Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Secret of Kells

We just watched one of the finest cartoons I've ever seen. The Secret of Kells is an Irish animated film-
The story is set in the 9th century. Twelve-year-old Brendan is educated by his uncle, Abbot Cellach, who holds a firm grip on his nephew and expects him to follow in his footsteps. One day, Brendan meets Brother Aidan, a master illustrator who shows him the beauty of art and stimulates his creativity and fantasy. Finally, Brendan decides to break free in search of his dream: completing the valuable Book of Kells. On his journey through the forest, he has to face his biggest fears.
Visually incredible and very reminiscent of Genndy Tartakovsky's Samurai Jack series. I'd go as far as saying The Secret of Kells outdoes Samurai Jack in its visual creativity. And that says a lot. In fact, it was through  Tartakovsky's name that I even discovered this gem.

Also worth mention, the music in the film is outstanding. Very traditional and haunting. I highly recommend this movie for everyone in the family.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chronicles of Riddick

I recall thoroughly enjoying Pitch Black. For whatever reason I waited long after Chronicles of Riddick was on DVD before I got around to watching it. And when I did it was one of those purchases that you just go ahead and buy it kind of knowing you'll like it. I got it in the Riddick Trilogy package. It's a solid franchise as far as I'm concerned. Some of the details in Chronicles were over the top... ok, many. But I found it forgivable. The first film was the better of the two. I did like the anime, Dark Fury, as well. The Riddick universe fit Peter Chung's feel quite well next to Aeon Flux (better than the Matrix did, in my opinion). Its a universe I'd like to see more of. Like in an RPG setting or even more films.

Well, look at this!

Vin Diesel signs up for another 'Riddick'
Thesp will also produce third installment for Universal
Vin Diesel is going back to the future to topline and produce a third chapter in the "Chronicles of Riddick" franchise.
Universal will handle domestic distribution on the sci-fi film, which is titled "Riddick." Lionsgate is selling international rights at the Berlin Film Festival.
David Twohy -- who wrote and directed the first two films in the series, "Pitch Black" and "The Chronicles of Riddick" -- will helm from a screenplay he penned.
Plot details are being kept under wraps. But insiders say the third outing will hew closer in tone to the cult hit "Pitch Black" and will focus on the character of Riddick as opposed to the universe he inhabits, which was the case with the critically panned "Chronicles of Riddick." Still, "Chronicles of Riddick" earned $116 million worldwide and spawned a successful vidgame series.
Dates are being worked out for "Riddick" so as not to overlap with Universal's fifth installment of "Fast and Furious," which will shoot sometime this year with Diesel onboard to star and produce.
Diesel and Samantha Vincent are producing "Riddick" through their One Race Films banner. Radar Films' Ted Fields is also producing.
Twohy most recently wrote and directed "A Perfect Getaway." 

I think when you have the talent on board with the producing it usually turns out for the better. We'll see. I will be watching this one.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Robot Chicken D&D

The creators of Robot Chicken play D&D. Interesting project.

Pathfinder Novels!

Great news from Paizo. Ever since I've become infatuated with Paizo's campaign setting I've wondered why there weren't any novels or comics set in such a wonderful world. I often heard they were inevitably on the way. Today I finally heard they're coming and it sounds almost official.

Dave Gross to Write Pathfinder Novel
A special surprise lurks in the pages of The Twice-Damned Prince, which began shipping to Pathfinder Adventure Path subscribers today. While anticipation has been high for quite some time regarding the announcement of the impending Pathfinder Fiction line, few would have suspected that the big reveal would come in a sidebar in the pages of Dave Gross's serialized novella Hell's Pawns.
At the moment, all we know is that one of the first books in the novels line will be Gross's sequel to Hell's Pawns entitled Prince of Wolves, in which Radovan leaves Egorian behind and heads into the mist-shrouded land of Ustalav. The book hasn't been formally announced, so we don't have a cover image, page count, or release date to report, but rest assured that we'll shout the news from the mountaintops once we hear anything, so stay tuned. Another wave of product announcements is expected later this week or early next week, and chances are high that the fiction line will be among them.

The only real fiction set in Golarion are found in the Adventure Paths as far as I know. I've only read the first two of the Hell's Pawns series found in The Bastards of Erebus and The Sixfold Trial. They were great, but I wanted much more. Why couldn't this just be expanded? Well, that's exactly what'll happen, it turns out. Pretty cool.

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