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 -

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...

The Social Network
Scott Pilgrim Vs the World
Get Him to the Greek
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*


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!