Category Archives: Highlander

2012: The Year In Dinosaur News

In about a month, President Obama will give a State of the Union Address. I don’t pay too much attention to politics really and it’s my least favorite thing talk about, but I do like to talk about dinosaurs! So since I tend to do this once a month I decided it’s time to do a State of Dinosaurs address! It’s a bit overdue considering my last similar post was last September (which was the most viral article in this site’s history…no love for my Highlander dissertation?),  it’s time to take a look at the state of dinosaurs (in 2012)….plus I promised I’ll do this as penance for doing an all comic-book nerdy article last update!

To recap last year; 2011 left us with some disappointments such as what T-Rex probably really looked like, but also left us with some optimism such as the theory that chickens can be regressed back to a dinosaur-like species! Also, Jurassic Park 4 was announced too! Now that a year has passed, we still saw a healthy share of fun dinosaur news come to us via online. Here’s some that you may have missed! To assure you all that I’m not making all this crap up, I’ve hyper-linked some key phrases linking you skeptical readers to my sources! I’m a good geek that did his homework. Now onto the dinosaurs! (sorry for the intentionally geeky photo of me with my Dinosaur friends, but I think it captures my optimism for 2012’s dinosaur news):

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Highlander: The Franchise That Wouldn’t Die (aka: Brad’s Decent Into Madness by Watching The Notoriously Bad Highlander Sequels)

When it comes to movie franchises; automatically visions of Indiana Jones, Star Trek, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Batman comes to mind. One that probably doesn’t, is the Highlander franchise. It had the makings of an awesome film franchise: Immortal swordsmen engage in mortal combat until only one remains….and the only way to kill them is by beheading!!! Totally sounds badass right? I don’t know about you, but watching a series of movies about bloodthirsty swordsmen sounds awesome! Sadly, the Highlander franchise represents all the things that can go wrong in launching a film franchise. It had a strong start, but churned out a franchise that not only gave us very muddy, confusing and horrible sequels and spin-offs, but like the immortals peppered throughout, it’s a franchise that simply won’t die. I took advantage of the movies being available on Netflix and wrote an in-depth essay on the franchise! If you haven’t been introduced to this world, my advice is this: Watch and love the first movie, become a fan, but for the love of God, do NOT watch the sequels. Without further adieu: here’s my movie-by-movie analysis of Highlander..

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