Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Steve, calm down, man. I'm still here. I have in fact been incredibly busy. Last week was the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase which meant long days at the office and the Tivoli Theatre. Last weekend Kara and I took a quick trip to Chicago to help celebrate her cousin's 21st birthday. We had a marvelous time exploring the city in a fashion we have never really experienced before. On Monday, Kara and I had dinner with the Callahan's. Afterward, David and I worked on various projects (Rhineland, Keening, Whistling Ninja, Ghost Town slideshow) - it was a productive night. Last night I helped out at a screening of "American Teen," which was rather uneventful since the crowd was rather small. I opted to skip the screening of "Coming Up Shorts" in favor of spending time with my KW and then I wrapped up the trivia slide show I compiled for the advance screening of "Ghost Town" tonight. Tonight, Karu and I are going to see "The Dark Knight" with the Callahan's. This will be the fourth time I will have seen the film.
On Saturday, August 2nd, Kara and I have plans to attend a housewarming party at Mike McCubbins' new place in Tower Grove Park. I stopped by the new pad for a short bit yesterday before Mike and I went out to lunch. From first glances, it looks like a nice, TG-style, old craftsmenship house. The party should be fun and a much better chance to explore.
On Sunday, August 3rd, I will start playing competitive roller hockey again for the first time in over five years. The league will be at All-American Sports Complex and I will play for Team Cobra. Check out that logo!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
On Saturday, Kara and I had a late breakfast/early lunch at Urban Eats, a new bistro that opened on the corner of Meramec and Virginia. This eatery is completely independent, but nicely composed and hopefully a firm establishment in our neighborhood for a long time. The food was really good and they concoct a very delicious strawberry-banana smoothie. I also met the owner, John Chen, who had be attempting to respond to an email I had sent to the Alliance to Save Cleveland High, but it continually bounced back to him. Serendipity was on our side, as John was very enthusiastic about partnering to do something in the future. Afterwards, Karibe and I headed to the Soulard Market and bought a few fruits and veggies for the coming week. Kara's parents came down and we finished up the closet for the newly refinished bedroom. I then prepared a batch of cupcakes for a Batman themed party thrown by Matt & Jeanie in preparation for "The Dark Knight." There were many great costumes, delicious food, and good times had by all.
Sunday was a fairly laid back day. I woke up around 8am and set down to watch "Black Book" and had a little breakfast. The film was okay, but nothing phenomenal. There seems to have been a rash of Nazi-fueled WW2 era films lately (this one, Downfall, and 2009's Valkyrie) and none really exposes more than the last. The plots seem to be more about the human stories involved in the notable, infamous, or forgotten moments in time. After watching the movie we headed out to Webster Groves to meet with Jason of "Jason and the Beast." Jason is getting ready to release a new EP and I will be producing a music video to coincide with the release. Kara and I then headed out west to spend some time with her family. Beforehand we stopped at the mall to return the Pumas I purchased three weeks ago because the heel was beginning to separate from the shoe. Unfortunately, Journeys was unable to order a new pair in the same color so I will have to visit another location to exchange my kicks. I also bought a shirt from Old Navy because I wasn't in the mood to just wear a t-shirt. I promptly ripped the pocket while trying to unsnap a button. Thanks, Bangladesh.
Stay tuned for forthcoming reveiews of Tropic Thunder, Brideshead Revisited, and The Dark Knight.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Much of the blame for the show being shortened and eventually cancelled can be placed on the studio executives at Fox. The show was adored and praised by critics, contemporaries, and foreign dignitaries of state, but that didn't translate into viewership and ratings because Fox didn't care to market the greatest product in the history of its broadcast. The show continuously suffered from schedule shifts, multiple week breaks between episodes, and then ultimately being scaled back in the final season and the series finale scheduled as a block of four episodes airing against the opening night of the 2006 Winter Olympics. If you are a miner and you have just cracked open the largest gold klondike in the history of mankind, you would, of course, chip off little bits of the claim and then throw the bits up in the air and hope that it does well on its own.Maybe some day I'll revisit the three seasons of Arrested Development with a longing desire for original, cutting edge comedy. The first season will definitely fulfill that, while the latter two will only fuel my curiosity for what could have been.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
TPBs: Earth X, Punisher: War Zone, Powers volumes 1-4, Hellboy: Weird Tales volumes 1&2, Squadron Supreme, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up Ultimate Collection, The Surrogates, Ex Machina volume 1, Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan, Doctor Strange: The Oath, Ultimate Spider-Man volume 19, Elektra: Assassin, Thor: Blood Oath, Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place, Batgirl Year One, Batman Year 100, Y: The Last Man volume 1, Infinite Crisis, Batman: Snow, The Other Side, Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin, & Spider-Woman: Origin
Graphic Novels (hard bound editions): Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil, X-Men: God Loves Man Kills, The Eternals (Neil Gaiman), Kraven's Last Hunt, Hulk: The End, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus volume 1, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Marvel Zombies 2, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Power, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume 2, Immortal Iron Fist: The Last Iron Fist Story, Illuminati, Ultimates, Invincible Ultimate Collection volumes 2 & 3, & 300
Indie Books (for indie cred): Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown, Too Cool To Be Forgotten & Box Office Poison by Alex RobinsonIt was definitely a successful year. I was surprised at how much I bought, but at 50% off, I couldn't pass it up. Plus, it saves me from buying stuff during the year as I know have a graphic novel to read a week before the next con. Onto the itinerary...
Scott Don't who is the manager at the Fairview Heights Fantasy Shop and he was excited about the comic podcasting seminar he had just attended. We broke for lunch at a place called Potbelly and I can only hope that a similar establishment comes to St. Louis soon. We shared lunch with Jeff, Kristen, Shaun, Kim, and Jonesy. We then returned to the con and I set about finding more deals.
Day two of the Con featured more of those wacky 50% off deals. I was lucky that Kara and Karen were eager to leave the con which meant Kara could carry my early purchases back to the room. I spent practically the whole day at the Con, which meant I missed lunch.
The Beacon Tap, which is basically the equivalent of any turd restaurant you'll find in Imperial or Arnold or some other dumb place around St. Louis. Afterwards we went for ice cream at a Cold Stone Creamery and chatted for a few hours before everyone became sleepy and we all shuffled off to our respective hotels.
The two K's and I got up somewhat early, showered, and hit the road to head home. We stopped at an Ikea in Bolingbrook. K-Dub and I had hoped to find a bed as our bedroom nears completion of its renovation. No such luck, but we did pick up a few napkins, straws, and a blanket. We stopped for lunch at Wendy's, which because of some strange black hole, no longer exists in St. Louis. We got back on the road and rolled into St. Louis around 4:30 that afternoon. It was nice to be back home, but buying comics for a weekend will never cease to be fun.
ALIEN (DIRECTOR’S CUT)
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
WILD AT HEART (UNCUT) no one under 18 admitted
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
BLADE RUNNER (THE FINAL CUT)
THE DARK CRYSTAL
THE CROW new print!
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO in English
PINK FLAMINGOS no one under 18 admitted
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1
ROCKY HORROR PICTURES SHOW