Monday, May 30, 2005

Captain America says: Happy Memorial Day, True Believers!

Captain America concept art for my movie script being adapted as an e-short, courtesy of Kyle in Texas. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The ... BEST ... lightsaber ... fights ... EVER

Saw Revenge of the Sith twice now. First time on IMAX, that was okay. Second time in DLP digital projection, freaking beautiful picture and sound. It blew my doors off.

All I can say is that Star Wars III lived up to the hype. I was only dissappointed with the final scene where Darth Vader is finally "born" as a cybernetic human. I would've thought that a man realizing he's trapped in a suit of armor for the rest of his life because he made a deal with the devil and got burned would be way more angry.

Other than that, I was blown away by the number and quality of the lightsaber duels. This was a Star Wars fan's dream. I love the sith/jedi conflicts. The space ship dog fights are cool too, but I live for the ritual and tradition of the sword fights, which are worth the price of admission alone.

All in all, this is a tragic and dark tale. A perfect set up for the original 1977 movie, Star Wars IV "A New Hope." Get out and see it if you haven't!

Monday, May 09, 2005

New Battlestar Galactica show on Sci Fi TV is a winner

The new Battlestar Galactica delivers in a way the original show never did back in the 1970sPosted by Hello

For fans of science fiction and fantasy, Sci Fi channel's recreation of Battlestar Galactica is like finding five dollars in your pocket - it won't change your life, but it's soooooooo cool.

The first offering in the 1970s was a total dog - complete with a robot dog that was a bad knock-off of R2D2. Let's face it, the whole show was a bad knock-off on Star Wars. After on year on the air, the only part of BSG that survived was a theme ride at Universal Studios.

Today's reincarnation has a good cast and terrific writing that focuses on characters. The show has some good CGI, for a TV show, but it doesn't overpower the story telling. The show was cast well, led by veteran Edward James Olmos and that lady from "Dances with Wolves," whose name escapes me.

What I like best is the mini-movie serial feel. Every show is an hour - the first two were a full two hours each - and they are presented in chronological chapters. Each show connects to the next. There are no crappy stand-alone shows like you'd occasionally get with the X-Files or the Psi-Factor Chronicles.

In case you're wondering, the evil robots created by man (the Cylons) do survive in the modern-day BSG. Except now the Cylons are fully upgraded - some even pass for humans and infiltrate the fleet. The Cylon ships are metal on the outside, organic on the inside - a nice little twist.

All in all, I'd say this is must-see TV for any true believer. If you have a DVR, you have no excuse. Hop on board the Battlestar Galactica, or was that the Great Space Coaster?

Ahh, who cares ... go watch TV.

I've had two weeks to reflect on my visit to the ER

In an instant, my world came crashing down. A bad hope on the infield dirt, and a sharply hit softball crushes my eye. It fractured a think bone between the back of my eye and the nose. Blood everywhere.

I have permanent damage to my right eye from childhood. To have this softball bash my left (good) eye was scary as hell.

Probably not as scary as my 7 hour stay at the local ER.

Because I wasn't dying or a baby, I was low on the priority list. My wound wasn't cleaned until the end of my stay. My wife had to troll around for gauze for my bleeding gash. I had to wait for hours before the catscan specialist could x-ray my skull. I had to ask for pain killers. I had to ask for a bag of ice for my swollen eye. It all came much later. I was told my contact lens was ripped apart inside my eye. It was not. I plucked both contacts out, as I normally would, because the doctor couldn't figure it out. I had to remind the doctor that I needed clean hands before taking my contacts out ... then I had to wait for the lone ER bathroom. Best of all, I was shoved out into the hallway because they ran out of ER rooms. Luckily a nurse had pity on me and my wife - she grabbed us warmed blankets. She was the only one to really service us the whole night.

Overall, I'm very grateful the doctor was diligent in examining my eye. I should be on my way to a 100% recovery, but it was a painful night all the way around. Here's today's Dougie Houser message:

Be careful and protect yourselves.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Teaser poster for "Captain America: Patriot Act," written by Omar Morales and adapted by a production company in Texas as an e-movie trailer. Posted by Hello