Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I'll comment on my viewing of Conan in the theater and a few at-home viewings of some other crap-tastic movies!!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm probably seeing Conan tomorrow after work....

...And it better be bad-ass. I feel 60% manlier just thinking about seeing it.

Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Doctor and Buffy

Three relatively large pictures found at random.

The cover of the third issue of Buffy Season 9. Apparently she meets up with some dude slayer who has a unique way of dealing with the vampire issue.

An old issue of Angel, by Mike Mignola. His artwork sometimes speaks to me.

I'm not the world's biggest Doctor Who fan, but this one made me laugh. You see, Rose and a clone of the Doctor ended up in an alternative universe where Rose's family is ridiculously wealthy. And, like any ending of a love story, they get together, much to the squeals of fangirls and boys.

Friday, August 12, 2011

100 Movie Meme Part II

49. The Back To The Future Trilogy: DeLorean, Biff, Doc, the 2015 Future (only a few years away and no flying cars!) train robbery and the alternate 1985.

48. Serenity--Joss Whedon directing a feature-length movie.

47. The opening credits of Nic Cage's Gone in 60 Seconds.

46. "The Ex-Presidents are Surfers!"--Point Break. This also made me hungry for meatball sandwiches and quoting Keanu Reaves.

45. My extreme guilty pleasure: Fast and Furious movies. I can even quote them.

44. Captain Jack Sparrow.

43. I think Bambi was the first movie I ever saw in theaters.

42. JJ Abrams' Star Trek remake. I waited until the last possible moment to see that flick in theaters.

41. Watching Snakes on A Plane with my friends and many other people in the theater, MST3K-syle.

40. Perfect comic book movie without the comic book: Unbreakable.

39. Al Leong--the ultimate Hollywood stuntman/actor. He's the Asian guy with long
hair and a goatee in pretty much every movie you can think of: Big Trouble in Little China, Die Hard, etc. You can make a game spotting him like we did.

38. Boot camp scenes in both Platoon and Stripes. The rest of those movies were just okay.

37. Chris Evan's Human Torch/Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.

36. Shannon Elizabeth naked in American Pie. The whole theatre got really quiet. On par with Phoebe Cates getting out of the pool in Fast Times.

35. The trailer to Van Helsing. Such promise. Too bad the movie itself sucked.

34. Watching Surviving the Game with Ice-T and Hard Target with Jean-Claude Van Damme the same night and realizing it's the same fucking movie.

33. Wyld Styllns.

32. Ultimate Nick Fury. Played now by Samuel L. Jackson. He was originally a character in the comics based on Jackson, now real.

31. The Rock in The Rundown.

30. Saw the original 1989 Batman trailer at a comic-book convention when I was a kid.

29. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. Best stoner flick I've seen in a while. NPH is brilliant and helped transform his career. I've never even had White Castle, but I wanted to after seeing this.

28. Ed Norton in American History X. He's terrifying as a Nazi skinhead, and just played the role so well.

27. The Matrix bullet-time. When it first came out, it was incredible. Now it's just cliche.

26. The implied mythology of the Vorpal Sword and the Jabberwocky in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

25. Watch Denzel's Manchurian Candidate and Mel Gibson's Conspiracy Theory the same night and try not to be paranoid.

24. The unrealness and pure comic-book feel of Sin City and 300, even though I don't like Frank Miller.

23. Ryan Reynolds as Hannibal King in Blade 3.

22. Bruce Lee.

21. Cloverfield. I just feel it's a unique filmmaking experience.

20. "Yippe Kay Yay Motherfucker!"--Die Hard.

19. Rocky IV with Ivan Drago is the perfect Cold War movie.

18. Daniel Craig as a new James Bond without all the crappy gadgets. The parkour scene with the cranes is incredible!

17. Toy Story looked so real.

16. Goth sensibilities in The Crow. Brandon Lee's finest movie, he could have been
so much more. The music was great.

15. I remember watching all the Nightmare on Elm Streets during the summer on TV with my friends before going to the beach.

14. Another Fast and Furious reference: Suki from 2 Fast 2 Furious. She took over the beginning of that movie.

13. Armageddon. Every emotional available.

12. Speaking of Michael Bay-- Peter Cullen's voice as Optimus Prime in The Transformers movie. Brings me back to childhood. "Autobots--transform and roll out!"

11. The over-the-top violence of the first Kill Bill.

10. "Bohemian Rhapsody" in Wayne's World.

9. Thor and SHIELD agents fighting next to his hammer.

8. ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters. Vigo the Carpathian from II.

7. "Now you know what we are, now you know what you are. You'll never grow old, Michael, and you'll never die. But you must feed!"--Lost Boys.

6. "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."--Princess Bride.

5. The Outsiders. Greasers vs. Socs.

4. Two great Civil War movies: Glory and Gettysburg. I saw Gettysburg with my history class because my professor is a renactor that was in the film. Glory 'cuz it's perfect.

3. Tombstone's gunfight at the OK Corral. And Val Kilmer's entire performance as Doc Holiday.

2. Empire Strikes Back: greatest movie ever.

1. Getting out of my crappy cubicle job, getting on a bus to Maine, meeting up with my buddy and his geeky friends (in a good way) and seeing Star Wars Phantom Menace. Jar-Jar aside, one of the most fun parts of that was the Post-Mortem discussion afterwards in Chile's.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

100 Movie Meme

100 Movie Things (not really in order except the last few). I got the idea from Here are the first 50, which pretty much wore me out.

100. The 2 Magnetos: Ian McKellan in the first 3 X-Men movies and then Michael Fassbender in the new First Class. Both were brilliant actors, played the roles to perfection--old Magneto and young Eric.

99. Saw Animal House my first night of College. Every single guy on the floor came into our room (a converted break room/quad) and watched the ultimate party movie.

98. I love the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

97. Jurassic Park was the first movie I saw when I graduated high school. I think I read the book for an assignment in biology class.

96. Never saw the movie, not a big fan of Judd Atapow or Seth Rogen, but I love saying this: I am McLovin.

95. Becoming inspired by Bill Pullman's speech from Independence Day. Made you want to kill some aliens.

94. Braveheart on a constant loop in my old apartment. Everytime I'd come home, my roommates would be watching it. And we could do every line, complete with Scottish accents.

93. Wanted to become a Colonial Marine after seeing Aliens.

92. Seeing Wolverine for the first time on screen in the original X-Men. My best friend growing up and I were huge X-Men fans, read the comics, and thought about who would best play Wolverine.

91. Wishing we snuck in and saw Robocop 2 instead of Dick Tracy.

90. The opening credits of Watchmen and The Incredible Hulk movies.

89. Terminator 2.

88. Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight. Knowing he passed away made it seem more real.

87. My friend constantly saying something about Royales with Cheese or having a sip of my soda weeks before we saw Pulp Fiction--he had seen it before we did.

86. And I know I'm stealing this from Samurai Frog's blog, but: "Lo there do I see my father. Lo there do I see my mother and my sisters and my brothers. Lo there do I see the line of my people, back to the beginning. Lo, they do call to me, they bid me take my place among them, in the Halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever." -- The 13th Warrior.

85. Everytime I see an actor from Lost in a movie, I refer to them as their character from Lost.

84. Wanting to open doors or choke my mom with the Force after seeing Return of The Jedi with her and my cousin.

83. Billy the Kid from Young Guns 1 and 2.

82. The sheer presence of Mr.T from Rocky 3.

81. Yelling in victory with my friends when the guy in Misery told Kathy Bates she was a "sick demented fuck!"

80. The soundtrack from Judgement Night being more popular with me and my friends than the actual movie itself.

79. Speaking of soundtracks, being utterly disappointed at Pump Up the Volume for not including the great songs actually in the movie--they either weren't on there or were cover songs.

78. Watching Starship Troopers with my parents and being utterly embarassed at the shower scene. My dad made me turn it off. God, that movie sucked.

77. Watching Titanic with my friend Stacey, and having her cry before it began because she "already knows how it ends," she saw it like 5 times before dragging me along.

76. Con Air, Air Force One and US Marshalls will always have a place in my heart because I saw them during my time in Washington, DC.

75. My perfect imitation of Sean Connery in The Rock ("Your best? Losers always whine about their best...").

74. Renting The Fog, The Bog and something else that rhymes with that at a NH Blockbuster with my friends and watching the employee having "that" look on his face. I still have that NH Blockbuster card, 10+ years later.

73. Watching The Jackal my first night meeting RK and laughing at the non-DC Metro stations the movie made.

72. The utter shittiness of Highlander sequels after the classic first one and a great first few seasons of the TV show.

71. I cannot fucking wait for Joss Whedon's Avengers.

70. Watching Apocalypse Now in English class and needing my Mom to sign a permission slip.

69. watching Chicago to impress a girl.

68. Watching The Blair Witch Project, actually having scared the shit out of me, and it was in a theater with woods surrounding it.

67. I remember as a kid, watching a movie with a dude with leather overalls in it. Evidently, it stayed with me.

66. Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man. After that type of background and ego, he was perfect.

65. Soundtracks to Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park having such a profound impact on me.

64. A dubbed Mexican in a USA Network censored presentation of Desperado saying "Holy Frijoles!"

63. I still count Uncle Buck as one of the funniest movies ever.

62. Midnight releases of all 3 Lord of the Rings movies with my cousin.

61. Two kids lighting up a joint during the third Matrix movie. In a theater. With ushers.

60. Brad Pitt in Snatch.

59. Being one of the only people I know who liked Daredevil, but not the only one who hated Elektra.

58. Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny soundtrack.

57. Empire Records being on constant play on HBO during one summer. "Damn the Man, Save the Empire!!"

56. Putting Revenge of the Sith up there with the original trilogy.

55. Kevin Smith movies. Seeing him live was a highlight.

54. "Son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!" --Superman II.

53. The Star Trek movie with the Borg Queen and Data.

52. Seeing my first Jackie Chan movie, Rumble in the Bronx and being amazed by the stuntwork.

51. The only movie that I can actively recall wanting to cry: the firefighter's funeral scene in Backdraft.

50. Shawshank Redemption. 'Nuff said.

More to come?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

League of Extraordinary 30 Rock

I'm not a big fan of either the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (except I love the idea of literary heroes and anti-heroes from the Victorian Age banding together; and the movie was great) or the TV show 30Rock, but I'm a huge Alex Ross fan. One day I want to buy one of his prints--not an actual painting, cuz that would cost a fortune...

Ultimates Cap

I should go see Captain America again....

Friday, August 5, 2011

The Star-Spangled Man and The Boy Who Lived

Due to the immense heat we were having in my part of the US, I went to see TWO movies in about a week, since they had the almighty AC. So, I saw Captain America and the new and last Harry Potter.

First off is Cap. I love the poster above, it looks like the old WWII War Bond posters, which it's supposed to. They also had this great USO music with Captain America, that as a friend put it, made him want to out and buy war bonds. First off is the actor Chris Evans. In Fantastic Four, he was brilliant as the Human Torch--sarcastic, cocky, everything Chris Evans is known for playing. But, he took the film anyway away from my future wife Jessica Alba. I never expected him to be so good as Captain America. The only thing that bothered me about his performance is the scenes with him being super-skinny Steve Rogers. His head was so enormous on a skinny tiny body, that it was distracting. But, the SFX guys seemed to have gotten better at it during certain scenes. Tommy Lee Jones played his usual tough-guy bad-ass General. Hugo Weaving is great as Red Skull, but I prefered him when he had the regular-skin mask on. Red Skull is all about Hugo Weaving's Agent Smith voice. Oh, and HER. Her part (and acting) in the movie wasn't all that spectacular or mind-blowing, but the pictures I've seen afterwards sure are. The whole movie is set in World War II, with a Great Escape about halfway through the flick. Cap is a soldier, after all. Who kills, not just throws a shield to knock them out. His shield is a great symbol, by the way. The parts where Steve is put in the USO doesn't make a lot of sense, given he is America's first Super-Soldier. Looking back now, though, it kinda does. It was either that or becoming a lab rat. But the second half makes up for it, but not nearly enough derring-do and explosions.

It sets up the new Avengers movie perfectly: Brodsky from the last Hulk movie takes the same formula as the Captain, but with more disastrous consequences, Howard Stark is Tony's father from the Iron Man movies, and it has Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson. The ending has a Joss Whedon Avengers trailer, however brief. Oh, and if you look carefully during the Stark Expo in the beginning of the flick, there is the original Human Torch (an android in the WWII-era comics) in the center of the pavillion.

Harry Potter was good too, with an end to the whole Voldemort/Harry Potter rivalry. Neville Longbottom was my hero in this flick, finally becoming a bad-ass with a sword after all the movies with him being a clumsy, awkward British kid with big ears. Draco Malfoy didn't turn out to be a big villain like everybody thought he'd be from his past behavior. He's just a bully with a big mouth. He did get an awkward hug from Voldemort though---Youtube that shit, it's hilarious! Lot's of magic and action, it's all from the book (which is usually better). Ron and Hermione (I actually never knew how to pronounce her name until the movie came out) finally get together. The final "19-years later" scene worked better in the book, but it was a fitting coda to a great franchise.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


From the 1st Season of Buffy....