The movie Confucius is obviously based on the historical person of the same name, founder of the philosophical movement of Confucianism. Personally, I know a little about Confucianism but really less than I’d like to. Therefore, this movie appeals to someone like me. However, I must admit, beyond a simple Wikipedia search, I don’t really know how much of the movie is autobiographically accurate and how many liberties were taken. Based on my meager prior knowledge and the wiki-gods, the movie seems to draw on true events and stories. I’m sure others will disagree. Having said all that, I really learned a lot.
Shaolin is a story about warlords during early twentieth century China, their relationship with the Shaolin Buddhist temple, and its resident kung-fu monks. The movie’s title, “Shaolin”, is an overly generic name to describe a simple story. I went into this expecting almost a historical account of all things Shaolin. Nope. It’s just a completely fictional story.
When a movie crosses one’s path with Jet Li in a starring role, it’s difficult to imagine anything but a cool action kung fu movie. Don’t get me wrong. While this movie is packed with demon-fighting action, it is really a love story.
What did my girlfriend want for her birthday? A Sega Genesis. I’m so happy. Unfortunately, my Generation 1 system disappeared a long time ago. It never stopped working but I think I loaned it away and never got it back. Therefore, I Ebay’d a new one (Generation 1 of course).
I knew that I saved some of my cartridges for a reason including the epic Phantasy Star series (my favorites). However, I had two problems.
1) The beloved Phantasy Star 1 was not a Genesis game. It was made from the precursor, Sega Master System (SMS).
2) Phantasy Star 1 was released in the US in 1988. I bought it immediately. Therefore, in this little plastic container was a 25 year-old battery! I just hoped it wasn’t leaking all over the printed circuit board (PCB) by this time.
There are a few good reasons why I was really excited about RI Comic Con 2013. First, it was really close to my house. But more importantly, it had an amazing and huge guest list. Here’s a list of just some of the awesome guests:
- Danny Glover (Die Hard of course)
- Billie Dee Williams (y’know)
- Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell Smith (both leads from Weird Science)
- William Zabka and Martin Kove (Johnny and Sensei Kreese from The Karate Kid… “sweep the leg”)
- Sam Jones (Flash freakin’ Gordon!)
- Sarah Douglass and Jack O’Halloran (baddies from Superman 2)
- Every single bounty hunter from Star Wars! (first ever together… collect them all!)
- Alan Oppenheimer (Skeletor, Masters of the Universe)
- Larry Kenny (Liono, Lord of the Thundercats)
- Jeremy Shada (Finn from Adventure Time)
- …and a zillion more. …a zillion.