Sunday, October 23, 2005

Freaking Liability!

Shadow of the Colossus is too good for words. The incredible feeling of impending doom as you pass the ridge and gaze at the huge monstrosity about to attack you. Anyone else would run away, but for some reason, with a grim determination, you charge. It's beautiful. I've taken down seven of the things so far. It's been a lot of fun.

That Star Wars Miniatures tourney? I went, there were only three other players. We were playing Classic era, so I quickly assembled an impromptu Rebel Alliance squad and went to the battlefield. Didn't do too well, but there was only one round anyway. I got a promotional figure and a new Cloud City map anyway, so I'm happy. I think I'll check out the Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures scene next week.

Up the Down Staircase proceeds well. I've got my lines down finally, and all I have to worry about is opening night. We open on a Thursday night which is TERRIBLE. By the time the performance ends, there's no time for me to get the next day's schoolwork done. Plus, it's the one night we're guaranteed to screw up on. Oh well.

New Transformers have finally shown up in my neck of the woods. I acquired Sideways who is excellent. Fun in both modes, yes.

The accompanying TV show has really improved. The drama, suspense and plot twists have made it feel like it came from the Beast Wars era. A shame there's only an episode or two left before it goes into reruns.

Lou: 'Sup, teach?
Sylvia: 'Sup, pupe!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Oh, that zany Jack Thompson! You never know what he's going to say next!

So I got the Revenge of the Sith miniatures starter set. It's pretty cool. My Seperatist force is now quite the force to be reckoned with. I'm considering playing in a tournament later in the month, now that I have a map.

Up the Down Staircase is rolling along fine, though I really should be studying my lines right now. If you want to see it, send me the money and I'll send you a ticket. Must provide own transportation.

Yugioh GX is kind of nifty, I guess.

I'm debating whether or not I want to read Mostly Harmless and So Long And Thanks For All The Fish, as I hear they're quite bad compared to the first three. I do need something to read until The Swarm War comes out in December

I really do not like German. I have got to have the most obnoxious classmates ever.

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie looks really good so far. It should blow Emma Watson and the Prisoner of Azkaban out of the water. Not that that's terribly hard.

Also, my Yugioh writing career is dead. It didn't lead a terribly prosperous life, mind you, but I got some cash out of it, so I'm reasonably satisfied.

SADIE: All teachers. At the end of home room period, send those students who have failed to report for checkout because they've left the building to Mr. McHabe.
SYLVIA: (to BEA) How do we send students who've left the building?
BEA: (smiling as she goes) It'll be a challenge.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

No power in the 'verse can stop me.

Be Warned: Spoilers for "Serenity" follow. Leave now to avoid them. Trust me on this.

Oh man, that was great.

I laughed. I cried. And I cheered. Even as a relative newb to Firefly, having seen the TV show only two weeks ago, I loved the film. Joss Whedon has proved his genius to me, and I'm really looking forward to hopefully getting more movies, since he says he wants to keep it movies now.

I was amazed that the actors and crew managed to keep the feal of the Firefly world, even after about two or three years of being away from it. It really felt like a longer episode of Firefly. I could easily picture it as a two-part season finale.

It was cool finally seeing the Reavers after only having glimpses throughout the series. I can see why everyone is so afraid of them. And well they should, after seeing their origin story.

The great writing continues, and I find myself quoting it all the time. The trailors alone showcase a lot of it. Also, everyone seemed in character and they all had their spotlight.

The space battle with the Alliance vs. the Reavers was excellent. I had a bad feeling about it, but it turned out great. I felt every hit Serenity took and it was great seeing all the well-done CGI on the ships. Looked like something out of Star Wars.

Wash. It's amazing how fast laughter can change to tears. He was in the middle of his "leaf in the wind" line, and I was laughing at it. Then he up and dies. My sleeve was near soaked by the time I stopped crying.

I couldn't believe all the near-misses that followed. I was expecting more character deaths after Wash. I thought Zoe was out when she got shot, then I thought Kaylee was leaving us when she got hit with the darts, and then Simon looked like he was about to buy the farm when he got shot. Then River jumps into the fray, leaving the remaining crew. I thought for sure that River was going to fall, and then those darn tears came back.

It was all I could do to keep myself from jumping up and cheering when it showed River wiping the floor with the Reavers.

Oh yeah, Mal vs. The Operative. Very nicely done. The story did a good job of characterizing The Operative, when he could've asily been just another random assassin. I laughed out loud when it showed Mal holding the tiny scalpel against The Operatives giant knife. Cool battle scene, that.

Interesting that the movie answered enough questions, but still leaving it open for another movie or TV series. All I know is, if there is indeed more, I'll be first in line.

Rating: A-

You really can't stop the signal.