Netflix on Wii – Spring

Yes, it’s true.  As I was deliberating over whether I thought a Roku player would be worth it and if I thought I could afford it, I Googled once more “netflix on Wii” and found this blog.

Following the link to Netflix, I have reserved my disc to be sent when available in the Spring.  Of course, I want it right now, but knowing that it’s coming, and realizing the first 3 seasons of Farscape are available via streaming, I’m pretty much in stream heaven.  (I’d be all the way if all 4 + PW were on, but whatevs.)

It’s only SD, but if you’re such a purist, use your laptop or go buy an XBOX.

So go reserve your disc!  I don’t know if there are limitations, but it doesn’t matter, cuz my copy is coming!  YEAH!

Princesses, Frogs, and New Orleans = Happy

John Lasseter is probably the best thing to happen to Disney since Walt Disney.  Not only does he have a command of CGI art with Pixar, he respects the beauty of the original 2D art.  We get the original formula and in my opinion, The Princess and the Frog was a huge success!

A lot of people are trying to make this movie about “the first black princess” and other PC garbage.  Being one raised on principles of judge the character, not the color, and believing the messages of Sesame Street and other kid programs that “peoples is peoples” I went into this movie looking for a good and honest story and I found one.

So, let’s get to the review.

CHARACTERS

Tiana is among my top favorite Disney heroines.  It’s probably a tie between her and Mulan.  What can I say, I like the power woman characters, and Tiana speaks to me on multiple levels, especially considering she touts the principles of hard work and effort in an increasingly entitlement society.  She’s cute, witty, hard-working and just all around awesome.

I like that Prince Naveen is basically the opposite of Tiana in character traits.  I also like that he’s non-traditional, that he’s not initially there to save a damsel in distress.  We know he’s a good guy, he just needs someone like Tiana to set the example for him to shed his less desirable traits. 😉

The villain, Dr. Facilier, I thought was the weakest in the mix, but he’s acceptable.  I don’t know what I’d offer to help make him more interesting.  He just left a lot of holes in his own plot is all I’m saying, but since he’s not the major focus of the film, I was willing to give it a pass.

There were numerous lovable characters including Ray, Louis, Mama Odie and Charlotte.  I loved them all!

ANIMATION

It’s what I’ve been waiting for.  A return to tradition, and what a fantastic place to bring to life.  I’ve been to New Orleans, and I loved seeing familiar sights and hearing about the different foods I’ve tried.  If you’ve been to New Orleans, then you owe yourself this movie at least to take a trip down memory lane.

The credits also have that Pixar stylistic touch, for those art fanatics out there.  Thank you John.

MUSIC

I’ve been a soundtrack fanatic.  But the last several years, I haven’t found as much that’s spoken to me.  (What’s the last great soundtrack John Williams did?  The last one I picked up from him was HP3).  I didn’t come out thinking that’s the best soundtrack ever.  But after a few days, I found the songs stuck in my head and had to grab them.  I still love it.  And I got it via MP3 download on Amazon.com for $7.99.  It might still be available for that.

I’m a fan of the Randy Newman style, even though I worry about him getting a little tired for sound, since he did like 90% of the Pixar stuff.  I know some people were against him because he was white, but that’s what we call racism, so stop.  His style fits this piece, deal with it.

OVERALL

They didn’t paint this to be in a futuristic lollipops and candy world.  They still addressed some prejudices we unfortunately see, whether Tiana dealing with the realtors, or views of Cajuns.  I liked that they showed it isn’t necessarily voodoo that’s evil, but the person using it (Dr. Facilier vs. Mama Odie).

Parents, what better film could you ask for than one that says you can’t just wish for something, you’ve got to work hard to make it happen.  That you’ve got to really examine what you need vs. what you want to be happy (Dig a Lil Deeper) and don’t trade what you want now for what you want most.

Loved it!  Go see it!

Rating: A+

Harry Potter 6 Final Trailer!

It’s too awesome for words.  Just watch it!

Invincible Volume 10 arriving soon!

It’s due out February 25, but you can get it from Amazon March 1.  Does this annoy anyone else?  Anyways, it’ll be out and I’ve been craving Invincible like mad.  The cover art below.

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Invincible: Finally a Better Use for that Name than Football!

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I love comics, not in the way the otakus standing outside the comic shop eager to buy the next issue love comics, but despite the usual stigma you can catch me reading them on the train.  The trouble for me is time.  Much as I would love to read everything, I just can’t, so I’m selective as to what I spend my time reading.  Lately I’ve been into manga (Japanese comics), but when a friend recommended the Invincible series I put a pause on my manga addiction.

I wasn’t disappointed.

Invincible is the story of a young superhero with Superboy-like roots, but with a less kryptonian interesting twist.  Created by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker and published by Image Comics, this comic series is nothing you want to pass up.

NOTABLE CHARACTERS (sans-spoilers):

invincible011Invincible, alias Mark Grayson.  The teenage son of Nolan (Omni-man) and Debbie Grayson.  At 7 years old, Mark’s father told him he was Omni-man, an alien from a planet called Viltrum and that he’d probably start exhibiting powers after puberty.  The comic starts when Mark receives them and decides to be a superhero like his father before him.

invincible07Omni-Man, alias Nolan Grayson.  Member of the Guardians of the Globe (think Justice League), and alien from the planet Viltrum.  According to conversations with his son Mark, Viltrum is not disimilar to Krypton, in that they gained peace and technology and the Viltrumites decided to share it with the world.  Nolan was assigned to protect Earth from any alien threats and took on the persona of Omni-man, and secret identity of Nolan Grayson, a travel books writer.

invincible02Atom Eve, alias Samantha Eve Wilkins.  Classmate of Mark and a part of the “Teen Team.”  At first I wanted to lump her into the usefulness powers category of Jubilee, but a later issue explains what is is Eve can REALLY do and it’s pretty cool.  Her origins story is also pretty interesting.

invincible03Allen the Alien. This character is a pleasant surprise to the plot.  A victim of empire-like destruction and take-over of species, Allen and Mark become friends in protecting the world and eventually the universe.  Aside from being just as strong and tough as Invincible, he’s just cool.

invincible06Robot. Leader of the “Teen Team,” and eventually becomes involved with the Guardians of the Globe.  He’s super intelligent, and also becomes more than he seems.  Another character with a great backstory.  That’s probably why this series works, they put a lot of effort into the important characters.

invincible05Mauler Twins.  Two villains I never get tired of.  They’re always bickering over who is the clone and who is the original, while being mad geniuses and some fun foes of the superheroes.  They seem to creep into issues being both unexpected but fitting at the same time.

invincible04Angstrom Levy.  Another villain that makes for interesting twists in the series.  And with a name like that, you’ve gotta be destined for supervillainess (it just works, don’t you think?)  His powers are being able to teleport from dimension to dimension, which also makes for probably my favorite villain/hero interaction in the series.

There are loads others, but this gives you a quick idea of the Invincible universe.

Still wondering why you should read it?

Well, aside from being another well-written superhero comic, if you’re into the show Heroes, this just takes it a step further when the world actually has superheroes in full costume hanging around.  It’s got witty humor, fun sarcasm, farse, and I think offers as real a view you can get (I mean, this is a superhero comic) on what it might be like to suddenly become a bonified superhero.

We usually see the superheroes as superheroes, but what about the rough starts?  Think of this as more of a Peter Parker, I’m a superhero but I’ve also got regular problems too.

It just works.

So give it a try.  There are several ways you can do this (and praise your local library if they’ve got it).

You can go issue by issue, which may be harder now that we’re nearly 60 issues in (as of Feb 2, 2009), though you’ll get the story the quickest at around $2.99 per issue.

You can get the paperbacks (what I recommend) at around $11 and up a piece which usually contain 4 issues.  So basically once 4 more issues have come out you can expect another paperback.

Or if you want something more collectible, there’s the Ultimate Collections, which contain usually 3 paperback’s worth of issues at around $23 and up per book, though this takes the longest, since you’d need a lot more issues to have come out.  (The 4th one is supposed to come out this month or soon, it varies from source to source).

You can check out the first issue online at Image Comics here and see what you think.  (For how long, I dunno).

It’s a good series though, and if you’re feeling burnt out on comics or animation, well, this seemed to help revive me.

Rating: A+

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Fall 2008 Most Anticipated TV Shows – Dee

So with Harry Potter pushed back to July 2009, I’m not feeling terribly motivated about the upcoming movie season. Luckily, there’s some good TV to be had for entertainment in the meantime!

These are the top shows I’ve been dying to see back on the air, starting from last to first (though not saying any show is necessarily bad, after all, they made the list). I’ve only chosen seven, because that’s honestly all I’ve got time for, and barely even that (thank goodness for the internet rewind eps). Everything else I’ll probably catch on DVD much later. Anyways, here we are:

DEE’S MOST ANTICIPATED TV SHOW – FALL 2008

7. Battlestar Galactica
What? you say. Seventh? Well, simply because it won’t be gracing us with its presence until January 2009. 😦 But there are webisodes coming out in October (1st). For those who haven’t caught on with the BSG wave, now’s as good a time as any to borrow seasons from friends, Netflix, the library, or purchase. If you’re any kind of sci-fi you’ve got to give this show a look.

6. Dexter
I hated season two. There, I said it. Lila ruined it for me. But I absolutely adored season one, and likely because they stuck to the book for the most part. With all of that being said, I’m a little eager, but a little fearful as to what we might get from season three. This is pretty much the do or die season for me. If I can’t reconnect with Dashing Dex this season, then I’m out, and I’ll just have to rewatch season one when I need a fix every now and again. (First season available on Netflix Instaview, btw). Dexter returns to Showtime Sunday, September 28th.

5. 24
Yeah, technically it returns in 2009 as well, except for some kind of “prequel” or in between seasons episode called “Exile” that will air Sunday, November 23rd. Having been to Comic-Con and seeing Carlos Bernard present made me smile. I don’t think he’ll be appearing in Exile, but you can bet your sweet bippy he’ll be in the new season. Whether or not that makes you happy… well, I’m smiling. Tony is one of my favorite characters and I’m not sure whom I like better between the two: Jack or Tony. Yeah, it’s entirely possible this may be the season the show really jumps the shark (and maybe you believe it already has). Until then, I eagerly await Jack’s return. Season 7 will resume 2009.

4. Smallville
I really think this show jumped the shark in a major way a long time ago (*cough* Lana *cough*), but I’m an avid Superman fan, and somehow I’ll be stuck with this show until it’s finally had all the life squeezed out of it. The Supergirl and Green Arrow story lines have done a lot to revive it, but I like things to go out on a high note, and hopefully this will be season finish. I guess only time will tell. Anyways, it seems the “justice league” will be back to look for Clark in the first episode. (I mean, come on, did we really believe he was “dead.”) Look for the Green Arrow, Black Canary, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter on Thursday, September 18th.

3. Heroes
A lot the same deal as Dexter, LOVED season one, did not love season two. Granted, the writer’s strike did its damage, but my faith in the show is waning. I’m hoping season three will prove we’ve still got a great show. Personally I’d like to see season two packaged with season three (to make it worthwhile buying). Look forward to seeing our Heroes back in action Monday, September 22nd.

2. The Office
I jumped on this bandwagon super late, as in this year. Thanks to Netflix Instaview, getting through the first three seasons was a piece of cake, and thanks to NBC, season four was also easily viewed. I am in absolute love with this show. Mostly I watch it for Jim and Dwight interactions, but as I’ve watched and rewatched episodes, all of the characters have something unique and fun about them. This show is so incredibly well-written. I don’t know what the whole stink was about season four (some said they didn’t like it) but maybe because I was able to watch episodes one right after the other the experience was different? I can see the series coming to its peak this season, but hopefully the writing is well-done enough we can maybe finish with six seasons? Of course, the way the execs are these days they either cancel too early or too late. 😉 See the Office Thursday, September 25th.

And here it is, the show that won it’s way into the number one spot in my heart and that I’m dying to see most of all:

1. Pushing Daisies
I don’t know what it is about this show. Scooby Doo meets Tales from the Crypt meets Tim Burton? If you haven’t viewed the 9 episodes from last season, get on it! (See ABC for 4 of them, Surfthechannel.com for the rest in ok quality, or catch them on DVD September 16th). I think the sheer randomness of the show is what draws me to it. I love the musical side of it, Jim Dale’s narration, and for some reason come away every episode with the worst craving for pie. 😉 This is the kind of show I’ve always wanted to see on TV and usually see get canceled before it can even get going (see Freaks & Geeks and Firefly). Luckily it made the cut and it will be back in all its delicious glory Wednesday, October 1st.

That’s it for me. Hopefully Mac will post her own anticipated list soon. Feel free to add your own shows you can’t wait to see in the comments of either of our posts. Finally, September has arrived!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer OFFICIAL

It’s finally here. It will be trailing the front of the new Mummy movie, but it’s available for a peek below and in higher quality here (QT required).

David Yates is again directing this sixth movie, and since he did a fantastic job with the fifth (especially after that Mike Newell tragedy) I’m wetting myself with eagerness for November. Enjoy! Enjoy!