Monthly Archives: June 2011

Han Solo or Luke Skywalker?

When I was growing up in the 1980s, Star Wars was about as cool as it got. Read the rest of this entry

Fear Itself – The Two Price Tags

fear-itselfI’ve talked to other fans of Marvel Comics (we are also comfortable being described as nerds, dweebs, fanboys or dorks), and I seem to be in the minority with my discontent with the newest event, Fear Itself.  Besides the obvious Roosevelt reference in the title being a lame device, the  story is equally lame.   But then I thought, “Hey, maybe I’m not giving it a fair shake; after all, I’m just reading the main ‘Fear Itself’ series and the subsequent tie-in issues when they happens to pop up in my regularly purchased titles (Fear Itself has popped up in Iron Man, Iron Man 2.0, some Avengers titles, etc…), but now I wonder: maybe I’m rushing to judgment and I’m missing a big part of the story?”

If you’re not a comic book fan (AKA not lonely), this is how events work:  see, you’re reading your favorite comics (Marvel’s Captain America, Iron Man, Avengers, Vertigo’s House of Mystery, etc…), minding your own business and then blam-o!  Marvel releases a limited series that affects nearly every one of their characters in some way.  So you break down and you buy it – after all, what’s the difference?  It’s just one more book to buy, and limited series are usually only 4 issues long, (Fear Itself is 7, that’s seven issues long, but who’s counting?) so it’s not a big deal to go along with the flow and watch all the characters struggle together against a common threat… (Yeah, that sounds a lot like the plot of the Avengers books, but whatever.)  But it doesn’t end there – then they release a companion limited series to the primary limited series, Fear Itself:  Home Front.  And then they release another one!  Yep, here comes Fear Itself:  Youth in Revolt.  Plus, there are tie-ins in nearly every regularly published title, like The Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, The Invincible Iron Man and so on.  How many different Fear Itself limited series and other issues are out there?  And how much will it cost, when all is said and done, to read every single issue that proclaims that its part of Fear Itself?  I was going to buy Iron Man anyway, but now I’m buying this limited series… It’s only one extra book per month, but if I went all in like I did with a previous event (Marvel’s Siege), I would be buying a lot more that just 1 extra book a month.

I guess the question is, how much extra does Marvel expect me to spend per event?  What’s the price tag? Read the rest of this entry

Alanis Morissette is Ironic

If you’re not old enough to remember Alanis Morissette at the height of her career as a pop star, I hate you.  And seriously, what are you doing on the internet without your parents’ permission?  Anyway, just to clarify, Alanis Morissette was a big deal back in the 1990s.  In the early 90s, she had this Tiffany-esque thing going (You don’t know who Tiffany was?  1980s pop star, sings at the mall, you know, Tiffany!  No?  Ugh, I hate you.) and was fairly unknown outside of Canada, but then she met producer Glen Ballard, and as with everything he touches, Alanis turned to gold… unless you’re like me and not a big fan of his pop sensibilities, but whatever.  In any case, they wrote her next album, Jagged Little Pill together and away she went.  The album’s first single, “You Oughta Know,” blew up after an influential Los Angeles DJ started running it into the ground, and the video got everybody’s attention right away.

Alanis:  Will she go down on you in a theater?
Me:  Why a theater?  Can’t we get it done before or after the show?
If you’re like me, you don’t like to be interrupted while you’re watching a movie – especially in a theater.

Anyway, Alanis got our attention when she started singing about performing fellatio at the cinema, and her follow-up singles continued to beat us into Alanis-submission, including “Hand In My Pocket,” “Head Over Feet,” “You’ll Learn,” and “Ironic.”  Before you know it, Jagged Little Pill was the most overplayed album since Nevermind (You know, Nirvana!  You can’t pretend you don’t know who Nirvana is because radio stations are still running this album into the ground – take that, kids!), and I often wondered if even Alanis was sick of it.  She’s still recording – in April  of 2010, Alanis released the song “I Remain,” which she wrote for The Price Of Persia:  The Sands of Time soundtrack…  and everybody liked that movie for not being racist, right?  Then in May, she performed, “You Oughta Know” with the American Idol runner-up, Crystal Bowersox… so that’s… you know…  uhm, she’s doing… uhm… good.

Years later, Alanis and I had a series of conversations concerning a number of different topics, some of which we have compiled into a book.  Today, I’d like to share an excerpt with you from one of the chapters that covers a conversation we had about grammar.

“It’s like raaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaan.” ~NY Times

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Iron Man, Rusty Venture, Dr Huxtable, Professors explain why Anthony Weiner, Politicians love sex is dedicated to understanding the fundamental truths of the universe and disseminating the information to you in a clear and concise way – however, there is one problem:  I don’t have any scientific knowledge or ability.  But fear not!  I had assembled a scientific round table consisting of the best fictional minds available! Read the rest of this entry

Bridesmaids movie review

bridesmaids-movie-posterstars-four-halfWhen you see a trailer featuring a gang of ladies walking toward the camera in slow motion, it’s OK to be afraid – and then when you see several cuts of said ladies dancing around, it’s OK to hide under your bed.  Yet, Bridesmaids is not a chick flick (despite the poster) – this is a legit comedy that anyone can enjoy…  well, actually, I’d love to know how the gays feel about this movie.  As far as I can recall, there’s not much here for them. Read the rest of this entry

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