Saturday, August 28, 2010

Guest Post & Highlighted Song!

Gina from Fantasy Casting will be providing Memoirs with its very first guest post! I'm really excited! Fantasy Casting is one of my favorite blogs. Click here to check it out!

And don't forget to check back here at Memoirs this week for Gina's guest post!

Today's Highlighted Song comes from none other than Firefly, one of my all time favorite shows. Some of you may remember this, or still have it stuck in your heads! For those of you who've never seen it, you can watch the first five episodes of Firefly on Hulu, here. You're still here? What are you waiting for? Go! Go!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Segment: Roundup!

Lately, I've been creating a lot of posts regarding news; simply news. So instead of having a slew of random posts about news, I figured I'd compile them all together into what I call a Roundup. So here we go, the first Roundup.

The Walking Dead:

I really don't like horror. In fact, this may be the only post you'll ever see me create that has anything to do with the subject. However, I don't mind zombies nearly as much, and The Walking Dead seems like an extremely promising concept, one which I'm surprised has taken this long to be made for the little screen.

It always seems that in zombie movies, so much more could have been explored. I'd really like to see the survivors survive, instead of constantly running and then ultimately either finding a cure or dying. As a weekly series, The Walking Dead can certainly and most likely will dabble into this premise. So without further adieu, here's the trailer for The Walking Dead.

The Clone Wars: Season 3:

It has been revealed that Quinlan Vos, the fan favorite Star Wars prequels-comic-character, will be appearing in the upcoming season of The Clone Wars with the likes of fellow popular Expanded Universe subjects such as Delta Squad from Republic Commando and the Nightsister from The Courtship of Princess Leia. When and what episode he will be appearing in has yet to be unveiled.

It has also been revealed that the next series of online Clone Wars web comics will return to its roots from season 1 and concentrate less on a single story arc, and more on individual happenings of the war. Yay!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:

This may not be news to some, but the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is slated for a 2011 release. The film follows the exploits of none other then Captain Jack Sparrow as he gets a blast from the past when he reacquaints himself with Black Beard's daughter, Angelica, played by Penelope Cruz.

Angelica forces Jack onto her father's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge . The group, joined by none other then Captain Barbossa and Mr. Gibbs, embarks on a quest to locate the legendary Fountain of Youth.

Some of the best news is that both Orlando Bloom and Kierra Knightely will not be appearing in this sequel. Personally, I liked the characters at first, but by the end of the third movie, I was downright sick of them.

Answers to the 'My 20 Favorite Movie Quotes' Post':

1. Galaxy Quest

2. Serenity

3. The Book of Eli

4. Beowulf

5. Shaun of the Dead

6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

7. Batman: The Dark Knight

8. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

9. The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy

10. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

11. The Survivors

12. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

13. The Princess Bride

14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

15. The Patriot

16. Napolean Dynamite

17. Up

18. Terminator

19. Watchmen

20. Star Wars: A New Hope

I can't believe no one got numbers 2 or 9!

Monday, August 23, 2010

20 Favoirte Movie Quotes

Here's a list of my twenty favorite movie quotes. See how many you can get right and post yours answers in the comments. Some are easy, some aren't so easy. Also, feel free to create your own list, and either leave it in the comments or post a link to it in the comments. Oh, did I mention the comments?

1. "That's the episode I died in.... episode eighty one!"

2. "This is the captain. We have a little problem with our entry sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then...explode."

3. "With all my heart. I've always thought that I'd find a place where this book would be safe and needed. But I haven't found it yet."

4. "Keep a memory of me, not as a king or a hero; but as a man: fallible and flawed."

5. "Don't forget to kill Philip!"

6. "Stop blowing holes in my ship!"

7. "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

8. "Bones, are you afraid of the future?"--"I believe that was the general idea that I was trying to convey."--"I don't mean this future."--"What is this, multiple choice?"

9. "So long and thanks for all the fish. So sad it had to come to this..."

10. "The ability to speak does not make you intelligent."

11. "Jaaack?"--"Yeah?"--"Time out, okay?"--"Time out?"--"Time out."--"What do you mean time out"?--"You're not gonna believe this. I was in a hurry when I left the cabin this morning, and, well, silly me, I got the wrong bullets."

12. "You must unlearn what you have learned."

13. "We'll never survive!"--"Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has."

14. "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

15. "I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear."

16. "They're pretty good, except for one little problem. That little guy right there. He is nipple number five. A good dairy cow should have, like, four."

17. "Hey, let's play a game. It's called, "see who can be quiet the longest."--"Cool! My mom loves that game!"

18. "Come with me if you want to live."

19. "This city is afraid of me. I've seen its true face."

20. "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought."

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Wars Celebration V Highlights

Okay, so you may or may not know what a Star Wars Celebration is; basically they are the largest Star Wars conventions in the world that happen to come around once every few years.

A lot of big Star Wars news is revealed at these conventions. Celebration V, the latest Celebration since Celebration Japan in 2008, began just recently in Florida. The biggest news coming from the convention can be found below. And might I say... holy crap! (to all of the below)

George Lucas himself appeared at the convention where he had a sit down with The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Some of the biggest and most exciting news to come from the interview was that the entire Star Wars saga will be released on Blu-Ray in the fall of 2011. In addition, and perhaps even more exciting, is the fact that at least one new scene from the original trilogy has been added to the movies. This scene, cut from Return of the Jedi, shows Luke putting the final touches on his new lightsaber and placing it in R2-D2 as Vader calls out to his son through the Force.
[You can watch the video at the upper right hand of my blog for a short while. I apologize for the quality.]

Hopefully, this isn't the only scene that will be added to the saga's Blu-Ray release. Several other unfinished scenes come to mind, such as the original Anchorhead scene from A New Hope were we are introduced to Luke and his relationship to Biggs Darklighter. Also, it would be fantastic to see the extended Geonosis Arena Battle wherein Ki-Adi Mundi and Plo Koon infiltrate a Trade Federation core ship in an attempt to disable the droid army. A geek can dream right? :P

The Clone Wars Season 3, beginning on September 17th, was featured heavily at the convention. Along with interviews with the show's creators, an extended trailer for the new season was shown.

This trailer has so much going on. First off, I love how much the new season appears to be influenced by previous work from the Star Wars Expanded Universe (books, comics, video games). Several things to note from this were the inclusion of Asajj Ventress' starfighter from the original Clone Wars micro-series, the Nightsisters from the novel The Courtship of Princess Leia, and perhaps most notable, Delta Squad's appearance from Republic Commando. Some new plotlines that look quite promising are one when Ventress is on the run from Dooku after being told to be disposed of by Darth Sidious and a lightsaber fight between Dooku and three invisible Jedi assassins. A pecurious plot twist comes in the shape of an introduction of Darth Maul's brother. I know, weird right? I don't know where that's going to end up going, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
[The trailer can be watched here.]

Fans of the Star Wars novels of the 90's will be happy to know that the ever popular X-Wing series will be continued in the shape of another Wraith Squadron novel, some of my personal favorite Star Wars books. Also, Grand Admiral Thrawn will appear in the follow up to the 2007 Mara Jade novel, Allegiance.

Well, now that I've revealed just how much of a Star Wars geek I am, I might as well mix things up with a little non-Star-Wars news.

To my great dismay, it's been revealed that a new Terminator movie is in the works. This time around, it will be entirely CGI. Really? Let's hope, "It won't be back." Yeah I know, that was corny.

Whatever, that's all I've got, I'm gonna rewatch the deleted scene now. :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Highlighted Song! Master of Shadows

Master of Shadows was used in the trailer for 2010 and conducted by Two Steps From Hell, the masterminds behind some of the most epic music my ears have had the fortune to hear.

Also, Inception wins the poll for favorite summer blockbuster with 55% of the votes; not much of a surprise there.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Countdown: My Top 5 Favorite Movie Heroins

After writing this article, and having to shorten it drastically when compared to the two separate articles featuring my favorite movie heroes and villains, here and here, I came upon the realization that the protagonists in movies are almost always men. This is primarily due to the stereotypical assumption that Hollywood has adopted; that women should be the nurturing type as opposed to the adventurous thrill seeking type that is common of movie heroes. As for myself, I'm not taking sides. I've simply compiled a, (regrettably shortened) list of my favorite movie heroins. So without further adieu, here is the countdown.

5. River Tam: Resilient, powerful and dangerous, the young girl turned experiment known as River Tam was the brain child of a secret government-run institution that's focus was on creating the perfect human weapon. River was the finest consummation of their experimentation.

River became the embodiment of not only physical prowess, but also of mental capabilities, quickly becoming a bona fide psychic. After her older brother Simon sprung her from her "schooling", River joined the crew of the Firefly-class transport ship Serenity.

However, the Galactic Alliance, the government that backed the ambiguous institution, would not let their prized student escape. River was hunted for her knowledge of the Alliance's secrets, soon leading to the events of Miranda wherein River, in an attempt to protect both her brother and her new found allies from Serenity, fought and killed dozens of insane and cannibalistic Reavers in hand to hand combat.

4. Neytiri: The daughter of Eytukan, leader of the Omaticaya Clan, Neytiri was one of countless Nav'I involved in the resurrection against the RDA, a mining conglomerate that had invaded Nav'I soil. Neytiri joined forces and fell in love with Jake Sully, an Avatar formerly working for the RDA, in an attempt to eliminate the RDA's forceful presence on Pandora.

Neytiri introduced Jake to her culture and trained him to become a capable warrior like herself. Through trials and tribulations, Neytiri pulled through, all the while at Jake's side. The duo gathered multiple Nav'I clans and put an end to the RDA's presence on Pandora in one massive battle.

3. Leia Organa: Strong willed and resilient, Princess Leia Organa was the youngest member of the Galactic Senate. She was also a key member of the Rebel Alliance.

The daughter of Anakin Skywalker, now the embodiment of oppression as the Sith Lord Darth Vader, Leia possessed a keen affinity for the Force which manifested itself in her connection with her twin brother Luke.

During the events of the Galactic Civil War, Leia became a hero of the Rebellion and a figurehead of both insurrection and peace. Though her powers of the Force were not tapped into until later in her life, her skills in combat, diplomacy and leadership helped the Rebel Alliance on many occasions such as the Battle of Endor wherein Leia helped to destroy the shield generator for the second Death Star allowing the main Rebel fleet to assault and destroy the Death Star, striking a massive, crippling blow to the Empire.

2. Eowyn: Eowyn, the passionate niece of Theoden, King of the mighty equestrian nation of Rohan. Eowyn was forced into the war for the Ring of power when her uncle Theoden became possessed by Saruman, one of Sauron's greatest enforcers.

Eowyn joined forces with the remnants of the Fellowship of the Ring who freed Theoden from Saruman's wicked grasp. Eowyn proceeded to protect her people from Saruman's forces when she helped to lead them to the fortress of Helm's Deep. Throughout her unreciprocated love with Aragorn, heir to the throne of the Gondor, Eowyn stayed strong, not letting her love of Aragorn intercede with her love for her people. Eowyn later proved herself in combat, when she slew the leader of the Nazgul, the Witch King of Angmar, whom no mortal man was said to be able to slay.

1. Sarah Connor: Before encountering both a time traveling robot assassin and a time traveling soldier, Sarah Connor was a typical young adult of the 80's. That was then. Upon encountering her first Terminator, sent to kill her future child, John Connor, Sarah learned that in the future, a computer called Skynet would use a robotic army to devastate the world in a nuclear war, purging most of the human race in the process. Her son would be the savior of mankind.

Sarah, upon learning the truth from Kyle Reese, a future soldier and the father of her unborn child, attempted to tell the world about her discovery. She was deemed clinically disturbed and was admitted to an insane asylum for a number of years, all the while unable to speak with her son and prepare him for the inevitable apocalypse.

Sarah, with the help of her son and a Terminator altered to protect John, escaped the asylum and lived on to pass on her knowledge of weaponry, military tactics, computer hacking, and the future in general to her son who would go on to save the world from Skynet.

Do you agree? Disagree? Who are your favorite movie heroins? Feel free to comment below.

Monday, August 2, 2010

News Flash! Korra, Chuck & New Widget

The Legend of Korra has been confirmed as a 12 part miniseries instead of an entire new multi-seasonal series. I for one was hoping for a new series, but who can complain? Besides, if this is successful enough, it's likely we'll see more sequels.

Spoilers Ahead for Seasons 3 and 4 of Chuck!

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Linda Hamilton, the actress who portrayed Sarah Connor in the first two Terminator movies, has been cast in the role of Chuck's mother in season 4 of the hit NBC action-drama. The show's creators state that Chuck's search for his mother will be a main focus of the new season which will begin on September 21st.

I've created a new widget called Fanboy Freakout! (Upper right corner) Basically, it shows what I'm currently interested in or freaking out over. I'm not sure whether or not It'll last, but I figured I would give it a try.
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