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The Wire RPG Parody

College Humor has done it again with a great tribute to HBO's The Wire.  If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to catch "The Wire The Musical."  This time College Humor has made an RPG version of The Wire; it isn't playable rather it is an 8 bit retelling of the show.  I "LOL'd" throughout the whole thing, although the Warp Whistle was pretty damned funny.  Enjoy.



John Carter The Movie: Reviewed

When I first saw the John Carter trailer I didn't have very high hopes.  The trailer for this movie simply sucks.  I'm not quite sure who the trailer is catering to, but it feels like it was pulled from the same cookie cutter as any one of the "Rome" and or "300" spin offs.  \Disney is still looking to film the cash cow void that was Pirates of Caribbean.  Prince of Persia was a failed attempt and I though John Carter was simply next in line.  Then I heard that the John Carter was directed by Andrew Stanton who directed Finding Nemo, Bug's Life, and WALL-E.  After I heard that, I got really interested, because Pixar consistently makes amazing movies.  Check out the trailer and then I'll get into the review.

I have two big problems with the trailer. First is the jumping across the canyon looks lame.  It is quickly explained that because of the lighter gravity on Mars Carter can jump really high.  After a funny scene of Carter falling on his face getting used to the gravity, I totally bought it, and it no longer felt campy.  The other big problem I have is that this movie feels like an arena style Gladiator movie with giant white apes.  Truth be told only about four minutes of this movie takes place in an arena, and the ape fight goes quickly. 

I'll save a lot of the details of the story so you can enjoy it, but as the trailer so eloquently states, John Carter gets transported to Mars.  There is an entire civilization of people entrenched in a big war that is about to come to a head.  John quickly gets involved and uses his nun chuck high jump skills to help fight the war. 

This movie is what I wanted out of Star Wars Episodes I, II, & III.  Good CGI, entertaining story, and decent acting. If Andrew Stanton had done said Star Wars Episodes and perhaps Indy and the Crystal Skulls, they might not have been steaming piles of poo.  Stanton does a great job with this movie and has the feel of a fun sci-fi style popcorn flick  There is a lot of action, and some great fight scenes.  The four armed aliens are great, and the CGI is damned amazing.  There is a big six legged dog, that follows Carter around.  He looks kind of like Jabba the Hut and steals the scene every time he is on screen. 

This film does have a few short comings despite my glowing review.  The story is kind of all over the place, and feels a little more complicated than it needs to be.  The acting is good until it tries to get overly serious and then it feels a bit campy.  On the flip side, the comedic beats are great, and I laughed many times throughout the film.  Taylor Kitsch (Riggins, from Friday Night lights) is surprisingly good, and it gives me a slight glimmer of hope of Battleship.  There is a ton of other big names: Dominic West (McNulty from the wire), and aliens played by Willem Dafoe and Thomas Haden Church who all did a fantastic job.

If you are looking for a fun summer style blockbuster I highly recommend John Carter.