Monthly Archives: June 2012

Progressive/Offensive Revisited

Recently I reviewed two movies, Disfigured and Blubberella, citing one as very very good and the other as one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. You can just guess which is which. Or you can read those reviews here.

When I was promoting the blog entry on my social networks, the star of Blubberella, actress Lindsay Hollister, called me out on Twitter, first for not mentioning that she was in both movies, and then just generally making me feel bad about my scathing review of that film.

Blubberella is still bad, and still a contender for worst movie ever, but perhaps I had been too harsh on Ms. Hollister. The truth is I am familiar with her work and have seen her turn in wonderful performances dozens of times on television. Maybe that was one of the things that made her appearance in Blubberella so upsetting.

As bad as she was in the film, and as bad as the flick was – Lindsay Hollister is still a terrific actress. Just in other stuff. You’re off my hate list, Lindsay, just don’t tell me there’s a Blubberella 2 in the works, deal?

French Fry Diary 388: Long John Silver’s 2012

Random Tater Pic of the Day #50

Justice League Heroes Revisited

When I got the PlayStation 2, my first order of business was playing Justice League Heroes. As I mentioned, I really enjoyed playing this game a few New Year’s Eves ago and wanted to play again.

I jumped right in, and after a half-hour or so of button-mashing I finally figured out what buttons to push and what combinations did what. Of course I was only on the first level so it was just Superman and Batman and I was only fighting Brainiac’s minions and rescuing citizens. Fun, but slow going. I did find a nice tactic in having Superman carry around a car to beat the baddies with. But that’s as far as I got. I played a few more times but couldn’t get any farther than the confrontation with Brainiac (another of his minions actually). I needed help, as I am, after all, The Non-Gamer. I needed Jeff.

Jeff, as I’ve mentioned before, has some sort of supernatural gaming skill, mad mad skilz when it comes to videogames, so I waited ’til the next time he was over and urged him to play.

With Jeff’s help we got quickly through the Superman/Batman phase and into the Martian Manhunter phase against the Queen Bee, and even into the Flash/Green Lantern phase taking on The Key. And that’s when I realized what I liked about the game so much. Unlike DCU Online where you deal with more new player characters than anything else, here you are established characters fighting real villains in a semi-accurate DC Comics continuity.

Now while we saved the game at the point where we stopped, I think I still may need Jeff’s help to move forward. Either way, I definitely give Justice League Heroes higher marks than DCU Online. I can’t wait to get back to playing. Thanks, Jeff!

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast for the Week of 6-27-2012

The All Things Fun! New Comics Vidcast is shot live every week at All Things Fun! – the area’s best comics and gaming store, located in West Berlin, NJ.

Co-hosts Ed (Blue Lantern) Evans, Allison (No-Marvel Girl) Eckel, and Glenn (Doctor Mist) Walker discuss the new comics out this week in wicked high definition video, and also available on the YouTube. See it here!

Discussion featured in this week’s episode includes: Ed’s solo project, ATF! announcements, Teen Titans #10, Batman Inc. #2, All-Star Western #10, Superman #10, Justice League plain and Dark, Aquaman #10, Batman Dark Knight #10, Green Lantern New Guardians #10, Voodoo #10, Before Watchmen Nite Owl #1, Spider-Man vs. the Lizard everywhere, Spider-Men #2, X-Men Legacy #269, Juggalossus in X-Men #31, Glenn’s thoughts on AvsX, how to tour Wakanda, The Cap and the Bold, Ultimates #12, free card, Star Trek and Doctor Who, Hit-Girl #1, Voltron #6, Buffy stuff, Archie the serial groom, and the trades of the week. Schism.

Also for the rest of the summer, our special kids comics segment returns, featuring Thomas giving us the ten year old’s perspective. The discussion included: Happy Birthday, Thomas, Sonic Universe #41, Robert Kirkman’s Super Dinosaur #11, Superman Family Adventures #2 by Art Baltazar and Franco, Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #3, Courtney Crumrin #3, Adventure Time #5, mystery box toys, and the unicorn with the kryptonite heart.

Be sure to check out the cra-zay new All Things Fun! website, and the All Things Fun! Blogs, by Allison and Glenn, and ATF! on YouTube.

Special thanks go to Dina Evans who keeps us all in line, and on the straight and narrow, as well as running the show from behind the scenes.

And be back here every Wednesday (or Tuesdays at midnight) to watch the new broadcast, and thereafter throughout the week!

Playing bass for Ed’s new solo project… Michael Anthony!

Who Has the Best Fries in Philly?

Pies and Prejudice

From my friend C.L. on the Facebook: “My thoughts and prayers are with Jennifer Stanley aka Ellery Adams. She lost her sister-in-law to complications following a C-section earlier today. She is a great writer and this is the first in her new Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery series. She will be too busy with family to promote her new book, so her friends are trying to get the word out. You can help by asking for it at your local library or ordering from your favorite book store.”

Here’s the official description for Pies and Prejudice: “When the going gets tough, Ella Mae LaFaye bakes pies. So when she catches her husband cheating in New York, she heads back home to Havenwood, Georgia, where she can drown her sorrows in fresh fruit filling and flakey crust. But her pies aren’t just delicious. They’re having magical effects on the people who eat them–and the public is hungry for more.

“Discovering her hidden talent for enchantment, Ella Mae makes her own wish come true by opening the Charmed Pie Shoppe. But with her old nemesis Loralyn Gaynor making trouble, and her old crush Hugh Dylan making nice, she has more than pie on her plate. and when Loralyn’s fiancé is found dead–killed with Ella Mae’s rolling pin–it’ll take all her sweet magic to clear her name.”

Pies and Prejudice is available at your local bookstore, or at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Bio from her website: “Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.”

French Fry Diary #387: Pop Shop Pancake Fries

Men in Black 3

Men in Black 3 ~ This movie beats the odds several ways. First it’s fun and entertaining, which for a sequel, let alone a second sequel, let alone a second sequel almost fifteen years after the original, and a decade after the lackluster first sequel. To be a good movie, and do well, against those odds is definitely an achievement.

The Men in Black concept is based on the brief and rarely seen Malibu Comics feature by Lowell Cunningham, which is in turn based on the ufology myth of the men in black from the government who cover up alien encounters. Through three movies now, Tommy Lee Jones as senior agent K and Will Smith as junior agent J have protected Earth from the scum of the universe as part of a top secret organization who do what you would expect them to do – kicking alien ass and erasing everyone’s memories of said ass-kicking.

The films have been successful mainly because of Jones and Smith’s almost perfect extreme buddy cop chemistry, as well as the sharp humor of the writing, and of course the cutting edge special effects. Even with all that, the first sequel was a weak entry almost ensuring MIB3 would not happen, but here we are.

The plot of Men in Black 3 bucks the odds even further, as it’s about time travel. The common thinking in Hollywood, even in scifi movies, is that time travel makes people’s heads hurt. Only when it is done well, like in the Back to the Future or Terminator series, does it come off successfully with mainstream audiences. MIB3 does it as well.

An alien villain, Boris the Animal (played by Jemaine Clement from HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords” although you’d never guess it), escapes prison and goes back in time to 1969 to kill K before he can put him in jail. K vanishes from the present, so J must go to 1969 to save him and put time right. And here’s where we hit the third odds-breaker. The younger K, played by Josh Brolin, is Will Smith’s partner for most of the movie. His impression of Tommy Lee Jones as K is dead on, and half the entertainment of the flick. The chemistry is intact despite a new actor in an old role.

This movie is so much fun, captures the spirit of the original, and covers new territory while being funny, exciting, and fresh. The only thing that could have made this better would have been a Will Smith theme song. Recommended. I wouldn’t have thought I would say this, but bring on Men in Black 4.

French Fry Diary 386: Ian’s Onion Rings