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6 months agoCount3D Site Admin
If I had posted my list last year it would’ve looked like this: Ghostbusters, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Moana, X-Men: Apocalypse, Doctor Strange, Star Wars: Rogue One, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War, Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in that order. I enjoyed Ghostbusters, Fantastic Beasts, Moana, Rogue One. Thought Doctor Strange, Deadpool and Civil War were outstanding. I heard Apocalypse was meh. Suicide Squad and BvsS certainly were. Remember when all sequels used to suck? I'm happy to know they've cracked the code but then as now I wish there were more original films and less sequels.
10) War For The Planet Of The Apes
Rare for a franchise reboot to take off the way this one has, pushing how technology can tell stories. Where will Cesar's story take us next?
9) Justice League
Suicide Squad was masterful marketing. Wish it had paid off. Cool concept, good cast, but characters didn’t add up and story was confusing as hell. Hope they learn from their mistakes or I’m done with DC movies. Surely this one is took big to fail...?
8) Blade Runner 2049
Denis Villeneuve is one of the most exciting directors alive. After attracting attention with Arrival, he dove right back into sci-fi with a sequel to one of the most renowned of all time. Hopefully it works out better than Tron: Legacy.
7) Thor: Ragnarok
It wasn’t until I saw Thor that I truly felt what was Marvel was trying to do. The last sequel wasn’t bad by any means but it felt a little "safe." Hopefully, this can continue their high level of quality while upping the stakes.
6) The Dark Tower
This has been in development hell for a while, with a long list of great filmmakers trying to adapt it. I started reading the fantasy series by Stephen King last year. In case you haven’t heard of it, I definitely recommend it! The casting choices are awesome. Lord of the Rings Western? Sign me up!
5) Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers were part of my childhood. There’s something quite guilty about watching these movies but they have their moments, sometimes screaming gloriously back to those days. Apparently, they're investing a lot more into writing the mythology from here on out with a bunch more movies already planned. Since people will see these no matter, a little more risks would welcome.
4) The Lego Batman Movie
I’m first to admit I was wrong about my expectations for The Lego Movie. It turned out to be one of the funniest and best films of the year, one of the most originals movies in years. It killed on all levels and was robbed of an Oscar. With how dismal the current DC franchise is, the humour and crazy colourful creativity is all the more welcome.
3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
The first was a lot of fun. It tested what Marvel could do with a concept a little more out there and fresh and it paid off. Hope this delivers more but continues to push characters we’ve come to love.
The trailers are awesome! But how often have we been burned by good-looking trailers? I was lucky to see the first act of this and if the rest is HALF as good, it could seriously be the best of the X-MEN franchise. I don’t think most people are going to expect the darker tone.
1) Star Wars Episode VIII
It doesn’t get any bigger! I don’t envy the task for those involved. The expectations are massive. JJ Abrams set up a decent foundation for the new trilogy. But now its time to spread its swings. May the force be with them.
7 months agoCount3D Site Admin
Today marks my 11th anniversary as a member of the Rooster Teeth Community.
I want to be completely honest with you about something. I wasn’t going to talk about this in here originally. Fear. People don’t like talking about it. And despite starting this way, I want to assure you, it is not the theme today. Keep reading.
I used to fear “the bridge”. That one day I’ll be too busy for this community, for friends, for all the causes I’m involved with, and I would cross that bridge when I came to it. I don’t fear that now. Because I realized it was a fear of my own creation. With all the changes in my own life I don’t see myself abandoning here. It’s changed but it’s also changed me. You helped change me.
I made great, new friends in the past year and I have been insanely lucky to have seen great friendships grow over the past 11 years. Some of you reading this read similar journals of mine going back a decade now. That commitment means so much. Seriously. I have never felt stronger about those in the RT community, my friends and the next generation. It’s no secret I’m an advocate for newer members. There’s youth and optimism thanks to you and our community’s future is affected by how we treat you, what kind of a home are you stepping into.
What kind of a home are you stepping into? I find I want to know, now more than ever, what newer users are thinking about this site, this community. It is why I check in every possible moment, read, comment, message. I care about what's new. How or why are things different? What can you do? If history has taught me anything in the past few years, it’s never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. The community here has always been very good at articulating when things go against the norm. We are protective and we want accountability. And we could be facing an RT revolution at some point.
I won’t sit here and say there isn’t fear. There is. And now more than ever we need to make a stand. If we know what’s wrong, we can help change it. So let’s talk. I’ll do what I can. I’m not going until I’m done. It is the least
Because I want to say, here's to 11 more years. I want to make it happen.
Thank you for reading. <3
8 months agoCount3D Site Admin
Why are you posting this now? I know, it's long overdue. tl;dr my journal dun broke
Now that things are more or less back in form, I'm going to actually post this! How was RTXAU in one word? Wild! That was the wildest RTX ever! Held at Sydney's Australia Technology Park January 23rd and 24th, RTXAU had to grow up very quickly in a very short amount of time. At 11,000 fans, it was bigger than the third RTX Austin! So... how was it different? I’ll get into that.
Once again, I was extremely fortunate to serve as a Guardian Team Lead on the Expo floor. I am grateful to Cameron for having trust in me to make this inaugural show flow and allowing me a chance to work with another great team that included @evictum and @Danny and our supa boss Giampaolo. We had the RT Store, Stage and Signatures within the same expo area. These hot spots generated a lot of traffic! Signatures made sense and Twitch broadcast wasn't too surprising as all the big panels were there, even with space for 500. But the store? Being capped? And there's an hour long wait? That is impressive. To give you an idea, here is a photo I took 30 minutes before it ended. That's all they had left. I have never seen the store like that. I heard things were brought out by Guardians and snatched up seconds after put on shelves. Hats off to Karen and her team for rising to demands and Lauren and Jenn for managing lines! Shout out to our very own @scheree, who was always great to bump into. Her brother Michael was the Guardian with the megaphone and did a seriously awesome job at signatures!
- WEATHER: Sydney could be Texas hot, or hotter. It went from blinding light to swimming rain to mostly overcast. A small umbrella would be a good investment if forecast says rain.
- FOOD: So many good restaurants! There’s a lot of awesome, hidden cafes. Best late night I had was a YEERO with a mountain of bag fries covered in chicken salt. Best surprise I had was Green Curry Chicken over fries in an alley cafe called BRAINWAVE. RTXAU had food trucks, which weren’t bad. Also, swing by Market City, a glut of amazing Asian restaurants.
- TRANSPORT: The cabs in Australia are expensive. If you want to keep costs down, get an OPAL card from a convenience store asap and use public transport, trains especially reliable. Our hotel offered an airport shuttle for $15. A cab would cost four times that.
- PEOPLE: Australian RT fans are super friendly and loved hanging out. Head Guardians Jessica and Sam had their work cut out for them and cared very much about making things as awesome as it could be. They worked super hard all weekend and it was great to work for them. It was fun to meet both at the ROO TEETH pre-party. That crew is just great and the Admins are super into fans interacting.
So how is it different? In my opinion, it's a lot similar. Just a little younger. The fans are super passionate. The volunteers are hard workers. The staff are ultra accommodating. Most stood for hours around the con posing for selfies and signing for hundreds at a time. I visited the site of next year's RTXAU and believe me this space looks AMAZING even under construction.
My next RTX will be my 8th. I have missed Immersion shoots, Day 5 shoot, Slow Mo Guys Shoot, the Lazer Team auditions, the RTXAU Lazer Team premiere and more than a few panels because I was working RTX. I had the privilege to work with a hell of a hardworking team who juggled exhibitors, attendees and staff needs. No regrets! And like ships passing in the night it was really nice whenever I'd randomly cross paths with @burnie @MegTurney @Chris @griffon @Lindsay @Joel @gus @BruceGreene @geoff @Michael @Ashley @Barbara @Gavino @matt @Bethany Thank you Rooster Teeth, for an amazing weekend and thank you to everyone who attended!
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