Sunday, September 27, 2009

Rainy Sunday Afternoon

It has been raining here for nearly for two days.  I found the perfect way to spend the day.  I pulled out the latest video from Warner Bros. SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES.  I have been a real fan of comic books for years and I have found that these animated movies are absolutely wonderful.  They have captured so much of the power and moral character that I remember from the comics I read way back when.
In this movie, Lex Luthor becomes President of he United States and has Superman and Batman declared Public Enemies because they would not work with him and some other super heroes.  This is a great story and resonates so well -- showing the economic crisis that we see in newspapers today.  This was a great movie and I'm sure everyone will enjoy it.  What you have to watch are the extras that come with the DVD.  It is such a wonderful mix of interviews and commentaries from some of the best in comic book history.  The new Justice League has a segment that is gives you a peek of that feature with some wonderful voice talent assembled.
Animated features can be just rich and exciting as a non-animated feature.  It's all in the writing -- good script usually means a good feature.  I find that the Super Heroes works on a number of levels -- kids and adults.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Mentalist

I love weekends -- they go way too quickly -- but it gives me a chance to watch some of the programs I've missed during the week -- and DVDs that I haven't cracked the wrapper on yet!  This week I got into THE MENTALIST.  Simon Baker is SO cute -- but the show is wonderfully clever as well.  Simon Baker portrays the haunted hero extremely well.  As Patrick Jane, he assists police with an assortment of murders.  The most interesting story arc is that of Red John -- the person who killed Jane's wife and child and continues to haunt him with additional murders -- each using a similar style and disdain for life. 

I love procedural dramas like Criminal Minds, CSIs, NCIS, etc.  The Mentalist is somewhat like that but more character involvement.  I am only now getting into Criminal Minds -- now that it is on A&E, I can watch it just about anytime.  While I like CSI: Miami - David Caruso drives me nuts!!!! 

Anyway, Happy Monday -- back to work.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

DVDs - Fringe

I am watching the Fringe DVD for season one.  I love this series -- it is very creative and really exciting.  The extras are awesome.  There are several segments on the visual effects associated with the show and it is an amazing series of segments.  You see how much green screen they have used and how CGI has been enhanced to provide the visual effects being used.  To have this on a TV series is unbelievable.  You see this stuff in movies and they have tons of time to get the effects done.  To have this on a weekly series is just unbelievable.

I know I have written about the series before.  Can't wait to see the second season to begin.  Leonard Nimoy played "the" most key character of the series and I can't wait to see where they go with their alternate reality scenario.  It is very cool!

I love watching the special features on DVDs -- especially when they explain how they have done some of the special effects.  The commentary is very cool as well.  The writers and producers discuss how they came up with the various ideas and stories and how they actually brought it to the screen.  This is what makes getting the DVD worthwhile.  You can record all the episodes of the series but you can never get this sort of thing -- only on the DVD.

If you enjoy the series, you are going to love this DVD.