Professor Hazard's Terrible Blog
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Snipe Con 2008 was wonderful for many reasons, but this picture may epitomize the experience for me. My friend Replay and I got to cross continental divides and collaborate on a picture for the first time in our ten-year friendship.
Rock Band was the preferred game of the Con, and a lot of fun was had playing it. When trying to decide what I should force Replay to draw with me (and indeed, I finished my side of the picture and then foisted the other blank side of the page on him) the game came to mind. I'm so happy with the result. I may frame the original!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
We're seated and waiting to watch Hellboy II. Later, we may catch Pixar's Wall-E. Reviews to come!
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Ol' William of the Bull brings back the goods for his second Hellboy movie, this time featuring new BPRD agent Johann Krauss, voiced by Seth McFarlane (still no movement from Roger the Homunculus, still standing in a tube in the hallway). He's not quite the voice of Claus the fish from American Dad, not quite the voice of the Volkswagen from the VW commercials. Overall, his addition is a worthwhile one, and he brings the laughter more than once. Hellboy and Liz's love story gets a lot of screen time again. At this point, I have come to consider the live action movies to be an alternate reality - WHAT IF...? HELLBOY AND LIZ HOOKED UP? - and everything that's different between the movies and the comics is a result of that union. Needless to say, I prefer the comics. Doug Jones does the voicing for Abe Sapien this time around instead of an uncredited David Hyde Pierce, and he does it admirably. Even John Hurt is back for the beginning of the movie in his role as Trevor Bruttenholm, in a cute look at Hellboy's childhood. Agent Myers got re-assigned to Antarctica, lulz. All in all, it's definitely worth a watch, moreso if you're a fan of Neil Gaiman's faerie-verse as depicted in the Sandman, as you'll pick up some names and references to the same mythology he draws his inspiration from.
Wall-E: A pretty good movie. While it does crib heavily from the "Number Five is Alive" wacky robot shenanigans, the real pleasure of the film is the world that Pixar has created for it to function in - essentially, a world where Wal-Mart took over all aspects of life, leading to Earth becoming uninhabitable. While a bit predictable in parts, it is overall enjoyable. The female lead, EVA, manages to avoid being the typical female character, while also managing to avoid being the other side of the coin - the typical gung-ho don't-take-no-shit female character. Instead, she manages a lovely balance of determination with protocol. Wall-E's pet roach almost makes you want to like the little critters; that is, until you remember that roaches don't really make cute noises or show any signs of intelligence.
Anyways, I don't have graphics or numbers for either of my reviews. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed them both, and I bet you will too.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Camping out at the airport Hampton. This day has been way too long.
EDIT: Okay, so here's the full tale. We had to take Savannah to the Knoxville airport so that she would be there at 6, an hour before her 7 AM flight. (I know, right, why don't they just say "be there at six". Who knows.) So we leave here at 4 AM. This is torturous. I fall asleep many times on the way over there. Luckily, I am a good sleep driver. Finally, we get there, just in time for her to miss her flight. She has to pay $25 to get one an hour later. We grab some McDonald's breakfast, the McDonald's is right next to a Hampton Inn, and I realize there is no way I am driving back home in the condition I'm in. We crash at the Hampton in a $75 room, and sleep until 1:23.
So when I say the day was way too long, I mean it was too long.
Friday, July 4, 2008
I've been watching a lot of Burn Notice lately. It's one of those shows that I always knew I would enjoy watching, but just didn't feel like getting into it. I've been trying to get past that recently. For instance, when the new show In Plain Sight sounded good to me, I set the DVR to begin catching episodes of it.
I haven't watched any of the episodes yet, but hey. Baby steps.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Off to see Kung Fu Panda. I have reserved optimism regarding how much I will enjoy it.
EDIT: So I just got done with Kung Fu Panda. I went into it expecting a pretty good movie - like a Shrek sequel - but what I got was blown away. Graphically pleasing in its every nuance, this movie could be viewed time and time again and still have something for you every time. I wanted to watch it again as soon as it was over, and I don't know what movie has ever done that for me in the past.
My rating stands at 9.5 - the only thing keeping it from a perfect ten being one scene that I thought could have been done slightly better. In point of fact, the scene may have been done that way, but lacked clarification on whether or not it happened. Clarifying it may have made it too much for kids. I dunno. Whatever the case, the movie is a masterpiece. Let's hope it does not get driven into the ground with endless sequels and an animated series.
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