MUGGED BY THE CITY

I meant to write about this in my BLAH BLAH BLAH post. Today is trash pickup day again, so I have to be off my side of the street from 8am-3pm. As I said, I had to go to work early today anyway, so I was long gone by 8am. But over the weekend I…

BLAH BLAH BLAH

Here in SoCal we’ve been having a late-summer heatwave. Overall summer hadn’t been too bad, at least it didn’t feel any worse than usual, but then last week it suddenly shot into the 90’s and hasn’t gone down. Yesterday was the 3rd day in a row that it was 96 degrees, and it stays in…

The F1rst Hero #2

Written by Anthony Ruttgaizer Drawn by Phillip Sevy Colors by Fred C. Stresing Published by Action Lab Entertainment Previously: The F1rst Hero #1 This story picks up some time after Jake has been discharged from the Marines. He’s back in his hometown in Philadelphia, staying with his parents. He’s been keeping to himself, staying indoors,…

The F1rst Hero #1

Written by Anthony Ruttgaizer Drawn by Phillip Sevy Colors by Fred C. Stresing Published by Action Lab Entertainment This is a 4 issue miniseries with an interesting premise. The world is like our except a small percentage of people occasionally randomly manifest super-powers. The cause is unknown, but the problem is that everyone who gets…

Avengers #34.1

Written by Al Ewing Drawn by Dale Keown Inked by Norman Lee Colored by Jason Keith Published by Marvel Comics First off, let me state that I have not been reading this ongoing Avengers series, so I have no idea what’s been happening in the previous 33 issues (nor do I know why this issue…

I GOT A DANG PARKING TICKET!

Today is trash-pickup/street sweeper day on my side of the street. Which means that there’s no parking allowed from 8am-3pm. I was a little late getting out the door because I was trying to read and then write my reviews for MPH #3 and SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #8 and post them before leaving for work. And…

Superman Unchained #8

Written by Scott Snyder Drawn by Jim Lee Inked by Scott Williams Published by DC Comics For the past three months I’ve been enjoying the regular Superman title by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr., and I’m glad that it has so far remained self-contained so that I don’t need to also buy any other…

MPH #3

Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Duncan Fegredo Publisher: Image Comics Previously: MPH #2 Yes, it’s been almost 3 months since the previous issue of this series. I could make some kind of joke about the irony of a book about super-speed coming out so slowly, and how it’s too bad that artist Duncan Fegredo doesn’t have…

A Nightmare On Elm Street

Written and directed by Wes Craven Released November 1984 New Line Cinema This is my all-time favorite horror movie. And unlike my friend Annie Riordan I don’t find it dated in the slightest, re-watching it today I find it just as suspenseful as I did when I first watched it as a wee lad. The…

Not So Fast(ing)

I just finished eating pizza. That in and of itself isn’t so unusual for my day off (Happy Labor Day, y’all), it just that I was trying to Fast today. Couldn’t do it. Made it to around 3:30pm, but then the hunger got too much, and I just had to eat something. It’s been a…

NAKED PICTURES

There ya go, that’s me. I’m completely naked in that picture. Over the weekend, there was some major Apple iCloud hack and a bunch of celebrities accounts got hacked and, low and behold, a bunch of private nude pictures were revealed and released. It’s a darn shame. Anytime someone gets hacked like that it’s bad.…

August 2014: A Look Back

Okay, so looking back on my blogging activities for the last month, it’s definitely a bit of a drop from July. But I posted 31 new blogs, which equals one new post a day (although technically the first post was my review of July, which probably doesn’t count, but whatever), so I’m happy with that.…

The Greatest American Hero (Comic-Book series)

Written by William Katt, Christopher Folino, Derek McCaw, and Sean O’Reilly Drawn by Clint Hilinski Published by Arcana Comics/Catastrophic Comics In 2008 Arcana Comics teamed up with Catastrophic Comics to publish a 3-issue miniseries based on the 1980’s hit TV show THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO. This series is not a continuation of the TV show,…

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

I just read yesterday that a reboot of this show is in the works. This was of my favorite TV shows as a wee lad. Running originally for 3 seasons, from 1981 to 1983, on ABC and then airing in reruns in syndication for years after that, the film starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley…

MY ANACONDA DON’T WANT NONE…

This is the video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, Anaconda. It’s a huge hit. And I effing HATE it. I touched on this before when I wrote about The Latest Taylor Swift “Controversy” and thought I’d expand on my thoughts after reading some other posts about HERE and HERE, as well as seeing one of…

SUPERMAN #34 by Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr.

Written by Geoff Johns Art by John Romita Jr. Inks by Klaus Janson Colors by Laura Martin Published by DC Comics PREVIOUSLY: SUPERMAN #33 by Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr. This issue opens with Superman and Ulysses meeting Ulysses’ biological parents, whom we last saw in flashback in Superman #32 and together they give…

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

Written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, and James Vanderbilt Directed by Marc Webb Released May 2014 Sony Pictures Entertainment Spider-Man is one of my 10 favorite superheroes and the first Spider-Man film starring Tobey Maguire was one of my favorite superhero movies that were based on comic-books. I was underwhelmed with Spider-Man 2…

STORM #2

Written by Greg Pak Drawn by Victor Ibanez Colored by Ruth Redmond Published by Marvel Comics PREVIOUSLY: STORM #1 This issue opens with Storm and Wolverine in some little bar in NYC talking about Storm’s actions in Santo Marco last issue. As I said before, I’m not up on current X-Men events, but it is…

SAVAGE DRAGON #197

Writer and artist: Erik Larsen Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos Colors: Nikos Koutis Publisher: Image Comics PREVIOUSLY: SAVAGE DRAGON #196 Been a busy week, so I’m a few days late reviewing this issue, which came out last Wednesday. I’m going to take advantage of these extra days and assume that most fans of the series have already…

The Latest Taylor Swift “Controversy”

This is the music video for Taylor Swift’s latest single, “Shake It Off”, from her upcoming album 1989. This is her first official POP album. It’s an interesting career move for her, as this could go horribly wrong. She’s sold approximately a bajillion records as a Country artist, and Country music fans are intensely loyal.…

LET’S BE COPS

Written by Luke Greenfield & Nicholas Thomas Directed by Luke Greenfield Released August 13, 2014 20th Century Fox Alright I saw this tonight. A friend wanted to go so I figured, why the heck not? As I wrote last month I’m a big fan of Damon Wayans Jr. and thank he has potential to be…

I HAD A WEIRD DREAM LAST NIGHT

I dreamt that I discovered that I had two illegitimate sons, who had each tracked me down and come to see me, in my house (actually most of the dream took place specifically in the room next to my kitchen where I have the washing machine, dryer, and refrigerator). They’re weren’t full-brothers, though, they were…

VIRTUA-GIRL #1

Written by Dann Drawn by Sergio Calvet, Matthew Weldon, and Dann Published by Dann Comics This is a single issue, there are three separate stories in it but they all tie together. First we get a look at the origin of Virtua-Girl, a science-fiction superhero and her ongoing battle against her arch-nemesis Sorceress X. Then…

HALLOWEEN MAN #4

Written by Drew Edwards Published by Monsterverse And here we have another issue of Halloween Man, featuring stories mostly written by series creator Drew Edwards and drawn by various artists. The first story is THE BOMBSHELL EXPERIMENT. Following up from the events of the previous issue, Lucy is shown dealing with the public perception of…

Say Anything…

Written and directed by Cameron Crowe Released April 1989 This movie is pretty close to HEATHERS in my all-time favorite list (even if years later I realized how problematic some parts of it are). John Cusack stars as Lloyd Dobler and Ione Skye stars as Diane Cort. As the film opens they’re both graduating from…

WORKING IN A PORN SHOP…

For you younger readers I’m about to blow your minds. Did you know that there was a time when if you wanted to watch porn you couldn’t just type in whatever perverted fantasy you had in mind into Google and then soon be viewing a video of it for free? No, back in my day,…

Mistresses S2E10: “Charades”

Rochelle Aytes (April), Jes Macallan (Joss), Yunjin Kim (Karen), Alyssa Milano (Savi) PREVIOUSLY: “Coming Clean” I’ve got to get up early tomorrow to take my car to the shop (the breaks have been making a loud rumbling sound when I press on them, I’m pretty sure that’s not a good thing) and then take a…

No Urge To Purge

I see The Purge is now airing on TV. I haven’t seen it and don’t intend to watch it, nor have any interest in watching the sequel which is in theaters now. I love horror movies, as well as sci-fi and fantasy, so I’m well-versed in the particulars of “the willing suspension of disbelief”, where…

Unfriended?!?

Last night I went to check on a friend’s Facebook page and discovered that we are no longer friends. I did not unfriend her, so that means that she unfriended me. This isn’t the first time that this has happened, people have suddenly unfriended me, and I’ve unfriended many people. Except usually I don’t just…

Best. Movie. EVER.

Directed by Michael Lehmann Written by Daniel Waters Released March 1989 I can’t believe I haven’t written about this film before. I would’ve thought that I had. I know I’ve written about VERY BAD THINGS, which I consider to be sort of a spiritual sequel to this film, but nothing matches the real thing. HEATHERS…

Blah Blah Blah

Today has not been the best day. It got off to a bad start from the minute I woke up. While I enjoy watching and reviewing Mistresses every Monday, having to stay up past 11 messes with my sleep schedule. I wish I could just catch the East Coast broadcast at 7pm. So I was…

Mistresses S2E09: “Coming Clean”

Yunjin Kim (Karen), Jes Macallan (Joss), Rochelle Aytes (April), Alyssa Milano (Savi) PREVIOUSLY: “An Affair To Surrender” Opening up right after last episode’s cliffhanger, Karen is all let me explain, but Anna (Catherine Haena Kim) ain’t hearin’ that and walks out. She comes back later for another session, this time acting all bright and cheerful.…

I’ve Been “Tagged”?

Ann St. Vincent is an “executive businesswoman & blogger who writes about her sexless & open marriage, affairs, divorce, sexual reawakening, online dating, and relationships.” I recently began following her blog at http://annstvincent.com/ and you should too (well, unless you’re uptight about reading extremely frank posts about sex, then nevermind). Today I got a pingback…

Online Friends vs. Real Friends

As I come upon my 7th year on Facebook (signed up in August 2007), & 12th year online overall (I got my first PC in 2002) I’m reflecting on the concept of online friendships. A lot of people used to say, and still do, that all of these connections people make online are stupid, pointless,…

CRAPPY POP MUSIC IS ETERNAL

Y’know, I often see my older friends complaining on Facebook about modern music. People love posting pictures that will compare lyrics to some “classic” song and to the lyrics in some current hit, and use that as proof that music is supposedly less creative now that it was “back in the day.” And “back in…

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