Whiskey homage to Adam West, the disappointing Mummy movie that Shoff viewed along with a discussion about the Dark Universe. Then we hash out the latest patch in World of Warcraft before talking about new games and E3.
This past weekend, I had the unfortunate displeasure of screening “The Mummy”. The film stars Tom Cruise as a soldier of fortune, however misfortune may be more appropriate as he accidentally unearths the tomb of an Ancient Egyptian princess named Ahmanet after ordering an air strike on a small town in Iraq. Yep, he orders an air strike on a small village in Iraq. Why, you ask? Oh, because he is being pursued by Iraqi soldiers for, I guess, just existing. The film doesn’t make this clear, just jumps the audience into the fray as the reasons for much of anything in the movie are seemingly insignificant. The gist is, Tommy Boy possesses a “treasure map” which he stole from a hot chick who he wined, dined, and boned (a sexual encounter the movie attempts to poke fun at with multiple jokes about his 15 seconds of, ahem, “internal” fame). The jokes don’t land, and it just gets awkward, kind of like Tom’s jacked up mid-line when he smiles. Ok, got his teeth out of the way, so now I can confidently move forward with this incoherent plot.
Someone asked me recently when it was that I felt I grew up.
She was concerned with her teenage son, DJ. DJ loves everything fictional from fantasy to sci-fi, in games, movies, books, etc. He especially loves Lord of the Rings, Deadpool, and going to comicons. This makes her worried because he’s reaching the age where she’s trying to have a discussion about his next step after high school. There’s been talk about joining the US Armed Forces, or attending a college or university, I think I recall something even about a firefighting career. DJ is undecided about his future and is evidently content with living in the present rather than putting effort into steering his path towards a bright, lucrative future. No doubt. And not entirely unique to him.
Understandably, DJ’s mother is very preoccupied with this and wants him to grow up. Our discussion about this was mostly her fretting over the way he spends his time sketching heroes, playing video games, and keeping up with the current vein of super hero movies.
The weekend at ComiCon was hot, in the high 90s on a hot Saturday and 102F on a Sunday. But Phoenix ComiCon goers were not deterred. From the bodacious and brawny, to the skimpy and ghoulie (zombie run), all cosplayers represented their favorites.
Besides one major hiccup, and a very dangerous one, the ComiCon was a lot of fun! What happened you ask? A man with multiple weapons was arrested by Police after they were tipped off. These weren’t props for his cosplay. This was a very big scare. Fortunately no one was hurt and the police took care of the main threat. Well, the show went on, as they say but promoters banned all weapons – foam, plastic, cardboard – and offered refunds. This put a damper for many cosplayers. But There was still a huge crowd.
Geeks could still buy weapons from vendors (light sabers, Wolverine blades, etc.), but they had to remain boxed. People weren’t allowed to unbox them while on the event premises. While I was asking about some light sabers, as it were, the man at the booth explained that this was the last light sabers since Ultra Sabers were no longer at the event. When I asked why, this is what I was told: A man at the Ultra Sabers booth got into an exchange of fiery words with the promoter, and then Phoenix PD got involved and escorted the whole group out. I don’t know much about the details, but I love rumors. “Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing.” Yes Col Hans Landa, I agree!
If you were counting on “Power Rangers” to change your life and inspire you to do greater things, then you’re in luck! This movie succeeds on both fronts! It makes you regret your mega-lame decision to buy a movie ticket to see this garbage flick and teaches you the value of saving your money next time! However, if you desire to see a movie that takes a literal shit on your childhood and less-than-subliminally encourages you to buy donuts for your entire office staff, then this movie is for you!