Is the Army of Darkness Comic as Good as the Movie?


After watching the new Evil Dead movie and Army of Darkness recently I decided to give the comic book a try.  The first trade paper back in the series is Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes.  It is written by Andy Hartnell (Danger Girl), and illustrated by Sanford Greene (tons of DC stuff) and Nick Bradshaw who creates fan art, and because his art was of such high quality got the call to make this comic.

The comic book takes place directly after Army of Darkness with Ash just having just defeated the deadite woman at the S-Mart where he works.  He soon discovers the Wiseman from Army of Darkness in the toy aisle who informs Ash that because he did not say the words correctly that he has come back before the cabin in the woods even happened, so Ash rushes off to hopefully save his woman, and hopefully stave off the apocalypse.  As always the world is most certainly doomed.

The story works very well, and Andy Hartnell’s story is very funny.  I laughed out loud a couple of times while reading it.  Sam Raimi may not have to write a script for a new Army of Darkness movie because Hartnell’s book would work very well.

The art looks amazing, so hats off to Hartnell and Greene.  They made a very stylized version of Ash, but you know instantly who he is.

If you are looking for a funny and action packed comic book to read, then Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes is a great one to pick up especially if you like Army of Darkness.  I will be buying the next one in the series: Army of Darkness: Shop Till You Drop Dead.

A Star Trek for the Generations?


Star Trek Generations is the seventh film in the Star Trek franchise, and it serves as the hand off between the original Star Trek cast, and the Next Generation cast.  Some say it is the best odd numbered Star Trek movie, and that is probably true, but it is a bit of faint praise.

The film starts out with Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov taking a tour of the new U.S.S. Enterprise B.  They are on board as a publicity stunt to send off the new ship and take it on its maiden voyage around Pluto and back home, but as soon as they are underway they get a distress call from a couple of ships that are stuck in an energy ribbon.  Kirk saves the people on one of the ships and the Enterprise, but gets zapped by the ribbon in the process.  Two of the people they save are our villain Soran (Malcolm McDowell), and Guinan.  It turns out the energy ribbon is a place of pure joy, and Soran was not happy to leave.  Zoom ahead to the Next Generation, and we find that out Soran (he like Guinan lives for hundreds of years) will do anything to get back in to the ribbon even kill two-hundred million people.  This story proves to be the weakest part of the movie.

With this movie I could see that they thought they needed a movie that would bridge the two series together, but they didn’t if it means we have to have a story like this.  It is one of those stories that seems okay when you watch it, but it gets worse when you think about it.  For instance they say you cannot just fly a ship in to the ribbon, but that is how Kirk gets there, and they say you never want to leave the ribbon and all you will ever do is think about how you want to stay there, but Kirk and Picard do just leave when they decide it is not real enough, so it turns out this movie could have been skipped if Soran had decided just to take a ship to the ribbon and teleport himself in to it, but killing two-hundred million people by collapsing stars is more fun.

Everything else about the movie is fine.  The special effects are good and the actors all know their roles backwards and forwards by now, so they all do a great job.  It is just a shame they weren’t given something good to do.

I was surprised by this movie because I remember it being awful, but instead it is just mediocre, and brought down by a bad plot, but it does pave the way for one of my favorite movies (not just Star Trek movies): Star Trek First Contact.

What Do We Learn From The Life Of Pi?


Life of Pi is a 2012 film from acclaimed director Ang Lee based of the novel of the same name.  It was nominated and won the Academy Award for Best Director.  Did it deserve all the accolades? I think so, but the story itself left me a little cold.

The film starts out with a writer asking Pi Patel to tell him his story, so that perhaps he can turn it in to a book.  The writer hadn’t heard the story before, he had just been told by Pi’s uncle that it would make him believe in God.  Pi then begins to tell him his life story, and of course how he survived a trip across the Pacific Ocean in a life boat with a tiger named Richard Parker.

This film is beautifully shot, and the special effects are amazing.  It makes you believe that Pi is indeed in a boat with a tiger.  Which he was not because putting a kid in a boat with a tiger I am sure would brake more then a couple laws, and there a ton of just great show piece effects shots in this movie besides the boy and the tiger.  If you have a Hi-Def TV then you need to watch this movie just to see some of the things they bring to life.

The actors all do a great job in this film, especially Suraj Sharma as the Pi on the boat.  He conveys the loneliness and the resilience of the stranded young man, and since he is most of the movie, his acting is just as important as the effects are, if not more so.

Which brings me to the part of the movie I am not so sure of.  We were promised that this story would make us believe in God, and as a believer in God I don’t need much help, but reason to believe is lame. <Spoiler> The real story is that he was on the boat with people, and the cook brutally murders a sailor and Pi’s mother, and Pi kills the cook, but since the story Pi made up was better, then we should believe in God.  I Think that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.  God is able to get you through real hard times, not just help you cover up the truth with an amazing lie </End Spoiler>.

This movie is still an amazingly filmed piece of art even if the thesis behind it is deeply flawed, and if you have a good Hi-Def TV it is amazing to watch.  Ang Lee proves once again that he is among the industries current greats.

How Are Doritos Locos Tacos?


So I finally broke down and had a Doritos Locos Taco, and it was better then I expected.  They must tone down the Doritos flavoring so you can taste the other ingredients.  I was worried that the Cool Ranch wouldn’t taste good with all the taco stuff, but I was quite happy to find out that it works quite well.

If you are looking for something a little different, then having a taco made out of a flavored chip is kind of fun.  I don’t know if I will get them all the time I am there, but they are definitely added to my list of possibilities.

Third Run in Shadowrun


Last night was my group’s third campaign in Shadowrun, and it went pretty well.  I think the main reason for its success was the source book I used called Ghost Cartels.  It centers around a new drug being traded in Seattle called tempo.  It gives non-magic users a little taste of what it is like by being able to see peoples auras, and being able to see the plane that all magic users have access too.

Ghost Cartels starts you out as low level street spies, and that is the part of the book we played last night.  The real bonus is that there is a lot more to do, and the book is very flexible on what you can do and how you do it, so if you are crafting your own campaign you can use this to supplement it.

Just like always the game is most fun when you are playing with a bunch of people that just want to have a good time, and forgive the multitude of mistakes made by the GM.