Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's Finally Here (And Back Again)!!!

My mind is whirling at 1,000 twirls a nanosecond (that is a tremendous amount of whirling for any who aren't good at fake math).

The trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is up. You can go watch it. I just did. You now should as well. Please. I recommend going here to see a version that is crisp and clear like apple strudel. Or, for the lazy ones among you, just click "play" below.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Farewell My Transformer Friends. For Now...

My childhood is now complete, thus today I finally became a man.

I finished watching the Generation 1 Transformers cartoon series from the '80s. Four seasons of deliciously ridiculous cheesy one-liners and unnecessarily dramatic threats and promises made to no one as Optimus Prime drives off in pursuit of no one. Ninety-eight episodes of awesome robot battles and references to incredibly advanced technology like "payphones."

I seriously cannot recommend this show enough. I loved watching it again...for the first time.

Three things of interest to note from my experience:
1. I never saw an episode past season 2 when I was little. I had no clue that the show took such a dramatic turn in setting and tone after the movie (despite seeing the movie and loving it. I just thought the movie was telling a different story or something). The first two seasons were set on Earth in the '80s. The movie jumped forward about 20 years to that far distant date of 2005 and saw the deaths of many of the characters that we'd grown to love. Season 3 picked up right where the movie left off and most of Seasons 3 and 4 were set on Cybertron and random far-distant planets. We saw little action on Earth as a result. Even the music changed, incorporating much of the score from the movie into the show (unfortunately, at least as far as I noticed, none of Stan Bush's mind-blowingly awesome songs from the movie made it into any episodes).
2. The music really is part of what made that show so amazing to me. Anytime I hear those keyboards and random electronic noises my heart goes all aflutter.
3. There was indeed a fifth season of the old cartoon, but it was basically a condensed version of the movie and seasons 1-4 with an animatronic Optimus Prime and some random nasty-haired '80s kid as the hosts, telling stories and hanging out in awkward mountain settings. No new material was added and therefore I did not bother watching it.

It feels good to know that I have now watched every episode in order from start to finish. It also feels good because I have a long list of shows that I want to watch and anytime I finish one feels like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. Next up: finish Smallville (I'll be picking up Season 9 from the library today and Season 10 is in my queue. I imagine it will arrive within the next two months).

In closing, here is the brilliant music video for what is possibly the most inspirational song ever written. It's from The Transformers: The Movie original soundtrack but is shown in all of its '80s television debut glory (and features the aforementioned animatronic Optimus Prime and nasty-haired kid from Season 5. Saints be praised).

Stan Bush's "The Touch"

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Good news, Westcoasters: Universal Studios has officially announced its plans to bring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (it's Harry Potter section of the theme park) to Universal Studios California. This means that no longer have to go to Florida to experience the magic. However, they also announced that Florida's version will be expanded so it is possible that, to get the fullest HP experience possible, a trip to Florida will still be in order.

So no worries Cal and Bethany; we still have our motivation to come visit you.

In honor of this celebration-worthy news, let me treat you to a dubstep remix of Hedwig's Theme (or a "dumblestep" remix if you feel so inclined--note: I stole that term from some commenter on the youtube page and take no credit for its creation):

Friday, December 02, 2011

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

I have no other reason to write this other than to shed a little light into what I've been digging lately.

I currently love (meaning I have recently watched or read or otherwise involved myself with):

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Star Wars (specifically the Clone Wars cartoon and the novels).
Harry Potter.
Transformers (specifically the old 80s cartoon).
Batman (the comics and specifically the Anthology collection of the series from start to finish).
Green Lantern (the comics, but I did like the movie despite its flaws).
The Hunger Games.
Drizzt Do'Urden (Forgotten Realms) novels.
The Office.
Raising Hope.
The Walking Dead.
Burn Notice.
Portugal. The Man.
Jimmy Eat World (specifically Clarity).
Matchbook Romance (specifically Voices).
I Am Legend (the soundtrack).
The Mars Volta.
Say Anything.
Band of Horses (specifically Everything All the Time).

I'm sure there is more, but these were the ones that popped into my head most readily. They are of course in no particular order. Good day to you, fair peoples, to the tune of a happy song.

Portugal. The Man - "When the War Ends"