Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sherlock Holmes book review

Another book I read this summer was the complete Sherlock Holmes. I read these as a kid and loved them back then but was unsure if they'd hold out.

Thankfully they did. I loved the series! It's interesting to note that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle killed Sherlock off very early in his career because he didn't want to write any more adventures. However, after 10 years of fans demanding more stories he brought him back in (what I think) were even better stories than before!

Sherlock's last adventure titled "His Last Bow" aged the detective 20 years, right before the events of World War 1 and gave a pleasant "ending" to his character. I loved it. And I'm happily keeping this in my collection for years to come! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Last of the Mohican's Book Review

As many of you know I've been reading through the classics this summer and now that I've finished a few of them, I wanted to give you my reviews.

The first book I finished was Cooper's classic indian tale.

Now I read this book way back in the late 80's about 2 years before the movie came out. I liked it but thought the movie was better.

It has violent scenes, excellent dialogue and beautiful portrayals of characters. Reading it again, I was curious to see if I would still hold the same judgment as I did when I was younger. Because now I believe that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie.

I was wrong. The movie's still better.

Let me be clear that I also believe this is the ONLY exception to that rule since I've consistently enojoyed the books more. But in this case, it's the movie hands down.

Here's why.

While the book is good, it's interrupted by boring dialogue from the Indians and the French. Cooper shows off his talent by writing in French for all the soldiers, yet not offering a translation of what is being said. Though not imperative to the story it sure takes you out of it when you don't know what is going on, or why the last 5 pages were in French.

Afterwards, you're mind decides for itself what else it can start skimming over and pretty soon, 1/3 of the book is over looked as the Indian conversations about the spirits in nature and whatnot is completely overlooked and irrelevant to the story.

But can I recommend it due to it's excellent battle scenes and depictions of surroundings? Eeeeee... it's too close to call. I think a lot of people will want to pass this one up and watch the movie instead. And since the movie IS indeed better than the book, I'm obliged to agree.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Top 5 Smells

I know this sounds weird but I gave it some thought over the weekend and wanted to share this one with you too!

5) Coffee

This is weird because.... I don't even like coffee!? But I've always enjoyed the smell of it. That's why I would always enjoy hanging out with friends at coffee houses even though I never drank it myself.

4) Sea Breeze

This one's pure nostalgia for my yearly beach trip. But even when I visit the beach without my family I still love the smell. Nothing but great memories each time I breathe it in! It's why they make candles of it I bet!

3) Fresh baked cookies

Who really DOESN'T love this smell right? I love me some cookies and smelling them in the oven is SO good! Warm soft cookies are also what I love best. Hard crumbly cookies? BLECH! Only fresh baked for me!

2) Fresh cut grass

Maybe it's the fact that I used to mow lawns as a kid but I've always loved the scent of a fresh cut yard. Feels good to know the work is done and the lawn looks great! Plus, it also reminds me of baseball which speaking of my number one...

1) Baseball Glove

Nothing smells better to me than the inside of a glove. As a kid I used to stand in the outfield with it over my face and breathe in the scent. I still love doing it today on the rare occasions Megan and I are throwing the ball around in the back yard. Best smell ever!

That's my Top 5, what's yours?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Top 5 cartoon vehicles I'd like to own

Yesterday I spoke about what cars I'd love to own. But today I want to take it a little further and speak of cartoon cars I'd love to own as well!

5) Hong Kong Phooey Mobile

Yesssss....and it wouldn't be that hard to do I bet! Oh man, I'd LOVE to have one of these to scoot around the neighborhood in!

4) Thunder Hawk

Straight from the M.A.S.K. cartoon series, this car would be awesome to have! It's weird I've never seen anyone try to make one at conventions but then again, I guess the cartoon isn't that popular either. But that wouldn't stop me from buying one if I had the money!!

3) Ninja Turtle van

Someone actually MADE one of these and I love it!!! Can you imagine how much fun road trips would be in this?! They'd have to call me Mr Cool if I road around in this!

2) Thundercat Tank

Ok, now I'm getting ridiculous about it, I know. RIDICULOUSLY FUN!! I would DIE if someone made one of these in real life. I'm sure with unlimited resources it could be done and believe me when I saw the chances of me going to jail over stealing it would be high. I mean, CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE?!

1) Batmobile

Yep, my #1 again! In the Super Friends cartoon I loved this car more than the '66 show. I thought it was SO awesome and the toy was too! If they recreated it and had me choose between the two, it's a no-brainer for me to pick this one. I would be one "Bat-ass" driving this thing!

Ha! Ok folks, have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Top 5 vehicles I'd love to own

We all have our wish list. Mine is just a little different. Here goes!

5) Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari

Oh yes. I would buy a Hawaiian t-shirt, listening to the theme song from the TV show and just drive around all day. I'd also get fired from my job but that'd be ok. I would then grow a mustache and become a P.I......who doesn't work. Megan would be so proud.

4) A-Team van

Ok, same thing as above. Ride around, A-Team theme song, live life as a soldier of fortune, piss Megan off for not making any money. Seriously though, how awesome would it be to pick up your kid from baseball games in this bad boy! The envy of all the other Dad's. day I hope that gets to be me!

3) Back to the Future car

I've seen these at conventions and though I know you couldn't travel 88 mph in them (due to all the add ons to the car and the fact that it would take you back in time) I still would love to have one in my collection.

2) The General Lee

Every year I think this climbs up another spot on my list. I see them at conventions all the time and they just look so sweet! Also, how cool would it be to receive a speeding ticket in this?! This may eventually become my #1 most desired car of all time, but for now another sits a top the throne....

1) Batmobile

It's GOT to be this one! If I'd have seen a car like this as a kid I would have believed in Santa and Batman in the same day. Oh how I'd love to wake up one morning with this sweet thing sitting in my garage!

And HECK YES I would dress up as Batman if I owned one. Why wouldn't I?!

K folks, that's my Top 5. What's yours?


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Top 5 autographs I'd like to have!

So forget about Star Wars autographs! Who's would I want OUTSIDE of Star Wars?

5) Christopher Reeves

K, let's get the dead guy out of the way first. I don't like Superman, but I love Christopher Reeves' portrayal of him. In fact, I love this actor in general. So having him in my collection would be awesome.

4) Tom Cruise

It's no secret I'm a fan of his movies. I love them all. So it's only natural that I'd want his autograph as well. From what I hear he seems to be a nice guy (maybe a little crazy too) but I still wouldn't mind seeing a "To Matt" on my wall of him.

3) Frank Gorshin

Ok, I lied. I have 2 dead guys on my wish list. The Riddler is my favorite Batman villain and Gorshin played him like no other! As with Alec Guiness, I passed up a chance to get his autograph at a con and slightly regret it. If given the chance (and for the right price) again, I'd pull the trigger today.

2) Jackie Chan

My favorite martial arts star! I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't scream like a little girl at a One Direction concert if I saw a personalized autograph from him to me. Heck, I'm squeaking like a little girl right now just thinking about it! EEEK!!!

1) Ed Norton

But my #1 has to go to my favorite actor of all time. I hear he's a cool guy to meet in person and having his autograph in my collection would be SO cool!

That's my Top 5. What's yours?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top 5 Star Wars Autographs I'd like to have! (Prequels edition)

Ok, after yesterday's post I realized that I only named original trilogy folks, so this time I'd like to talk about the Top 5 autographs I'd like from people who were in the prequels. Here goes!

5) Ahmad Best (Jar Jar)

I'm as shocked as you are right now. Making this list out I didn't think I'd want it but quickly changed my mind when I thought of how funny it would be to have one. The most hated man in Star Wars... can't pass up a chance to get an autograph of him can I?!

4) Christopher Lee

The late great Christopher Lee. Call Lucas a "hack" all you want but he hit the nail on the head with this casting decision. Though super expensive to get now, I would've loved to have gotten one back in the day before he passed away.

3) Hayden Christensen (Anakin)

Hate on him all you want but I blame George for his acting. In other movies, he did really well and he seems like a nice guy in all his interviews so to have his autograph in my collection would be an honor!

2) Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan)

No surprise here. I think he's a great actor that doesn't get enough roles in Hollywood. And if I had an autograph of Sir Alec Guieness, it would only make sense to have them both together right? But I can think of one more who could join them...

1) Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon)

I love this actor already. To have his autograph in general would be awesome but as Qui-Gon Jinn, it'd be to cool for school! I thought he did an incredible job in the first movie and was disappointed he never came back as a ghost in the sequels.

That's my Top 5....what's yours?