“There comes a time when even gods must die.” – Lex Luthor


Recently I picked up the animated movie “Superman – Doomsday” on DVD. It’s an adaptation of the “Death of Superman” storyline from DC comics that came out in the early 90’s. “The Death of Superman” comic books where one of the first comic books I started reading and one of the resins why I started getting into comic book collecting.

Death Of SupermanThe storyline was very engaging and sad all at the same time. When someone like Superman dies it really does affect you. At the time it affected a lot of people. Not just comic book fans. To many people see Superman is more then a comic book hero. He represents hope, freedom, and goodwill. He is all that is good in everyone single one of us. So his death hit a lot of people hard

4012.jpgThe comic book also had some very memorable quotes.

Enjoy your reign while you may, Superman.
For as surely as night follows day…
There comes a time when even gods must die.

Lex Luthor

To get back to the DVD. It did not find it very good at all. Bad acting, Bad Art, and a very inaccurate telling of the story. But the thing that makes this DVD worth owning and what makes up for all the previously stated flaws are the extras. Included on the disk is “a retrospective look at how the Death of Superman comic came to be”. You get to see how the story line for the death of Superman came to be. How the writers get together and write out the storyline. Its all very interesting and historical. I had no idea any of this was going to be on the DVD when I picked it up but I’m glad it was because I don’t feel like I waisted my money as a result.

Transformers – The Live Action Movie – My Thought

So for the last week i have been trying to write this post. It’s not been easy for me because their are so many things i want to touch on about the Transformers movie, but at the same time i don’t want to boar everyone to death about it.

Originally this post started off as a letter to Micheal Bay (the director of the Transformers movie) pointing out some basic time and money saving things he could have done. But as you will read you will see that Micheal Bay’s own personal two year vision of the Transformers is what he wanted to make. Not the already existing and well known 20 year old mythology of the story.

I have been an avid fan of the Transformers most of my life. I feel that this makes me some what of an authority on the subject. I have seen all the Transformers cartoons and I have read all the Transformers comic books. I remember growing up and my older brother coming home from college on the weekends and bringing me a new Transformers toy just about every time that he visited.  When I was a teenager, I remember saving my allowance for months sometimes, just to buy Transformers comic books I could find from local comic book shops. I have so many memories, wonderful memories around these robots and their adventures. I have waited my whole life for a live action Transformers movie – and on July 3rd, 2007, in Juneau Alaska, I was the first person in line for the first showing to see that movie.

The movie that Micheal Bay has made is fantastically inaccurate and was very disappointing to me, personally. I think that he has made one of the best movies of the year, if not the best movie of the year. It is a visual symphony of special effects, acting talent and some of the best directing I have ever seen. The film that was made, however, is not representative of The Transformers.

Micheal Bay mentioned in a blog post that I read before it was taken down, “I cut my fee 30% so I could make this at home.” I think that is very amazing and I don’t think an act like that should go unacknowledged. As a Transformers fan I have so much respect for him because of that single act.

In the same breath, I want to tell Micheal Bay how I think he could have only cut his fee by 20% instead of  30%. I don’t know very much about the movie making business.  But, I do think he could have saved a lot of money with the writing. The script for Transformers film had already been written for him. In September of 1984, Marvel Comics released “The Transformers” ( http://www.thetransformers.net/review.asp?MenuID=207 ). Looking at this, he would have already had a completed written script. Granted, you might have had to hire a writer to update a few things‚ so that it would be current for 2007. This solution, to me, sounds much cheaper than hiring 2 writers to create a whole new Transformers story. But again, I don’t know much about how to make a movie … it just seems that he could have saved some money by doing this. Micheal Bay also would not have upset numerous Transformers fans like me, because the story would essentially be correct.

To quote Micheal Bay again from his blog post, “Tom had one creative meeting with me for one hour and ten minutes to be exact about a year ago. He told he was the uber fan boy and was going to protect me from the minefields. The type of minefields on the Net like‚ “Damn you Michael Bay‚” ‚”You wrecked my childhood Michael Bay‚” and other various web death threats I received. Tom proceeded to tell me how much he had problems with the robot designs and script issues. I realized he was worlds apart in my vision.”

This, I think, was his biggest mistake.  The Transformers rejuvenation in recent years has not been a result of his vision of how they should be. Fans are not walking around talking to each other thinking “Wouldn’t Prime look so much better as a long nose truck?” The return of interest in the Transformers has been because of the iconic characters and the classic story line of good vs evil.

Micheal Bay has stated in past interviews that he is not a fan of the “blocky” shapes of the original G1 Transformers, so he decided to have them changed. To me, that is like saying Superman has been wearing his red cape for too long. Maybe it should be green, and perhaps shorter. Or, maybe just remove it altogether. Changes like this do not make sense to me. Later, he stated that Industrial Light & Magic would not be able to make the blocky G1 style of the original Transformers work. The arms and legs would not be able to move in all the ways that would be required by the movie. I can understand making minor modifications to the G1 style of characters so that they could physically move the way you would need them to. But to flat out say that ILM could not make it work is something I have a hard time swallowing. ILM is the world’s best at special effects. If they would not be able to get G1 Transformers to work, then I think their work as special effects artists does not deserve the credit that it has been so highly given.

“I never spoke creatively with Don. I read his notes kind of trashing the script and making me and the writers feel like a big shit pile.”

It sounds to me as if two people that Micheal Bay worked with knew more about the Transformers mythology than he did.  They tried to correct the mistakes in the script that he was working from.  Perhaps, he should  correct his two year vision of the Transformers to be more accurate with the twenty year-old mythology that Transformers fans are familiar with.

Waiting as long as I have for this movie to be made, only to be disappointed with the results, is very depressing. I can only hope that with time someone will remake this movie to more accurately represent the Transformers as loyal fans have come to know and love them. They are already doing this with other franchises like Batman and Superman. I really wish I could get a refund for my ticket.

Superman Returns

Superman Returns

Superman. The name and the symbol instill images of truth and justice in all of us around the world. In a world where we have no control over politics or global changes, here is a man who is able to do things we all wish we could do. He is the good that is with in all human-beings. He gives us hope and a resin to cheer again. Super, is the only way to describe a man who is cable of doing things that we can only imagine.

Saturday Hannah and myself went to see Superman Returns at the movie theater. It was simply amazing. All the power and strength that you know Superman has you can really see truly for the first time in this movie. We had watched the first Superman movie the week before so we could be a little refreshed on the story line and the characters. It helped to see the first movie again but it’s not a requirement at all. This was also the first movie i had ever seen where the audience cheer at through out the movie. i left feeling really good.

Their have been 4 Superman movies starting Christopher Reeve and to be honest, Superman 3 and 4 where bad. So bad in fact that the director of Superman Returns (Bryan Singer) is saying that his movie is to replace movies 3 and 4 and be the new 3. So when going to see this movie try to forget movies 3 and 4 if you have seen them.

So if you get a chance, check this movie out. let me know what you think.

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Transformers Movie TicketsI picked up my Transformers movie tickets last week. Tuesday afternoon is the first showing of the movie here in Juneau AK and that’s the tickets I Got. By boss has been warned I will be taking the afternoon to go see this film.

I am both exited and upset about it. This movie has been something I have waited for since I was 4 years old. I watched Transformers on TV all the time in the 80’s and as I got older i collected the comic books. I know the Transformers mythology like the back of my hand. So if something does not go like it’s supposed to in this film it is going to stick out like a sore thumb to me.

<i>I feel my self going in to a rant here</i>

Michael Bay directed this film. That alone makes a lot of core Transformers fans flinch. A lot of us fans followed as much about this film as we could on line. I think we were all pretty vocal about what we were expecting to see out of this film. (The producers of this film and even the Director asked us on line want we wanted to see.) As each day went on we are coming to realize that they are not making a film that the fans want to see. Bay was just making a film he wanted to make.

For the last year or so we have slowly seen new Transformers move trailers hit the net. As I watched each one as they came out it became quite clear that Michael Bay was not listening to fans, did not care about the Mythology, or even held a Transformers comic book in his hands. He clearly does not understand why the franchise is so popular to warrant a movie. I think he was just happy to have work after Pearl Harber bombed.

But here i am. With two movie tickets to see the first showing of Transformers in Juneau. I am in denial. I think that maybe. Just Maybe i am wrong, That maybe this movie will not be as bad as i am predicting. I truly hope it is not.

If anyone is interested i have been documenting a lot of what has been going on with this movie over at AppleGeeks.com. You can read my posts on their forums by clicking here.

Transformers Teaser Trailer Released


Today on TransformersMovie.com they released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming 2007 movie Transformers. The trailer does not give a lot away as far as the look and feel of the the robots them selves. But after watching the trailer you can see how the story of the film starts out. They tie in some facts with the fiction. It reminds me of a line from the X-Files.

“A lie Mr Mulder, is best hidden between two truths.” Enjoy the trailer!!!

The State of Movies

Have all of you been noticing a trend in recent movies like Superman, Batman and Ninja Turtles? It seems like movie makers have been able to re-write history (so to speak) for the better.

Let me explain. Will start off with the movie “Superman Returns“. They basically told everybody “Just forget about all the Superman movies after Superman 2 because they all suck. We are redoing Superman 3. As a result they were able to create a story line that is much more accurate to the comic books of Superman. This has made fans so much more happy with the Superman movie franchise.

Now lets look at Batman. Now back in the late 80’s Tim Burton directed the first and second Batman movies. I happen to really enjoy these movies. Tim Burton does great work and the image of Batman as this dark knight I feel was shown very well. But if you are a Batman fan you can tell from this first batman movie with Michael Keaton, that Tim Burton never once has picked up and read a Batman comic book. But a few years ago they come out with “Batman Begins” Which basically starts all the way over making a much more accurate story that the fans loved.

Lastly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This movie has pretty much pulled a superman saying to just forget the 3rd movie, we are redoing it.

I think this kind of a change in movies is a good one. It feels like they are saying that studios can’t always tell film makers or the movie viewing public what they want to see. To many of us know the story line . Too many of us will not settle for anything less then the already existing story line. The correct story line if you will.

An Inconvenient Truth


Last week Hannah and I where walking through down town Juneau. We had been walking for a while when we came across a poster advertising for “An Inconvenient Truth”. It was playing at another theater in town. (I was aware of 2 theaters in town but now to find a third? How many theaters does this town have?) We noted that the movie was only going to be playing for one more week so we told each other we would see it next weekend.

Last night we took our friends, Kyle and Leona to this movie and i really enjoyed it. The movie is a hard subject for me to talk about. I think if i did talk about it to much i would come out sounding like a hypocrite. But the movie does not make you feel that way. It just says the earth is hurting and we have to change. Here is what we need to start working to so that we can make that change.

I hope if you get a chance to watch this movie you will.

Movie Description

Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. “Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message,” said Guggenheim. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the one earth we all share. “It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely,” said Gore.

The movie also shows a lot of Al Gore working on his Apple PowerBook G4 building his presentation in am Apple program called “Keynote“.


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