Saturday, January 2, 2010

The End is Nine, er, Nigh for 09 #6-1

Man, I've been shirking this countdown. You figure that would have time for a measly thing like a simple things of what I thought highlighted my 2009 in the world of pop culture, but nope. So, to make up for that since we're already in Day 2 of 2010, I'm doing a quick rundown of my 6 spots.

#6: Watchmen the movie You know, this movie was deemed unfilmable for decades, but finally came into reality this past year. Not with an all-star cast, but with a GREAT cast and superb special effects and great direction, even though Snyder is a bit niche and can't seem to make a movie without "visionary film maker" attached to his name, but oh well. Yes, they changed the ending a tad, but it still had the same results. You have to give WB props for making this movie with no big name stars, a source material that is mainly known to comic fans, and having an R-rating so you can't really market it to kids. It's a shame though that this movies doesn't get the respect it deserves at times.

#5: Smallville Seasons 8 and 9 Now this is the show I've been waiting for it to become. Yes, it's almost constant fan service, but still. With Clark and Lois working at the Planet, it's almost a tease now when he'll wear the suit. Also, with guest appearances by Zatanna, Doomsday, and the death of Jimmy, who wasn't really Jimmy Olsen after all, but the REAL Jimmy Olsen's older brother. Just little things like that keep me wanting more and with the 2 hour JSA/JLA movie airing in a few weeks, I cannot be more stoked about this.

#4: The multi-tasker, Geoff Johns So, we have here, Mr. Johns, who has written about 6 projects this year (big ones, too) and doesn't seem to show any sign of slowing down. 'nuff said.

#3: Arkham Asylum There has never been an experience like this one where you become Batman. Sure, Bats has had a slew of games, but nothing gave you the feeling like you were the one behind the cape and cowl, solving mysteries, getting clues and beating the crap out of inmates of the Gotham's most notorious crazyhouse. Of course, bring along Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill for the voice-acting and you've got a dynamite game.

#2: the Pushing Daisies finale This show will be missed. When Chuck finally reveals herself to her aunts after all that time and the ending with Jim Dale's me, I had a few tears. Something so beautiful will hopefully continue in comic form, as DC has promised, but we'll see how that turns out.

#1: The trailers for movies of 2010 Where to even start -- Clash of the Titans, Inception, Hot Tub Time Machine, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Iron Man 2...just so much good stuff is on the horizon, it's hard to ignore.

Here's to a new year and a new decade!


Lewis M. Smith said...

I'm gonna have to disagree with you on the Watchmen movie, dude. They didn't just change the ending a tad, they changed it entirely, enough so to negate all the crucial moments in the entire story. As far as I'm concerned, it's just WINO (Watchmen In Name Only). The cast and the director are secondary to the overall story.


Lewis M. Smith said...

And Hot Tub Time Machine? Seriously?

Lan Pitts said...

They changed it, but not enough to warrant the fanboy community's hate for it. Though, this movie has polarized fans since the ending basically had the same means. And yes, Hot Tub Time Machine looks hilarious.

Lewis M. Smith said...

Well then it wouldn't have made such a difference if they left the "space squid" in the movie, now would it? But no! They had to leave it out for some reason. I'm sorry, but some comics books, as brilliant as they are, do not translate well into movies. This is a prime example of that.

And no, HTTM looks dumb. I'm embarrassed for John Cusack; as if 2012 wasn't a low enough point in his career.