Monday, May 19, 2008

Where Did the Week Go?

I was sitting here at work, taking a short break when it occurred to me it's been about nine days since I last wrote a post here. It wasn't a planned break, but it was probably a needed one. Angie (my wife) has been having issues at work (there are some people there who truly suck), my kids had strep throat (fun!) and then there's the whole Pistons/Wings playoff runs that have me in front of a TV just about every night watching one game or another. As for the Tigers, let's just pretend they don't exist for now. (Never in my wildest dreams did I think the team would be at the bottom of the AL past mid-May. They've now been shut out seven times. That's just ridiculous.)

Latching on to Bill's post about Conan. I'm seriously thinking of giving that game a go. I never really got into World of Warcraft. I first played it about a year after its initial release and that only last a month or two. LOTRO I jumped on from the start, and I enjoyed that a lot, but even on that one I let my subscription lapse after only two months. It's not that I don't think those games are any fun. I just like a little more purpose to my swords and sorcery gaming than an MMO generally provides. Just leveling up and collecting gear only does so much for me and the social aspects of those games were never a big draw. I like big, epic stories. Plus there's that whole monthly subscription thing that I find just plain irksome.

Wrapping up, today I actually really started to get excited for the new Indiana Jones movie. I've seen a lot of negative criticism of it, with a few positive bits mixed in. The consensus seems to be it falls somewhere in between Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade, but well short of Raiders of the Lost Ark. As long as we're not talking a collapse of Star Wars proportions, I can live with that. I just want to see a new flick with the man in the hat. I want to hear the theme music blaring from theater speakers. In short, I want to be reminded of what it was like as a kid to go to the theater and see the first three movies.

I'm hoping to prep for the experience by watching my DVDs of the trilogy, which I haven't watched since they were first released a few years ago (and that I've never watched on my projector screen). If I do, maybe I'll do an Indy movie round-up along the lines of the Marvel movie round-up I did a week ago last Friday.


Brandon said...

I'll save you the trouble:

Raiders - Yay!
Temple - Meh.
Last Crusade - Not bad.

There you go. ;)

Jeremy said...

Looking forward to the Indy movie round-up as I quite enjoyed your Marvel post.

And you should plan to do a DC movie round-up just before "The Dark Knight" comes out.

todd brakke said...

Brandon, I tend to agree, but I've read multiple Skull write-ups where the writers all picked Last Crusade as the weakest of the series. I don't agree, but I see their point. Some things in that movie were pretty awful (like the raping of Marcus Brody's character).

Jeremy, I've been thinking about how to do a DC roundup... whether I'd want to go all the way back to the Richard Donner Superman movies or stick to the more recent re-launches... better to do 'em all I guess, so that I can reiterate my hatred of Joel Schumacher. :)

Brandon said...

When the Raiders box set came out a few years ago, we watched them all one night after the other and I thought that Doom was the weakest. Short Round and Kate Capshaw were both horribly, horribly annoying.

If you cover all of the DC movies, check out the Richard Donner cut of Superman 2. It's not perfect, and one scene in particular doesn't jive with Superman's character, but it's much better than the theatrical release. Also, don't forget Constantine as Vertigo was a DC imprint. Personally, I quite liked that movie, even if it wasn't a true representation of John Constantine.

After the DC write up, we'll need the indie write up with Hellboy, 30 Days of Night, Ghost World, Sin City, From Hell and V for Vendetta to name a few.

todd brakke said...

Come on, man. Who doesn't like Short Round? "Hey, lady. You call him Dr. Jones!"

I saw Constantine. I honestly don't remember what I thought of that one. I know I wanted to like it for whatever that's worth, but at the moment I couldn't begin to tell you what it was really about.

Anyway, I haven't seen any of the movies from those non-DC/Marvel properties. I've actually wanted to see 'em all, but for some reason have never made the time. Maybe that can be a summer project for me. :)

Brandon said...

Add 300, Road to Perdition and A Brief History of Violence to the list too as they're excellent movies and all based on graphic novels.