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Flying the Flag de Geek

I am not a closeted geek.

Don’t worry, though! I’m not going to push it in your face, expect you to get Doctor Who, or know who the best captain was (It was definitely Picard). But, that doesn’t mean I won’t and don’t fly my geek flag. To be sure, my sci-fi/fantasy proclivities are quite clear. Just come visit me in my office at an undisclosed place of work…that’s not too hard to figure out if you pay the slightest bit of attention.

It’s great fun to watch the face of someone who enters my office for the first time. Front and center is my Doctor Who tableau:

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Charming, no?

A lovely TARDIS bobble, Tenth Doctor sonic screwdriver, and an itty bitty Vastra present a nice welcome and an open door into the depths of my psyche…for those who care to inquire, of course. The trio are on the front part of my desk and are angled to delight and inspire anyone who sits in the ugly upholstered guest chair opposite of my shining (shiny) face.

Next is this:

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Closest to the back of the room, but still on my massive and self-important desk, is the above grouping. It’s probably the one that gets most of the confused looks. Oh sure, the Stay Puft box is recognizable enough, but the Portal turret and Battlestar Galactica Viper are fodder for blank stares and polite, vague smiles. I can’t count the number of times I have patiently explained that the turret is not a space ship. (I probably could, but I’m going for glittering generalities, here, people.) The Viper is just written off as some kind of space ship, too, usually not recognized for the awesome bit of stuffed coolness that it is.

Finally, there’s this:

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Nestled under the not-so-watchful eyes of ever-so-outdated photos of my adorable children, the last display is often overlooked. It is off to one side, and its mishmash of components rather makes it look like random pieces of  junk, I guess. To others, of course. Not me!

Beginning with the broken G.I. Joe Jinx and zombified dog posed to make it seem like a feast is in progress, the display also includes a magic wand, and X-Wing Starfighter/pilot/Yavin 4 Lego combo. Nice, huh? It’s pretty sweet.

I’m sure the longer I work at this undisclosed location, the more items I’ll accumulate and be able to show off. I’m excited by the prospect, really! I think of my small collection as conversation-starters and interest-attractors! I’ll have you know that my TARDIS bobble actually got one small boy to try Doctor Who. Seriously! I was informed that he became quite involved and gobbled up what Netflix had to offer.

Go me!

Do you fly your geek flag in your work space? Hit me up in the comments!

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Can The Rock and Bruce Willis Make It Better?

Seriously, how many movies are The Rock and Bruce Willis in this year? Every time I turn around there’s a new trailer out with one of them is in it. It appears that studios have it in their heads that these two will “spruce up” any movie. And while that might work in some cases (The Rock in Fast Five), it’s not for others (Bruce Willis in Alpha Dog, The Rock in The Tooth Fairy). So is it possible that bringing both actors in on G.I. Joe: Retaliation will  repair the damage done to our fanboy/fangirl hearts by Rise of the Cobra?

Cobra Commander, the way he should look. (image source: MGM)

Cobra Commander, the way he should look. (image source: MGM)

If we’re making a decision based on what we’ve seen in trailers, then the answer is a strong maybe. The trailers make that film look like it’s going to be an action-packed blockbuster but that’s what trailers are supposed to do. They’re supposed to get you hyped up. Trailers can be deceiving though (remember Funny People? Wasn’t funny at all!). I did notice some improvements from the first one. Snake Eyes doesn’t have a mouth anymore, they fixed Cobra Commander’s helmet, and they added Ray Stevenson to the cast (he really does make a movie better, i.e. Punisher: War Zone). However, Channing Tatum is still in the film (although I think he might get killed off). Two out of three ain’t bad, I guess.

I can’t help but feel that this film won’t be as great as I’m wanting it to be. The first film let me down greatly, as I’m sure it did many others, so it’s going to take something major to renew my faith in this series. Bringing back Storm Shadow helps, as long as his return from death isn’t because he’s a clone or something stupid like that. Clones, like zombies, are overrated. They’re staying true to the original series by bringing in characters like Flint, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, and Jinx, instead of making up new characters that no one is going to care about. And the side-of-a-mountain ninja battle looks like it’s going to be pretty epic. Not to mention, RZA is part of the cast as well, playing Blind Master. Being a fan of Wu-Tang, I find this to be awesome.

Is Storm Shadow a clone? Let's hope not. (image source: MGM)

Is Storm Shadow a clone? Let’s hope not. (image source: MGM)

With this film, I’m going to wait and see  before making my complete judgement. The trailer urges me to believe it will be better, but the trailers for the first film made me think it was going to be good, and I was let down. I don’t want to think that MGM is relying on The Rock and Bruce Willis to be the driving forces of this fill but there’s a good chance that is what they’re going for. Hopefully they’ve put a little more into this film than two blockbuster action stars and crossed fingers for good luck. A stronger script with a solid plot, talented actors that aren’t in need of an acting coach (I’m talking to you,Tatum), and some wicked action sequences are going to make Retaliation the better G.I. Joe film.

 

G.I.

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Someone Make My Childhood Cartoons Real!

By “real,” I mean “live-action.”

Some people really aren’t fans of their favorite childhood cartoons being made into live-action representations, but I’m usually pretty excited by the whole process. Well, that is until I actually watch the film, and then I understand their disgust.

Ever since the live-action Ninja Turtles movies, I’ve wanted more and more of my favorite cartoons to be made “real.” G.I. Joe and Transformers didn’t quite cut it for me, so here’s a list of the ones I want to see made, and hopefully someone in Hollywood will read this and make something happen.

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The Eighties version of semi-awesomeness

1. Masters of the Universe

I know there has already been a live-action film made for Masters, but it definitely needs a renewal. Don’t get me wrong, Dolph Lundgren was magnificent as He-Man, and Frank Langella’s performance as Skeletor was definitely Oscar-worthy, but I’m sure there are other actors out there that could portray the characters better. Not to mention, CGI and special effects have come a long way since the ’80s, so they can definitely do some pretty badass stuff.

2. Thundercats

This is one of my favorite cartoons of all time, and I’ve wanted a live-action film made of this for years, now. It’s about time for it to happen! There were rumors of a CGI film being made years ago, but it never got off the ground. A fan-made trailer was created that looked pretty incredible and gave me a bit of hope, but it was only a fan-made trailer, nothing more. I’m hoping with all of the comic book film success and the success of the cartoon reboot that Hollywood will make the move to bring the Thundercats, Mumm-Ra, and the Mutants to life.

"Let's get dangerous!"

“Let’s get dangerous!”

3. Darkwing Duck

Thinking about this brings to mind the tragedy that was Howard the Duck, yet I still want this to happen. Just the thought of a famous actor (Sam Rockwell) decked out as Darkwing, feathers and all, makes me giddy. Not quite sure who would play Launchpad McQuack, but it needs to be some who can play “the goofball” very convincingly. But save Gizmo Duck for the sequel. Maybe even get Christopher Nolan to give it the Dark Knight treatment or maybe even give it a Mystery Men feel.

4. Voltron

People love giant robots, people love space, and people love colorful costumes. Voltron has all of that and so much more! Just like Thundercats, there have been rumors of a Voltron movie being made for years now, but so far nada. The world needs less Transformers and more Voltron, so back off Michael Bay. This one probably won’t happen for a while so I’ll have to settle for Pacific Rim to get my giant robot fix. Sigh.

What cartoons would you like to see made into a live-action film?

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