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Apologies and a Street Fighter Video

Apologies and a Street Fighter Video

By Greg in Blog on May 8, 2010

Man, I haven't been keeping this blog up to date for quite some time! Apologies for some of my readers. I've been so damn busy with school this semester, especially due to one class where we had to put on a show where I played the Devil, mwahahahaaa!!! Boy was that a freakin' blast. Working with everyone on the ensemble was just a wonderful blessing. I plan to post some pics/videos here when I can.For now, I'll post this fan film Street Fighter video I just stumbled onto it. Bloody bleedin' awesome!

Point Blank and The Hunter

Point Blank and The Hunter

By David Bird in Blog on May 1, 2010

(NOTE: There is some spoilage here. Not a lot, but you're forewarned.)This past week I was watching one of the great movies of the 60s, John Boorman’s Point Blank, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and Keenan Wynn; an adaptation of Richard Stark’s The Hunter. Marvin was one of Hollywood’s last tough guys. It’s a type of actor you just don’t see any more. During the 70s they were slowly displaced by the action hero, a friendlier, more widely appealing character. Sure they sometimes played comedic roles (Paint Your Wagon and Cat Ballou were two of Marvin’s better known ones), but they didn’t have jokes, or little kids to play off. They were tough guys. Irony free. This movie starts with him being betrayed by his wife and partner and being left for dead in a cell of the abandoned Alcatraz. Comic readers will be familiar with story from Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Hunter, an adaptation of the same novel and one of last year’s most successful graphic novels. I was one of maybe two people - I am sure I saw a less than happy review somewhere - who had any reservations at all. I just couldn’t get past having already seen a better version. As a director Boorman brought together the noir of the 40s and 50s with the experimentation of the 60s and 70s. As an actor Marvin embodied an implacable force - a demand for justice and retribution. My problems with Cooke’s Parker: The Hunter actually began with the cover. The girl looks too big and her body, visually cut in half by where Parker is sitting, seems askew. Trivial, maybe, but it left me starting the book thinking something might be… hinkey. My biggest problem with the comic, however, stems from something that probably isn’t even Cooke’s fault. I haven’t read Stark’s novel and I assume the differences between the film and the comic originate in the source material. In the movie Walker is betrayed by his wife and partner, who are also having an affair. In the comic, and presumably the novel, Parker was intending to betray his partner himself, but the partner got the drop on him, forcing Parker’s wife into the plot through some rather implausible circumstances. The difference? Where Walker was a victim, Parker is just a loser. An angry, driven loser, but a loser just the same. It takes the wind out of things. Why should I even care? Given that the book has the skills of one great cartoonist on display on every page, its definitely worth a look, but I can’t recommend it without reservations - unlike the movie, a classic every crime fiction fan should have in their library.This blog has been syndicated from David Bird's Eponymous Blog.


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Playlist:  Deep Blues Part 2 – Chicago & Beyond

Playlist: Deep Blues Part 2 – Chicago & Beyond

By in Blog on May 1, 2010

As a companion to my review of Robert Palmer’s book Deep Blues, I present part two of  two playlists.  Check out the first part via this link.  This playlist features music from Chicago and early Electric Blues artists including a few connections to early Rock N Roll and R&B.  The playlist is in pseudo chronological [...]


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Rave Ups:  Deep Blues by Robert Palmer

Rave Ups: Deep Blues by Robert Palmer

By in Blog on May 1, 2010

First of all, this book first published in 1981 was not written by Robert Palmer, the singer that brought you the hit song “Addicted to Love”.  The Robert Palmer that wrote this book was a distinguished music journalist from the 1970s to the 1990s.  He covered music for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, [...]


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Playlist:  Deep Blues Part 1 – Mississippi Delta to Chicago

Playlist: Deep Blues Part 1 – Mississippi Delta to Chicago

By in Blog on May 1, 2010

As a companion to my review of Robert Palmer’s book Deep Blues, I present part one of  two playlists.  Check out the second part via this link.  This playlist features music from the very earliest Delta and Country Blues artists with just a peak at the connection to Chicago.  The playlist is in pseudo chronological [...]


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The Wrasslin' Fan #4: The 2010 Draft

The Wrasslin' Fan #4: The 2010 Draft

By syxxpakk in Blog on April 26, 2010

ITB: CM Punk moves to Canada to avoid being drafted to RAW.


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2010 First Quarter Round Up and Playlist

2010 First Quarter Round Up and Playlist

By in Blog on April 11, 2010

Since I haven't had much time as of late to post content to this site, I thought I would do my best to give my readers a report on the last three months of music.  The releases listed below are not listed in any certain order.  NOTABLE RELEASES Artists: Album: Release Date: Label: Links: Beach House Teen Dream 1/26/2010 Sub Pop >Listen [...]


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Short Story

Short Story

By ZombieRed in Blog on April 7, 2010


The Human Centipede Trailer

The Human Centipede Trailer

By Greg in Blog on April 3, 2010

Awww man, this trailer cracks me up. I may want to see this.

Oh, The Horror! #50: The Others

Oh, The Horror! #50: The Others

By Greg in Blog on April 1, 2010

A movie I've been wanting to see again for years. I had only seen this movie once before and recall being absolutely amazed by it, from the quality of production to the performances to the ending. The ending is a fantastic modern classic twist if I do say so myself. Actually, the first time I seen this movie fully, I knew the twist because I walked in to the last 5 minutes of the film when it was in theaters when I was looking for my mother who was watching this film. But now that I finally own this film and watching it now with a clearer mentality and love for film-making and horror in general, this movie definitely still has and showcases the type of horror that I absolute love and strive to study and hopefully capture with my own art whether it be writing or filming.The movie stars Nicole Kidman as a stern and sometimes very cold mother named Grace. She is very hard on her children Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley), constantly pushing the words of the Lord and Bible in their minds. She is also highly protective of them due to their disease of being photosensitive. If the sun were to hit their skin, they'd get a terrible allergic reaction and die. Therefore Grace makes sure to cover the whole house in curtains in safety of her children. While she is very strict, you still get a sense in every scene of the love and devotion to her children. Her husband has also been missing and declared dead from fighting in the war and all her servants have abruptly left the house. Grace ends up opening her house to three servants passing by. While very nice and charming, as the movie progresses you're not quite sure what exactly their motives are. Especially in connection to the strange occurrences in the house. Grace one day hears the sounds of a child crying. She rushes quickly to her children but neither of them admits to the tears. That is when Grace's daughter, Anne, brings up a boy named Victor, the name of a ghost in the house. Grace, a believer of the afterlife and her religious teachings, refuses to believe this and punishes her daughter until she herself begins to experience the occurrences. She is very tough as she tries her best to find out what is going on in the house and attempts to fight these unwanted ghosts out of the house while protecting her children and trying to keep her sanity.Director Alejandro Amenábar does a fantastic job guiding us through this psychological supernatural thriller. The atmosphere, tone, and mood set up since the very beginning is done beautifully and is compared well with the fantastic use of music, sound effects, and mixing. All the technical setups including seamless camera shots and editing really brings us to a very tight and coherent production. Combined with strong performances from the actors, the Others is overall a plain winner in my book. Very underrated, if you ask me. I also applaud the fact that I don't recall seeing any real CGI special effects. Nearly everything seen in the film seems very practical to shoot. It seems many people forget that you can easily get under people's skins and/or astonish them with just great use of camera work, tense shots and moments along with sounds and moving doors that you can simply have some one move with their hands while under the camera view, heh. If you have not seen this film, what are you waiting for?Originally Pubished at: Minds of Greg

Oh, The Horror! #49: Quarantined

Oh, The Horror! #49: Quarantined

By Greg in Blog on March 28, 2010

Finally having seen this, this was probably the 4 or 5th time I've attempted to watch this movie and finally saw the whole thing. Not that the previous times I found it lacking or boring, I would just always fall asleep from tiredness or have been interrupted in someway shape or form. So finally about two months ago I was finally granted by the Fates to watch this film uninterrupted with the lights turned off with my wonderfully soft and warm cover. And wooo-boy was this fun! Now I have not seen the original but from what I hear, like nearly every remake, people were very annoyed that this film was made to begin with when you had the original titled REC from Spain. I've also read that both films are in fact nearly exactly the same, as the film seems to be a shot-by-shot recreation of the original. As someone who hasn't seen the original but only seen the remake, I have to say I'm definitely a fan and was entertained. I may have to look for the original to own if I found this remake so darn fun to watch.The movie is filmed in a "found footage" style, the style of Cannibal Holocaust, Blair Witch Project, and recently Paranormal Activity. The movie begins with reporter Angela Vidal (played by very believably by Jennifer Carpenter) and her camera man Scott Percival (Steve Harris) filming footage introducing us to their next assignment where they follow a group of firefighters for the night. Through interviews and b-rolls, we're introduced to different firefighters, Jake (Jay Hernandez) and Fletcher (Johnathon Schaech), showing them the ins and outs of the fire station. Angela, who mentions when she was a kid wanted very much to be a fire-fighter, is anxious to get a call to go out and get some action. Boy, does that "Be careful what you wish for" saying come true. The crew gets a call and they rush over to a three story building where it seems everyone's in a panic. We meet the various tenants in the building and a police officer, Danny (Columbus Short) who isn't happy one bit when Angela and Scott get in his face with their camera, especially after shooting to death a tenant about to rabidly attack him. Angela's night of excitement is quickly halted after seeing an old woman get shot to death. This is no longer a "fun, laughing" matter. Her world will completely be turned upside-down by the end of this movie. The building suddenly gets sealed up as the tenants, including the cops, fire-fighters, and news crew get trapped inside of the building by what seems to be the government, cutting off their cable and cell phones. This ends up causing the building to become a death trap as a weird virus begins to trigger the tenants, bringing them into a state of rage as if being affected by rabies and attacking each other. The bacteria seems to be spread through biting and any type of saliva and while people begin to get infected one-by-one, there's seems to be no way out of this whole nightmare.I absolutely enjoyed the heck out of this film. Having the film shot in found footage style really helps pull you into the action and it certain helps that the characters, actions, reactions, and decisions are entirely believable. None of the movements, specifically the camera, come out forced in anyway shape or form. It doesn't seem convenient that the camera was looking at a specific thing before an action took place. Cinematography through out was simply perfect. While I was enticed and having a ton of fun watching, as the movie progressed I really started to feel generally scared for the characters and would get annoyed when an infected character would come to cause terror. I laughed at how much I was into this film and I really wish I saw this in theaters to hear people shouting at the screen, "Run!" "Oh, you stupid bitch! Stop making noise!"Directed by John Erick Dowdle, if you haven't seen this film I'd definitely recommend it. I feel with all I've been reading and what I've seen of this film, the film itself was recommending me to be interested to see the original which I plan to do now. Also take note of Doug Jones being in the film! I love Doug Jones! Yes, I said Doug Jones, so if anyone's familiar with that name, you know for sure what kind of role he'll be playing and of course he's as creepy as ever. And major props goes to the lead, Carpenter. Is it safe to call her a new-aged Scream Queen after this and her Exorcism of Emily Rose role where she was also excellent in?Originally Pubished at: Minds of Greg

Fuck You, You Fucking Fanboy

Fuck You, You Fucking Fanboy

By GHERU in Blog on March 24, 2010

Outhouse video and podcast star GHERU gives his thoughts on the state of internet comic fandom.

Cosmic Odyssey

Cosmic Odyssey

By David Bird in Blog on March 22, 2010

Writer: Jim Starlin, Pencils: Mike Mignola, Inks: Carlos GarzonPublished by DC 1992, re-issued 2009Originally published as four issues in 1988 Cosmic Odyssey lives up to its name, taking readers across the galaxy and into other dimensions as Batman, Superman, J’onn J’onzz, Starfire, John Stewart, and Jason Blood team up with New Gods, good and bad, to save the universe from the Anti-Life Equation. The story begins with an Apokoliptian attack on Gotham, quickly foiled by Superman and Lightray, and Darkseid’s recovery of a catatonic Metron. Metron has discovered the truth of the Anti-Life Equation and it has almost destroyed him. Darkseid initially hopes that he can take that information and use it to his own advantage, but he quickly realizes that the Equation isn’t a tool he can wield. Worse, it is a threat to the universe and to his own designs of conquest. He calls a truce with the Highfather and together they recruit the five Earth - or Earth-based - heroes mentioned above to save the galaxy. Evidently the Milky Way is a finely tuned thing and the destruction of any two of four specific star systems will be enough to destroy it altogether. Our heroes are teamed up with New Gods and sent to save those planets.This book offers two big draws. A cosmic adventure by Jim Starlin and an early example of Mike Mignola - and drawing superheroes, no less. Nowadays to second point is probably the bigger draw. Starlin gives us a straight ahead, heavily plotted adventure story. Its well paced and that’s a good thing, because it never slows down. I particularly like his exposition on the origin and nature of the Equation (much more than the more recent attempts by Morrison). I’ve heard interviews in which Mignola said that when he started he adapted his own style to a more traditional superhero standard, but this is clearly Mignola’s own. His men enjoy a blocky solidity. Their musculature isn’t overly defined, but they look very strong. The only two characters he didn’t have a handle on were J’onn J’onzz and Starfire. J’onn looks like a green Uatu. It just doesn’t work. And Starfire is one of DC’s more overtly sexy characterized, even if she isn’t over sexualized, but Mignola doesn’t seem able to carry that off. Worse, and strangely, he is constantly drawing the top half of her face in shadows. It’s almost as if he wanted to draw a mask on her. But those are minor complaints - even if I did find them constantly annoying. Mignola does a great job on the whole and its only strengthened by Garzon and vibrant colours of Steve Oliff.DC was smart to re-issue this book.This blog has been syndicated from David Bird's Eponymous Blog.

"I'm Getting to Old for This Shit"

By starlord in Blog on March 20, 2010

That title is one of the most famous lines in one of the greatest buddy movies ever made. Buddy movies have been around for ages now, harking back to the days of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and (my personal favorite) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Looking back at thirty some years of comic reading I'll have to say that Marvel has had its fair share of great buddies as well. Probably the longest and oldest would have to be Human Torch and Spider-Man (which is pretty odd since they are both in their late twenties and their friendship has lasted nearly fifty years). But with Johnny Storm constantly off in space or the Negative Zone and Peter Parker erasing everyone's memories every ten years so he can reveal his true identity all over again, they don't really hang out as much. They may have the oldest friendship, but not the strongest.Then there's Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Now these guys have had a very strong and powerful friendship that has had more ups and downs then the Chicken Ranch. It's unfortunate that they've been split up by that darn Jessica Jones. Leave it to a woman to ruin a great bro love like theirs.I could really list a ton more that Marvel has had, including my personal favorite: Beast and Wonder Man, but if I had to call one friendship the best that Marvel has ever created, I've got to go with Nightcrawler and Wolverine. A highly spiritual and religious mutant with the looks of a demon and a Canadian killing machine seemed the least likely of friends; but since the late seventies their friendship has remained one of the most honest and compelling that Marvel has ever offered.Kurt Wagner was repulsed at Logan's blood lust when they first became members of the X-Men and Logan found Kurt's spirtuality and kindness to be out of place in a world where they were a hunted and hated species. Yet, from their first adventure together way back in Uncanny X-Men #129 when they fought the Wendigo, their friendship blossomed and has grown ever since. Through the years every writer has seen the special bromance that these two have carried for each other and have made sure that at least one issue focuses on it. Occasionally they will throw Colossus in the middle just to shake up the dynamics, but even then, it's all about the demon and the animal. I think we can take away a lot from this long standing friendship. They've proven that you don't have to have the same belief system to become best friends, you just have to see the heart of each other and work to nurture it.There's a plaque that a friend of mine from high school, and who I am still very close to, gave me once. It reads: A true friend understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are.That's Kurt and Logan. That's my buddy Larry and I. It's what I wish for every person in this world. One great friendship that stands the test of time. Everyone deserves that. This blog has been syndicated from Starlord's Corner.

 I'm Getting to Old for This Shit

I'm Getting to Old for This Shit

By Starlord in Blog on March 19, 2010

That title is one of the most famous lines in one of the greatest buddy movies ever made. Buddy movies have been around for ages now, harking back to the days of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and (my personal favorite) Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Looking back at thirty some years of comic reading I'll have to say that Marvel has had its fair share of great buddies as well. Probably the longest and oldest would have to be Human Torch and Spider-Man (which is pretty odd since they are both in their late twenties and their friendship has lasted nearly fifty years). But with Johnny Storm constantly off in space or the Negative Zone and Peter Parker erasing everyone's memories every ten years so he can reveal his true identity all over again, they don't really hang out as much. They may have the oldest friendship, but not the strongest.Then there's Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Now these guys have had a very strong and powerful friendship that has had more ups and downs then the Chicken Ranch. It's unfortunate that they've been split up by that darn Jessica Jones. Leave it to a woman to ruin a great bro love like theirs.I could really list a ton more that Marvel has had, including my personal favorite: Beast and Wonder Man, but if I had to call one friendship the best that Marvel has ever created, I've got to go with Nightcrawler and Wolverine. A highly spiritual and religious mutant with the looks of a demon and a Canadian killing machine seemed the least likely of friends; but since the late seventies their friendship has remained one of the most honest and compelling that Marvel has ever offered.Kurt Wagner was repulsed at Logan's blood lust when they first became members of the X-Men and Logan found Kurt's spirtuality and kindness to be out of place in a world where they were a hunted and hated species. Yet, from their first adventure together way back in Uncanny X-Men #129 when they fought the Wendigo, their friendship blossomed and has grown ever since. Through the years every writer has seen the special bromance that these two have carried for each other and have made sure that at least one issue focuses on it. Occasionally they will throw Colossus in the middle just to shake up the dynamics, but even then, it's all about the demon and the animal. I think we can take away a lot from this long standing friendship. They've proven that you don't have to have the same belief system to become best friends, you just have to see the heart of each other and work to nurture it.There's a plaque that a friend of mine from high school, and who I am still very close to, gave me once. It reads: A true friend understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are.That's Kurt and Logan. That's my buddy Larry and I. It's what I wish for every person in this world. One great friendship that stands the test of time. Everyone deserves that. Originally Published at Starlord's Corner  http://starlordscorner.blogspot.com/2010/03/im-getting-to-old-for-this-shit.html

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