The Joys Of Comics

July 17, 2009 By: Geek Category: Comics, culture

514T09J015L. SL160  Rediscovering The Joys Of ComicsIt is a strange thing that happens to geeks every few years. You can love something to death at one point of your life and then find it incredibly passe the next. Take comics, for example. I was a child that loved comics more than anything. Teenagedom found me collecting and enjoying countless titles from right across the industry, and my twenties found me becoming a more discerning reader who was edging more towards humour titles and the odd superhero title. Now, at thirty I’m rediscovering what was special about comic books and graphic novels in the first place.

51GkqG8uGVL. SL160  Rediscovering The Joys Of ComicsThere are some awesome works of fiction being released right now, and the greats of the industry are getting the recognition they deserve. Preacher, Y The Last Man, Sin City, Watchmen et al are now seen as genuine works of intelligent, gripping fiction instead of just men in tights making POW noises. This is a good thing, and it does kinda make you proud to be one of the chosen few who have loved these things for years.

I guess the period I missed out on comics went hand in hand with a period where the comics industry seemed to be floundering and not quite sure of what it wanted to do with itself. That was a weird period, which was only alleviated when the comics movies started coming out and doing good business. That first X-Men film, for all its faults, helped kick-start the heart of the comics scene and get it back to basics.

51rCUC8vldL. SL160  Rediscovering The Joys Of ComicsGranted, there are still franchises that are trying to claw their way back to the realms of understandable storylines (the X-men titles, for example), but the comics industry is definitely back where it should be. Yeah, the stigma is still there, but less so than before. It’s cool to like comics now, and people are having graphic novels in their houses as coffee table books. Quite right too.

There is the worry that all of this is a passing phase, that people will tire of wearing comics t-shirts and underwear, get bored of their printed fixes and turn their backs on the industry again, but for now things are better than they have been in years. Remember the days of die-cut foil covers and so on? Yeesh. Nasty. Here’s hoping the trend becomes something tangible and long lasting. There’s a hell of a lot of good material out there to enjoy from publishers large and small. Check it out.

Megan Fox in Jennifer’s Body: Will horror fans love her?

July 14, 2009 By: Geek Category: Movies

megan fox jennifers body 382x563 203x300 Megan Fox in Jennifers Body: Will horror fans love her?Okay, so you’ve probably seen the trailer for Jennifer’s Body, the new teen horror movie starring Megan Fox Megan Fox in Jennifers Body: Will horror fans love her?, and written by Juno’s Diablo Cody. It will be interesting to see how this film turns out, as it’s Diablo’s first movie to use any amount of effects, and Megan’s first real stab at taking the lead in a flick.

While the Megan Fox backlash is in full swing, she must have something going for her aside from her looks to keep getting these roles. No? Well, okay, but there has to be something interesting going on here.

The idea of the film is kinda cool, although from the trailer it does look a little bit like a straight-to-DVD knockoff of the Cherry Falls/Ginger Snaps/Final Destination school of teen horror. That is, light on the horror, heavy on the teen. After being the eye candy in the Transformers movies Megan Fox in Jennifers Body: Will horror fans love her?, Megan is finally getting some higher billing.

How long it will last is anyone’s guess, as her range doesn’t seem that broad. I’d love to be proven otherwise. Plus, I am interested to see how Diablo Cody’s writing style fits with the horror genre. Here’s hoping it doesn’t grate quite as much as Juno did with me…

Check out the trailer:

Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu-ray?

July 06, 2009 By: Geek Category: culture, Movies

61OQtfp2ndL. SL160  Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray?The announcement of the Watchmen Blu-ray ‘Maximum movie Mode’ feature that has Zack Snyder pop up throughout the film and take you through the making of key scenes has got us thinking about what we can expect in the future with extras on movies. The idea of the commentary track has always been one of the most interesting things about DVDs, but now with the more advanced capabilities of Blu-ray movies Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray?, and thus the advance in extras, what can we expect ion the future?

We’re very much into the idea of the commentary track becoming more of a multimedia experience, very much like it is with the forthcoming Watchmen disc. Something I personally would love to see is a movie extra feature that allows you to watch the film with footage from the various featurettes included in the film at the point of the story they take place, along with storyboards, raw green screen footage, rehearsals and so on.

It would be fascinating for viewers and also give us more of an idea of the amount of work that goes into creating each shot of the movies we love (and indeed the ones we hate- there are a number of times I’ve loved the special features on a DVD and hated the film).

41mZ 9Du5TL. SL160  Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray?Interactivity will be the key with future advances in movie extras, we would imagine. The viewer should be able to get information on any particular scene or effect they wish, selecting a particular mode and then selecting an area of the screen with some form of cursor (or the touch-screen of a handheld device such as an iPod or mobile phone), leading to information, stills and footage regarding whichever aspect of the movie they have selected.

Select a big effect, and it should take you to information on how the effect was achieved. Select a cast member, and it could show you their screen test or interviews on set. That sort of thing. Or, what about watching the whole film in storyboards and animatics? That would be awesome.

Of course, this is all probably on the way already, and I’m coming across as hopelessly outdated. If so, then I’m sorry, I just want cool stuff! Thankfully, now that the technology is available and in use, better and better extras are becoming available, and a whole new way of enjoying films and TV shows is here.

Being able to see further into the creation of our favourite films, and see deleted material and alternate versions with Blu-ray movies Where next for movie extras on DVD and Blu ray? is making it so much more fun to watch a movie again. Now, how about some films that are as good as Watchmen to go along with these great extras?