Monthly Archives: December 2011

Clash of the Titans Review

It’s doubtful that records are kept about this sort of thing, but consider the possibility that “Clash of the Titans” is the first film to actually be made worse by being in 3-D.

Not that this remake of the creaky 1981 original, best remembered for a slumming Laurence Olivier and Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation monsters, was ever going to be something to write home about. At least not for anyone older than 10.

For one thing, as directed by action junkie Louis Leterrier (“Transporter 2,” “Unleashed”) and written by Travis Beacham and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, this “Clash” has dialogue so plodding that a halfway decent line like “you have insulted powers beyond your comprehension” sounds like something out of Noel Coward.

Obviously, no one comes to a movie like this for repartee, but even the action scenes, with ancient Greek hero Perseus (“Avatar’s Sam Worthington) facing off against an entire menagerie of mythical monsters, come off as lethargic and clunky.

Possibly because this film was converted to 3-D late in the game, the third dimension, especially in those action scenes, is more of a distraction than an enhancement. While some creatures, especially Pegasus the flying horse, flourish, 3-D clutters the film’s innumerable battles, making them harder to follow rather than exciting.

“Clash of the Titans” is also burdened by a numskull plot notion. The idea is that though those ancient Greeks lived in a world where the gods were quite real and unimaginably powerful, these idiots decide to declare war on them, which is the short-sighted equivalent of teasing your younger brother even though he has the power to snap his fingers and turn you to stone.

Though it’s not clear why they agreed to participate, having top actors play the gods — Liam Neeson is Zeus! Ralph Fiennes is Hades! — doesn’t help things. Neeson looks lost in the godly costumes, and Fiennes, perhaps hoping no one will notice it’s him, speaks largely in sinister whispers.

While the gods are going through their paces and bemoaning the absence of human worship, Perseus, a demigod like his namesake Percy Jackson in the equally pedestrian “The Lightning Thief,” is making his way in the world and discovering that he is the son of Zeus.

Perseus spends years with the adoptive fisherfolk parents Spyros and Marmara (the odd couple pairing of Pete Postlethwaite and Elizabeth McGovern) who found him floating in the sea. Spyros is one of those fed-up-with-the-gods folks who is fond of ominously saying, “One day, someone is going to have to take a stand.” Guess who.

Back in the Greek city of Athos, the anti-gods movement is moving full steam ahead. Then Hades comes to town and puts a good scare into the populace, telling them that unless they sacrifice their beloved princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos), he will unleash the dread Kraken — not the most fearsome name for a monster but there you have it — and Athos will be destroyed.

Because he is the only demigod in town and because he is irked beyond measure at the Olympians for their part in his parents’ death, Perseus agrees to look for a way to kill the Kraken. He takes a crack team of warriors and adventurers with him, including the canny veteran soldier Draco, nicely played by Mads Mikkelsen. here is a trailer to the sequel of Clash of the Titans. Aptly named Wrath of the Titans.


POP goes the spider!

Spider-Man POP! Figure Vinyl Bobblehead

Wednesday Comic Haul!

Happy Wednesday my fellow nerds and to everyone on wordpress right now. It’s another wednesday, you know what that mean… Comic Books! Heck Yeah!

Here’s my haul for this week:


– Batman #3

– Captain America #5

– Captain America #6

– Justice League #3

– Justice League #4

– Marvel: Holiday Special 2011 One-Shot

– Naruto Volume 53

– Previews Magazine January 2012 for March

– Secret Avengers #20

The Mighty Thor #9

– Uncanny X-Men #3


What are your hauls for this week?

Merry Christmas!

Hey wordpress peeps! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope all of you are enjoying the holidays!

Here’s another text post about my Christmas here in California. It started when I woke up on the 24th. Now, “waking up” and I rarely mix. I woke up early in the morning AND have to hurry up and get dressed for an occasion? That’s just hard. But waking up to Christmas is another story. I was excited, we were going to my Brother-in-law’s family’s house for Christmas Eve Lunch. We live in Milpitas, it’s a long drive. Long enough for me to catch a nap, that is. Anyway, we got to their house, and arrived with everyone in front of the camera taking pictures. That was alright though. We were late, so we understand. A couple of hours later, after eating of course, it was gift giving time. First up were the parents, I really didn’t care what their gift was so I have no idea what they were. Probably cookware or something. Next up the kids. Me and my brother were the only teenagers their. My sisters 34 years old, she ain’t no kid. My brother and I got a $25 gift card from GameStop(Cha-ching!) each given to us by Julie, Roger, and Pablo. Holla!


We also got $25 each from Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales(Gary’s parents). So all in all, a very good start.


Next we passed by My uncle Tony’s since they too were living in Vallejo, CA. My uncle Tony just got home from work. While waiting, My Mom and Uncle talked about whatever during the entire time we were their. We gave him our gift. It was Alcohol. It’s pretty cool. My Auntie Lina and my cousin Omar was there too. Here’s our photo:

From left to right: My Brother Gus, Me, My Sister Sol, My Pops, My Mom, uncle Tony, Auntie Lina, and my cousin Omar

They were going to a different party. There was still the matter of Christmas Eve Dinner. We have plans to go to my Mom’s cousin’s place. This was in Dublin, CA. Anyway, there aren’t any pictures because we had so much fun we forgot to take any. I got about $100+ from my Aunts and Uncles there. Hahaha.


So the next day, which is today, we had breakfast at my Sister’s in San Jose, CA. We also had a gift giving event there. I got the $50 dollar giftcard from Target and this AWESOME Superman: The Collected Strips from the late ’30s to early ’40s.



AXEL-IN-CHARGE: A Holiday Fan Grab Bag

Fridays on CBR mean Axel’s In Charge.

Welcome to MARVEL A-I-C: AXEL-IN-CHARGE, CBR’s regular interview feature with Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso!

An editor with years of experience who’s brought out comics to both critical acclaim and best-selling status, Alonso stepped into the chair at the top of Marvel’s Editorial department earlier this year and since then has been working to bring his signature stylings to the entire Marvel U. Anchored by regular question and answer rounds with the denizens of the CBR Message Boards, each week Alonso will shake things up with special guest stars, exclusive art reveals and more!

This week before heading out the door for a long holiday break, Axel dipped into the virtual mailbag that is the official Marvel Q&A thread on the CBR Boards. Below, the E-i-C dives in to your questions from across the Marvel Universe including questions on the fate of the Avengers franchise post-Brian Bendis, the pricing of Marvel’s digital offerings, the next step for Iron Fist and more. Read on!

Kiel Phegley: Axel, as many fans know, while we were putting the column to bed last week word hit about the passing of Captain America co-creator Joe Simon. I think Joe and his work had been in the minds of fans a lot this past year with the Cap movie, and I’m sure it’s the same for the Marvel staff. Did you ever get the chance to interact with the man professionally, or has your connection to him come through the comics as it has with so many readers?

Axel Alonso: I never had a chance to work with Joe. My connection to him was always through his comics. If there ever were a super hero that needed less explanation that Captain America, I’ve yet to see him. Cap is one of the most potent icons ever created — comics or otherwise.

Indeed. Well, with Christmas just around the corner and probably many readers already kicking back for the holidays, let’s wrap the year of A-i-C with a grab bag of fan questions. One of the big bits of news this week for Marvel was the change in the kids line, which saw the current Marvel Adventures line wrap up just as new “Toy Story” comics were getting ready to take off. Marvel has said that there are more plans in the offing for kids comics, but board member Gaastra had a question as to what the next step might be: “Any chance Marvel can start making new comic stories with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and ‘Walt Disney Comics and Stories’? The Disney classics have been in comics for generations and it would be sad to see it end.”

Alonso: There are no immediate plans for us to produce comic books featuring Walt Disney characters. That said, Gaastra, “Deadpool vs. Goofy: This Time It’s Personal” is a dream. Mark Millar writing, Geof Darrow drawing…just sayin’.

On a more businessy topic of discussion, ghostplanet asked, “Why are books that were released same-day digital still priced at full in the apps as much as a year later (such as X-Men: Serve & Protect, Marvel U vs. Punisher), while much more recent issues (of say, Amazing Spider-Man) have been released as “back issues” at the normal $1.99 price? Is there any plan to establish a price-drop window on digital comics as more and more are released same-day digital?”

Alonso: We believe our digital comics provide as much value as our print comics, hence our general parallel pricing structure. That said, we periodically offer promotions and sales on certain titles as an incentive for our readers. And concepts such as a “price drop window” are always being evaluated.

Regular questioner Comicbookfan is wondering about the fate of the Avengers line after Bendis’ last blast through 2012. He asked, “Axel Brian Bendis is leaving Avengers okay that i can deal with but..He is also Leaving New Avengers, What will you guys do to fill his shoes on that title? i am asking because i am worried that once Brian Is gone then the New Avengers will end…please tell me New Avengers will not be going away….”

Alonso: We have a plan, Comicbookfan, but it’s far too soon to reveal any details about “Avengers,” “New Avengers” or any other Avengers title. Let’s just say that the Avengers franchise will be in excellent hands. As for Brian, if you’re a fan of his work, you won’t believe what he’ll be writing next for us. My lips are sealed.

Now on to the hot topic of our times: the “Avengers Vs. X-Men” event! Sv7nd wondered, “If Allan Heinberg had been available to do his planned Young Avengers Season 2 run back in 2007. Which he has said would have included his plans for the “Search for the Scarlet Witch” story. Could AvX have happened a couple of years ago if the piece(Wanda) of the puzzle had been in place earlier? or has AvX always been more dependent on slowly building Hope and getting her to the point she is now?”

Alonso: As I’d mentioned in an earlier A-I-C column, Sv7nd, we pulled the trigger on “Avengers vs. X-Men” because our ducks were finally in a row to do it right.  The ending of “The Children’s Crusade” was just one element that went into making that story the story it is. The events in that story, “Schism” and, to a slightly lesser extent, “Fear Itself” set the stage for “AvX,” not just “Children’s Crusade.” Wanda and Hope — the woman who almost killed the mutant race and the girl who brought them back from the brink of extinction — are key players in the story so you’d best keep an eye on them now. And don’t miss “Avengers Vs. X-Men” #0 this March.  It features two stories — a Scarlet Witch story by Brian [Bendis] and a Hope story by Jason [Aaron], both illustrated by Frank Cho — that firmly position both characters for the mayhem that erupts the following month.

Rheged was putting some threads together on the creative end, asking, “To my knowledge, Jonathan Hickman hasn’t written for a 616 X-Men (other than the Astonishing Tales story) or Avengers book. So, does this mean the Fantastic Four or the Inhumans or Dr. Doom or some other group will be making an important appearance in AvX?”

Alonso: Jonathan is one of our key writers so we wanted him in the mix to help sculpt the event — for obvious reasons, but also one big reason that will become evident over time.

Meanwhile, Spidey616 asked after one of the key figures in Marvel history with “Professor X’s role in the X-Universe seems to have decreased compared to the last few years worth of stories by writers like Ed Brubaker or Mike Carey. Any chance of Professor X being a key player in AvX, and going forward will he be a regular supporting character in any of the X titles?”
Alonso: Where the X-Men go, can that pesky Professor X be far behind?  Yes, Spidey616, Xavier will play a role in “Avengers Vs. X-Men,” but I can’t get more specific than that.  Oops spoilers!

Fried Chicken in Memphis

Watching a marathon of Man vs. Food from the Travel Channel. Adam is chowing down on some Fried Chicken from Gus’ Fried Chicken in Memphis, TN.


Wednesday Comic Haul!

A lot of titles from both DC and Marvel are out today. Go to your LCS and enjoy this weeks comic hauls!