Tuesday, December 30, 2003

I Rule!

After seeing alink to my own blog on his, I was determined to learn Html to get up a link to ADD's blog on my own, and it's here! So, look to your right, click on the link and revel in the joy that is ADD's Blog! Hopefully I can do some more, much need changes in the coming week, especially by providing more links. Thanks Alan, especially for the patience!
Some movies I watched

I've had a little time to catch up on some movie watching in the last few days, so here's a rundown of what I saw and what I thought about it:

Anything Else

A Woody Allen film where he isn't the star either sounds like a perfect idea or an extremely bad one. Fortunately Jason Biggs is there to provide the neurotic comments in lieu of Allen, and Christina Ricci makes for a fine companion to Biggs. The writing is as brilliant as anything Allen's done, as is the camera work. His bit part as a crazy comedy writer is one of the best performances he's ever given, and all in all it's a truly wonderful, albeit bittersweet, movie. And I'm not an Allen fan...

Love Liza

Phillip Seymour Hoffman stars in this extremely moving story. After his wife's suicide, his character resorts to huffing gas to escape his emotional pain, sending him on a journey of self discovery. An extremely powerful performance by Hoffman makes this a great film, and having Kathy Bates along for the ride definitely doesn't hurt. Anyone into quirky, emotional films should give this a look.

The Haunted Mansion

I wanted to like this movie, really. It's been so long since Eddie Murphy did anything worthwhile that I had extremely high hopes for this film. Sadly, it's the same as every other mediocre haunted house movie ever produced. The story is so shallow I knew exactly what was going to happen ten minute into the film. Luckily I didn't pay to see it, as I had a free ticket, and that's about the only way I'd recommend watching it.
Another small week

DVD Tuesday has become quite disappointing of late, but I have a feeling it will pick up next year!
So, here's what's headed your way this week:

American Wedding

The last in the American Pie trilogy of films, haven't seen it, but if you're a fan of the others, this one probably won't disappoint.

Andromeda: Season 3, Volume 3.2

I haven't been posting releases like these, but I'm doing so now to point out why. Usually they have no special features, only contain two or three episodes, and retail for over $20. In my opinion it's just another way to steal your money. But, every argument has two sides.

Dragon Ball GT: Baby - Calculations
Dragon Ball GT: Baby - Revelations

The same applies here, after the saga is over, it'll be released as a complete set, so why buy the singles?

The Order

A Heath Ledger vehicle about corruption in the church. It reunites almost the entire cast of A Knight's Tale, including the writer/director. May be a good film, but it may stink, so rent wisely.


Movie version of a 70's cop show, it can't possibly be worse than Charlie's Angels.

And that about does it, so shop smart people!

Wednesday, December 24, 2003


I forgot my regular DVD Tueday post this week, so here it is, on Christmas Eve!

Alex And Emma

A Rob Reiner film if I'm not mistaken, so it probably has a few laughs, though the plot is probably pretty thin.

Jeepers Creepers 2

A noble effort in the world of the B-Horror Movie, worth a look, especially if you liked the first.

Hmmm, no wonder I skipped it, that's it for the notable releases. Everyone enjoy your Christmas!

In Remebrance

This year saw the passing of some true legends in their field, and since this will likely be the last chance I get to make a lengthy post for the rest of the year, I'd like to close out my blog by remembering those we lost.

Maurice Gibb

One of the Bee Gee's, and a pioneer in the world of Disco Music. He was 53.

Richard Crenna

Probably best known for his role in the Rambo movies, the veteran actor died of pancriatic cancer at age 76.

Hank Ballard

The name may not sound familiar, but the man who created the dance craze, The Twist, in the early 60's, died of cancer at 76.

Little Eva

Singer of the '62 chart topper Loco-Motion died, she was in her early 60's.

Sir Paul Getty

A billionare philanthropist, and lover of the arts, he died from a a recurrent chest infection at age 70.

Rober Stack

Known best for playing Eliott Ness in the Untouchables, and hostin Unsolved Mysteries, Stack died from heart failure. He was 84.

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash

The Man in Black and his wife died within months of each other, proving that true love does indeed last a lifetime.

Gregory Peck

The Five time Oscar Nominee, and star of one of the best damn movies ever put on film (To Kill A Mockingbird) died at age 87.

Catherine Hepburn

A true legend in her field, she was nominated 12 times for an Academy Award, winning four for best actress. She was 96.

Barry White

The one true voice of love, White died from kidney failure at age 58.

Buddy Ebson

The star of The Beverly Hillbillies and Barnaby Jones died at age 95 from an undisclosed ill ness.

Bob Hope

Two months after becoming a decade old, the legendary comedian died of pneumonia. A legend of radio, television, cinema, and stage, always ready to make you laugh, when asked where he wanted to be buried, his only reply was "Surprise me."

Gregory Hines

A tap dancing legend, and star of both cinema and television, died from cancer at age 57.

Charles Bronson

Veteran B-Movie star, Bronson died from pnuemonia at age 81.

John Ritter

A star of both television and film, Ritter fell ill suddenly on the set of his newest sitcom, and died from heart complications. He was 54.

Robert Palmer

A music legend, Palmer died from a heart attack at age 54.

Donald O'Connor

The man who wowed everyone with his Make 'Em Laugh number in the classic film Singin' In the Rain, died at age 78 from heart failure. His last words: "I'd like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get."

Elia Kazan

A legend behind the camera, and two time Academy Award winner, Kazan died at age 94.

Bobby Hatfield

One half of the soul duo, the Righteous Brothers, Hatfield died at age 63, and was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Michael Kamen

Oscar and Emmy Award winning composer, Kamen may have been best known for collaborating with Pink Floyd on The Wall record. He died at age 55 of an apparent heart attack.

Warren Spahn

The greatest left-handed pitcher to ever play baseball died at age 82

Art Carney

Best known for his role on the Honeymooners, Carney was 85.

Rod Roddy

The voice of The Price is Right died at age 66.

Johnathan Brandis

The Seaquest DSV actor died tragically at the age of 27.

I apologize for anyone I overlooked, it wasn't intentional. My heart and prayers go out to the families and friends, and to anyone else who lost someone close to them this year. It's a pain I've known and don't wish on anyone.

I hope that everyone has a great holiday, and I'll leave you with Catherine Hepburns words about life, her's in particular.

"I could have accomplished three times what I've accomplished," she once said. "I haven't realised my full potential. It's disgusting. But," she said "Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy - and then death. Acting's just waiting for the custard pie. That's all."
YiR (Part 3 FINALLY!)

Honorable mentions:

For television, Smallville has been exciting since the season premier, and the reruns for the last few weeks have me on edge to see what happens next. Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming has become one of the highlights of my week. Top notch Anime, the reruns of some of the most comically brilliant shows to ever get cancelled, and excellent originals, there isn't a night that disappoints. That's about all I watch outside of Nick@Nite.

Video Games-Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga on the GBA didn't disappoint, neither did any of the GBA Castlevania series (though some have been around a few years.) GTA: Vice City made a huge splash, causing controversy and selling tons of units, on top of being one of the best games, EVER. Nintendo upset the gaming community with another solid entry into the greatest game series of all time, The Legend of Zeld: The Wind Waker, apparently cel shading is indeed the way of the future, whether some like it or not. DBZ: Budokai 2 was a solid fighter, which should please any fan of the show. Speaking of fighters, Soul Calibur II came in three different versions, one for each major console, with the GameCube's and XBox's outselling the PS2's.

Toys- The Marvel Legends line was completely solid, even if they've resorted to incredibly-hard-to-find chase figures to keep fanboys interested. Marvel Select tried to capitalize on DC Directs success by releasing highly detailed versions of their characters. Miniature figures hit huge with a slew of Mini Mates based on tons of licensed properties. The there was Kevin Smith's in joke for the toy crowd, his Clerks Inaction Figures, which are just plastic statues. McFarlane Toys had plenty of excellent lines this year, the Alien/Predator toys didn't disappoint, for Ahhhhnold fans there was the T3 line, also the Matrix Toys hit big, and were twice as enjoyable as the films, and for old school Spawn fans there was the Classic Covers series (Which kicks much ass.) Then there was the 80's revivals, TMNT, He-Man, and the Transformers of course, and two of the three were better than any of their previous lines. The Transformers, of course, don't touch the originals, which is why we now have original Generation One re-releases, which makes me happy!

That about wraps it up, at least as far as all the things I spent money on this year!

I edited yesterdays horrible post for all my mistakes. Remember kids, it never pays to take drugs, even legal ones. In fact, they cost a pretty penny. If it paid I'd have more Christmas money.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

A few things...

I'm fighting what may be a sinus infection (my own self-diagnosis!) and I'm slightly delirious from tons of medication, so this is likely to be a short post. Here's hoping I don't fall asleep on my keyboard.

First things first, thanks to Alan for the link to my blog on his own, which everyone should be reading. I swear as soon as I learn to speak html, I'll have a link to yours up on mine. Really, I promise.

Second thing, I'm working on Part 3 of the YiR, and hope to post it tomorrow, provided I actually wake up.

Third, yesterday Brett Favre, starting QB for the Green Bay Packers lost his father to a heart attack, and tonight he played what could be considered a career game. Granted it was against a team that has been lackluster this season, but it was exciting to watch. It's not often someone faces a personal tragedy and can publicly triumph in any type of situation. Brett's commitment to his team and his fans is admirable, if only all athletes were that commendable. My heart goes out to him and to his family.

There's no fourth, so I'll just say goodnight, and pray that there are no mistakes in the post.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

YiR (Part 2)


Best Ongoing Series

Y, The Last Man gets my vote. You would think the concept of the last living male on the planet would either become some sort of sexual fetish comic, or be incredibly stale after only a few issues, yet with almost 18 issues in the bag it's still the best floppy being published. Creators Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra (and most recently guest artist Paul Chadwick) are just amazing, and I honestly cannot get enough of this book. Vaughn somehow fuses politics, humour, science fiction, love, and death flawlessly, and you couldn't ask for more beautiful art. I'm sure (like Preacher) this will likely be a finite series, and I can't wait to see where it ends up.

Worst Ongoing Series

Has to be Uncanny X-Men. The few issues that I actually read were horrible, as is most stuff published by the big M.

Best Mini

Tough call here, but I'm going to go with Dark Days. Niles and Templesmith are the perfect fit for horror comics. Not since the days of EC has there been this much excitement surrounding the genre. If you're looking for a truly terrific terrifying tale (Hi Stan!) this is the only place to find it. Well, there is the first book, 30 Days of Night, which was just as good!

Worst Mini

The only mini-series I quit reading was Transformers: Generation One Vol. 2, so it gets the award. It was pretty horrible.

Best Trade

Blankets is the best BOOK (notice I said book not comic book) I've read in a very, very long time. Honestly, I've never felt like no book ever deserved the amount printed on the cover more than this book, hell, I'd have gladly paid double if I'd known it was that fantastic. If you haven't read this, you are truly at a loss.

Worst Trade

Well, I read the issues, but since the trade got released this year, I'm going to say Millar's Dark Knight strikes Again. This was one of the worst purchases I've ever made, period.

Best Single Issue

It's a tie!!!!!!!!!

Grant Morrison's New X-Men #146 , if for no other reason it left hundreds of fanboys going "What The F***!" Morrison spent two years setting his ducks in a row, then blew them up with a hand grenade.

Then there's Mark Waid's Fantastic Four #67. If Morrison's issue was a grenade, then this was a rocket launcher. Putting Doom back where he belongs, at the top of the food chain, Waid surprised the hell out of me with his ending.

Worst Single Issue

Whatever issues of Uncanny X-Men I decided to pick up. Ugh.

Best New Series

Supreme Power. J.M Straz and Gary Frank are perfect together, and it shows. I cannot wait until the final pieces are set and the group comes together. While nowhere near the Wathchmen, this might just be the next best thing.

Worst New Series

Silver Surfer. Picked it up for a friends art, said friend disappears, weird things happen, bottom line: it's predestined to fail.

Biggest Surprise

The consistency of the 80's revival. Kidding. I'm going to say Robocop, simply because it really did take me by surprise. It's gritty, violent, disturbing, and surprisingly (HA!) very reflective of today's society. Makes you wonder how good the movies could've turned out.

Biggest Let Down

Another Tie!

First there was 1602, where one of the best writers of the medium took all of the Marvel characters and set them in the 1600's. What should've been Neil Gaiman's exciting return to comics became the most diappointing event since Millars DK2, and in some opinions, surpassed even that.

Then there was the crossover event that was decades in the making, JLA/Avengers. Marvel and DC finally get their big names in a book together, and could've attracted some new readers too. Turns out it's yet another book aimed at people who'll only understand it if they've been reading the books for years. Way to go!

That's pretty much it for comics, except to say thet the TMNT book deserves honorable mention, as I've totally enjoyed it this year...all 6 issues!

Brief interruption

It seems someone has taken over Alan's blog and the result is ...uniquely funny. Check it out at: www.addblog.com

Thanks for the laugh Alan, we now return you to your regularly scheduled program.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Year in review (Part 1)

Jumping on the bandwagon with only a few days left in the year, I've decided to do a multi-part piece on some of the best and worst things (in my opinion) to come about in the last 365 days. So, to kick things off I'm going to chime in on the category I love best: Cinema!

Best Picture

As of right now I'm going with X-Men 2 (I'm such a fanboy), keeping in mind that I haven't seen Return of the King, which I'm sure will blow me away. Why? Well because I don't remember being that excited to see a movie since....well...ever. Hell, I'm still excited. If this were any other year I'd be screaming about how this or that is the most important film of the year, but frankly nothing hit me that way, so I'm going with the kid inside.

Runners up: Identity, Pirates of the Carribean, Finding Nemo, 25th Hour

Worst Picture

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, hands down. I can handle a movie with a bad plot. I can handle a movie with bad acting. I can handle a movie with bad special effects. I can even handle bad directing. However, when a film has all of those things (and much more) it just becomes unbearable. Were there movies worse than this? Perhaps, but I didn't see them taking up three screens at my local theatre.

Runners Up: Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, House of 1000 Corpses

Best Comedy

Elf wins this one, probably because it's the only movie that kept me laghing, and still makes me laugh thinking about it.

Runner Up: Love Actually, Bruce Almighty

Worst Comedy

The Cohen Brothers film, Intolerable Cruelty wins this one.

Runner Up: A Guy Thing

Best Animated

Finding Nemo. Period.

Runner Up: Animatrix (There were some great shorts in this release)

Worst Animated

Treasure Planet

Runner up: Animatrix (And some really bad ones as well)

Best Horror

28 Days Later takes the cake. The best horror movie to come along in decades.

Runner Up: The Ring, Wrong Turn (A been-there-done-that plot overcome by good direction.)

Worst Horror

They (Wes Craven's offering to the theatres) had an interesting plot, but drops the ball when it comes down to it.

Runner Up: Darkness Falls

Biggest Surprise

I'm going to say Underworld. Despite it not getting great reviews, I absolutely loved this film, except for one shot at the end, which was too cliched even for a vampire movie.

Runner Up: The Rundown (Despite a not so great plot, The Rock turns in a great performance proving that, yes, wrestlers can indeed act.)

Biggest Disappointment

It's a tie! The Matrix Reloaded, Intolerable Cruelty, and Kill Bill. The directors of these movies all put out extremely excellent pictures before this, and to my horror I didn't enjoy any of these films.

Runner Up: Insomnia

That's pretty much it for theatre releases. I know, I'm missing a few categories, but I promise, it'll be bigger next year.

Added bonus!

Best DVD (New Release)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Special Edition. The one with the creepy little Gollum statue. Fans couldn't ask for more, because it's all there! This package has everything you could want from a DVD.

Runners Up: The Lion King Limited Edition, Back to the Future Trilogy (They're both new to the format!)

Best DVD (Rerelease)

The Alien Quadrilogy. Fans get to have their cake and eat it too with this rerelease. Two versions of each film, and hours upon hours of bonus features will keep you busy well into next year.

Runners Up: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Casablanca

Authors notes: I should add these in as honorable mentions, mainly because the release dates on imdb.com say 2002, but I watched them this year, so I can't be certain when they were released in theatres:

Igby Goes Down
Moonlight Mile
The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys

Hands down the three best dramatic pictures I watched this past year.

Have any disagreements, want to voice your opinion, or just wnat to harrass me? email me at dedpool1979@aol.com!
Something Different

In a blog filled with movies and comics, most people wouldn't guess I'm a football fan. Well, I am. To be exact, I'm an Atlanta Falcon fan, and jeeeeeezus did we ever suck this season. Today was no exception. While I'm no stranger to the "wait 'til next year" philosophy, it's definitely getting tiresome.

Hey! Arthur Blank! Pull your head out of your rear end and get an offensive line in the off season! While your at it, pump up the defense, find a young, new to the NFL, defensive minded head coach. Then (are you still with me?) find Vick an offensive coordinator he's comfortable with, and WHAM! you've got a team!

So, here's to next year, may it at least be an 8-8 season.

On a side note, I hope Seattle makes it and kicks the living crap out of everyone else.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Words to the wise

Loooking for a way to waste money and gain weight? Here's a few words:

Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream

French Vanilla Cool Whip

Both available at Publix, and both extremely recommended by me.
Fiction is Fun

Yesterday was new comic book day for some, and here's a look at what I picked up.

New X-Men #150

The best issue in perhaps Morrisons most mediocre arc on the series is still better than the crap Claremont spits out any any day of the week. The issue has some memorable moments, most notably is Mag's (Screw you John Byrne!) head bouncing on the ground. A good read, and an even smarter one for those who buy the trades as this had a $3.50 price tag.

Hulk Gray #4

Also an expensive read ($3.50), but one that's quite excellent. Loeb and Sale seem to be able to print gold when they collaborate, and this is no different. Having the Hulk fight Iron Man was quite a shock to this rehash of the Hulk's early days. (Any old school fan will know that they're first recorded meeting came much later, when the Hulk was green, at the forming of the Avengers, and it's pointed out for those who don't.) Only one complaint though, I can read this book in about two minutes, and while the gorgeous artwork makes up for that, you'd think they could've lowered the price tag or upped the page count.

TMNT #13

At $2.99, this is the best sooper hero (Hi, Alan!) book on the stands, and well worth the price. However, it seems I missed the last issue and have to track it down so that I know what's going on, because I was lost at the beginning. Still a solid read despite the confusion though. One suggestion to Laird though, make TPBs available! You'd gain more readership that way.

Transformers/G.I. Joe #4

The worst read of the week, but still not a bad one. The art is what keeps the book afloat for me, as the plot seems a little tired and stretched out. Jae Lee was born to draw stuff like this, and it shows.

Unfortunately that's all I picked up, but I'll leave you with this:


It's truly the best way to start your day. Right now Alan's talking about some of the floppies he enjoyed this year, among which is the New X-Men series I mentioned above. He's also got some links to places that are musts for comic books fans, and are always a good way to kill some time.
Swinging into action

For those who don't already know, the trailer for Spider-Man 2 is now online. Check it out at apple.com, just look for their quicktime movie trailer section.

Here's a few of the gems you should view:

Shrek 2
Scooby-Doo 2
Club Dread
In America
The Butterfly Effect
The Singing Detective

All look promising in one way or another.
More sucky movies

Well, just one actually.

The League of Extarordinary Gentlemen

The only good thing about this movie is that it prove why big Hollywood names should not get attached to comic book films. Road to Perdition asisde, it seems that every time it happens the material gets completely butchered, and the movie tends to flop.

It should have been called the League of Extraordinary Suckage.

Yeah, that's juvenile, but so was this movie.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Movies that aren't so good

First up:

Charlies Angels: Full Throttle

Why did I watch it you ask? Because it was free! That's about the only way I'd recommend this, because it's not worth a penny. Stupid plots and bad acting plague the movie throughout, althought the special effects are decent enough. It's an hour and a half long music video, which means it requires almost no attention span to follow. In fact, I'd say the plot depends on it.

Agent Cody Banks

Now, for kids, you can't go wrong with this one, but as an adult (which is debatable) I found a few faults with it. The action is a little too extreme, and the plots a little thin, but acceptable. If you have young one's they'll be delighted, if not, you may want to avoid it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Call it a Sabbatical

Or not, it doesn't matter, I'm back, I hope.

And of course, It's Tuesday, so that would mean DVD's!!!!!!!!

So, this is what's coming your way this week.

Adventures of Captain Marvel

I've been told this is one of the best serials to ever see print, I'll have to find out. Worth a look if you're a fan of the genre.

Beautiful Mind / Emperor's Club Set

A damn good price for two damn good movies ($20). Definitely worth it if you don't have them.

Dawson's Creek: The Complete Second Season

Call it 90210 Reincarnated, this show follows the basic formula of teen angst and sex. The only difference is it's somewhat biographical storylines of its creator.

Dragnet: The Original Series

Just the facts, ma'am. Too bad I don't know any. I'm assuming it's a small collection of some of the episodes, and not the entire series. Worth a look for fans of the genre.

Escape From New York (2-discs)

This special edition set comes loaded with extras, and is about a million times better than it's sequel. Carpenter fans should buy it, as this was when the man was at his best.

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Another comic book-turned-movie that I surprisingly haven't seen. I'll check it out and write a review.

October Sky / Field Of Dreams Set

Another set well worth it's price tag.


Haven't seen it, but I want to.

South Park: The Complete Third Season

Sheer comic genius from Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They lampoon reality like no one ever has.

Avoid like the plague:


A mad scientist makes an instant clone of Ali Landry. Sounds like fun doesn't it? No, I didn't think so either.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Reading Material

Nothing new under the sun, just picked up three books this week.

Thanos #3

It's Thanos vs. Galactus, but not in the way one would think. Thanos manages to distract Galactus long enough for the Rigellians to abandon their second homeworld, and for Pip the Troll to plant some sort of spy devices in the world devourers ship. Afterwards, Galactus succeds in destroying New Rigel, but not to feed his hunger, instead he opens a portal to another plane and retrieves some sort of jewel (Infinity Gem anyone?). Once again Starlin crafts a tale that, while not entirely understood, is definitely entertaining. He also does something very (and I mean very) few writers do, inform you about the characters. The first few pages of this issue fills us in on the origin of Galactus, and it doesn't bore you to tears!

Supreme Power #5

The "Atlanta Blur" goes public in a big way, Mark tries to convince his superiors that he needs a real job, and Joe Ledger finally wakes up! Straz and Frank are masters of modern comics, and this book is proving it. Granted, it's slow moving, but it does draw you into the characters, and it's about more than just super heroes. All you trade fans should give this one a shot whenever it comes out.

Y, The Last Man #17
Part two of the "Comedy & Tragedy" storyline, this issue finally tells us how Mr. Yorick managed to lose his monkey, Ampersand. Oh, and it has a little something to say about freedom of speech in a world without men, as well. Guest artist Paul Chadwick fills in nicely for the vacationing Pia Guerra (I might be spelling it wrong), and as always, Vaughn delivers on the script. One of the best reads on the stands, if not the best.

Foot Soldiers (Vol. 1) #1-4

When I read the first issue years ago, I loved it. I finally tracked down the other three and read them as a whole, and paint me disappointed. Everything about the series feels like it's being forced down your throat, and none of it seems original in any way. Maybe it was my youth, but I don't know why I thought I liked this series. That said, it does have some good points. The covers are all nice, as is the interior artwork, along with the pinups. But, that's about it. Krueger has gone on to better things, thankfully.

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

It's Tuesday!

So here's what's hitting stores:

The Alien Quadrilogy

I should've added this to my Xmas list. This nine disc set is going for an arm and a leg, but for fans like myself, it's well worth it. Except for Resurrection, that movie was just the pits.

The Land Before Time (Anniversary Edition)
Land Before Time Dino Pack Volume 1 (Set)
Land Before Time Dino Pack Volume 2 (Set)
Land Before Time Dino Pack Volume 3 (Set)
Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration

Have a kid that loves animated dinosaurs...or someone you want to torture? This works for both!

The Pirates Of The Caribbean

Like I said, haven't seen it, but I hope to....like on Christmas day maybe?

Real Men

A very funny movie starring the living Belushi brother, and the late John Ritter. Not to be missed by anyone looking to laugh.

Avoid like the plague:

Warner's Best Action Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Comedy Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Crimes & Dramas Collection
Warner's Best Leading Ladies Collection
Warner's Best Musicals Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Of The '40s Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Of The '50s Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Of The '60s Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Of The '70s Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Romance Collection (Set)
Warner's Best Sci-Fi Collection (Set)

90 % of the time, sets like these are just stealing your money.

That's a pretty light week, so spend that extra cash on someone you love (like me)!

Life Happens

That's pretty much the reason for my lack of updates.

So, here we are 23 day from Christmas, and most of us probably don't have our shopping done. Well, anyone wisihing to buy me a present, look no further, ;cuz here comes my holday wish list! (Oh, and those not getting me anything, go to hell! But, feel free to buy this stuff for someone else.)

DVD's I can't afford to buy

The first two seasons of the Dick Van Dyke show. This is one of the best written, down to earth shows of it's time...hell, of our time, and anyone who can watch it and not love it, is a Scrooge. The asking price is too high for just about anyone's taste, but the extras and packaging are pretty nifty.


The Monkees Season Two. Once again, great extras and packaging, with a huge dollar amount tacked on. Now, there were a ton of episodes (as is the same with Dick Van Dyke) so, you really do get your money's worth. You just have to have the money! I shelled out big bucks for the first (Emmy winning) season and I'm loving it. This is a show for kids and adults alike, and in a time where people take themselves far too serious, it's a welcome escape to lightheartedness.

DVD's I can afford, but won't buy for myself

Pirates of the Carribean is one, simply because I haven't seen it. However, with the reviews it's gotten, one can't go wrong, it seems to be a movie anyone can enjoy. Another would be Matrix Reloaded. I didn't particularly like it that much, but it was a good enough movie that it would make a good enough gift.

Lets see...

Ah, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Volume 1, but only because no store in my vicinity seems to carry it.

Toys that hurt the wallet

There's only two that come to mind. The fabulous Unicron from the Transformers Armada line, and the reissue of the Power Master Optimus Prime. Both going for over $50 in most places.

A toy I can't seem to find

The Blade figure from the new Marvel Legends line has been a tough one for me to find, so that would be a great gift.

Comics I don't own

Well, Peanut Butter and Jeremy is due out this week or the next, and I've heard great things about it (Hi Alan!) so that would be sweet. Volume 2 of Alan Moores fantastic League series would be another great one. Top 10 Books 1&2 aren't part of my collection, and neither is DC's Alex Ross art book.

Stuff for Bill Gates to buy me

Ah, Mr. Gates! If you'll kindly head over to cartoonnetwork.com, click on the shop link, then on the ultimated holiday wish list link, and kindly lay down the 40 grand for the life sized replica of Space Ghosts talk show desk, that would be fantastic. Oh, that doesn't cost enough? How about the Birdman 1971 Plymouth Roadrunner for 70 grand? It will definitely do in a pinch.

So, there folks, let it never be said that I'm difficult to shop for!

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Jimmy Dean is great

Whether its the sausage, the actor, or the fantastic TNT movie of the actors life, it's all pretty damned good. Especially the movie. I suggest anyone with two eyes go out and rent it. James Franco IS James Dean.
People are crazy

Stories of shoppers hurt during mad rushes, horrible traffic accidents, and the fact that I got robbed last night just prove my disdain for the holiday season. People ar fucking insane. I'm not leaving my house until Monday morning.

Thursday, November 27, 2003


Yeah, too much turkey makes for a lazy me. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and stuffed themselves silly. I know I did.

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

X Marks the Spot

Bruce Almighty

Jim Carrey, at his comedic best, plays a man bestowed with the powers of God. This one is not to be missed by anyone looking for a good laugh.

Full Metal Panic: Mission 5

Next to cowboy Bebop, the best anime show ever.

Where The Day Takes You

One of the best movies you've never seen.

X-Men 2

The best superhero movie ever.

Monday, November 24, 2003

Cat in the Hat

I watched it this past weekend, and I'll just say that if you're a fan of the book, go see it, if not, stay away. Personally, it was just okay, not great, definitely not the Grinch, but I didn't really like the book either.

Actor Jonathan Brandis died this past week, best known for his role on Seaquest DSV, the actor was 27, and as far as I know the cause is still unknown. In a year where many great celebrities have passed on his name may fall to the wayside, but it's always a tragedy when someone so young passes on. Sympathies to his friends and family.
It's Not Tomorrow

I lied, now here's some mini-reviews:


As usual, Mr. Dini and Mr. Ross craft a tale that's both action packed and poignant. The extra-large size of the book itself is very appropriate for the larger-than-life characters within, and Ross' realism adds a much needed...well...realistic approach to the characters. Dini handles the heroes themselves better than perhaps anyone. Each person plays their typical role, but it's still very exciting when they do (Batman breaking into the Pentagon, Superman's last minute save, etc.) and doesn't feel forced at all. Yes there are better ways to spen ten dollars, but if you're a fan of anything about this book, you owe it to yourself to read it.


The art in this book is lost on me, but I've always been a huge fan of Fabian Nicieza, and it's nice to see him back on a solo book, not that he doesn't do teams well, he does. The story is one of your standard fare, with bits and pieces of his prigin thrown in as flashbacks. It's not likely to bring new life to the comic book world, but it's definitely an entertaining read.


Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale continue their retelling of classic Marvel moments, and, I must say, they do it better than the originals did. This will probably read excellently as a whole, as it tends to be slow moving, but the art really holds my attention, there's almost no need for words.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Ah, Wednesday

Here's a list of what I'll be picking up at my local comic retailer this afternoon:


Words by Paul Dini, art by Alex Ross, what's not to love?

HAWKEYE #2 $2.99

It reminds me of the old Nomad series, definitely a good thing.

HULK GRAY #3 (Of 6) $3.50

Words by Jeph Loeb art by Tim Sale, what's not to love?

A very lite week, I'll have some semi-reviews on those by tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Boxed Sets Galore!

It's Tuesday, and you know what that means!

Here's some highlights from this weeks releases:

Antz / Chicken Run Combo Pack

You can't go wrong with these two animated movies, and the retail is around $18, so it's a steal.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Volume One

One of the most brilliantly written shows on television...that or one of the most juvenile, you decide.

Caddyshack / Blazing Saddles Set

Two of the funniest movies ever made, and for a pretty low price as well.

Green Mile / Shawshank Redemption Set

Another worthy set, probably the only Stephen King movies worth watching, and two of the best movies ever.

The King Of Queens: The Complete First Season

One of the funniest shows on television, and if you can find it at a decent price, a worth addition to your DVD collection

Lewis Black: Unleashed

If you don't know who this is, do yourself a favor and pick it up...then laugh your ass off.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Special Extended Edition)

Available in a special and regular edition! This is the equivilant of the 90's comic book market, studios just want to grab as much money from people as possible.

The Monkees: The Complete Second Season

A brilliant show, obviously well before it's time.

Phantom Planet: Live At The Troubador

One of the best bands you've never heard of.

Space Ghost Coast To Coast: First Season

What I said about Aqua Teen Hunger force goes double for this show.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 Volume Set

Collecting the first four volumes from the new TV show, much better than the old one.

Tenacious D: The Complete Master Works

Jack Black is one of the funniest songwriters on the planet.

Avoid like the plague:

My Big Fat Greek Life: The Entire Series

As always, shop wisely, and be sure to check amazon.com for deals, they ship for free on most purchases over $25.
Alien Vs. Predator-bite sized!

I picked up Mezco's Alien and Predator Mez-Its at the convention this weekend, and they are definitely one of the coolest toy purchases I've made in awhile. For those not in the know, Mez-Its (I may be misspelling that) are Mezco Toys line of miniature action figures, and so far they've all been based of licensed properties. Definitely check them out if your into the toy scene, or if you're just a big fan of the movie.

The Convention

As reported last week I attended a comic book convention in Atlanta this weekend, a very small one, but worth the price of admission. I spent only about $50, and most of that went to the fine owner of Odin's Cosmic Bookshelf, whose store is located in Lilburn Ga. (360 Killian Hill Rd to be exact), and open seven days a week; so if you're ever near there at a decent hour stop in and tell him Logan sent you.

Back to the books...not much to discuss really, it was mostly 25/50-cent boxes or big money collections most people can't afford, so I spent my time in the discount bins, filling in holes in my collection. The memorable books I picked up were Footsoldiers #2-4, Heartland (by Ennis, one of my favorites), The ABC Sketchbook (mostly for the Ross art, but it's all excellent stuff), and some older books like Son of Satan #5, Looney Tunes (don't recall the number, but it's for 1960, and bought for my Dad), and Rawhide Kid (also for my Dad), along with some toys for myself, more on those later.
Funny Actually

Looking for a good romantic comedy? You've found one. Love Actually sets its mark high and comes through with a bullseye. To be honest, with the exception of Alan Rickman I've never found any of these actors to be that excellent, but they shine in this film. If you're looking to spend a few bucks at your local theatre, you could do far worse than this film, and you'd be hard pressed to find a romantic movie that will keep you this entertained.

Friday, November 14, 2003

It's been a rough work week, and I've had almost no time for any entertainment. I'm in the middle of watching The Others at the moment, and I'm going to a comic book convention in Atlanta this weekend, so Monday is looking to be a busy blog day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2003


I've tried for hours now to write a review for this, but have decided that (at the moment at least) it's impossible. Nothing I can say will do this book justice. You should read it, it's as simple as that.

Those two hours you usually spend watching crappy reality shows at night will be better spent reading this work of art.

Author Craig Thompson has possibly crafted the most important piece of illustrated literature ever to see print, and the best book (illustrated or otherwise) I've ever read.

Blankets is published by Top Shelf, and can be ordered from their website, www.topshelfcomix.com, or from amazon.com, along with a number of other places.

Please do yourself a favor and go pick it up, this is definitely one purchase you will never regret.
Another long work day, but since today was Tuesday, I'm gonna give you a rundown of the interesting DVD releases for the week.

Cool World
This one has Brad Pitt and Gabriel Byrne. It's about a cartoonist who gets sucked into the fictional world he's created. Sound familiar? Yeah, it's like an early draft of Monkeybone, which was based on an actual comic book. Weird.

Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
If you're a fan of stupid comedy, this is probably your bag. I haven't seen it, so I won't judge.

The FW Murnau Collection
If you don't know who he is, you wouldn't be interested. For those who do, this seems to be a pretty nice set, the SRP is $120, but if you can find it for under a hundred, it may be worth picking up...unless you own them already.

In what seems to be the 18th release of this on DVD, this includes some added features possibly worth checking out. One of the few Stone films I actually like.

King Of The Hill: The Complete Second Season
It's not the Simpsons or Family Guy, but it still entertains and delivers a few serious messages along the way.

Lilo & Stitch's Island Of Adventures Game
Recommended for those with kids, this is sure to entertain. It's a Movie/Board Game combination, and can actually be pretty funny at times.

Pumping Iron
The 25th anniversary of the documentary, the disc contains some special features, but I don't think they have the Hans and Frans skits from SNL on there, too bad.

Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines
Hmmm....two Arnold movies in the same week, who would've thought this 80's trend would make a comeback? Rent before buying this folks, and only if you're a fan of the series. Personally I think it's the best yet.

The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald
This "What If?" story of Oswalds trial may be worth the price of admission for JFK theorists.

Avoid like the plague:

Three's Company: Season One
Why pay for a crappy show that Nick at Nite airs 8 times a day anyway?

That's it for today, I'll be back in the A.M. to tell you a little bit about a graphic novel called Blankets...hopefully.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Not much time for anything when you work an eleven hour day, but I did just take an online IQ test and scored a 125, but I have no idea what that really means.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

No Offense

I'd like to say bravo to Cartoon Network for airing the "offensive" episode of Family Guy in their Adult Swim line up tonight. I've seen it on DVD already, but it was nice that after years on a shelf the episode finally got it's airtime. Especially since it wasn't in the least bit offensive, at least not to the Jewish faith, but then again the show has always been rough on the Catholic religion. Hopefully everyone watched it, if not, shame on you!

Anyway, thanks CN, for having the guts to do something Fox apparently didn't.

Check out Adult Swim at www.cartoonnetwork.com

I've never been a huge Spawn fan, however, once I saw the series 24 action figure based on the designs of the extremely excellent Ashley Wood, how could I resist? If you're a fan of either of those, or just interested in extremely cool toys, check this one out. The whole line looks pretty decent, but this one was especially cool. Check them all out at www.spawn.com.

I also picked up the Luke figure in the Star Wars Unleashed line. These aren't really toys, more like plastic statues, but they're pretty nifty. Check them out at www.amazon.com, or eBay, probably the cheapest places you'll find them, or just go to your local Toys R Us.

And lastly, Maga Blocks (the "cheap" Lego's) have released playsets tied to the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, and they don't looks half bad, especially compared the other sets they've produced. So, if you're a lego person like myself, check them out as well.
Big on laughs

I took a few days off, sort of a mini-vacation, this weekend, so I apologize for the lack of updates, and will be making up for it this week.

I'll start with the freshest thing on my mind, Elf. Will Ferrel has long been a comedic genius in search of the right film, and he's finally found it. Good Christmas movies are few and far between, especially ones that can stand the test of time, and Elf does just that.

The comedy holds up, and even the juvenile jokes come off innocently funny rather than disgustingly so. The message is simple, yet effective, and none of the unbelievables are that "unbelievable." Definitely a movie for the whole family, it will have you in stitches and begging for more.

Do yourself a favor and go see it.

Thursday, November 06, 2003

We Talk TV

It's Thursday, so that means NBC will no doubt rule the air waves tonight with Friends, Scrubs, Will & Grace, Coupling, and ER.

I don't watch ER, and I barely watch the others, except for Scrubs, it's a brilliantly funny show. Friends has all but lost it's appeal, as has Will & Grace, but Coupling is shaping out to be somewhat decent, though I hear it may be on the chopping block. Too bad.

It seems that television show now are barely give a chance to catch on with an audience before they are yanked off the air abruptly. Of course, I could be wrong, and that may have always been the norm.

Another show to watch is Smallville, especially for the comic book crowd. They've turned the story of Superman on its ear, making it more a tale of destiny than one of happenstance. While there first season came off a little repetitive, the second season began the dive into the mythos, and the third (and current) season continues that trend.

I also got a chance to watch the 8 Simple Rules episode dealing with John Ritters death this week. Very touching tribute to a man taken before his time. The show will go on, with the blessings of Ritters family. Here's hoping something positively wonderful comes from it.

The only other show I've been watching comes in the form of DVD, and that's Transformers: Beast Wars. This one is recommended only for hardcore fans. The CGI animation gives the show a very dated feel, and the writing is very stiff.

Ah, some promised movie reviews.

Maybe I should call them mini reviews.

8 Crazy Nights:
Adam Sandlers foray into the realm of animation was hardly a success, but it doesn't exactly bomb. It's too vulgar for most younger kids, but any 12-14 year old with a juvenile sense of humor will love it, and some parents may appreciate the message. Call it a Jewish Scrooge if you will, pointing out that just because life deals you a bad hand doesn't mean you have to become bitter. Not great, but not horrible either.

This...this is a masterpiece. An action movie with a comprehensible and in depth plot, and done on a budget as well. A true rarity in Hollywood. Granted it takes two existing ideas and melds them together, but in this day and age, what isn't a recycled idea? Best described as Farenheit 451 meets The Matrix, this is the story of a future society where individual thoughts and feelings have been abandoned to bring about peace. Art and literature are burned on site, and anyone caught harboring such things, killed immediately. When John Preston executes his partner for breaking the rules he himself begins to question the society he lives in. He reluctantly joins the underground in an attempt to overthrow the man known as "Father" and to bring individuality back to the world. Combining the best elements from some of the best science fiction stories ever (1984, The Matrix, Logan's Run, etc.), Kurt Wimmer yields astounding results. This one is highly recommended.
As Tuesday is for DVD's. Wednesday is for comic books, and there were some good ones this week.

Supreme Power #4
What you need to know:This is the history of the Squadron Supreme, Marvel's take on the JLA. So far it's been the origin of Hyperion, a being from another world raised to be the US's secret weapon by the government.
This issue:Mark Milton tries to adjust to being the Earth's only superhero only to discover his "parents" have died. Meanwhile, enter street vigilante Nighthawk!
Why you should be reading it:J.M. Straz. continues to craft an in depth back story on the members of the Squadron Supreme, with stellar art work from frequent collaborator Gary Frank. This series has been quite impressive so far, a little slow, but still fantastic. If you're a fan of what some call the "deconstruction" of superheroes, you should give this book a try.

Thanos #2
What you need to know:Thanos has turned over a new leaf, vowing to help the world of New Rigel-3, a group of people he once terrorized. Tagging along on his journey is his oft-times nemesis, Adam Warlock
This issue:The Rigellian council debates accepting the mad Titan's offer, but when it's decided to accept if a coup d'etat is threatened, as is Thanos' life. Disposing of the threat, Thanos once again offers his help, but finds he may have signed on for more than he bargained. It seems Thanos must face the mighty Galactus.
Why you should be reading it:Jim Starlin is a master storyteller, and with him once more behind the reigns of Marvel's cosmic characters, space never looked so beautiful. This book has everything you could want, at least from Marvel. Larger than life characters, comedy, stunning art, surprise endings, and a story that seems almost Shakespearean. Oh, and the best inks in the business, courtesy of Al Milgrom.

Wolverine: The End #1
What you need to know:Marvel continues its "End" projects, this time focusing on Wolverine.
This issue:Wolverine recieves a letter informing him of Victor Creeds death, then returns to the place of his birth only to find a familiar book waiting for him.
Why you should be reading it:I enjoyed the previous entries into this little experiment, but this one seems a little forced. Jenkins does a fine job of handling Wolverine's character, but the art leaves you wanting, and it feels more like a sequel to Origin than it probably should. I might buy the rest, but you should probably wait for the trade if you get it at all.

Y,The Last Man #16
What you need to know:It's pretty much in the title. A plague has wiped out ever male mammal except for Yorick and his pet monkey, Ampersand.
This issue:We actually get a lighter tale than normal. This issue focuses on an acting troupe that travels the US performing for cans of food and trying to bring a little escape into the lives of tired women. But what will they do when the discover a male monkey hiding in the nearby woods?
Why you should be reading it:Because it's the best damn thing being put to paper. Well that's a little overboard, but it is excellent. Paul Chadwick provides the art, giving regular artist and co-creator Pia Guerra a well deserved break, and Brian K. Vaughns story is as superb as usual. He takes every man's fantasy and turns it into one mans nightmare.

Dark Days
What you need to know:The sequel to the much hyped 30 Days of Night, Dark Days is the story of widow Stella Olemaun and her struggle to bring to the public eye the existence of vampires.
This issue:Stella and her new vampire partner Dane fight off the undead to meet the leader of all vampires, Lilith.
Why you should be reading it:Because it's horror at it's best. This book is better than most horror movies that see release. Steve Nile and Ben Templesmith do for vampires what John Carpenter did for knife weilding murderers.

Thats it for this week, and for today. I'll have some thoughts on a few movies tomorrow, and hopefully a few other things.

Tuesday, November 04, 2003

Something New

This will be something new for me, and hopefully we can all enjoy it. If you're not having fun, feel free to leave at any time, just don't forget to tip your waitress.

First up, we have a movie review.

Last night I watched Paul Newman out act mister Tom Cruise in The Color of Money. If you haven't seen it, it's the story of an aging man who takes a young pool player under his wing and teaches him the tricks of hustling. Pretty basic, but Newman (reviving his character Fast Eddie from The Hustler) brings something extra to it. When he himself gets hustled (by a young Forrest Whitaker) you really feel for him. I suppose Mr. Cruise does his job, by the end of the movie you really do want to punch him in the face, but he somehow seems an unnatural fit in the movie. This one's directed by Martin Scorsese, and it comes highly recommended, but only for Newman's performance. Need more info, check out www.imdb.com. Just type in the name and it will do the rest.

Book News

Part five in Stephen Kings Dark Tower series hits the shelves today. I haven't read any of them, but I am King fan through and through. This one's said to have some ties to other King books, and for die hard fans, it should be worth the $25 cover price. It's also sporting nifty artwork by horror master Bernie Wrightson.

More info can be found just about anywhere, specifically amazon.com.

DVD stuff

Tuesday is DVD day, and there's a few things landing today that are worth checking out.

Finding Nemo
The story of a father looking for his lost son turned out to be the box office hit of the year, and rightly so. With the exception of A Bug's Life, every Pixar/Disney movie has been phenomenal, and this one's well worth your money.

Friends, The Complete Fifth Season

If memory serves, Monica and Chandler get together in this season. I won't be buying it anytime soon, but I know it has legions of fans.

The Honeymooners-Classic 39 Episodes

All 39 episodes of the TV Series (not to be confused with the Gleason show shorts, or the "Lost" episodes) stand as one of the funniest shows ever, and ar well worth your dollar.

The Humphrey Bogart Collection

Included are Casablanca, The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, The Maltese Falcon, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Probably the best movie bundle your ever likely to see.

Avoid Like the Plague

The Anna Nicole Show, Season One
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

You can find more info at amazon.com and www.imdb.com. Prices vary from store to store, so shop wisely!