Iron Man 2 (Movie Review)

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I’m a bit late with this review, but I’m trying to get back to blogging at least a few times each month.

Iron Man was one of the first movies that I reviewed in 2008. Keeping with my superhero/comic book related movie reviews that I have going, I’ll continue with this review.

Just for any new readers, I don’t write spoilers or summarize the entire movie in my blog entries. I just provide my overall impressions and thoughts about the movie and any future movies.

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Star Wars: A Different Point of View

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I just stumbled across the “A Different Point of View” series of podcasts. The episodes are a set of somewhat humorous, but serious essays disproving myths about Stormtroopers and Star Wars universe from the point of view of a sand trooper.

A Different Point of View is a series of essays about the Star Wars Universe as seen through the eyes of lowly sandtrooper, TD-0013. It takes everything you thought you knew about the Star Wars saga and flips it around to expose the ugly underbelly of the Rebellion, The Jedi, and everything else.

The series is a couple years old, but it’s new to me and incredibly awesome for Star Wars geeks like me.

Comic Con 2009

Last week, I attended Comic-Con for a half-day for my second year in a row. Just like last year, the convention was sensory overload and standing room only. KPBS reported that there was about 126,000 attendees and another 25,000 exhibitors in town for the four day event. Over the four days, it was estimated that the local businesses reaped in about $42 million.

While I was strolling the aisles, I came across Stan Sakai’s booth. He was selling autographed copies of the 1987 Fantagraphic’s Usagi Yojimbo: Samuri! issue #1 for only $5. At first, I thought I was mistaken to see the 25 year old comic for just $5. I mostly remember Usagi Yojimbo from the TMNT TV series and comics of the 1980s. After snatching up the autographed #1 issue, I discovered that the un-autographed issue’s street price is somewhere between $14 and 17. I just wish I could pick stocks and mutual funds with a 200% profit…

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Star Wars Padawan Training Available in July 2009

I just discovered this unique and interesting toy via Scott Adams (Dilbert Blog). Well, it’s not so much a toy as it is just a cool device.

Wearing a custom built device that slips on your head, you can use your brain waves to move a sphere vertically in a container. There’s no wires and no interaction via control pads or buttons. The wireless headset reads your brain activity, similar to an EEG medical test, to translate the brain waves to physical activity.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Movie Review)

I watched X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie at the local IMAX theater. I have long been a fan of X-Men and Weapon X series, so I had pretty high expectations for this movie. Learning that one of my favorite comic book characters, Deadpool, was going to be in this movie gave me some hope that he might spawn off another Marvel movie of his own. I’d love to see a Deadpool and Cable movie. I was disappointed, yet again, with the storyline diverging from Deadpool’s origin and abilities. The movie left me with the feeling that I’ll never see a Deadpool movie, unless they disregard this movie’s content and story.

Okay, enough about Deadpool – the movie’s about Wolverine.

** warning spoilers below **

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