Year: 2009

70 Minute Review of The Phantom Menace

Ooooo, Foreshadowing!

Ooooo, Foreshadowing!

Okay, we all know that The Phantom Menace was a bad movie. But WHY was it a bad movie? This dude explores the minute details of what sucked over the course of seven 10 minute clips…and they’re fascinating, while still being funny (inappropriate, curse filled in some points, but freaking hilarious).

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Movie Review: Avatar

James Cameron's Avatar

James Cameron's Avatar

This has been a big year for movies. There was a lot of really good stuff. Star Trek set the bar of how good Sci Fi could be and rejuvinated a tired franchise. The Hurt Locker set new standards for what tension could be. Inglorious Basterds reinvented the war movie. UP showed us that even when the concept is baffling on paper, Pixar can make it work (seriously, who expected a movie with a cranky old dude as the main protagonist to be an action adventure flick?).

It was also a year where special effects became boring. I sat through both GI Joe and Transformers, and was pretty much bored the entire time.  Both Stephen Somers and Michael Bay have forgotten that in order for action to have impact, you need pauses for the audience to catch up.

James Cameron finally showed us what he’s been working on for the last decade and a half, and while the story itself is a rehash of existing material…the technology he showcased and the art direction entirely redefined movies as we know them, and made me a believer in 3D which up until now was a weird gimmick I had little interest in looking at.

I could go on at length about how beautiful it was, how Cameron once again pushed technology to its’ limits, or how 3D may be the silver bullet that kills movie piracy.

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Top 50 Comic Book Runs 30-21

Did I fall asleep? At least for a little while. I’ve forgotten about a bunch of stuff lately, and I’ve got about a dozen half finished posts on my blog here including my Top 40 Comic Runs stuff. I’m back though, here’s another crop of 10 titles (21-30).

Other entries in the recently renamed “Top 50 Comic Runs” are:

This one includes some more modern stuff including Powers, Civil War, and All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, as well as the first appearance of a couple of titles that will make reappearances in the Top 10 when I reveal those later. Continue Reading

My Comics for November 2009

Copper collected

Copper collected

I put out our monthly email about the great new stuff that we’ve added to All New Comics and I’m this is what I’m adding to my own Comics Pull List.

I’m trying to keep my monthly list pretty much status quo, so I don’t want to add more stuff than I take off (through attrittion every month), but there’s a ton of great stuff coming out in February. Continue Reading

Movie Review: This Is It

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Michael Jackson's This Is It

Michael Jackson is my generation’s Elvis Presley. We grew up with his music, and for many of us, his songs are the soundtrack of the 80’s. I remember in grade 6 when Ms. Hutchinson gathered us all on the 2nd floor to watch the brand new Michael Jackson video for Thriller, and how it made me realize that you could make a movie in 8 minutes.

Much like Presley, Jackson was not known for his performances in the end, but rather the circus that surrounded him. He became a bad punchline to an unfunny joke. Unlike Presley ugly allegations surrounded Jackson and rumours of inappropriate conduct with minors.

The last decade of his life far outshone the first four decades, his death (ironically of drug abuse much like Presley’s) came as both a shock, and to no real surprise. We had seen him literally fall apart before our eyes for years.

Still, Michael Jackson left a legacy of music that can’t be overlooked. He’s the most important pop figure of the last 30 years (with only Madonna arguably being in his stratosphere), and this film is a chronicle of the preparations for his final European tour. Continue Reading

The More Things Change

These two don't know what a VCR is

These two don't know what a VCR is

Last week I celebrated my 38th birthday.  Over dinner we were discussing how different things are now than when we were Kaylin’s age (4).

Wow…we’re talking massive changes that are as transformative as the changes our great grandparents went through, but where theirs were in manufacturing and transportation, ours have been in information and technologies.

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My Comics For October 2009

Blackest Night in December

Blackest Night in December

I’m just in the middle of putting out our monthly email about the great new stuff that we’ve added to  my online comics store All New Comics and I’m going through that list to decide what I’ll add to my own Comics Pull List.

While I’m doing that, I have to ask you…if you’re not already subscribing to your comics from All New Comics I gotta ask you, why are you going to your comics?  Make your comics come to you!

Yep. I’m shameless. Okay, here goes:

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Game Review Batman Arkham Asylum

Batman Arkham Asylum

Batman Arkham Asylum

Batman Arkham Asylum is a brief, brutal, and faithful look into the world of the Dark Knight Detective which succeeds on all of the levels that comic book games traditionally fail at. While it doesn’t add a whole lot new to the Batman mythos, it deals with familiar territory in a reassuring and respectful way, while at the same time treading a path that is uniquely it’s own. Continue Reading

I’m a larval entrepeneur!

TechAlliance Entrepreneur 1.0

TechAlliance Entrepreneur 1.0

I’ve decided that I need to understand the way that business works a little more. I understand the day-to-day of management and all that jazz, but there’s a lot of stuff about creating a business plan, and go-to-market tactics that could benefit me not only in my day job, but also in my side-businesses.

To that end, I decided to enroll in TechAlliance’s “Entrepreneur 1.0”, which to me looked like exactly what I wanted in terms of the basics of taking something to the next level.

It’s a pretty cool looking program, and the pedigree behind it is top notch. This is the description from the TechAlliance web site:

Presented by TechAlliance Venture Services and the Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Richard Ivey School of Business, E1.0 helps participants understand key issues surrounding planning for the success of a start-up or early-stage knowledge-based company.

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