Thursday, December 23, 2010

2nd Post of the Day: Pictures!







Jingle Bells


Oh, Jingle Bells


Batman Smells


Robin laid an egg



Batmobile lost a wheel




And the Joker got away HEY!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Checkin' back in...

So, how did those fictional characters influence you? Excellent question, RK....

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

15 Fictional Characters

So I'm on the Facebook and a friend of mine (who, sadly, is no longer in my state) challenges me to post 15 fictional characters who influenced me the most in 15 minutes. Time to put my thinking cap on (which is very similar to my rally cap, which is also worn inside-out)!

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

Faster of Puppets


See, that was a Metallica reference for you...


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

Weird Music Choices

Hey all--

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...

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

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.

Whatever.

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

SUPER GROVER!!!

I love this print and will someday have it. When, I don't know. But oh yes it will be mine.


Besides, who doesn't love SuperGrover by Alex Ross (One of my favorite artists by the way)?




Friday, October 15, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Completely Random Post

Surfin' around the JimSmash blog, and discovered the following 2 items:



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.


Oh, and check out the Caf-Pow from NCIS:


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I'm tired and it's late and I really should go to bed...

But, I've been thinking about this movie: Ever seen Cloverfield?

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.

Cloverfield


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Look What I Got in the Mail!!!


What? It's a Hurley Reyes Bobblehead from Lost!!! Oh, you don't have one. I'm sorry about that, you having a bum no-Hurley Bobblehead type of life. Sucks to be you...

Monday, August 30, 2010

Aliens Vs Predator Vs Terminator

So for some reason, a movie idea for Aliens Vs Predator Vs Terminator popped into my head a few months back and I can't get it out of there. I may end up posting some stuff about it on the ol' blog here.

In order to get your mind on it too, I'm posting some of the cooler Aliens/Predators/Terminator posters I found on my new best friend, Flickr. And yes, I know there was a comic about this a few years back but it apparently sucked. As did the second Aliens Vs Predator movie. But at least the poster is cool.









Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More Lost Episodes


Episode 5.13: Some Like It Hoth

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

What If? Lost Season 7 Episode 8: Wallace



So I was inspired by this great but simple design over at Fro Design by Moses Lee about their fake Lost Season 7 and Wallace. So who is Wallace? Who the hell knows?


I'll let Lostpedia explain:

"Wallace is the surname of a person found on the dial in the lighthouse. He/she is listed as the number 108, but the name is crossed out. Jacob, through Hurley, gave Jack directions to turn the lighthouse compass bearing to 108, although Jacob in the end seemed to care little about the bearing itself and more about Jack learning of the lighthouse."

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

WE ARE SEX BOB-OMB!!! 1-2-3-4!!!

Just saw Scott Pilgrim vs The World. Literally. Only got back a few hours ago, had some crappy Wendy's burger, and went on the ol' computer.

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

Word.


Thanks RK!


I'll be seeing Scott Pilgrim Vs The World soon. That and the Expendables. Oh, and this guy's eyes glow because he's a vegan. Probably the most exciting vegan ever.





Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A New Meme

RANDOM IMAGE, YET "BIG TROUBLE" AWESOME



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.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Movie Posters I

So, as you may have guessed: I love movies. And Movie Posters appeal to the geek designer in me. So, here, off the top of my head, are some of my favorite movie posters. I have no doubt I'll remember about 12 movie posters as soon as I post this, so I'll add more later!