There are only a few thousand letters this time, so let’s
start off with a bang (so to speak). How about you check out Mosquito,
a parody of Firefly.
Otomo "Steamboy" review
Excellent and very accurate.
I'm surprised that you didn't mention the dreadful American
soundtrack (by Steve Jablonsky, aka Hollywood Hack) clearly
"inspired" by the Dreamworks logo, and a desperate
urge to work as a whore in the Disney Machine. Considering
this is the work of the man behind Akira, and Memories, it's
more than disappointing.
In fact this movie is a sell-out from beginning to end,
and the DVD -- with it's desperate and pathetic hints at a
sequel -- only makes it more apparent. It feels more like
Hollywood than Japan, but as Disney and the other Studio Scum
discover Anime (and figure out a million ways they could "make
it better"), this kind of degredation may soon be the
norm. Maybe Ottomo secretly yearns for a job directing Toy
Steamboy is an abomination, like a leper expelled Art's
Mexican Prison. If any of those Ottomo fans give you any lip,
feel free to send 'em my way. (Owen)
Jayme Blaschke says:
Huh. I'd didn't think it was bad--just WAAAAAY too long and
self indulgent. Didn't strike me as particularly "Hollywood"
at all. More like second-rate Miyazaki, with all the European
Kevin Pezzano says:
I just want to know who this Art guy is, and why he's running
a Mexican prison.
Because he can?
that mermaid flick
1) School of Rock was PG-13, not PG, as that guy in that
review insinuated. (A couple of drug references put it in
the latter category.)
2) The sun isn't the hottest thing in the "Milky Way."
In fact, I don't even know what that means. If he meant "Milky
Way galaxy," he's still wrong. I think the word he was
searching for was "solar system."
Oh, like I wouldn't nitpick that. (rtjhnsn)
Look, we’re science FICTION fans. Not science. There’s
I figured this would be the last season, but I never thought
they would cancel it. Do you know if they will finish the
current story arc, or are they pulling the plug prematurely?
I hope they finish it, if for no other reason than to keep
a glut of really bad, alternate ending fanfic from slowing
down the Internet.
Besides, it was finally getting a tad interesting again,
and I'd like to know what happens. Does Piper get Leo back?
Will Henry enjoy playing Darrin to Paige's Tabitha? Will Christy
and her sister destroy everything? Will they put on bikinis
and jump into a kiddie pool full of puddin? (jamespalmer)
Sorry, I know you had a question but that last thing you
wrote distracted me terribly.
If that last letter-writer was hating on Kaley Cuoco's hatefully
stupid character in a hatefully stupid show, the only good
things to have come out of it in eight years is some delicious
gossip about Shannen Doherty, Piper, and Julian McMahon's
role in Nip/Tuck, then I second the motion. Hateful executive
producer Brad Kern hatefully fired dimwitted yet loyal actor
Brian Krause in order to bring us hateful Kaley Cuoco for
the entire hateful stupid cancelled season. He FROZE LEO.
He HAN SOLO'D him. Leo is ENCASED IN CARBONITE. He's a DOLTSICLE.
All so the hatefully stupid character Billie the Teenage Witch
can prance hatefully across my screen. Yeah, I hope they bring
back Prue ... so she can kill everybody involved in this show.
(Except for Holly Marie Combs, she has pretty hair.) (rtjhnsn)
I don’t think it’s that difficult to incite
Shannen Doherty to kill.
Here are some comments from the RevolutionSF staff about
of the King Kong movie:
Jayme Blaschke says:
I still think the film would've benefited from a good trimming
of 30 minutes from the first hour or so. What the hell was
it with that "Heart of Darkness" stuff? All that
setup, and no payoff. I like metaphor as much as the next
guy, but come on.
Mark Finn says:
This screed about Kong cracked me up. What he really seemed
to want was a post-modern reconstruction of Kong--and what
that would have been might have been interesting, but ultimately
not the movie that Peter Jackson wanted to make (nor necessarily
something I would have wanted to watch: see Roland Emmerich's
This high-handed talk is a smoke-screen for "I didn't
get it." Jackson never claimed to be making high art.
He's always been an entertaining director, albeit more edgy
than some. Jackson tried to duplicate the experience of movie-as-inspirational-event
for modern audiences. He wanted to wow 'em like the original
did. I think he succeeded admirably. But then again, I got
the movie right out of the gate.
That's enough about Kong for now. Quick, somebody correct
us on something!
First of all, the name of the original Japanese director
of the 'Ring' movies is Hideo Nakata, *not* 'Bajata'. Must
be a typo. Second, it's an open secret that writer Scott Frank
(Out of Sight, Minority Report) did a LOT of script-doctoring
on the first American 'Ring' remake. His lack of participation
in the sequel is glaring to say the least.
Didn’t see it. Loved it, though.
I really enjoyed Jay Willson's take on Superman and the
Byrne reboot. It really emphasizes DC's short term fix and
desperation to fix a character that was certainly broken and
their willingness to give John Byrne carte blanche for their
flagship character. It's refreshing to read a discussion of
comics history that has a knowledgeable insight. Keep this
guy writing. (forgus)
Knowledgeable insight is a new thing we’ve started.
If you see it at some other site, they owe us money.
An excellent review. Although I don't see this movie as
an allegory. Actually, it seems like a possible/ probable
outcome of the current state of affairs, because what happens
in 'V for V' is based on what happens in the real world, not
some galaxy far away. So this is possible near future and
not an allegory of presence.
I just think it's neat that Natalie Portman went from wearing
big freaky head-dresses to getting shaved bald.
Check out this
SFSite interview, where our first RevolutionSF Fiction editor
interviews our second RevolutionSF Fiction editor.
Here are some delightful
screen caps of Cthulego.
And finally, what better to do before you get back to not
working than check out two
dudes fighting with lightsabers!
First and foremost, I have been a fan of y'all since way
back in the Zealot.com days. Saying that, what the filk did
we do to deserve that last Subspace section with the Slapnuts/Geniuses?
(oh and thanks for putting that "Real Men of Genius"
beer jingle in my head while reading that crap.) It was bad,
but I'm an old school Sci Fi B movie fan. I survived Amazon
Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death. I worship Killer Clowns
from Outer Space (Best.Themesong. Ever.) I withstood the rigors
of that filth up until the Charmed rant.
All I can say is Oh. My. Cthulu. Not only are they ranting
on a "forth" rate show, but it was 3 continuous
paragraphs of a single run on sentence. I think my brain slipped
out of my ear in the middle of it, screaming like a little
girl as it slithered into the closet. The humanity, oh, the
My apologies. I think it serves a purpose. Some of you
out there may think that you cannot form effective sentences,
or use grammar correctly, or form your thoughts coherently in
writing. Then you'll see that guy and go "Compared to him
I'm a genius."
The Team is great, with all the top heroes of Marvel and
then some, but it's missing characters such as the Hulk and
Daredevil. Will they eventually join the team? That would
be really tight! (newleagueofavengers)
You mean have Daredevil be on the same team as the guy
who beat the unholy living piss out of him in Frank Miller's
first Daredevil issue? Let's take a look at a screenshot
of that, from Daredevil number 163.
I bet those two still get along great. "Hey, Hulkster,
how are those giant green fists? Still hurting from the beating
that my face gave them?"
of the Rangers
I would describe "Legend of the Rangers" as the
"Galactica 1980" of Babylon 5. Or the Scrappy Doo,
if that analogy works better for ya. The only thing it had
going for it is an appearance by the late Andreas Katsulas
as G'Kar, which might, in fact, make purchasing the DVD worthwhile.
Unless, of course, you can download that from AOL, for free,
too... (Gee, that'll do wonders for the DVD sales!) (vplexico)
Harsh! That's a bitter aftertaste to be stuck with, since
that was the last of the B5, just like Galactica 1980
was the last of original Galactica. But hey, maybe in
about 20 years someone will do a revamp of Babylon 5. They
could do a Starbuck on Sheridan and have him played by Cindy
Crawford Jr. Or Britney Spears' grandchild, whoever's hottest.
Subject: Star Trek JAG
Now that JAG and Star Trek are both off TV, Donald Bellisario
and Rick Berman should team up to give us Star Fleet JAG.
After all, there is a vast untapped well of ideas to explore,
such as is it legal to replicate your own liver and eat it
with Fava beans and a nice Romulan ale... (thinkways)
In the 23rd century no one eats liver. They eat the whole
clone. They're you, and they're good for you.
The Stupidity of the Letters
Jason, I hate to tell you this, but I don't think that people
write deliberately stupid letters to get your goat: speaking
from long experience with skiffy fans, what you're seeing
is the leveling influence of the Interweb. Before the Internet,
many of these nutjobs would have to reconcile themselves with
cornering people at conventions and boring their victims to
death with their barely coherent screeds, but now they get
to spread the pain across time zones. Now, with the power
of the Web, your overly pedantic Cat Piss Man or Patchouli
Woman can fling whatever thought happens to cross his/her
tiny little brain across the electronic ether, and with a
better chance of a response than what they'd have received
by writing to a magazine or comic letters column.
A little bit of advice: if it's that bad, just don't run
the really stupid and/or pedantic letters. If it's not, at
least consider putting those letters in a special place where
they won't cause pain except to those who deserve it. Putting
them on a forum for anime conventions, for instance, is ideal.
My goat is gotten. You should see the ones I DON'T run.
Subject: F*** the Academy
The Oscar night "Dead Reel" snubbed us again.
When DeForest Kelley died, no appearance that year. And James
Doohan this year? Nada. Yuck foo, you elitist b@$t@rd$. (lightningbolt)
Watch the damned! They’re gonna break the chains.
Whoopsie! I thought I was answering every letter with an
80s song lyric. Maybe next time.
Todd, you *did not* go back and re-view the cleavage shots
in this movie. Um, I'm pretty sure that your g-friend's gone
home now. Feel free to indulge. I have to know if there's
a *real* reason for me to invest in this. (truthseeker)
Buying a video for cleavage shots would be like going to
Hooters to look at the fried chicken. It's just not going to
OK, so I guess I'm exposing myself to all sorts of scrutiny
and getting published as a slapnut, but I am just writing
to ask whether you're trying to throw this guy off, or if
you just didn't know that the G is actually for garbage?
At any rate, please understand that "I aren't no Zim-luvR",
but I have been known to watch the show and not vomit. *hangs
head in shame* GIR is pretty cute, you know. And finally,
if anyone cares for my opinion anymore now that I'm a confessed
closet Zim-enjoyer, I would like to opine that the two best
quotes on that show were GIR's shout of "I was the turkey
the whooooole time!" and the oh so sad "I miss you,
cupcake" (along with its accompanying plot line of replacing
his brain with a cupcake and consequently getting lost). (tigrrbaby)
It is OK to admit your
Zim fandom. In fact, this is the most coherent letter about
Zim that we have ever received. It’s actually a funny
show. That’s never been our issue.
But fans, you should take a 30-minute cool-down before you
write us letters about it. Kind of like when you stretch after
a workout, so that nothing explodes.