Saturday, November 23, 2013

AJ Styles vs. Lionheart update!



Looks like the match has been set for Dec. 6 between AJ Styles and Lionheart at Preston City Wrestling, an indy promotion based in the UK. I think it'll be interesting to see AJ Styles defend his title against another Champion. Not to take anything away from the wrestlers that he's faced already, but he should've been facing top guys if he's going to jump from one promotion to the next. I think it would be really interesting if he was collecting title belts from different promotions too. He could come out looking like Ultimo Dragon did back in the day.
 
Like a total bad ass

In other news, it seems Vader will be at the event as well. Looks like he'll be wrestling in addition to signing autographs. The last time I saw Vader on TV, he was way out of shape and I assumed he had retired. I would like to see this event!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Clips from AJ Styles vs. Sanada Seiya match in Japan at Wrestle-1



As you know, TNA has been doing a ton of cross promotion lately with AJ Styles, the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion, touring different promotions around the world. Most recently on Nov. 16, Styles defended his title in Japan at the Wrestle-1 promotion (supposedly during an earthquake). Here are some clips from that show:



AJ was successful in his title defense in Japan but was immediately called out on Twitter by Lionheart, a champion from the Scottish wrestling promotion Pro Wrestling Elite. This war of words most likely sets up AJ's next match, which will be his first match against another champion! How interesting...


El Mesías vs AJ Styles in AAA



For anyone who wanted to see the match in AAA between El Mesías and AJ Styles for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, here it is!



Sunday, November 10, 2013

TNA Cross Promotion



I'm a big time wrestling fan and I've always been a sucker for a good crossover. Whether it's in the comics, movies, or even professional sports. There have been rumors floating around online that TNA might be looking to sell the company due to poor ticket sales and failure to turn a profit. In the middle of all this, TNA is running a storyline similar to the one WWE did with CM Punk a couple years back.


AJ Styles, one of TNA's top stars whose contract was expiring, captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship title and threatened to leave with it. The biggest difference with story this time is that AJ Styles is actually defending his title in different promotions around the world.


Starting in Mexico, Styles successfully defended his title against Judas Mesias on Nov. 3 at the AAA Lucha Libre promotion. This wasn't so much a hostile "invasion" as it seems Styles might've been a face during his appearance. Mesias was attacked by Konnan, Hijo del Fantasma, and Texano Jr. after the match was over, prompting Styles to make the save.


This was something that WWE just wasn't willing to do with CM Punk in their angle and hasn't been done in pro wrestling in years. I personally feel that this is how a champion should earn the prestige of calling his belt a "World" title. How can you call yourself a World Champion if you haven't defended the belt against top stars in different parts of the world?


After retaining his title in Mexico, Styles is headed to Japan next to defend his title against this man:

Seiya Sanada

Styles will be defending against Seiya Sanada on Nov. 16 in The Great Muta's promotion, Wrestle-1. Sanada previously worked in All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he first gained prominence as a tag team wrestler before becoming a singles competitor. Sanada is a strange choice for an opponent since he just signed with Wrestle-1 as recently as last month and lost his debut match in the promotion. I'm assuming Styles will retain his title against, leaving him with back-to-back losses.


Meanwhile, TNA is currently holding an 8-man tournament to crown a new (interim) Heavyweight Champion. All eyes are on the winner as it is believed Styles will return after having defend his belt in multiple promotions to unify the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.


So far, Jeff Hardy has defeated Chris Sabin to advance to the next round of the tournament. The next match announced is a Submission match between Kurt Angle and Austin Aries. While TNA is promoting their Heavyweight division, Bully Ray made a surprise appearance at House of Hardcore that sparked yet another headline.



Tommy Dreamer founded the promotion, House of Hardcore, in the spirit of ECW. They've only had 3 shows to date but Bully Ray made a surprise appearance at their third show on Nov. 9. Ray issued a challenge to Dreamer for a Falls Count Anywhere match at TNA's One Night Only: Old School pay-per-view event scheduled for Dec 30.


Just as rumors of a potential buyer for TNA begins circulating, the company starts doing some really interesting things with their talent and storylines. Could this be too little too late for the company?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rambo: The Video Game



So there's an officially licensed Rambo game coming out for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. I have to say, I'm excited. Let's be honest, who doesn't think they're Rambo when they're playing first-person shooters? Now you can go full Rambo AS Rambo. I don't expect this to step FPS game to the next level, but I just hope it's as fun as it looks in this trailer

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dead Island Trailer Remade!




In a fun short that was put online recently, the Dead Island trailer was remade shot-for-shot! How awesome is that?



Director - BJ McDonnell

Monday, November 4, 2013

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer




The trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has been out for almost a week and it looks totally AWESOME! The original story from the comics had Kitty Pryde transferring her mind into her younger self to warn the X-Men about an assassination that sparks an anti-mutant movement, which sees mutants put into concentration camps and many of the X-Men exterminated.


In the trailer, Wolverine is sent back in time instead and has to warn a younger Professor X about the incident that will lead them to a horrific future. What's got me all excited is that this crosses the original X-Men story with the one from X-Men: First Class. Like the comics, you've got a merging of alternate universes but this is so much cooler with real actors! The future USA is supposed to be ruled by Sentinels in the comics. I know all the fans have been waiting to see Sentinels in the movies since the original X-Men movies, so I hope this doesn't disappoint. Even though I would like to see Sentinels myself, the crossover of the characters and storyline is enough to get me super excited for this one.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is slated for release on May 23, 2014.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

WWE 2K14




I'm really not big on new video games because of this whole idea that you have to pay $60 for the game itself and then buy all this downloadable content later. Forget all that, I'll just save my money in case they release a complete edition later on with all the DLC.

This is the first game to be released by 2K Sports after THQ filed bankruptcy, but I don't want to speculate how that will affect gamplay because you never really know until you've played it. With that said, I will admit that the roster does have me interested. I don't care for multiple versions of Undertaker or HHH, but it is kinda cool to see Ultimate Warrior and "Macho Man" Randy Savage in the game.

I have to be honest though, the ENTIRE reason I have any interest in the game is because of the nWo. I believe the last time they appeared in a game was WWE Smackdown! Shut Your Mouth. I see "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-pac, The Giant, Curt Hennig, "Madness" Macho Man, and "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner! This is the biggest nWo roster I've seen since the WCW days and the first time Scott Hall's been in a WWE game in a LONG time.

My only complaint is Kevin Nash's powerbomb will probably look like this:



Which looks unchanged since Shut Your Mouth. I think Nash's powerbomb should look more relaxed like he's doing it with ease. Just picks people up high and releases them. Check out this tribute video to his Jackknife Powerbomb:



Even in the old WWF clips, he doesn't pick them all the way up into a vertical sitting position on his shoulders, he just releases them and lets them drop. I know that's just a minor complaint, I think people have complaints about current wrestlers not being on the roster. Multiple versions of Undertaker and HHH is unnecessary, I would've liked to see new wrestlers in place of those, but I do think it's awesome to have all these legends that haven't been in the games for awhile.

Here is the full roster for 2K14: http://www.wwe.com/inside/2k/wwe-2k14/wwe-2k14-full-roster-revealed-26149996

Anyone who has the game, let me know how it is in the comments!

A Warrior's Dream - Donnie Yen vs. Bruce Lee




This was a totally sweet short that I happened across while browsing the net. A lot of the information about this video is in Chinese and I can't read most of it, so feel free to leave comments if anyone can shed some light on the people the who made it. As for the video itself, I thought it was a totally awesome tribute to both stars and did a really fantastic job of mimicking their movements. I thought the end was pretty touching as well. Highly recommended for fans of Donnie Yen, Bruce Lee, and/or martial arts films!

Here are the credits from the description section:

導演:李晉 directed by li jin
編劇:李晉 screenplay by Li Jin
分鏡:李晉 storyboard artist Li Jin
美術設計:李晉 art director Li Jin
三維動畫:李晉 3d animator Li Jin
後期合成:李晉 visual effects by Li Jin
剪輯:李晉 editing by Li Jin
原創音樂:袁思翰 music by Li Jin
音效:張嶽 sound mixer Zhang Yue
配音導演:谷放冰 dubbing director Gu Fangbing
配音演員:路之行 voice acting Lu Zhixing
出品人:蘇志武 presented by Su Zhiwu
製片人:廖祥忠,黃心淵 produced by Liao Xiangzhong,Huang Xinyuan

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Hardcore Wrestling


Here's a post that I wrote when I first started blogging, transferred over from the Z-portal:

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      I've been a fan of wrestling ever since elementary school, back when the nWo were the biggest heel group in all of the industry. When I first started watching wrestling, Sting had just left WCW because he was accused by long time friend Lex Luger of siding with the nWo. It turned out to be an evil nWo Sting. (who eventually became a popular wrestler in Japan.) After being a fan of WCW for many years, what finally converted me to a WWF (as it was called then) was a match between the Undertaker and Mankind. Having always been somewhat fond of horror, the Undertaker was a character that I found really interesting. But what was more interesting to me was the character of Mankind. The match I was watching in particular had Undertaker on the outside of the ring, Mankind having just pulled back the protective mats and exposing the concrete floor underneath. Mankind then proceeded to climb up onto the apron of the ring and dive off with an elbow drop on the Undertaker. All I heard was J.R. Jim Ross yelling, "Oh my God! Mankind is willing to sacrifice his own body for the sake of a match!!!" Something about that kamikaze-style that really appealed to me. Shortly after I started on the WWF, they began their Attitude era. Over the years I would jump between programs before finally switching to watching WWF full time. As Mick Foley developed his character, Mankind, he eventually became the first ever WWF Hardcore Champion.



It was around this time that Mick Foley wrote an autobiographical novel, entitled Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, about his rise to Hardcore Legend status. I was hooked now, I wanted more of the hardcore wrestling. I liked the idea that a match can take place anywhere, not just inside the ring. In my opinion, it allowed the wrestlers more freedom for creative expression. Hardcore, to me, was just an element added to a normal wrestling match to make it even more interesting.

  
     I had been aware of ECW for a long time. Sometimes you would hear the name mentioned in passing on WWF and anyone who was a serious enough wrestling fan, always had some access to it. I assumed that because I could never find it on TV that it played on Pay-Per-View or some pay channel that I didn't have. Aside from what I would hear about them from other people, I didn't know too much about the promotion or its wrestlers. (except the ones that jumped ship early and I knew them as WWF wrestlers) That was until the company folded in 2001, allowing the WWF to step in and acquire the assets of Extreme Championship Wrestling. (which included their video library) They also purchased WCW about a month later and thus began the Invasion storyline. Which had ECW wrestlers teaming up with the WCW wrestlers to invade the WWF. This rivalry culminated to a showdown at the Invasion PPV. The only member of the WCW/ECW alliance to win a title that night was none other than... Everybody's favorite wrestler... Rob Van Dam.


It was RVD who, while representing ECW and the hardcore brand of wrestling they stood for, successfully snatched the WWF Hardcore Title right out of the hands of one half of WWF's Team Xtreme, Jeff Hardy. The Hardcore Title would become an outlet through which ECW's wrestlers were given the opportunity to shine. After the Invasion storyline, the wrestlers that were assimilated into the WWF roster mostly played minor roles and would eventually become mid card wrestlers to pad storylines with. Raw would move to TNN, a channel that was not available to me, and I was to be without wrestling for a few years. In August of 2002, the WWF (now renamed World Wrestling Entertainment following a lawsuit over the name filed by the World Wildlife Fund) retired their Hardcore Championship Title after a unification match between WWE Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam and Hardcore Champion Tommy Dreamer. (This match took place a month after Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy and unified his IC Title with Hardy's European Title in a ladder match.)



In late 2004, the WWE released a documentary entitled, "The Rise and Fall of ECW" This 2-disc DVD documents the meteoric rise of ECW all the way to its bitter end at the mercy of television networks. Thanks to this DVD, new interest toward ECW sparked and eventually led to the PPV event ECW One Night Stand. This was supposedly a one time only reunion of ECW alumni, allowing them a chance to show the world what ECW was all about on a WWE stage, which took place the following year. (June 12, 2005) Unfortunately, Rob Van Dam was injured and wasn't medically cleared to wrestle that night. (But that didn't stop him from skateboarding a chair into the face of long time nemesis, Rhino!!)



The popularity of the Rise and Fall of ECW DVD, along with Internet buzz following the One Night Stand PPV, prompted Rob Van Dam and Paul Heyman to approach Vince McMahon with a proposition. They pitched the idea of rebooting ECW as a separate show with its own roster that specifically catered to fans of the original promotion. (As well as any new fans that surfaced thanks to the Rise and Fall of ECW) Shane McMahon was rumored to be a supporter RVD and Paul Heyman and intended for it to be an online show that fans can log on every week and watch. Running with the idea, the WWE decided to reboot the promotion as a 3rd brand to Raw and Smackdown. At WrestleMania 22, we would also see RVD win the Money in the Bank ladder match. The prize for winning Money in the Bank was a title shot that RVD could request at any time, for any World Title. Upon being drafted to the ECW brand by Paul Heyman, RVD announced that he would be cashing in his Money in the Bank title shot against John Cena for the WWE Championship at ECW One Night Stand 2006. So the match was set, June 11, 2006 would see John Cena defend the WWE Championship against RVD at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. (A regular venue for the original ECW promotion.) Tensions were high that night as fans threatened to riot if John Cena won the match. A pretty decent PPV that eventually saw RVD capture his first World Title. The next night on RAW, Paul Heyman announces that the WWE Championship would be re-christened the ECW World Heavyweight Championship on the inaugural show of ECW on Sci-Fi.


     Neither here nor there, what would come to follow in the next few weeks was a show that lacked the charm of the original ECW and thrived on the star power of familiar faces alone. You could tell Paul Heyman still had some creative control as the new brand tried desperately to revive as much of the feel of the original promotion as possible, but there was an apparent power struggle between those who wanted to stay loyal to the original product and the WWE censors that were cracking down on them. RVD, Dreamer, Sandman, Sabu, and a handful of guys from the original ECW tried their best to entertain the fans and make the show the best it could be. Then one fateful night, tragedy struck in the form of RVD and Sabu being pulled over and arrested for possession of drugs and paraphernalia. This was the final straw as WWE execs took this opportunity to crackdown and seize control of the operations. After RVD's suspension was lifted, he was entered into an Extreme Elimination Chamber Match at ECW's December to Dismember. It was on this night that Paul Heyman went head-to-head against Vince McMahon and his creative team. Apparently, a dispute on the booking of the match led to Paul Heyman being removed from the ECW creative team. This was would mark the beginning of the end of this joke they tried to pass off as ECW. What came to follow were garbage segments that attempted to retain interest in the brand but all efforts were in vain as the new brand had already lost support from the die hard ECW fans. As with most sports out there, it's the support of the fans that really keep it alive and without the support of those who were loyal to the original product, this new brand was destined to fail. Shortly after this period of time, I would stop watching the new brand and eventually lost cable altogether. I am happy to announce that upon searching the net for ECW, it turns out that the WWE had finally closed its doors on the ECW brand. Finally! For what it was, a brand of WWE wrestling that happened to be named ECW, you have to give the credit to Paul Heyman and RVD for their efforts in at least attempting to revive the original product. In retrospect, I would've preferred that they pulled the plug on ECW the same night that Heyman left. Without him, the WWE was not going to be able to reproduce the brand successfully. They shouldn't have even tried in my opinion. Unfortunately, the legacy of the original ECW had to be sullied by the WWECW's incompetent efforts. The new brand aired its last episode on Feb 16, 2010.

I can't claim to be an old school fan of ECW, however I am a collector of the old PPVs and DVDs from the original promotion. I only wish could have been to see at least one live show. (I didn't turn 18 until 2004, just a tad bit too late.) However, they've made a die hard fan out of me. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pies


No, I haven't forgotten about this blog. I've just been preparing for Halloween over at the Z-portal. Since I haven't posted anything on here since July, I thought I'd drop a quickie post. Does anyone remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pies?



As a kid, I was a fan of all things Ninja Turtles. I remember trying to catch the show before school, I had a VHS tape that I would rewatched over and over again, and I had a ton of the action figures. I even remember dialing up QVC or one of those channels to order a TMNT electric toothbrush without permission. By the time it came to payment, I called out to my mom who was probably going to yell at me but saw how much I really wanted it. I think it was somewhere around $20, so she sprung for it. (Thanks mom!) Point is, I just could NOT get enough of those turtles.


One day we were walking around the supermarket when I spotted a Hostess pocket pie with the TMNT logo on it. I immediately asked my mom to buy one for me and once again, being the awesome mom that she was, picked me up one of these pies knowing absolutely nothing about it. She gave it to me after dinner and was shocked to see the whole thing was green!

And looked like a radioactive Hulk turd

From memory alone, I could've sworn it looked like your average Home Run pie but with green filling. However, I found the commercial on YouTube years later and realized that it was actually covered in a green glaze. The only reason I remember the green so well (other than the fact that everything TMNT related was colored green) was because I was jumping around and playing on my parent's bed after eating that pie and threw up a bright green mess. And so, I never got to eat another one of these undoubtedly diabetes-inducing confectioneries again. That didn't stop me from loving the show or collecting the toys (Or springing for that totally sweet box set that came in the turtle van!) but I do wish I could remember what this thing tasted like.


Since there's a new show for a new generation, I say we bring back these turtle pies!!! I'm positive these are in no way healthy but I sure they will sell like hot cakes... er... hot pies...um... room temperature pies... people will buy them!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Joker Rising



Know what I like? Fan films. Sometimes the fact that they aren't associated with a big studio means they have a little more creative with their storyline and approach to making the film. About a month ago, I posted a fan film about Dick Grayson who was never adopted by Bruce Wayne and forgoes donning the Robin tights to become Nightwing instead. Seemed like an interesting project but unfortunately, they weren't able to hit their IndieGoGo goal.

While that was a great attempt at an alternate telling of a familiar story from the DC Universe, it approached the subject the same way all filmmakers do. From the perspective of the hero. The comics are about superheroes, so naturally, most movies focus on the heroes themselves. This is where Joker Rising comes in.


This is one of those rare occasions where the focus of the movie is on the villain and their eventual rise to power. I'm sure there are comics that have focused on developing the villains but you really don't see it as much in films or even animated releases. This was a fresh take on Gotham City's criminal underworld, with Batman only making a brief cameo appearance.

And he doesn't even have any lines!

I saw a rough cut of the film and I have to say, I was extremely impressed. Everyone praises Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy for being gritty, dark, and realistic. (I guess as realistic as a movie about a playboy billionaire karate master running around in a mask and cape could be)  If you're looking for a movie that is REALLY dark and gritty, check out the rough cut of Joker Rising:


I'm a Gangland junkie. I watch a lot movies, shows, and documentaries on street gangs and that's where this movie gets its charm. You see "Cyrus" starting off as a common street soldier who's putting in work. From there, you see his climb up the ladder as he encounters other known villains from Gotham's dark criminal underbelly. If you're going to make a big deal about canon, this movie does NOT follow canon and is more a story inspired by the DC characters that we all know and love. (Although I would've preferred if they stuck with more traditional Riddler riddles, even the ones from the 1960's Batman were better!)


I have to say that I liked their take on most of these characters, the best spin was on Black Mask. The mask that they had him wearing was more like something you'd see on Dia de los Muertos. I think that's way more realistic than some dude who just walks around in a black skull mask expecting people to take him seriously. The one thing I just HAD to mention and compliment them on was Harley Quinn. Although I've never seen Harley's story spun this way, the actress they got to play her was stunning and had so much charm that you could easily fall in love with her character. That sweet smile and adorable voice/accent was perfect.

Then again, I've never seen a Harley Quinn that I didn't absolutely ADORE!

Overall, this is a fantastic fan film and really deserves your support. Immediately after watching this, I popped in The Dark Knight so I could have some more Joker in my life. So far, they've only raised a couple hundred of their goal but I really hope that people will start funding this project. Here is their IndieGoGo link:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/r-rated-joker-trilogy

Even as a rough cut, you can tell that they've really got something good going on here. With a bigger budget, I'm sure they can do something really awesome. Please, check it out for yourself ASAP because the rough cut will online be online for a limited time. I hope that other people are as excited as I am to see more of this. If they can get funding, this will become a 3-part rated-R trilogy. Trust me, there are definitely worse things out there that you can be funding. If the rough cut is taken down before you get a chance to watch it, I will post the trailer here so you can at least see something. I hope that this gets out to fans before the rough cut comes down though. Share this post with anyone that you think would be interested or likes comic book movies. Let's get this project funded so we can see some really gritty comic book movies for once!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Quick thoughts on Pacific Rim



If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably noticed me squirming with excitement to finally see this movie that I've been waiting for all year. Finally, Guillermo Del Toro's contribution to the Daikaiju and Real Robot genres has arrived!

This film is everything you would expect from a movie about Giant Robots fighting Giant Monsters, minus a few rubber suits perhaps. I really don't want to hype this movie up too much and raise everyone's expectations (because you know, EVERYONE reads this blog...)


When I first heard about this film, I was ecstatic. Why? I grew up watching Godzilla marathons on the Syfy Channel (then known simply as 'Sci-Fi') and every so often on TNT's MonsterVision. I was also a huge fan of Power Rangers, where nearly every episode ended with a Megazord vs. Giant "Monster of the Day" battle.

Whatcha gunna do, brother?

Not to mention that Guillermo Del Toro, writer and director of Pan's Labyrinth, was going to be the helmsman for this project. If you've seen Pan's Labyrinth, you'll understand the depth of the fantasy world Del Toro creates for his films. Bringing to life mystical creatures that only existed in our wildest dreams (or nightmares) before. To think that he would be creating all-new and completely original Kaiju for this movie made me squeal like a teenage girl at a boy band concert.

Like OMG! I've been waiting for this movie my whole life!!!

Pacific Rim has definitely lived up to my expectations. You can tell that it was carefully crafted by someone who truly has love and a passion for this niche genre. Guillermo Del Toro took the fantasies from our childhood where we would make our robot toys fight dinosaurs or other monsters and brought it to life on the big screen. That might be the only real complaint I had about my experience was that the screens are a little small at the theater by my house. My recommendation is to watch this on the biggest screen you can find. I was hoping for an IMAX showing but there weren't any in my area. A movie about giant robots and giant monsters should be seen on a giant screen, with deafening sound to feel like they're really fighting above you.

This is what they looked like to me!

Aside from that, the monster battles were action-riffic and they don't waste our time by focusing too much on the humans. That's not to say there isn't any character development. This is a story about trust, loss, and perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds. The movie just doesn't waste any of our time though and jumps right into the action from the very beginning. Del Toro understands what we all came to see (giant monster battles!!!) and keeps the human chatter to a minimum. Charlie Hunnam (Green Street Hooligans, Sons of Anarchy) plays the main character who pilots the Jaeger from the poster. His co-pilot and co-star is the lovely Rinko Kikuchi who was also in one of the most bizarre movies in history, Funky Forest: The First Contact. Rinko has very beautiful eyes and speaks louder with her facial expressions than she does with her lines. I would recommend this movie to ANYONE, whether you're a fan of the Kaiju or not. What's not to like about 250 ft. tall robots punching 3000 ton monsters in the face until they die? Nothing, that's what.

I'm blue da ba dee da ba die...

This movie is also really blue. I don't mean that the characters are depressing but you see a lot of the color blue. Everything in this movie is blue! Watch it and you'll see what I mean. Don't miss out on the most awesome movie this summer! If you're going to see it, do stick around because there is a secret ending in this movie after the credits.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Jaeger Combat Simulator



If you're like me, you absolutely CANNOT wait for Pacific Rim to hit theaters on July 12. You can play the totally sweet online Jaeger Combat Simulator, if you're really jonesin' for that Kaiju fix.

http://jaegercombatsimulator.pacificrimmovie.com/

Simple game, but lots of fun. Hardcore gamers may not be impressed but easy enough for any casual gamer to pick up and start playing. THIS is how you promote a movie!!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Grayson: Earth One


I'm a big time fan of comic books. Not in the sense that I can recite issue numbers by heart or own a collection of obscure comics, just that I really enjoy them and typically enjoy most films or television series based on a superhero character. So when I was contacted about a series that's trying to get funding on IndieGoGo right now, I thought I'd throw up a quick blurb about it.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/grayson-earth-one-season-one--2

The project is an original series based on Nightwing from the Batman comics. Apparently, this will be a loose adaptation as this series will be taking place separate from the DC Universe. The project is described as "a non profit six episode season dedicated to exploring the origin story of the DC character known as Nightwing -- but with a twist."


The twist here being that Dick Grayson was never adopted by Bruce Wayne and never became the boy wonder. Instead, he had to fend for himself all these years in the streets and must now overcome his survivalist attitude to become a selfless individual.

I can always appreciate a new take on things, as long as the change was not a result of someone who did not understand the source material. Without further ado, here is the pilot for Grayson: Earth One



Not bad. I totally thought that Batman looked like one of those fake Batmen (Batmans?) from The Dark Knight though. Coming to us from P3 Productions, this web series is trying to hit a $40,000 goal by July 20. Get out there and show your support! Everything donated will go to production costs.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Torchlight FREE on Gog.com



PC GAMERS!!! Sign up for Gog.com right now and grab your FREE copy of Torchlight, available for immediate download. Torchlight is a game very similar to Diablo, from some of the developers that worked on Diablo and left before Diablo 3. This game is designed to be modded by players as the developers released the game editing tools they used to make the game, so you can customize it as you please! Did I also mention that it's FREE?!?

Act fast, sign up only takes a few seconds and this game will only be free for the next 36 hours!!!! Don't miss out on this totally free game!

http://www.gog.com/gamecard/torchlight

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ultimate Rider Henshin Collection


Growing up, I never had much exposure to the Kamen Rider series as I was a die-hard Power Rangers fan. They tried to adapt Kamen Rider as Masked Rider here in the states, but the show never took off. (I only caught about a handful of episodes myself)

Luckily, with the interwebs, I can find out more about Kamen Rider. Including this here video that collects all Rider transformation sequences. This baby is almost an hour long, so make sure you've got the time!!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ultraman vs Kamen Rider




This segment is from a television special that aired back in 1993 featuring clips from both shows, interviews with stars, and this crossover segment. Apparently this finally received a DVD/Blu-Ray release back in 2011, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Ultraman and the 40th Anniversary of Kamen Rider. I'm trying to get my hands on a copy right now, I'll keep everyone posted!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Where did May go?!?


Holy cow, where does all the time go? The last time I posted anything was half way through May and we're already 3 days into June! That's completely unbelievable...

Well, if anyone cares to know what I've been up to, I've been on the forum mostly. There have been some major changes to the forum (not that I expect anyone to actually know the difference seeing as the forum was on the verge of being deleted due to inactivity!) but I've moved a bunch of things around, created a few new boards, and posted a ton of new content. I also went through and deleted outdated links to YouTube videos so most of the stuff on there is up to date. (Most not all)

Seeing as the forum isn't very popular, I've just been using it as a dump site for the videos and links I come across. Because of this, there's tons and tons of stuff to watch and check out if you're bored. I would recommend dropping by and giving us a look.

http://zportal.freeforums.org/

I added a few public domain movies to the Horror Movies board and a couple on the Sci-Fi board as well. I added some of the Angry Video Game Nerd's review of older systems onto the Classic Video Games board. Created a section for Xtreme Sports by condensing all the MMA boards into one and adding a couple of other boards under it. Also added separate boards for food and toys.
 
Other than adding content to the forum, as always, I've been adding to my DVD collection as well. Recently I received from Amazon:

The ghost with the most!

My Beetlejuice box set! I ordered this baby back in February and it came last week. One thing I have to complain about is the condition that it arrived in. Considering that I paid $70 for this box set, I thought it would come in a box but arrived in a crappy bubble mailer instead. This practically guaranteed that the box was going to be messed and when I opened it, sure enough, the box was pretty roughed up. If I had bought this with the intention of keeping it as a collector's item, I would've been severely disappointed. Since I was going to open and watch it anyway, I didn't care to make a fuss. Just a warning to anyone else that's looking to pick this up! I would've picked this baby up directly from Shout! Factory instead, if it was available to order. Still, thank you Shout! Factory!!!!


The other DVD that arrived from Amazon was the 3-disc set of Wrestling's Highest Flyers. This is actually one of the better WWE Home Videos I've seen that isn't about a specific wrestler. There is a surprisingly good selection of matches here. I half expected it to be 3-discs of WWE trying to push their younger talents (which they did a little) but was surprised they also had a few WCW matches including one between Sting and the Great Muta in Japan! I love that they're making use of their massive video library.


My biggest complaint about this one are actually the old WWF matches. They included the TLC match from Wrestlemania 2000, but it was totally ruined by the blurs over the old WWF logo. I found this to be really distracting, which is utterly disappointing because that has got to be one of the most memorable matches of all time!!!

Like trying to watch Bigfoot wrestle

Seriously, how are you supposed to enjoy that?! The WWE borders are also really annoying but you forget they're even there if you start getting into the match. I'm watching disc 2 as I write this and I would definitely recommend this to any fans of pro wrestling, especially if you enjoyed WCW's Cruiserweight division or TNA's X-Division!! Check out this insane list of matches:

DISC ONE:

A Different Stratosphere

Ricky Steamboat
Ricky Steamboat vs. Brian Pillman
WCW Halloween Havoc October 25, 1992

Evan Bourne
Evan Bourne vs. Zack Ryder
WWE Superstars June 11, 2009

Sky-View with Evan Bourne

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka vs. Samu
WWF at Madison Square Garden February 20, 1984

New Style

WCW Cruiserweights
Juventud Guerrera, Hector Garza, Lizmark Jr. vs. La Parka, Psychosis, Villano IV
WCW Bash at the Beach July 13, 1997

Shelton Benjamin
Gold Rush Tournament Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Shelton Benjamin
WWE RAW May 2, 2005

Ultimo Dragon
J-Crown Cruiserweight Championship Match
Ultimo Dragon vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
WCW World War 3 November 24, 1996

Eddie Guerrero
ECW World Television Championship Match
Eddie Guerrero vs. Dean Malenko
ECW Hardcore TV July 21, 1995

Special Features:

Ultimo Dragon vs. Psychosis
WCW Uncensored March 16. 1997

Chavo Guerrero vs. Jamie Noble
WWE SmackDown April 18, 2008

Sky-Cam with Jamie Noble

Flight Turbulence

DISC TWO:

Degree of Difficulty

Chris Jericho
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Chris Jericho vs. Ultimo Dragon
WCW Bash at the Beach July 13, 1997

1-2-3 Kid
1-2-3 Kid vs. Hakushi
WWF SummerSlam August 27, 1995

Sky-View with John Morrison

John Morrison
John Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd
WWE Superstars July 30, 2009

High Flying Duos

Tag Teams
WWF Tag Team Championship - Triangle Ladder Match
Hardy Boyz vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Edge / Christian
WWF WrestleMania 2000 April 2, 2000

Super Crazy
3-Way Dance
Tajiri vs. Super Crazy vs. Little Guido
ECW One Night Stand June 12, 2005

Brian Pillman
Brian Pillman vs. Alex Wright
WCW Great American Bash June 18, 1995

Great Muta
Great Muta vs. Sting
WCW Japan Supershow March 21, 1991

Rob Van Dam
WWF Hardcore Championship Match
Jerry Lynn vs. Rob Van Dam
WWF Sunday Night Heat August 5, 2001

Special Feature:

The Hardy Boyz vs. Kai En Tai
WWF Sunday Night Heat September 27, 1998

DISC THREE:

Shawn Michaels
WWF Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Vader
WWF SummerSlam August 18, 1996

Flash Funk
ECW World Television Championship Match
2 Cold Scorpio vs. Sabu
ECW CyberSlam February 17, 1996

Sky-View with Kofi Kingston

Kofi Kingston
Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals
Kofi Kingston vs. Christian
WWE SmackDown May 14, 2010

Aerodynamics

WWE Light Heavyweights
WWF Light Heavyweight Championship Match
Taka Michinoku vs. Pantera
WWF In Your House: No Way Out February 15, 1998

Lita
WWE Women's Championship Match
Lita vs. Trish Stratus
RAW December 6, 2004

Sabu
ECW World Television Championship Match
Sabu vs. Rob Van Dam
ECW Guilty as Charged January 9, 2000

Jeff Hardy
Steel Cage Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Umaga
WWE RAW January 7, 2008

Rey Mysterio
WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Eddie Guerrero
WCW Halloween Havoc October 26, 1997

Special Feature:

WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match
Juventud Guerrero vs. Billy Kidman
World War 3 November 22, 1998

Not bad for a DVD that's currently $12 on Amazon, eh?


The last bit of treasure I picked up recently came from Los Angeles' Chinatown. I cannot stress how much I love Chinese video stores as they always have the latest Asian releases but you'll find mad deals on TV series and anime as well. For example, I was able to score this 19-disc box set of the popular anime, Detective Conan (which some of you here in the States might remember as the show Case Closed on Adult Swim), for only $18. The sticker said $19, which was already a steal, but they let me haggle $1 off the sticker price! The video quality on the first disc I popped in looked pretty good too. Unbelievable. Have I mentioned how much I love Chinese video stores?

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Pacific Rim - Official Main Trailer




In case you don't already know, this is a movie about giant robots built to fight giant monsters. This movie is being brought to us by Guillermo Del Toro who also brought us the amazing visual spectacle that was Pan's Labyrinth. Known for his creative creature designs, Del Toro will be bringing his personal flare to the Kaiju and Mecha genres. I've been looking forward to this movie for a long time, this is going to be AWESOME!!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Iron Man's Adventure


This is an old clip but I thought I'd put it up anyway, in case anyone hasn't seen it before. Been awhile since I last saw this short, interesting how the scene where the Hulk catches Iron Man makes it into The Avengers movie. I thought that scene felt familiar but just assumed it was from watching the trailer.

Anyway, in this animated short, an army of giant robots are stomping through the city. Spider-Man is the first to hit the scene but phones in a little help from, you guessed it, Iron Man!

Part 1:



Part 2:



Part 3:



I believe this was supposedly a commercial for Marvel's digital comics or something? Can anyone confirm?

Monday, May 6, 2013

DEATH BATTLE! - Goku vs. Superman



I've actually been part of one (or more) of these debates of who would win in a fight between Goku and Superman. I always find these debates to be a lot of fun because you just get to geek out over your favorite characters.


I happen to be a fan of both, so I not extremely biased towards one character over the other...

Although I usually argue in favor of Goku

Well, Screw Attack has finally attempted to answer the question of who would win the fight. I like the conclusion they came to because they back up their argument with good facts and some pretty educated guesses. Of course, no one could really ever say for sure, but it will always be a fun topic for discussion!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy Star Wars Day AND Free Comic Book Day!



Today is a special occasion that only occurs once every 6 years or so. The first Saturday in May is usually International Free Comic Book Day!!!! Comic book fans around the world look forward to this celebration of their beloved comics... but this year, Free Comic Book Day lands on May 4th.

Use this link to find participating Comic stores around you: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/StoreLocator

May 4th also happens to be Star Wars Day!!! So I'm expecting the freaks, geeks, and nerds to out be out en masse today. Flood those streets and raid them comic shops with lightsabers in hand!!! Be careful out there though... May the Fourth Be with You!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ultimo Dragon


When I was a kid, the nWo had just recently made a big splash in the professional wrestling world and WCW was on the rise in popularity. One of my buddies in elementary school, who was a big wrestling fan in his own rights, let me borrow one of his VHS tapes with Halloween Havoc ('96 if I'm not mistaken) recorded on it. I was hooked instantly and have been a pretty consistent wrestling fan ever since.


One of the things that I remember most fondly about WCW, other than the nWo storyline, were their cruiserweight wrestlers. These were always the best matches on the card for me and was actually the first thing that really drew me into wrestling. Yes, nWo was popular at the time and I knew all about them before long. On that Halloween Havoc tape though, Dean Malenko put on a great show with Rey Misterio Jr. and that was the whole reason I fell in love with wrestling. Malenko was always a very technical wrestler while Rey's high-flying style really blew my mind as a kid!!! I really liked a lot of the cruiserweights but one guy really stood out from the others...


Maybe it was because I always thought Dragons were awesome and this guy's outfit was pretty bad ass. Or maybe it was the fact that the guy came out with about 10 different title belts that was so much, he needed his manager's help to carry them all!!!


This guy walked out like he was some kind of royalty. Not to mention, you'd never seen anyone do what this guy could do in the ring. Ultimo Dragon would do extended headstands on the turnbuckle whenever opponents would Irish whip him into a corner. Truly an innovator, he combined technical wrestling grapples and power moves with lucha libre-style planchas and holds. The speed with which he moved about the ring was as impressive as the way he could chain-link his moves like a gamer sets up his combos. Dragon was as impressive outside of the ring as he was inside of it, popularizing the "Asai Moonsault".

Hitting his signature "Asai Moonsault"

Ultimo Dragon put on many spectacular matches with the likes of Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Jericho, and Rey Misterio Jr. were amongst many other top Cruiserweights. Always emphasizing a fast-paced and action-packed match, Ultimo Dragon never put on a bad show for the audience. Dragon would go on to have some of the most memorable matches against Rey Misterio Jr.



While his matches against Rey would see them battle in and out of the United States, over multiple titles, he would eventually capture the WCW World Cruiserweight title from Dean Malenko at Starrcade '96.


Ultimo Dragon would also go on to capture the WCW Television Title and the Cruiserweight title again before a botched surgery caused him nerve damage and forced him into an early retirement. Dragon served as a trainer until 2002 when he would undergo surgery in an attempt to repair the damaged nerves, so he could return to wrestling.


After only watching him wrestle for about 2 years in the WCW, it's amazing the impression he left on me. I was so excited to hear about his WWE debut after the Invasion storyline but it was nearly impossible to catch one of his performances on TV and his contact was up before I knew it. While it sucks that he was never made a bigger character in the WWE, his short stint made him a playable character in at least one of the Smackdown games!! So while Ultimo Dragon never became a household name, he will always be a big reason why I'm a wrestling fan today. I think it would be awesome if the WWE would release more of WCW's Cruiserweight matches on DVD. Until then, I will be scouring the net for more clips!