Marvel Movies: Assemble!

Do you have what it takes to sit in a movie theater and watch six movies?  I know that I do, but I’m a computer nerd by trade so sitting is what I do best.  If you also think that you have what it takes, then you’ll probably be interested to know that your local AMC movie theater may be hosting and event called The Ultimate Marvel Marathon in which six Marvel films will be shown back-to-back-to-back-to… Well, you get the point.  What does your $40 get you?  Here is the list:

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor in 3D
  • Captain America in 3D
  • The Avengers in 3D

As of right now, only 10 cities have been listed as participating in this epic event, but more cities will be announced on March 16th.  You can find out of your city is on the list by going here.

 I would love to be able to take part in this but, my city isn’t on the list.  Yet.  What are your thoughts?  Is this something that you would pay $40 on?

SD#3 Zod Hates The Rubber


We’re really working on the time thing, we promise!

Robert Llewellyn hates putting on a rubber, Stark is a con-man, and we all love Adobe!

Zuke, Schmidty, Zohner, and Stark

Adobe released new Touch SDK. None of us can say Wacom.
Adobe introduces subscription-based editions of many of their big titles
Acer Iconia Tab A500 could be “The One”
The best interface for an APPLE iPad is MICROSOFT Bing? WTF?
Cisco “Flips Off” fired employees.
IE10 is being previewed, and it’s not what you think!
Red Dwarf returns with new episodes in 2012.
Mortal Kombat Legacy webseries is GOOD!
Paramount not interested in Star Trek. Well, unless they want some money from you.
Star Trek Banned in China?
Oh great, Zod again.
Movie studios test out plan to screw movie theaters. Can’t seem to understand why theater’s aren’t happy.
The US Navy can now fire phasers!!!!!111111!
Fukushima is the new Chernobyl. France and Russia say, not even close.
The horror . . .
Zuke’s Favorite: The extension/app you NEED!
Zohner’s Favorite: Boy Scouts robotics merit badge.
Schmidty’s Favorite: NASA’s page dedicated to the history and specs of the Shuttle
Stark’s Favorite: Stark will be with the Seventh Fleet at StarFest this weekend in Denver, CO. Be sure to stop by and check him out!

Are you ready for v2.0?

Part of me wants to be cynical and say that this won’t be as revolutionary as the first.  Of course, there’s the other 80% of me that’s beating that part over the head and burying it in the desert.

Wolverine, and other movies coming soon.

This past Friday I saw the movie that claims to start the summer, X-men Origins: Wolverine. For years the back story of Wolverine has been incredibly confusing. However this all changed a few years ago with a min-series entitled, “Origins”. This finally put the beginnings of one of the Marvel universes most celebrated characters. The movie holds close to this part of the story. However when it comes to other bits of Marvel history it is far less faithful. There will be a few “spoilers” but lets face it, no one who goes to see this movie was expecting The Usual Suspects.

Wolvie is treated fairly well, but the same cannot be said for his costars. So many different mutants are put on screen that it is sometimes hard to keep track of them. I think that the only reason I was able to track some of them was due to the years that I’ve spent reading comics. To summarize a few of my fanboy problems I’ll provide a small list. Someone who is not a comics fan would likely find no problem with any of these changes, and would merely enjoy all the fun explosions. However I wouldn’t be a true geek if I didn’t nit pick.

  • What the hell did they do to Deadpool? He was the best part of the film’s first 20 minutes then they “kill” him offscreen. I’ve read some stuff online that points to possible spin-offs with his character, and I can only hope they come true.
  • While Gambit’s character is introduced in the Big Easy he doesn’t sound like a Cajun. While it’s nice to not see an actor try to Costner their way through an accent I’m sure that they could have found someone to teach him. The accent was a huge part of the characters cool factor from the old cartoon, and was missed on screen.
  • Emma Frost is NOT Silverfox’s sister. That was a silly plot point that added nothing to the story and was put in just to irk fanboys. Job well done.
  • While I’m on Ms Frost, the diamond form was NOT her primary mutation. She was a telepath only eclipsed by Professor X, and Jean Grey, and a few others. It looked cool onscreen, so that one gets a bit of a pass.
  • Liev Screiber is one of my favorite actor’s working today, and he did as much as he could with his role as Sabertooth, definitely more than Tyler Mane did in X-men. However there just wasn’t that much for him to work with. He kicks the hell out of Logan, then Wolvie gets cutlery for claws and is unstoppable? Yeah that didn’t make much sense to me either.
  • He was called Logan by several characters, but they never explained why. It’s a small thing but an example of the lazy approach they took to the story.
  • And most important of all, What the hell did they do with Deadpool.

As I said non comic fans will probably enjoy the generic summer actionness of the movie. Comic fans will find plenty of room to gripe, but its a slow comic summer so we’ll let that go.


Other movies coming up, and quick thoughts on them.

Star Trek: It’s gonna be great, we all can’t wait to enjoy the geekgasm that will erupt this Friday.

Angels and Demons: Dan Brown’s book is superior to the more lauded Da Vinci Code, my hope is that the movie will follow. Also Christians, and Catholics need to relax. Really all you’re doing is providing free advertisement.

Terminator Salvation: I’m not sure if the world was really crying out for another Terminator movie, but this one looks like it should deliver on the action front. Christian Bale hasn’t made many bad movies so I’ve got high hopes. It’ll probably be the only Terminator we get cause the TV show is on the chopping block.

Transformers 2: Should be good action. ‘Nuff said.

UP: It’s Pixar, it’s gonna be great.

Public Enemies: Johnny Depp stars as real life bank robber John Dillinger. It’s directed by Michael Mann, who I’m a huge fan of, so you know it’ll be good. If there was ever a better time to root for the guy who’s ripping off the banks I don’t know when.

Harry Potter 6: Will also be great, but really we’re just waiting for 7 at this point. All this one will be is filler.

Inglorious Basterds: Tarrintino’s look at WWII. It stars the man of both mine, and my wife’s list Brad Pitt. Should be fun and ultra violent

Julie & Julia: The bio-pic of famed chef, and professional alcoholic, Julia Child will be what my wife goes to while I’m reliving my childhood in G.I. Joe. Then I’m sure I’ll see it a few weeks later, cause lets face it I’m fan of both Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

G.I. Joe: The one I’m most excited for after Star Trek, and also the one that no one is really talking about. I know it doesn’t come out till August, but I’m really looking forward to this one. Any chance to see Christopher “Doctor Who” Eccelston chew up the screen is a rare treat.

Did I miss anything?

More Freeware Options

Every geek that I know has a favorite media player.  Mac geeks swear by iTunes because they’ve been brainwashed by Steve Jobs.  Some Windows geeks love Windows Media Player because it has Windows in the name.  And let’s not forget about Real, WinAmp, or the numerous other “standards” that people use.  Despite these options, some people have and have discovered new and better ways to watch the Star Wars Holiday Special or listen to their vast MP3 collection.

I’ve mentioned before how I am able to watch various movies and TV shows at my desk while I’m working.  Because these files come from an assortment of locations, I have to deal with a large number of codecs and other hoop jumping in order to watch everything that I want.

I hate Apple so I’ll never get caught using iTunes if there’s an alternative.  I used to be a total WMP guy.  Note that I say “used to”.  About a year ago I discovered VLC Media Player.  I started using it because it handled DVD playback much better than WMP.  A side effect of my switch was that I no longer had to try and determine which codec pack I needed to watch the latest episode of a particular show; VLC handled every file that I threw at it flawlessly.  Because of this amazing efficiency, I was able to watch what I wanted when I wanted.  Not an hour later after trying an assortment of codecs.

For a long time, VLC was my media player of choice.  The only drawback is that I wasn’t able to use the keyboard controls on my Logiech MX5500.  Since I have this keyboard at home and at the office, this was a huge drawback but the pros far outweighed the cons so I kept using VLC.

A few months ago, I discovered a new media player: GOM.  This is another free media player that handles DVDs as well as just about any video format you throw at it including Real Media, Quicktime, DivX, Xvid and FLV.  The nice thing about this program though is that it uses internal codecs so, in most cases, no codecs are installed on your system.  To date, I haven’t run into anything that GOM couldn’t handle which makes me very, very happy.  My keyboard buttons also work with it so I don’t need to try and hit that pause button with my cursor.

While I still primarily use WMP to listen to my MP3 collection, when it comes to video files, I always run to GOM.  If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the video files on your computer, I’d suggest giving GOM a try.  Of course VLC isn’t too shabby either.