Friday Round Up: Bald Guys, Starriors, and Complaints

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Movie Stuff

Lex Luthor News: The internet was pretty ecstatic about Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame getting cast as Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2. Or not. Because it wasn’t actually confirmed. *Sad Trombone*

Joss Whedon on Empire Strikes Back: I know lots of people have a hard on for Joss Whedon and everything he does, but I’ve never been that kind of person. He’s said a couple things about Indiana Jones and Empire Strikes Back that are both worth noting. The Indiana Jones thing makes sense from a narrative perspective, the Empire thing is just silly:

Well, it’s not an ending. It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.

Empire Strikes Back does tell a complete story, but the overall story isn’t finished. That’s the brilliance of that film. It leaves you wanting to know what’s going to happen next. It ends on a such a high emotional end note that is unmatched by almost all other films, especially genre pictures.

Toy Stuff

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Starriors! Retroist put up a post about Starriors that’s worth checking out. They were one of those weird toy lines that I had a couple of them, thought they were awesome, but knew nothing about. There was no story there for me. Who were the little men in the cockpits? I had no clue. There was something I loved about that. A mystery that I tried to fill in with my kid imagination.

G.I. Joe Podcast: Dan Harmon’s podcast recently did some bits about G.I. Joe that you should check out. The start of the show features a review of the show that’s funny.

Video Game Stuff

Music Games: I’m back to playing Rock Band again. I don’t I’ll ever stop liking that game. Well maybe when new songs (new to me) aren’t available any more, I might have to retire. Still, I wish people still played it. Anyway here’s a mini review of a bargain bin music game:

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I recently opened up Band Hero which I got for about 4 bucks a year ago. It is pretty decent, however it features the things I don’t like about Guitar Hero: It’s needlessly more difficult than Rock Band, the way the pitch meter displays sucks, and the Guitar Hero avatars are ugly.

Another thing is that half the songs are really good picks, and then there’s another half which I’ve never heard. I must have stopped listening to pop radio at some point, because some of the featured songs are completely foreign to me. It’s completely uneven song selection, because there’s some pop and some fairly hard rock. Also, why did they include Neversoft filler songs? That’s the kind of stuff that helped kill the genre. NOBODY wants to play filler or cover songs, yet EA was still shoving them down our throats at that time.

Score: 3 out of 5 dead music genre video game points

Misc Stuff

Patrick Stewart aka Captain Picard had a hilarious video go viral this week of him doing the quadruple take.

It’s also funny, because he’s chilling with his 35 year old girlfriend and he had been previously married for 24 years (and there have been some shorter lived relationships after that). That’s totally the powerful, rich guy move to move on to younger women, but I can’t say that I wouldn’t do that if I was in his position. (If my girlfriend is reading this, if I became rich OF COURSE I wouldn’t dump you for a younger girl.)

Dinosaur Prank: I’m a big fan of the scare pranks like what used to be shown on the show Scare Tactics, so I pretty much loved this prank of a guy getting chased by a dinosaur. I want to see a lot more of this.

Starbuck’s New Baked Goods Starbucks has now turned my favorite baked good, the blueberry scone, from the accepted normal scone shape into a triangle. I believe that this is the worst thing that has ever happened to Western civilizations. What’s next? Square muffins? Where will it end, Starbucks!?

I got some blow back from UK Twitter followers on this one saying that scones are round. I did some research and found that their scones are an entirely different baked good from U.S. scones. I knew that they called cookies biscuits, but the thing that really threw me is that one follower said that muffins are what they call bread like dinner rolls. That is just insanity.

  • Chad

    I had that purple and orange Starrior in the bottom left corner! Never knew what they were called, just that I liked that little robot dude a lot as a kid. Was sad when the peg holding his helicopter axe thing broke from taking it off the body so many times.

  • Yep, I never knew what they were called either. And I was disappointed when I lost most of the parts to mine.

  • clark

    I’d rather they use Bryan Cranston as the new Commissioner Gordon whenever the Batman movie is made. He did a great job with the voice in Batman: Year One.

  • I was a little underwhelmed by that. The movie, I mean.

  • Mark Strong as Luthor would be cool imo.

  • clark

    Yeah, the movie is not the best, but I think his performance was very good. Much better than whoever did Batman, because that guy sucked.

  • Chris Piers

    James Spader as Metallo.