Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A LIFE GALACTIC - Wes Anderson's Star Wars VII

I love Star Wars ... I love Wes Anderson films ... I love this.

Friday, December 14, 2012

PORTLAND, Oregon - Bread City USA

All my life I've dreamed of going to Portland, since I was a boy, and I don't know why. I envisioned this enchanted land of Oz, a dark skyline of a city reflected by the moonlight in a wavy mirror image on the waterfront. There is one thing I learned and that is the Portlandian colloquialism "Put a bird on it."

It all came true this week, as I took a whirlwind tour of 4 bread manufacturing plants in 2 days and 1 night ... and oh yeah, there was a triple homicide/suicide at the mall across the street from my hotel. Thank God I didn't check in until 9 o'clock at night. Hours earlier the busy cross section of an overpass and freeway was crawling with cops that shut down a busy mall at Christmas time due to the murders.

More to come on this enchanting trip to a crunchy, grainy, and rainy land of great pub food and even better beers. Portland is definitely Bread City USA, if you're into the whole streusel-topped breakfast bread thing.

 ... IN SUMMARY ...

-PDX, brrr it's cold here
-Sans Umbrella - when in Rome ...
-Bob's Red Mill - a theme-parky restaurant for blue-hairs
-Dave's KILLER Bread - did he actually kill anyone, is he in an MC?
-Franz baking - brick walls and wood floors since 1906
-Henry's Bar and Grill downtown - Cheddar Beer Soup & Spicy Hankwurst
-Cargill - big, clean, sterile ... and empty ... HELLO, HEllo, Hello, hello, he ...
-Massacre at the Mall - of all the places in the country, Clackamas, Oregon?
-Nike Employee store - special passes = 50% off, Merry Christmas to me!
-Maher's Irish Pub - gnoshing w/Marc Priebe - Sheperd's Pie & Pork Butt sandwich
-Good bye Lake Oswego - hello tales of Alien encounters - I WANT TO BELIEVE
-Bed time, brrr it's cold here
-Clackamas Bread Plant - hand rolling seeds on a chub of dough
-Fred Meyer stores - is this place a Khol's or a K-Mart or a Supermarket?
-Stanford's Grill - elegant & dim + yummy hot apple-cran cider on a rainy day
-PDX, brrr it's freaking cold here
-Delta Chi connection - secret passwords exchanged at the Oakland Airport
-Back in Oakland - waiting for BART, staring at the landmark of my life: The Coliseum
-Back at home - love to warm my freezing ass, and a Merry Nike Christmas


New Superman Trailer

Looks good to me.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

My favorite Christmas song ever!

Classic. I really miss the great Horatio Saenz on SNL.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Star Wars 1313 Gameplay Trailer

Can't wait for this game, true believers!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Another picturesque Turkey Bowl in Hayward, CA

Delta Chi football. Beer. Clear, blue skies. There is nothing like it. I am truly blessed and thankful. #NuffSaid

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, November 09, 2012

A new era, writer for Disney's Star Wars Ep. VII

Sounds all good to me. Here's a title suggestion: Episode VII "It's A Mouse Trap!"
As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).
Arndt is quite the prize, as he is not only an Oscar winner (Little Miss Sunshine), but also a huge fan of Star Wars. But then again, who isn't? His admiration for the original trilogy usually spills over into his lectures on screenplays, referring to the Return of the Jedi's ending as "Masterful." May the force be with him.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Captain America 2 Concept Art

Looks awesome. SHIELD will be in the next movie, featuring Cap's love interest from the comics, Sharon Carter, granddaughter of his first love, Peggy. Cap will sidekick with Black Widow and Falcon as he squares off against villains Crossbones and The Winter Soldier. It's being directed by the producers of the TV Show "Community," and it's being described as a political thriller ... a lot going, so we'll see how it all pulls together.


Monday, October 08, 2012

Marcus Allen came home to Oakland!

Here is the link to an interview with Marcus Allen, my boyhood hero, on the day he was invited back into the Raider family. It brought a single, salty tear to my eye.

Marcus Allen lights the Al Davis torch

# DreamComeTrue

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Oakland A's 2012 Playoff Destiny

My A's are looking like a team of destiny, much like the hated Giants back in 2010 - they are the sum of many interchangeable parts. The chemistry is crazy good in that clubhouse. They have notched 14 walk-off wins ... that could be the difference between an AL West crown and a .500 finish.

"A" is for amazing. 'Nuff said.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Hulk Rage Cage

This oldie but goodie has a lot of sentimental value for me. When I was four, I sliced my right eye open running with scissors, I had surgery and was laid up in the hospital for what seemed like days on end. I wore an eye patch while in the hospital and remember feeling blue, sitting in my hospital bed all day. My relatives all came to visit me and brought me toys and coloring books to keep me entertained. Somebody brought me the "rage cage" and I held on it for many years until it was lost or throw away. Through the magic of eBay, I'm sure I'll have a chance to own the rage cage once again! 

Thanks to Jordan Hembrough from Travel Channel's "Toy Hunters," I'm convinced I can get my hands on this great toy.

Maybe I should buy a nostalgic toy for all of my scars and injuries: stomach scar from surgery when I was a newborn, scar above my right butt cheek from falling on a rusty nail when I was seven, scar on my left middle finger from high school football, scars on my brows from pick up football games in college, and an imperceptible laser scar from having my appendix out a couple of years ago Black Friday. And a tattoo on my ankle ... does that count?


Friday, September 07, 2012

Happy 10 Year Anniversary

To the most beautiful lady in the known universe (and any parallel universes).

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bruce Lee's Adventures in Oakland

#Oaklandish #BruceLee

"Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless, like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend." -- Bruce Lee, on his life philosophy.

Above is Oaklandish's mini-documentary about Bruce Lee's history in Oakland, California, where he opened a martial arts school in the late 1960s and had a historic fight with Wong Jak Man over Lee's teaching of kung fu to white people. Now, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums hopes that the former studio, currently a car dealership, will be officially recognized as an important place in history. From the Bay Citizen:
The mayor (himself an avid martial artist) wanted a plaque placed on the site of the old studio in time for a martial arts tournament he hoped Oakland would host later this year. The tournament is off, but the Landmark Advisory Commission is still considering making 4175 Broadway one of the city’s cultural heritage sites. The discussion is more significant than a piece of brass on the wall of a car dealership. Finding the best way for the city to acknowledge Bruce Lee’s time in Oakland would provide a sorely needed precedent for recognizing other cultural contributions made in Oakland, said Dan Schulman, a member of the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board. From events as significant as the drafting of the Black Panthers’ 10-Point Program in North Oakland in 1966 to less-weighty moments like the invention of the Mai Tai at Trader Vic’s at 65th Street and San Pablo Avenue three decades earlier, Oakland needs a method to officially recognize its past.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Captain America: deleted scene from The Avengers

Wow. I love this scene. This is the essence of Steve Rogers, the man out of time. What a shame that it was cut from the film ... I hope it makes the director's cut.

Enjoy, true believers.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Post #700: Daddy skillz by the 'Bay

I love that this dude is rockin' the A's hat, representing Oakland. Werd, true believers.


Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Yes! ALF is back ...

Dreams do come true:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Animation has acquired the rights to the classic 1980s TV sitcom ALF (Alien Life Form) and will develop the property into a CG-live action hybrid feature. Apparently Jordan Kerner, the man responsible for bringing (inflicting upon) us the recent Smurfs movie will also produce this, along with Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco. Fusco also voiced the character in the original show, and is expected to do the same for the movie.

For those not in the know, Alf ran from 1986 to 1990 and lasted 102 episodes. It focused on a friendly -- aside from his penchant for eating cats -- little alien named Gordon Shumway who lands on Earth and winds up staying with the Tanner family. It was actually pretty funny, or at least it was at the time, so expect the movie not to be in any way shape or form. No writer or director is attached to the project yet.



Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lost in Translation

I revisited this movie recently. Wow, still magical. I could rip off a 5,000 word essay on it, but I'll spare you. Bill Murray is pitch perfect in his performance, so dry and yet so clearly full of angst and desperation to escape his life in a foreign land, away from everyone he knows. I wish YouTube would let me embed this video of him singing "More than this" in a Tokyo karaoke bar, so either click this link or settle for the non-video version below.

Here's Scarlett Johansson's take on the film:

New Captain America uniform concept art

Pretty cool stuff, true believers. I'm all for the modern military look. This was proposed for comics and I hope it translates to the movie sequel: Captain America - The Winter Soldier.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Superman vs. The Hulk - a CGI "What If" Battle

Pretty entertaining. Good CGI, especially with Superman looking like Christopher Reeve.
Geek out, true believers.
'Nuff said.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Zephyr's Cove - Lake Tahoe

Fun times, true believers!

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The Church of Jedi - as reported by Gotham Chopra


Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy 4th of July, true believers

Be patriotic today, follow in the footsteps of the Star-Spangled Avenger! 'Nuff said.

The Amazing Spider-man was good, not amazing

The action scenes were amazing, and the Peter/Gwen Stacy romance works really well ... the only problem was, well, the Lizard. The Lizard just did not work well - as Curt Conners the character was boring and as the Lizard the CGI just did not convince.

All in all, I'd say 3 out of 4 stars. Very fun from a comic book perspective, but overall the story was not as engaging as a top-flight movie ought to be.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The place where old arcade games go to die

Newark. No not Newark, New Jersey ... Newark, California - home of a place that time (and a giant singing rodent) left behind, Kid's Castle.

After parking in the vast, gravely lot, I was immediately intrigued by the dim neon signs in the window that advertised tanning, a fitness gym, and videogames - all under one roof!

The place was massive, with crude walls and curtains separating the fitness gym from the jumpy houses and obstacle courses. Then came the smell of curry wafting through the stale air. I saw the cafeteria and thought 'this is the only place I can conceive of that would offer pizza, stale nachos and Schwarma.'

It's the type of place that is popping up all over the place: a business that exists for the sole purpose of hosting birthday parties so that parents don't have to open up their homes to other parents they hardly know. Kids Castle fits that bill, except you don't want to take your kids to the bathroom there - the holes in the wall reek of a health inspector's worst nightmare.

Don't get me wrong, there was something retro cool about the joint. The arcade games were vintage - not refurbished versions of old games or even throw-backs, these were all original. Kids Castle is like the place that time forgot ... forever trapped in the 1980s. Where else would you find The Simpsons arcade game, or Bust-A-Move? Not at your neighborhood 7-11, I tell ya.

Perhaps the telltale sign of the cultural significance of Kids Castle was the sad, leftover, coin-operated Chuck E Cheese ride. There it was, in all of its glory, a second-hand relic of the past: a mouse in a car that begs you to plunk in a token for 60 seconds of mild gyration at a place even sadder than the real Chuck E Cheese (sans the freaky animatronics).

In terms of games for adults to play while your kids are screaming and possibly lost in the vast overhead obstacle course, you can forget about Skee-ball true believers, because it was lit up like a Christmas tree, but oh so Out Of Order.

But let's be real, this place had private rooms for birthday pizza, cake ... and birthday booze! Kids Castle offers discerning adults pitchers of Coors Light and plastic cups. Oh hellz yeah. Did someone say party? Let's go hit up Kids Castle! Don't forget the candles, plenty of Purell, tanning oil and socks for the kids to run around in (because Kids Castle has hygiene standards like a top-flight podiatrist!).

'Nuff said true believers.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hulk Smash! 'Nuff Said

Sorry to spoil anything, but this is the highlight of The Avengers, true believers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Avengers rules ... 'nuff said

This flick rocked the ever-lovin' bacon, true believers. I've seen it twice and am on my way to see it a third time at a theater near ... me.

The Hulk steals the show and the Hawk' and the 'Widow add nice depth to balance the bickering among Cap, Iron Man and Thor.

I like that the villains are the Chitauri, led by a creepy and evil Loki ... the Skrulls or the Kree would've been too comic-booky. This movie is for everyone, all ages, all genders. It's the ultimate summer flick and will break every record in the book when it's all said and done. Move over Avatar, move over Titanic. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Free Comic Book Day - O-dogg on cover of Amazing Fantasy #15

Free Comic Book Day is always fun. Here I am posterized, courtesy of Comic Ink in Dublin, CA.

Friday, May 04, 2012

R.I.P. MCA (Adam Yauch) of the Beastie Boys

I can't imagine a world where there is not a new Beastie Boys album to look forward to. It's all I've known my whole life. I think the first cassette tape I ever owned was "License to Ill" back in the mid 1980s. The last time they were here in the Bay Area for a show I bought tickets, but they had to cancel because MCA was diagnosed with throat cancer. I was sad then, and I am sad now.

Rest in Peace, MCA: you did a lot for world peace and worthy causes and you most definitely earned your license to ill ... forever.

Here's probably the greatest music video of all time. Thanks again, MCA.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

! I LOVE Lucha Libre !

As someone who has been to Mexico, collected Mexican wrestling action figures, has worn Mexican wrestling masks just for fun AND has a great affection for Jack Black's "Nacho Libre," you know I gots to get down with this freshness from Kimbra.

New music from your boy, O-dogg

It's been a while since I've posted some fresh tunes. Enjoy, true believers:




Get down with your bad selves, go ahead, I give you permission.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The FRAK is back!

Just discovered that Comcast OnDemand's streampix is offering a bunch of older movies and TV shows, including my beloved Battlestar Galactica in HD. Seasons 1-4 are there in all of their glory. So say we all!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Raider Hallway @ Napa Valley Marriott

The hotel also had some Raider game photos blown up and posted in the hallways. A nice tribute to the Raider Nation at the team's training camp home.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Avengers Cap Toys

I can never resist checking the toy department at places like Walmart and Target.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Hunger Games starts in 7 days, count it down

I'm looking forward to this, true believers.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Darth ... Maul ... Returns! Only on Cartoon Network's 'The Clone Wars'

Darth Maul returns. I think a little bit of pee came out watching this ...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Kasper's Hotdogs - an Oakland tradition

Since 1930, true believers! If you are down with the Mutt Hutt in San Leandro, then you know you're down with Kasper's!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Ding, dong ...

... the witch is dead, the witch is dead. At least for now, there is always zombie potential ...

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Oh how I hope this is true!

Back in August of last year, Alcon Entertainment producer Andrew Kosove said that there were no plans to bring back Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott's upcoming Blade Runner movie. Whether or not the film is a sequel or prequel has yet to be announced, but the following news may indicate that the movie is indeed a direct sequel to the original film.

Twitch Film has learned that Harrison Ford - who played lead character 'Deckard' in the original 1982 film - has entered early negotiations to join the new Blade Runner installment. As the discussions are still early, it's possible that things won't work out and Ford won't appear in the movie. Still, it can be considered evidence that the film is a sequel to Scott's original film.

In addition, back in November, Ridley Scott himself stated the film was 'liable' to be a sequel. But expect an official announcement for the movie soon, including the revealing of the screenwriter and whether or not it'll be a sequel or prequel.

Be sure to check back for the latest on the new Blade Runner film, which is widely speculated to be Ridley Scott's next project (despite having various other films in the works). Share your thoughts below in the usual place.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I love OAKLANDISH ... you should too!

Just check out these dope-ass shirts. Hella flava, hella style.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Star Wars re-released in 3D

What the heck, why not pay to watch The Phantom Menace one more time?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hue Jackson fired - I'm not surprised

You can't run your mouth the way Hue did at the end of the season and expect to keep your job. Period. Later Hue, the Raidernation is moving in a different direction. I can't wait to see who's next.

Friday, January 06, 2012

The Raiders hire first General Manager in team history

Welcome Reggie McKenzie, GM of your Oakland Raiders. Wow, that sounds pretty frakkin' good. Raiders fans have been clamoring for a GM for at least 20 years and now, after 50 years of Al Davis doing everything, we have a young up-an-comer to run the show. And best of all, he's an ex-Raider himself, a player that was drafted in the 10th round of the 1985 draft and worked his way into a starting job. Stud. This guy can evaluate talent and I don't see any way that we ever end up with a JaMarcus Russell or a Darrius Heyward-Bay ever again.