Sunday, January 14, 2007

Thar Be Dragons!

Eragon Rant

I love the book, but movie was a little disappointing to say the least. Well, not actually disappointing, but you get the feeling that there should be something more, especially if you've read the book. The movie was fast-paced, action-packed yet tinged with drama. But the book has something much more than the movie: it has personality. Case in point: the most disappointing scene was at the Fortune Teller. I mean that should have been at least 15 minutes long, not just a few cyrptic words and then on to the fight scene. Angela's ( played by Joss Stone, which is weird if you ask me ) part should have sufficient time to explain the destiny of Eragon. I think this was the one of the most important parts of the story that the movie left out, in which Eragon discovers his destiny. Djimon Hounsou's Ajihad, the great and wise king of the Varden, is more of a background character and not one of the central ones. Murtagh was totally totally wrong; he should have been forceful and stoic, and not, for any reason at all, have any desire to go to the Varden. In the movie he was made like a background character, when he could have been a powerful player at the side of Eragon. But most importantly of all...


I mean the Varden are hidden inside the mountain fortress of the dwarven king, so the population should have been 70% dwarves and 30% humans. All I saw was some arabian-like people ... and that's it. Nothing more. And where was the Angela's werecat? Where are the cities they visited? Where are the ... Arrrrrgh!

It's all the LOTR's fault. They set the standard for epic fantasy, and when Eragon came out, it could have become a good epic movie, not just a good movie. If I was to summarize want could made it better I would say that two hours is too short, there should more character dialogues and development, no cheesy scenes ( there a point in the movie that I wish I had popcorn to gag on ) and ultimately show the audience what Eragon is all about.

Ok, I'm not saying that it's all bad, remember I'm just saying it was just a good movie. Eragon and Saphira were spot on, and Jeremy Iron's portrayal of Brom ran shivers in my spine. John Malkovich's Galbatorix was just slimy and evil, and Durza...well, it could have been better, but it was a good job.

Thing's I miss in the movie? The fortune teller scene, the big battle in the plains, the werecat, the travel with Murtagh, etc etc etc. Things I hate? What they deviated from the book, especially Brom's death and Murtagh's appearance. It was a love and hate movie, but it was good one, nonetheless.

Moral of the story? Don't judge the book by it's movie. Read the book!

Super Hero Goodness

I've been reading Mutants and Masterminds, a d20 system using superheroes as PC's. Brilliant idea, and the system, although a little clunky at character creation has it's own charm once the game gets underway. Much better than the Marvel RPG, M&M has every power available in every comic universe. And been thinking of doing a story blog based on one of the characters I've made using the system. Kinda like a noir-esque, hard boiled detective shorts. I'll probably post the link once I have the story, so it will be a while. Perhaps I'll do this a bi-monthly thing, we'll see.

Top Fives

Now that new year and settled by comfortably, it's time look back and reminisce 2006.

Top Five Albums
1. Embrace by Urbandub
2. Fragmented by Up Dharma Down
3. X&Y by Coldplay
4. Skin and Bones by The Foo Fighters
5. Revelation by Audioslave

Top Five Music Videos
1. Pag-agos by Up Dharma Down
2. First of Summer by Urbandub
3. Fix You by Coldplay
4. Here It Goes Again by OK Go
5. Martyr Nybera by Kamikazee

Top 5 TV Series
1. Firefly
2. Naruto
3. CSI
4. Bleach
5. Justice League Unlimited

Top 5 Movies
1. The Departed
2. Casino Royale
3. V for Vendetta
4. Nacho Libre
5. The Inheritance (Ang Pamana)

Top 5 Stand Alone Books
1. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman (Short story goodness)
2. Just For Fun: Linus Torvalds Biography (Open Source Coding Rules!)
3. Masters of Doom: John Romero/John Carmack (How Doom started it all)
4. Thud by Terry Prachett (Sam Vines in the middle of a Dwarf and Troll War)
5. Blink by Ted Dekker (Super genius at work)

Top 5 Series Books (Books I have finished collecting or waiting for the new one)
1. Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (Finished the Storm of Crows!)
2. The Sandman Series Neil Gaiman's (autographed Seasons of Mist!)
3. Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike (the legend of Itto Ogami)
4. The Dreamers by David Eddings (New series!)
5. The Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini (Eragon's story)

Frame of Mind: Static Burst
Song of the Day: Frailty by Urbandub
Book of the Week: Thud! by Terry Prachett
Want or Need: More Internet Speed, Less Down Systems


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