So I’m sure all the nerds out there are familiar with the HAL 9000, the murderous computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, I am curious as to what would happen if Hal came monitor to monitor to the computer controlling the Planet Express Ship from Futurama.
It’s not really that obvious when you think about it. Hal is programmed to kill using any means available to him, and has pods and so on to help. However, Hell hath no fury like that of a women scorned, and when Bender dumped her Planet Express Ship went kind of berserk. Also, Planet Express Ship is armed with some kind of laser cannon and does not seem to be as constrained by the laws of physics as Hal is.
I guess I will have to give this one to PES, although now that I think about it pitting the best technology of 11 years ago against a computer from the year 3000 might be a little unfair. The PES image I grabbed from one of Dave’s many sci fi t shirts. I think he actually wears this one himself.
So I guess they are remaking another Robocop. On the one hand I say why? Robocop was about as perfect a movie as you can get. On the other hand I’m kind of excited to see a new one. It could end up being really good. I’m sure Dave will have his issues with it.
So they are casting Clive Owen as the CEO of Robocop. That could be good. I liked him in Children of Men and the Inside Man. I think his dry style could play out well as a cold, heartless capitalist. I just hope they don’t ruin the movie by making him the big bad guy. In the original the CEO was a bad guy but he was more the overseer pulling the strings. If they make him the guy Robocop has to kill the movie will just feel too complete without the massive corporate menace the first movie played on.
The OCP logo I just grabbed from Dave’s movie t shirt collection. By the way, he just told me he has like a dozen new Robocop t shirts going up in the next couple days. I can’t wait to see them.
For once I don’t have an issue with a casting decision. I am actually a big fan of Jim Carrey and Kick Ass, although Jim has done some lame movies lately like Mr. Poppers Penguins. It looked so bad Dave skipped it entirely, and if you have seen some of the garbage he has reviewed you know that is saying a lot.
I haven’t read the comic series, but apparently Jim is going to be cast as the Colonel, some kind of ex gangster who finds God and becomes a super hero. He is supposed to be the leader of some kind of team called Justice Forever. I also read that Jim is a huge fan of Kick Ass, which I think is super cool.
Of course, Nick Cage being a fan of Ghost Rider did nothing to redeem that train wreck, but I am kind of sick of young actors being cast into classic roles that they don’t give a damn about. It’s OK to be a fan of your own role IMO.
The Dumb and Dumber image I pulled from Dave’s Movie T Shirt collection. He has a lot.
There is a lot of nerd debate between which is the better series, Star Wars or Star Trek, but let’s break it down to the real brass tacks. Obviously Kirk and Solo are the coolest characters from either series, and as they are both Captains the question is who would win in a fight?
I think I need to break it down to two different sub questions: fist fight or gun fight. Unfortunately we don’t have many examples of Han Solo’s hand to hand fighting ability, while Kirk seems to excel at it. I seem to recall Solo being pretty worthless in the rescue from Jabba until he got a blaster in his hand. On the other hand, he got that scar on his chin somehow. However, I think Kirk would prevail in a straight up fight, at least if he has enough room for a couple of shoulder rolls.
In a gun fight I think I will have to go with Solo. He is a practiced marksmen and quick draw expert, and does not hesitate to pull the trigger as Greedo found out when Han shot first. Also, blasters are way cooler looking and sounding than phasers.
Milienium Falcoln versus Enterprise I’ll save for another day. The Falcoln image I got from Dave’s Star Wars tshirt collection.
I have no idea why this one came to my mind. We are getting ready for the Star Trek convention and Dave has been gushing on about how Kirk is better than Picard, so I guess I was wondering how he would do against the great 007, James Bond.
It’s an interesting question. Kirk has of course mastered all the shoulder roll related martial arts the galaxy has to offer. He is the veteran of numerous fights not only against humans but aliens as well, and he must have learned something every time he got his ass handed to him by Spock.
On the other hand, James Bond is the consummate spy, trained in all the deadly arts. Not only that, but in a weird way he is way smoother that Kirk. Also, it is written into Kirk’s character that he upon occasion loses, whereas Bond pretty much only lets himself lose when he wants to hear the villains doomsday plan. I don’t think he can lose an honest fight, except maybe against Jaws.
I think I’m going to have to give this one to James Bond. He has mowed his way through any number military men, and I don’t think Kirk has the style to beat him.
The Kirk image I found in Dave’s massive Star Trek t shirt collection.
So I saw some guys playing the new 40K yesterday and that got me thinking about it again. I also picked up a book on the Iron Hands, who if you know 40K you know are really into Dreadnaughts. Thus I come to this question: Who would win in a fight between a Dreadnaught and en ED209?
Honestly this one seems pretty obviously in the favor of the Dreadnaught. Centuries of battle experience, super human reflexes, and a large variety of weapon options just give it the flexibility. However, for the sake of this fight let’s say it was not equipped with any missile launchers, lascannons, or any other good long range vehicle killers. It think it this case it would still win, but would take a beating as it moved up to the ED209. If you recall the ED209 had some mini missile launchers and it’s main guns seemed bolter sized. However, I believe that once the Dreadnaught got up close enough it would be able to beat the ED209 into scrap with it’s power fist. Not a lot the ED could do with no arms to speak of.
The image I got from Dave’s movie t shirt collection. There isn’t much he doesn’t have, although I’m still waiting for his 40K tees.
I have done a few of these who would win posts and they are kind of fun. For the most part I go with traditional combat characters but for today I am going to roll with a more comical fight: Homer Simpson versus Peter Griffin.
Now, they are both pretty stupid and quick to violence, but Peter has a certain canniness and homy wisdom that I think Homer is missing. I think if this were a more James Bond style fight, with all kinds of plots and devices, I would give it to Peter.
On the other hand, let us not forget that Homer was at one point a professional boxer, and at another point had a job having a cannon ball shot into his stomach. He can definitely take a punch, and in some circumstances Peter is more than a little wimpy on things like barked shins and so on. Almost to the point of being a little bitch IMO. I am going to have to give the regular fist fight to Homer.
This image I grabbed from Dave’s TV Show T shirts. I love this episode.
OK, I finally got around to seeing this film, and a couple things struck me as painfully stupid. I’m only going to as one tonight, as Dave keeps wanting me to post more frequently, but this one is bugging the hell out of me.
Here it is. Peter Parker walks into the very high security OsCorp building, complete with some serious security guards, and manages to convince the receptionist that is is some foreign guy. Is she so dumb that she never thought to check an ID? Especially after he seems vague and confused as to the whole intern thing? Then, a few minutes later another guy shows up who probably has legitimate ID and they frog march him out of the building. At that point Peter is more or less free to roam the building at will and defeat hi tech security in order to get into the radioactive spider room. How stupid do they think we really are? This is just dumb.
The Spider Man picture I pulled out of Dave’s Marvel T Shirt collection. I am a fan of those old school images.
By the way, big spoiler coming in so if you have not yet watched the film better bail out.
Anyway, at one point Bruce Wayne is at the bottom of a prison pit. The only way out is to climb up the pit wall and make some kind of jump or something. They tie a rope around his waste so he won’t die when he falls. He then has to attempt the climb over and over again.
Here’s the question. If there is a rope that goes all the way up to the top of the pit wall why didn’t he just climb up the rope? Or just use the rope to walk up the wall in relative safety. They even did that in the 70’s Batman movie. For that matter it looked like the rope was on some kind of pulley that a big dude held the end on. Why didn’t they just pull him up to the top? Dumb.
The image I got from Dave’s Batman t shirt collection. He has a lot of them.
For those of you who don’t follow this sort of thing, Warhammer 40,000 just got their 6th Edition rulebook last week. In the world of miniatures this is kind of a huge event, and as a fan of the game and a huge fan of the 40K backstory I have been following it closely.
So I came up with this scenario and am wondering who would win. Space Marines are incredibly tough, with reflexes, strength, and training to put the hurt on almost anything. Furthermore, they are to a man encased in advanced battle armor and armed with very destructive weapons (bolters, for the most part). Finally, they would see the alien symbiote part of Venom as a xenos abomination and Eddie Brock as a heretic for consorting with xenos.
On the other hand, I honestly believe that Venom would be able to force itself in through the respirators of the power armor and choke to death or even spike the brains of the Marines inside. His ability to enhance Eddies already high strength makes him capable of throwing a Rhino around.
It would be close, and I think it boils down to equipment. If the Space Marine squad were armed with one or more flamers I think it would go badly for Venom. I’m going to give this one to the Marines.
The Venom face I got from Dave’s Marvel Comic t shirts by the way.