childhood memories

r.i.p. chris cornell

Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle) passed away yesterday, May 17, 2017, he was 52.

Like me, you probably know him best for being the frontman of Soundgarden and Audioslave. His wonderful lyric writing ability and powerful vocals will always be part of my formative teen years. I specifically remember MTV playing Temple of the Dog‘s Hunger Strike constantly the day after 9/11, it just felt appropriate.

A wonderful talent that will be missed for sure, thanks for sharing your musical gifts with us.

star wars rebels – twin suns

The episode Twin Suns in Star Wars Rebels season 3 premiered this weekend. If you haven’t kept up with Rebels, you should go back and start this series. In no time you’ll catch up to season 3, in fact, you’d probably get there faster than light speed ūüôā

This show has been a lot of fun, and season 3 amps that up in a way I was not expecting.
The latest episode (Twin Suns) cements this series to the original trilogy even more. The last scene hit me and left me emotional in way that I wasn’t expecting, it manages to tie in the prequels with the original trilogy. Bravo!

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Eugene

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my top two movies of 2016

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year continued with the nostalgia trip.

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rogue one: a star wars story – more star warrrrs, nuthin’ but star waaars!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first stand-alone film installment in the epic space opera of Star Wars Anthology series. Rogue One is directed by Gareth Edwards, written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, from a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta. It stars; Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, DonnieYen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. 
The plot follows Jyn Erso (Jones), the daughter of the designer of the Death Star, and her quest to retrieve the plans for destroying it. Continue reading

pete’s dragon (2016) – more than a remake/update

Pete’s Dragon is the 2016 version of the original premise from the 1977 film. This version is directed by David Lowery with a screenplay from Lowery and Toby Halbrooks. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford. It’s about a kid who survives a car crash, who’s then orphaned, and then meets a dragon in upper north west. Flash forward to six years later and how does the “modern” world deal with this unlikely pair. Continue reading

the little prince [updated]- it’s finally here!

Quick update, you can watch this film on Netflix now! Watch it this weekend, you’ll be glad you did.

The Little Prince is a English language French animated movie. It uses computer animation and stop motion animation to tell the story of The Little Prince,¬†a young boy on asteroid¬†B612¬†who travels to Earth and encounters an¬†Aviator¬†stranded in the desert. But this time we have a girl who’s whole life is planned out, her mother didn’t factor in their next door neighbor…
This film is directed by Mark Osborne, with a script from Irena Brignull and Bob Persichetti, based on the classic novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The film features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Rickey Gervaise, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks and Mackenzie Foy. Continue reading

san diego comic con 2016 (photo heavy)

The 2016 San Diego Comic Con International (SDCC) has come and gone. This year is the first time that SDCC is implementing the RFID badges, where you have to scan in and out. It worked very well.
This year I focused on people rather than seeing and buying things. It was great to run into people, really reminded me of how SDCC used to be.

Didn’t spend the bulk of my time hanging out with my usual friends, but I got to meet up with other friends, which is always great.

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stranger things – don’t binge and don’t watch in the dark

Stranger Things is a Netflix Original that’s available now. It’s a melding of genres; supernatural, science fiction, horror, period piece… It’s set in 1980s Indiana where a young boy mysteriously goes missing and we spend the rest of the season finding him and finding answers. All eight episodes were released on July 15, I fought hard not to binge watch them. Continue reading

voltron: legendary defender – an upgrade from the original

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a reboot of the original Voltron from the eighties. This version is brought to us by Dreamworks Animation and Netflix. This new series is a mix of anime and CG, for when the Voltron Lions are on screen.

First of all, this is better than the original and the subsequent attempted reboots. It color coordinates the Lions with their pilots. No longer is Keith piloting the Black Lion, he pilots the Red Lion and Lance pilots the Blue Lion. Shiro (Sven the Norwegian in the original version) pilots the Black Lion and remains the leader of the team.
Next improvement would be the look, it has an anime feel with the character designs which is drawing (pun intended) back to the original Beast King GoLion series from Toei Animation in Japan, before it was re-purposed for Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which is probably the more well known iteration. But then you have the CG mix of the the robot Lions along with the re-design of the formed Voltron robot. It again draws back to is anime roots and this time the Voltron robot has a hint of a Gundam in the design, with the wings folded down instead of out. There’s also use of the multiple weapons, as opposed to just the Blazing Sword.

But the biggest improvement is the story. Legendary Defender has a narrative that arcs over more than just the 11 episodes that are on Netflix now (the pilot episode counts as 3 because it’s 68 mins long, followed by 10 episodes running 23 mins long). Whereas the original had basically one episode duplicated 72 times. If you’ve seen one episode you’ve seen them all, there’s a problem, a monster is involved, Voltron combines and vanquishes said monster. The reboot has a larger scale to their mission to defeat the enemy, and for that I’m very appreciative. So much so that I didn’t binge watch these episodes, cause I didn’t want it to end, hence the late review.

Go watch Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix now.

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Eugene