Thursday, December 27, 2012

TV in 2012

Top 5 Shows I Watched in 2012:



 1. Breaking Bad - I got into this show in the summer and was instantly watching it as much as I could on Netflix,  I am now almost all caught up on this season and cannot wait to see how the show ends. It was so good I was almost sad with each passing episode because I knew that meant I had less to watch. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul make this show a pleasure to watch.



2. The Walking Dead - Season 2 started pretty slow but really heated up towards the end and the group leaving the farm. This season has been a non stop thrill ride, they are not pulling the punches any more and going full on epic each and every episode. You cannot get attached to anyone because the show is not holding back and will kill off your favorite character in an instant. If you like tension, this one is for you.


3. Curb Your Enthusiasm - Larry David continues to impress and make me laugh to no end and this latest season of Curb was just as good as his others. The long time in between seasons can be hard  but whenever the show comes on I just love it. My favorite comedy show on TV! I know the show technically ended a few months before 2012 but I watched most of it in 2012, sorry schmohawk)


4. The League - The League isn't the type of humor that everyone will get or like, but I still enjoy this raunchy and smart comedy about guys who love to hate each other and all play in a fantasy football league. The show constantly is one upping itself in how funny (and sometimes gross) it can be. If you play fantasy football you can relate to these guys and how they obsess over every win and loss.

5. Girls - I love this show because of Lena Dunham, she really pours her soul into every episode. She stars and writes most episodes. This is a somewhat realistic portrayal of 20-30 year olds out of college trying to make their way in the world. The show can be hilarious (see Adam Driver as Dunhams on and off again possible boyfriend) but also shows that not everything about growing up is a joke. Look forward to seeing where they go with the show.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

The World Can't End!




The world can't end because I need to see This Is The End ! I mentioned this movie back in my December 29, 2011 blog about upcoming movies I was looking forward to coming out in 2012. The movie has been pushed back a few times and now is set for 2013. This is what I said in that blog, when the movie was being call "The Apocalypse" :

The Apocalypse - 2012(?) -- I seriously have no idea what this movie is about besides that is being directed by Seth Rogen and starring Mr. Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson. All it says on imdb is "Two guys take on the end of the world." If this comes out in 2012 I am there.



Now we have a poster and a great trailer that Seth Rogen (who is also making his directorial debut and starring in the film) has  released just in case the end of the world does happen tomorrow, then at least he will have shown some footage of the movie.

With a cast like Rogen, Franco, and Hill I am still psyched! I feel that it is even better that they are playing themselves. If you ever saw Knocked Up, many of my favorite scenes were just all the guys (including Hill, Jason Segel (listed as having a part in the movie and mentioned in the trailer) , Rogen, and Baruchel) are just hanging out basically being themselves.

This just means the world will not end. I must see this movie!!!!

Watch the trailer below (NSFW).


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tim Burton's new video


I know I get on Tim Burton for not really having an original idea, at least since 2005 Corpse Bride, not like that was a great movie but at least it was his . We could look at his long line of remakes or re-imaging of older properties (ok, we will):

Batman and Batman Returns (comic book and TV show) (1989 & 1992)

Ed Wood (based on actual events, Plan 9 From Outer Space) (1994)

Mars Attacks! (cards and comics) (1996)

Sleepy Hollow (book, cartoon, movie) (1999)

Planet of the Apes (tons of movies before) (2001)

Big Fish (based off a book) (2003)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (book and movie) (2005)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (long standing musical) (2007)

Alice In Wonderland (book and movies) (2010)

Dark Shadows (TV show) (2012)

Frankenweenie (remaking his own short story) (2012)


Ok so I haven't seen Frankenweenie yet but I have heard good things. I am in no way saying I do not enjoy his remakes or re imaginings just saying Mr. Burton I want some original stories. I have really liked his Batman movies, Sleepy Hollow, Ed Wood, and Sweeney Todd. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, and Alice In Wonderland were pretty good and I didn't care for Mars Attacks!, Planet of the Apes, or Dark Shadows.


We know you can do it, look at Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, or even Nightmare Before Christmas (based off his story) those are great movies. We know you can remake stuff but I would like to see what you can do with some material you make yourself. Take for example this Killers video I found out he directed. He has his old pal Winona Ryder back in it and I really like seeing Burton doing something new. Hope we can get more movies from his mind soon. I really dug this new video.



Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Power Poll

1.    Atlanta Falcons 9-1 - Matt Ryan throws 5 interceptions yet they still win.
2.    Houston Texans  9-1 - Had the first overtime lead in NFL history
3.    San Francisco 49ers   7-2-1 - They love playing on MNF, outscoring their 2 opponents 56-10
4.    Baltimore Ravens  8-2 - The D is playing very well despite all the injuries
5.    Denver Broncos  7-3 - Manning is making this team win, have been a nice roll..l but lost their starting RB
6.    New England Patriots  7-3 - They put up 59 on a decent Colts team
7.    Green Bay Packers  7-3 - They seem to be back but still aren't the explosive team they once were.
8.    Chicago Bears  7-3 - The O-line has some serious issues and without Cutler they are dropping
9.     New York Giants  6-4 - On a bye week
10.   Pittsburgh Steelers  6-4 - They can’t seem to keep their QB’s on the field
11.   Indianapolis Colts  6-4 - Tough loss brought the young team back to reality
12.   New Orleans Saints  5-5 - Watch out, they are back (at least offensively)
13.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers  6-4  - Freeman is a legit QB and this team could be playoff bound
14.   Minnesota Vikings 6-4 - Bye week
15.   Seattle Seahawks  6-4 - Bye week
16.   Dallas Cowboys   5-5 - This team is bipolar
17.   Cincinnati Bengals  5-5 - I think AJ Green is the best WR in the AFC
18.   Miami Dolphins  4-6 - They are usually in close games, could be a playoff team in 2013
19.   Detroit Lions  4-6 - Tough home loss against Green Bay
20.   Arizona Cardinals  4-6 - Who is the QB next week?
21.   San Diego Chargers  4-6 - I cannot think of one reason why they still have the same head coach
22.   Tennessee Titans  4-6 - Bye
23.   Washington Redskins  4-6 - That RGIII guy is pretty good
24.   New York Jets  4-6 - Still showing some signs of life (I miss Tebow)
25.   Philadelphia Eagles  3-7 - Just a disaster, Is Andy Reid done in Philly?
26.   Buffalo Bills  4-6  - Nice win over a good Dolphins team
27.   St. Louis Rams  3-6-1 - Not a tie this week! (a loss!)
28.   Cleveland Browns  2-8 - Despite only 2 wins they continue to play tough
29.   Oakland Raiders   3-7  - They have given up 135 points over the last 3 weeks (average of 45 a game).
30.   Carolina Panthers  2-8 - They have been really close to winning lately
31.   Jacksonville Jaguars  1-9 - They lost a heartbreaker but might have found a QB in Chad Henne
32.   Kansas City Chiefs  1-9 - Time to buy those Matt Barkley jerseys?

Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading and supporting the blog!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Power Poll

It was kind of a weird week, most of the good teams beat bad teams so not a huge change. Atlanta finally nabs sole possession of first place while Vikings tumble down 5.



1.       Atlanta Falcons (4) 7-0
2.       New York Giants  (2) 6-2
3.(tie) Houston Texans (1) 6-1
3.(tie) San Francisco 49ers (3)  6-2
5.       Green Bay Packers (8) 5-3
6.       Chicago Bears (5) 6-1
7.       New England Patriots (9) 5-3
8.       Baltimore Ravens (7) 5-2
9.       Denver Broncos (10) 4-3
10.   Pittsburgh Steelers (14) 4-3
11.   Minnesota Vikings (6) 5-3
12.   Indianapolis Colts (15) 4-3
13.   Seattle Seahawks (13) 4-4
14.   Miami Dolphins (20) 4-3
15.   Philadelphia Eagles (12) 3-4
16.   San Diego Chargers (11) 3-4
17.   Cincinnati Bengals (16) 3-4
18.   Detroit Lions  (24) 3-4
19.   Dallas Cowboys  (19) 3-4
20.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers  (27) 3-4
21.   Arizona Cardinals (18) 4-4
22.   Washington Redskins (21) 3-5
23.   Oakland Raiders  (25) 3-4  
24.   Tennessee Titans (23) 3-5
25.   St. Louis Rams (17) 3-4
26.   New Orleans Saints (22) 2-5
27.    Buffalo Bills (28) 3-4
28.    New York Jets (26) 3-5
29.    Cleveland Browns (31) 2-6
30.    Carolina Panthers (30) 1-6
31.    Jacksonville Jaguars (32) 1-6
32.    Kansas City Chiefs (29) 1-6

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My 80's Horrofest

I will admit I didn't mean to start my Halloween Horror fest as being mostly movies from the 80's but somehow that is how it happened. Once I started to realize this I just decided to go with it and watch mostly horror/suspense/supernatural movies that were all released in the 80's. With October slowly coming to an end I wanted to update what movies I have seen and a quick take on them. Hope all my readers are enjoying October and hopefully seeing a few horror movies to put you in the mood of the month.

House (1986) - As a kid I remember either seeing this movie or at least seeing the poster. The poster itself is really cool and stands out as something I remember very well from my youth. The movie itself comes from people who have a rich horror tradition. The director, Steve Miner, directed Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3 and the writer was none other then Fred Dekker the man who wrote/directed Night of the Creeps and Monster Squad (I own both movies). House is a amusing 80's romp. Pretty light on the horror but it has some scary elements to it for sure. Norm from Cheers aka George Wendt steals the movie when he appears.  Overall not a bad movie.









Children of the Corn (1984) - I have always wanted to see Children of the Corn, now I wish I didn't. This is not a scary, frightening, or in any way well done movie. I found it hard to get through even though the opening of the movie was somewhat interesting. I am not sure how or why the series has spanned six sequels! I found myself laughing out loud many times at the acting (and not just the children's acting). I find it interesting Linda Hamilton was filming this movie as the same time as The Terminator (well possibly as both were released in 1984). Overall skip this one, or maybe if you are in a mood for so bad its good type movie.



House II: The Second Story (1987) - I thought since the first one was fun enough, why not try House II! Overall this has no relation to the first movie in any way. House II is more of a supernatural movie that involves a magical crystal skull (pre-dating Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull by 21 years!). This movie is very very 80's and I dig the nostalgia factor it has going for it. Once again this movie features a Cheers alum, this time Cliff aka John Ratzenberger, who like George Wendt steals every scene he is in. Overall not scary but has a certain 80's charm that appealed to me.

The Toxic Avenger (1984) - This is one pretty sick yet entertaining movie. I like the absurd ways that people get killed and the gore is at it's best in this very dark movie. I always knew of the Toxic Avenger but had never seen the first one. I feel like I now get why this movie is so talked about. The Toxic Avenger has also had a long career, i know of at least 3 sequels and even a children's cartoon that featured the hero. Overall this is a must see as a cult movie but it is not for everyone.

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) - Angela is back! This time played by Pamela Springsteen (yes the sister of rock legend Bruce Springsteen!). Angela is back to her usual ways of killing off tons of campers and no one really noticing. I found the movie to be amusing with some interesting kills. I like a movie  that know what it is and Sleepaway Camp knows it is a cheaply made 80's horror. They even go as far as to have Jason's hockey mask and Feddy's glove and both are used while offing a camper. Overall this was a pretty fun cheaply made flick.

Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989) - Angela is back...again! Watching this movie I started to wonder why it was the exact same sets as Sleepaway Camp II, and same director, same actor...then I realized they shot both movies back to back (ala Back to the Future II and III). Pretty smart for saving costs. For some reason I didn't much like part 3 though. I think they got really cheap, maybe they spent all their budget on the part 2 because this one just doesn't show much kill wise. They even go into a lengthy flashback that just made me think I would rather watch part 2 instead. Overall if you need to complete the series see this, at least it is short.

The Fog (1980) - The Fog is done by John Carpenter (Halloween) and even had the stars of Halloween 1-3 in it (Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Atkins). I found it to be a pretty good flick. I am not as high on this one as a lot of other but overall it is a good movie and should be seen at least once. I just think the ending doesn't flow that well and not a lot happens throughout the movie. Still has good music and atmosphere.

TerrorVision (1986) - I found out about this from Cinemassacre and was pleased to see it was on netflix instant watch. This movie is very unique and is like a perfect 80's movie. A lot of the movie is deep in the culture of the 80's and yet it still holds up because of the interesting premise. This is probably the most obscure 80's movie on my list, but if you like movies like Critters you will enjoy this one. Overall it may not wow you but it is worth a watch, especially if you like those 80's horror flicks.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Power Poll

1.       Houston Texans (1) 6-1
2.       New York Giants  (6) 5-2
3.       San Francisco 49ers (2)  5-2
4.       Atlanta Falcons (3) 6-0
5.       Chicago Bears (8) 5-1
6.       Minnesota Vikings (7) 5-2
7.       Baltimore Ravens (4) 5-2
8.        Green Bay Packers (12) 4-3
9.      New England Patriots (5) 4-3
10.   Denver Broncos (15) 3-3
11.    Seattle Seahawks (18) 4-3
12.    Philadelphia Eagles (9) 3-3
13.   San Diego Chargers (13) 3-3
14.    Pittsburgh Steelers (17) 3-3
15.    Indianapolis Colts (14) 3-3
16.    Dallas Cowboys  (21) 3-3
17.    Arizona Cardinals (11) 4-3
18.    Cincinnati Bengals (10) 3-4
19. St. Louis Rams (16) 3-3
20.    Miami Dolphins (20) 3-3
21.    Washington Redskins (19) 3-4
22. New Orleans Saints (23) 2-4
23.    Tennessee Titans (28) 3-4
24.   Detroit Lions  (22) 2-4
25.  Oakland Raiders  (32) 2-4   
26.   New York Jets (26) 3-4
27.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers  (29) 2-4
28.    Buffalo Bills (27) 3-4
29.  Kansas City Chiefs (24) 1-5
30.     Carolina Panthers (25) 1-5
31.   Cleveland Browns (31) 1-6
32.   Jacksonville Jaguars (30) 1-5

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Power Poll

1.       Houston Texans (1) 5-0 – We will see how they handle their first Sunday night game against Green Bay and if they are really #1.

2.       San Francisco 49ers (3)  4-1 – Last two games they scored 79 points and gave up 3, they have 2 more home games in a row.


3.       Atlanta Falcons (2) 5-0 – This team won on the road and continues to impress, but not as much as the other two above them.


4.       Baltimore Ravens (4) 4-1 – The defense continues to impress, but only 9 points this week?

5.       New England Patriots (7) 3-2 – You can never count out this team with Brady at the helm. Showed Manning who’s boss and they can run this year!


6.       New York Giants  (10) 3-2 – I have an odd feeling this team is right where they want to be at 3-2, bad news is next game is against the 49ers in SF.

7.       Minnesota Vikings (13) 4-1 – The Vikings D seems legit and we know they can run the ball. This might be a playoff team.


8.       Chicago Bears (12) 4-1 – They have had a pretty easy schedule to this point but the D seems good and Cutler to Marshall is working well.

9.       Philadelphia Eagles (6) 3-2 – A tough loss in Pittsburgh knocks them down a few. Can Vick not turn over the ball so much?


10.   Cincinnati Bengals (11) 3-2 – Got taken out at home against Miami shows the youth of this team.

11.   Arizona Cardinals (5) 4-1 – They have serious O-line issues.


12.   Green Bay Packers (9) 2-3 – This team is still good, but so many injuries, they are starting to take a toll on the Pack.

13.   San Diego Chargers (8) 3-2 – Could have become an elite team with a win in New Orleans, guess they should have kept Brees…


14.   Indianapolis Colts (21) 2-2 – They are young and hungry, Luck is for real. Could push for a playoff spot.

15.   Denver Broncos (14) 2-3 – Manning is looking back in form, too bad they got down big on the road.


16.   St. Louis Rams (19) 3-2 – Rams D is showing it can play, too bad they have no one to throw the ball too.

17.   Pittsburgh Steelers (20) 2-2 – This team looks they might go on a roll with some winnable games coming up (Tennessee, Cincinnati, and Washington).


18.   Seattle Seahawks (18) 3-2 – They beat the Panthers on the road, they stay in the same spot.

19.   Washington Redskins (15) 2-3 – RGIII suffers a concussion, good thing they have another rookie QB to back up the rookie QB…really?


20.   Miami Dolphins (29) 2-3 – The Dolphins are playing hard and have been in most of the games they have played. Got to give them some credit.

21.   Dallas Cowboys  (17) 2-2 – Bye week


22.   Detroit Lions  (22) 1-3 – Bye week

23.   New Orleans Saints (25) 1-4 – This team still has a lot of talent and managed to beat a pretty good Chargers team, will the trend continue?


24.   Kansas City Chiefs (23) 1-4 – Could only manage 6 points at home.

25.   Carolina Panthers (24) 1-4 – This team has been a huge disappointment, seems like teams are figuring out Cam Newton.


26.   New York Jets (27) 2-3 - Tebow time yet? It will happen

27.   Buffalo Bills (16) 2-3 – This could be the worst defense in the league, gave up 97 points in the last two games.


28.   Tennessee Titans (26) 1-4 - To cut them some slack, they did just play two road games against the Texans and Vikings.

29.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers  (28) 1-3 – Bye week


30.   Jacksonville Jaguars (30) 1-4 – Bye week…just kidding…played like they were on one.

31.   Cleveland Browns (31) 0-5 – The talent on offense is coming around but the usually good defense didn’t show up.


32.   Oakland Raiders  (32) 1-3 – bye week (yet still somehow lost)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Power Poll

I got a request from a friend to do a power poll. I hope someone is actually reading this blog lately...I am sort of getting discouraged from posting. Here it goes:

NFL Power Poll - Week 5


1.     Houston Texans
2.     Atlanta Falcons
3.    Baltimore Ravens
4.     San Francisco 49ers
5.     Arizona Cardinals
6.     Philadelphia Eagles
7.     New England Patriots
8.     San Diego Chargers
9.     Green Bay Packers
10.   New York Giants
11.   Cincinnati Bengals
12.   Chicago Bears
13.   Minnesota Vikings
14.   Denver Broncos
15.   Washington Redskins
16.   Buffalo Bills
17.   Dallas Cowboys
18.   St. Louis Rams
19.  Seattle Seahawks
20.   Pittsburgh Steelers
21.   Indianapolis Colts
22.   Detroit Lions
23.   New York Jets
24.   Carolina Panthers
25.   New Orleans Saints
26.   Tennessee Titans
27.   Kansas City Chiefs
28.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers
29.   Miami Dolphins
30.   Jacksonville Jaguars
31.   Cleveland Browns
32.   Oakland Raiders

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Old vs. New

Recently I went to the movies to see movies I have already seen. I know it may sound odd to some but I feel that seeing really good movies that I know that I like is sometimes better then risking your money on seeing a movie you may not like at all.

For example I had some time between jobs to see a movie, I had the options of seeing Lawless, The Possession, or seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark (that is the one with Indiana Jones) in IMAX. At the time I thought to myself that I can just easily go home and pop the Raiders DVD I have into my player or even wait a few days for the movie to be re-released on bluray and buy that set and watch it at home. For some reason I have feel cheated by so called IMAX showings in the past because AMC theaters in the Bay Area really only has one true IMAX theater. I know because I traveled some forty five minutes to see The Dark Knight  there once. I did have the time to kill and it had been a while since I had been to see a movie so I decided what the hell, I will waste $15 and go check out this Raiders, in the least I know its a good movie. I might have been swayed even more if it was the first time seeing the movie on the big screen but alas I had seen a midnight showing of it sometime ago.

I came away thoroughly impressed with the entire showing I saw. Like I had said I knew the movie was great but they really made the picture look amazing and not just that but the sound! I think it was the best sounding movie I have seen in a long long time. You could hear every punch, every whip, just amazing picture and sound. I even got a free mini poster on my way out! Re-watching a movie you know you love just might be the way to go. I could have tried to see Lawless or something else but in the end I think it would have just been a let down. Paying the little extra for a movie I own and have seen a lot still was a much better choice. I can't believe I forgot how amazing a movie Raiders is. I think it is in my top 3 Action/adventure movies of all time, if not #1. I was really glad that I decided to take a chance and see Raiders again.

I guess the Raiders experience did change me because last Monday I went out to see another movie I knew I really liked and had already seen a few times, but this time the movie was in 3D. Finding Nemo in 3D wasn't something I thought I must see! I just happened to be off that day because I was coming back from a funeral and me and my wife had the day off. My friend got us from the airport and we got dinner and looked up times to see what was playing. I knew my wife liked the movie and my friend was a Disney nut, so we decided to see a movie that we all had seen and loved before.

Again I ended up paying more then a regular showing, this time because it was in 3D. And again it ended up being totally worth it. I keep saying I will not see movies in 3D but of course it is hard not to when movies keep coming out in 3D. I would say I was somewhat impressed with the movie being in 3D. The good thing for me was that going into the movie I knew it was good already 3D or no 3D. I think the 3D added some depth to the movie, since it's all in the ocean they used the 3D to play around with the surroundings. Was it something totally necessary? No, probably not. But it was fun to see a beloved movie again on the big screen.

I know sometimes there are a lot of good possible movies being released. But I am now more eager to see those movie that I know will not let me down. Movies I love on the big screen again, seeing them with new eyes in ways I haven't seen them before. That is what movies are all about.

Friday, August 31, 2012

NFL 2012



Are you ready for some football?!Here is my annual (and often wrong) NFL Predictions! Although last year predictions I did get 6 out of 12 playoff teams correct! These are just for the love of the game, football has long been my favorite sport and I hope for another exciting season. Hope you enjoy these.



2012 NFL

AFC


EAST

New England Patriots    13-3
Buffalo Bills                     8-8
New York Jets                 7-9
Miami Dolphins              5-11

NORTH

Baltimore Ravens      12-4
Pittsburgh Steelers    10-6*
Cincinnati Bengals      6-10
Cleveland Browns       4-12

SOUTH

Houston Texans        11-5
Tennessee Titans      9-7*
Indianapolis Colts      5-11
Jacksonville Jaguars  4-12

WEST

Denver Broncos         11-5
San Diego Chargers   9-7
Kansas City Chiefs      7-9
Oakland Raiders         6-10 


NFC

EAST

New York Giants       11-5
Philadelphia Eagles     9-7*
Dallas Cowboys         7-9
Washington Redskins  6-10

NORTH

Green Bay Packers   12-4
Chicago Bears           10-6*
Detroit Lions              8-8
Minnesota Vikings    5-11

SOUTH

Carolina Panthers      9-7
New Orleans Saints   8-8
Atlanta Falcons          8-8
Tampa Bay Buccaneers  6-10

WEST

San Francisco 49ers   11-5
Seattle Seahawks        7-9
Arizona Cardinals        7-9
St. Louis Rams            5-11

*= wild card


PLAYOFFS

WILD CARD

Texans defeat Steelers
Broncos defeat Titans
Giants defeat Bears
Philadelphia defeats Carolina

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Ravens defeat Texans
Broncos defeat Patriots
Green Bay defeats Philadelphia 
49ers defeat Giants

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Ravens defeat Broncos
49ers defeat Green Bay

SUPER BOWL

49ers defeat Ravens 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Liebster'd



My fellow blogger leopard13 over at his blog It Rains...You Get Wet has nominated me for a Liebster. The Liebster is a blogging award that has made it's way across the internets. While I do this blog just for fun and my own amusement I am honored that some people read and even leave me some nice comments. Since school starts up next week I figured I will give it a shot...here are the rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves

2.  Answer the 11 questions the person giving you the award has asked you.

3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award too.

4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post.

5. Go to their page and tell them.

6. No tag backs.


11 About Me

  • I was born the same year that Alien, Mad Max, and Apocalypse Now were all released.
  • I met my wife on an online dating service
  • I do not like sushi
  • I am lactose intolerant 
  • I am Gemini and have often been called a very good one
  • One my only scripts was nominated for a small college award, and yes it was an honor just to be nominated.
  • I just got married this past June
  • Some of my all time favorite movies are: Jaws, Psycho, Once Upon A Time in the West, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, and much more.
  • I have only seen Schindler's List once and thought it was so well done and so sad that I haven't been able to watch it again.
  • Even though I was born after Star Wars was released I have seen all the Star Wars movies in a movie theater.
  • I am starting to think the 1970's was the best decade of films ever made

My answer to leopard13 questions:

  • What is your favorite book about cinema (whichever book, covering any type of film genre)?
The Jaws Log written by Carl Gottlieb is the first thing that comes to mind. It is a very impressive look into the making of my all time favorite movie Jaws. 


  • What is your favorite piece of music or song (score or the needle-drop variety) used in a movie?


with the Jaws theme and the Psycho theme a close second

  • Charles Bronson or James Colburn?
For me it will always be Harmonica

  • What is your favorite foreign film (one made outside your country)?
Amelie

  • When watching a movie at home, what food stuff do you almost always have nearby?
I really do not eat much when watching movies at home, but I would say a soda! At the theater it is popcorn and soda with usually a candy of the M&M variety.

  • Vincent Hanna or Neil McCauley?
Oh my, it has been some time since I watched Heat. Now you might make me go back and see it again. I love that movie though, so my cheap answer is: both! 

  • What movie cliche are you so tired of seeing?
I think mine would be the bumbling idiot villain. I always feel their needs to be a quality villain to make a movie work. See the Dark Knight and the Joker, Jaws and the Shark, Star Wars and Darth Vader, Frank from Once Upon A Time in the West, etc.. for how a villain should be portrayed. If the villain is of no threat then why should we worry about the hero being in peril. 

  • What is the scariest scene or image you ever saw on film (and it doesn't have to be from a horror film)?

Yeah still kinda scares me

  • The Howling or An American Werewolf in London?

For me it is An American Werewolf in London, I really like some good humor in my movies and this had it all over. Plus the transformation scene is still an amazing work of art.

  • Ever read the source book of a film adaptation that intrigued you, if so, what's your favorite?
Pretty much every comic book movie that has been made. I used to collect comic books but since have stopped. It is nice to see comic book movies getting so popular but it is hard to see how they change most of the hero's and villain's that I grew up seeing. I always pretty much always know the characters in the movies before even going to see the movies. I will always continue to love and try to keep up with comics in some form.

  • Have you ever fast forwarded a movie, just to get to the good part?
I am trying to remember if I have even done this... but I think not. Movies should be seen from start to finish to be able to get the entire picture.

Here then, are the questions...

(Be as detailed or expansive as you would like)

  1. What is your favorite comic book film?
  2. Star Wars trilogy or Lord of The Rings trilogy?
  3. What film are you most looking forward to in the next or upcoming years?
  4. What was the first movie that made you love movies?
  5. What sports movie do you like to watch again and again?
  6. If you could just watch one Spielberg movie for the rest of your life, which movie would you choose?
  7. Hitchcock or Tarantino?
  8. Post an image that most reminds you of film
  9. Freddy or Jason...?
  10. What is your favorite documentary?
  11. Have you ever met or have a story about a celebrity?

My nominees:
(if you can that would be great but no worries if you cannot)

Emily of A Devine Life
Cinema Du Meep of Cinema Du Meep
Jeff of Dinner of  With Max Jenke
Mr. Jeffrey of jdbrecords
slasherflix of OBSCURA
My Geekness is Awesome of My Geekness is Awesome
3 guys of 3guys1movie.com
Wesley of Wes Hofmann.com
Carlos the Dwarf of TheHeroBlog.com

Monday, July 9, 2012

Saving for September

In my previous blog I mentioned my excitement about a few blurays being released in August, especially my all time favorite movie Jaws. Since then I have signed up for amazon prime account and have been getting a lot of emails from them about upcoming releases and I have come to a conclusion that September may personally be the best bluray release month ever. Check out all these titles that I would buy if I had the means (not to say I do not plan on buying all of these, maybe just at a later date).



Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Hitchcock has long been one of if not my all time favorite directors and I have eagerly been awaiting many of his classic films on bluray. This set features 15 of his films: Saboteur, Shadow Of A Doubt, Rope, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Marine, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot. At least 6 of these are my all time favorites and the set has even a few I have yet to see but am eager to watch. I have somehow managed to not buy any Hitchcock blurays yet (I've been really close though) so this set would be really worth if for me or any Hitchcock fan that wants to upgrade their collection. The set is also limited (not sure what that entails) so you may have to get it sooner rather then later. It retails for $300 but is on amazon right now for $225 with a release date of September 25, 2012.



Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures - I love the adventures of Dr. Jones so this set is a must have for me. Sure the latest movie really didn't live up to my expectations  but the first three are some of the best action/adventure films ever made. I have recently been watching some of the films on cable (TBS or TNT...I think) and the movies already look like bluray quality, so I am interested to see if these will just be the same quality or even look better. I am really eager to see what extras come in the set as well. One thing I was hoping for was the original poster artwork on each individual casing in the set. So far it seems that this is not the case, I still think this is a head scratcher why they don't use those posters on the blurays, they are amazing pieces of artwork. The set retails for $100 but can be found on amazon for $75 right now and the set will be out on September 18!



Marvel's The Avengers - A recent movie but still one that really was worth the hype and did justice what was some of the highest expectation put on a movie in the last 5 years. I call this The Avengers but I guess it is now being released as Marvel's The Avengers, just in case you had no idea Marvel was in charge. There is  5 different releases of this on bluray/dvd. If you don't have any marvel comic movies on bluray but loved them all their is a huge set called Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One -- Avengers Assembled, this set includes: The Avengers 3D bluray, Captain American 3D, Thor 3D, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and the Incredible Hulk plus a few extra discs which total 10 for the set. I personally am not into the 3D gimmick as much as everyone else, especially 3D at home. So I am going for the Avengers set in the bluray packaging. This set has a lot of the extras I am looking for and is $25 right now on amazon, down from the retail pricing of $40. Marvel's The Avengers will be released the same day as the Hitchcock set, September 25th!



The Game - Since my first cinematic viewing in 1997 I have loved this David Fincher film, which I still feel is very underrated. I am so happy to see The Game not only come out on bluray but get the Criterion label on it. The Criterion Collection pretty much guarantees the best special features and that the director has approved everything in the set (not some studio head). I am eager to see the commentary track and delve into the extras. If you haven't seen The Game please go out and do that ASAP, or wait to watch the bluray and see it in all of its glory. The set priced at $40 but can be found at amazon for $28 and the release date is set for September 25th as well. 


Halloween III: Season of the Witch - Long known as the Halloween movie without Michael Myers that no one likes, Halloween III has become sort of a an underground success. After Halloween and Halloween II John Carpenter was looking to get out of just making Michael Myers movies and tried to keep the Halloween series going, but in a new direction. I remember thinking, like everyone else, no Michael Myers no way this will be good. But having revisited this movie a few years back I started to enjoy it for what it was and now its a personal favorite and a must watch every October. The set also features commentary with the director as well as fan favorite actor Tom Atkins! The set also has many other extras that I will love to see! Another really cool little extra is that they have some new artwork on the cover, personally I love the look of this artwork but if you want to have the original movie poster artwork you can simply turn over the wrap and have the original poster as your bluray cover! I find that a really cool little extra in an already impressive set. They are also releasing Halloween II in a similar set on the same day, September 18th is the day you can find both Halloween II & III on bluray in these special editions. Each bluray is priced at $30 but can be found at amazon for $20 or you can directly order from Shout and get an extra bonus if you are one of the first 500 people to order the bluray, act fast!


Ed Wood - A great movie by Tim Burton, Ed Wood should not be missed by lovers of Burton/Depp or people who love movies about movies. The cast is impressive, my guess is that if this movie was released after Johnny Depp did Pirates of the Carribean he would have easily been nominated for an Oscar. At least Martin Landau won an oscar for his roll as Bela Legosi and it pulled in a best make-up oscar as well!  I am excited to add this to my list of great dvd's that need a bluray replacement, of course it might take me a long time to add this after buying so many of the other titles you see on this list. Ed Wood is being relased September 18th with a listed price of only $20 and is on sale for $15 right now!

..so that is why I am saving for September!