Friday, December 7, 2012

Light in the Dark Knight: First Impressions on "God on the Streets of Gotham" by Paul Asay






I've always been interested in seeing God in the geekery that I indulge in. Thus I have books like Finding God in the Lord of the Rings and Finding God in a Galaxy Far Far Away. So when Tyndale House Publishers sent me an email telling of God on the Streets of Gotham: What the Big Screen Batman can Teach us About God and Ourselves as one of their free ebook offerings, I immediately grabbed it. (As of this writing, the Kindle version is still offered for free.)

And I was very happy I did.

Not only did the book discuss how to find Christian themes in the Batman films, it also delved into the depths of the character of Batman/Bruce Wayne and how it well it resonates with how we see the world and how we would want the world to be. Happily, it does not only explore the Batman of Christopher Nolan's exemplary trilogy, but also the Batman of the various media -- from comics to earlier movies to the different TVseries and specials.

And that's just after reading the first 10% of the book.

I've always wanted to see how Christ and the Christian faith can be found in secular/contemporary media. This is one major window I'm looking through to see it.

I'm off to read the rest of it now. A more detailed review later.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Disney-buying-Hasbro rumor debunked

Reading through the Transformers fan site tfw2005.com, I saw the rumored negotiation of Disney to buy Hasbro is false. Following the link trail to seibertron.com  reveals that Hasbro's stock went up 6.8 percent because of the rumored buy attempt by Disney. (Providence Journal) But despite this, there is no truth to the rumor that Disney is planning to buy Hasbro.

As with the purchase of Lucasfilm, I'm on the fence whether it would be a good thing or a bad thing if Disney did buy Hasbro. Reflecting on it further, it would lead to a lot of complications as Hasbro is said to own licenses to Disney's competition. Which those are, I do not know.

Moot point now.    

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Big rumor: Harrison Ford might be Solo again!

Photo from www.empireonline.com article



At first, I was on the fence about Disney buying Lucasfilm. Is it good? Is it bad? I don't know.

And then my girlfriend posted this on her Facebook page:

Harrison Ford "Open" to Star Wars Return

I'd like to say that I'm on a "wait-and-see" stance, but I just got really excited. And according to the Empire article,

Entertainment Weekly’s new hire, Geoff Boucher (formerly of the LA Times) has a source saying that Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all “upbeat” about returning to the franchise that helped launch their careers. 

More details here: Entertainment Weekly exclusive on Star Wars sequel

So, we wait and see . . . but very very excitedly!


Rumor: Is Disney buying Hasbro?

I'm not one for rumor-mongering, but I had to take notice of this one, as it will affect several of my favorite franchises (GI Joe, Transformers, Dungeons and Dragons) in one swift blow.

In the wake of the news that Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion, there is now speculation that Disney is negotiating to buy toy giant Hasbro. Personally, I'm taking this as strictly rumor. On the one hand, it might infuse my fave franchises with new life. But on the other hand, why Hasbro? Why not Mattel which is smaller? Or is this another manifestation of the ugly side of capitalism: If you can't beat them, buy them.

Reflecting on it further, such a merger, if true, might be a good thing. During my visit to Hong Kong Disneyland, I had a first-hand experience of what "Disney Magic" can do: it brings out your inner child regardless of your current age. If Disney could do that to their brands, could they also do it to Star Wars (another favorite franchise of mine).

Time will tell if such rumors are true, and if they would be good things.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome preview




This geek is giddy!

After the conclusion of the long-running series Battlestar Galactica, many fans clamored for more. Sadly, Caprica didn't quite satisfy. Then news of a new spinoff series, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, began circulating but never really appeared.

Until now.

According to GeekRest,

Battlestar Galactica fans have only four days to wait until Universal Cable Productions’ long-awaited Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome series premieres on Machinima. Taking place in the 10th year of the first Cylon war, the upcoming series follows a young William Adama as he begins his first assignment aboard the Galactica.

Originally developed as a series for the Syfy channel, the network eventually wound up passing on the project earlier this year after keeping it in limbo since the conclusion of their long-running Battlestar Galactica series.

Since that time, producers have now struck a deal that will allow fans to get their Battlestar Galactica fix through Machinima, who will release the pilot episode through 7 12-minute installments that will begin posting on Friday this week. The remaining episodes will be released over the next four weeks before the full two-hour version of the pilot episode is scheduled to air on Syfy early next year. In addition to that, an unrated version of the pilot episode will also be released on Blu-ray and DVD shortly after the Syfy premiere.
 



Monday, November 5, 2012

Ancient Greek-Egyptian D20?!

Photo from The Metropolitan Museum of Art website



As a tabletop role-playing gamer for the better part of two decades, my jaw dropped at a post at the Being A Geek FB page of a D20 dating back to the Ptolemaic period!

Seriously? A D20 with Greek numerals/letters? Dating back to 304-30 BC? Wow!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Movie Review: Skyfall

WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS!

 Photo from http://www.mi6-hq.com/sections/movies/sf.php3?s=movies&id=03347

The James Bond franchise is arguably the longest-running franchise in history, spanning all of 50 years. And the film that marks 50th year, Skyfall is one of the best I've ever seen and is, in my opinion, a fitting 50th year offering.

Skyfall opens with Bond back at work, after the whole affair that began in Casino Royale followed by