Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Solar Ion Robot (aka SIR, Kadenchin): The robot from 1982s The Flying House. This time the Japanese focus on Jesus himself. With all these time traveling robots in the Bible I'm surprised more wasn't said about them. Maybe Judas was actually a Terminator, or the serpent a replicant. You can never tell.

(Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Daily Rock Band Name: Hamster Powered Submarine

Get ready to rock!  It's Hamster Powered Submarine!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room,

Gizmo (aka Zenmaijikake): The toy/robot from 1981s Superbook and 1983s Superbook II. The Japanese take on telling Bible stories. Interesting, strange and a little freaky is about all I have to say about that. Gizmo gallivants around the biblical world with some kids, a dog, and a strange man. Occasionally he needs to be rewound to work.

(Image courtesy of Behind the Voice Actors)

Daily Rock Band Name: Roomful of Robots

I think you'll like the debut album of Roomful of Robots. It is called Injects the Goo and it rocks!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Iguana

This little darlin' is Buttercup.  She belongs to my friends Keith and Julie.  She is doing very well after some struggles last winter.  Hello Buttercup!

Daily Rock Band Name: Flaming Headless Mules

Give a listen to the Flaming Headless Mules' debut album Cooler than Werewolves.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room

Replicant (aka Skin-job): The genetically engineered organic robots in Ridley Scott's 1982 Blade Runner. Replicants are created to do menial off-world labor. They are prohibited from returning to Earth. If they do they are hunted down by special police called Blade Runners. Such an officer is the burnt-out Rick Deckard who has to hunt down several renegade replicants roaming around the streets in 2019 Los Angeles. In the end he kills them all except the one he falls in love with and there is even speculation as to whether Deckard himself is a replicant.

(Image courtesy of IMDb)

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This is definitely this site's motto!  (Via Demotivational Posters)

Daily Rock Band Name: Fighting Rats With Special Cats

I cannot wait for the debut album of the Fighting Rats With Special Cats.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Film Review: Cowboys and Aliens

So, I watched Cowboys and Aliens last night. While I am not familiar with the source material, I liked it. (Reading the source material would require that "reading" part.) Here is my review: may contain spoilers!

For the most part, I think I am a fan of Jon Favreau's movies. After all, he did Iron Man.

One of the things I liked about it was that people you liked and cared about died. It goes against the typical Hollywood style by killing likeable characters. Further, the ending was bittersweet. This was because an important character dies. Thus, it doesn't have the joyous ending that is common in these types of movies. In other words, it did not conform to the Hollywood model. This is likely part of the reason why audiences did not care for it. I found it refreshing.

Further, at the beginning Harrison Ford is an unlikeable old codger. It was a departure for Mr. Ford. I am sure he relished the role. They did a good amount of character development with him. Of course, he was good (and believable.)

There is something about Daniel Craig. I cannot quite put my finger on it. I liked his performance in this movie. I think it is because he is at his best when he is playing a Clint Eastwood man with no name type character. That is, when he doesn't have any dialogue he is most enjoyable. However, he does not have quite the range that Clint does. Thus, in the subtler moments, he can be a bit hard to watch. He shouldn't be allowed to smile at all in film.

The rest of the supporting cast was very good. I will note that Clancy Brown and Sam Rockwell were especially noteworthy.

That is not to say that the film did not have its problems. There were two Deus Ex Machina moments in the film. I liked Daniel Craig's love interest Olivia Wilde. However, she is involved in one of the Oh come on! moments. This was probably part of the source material. The way they did it was a choice, and I think a poor one. Also, how Daniel Craig gets the alien weapon is a stretch.

Furthermore, the reason for the aliens coming to Earth is problematic. (Again, source material) However, this is a common problem for invasion films, so it isn't terrible. Well, at least it is forgivable.

There is the common Hollywood problem of not having to reload your guns. It is terribly noticeable in this particular film -- particularly at the climax. Why didn't any other humans use the alien weapons? We know how they come off...

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the movie. It could have been more fun. I think I would have gone a different direction, but that is me. I sometimes rewrite the movies while I am watching. Therefore, sometimes the movie I imagine I am watching is better than the one I am actually watching.

Daily Rock Band Name: Supernormal Stimuli

I think I saw Supernormal Stimuli open for Trentemøller.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Around the Campfire Comment of the Day.

As you may know, I run another blog called Around the Campfire. It has been around a while, so it regularly gets comment spam.  I do not think anyone can argue with this comment:

Do not a lot of cash to buy a house? Do not worry, because that's real to take the business loans to work out all the problems. Thence get a short term loan to buy all you want.

Of course, he/she/it attempted to post it on a story about a world where the Greek Gods really existed. The God Wars was all about business loans!

Daily Rock Band Name: Diving Spider Plane

The album entitled Hurl Big Bomb by the group Diving Spider Plane is worth a listen!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dwayne's Wednesday Robot Romper Room,

Romie-O and Julie-8: The futuristic version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (just in case you did not catch it). Created by Nelvana Limited and released on Canada's CBC in 1979, the two androids are the next evolution in robotics from rival robot manufacturers The Mega Stellar Company (Romie-O) and Super Solar Cybernectics (Julie-8). However, the creators are none too pleased to find out that their robots not only have feelings but feelings for each other. Ah, kids. Watchya gonna do?

(Image courtesy of Toonarific)

Daily Rock Band Name: Triangle Party

I think I saw Triangle Party open for Wang Chung back in the day!