Saturday, January 29, 2005

I support the Jigga-Man.

I picked this up at Foot Locker today. It says that I fully support Jay-Z, and it stands as an ever-present reminder that "you can't knock the hustle."

Thursday, January 27, 2005



Wednesday, January 26, 2005



Monday, January 24, 2005

So this showed up in my inbox this morning...


Netflix 28: 24 Season 1 Disc 3

Sherry Palmer is a bitch.


Sunday, January 23, 2005

Netflix 27: 24 Season 1 Disc 2

I knew Richard Burgi was not to be trusted.




Saturday, January 22, 2005

Netflix 26: 24 Season 1 Disc 1

So I'm four episodes in, and I already hate her.


Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Netflix 25: Cabin Fever

At the San Diego Comic Con last August, I decided to stick around after the 'Seed of Chucky' panel for the 'Shaun of the Dead' panel, with director Edgar Wright, and star Simon Pegg. This was perhaps one of the smartest decisions I have made in the last five years. Like all comic convention panels, after the opening series of discussions among the panel participants, they open the floor to questions, which usually leads to interesting incidents, such as the one I'll try my best to recall below:

Audience Member: "Yeah, 'Shaun of the Dead', isn't that like a ripoff?"

Edgar Wright: "I'm sorry, what?"

Audience Member: "Y'know, we've all seen it before, like 'Dawn of the Dead', you guys are just ripping it off"

Edgar Wright: "What?"

Audience Member: "Do you guys even have an original idea? I mean, it's just another zombie movie."

Edgar Wright: "Is that Eli Roth?"

Audience Member: "SHAUN OF THE DEAD RULES!!!!"

Edgar Wright: "Ladies and gentleman, director of 'Cabin Fever', Eli Roth!"

As Eli Roth ran around the panel room, screaming "SHAUN OF THE DEAD RULES!!!!!!", I said to myself, "I've really got to see his movie."

And so I finally did, and it was awesome.

'Cabin Fever' is a great throwback to the low budget 1970's horror films, like 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and 'The Evil Dead'. It's about a bunch of teenagers who go on a vacation to a cabin in the woods. Soon, they all start dying of a hideous disease. As paranoia sets in, we watch as the group of friends self destruct.

To tell you the truth, I've been meaning to see this since it was released theatrically, but that was mostly because it starred former 'Boy Meets World' star Rider Strong. He's awesome just because he's got the perfect porno star name. Seriously, if his mainstream acting career falls apart, I can easily see him starring in "Voluptuous Virgins 15" or "Sucktastic Skanks 3", or if he's really desperate, "Boy on Boy Crime 23".


Monday, January 17, 2005

Ten till two on a late Sunday night/early Monday morning...

...and I'm filing the last four months of comic book purchases.


Sunday, January 16, 2005

Mike loves fries.

Mike loves fries.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Netflix 24: Singles

Y'know how no matter how much you really like a director, for some reason, there's one movie that kinda slips by, and you never end up seeing it? Well, as much as I like Cameron Crowe, 'Singles' was one of those movies for me.

How is it? If there was a definition in the dictionary for 'sophmore slump,' it would say "see 'Singles'." It's ambitious, but it never succeeds. It's a series of vignettes, woven together into a story of a bunch of singles in grunge-era Seattle. It's a nice snapshot of the era, but it's miscast, and sort of boring.

On the positive end, it has a bunch of interesting cameos, a great soundtrack, and Tim Burton's in it.


Sunday, January 09, 2005

Netflix 23: A Night In The Life of Jimmy Reardon

A few months ago, I downloaded the complete first season of the great television show "Parker Lewis Can't Lose". Sadly, the guy who digitized all the episodes edited out all of the commercials, but he did leave the credits on the end of the show, where the announcer implored me to do such things as "Tune in this Thursday for a brand new episode of The Simpsons, followed by the premiere of Babes!" At the end of the episode where Parker has to find a date for Frank Lemmer, or else Lemmer has to go out with Ms. Musso's niece (but little does he know that the girl Parker has found for him IS Musso's niece!), the mysterious announcer voice told me to "Tune in Monday night for the special movie presentation of River Phoenix in 'A Night In The Life of Jimmy Reardon'."

This clicked something in my memory. I remember seeing this in the video store years ago, back in 1989 or 1990. I remember the video box art made it seem like a teen comedy, along the lines of "Ferris Bueller". I did a quick IMDB search, and found out that it is the furthest thing from the truth. I slapped it onto my Netflix queue, and it arrived a few weeks ago.

River Phoenix plays Jimmy Reardon, the wannabe beatnik son of an upper middle class family living in an upper upper class neighborhood in an early 1960 Chicago suburb. Jimmy guides us through his last day before he's supposed to leave for college, as he cheats on his girlfriend, uses his friends, treats his family like crap, and tries to get his girlfriend to give up her virginity.

He's not a very like-able guy. And that's this film's main flaw. Supposedly, the film's director, who adapted his own semi-autobiographical novel for the screen, clashed with the studio (this obviously shows in the film's title, as 'A Night In The Life of Jimmy Reardon" contains two nights, a day, and a morning). I've read that he's dug up another four minutes of film that he's included in his director's cut which supposedly makes Jimmy easier to empathize with.

The whole movie sort of comes together in the end sequence, which is the best part of the movie. All of a sudden, Jimmy realizes that him and his father have something in common, and it puts his whole life in perspective. I liked that scene.

The rest of the movie though, is a bit of a mess.


Saturday, January 08, 2005

Netflix 22: Bubba Ho-Tep

Bruce Campbell as Elvis? Ossie Davis as JFK? A mummy?

Can't go wrong with that.


Tuesday, January 04, 2005

That's two people off my "I have to meet" list...


Saturday, January 01, 2005

Happy 2005!

Happy 2005!