Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Mother, Come Home

If Blankets was brilliant, then there isn't a word in the English language to describe this masterpiece. Funny, compelling, bittersweet, emotionally draining, beautiful, poignant, touching, moving, pick an adjective. Hands down the best story of the year, and I regret not having read it much, much sooner. This is one of the best, if not THE best, works the medium has ever seen. Buy it (I got mine from Amazon.com), it will make you a better person.

Early Tuesday List

Africa Screams

This has been available on DVD for quite sometime, but hasn't been mentione here. One of Abbot & Costello's best flick's, and it can be had fairly cheap.

Brother Bear (Special Edition)

Disney's latest toon looks promising, but cliched. With the news that the Orlando offices have been closed, this may be one of their last traditionally animated feature films...at least for quite awhile

Here's alist of shows I don't watch/hate that are coming to DVD:

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Third Season
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: Season Three
Homicide: The Complete Fourth Season
Resurrection Blvd. Complete First Season
Sanford & Son: The Fourth Season

House Of Sand And Fog

Ben Kingsley is always brilliant, and this got great reviews, so I will check it out eventually.

Jem: Season 1 & 2

Those of you that are products of 80's 'toons may remember this, unfortunately I do.

Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

A great show from what I've seen. Unfortunately I no longer have Showtime.

Something's Gotta Give

This is iffy, I love Nicholson, but hate Keaton. I'm not sure which side will win out in the end.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The remake finally makes its way to DVD, and eventually I'll get around to seeing it.

That about does it!


Monday, March 29, 2004

More Short & Sweet

School of Rock

Decent Jack black film, perfect for a younger audience, definitely has the whole "feel-good" vibe going for it. It's not a laugh riot, but it has its moments. A definite rental.

Pieces of April

Bittersweet, emotionally charged story of a girl trying to make up for all of the bad she's caused in her family, and the family that just can't seem to forget the past. Brilliant performances by all involved, and anyone looking for a good drama, this is it.

Scooby-Doo 2

If you didn't like the first, you will not like this. It's gotten some bad reviews, as did the first, which, as a true fan of the show, I feel are undeserving. It's a movie based on a cartoon, how serious should it be? Not to mention, it's aimed at kids. If you have children, they should love it, and there are even a few laughs in it for the adults. Yes, there are fart jokes, yes it's a little cartoony at times, but that's what it should be. It's fun, plain and simple.

Goodbye, Chunky Rice

No, this isn't a movie, it's a graphic novel. Now, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. Yes, it's a great story, but mostly, for me, it was just confusing. I'll have to read it again, but I just really didn't understand most of what was going on. Now, before anyone tries to explain it, I did understand what the story was about, but I couldn't follow the "telling" of it. Alot of the narration/dialogue was just confusing as hell, and alot of the time the actions of the characters just didn't make any sense. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't enjoy it.

Weekend Aquisitions

To add to the ever growing library of DVD's:


Decent Katie Holmes flick, that was pretty well written.

Coupling: The Complete First season

The BBC series, not it's American cancelled counterpart. This show is just hilarious.

The Grey Zone

Haven't seen it yet, but it's written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, who I think is great, and based on a true story. So, we'll see.

I also bought a Transformer, but haven't opened it yet.

That pretty much sums up my weekend.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Short & Sweet

Caper #6

Aside from a little twist at the end of the issue, there's not much going on here. The plot moves, but for some it may be a bit too slow. Personally, I like that, as it gives me a chance to soak up the art, which is just stunning. It's definitely shaping up to be a good story, and it does keep you intrigued and wanting more.

Hellboy: The Corpse

It's been awhile since I've read anything Hellboy, so I must admit that it was a bit weird reading this. That's not really a bad thing, it's just to say that Hellboy is written so much different than most books of its kind, that it can be a bit jarring. I loved the issue, and it was only a quarter, so for the price you cannot beat it. Mignola's art is as beautiful as ever, and the story is quirky and funny without being overly silly. However, for those not failiar with the character it can leave you going "Huh?"

Freaks of the Heartland #2

Like Caper, this issue accomplishes almost nothing. Actually, even moreso than Caper, there really isn't much furthering of the plot, and no real surprise at the end to make you want to come back for more. I loved the first issue, but this was disappointing. The art was great, and the writing wasn't bad, it's just that nothing happens.

Ult. Fantastic Four #4

Sue is in the clutches of the Mole Man while the others begin to discover how to use their powers. Reed's scuffle with Ben was great, and added a real emotional depth to Ben's character that alot of writer's can't get across. The ending was great, and the art was beautiful. It's definitely a good time to be a fan of the FF.

Venom #12

Continuing the "origin" of the new Venom, "Patterns Pt 2" is a bit tough to read. There is too much going on with the Ararat Corp. and following it seems a bit daunting at times. What you're supposed to feel is interest as to why exactly the Corp. is doing what it's doing, but mostly you're justleft confused. The art is great, and aside from a slight mischaracterization of Nick Fury, writer Way has a great hold on the other characters in the book. Ifyou haven't been following the book from issue #1, it's going to be tough to jump into the story, which is always a bad thing.

Hulk Gray #6

The final issue of Loeb and Sale's recent Marvel mini was a big let down. In fact, outside of the art, the series as a whole is a bit of a let down. Not to say that it's bad, but after Spider-Man Blue and DD Yellow, it just seemed a bit :blah: And none of their Marvel work has been as great as their DC work. Hopefully the duo will decide to jump ship and go back to DC, I think a Wonder woman book would be fantastic.

Cable/Deadpool #1

I like Fabes, and I like Udon, and I like the characters, but this book was a little bland. Still, there was enough to bring me back for the next issue, but most people will be disappointed.

DC: The New Frontier #3

Like two of the other books I've mentioned above, this issue didn't do much for me. It moved the story along, yeah, and the art is fantastic, but I wasn't left with the "WOW" feeling the first two issues gave me. For the money, it's still the best damn superhero book out there. So, if you're not reading it, go drop the cash at see what you're missing.

Ghost World

What's absolutely wonderful about this book is that I've seen the movie, and was delighted to find that both can stand solid without the other. Much like The Crow, both GN and movie have common elements, but there's enough of a difference that you can enjoy them as seperate entities. Clowes is one of the best writers in the industry, and this is a prime example why. He writes the two stars of this story with so much depth it feels like he's actually lived their lives. If you've never had the pleasure of reading one of the man's many, many works, go drop $10 at your local Barnes & Noble and pick this up, it's absolutely fantastic.
What I got

Thankfully, it's not contagious.

Yes, yes, for over a week now I've been promising a review of DC: The New Frontier #3 and I still plan on delivering, hopefully late Friday afternoon. Along with that I'll take a few quick pokes at the other books I picked up this week. Among them:

Caper #6
Hellboy: The Corpse
Freaks of the Heartland #2
Ultimate Fantastic Four #4
Venom #12
Hulk Gray #6
Cable/Deadpool #1

And, should I get the chance to read them, at least one of my new GN's:

Mother, Come Home
Goodbye Chunky Rice
Ghost World

Ghost World seems to be the lesser in length, so it's likely I'll get through it.

So, yeah...I'll Be Back!


Wednesday, March 24, 2004

The Evidence Piles Up

Need more proof that Manga will one day rule the world:

Entertainment website ICv2 reports that anime publisher Tokyopop is working with an unknown Japanese publisher on a STAR TREK manga series. According to the site, Paramount Pictures is about to sign off their approval on the product. American and Japanese writers will provide the stories for the TREK manga, with no names of talent revealed as of yet.

Details on what epoch of STAR TREK the manga series will be set in, or featuring which characters from the movies or television series, also remain unknown at the present time.

Yeah, I think that about does it. We're talking about the king of Manga, at least in the U.S. taking one of the biggest franchises in the country and turning it into a Manga series. How freakin' cool is that? Yeah, Trek isn't as big as it once was, but come on, everyone knows at least three people who think it's the greatest thing ever. This isn't like the Marvel characters done by American Manga artists, this will be true to the artform, and I for one think it's flippin' brilliant.

Oh, and that's from cinescape.com, feel free to check it out for yourself, links to the right.


Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Another Whitt Review

Tony over at Cinescap.com has just put up a review of Fantastic Four #511. Good good stuff, and I can completely see where Tony is confused on the issue. I don't think I put as much though into as he did, and had I done so, I likely would've gotten lost as well. Go check it out, link's to the right.
The DVD List

Ah, good ol' Tuesday!

Beast Wars: Transformers - The Complete 2nd Season

Not as good as the original series, but it definitely has its moments.

Beyond Borders

The latest Angelina jolie flop to hit DVD!

Beyond The Mat

A great documentary about life as a professional wrestler.


The latest Halle Berry crapfest to come to DVD! Seriously, the woman cannot act.

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys - Season 3

Never watched it, but I know the show definitely had its fans.

Ransom (Special Edition)

A great suspense flik from director Ron Howard. It is indeed a special edition, with tons o' bonus material.

Richard Pryor Show Box Set

One of comedies true funnymen once had his own show, which was yanked from the air by CBS because it was thought to be too offensive. Now, we can finally all see what the fuss was about!

The Rundown

A great action movie with surprising performances by all involved. It's not going to change your life, nut it will keep you entertained.

Shattered Glass

Darth Vader pretends to be a reporter, then he pretends to have actual sources and goes on to print completely fictional articles. Based on the true story of Stephen Glass.

The Singing Detective

Robert Downey "I can't stay off drugs" Jr. stars in this remake of an older British film.

That crack may have been a bit too harsh, for that I apologize.

Get it? "Crack." HA!

The Skulls III

Seriously, I saw the first one, and it didn't deserve a second film, much less a third.

Splash (20th Anniversary Edition)

Nothing makes you feel old like a movie you saw as a child celebrating an anniversary. All in all, it's still a good movie.

Will & Grace: Season Two

A show that has its moments of funny, but I don't think it's worth the price of admission.

Avoid like the freakin' plague:


That's right, not just the regular old plague, the freakin' plague. Why? Is stars Jessica Alba. If you need a reason other than that, you are in a sad, sad place my friend.

As always, Cinescape.com has its DVD column up today, along with a few DVD reviews, so check 'em out.
Movies, movies, movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gosh, seems like forever since I actually watched one...

Lessee...saw Starsky & Hutch, thought it was predictably lame. The best performance in the whole movie was Snoop Dog as Huggy Bear. Honestly, it might be worth a rental just for him.

Just finished Lost In Translation. Loved it. However, I think ironically the message of the movie tends to get lost in the translation, or the telling rather. Solid performances and a great script/direction. It's very moody and slightly depressing at times, and in the end is very bittersweet. It's not something you can just pop in and watch, it's something you have to examine, you have to be in the right frame of mind to really get into it. All my opinion of course. Very, very good.

Also got a chance to watch Runaway Jury earlier. Typical popcorn suspense, and good adaptation of a Grisham Novel, probably the best one yet. The acting is great, and it does keep you slightly in suspense, but mostly you couldn't care why the characters are doing what they are, which is it's biggest downfall.

Ah, and another Woody Allen film, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. It's good, not great, but definitely worth watching, especially if you're a fan of "pulp" type stories. I have begun to realize that it might not be Allen that I disliked, but rather the cast he surrounds himself with. This makes the fourth Allen film I've found charming, and remotely funny, and all of them have been in the last six years or so. So, yeah, it might not be the writing that I didn't like, but the people he chose to portray his characters.

That about does it.


Monday, March 22, 2004

More From Cinescape

Not every title can be as witty as "Niiiiiiiiiiiice."

Cinescape.com has some interesting info about a possible Stray Toasters movie.

They also have some info about a new X-Force mini coming from Marvel. For fans like myself, it's neat, but I'm definitely one of a dying breed.

Yes, I realize I probably just lost half of the readers I had gained. But, hey, it's the one bad "taste" that I have, so sue me.


ADD has a new logo, very snazzy. Go check it out.

This pointless post has been brought to you by the letter...

The Odinson

Tony Whitt at Cinescape.com has a review of Thor, Son of Asgard #1. Despite giving it a B+, he says it's not very interesting. Check it out for yourself, link to the right.


Sunday, March 21, 2004

Ruination of the Progressive Type

Or, Progressive Ruin if you prefer. It's a site that I don't read as much as I should, but given that there's a link to this here lil' blog, it's one that I am going to get around to reading more often. You should do the same. The link has been added to the right. BTW, happy belated birthday Mike.

Happy Birthday

To Patch Drury, seems he's six years older than I am. Hope you had a great weekend Patch.

More Thanks

This time to Neilalien, I just noticed there was a link to this blog on his own, much appreciated sir. Now, everyone, check out his slice of the internet pie for many o' great link.


Saturday, March 20, 2004

For Doane's Eyes Only

Thanks Alan, looks like more and more people are noticing this little blog o' mine. I'm hoping to actually get to read DC: The New Frontier tonight or tomorrow and post a review of it.

Speaking of people noticing, is it a bit scary? Or is that just me?

Anyway, good luck with the vegitarian lifestyle, if I could actually get myself to eat vegetables, I'd swing that way in a heartbeat, but I just don't have the stomach for most of them. Your story on cows and their treatment has me off beef, that's for damn sure. I haven't been much of a steak/burger person in years, but that will have me avoiding them indefinitely.

Just curious, why no chicken or fish? Being a southern boy, I'm a sucker for some fried fish...hell, fried chiken for that matter. Be interesting know what you've discovered about those!


Friday, March 19, 2004

Cover 2 Cover

Whether you liked the idea or not, I'm going to attempt it again, and keep doing so until I feel I've finally gotten it right.

Fantastic Four #511

First, the cover. While I like the "team picture," there's nothing here that hints at the story going on inside. Now, this is very common in comics today, and it disappoints me, but I suppose that's an argument for another time. My point, the covers nice, but nothing special. Not nearly as special as what's inside.

The first page is one of the things that I absolutely LOVE about this book. The Recap. Other books have it, but none are as simple or well designed as this one. For those that don't know what's been going on, here's the deal: Ben Grimm is dead, and it's all Reed's fault. The group splits and Reed becomes obsessed with reviving his friend, refusing to believe that he could actually be dead. Reed discovers the smallest, most faint sign of lifeinside the abandoned husk of the Thing and clings to that. He brings the group back together, modifies one of Doom's machines, and travels to Heaven to retrieve his friend.

Now, allow me a second to dredge up even more past and say that Waid should be commended on his usage of continuity here. The machine Reed uses a modified version of the machine Doom invented to try and contact his mother in the afterlife. Said machine eventually blew up in his face. Just a little side note, but it proves that Waid does indeed know his FF, or at least researches his work enough so that no one could tell if he didn't.

Upon arriving in heaven the three are met with obstacl upon obstacle, but keep venturing forward until they find Ben. Now Ben it seems has been welcomed into the afterlife by his brother, but the only thing stopping him from Heaven is a door. A door designed by Reed himself. So, not only is Reed responsible for his death, but now he's keeping him from his place in Heaven.

This brings us up to speed. Ben telling Reed that the reason all of this is happening is because Reed won't let Ben die is something that's hard (for Reed) to accept, and rightfully so. Waid makes these characters more realistic than anytone else out there ever could. We feel Reed's dismay at the news. To hear your best friend tell you that he has to let you go, that he has to let you die? Heartbreaking, and that's exactly the way it feels.

Sue's reaction that they came all the way to heaven for nothing? Spot on. Reed's emotional distance at the fact that he can't save his friend? Brilliantly accurate. Johnny's reaction? Anger. Who wouldn't be angry? Ben has been a constant thorn in John Storm's side, but despite all the ribbing, he was never an unwelcome one.

Johnnny's anger spreads like the fire that he is and soon it's out of control. Ben watches as his friends go at eachothers throats, with Reed going as far as actually punching a restrained Johnny. Now, if that isn't anger, I don't know what is. Their emotional trauma spreads to the atmosphere and eventually it begins to crumble beneath their feet.

The reasoning behind this was understandable. The afterlife that Ben has come to would be one of peace and love, and here three people have brought hatred and anger with them, all of them unable to let their friend go. Not unbelievable in the least.

Reed breaks down, admitting to himself and everyone else that he is the reason Ben died and that Johnny is afraid that he'll be next. Now, Reed saying this seems more like he's admitting to himself that he's afraid he'll kill his family, not that his family is afraid that he'll kill them.

Reed's anger turns self destructive and as he slowly falls to his self-imposed doom. Now, maybe it's just me, but this part seemed a little weird. Not in a bad way though. Reed's little tantrum seemed more like a pitty party than anything else. As if it had become more about saving himself as opposed to saving Ben. Like he realized he'd done all of this out of selfishness, and not out of love. Which may have been exactly the feeling Waid was going for. I hope it was.

Immediately the tables are turned and Johnny tries to save Reed, and Ben is convinced that salvation lies behind the locked door. Waid's ability to do this next part convincingly proves once again how great a writer he is. As Ben tries to solve the puzzle of the door he discovers that like everything else, it's not what it seems.

Behind all the fancy gizmo's the door is noting but solid rock. Solid orange rock. Ben, and not Reed, has been the person holding Ben back. What could become quite confusing is explained with relative ease.

Ben saves the day by convincing Reed that it wasn't his fault, which is funny because they came to save him, and he saved Reed. In turn, Ben realizes he's not ready to die, that it isn't his time. With a seemingly happy ending, the family comes together, and without a word of apology, all is forgiven. And really, isn't that how family is?

The next part is really interesting. Reed, ever the curious one, still wants to solve the mystery of the door. Again, Waid's characterizations are spot on. After beign faced with so much, Reeds mind is still thinking about that door. And why not? It's the key to reaching God and Heaven. Who wouldn't want to unlock it?

However, Danny (Ben's brother) makes them an offer, to stay. To stay, and the rest of the family will be brought along as well. After all, they have saved the world, and the universe, many times, a life in Heaven is deserving, isn't it? The answers to all your questions, peaceful eternity with your loved ones, isn't that what everyone wants?

The answer, at least for the Fantastic Four, is no. No, it's not the destination that they live for, it's the journey. Danny's response? "Good Answer."

The next part had the opportunith to become a little "Matrix-like" but once again Waid pulls it off without a hitch. The question was a test, and the prize is a chance meeting with the maker himself.

Now, one could argue that this is just a riff on Byrne's old She-Hulk, in that it makes the characters themselves aware of the fact that they are characters in a book. However, anyone with any belief in a higher being can believe what happens here. If there is a God (I believe there is) then aren't we all just characters in his book? Aren't we the idea in the back of his head that just wouldn't go away? And if the FF had a God, what would he look like? Well, Jack Kirby of course.

Some may find this a bit too far fetched, but not me. I think Waid's nod to Kirby's contribution to this universe has been one long coming. Stan Lee often gets credit for the creation of everything he touched, and rarely do the artists get noticed. Not here. Here, Kirby is God, and Lee is simply referred to as his "collaborator." Brilliance.

The humor is excellent here, and honestly I was laughing out loud. There's alot of philosophy contained in the last few pages, and probably too much for me to get into, but all of it is great. The mystery of life, why we exist, why we do the things we do, why we are where we are, it can all be a bit too much to think about, but Waid handles it masterfully.

Ironically enough, I have ignored 'Ringo's art, focusing on the story, and for that I apologize. But, hey, it's 'Ringo, did you expect it to be anything but excellent?

Anyway, "God" telling the group that "we're all our own story tellers." was a touching moment, as was Reed's face being returned to normal. The end though, that was just heartfelt. "God" gives the group a souvenir, a happy ending.

Again, Waid's ability to make you feel attached to these fictional characters is astonishing, and there's no better artist for the job than 'Ringo. I wish I could've delved further into the philosophy, but I risk being even more boring, and doing nothing but confusing others. This book is astounding, and likely the best thing you'll see from the House of (Bad) Ideas this year. An original take on a concept that has been run into the ground. Now, someone please tell me, why was it ever a good idea to fire Mark Waid?


To appease the apparently growing masses, I'm going to actually talk about comic books. Imagine that.

Fused #3 $2.99

While ADD didn't care for this issue as much as previous ones, I loved it. It's funny, sad, action-packed, and the art looked better than ever. Of course, the last part could just be me finally learning to like the art...not that I ever disliked it, just that it didn't seem to suit the story. Theonly thing I didn't like was Cro-Mag. The character in general seems a lame attempt at a villian. Uninspired and unoriginal. However, Mark's reaction to him was great, cheesy comic book fun.

Thanos #8 $2.99

A difficult book to grasp, but if you have a knowledg of the Marvel Cosmos, one that's well worth your time. Giffen's writing is funny and smart, and Lim's art is always great. Giffen proves himself and his knowledge of the Marvel U and leaves us wanting more...that is if we understand what it is we're seeing to begin with.

New X-Men #154 $2.25


Yeah, that's pretty much what it feels like. Disappointing to say the least.

I also picked up FF and New Frontier...more of the FF in the next post.

Holy Visitors Batman!

So, uh, yeah, Mr. Doane, I thank you tremendously for the link to this site yesterday. I had a whopping 98 hits. Talk about being a far cry from eleven. Jeez.

Once again, to all those that find this place, I hope you find something worth coming back for.



Thursday, March 18, 2004

New Links (AKA, I'm a Ho)

Check out Permanent Damage, it's one of the best columns that reside on the internet, and it's written by Steven Grant.

Then Check out Steve Lieber's site, and I get entered into some sort of contest (thanks for the link D).

Then check out D. Emerson Eddy's blog. It doesn't get updated often, but when the man has something to say, it's definitely worth listening to.

Thanks Alan!

For the birthday wishes. And anyone else that stumbles upon here, pay no attention to my previous ramblings, all part of realizing you're halfway to fifty. Wait until i reach thirty. I might just go insane. It's already begun, I'm finding the words "When I was a kid..." coming out of my mouth much too frequently.

They say it's my birthday

Is it your birthday too?

It's a little past midnight, which means 25 years ago today I was born in a crappy hospital in Columbus, Ga. I don't remember how that day went, but this one has started off well enough.

My first present came from my sister earlier in the evening, and will likely be one of the best ones I get. The next one came from my father, less than half an hour ago, and proved to be equally enjoyable.

Now, anyone that knows me personally knows I have a fondness for many things, but there are two things that stand out from my childhood. My love of Scooby-Doo, and my fascination with Transformers. As a kid, Scooby was an easy thing to love, but the Transformers....they were something my parents just couldn't afford.

Needless to say, my love for both of those continues today. Yeah, it's dorky, geeky, and whatever else you'd like to call it. Honestly, I don't care. I've found I can get along with any kid under five by bringing up Scoob, and with almost any 6-10 yr old with my love of Transformers. At family get togethers my room is often where the kids like to hang out, watching cartoons, playing with toys, and it's fine with me.

Someday I do hope to have kids of my own, and I hope that my being a kid at heart will help me build a stronger bond with them. But, I digress.

My first gift was the first two seasons of that most treasured show, and the second a Transformer that rivals almost any other ever created, Unicron. I'm probably the last Bot nut to get my hands on him, but what can I say, I'm a dork who tries to spend his money wisely.

I know of two more presents that I won't be getting until April, one of which will be a trip to Atlanta to see The Producers on stage, and the other to the Atlanta Comicon, where Mr. Darwyne Cooke will be present. Here's hoping he's a great guy who'll do a sketch for me. Hell, even if he charges, it'll be well worth it.

So, I'm off to watch Scooby-Doo and try and transform Mr. Unicron. Yeah, I know it's geeky, but I guarantee you it's more fun than most of you are having right now. Here's hoping the rest of you have as good a day as I'm sure to have.


Wednesday, March 17, 2004

While I'm out...

I direct you to ADD's place (as always) he hasn't put up anything new really (except another good 5Q segment) but he does have some great links to some great stuff.

Also, being it's Wednesday (Happy Birthday Kelly, hard to believe you've been my sister for 21 years) Tony Whitt has a new Comicscape column up at Cinescape.com. He goes on at length about comic book movies, but it's definitely not boring. Everyone check it out, it's worth your time.

Links to both can be found on the right of the page.

A personal high

This site had eleven different visitors today. That's a new high, and I hope that everyone that was new to my little corner of the blogosphere (apparently I'm an official part of the COMICS blogosphere, as there were a few hits from a link there. I had no idea.) found something interesting enough to keep them coming back. If not, I thank you for stopping by.

Now, some of you may think eleven to be a low number. It is. But, over a week ago I was only aware of maybe five people that visited regularly. So, eleven is a far cry from five. Here's hoping the number continues to rise.

Tomorrow DC: The New Frontier #3 hits stands, and I look forward to diving into it very, very much. There's also quite a few other books I plan on getting. Unfortunately it looks like tomorrow and Thursday look to be quite busy (my sister celebrates her birthday Wednesday, my brother and I on Thursday) so it may be Friday before anything gets written.

So, anyone stumbling upon this, check back Friday and I'll try to hold your interest!


Tuesday, March 16, 2004

A new link

I discovered that another friend has a "slice of life" blog, and so I'm adding it to the sidebar. If it's not your thing, it's not your thing. However, Dino's a great guy, very grounded, and has this really kick ass feature that plays a song when the site loads. If you're using dial-up, it probably won't sound as good. Also, if you're using dial-up...what the hell is wrong with you?

That last part was a joke. Sort of. Anyway, check it out, if for no other reason than the song playing right now is "Baby I Love You" by the Ramones.

A much better Tuesday

I hope everyone has some extra cash to spend, cuz this is one heck of list.

21 Grams

This was nominated for an Oscar (Best Actress I think) which doesn't mean it'll be worth watching, but it does mean it's on the "to Rent" list.

Absolutely Fabulous: Series 5

Some people love this show, and more power to 'em. I don't find it quite so funny.

The Commitments (Collector's Edition)

Never seen it, but I've always heard great things.

The Flintstones: The Complete First Season

The show that brought animation into primetime gets a solid release. Fans will love it, unfortunately I'm not one.

Kung Fu: The Complete First Season

A show that was before my TV watching time, but I've heard it was great.

Married...With Children: The Complete 2nd Season

The show that put Fox on the map.

Ozzie & Harriet Volume 1

Ozzie & Harriet Volume 2

A definite classic. From a time when TV was wholesome.

The Running Man (Special Edition)

Surprisingly enough this special edition actually has special features. For B-movies fans like myself, this is a definite buy.

Scooby Doo, Where Are You! First & Second Seasons

A great, great show. Who doesn't love a good mystery? Or a pair of bumbling cowards?

Veronica Guerin

Ummm...it's based on a true story.

Avoid like the plague:

Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat

This is not, I repeat NOT a kids movie. Avoid at all costs.

See, that was a much better Tuesday! For more DVD goodness, check out Cinescape's weekly DVD column, as always, the link's to the right.


Monday, March 15, 2004

The continuing saga of reading Swamp Thing

After losing alot of interest when rereading John Constantine's intro into the DCU, I finally convinced myself to try and finish up the book. I still have one more (or is that Moore?) trade to read after this one, so last night I started to finish The Curse TPB. Funny enough, the story that came next was The Curse, about a woman who changes into a wolf to avenge herself after suffering (mentally at least) at the hands of her husband. Honestly, it's never interested me, and it still didn't. It's not a bad story, but it's definitely not one on Moore's better ST stories. However, the next story, Southern Change, is one of my favorites.

It's strange and haunting, and feels like an actual horror story. I haven't really sat down and tried to formulate any precise thoughts about it, but it is a great story, probably the best in this TPB. Unfortunately I didn't finish it, but I will tonight. I do want to point out this particular line:

Abby is talking to Swamp Thing about a new television show, set during the time of the plantations. Alot of locals are being cast as extras, as slaves-

"So, like, all these descendants of liberated slaves are earning good money by becoming slaves again! Is that funny or sad?"

ST's response:

"It's human."

This is great writing. Anyone who doesn't think so is an idiot. That includes Mr. John Byrne (who's reuniting on JLA with Claremont isn't quite the disaster I said it would be, according to ADD). So, John Byrne, you're still a putz, congratulations.

Monday, Monday

Since I've nothing important to add to the world today, I'll direct you to a few people that just might.

Okay, so maybe comic book reviews aren't really that important, but how the hell else am I going to know what to read?

My first stop this afternoon was Cinescape. While Hollywood seems to have taken the day off, my second favorite reviewer takes a look at the new She-Hulk #1. Tony points out both the good and the bad, and gives it a B+, which means I might have to give it a look. Especially since I convinced him to pick up Thanos.

Next up was ADD, whose email alerts come in handy, letting those on the list know when his blog is updated. While Tony only got the one issue under his belt, alan goes on to grade a whopping amount of books. Some of which I've been meaning to pick up.

So, if you're looking for suggestions, here's one: Check out both of those, the links are on the right.

Also, Alan has a good number of graphic novels he's looking to sell, quickly. If he bought them, they're more than likely excellent, so send him your bid, maybe you'll win. Good luck with that Alan, and if it wasn't for those damn tires I had to buy last week, I'd be right there participating.


Sunday, March 14, 2004

Funniest. Quote. Ever.

ADD posted this on his blog, funny enough, twice in the last two days. It bears repeating here.

I get no sense from [Grant] Morrison's work that he has any "love for the genre". I get the same vibe I get from [Alan] Moore -- a cold and calculated mixing of ingredients the writer knows the fans like, but to which the writer himself has no eviceral connection. Nostaligia without being nostalgic, as I have dubbed it.)

-John Byrne

I'd like to go on record saying that this is possibly the funniest, most idiotic statement ever written by a creator of comics. To add to it, the man himself apparently found it to be so stupid he deleted it from his forum. If there were ever proof that Byrne has outlived his usefulness to the medium, this is it. One of the humblest (is that a word) things someone can do is recognize people that are obviously above them in their chosen profession. Now, I like Morrison, usually, but if this were just an idiotic remark about his writing ability, then I would lump Byrne into the same category as the idiotic fanboys that praise him (Byrne). However, once you bring Moore into the conversation, it's a whole new ball game.

Alan Moore is probably, and possibly always will be, the greatest writer the comic book community has ever seen. No one, and I mean no one, can craft a story the way Moore does. No, I don't read alot of his current work, and honestly haven't read even a quarter of the man's body of work, but who can deny the influence he's had on comics. The man is a genius, and John Byrne isn't, never has been, and never will be in the same universe as him.

So, John, just in case you ever stumble upon this, Logan Polk thinks you're a putz.


Thursday, March 11, 2004

Speaking of Comicscape...

Tony Whitt, the Comicscape columnist, posted a review of Thanos #7 up on Cinescape. It's a good read, and next to ADD, he's one of my favorite reviewers. If for no other reason than the fact that he knows how to do it.

"A regular reader of my column recently suggested that I might have been a bit too harsh on THANOS whenever I announced an upcoming issue. True, I haven't exactly been bubbling with praise of the series, despite (and probably because of) never having picked up a copy of it. "

See, this is great, and this is why I love reading his reviews. Honesty. By the way, that "regular reader" is me. Not only does Tony admit that he might have been too harsh on the book, but he says he's reading it because someone else seemed to like it. How's that for being open minded?

Of course, it helps that there's a new writer on board for the series, but all in all, I like to think he would've given it a go either way.

I could respond to Tony's comments all day, but I won't bore you with that. Let me just say, I agree with most of what he's saying, except that I'd still like to have Starlin back on the book. Giffen's sense of humor is great, and plays nicely with the cosmic scope of the book, Lim is excellent, and Milgrom is always at the top of his game. I hope they new creative team brings new readers with it, but Tony is right, this isn't exactly a great jumping on point.

Nothing New Under the Sun

Bleh. Like ADD, I got nothin'. I too couldn't get my weekly dose of comick books, but mine came from having to drop a hundred FREAKING dollars on a pair of tires for my car. I needed them, but that doesn't mean I have to like them!

Anyway, since I have nothing to say, I'll direct you to a few people that do.

There's a new Breakdowns column up, just click the link that...well, says Breakdowns. It's to the right. There ya go!

ADD has a response to that column on his own blog, also to the right.

Next, check out Cinescape.com, there's a link to the kick ass trailer for Aliens vs. Predator, and there's the Comicscape column, which looks at the "Best Comic Book Covers of All Time."

Also, I added my email address to the blog, so feel free to send me messages about how much I suck.


Wednesday, March 10, 2004

My Amazon.com Order

I just ordered Goodbye, Chunky Rice and Ghost World from Amazon, and the expected arrival date is March 18th, my birthday, which makes it quite the present indeed. Can't wait to dig into them. That and Mother, Come Home, which hasn't arrived yet. Next on my "To Order" list is Quimby The Mouse.

Anyone up for Pi?

Just watched Darren Arronofsky's Pi (I think I spelled his name right) and found it greatly enjoyable. Alot of it I didn't understand, but that didn't keep me from being pulled in. While I did like A Beautiful Mind, this is a much better film, IMO. Anyway, a great movie, one worth checking out for anyone who finds mathematcs place in the univers an interesting subject. And if you like this, I highly, highly, highly suggest you rent/buy Cube and Cube 2, both are excelent.


Tuesday, March 09, 2004

See, I told you...

There are three, count 'em, three new releases coming your way today. At least, three interesting ones. I guess the fall season is just the perfect time for new releases, what with Christmas and all. Oh well, at least there's something coming out worth buying.

Dawn Of The Dead (Divimax Series)

If you like this film, or horror in general, you have to own this. Even if you're just a fan of good DVD packages, you have to own this. Divimax is top notch, I bought the Halloween anniversary edition, and it's just loaded with cool stuff, and the packaging is sweet.

Futurama Volume Three

One of the most underrated shows on TV.

Schindler's List

One of the greatest movies ever made.

And finally, if you want something to avoid:

Mona Lisa Smile

Need a reason? How about it misrepresents everything about the time period. Need a better one? It stars the most overrated actress in Hollywood.

American Splendor

I've been wanting to see this for quite awhile, and found it for $15 at my local Movie Gallery, so I picked it up. I watched it this evening, and got quite the surprise. Don't get me wrong, I knew it would be good, but I didn't expect it to be this good. On top of being brilliantly casted, it captures the spirit of the work in tremendous fashion. I've heard that the "blending" of the real people and their movie counterparts into the picture was confusing, yet I found it to be interesting, and inventive. Only an idiot wouldn't understand what was happening.

If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor, go rent it right now, it's excellent. And, funny enough, I'd say it's the most faithful adaptation of a comic book I've ever seen.


Monday, March 08, 2004

A man and his high horse

I recently discovered a DJ by the name of Danger Mouse. Now,maybe you've heard of him (he's been in the news alot lately) and maybe you haven't, but you should be listening to him.

I've never been big on mixes, but in the last few years there have been some really great DJ's doing some really great things, so I'm starting to really appreciate the style. DJ Danger Mouse has to be one of the most innovative of the group, taking truly old school sound and mixing it with new school vocals.

By old school I mean the Beatles White Album, and by new school I mean Jay-Z's Black Album. Of course, this mix is titled the Grey Album. It's some really amazing stuff, and I think anyone who appreciates music, especially rap/hip-hop/whatever you want to call it, should check it out.

Unfortunately the album has been officially banned. However, Mr. Brian Flemming has posted the files on his own blog for you to download, free of charge. How very nice of him. He's also the man on the high horse, and righfully so. Wanna know why the album got banned? Check hist post out here:
  • The Grey Album

  • And while you're at it, download the damn songs. They kick ass.


    Thursday, March 04, 2004

    Thoughts and links

    Here's what I picked up this week:

    Thanos #7 $2.99

    For reasons I cannot seem to discover (short of "irreconcilible differences") Jim Starlin is off this book. I'm tempted to drop it in protest, but the replacement team of Keith Giffen and Ron Lim is a promising one indeed. Giffen is no stranger to cosmic characters, and Ron Lim is perfectly suited to illustrate the adventure of the Mad titan, and has done so very often in the past. This issue has Thanos travelling to Frontline to enter some sort of prison world. There he has a brief encounter with his old flame, Death. The issue's somewhat confusing, but then again, Starlin could confuse the hell out of you, so I'm going along with it for now. Hopefully it'll lead somewhere interesting, and things will start to make sense further down the line. Starlin's cover was a nice treat, and it's ashame that he's left the book. I hope Giffen continues to take the character in the same direction, as I was really looking forward to Thanos' turn to the good.

    Y, The Last Man #20 $2.99

    My favorite monthly read, this issue wraps up the "Safeword" story arc, where in Yorick meets someone who happens to be a bondage expert. The ending was quite the surprise, answering a ton of questions. We find out this new characters intentions for torturing Yorick, discover exactly what happened to the man himself in those first days after the plague, and in the end are given a completely new mystery. This book moves slow, but it never disappoints. I can't wait to see what's next.

    Supreme Power #8 $2.99

    Straz continues to slowly unfold the plot, as nothing much happens in this issue. In the first few pages we are treated to Hyperion's first meeting with the man that I'll assume will become Dr. Spectrum. Their ensuing battle is great, but only because of Gary Franks art. That guy is just amazing. We are left with another cliffhanger ending, which leads us to believe that Hyperion has finally lost it. Much like Y, this book moves too slow sometimes, but when the pieces do come together it's very exciting.

    Lone #2 $2.99

    I liked #1 enough to go ahead and pick this up, and enjoyed it as much as the first issue. The mystery of Lone continues to unfold, as does the mystery of who's controlling the zombies that have taken over Luke's town. A fun read, and the art really does grow on you.

    Other than my continuing re-read of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, that's all I've had the chance to dive into.

    As for the "links" part, I've added two new ones to the right of the page. The Cinescape link is always worth checking out, especially if you're bored, there's always interesting articles to peruse, and the other is a link to ADD's new forum, feel free to drop by and say hi.

    Movie news

    It's official, Gary Oldman will be playing the young Jim Gordon in the new Bat Flick. I suppose they wanted someone creepy? He's a great actor, but he seems more the Ra's Al Ghul type to me...but, it's not my movie.

    Cinescape.com has more info if you'd like to read it.

    Also, if you're headed over there, check out their Comicscape section, as I'm briefly mention (a few times I might add) and a link to this blog is provided. Here's hoping it gets me some new fans! Or enemies.

    I'll be back later with a few thoughts on my recent comic reading. (I'm gonna quit calling them reviews...well...cuz they're not.)

    The Interview of a lifetime

    Click here:
  • ADD's Blog

  • And read what is most definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, well, for ADD anyway. His new 5 Questions segment has been wonderful for the most part, but his interview with Alan Moore is utterly amazing. I'm jealous. I have blog envy. I think I just created a new phrase!

    Go read it now.

    Right now.

    DO IT!


    Wednesday, March 03, 2004

    My soap box

    I don't usually do this, but I feel like getting preachy today, so either bare with me, or have a nice evening...

    Gay Marriage.

    Everytime I turn on the damn TV that's what they're talking about. It's all over the friggin' internet, it seems I cannot get away from the subject. All you morons out there who are against it, yeah, you're morons, go plant your head in the sand and wait for the end of the world.

    Why, dear God, would this even be an issue? Did you know it's only illegal in a few states for people to marry their animals? Yet, it seems two grown individuals who love eachother cannot get a license to wed? What the hell does that mean? You can love a pig, but not someone who happens to be the same sex as you?


    You wanna bring religion into this? Fine, let's do that. Marriagewas created as an institution, so that two people could make a commitment to eachother, so that they could bring a family into the world...right? Sure, okay, but then it somehow became a financial institution, and less and less about "love." So, other than those people who have a priest marry them, religion has exactly squat to do with marriage now. Period.

    All the bible thumpers, you want to be against something, how about divorce? How about promoting communication between couples, how about bringing things like GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER to the fore front? In a day and age where Brittany Spears can marry a friend just for kicks only to have the marriage annulled days later, are you actually worried that the institution of marriage will become a joke?

    Get real, it's already a joke! If your life is so wrapped up in making sure two people can't get a marriage license from the city government, you're pathetic. Marriage is nothing but a financial institution now, the only way God is involved is if you INVITE him into your marriage. End of story. Athiests get married all the time, but people aren't trying to stop them, are they? Bubba can marry a goat, but Billy can't marry the man he's loved for the last five years? Come on people!

    This rant has been brought to you by the letters F and U.


    Tuesday, March 02, 2004

    Early List

    It's early Tuesday or late Monday (however you choose to view it) and for some reason i'm still awake, so here's the DVD list for the week.


    A Ben Stiller/Drew Barrymore comedy. From the previews I've seen, this one should likely be avoided. Nothing against the cast really, it just seems like a cliched plot with no real humor in sight.

    Looney Tunes: Back In Action

    The title says it all. I suppose it's worth a look if you have kids.

    School Of Rock

    Jack Black comedy that made a ton of money and actually got some acclaim. I like black, he always gets me laughing, so it's definitely on my rental list.

    Starsky And Hutch: The Complete First Season

    Just in time for the movie! Never seen it, and don't really have the desire too.

    Geez, the DVD releases really are getting smaller and smaller...


    Monday, March 01, 2004

    Friendly reminder


    John Byrne and Chris Claremont reunite in an attempt to rekindle the magic they had on Uncanny X-Men years and years ago. This might be the worst idea EVER. "

    Those were my words back in early January...

    I hope anyone foolish enough to actually buy this book knows that I WILL be laughing my ass off at them. Same goes for the idiots buying Claremont's regurgitated crapfest that will be X-Men.

    Comic book reviews (finally)

    So, I finally get around to posting my thoughts on the few books I picked up last week.

    Fused #2

    ADD beat me to the punch on #1, and looks like I got to #2 before he did. I'm not sure if that's a good thing...Anyway, the story of a man trapped inside a robot suit continues to unfold with surprising results. Given that Steve Niles has all but cornered the market on comic book horror lately, Fused is an...odd change of pace. Odd, but quite enjoyable. Medors art has grown on me over the short time between issues, and the continual twists in the story definitely keep me interested. I won't spoil it for anyone, I'll just say that this is an old-fashioned, fun comic book.

    Venom #11

    Sigh...I'm sure it will get cancelled soon, but I am enjoying this book. This issue is a flashback of sorts, and begins to clue you in on the details of exactly how and why there are two "Venom's" running around the Marvel Universe. Daniel Way's portrayal of the Fantastic Four is a bit stiff at times, but outside of Mark Waid, is probably the best I've seen in years. The battle between Venom and Thing was wonderful (albeit brief), and the art lends itself nicely enough to the fight scenes, if not the rest of the issue. My only problem? If you're going to have Mike deodato Jr draw a cover for you, make it more than just a slimy tongue. To me, all of Sam Keiths previous covers were some of my favorites of the past year, and this was just a disappointment. Granted, it has ALOT to do with the plot of the issue, but I felt it was a waste of a great talent.

    Ultimate Fantastic Four #3

    The Four finally get their powers...really, that's all that happens. But, it's still damn good.

    The Punisher #3

    Micro makes Frank an offer he can't refuse. I should really just buy Marvel comics in TPB form...

    Lone #1

    I tried this because I liked Fused so much. What do the two have in common? Both are published by Dark Horse division Rocket Comics. Now, Lone looks like a western on the outside...and it is. However, it's also a science fiction tale set in a post apocalyptic world where zombies abound, and apparently someone is now leading them; using them to take over a small town. Only one man can stop them, legendary gunfighter, Lone. Honestly, I didn't like it at first, but after reading it twice and getting used to the art, I'll admit I was wrong. Like Fused, it's not gonna change the face of comics, but it is a fun read.

    I also picked up Caper #5, and I'll just say it was very impressive. If murder mystery is your thing, then this is your book. Can't wait to see where it goes.