Welcome SIR listeners! I’ve been listening to SModcast with Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier for a few years now. I recently got to see them at Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando. It was quite a show. Oddly, the show wasn’t advertised as a live SModcast, but as a “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” show. So I was pleasantly surprised when Scott Mosier came out on stage at the beginning of the show. At the end of the show I tried to get backstage, but the Hard Rock goons shuffled me off. At least I got to say hi to Kevin’s mom who appeared to be working as a bouncer to the backstage area.
Based on SModcast #81 I drew this based of SModcast’s alternate ending of Minority Report. You can listen to a brief clip of it here. The, “T.C. shut ya down” this became a catchphrase among my friends who know someone with the initials of T.C.
In this clip Kevin and Scott theorized the English translation of the “Yub Nub” song from Return of the Jedi (not the special edition, the original one). I have this clip on my iPod and from time to time it comes on in my car prompting an Ewok sing-a-long.
Based on an Far Side comic, in this clip Scott Mosier speculated on what Kevin Smith’s dog Shecky intends to say with her barking.
While reminiscing about a recent party, Kevin makes the suggestion that he would have enjoyed it more if he had been high. Listen to the clip here.
I don’t really remember what motivated me to draw this comic. It was a somewhat odd moment to capture from SModcast. You can hear it here.
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You may remember the custom Boba Fett Vinylmation that I created a while back. Well I had a fun time making it, but I wanted to try and create something more challenging after that so I created the Cylon Mickey Vinylmation. I’ve been working on it little by little over the past few months and finally finished it. As you can see from the video, the toy has a working Cylon Eye and sound effects. The effects are controlled by some switches in the back. The lights and sound run off replaceable batteries housed inside the toy.
On another topic, last week I saw “Your Highness.” It nearly convinced me that there would never be a reason to go to the movies again. The movie ticket was $10, the concessions were $14, a noisy drunk sat next to me in the theater and on top of all of this, the movie blew. I need to trust my instincts from now on and follow a new set of rules.
Rule 1. If it isn’t Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or June. Then the movie will blow.
Rule 2. If the trailer doesn’t make me forget the movie I came there to see, don’t go.
Rule 3. If the trailer contains the song “Wild Thing” or is an AC/DC song, don’t go.
With that said, I decided to implement a 3 strike rule. I will adhere to the aforementioned rules, and if from this point on I am disappointed by 3 movies, I will discontinue seeing movies in public. The world of cinema is at bat and it’s the final inning.
It is odd that my favorite source of entertainment is on the internet. I find myself far more entertained by Angry Video Game Nerd, Redlettermedia, and Tell ‘em Steve Dave than all mainstream media combined. The only “free” television program that still maintains entertainment value is The Simpsons. Other than that, TV and movies are crap. It doesn’t take an idiot to notice that creator controlled entertainment can connect with an audience more effectively than some PG-13 piece of crap that is supposed to appeal to everybody. Television and movies are targeting too wide of an audience. It’s like trying to shoot down a jumbo jet with a shotgun, it’s too weak and too spread out to do anything. Internet media is plentiful. There is something specific for every audience out there, concentrated like a laser beam.
Anyway, Scream 4 is the only movie that is worth seeing right now because it is the least insulting to your intelligence.
Unstoppable is a decent action movie. Typically, if you find that you enjoy Ridley Scott films, then you’ll probably enjoy a Tony Scott film. Tony Scott is like Michael Bay… except that his movies tell a story, create drama, build suspense, develop character, and provide a satisfying ending. Unstoppable is no more that a good “B” movie. However, Chris Pine, Denzel Washington, and Rosario Dawson elevate the movie beyond that of a fun action movie. Unlike 99% of the movies that I’ve seen this year, you may actually find that you will care about the characters.
Chris Pine is pretty good as Engineer Kirk, Denzel Washington’s character apparently left the New York subway after Phelam 123 and became an Engineer, and Rosario Dawson apparently ditched Dante in New Jersey and got a job at a train yard in Pennsylvania. Out of all of the stuff that happens in this movie, Rosario Dawson’s character is the most far fetched. Although Rosario Dawson is fun to watch and is a solid actor; You do sometimes wonder why a goddess would be working in a train yard instead modeling diamond swimsuits in Dubai… but whatever. Also Kevin Corrigan, one of my favorite unknown actors, is in Unstoppable. Kevin Corrigan was a very funny character on an old Fox T.V. series called “Grounded for Life”. Of course, he has acted in plenty of stuff since then, but if you have an opportunity to own or borrow the “Grounded for Life” DVDs you may find yourself entertained.
Speaking of Fox, there was another aspect of this movie that I found hard to swallow. Throughout the movie there are many moments where the local Fox news is reporting immediate and accurate news updates. Now I’ve only lived in Utah and Florida, but if I’ve learned anything about local news, it’s that Fox is consistently inept at reporting anything newsworthy (no offense Bob Evans or Hope Woodside. I enjoy your personality).
Lastly, if you go see Unstoppable and you enjoyed a movie about a runaway train, you may enjoy these two other movies about runaway trains. The first one is aptly named “Runaway Train”. It’s an action drama from the 80′s that I watched during the one and only snow day that I experienced during my thirteen years of public schooling.