The Matrix: A Sci Fi Revolution

After learning a little bit of American history yesterday, today we’re gonna talk about yet another Sci Fi movie that forever changed the way movies are made: The Matrix! Free your mind.

This movie came out in 1999, when we were all a little worried about Y2K… remember that? The fear that all computers would crap out on us at the turn of the century? Silly times… But anyway, this movie was unlike anything we’d ever seen on screen. Not only was the story revolutionary, but the methods used for filming it were replicated in pretty much every action film that followed. To this day, that bullet dodging sequence, and that 360 spin around a character are used in everything from action films, to comedies… We all know what it is, and it’s become an overused and predictable device to depict a suspenseful moment. Back in 1999 though, it had never-ever been done, and it left us all open-mouthed and drooling at the theater.

The story is complicated but eerily plausible. We follow Neo, a reclusive computer hacker as he comes to realize that the world as he knows it — is an illusion, and robots have taken over the planet and now use humans as their fuel… Whaaat?! Kinda hits home, doesn’t it… ‘cuz aren’t we all just a little worried about robots acquiring consciousness and taking over the world? It’s as ubiquitous as the fear of a zombie apocalypse, but we can talk about that another day.

So anyway, the robots have created this imaginary world, known as The Matrix, and have connected all the human brains to it, kind of like a neverending dream. As the humans dream, they are comatose in individual vessels of pink goo, where they are fed intravenously through tubes connected to their body. Creepy as hell.

The movie moves well, it keeps you engaged and wowing away for its duration. And even 14 years later, the special effects stand up to any movie made today. It’s truly a masterpiece, and if you haven’t seen it yet: first of all, What the hell is wrong with you? and second of all… go NOW.

Also, the sequels kinda aren’t as good as the first… but I would advise to watch them anyway. Follow it through to the end, my friend… even if it has one of the most frustrating, hair-pulling endings of any franchise in history, you should still see it… or maybe not… I don’t know, you choose. I can’t tell you what to do.

The weapons used in this movie are EPIC. From all the kung fu awesomeness, to the crazy guns I can’t describe ‘cuz I know nothing about assault weapons. However, Heavenly Swords can help you out with various blades I think would’ve fit right in with rest in this film. Especially in the second one, there’s some pretty badass katanas going on… so I’ve picked out some weapons I think Neo and Trinity would’ve loved. They would definitely come in handy when fighting Agent Smith.

Emperor Kang-Si Sword

This majestic sword is 31” overall, with a 440 stainless steel blade measuring 20”. Thick and substantial, it makes a daring display, and Neo would love it!

Reaper Curved Battle Blade

Measuring 19″ overall, this sword has a stainless steel, double-edged blade with a silver finish. Impressive and beautiful! It comes with a sheath.

Bangkok Battle Set

Oh my! Any warrior carrying these weapons on his back will look amazing. These twin blades come super sharp, and the nylon sheath helps you carry them on your back, for a unique and effective way to carry your weapons.

Extreme Curve Custom Handmade Katana w/ Red Pendant

This guy is handmade and amazing. It comes with a super sharp 1045 high carbon steel blade. It has a dramatic curve, and is completely functional and battle ready.

 

 

Batman: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of a Beloved Superhero

This past weekend there was a back to back marathon of all the Batman movies on ABC Family. I watched them all, in chronological order, cringing and cheering depending on the moment. Is it just me, or did the films get progressively terrible as the franchise continued? It seems that the entire series plummeted downhill after the second one, Batman Returns. Batman and Robin? Come on, people… You can’t have thought that was a good movie. And Uma! I love you, girl.. but what were you thinking?? Not to mention Mr. Freeze and his plastic ice lair…

All of that, put together with a seemingly drunken Batman (George Clooney, I abhor thee), a cartoony Robin and a phoned-in performance by Alicia Silverstone (Batgirl) made for one of the worst experiences I’ve had watching a movie. How is it possible that a stellar cast could collectively do a horrible job?

Now, you know me, I love me some camp. But there’s a distinct difference between the hilariously bad, and the badly bad. The kind of bad that is so bad because the cast and crew just apparently gave up. It’s like they were coasting on the success of the previous films. They didn’t even try.

Now, enter the saving grace of a beloved superhero, 2005’s Batman Begins. This is a much more realistic, much darker interpretation, and thank God for that. Christian Bale takes us on a journey that made billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne into a crime fighting, raspy-voiced lord of the night. I adore this movie. Cillian Murphy as the scarecrow… holy sh&*! Terrifyingly awesome. Liam Neeson? Yes. That guy hasn’t seen a bad acting day in his life. Sidenote: his portrayal of a pervy ghost in High Spirits (1988) is inspired. Such a funny movie, and Steve Guttenberg is in it. Now that is some good camp!

Now that we’ve acknowledged that the Batman franchise has had its ups and downs, we can get back to the amazingness that is the new incarnation. Since Batman Begins, there have been two new films, each incredible in both storyline and execution. The Dark Knight (2008) and the latest in the bunch The Dark Knight Rises (2012) were both great movies in their own right, but that’s a chat for another day…

Right now, I want to show you some of the awesome Batman gear Heavenly Swords has in stock for you. Let’s put away the bad, and focus on the greatness that is Batman today. Here are a few items to get your blood lust going:

Batman Dark Knight Mask

This is a perfect replica of the mask worn by Christian Bale. It has an adjustable Velcro strap so it can be worn on any size head. Made from resin, it is very durable. When you aren’t fighting crime, you can hang it on your wall with the included wall hanger. Just don’t do that if you’re trying to keep your identity hidden…

Dark Knight Rises Bokken

Now you can combine your love for Batman with your love for swords. This is a bokken, which is in itself a great weapon. It’s basically a wooden practice sword. This one would be perfect for cosplay, or just to practice your katana moves without lethally injuring anyone.

Batman Battle Axe Batax

Now this weapon is no joke. It has super sharp stainless steel blades, and is overall about 10” long. It’s the perfect throwing axe, but be careful!

These are just a few of the many Batman products we carry. We have arm guards, throwing stars, and double bladed folding knives, so check us out!!

 

 

Crazy About Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings is a film series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels. The first in the series was released in 2001, and of course, it took the world by storm. Never before had an audience been transported so successfully into a vast world of fantasy. A world of elves and hobbits, where the culture of each character was so intricate and full-fledged, it was difficult to believe they weren’t real.

It’s this exacting attention to detail that made both the books and the movies so popular. It’s almost as if Tolkien was simply relating his former travels to us, describing, rather than creating these people. I fell deeply in love with all the characters, and was moved by both the good guys and the bad guys. Those Orcs were scary and really gross, it was hard to even look at them! Which is the mark of a well-made villain, if you ask me. While the good guys were pristine, innocent, full of kindness and generosity.

It’s easy to like a story that so clearly defines the boundaries between good and evil. It leaves you feeling like there’s justice in the world, like the good guys will always win, even if it seems impossible. It’s a comforting idea, albeit kind of unrealistic. I can see how audiences flock to it even today, decades after the book was first released.

The world Tolkien created seems so real, it’s hard to resist trying to recreate it at home. Well, now you don’t have to. Bring the fantasy to life with tons of LOTR gear! Heavenly Swords has your back, my friend!

Sword of the Witch King Lord of the Ring


Now this is impressive. This sword is an exact movie replica of the sword carried by the Witch-King, the leader of the nine Ringwraiths who were the chief servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron. It comes with its own certificate of authenticity and silk screened display plaque. It is a massive 54” long, and will leave anyone who visits your house feeling super jealous.

LOTR Orc Blade Fantasy Sword


Now you can own the weapon wielded by some of Middle Earth’s creepiest creatures. They are described as man-shaped, roughly man-sized, ugly and filthy, and are only able to destroy, not to create. Orcs are cannibalistic creatures that seem to feel no pain in battle. Not to mention they are some of the most memorable evil characters in all of literature. This sword is made of stainless steel with a wooden handle and display stand. It measures roughly 36”.

Glowing Sting Sword


Possibly the most impressive movie replica ever, this sword actually glows! It is fully licensed and authorized by New Line Cinema. It is cast from the same molds used for the original film’s prop. The handle’s sliding switch selects three different modes: “OFF,” “ON,” and “ORC.” The “ON” position will make Glowing Sting simulate the sounds of war when struck against other objects. “ORC” mode activates an audible hum and the signature blue glow that announces the proximity of orcs.

 

 

Thoughtful Gifts for The One You Love

Sometimes we don’t want to wait until a birthday or holiday to show our appreciation of the people we love. I always considered the random thoughtful gift to be way more meaningful than the hastily bought, obligated gifts of say, Valentine’s Day. A box of chocolates? Wow. How original. Am I right?

So let’s start a gift revolution. Let’s give presents to the people we love just because we want to. Just write something like, “Happy Thursday” on the card. I promise you, the gift-getter will be so happy at the surprise, they won’t even care it’s not a special day. Any day can be special, if you share it with someone you love.

And what’s more, let’s step away from traditional gifts. I swear, if I get one more scented candle, I’m going to throw it across the room. I don’t care who gave it to me. So what can you get someone that is original, unexpected, and unbelievably cool? Heavenly Swords has got your back on that one. Here you can find amazingly clever gifts for anyone who’s ever seen a movie, or played a video game. Pretty much anyone who’s ever been a kid would love this stuff… and correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we all start out that way?

These are just a few suggestions. We’re adding new products every day, so make sure you browse it up!

Cobra Dagger w/ Stand

This guy is pretty and menacing at the same time. Not to mention he’d look awesome on a bookshelf. Any guy or girl who’s into cool looking weapons would love this.

Apocalyptic Zombie Decapitator Sword

Do you love zombie movies? Are you certain it’s only a matter of time before the shizz goes down? Then be ready to kill some undead with this affordable, yet fully functional razor sharp sword. The heavy duty nylon sheath with shoulder strap is included.

Caribbean Gray Pirates Flame Acrylic Sword Cane

Does someone in your life use a cane? Get them this kickass piece of equipment, so they can strut their way down the sidewalk. The dagger style blade is made of stainless steel and doesn’t come sharp, but this cane is still one bad mamma-jamma.

Snow White Sword

The movie was really good. The sword is really pretty! Any girl who’s a fan of Kristen Stewart will want to own the sword that helped her destroy the evil witch (brilliantly played by Charlize Theron), and win her kingdom back. Who says girls don’t like weapons?

Dragon Armor with Samurai Sword Letter Opener

How cute is this miniature! It’s the perfect item to personalize your loved one’s desk at work. The Samurai sword is a letter opener and it’s not sharp, so it’s safe to keep at work. The Japanese armor is a beautifully detailed replica of the kind of armor a Samurai warrior would wear on his way to battle.

We have so many great products, I can’t even wrap my head around listing them all. We have armor, ninja gear, pirate stuff, survival stuff, movie replicas, anime replicas, a crazy selection of katanas and other japanese awesomeness, and we’re adding more stuff every day!

 

 

 

Goonies Never Say Die! Or: Why I Want To Be A Pirate

This past weekend I saw for the (probably) hundredth time one of my favorite movies ever, The Goonies. I’m pretty sure this film is the reason my life just never seems interesting enough. I’m also pretty sure it’s the reason I’m obsessed with pirates. Not the scary real-life Somali type, of course… But the always awesome, big hat, puffy shirt, eye patch, peg-leg, swords type.

This movie came out in 1985, and like Legend, I still own the original VHS tape. There’s something so nostalgic and wonderful about the terrible resolution and sound that I love so much. It wouldn’t be the same if I finally sprung for the DVD, though I’m sure it has some great special features. But I digress, in case you’ve never seen it, The Goonies is a comedy/adventure film written by Chris Columbus. He’s responsible for most of the ‘80s classics we all love and remember, like Gremlins, Adventures in Babysitting (Elizabeth Shue in the best role ever!), and Home Alone. Not to mention he directed the first two Harry Potter films. This guy is legendary. Steven Spielberg was the executive producer. Need I say more? Together with director Richard Donner, they created a timeless adventure classic that seamlessly combines the terror of being a pre-teen, with the courageous spirit of unlikely heroes.

The movie is about a group of 12 year-old friends who live in the Goon Docks of Astoria, Oregon. They call themselves “The Goonies”. They’re all about to lose their houses to a jerky developer who wants to turn their neighborhood into a golf course. Desperate to save their families, the four quirky characters end up embarking on a life-changing journey to find One-Eyed Willie’s treasure. Sounds good? Well, there’s more. The treasure map leads them to an abandoned Inn, where unbeknownst to them, a family of criminals called The Fratellis is hiding out. These kids just can’t catch a break!

The rest is just perfection. This film is funny, thrilling, heart-warming, and endlessly quotable. With a cast of characters you won’t soon forget, you’ll be doing the truffle-shuffle in no time, and shouting, “Fifty Dollar Bill!” at the top of your lungs.

To satisfy any Goonie’s lust for adventure, Heavenly Swords has all the pirate awesomeness you could ever want. You can make One-Eyed Willie proud with their huge selection of pirate gear. Here’s just a few to get you started:

Genuine Pirate Sword

With a golden doubloon detail in the scabbard, this sword is over 32” long and has a stainless steel blade. The brass accents make it a beautiful show piece, or the perfect addition to your pirate ensemble. This is just one in their extensive selection, so go take a look!

Pirate Gold Skull Coin Pendant


This pendant comes in a set of twelve. Give the guests at your pirate-themed party a party favor they’ll really appreciate. This is a super cool necklace both men and women can wear, it has a gold finish and an adjustable nylon chord. Your kids will love it too!

Pirate Skull Sword Holder

One-Eyed Willie, is that you? It could be… This wall mount will hold your cutlass in case you need it in a hurry, and scare the pants off anyone who walks into it at night.