Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!!

Well, that spooky day has come. I'll be at work working instead of doing other things like attending parties or watching scary movies. So, here are some videos to celebrate the day.

We have something awesome...

Something funny...

And something different. Ha ha. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Random Pics of the Month - September

Well, it's the end of the month and I've got some pictures to show. Some are a taste of things to come and one is of something that happened this month.

Yeah, he does look more awesome this way.

That's right! I'm a fan of Miami Vice. What I'm not a fan of is those ankles. Was that really a style!?!?

This month, I was able to get a couple of autographs from the legendary Neal Adams. Funny guy.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Graphic Novels - Marvel: 1602

So, Neil Gaiman… I've got nothing. To tell you the truth, I don’t know much about him. All I know about him is that he worked on some comic book series  called Sandman, he’s written some Doctor Who episodes, and he’s an author of weird stuff. I’ve found out that he’s apparently pretty good at that writing thing. Today’s trade is called Marvel: 1602. This 8-part miniseries was released in 2003. I ran over this trade at McKay’s and it piqued my interest. It’s basically an extended “What-If” comic book. “What-If” books are Marvel’s equivalent of DC’s Elseworlds or Imaginary Stories. The main idea for this book is this: What if the Marvel Universe started in 17th century Europe instead of 20th century New York?

Gaiman is the writer of this adventure. The artist providing the pencils is Andy Kubert. I’ve talked about him a little bit before. He’s worked on books like Batman, X-Men, Wolverine, and the mini-series Flashpoint. The colors are done by Richard Isanove. He’s mostly known for his work on Wolverine: Origin and The Dark Tower series from Marvel. The covers to the miniseries (they also appear at the beginning of each issue in the trade) were done by Scott McKowen. Since this mini-series is pretty dense and somewhat confusing, I’ll just be giving you a really basic plot and my opinion.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Graphic Novels - Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double Trouble

Now, it’s time to dust off another Ultimate Spider-Man trade. Remember when I said that I was going to go through all of them up until a certain event? Well, I… exaggerated. I don’t know where I’ll stop at, but I will try to do this and another Ultimate trade monthly. Instead of detailing the whole book, I’m going to try something different with the synopsis today. Today’s trade is brought to you by the same team of Bendis, Bagely, and Thibert. It collects Ultimate Spider-Man #14-21. As you can tell by the cover, this looks like it’s going to be an interesting story.

Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 3: Double Trouble

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Penciller: Mark Bagely

Inker: Art Thibert

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Random Thoughts #27 - The Gunslinger

Now that's one Stephen King book I have to finish!  Anyway...

Well, I just got up, I'm hungry, I might play some Oblivion (which is awesome!!) for about an hour, and I need to make lunch/dinner. I think it’s time for some random thoughts. I really don’t have too many thoughts. Work’s fine and Fall’s here.  As for women, I have no comment for now. I will say that _______________ (Ha! Like I’ll tell you something like that!). Anyway, here are a couple of things:

Since the movie season is pretty much over, I thought I might as well do a rundown on the movies I’ve seen this summer and for the fall. I’ll also include movies I’ve either rented or saw online:

  • Iron Man 3 – I think I said something about this before. It was alright. It wasn’t as great as the first one, but it was better than the second one. I also thought the plot twist with the Mandarin was okay.
  • The Great Gatsby – I rented it over the weekend. I thought it was okay. The performances were cool and the scenery had a dreamlike feel to it. I’m just wondering why someone thought it was a good idea to mix modern rap with the 1920’s. I liked the songs, but it felt a little off on the music aspect.
  • Oblivion (the movie, by the way) – This was another rental. I thought the movie was good. There were things l liked about it. The performances were good, the scenery was awesome, the music kicked butt (and reminded me of Tron and Deus Ex: Human Revolution), and the effects were good. I even liked the different plot twists in it. I did think the movie felt boring at times and that it was a little too long, but that’s it.
  • Star Trek: Into Darkness – I talked about it before. I liked it better than the first movie, but not by much.
  • Man of Steel – I’ve also talked about this one. While it has some issues, I thought it was a good movie. The fact that I saw the movie twice in theaters should say that I really like the movie.
  • Fast and Furious 6 – I really enjoyed this one and I haven’t seen any of the other F&F movies. It was action-packed and funny.
  • We’re the Millers – I saw this with a friend of mine. I’m not a big fan of raunchy comedies, but this one was okay. I laughed when I needed to. It was a little predictable in some places though.
  • The Hobbit – I think I saw this movie at the beginning of summer, I don’t remember. I thought it was okay. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the LOTR trilogy either. I’m still wondering why the book got made into three movies.
  • The Hunt for Red October – Yeah, I’m including older movies too. I really liked this. It was suspenseful and well-acted. I think it’s one of the only times where I’ve seen Tim Curry play it straight.
  • Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox – I saw this a couple of weeks ago. It has some issues, but I liked it as a whole since it revolved around the Flash. I’ll elaborate it later next month and speaking of transistions…
Justice League Month
That's right folks! The Batman can smile and not look creepy doing it!

Next month will be Justice League Month. They’re my favorite superhero team, so they get the slot for this November. I’m going to look at five JL stories from each decade. I’ll also look at the direct-to-DVD movies and Justice League/JLU. I might also take a look at the atrocity known as the Justice League pilot that debuted in the 90’s. Yes, there was an attempt at a TV show and it’s not good. It may be worse than Galactica 1980 and that was already bad. I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Well, I’m out. Peace, God Bless, and I guess it’s time to finally read this book called The Hunger Games... Oh yes, that book.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

TV Talk - Battlestar Galactica and Galactica: 1980

This installment of TV Talk is brought to you by the awesome planet, Earth. Whether it’s Star Trek, Stargate: SG-1, the DC Universe, or Battlestar Galactica, you know that Earth is always going to be that shiny beacon of hope.

Today’s show is the original Battlestar Galactica and it’s spinoff show, Galactica: 1980. I’m actually not a big fan of these shows. Still, since its reboot has garnered a lot of praise from fans including me, I thought it would be nice to look at the original show and its sequel.

My first look at anything related to BSG came from an old recorded VHS tape that had some old cartoons on it. There was an episode of Galactica: 1980 on there and it involved the Cylons (“The Night the Cylons Landed”). When we got the Sci-fi Channel (the station wasn’t part of our plan beforehand), I noticed that they would play the show on certain days. Back when the Sci-fi Channel was actually good, they would show a small marathon of shows every work day during the morning and noon times. When I was out of school, they would usually show BSG. After the channel got rid of that cool segment, I had not seen any of the original show since.

When I got Netflix, I noticed that both shows were on there but I didn’t really have any inclination to watch them. A while back, I heard some reviews about some comic book series that were based on this show and that piqued my interest in the show. I also wanted to see if the show was really any good because I really didn’t remember much from it. So, I took a break from watching Fringe (which is/was pretty awesome) and watched the 1 season of BSG. I then tried to watch G: 1980 and… well, I’ll get to that later. What did I think of the two shows? Find out below: