G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Joe-Movie-Logo-600So, I’ve watched the trailer for “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” that debuted during the Super Bowl last night about a dozen times now; at first glance, I thought it looked terrible, but I’m slowly starting to warm up to it.

Sienna Miller’s Baroness looks great; easy character there, but she looks the most like the old cartoon and comic book versions of the character.

Trashing the Eiffel Tower is a perfect calling-card crime for Cobra – recall in the cartoons that Cobra had a weather dominator and used a huge laser to carve a picture of Cobra Commander onto the freakin’ moon. So, blowing up a major global landmark is right up Cobra’s alley.

I’m not at all sold on the power suits, which are used on the guys jumping through and over the bus and dodging the missles a few scenes later. It just seems a little over the top and silly; but I’m willing to admit that could just be the cynic in me wishing this was more of the original “modern military” G.I. Joe from its beginnings in the early 80s – when Snake Eyes was just “commando” and not a ninja-commando.

Speaking of Snake Eyes, I still can’t get excited about how he’s presented visually. The muscled latex suit just screams “Joel Silver Batman” to me; I’m just glad it doesn’t have nipples. And the fact that his mask has lips is stupid. I do dig the visor; I like how they pulled that off. But the rest of the suit just doesn’t do it for me.

Along the costume line, I’m also willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on Storm Shadow and see more before I pass judgment on him, but I was really hoping for a more traditional ninja look from him and not a masked Matrix character. We’ll see.

The scene in the Pit, where the Joe team is walking through the hangar with the VTOL planes, is *horribly* composted. The Joes all have long shadows going down and to the right of the screen, and none of the other people in the shot have shadows. Even in the second or two that shot is on screen in the trailer, it jumped out at me and was jarring. The more you look at the screencap, the worse it gets… It’s worse than the scene in Iron Man where he blows up the tank with the wrist rocket, and that was pretty shabby.

The fact that Destro (Craig Eccleston) and Gen. Abernathy (Dennis Quaid) get to share screen time is awesome, with Hawk clearly not knowing Destro is the enemy.

A lot was crammed into the 30-second trailer. I’m still not 100% sure this movie won’t suck; it’s one of those things where I’m really, really trying to keep my excitement about an actual live-action G.I. Joe movie in check so I don’t leave the theater horrendously disappointed. But at least after seeing the trailer I’m now open to the idea that it won’t be “Matrix Revolutions” bad, and honestly that’s a big step. 🙂

Suspiciously absent: Cobra Commander, and Destro in his helmet. It seems as if Destro, in his helmet, could possibly be the visible bad guy – the face of Cobra, so to speak – with Cobra Commander perhaps the faceless puppet master behind the scenes? It’d actually be pretty cool to run through this movie and have Cobra Commander intro’d right at the end as the brains of the operation the entire time, and have that lead into the inevitable sequel.

I guess we’ll find out in August.

Murderface relative on 1925 Drexel rifle team

1925 Drexel women's rifle team

I found this on them there Internets yesterday, and it’s *great* – the 1925 Drexel women’s rifle team. I immediately thought that woman second from the right looked like Murderface; I put this together so you can decide for yourself. Rifle teams are pretty metal, so it just might be…


This! This is what I want to do!

I have an office in our house at home. It’s small, does not have a window, and is on the top floor of our house so the ceiling is sloped on one side because of the roof. Space is limited, and right now that limited space is mostly taken up by a far-too-large desk for my computer, and a janky, dusty, horrid love seat that my wife bought at a garage sale for a nickle and some seashells many, many years ago. I’ve wanted to do something about that office for a long time; the room geometry makes picking new furniture difficult – so I’ve been giving a lot of consideration to trying my hand at building some custom things to go in there.

THIS! This is what I want! There’s no way it could be this big, but the concept of big, cooshy seating with lots of integrated, built-in storage is *exactly* what I want for that room. I’ve even envisioned a seating area built up against the sloped ceiling, which would then be able to use the empty space behind the seating area for storage – *much* like this.


The Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built | www.holytaco.com

Only the fattest country in the world could be entrusted with the brain power necessary to make something this fantastic. It’s the 25,000-calorie snack stadium, and I’m deeming it the greatest invention by humanity since fire or the Playstation.

This. Is. Genius.

The Greatest Snack Food Stadium Ever Built | www.holytaco.com.

Melissa’s Jeopardy! tryout

Melissa did the Internet tryout for Jeopardy! tonight; she had 50 questions to answer and 15 seconds to give each answer. The questions ran the gamut of traditional Jeopardy! stuff, from which celebrity admitted to being shacked up with Samantha Roson (Lindsay Lohan!) to the definition of an erg. Good stuff.

Apparently, the next step is a random selection of the people who took the Internet test tonight, regardless of whether they passed or failed. We’ll see what happens; it’d be awesome if she got a tryout.

REAL Chips

I’ve been a big fan of the packaging that Burger King has been using for the last few years; I always take the time to read the goofy stuff they have printed all over their crowns and fry boxes. It’s good stuff, and I appreciate that they put in the effort to make a fry box more than just a box to hold fries.

REAL Chips takes this philosophy to a whole new level. This packaging alone would sell me the chips if I ever had an opportunity to buy them; this is very inspired work.