Local Weather Alert for Ann Arbor, MI – weather.com
WIND CHILL READINGS WILL REMAIN IN THE 20 TO 30 BELOW ZERO RANGE THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE AS WESTERLY WINDS OF 10 TO 15 MPH COMBINE WITH LOW TEMPERATURES OF 5 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. WARMING TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE DAY WILL BRING AN INCREASE IN WIND CHILLS… WITH READINGS THEN REMAINING IN THE 10 TO 20 BELOW ZERO RANGE THROUGH TONIGHT.
Brrrrr. Wish I could go back to bed.
At least if the trailer is anything to go by as it has finally hit the net. Not only is the martial arts action mediocre looking at best, but not one of the characters from the video game is recognizable with the possible exceptions of Vega (because he has a mask on and claws) and Chun-Li (because she’s played by a woman). Who the fuck the rest of those people are supposed to be is beyond me. Check it:
On the off chance that IGN’s embed code has somehow managed to not embed the trailer like it’s supposed to you can also see it here If you really want to, but all you really need to know is that the truly awful 1994 Street Fighter: The Movie staring Jean-Claude Van Damme as Col. Guile and Raul Julia—in the last role he would play before his death—as M. Bison looked more like the video game than this movie does. The guy they’ve got playing M. Bison this time around, Neal McDonough, doesn’t even come close to looking like the character and Chun-Li, played by Kristin Kreuk, must have been reading Thin Thighs in 30 Days because her greatest asset, if you’ll pardon the pun, is missing from her body in this version.
Not that I’ve ever understood why the movie studies keep trying to turn fighting games into movies. Mortal Kombat had at least some background story to it that you could work into a film, but Street Fighter has never had much of a story in any of the iterations of the game. It was people beating the shit out of each other in random locations for no apparent reason. You’d think that whoever decided to make a movie focused on one of the more popular characters would at least try to pick an actress who has the same physique as the character in the game so that horny gamer dudes would have some rationalization for going to see the movie. Angelina Joelie as Laura Croft was an inspired choice as she at least looked the part. Kristin Kreuk, not so much.
I admit that I’ve never been a fan of the Dragonball Z anime series. I thought it was stupid and overblown and mind numbingly dull. The fact that it’s been hugely popular with anime fans both in Japan and here in the States for years just shows that my fellow Otaku can have some seriously questionable taste in shows. But then the same could be said of me. Still, I think it sucks so when I heard that an American studio was going to pump out a live action movie based on the series I was less than enthused about it.
Now, having seen the following trailer, I think that lack of enthusiasm is justified. This was so bad I just had to share it with you to ease my pain:
I actually feel kind of bad for fans of the anime series as I’m sure even they are going to be disappointed by this production. Bad enough it’s Dragonball, but it was produced by Americans who probably did it for the easy money it’s likely to generate which means it’ll suck hard like a black hole trapping anything that might have been decent about the original anime into a swirling vortex of suckitude never to escape.
Found over at /Flim where they also think it looks stupid.