Godzilla (2014) – a Movie Rewiew

Godzilla (2014) – a Movie Rewiew by D. Brian Hardin II

Is Godzilla a monster? Think about that for a moment. The character has been around for a long time. Godzilla is more than a pop-cultural icon, he is a global icon. He even has a star in Hollywood! So with that in mind, would you make a movie in which that icon seeks out to destroy the planet? Would you ruin and tarnish that icon if you were to make a movie reboot about Godzilla?

That’s exactly what the writers (Max Borenstein and Dave Callaham) along with the director (Gareth Edwards) had to think about. Again, I ask you to ponder that while I go into a brief history of Godzilla…

60 years ago is when the 1st Godzilla movie came about. 1954. It was very much a political movie, something to show how nuclear weapons were a bad thing. Look at what radiation did; it created this massive lizard-monster! In that movie Godzilla rises from the water and destroys Tokyo. Keep in mind that many people at the time still had first hand knowledge of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Godzilla represented that. In essence, well.. let me explain it like this; Godzilla allowed them to recreate a history in which they were attacked and destroyed by a nuclear monster, a literal hulking beast from the ocean, as opposed to being attacked with military nuclear bombs.

As time moved on, Godzilla became less of a monster and more of a protector. This is when various other monsters were brought in, Godzilla would fight them then slink back into the ocean until a new monster popped up.

Now back to the 2014 Incarnation of Godzilla.

Fans of the original Godzilla movies are going to love this one. It takes several ideas from the past and mushes them together into something that I think fans are going to get a kick out of.
Go in with the knowledge of recent historical events (say.. from the last 15 years or so) and you will find a bit more to enjoy. They did some very clever writing to explain a couple of things that happened in the recent past.

Spoiler: I cannot believe.. Just kidding. I’ll give the spoiler away in the first comment after this post (so don’t read the comments if you don’t want me to give away anything).

I will say that there is massive destruction, a couple of head-scratching how-in-the-physics does that happen, moments.
I will also say that I feel that the trailer was VERY misleading (more on that in my spoiler comment below, however).

There are some slow moments. The movie clocks in at just over 2 hours in length (more on this in my spoiler comment below too) so be sure to pee before sitting down. All in all, it’s a fun ride.

We give it 3 stars out of 5.

Night of the Hunter by R.A. Salvatore

Dungeons & Dragons New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore brings more adventure to the Forgotten Realms with his newest book – Night of the Hunter, available March 11th, 2014.

With faithful friends by his side once again, Drizzt Do’Urden returns to Gauntlgrym to find and turn Pwent, Bruenor’s loyal shield dwarf, from vampire back to mortal. Not only do he and his cohorts face a perilous journey through the Underdark and the dangers of the undead that lie within, but in order to do so, they must face a colony of drow and their leader, who would like nothing better than to see Drizzt Do’Urden dead.

dnd_products_frnovel_nighthunter_pic3_enR.A. Salvatore’s New York Times best-selling saga continues as Drizzt Do’Urden and the Companions of the Hall join forces in an adventure filled with drow intrigue, the likes of which have not been seen in Salvatore’s work since the hugely successful the War of the Spider Queen series.

Item Details
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Item Code: 65350000
Format: Hardcover
Series: Companions Codex, Book I
Price: $27.95; C$29.95
ISBN: 978-0-7869-6511-3


RASalvatore.com has started taking reservations for signed/personalized copies of Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, Book I. RASalvatore.com offers numerous e-signings throughout the year so fans have a chance to own a signed/personalized book from New York Times best-selling author R.A. Salvatore. Keep visiting RASalvatore for more information.

You can also pick up a copy of the book here:

Night of the Hunter: Companions Codex, I

Kaijudo Organized Play – Two New Formats

Kaijudo is rapidly growing and the Organized Play program is reaching new heights with two new play formats for even more ways to get in on the fun!

Two New Formats Come to Kaijudo Organized Play!  

Beginning with the Quest for the Gauntlet set on May 30th, Kaijudo will offer two new play formats: Standard constructed play and Booster Draft.

Here’s what you have to look forward to!

  • Standard Constructed Play: The new Standard Format will include all cards in the current block year, as well as the previous block year. This new offering will keep the game fresh for players and, with the addition of Standard, get ready for newer cards being used in powerful combinations and never-before-seen decks entering the field. The Open Format, which includes every card printed to date, will still continue alongside Standard. The possibilities are endless!
  • Booster Draft: Booster Draft is a popular way to play trading card games as it establishes a level playing ground for new players while at the same time offering new challenges for more experienced players. Now duelists can master their deck building, sharpen their strategy skills, and look forward to new tests! To ensure the ultimate drafting experience, the Kaijudo booster pack size will increase from 9 playable cards to 14 playable cards, at no additional cost.
  • Organized Play: Thanks to these new Kaijudo offerings, duelists can expect even more exciting game-play during OP events. Set Premieres are the best ways to dive into a new set and Duel Days are weekly events that will help players continue to master their skills. Don’t forget about Kaijudo’s Booster Brawl releasing on February 21st, The 5 Mystics on March 14th, and the Spring Kaijudo Master Challenge season, which will run through May 4th.

For more details about the new play formats, as well as products announcements and Organized Play news, visit www.kaijudo.com.

Want to check the game out? Grab a starter kit here:
Kaijudo Trading Card Game Dragon Master Collection Kit

Tyranny of Dragons D&D Press Release

Wizards of the Coast charges into the biggest and most exciting year in Dungeons & Dragons history with Tyranny of Dragons! This action-packed storyline starts this summer and will fuel Dungeons & Dragons entertainment experiences that will have players reeling with anticipation as they prepare to take on the most villainous dragon of all time.

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

  • The Legacy of Tiamat Continues…  

Starting this summer, fans will be immersed in the Tyranny of Dragons, coming face-to-face with hordes of evil dragons and, for the first time ever, will take on Tiamat, the evil 5-headed queen of dragons from the Nine Hells. You can get a preview of the action to come here.

  • Multi-Platform Experience

Through video games, mobile games, in-store play at local hobby stores, and more – this year will be a major milestone in Dungeons & Dragons history. Wizards of the Coast has even enlisted best-in-class partners who will bring these epic adventures with friends to life by further immersing players into the Tyranny of Dragons! Stay tuned for additional details.

For more information on D&D and Tyranny of Dragons visit www.dungeonsanddragons.com or like Wizards of the Coast on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dungeonsanddragons


Let’s Time Travel Part 1

As we say hello to 2014 I figured we would dedicate this YEAR to Time Travel.  This will be a multi-part post that will span the year (as if that first line didn’t fully explain that).

Without any further explanation, here you go:

What is Time?

Time is a concept we have created so that everything does not happen all at once.

Ponder for a moment (or for a couple of moments since we are talking about time) that you were born, died, ate breakfast, drove to work; that you have done everything you have ever done or will do in just one instant.  That in the fraction it took for you to blink, all of your life too place just that fast.  Now, compound your parent’s lives and your children’s lives into that same moment.  Now, compound all of history into that same moment. THAT is why time was created.

It is because of time that we are able to track events, not only those in our own lifetime but events from the historical past (and future) as well. With the ability to track events, it makes it very easy to plot our travels for a trip through time. But… I am going to point out one very difficult particular to time travel… Put aside the issue of How for now (I’ll get to that in a future post) but instead let us concentrate instead on the Where. Traveling through time itself is easy.  Plotting exactly where you will end up, not so much.

Consider this:

Let’s say you want to travel back 1 week into the past.  We’ll use your living room as the Transit Spot (T.S. = the location you will leave from).  Our Reception Spot (R.S. = the location you will arrive at) is literally the exact same physical location, just one week in the past. The trick is to arrive at a point in time that is safe.  Two forms of matter cannot occupy the same space, well.. they can but the results can.. well.. hurt.  Imagine going back that one week and the table in the living room was previously in your Reception Spot; yeah you’ve now got wood going through your leg, ouch!  Or go back 10,000 years when the location of your house was under water or encased in rock.  Yeah, that would be you moving into the watery grave or literally between a rock and a hard place.

Let me toss one more rub into the mix.  Let’s go to a grander scale.  The planet itself. Going back in time just 1 week; while your house may never move from it’s physical spot on the Earth, the Earth itself does move.  It revolves around the Sun, and in turn the Sun moves along the spiral arm of the Milky Way.  The Milky Way in turn moves through space (around what is called the Universal Center Point). Considering that, you need to calculate where, exactly where, your living room was at for your Reception Spot.

That calculation is not difficult to determine, in fact, to figure it out is similar to how we determine the trajectory to send a satellite or craft to a different planet.  A process called Orbital Transfer. Ahhh.. Now we get into the ‘dark side’ of Time Travel:  Gravity!

Remember, Gravity also plays it’s role in Time Travel.  Specifically via Gravitational Time Dilation.  Basically the closer to a large mass you are, the slower time moves. However, for Time Travel, this ‘pull’ that gravity has is quite small since the moment of passing through time eliminates gravity’s pull on you.  I bring it up only because the specific calculations still need to be considered to accurately plot your movement.

The simple solution to all of this is to make use of a device called a RibonWave Generator.  It not only allows movement through time but also through space as well.  With it, you could actually plug in when and where you want to go provided you have the coordinates – for this we use something similar to GPS.  GPS on Earth works with the triangulation of YOU (well, specifically a device) and satellites orbiting Earth.

To calculate for Time Travel to other places the RibonWave Generator actually uses the stars in space. I’ll go into details of the RibonWave Generator in a later post (when we cover the How, the RibonWave Generator will also be explained).

To wrap things up (for now) I’ll simply state this: Barring the Science Fiction Romance of Time Travel there are hard-core numbers at work to calculate in order to make it happen.  Those numbers are different for every person since each of us weighs differently from moment to moment.  It may seem like an impossible number to calculate, but with the RibonWave Generator, those calculations become easy!

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