Monday, August 19, 2013

Bow down before this robot!

Meet Armed and Dangerous! I have met Nemo Gould a couple of times -- he is a friend of my brother. He is slowly creating robots to take over the world. This is the latest. It is only a matter of time before the rise up and thirst for blood. (Hat tip to BoingBoing)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Iguana

Here is an iguana and marmoset hanging out in a zoo in Straubing, Germany.  Everyone wants to hang with the iguanas!  Happy Friday everyone!

(Image courtesy of People Pets)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Iguana

Another photo of the old-timer.  Fun in the sun!  Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Iguana

Well well well...  Here is a familiar fellow.  He turned 20 this year.  Well at least 20!  Happy Birthday Hank, and happy Friday everyone!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

PimpBot 5000: PimpBot is the robot pimp on the old Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Conan described him, “as combining the classic sensibilities of a 1950's robot with the dynamic flair of a 1970's street pimp”. PimpBot once mixed it up with Jonathan Harris who played Dr. Zachary Smith on Lost in Space.  No word on its plans for world or galactic domination. 

(Image courtesy of YouTube)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pacific Rim -- Movie Review

So, I saw Pacific Rim this week.  It is very tough to avoid spoilers in this day and age, but I avoided all trailers, previews, reviews, and almost had to give up Twitter and RSS until I could see the movie.

For those that know me, this should be a movie for me.  I LOVE giant monster movies.  I have been a Godzilla fan since I was a kid, and I have seen a large array of kaiju movies.  I even see the terrible ones.  Yes I have seen the non-Godzilla Rolland Emerich thing.  I have even seen Pulgasari -- the movie Kim Jong-Il had made by kidnapping a South Korean filmmaker.  I have seen Garuda a Thai kaiju movie. I could go on and on.

To make a good giant monster movie, you need to follow a few simple rules.

  1. You need a reason for the monsters to exist and attack.
  2. If giant things fight, a definite "Good vs Evil" must be established.
  3. Fighting and destruction (particularly with CGI effects) should just be a minor part of the movie.
So, what does all of this have to do with Pacific Rim?  Well, it gets all of these right.  At no point was I like -- enough with the CGI fighting -- it is 2013 we're not impressed with it anymore.  It fit.  It worked.  You know what we are fighting and why.  You know what is happening.  Guillermo del Toro gets it.  He is a story teller.  He knows how to make a kaiju movie!

My only complaint is one of the complaints I had about Cloverfield.  The monsters are too complicated.  They are very Gamera/Ultraman like -- involved and weird.  They just didn't work for me.  It is my personal belief that kaiju should be simple.  When we are working with giant monsters, we need to be able to get our head around them.  It is difficult if they have so much going on.

This movie is what giant robots vs. giant monsters should be.  It was fantastic!  Now on to another US Godzilla movie -- cross your fingers!