Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Ninja Assassin- Surprisingly Was Good

December 30th, 2009

I went to see Ninja Assassin recently and I actually went without expectations. I did not read any reviews. The only thing I knew were from the trailers I had seen online and on the television.

Short Movie Summary:
The movie is about a boy becomes part of a clan that trains children to be ninjas. The child, named Raizo, eventually rebels against the clan and goes off on his own, vowing one day to have revenge. Eventually the murders of people assassinated by these ninjas draw the attention of Europol and involve Mika, one of their investigators. She and Raizo meet while the clan is trying to kill her.

My Review:
The movie was definitely action packed. I know my boyfriend enjoyed it immensely for the fighting scenes. Ninja Assassin was very violent and bloody. The plot was okay as it was easy to follow. There were no ‘Matrix’ moves, but there were a lot of great martial arts. Some of the effects were a bit lacking, like the shadows, but I believe they were dramatized. It was kind of cool seeing the ninjas come out of what seemed nowhere. In reality, most people would at least see an outline of the body. So, the movie did emphasize on the mysteriousness of ninjas to a point.

If you like martial arts and do not mind the blood, then I definitely recommend seeing the movie.

Have you seen Ninja Assassin? What did you think of it?

PRESS RELEASE: Fan History is Breaking Wiki Size Barriers

June 6th, 2009

In May 2009, Fan History became the biggest MediaWiki-based wiki that is not affiliated with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Sleepy Hollow, Illinois – If you are looking for information about fans and all the activities they engage in, you need to check out Fan History Wiki located at http://www.fanhistory.com/ . In May 2009, in trying to become the best resource of its kind, Fan History became the biggest MediaWiki-based wiki that is not part of the Wikimedia Foundation with over 750,000 articles.

Fan History’s accomplishment has been several years in the making.  Since May 2006, the project has been working on documenting the history of fan communities.  Fan History started with some basic history information that had originally been found on FanFiction.Net.  The focus had been on media fandom and fan fiction.  In 2007, the focus changed and became broader and less focused on fan fiction.  In 2008, Fan History created a directory of members of the fan community and added over half a million articles in the process of doing that.  Fan History also added statistical information that updates daily; the wiki tracks the growth of fan fiction and LiveJournal communities representing over 4,000 television shows, anime shows, musical groups, actors and video games.  In 2009, Fan History continued its expansion and breadth of topics covered.  This was done by adding articles about fanzines, musical groups, movies and episodes of television. At every step, the fandom community responded, helped improve many of our stubs and added new content.

Fan History’s place as the biggest wiki of its kind is good news for those seeking to document the history of fandom.  The size of the wiki has led to an increase in traffic and number of contributors.  It has meant that important or interesting things in fandom have been documented for others to learn from.  This includes covering events such as the kerfuffle over Russet Noon in the Twilight fan community, how Dreamwidth Studios was viewed within the LiveJournal fan community, on going issues related to racism in fandom, how Police fans responded to the concert tour, and the current and past role of fanzines in fandom.   Many of these events are not covered elsewhere.  The current size and scope of the project makes this possible where other wikis and projects not in wiki format cannot.

For a list of the largest MediaWikis, see http://s23.org/wikistats/largest_html.php .

About Fan History LLC:

Fan History is a collaborative project like none other currently serving the fandom community. Its core function is as a wiki which allows members of fandom – men and women, young and old – to actively participate in documenting the history of their various fandoms, share current news which may impact their experiences, as well as creating an easily searchable web index of related communities, projects, and activities. It gives members of fandom a chance to share current fandom news that may impact people’s experiences in fandom. Fan History users can also promote their own creative projects, and share opinions with fellow fans and alert them to scams and questionable practices encountered within fandom. By providing these resources, Fan History allows users to celebrate their activities, whichever corner of fandom they come from: anime, cartoons, comics, movies, politics, radio, science fiction, sports, television, theater, and video games.

Fan History is planning more growth and wants to help other sites…

May 18th, 2009

We’ve been hard at work on Fan History trying to improve content, create more stub content to make it easier for contributors to participate, to increase the number of people participating on the wiki, to become more comprehensive and to better serve the fan community. To this end, we’ve done three things in the past month or so:

  • Added 17,000 articles about music fandoms;
  • Added 1,600 articles about fanzines;
  • Added 13,000 articles about movies.

    These additions have largely been about providing a framework for the documenting of history that we’ve done so far. Pretty soon, hopefully in the next week or two, we’re planning to add between 50,000 and 75,000 articles. We’re going to be focusing on fan responses to episodes and using EpisodeBot as our base template. If you know of a search engine or an entertainment site that could use some link love, please get them in touch with me at laura[@]fanhistory[.]com. We’ll consider adding links on all those new pages to them.

  • 33,155 fandoms and growing…

    May 15th, 2009

    roflcopter flew in to Fan History again yesterday.  This time, the goal was to create music fandom stubs and it did that to the tune of 17,000 groups.  We’re really happy with this as we’ve wanted to expand that section for a long time.  There are just so many groups that it can be intimidating as to where to start exactly.  If you’re in music and there isn’t an article about a band you want to see mentioned, drop us a line and we’ll help you create one.  If you know people who could help improve our music section, we’d be extremely grateful.

    With this growth, Fan History now has an article about or references 33,155 plus fandoms…  Below is a breakdown of those fan communities by type.

    • Actors – 275 fandoms
    • Anime – 550 fandoms
    • Books – 450 fandoms
    • Cartoons – 200 fandoms
    • Comics – 100 fandoms
    • Movies – 13,000 fandoms
    • Music – 17,605 fandoms
    • Politics – 5 fandoms
    • Radio – 35 fandoms
    • Sports – 125 fandoms
    • Table top gaming – 5 fandoms
    • Television – 750 fandoms
    • Theater – 30 fandoms
    • Video games – 250 fandoms
    • unsorted fandoms – 500 fandoms [1]

    Total fandom estimate: 33,155

    WHY HELLO THAR BASEBALL! I MISSED YOU!

    April 9th, 2009

    Baseball season started this week.  For me, it started yesterday with the first game of the season that I attended.  I saw the White Sox play the Kansas City Royals at US Cellular Field with a friend.  The game surprisingly didn’t have that many people.  I thought after last year’s performance, they would have sold more seats.   That and my efforts to get tickets to Cubs games have been loads of no fun because so few seats are available.  In order to save some money  ($4 a bottle of water, $4 for a funnel cake, $3.25 for a large hot chocolate that is a small at McDonalds, etc) and resist the urge to eat my way through the game, my friend and I went out to eat in China Town before the game.  This was a very smart decision.  I could appreciate the baseball game food with out spending huge amounts on food and feeling totally icky and disgusting afterward. I was sitting on the lower level so I didn’t have that fear of falling that I have because of how awful the upperdeck is at The Cell. (It seems like it is almost an attempt at deterring the poor people sitting up there from getting truly rowdy by making them scared of exactly that so as to limit their alcohol consumption, lest they lose their balance and fall off. Except White Sox fans in that deck drink possibly more than people on the bottom.)


    The above paragraph sounds like I didn’t have fun, but I did! I did! (I’m just more Cubs fan than Sox fan.) I love baseball. I love going to games. Going to a game is unlike any other fan experience I have as part of say media fandom. With sporting events, I feel like I’m part of a community. I’m sitting there with a few thousand other fans. You can yell at the players, scream at the coach, mock the umpire, boo with everyone else. It is very much a communal thing. You’re very passionate in the moment but you can let it go when you leave. Everyone around you can get your angst regarding what is taking place on the field. When the team wins, there is collective joy and ownership. When the game is done, you can come back again and relive it. The cycle can go on and on. I love that after the game, while I’m walking around Union Station, people will randomly talk to me about the White Sox because I’m wearing a White Sox jersey. With television and movies, so much of the experience is so much more internalized. It is a solitary viewing experience or limited to a small group. Yes, you can find communities for it to discuss a show but you aren’t sharing that experience when you watch with several thousand people and after the movie ends, random people aren’t going to ask you about it.

    I love baseball. I missed baseball. It just feels like a way of connecting to a larger community that can be hard to find in our society at the moment. I love it. I can’t wait to see more games this season.

    Total fandoms represented on Fan History? Lots and lots.

    March 30th, 2009

    If you haven’t been watching Fan History’s recent changes page, you might not have noticed it but we’ve steadily been working on clearing out our wanted categories. In the past 10 days or so, we’ve taken that from over 4,500 categories being wanted to what amounts to zero. Along the way, we’ve probably created a bit of a monster in that we’ve found several capitalization issues, several issues with articles appearing or not appearing in categories, etc. Those problems will get resolved over time and will be much easier to address now because we know those categories actually exist and have articles in them. All this category creation has given us reason to reflect on our category organization methods. We’ve subsequently updated our category help page.

    Getting to the main point, all this category structure means we have a much better idea of how many fan communities are represented on Fan History. We don’t have a firm count because there is some crossover for things like Star Trek which is both a television show, movie and cartoon. These are estimates based on fandom categories.

  • Actors – 275 fandoms
  • Anime – 550 fandoms
  • Books – 450 fandoms
  • Cartoons – 200 fandoms
  • Comics – 100 fandoms
  • Movies – 1000 fandoms
  • Music – 475 fandoms
  • Politics – 5 fandoms
  • Radio – 35 fandoms
  • Sports – 125 fandoms
  • Table top gamining – 5 fandoms
  • Television – 750 fandoms
  • Theater – 30 fandoms
  • Video games – 250 fandoms
  • unsorted fandoms – 500 fandoms

    Total fandoms: 4,025

  • Yay! Wanted Categories are gone!

    March 30th, 2009

    ZOMG! MAJOR FAN HISTORY PROJECT COMPLETED! WantedCategories on Fan History went from 4,600 about 7 days ago to four today. It is a major, major accomplishment. We now have a much better idea of how many fan communities are represented on Fan History. I need to post those statistics in another post soon. Some categories like Movie fandom categories went from about 300 fandoms to almost 1,000. We also have over 1,000 categories that aren’t yet sorted. Just wow.

    Frost/Nixon! I saw it!

    December 27th, 2008

    Holiday season is here which means YAY! Awesome movies out in theaters! The one I wanted to see the most was Frost/Nixon. (I’m not a Tom Cruise fan, exhausted on World War II themed movies and the reviews weren’t all that glowing. Valkyrie thus wasn’t an option.) I love politics. (I’ve been major league distracted by Illinois’s current political theater.) Nixon is such a fascinating character/figure. And AT LAST! After loads of hype? The movie came out in theaters!

    Normally I go to Cinema 12 in Carpentersville because shows tend to not be sold out, popcorn prices are reasonable and you can get a matinee ticket for $4.50. Frost/Nixon wasn’t showing there so I had to go up to AMC South Barrington 30 where a matinee showing cost $10, a large popcorn costs $6.50 and a small bottle of water costs $3.00. I boggled as this is way more than I usually spend. I don’t get how theaters can stay in business charging that but according to my friend who lives in the city (of Chicago), that cost is normal. (And how does this theater appear to stay in business? First run Bollywood movies which play to packed houses on Saturday night on 1/3 of their screens.) The movie start time “was” 5:05pm. The movie actually started at 5:25. I paid some good money to sit through a lot more ads (previews? still ads for movies) than I have to sit through at Cinema 12. These two things? They probably mean I won’t be back to AMC 30 for another two years.

    So yeah. Anyway. Moving on.

    The movie! It was pretty good. I enjoyed it a lot. I hadn’t read much about it, hadn’t heard much about it other than it was based on a screenplay and featured an interview I had never heard of. I wondered how they would handle an interview because if they didn’t add background information, it would be a total snore. But the movie had that and intercut the interview parts and background with shots from the “future” where the players talked about what the interview meant. The actor who played Nixon did a pretty good job. When he got angry or emotional, it seemed really authentic. The rest of the time, I was left feeling guilty because he didn’t sound enough like the real Richard Nixon and I shouldn’t have been focusing on that. And the voice shouldn’t be that important. (Except it is. I know of Richard Nixon through his voice.) I think the parts that showed Pat Nixon were limited but still did a great job showing the complexity of his marriage. I had a ZOMG! moment of “Didn’t realize Diane Sawyer got her start with Nixon.” I feel like I should have known that.

    So I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it a lot. I’d recommend it to others who are already thinking of seeing it.

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