Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 Comics of the Year




It's the last gasps of 2010, and before I ring in the new year I decided to do my last top 10. Here is my Top 10 Comic Books of 2010. It's hard to make a list of favorite moments in comics this year because there manu good ones... so my Top 10 has to do with specific events.
  1. Batman Inc. (Batman and Robin, Red Robin and Batman Inc.)
  2. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
  3. Blackest Night/Brightest Day (Green Lantern/Corps/Emerald Warriors, The Flash, Justice League: Generation Lost)
  4. Marvel Heroic Age: Avengers/New Avengers/Secret Avengers
  5. The Sword
  6. S.H.I.E.L.D.
  7. Avengers: Children's Crusade
  8. Second Coming (X-Men crossover series)
  9. The Walking Dead
  10. Realm of Kings and The Thanos Imperative 



I'm excited to see what the new year will bring for comics...

Friday, December 24, 2010

What's Christmas without TV and Movies?

Here's a link to Joblo's Hater's Guide to Christmas which is filled with some classic and semi-so Christmas-related movies. The unOfficial Hater's Guide to Christmas Flicks - JoBlo.com


This year has been a great year for holiday events. I've already mention that Community and Doctor Who have Christmas episodes out. Even Misfits had a Christmas special to end out their second season; complete with a delusion priest trying to make people believe he is Jesus reborn, a baby's birth and a disgusting exchange with the afterbirth.


Syfy, who has been having a well documented issue with the handling of their series, came back with two out of continuity holiday themed episodes of Eureka and Warehouse 13. Eureka was shrinking and only the sheriff and a scientist determined to solve the secret of Santa Claus could save the day.


Leverage returned with a two week event that started with a Christmas episode involving a Mall heist and credit card fraud. They then returned the following week for their 2-hour season finale event.


Even Top Gear is getting into the holiday spirit. Top Gear returned this week in the UK for a new series, beginning with an American Road Trip. Boxing Day, the day after Christmas for us Americans, the boys are on a race following the path of the three wise men, from Iraq to Bethlehem.


My Top 10 Movies of 2010

Here's my Top 10 Movies of 2010, True Grit and Tron: Legacy not included because I haven't seen them yet. I haven't picked them numerically simply because I still don't know what I liked best, Inception, The Social Network, Kick-Ass or Scott Pilgrim Vs the World...

Inception
The Social Network
Kick-Ass
Scott Pilgrim Vs the World
Get Him to the Greek
Machete
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
Toy Story 3
How to Train Your Dragon
Jackass 3D

There are a lot of interesting movies coming out in 2011, including multiple superhero movies. Here's a few that I'm interested in seeing when they come out in 2011

Movies in 2011 (*) for 3D


The Hangover 2
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn*
Captain America*

Green Hornet*


THOR*


Green Lantern*


Cowboys and Aliens


Super 8


The Adjustment Bureau


Sucker Punch!*


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides*



It's interesting how many movies are going with 3D conversions... I hope Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America don't suffer from the need to be 3D.

Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit

Here's something I couldn't help but post... The title says it all... Enjoy



Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Top 5 TV Shows of 2010

We're getting close to the end of the year... So I've decide to do a couple of year end lists... I'm gonna start with what I think is the easiest. I watch a lot of TV. I've mentioned how much I love Community. I've watched so many good television shows that it isn't even in what I consider to be my top 5; and as much as I loved it, neither is The Walking Dead.  So here is My Top 5 TV Shows of 2010:

5. LOST Final Season* - I watched LOST from the night of the pilot religiously. I watched it live every week and my loyalty and faith in Cuse/Lindelof never wavered for six seasons. Were there questions that never were answered, of course. The show was a mystery series, with mystery being the key word. Not every mystery needed to be solved for LOST to be great. LOST fell into the same trap that Battlestar Galactica fell into last year. People's expectations of what an show's ideal ending will be are often never met. I for one loved the journey, and never once was disappointed.


4. Breaking Bad Season 3 - The awards are all worth it. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul play two of the most complex and real characters on television and the third season of Breaking Bad showed us what happens to desperate men when stakes are raised. Do they rise to meet them or get buried underneath the weight of them. Each episode functioned like a slow-roasting pressure cooker. The tension built until a climax, which for a few episodes, ended explosively and violently.


3. Doctor Who Season 5 - I was literally wiping the tears away when David Tennant gave his final line as the Doctor on New Years Day. I gave Matt Smith a chance when he arrived as the eleventh regeneration of the Doctor, and I'm glad I did. His characterization gives the Doctor a lighthearted whimsy that Christopher Eccleston's leather-bound Doctor and David Tennant's Chuck Taylor-wearing did not have. His expressions of anger and fear are brilliant. Karen Gillan makes a perfect companion, one who isn't lovesick like Rose Tyler or Martha Jones. Stephen Moffat has written a great overarching story with the Pandorica, he did the same with his modern re-imaging of Sherlock Holmes. I can't wait for the Christmas Carol-themed episode featuring Michael Gambon.


2. Terriers* - It's definitely a shame that more people did not give Terriers a chance. Hank and Britt were two of the most interesting characters to follow for 13 weeks. Like Breaking Bad, Hank and Britt were desperate men trying to make a living as private detectives when a case that hit close to home dropped them into a ever-widening conspiracy that at multiple times hit close to home. And the episodes that didn't involve the series-centered conspiracy did an amazing job to establish that these two guys were definitely in over their heads at all times. It is too bad that the show only lasted for one season, but we were left with the hope that they would ride of into the sunset as heroes.


1. Misfits - Now, the first series of Misfits debuted at the end of last year, but I didn't catch it until this Spring. Misfits is my top pick for a few reasons. Firstly, the show is about youth offenders in community service who get superpowers from an unexplained storm. Secondly, the abilities that these characters exhibit are deeply rooted who the characters are and what they desire.  Thirdly the shows first two seasons are contained to only 12 episodes and a Christmas special. This limitation has made for a contained and condescended very of Heroes and Skins mashed together. The action is frenetic at some points, the characters have depth (which is almost unheard of for most shows about teenagers.) There's been talk about adapting the show here in the states, but this show is amazing. Sex, drug use and violence are frequent throughout, and the subject matter could never be done for US audiences (audiences would love it as is, but watchdogs would neuter it). 

Here's a shortlist of some of my other favorite shows from 2010 (all shows with (*) are now cancelled or ended.)
  • Community, Modern Family, Glee, Justified, The Walking Dead, Fringe, Castle, The Big Bang Theory, Boardwalk Empire, Party Down*, Ashes to Ashes*, The Inbetweeners, Sherlock, Mad Men, Supernatural
Tomorrow I'm gonna do my Top 10 Movie choices for 2010 and my Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2011.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Season's Beatings


So a lot's been going on recently. The biggest update being a new job. I finally join the working masses. But right before I started working at Sallie Mae I had an opportunity to have some fun with some friends. Me and my friend Ewzzy went to a Naptown Roller Girls match. I had no idea that Indy had roller girls. It was a great night, and the 1960's misogynistic in me definitely enjoyed watching girls on roller skates with cute nicknames, like Hero-shima and Amoosh Boosh, checking each other to the floor.

What really threw me and Ewzzy for a loop was the fact that the demo at the event was not what we expected it to be. We expected a massive cult of counter-culture emos and alt girls, lesbians and gay men... and there were alot of them, but it attracted over 4000 people from all different walks of life.

Maybe it was the funnel cake? It definitely wasn't the color commentary guys. Here's the thing, when you have a two-man announcer team, you need a straight man and a color man, Like Good Ol' JR and Jerry "The King" Lawler. These guys kept screaming and telling us to buy Naptown Barrel Roll - Yagermeister and Root Beer (a foul tasting concoction, I'm sure.)

I took some pictures on my camera... most of which came out blurry... My shaky hands didn't things any. I guess that means it's time to upgrade to a DSLR... Maybe once I have a couple checks in the bank I go snag one.





The next roller derby event in Indy is in January... I will totally be there.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Craig Ferguson's Doctor Who Cold Open

Craig Ferguson on the Uber Late Late Show on CBS is a big fan of Doctor Who. Well, he darn well should be, growing up in Scotland. He was so excited to interview the current doctor, Matt Smith, that he did a lead up to the interview with a whole monologue about Daleks.



The night of the Doctor Who special, the Cold Open which featured a dance number to the original tune was blocked by the CBS legal department because they said they didn't have the rights to play the theme. But thanks to youtube, the original cold open leaked. It's funny, but it isn't the greatest thing ever. It wouldn't besmirch the Doctor Who theme song or it's legacy. See for yourself.



I love Chris Hardwick, who was the other guest of the Late Late show. And when he came back out during Matt Smith's interview it turned into one of the funniest moments.Check out the whole interview and Matt's goofy dances.



I want Chris's TARDIS running into the Delorean from BTTF... I will buy you!

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Very Doctor Who Christmas


I love to talk with people about Doctor Who. For the longest time I was the only person in my set of friends who watched it, but slowly they began to wise up and they are now all hooked. One of my favorite things that they do is a Christmas special every year. The first special since the 2005 revival introduced us to Torchwood and David Tennant's first full appearance as the Doctor. Even Kylie Minogue was in a special, where a spaceship version of the Titanic is plummeting to Earth.

This year is no different. This Christmas we'll be seeing The Doctor, Amy and Rory together in A Christmas Carol (Doctor Whostyle.)  This special features Dumbledore himself, Michael Gambon as a very lonely man (sound familiar?)


Now what's great about this special for us in US is it will actually be show on Christmas day. Until now we've only been able to see Christmas specials months after it's release. So check out the trailer for A Christmas Carol, premiering Christmas Night.


Which is your favorite Doctor Who Christmas Special? I think mine has to be The End of Time Parts I & II. Sure part two came out on New Years, but hey... it counts as a holiday special.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Very Suburb Pat Christmas


It's that time of year again. Christmas is a few weeks away, shopping season is in full effect. Dish Network has added holiday music channels to the TV ticker. While I was in China I complied a Christmas music playlist from all of my family's old Christmas cds and songs from the web. I couldn't put it up on the webs, thanks to the Great Firewall of China. Last year at Christmastime I complied my ten favorite Christmas movie (you can read that here,) now here's my Christmas compilation aptly named A Very Suburb Pat Christmas:

  1. Christmas Story (The Meaning of Christmas) from A Charlie Brown Christmas
  2. All I Want for Christmas is You - My Chemical Romance
  3. Silent Night (Acapella) - Boys II Men
  4. Christmas In Hollis - Run DMC
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Mel Torme
  6. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch*
  7. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - The Raveonettes
  8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
  9. The Chanukah Song - Adam Sandler
  10. Here Comes Santa Claus - Gene Autry
  11. Last Christmas - Wham!
  12. Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby
  13. Happy X-Mas (War is Over) - John and Yoko
  14. All Alone On Christmas - Darlene Love
  15. Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
  16. Christmas is All Around from Love Actually - Bill Nighy
  17. Wassail Song - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  18. Christmas With the Devil - Spinal Tap
  19. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
  20. The Chanukah Song Part II - Adam Sandler
  21. Let It Snow  - Michael Buble
  22. Hallelujah Chorus - George Fridric Handel

I love this playlist, each song is different than the song before it. It's a very eclectic song list, with a little of every thing (rock, rap, jazz, r&b,  classics, and pop). You can get the entire playlist here.



*Interestingly You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch is not sung by Boris Karloff, it was actually sung by Thurl Ravenscroft. That's the man's real name; he's got the name of a Harry Potter character or a Lord of the Rings character.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Yet Another Reason to Love Community

So I think I've established my love for Community, and all things Community. Look at their body of worth: They've done an episode based on mafia movies like Goodfellas, Casino and Godfather. They did an episode devoted to paintball that referenced zombie apocalypses and disaster movies; as well as a Halloween zombie outbreak. And two weeks ago they did an episode which was devoted to bottle episodes and was confined to their study room. These episodes just go to show that this show may be the most underrated scripted comedy on television (I say that instead of sit-com because there's no laugh track - I'm talking about you The Big Bang Theory.) What I'm excited for is their next Community Christmas, an homage to classic stop-motion claymation specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.


Here's the premise of the soon to be instant classic:
When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed’s mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed’s winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness.

Here's an example of what makes Community so darn entertaining. Abed, who could definitely have Aspergers, has been charting the behavior of the females of the group.



Now here's my quick rant of the week. NBC decided to keep Community at the 8pm time slot opposite The Big Bang Theory. The problem with this is they have painted a very large target on the show's back, because even though Community is brilliant a lot of the time, it doesn't have the dedicated following of TBBT. I'm forced to pick and choose which show to watch live and what to watch on the DVR. I pray that Community gets a third season and if it does, I hope they put it in a different timeslot where it won't be drowned by a ratings juggernaut.

Tron: Legacy - On the Grid


So Tron Legacy is about a month away and they have definitely stepped up advertising for it. A few weeks ago Daft Punk released a music video for their song Derezzed, and a third trailer was released recently that gives an idea of the plot to the movie. I for one and very excited to see it, and with the new non-sickmaking 3D technology I think it will be amazing. On the Facingbook they've gone a step further when it comes to viral marketing (pun intended?) for the movie. There is a facebook app that allows you to map your own face into a movie trailer. All you need is a picture of yourself; which can easily be done with a webcam but can also be taken from a picture off your facebook profile or your computer. After a minute or so you're put in the trailer... and it works really well. You even have the option of saving the movie to your hard drive, which I immediately did and posted it to youtube (gotta increase the traffic any way you can.) 

So enjoy me, Suburb Pat, in this Tron Legacy trailer, I'm On The Grid.

Here's the most recent trailer for Tron Legacy (my face not included.)


Here's Daft Punk's music video, Derezzed from the Tron Legacy Score


Here's another Tron Trailer, from Tobuscus. This one though, is a LITERAL trailer... Funny stuff indeed.




Is it me or is Michael Sheen become the new Michael Caine... He's in everything.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Holy Crap The Walking Dead Leaked!


So, I can't wait for Halloween, not for the candy or the creepy parents who give out mini bags of popcorn instead of candy (Yes mom, I'm talking about you.) I'm really excited for The Walking Dead on AMC. I love Robert Kirkman's comic about a sheriff fighting his way through zombie hordes to his family. Here's the problem, the pilot was leaked on the internet after people were given copies to give advanced reviews. I have no problems with people who leak things to the web; personally I probably wouldn't be watching Fringe if I hadn't seen the pilot two months before the premiere. But my problem with this particular pilot leak is I reeeally want to see it, but I had a whole Halloween night planned around the Walking Dead and zombies.

  1. Zombie movie marathon: Including Night of the Living Dead, Shawn of the Dead, Zombieland
  2. Glow in the Dark Zombie Playoffs Bracket shirt and horror movie pants.
  3. Ewzzy's Human's vs Zombies soundtrack.
  4. Candy
    UPDATE: 10/23/10
  5. Play some Left 4 Dead and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
  6. Late addition to my zombie movie marathon: Planet Terror
  7. The Walking Dead series premiere @10pm
So enjoy another look at The Walking Dead on Halloween Night on AMC

Friday, October 15, 2010

Jackass the 3rd: This Time, They're Pissed Off.



The advent of real genuine 3D has brought forth the most un-3D-esque movie to date. Jackass has always been grounded by the sense of cheapness with their use of handicams and long unedited shots of mayhem. What makes their foray into 3D so amazing is the combination of the Jackass mentality towards shooting things from certain perspectives mixed with the addition of the new wave of 3D cameras. Seeing how the two coexist will make for an interesting movie experience to say the least. And hopefully you have no problems with male genitalia and gratuitous amounts of poo.

Anywho here's a making of video from VBS.TV featuring a look at what the Jackass guys think of 3D.



What can they do after 3D...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Red Dead Zombies.



I love Red Dead Redemption for what it is, a highly-rendered open world Western movie universe. Until recently the DLC for Red Dead has been to better the multiplayer aspect of the game. But now Rockstar Games (or R* if you want to be hip) has released a trailer for the next download. ZOMBIES!! A standalone story focusing on zombies of all kinds in the wild wild west. I cannot wait for Undead Nightmare, the download for Red Dead Redemption



There's no official release date. Hopefully it will be released before Halloween.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Another Reason to Love Community

Community is back and in full effect, already having great guest appearances from Drew Carey, Betty White and Rob Corddry, and they've quietly released the soundtrack of the first season. The disk includes the now classic Abed and Troy 101 rap, Getting Rid of Britta and the full version of the Main Theme, At Least It Was Here by The 88. Check out the soundtrack at Amazon.com




Here's a funny fan-made opening credits sequence for Community set as if it were Friends.



A little something extra, for the kids.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Another Fan-Made Inception Trailer

This video is starting to get some buzz on youtube. Using some great editing flare and some 4:3 pan and scan cropping this fan took the Inception trailer and made it like it was a black and white movie.



Here's another "Premake" trailer if you can call it that, using old black and white movie stars and putting them in a 40's version of Ghostbusters.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Can't Wait for The Walking Dead

I'm so excited for the television adaptation of Kirkman's Walking Dead. The trailer for the premiere looked amazing but recently a fan-made opening credits sequence hit the web. If the show didn't have an opening, I think they found it. I know where I'll be on Halloween.



THE WALKING DEAD "Opening Titles" from Daniel Kanemoto on Vimeo

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Community Countdown: One WEEK Away


We're one week away from season 2 of Community and I'm so excited. In anticipation of the premiere I've been watching a few episodes a day. Also I've been watching some old Derrick Comedy videos on youtube. The only problem about the premiere is that Community is now going up against Big Bang Theory on Thursdays. Troy and Abed are my favorite characters and Donald Glover is just plain hilarious. Enjoy.





BTW Community Season 2 Premiere, Thursday September 23rd @8pm.


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Doctor Meets Doctor



I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, following it and Torchwood religiously since Christopher Eccleston's run. I love David Tennant's run as the Doctor, so much so that I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried a little during his regeneration. Matt Smith has definitely settled into the role, complete with his own individual style and mannerisms. One of my favorite websites devoted to comic book art Comic Twart focused on Doctor Who, one of the best pictures of the week came from Evan "Doc: Shaner.

What I love about this picture of the Two Doctors is the characteristics of Matt Smith's Doctor, complete with Fez and Dot-Eyes. He reminds me of Billy Batson and Captain Marvel. The reactions of Rose and Amy are funny too...

Check out more of Evan's art at his blog or go to Comic Twart to check other artists. Evan even does commissioned work for cash... Keep that in mind.


Can't wait to see the Doctor Who Christmas Special... Premise: Murder on the Oriental Express... in Space. Loving IT!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Inception Trailer A Capella re-Dub

Following in the tradition of the Matrix Inception mashup and the multiple Scott Pilgrim trailer mashups comes a really funny Inception trailer. SUNG COMPLETELY A CAPELLA!!! Enjoy.



I wish Tobuscus would do an Inception Literal Trailer like he's done with some other movies.

Movie Remakes: Which Side Are You On?


So I was reading a movie review blog from one of my genuine college facebook friends, Just Plain Something, and she was talking about the new Kid Vampire Romance Horror Remake of Let the Right One In, Let Me In.

The director of the original Swedish movie argued that the movie was made too recently to even warrant a remake while the author of the novel both movies are based on considers the new one directed by the director of Cloverfield to be a reinterpretation of the original novel. Movie remakes can be a source of major debate and arguments for or against. Sometimes a movie remake is good, but completely overshadowed by the original. Two good examples of this are The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds. Now this maybe nothing more than the age of the films and a feeling of fondness for the original; but when it comes to The Day the Earth Stood Still, the movie wasn't the best review movie at the time. The argument here is the source material's message was way better than the remake's but that doesn't make the movie bad. War of the Worlds was met with the debate of purists who liked the original and fans of Spielberg and Tom Cruise who directed and starred in the remake. No one mentions the fact that C. Thomas Howell and Jake Busey made a straight-to-DVD remake of War of the Worlds around the same time, and rightly so.




Then there are remakes like Death at a Funeral. The original British comedy came out in 2007 and was remade in the United States this summer. The story stayed the same, a crazy family comes together for the funeral of the paterfamilias. Hilarity ensues when one guest uncomfortable at funerals accidentally takes MDMA, a little person shows up with a secret and sibling rivals deal with a chaotic day. Sounds like fun... dry British humor. The remake featured a black cast, but the story remained almost entirely the same, including the casting of Peter Dinklage as the little person. This sort of remake annoys me. While I like the idea of Americanizing a movie like Let the Right One In, remaking a movie already done in English just so a different type of audience (sadly a different racial and socioeconomic demographic) can enjoy it. I loved the original one so much that I could not bring myself to pay to see the other.


Movie remakes aren't always bad. Just recently a Hong Kong remake of the American movie Cellular came out which tweaked the story some, making it's premise much more plausible. The action is ramped up and more entertaining than the original American movie. People forget the fact that The Departed is a remake of the Hong Kong action series Infernal Affairs, it went on to win Best Picture @ the Oscars and Best Director for Scorsese. Alfred Hitchcock remade his own movie when James Stewart and Doris Day starred in The Man Who Know Too Much.

Movie remakes will continue to happen, mainly because film studios think that's what we want to see instead of original ideas like Inception. Recently we saw the release of Clash of the Titans in 3D. Right now Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon are doing a remake of True Grit written and directed by the Coen Brothers. There is a Conan movie reboot filming right now; and The Doctor,  David Tennant is going to be in a remake of Fright Night. Even Spider-man is getting a reboot, set in high school with a 30 year old Peter Parker.

Where do you stand on movie remakes?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Return of My Weekend Crush


So it's been a while since I've done one of these... But here goes. So I've been rewatching Community in preparation for the second season premiere a few weeks from now. Of course I love the pratfalls of Chevy Chase and the Dr. Doogey Seacrest jokes about Joel McHale, and my favorite scene might be the Troy and Abed in the Morning bit. But I keep thinking about how adorable Alison Brie is.


She pops up every now and then as Pete Campbell's wife in Mad Men, but on Community she is hilarious. She's also appeared on G4's Attack of the Show where she and Kevin Pereira made egg salad sandwiches with their feet.



My favorite bit from Community had to be the joke about her making the Disney Face... I can't remember which livejournal posting it was, but somebody actually took some of her reactions and compared them to Disney princesses.



Tell me she doesn't look like Ariel with those fluttering eyes and pouty lips.



I cannot wait to see what happens when Community premieres September 23rd especially after the final moments of the season finale.







How could Annie pass up the next Yngwie Macadangdang Jr.?