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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

By David Bird in Blog on September 19, 2011

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)Directed by Kerry Conran, Starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina JolieWell, my plan to use Monday mornings to watch movies, now that my kid is in school on my day off is not going well. It’s a Pro-D day. A Pro-Day? They’ve only been in school two weeks! I had planned on watching my VHS copy of Una Pura Formalità or renting 13 Assassins, but it turns out my video is in Calgary—long story—and 13 Assassins is exactly the sort of movie I had to wait until for kid was in school to watch in the first place.So this week: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Friends have been telling my I’d love this since it first came out seven years ago, but for some reason I never got around to watching it. It is 1939 and the evil Dr. Totenkopf’s robot army is attacking the great cities of the world. Who is he and why is he doing this? With the nation’s military resources stretched thin, Joe Sullivan, the Sky Captain and leader of the Flying Legion, is sent out to find the answers. He is joined by the-intrepid-and-spunky-girl-reporter Polly Perkins and aided by Commander Francesca "Franky" Cook and Dexter “Dex” Dearborn.World of Tomorrow got a lot of press when it was released, because its sets, locales, and many of the extras are entirely computer generated. It uses a sepia-like colouring to mask the dull flatness many human-CGI films seem to have, but there are times when that flatness is there anyway. It even seems to affect the actors in many scenes, who come across too quiet and subdued in a movie that turns the action up to 11 almost from the beginning.The movie draws heavily from 40s Science Fiction and movie serials; so much so that I’ve made a mental note to count the number of big action sequences the next time I see it. Classic serials had twelve to fifteen parts, with a big scene in each one. The action takes us from New York, to the Legion’s base, to Nepal (a nod to Indiana Jones?), to Totenkopf’s island fortress. Along the way he meets up with a character obviously styled after Marvel’s Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jolie’s “Franky” Cook. In spite of being played as an English woman, she is the eye-patch wearing commander of an aerial flying platform. She even uses a jet pack.It’s a fun movie, but never really an engaging one. Conran, who also wrote the script and spent years trying to get it from his computer to the big screen, seems more interested in the process than the characterization. Finishing it I want to dig out my old Fleischer Superman cartoons, but if you’re not into the geeky nostalgia that it invokes, I doubt this movie will interest you much.Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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2011 3D VFX Animation Illustration Reel

2011 3D VFX Animation Illustration Reel

By pedi in Blog on September 19, 2011

Here is my professional reel for 2011, recently updated with several new projects… you can also view it at http://pedrams.com TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/2011-3d-vfx-animation-illustration-reel/

Draw Bitch 3D Live Art at Petra Gallerie

Draw Bitch 3D Live Art at Petra Gallerie

By pedi in Blog on September 19, 2011

I had a great time at the show… lots of fun. Feel like live art is where I need to be. Here’re some pics and a video I cut… TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/draw-bitch-3d-live-art-at-petra-gallerie/

“Some Husband” Pilot Episode

“Some Husband” Pilot Episode

By pedi in Blog on September 19, 2011

“Some Husband” is the result of many years of marriage and a great sense of humor This episode is written, directed, filmed and edited by me, and stars Jennifer Jones & Brandon Econ. This is the pilot to what will be a series of shorts… although, Brandon Econ will not be the male lead. Check in from time to time at http://www.somehusband.com TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/some-husband-pilot-episode/

My studio at 4am…

My studio at 4am…

By pedi in Blog on September 19, 2011

Why am I still here? TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/my-studio-at-4am/


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Socially connected but still in a bubble…

Socially connected but still in a bubble…

By pedi in Blog on September 19, 2011

My email, blog, twitter and linkedin, are all synced to post in unison… now to find people who give a damn. TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/socially-connected-but-still-in-a-bubble-2/

1st blog

1st blog

By pedi in Blog on September 19, 2011

35 years has passed without a clue as to how… without documentation or memory of much other than a monitor before me, and family behind me. The decision to be an Artist was a commitment far beyond reason. TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/my-first-blog/

Why I Love Comics Podcast - Episode 51 Episode #51 has our...

Why I Love Comics Podcast - Episode 51 Episode #51 has our...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

Why I Love Comics Podcast - Episode 51 Episode #51 has our hero joined by friend and web series creator/comic book retailer Richard Neal of the Variants. They talk about the shows production, what it’s like shooting at a comic shop, how the new 52 has effected Richard’s shop, celebrity guests, how to develop a web series and they even manage to just get into a long conversation talking about comics. All this and more in this episode of the Why I Love Comics podcast! Direct Link to Article at The OuthouseAuthors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10364705909

Album Review of Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s new album “The...

Album Review of Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s new album “The...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

Album Review of Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s new album “The Bright Lights” including sample track.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10363327007

Moment of the Week for 9/7/11 was the Joker’s operation from...

Moment of the Week for 9/7/11 was the Joker’s operation from...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

Moment of the Week for 9/7/11 was the Joker’s operation from Batman #1. Final image not shown to avoid spoilers, if we wish to see it all, click the image to visit the site.  You can also submit nominations for moment of the week for comics that came out on 9/14/11.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10363073307

herochan: Sketch Sunday:  “Little” Sketches - by Darren...

herochan: Sketch Sunday:  “Little” Sketches - by Darren...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

herochan: Sketch Sunday:  “Little” Sketches - by Darren Rawlings Website || deviantART || Blog Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10362950859

ourvaluedcustomers: To her boyfriend while they waited in...

ourvaluedcustomers: To her boyfriend while they waited in...

By xaraan in Blog on September 18, 2011

ourvaluedcustomers: To her boyfriend while they waited in line… Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10362399494

Comic-book Cover of the Week winner for 9/7/11 was Swamp Thing...

Comic-book Cover of the Week winner for 9/7/11 was Swamp Thing...

By xaraan in Blog on September 17, 2011

Comic-book Cover of the Week winner for 9/7/11 was Swamp Thing #1 Click the image to go to the Outhouse for nominations for next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10326231202

Spider-man redesign contest

Spider-man redesign contest

By xaraan in Blog on September 17, 2011

Artist and poster ‘fahd’ submitted some redesigns for Project Rooftop’s spider-man redesign contest and kicked off a thread discussing options for redesigns, getting poster input and talking about some of the other art submissions. “The idea was to show the intensity between Peter (the man) and the spider, and to just make people think whether Peter is in control of the spider or whether the spider is in control of him given even the movement of the costume.The spider is great power, while Peter (wants to be, or maybe is forced to be) great responsibility. This is why the costume is only in two colors.” There are several other designs showed off in the thread and as always a variety of opinions shared.  Links to some of the other artists are worth checking out as well, some great fan designs. Spider-man redesign contest threadAuthors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10325748111

Battle Royale

Battle Royale

By David Bird in Blog on September 12, 2011

Battle Royale (2000)Directed by Kinji Fukasaku, Starring Aki Maeda, Takeshi Kitano, Tatsuya Fujiwara, and Taro YamamotoThis eleven year old import has been getting a lot of press these past couple of years due to the similarities with the popular Young Adult series The Hunger Games. In Fukasaku’s movie the turn of the twenty first century has seen the collapse of Japan’s economy and social norms. The government’s response includes a program to keep teens in line, and provide entertainment for others at the same time: Battle Royale. Each year a class of high class students are abducted, brought to a isolated locale, and made to fight to the death. Each student is forced to wear a collar that will explode after three days—unless all the other students are dead. Its kill or be killed and the ultimate test of who you can trust, who your friends are, and how far you will really go to defend yourself.This year’s class is gassed while on a field trip and wakes up on an island that has been evacuated for the game. The entire class finds themselves in one room with Kitano, a teacher one class member knifed the year before, two “exchange students” they’ve never seen before, and enough soldiers to make sure everything is set off in a orderly fashion. After their orientation each student is given a bag that includes, among other things, their weapon. These vary widely. Some kids get machine guns, others pot lids. They leave the building one at a time and run out into the night.Fukasaku came into this picture with a directorial career that was decades long, and included groundbreaking films and many awards. It’s as well made and acted a movie as one could hope for, zipping along from fatal encounter to fatal encounter as each student has to make a choice—or have someone else’s choice forced upon them. Like Hunger Games, however, it has an obvious weakness: the kill or be killed concept is too strong. Audiences don’t want to identify with characters that can kill people, innocents like themselves, even if their circumstances require it. Killings happen fearfully, clumsily, accidentally, stupidly. Only one student, a girl named Mitsuko, really embraces the bloodlust. Another, Ogawa, another girl, refuses to play altogether, rejecting her bag and jumping from a cliff. Groups of friends band together for mutual protection, though, for some reason, that usually fails miserably. The movie relies on the two exchange students to keeps things moving. One, Kiriyama, is a psychotic, who has joined in for the thrill of killing. The other, Kawada, is a survivor of a previous Battle Royale, and brings his experience and judgement to bare—something the others, being children, don’t have. He teams up with a young couple and together they attempt to beat the system and survive.It all makes for a much more accessible movie, providing the audience with heroes and villains and more traditional story lines. I suspect that if it had relied on the series of vignettes of the kids responding to their situation, we would have had a very different movie. Perhaps a better one; perhaps one in which most of them were paralysed with fear and doubt and simply waited until the time limit ran out, hoping for some kind of rescue.Originally Pubished at: David Bird

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