Spider-Man 3

Overall, I give Spidey3 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

I managed to skip all the trailers and media coverage of the movie beforehand. I will admit, I was worried it was going the route of Batman with the multiple villains.

This was a good movie. It could have been a GREAT movie. I think it would have been better to focus on one of the three : Goblin Jr, Venom, or Sandman then cram all three in there.

I loved the venom storyline. Peter’s descent and eventual redemption. But this should have taken the whole movie. We should have seen Peter find the symbiote in the first 20 minutes and have him face random superpowered thugs as he begins to lose it. Then have him lose the suit and have Venom be created…around the midpoint. Then focus on Venom stalking Peter and Friends for the remainder with the climax. I loved the look of Venom and the actor playing Eddie Brock seemed a perfect fit for the role.

Alternately, they could have had an awesome Goblin story the way they started out with Harry being friendly towards Peter and have him fund lesser criminals before coming after Peter as the new and improved Goblin.

The Sandman story…meh…the retcon they used to add more of a connection to Peter did not sit too well with me. Thomas Haden Church played the part very well though. The effects were amazing. But I am not sure this storyline could be stretched to a full movie. The other two definitely.

Seeing the movie version of Gwen Stacy and Captain Stacy was interesting – but really did not need to be there. I am hoping they are setting up future storylines to be followed. I know Sony wants to do Spidey 4,5, and 6 whether Raimi and Tobey return or not.

Like I said before, This is a good movie! Don’t let my fanboy rant cover that up. I guess the Schumaker-era Batman movies really really burned me.

Windows Movie Maker

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Editing video on your PC is simple. In our last How-To, “How-To: Create Video Using Your Digital Camera“, we started by taking video clips and saving them to our computer.

Sample Movie

Years ago, video editing was costly — if for no other reason than the software (Adobe Premier is still almost $900.). Obviously, our “free” alternatives may not do all that a professional video editing package will do, but I can’t think of any features missing from Microsoft’s Windows Movie Maker, which is already included with Windows XP and Windows ME. (Sorry, Mac users! If pressed, perhaps we’ll review some web-based video editing solutions such as those offered by StashSpace, VideoEgg, Veotag and the like in future posts.)
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52 Week 36 – Weekly Comic Pick

Let me preface this week with the following: I still have not received Justice Society of America #2 or Invincible #37.

52 Week 36
This issue focuses heavily on the Space Team. We finally see the Lobo we all know and loathe surface. We see that Charlie did not in fact die on New Years, but he is in very very bad shape. Renee decides that she will get him to Nanda Parbat. We see the fallout from Waller’s Suicide Squad attack on the Black Marvel Family. Sobek helps Osiris deal with the loss of the Teen Titans’ trust. I just can’t help the feeling that Sobek is going to be instrumental in screwing over the Black Marvel family at some point. We finally see Rip Hunter!! And who has been secretly helping him. And where he has been hiding. All this and someone dies.
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Top 5 – Ongoing Comic Series

Powers [Icon]
written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Michael Avon Oeming
This is a wonderful crime comic set in a superpowered world. Walker and Deena are homicide detectives dealing in special cases where super powers are involved. Walker is a former hero, Diamond. Through the series we have learned his history from beginning (literally) to his de-powerment, to his recent repowerment as the Millenium Guard. I highly recommend picking up all the trades for powers – check my amazon store. This is not a title for kids however.
Powers, Vol. 1Powers Vol. 4: SupergroupPowers Vol. 5: AnarchyPowers Vol. 6: SelloutsPowers Vol. 7: ForeverPowers Vol. 8: LegendsPowers Volume 9: Psychotic (Powers (Graphic Novels))Powers Volume 10: Cosmic TPB (Powers (Graphic Novels))

Invincible [Image]
written by Robert Kirkman
This is the absolute best superhero comic being published today. Mark Davis discovers that he has super powers one day. His reaction. “Finally” See, Mark’s father is the world’s number one hero – Omni-man. A visitor from another world. I know, you’re thinking Super-Man. But you couldn’t be more wrong. We follow Mark as he progresses in his hero career. This series is worth picking up single issues and picking up the hardback collections.
The Complete Invincible Library Volume 1Invincible: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1Invincible: Ultimate Collection, Vol. 2Invincible Vol. 2: Eight is EnoughInvincible Vol. 3: Perfect StrangersInvincible Vol. 4: Head of the ClassInvincible Volume 5: The Facts Of Life (Invincible)Invincible Volume 6: A Different WorldInvincible Volume 7: Three\'s Company (Invincible)Invincible Volume 8: My Favorite Martian (Invincible)

Walking Dead [Image]
written by Robert Kirkman
Zombies. I could stop there. This title isn’t so much about zombies as the people who are trying to survive this zombie outbreak. Kirkman makes zero attempts to explain why the zombies are walking the earth. They just are. This is another title nor for kids. Especially after the most recent issue published.
The Walking Dead Book 1 (Walking Dead)The Walking Dead Book 2The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone ByeThe Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind UsThe Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind BarsThe Walking Dead Vol. 4: The Heart\'s DesireThe Walking Dead Volume 5: The Best Defense (Walking Dead)The Walking Dead Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life (Walking Dead)

Teen Titans [DC]
written by Geoff Johns
I love this series. The New Teen Titans with Wolfman and Perez got my into DC comics back in the day. Geoff Johns has done a consistent job telling good stories.
Teen Titans: A Kid\'s Game (Book 1)Teen Titans: Family Lost (Book 2)The Future is Now (Teen Titans, Book 4)Teen Titans: Life and Death (Teen Titans (Dc Comics) (Graphic Novels))Teen Titans: Around the World (Teen Titans (Dc Comics) (Graphic Novels))
New Teen Titans, The: The Judas Contract (New Teen Titans)The New Teen Titans: The Terror of TrigonNew Teen Titans, The: Terra Incognito (Teen Titans (Dc Comics) (Graphic Novels))

Ultimate Spider-Man [Marvel]
written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Mark Bagley
A Re-telling of Spidey’s life with a modern twist. This is a teenaged Spidey. His identity is not public knowledge. In many ways, just better Spidey stories than in regular continuity.
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1: Power and ResponsibilityUltimate Spider-Man Vol. 2: Learning CurveUltimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double TroubleUltimate Spider-Man Vol. 4: LegacyUltimate Spider-Man Vol. 6: VenomUltimate Spider-Man, Vol. 7Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 9: Ultimate SixUltimate Spider-Man Vol. 10: HollywoodUltimate Spider-Man Vol. 11: CarnageUltimate Spider-Man Vol. 16: Deadpool

Honorable Mentions

52 [DC]
This is a weekly comic detailing the year in the DC universe after Infinite Crisis Learn more about Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, Steel, Question, etc.

Justice Society of America [DC]
written by Geoff Johns
One issue andthis title has me hooked. If I had had more than one issue to base it on, JSA would probably have bumped someone from my top 5

Powers #22 – Weekly Comic Pick

Powers #22
More Powers goodness. The death of several heroes and the ramifications continue to unravel this week. Walker and Deena try to approach their captain with their theory and small bit of evidence only to rebuffed. Crystal begins to talk with them and gets killed by an invisible assailant for her troubles. I cannot wait for this arc to be completed. It is just begging for a single sit-thru reading.
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