Saturday, August 30, 2014

I Actually Have This Funko Figure

The Toy Nerd is a great site that highlights many of those Holy Grail figures that we all hunt for. I was happy to see that I had one of the great figures David recently featured. This extra large (11 inches!) Funko Batman Robot is a unique piece - much larger than the usual figures they make. I picked him up cheap and am glad to have him in my Collection of Cool.
David Lockwood, the creator of the Toy Nerd,  is also the guy who has helped me find some great pieces myself since I met him on Facebook. Like Colin over at the Super-Duper Toy Box, David takes excellent pictures of his collection. Expect to see more about his toys on the Cave of Cool. I like to give some attention to people who do nice things for me.
He figured out how to have the toy collection of his dreams, go into the vintage toy selling business. I am so jealous at the stuff he must come across on just a weekly basis. Canada sucks when it comes to finding rare figures in boxes because we just don't have to population to feed the flea markets and garage sales with stuff guys like me are after. That is why knowing David has been so good for me. He's already helped me find a half dozen pieces in beautiful shape, even after decades.

Put Two Bullets In His Head And Be Done With It, Officer


Doctor Who Season Eight, Episode 2

I want to see the Doctor work alone from Clara for a little bit. He needs some time to grow into the character without more than the usual baggage that comes from Clara hanging around. Things still feel weird because I can already feel Clara pulling away from the whole adventure with the Doctor. She feel bored with him, if that makes any sense. And they have introduced a non-Doctor love interest to give her another reason to choose the normal life. She would be the first one who could make that choice freely while not under the romantic spell of the Doctor. His reaction to another person who asks to go with him is a great Doctor Who moment and gives you another layer on the onion. This episode was a mixed bag. The idea of a 'good' Dalek has been done better on Star Trek with Seven of Nine but there is much fun to be had with the 'Fantastic Voyage' concept.

Mortdecai - First Trailer

The minute I saw Olivia Munn I knew I should give this one a chance. Sure Johnny Depp looks like he is channeling Ed Wood again but I like the rest of the cast and the time period and I think I really need a goofy Euro-comedy in my life.

There's Always Room For Batgirl

Especially when it's a Stanley Lau designed Batgirl figure from Sideshow Toys.

Lil Egyptian Gods by Silverfox5213


The Gloom Of Doom - You Could Make A Worse Choice For Nanny

Childcare is one thing that Doom does right as is shown is his relationship with the Richard's family's youngest, Valeria. She treats Doom as her Grandfather as Doom was the one who saved her at birth and delivered her alive. She has often stood against her family to support Doom - a move that both humbles and motivates Doom to be a better man. It's the best thing they have done with the character in 30 years. I am doing some research on the best issues that highlight this relationship.


I have seen the same scene two ways.
Which do you prefer and why?


Red Sonja


A Smaller Caturday Collection This Week



Sin City - A Dame To Kill For

I swear to you all that I went into this sequel thinking I would hate it. I felt very ripped off by The Spirit which was also made by Frank Miller using the same neo noir style that was first showcased almost a decade ago. Nothing is fresh visually but the style of the movie is perfect for the stories it tells. The visuals are still great to look at because of it's unusual color palette. Only certain aspects of the film are highlighted and the effect is often brilliant. I am not saying I want to watch a film done like this every year but every five years is just fine with me.

Frank Miller's comic books are not exactly Shakespeare but they are deliciously noir. I have great affection for what Miller did with that series of books. The beauty of the Sin City films is in the way they make all the best parts of classic noir WORK. They are all style and can be forgiven for the simple substance that is behind everything.

These movies create such a wonderful world of despair. It shows all the ugly sides of humanity while giving us some pretty cool anti-heroes to root for. This one suffered from the lack of surprise. Since the first Sin City others movies have re-set the bar for visual effects. That almost makes this sequel look old fashion in comparison. That make have worked against the sequel's success in the long run.

James Brolin is terrific as the love sick Dwight as is Powers Booth. He is as evil as cartoon evil can get and make no mistake, Sin City IS a cartoon. It's just a violent adult cartoon.

Mickey Rourke, again is magnificent as Marv, the Human Tank. Rourke plays him this time for full comic effect. I have to admit I got a thrill out of watching Marv plow through a gang of goons on his way to his objective.

This is not for the faint of heart. Somehow the violence is amplified by the visual style. Black and white can be more blood soaked than a color film.

Eva Green's overacting not withstanding, everything just worked for me, especially all the scenes that showed Eva Green nude. The film takes every opportunity to objectify her magnificent body. Would her obvious seduction techniques work on anyone in the real world? Of course not but that is how Frank Miller sees women and it's not a very flattering opinion. The girls are all whores and alpha predators and the guys are stupid punching bags. Everyone gets exactly what they deserve in this film because they are not nice people.

Worth seeing for its visual splendor, and for that fearless, unapologetically scene-chewing performance from Green that encompasses the archetypal Madonna and Whore, as well as the endless depths of the rage endemic in the exploited female.

I understand this movie bombed at the box office that that is a shame because it's not bad at all. If you liked the first Sin City you are guaranteed to like this one as well. All the stars are game and know what they are making is just a gonzo exploitation flick. For what it wants to be it delivers. I am sure that like Dredd 3D, Sin City, A Dame To Kill For will find it audience through DVD sales and downloads.


Who Knew He Was So Political?


Friday, August 29, 2014