Thursday, December 23, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
They mostly represent periods in my life...Encyclopedia Brown, Optimus Prime, and MacGuyver were all from the '80's, being the decade of my childhood. So was Bert and Ernie and the Hardy Boys. Most of the people on this list are detectives or in some kind of mystery-type deal. I still continue to be a huge fan of Star Wars and the X-Men. I thought Ms. Havisham from Great Expectations was interesting in high school, and I've read Robert B. Parker's Spenser series since I was a kid. The stuff from today include Lost and the Dresden Files book series.
Be sure to check out the Robot Chicken Star Wars Episode III special tomorrow night!!
Merry Christmas and I hope I put the ho-ho-ho back in your holiday!!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
1. Encyclopedia Brown
2. James "Sawyer" Ford (Lost)
3. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
4. Sherlock Holmes
5. Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
6. Miss Havisham (Great Expectations)
7. Spenser (Spenser for Hire book series)
8. Snake-Eyes (GI Joe Comics)
9. Richard Castle (from Castle TV show and books)
10. Harry Dresden (The Dresden Files book series)
11. Hardy Boys
12. Bert and Ernie (Sesame Street)
13. Wolverine (X-Men comics)
14. Optimus Prime (Transformers cartoon)
15. Angus MacGuyver
If you want to participate, feel free!!! Send me your link! Oh, and using bad-assery in a sentence is allowed!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Anyhoo, I saw Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Faster the other night, and the Rock is trying to get back into the action movie game! It's about revenge, forgiveness, family, deception, the past, personal hells, and of course, a big dude in a muscle car with a freakin' hand cannon for a gun...
The flick centers on three main characters: Driver (Johnson), a guy who just got out of prison after serving 10 years. Before that, he was almost killed by a gang of criminals who wanted to rip off his brother and he after pulling a bank robbery. The Rock plays a guy so bad-ass, other bad-asses won't mess with him. He doesn't have too many lines. Cop (played by a particulary scum-baggy Billy Bob Thornton) who chases after him. Cop--not called by name until the end of the movie--is addicted to heroin, smokes too much, not liked by anyone, divorced with a kid, and 10 days away from retirement. Maybe it's the inner detective in me, but I had an idea about the relationship between these two about halfway through. But it was still cool to see. And Killer. Killer's a former software millionnaire who becomes a hitman while apparently bored with his existence--he's conquered everything else including yoga. We later learn that he charges only a dollar for these contract killings. His girlfriend is played by former Lost star Maggie Grace--and she's never looked better on screen (actuall there's two Lost stars--including Mr. Eko). It also helps she doesn't wear very much throught the movie. But I digress.
Lots of action, shooting and bad-assery is involved in the viewing of this flick. Like I said, I sort of figured out the connections between two of the main characters about half way through, but I wanted to see if I was right. The main back story is told through video, photos, flashbacks, but you eventually get the whole picture--I like the way that was done. The poster's tag line (up above) is "slow justice is no justice," which is really cheesey and cheapens the cool image. The tattoos on his arm represents a running tally of dudes he's taken out in prison (in self defense, of course). When somebody in the know sees these tats, they run the other way. It won't win any academy awards, but as usual, The Rock's charisma carried the flick.
Now, as for the previews, it was the usual stuff except for not one, but two Nicolas Cage movies. And they both look awful. In one, he escaped from hell and going after some dude who took his daughter. Bad lines, bad acting. Not even the hot girl in the poster can save this piece of crap. I don't think he's made a good movie since Con Air or The Rock. The other movie is some medieval thing where he's saving people from hell (I think). Oh, and there's something about a witch.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
So I wanted to tell everybody some unusual musical choices I've made in the last 3 days.
Linkin Park/Jay-Z's "99 Problems" remix. I woke up this morning and wanted to find it online.
2 choices from "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog." Can't go wrong with Joss Whedon.
Ugly Kid Joe's "Everything About You." Went out to a bar with some friends the other night and somebody karaoke'd this. Haven't got it out of my head since. Old school high school days...
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
So, I went to see the new Harry Potter with some friends from work. Actually, we went to see the midnight showing of Harry Potter on opening night. We had to show up about an hour and half early just to get seats.
There were a lot of teens. With stupid conversations. One started off with the term "naked dreidel." The staff of the movie theater even managed to get these kids to spend vast amounts of money on crappy popcorn just to get "free posters." My friends and I, who are quite a bit older than them, just kinda sat there and talked about Buffy and Dr. Horrible and how a mutual friend of ours (with us in the theater) met Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku, etc at various Comic-Cons. Jealous.
The movie itself was pretty good, considering it was part one of two of the last movie/book. It was just like the book (which I bought at the midnight release party at a book store, but that was because I work there). A bunch of girls sitting behind us were the best criers ever. They started about 10 minutes before the character was going to die, and bawled straight through. I think I'm a heartless bastard because I felt nothing, but I did feel guilty about feeling nothing. This set off two of my companions, because like vomiting in Stand By Me, it was a chain reaction. So they cried. There were also a few scenes specifically for the Tiger Beat generation, what with Harry Potter stripping down a few times, and a magically naked evil vision.
One of the best sequences was the animation in the "Deathly Hallows" fairly tale. It was very cool, just great animation. I put it on the same artistic level as the fairy tale sequence in the second Hellboy. If you can find it on Youtube, please do and you won't be disappointed.
As far as previews go, there was one for the new Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds. The trailer was okay, I actually liked the fake one with Nathan Fillion better. There was another trailer for a new Harrison Ford/Daniel "Bond" Craig flick called...Cowboys and Aliens. Six shooters and spaceships. Yeah, I'm there.
DON'T see Funny People with Adam Sandler. Way too long and way too sucky. I've been watching Scott Pilgrim Vs The World a lot. It's just that good. Go see it now.
Hopefully soon I'll see The Rock (AKA Dwayne Johnson, but he'll always be The Rock in my book) in his new movie Faster. He was doing a lot of crappy Disney flicks and getting away from his action-hero roots. After all, Conan/Terminator himself passed that baton! Happy Thanksgiving!! I will be O.D.ing on trytophan and watching the only football I usually watch all year!!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
And, "According to "DEMOLITION MAN", the last MDK (Murder Death Kill) happened this past Saturday; September 25, 2010." Demolition Man just happens to be one of my favorite bad movies of the '90's. I think I am one of a handful of people who own it on DVD. $5.00 from Sam's Club back in the day...
And Friday, August 29, 1997 was the original "Judgement Day" in the Terminator timeline. I was in Washington, DC at the time, but I don't remember any explosions. So that's nice.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
UPDATE: Now that I'm awake, RK didn't know what Cloverfield is!! It's a Blair Witch-type movie, where the whole thing is filmed first-person POV with a standard video camera--although I'm sure they used a regular movie camera. Great flick, really original. A monster--unseen until the final bits of the flick--attacks New York City, Godzilla Style! Ridiculously good-looking friends go through the city to rescue another ridiculously good-looking friend from her smashed apartment. I went to see this with a bunch of friends from work, and one of them had to leave! The shaking and running images made her motion sickness jump into high gear. I heard later they had to put warnings in the theaters to let people know about this.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Get the wordplay there? So our castaways are still stuck in Dharma Times, back in 1977. Sawyer's group, including Miles, have been members of the Dharma Initiative for about threeyears. Hurley, newly arrived, decides to write George Lucas' Star Wars masterpiece, The Empire Strikes Back. The episode in general is about Miles' life and his ability to "kinda talk" to the dead.
This episode immediately made me think of a TaunTaun toy on the beach.
What If Episode from Season 7, Henry Gale
When our castaways first meet the nefarious Ben Linus, leader of the Others, he is claiming to be one Henry Gale from Minnesota. His backstory is that he crashed on the Island while on a balloon ride. There was even a destroyed balloon on the Island, right where he said it was. The actual balloon ride was sponsored by our favorite fast food restaurant, Mr. Cluck's (hence the logo). Unfortunately, the real Henry Gale is not from the Wizard Of Oz, he's a dead and buried black man on the Island. Ben, being the bastard he is, proceeds to sow mistrust and everything bad that goes along with it. Somehow he survives torture, gunshot wounds, being made to dig your own grave and a massive amount of beatings throughout the series.
This pic is once again from Fro Design's Season 7 prints.
Epilogue: The New Man In Charge
So I purchased the brand-spankin' new Season 6 set yesterday at Best Buy. I went home, and while feasting on Grade D Delicious tacos from The Bell, watched the much-anticipated 20 minute Epilogue, The New Man in Charge. And it was awesome. On the series finale, Ben and Hurley are on the Island with Desmond while everybody else escapes death and/or abandonment. Hurley became the new Jacob as the Protector of the Island, and Ben became his number 2, an advisor. The epilogue opens up on a Dharma warehouse in Guam, where these two poor saps have been putting Dharma-products on a pallett to be air-dropped on the island. Ben comes to relieve them on their duties (since both Ben and Hurley are able to come and go from the Island, one assumes that Desmond has as well, rejoining his wife and kid). Ben shows them the Dharma Orientation video for the Hydra, explaining polar bears, Room 23, aliases, birth troubles, and a host of others. The Epilogue then takes us to Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute, where Hurley and Libby once stayed as patients. But who's there now? WAAAAALLLLTTT!!! Yes, Michael's son Walt. He was told he was special, the Others kidnapped him and let him go, and he left the Island, seemingly forgotten by all. But here is at a Mental Hospital, when Hurley and Ben told him he has work to do on the Island, to help his Dad. His Dad, by the way, is dead, but Hurley can see him, restless on the Island. This show probably could have done several more seasons with this as the premise, but it was not meant to be. It ended on a great note, by the way.
Episode 5.13: Some Like It Hoth
What If Episode from Season 7: Henry Gale
Epilogue: The New Man In Charge
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The number 108 is the combination of every one of the special numbers throughout the show: 4 + 8 + 15 + 16 + 23 + 42 = 108. The numbers and names on the lighthouse dial represents the different candidates that may take Jacob's place as the protector of the Island. Some of the names, like Shepard and Jarrah we know, but others like Thompson and Wallace we don't. Also, if the Swan Station's computer counted down to 108 and the numbers weren't entered, then you have a catastrophic event take place. Also, the episode "Lighthouse" was episode 108 of the series. Wallace may have been important since Jacob was originally going to have Hurley turn the lighthouse towards his numbers. But the dude's crossed out! He's no longer a candidate, but ghost Jacob did state that that didn't really matter if you wanted the job.
For some reason, people have been really excited about this mysterious "Wallace." He really latched on for just being a scratched-out name on a dial. Well, in my fake Season 7, Wallace gets his own damn episode!
Lost Season 7 Episode 8: Wallace
Friday, August 13, 2010
At first I wanted the whole soundtrack, but it seemed a little too indy-rock pretentious for me. I'll probably just get the individual songs that I liked. Most soundtracks sound better in the movie than the actual CD itself. Take Pump up the Volume. Great movie, the music was awesome, old Beastie Boys, old punk tunes. The soundtrack: sucked. It was all remaked versions of these great songs and they didn't even have permission to put the originals on the soundtrack.
But I digress. Scott Pilgrim was great!! Just like the graphic novels, down to the printed sound effects. Bassist and slacker Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend Ramona's Seven Evil Exes (as it is brought up multiple times in the movie). It played like a video game, with coins, power-ups, etc. A lot of laugh-out-loud parts. Made me want to pick up a bass (guitar, not fish). First time I ever saw a Michael Cera movie in the theater--he usually plays the same character over and over again, but this time it works for him because he is Scott Pilgrim. Fun movie, a plot not to be taken seriously. I also like the posters a lot: Oh, hey here they are.
I'm gonna give you two versions of this great song only because I love to hear Allison Pill yell "We are Sex Bob-omb!" multiple times.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
So RK gave me another meme assignment and I am hopeless to resist.
1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing that you thought? I need to shave.
2. Do you miss anyone right now? Yes.
3. If you could move anywhere else, would you? Maybe, depended on the circumstances.
4. If you could choose, what would your last meal be? Chicken Parmesan.
5. What famous person, dead or alive, would you want to have lunch with? Abraham Lincoln or Joss Whedon.
6. What was the last book you read? Reading The Stand right now but I finished a Star Wars Old Republic book. Meh.
7. What was the last movie you watched? Predator.
8. What was the last song you heard? Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch.
9. What’s your dream vacation? All around the US, visiting weird museums, tourist attractions and places I've always wanted to visit.
10. What is the next trip you’ll take? Probably to work, hopefully not to jury duty.
11. Did you ever go to camp? Yes.A-Y-A-P-O!!
12. Have you ever been in love? Yes.
13. What do you want to know about the future? No.
14. Where is your best friend? In New Hampshire I believe.
15. How is your best friend? Good.
16. Who is the biggest gossiper you know? I heard she was sleeping around with Ted from accounting...
17. What does your last text message say? U R Great! Thanks
18. What are 3 things you’ve always wanted to do, that you still plan to accomplish? Write some kind of history book, get a job in a place I love and be satisfied with life.
19. What is one thing you’ve learned from your parents? To be a good person.
20. What is one thing you hope to teach your own children? To be a good person.