Top Ten Favorite Superhero Movies of All Time

July 31, 2008 at 8:58 pm (Comics, Movies, Top Ten)

  

Well, I told you after my review of Iron Man that there would be another one of these later, after I had been able to see some of the other superhero offerings. Now that I have, I am ready to do a second edition. It’s also worth noting that next year there could be another one of these after some prequels if you know what I mean. I might also revise this and republish it after The Incredible Hulk comes on DVD.

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. Iron Man
  3. Spiderman 2
  4. Batman Begins
  5. Spiderman 1
  6. Spiderman 3
  7. Batman (1989)
  8. X Men 3: The Last Stand
  9. Hancock
  10. Fantastic Four

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Top Ten Favorite Comedies of All Time

July 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm (Movies, Top Ten)

    

    

Yes, I know there will be some who disagree with me. I haven’t watched a majority of recent comedy films, however there are a few I’d like to see. If you do disagree with me, feel free to express that anger in comment form. This was actually one of the hardest top tens I’ve had to do. Note-This post is subject to change.

  1. The Blues Brothers-Very hard decision, however because this movie has the most quotable lines, the most classic regardment out of all of my choices, it earns its spot at #1.
  2. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  4. The Nutty Professor
  5. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
  6. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
  7. Young Frankenstein
  8. School of Rock
  9. Bruce Almighty
  10. Get Smart
Honorable Mentions-Be Kind Rewind, Elf, 50 First Dates, Liar Liar, Heavyweights, The Naked Gun, Airplane, etc.

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My Scrubs Tribute

July 30, 2008 at 3:39 pm (Television, Video, Weapons of Mass Enjoyment)

This is video tribute to Scrubs, one of the best all around shows on television.

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My Kenan and Kel Tribute

July 28, 2008 at 8:43 pm (Television, Video)

This is my video tribute to Kenan and Kel, set to the song Rubberband Man. Enjoy.

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The Rocker Scenes

July 28, 2008 at 8:39 pm (Movies, Video)

Below are two scenes from the upcoming Rainn Wilson Comedy, The Rocker. 

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Indiana Jones 5 Under Consideration

July 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm (Movies)

Indy Picking Up the Whip and Fedora Again?

According to George Lucas, a 5th Indiana Jones movie may be possible in the future. In an interview with The Sunday TImes, Lucas said that if they could collaborate an idea that sounds good, they would do it. Which basically means in George Lucas vocabulary, “Yea, we’re doing another one.” He also said that making Indiana Jones 4 was a challenge because multiple people had multiple ideas. People wanting it to be this or that way, Spielburg wanting to make it like the originals, Lucas wanting to take it in a new direction. Indiana Jones 4 scored a hefty $314 million in US box office.

“Well there’s your problem!”

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I Don’t Wanna See Saw Anymore!

July 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm (Movies, The Way Earl Sees It)

Back in 2004 Horror Fans across the nation got to see Saw for the first time, which I’m sure was a delight to some-

“Hey Honey, wanna go see people get brutally tortured, not excluding any horrific and gory detail!”
“Sure babe, just let me put the kids to sleep and get my purse!”

Well, I never really had anything against the series back then. I watched the very beginning of the film where two guys are locked in the same room and one guy has to saw the other guy’s leg off or something like that, I nearly passed out. I’ve never really been a horror fan, and now I’m becoming less and less of a Saw fan. In 2005, we saw Saw 2, in 2006, Saw 3 came along, with, you guessed it, Saw 4 rearing it’s ugly head in 2007. Now in 2008, we have Saw 5! YOU GUESSED RIGHT! SAW, LET’S COUNT, SHALL WE, THAT IS UNLESS WE’VE BEEN TORTURED SO LONG WE CUT OFF OUR OWN FINGERS! 1, 2, 3, 4, FIVE! You’re supposed to be torturing the characters in the movie, not the audience. DS and I actually had a conversation with a fan of the franchise-

Earl-“I don’t get Saw 4, I mean Jigsaw died! THey just found a tape recorder in his stomach!”
Mindless person I was talking to-“No, he swallowed it.”
Earl-“So, wouldn’t the acids dissolve it?”
DS-“Are we this bored?”

There’s even a planned SAW 6! Just quit Lionsgate! Just stick with the only other person who makes your movies, Tyler Perry! Or combine them! (JD Moment-“Madea! Where are you?” “I’m caught in this #^$&$ beartrap”) I guarantee it would be more entertaining. I don’t know much about the franchise, but I do know this-People get caught, people get tortured, lather, rinse repeat, pay the executives, let’s make another. Please, quit making these movies. I’m begging you. Just stop. Stop it stop it stop it stop it stop it! Move on to another franchise! Do something original! I guess 20 years from now I’ll be telling my kids, or knowing me, my friend’s kids about how Saw was the Friday the 13th of my generation.

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The Joker Scene Compilations

July 28, 2008 at 12:15 pm (Movies, Video)

The Joker is definitely the most interesting character in the new Batman flick The Dark Knight, which continues to shatter records across the world. Thanks to the Youtube community, someone has done the (illegal) liberty of compiling some of his scenes into two nifty videos.

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Critical Mass with Critical Mass

July 28, 2008 at 9:15 am (The Way Earl Sees It)

You may not have heard of this, but on my ride out for breakfast this morning I came across the news reports for a bicyclist radical group called “Critical Mass” on the my local radio talk show. The group is basically a bunch of bicycle nuts that want to “express that bicycles have just as much right to be on the road as cars”. I don’t have a problem with that, even though I wouldn’t want to ride 150 miles on something powered by… well, me. I prefer my transportation to be engine-powered. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with trying to “express your rights” and what not, however when you cross certain lines, you’ve went too far. The riders have been known to block intersections, cause disruption in what would be normal driving circumstances, and injure car-driving (sane) citizens-

 

On July 25, 2008 Critical Mass bicycle riders were confronted by a motorist who was temporarily being prevented by several cyclists from driving his automobile from a curbside parking space into bicycle traffic on East Aloha on the July 25, 2008 Seattle ride.[33] The distraught motorist backed into at least two cyclists while attempting to leave the scene.[34]

A group of mass riders caught up to the vehicle, broke its rear windshield, and assaulted the motorist inside the car through a broken window, pulling him from the car. At least one cyclist slashed the motorist’s tires. [35] [36] [37] The motorist was struck in the back of his head by an object after being pulled from his vehicle, and taken to a local hospital following the incident for head injuries.[38] Two cyclists were arrested for suspicion of vandalism to the car; the motorist was not considered by the Seattle Police Department to have committed a crime due to several witness accounts.[39]

Sure, there are some reports of car drivers provoking some of the incidents, however in most cases the Bicycle supremacists are going way too far, as in the incident above, which was the one I had heard about on the radio. These bike gang members are going way outta line with these protests. Sure, if you wanna make a point, go ahead. You don’t have to nearly kill a guy to do it though! Even though they claim to be in the right for standing up for their bicycling rights, brutally beating other motorists, slashing tires, and costing thousands of dollars in damage only puts them in the wrong. I personally hope I never run into a section of the gang, I personally am not sure what I would do if I ran into them. I would probably run into them a little more. Let me get this straight. I have no problem with bicyclists. Sure, it’s a little hard to get past them, and a little scary because you think you might hit them, however I don’t have a problem with them. I’ll be honest, yes you do get in the way sometimes. But that’s just because the road was made with lanes big enough for cars, and fast enough for motorcycles. I don’t have a problem with them, as long as they don’t resort to these violent and extreme manners.

What do you think? Do these bicyclist protestors earn the right to destroy property or should they just buy a car and join the rest of us? What would you do if you ran into a group of these radicals? Let me know.

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The Dark Knight Takes On Iron Man AND Indy!

July 27, 2008 at 1:50 pm (Movies)

  

This past weekend was the second weekend for The Dark Knight in theaters, going up against Will Ferrel’s new comedy Step Brothers and the newest X Files sequel, both of which did fair, both scoring 30 and 10 million respectively. However, The Dark Knight scored another 75 million, combining to score a cool $314 million dollars in just under 2 weekends. This score, just achieved in 2 weekends mind you, ties with both Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull AND Iron Man. The movie is sure to make even more cash in the following few weeks, and looks to be the highest cash winner of the ENTIRE SUMMER. This is, once again, looking back to the guy on Dailies who said, “Yea, the dark knight… might make $70-$80 million.”

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Mr. Monk and the Genius Review

July 26, 2008 at 8:07 pm (Television)

This past week’s Monk definitely restored my hope in the series. The episode brought in some classic mystery with just a touch of some touching emotional elements. The show balanced and showed everything I loved in the series, and will definitely go down in the record books as one of my favorite episodes.

The episode starts with Monk in his home, arguing with Natalie about some payment issues, which kind of took a backseat in the episode, but provided for some comic relief in the form of constant reminders throughout. Linda Kloster then shows up at Adrian’s home, hiring Monk to solve her own murder after he husband kills her as he has warned to do. Sounds like an easy case, however the man is a genius chess master and proves to be a challenge to Monk throughout the episode, making the crime a little bit harder to solve. Linda eventually does die, and it is ruled as a severe cardiac arrest. Monk is determined to find out how Patrick murdered her. He learns of a chess move called the “poison pawn” and solves the case. Linda had started drinking again, and Patrick had figured out, poisoning her drink. Monk and Natalie show up to the funeral home where Patrick is, and start to confiscate what they think is Linda’s coffin. An elderly couple, the aunt of the woman in the coffin, show up to see the body. Monk tells them all the things they’ll have to do to the body to get the toxicology reports. It turns out in the hilarious way that the woman in the coffin is not Linda but an entirely different person. Patrick, always “one step ahead” had her cremated. Monk, reminiscent of how Trudy held his hands the day she died and how Linda did the same way, is determined to convict Patrick, when the Captain warns him not to cross that line, which is where all of the beautiful emotional elements came into play. Monk starts to plant evidence, however backs out. He then realizes Patrick was married earlier, and his first wife died similarly. He then goes on a mission to dig up the other body, with the poison in her body being enough to convict of both murders. However, no poison is found. Monk later goes to a chess tournament, where he finally figures it out by another chess move. He realizes that Patrick switched the headstones the night before, and defeats him with a oh so sweet “Checkmate”.

The episode really just succeeded at what Monk does best. Providing great mystery, putting in great comedy, and mixing in fantastic emotionalities. Next week Natalie will become a lotto girl in Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever.

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Watchmen Trailer

July 25, 2008 at 9:37 pm (Movies, Video)

Below is the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel, Watchmen, showing the story of what the world would really be like with superheroes. I personally have never read the novel, however after seeing this trailer I might give it a try. The movie is being directed by Zack Snyder, the man behind 300. The movie is set for release next March. I personally think it looks great. 

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Iron Man DVD Art and Extras

July 25, 2008 at 11:42 am (DVD, Movies)

I know, technically that’s Blu-Ray, however you can expect the DVD to look much of the same. There will be a 1 disc and 2 disc set on DVD, with Extra features on the 2-disc will including an “I Am Iron Man” documentary, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes (“The Invincible Iron Man”, “The Actors Process”), a look at the visual effects, image galleries, a gag from The Onion about the films trailer, and Robert Downey Jr’s screentest. It definitely sounds like they took the fan’s advice and made this new DVD all it could be to live up to the great movie. Hopefully there will be a special edition art for the 2 disc. The one below, however is still great. The DVD is set to release on September 30. Click on the thumbnail below for a bigger picture.

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Review

July 24, 2008 at 8:33 pm (Video Games)

It’s official. I have a new favorite first person shooter. It’s name is Call of Duty 4. The game exceeds and providing such a cinematic feel and wonderfully smooth combat that it’s hard not to like. The story basically follows this Russian/Middle East pact thing that ends up nearly blowing the world up, or something like that. You’re basically trying to stop Al Asad and his bomb wielding cohorts from not only taking over the Middle East but over Russia, and the world. The game provides this beautiful cinematic feeling of never putting you in cutscenes, and just letting you freely look around and do as you will, not only in briefings, but through the whole mission. You wanna stay back and let your men do a lot of work? Wanna go in stealthily and snipe, or do you wanna just run and gun? It’s all up to you. I found myself sniping a way at some missions, others carefully planning out my attack, trying different methods, not all worked. The missions also offer up a variety in mission objectives and environments. The graphics and sound also in this game are top notch. The voice acting is excellent, you really care about your fellow men. All the environments, the snow, grass, and water, all look amazing. Overall, if you’re looking for an amazingly deep, fun, and smooth FPS, Call of Duty 4 is definitely the right pick for you.

5 out of 5

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The Future of Monk

July 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm (Television)

For the past 3 years, the show Monk about my favorite obsessive compulsive detective has continued to be my favorite television show, and has kept me glued to my seat on Friday nights. It’s definitely one USA Network’s biggest runner and advertiser. The show’s been running since all the way back this time in 2001, and is now in its 7th Season. The show has seen different assistants for Monk, and now even two different psychiatrists, both of which play monumental roles in the show, both of each performing well. A lot of people are skeptical of the newer seasons *cough* James *cough*. However, I believe the newer seasons have just as good mysteries and just as much comedy, if not more and better comedy, than the past episodes. I was watching some of Season 6 just today, Mr. Monk Paints his Masterpiece, which held a fairly good mystery while still making me laugh so much. Some may say the newest episode, Mr. Monk Buys A House was a little iffy, but so were a lot of past season premieres. A lot of the great episodes take place late in the season. You just have to wait until the writers get warmed up. As far as future seasons go, I might actually be fine with them wrapping up the series with this season, as long as they can wrap up the Trudy case perfectly. However if they could do it well I wouldn’t mind seeing maybe 1 or 2 more seasons. However, I would be satisfied if this was the last season. Monk’s had a great run, and hopefully he will continue to run (evenly off the cracks in the pavement) into the future.

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