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!

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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.

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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!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

IVP Videos for Wrestling Fans!

   Sometimes as a wrestling fan, the stuff they're doing on TV just gets dull and you feel like you've seen it all before. The great thing about professional wrestling is that it takes many shapes throughout the world. In Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries, they have Lucha Libre that typically features masked wrestlers while it's commonly referred to as Puroresu, or simply "Puro" for short, in Japan. The differences between each form of pro wrestling and the significant cultural impact it has had on its respective countries are really fascinating. While the DVD market is typically flooded by WWE Home Videos, some of which can be really good but others are a total waste of money, there's another way to get your wrestling fix.

I present to you, IVP Videos, with a massive catalog of Puro and Lucha. All at affordable prices! They typically have compilations of specific wrestlers or territories ranging from $2.99 to $5.99 with weekly FREE download/$0.25 DVD!!!!! Yes, you read that right, they have a weekly deal where you can get a DVD for a quarter. The amount of wrestling swag you can walk away with is absolutely mind-boggling. For the price of two WWE releases, you can expect a gold mine of wrestling matches you've probably never seen before.

I was a huge wrestling fan when I was growing up and one of my favorite wrestlers from WCW was Ultimo Dragon. One day, I wanted to watch some of his matches but wasn't able to find any good ones. After a quick search, I stumbled upon IVP Videos that had an astounding 7-discs of Best Of compilations for Ultimo Dragon! Needless to say, I was hooked and eventually started collecting compilations for other wrestlers like Masato Tanaka, Eddie Guerrero, Samoa Joe, Bret Hart, and many others!! HIGHLY recommended for true wrestling fans that enjoy finding new matches they've never seen before.

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