Armand Tuesday, December 28, 2010

10th December 2010 was my 29th birthday (please no one remind me how old I am thank you very much). I know it's very cliche to say that one has the best parents in the world cos I think every child would say the same thing about their parents but heck I have the best parents in the world! Usually I could guess what they would get for me but this year they really blindsided me with this gift. I had no idea they'd get me an iPad :)!

Prior to the official launch of the iPad here in Malaysia, a lot of people were already carrying these around including my uncle. He's one of those "I'll buy the latest gadget in the market just cos" type. So he would lug around his iPad here and there and as all shiny new toy everyone wanted to play with it. Me being the "sensible" person that I am, I did not see the need to own one. "It's just a big iPhone" I keep telling my uncle. Even so there were a lot of limitations with the iPad. No built in camera, you can't technically make phone calls on it, multitasking on the thing is non existent, and the biggest boo boo it does not support Flash.

But when I got this for my birthday, I was both ecstatic and dumbfounded at the same time. First thing that came to my head was "What am I suppose to do with this?"Being a skeptic all these while, I had a bias opinion on the iPad.

But after fiddling with it and downloading numerous apps for the iPad, I can now safely say that I'm an iPad lover. There's a whole lot of interesting apps that takes advantage of the multitouch capabilities of the iPad. One "genre" in particular would be the music apps. I've been downloading a lot of music apps and turning my apartment into a club and me headlining as the resident deejay. ReBirth, Akai SynthStation and Groove Maker just to name a few. I'm having a blast playing with the iPad.

The iPad is one of those "nice to have" toys of 2010. if you have 2K to splurge and want something cool I would highly recommend getting the iPad 64g.

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First Look : Thor Teaser Movie Poster

Armand Friday, December 10, 2010
6 months to go. God of Thunder. I pray to Odin the movie will turn out good...

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First Look: Transformers 3 Dark of The Moon Teaser Trailer

Armand Thursday, December 9, 2010

And so it begins. Doesn't look like much. I dunno how Bay's gonna spin the Transformers storyline. It looks like the Arc and the last robot kinda looks like Unicron. Your thoughts? Read on...

First Look: Green Lantern Teaser Trailer

Armand Friday, November 19, 2010

The first Green Lantern trailer is finally here! Now let's see if DC's got what it takes to beat down their closest rivals Marvel when it comes to movies :)

Ok so here's the breakdown. So after watching the trailer I'm beginning to doubt Ryan Reynolds' capabilities as a serious actor. I mean he was good in "Buried" and "Amityville Horror" but that's just the extend of it. Even when playing an iconic character like Hal Jordon, he still portrays that cocky cool lovable annoying guy. I mean its Hal Jordan, I don't remember him being that cocky. At this point (basing my judgment on the trailer) I think Ryan Reynold was a wrong choice for the role of Green Lantern. I foresee the movie to tank and/or get bad reviews. Don't get me wrong, it'll still be a box office hits in terms of sales but somehow it's just gonna be another Transformers 2.

The scriptwriters are also to be blamed if the movie tanks. With lines like "I'm gonna take this pants off and fly some planes" and " What now? We go look for trouble" sure sounds cheesy. I'm seriously foreseeing the movie to be just another action comic movie with humor laid down here and there. But yeah That's just me basing the movie from what I saw from the trailer. Either way I am kinda excited to see Green Lantern since he's the first from the Justice League since Superman, Batman and that ever so crappy Flash movie. Anybody else share my sentiments about the movie?
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First Look: Captain America

Armand Friday, October 29, 2010

Damn! Photos galore! Entertainment Weekly has just release official photos of the upcoming Captain America movie! And man lemme tell ya the photos don't disappoint!

I'm glad to see that they kept the Ultimate Avengers WWII Captain America outfit in the movie as well as his shield. The look kinda goes well with Chris Evans actually. So my guess is that they'll start off with Rogers getting enrolled into the Super Soldier program to combat the threat of the Nazis lead by Johann Schmidt. He goes to war, manages to do battle with Johann and somehow Johann got the worst in the battle and he presumably dies and the war ends. Or so they thought.

Everything's all fine and dandy until a new threat arises. Johann now becomes the Red Skull due to Johann sustaining serious injuries to his face during the epic battle between Ol Winghead and himself. Captain America is once again called upon to do battle with his old enemy. During one of their encounter Red Skull reveals that he is in fact Johann and somehow blames Cap for what happened to him.

Armed with a new shield and costume, they do battle once again, Cap kicks his ass, he loses, the end. But not before giving one last final 1 finger salute to Uncle Sam by releasing a missile aimed straight for the White House (maybe). Cap hops on the missile, tries to disarm it mid air, somehow manages to blow the shit up and plummet straight down to earth. Where does he swan dive down to earth you ask? Over the Arctic Ocean that's where. He falls, sinks down and gets frozen in an ice capsule. Credits start rolling and the movie ends.

Or does it? Typical Marvel movie style there will be an Easter Egg at the end. We see Nick Fury in a sub, when suddenly the radar starts bleeping like mad and the end line goes "Sir, we found him". Then you get a close up of Rogers frozen in ice.

But hey that's just my speculations on how the movie will go. I could be wrong, hehehe! But until the movie hits theaters summer 2011, we fanboys will have to wait and find out. Enjoy the pics. Excelsior!

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First Look: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Armand Friday, October 8, 2010

Yes that is the title of the 3rd installment of Michelangelo Bayonet's Transfuckers. I sincerely hope that what I read is a typo and I really hope that it's just a working title but I'll be a monkey's neighbor's babysitter if they actually stuck to that title. So far from what I've heard they've mellowed down on the story and are emphasizing more on big robots duking it out battle royale style. Which is exactly what I want! I can live with a so-so storyline with corny one liners but really who gives a crap? I'm paying to see big mother trucking robots beating the shit out of other big mother flanking robots.

So far I've only seen set pictures and footage but I've yet to come across concept arts for the new designs for the robots. Maybe Bay's keeping this one under tight wraps this time around. As you can see from the pictures below there's a red Ferrari 458 Italia which my guess is that should be Sunstreaker (logically that should have been Sideswipe since the color scheme matches but whatever). So Sideswipe's got a speed buddy now.

There's also a few nasty twisted metal looking NASCARs and I'm guessing they're Decepticons. So much for hiding in plain sight. They must be so bad ass that they don't really give a hoot if everybody knows they're evil robots from outer space.

On a lighter note, I'm quite happy that Bay actually included Prime's trailer this time around. And not just any trailer, G1 accurate to be exact! Sigh, just wish we could see Prime as a red flatnose cab together with the trailer. Oh well at least we fanboys are getting our share innit?

So watch out for the release in June 2011. I'm a bit excited about the movie. What about you?

G1 Optimus Prime. Well close anyway.

No more sliding into corners there Prime what with all that extra weight you're carrying.

Looks like the Decepticons fornicated with H.R Giger's Alien. Ewwwww!

Being topless. It ain't just sexy with women...

Ninja driver!

Sideswipe and Sunstreak.

Man this is one ugly looking car.

Patrick Dempsey. Does anybody really care if he's in the movie or not?

Another one of them uggo NASCAR

Bubblebee's sporting a spoiler now.

Plow the road Prime!

Ferrari 458 Italia. One sexy italian...

Ratchet's new color scheme

What else can I say to insult these cars?

Mmmmm. Daddy wants one...
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Movie Trailer: The Warrior's Way

Armand Monday, October 4, 2010

What's cooler than swords? Ninjas wielding swords that's what! I am such a sucker for movies with swords and ninjas and this one looks kick ass. I watched the teaser trailer a few months back and was sold just watching the teaser and this is the first full length trailer for the movie.

The movie was originally titled Laundry Warrior, is written and directed by first-time Korean filmmaker Sngmoo Lee, who is making his directing debut, with Weta Digital working on some of the visual effects.

The Warrior's Way stars Korean actor Dong-Kun Jang, American actors Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, and Geoffrey Rush. Dong-Kun Jang plays Yang, a skilled and legendary swordsman who's been trained by his master to be the greatest and strongest warrior in the lands. He went rogue when his master sent him to kill a new born baby, the last of a rival clan. He couldn't kill the baby but instead Yang flees Japan(I think) together with the baby and starts a new life in the wild wild west. As all movies with the same mold, no surprise what happens next. The master and his entire clan hunts him down and all hell breaks loose. The Warrior's Way share a very similar storyline as Ninja Assassin so if you've watched that you can kinda get the gist of the movie.

It mixes westerns, martial arts, and fantasy in a hyper-stylistic way, and looks pretty badass. Think 300, The Matrix, and Ninja Assassin all rolled into one movie. Can't wait to catch this. It hits theaters on 3rd December 2010.
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First Look: More Captain America set pictures

Armand Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Look what just surfaced on the world wide web. More set photos of the upcoming Captain America movie. We've been getting bits and pieces of photos here and there but as of now we fanboys have to make do with whatever comes our way since the movie's a year away. So far we've seen the suit (stuntman or no stuntman), what seems to be Hydra goons, and an odd looking oldsmobile that frankly kinda looks like what Batman would drive if he were to be around during the 40's.

I'm really hoping we'd get to see Chris Evans in the suit, cos ever since I saw the previous set pics of the stuntman in the suit, I've been losing faith in the movie. I dunno maybe it's just the fanboy in me screaming bloody murder at how the suit looks all flimsy and flabby. I mean I'm just saying, to marry the modern hi tech cat suit look with 40's garment materials and standard issue Army wear just looks a bit off. They should have just gone with one of the looks, either the Ultimate WWII Captain America or the modern Ultimate Captain America suit. The marriage of the two just isn't working out for me. But hey it's too early to tell so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I've been wrong before so hopefully I'll be proven wrong again.

Here's hoping the movie doesn't suck balls. Excelsior!

Chris Evans as the iconic Steve Rogers

Ol' Stevie saving a dame from being hit by an automobile

They Hydraboat? Maybe they should call it Hydra Hydro

Pictures courtasy of SlashFilm
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When Icons Meets Style

Armand Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The good people at Nike will be launching their Nike Zoom Huarache TR Mid – Superheroes Pack sometime in October -November 2010. The set is inspired by the art of a forthcoming pack of DC-themed TRs. So far they've only announced 3 designs with the first being The Flash with Superman following suit (pun intended :P). The last one is apparently Green Hornet which doesn't really make sense, so I'm just gonna say its Green Lantern instead.

According to the world wide web the shoes are gonna run for about USD115 (around RM350) a pop. A pretty hefty price but they are Air Jordons. I wonder how long it'll take for these cool kicks to hit our shores? I'd definitely wanna get my hand on at least one of em. I don't really fancy the Superman color scheme but I might just go with the Flash one. We'll have to wait and see if they'd be covering other DC characters, I might find something I like more than the Flash one, hehe!

The Green Lantern

The Flash

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Mortally Yours


Check out this awesome short clip of what most people are speculating is a new Mortal Kombat movie. Some even said it was an in-game movie for a new Mortal Kombat game but rather its short film directed by Kevin Tancharoen with fight choreography by Larnell Stovall who also choreographed the recent Undisputed III: Redemption. Based on the Mortal Kombat, game by Midway, the short-film actually was made by the director to "sell to Warner Bros on his vision for a re-imagined" MK film.

It's a sweet ass short but seriously somebody needs to turn this into a movie. The set up for a movie is already there. And I love the fact that they made everybody "human" rather than spin a nonsense tale of Outworld and demons and goblins. So the powers that be, listen up. We the nerds and geeks all across the world employ you turn this gem of a story into a full blown movie. Finish it!
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New look

Hi guys, sorry I've been out of action for a very very very long time. As usual my excuse is I've got no time so here I am making time sitting in the office trying to make sure my new blog design does not go awry.

A special thanks to Introblogger for the cool blog template. I'm still doing some touchups here and there so some functions might not be available yet so bear with me. Hopefully now with a new look my postings can resume once again! (I hope, hehehe)

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First Look: Captain America set pictures

Armand Thursday, September 9, 2010
These exclusive pictures of Captain America in action on set started popping out from the internet just today. So I'm here to share all the glory with you guys today. Enjoy!

Captain America on an American classic

Chris Evans' stunt double preparing for a shoot

Clearly his stunt double. Check out the double chin.

The Red Skull's goons in hot pursuit of Cap. Check out the insignia on the side. Kinda looks like Hydra's. But it could be the Red Skull's

The Red Skullmobile?!

*pictures courtesy of
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First Look : Thor

Armand Friday, July 30, 2010
You saw it here first folks! Watch it before it gets taken off my site!

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If only...

Armand Wednesday, July 21, 2010
If only the movies will turn out as good as these images. Crossing my fingers!

Captain America


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Armand Friday, June 11, 2010

Check out this awesome short clip of what most people are speculating is a new Mortal Kombat movie. But in actual fact it's a in-game movie for a new Mortal Kombat game which Midway will be announcing at this year's E3. It's a sweet ass short but seriously somebody needs to turn this into a movie. The set up for a movie is already there. And I love the fact that they made everybody "human" rather than spin a nonsense tale of Outworld and demons and goblins. So the powers that be, listen up. We the nerds and geeks all across the world employ you turn this gem of a story into a full blown movie. Finish it!
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Oh My Stars and Garters!

Armand Saturday, June 5, 2010

My last post I featured Captain America's early concept art for his costume and today I'm posting up Thor's early concept art. This is suppose to be an early concept art but by the looks of things this kinda looks like the costume worn by Chris Hemsworth in the earlier picture I posted a few weeks back. I was so excited to see Cap's earlier concept art, but looking at Thor's outfit I can't help but feel a little scared as to how the movie will turn out. The costume looks too hi tech for my taste. It doesn't really shout God of Thunder to me. It looks more like something Superman would wear, just slap the big S and you got the Man of Steel. It's just so far off from the new costume Thor's been sporting these days. Your thoughts?
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The Man

Armand Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ok now people don't get too excited just yet. This are just prelim designs for the Cap. As you can see they used Chris Evans' mug. I must say this is looking pretty sweet. Only thing I'm not feeling is the round condom head. Never really liked the Ultimate Captain America look. They seriously need to bring back the wings. It just ain't ol Winghead if he ain't got no wings on his head innit? But overall this is one cool looking first round! Stay tuned Marvel fans. Excelsior!

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Armand Monday, May 10, 2010
Well well well. One of my predictions came true. Hot Toys is producing Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.

I would just like to say that this figure is just blergh. I know what most of you might say that this is just the prototype that yeah it might come out different once the design has been finalized but man this is one uggo figure. At first glance you can't even tell if its Scarlett or Angelina Jolie. If you go closer you might find some sort of resemblance to Scarlett but as Randy Jackson would say "sorry but I just ain't feeling it dawg". And I'm not loving the open mouth thing she's got going on.

This will be an easy pass for me. Thanks Hot Toys but no thanks. Now let's see what other of my predictions will come true, hehe!
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God of Thunder

Armand Sunday, May 2, 2010
Oh My Odin! Thor!!! Nuff' said
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The Losers


A lot of smaller scale comic book titles are mushrooming out into the silver screen some good and some bad. Kick Ass, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World just to name a few. The Losers is based on the DC Vertigo comic book series of the same title.

I'm always wary of films like these but I would always go in the cinema with an open mind. So I went to catch the movie last weekend and boy I wasn't disappointed! It's actually a decent movie. I'm not talking about Oscar nomination or things like that but The Losers was entertaining and that's exactly what movies should be; entertaining.

I know a lot of hates out there are complaining about us dissing Transformers 2 being a big pile of manure but that was exactly it. I'm not expecting a good script, nor Academy award performances. I just wanted to see big giant robots kick the living crap out of each other but all I got most of the movie was a whiny kid with his dumb girlfriend and 2 questionably stereotypically racist robots.

Anyway back to The Losers. It's a good all round movie. Its got comedy, good action sequence, and one steamy sex scene. All the ingredients you need to make a decent movie. Think Ocean's 11 meets Snatch meets the A-Team and you got yourselves The Losers. I know some might say its been done before and there's nothing new or innovative about the movie. It just follows the exact same formula as any action movie. The protagonist will always be an ex of some kind (CIA, FBI, Spec Ops, Marines etc), go and save the world literally single handed and they get the girl in the end. Same old same old. But if its not broken why fix it innit?

The Losers is one solid movie and I believe is going to be one of those sleeper hits of 2010. Seriously go and watch!

Pop Culture Junkie's Must-Watch-O-Meter : 7.5 over 10
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Armand Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Good thing comes to those who wait..." BUT "The early bird catches the early worm..."

Ok ok. Enough of the expressions. Down to business. Now we all know that Ironman 2 is around the corner and Hot Toys is busy churning out figures for the movie. So far we've seen War Machine, Whiplash and the Mark IV. So that's 3 figures so far. SO FAR. But as always we collectors can expect more products from a certain franchise if the merchandise license holder feels that the property will be a huge hit, why not milk it for what it's worth right?

So to my count, Hot Toys will be producing at least 4 more figures (plus 4 more maybes) for the Ironman 2 series. Question is, which ones? I'm just speculating here but here's my short list of what we can expect from Hot Toys:

  1. Mark V (The suit that resembles an unfinished Silver Centurion suit)
  2. Mark VI(The updated Silver Centurion suit but without the silver)
  3. Those War Machine knockoffs (Justin Hammer's mass producing those in a Proton factory somewhere)
  4. Probably a variant of one of the abovementioned suits including the ones that have been announced
  5. A variant of the Mark II (It did make an appearance in the movie)
  6. Maybe even Tony Stark in his racing outfit (wouldn't be suprised if they did)
  7. Samuel L Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D numero uno Nick Fury
  8. Scarlett Johansson as Natalia Romanova a.k.a The Black Widow

Having said that, collectors everywhere will start to ask the question "Should I buy now or should I wait for another version of the same model?" (See how my opening line makes sense now?). As for me, its pretty simple. I'm just going to get the first one of each. War Machines's a no brainer seeing that this is his first outing we won't be seeing a variant version anytime soon. I might even consider picking up Nick Fury. But other than that whatever variants Hot Toys might cook up after I think I'll pass.

How about you guys? Buy now or wait?

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