How did Cowboys & Aliens go wrong?

It’s a shame seeing the reviews for Cowboys & Aliens. There are a few positive ones here and there, but overall it seems to be pretty panned. Good buddy (and birthday boy, tomorrow) Bryan told me to wait for a rental, and I just can’t see what went so wrong here.

I’m going to follow his advice and wait. But if you had approached me a year ago and said, “We’re going to have 007 and Han Solo as cowboys fighting against aliens. It’s from the director of Iron Man. Oh, and Sam Rockwell is basically going to be Doc Holiday.”

SOLD. I would buy a ticket from you then and there. Such a shame.

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  • I haven’t really gotten into Minecraft, but hearing Notch go over some of his tweaks in creating a new enemy mob was really interesting. He really provided a nice look at the whole process.
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