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 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,, or from, 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.

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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

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, 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 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

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 and Prices vary from store to store, so shop wisely!