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May 31, 2006

Jar Barf

Do you think Conan is going to be able to do stuff like this when he takes over for Leno?

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10 Directors That Know How To Make Comic Book Movies

I, much like everyone else was disappointed in X-Men 3 - The Last Stand. If this was the first instead of the third in the series you could've just written it off as a bad movie. But since there were two great movies before it we have to look at what changed from the past two to this and everything eventually leads back to the director change from Bryan Singer to Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). I don't think Ratner did as much damage as Joel "Nipple Armor" Schumacher did to the Batman series but I hope they find another director for the next X-Men movie.

Miami Poetry Review lists the Top 10 Directors That Know How To Make Comic Book Movies.

A director plays both roles of comic writer and comic book artist. While he may hire a scribe, the final decision is his when it comes to cutting a film. He must also see to it that the story is at once faithful to comic book readers even while remaining fresh for new audiences.

10. Bryan Singer
9. Sam Raimi
8. Christopher Nolan
7. M. Night Shyamalan
6. Robert Rodriguez
5. Terry Zwigoff
4. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Puccini
3. David Cronenberg
2. Tim Burton
1. Quentin Tarantino

For the most part I agree with this list but I think it's completely out of order. I'd also like to add Alex Proyas (The Crow and Dark City), who for some reason isn't on the list. I'd probably replace Sam Raimi or Shari Springer Berman & Robert Puccini. Raimi is responsible for the Spiderman series but I can't help but think he basically had the X-Men as a manual on how to make a comic book movie. It would be interesting to see how Spiderman would've turned out if it had been made before Singer's X-Men. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Puccini who did American Splendor is a tough choice to include in the list because it was an autobiographical look at Harvey Pekar but the comic American Splendar is just exactly that.

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May 30, 2006

It Was Her Idea



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May 26, 2006

Look Around You

The British comedy "Look Around You", series one. The episodes are a satire/homage of 1970s and early 1980s educational videos and schools programmes, with a different scientific subject being discussed in each episode, or "modules" as they are referred to in the series

Very funny, perhaps if I was British and ten years older and would've seen the originals that it's parodying these would be brilliant. But that's out of my hands.

Maths
Water
Germs
Ghosts
Sulphur
Music
Iron
The Brain

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May 25, 2006

No One Bundles Them Better



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 24, 2006

Clerks II

I knew this was being made but I had no idea that it was coming out this summer, July 21st. Looks like it should be pretty decent...as far as sequels go!

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Posted by hypnobee at 6:47 PM

Did you know the human thumb is formed by 15 interchangable joints?

First it was the Super Bowl commercial know we're missing out on parody ads. You gotta love how the Canadian broadcasters hijack the network channels and force you to watch local advertising.

In an effort to stop people who PVR their favourite shows and fastforwarding through the commercials NBC has added these fake service announcements.

I watched every episode of the Office this year and I didn't see any of these. Dwight's are by far the funniest.

Meteor
Artic Wolf

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May 23, 2006

Ant Hitman



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 19, 2006

10 Things I Hate About Commandments

Maybe I'll go see this instead of The Da Vinci Code this weekend

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Posted by hypnobee at 1:45 PM

Armpit Deep in Empties

I once had an uncle who used to have a barrel (about the same size as a 45 gallon drum) in the corner of his living room where he would throw all his beer caps. It was a little over a third full, it was pretty impressive to see and try to comprehend drinking all that beer.

Last year a townhouse in Ogden, Utah was found that simply dwarfs my uncles barrel. Approximately 70,000 cans filled the house. The tennant lived there for 8 years, this works out almost exactly to a case (24) of beer a day, every day, for eight years!!

I know on a long trip back from the cottage with a couple of cases of empties in the trunk the smell is almost enough to knock you over when you pop the trunk. I couldn't imagine living in a place that reeked of stale beer.

Though if I was drinking a case of beer a day I'd have to think that by around beers 17 or 18 I was Scrooge McDuck and diving off a counter top into a big pile of beer cans.

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Golden Age

Head over to Comedy Central's Motherload and check out the Golden Age shorts.

Lancaster Loon is (first frame) is the best of the bunch but they're all worth checking out.

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May 18, 2006

Double The Fun



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 17, 2006

Another Reason Not to Eat at McDonalds

I gave up McDonalds a long time ago and I don't think this advertising campaign, "Just opened, near Kimaya Kothrud. I'm lovin' it" is going to win me back. I don't have a fear of clowns but I think somehow I'll be having nightmares about this images.

I wonder if there was an under construction poster where they painted up a fetus with white grease paint and had COMING SOON underneath?

I like the comparisons to Stephen Kings' IT in the comments at the link below.

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May 16, 2006

High Speed Camping



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 15, 2006

Now This Is What The Internet Was Made For

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May 14, 2006

Dr. Katz - Season 1

I'd pretty much given up hope that this series would ever be released on DVD but as I was scrambling through the mall on Sunday morning picking up my Mother's Day stuff there it was.

It totally made my Mother's Day!!

For anyone who's not familiar with the series it's pretty much standup routines by comedians coached out under the guise of psychiatry by Dr. Katz; Professional Therapist. There are also side stories between Dr. Katz and his son Ben which result in brilliant deadpan conversations.

There's only 6 episodes in the first season but it has two of my favourite episodes of the series. Pretzilkins with Ray Ramano where he does an excellent bit about ordering Burger King in Montreal. The second is Bully - Where Dr. Katz throws out Ben's childhood toy bully.

If you enjoy deadpan comedy and sarcasism, do yourself a favour and check it out.

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May 11, 2006

Worst Gift Ever



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 9, 2006

Annoying Golfer



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 5, 2006

Play-Doh Cologne

I was searching for a new cologne because my special blend of Aqua Velva, High Karate and deer urine is running low and I was looking to change things up a bit.

I came across this little product, Play-Doh Cologne.

Those fresh-from-the-can, full-of-potenial, childhood memories. Now in a convenient spray

The question is this really what I'm looking for because nothing says, "Hello Ladies" like smelling like a pre-schooler. The answer is yes.

How you ladies doing? Now who wants to come back to my mat for nap time?

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May 4, 2006

Nudist Newbie



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 3, 2006

C For Cookie

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May 2, 2006

Security Level - Q-Tip



A Comic By Mike Bannon



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May 1, 2006

Colbert Roasts Bush

Stephen Colbert speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Check out all 3 Parts

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Posted by hypnobee at 1:14 PM

Pitchfork Article

Do you remember when you stopped reading Rolling Sone? I do.

I gave up on Rolling Stone and their music reviews when I saw Justin Timberlake on the cover. Before that I'd seen a few issues here and there with Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera and could excuse them for it because they were hot and that sells magazines. But I finally decided that maybe Rolliing Stone and I weren't exactly on the same page musically. I picked up Spin and other music maagazines (Blender I'm NOT looking in your direction) from time to time but nothing really grabbed me. It wasn't until I picked up Broken Social Scene's You Forget it In People That had one of those review stickers on the packaging that had a review quote that lead me Pitchforkmedia.com. That I found something that hit the spot, I haven't looked back since.

Here's a great interview of Pitchfork Media's Founder Ryan Schreiber.

Honesty is such an important journalistic attribute," says Schreiber, who had no journalism training when as a 20-year-old former record store clerk he launched the site as a solo operation. "And you have to be completely honest in a review. If it gets sacrificed or tempered at all for the sake of not offending somebody, then what we do sort of loses its value. . . . That's so the opposite of what criticism is supposed to be

I don't take everything they say as gospel but it they say it's decent I'll take a chance and listen to it.

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