Netflix debuts ‘original’ anime series

Netflix now has its own original anime series, except not really. Knights of Sidonia, a Japanese 12-episode science fiction animated series, began streaming exclusively on the service on July 4. Knights of Sidonia, unlike House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, isn’t really a Netflix original. Netflix obtained the exclusive distribution rights here in the United States. That doesn’t make it original.

I canceled my Netflix account some time ago, but plan on activating it again when the fourth and final season of The Killing debuts on Netflix August 1. I did the same thing for the second season of House of Cards. I finished the second season and then checked out the other Netflix streaming content. When I realized it was the same old stuff they had before, most of it available on Amazon Prime Instant Video for free with the Prime Membership, I canceled Netflix again.

I don’t remember Netflix having good anime available for streaming. I guess it’s good that they’re investing in Knights of Sidonia, which by all accounts, seems to be a good series. I haven’t read any hateful, negative reviews for it.

Here’s a trailer for Knights of Sidonia:

Cibola Burn

Cibola Burn - Bent CornerCibola Burn, the fourth book in the science fiction series The Expanse, written by James S.A. Corey, a pen name for two writers, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, came out on June 17. I didn’t even realize it was out yet until I saw something about it over at SF Signal. I knew last year that the fourth book was coming out June of 2014, but to be perfectly honest, I didn’t realize that was now. At the time, that seemed so far off into the future.

I’ve been really looking forward to this book. I read the first three books in the series, as well as two stand along short-stories, last year and loved them. To me, the stories represented everything a good science fiction book series should be. The characters all seemed like real people, people I cared about. As a writer, that’s not an easy thing to pull off. At least I assume it’s not since not a lot of writers seem to be able to do it.

The series has been referred to as space opera. I still don’t know what that actually means, but if these books are a true representation of the genre within a genre, then I love me some space opera.

Buy Cibola Burn on Amazon

Poster from the ‘Star Wars’ soundtrack

The Star Wars soundtrack, scored by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, was released in 1977. It was a double LP album and it included a nifty looking poster. It featured the artwork of science fiction artist John Berkey. It showed brave and courageous T.I.E pilots protecting a space station, their home, against the dishonorable scum from the Rebel Alliance.

It was a sad day for the Empire, but it made for a visually striking poster.

May the Fourth be with you!

May the Fourth be with you! - Bent Corner
Today is May 4th, also known in geek circles as Star Wars Day. The reason is because May 4th sort of sounds like the beginning of the expression, “May the Force be with you.”

It’s kind of silly but not as silly as Talk Like a Pirate Day or Columbus Day.

The origin of the day supposedly goes back to 1979, and it wasn’t even invented by George Lucas or anyone else officially connected to the movie franchise. Strangely enough, its creation is connected to Margaret Thatcher becoming UK Prime Minister on May 4, 1979. The day after she was elected, her party, the Conservative Party, took out a newspaper ad that stated, “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

I have a love-hate relationship with Star Wars. There’s a lot I love about the franchise, but there’s also a lot I hate about it. I loved the original trilogy, but like most people, I thought the prequels are nearly unwatchable. Even though I loved the original movies, I think I loved the look of the original movies more than anything else; I think a lot of the writing and dialogue were really bad. Most of that, I think, can be blamed on George Lucas. Though he created Star Wars, he’s an awful director and an even worse screenwriter.

To say that George Lucas is a talentless hack is an insult to talentless hacks.

‘Godzilla’ (2014) first official trailer

The first official Godzilla trailer was released to the public. If you can accurately judge a movie by the trailer released five months before the premiere of the film, than Godzilla looks to be something worth watching. At the very least, it looks better than that awful Matthew Broderick Godzilla movie from the late 90′s. Here’s the trailer:

I’m not sure why the soldiers making the HALO jump have a flare strapped to one of their boots, but it certainly looks cool. Looking cool is important when it comes to a proper Godzilla movie, unless it’s the Matthew Broderick Godzilla movie. There was nothing proper about that ginormous bucket of cinematic suck.

The trailer only shows a smidge of the title character. When it comes to the Godzilla creature, the less it looks like a guy in a giant rubber suit, the less I like it. I’m totally old school when it comes to the Godzilla monster.

Godzilla comes out May 16, 2014.