Superbowl flyover is totally worth it!

At the beginning of Superbowl XLV, four F-18 fighter jets did their standard flyover, but with the roof closed up on Dallas Stadium, the 100,000+ fans just watched it on the 159ft x 71ft HD screen.  Sally Jenkins at the Washington Post,  thinks it was a waste of the US taxpayer’s dollars an estimated that it cost $450,000 for the 5 second “beauty shot”.

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First off, Ms. Jenkins, ARE YOU NUTS?!? The 5 second “beauty shot” you’re talking about was seen by over 100 million viewers on television along with the fans at the stadium. Secondly, everyone watches the flyover because it starts off the game, it’s not like a moment between quarters or halftime where viewers take a break from the game so you get the undivided attention of hundreds of million of fans. One more thing, a single spot at the superbowl cost roughly $4 million dollars and this doesn’t include the cost to make the commercial, while a flyover be it over the Superbowl or over some random farm in Wisconsin could still be considered a “training exercise” where do you come up with the $450,000 number? You gotta train and fly those planes somewhere, why not the biggest event of the year and more importantly it allows our Arm Forces to do a little promotion of their own without any agressive undertones. I love the Arm Forces and I love the freedom that it provides me, wait a minute, Ms. Jenkins, are you communist? Do you not like having fun?!?

Tron Legacy, one step closer to bringing back the dead?

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Most of the geeks and nerds I’ve spoken to have been either really excited about the release of Tron Legacy or can’t even relate since the original was released in 1982 and most of these kids weren’t even born yet. Sad to say, I was around but I was one of those closet nerds that loved the original Tron. So going into this weekend with the expectations that I was really not gonna be impressed with the film and that originals are always better, I was happy to be somewhat right. It wasn’t that great story-wise, but really? I’m complaining about a story that is based off of some other digital dimensional world, ok nerd. Anyway what I did really like about the movie was how, like the original film, pushed the realm of technological entertainment. The 3d was fantastic, fast and played well with the architectural landscape of Tron’s ‘Grid’. But what was the most impressive was the facial motion capture.  You remember Brad Pitts character in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, well ILM did some amazing work with Jeff Bridges to bring his 30 year old character from the original to interact with today’s Jeff Bridges.  Although there’s a bit of rubber-ness to the CGI version, I’m pretty sure we are looking at a crazy time in film making similar to when we moved from prosthetic makeup to CGI makeup. Think about the aquatic characters of Pirate’s of the Caribbean. You can’t do that with prosthetic or it’ll look like the Muppets!

How soon will it be when actors can play themselves in at any age? And obviously the next question would be, when would we not even need actors all together and just create them in the digital world. Did we just open the digital pandora’s box in film making?

Rosie Whiteley saving Transformers 3

So I was a bit bummed when I heard that Megan Fox was no longer going to be in Transformers 3, but then I heard that Rosie Whiteley was gonna take her place and everything is now better. If you don’t know who Ms. Whiteley is, well she is best known for her work as a Victoria Secret’s model and honestly, that’s about enough for me to care about. Cause if you really think about it, Transformers 3 is gonna be about giant robots that transform into cars or planes or whatever they want to and rain down mad super robot fights all while a hot ass girl runs around during the non-action. That’s cool with me…and can you believe those lips? AMAZING!!!
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info you may not have known about Star Trek

So I’m gonna geek out a little bit here and bring up all the things you may or may not have known about Star Trek. I know even the coolest of kids who thought Star Trek was for geeks and nerds but liked the latest movie out last summer will find something interesting about these tidbits. Geek out NERDS!!

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