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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Spies who love the letter "J"

This has been something that has bugged me for years.

Has it occurred to you that many, if not most, of the spies in the fictional world have names that start with the letter "J"? 

If it hasn't occurred to you, maybe it should now.

Let me reveal their secret:

James Bond (this fella needs no introduction right?)

 Jason Bourne (Matt Damon's Spy movie franchise)
 Johnny English (Mr. Bean's other movie franchise)
 Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise's latest Spy movie franchise)
 Jack Ryan (from Tom Clancy's books and movies)
 John Wick (Keanu's latest movie franchise)
John & Jane Smith (from Mr & Mrs Smith)

John Mason (from the Rock)
Jimmy Woo (from Marvel's Agents of ATLAS)
Johnny Barracuda (from the Danger Girl comic series)

John Lynch (from the Wildstorm Universe)
Jessica Drew (Better known as Spider-Woman. She used to be a HYDRA Agent before working for SHIELD)
Now that you know, we have to eliminate you...

Friday, October 19, 2018

Movie Review - Predestination

Movie: Predestination
Year:  2014
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Sci-Fi
What it was about (in > 75 words)
A Temporal Agent's** Doe (Ethan Hawke) final assignment to apprehend the Fizzle Bomber terrorist before he kills thousands in New York in 1975. 
Working on the case as a Bartender, Agent Doe meets Jane (Sarah Snook), an orphan, where Jane shares her life story. Viewers learn certain truths that will surprise or shock most, if not all.
 ** Time Traveler/Cop for the uninitiated 

Anything special/memorable?
This is NOT A TYPICAL Sci-Fi movie. OK, you have been forewarned.Jane's (Sarah Snook) on-screen transformation is really mind-boggling and exceptionally well done. Of course, I don't know if any of it was due to CGI but it didn't seem like it.
 I have never seen or know who Sarah Snook was so when she first appeared, I actually thought she was played by Jodie Foster. It made me check who it was I was watching.
Both Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook turned in great performances. You immediately get pulled into the movie. I remember there was another great Ethan Hawke Sci-Fi from the 90s - Gattaca (together with Jude Law)!
<<  SPOILERS  >>
Once you finish watching the movie, you learn that Agent Doe, Jane and the Fizzle Bomber are actually the SAME PERSON <what...!??!>!!! Yeah, I'm telling you this movie will blow your mind!

Waste/worth the time?
This is one of the better Sci-Fi movies that I have watched in the past 10 years. It reminds me of the time when I watched Matrix in 1999. I compare this to Matrix because just like how the Matrix defined Sci-Fi for the era both visually and conceptually, Predestination also sets a milestone for the Sci-Fi movies of this era.
Being a huge fan of Sci-Fi (both for movies and comics), I can say that this one gives a very fresh take on Time Travel. 
Predestination tries to tackle the age-old Time Travel paradox - can you actually change things when you Time Travel or nothing will change no matter what you do, even Time Traveling back and forth?
Definitely a MUST WATCH! Even more so if you deem yourself to be a Sci-Fi fan. Do give it a go - it will blow your mind (I promise)!
I will give this movie a 8.5/10!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Comic Review - Retro Marvel Titles

Back in the late 70s/early 80s, Marvel had some really interesting comic titles that were actually from toy-lines. I found them to be really interesting titles and if not for the licensing restrictions & tussles (like what they're having with Fox Studios), I'd bet they would now be big franchise names from Marvel - either the books or movies/TV.

The 3 titles I'm referring to are:
  • Shogun Warriors (Combatra, Raydeen & Dangard Ace)
  • Micronauts
  • ROM
Before there were Transformers or Pacific Rim, giant robots didn't get bigger than Shogun Warriors (except maybe Gundam)! Back in the late70s/early 80s, it was VERY hard to get the comic titles that you wanted in Malaysia. You tend to somehow grow to love what's available at the newsstands. 
So I somehow only managed to ever buy 1 issue of Shogun Warriors but I was already in love. Sadly, I can't tell you much about them from only a single issue. 
These were the toys.
Before there were Transformers or Pacific Rim, giant robots didn't get as big as the Shogun Warriors! Back in the late70s/early 80s, it's VERY hard to get the comic titles that you want. You tend to somehow grow to love what's available. 
So I somehow only managed to ever buy 1 issue of Shogun Warriors but I was already in love. Sadly, I can't tell you much about them from only 1 issue.

As for the other 2 titles, 
When I was growing up, I was REALLY into Marvel's ROM Spaceknight title and Micronauts. Both of these licenses are currently with the IDW stable.
Both ROM and Micronauts were in the big leagues as they had the biggest stars at that time, the X-Men, show up in their books. 
Not only that, both books had really interesting guest stars. 
In Micronauts, we get visitors such as Fantastic Four, Man-Thing & Capt Universe.
<<Possible spoilers for the upcoming Ant-Man & Wasp movie>>
For fans of the MCU (that's Marvel Cinematic Universe for the uninitiated), if you are excited about the upcoming Ant-Man and Wasp movie (or go re-watch Ant-Man), you might like to pay attention to where the original Wasp (Janet, while the new Wasp is her daughter named Hope) might have ended up. 
In the Ant-Man movie, the original Ant-Man & Wasp were fighting in WWII and somehow, they disappeared from the public. the original Ant-Man (Hank Pym) thinks that the original Wasp had died but I suspect she's alive. She's probably trapped in the Micronauts' universe - called the Microverse (aka inner-space) in the comics. 
Another point to note is that a member of the Micronauts, Bug, also became a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy!
These are the Micronauts Toys.
As mentioned earlier, both ROM and Micronauts featured the biggest guest-stars Marvel had at that time - that meant the X-Men ('nuff said).
In ROM, we also had guests like Jack of Hearts, Torpedo (yeah, I know many of you would be saying 'who...?'), Shang-Chi, Soviet Super Soldiers, Namor, Alpha Flight and so on.
ROM was a heavy hitter, He often had to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Hulk, Gladiator (of the Shi'Ar Imperial Guard) & Galactus!
ROM Toys.
Of course, Marvel also eventually got their hands on Transformers and GI Joe. But that's a post for another day.