I’m blessed with family and friends who know me well enough to give me some awesome geek gifts for Xmas this year. Thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you, in no particular order …
Frakkin Toaster T-Shirt
Freakgirl got me this awesome shirt, which I’m psyched to wear at the NY ComicCon in February, where folks aren’t shy about telling you when they like your t-shirt. If you don’t understand the joke, I’m not explaining it to you — just trust me that it’s funny.
Iron Man DVD Set with 3 Bobble Heads
Freakgirl gave me this too — a two-disc set, which includes bobble heads for the Mark 1, Mark 2, and Mark 3 suits. Trifecta! I look forward to playing with the bobble heads while I watch the DVD extras one day soon. You know, after I watch the movie five more times.
According to Marvel Comics, it’s official. We’ll be seeing the Iron Man sequel in May 2010 and the first (live-action) movie featuring The Avengers in July 2011. The only lineup they’ve committed to so far for The Avengers is Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk …
Okay, so last week, Yahoo! posted a list of its users’ “Top-30 Sci-Fi Films“. And I’m not sure what to make of it. First off, it’s Yahoo Users, so you can’t take it TOO seriously — the average user must skew somewhat young, and probably doesn’t make a living reviewing movies.
On the up side, I was actually surprised to see that half the movies on the list were more than 10 years old, with most of that half more than 20 years old. On the down side … all three X-Men movies? Revenge of the Sith? I Am Legend? Only one movie older than Star Wars? Really? (More of my commentary after the list itself.)
30. Serenity (2005)
29. X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006)
28. I Am Legend (2007)
27. Donnie Darko (2001)
26. X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003)
25. Deja Vu (2006)
24. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
23. Ghostbusters (1984)
22. V for Vendetta (2006)
21. The Terminator (1984)
If you’ve seen Terminator, Aliens, Predator, The Thing, Jurassic Park, Edward Scissorhands and even this year’s blockbuster hit Iron Man, then you know Stan Winston’s work. He is an Oscar-winning special effects and makeup genius, and more importantly, has been a staple of my geeked-out movie-going experiences over the years. Sadly, he passed away yesterday at the too-young age of 62, after a seven year struggle with cancer.
Thanks for the memories, Stan! You will be sorely missed.
To learn more about Stan Winston’s life and work …
Photo courtesy of The Winston Effect, a deluxe retrospective of his work, available from Titan Books.
But why quibble? No matter what you call this movie, Iron Man rocked.
(The following review is all qualitative, and does NOT contain any spoilers.)