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 ...