Diary of a Civilian #5

Dear Diary,

Sorry about cutting the last post short, I was followed.

See, when I made a follow up with Dr. D, I wasn’t aware of his plans after he got rid of Power House. See I kind of assumed the end goal was PH’s destruction. Actually, He wanted to use his army of robots to take over the world. My job, in the grand scheme of things, was to act as bait. Apparently, PH can’t resist coming after a DID (Damsel in Distress). All I really had to do was sit in the BGH (Bad Guy Headquarters) and wait for the brick to show up. He did, and tried to rescue me, the DID. As soon as the moron ran in he was knocked unconscious with a nerve gas, and carted a way. I was taken to an OR (operating room) and given a brand spankin’ new pair of legs!

It took me a few days to adjust to them. And I was guilt free and happy, CURSE YOU POWER HOUSE, until the last day. That’s when I was invited by Dr. D to watch his “final triumph” over PH. I found out then how much a new pair of legs cost. I told myself it was Power House’s fault. If he hadn’t gone blundering in, I wouldn’t have tried my own hands at heroics. Dr. D took PH’s powers. It wasn’t quick, nor, by the screaming, painless. All I could think was “crap”.

No one deserved this, I thought as DD put PH’s powers in a…Whatchamacallit. No stupid hero who took my ability to walk deserves this. That’s why I did another stupid thing. I stole the whatchamacallit. And ran. I have no plans, but I got to get the powers back to the dolt. So now I have to sneak my way back to the BGH, oh and onus, he’s in the “dungeon”. Well, I wouldn’t want Spock the cat having a servant who backstabs people. Even if they are obnoxious and wear bright yellow spandex.

Jackie

Diary of a Civilian #4

Dear Diary,

I might’ve done something stupid. Just saying. Remember when I told you about Dr. D’s (I know the nickname sounds like a rap artist, but it’s still better than the full “Doctor Despicable”) offer, you know help kill Power House and he’ll help me walk again. Yesterday, I contacted him (yes he left his business card) and told him I’d help him. What? I wanted to walk! Power House never did anything for this city but destroy it a couple thousand times. How was I supposed to know Dr. D would actually accomplish his goal?

Crap. They’re outside. I’ll write again when I find another hiding spot.

Jackie

(Note From Author: Check out numbers 1-3 under Daily)

Diary of a Civilian #3

6/1/14

Dear Diary,

I had a visitor today, well only one that mattered. Yes a few reporters came by with stupid questions like: “What was it like to bask in the glory of Power House?”

Well that wasn’t the exact question, but it was pretty close. My mother came by to see how I was doing. I would’ve thought the chair should’ve said enough. The doctors said there was a… well I can’t really say what the doctors said. All I know is I’m in this chair for who knows how long.

Enough of my sob story, back to the visitor. As much as I love my mother she wasn’t the most important visitor I had today. Around ten o’ clock in the evening, I come into my living room/kitchen to find Doctor D sitting on my couch. He had brewed himself a cup of my chamomile tea in MY Winnie the pooh mug. Needless to say I was quite miffed.

But he offered me a deal, one that does intrigue me I admit. He told me he would enable me to walk again, if I helped him take down Power House.

Do you know what I should do? I don’t.

Jacklyn Reese

Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman!

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Yes, you heard it folks. Gal Gadot is cast in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie as the Diana Princess of the Amazons. While I was one of the people who want Jaime Alexander as the woman in the red white and blue swimsuit, let me tell you why I am alright with the casting.

First of all, Gal Gadot, at 5’9″, could reach the height of Wondy with the assist of camera angles and high heels. Remember folks, John Rhys Davies was the tallest person on set when he played Gimili the Dwarf in Lord of the Rings. If they can make him short, they can make her tall enough.

Second, Gadot has an exotic look about her that would reflect the amazonian heritage Wonder Woman came from. Her accent would also give the foreign feel. Also, Gadot’s role in the Fast and Furious movies will give her the edge she needs in the fight choreography and just looking formidable in general.

The only thing that I question is her build. She has a very slim build that doesn’t look like the Wonder Woman from the comics. Not that she has to look like a 2d comic character. She just has to bulk up a little. Those who have seen the Elektra movie know what I’m talking about.

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Jennifer Garner isn’t huge, but she’s built like a fighter. And Stars have bulked up and bulked down for movies so Gal Gadot could do that in her role.

So all in all, just like I said about Ben Affleck as Batman, lets give her a chance and see what happens.

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Oh and the costume designers would do well to make a costume like this. A mixture of armor and adding in pants. And hopefully there will be a moment like this:

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Batman and Wonder Woman Forever! Stay weird people!

Solomon Kane Review

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There are more than enough Conan movies. Arnold Schwarzenegger had his run, there was the less than successful version recently in 2011 with Jason Momoa, and there is yet another one in 2014 coming along (once again with Arnold Schwarzenegger). However, Conan (though he is an awesome character himself) isn’t the only character to come forth from the mind of Robert E. Howard.

There is Solomon Kane. I first read a Solomon Kane story when I was fifteen and sitting in a chiropractors office. Don’t ask what I was doing there. The story was about how Solomon comes across a girl from a village that was murdered by a maurauding group of bandits. Solomon hunts down the party and avenges the death of the girl. It was an excellent story.
During the course of the film Solomon Kane (made in 2009 but released in N. America in 2012) I was struck by how true they stayed to the character and how evenly and neatly they filled in the backstory of the dour Puritan that could wield two sabers and flintlock pistols like a pro.
Lets start with the few flaws in the movie (and believe me there were only a few) there were only a few. The CGI was a bit shaky in some parts, but it was rather well done in others (considering that they only had a budget of 45 million).
And honestly, there wasn’t anything else.
Everything was well done! The costuming was excellent (Done by John Bloomfield of Robin Hood:Prince of Theives) and the lighting created an atmosphere of dread and melancholy over the movie. Not only was the fighting well choregraphed, it was in character. The melee of Solomon Kane was precise, and exacting. It wasn’t just a hack slash fight (though those are good for Conan movies). The script, and directing were way above par (think eagle for you golfing fans). The story (as I mentioned before) was true to the character and the stories of Robert E. Howard.

One of the parts I like most about the making of the movie is the infrequent use of CGI. They used makeup and prosthetics (Well done by the way) to create the monsters.

For those of you who are parents, here is a brief overview of the content of Solomon Kane (Rated R).

There is very little to no innuendo, there is a few uses of D*** and H*** but all uses are in context.(Solomon Kane soul is condemned to the abyss if he strays from the path of peace. Won’t say anything more, don’t want to give spoilers)
There are several instances of shocking images(Spoilers) there are ghouls, a little girl turns into a witch, etc. (If you have watched episodes of x files that involve the monster of the week you should be fine)
The biggest thing that made this movie R is the gore. There is near constant action violence. There is beheadings, people being run through, guttings, slashings, pretty much everything but paper cuts. There is also a scene where the main character and another character is crucified.

All in all, the movie is a good example of how a low budget movie can turn out better than a big budget movie from a major studio.
For the parents in the audience, while this movie is pretty tame compared to other rated R movies, it is still rated R. This is a good movie for a teenager just starting to experience rated R movies. Staring James Purefoy as Solomon Kane, this is the best Sword and Sorcery movie I have ever seen.

Here is the trailer for the movie: Solomon Kane Trailer

Man of Steel Review

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I’m not a Superman fan. Batman was always so much better. But just yesterday I went to go see the new superman reboot movie, Man of Steel. I have to say that I did enjoy it. I really did. There was no real bad acting in the movie, and Henry Cavill did a fairly decent job of playing the boy in blue.

Now I always believe in giving the bad news first. There is an epidemic going around in hollywood recently of darkening every single superhero to pass through the movie theater. Now I believe Christopher Nolan did an excellent job doing the batman trilogy, but what was he thinking darkening Superman?!?!?!
Superman in the comics wears bright blue spandex, a bright red cape, a giant red “s” on his chest, and is one of the, albeit serious, moral center and light hearted, lois-loving pal we all sort of like. (Unless we think batman is better)
I felt a depression fall over me throughout the entire movie (Kind of like the first 5 to 6 minutes of the movie Up). The camera and special effects created a grey shadow throughout, even after the defeat of the villian. All the flights with Lois were avoiding death, there were no casual cruises like in Christopher Reeves day.
The second point was the sort of awkward casting of Amy Adams. First of all, she did a good job acting, I’ll give her that. But in all the versions of Lois Lane that I’ve ever seen entail a dark haired, slightly tanned, foxy, investigative reporter. Amy Adams doesn’t really fit that description. Plus, I don’t know if she had alot of experience with sci-fi movies. The movies I mostly see her in are romantic comedies, such as Julie and Julia, and Enchanted.
Thirdly, they messed alot of the comic book history up. Why did they allow Lois to know Superman’s secret identity? In the comics Clark Kent hid behind those glasses for years before Lois found out the truth.
Finally, there are the plot holes. The friend I went with didn’t get how the goons of the villian, General Zod, were sent through the black hole. I think they should’ve explained it more. And on top of that, why didn’t the key work on the space ship that Clark came in at first? Finally, and most importantly, how in the world did General Zod get, and control, powers that took Clark Kent 33 years to master?

Now on to the good news. As I said before, the acting was generally well done. I loved how they designed Krypton, and how they gave more substance to the couple known as Jor-El and Lara-El. I also felt more comfortable with the background of Kal-El. I personally enjoyed the multiple scenes that depicted Jor-El, head scientist of Krypton, KOing a group of soldiers and riding evasively on a dragonfly-hawk-monster thingy. (Go Nerds!)
Another tidbit I enjoyed was that Lex Luthor was not the main villian! Shocking right? Honestly, I think they milked that storyline way to much. Michael Shannon did a fabulous job portraying the military leader who would do anything, including commit mass genocide on a planet that was not his own, to preserve the future of his people.
The supporting cast deserve a pat on the back. Both Jonathon and Martha Kent were well done. Lawrence Fishburne almost made me cry a little as Perry White when he wouldn’t leave a fellow office worker trapped under rubble. The military personel deserve a thumbs up.
The final thing I’ll say is that I love how I never saw any glowing green rocks anywhere! The creativity that was used in making a secondary, but just as effective achille’s heel for the boy in blue was outstanding. I always thought he was way too powerful anyways. (Though that may be the batman fan in me speaking)

I believe I’ll give this movie a B. While there were many glaring issues that need to be fixed if they want to make a second movie (and they will) but honestly, I was satisfied with the arm and leg I spent to go see it (darn movie prices *Shakes Fist*) It was a good movie overall. So if you are wanting to spend an king’s ransom, go see Superman, Because I have heard that other people have converted to like superman. Also, you may not have the same opinion as a blogging, book-loving, gaming gal speaking her mind. Stay weird people!

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