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Action Figure Lamps

9 Sep

As a child I had a massive collection of action figures. I’ll admit I had my fair share of Barbies and My Little Ponies, but they tended to be the victims in my childhood fantasies that needed to be rescued by Michelangelo, Optimus Prime or Gambit…whoever was working that day. As I got older my action figures became decorations in my room and eventually ended up in a box somewhere for “safekeeping.”

When I moved out of my parents’ house, I had no idea where my mom put my action figures. To this day she claims she doesn’t know what happened to them. I suspect they found a new home through the local Value Village. Thankfully, I have a best friend who shares my nerdy interests. One night while drinking in university, she shamelessly went into her closest and produced a large bag of action figures. Since she’s a woman after my own heart, the majority of her action figures were X-Men and Batman characters.

I’m not sure how many nights we drunkenly talked about comic books and played with action figures, but when I moved out West she gave me her bag of beloved action figures to take with me. They’ve travelled with me over 7 years from place to place, but have never gotten out of the box I stored them in. I would never get rid of them, but it’s not the same to play with action figures when you’re 31.

One night while perusing the internet for nerdy home décor, I found action figure lamps by Evil Robot. The designers will customize the lamps with your choice of action figures. As you can imagine with the customizable design and shipping, the lamps can get pricey. Since I’m a cheapskate I decided to try and create my own. The majority of action I used were from my collection, but I picked up a used bag of figures for $1.99 from Value Village too. I also bought primer ($4.99), black spray paint ($4.99) and a glue gun ($8.99) from Home Depot. I used an old lamp that had a flat base.

It only took me two hours to put everything together and spray paint it, then another 24 hours for the lamp to dry. There’s some great YouTube tutorials as well that give you the basic for designing the lamps. If you’re in a crafty mood, this is a great way to repurpose your old lonely action figures.

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Superhero Team-up

23 Jul

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced at San Diego Comic-Con that there will be another Superman movie and the Man of Steel will be joined by Batman. It’s the first time ever the pair will team-up on the big screen. For those who aren’t familiar with the Batman and Superman comic book/cartoon dynamic – the characters have similar morals, but rarely see eye to eye. The combination should be interesting and I think their relationship will resemble Iron Man and Captain America’s in Marvel’s Avengers.

Both Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will reprise their roles as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane. The big question now is who will play Batman? Lone Ranger star Armie Hammer was originally cast as Batman in the 2007 failed Justice League project and he’s in the running again for the role. The fan favorite is Joseph Gordon-Levitt who did a pretty awesome job in The Dark Knight Rises.  Some Screen Rant suggests are Richard Armitage or Luke Evans.

I think Gordon-Levitt is the best choice considering his role in the last Batman movie and even though Christopher Nolan isn’t directing the new Superman movies, he’s producing them.

Who else do you think would make a good Batman?

 

The Dark Knight Rises: DVD and Blu-Ray

23 Nov

This holiday season, I gift myself to you – the people

The Dark Knight Rises will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray December 4th, 2012. How strange that it’s so close to Christmas. It’s not like the studio planned it that way – right?

Anyway, Warner Bros has decided to cash in on people’s love of special features and add two specials to the Blu-Ray release. The first will centre on the special effects team and how they developed the collapsing football field scene. The second feature will be Tom Hardy and Christian Bale discussing the back breaking fight scene between Bane and Batman.

I don’t know if it’s worth paying the ridiculous price for Blu-Ray, but it’s worth looking for on YouTube later.

Jim Carrey Joins Kick Ass 2

5 Sep

Jim Carrey has officially joined the cast of Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. Carrey will play Colonel Stars who assembles a group of misfit superheroes to fight evil. This will be Carrey’s first comic book movie since Batman Forever where he played The Riddler.

Without Matthew Vaughn directing, I’m scared that the dark humour and grittiness of the first Kick Ass movie will be traded for over the top performances and slapstick humor. Let’s pray that Kick Ass 2 is closer to The Avengers than Mystery Men.

Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman

31 Jul

Yesterday I started reading Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman by Harrison Cheung. Beginning with Bale’s success a child star, the book delves into the actor’s relationship with his father, his explosive temper and eventually the commitment Bale shows to his acting.  The author also reveals that Leonardo DiCaprio has been Bale’s long time rival along with Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor. Cheung worked as Bale’s publicist for more than a decade and claims he was treated for post traumatic stress syndrome after resigning.

According to the author, Bale consistently upset his fans and family. He writes:

“Pity the fan who recognized Christian at a restaurant.”

“He refused to sign autographs while he was seated. He would lecture little  girls about being rude and intrusive until tears streamed down their faces  and their parents tugged them away from our table.”

As for his method acting, Bale obsessively prepared to play serial killer and sadist Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Apparently Bale constantly worked out, practiced his American accent daily and left creepy messages for friends and family in character.

Even after reading Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman, I still like Christian Bale…a lot. He’s good-looking, talented, committed and he picks interesting mainstream and indie roles. That doesn’t mean I’m oblivious to the fact Bale probably has some serious personal issues and a volatile temper, i.e. his rant on the set of Terminator: Salvation. 

 

I believe almost everything that Cheung says about Bale and his family, yet I can’t help thinking that Cheung was extremely naive to think working for a Hollywood star would be glamorous and fun.  Really, have you ever thought of movie industry as a nice place to work? It’s a demanding business and if Cheung was working as a publicist, he should have prepared himself for temper tantrums and troubled actors.

Do I think Bale’s personality will affect his success? No. There are plenty of successful actors known for being difficult on set i.e. Edward Norton, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman and Julia Roberts.  Actors’ careers only really suffer, in the short or long-term, when their personal lives become public and they start commenting on it, i.e. Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson.

In recent years, Bale’s personal life has become more prevalent in the news, but he rarely comments on any incidents or rumors. Since Bale’s notoriously private, I think he’ll have a long and successful career.

Toronto Batman

25 Jul

For the last few days, I’ve been sick and it’s been difficult to sleep.  That means I’ve been up to 3 or 4 in the morning watching YouTube videos of talking animals and movie trailers.  During one of these late night video sessions, I stumbled across my new love, Toronto Batman.

How can I describe him…

1. He’s Batman in Toronto.

2. He harasses people on the street.

3. He loves beef jerky.

4. He yells random things like “My parents are dead!”, “Rachel”, “I have two balls”…and many more.

Perhaps you should love him too.

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