Thursday, 24 February 2011

Basing

I've started re-basing my AE-WWII miniatures today, using Fenris Games "Post Apocolypse" range.

They are the only ones that look truly war-torn to me, plus they with then match my Pulp City miniatures - and with me planning to do cross-over games, it only made sense.

I can't recommend Fenris resin products high enough, they rarely have any problems and the turnaround is really fast. You can find them on Ebay UK - http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Fenris-Games

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Merging . . . .

I'm merging my Blogs, well - my Miniatures Blogs anyway.

With Pulp City and AE-WWII being closely linked, it kinda makes sense.

Now called simply "Pulp Planet" it will cover Pulp City and AE-WII (with a smattering of other Miniatures Games) plus my normal Comic/Graphic Novel and Movie/TV Series reviews.

It just makes sense to locate it all in one place, plus it makes sense with my future planned projects too!

So if you normally only follow this Blog, go on over to http://pulp-planet.blogspot.com in future instead!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

All-Star Superman Movie Review

All Star Superman is out today, I was lucky to watch it a few days ago - prior to its release.

Now, Im not going to focus on production values during this review - everyone who is a fan of DC Animation knows its some of the best produced around. Its well produced, the scripts aren't kiddyfied, and the Animation is always top-knotch.

Although all the aforementioned points apply All-Star Superman - it is VERY lack-luster in other ways.

I never read the All-Star Superman comics or graphic novel, twelve-issue comic book series that supposedly would "strip down the Man of Steel to his timeless, essential elements" - ran from November 2005 to October 2008.

The series was written by Grant Morrison, drawn by Frank Quitely, digitally inked by Jamie Grant.

Its a very pretty looking comic, from the frames and pages I've seen - and they try to translate the "style" of the Comic somewhat to the Animation. It works up to a point, but the whole thing looks a little too quant for me - even The Parasite looks cute! (Especially when he's all big and bloaty).

That brings me onto the story, the "essential elements" claim of the Graphic novel - in the Movie it just comes over as a series of unrelated vignettes. With a very slim story binding them all together, plus they skirt around parts which would be interesting to see - for example, Superman and Lois are invited to a celebration in Atlantis - but do we get to see it, no we don't. But they waste time on Samson and Atlas II trying to chat Lois Lane up!

Casting wise, it was okay - just not brilliant.

James Denton was reasonable as Superman, but his portrayal seemed the same for Clark as for Superman. There was no line or definition drawn between the two, any casuall listener would have know Clark was Supermans secret identity straight away. Now Im not saying Denton should change his voice between the two sides of the character, but surely Superman should seem more confident and commanding.

Christina Hendricks who voiced Lois Lane, a lovely girl with a sweet voice - unfortunately she is no voice actor. Her delivery seemed detached and unprofessional. When are those who do the casting for Animation realize that just because someone is a good Movie/TV Actor, it doesn't necessarily mean they are going to be any good as a Voice Actor.
Anthony LaPaglia was cast as the Voice of Lex Luthor, I was quite excited about this piece of casting when I first heard about it - being a fan of Seven Days.

But (again) unfortunately LaPaglia just couldn't do it. It might be because of the dialogue, or because he wasn't into what he was doing. But LaPaglia'a Luthor came over as a petulant child.

Truly talented actors can rise above poorly thought out dialogue, using inflections and vocal tone to convey something deeper than is written down for them in the Script - LaPaglia seems to lack that skill. Its a shame really, a missed opportunity.

Overall I give All-Star Superman just 4/10, a valient attempt - but it could have been so much more than it was.


(4/10 - and that's being generous)

Saturday, 5 February 2011

The Cape (Further Thoughts)

Five Episodes in, The Cape is really settling into the swing of things - Characters become more established, plot lines are allowed to develop, and things are comfortably familiar to regular viewers.

Episode 5 "Dice" - Introduces a couple of nice revalations that I assume (and hope) will be explored fully as the series progresses.

It seems like Peter Flemings alter ego Chess, is more than just a cover for his more criminal activities - but rather a "Mister Hyde" style personality that takes over Flemings body from time to time.

It almost seems like Max Malini, head of the Carnival of Crime - ACTUALLY KNEW that Vince was destined to become The Cape - that he has some form of "Map" to the future, whether this Map merely refers to the Cape is not known (yet) - but I am REALLY interested to see where that goes in the future.

Some people I have chatted to were a little dissapointed by the pilot, they found it naieve and simplistic - but I'm starting to think that was intentional; and that now we are starting to see more complex undercurrents to the characters and the plot-lines.

Stick with The Cape, because I think the best is yet to come!