Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Leap Year!



Just so you know, the Disney parks will be open for 24 hours today...but what good that does me here in Louisiana I don't know.

How do you plan to spend your extra day?

I'm at work.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Look what I found



So I was helping Megan move some things of her great grandmothers out of storage and look what I found!

She didn't know where it came from (or if her Memaw was a ninja) but I decided the sword was destined to be with me!

Now Megan's just counting down the the days until I unbelievable chop up my own head with it.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Bub at the Comic Con (6)

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My favorite moment of the Con, meeting the Boondock Saints!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bub at the Comic Con (5)

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Bub meets her best friend Spike.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bub at the Comic Con (4)

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Bubber meets the host of Rescue 911...whose "handlers" don't allow his picture to be taken.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bubber at Comic Con (3)

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Bub sees... someone she doesn't know.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bubber at Comic Con (2)

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Here she is after meeting Adam Baldwin. As you can see, she wasn't that star struck.

Bubber at Comic Con (1)

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It's taken me a few weeks to get these posted but FINALLY, here is some video footage from our Comic Con bit. I'll be posting little bits throughout the week.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Best Batman Movie (wrap up)

I didn't include this in my conversations from last week but after repeated questions as to which one I liked best I'll go ahead and answer that today.

Tim Burton's, by far. The man gave just the right mixture of comic book fantasy enough to engross us into believing the story line. Make fun of sill scene's such as the Joker spitting out false teeth after a Batman punch, or penguins walking around with missles from their backs but THAT'S Batman. I thought it looked great and wouldn't mind the same treatment to the movie franchise in future installments.

Nolan did fine. I love his movies but was so tired of hearing everyone proclaim them to be the best ones ever. (cause they aren't) My point I was trying to make a few weeks ago was that by looking at the characters of each role, Nolan failed to capture that comic book feel that Batman's origins are deeply rooted in. Again, great movies, just not "Batman" enough for me.

Ole Joe was obviously the worst. We all gave him a pass on Batman Forever but instead of taking it he tore right into the series which literally halted production of other super hero movies until the Xmen hit the big screen.

Ok folks, that's all for now. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Goodbye Gary



Gary Carter
1954-2012

Clint Thomas for Mayor



The time has come to give my endorsement for Mayor of Monroe and I select Clint Thomas!

Who is he? Well, this pictures 4 years old but the man hasn't changed a bit in his looks or political platform in over 12 years!

He runs the local comic shop here in town (which your's truly is a patron of) he says he's running for the "common man" to end corruption, establish bike trails throughout the city, bring more events to our Civic Center, improve our parks and make Monroe a better place.

He has no experience when it comes to local government but that kinda works in his favor doesn't it? He gets 600 votes for Mayor every time he run and by gosh I want to make that number 800!!

All seriousness, everyone who runs for Mayor here is a crook except Clint. He wouldn't know how to run a city but I have a feeling we'd be a lot better off with this guy than the others.

I have his sign in my yard. Now if I can just stick a Ron Paul sign next to it I'll have those 800 votes like that!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Survivor: One World



So tonight Survivor cranks out another season and I'm pumped to see what will happen.

They did away with Redemption Island and I bet you I know why. Last season one of the girls was saying in her interview that it didn't matter whether or not she got voted out at tribal or not because because she would have a chance to get back in the game. My bet is that she wasn't the only one who shared that sentiment.

Then you had people like Ozzie who knew they couldn't make it far in the game and stayed alive in Redemption Island. He actually was relieved to go!

Don't get me wrong I loved Redemption, but it's over now and Survivor must evolve again. This time their doing things a little different in One World.

2 tribes, living as one. One tribe of Women and One tribe of Men.

Love it.

Smart concept with a good twist on dividing them up by gender. I think this'll only work once with the show but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.

My prediction is a girl will win though because when they divided the tribes by gender last time the guys imploded while the women laughed. I'll be expecting the same sort of thing this time around. Remember, the challenges won't be physical so as to even the playing field.

Can't wait to see what happens tonight!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Adventures of a little guy

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Here's baby Tallis at Xmas playing in wrapping paper. I didn't record that long but if I had you would've heard him giggling non-stop after a while. He was having a BLAST!

This proves that you shouldn't buy your child any presents until he's at least 3.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Best Lex Luthor

Now it's time to review Superman's big baddy Lex Luthor. This is where the competition gets good!

4) John Shea



Did anyone even remember there was a Lex Luthor in the Lois and Clark TV series?!?

Me neither. Which is why this guy gets last place.

3) Kevin Spacey



He did a great job as Lex! Sadly it was in Superman Returns, which is why he's ranked 3rd.

2) Gene Hackman



Oh yeah! Now we're getting to the heavy hitters! Mean Gene played Luthor like no one ever has! He was excellent at it and a wonderful compliment to an already strong performance by Reeves. Why do you think he was in every Superman movie? Why do you think most folks say Superman 3 was the worst movie in the series? Because Gene wasn't in it, that's why!

1) Michael Rosenbaum



Yep, no question about it. Rosenbaum played Lex the best! He was the only reason to watch Smallville for years and when he wised up and realized the show was going from bad to awful he jumped ship early in the series.

The way he played Luthor was the whole reason I started watching the show. In fact, I wished they'd made him the star and Clark as the co-star. The series would have been a whole lot more interesting then.

Have a good weekend folks!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Best Lois Lane

Time to review Supes main squeeze Lois Lane. Here we go!

5) Kate Bosworth



Only because she was in Superman Returns. I'd go back and watch the movie to see where she would rank if I didn't know watching Superman Returns for the 2nd time would be just as painful as having as someone pulling out your eyes with a pair of rusty pliers.

4) Erica Durance



I know Lois is supposed to be that annoyingly nosy reporter who's always getting into trouble. But Durance's version makes you wonder why Superman doesn't smack her to the moon. (literally)

3) Noel Neill



Playing side by side George Reeves, Neill played the role of Lois relativity safe. Not doing much to her performance so you could go either way on her. But I say she at least beats the first 2 on my list!

2) Teri Hatcher



Honestly I don't remember a single thing about her performance, I just remembered that back in the day Teri Hatcher was HOT! That's the only reason she gets to be #2 on my list.

1) Margot Kidder



Once again in the realm of losers Margot has no competition in her role as Lois Lane. She has just the right balance of being strong willed yet subtle around Clark. Sure Reeve helped with his performance but Kidder actually does an acceptable job in her role as Ms Lane. Again I think there's someone out there who could beat her, but it may be a while before any of us see it.

One more for tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Best Superman

Now it's time to discuss one of my least favorite but very popular super hero's to date: Superman. And just like I did with Batman I'm going to rank them by how they played the role of Clark Kent. Who really gives you insight into how Superman thinks the "average" human should be.

So who played Clark Kent the best? Let's find out!

5) Brandon Routh/ Superman Returns.... (to take your cash and leave you a stinker)



Routh doesn't even try in his role as Clark Kent to look convincing. He obviously thought that because Nolan was directing the film, no one would realize how bad his performance was....he was wrong.

4) Dean Cain



Cain plays the smug, confident Clark Kent that is seen NO WHERE in the comics. Seriously, if I was friends with this Clark, I'd probably end up punching him right in the face! (um, if he didn't have super strength that would break my hand of course)

3)Tom Welling



Anyone up for a whiny, emotional, love-sick Clark Kent with the mentality of a teenage girl? Then Smallwood is your show!

2) George Reeves



His Clark Kent is a step above the rest but that's not saying much. Reeves made his Kent seem way to smart and level headed. Of course back then I guess it didn't matter. Seeing as how the only disguise Superman could think of was wearing glasses when he wasn't around flying in tights! But still he sits comfortably at 2nd well behind our #1

1) Christopher Reeve



I dare someone to prove me wrong. NO ONE will be able to top his masterful performance of Clark Kent! Even in Superman 4 (with is an awful movie) Christopher's scenes as Kent make it worth watching. In fact, pick up the 4 in 1 dvd for $10 some time and see for yourself. (but be sure to fast forward thru everything else) There will never be somebody as good as Reeve and if so, they must have done an flawless job copying his performance.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Best Hulk

We're going to deviate from DC for today and talk about who played the best Bruce Banner of them all.

#3 Eric Bana


Let's face it folks, there was NOTHING good about this movie. Bana was just a small factor in a slew of reasons why all copies of this movie should be burned. His acting was flat and the story didn't help him either. Two thumbs down.

#2 Bill Bixby


I'm curious to see if I'm going to get any arguments over this one. I LOVE me some Bill Bixby. There's no doubt in my mind that they man did a splendid job portraying Bruce Banner unlike any other. C'mon, who can say they don't tear up every time they hear his theme song and seem him wandering down a long and lonely road at the end of each episode?

Gosh... I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it! Better move on...

#1 Edward Norton


There's only one man who can knock Mr Bixby off his throne and that's Norton. What a fantastic job he did (and what a risk as well) playing Bruce Banner not long after the previous movie was deemed a dud in Hollywood. Not only did he revive the interest in the Hulk, but he also brought the big green into the Avengers movie this summer. (well, Edward won't be in it but it will feature the Hulk)

Will this guy in the Avengers movie be any good? I'd be surprised if he makes it past Bill in this line up.

Ok, back to DC tomorrow. Still a few more people I'd like to talk about.

Up, up and away!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Best Batmobile

The Batmobile is the trademark car of Batman's. Let's see who in Hollywood got it right:

4) Batman/Batman Returns



I've never liked this vehicle. Even after seeing the movie for the first time I remember telling folks that the Batmobile looked stupid. It STILL looks stupid to me now!

3) Batman Forever/Batman and Robin



This one's not much better. I remember thinking when the movie came out "Oh well, at least they got rid of the first one!"

2) Batman Begins/The Dark Knight



This one's nice but doesn't resemble any "bat" features about it. Seriously, Iron Man could be riding in this thing and we wouldn't be able to tell. I know Nolan was going for a more "realistic" look but dude! You have a man dressed up as a bat! May as well go for it all the way here, know what I'm saying??

1) Batman TV series



Oh yeah baby! I would trade my car in for this one in a heartbeat!! This car would still be considered cool to this day! I can see it now:

Me: Honey, do you need me to pick you up anything from the store? Run an errand for you? Take you somewhere?

Megan: Sure, but can we take my car.

Me: Um, nevermind.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Super Sunday?



Um... yeah.

I think I'll just read a book tonight instead.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Jonathan Coulton - RE: Your Brains Music Video



It's a catchy tune that I've been humming this whole week!!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Best Mr Freeze

Ok, so honestly I needed one more villain to round out the week and he was the only one left. All 4 were kinda lame but I'll do my best to rank them here:

4) Arnold Schwarzenegger



Why is he the worst? I'll tell you to watch Batman and Robin and see for yourself but that would be a waste of your time. So just look at this promo picture for the movie. Yep! Moving on!

3) George Sanders



For the record I'm not making this picture up. This is actually a still from the 1966 series. His performance was like his suit...not good.

2) Otto Preminger



Only reject from the old TV series. The only reason he beats out Sanders for the role is because he looks more the part. That's it.

1) Eli Wallach



A lot of folks do rank Wallach's performance as Mr Freeze to be the best. I say with competition like this, that's not saying much.

Wallach did ok I guess, but I feel that no actor has yet make Mr Freeze seem like the desirable Batman villain he should be. Only time will tell if they ever correct that.

Ok folks, more reviews to come next week. Have a good weekend!

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Best Catwoman

Here we go, lots of contestants for this category but only one winner. Let's see who it is.

5) Halle Berry



Yep....ok moving on!

4) Eartha Kitt



When Season 3 of the Batman series was in doubt, Julie Newmar signed on to do several movie roles. When she later found out season 3 was a go after all, she sadly had to decline her role as Catwoman due to scheduling conflicts and that's where Eartha Kitt comes in.

Kitt plays this character like she has no idea what Batman is much less what her character should be like. There's campy and then there's awful and that's where Kitt'e performance hits, just awful.

But she still beat Berry.

3) Lee Meriwhether



When they decided to make a Batman movie, Julie Newmar was once again unavailable to reprise her role and Lee Meriwhether stood in.

She actually does a pretty good job here. I kinda wish we'd had seen her in Season 3 of the show instead of Kitt. I wonder then who would've been better between her and Newmar? Lee did an excellent job as Catwoman in her short time she had playing the role but she can't hold a candle to the next 2 on the list.

2) Michelle Pheiffer



One of the best Catwoman's there'll ever be. Burton knew what he was doing when he cast her for the role. Pheiffer really gave Catwoman that sass about her character we all love and as for looks? Well, short or Princess Leia's metal bikini ask any nerd what their favorite type of costume is for a woman. (hint: NOT Halle Berry's!!)

1) Julie Newmar



I know. I've really got a thing for that 1966 series don't I? But it's the truth! Julie Newmar IS Catwoman. She barely beats Pheiffer out in my opinion solely because she embodied everything that Catwoman is. Pheiffer played Catwoman a little crazy and you were always thinking in the bacl of your mind while watching the movie "Batman would never go for that" But with Newmar you can actually she the "poor deluded soul" Batman pities every time he takes her in. Excellently done!

I have one more villain to speak about tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Best Penguin

He was never my favorite villain but recently what they've been having him do in the comics has made me appreciate this character a little but more. There were only 2 folks who ever played him, so let's rank them shall we?

2) Danny Devito



Like Heath Ledger, DeVito did a good job playing the Penguin... just one we've never seen before. The Penguin is a "clean cut" crook, who takes pleasure in dressing up and pretending to be something he's not. DeVito's Penguin is a disgusting slob who hasn't the nearest hint of class. Still, not bad. I remember being glad to hear the Penguin would be in Batman Return's because I didn't think he was liked well enough in the comics... this I'm afraid didn't change anyone's mind.

1) Burgess Meredith



Before he was coaching Rocky how to fight, Burgess donned the clever disguise of the Penguin for the 1966 TV Show. He was so well liked in fact, that the Penguin appears in more episodes of the series than any other lead villain.

As for his performance? Wonderful. I'm telling you, if you haven't seen this old TV show you're missing a lot!

A big review coming tomorrow... you know who it is...