Saturday, July 23, 2016

Rob's Room: Star Trek Beyond

My (non-spoilery) review of Star Trek Beyond:
Mindless fun.  It's not the Star Trek that I, personally, like but it's not terrible.  Some of the fight scenes felt muddled visually, but I liked the cast and the effects were terrific.  Was really dreading the motocross Kirk seen in all the trailers... but it (surprisingly) worked for the story.  I look forward to reading all the easter eggs that appeared (OK... the next sentence could be a small spoiler: I liked that some of the antique computer graphics reminded me of Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock on the USS Grissom - I imagine that was intentional).
Overall, I was hoping for more, but expecting less... so I guess that's a good thing?  It's worth seeing on a big screen.  Just makes me want to see a final Star Trek: Axanar fan film to see if they were able to find the heart of Trek that I prefer.
Would love to hear other opinions!
 Join Starfleet by Lyndon Willoughby:
 Star Trek - Yesterday's Son by Two Dots:

Friday, July 22, 2016

Rob's Room: Enterprise Series by thomasthecat

Enterprise Series by thomasthecat (via Starfleet Ships)

Rob's Room: Star Trek Opening Shot

I’ve always loved the original opening shot from The Cage because of how ambitious it is for something made for television in 1964. While it doesn’t quite work with what I’d think of as the “feel” of Star Trek  it’s got a sweep to it that’s immediately engaging. Heck, even the remastered version from 2009 (also shown, just for the sake of completeness) immediately grabs you. Those various moments where Abrams zooms the camera into the bridge from space in NuTrek feel like the cinematic descendents of this establishing shot.
 Original:
 2009 Remastered:

Star Trek Into Darkness deleted scene:
longer version here:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Rob's Room: Golden Age Omnibuses by Darwyn Cooke

The actual Golden Age Omnibus covers by the late great Darwyn Cooke... (via Cooke Timm tumblr)

Leaving my original post intact below because it was so lame...

So Darwyn Cooke covered Golden Age Batman & Superman for a pair of omnibus covers due out in August of 2016... but they are virtually identical - It's almost like when a band does a note-for-note cover of another artists' song.  Hmmm... I kinda feel like I'm being punked with these... maybe he just re-inked & re-colored them...?

Rob's Room: Another Batman Blitz!

Here's the link to an earlier Batman Blitz!
I think my favorite image is The Bat fighting Oompa-Loompas (the The Monkees mashup is pretty terrific too...)!