Archive for May, 2011

Some thoughts on trades/graphic novels I own 6

05/16/2011

Not much to say on this next group these next volumes had their moments but were overall were lacking to say the least. If I can score them on the cheap I plan on getting the rest of the trades when money and time permits.

Ultimate X-Men Part 2:

Volume 8: New Mutants
Good to see some new characters added to the books. The death was shocking but having a PR mutant team something bad was bound to happen. This Dazzler is more interesting to me that her main line counterpart. Last I found her interesting was in AoA.

Volume 9: The Tempest
Sinister was something different than is counterpart in the main universe. Sad to see so many interesting character from the main universe get reduced to cannon fodder in this universe.
Seeing the rookies working together to take out the bad guy was a welcome addition.

Volume 10: Cry Wolf
The worse of this lot really did not care about the story overall only the little character beats kept me reading.

Volume 11: The Most Dangerous Game
I think it is nice they stream lined Mojo, Longshot and Arcade previous origins into a more grounded real world take. The twist with Longshot and the effects it left on the team was a interesting. That what  makes me want to get the next volume to see where things go.

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Some recent movies I have watched 9

05/13/2011

EdTV (1999)
The crazy about this and the next movie is I swear they came out after the reality tv boom of the early 2000s. Sometimes your memory plays tricks on you. The true fun of the movie is the rise and fall of Ed as he is faced with fame. Just like most reality tv personalities 1 to 3 years later. Of not to the magnitude that Ed experiences. Overall not something I see myself rewatching in the next few years.

The Truman Show (1998)
This one is a lot different take on the man in the fishbowl than the previous movie. Of course this could never be done in the real world. the actors contracts in this world would be some crazy stuff to read. All in all liked this one better than EdTv but still don’t see myself owning this one.

Training Day (2001)
I like the movie. The life lessons sprinkled though the movie are thought provoking. Also it’s something that make me think about the nature of the world we live in.
The brawl at the end was just plain brutal and a lot more realistic than other action movies. Eva Mendes is hot. The ending of even in a corrupt world your actions still matter.
This movie is one of the select few that I can rewatch and not be bored.

Timer (2009)
A movie with an interesting concept. Knowing my luck I would probably end up with a blank timer or one that has a insanely high number. The problem is with a device like that a lot of people alive right would not have been born. I enjoyed the movie but with this genre of movie the plot doesn’t lead to rewatches for me.

My thoughts on various TV shows 2

05/11/2011

This is loosely connected to the past post  on this subject. I am just changing the formatting of it. Much like the movies and trade/graphic novel series these are just my thoughts on the shows and not a full blown review. On the more recent stuff I will not spoil any major plot points.

Buying/Selling Type Reality Shows:

Storage Wars
I started watching this show around the beginning of season one. The people are bidding on abandoned storage units. They are a cut throat bunch when they think big profits are involved. Some of the guys are straight assholes bidding things up they don’t want just so the other guy will go broke. I was about to drop the show because it seems all sunshine and rainbows as it looked like everyone was making out like bandits. Then somewhere around episode 5 or 6 they showed a bidder  losing money on a unit. Which to me brought a little more excitement to show . I now got to see these people can and do lose money in this business. Nowadays I catch the show when I can which is not often due to factors beyond my control.

Pawn Stars
I enjoyed this show at first as it had a wacky group of people working in this pawn shop. It is entertaining when someone brings in a  treasure to learn it’s junk. Like the one guy who had a fit about some antique he brought only to discover it was fake. The thing is after mid way though the second season I dropped this show. The reason being I felt there was nothing new I could get from the show as all the variations on the format have been played out.

American Pickers
I enjoy this show and catch when I can. The main guys are a fun couple of guys that seem to be having fun traveling around looking at junk. I think the reason I like this show is the hunt for the next big thing. Their shop assistance is nice to look at as well. I hope sometime in the future they have a behind the scenes type of show so I can see some of the logistics of the travel and moving of their purchases.

Hardcore Pawn
I quit watching this show after the second episode. As it felt like a hyped up version of Pawn Stars with none of the good vibe. I admit it may have gotten better but I was not sticking around to find out. Given that I got burned out on Pawn Stars I did not have hope for it’s Bizarro cousin keeping my interest long.

Some thoughts on trades/graphic novels I own 5

05/09/2011

Not much of a preface to this as the books speak for themselves. The theme of this one will be obvious and will be a quick and dirty post as I don’t have many books that can ride with these two. On with the show.

The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
I started getting the series in single issue format around #46. Before then I always got the comic though other means because of money issues at the time. I wanted to get the other issues I didn’t have in a more tactile format. After looking at the different options this massive volume was the most cost efficient for me.

I jumped on board when issue 25 hits the stands and I must say it been a while since a series has got its hooks into me like this one. I read the first 25 issues in one long caffeine fueled sitting and have not looked back since. What caused me to start buying the issues was due to the delay between the time a issue was release on the street and when it popped out on the net. Now I know with the way the net is today that sounds a little off but trust me the wait was painful.

To remain spoiler free because I know people are jumping onto this series everyday especially with the new weekly reprints. The book is like a roller coaster ride from issue 1 till the most current stuff. Runs of issues where much doesn’t seem to be going on. Joined by whole stretches of balls to the wall craziness. The whole concept of nobody is safe and anybody can die would be a good tag line for this book. In the end this book is more about the characters than the zombies themselves. Which is why I keep coming back to this book month after month. Now I just got a massive phone book to read when I get bored.

I got this book for $37.19 which is a far cry for the banged up copy the local Barnes & Noble wanted. Which was around $60 dollars. The back cover was torn but they don’t knock anything off the price for stuff like that. Which I think is crazy. For anyone interested here is a link to the instock trades page for this book

The Walking Dead Covers
I usually don’t buy books like this because they are usually fancy picture books. This one interested me because of some of the behind the scenes stuff that is in the book.

Some recent movies I have watched 8

05/06/2011

Same as past posts just my thoughts not a review.

Frankie and Alice (2010)
Not a bad movie leaves me wanting more. The movie makes me think something really negative happen to her. While the event had some negative aspects to it was not as bad as I thought at first.

Watchmen (Director’s Cut) (2009)
I read the book and seen this in theater because of how close this was to the book I was bored in spots. The rewatch was more enjoyable because of the distance between the last viewing/reading. The additional scenes helped a lot with the enjoyment of the film the second time around. Really liked the scene where Hollis Mason  fought off some thugs and was having flashbacks to his heyday.  The opening is still my favorite moment of the movie.

Electra Luxx (2010)
A fun movie to watch from beginning to end. The plot was different as I did not have a clue as to what was coming next. For a movie that has porn as a theme surprisingly nudity is not a big factor. The two sub stories are ok but  felt sub par.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)
A good movie all around. I like been able to see the thought processing of Holmes. Finding out the way the supernatural elements were explained away was interesting to see.

A collection of random thoughts

05/04/2011

These are a group of comments about various things that I can’t justified making a full post about at this time.

1)  Mortal Kombat (2011) storyline is a brutal and sad  change from the original trilogy. The changes in the time-lime are drastic and shocking. The ending tease was thought provoking because of the many changes made to the time-line. The story could go anywhere. If you are not worried about spoilers check out the wiki page. Or if you really adventurous check out this 32 part you tube series.

2) I work in a small county prison and you hear the inmates argue about a lot of things. Usually the topic is about sports or a particular musical talent. This night the subject was a  bit surprising and brought a smile to my face when I heard a group of inmates arguing over which game did Mario have the tail in.

3) I have not watched wrestling on a regular bases in about nine months. Though seeing the promos for Kharma (aka Awesome Kong) makes me want to check out the show again to see her bull doze though all the T&A type divas in the women division now.  Here is the promo.

4) Read I Kill Giants the other day. It was a nice little story and sad also. It is amazing how kids will deal with tragic things.

5) Walking Dead #84 all I will say to avoid spoilers is glad Kirkman is breaking from his formula. This appear to be a exciting turn for the book and hope it continues. If you don’t know what I mean by formula take a look at this funny take on it.

6) Getting a joy out of reading Mario Lanza’s The 115 funny moments on Survivor 2.0

Some thoughts on trades/graphic novels I own 4

05/02/2011

Got all of these except for vol 1 for $5 a piece at a one day show in Atlanta. I used to collect this series in single issue form back in the early days of the series. Sadly those issues and numerous other comics were sold off in what I call the Great Purge of 03. Anyway here we go this is going to be split into two parts. The second part will be posted on 5/16/11 .This is because I don’t want the spam bots to get burned out with these two being back to back. One thing about these books and most modern comics is these things go down like fast food. At this point in time I don’t know if that is a bad thing.

Ultimate X-Men Part 1:

Volume 1: The Tomorrow People
A great start to the series. I enjoyed the tweaks made to the mythology of the X-Men. I like the more grown-up tone to the series. The art is a wonderful sight.

Volume 2: Return To Weapon X
My favorite of the group. I just like the idea of one group coming and not killing off the X-Men but absorbing them into their  group. The Wolverine/Sabertooth fight was right up there with some of their old school brawls. Getting saved by The Brotherhood was a nice twist.

Ultimate Collection Book 2
Collects volumes 3&4 into one book which was nice deal for the price I paid. I liked the smaller character stuff more than the overall story arcs of this book. Did not care for Gambit story at all. This one is my least favorite of this group.

Volume 6: Return Of The King
The return of Magneto was a welcome change of pace from the ho hum stories in the last book. Liked the flashback sequences of the early days of Charles and Erik’s relationship. The final throw down between the team and Magneto was a nice treat.

Volume 7: Blockbuster
Spider-Man and Wolverine with a little Daredevil thrown in for good measure. Enjoyed the interactions between the two casts.