Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap day

Here's a fun video of cats leaping for Leap Day. At least you can see in some of the jumps the cats and kittens weren't hurt, which I think makes the leaps more enjoyable. The ones where they scare people are the best.

I also have to admit that them pouncing the toddlers is hilarious. I'm probably going to hell for that, but it's still really funny. Some of those cats are as big as the kids. Leap Day is fun!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Prince planet again

This really is a fun and strange cartoon.  It's pretty action packed, but there are just weird things going on, which is always necessary for drama, but the AIP version makes things even a bit weirder.  I'll be going over the differences between the Japanese and US versions (at least the first episode) in issue #20 of Xenorama, so you'll have a bit of a wait for that.  The violence isn't up to the level of 8th Man, but there is a lot of it, though never graphic like some cartoons seem to think is fun.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Disco Star Wars

I was listening to my iPod while answering email at work (it's allowed) and the Meco Star Wars theme came on- you know, the disco version.  It reminded me I still haven't seen the new movie, though I've pretty much pieced together everything that happens by now.  I don't worry about spoilers much since I'll forget them by the time I ever see the movie, if I actually do.  I know most of these characters actually appear in the movie, but I really dislike JJ Abram's directing style.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Adventures of Superman

At least the first season DVD set, anyway.   These are just some general thoughts about the first 8 or so episodes in this season.  This Clark Kent is not a pantywaist. He's pretty much a take charge guy, and at least in the first several episodes comes perilously close to revealing his secret ID.  I'm not sure if the writers knew much about his powers other than he could fly and he was bullet proof.  Clark has looked through a few safes already, and I thought those were mostly made of lead, which of course his x-ray vision shouldn't be able to penetrate.  It's a cool effect though.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

recommended for you

Well, thanks Amazon, for thinking I'd be interested in my own book, which I already have a few copies of.  Of course, if anyone does want to order this version before it goes OOP, I'd suggest clicking right here!  The new version is going to have more information, more pages and more pictures than before, plus a new forward that it never had!  It will be well worth a new investment, I must say.  I should thank Amazon for reminding me of this and letting me be able to plug it again.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blue Bolt #107

I've never read a single Blue Bolt comic, but after seeing this cover I sure want to.  Not only does it promise dinosaurs fighting the titular hero, it also promises two more heroes, which means a team up!  And we all know how much I love team ups!  One of the great things the internet does is provide you with ways to read comics like this, when back in the day if you saw this in a magazine or somewhere you'd just be left wanting to read it for years.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Went with the Wind (1976)

I remember watching this on TV after Gone With The Wind had aired in the summer of '76.  I watched some of it at the time, but since there were no monsters or heroes I really didn't pay much attention.  I think I may have known the burning of Atlanta was done with the Skull Island Wall, but when I learned that is lost in the mists of history.  I do recall it was a "big event" as the movie had never been shown on TV before.  And with only one TV in the house it was either watch it, play outside or read a book.  Well, in my case it was probably read a comic book, but that would have been alright with me.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Adventures of Superman intro

I got season one of this show at a great price, I haven't watched the show in many many years, so it's kind of fun to see it again. And this first season sure is different than the last color seasons with a kinder gentler Superman. In one episode I've seen he lets a villain fall to his death without even trying to save him.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)

I missed the beginning, but I'm impressed with the makeup, anyway. 

 I'd often seen pictures of Kerwin Matthews as the werewolf, but the movie never aired in my area (we did get the Werewolf of Woodstock though).  I always have loved the werewolf/wolfman the most out of all the classic monsters, so I always did want to see it.  As I got older though it kind of fell off my radar and I never really made it any kind of priority to find and watch it.  I thought I'd wait til it aired again,  Which it never really did. for a long time, though I do believe there was a DVD of it put out at some point.  I don't know why, but there were other things I would have rather watched.  I am pretty sure I would have liked it as a kid though.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

King Kong, not just a gorilla

I love the original movie, and have never made secret of my disdain for the two needless remakes.  I've only seen each of them once and it's fine with me if I never see them again (feel the same way about the US Godzilla movies, too).  However, I'll give the 76 version credit for not making their Kong just a giant gorilla.  They at least got that right, as opposed to the 2005 remake which really just made him a larger than life animal.  Which, like dinosaurs, takes away his mystique.

Monday, February 15, 2016

I miss terrible lizards!

I love dinosaurs. I'll read just about any book I can about them. I love them in comicbooks, movies and television shows.  I read everything I could about them growing up and always wanted more, more, more.  That includes the air and sea reptiles that looked so incredible.   And I still love learning about them even to this day.  They are just that fascinating and always will be.

Friday, February 12, 2016

In memory of Charles M. Schulz, 11/26/1922—2/12/2000

Charles M Schulz passed away today 16 years ago.  I never met the man, but he had a huge impact on my life, as Peanuts books were always around in my world.  Everyone loved them, even adults.  They weren't always complete from day one, as the books dropped some days and were more "best ofs" but that didn't matter, we read them all the time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Giant Robo official trailer

Watching these episodes again I'm struck by just how fun this show is- it's action packed, full of monsters, violent in the best cartoon way. I sure wish this had aired in my area growing up. I would have loved it!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Superbowl 50

I don't know that I've ever written about football here before, but I'm going up now, for a couple reasons.  

Mostly because the Broncos won!  They have been to the Superbowl eight times, but have only one three.  Still, eight out of fifty is almost a quarter of all the games and there are a lot of teams who have only been once (ahem, Chargers) or never at all.  Sure, I wish they had won all eight of them, but I'm quite happy they have gotten there and have won three.  Especially this 50th one.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The League of Regretable Superheroes

As I mentioned last post, I like reading physical copies of books.  Wonderful people have uploaded tons of old comics online, and I keep forgetting they are there.  It would be helpful to remember because this book is full of older superheroes that I've never read before.  And I know I would love to, since it's totally my bag baby.  I will go hunting for that Comic Book Archive link since I don't seem to have it bookmarked here on this new laptop of mine.

I bought this book on a whim when I saw it on Amazon, since it looked like fun.  It sure fit the bill of interesting things to read.  When I got it Thursday and perused it a bit I was a little surprised at some of the heroes chosen, especially the ones I was familiar with in the Bronze Age. I thought writer John Morris was just going to roast these heroes that I had fond memories of and and destroy the older ones.

Friday, February 5, 2016

It's All About the Style

I have had the electronic version of this book for a few years, but since I'm old fashioned I actually like to have a hard copy to read.  So I finally ordered it and am really enjoying (again).  I think I could really just copy and paste the most excellent foreward, since it tells you all about the book.  That guy that wrote it did a good job, almost as great as the book itself!  This book is quite an accomplishment and belongs in every martial arts movie fans library.  He's watched movies I couldn't get through, just to make sure they could be in here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Final Wars

Watching the blu ray version of this, haven't watched it for a while.  Usually when I watch this it's a friend's cut of it, where he took out most of the mutant fight scenes (shortens the movie by about 20 minutes, really helps the pace) and has a cool re-edit of the opening montage.  But I figured I would watch the entire thing again and see how I liked it.  Especially since I haven't opened the blu ray til now, didn't even know the movies were on separate discs.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Underdog - Go Snow

It's a snow day today, and I think Simon Bar Sinister is behind it. It's been snowing for over 36 hours now, though it's not nearly as bad as that sounds, overall. The roads are pretty easy to travel and no one seems to have gotten stuck.

Monday, February 1, 2016

This Island Earth (1955)

That is one exciting poster, huh?  Here's a movie I read so much about as a kid but never got to see.  The images of the Metaluna Mutant were everywhere, which isn't surprising since it's such a striking creation.  It was a movie I always wanted to see but it never aired in my area.  I'm thinking I'd like it a lot more than I do now had I seen it back then, but only if I saw it before the superior Forbidden Planet, since it still falls short of that wonderful movie (which I did see several times growing up).  While watching this on Svengoolie I was thinking of why I didn't quite care so much for it like I should.