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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

A Bunch of Quick Movie Reviews

I’ve been meaning to write up some reviews on some of the movies I’ve seen over the past couple of months, and (haven’t had the time / keep forgetting / have been too lazy) to do them (pick one).

So, without further ado:


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This isn’t a re-make like some people have thought. This goes back to the source material and stays much more true to it than the so-called classic “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, which by the way is genuinely creepy as hell in some parts.

This new movie is quirky and surprisingly funny. It is, of course, the story of a boy who finds a Golden Ticket in a candy bar and goes on a tour of a chocolate factory (they make more than chocolate, but marketing said “candy factory” did worse with test groups). Charlie, the hero, is the only kid in the group of winners that isn’t a total spoiled brat, so ends up winning. It’s a fun story and unlike most modern movies, doesn’t reward kids for being smart-ass stuck up brats all the time.

Oompa Loompas still give me nightmares, though.



A Sound of Thunder

Sort-of based on the classic Ray Bradbury short story of the same name. I’m one of the ten’s of people who have not only heard of this movie’s existence, but actually saw it… voluntarily.

Have I lost my mind? Maybe. But sometimes you know a movie is going to be so incredibly bad, you can’t help but see just how incredibly horrible it really is.

The basic story is about a company that uses time-travel for profit. Greed = the destruction of the world as we know it because some idiot steps on a butterfly back in 60-kajillion BC. While waves of the present being changed hit the world, the heroes run around for some reason, trying to figure out what happened and how to fix it. Everyone seems well aware that changes are happening, and humans are the only thing that seems to not be affected by the change (at least not until the very end). Most of the movie is spent running from huge baboon-lizards, who’s numbers suggest that there must be millions upon millions of some other creature that we never see which are their food source.

I would only recommend seeing this movie to people who enjoy really campy sci-fi movies, since the only redeeming feature of the movie is its ability to have fun poked at it.


Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

See it. If you are the kind of person who enjoys things that are cool, then you need to see this.

We’re talking mind blowing visuals. We’re talking fight scenes that make The Matrix look laughable, and I’m not just talking the sequels, which manage to do that on their own.

There is a plot in there as well, but like most action movies, that isn’t really why anyone is watching. You don’t need to have played FF VII to follow it, though it helps. You’ll see familiar characters and locations that will make any fanboy weak in the knees.


Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride

Visually very cool, but the plot is very predictable.

Oh, and it’s a musical. Didn’t know that going in.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Last Page of Issue 1

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve made it to the end of Issue 1! (Click here for page28)
Actually, we do have one more page, but it’s just a teaser.
So here’s the plan of attack for the upcoming weeks;
I’m going to be working on the print version of Issue 1, which will hopefully be out by the end of the year. I’ve also been scripting for Issue 2, and my goal is to have that done by the end of next week. Yes, there will be a gap in new pages between now and the beginning of Issue 2, but we will try to update the site with new content at least once a week.
Jeremy is now working on finishing up the last few pages of our short comic which will appear in the upcoming Drunk Duck book 3. They need them by the middle of October, which really only gives him about 2 ½ weeks to finish up.

We’re also hoping that Geoffio will be starting up Captain Hammer: Undercover Pirate again soon, since he’ll be starting school again and no longer working 12 to 14 to 27 hour days plumbing. It should also give him some time to heal from his many, many wounds from working that job as well. Hopefully, he’ll get off his ass and post an update on here for us.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Talk Like A Pirate Day

I though it be good ter mention, it be national “Talk Like A Pirate Day”!



Ye scurvy dogs kin learn all about er on yon website à www.talklikeapirate.com

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Here There Be Robots Page 27

Page 27 is now up.

Only one page to go for Issue 1.
We'll be printing through Comixpress, which we're also doing the Stickguy book through. They do some really good work, but they got so popular in the indie comic community so fast that they are a bit backed up at the moment.
We're hoping to have the issue out by December at the latest, but we'll have to wait and see how things go.

In other news, Geoffio is going to be back in school soon, so he should be starting up Captain Hammer again in the next couple of weeks.
Geoffio & Jesse might also be starting up Jesse's old iSuperComic! again as well.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

3 Grizwood Strips for Friday

Ok, we didn't want there to not be an update all week, so I present to you Grizwood #16, 17, & 18.
If you don't already know, Grizwood is a comic strip Jeremy did in the late 80's/early 90's for the local Tribune newspapers. Currently, we're using it as filler as we try to finish up the first issue, our submission for the Drunk Duck book 3, re-design the site, etc.

RandomPirateComics.com: The Blog

Hello out there in interweb land.
Since our website is going to be redesigned soon (once we get the new logo done) and we still aren't sure how we want to archive our news, I figured this would be a good way to keep things moving and up to date.
So first things first, if you haven't seen the website, go now to http://www.randompiratecomics.com and read up (especially our main comic "Here There Be Robots"). We're about 2 pages away from finishing our first Issue!

Second order of business; this weeks update (or lack thereof)
We were definitely trying to get this done on time, but our sister got married on Saturday, so we were a bit busy. We should be back on schedule for next week.