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The Top Ten Movie Directors

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

“Like Kurosawa I make mad films
Okay, I don’t make films
But if I did they’d have a Samurai.”
Barenaked Ladies – “One Week”

If you are following my blog and/or podcast, then I don’t need to explain the significance and value a good director brings to the making of a movie. But if you need empirical proof, take a look at your multiplex, or steaming provider. We are living in a gilded age of remakes and reboots. Whereas the originals have given us iconic images and memorable scenes that made them timeless classics, the newer versions are created by those that lack the creative vision, and fail to learn the lessons why the originals work so well. Continue reading “The Top Ten Movie Directors”

Lists · Podcast Unlimited · Video games

The Top Ten Star Wars Video Games

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“Oh Star Wars,
Nothing but Star Wars,
Give me those Star Wars,
Don’t let them end.
Oh Star Wars,
If they should bar wars,
Please let these Star Wars
Stay.”

– Nick Winters (a.k.a. Bill Murray), from “Saturday Night Live”, Jan 21, 1978

I wish I could have been at LucasArts at the ground floor. They created a bunch of wonderful and underrated game in the 1980s that myself, and many others still adore to this day. But the main reason is the slew of Star Wars games they have created the past four decades. And as long as we have home video game consoles, and video game systems, we will have Star Wars video games. In fact, I think one of my best friends and I had the only 2 video game systems that did not have a Star Wars game in its catalog: Channel F, and Vektrex. So if you thought I was going to make a new Internet Rule, forget  it!

When you consider that the video game franchise maker was part of the deal that Disney acquired back in 2012, the price tag looks even more like a bargain!

Continue reading “The Top Ten Star Wars Video Games”

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The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series

Marvel Civil War

“I don’t need your civil war,”
– Guns N’ Roses, “Civil War”

During the 1980’s, the comic book industry, after seeing the success it brought the television networks the previous decade, decided to create their own mini-series. Before then, if a comic book wanted to tell an extended story, they would just tell the story over multiple issues with little to no fanfare. The story arc would be given a name after the fact (e.g.: the X-Men’s “Dark Phoenix Saga” is the name given to issues #129 – 138 of the comic title, “Uncanny X-Men.”) But when comic books industry hit its first bubble in the eighties, the companies decided that they can generate even more sales if they hyped their story arcs ahead of time, and dubbed them as events. And it worked! Continue reading “The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)

Disney Pin Mania

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 21

Weird Section #4: Collector’s Edition

There’s a group of… let’s call ’em crazies… out there called “Disnoids.” When I say crazies… they make Jerry Skids look like a WDW tourist! Disnoids will literally jeopardize their jobs, their houses, their pride, and their family for WDW. For instance: you may have seen or heard of the Disney tattoo guy [website has been removed, but you can Google “Disney tattoo guy” and see for yourself.] This guy was all over television from “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” to VH1’s “Weird People,” and in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He is known for having his body literally filled with tattoos of ONLY Disney-related material. This includes every landmark, his favorite characters, his favorite resorts, his favorite quotes, and even his favorite cast members!! (The guy shows off like crazy. I met him once right before he got kicked out of MGM for not wearing a shirt, and once more in World of Disney NYC, where he wouldn’t shut up about himself.) He’s also known for his insane house. Every room is themed to Disney, from the shower to the utensils. I don’t find it that bad, but when his 13 year old daughter freaked out and told him she didn’t want the monorail to go through her room, he did it anyway, and she ran away. Later, his 4th wife (the girl’s mother), divorced him and took the kid. The guy is nuts.

Why am I telling you this? Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)”

Media · Omnibus

2017 NYCC will not sell 3-Day or 4-Day passes

New York Comic Con (NYCC 2012)

It’s almost that time of the year again! Which means it’s pre-pre registration time for New York Comic Con tickets. Those that jumped through their hoops to get tickets last year, like myself, received a new message in their inboxes this morning. It’s from ReedPOP, the company that runs NYCC. It’s a typical newsletter sent to fans. The good news is that the dates for this year’s NYCC is October 5 – 8, 2017. But it includes one paragraph of what many might consider bad news…. Continue reading “2017 NYCC will not sell 3-Day or 4-Day passes”

Lists · Music · Omnibus

Nine (more) songs that were ahead of their time

animaniacs

Pop music has been going through a long, continuous drought of protest songs. This dearth of message music goes back the 1980’s. This, not coincidentally, coincides with the advent of hip-hop to the top of the charts. While this is no surprise to millennials, this is counter-intuitive to Gen Xers who grew up on old-school hip-hop and rap, whose roots and early history was almost exclusively built on critical commentary of modern urban life.  Continue reading “Nine (more) songs that were ahead of their time”

Music · Omnibus

The I, Omnibus 2016 music year in review

bandofhorses

 

Sorry about being two months late. It took me that long to get over the worst year in modern pop music history. There are so many ways and so many times to say, “this year sucked,” so instead I will say, “in 2016, we got what we deserved.” And what we deserved was bland, slow, boring, auto-tuned mumble core, third-rate derivative blues-esque noise, packaged to us as pop music. The worst part is that I just described the alternative-rock scene. Don’t even get me started on the Top 40 crap.  Continue reading “The I, Omnibus 2016 music year in review”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)

 

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 20

DAK: Touring, Plans, Tips, and Strategies and stuff

  1. As always, get to the park an hour early.
  2. The CMs at DAK are the least “magical.” So don’t expect anyone to be nice unless they are the animal experts throughout the trails or at Conservation Station.
  3. There are fewer attractions at DAK, so expect more crowding. People tend to leave here at 2 – 3 PM, so once they do, try the crowded attractions. Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)”