The Littlest Soapbox

July 31, 2010

Finally! Dollhouse Season 2 Out On DVD October 12

Filed under: Film,General Interest — mikecgannon @ 7:08 PM

That’s still an unsatisfying amount of time to wait for the second half of Joss Whedon’s latest offering, but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s a shame the show only lasted two seasons, but honestly, the time slot was fatal, and the plot itself had a limited life span. I wasn’t able to watch Season 2 when it aired (hence the excitement), but they were apparently able to bring the plot lines to a satisfying conclusion. That’s something at least.


Whether This Film Will Have Any ACTUAL Merit Is Open To Discussion

Filed under: Film — mikecgannon @ 1:20 PM

Sucker Punch, that is. From the trailer, and from what I have heard of the plot*, it seems likely that the story line is little better than an flimsy excuse to let Zack Snyder and his team of stunt coordinators, fight choreographers, and CGI animators have lots and lots of fun.

Not that there’s anything NECESSARILY WRONG with that. This is Zack Snyder we’re talking about. You remember Zack Snyder, don’t you?

Of course you do.

Still, this whole “violence lolita” fad that’s all the rage right now (and yes, I did just coin that label) is starting to get a little unsavory. While I’ve never been a big fan of the Tarantino-style “chick with sword and guns” action flicks, I don’t think they’re much worse than a lot of what gets produced these days. However, when you start replacing the adult female stars of those films with teenage girls, then things get…creepy. I’m looking at you, Kick-Ass.

Societal implications aside, Sucker Punch comes out March 2011.

*Basically, Dakota Fanning plays a teenage girl whose evil stepfather unjustly sends her to an insane asylum, where she and a group of actually crazy teenage girls use their imaginations to escape the reality of their rather bleak, Dickensian existence. I imagine it was pitched as “The Matrix meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“, though probably not with a straight face.

Not Content With Vampires and Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro Sets sights on Cthulhu Mythos

Filed under: Film — mikecgannon @ 12:15 PM

Via Moe Lane, via Nodwick. Apparently, the director/writer has partnered with James Cameron to direct At The Mountains Of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft’s tale of the discovery of the terrifying, madness-inducing, non-Euclidian ruins of a pre-human civilization in the depths of Antarctica.

The main issues that financiers have had is that del Toro needed his movie to be a period film, and he needed it to be R-rated. Movies like that are really hard to market, and so studios, such as Universal in this case, haven’t wanted to pay for it. Thankfully, Guillermo cares more about his craft than money, and hasn’t budged on either front to get it made sooner.

So why would Universal decide that they were finally ready to take the risk? One name: James Cameron. According to the reports, the Avatar director has decided to back del Toro’s vision and come on as a producer. Not only that, but the movie will be in 3D, and there’s no one else on the planet right now that you want in your corner when it comes to 3D more than James Cameron. They even plan to start pre-production immediately with hopes of filming some time next summer.

The story delves into Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos and follows a team of researchers on an expedition to Antarctica in the 1930s. They venture to a range of mountains that reach even higher into the skies than the Himalayas. What the discover there is some mysterious ruins and the remains of many lifeforms — some badly damaged and some in perfect condition — that they decide to call the “Elder Things.” Eventually these ancient beings somehow become reanimated, creating major issues for the research team.

Given del Toro’s record as a director (Pan’s Labyrinth, the Hellboy franchise, etc.), and the fact that, as Avatar and Alien show, no one can do big, sweeping world-building/terrifying, chitinous, death-dealing monsters like James Cameron, there is no reason to expect this movie to be anything but spectacular. Of course, it could also give millions of movie-goers a mind-shattering glimpse at the antediluvian nightmare reality that lurks in the shadows of our blissfully unaware civilization, but hey, art comes at a price.

The Truth Found Here Is Truly Sublime

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 11:37 AM

XKCD. What else?

July 27, 2010

New Releases Of Note 7/27/10 Edition

Filed under: Books,New Releases of Note — mikecgannon @ 8:55 AM

Some of the new and recent releases out today that caught my eye.

Waking The Witch, by Kelley Armstrong

The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio

A Princess of Landover, by Terry Brooks (Mass Market paperback release)

Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod

Grace Before Meals, by Father Leo Patalinghug

July 26, 2010

It’s Late. Here’s Some XKCD

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 11:37 PM


Though I think Moe Lane makes an interesting point about the effects of A/V equipment on language patterns.


July 25, 2010

New/Upcoming Movies I MUST See

Filed under: Film — mikecgannon @ 11:00 PM


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


Yeah, I realize that the fact that I saw a single preview for Scott Pilgrim and my interest in that film immediately went from 0 to 10 demonstrates just how big of a nerd I am. Who cares? I accepted my nerd-dom long ago, and the movie looks like it will rock!

This Would Be Rather Unsettling

Filed under: General Interest — mikecgannon @ 9:22 PM

Giant sinkhole beneath Milwaukee street swallows Escalade.

Mark Pawlik, 46, was walking across the North Ave. bridge and talking to his friend on the phone when he noticed a traffic light had sunk into the ground.

Just the red, yellow and green lights were above street level. He told his friend he’d call him back. It was still pouring rain, but he wanted to stop and take a picture.

A moment later a man driving a black Escalade pulled up to the intersection at North and Oakland avenues, going east on North Ave.

“The Escalade just went wham!” Pawlik said. “Everything went down. The power line went like ‘pow’ and then I think it was sewer water was just pouring into the hole.”

Pawlik leaned over the edge of the sinkhole, which was then about 15 feet by 15 feet.

“I said, ‘Hey, man, are you OK, are you OK?’ ”

Pawlik said the man kept saying, “What happened? What just happened?”

As if we don’t have enough things to worry about.

Know What Rocks? Bluegrass

Filed under: Music — mikecgannon @ 1:12 AM

I don’t care if the above is a contradiction of terms, The Infamous Stringdusters is where it’s at.

And on that note, I’m heading to bed.

Sunday Gospel Reading for July 25, 2010

Filed under: Religion — mikecgannon @ 12:55 AM

Luke 11:1-13

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”

Always remember: you can never pray too much, and God is always there.

Happy Sunday!


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