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My wife would have killed me…

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

but I’m still jealous. Luckybastard legitimate son.

Nicholas Cage names son Kal-El Coppola


Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

Bryan Singer is video blogging (vlogging?) the filming of Superman Returns at

“Issue” #22 includes film of his visit to the San Diego ComicCon and a piece of the 20 minutes of film he showed during his presentation.

“Issue” #23 includes a shot from behind of Mr. Spacey dressed as Lex Luthor (dressed as Dr. Evil?)

I feel giddy, Oh so giddy. I feel geeky and breezy and gay!!!

um … except for the gay part… cuz I’m not, y’know… AM NOT!!!

CHALLEEEEENGE!!! (Pronounced Chall-ONJ)

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Via Mean Mr. Mustard from several other people including Andrea Harris who got it from Dan and Angi, who apparently have something to say:

“The assignment. Give us ten of your quirky, opinionated, perhaps socially-unacceptable or politically incorrect opinions. They can be esoteric, generic, unpopular, or obvious. Just write down ten of them.”

  1. I actually support gay marriage in principle, but I completely understand the trepidation of heterosexuals who are hesitant to extend the most vital social more and status to a group of people who take pride in trouncing, circumventing and flauting every other social more they can. I believe anyone who has attended the Chicago Pride Parade would see my point.
  2. Despite all their losses and their inability to keep a quarterback, I’m still … sigh … a Chicago Bears Fan.
  3. Marvel Sucks. DC Rules.
  4. Marital Fidelity is highly underrated.
  5. Chicago is the best city in the world. Period. I know the ChicagoBoyz will back me up on this.
  6. Excerpted from a conversation between Mrs. Bixby (Not Her Real Name) and myself: “There are not enough blowjobs in this world. And every one of us guys is jealous to find out another guy got one.”* To that regard, it’s worse than I thought.
  7. Roseanne was actually one of the most real shows depicting a lower middle class family I have ever seen. I miss the show. I always saw a lot of my father in Dan Conner and a lot of my favorite aunt in Roseanne Conner. I could stand to see more television fare like it. Funny from reality, not from contrivance.
  8. I think a blog should have some kind of identifying theme, idea or tone. Despite this, mine hasn’t any of that.
  9. I read and collect comic books. I read sci-fi literature and watch sci-fi movies. I know what I’m doing when I open a computer case. I play Dungeons&Dragons. I have played other role-playing games too. I own Magic: The Gathering cards. I tell you this to establish my geek cred. I know of what I speak. So trust me when I say: LARPers** are weird, weird folks. Period.
  10. Liberals have more fun. It’s a lot easier to feel your way through life than think it.

I think some of these weren’t exactly in the spirit of the challenge, but damn it, I did it! Ten is hard!

  • *I know this is only an unpopular opinion to roughly half of the population, but I think it qualifies.
  • **LARP means Live Action RolePlay. You dress up as your character and make gameplay and battle decisions using rock/paper/scissors to determine the outcome.


Friday, July 29th, 2005

With the submission of this post and the closing of this laptop, I will officially begin my long overdue, well-deserved, and desperately needed two weeks of vacation (which includes a trip to the local Geek Mecca – the WizardWorld Comic Convention in Rosemont, IL and a decidedly non-geeky trip to watch Da Bears training camp on my birthday).

Cards and presents can be left at the doorstep and the butler will collect them while I am away.

We have a busy week schedule the first week, but not much planned the second week. Therefore, blogging may pick up upon my return. At the very least ComicCon pictures will be shown. Til then, Ta Ta!

Batman Begins

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Having just finished seeing the movie, all I can say is “Wow!”

Well, that’s not all I can say, otherwise I wouldn’t bother posting at 3:25 in the morning.

This was the Batman movie I’ve been waiting to see. Where Tim Burton looked at the Batman mythos and saw a stylized, dark and gritty universe that could be improved by stretching this bit to absurdity here and tugging this bit beyond the point of no return and casting Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Christopher Nolan saw a heroic struggle by one man to overcome his grief at his parent’s death by defeating his greatest fears and leaping into action.

This film is essentially a Batman: Year One for Hollywood. The screenwriters did borrow quite a bit from Frank Miller’s classic, but not completely of course. That being the case, the Caped Crusader wasn’t quite the world’s greatest detective yet. There were more than a few tweaks to the mythos, certainly, but from a character standpoint, everything made sense and worked in its own context.

The plot was tight and even served up a twist or three. The best asset of the story and screenplay is that Batman was treated as if he were real. There wasn’t a trace of camp and any humour was naturally occurring based on circumstance and/or character. There weren’t any forced jokes, and the filmmakers never tipped their hand by overbroadcasting “Hey there’s a joke here, laugh.” The first half of the movie takes loving care to develop Bruce Wayne as a character that you can identify with, understand and root for. You don’t even see Batman for the first hour or so (this is done well, much like the original Superman, and contrary to that shameless Incredible Hulk movie). By the time Bruce becomes Batman, you feel that you too may have donned the cape and cowl.

As for the characters, every actor in this movie, EVERY ACTOR, gave their best talent in service to this film. There are some very big names in supporting roles: Liam Neeson (in a very pivotal role), Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman (fantastic as always), Tom Wilkinson, a surprise appearance by Rutger Hauer, JoeyKatie Holmes, and Ken Watanabe. Every one of them created full three-dimensional characters with clear motivations and unique characters. My only real problem is with Holmes, who I generally do not care for as an actress anyway. She plays Rachel Dawes, a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne’s and Gotham City Assistant D.A. It’s shown that Bruce turns 30 in the timeline of the movie, and she was roughly the same age. However, in every role she plays, Holmes oozes with obvious sincerity. I don’t really fault her for this because I think she is genuinely sincere when she plays a character, but she has all the emotional range of a puppy-dog, complete with expressive eyes. She doesn’t bring the gravitas to the role that you would expect for a single, powerful 30 year old woman. Especially the persistent public prosecutor that Dawes is. If she were really going up against mob boss Carmine Falcone (masterfully portrayed by Tom Wilkinson), he would pet her on the head, giver her a piece of candy and shoo her out the door with plenty of advice about kids not speaking when the grown-ups are trying to conduct business. If he didn’t shoot her for her audacity, natch. That was the failing I can blame Holmes for.

The sweetest surprise though was the quality of treatment Bruce Wayne received. He isn’t some secondary shell to Batman as in Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Nor was he the dominant personality as in Batman and Batman Returns. Instead, Bats and Bruce each leverage their unique positions and capabilities to best serve the goal of eradicating crime.

The forced dialogue and stinted interaction with Bruce Wayne, however, was entirely the fault of the screenwriters who seemed to believe a love interest was a necessary element to a Batman story, a compulsion I have never understood. Batman has been marginally romantically involved with Selena Kyle (Catwoman – Patience Price be damned!) and Talia Ghul (the daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul). Period. Bruce Wayne is a playboy who dallies with empty heads and dumps them away. Batman doesn’t have time for love.

Continuing the two villains theme from the later three movie, the scarecrow and Ra’s Al Ghul were so real, frightening and honest that it was quite refreshing. Granted they are not the only two villains in the movie, as Gotham’s underbelly is explored, but they are the two that comic fans will recognize. The characters were well served by their respective actors and treated with all the respect they deserve. Cillian Murphy will never let you look at courtroom psychologists in the same light again.

Another bonus for me personally was seeing the lovely city of Chicago all dolled up as Gotham City. We got to take helicopter shots down Upper Wacker Drive, drive at breakneck speed through lower Wacker Drive (and even cause a few Blues Brothers-esque moments while there) and see our varied and wondrous architectural marvels in all their glory. I actually was downtown while they were filming “The Intimidation Game” as they were hiding behind. We watched the helicopter with attached camera fly back and forth over the river and city streets filming the aerials. I couldn’t find myself on-screen though. I guess I will need to see it again. (By the way, to see some of the Chicago locations used in Gotham City, look here at Glass, Steel and Stone.

In the end, I would give the film 3 and a half out of 4 stars. I deduct a half a star for not having a more seasoned actress in the lead female role.

To quote Peter David’s review “Overall a terrific relaunch of the Bat franchise.”

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Oh my Stars and Garters

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Heard on the Internets last night that Kelsey Grammar is cast as the blue-furred Beast in X-Men 3. Personally, I like the choice since Beast is extremely erudite, kind of effete and upper-crust sounding. In fact, I won’t be able to read the books without hearing Grammar’s voice now. I just hope that they CGI the Beast. Otherwise it could look like this (scroll down to Courtney Cox-Zuckner’s post.

James Joyner has a good post over at Outside the Beltway.