Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Watchmen Featurette: 4 minutes of visual goodness

The O-dogg Blog highly recommends you watch this video in "high quality," go to if you have to. Enjoy!

I pray that Fox and Warner Brothers settle their lawsuit over who gets to distribute the movie soon. All I care about is this movie coming out on time on March 6th. If it gets delayed I may have to rally those real-life superheroes I keep reading about to do something about this. Adios, amigos.

Real Life Superheroes? But who watches the watchers of the watchmen & other comics? These people do!

Werd. These are what I call TRUE BELIEVERS. 'Nuff said.

More from the 'net:
Real life superheroes in the news
Posted by David Pescovitz, December 29, 2008 8:10 AM

Articles in Rolling Stone and The Sunday Times this month introduce us to real life superheroes, basically vigilantes in spandex with names like Terrifica, Mr. Invisible, Master Legend, and The Ace. From Rolling Stone:

Although Master Legend was one of the first to call himself a Real Life Superhero, in recent years a growing network of similarly homespun caped crusaders has emerged across the country. Some were inspired by 9/11. If malevolent individuals can threaten the world, the argument goes, why can't other individuals step up to save it? "What is Osama bin Laden if not a supervillain, off in his cave, scheming to destroy us?" asks Green Scorpion, a masked avenger in Arizona. True to comic-book tradition, each superhero has his own aesthetic. Green Scorpion's name is derived from his desert home, from which he recently issued a proclamation to "the criminals of Arizona and beyond," warning that to continue illegal activities is to risk the "Sting of the Green Scorpion!"

From The Sunday Times:
In recent weeks, prompted by heady buzz words such as “active citizenry” during the Barack Obama campaign, the pace of enrolment has speeded up. Up to 20 new “Reals”, as they call themselves, have materialised in the past month.

The Real rules are simple. They must stand for unambiguous and unsponsored good. They must create their own Spandex and rubber costumes without infringing Marvel or DC Comics copyrights, but match them with exotic names – Green Scorpion in Arizona, Terrifica in New York, Mr Xtreme in San Diego and Mr Silent in Indianapolis.

They must shun guns or knives to avoid being arrested as vigilantes, even if their nemeses may be armed. Their best weapon is not muscle but the internet – an essential tool in their war on crime is a homepage stating the message of doom for super-villains.

"The Legend of Master Legend" (, "Amateur crimefighters are surging in the US" (

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New Year's Resolution 2009

True Believers, here is what I publicly pledge for the year ahead, ahem: less stress, and much more bedroom dancing.

I'm in the sky when I'm on the floor
The world's a mess and you're my only cure
There's no time for me to act mature
The only words I know are "more, more" and "more"

No one to criticize me then
No one to criticize
No one to criticize me then
No one to criticize

There's no fear when I'm in my room
It's so clear and I know just what I want to do
All day bedroom dancing
To you I wanna say
You're my thing

You teach me (x 4)
You only teach me wisely
only show me why

The lyrics courtesty of the one and only Le Tigre, the inappropriate video is courtesy of chaneljoco on YouTube. Enjoy (yes, I know, it's the second time I've posted this vid, but I am such a honk for Le Tigre and I love the vocals). Give the video 30 seconds before the music kicks in.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas, my little munchkins

Hope you are enjoying your new Nintendo Wii and all of your other toys. Beautiful photograph courtesy of my lovely wife, Stacy.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Under-rated bands part three: The Cranberries

I know what you might be thinking: how could The 'Berries be under-rated? Here is my logic: they were once on top of the world, #1 hits and all, but where are they now? Why haven't they stood the test of time, like Madonna, or Sheryl Crow, or even relative newbie Gwen Stefani? Perhaps it is because the band didn't re-organize itself as "Dolores O'Riordan." At one point No Doubt gave way to Gwen, right? The Tuesday Night Music Club gave way to Sheryl. Madonna took what she wanted from the get go, but you get my drift. Fergi, Justin Timberlake, and on and on, the vocalist splits off from the band for the sake of longevity. Dolores never went that route and with no new material, you rarely here The 'Berries on Top 40 stations any more. Now you only hear them primarily on those adult contemporary stations like Star 101.3, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, of all people. Barf.

It's sad. The 'Berries were a legit rock band from Ireland. What a heritage they had. What a following they still have, even though they are no longer recording. Here's to hoping that they re-group under the banner of Dolores O' and take their rightful place atop the music charts once again. Who knows, maybe I am just waxing nostalgic for the great memories I have of The 'Berries from back in the day.

So, I must ask: do you have to let it linger?

Life As A Treadmill

An original stream of consciousness by O-dogg.

My feet are pounding on the endless track of rotating rubber. My legs are keeping pace with the prescribed 7.5 miles per hour, and then, as if hypnotized, my mind starts to drift ... my eyes defocus ...

The rythm of the treadmill is in perfect concert with the rythm of the people on the eliptical trainers in front of me. Further down, the motions of a man pulling on cables adds to this symphony of sweat and pain. Way in the background, the giant glass windows reveal the kick-boxers in the aerobics studio, acting as the dancers in this cacophony of machinery and iPods.

I am in a trance, like a zombie workin' on his fitness. My body is working hard, my mind is hardly working. I am transported to another place in time and space. It's like my own private portal to another dimension; I am teleported by the sweet sounds coming from my headphones: The Concretes, The Cranberries, The White Stripes, The Ting Tings and on and on.

If Morpheus were to suddenly appear, floating over the row of treadmills, and offered me the red pill, I would swallow it faster than you can say "Nebudchadnezzar." I believe there is a very deep rabbit hole that exists under the treadmill ... I wonder if they serve Hefeweizen with lemon down in the rabbit hole? Only one way to find out: take the headlong dive into the unknown - but don't forget to wipe down your equipment before you make the leap.

Friday, December 19, 2008

SF Examiner covers The CruZader

You can check out the link to Tony R. Rodriguez's article here:

SF Examiner CruZader Article

I very much look forward to sitting down with Tony for a more in depth interview and profile about my work. Keep your eyes peeled, true believers!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

THE END IS NIGH! Watchmen Videogame

This will be a truly innovative game in that it will be downloadable via Xbox Live and it will be episodic. Genius. Much like a Web comic, this will be totally digital and available in chapters - there will be no going to the store to buy a disc, take it home and play it on your console.

I wasn't on xbox live before, but you can bet your Rorschach mask that I will be now.

Speaking of Watchmen, did anyone see the awesome 5-minute infomercial about the movie prior to watching the new 007 movie, Quantum of Solace? More on Quantum later, but the infomercial was awesome, it had an interview with director Zach Snyder with movie footage and actual panels from the graphic novel overlaid.

More on Quantum of Solace when I get a chance, all I can say for now is: Versper Lynd lives ... sort of.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Under-rated bands part two: 311

I don't know if 311 ever really had any hits after this one, but this one alone has been good enough to keep them around in the minds of many, even if they've gone the way of The Divinyls, Suzanne Vega and The Pretenders.

The obvious thing to do in a quasi-pop-culture blog like this would've been to post about "Human," by The Killers ... but I seldom like to do the obvious, or conventional thing. Maybe some day, in the nebulous *future*, I shall wax philosphic about The Killers and their human/dancer song, but not today true belivers. Not today. Today, 311 gets its much deserved day in kangaroo court.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Summer Heights High on the one and only HBO

Tune in to this one Sunday nights, friends. It make take a couple of re-runs from your HBO OnDemand library to get into Summer Heights' but it'll be time well spent.

The show is worth tuning into for the comedy stylings of one hip-hoppin', break dancin', foul-mouthed Jonah Takalua. Jonah is played brilliantly by Chris Lilley, who also plays the stuck up private school exchange student Ja'mie and the ultra gay drama teacher, Mr. G.

If you're down with New Zeleand's Flight of the Conchords on HBO, you'll be down with this. Enjoy - and I hope to see you in the audience at the Gregson Peforming Arts Center for the opening of "She's a naughty girl with a bad habit."

An Open Letter to Naked Guys in the Gym:

Please, stop the madness! Cooling off your wet, unsightly bodies in the gentle breeze of sterile, gym-locker-room air is really frakkin' heinous. I've noticed two types of offenders at good ol' Express Fitness: older dudes and first generation dudes - of course there is the dreaded combo of older, first generation, way-out-of-shape dude.

Maybe it's me, but I like to USE the shower curtains on the odd occasion that I cleanse myself on those horrible rubber mats in the gym showers. My naked friends at the gym don't seem to believe in curtains, or the tried and true towel-around-the-waist.

Listen up naked guys: no one wants to see your privates, no matter how secure you are with yourself. Wrap that rascal and get your clothes on, and while you are it: quit hoggin' up all the precious bench space.

I usually like to supplement my blog entries with photos and videos ... howerver, the Blackberry Storm will not be infiltrating the scariness that is the men's locker room @ Xprs Fit'. 'Nuff said, horrified believers.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

CW Interview #2: Make Mine Marvel!

This second interview focuses on how I got into comics and what I like to read. My apologies to the Living Legend of World War II, The Star-Spangled Avenger, The Shield Slinger, The Wing Head, ol' Cap himself: Captain America! Sadly, he did not make the cut in this interview, but he is my #1 fave, I assure you. Someday I'll post a pic of me at my 5th Christmas, where I stand proudly - in footsie pajamas - holding a 12-inch Cap figure, complete with shield!

CW Interview #1: How does it feel to win?

Here's the first contest interview at I'll try to post the second one soon. Thanks for supporting CruZader, true believer.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hot Stuff: The TING TINGS

This band is worth spending $5 on at the iTunes store. I'd pick up the following:

We Started Nothing
That's Not My Name
Shut Up and Let Me Go
We Walk
Great DJ

Enjoy. Toodaloo.

CW TV reveals winning CruZader submission

Thanks again to the CW Team for providing me with the content. Next week I plan to post some of the interviews they did with me. Thanks for watching and supporting CruZader.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

CW Comic Book Hero TV Spot

Finally got the vids from the fine folks at the CW.

Today's San Francisco Chronicle Ad, Featuring ... Superman & Me

Kind of weird to see this in print, suddenly it's all real. I have to give credit to my CruZader Team, they really came through on short notice to help me get this Smallville artwork together based off of a really crude sketch.

Well, CruZader has now earned some ink in "The Independent (Livermore)" and now the San Francisco Chronicle's "96 Hours" Bay Area Lifestyle section. What's next? "The Catholic Voice (Oakland Diocese)" has interviewed me and asked for pix & artwork for a feature article, so keep an eye out for that, true believers. I'm trying to line something up with radio too - Imaculate Heart Radio Network and maybe KNBR 680, which helped me promote CruZader #1 when I debuted it back in February during WonderCon at SF's Moscone Center.

I don't think Conan O'Brien is calling next ... but wouldn't it be sweet to be on his show along with the Masturbating Bear, special guest Mr. T and musical guest, The Concretes? If only Conan would ever bring his show to the Moscone Center, if only for one night, if only. A boy can dream ... can't he?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A song to keep an ear out for: "Make Me a Wish"

I understand this isn't even a real song yet, but just a portion of a song that the artist is working on releasing. In any event, it is very iPod-esque, Target-esque ... if you will.

This from our good friends at Chevrolet:

The singer is Emy Reynolds, a musician from southern California who has yet to release her first CD. The title of the song is "Make Me a Wish," (formerly "Nothing Sweet as You as Honey Come from Bee") according to a Chevy spokesman. It is not yet posted to her MySpace page or her Web site, though her fans are expressing eagerness to buy or download a copy whenever she releases it.

UPDATE: Let's see what Music Ramen has to say! Stay Tuned.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The newest WATCHMEN Trailer 11-13-08

A lot more plot here, true believers. Now we can see the main point of the story, and that is: someone is killing costumed heroes, but who? Totally rad.

You'll remember that in the first trailer, the sexy Silk Specter kisses her husband, the glowing blue Dr. Manhattan - and in this trailer, she is seen mackin' with her paramour, the brown-clad Owl. Super soap opera? Super scandal? Find out what happens in March of 2009.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Conan & Mr T at the apple orchard

Mr T and Conan go to the apple orchard

This is one of my all-time favorite Conan skits, featuring The Great Mr. T. It's worth watching to the end, just to see Mr. C and Mr. T singing along to a banjo during an old-fashioned hay ride through the orchard - it makes me laugh every time I see it. How could those kids on the hay ride not join in and sing the song "I pity the fool that mess with T"?

CW Comic Book Hero contest stuff

You can view my winning entry, TV commercials and interviews with me, your boy O-dogg, at this Web site:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Under-rated bands part one: The Violent Femmes

These dudes are brilliant. Saw the lead singer live on the Carson Daly show in New York City 7 years ago. He was a cool cat and a good interviewee ... too bad Carson Daly is such a tool. Ignore the black and white filler video, it's just there as a visual place holder so the song can be enjoyed via You Tube. Happy listening!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This is what the (blank) I am talking about

Frakin' cool ... Rorschach with the harpoon gun - Silent Bob style.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Finally! Some Captain America movie news

These tid bits come way too far and few between. Only 2.5 years away till freedom rings, true believers! Who can possibly wait that long? Till then, it will be pure torture ...

Joe Johnston has signed on to direct Marvel Studios' First Avenger: Captain America, based on characters developed by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Paramount Pictures will distribute First Avenger: Captain America worldwide. The film will come to theaters domestically on May 6, 2011.

Here's the official logline: In the early days of the Marvel Universe, Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Johnston is currently directing The Wolfman, which hits theaters on April 3. Johnston previously directed October Sky, Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, The Rocketeer and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Johnston won an Academy Award® in 1982 for Best Visual Effects for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

American Boy

A 5'7" Guy ...
His confidence is peakin' ...
Baggy jeans ...
From the subways of New York to the BART trains of San Francisco ...

Is it just me, or is this song played every hour across all Top 40 format stations? Everywhere I turn, every station I turn to, there it is. It must be a Kanye Konspiracy, I tell you.

Friday, November 07, 2008

I WON The CW Network's Comic Book Contest

It was announced during the TV Show "Smallville" last night around 8:20 p.m., Pacific. There will be future promo spots on Smallville and on this Web site:

Thanks for all of your support, true believers.
No cash, but I won some cool software and hardware that will benefit my CruZader Team. I think there will be an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle too.

Here is some art that will appear in future TV promos during "Smallville." Enjoy.

My own take on the D.W.I.G.H.T. principles

Let's get a little crazy here:

D - Dynamic
I - Intelligent
W - Wily
I - Intrepid
W - Work Smart
Y - Youthful Energy
L - Lightning-like & Electrifying

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Birthday Boys

Today is Friday, isn't it Ron? You lucky s.o.b.
From the Champ, to the Chump: Happy Birthday.
Also, happy birthday to my identical birth date twin, FSU's Javon Walker.

How does one love a 'strict machine?'

I just love Target and iPod TV Commercial music. Why don't they sell it as a soundtrack at Target ... right next to the rainbow assortment of 'nano-chromatic' iPods? No brainer.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Sons of Anarchy on FX Network

This is a great frakin' show, people. It is authentic and because it's on FX, they allow a bit of swearing, graphic violence and gratuitious-almost-nudity. Anyone who has ever lived in the central valley of California will get this show - it's legit. With so much mediocrity in our TV-viewing lives, this is one highlight that will make you feel alive again ... if only that feeling could be sustained and maintained among the every day dreck.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Two Words: "Hell Yeaaaah"

Enough said, Office fans. Enough said.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Paranormal State on A&E Channel ... Spooky Good

True believers: I'm sure you're well aware of A&E's Paranormal State, but if you missed the latest one-hour special, catch a re-run on your DVR ASAP!

The 60-minute special was a chilling, up-close look at an actual exorcism of a 26-year-old woman. This was far more interesting than the normal haunted house fare that we get in the usual 30-minute format. This episode was less about college kids with techy gadgets, recording paranormal activity and was more about the celestial conflict of good and evil, as told through a God vs. The Devil filter.

I give Paranormal State very high marks for not straying away from such a daring show. So many people won't touch organized religion-based entertainment with a 10-foot pole, but Ryan Buel and his posse just go for it ... and go for it with gusto.

In a recent show, they stepped outside of the norm and did a show about UFO activity at a ranch in the Pacific Northwest. The video they shot captured an actual UFO performing a super-bright-light "power up." Frakin' awesome stuff.

For this reason, Paranormal State has been firmly ensconced in my pantheon of favorite shows, including: Battlestar Galactica, UFO Hunters, Terminator-Sarah Connor Chronicles, Family Guy, The Office, Chuck, Heroes, FNL, SNL, LOST and HBO's Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Flight of the Conchords.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Happy's Coming Back To Me

Well it's been a rough couple of weeks, but I think I'm finally ready to leave my frustrations behind. My sickness is fading and I'm losing my motivation to stay miserable and in bed all day.

It's time for a happy song, so enjoy this selection from The Icicles. This song makes me think of a sunny day in the park and smiling, happy people. Maybe they are holding hands with their better half ... maybe they are holding a dog on a leash ... perhaps a balloon ... a football ... or a soft-serve icecream cone.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New WATCHMEN footage - time to geek out

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that new footage of the 2009 Watchmen movie would be premiered on Spike TV's "Scream 2008" award show. The show targets goths, horror movie fans, SciFi fans and comic book fans ... but really, aren't all these trade functions blurring the lines so much so that they're getting the same audience? I bet "Scream" gets 80% of the audience that you get at ComicCon, WonderCon and that E3 videogame show in Vegas. Here is my point: the star of the "Scream" show was Batman: The Dark Knight, with a special tribute to Heath Ledger and several awards. But I digress.

Anyway, the cast and director of Watchmen presented the new footage last night during the Spike TV telecast and it delivered! Seeing the masked vigilante Rorschach in his signature fedora and trenchcoat sparked a fire in me. My desire to see more is so strong - this little tease will keep me going for another five months until the movie comes out.

Until then, true believers! Keep your attention focused and remember: if you don't watch the watchmen, then who will?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Point of No Return

I recently caught a bit of this movie on TV while on a business trip and was instantly reminded of why I fell in love with this flick way back in the early 90s.

It is a spy-thriller movie with plenty of action and explosions ... but it is so much more. It is a love story ... a tortured love story.

The main character, Maggie (Bridget Fonda), is a wild - possibly homeless - untamed criminal. She is captured by the government, taken into witness protection and forced into training as a secret assasin. Pretty cool, right? Then comes Bob (Gabriel Byrne). Bob is her handler, he tames her, trains her, cares for her, nourtures her and yes ... he falls for her. He never says so, but she has to know it.

In the end, he sacrifices his feelings for her and sets her free. She is believed to be dead, but he knows otherwise and doesn't report it to his government agency. Instead he watches her walk away ... out of his life and into an uncertain future as a fugitive with no identity.

Byrne's preformance as Bob is so convincing. You can tell by the way he looks at Maggie that he would do anything for her. In the end he loves her so much that he does the only thing he knows how to do - he suffers the burden on his own so that she can choose whatever life she wants.

I always wondered if there would be a sequel. What would become of Bob and Maggie? Would they ever see each other again? How would Bob live with himself and the decision that he made? In the end, it's best that there is no sequel because it could never compare to the limitless endings that I have stored away in my simple little mind.

Did I mention this movie has an awesome soundtrack featuring several tracks by the soulful Nina Simone, who is promintently mentioned in the dialogue? Did I mention an awesome performance by the Great Harvey Keitel as "The Cleaner"? All worth the price of admission, true believers.

The Point of No Return
is available on DVD, possibly on Blue Ray and sometimes offered for free OnDemand for Comcast subscribers. Call your local video rental store for details on this and other tortured romance titles.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

CruZader made Top 20 in 'The CW' TV Contest. I need your votes!

Go to this Web site and vote for CruZader - once a day if you have time! After you press the little button below the black & white picture of 'CruZader: Secret Agent of the Vatican' a note will pop up and tell you to hit the 'submit vote button.'

You can also check out the full color issue #1 via PDF link at my Web site: Thanks for your support - it means everything to me.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Oktoberfest Astrology Reports

I might stray from my normal favorites this autumn: Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale, Pyramid Apricot Ale and Pete's Strawberry Blonde.

Here's the beer-strology report for Libra:

You're refined and so balanced! How about expressing your uber-stability with something smart yet delectable? Reach across the bar, and ask for a Yuengling Porter. It is richer than Yuengling Lager and will still allow room for bratwurst and pretzels, and its sultry brown color will attract attention.

Sounds like it might go well with some jambalaya or gumbo soup. Yummmm ...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I tried to do handstands for you (Bruises by Chairlift)

This song rules my universe at the moment.

There is something very Sophie B. Hawkins and Lost in Translation with an indie-rock twist about this that is ... completely mesmerizing ...

Disneyland: the happiest place on Earth ... and Corsuscant ... and Caprica

Just got back from Disneyland with the kids. Wow. Still a magical place, just as I remember it from my last trip 20 years ago when I was in 5th grade. It is still very much the same, but run so much more effeciently with the fast passes and rider switch cards. Very family friendly. I know my daughter will remember it forever, I know I will.

One tip: if you have to eat outside of the park, avoid a joint called "Captain Kidd's," it looks good, but is a total dive. It is a buffet that even a public school cafeteria would be ashamed of.

Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist

Napoleon Dynamite font.
Juno sensibility.
200 cigarettes-type storyline.
Actors from 40-year-old Virgin & Superbad.

What more can you ask for? For the mp3 loving set, this flick will be a real treat.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I LOVE these lyrics: Bedroom Dancing by Le Tigre

I will NEVER get tired of listening to this song. Although the video is a little raunchy, I can simply close my eyes with this one, or listen to it over and over in the car or at the gym. There is something about the sanctity of privacy, where you can figuratively 'dance in your bedroom,' and no one can criticize you. It's about not wanting to grow up because the only words you know are more, more and more.This song is about freedom in a messed up world where there is only one cure. What's yours???

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Code of the Sith: mantra of the dark side

Peace is a lie,
There is only passion.
Through passion I gain strength,
Through strength I gain power.
Through power I gain victory,
Through victory my chains are broken.
The Force shall set me free.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Eagle vs. Shark - a must watch

Also recently discovered Eagle vs. Shark OnDemand. I wanted to see this in theatres, but it wasn't out there too long, so it was like finding $5 in my pocket when I saw this available OnDemand.

If you loved Napoleon Dymanite and you don't miss an episode of HBO's Flight of the Conchords, you will die for Eagle vs. Shark.

It's a coming-of-ager that will surprise you with some depth in what appears to be a shallow pool of slapstick jokes, crappy drawings and juvenile humor, ala Naps Dynamite.

Go out and rent, or better yet, buy a use copy of this treasure from New Zealand starring 'Conchord's Jemaine Clement.

Cowabunga: Ninja Turtles Movie Rocks

I was pleasantly surprised by the new CGI TMNT movie that I discovered on Comcast OnDemand. Very nice CGI - if the new Star Wars CGI movie is as good or better, it's gonna rock the bacon ... big time. The CGI looks pretty photo-realistic, yet still has a cartoony anime quality that allows you to enjoy it on a level between live action and 2D cartoon. Very nice.

I loved watching Michaelangelo skateboard his way home through the sewers and tunnels underneath New York. He pulled of some sick kickflips and insane tail slides all while avoiding subway trains and giant fan blades.

The eyecandy and action were awesome, but the story wasn't bad either. This was a nice find on a Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Muddy Buddies

San Jose - Calif. June 8th.
Pictured: Judd Easton, O-dogg, Tom Moran, Dan Sawchuk

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

This Blog is DEAD. R.I.P.

Good bye, true believers.

Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to ... suffering.

Yoda said it best - that little green dude deserves a Nobel Prize.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Finally, an MSN article worth reading! About Superheroes!

Give it up for this article rating and grading the costumes superheroes wear in the movie versions of comic books.

Just one complaint ... the omission of Spider-Man - the #1 hero/movie franchise on Earth right now. Lazy reporting.

Spider-Man gets an A+, especially the black costume.

Here is the article:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Watchmen will deliver in 2009

Take a look at this B&W "publicity photo" of the first 1940s Masked Adventurer Team from Allan Moore's seminal graphic novel, The Watchmen.

This snapshot of "The Minutemen" is very encouraging as to the authenticity and detail the movie adaptation will bring to the table.

I'm highly encouraged and can't wait for this deeply psychological story to be translated to the silver screen. I understand an anime DVD of the Pirate "comic within a comic" will release 5 days after the movie and will be eventually combined into the theatrical version in a super deluxe DVD set after the movie has left the theatres.


Friday, May 23, 2008

Tuxedo Time. 'Nuff said.

The name is Bond. James Bond.
Eva Green, eat your heart out.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Time for the brainwashing to begin - Clockwork Orange Style!

Now that Obama appears to have locked up the Democratic nomination for president, the Republican and Democratic PR machines will kick into super-high gear. For an independent like me, it's fascinating to sit back and watch with an objective eye. The messages the campaigns put forward are very sophisticated and Matrix-like.

Love him or hate him, Independent talk show host Michael Savage very adeptly cuts the through the clutter of these messages to get to the truth, from his point of view.

He can be heard locally in San Francisco on 910 KNEW AM from 3 - 7 p.m.
Check his Web site for the show's availability in your town or even via podcast:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

"The First Avenger: Captain America" set for 2011

Alright, true believers, we finally have a release date: May 6, 2011. Three long years, but it'll be worth if it they get the right cast and crew ... in the same way that Favreau and Downey Jr. collaborated to nail "Iron Man." If you saw Iron Man and stayed beyond the credits, you saw that Sam Jackson cameo'd as Nicky Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he teased the "Avenger Initiative." So we know that Ed Norton is in as The Hulk and that Downey Jr. is Iron Man ... but who will dawn the WWII uniform of Captain America and wake up in modern times?

Rumor is Matthew McCounaughey is up for the gig ... HELL NO. McCounaghey is frakkin' liberal hippie scum that once got arrested for being doped out of his mind, playing the bongo drums naked at his home in Austin, TX - no joke, Google it.

I recently saw "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" with Downey Jr. and Shia LaBouf. I really like the gritty performance of a young, tall, strong kid named Tatum Channing, who I understand is playing "Duke" in the GI Joe movie. Too bad the producers of GI Joe nabbed him first because I think his performance in "Saints" would've translated into a fractured hero like NY's Steve Rogers.

That's my take, True Believers.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

This is the kind of pudding that only $240 can buy

Ahhh, yeah! Levon and Barry (Sagitarius). Quite possilby the best sketch comedy skit I've ever seen ... right up there with Chris Walken's Blue Oyster Cult.

Enjoy ... the puddin', baby.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hello, World.

Good night, all.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Another way to ask this question is: do robots, or computers for that matter, think about things in human ways - or strictly in ones and zeros? Surely no one would consider this question when the first rudimentary computers were introduced to the world. It's time to consider this question again, as computers can now beat humans in chess and are predicted to make themselves smarter than humans engineer them within the next 25 years.

The question is so beautifully explored in 1982's "Blade Runner" by Ridley Scott. In the movie, we are introduced to slave labor robots called Replicants (same as androids, cylons, terminators, skin jobs ... or whatever you want to call them). The Replicants are modern-day Pinoccio's that strive for one thing: to live and be human. It's as if Scott is telling us these robots value life more than us humans, wake up and smell the sushi noodles!

If you haven't discovered, re-discovered, or re-re-discovered Blade Runner, go out and buy the latest remastered version on Blue Ray or standard DVD. It's worth a second, third or fourth look. The vision of the future is so stunning - and science fiction writers and movie makers tend to be very accurate predictors of the future.

It makes me wonder if 100 years from now robots will be asking themselves "Do humans think in binary code?"

It's too bad I won't live that long ... but then again, who does?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Darth Maul is ... Snake Eyes!

OK, I know I'm a fanboy ... but let me drool over this a little.

A live action G.I. Joe Movie?! The actor who played Darth Maul (Ray Park) is playing the world's greatest Ninja, Snake Eyes? He'll go head to head with the world's other greatest Ninja, Storm Shadow?

Forgive me if I didn't stop to ask who is playing Storm Shadow, because I've heard enough. I am there opening night!

Let me leave you with this:


Saturday, March 08, 2008

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? I WILL!

So, I ask But Who Will Watch The Watchmen? And I say to you ... I will.

I can't wait for this movie adaptation of the greatest graphic novel of all time, The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. This read more like deep psychological literature than a 12-issue comic book series bound into a single volume. The concept of morally ambiguous superheroes, that in fact aren't super, or heroes, is worth the price of admission alone.

I'll be interested to see how all of the flashbacks and the Pirate "comic within a comic" will play out, if at all, on film. Also sure to be left out are all the text-heavy journal entries, police reports, psych evaluations and book excerpts at the end of each chapter. All of this made for a rich reading experience that was so deep, it took me weeks to finish reading. The adaptation by director Zack Snyder (300) will be a challenge, but I'm sure he's up for it.

To see it play out as a 2-hour movie will be a treat. For my 2 cents, the costumes look great, check 'em out at this link:

Only two burning questions remain:
1. How will they handle Dr. Manhattan's dong hanging out all the time?
2. Which shall it be ... the lady, or the tiger?

The Watchmen opens March 9, 2009.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

C-Webb back in Oaktown!

I'm smiling very wide right now. I am Michigan Man and an Oakland man. When Chris Webber and Charles Woodson left Oakland, it broke my heart. To have Webber back (he should've never left) makes the circle complete and now I can break out my #4 jersey again. If Woodson returns to the silver and black to play safety in his last year or two ... all will be good. If only Marcus Allen and Tim Brown had retired as Raiders ... if only Jose Canseco ... ahh, never mind. Go Blue! Let's Go Oakland!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Captain America lives again!

Well, he's back. My favorite fictional hero was killed off and now the editorial team has given his uniform to another man ... and a new uniform. It's clearly still Captain America, still recognizable. The shield is unchanged - the stars and stripes still intact. I could've done without the wings on the head and the buccaneer boots, but hey, gotta keep some details the same, I guess.

No doubt millions of fans will scream and rant about the change. The uniform change was going to happen eventually ... there is a Captain America movie coming out within 2 years and the old uniform just wasn't going to cut it on the silver screen.

I wouldn't mind this so much if Marvel Comics would've kept the original man under the mask, Steve Rogers, around. Instead they've killed him off and given the mantle to Steve's old WWII partner, James "Bucky" Buchanon. Problem is Bucky was supposedly killed during WWII and now he's back, brainwashed, with a cyborg robot arm. That's my problem - what's more believable, bringing Steve Rogers back, or robot-psycho-Bucky back?

One other thing ... man, that new suit is shiny ...

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Thank you, Lloyd Carr - Michigan 41, Florida 35

Wow. What a win. Lloyd Carr goes out a winner in a huge bowl game over an SEC opponent, Henne & Arrington have career days that will launch their careers into the NFL and we beat up that fraud of a Heisman winner, Tim "Fullback" Tebow.

The only thing that went wrong was Mike Hart's 2 fumbles at the goal line that took 14 points off the board in a total victory over Florida. Our kicker made 2 big kicks, theirs got one blocked. Offense, defense, special teams. Check, check, check. Lloyd, Henne, Tebow trashed. Check, check, check.

It was so satisfying to beat the defending National Champs and put Tebow's crotch in the dirt play after play. I hate his game. I hate his wobbly throws and ugly delivery. Look at Henne, there is a future NFL passer. Sorry Tebow, unless you want to play blocking fullback, you don't have a chance in the NFL. Running QBs are for Tom Osborne's Nebraska Teams of the 80s and 90s, not the league that plays on Sundays.

In the end, this isn't about Tebow or Florida. It's Michigan's day to shine in the sun as it fades over Lloyd Carr's career. Tomorrow, we begin the Rich Rodriguez era in 2008 and beyond.

Hail to the Victors!

'Nuff said.