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  1. I'm really excited to know this film will justly receive the final touches it deserves. I saw it SD Comicon and really enjoyed it, despite some occasional simplified CGI. The story is there, the content is engaging, the cast is fantastic, and absolutely worth going to the theater for some good entertainment.
  2. It is probably a story told best by Buzz, but I think it involved bare skin, a hotel hallway, and a lot of alcohol. Buzz is a very talented artist and a really good guy. He is usually in Artist Alley every year at SD Comicon. http://www.justbuzz.com/
  3. Can I help with the lighting? I have some experience with holding a lamp for several hours and being a muti-axis appendage to get the angle just right.
  4. Nomad, Next year at SD COMICON you should talk to Buzz about Tim's hugging Skills. Mike
  5. Tim, I may not have come off as intended. Point being I am sure Grant did really enjoy it as I have enjoyed anything you recommended. I was just re-emphasizing your point that it really wasn't somrthing anyone would expect im to watch, let alone enjoy. I will now watch "Bridges of Madison County" as a recompensation for my mis-expression. Mike
  6. Brian, That was an awesome recount of the night. I'm really glad you got go out and get some quality industry time and have unbelievable fun while doing it. I'm sure you'll be getting a chance to do that on your own as your career continues to move forward. Keep it up, Mike
  7. I have spent enough time with Grant to have a hard time believing he would have enjoyed the movie. I haven't seen the movie myself, so my opinion is only based on getting to know Grant. Mike P.S. Grant just PM me if you want me to kick Tim next time I see him for the comment about you being a mach.... err a ret... err... whatever if you just want me to kick him...
  8. No Facial Hair These are images of Canadian Landing Craft during the D-Day Invasion: Or is there?? Look at the guy on center bottom. Fred, Thanks for the warm welcome. I have been a member for a few months, but I am not one to post much, mostly just a lurker that enjoys the topics here. Mike
  9. I agree about the facial hair, but disagree with the 29th. I like to leave the suspension of belief to the superpower stuff and hope everything else is smartly and conveniently tied into the history we do know. That being said, I always remember Wolverine and Sabretooth as being Canadians; although in the marvel universe they did work for the CIA in the 60's. According to the marvel online source: "As an adult, Creed took the name Sabretooth, and by the 1910s he was known by this name in a small Canadian frontier community where he intimidated almost everyone. One of the few exceptions was a young man named Logan, whom Sabretooth sensed had superhuman abilities similar to his own." Since the Canadians also played a major role during the D-Day invasion by successfully landing on and securing Juno Beach, I think it would have even been more appropriate for them to be in the "3rd Canadian Infantry Division." For example, they could have been assigned to either the 1st Hussars or The Fort Garry Horse, which landed ahead of the infantry to soften up the defenses and provide covering fire. Based ont the photo, they look to be standard infantry, assaulting from a landing craft in daylight, and not a special ops unit. I think it more likely that a special ops unit would have been air-dropped at night before the landings, which 450 Canadian Infantrymen did as well. It seems more reallistic to me that Wolverine and Sabretooth are not likely to join the U.S. Army as GIs, rather that they would become involved with the US after being discovered for their special abilities and thus becoming special agents of sorts like they did in the '60s. This is not of course to say anything negative about the 29th and their courageous efforts. Just that it would seem more fitting for them to fight for their "homeland" as GIs, especially when a relatively equal event had occured with similar results. I think few in the U.S even know that D-Day was a significant effort by more than U.S and Brits and getting a true historical snippet out of a movie makes it a little more fun. Mike
  10. Tom - Just let me know when and where. The Banner is packed in a plastic tube, ready to ship anywhere, and I still have plenty of leave left. I haven't been able to break back into the rhythm of work anyway.... all I do is talk about how much fun I had. I really appreciate the opportunity to be part of the RAW team. Tim - Fantastic synopsis - I luv ya like a brother and you know I'll be there to help in any way I can. Besides I had an incredible amount of fun, the kind you just can't buy. Todd - You were a GREAT booth-buddy (don't-read into that). You never let there be a dull moment, cracking me up all the time. It's clear from hanging out with you, why you are a professional story-teller. Ludon - Thanks for making so many good things happen this year. I still gotta ship you that iron. Neenjah - I worked so hard to avoid the camera and you got me anyway = ) Mike
  11. I just saw the movie and I agree with all the accolades given to it. Heath Ledger was absolutely amazing, but I think Aaron Eckhart deserves equal applause for his role as well. To me the movie was much more about the Joker and Two Face than about Batman to the point I would almost suggest that Harvey Dent was the protagonist. Maggie Gyllenhaal filling in for Rachel Dawes was easy to accept, since I was about as committed to that character as much as she was to Bruce Wayne. I really feel like I need to see it again, since I don't know that I was able to digest all the subtle complexities going on. It seemed to have a series of related philosophical references that were quickly merged together, hidden under the action and drama. I really enjoy stories that play with the idea of "what is right or wrong?", "is entropy a negative force?", and "is humanity inherently good or evil?" All of these concepts I believe are key to the legend of the Dark Knight, but I have to be careful saying that, since I haven't read any of the comics. Still I think the movie continually touched on these ideas, but went through them so quickly, that I never felt I was given the opportunity to feel the depth of the point. I unlike many enjoyed the Matrix Trilogy simply for the exercise in "Determinism" vs. "Free Will", but that single thought was the focus through three movies, giving enough time to run through the concept with some pretty good eye-candy to go along with it. That being said, I think three movies is in general a bit excessive for most to bother with complex thought, when we are really just going out for general entertainment. I think rather that the Dark Knight should have been split into two movies. Maybe focusing on the Joker and ending right when Harvey Dent was maimed and Rachel Dawes was killed. I think it would have been great to leave the theater with the same feeling that Empire Strikes Back gave when the galaxy went dark with little or no hope of recovery, yet maintaining excitement for the next movie. I felt that even in the beginning the movie rushed through the details just to make the story plausible. The scene with Cillian Murphy/Scarecrow was very disappointing to me since I really enjoyed him in the first movie. I believe it would have been better to have skipped him altogether rather than relegate an interesting character to insignificance. Please don't turn off the flashlight... I don't want to fall. Mike
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