I’m baaaack!

Posted in Art with tags on November 14, 2011 by random nerdling

So I’ve been away awhile. I got a little busy with work but in a week or two things should get back on track.

So Mike from WonderBros did it again. He did this amazing painting of one of the DVD sleeves for Army of Darkness. And it turned out amazing.

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And if you notice in the lower right hand corner he got it autographed by Bruce Campbell! Mike truly went out of his way to make this even cooler.

His brother is working on prints of The Road Warrior and of Escape from New York. He has done some great work with The Lost Boys, Donnie Darko, Sharkapuss, and The Thing just to name a few. You can go to their site or store.. To check out and buy their work.

Next week will be about this seasons new shows.

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Top 10 Tv shows pt 2

Posted in List, TV on September 16, 2011 by random nerdling

A quick reminder 10-6 were in order Scrubs, Daria, Firefly, Supernatural, and Six Feet Under. The following 5 took a lot of thought in how I should place them, but I think I finally got it. I also wanted to watch the latest seasons so I could be as up to date as possible.

5.) Grey Anatomy

Greys Anatomy. Now at first I wasn’t a big fan of the show and I’m still not a big fan of the lead character Meredith, but the side characters are amazing. I just finished season seven and it is honestly one of the best seasons I’ve ever seen. In season seven the team at Seattle Grace is dealing with the shooting that took place at the end of season six. This is a really great show, once you get past the Mcdreamy faze. I can’t pick a favorite episode because a single one hasn’t stuck with me but I can not say enough good things about season 7 as a whole.

4.) Doctor Who (the new series)

As much as I love this show. The first season was extremely hard to get through and it does have some ok episodes. But once you get past season one and get to the David Tennant years it gets much better. David Tennant and Matt Smith are great Doctors. The show has some amazingly creepy and touching moments. I went in to the show much deeper in a previous post. My favorite episodes are Blink, Flesh and Stone, and The End of Time(Tennants last episode)

3.) Dexter

Who doesn’t love a serial killer you can cheer for. Michael C. Hall is amazing as Dexter and Jennifer Carpenter is great as Deb. Its a really great brother and sister team up. The writing and character development is some of the best. I also really like the fact that they have an end for the show. They just aren’t going to keep going until the viewers get bored of it. Season 1 started out really strong with the Ice Truck killer and also followed the books pretty close but after that they both went their own way. The show also has been able to pull some pretty big names including John Lithgow, Juilia Stiles, Peter Weller, and Colin Hanks in this upcoming season. It’s great to see Daddy Dexter too now that Rita is gone. Again this is a hard one to pick just one episode because the episodes aren’t singular. But the episode where Dexter head butts Doakes (That Night, a Forest Grew), and the episode where Dexter proves he’s a dad (Teenage Wasteland) are probably two of the best.

2.) Sons of Anarchy

I love this show. It’s more about family than anything else. The acting is great, Ron Perlmen is just bad ass. The writing is great it’s very Shakespearean. It starts out strong and stays that way, which is a nice change of pace. So far each season arc has been well done. In season 1 they really get in to Jaxs character, in season 2 it’s more of Clays story, and season 3 really gets in to Chibs, who is a great B list character. Piney is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. I hope that they do a back story on the original 9. Once again I went much deeper in to this show in a previous post. My favorite episode has to be the Knife or Fire episode, as hard as it is to watch it’s a pretty great episode.

1.) Buffy/Angel

The only tie on my list and it’s because I consider them the same show. I take place in the same universe and they are, in my opinion, equally good. I can never decide which one I like better. This is Joss Whedon at his finest. The writing is brilliant, the actors are amazing. Even the season of Buffy that take place in comic books are really good. Buffy went on for 7 years and Angel was on for 5. Between the 2 of the shows the was probably a dozen ok to bad episodes, but even the worst episode of Buffy or Angel is better then half the stuff on tv now. I almost didn’t watch this show because an ex of mine made me watch every episode of Charmed and I thought it was going to be the same shitty show, but i was extremely wrong. The dark willow arc was probably my favorite of the arcs, and a tie for least favorite was Dawn being the Key and the arc after Angel took over Wolfram and Hart, it was weird seeing Angel Investigations in a law firm. And in Buffy I wish that they would have done more with Adam. They really didn’t use him for much. My favorite characters tho are definitely Anya, Xander (both Buffy) and Lorne (from Angel). As for episodes Hush(silent episode) and Once more with Feeling(musical episode) are both amazing, and I personally loved The Body(episode where buffys mom dies). As far as Angel Smile Time is amazing (puppet episode), and even tho it ends with a huge cliff hanger the last episode is great. Lorne has such an amazing speech in it. Really you can’t go wrong when Lorne is in the scene. These two shows have a lot of heart and are both very emotional at times. But in my opinion you can’t do better then Buffy and Angel.

Honorable Mentions

I watch a lot of TV shows on DVD or Netflix instant so breaking this down to 10 shows was really hard to do. So here is a short list of what got kicked off and why.

Glee ~ Season 1 was great and fun. Season 2 felt over done and preachy.

Boston Legal ~ Its a good show and fun to watch but it doesn’t have much meat. It’s just a funny show about court cases.

Rescue Me ~ I love Denis Leary and this show but it’s hard to re-watch. It is a good show with great writing tho.

Burn Notice ~ It’s a good show and probably my number 11. I just had to cut something.

Community ~ Is a great show just again not enough room.

The Walking Dead ~ Its to new, with only one season it can go either way.

Weeds ~ The last few seasons have been really hard to watch. Ever since she left Agrestic it’s been downhill for her and the show. Seasons 1-3 are amazing tho.

Chuck ~ It’s a fun geeky spy show but ultimately at times you don’t really care about the characters.

30 Rock ~ Tracy Morgan is hit or miss with me so I have to be in a certain mood to watch it, but I do love Alec Baldwin and of course Tina Fey.

And then the first cuts were

It’s always Sunny in Philly, The Office, House, My Name is Earl and Nurse Jackie.

All of these shows are good shows and you should check them out but I could only do 10 as much as I wanted to double it.

You better believe I fear god.

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on September 2, 2011 by random nerdling

I know I said that part 2 of my top ten tv shows would be my next post but I forgot that Red State hit VOD today. I’ll try to keep it fairly spoiler free. I’m watching it for the 3rd time as I write this. You can get all the information on where to watch it here.

Red State is about 3 kids going in to the woods to get laid by someone they met online, who are then kidnaped by a small religious group.

One thing that really stood out to me was the cast. Everyone is insanely believable and no one feels like they were just dropped in.

Michael Parks plays Abin Cooper the pastor of the church and he is amazing. During the sermon he honestly creeps me out. It is such an amazing performance, if he doesn’t at least get an Oscar nomination something is wrong. I am not over exaggerating or kidding when I say that there isn’t a bad performance in the film.

It is shot beautifully. Kevin really knows how to make you feel like you are in this movie. The sermon has a true church feel to it. You really feel like your people watching in the back of the church.

There isn’t any real music in the film. With the exception of a car ride every song is sung by Michael Parks, and he has such an amazing voice. It’s haunting and relaxing at the same time. In fact since all of the songs are religious I’m thinking about picking up the sound track for my grandma.

In the end Red State is a fast paced film that is full of twist and turns that everyone should see. The best way to describe it is a thriller but really it’s just a genre stew. It really is my favorite movie of the year. Again if you wanna watch it you can go here for all the information.

In slightly related news congratulations to Kevin and the guys from Tell ’em Steve Dave! AMC greenlit their reality show based out of Jay and Silent Bobs Secret Stash. Check out the promo art below, with zombie paintings of the TESD crew by the wonder bros.

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Top 10 tv shows pt 1

Posted in List, TV on August 30, 2011 by random nerdling

So the other week on Pop Sickles Derick, Gates and Brendoman ranked their top 10 tv shows. I thought long and hard about the topic and came up with my top ten. My criteria for the list is the acting, writing, characters and  how re-watchable the shows are.  I started with 20 shows and started cutting it down.  This is going to have spoilers in it so be warned. So lets get this party started.

10.)   Scrubs

I love scrubs it was one of the first shows that I started watching at the very beginning and followed it to the end.  It has a ton of great episodes but the very best episode is episode 1.4 it’s titled “My Old Lady”. In it JD tries to convince a lady who is ready to die that she still has something to live for, but in the end she teaches him to cherish each and every minute. Watching Doctor Cox deal with the loss of his favorite patient or Ben and the downward spiral that comes with it, it feels so real.  The last 3 seasons are lacking but JDs farewell is very touching and is a nice look back. Season 7 was during the writers strike so they get some leeway there but bringing the characters back as teachers for season 9 was just to much.

9.)   Daria

I use to watch in the summers as a kid. Daria was great I recently got the series on DVD and besides them taking out and switching the music around it really holds up. I think my favorite episode of Daria is the one were Daria and Jane create a poster for a school project that the school changes with out their permission. It’s a really fun show about dealing with being an outsider in high school.

8.)   Firefly

Firefly is one of those shows were after you watch it you wonder why it was ever cancelled. A great show by the amazing Joss Whedon. Nathen Fillion is amazing as Mal Reynolds the captain of the ship. If you haven’t seen this show I can not stress watching it enough. Every character in this show is great, I really love Adam Baldwin as Jayne and of course the super cute Jewel Staite as Kaylee. “Ariel” is an amazing episode and it shows the heart that this crew of renegades really has.

7.)  Supernatural

Good music, hot car, and creepy stories whats not to love? Sam and Dean driving cross country fighting demons and urban legends is the best part of this show. The arcs are not as good as the monster a week episodes which luckily they are getting back too.  Now I was skeptical when they brought angels in to the mix but the way they did it actually worked. The good brother vs evil brother bit got really annoying. “Everybody Love a Clown” and “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things” episodes are really good.

6.)  Six Feet Under

A interesting look at the funeral business. This show is one of the most realistic look at a family I have ever seen, and to prove this point at one point or another every character except David (Michael C. Hall) annoys the shit out of you with their whining and complaining. But I do like that the show follows each of the family members and not just one. The beginning of each episode starts with someones death and the deaths are usually pretty entertaining. Michael C. Hall is amazing in this show.  My favorite episode is the series finale, which is also my favorite series finale ever. It follows every character to their death and seals up the whole show with a nice little bow.

So there is 10-6 be sure to come back next week for my top 5 favorite shows.

Green Lantern painting

Posted in Art with tags on August 23, 2011 by random nerdling

I got this in the mail a little while ago but this is the latest painting I got from wonder bros. Mike painted it for my nephew and he loves it. He made a 5 yr old very happy. I also got a hold of him to paint me something really cool that I can’t wait to put on here. I’m really excited for. Be sure to check out the wonder bros.

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Nerd-do-well

Posted in Books on August 19, 2011 by random nerdling

So I just finished Simon Peggs Nerd-Do-Well. It was really good. And since it was an audio book Simon Pegg read
it in that great british accent.

One thing that caught me off guard was that half of the book is an autobiography and the other half is a short fiction story.

I wasn’t that impressed with the fiction part although it was kind of funny. In it Pegg is a playboy spy with a droid/robot.

The autobiography part is great. He tells stories from his childhood about swimming, his first job, love, and meeting Nick Frost. I have to admit I did get a wee bit teary eyed when he was talking about Shaun of the dead and talking to George Romero. It’s a very touching moment. I highly recommend this book especially if you are a fan of Spaced or Shaun of the Dead.

You’re Little Annie Adderall!

Posted in TV with tags on August 11, 2011 by random nerdling

I’ve put off watching Community for some time now but I saw it in Target the other day and decided to go for it.  I love it! If you haven’t seen it yet you should definitely check it out. Community takes place at Greendale Community Collage and follows around a study group made up of lovable misfits.

Joel McHale plays Jeff Winger a selfish but lovable jerk who has to go back to collage after the law firm he was working at found out that his law degree was a fake.  He starts a fake Spanish study group to try and get in the pants of Britta Perry (played by Gillian Jacobs), a high school drop out who was to cool for school, who invites the extreme movie nerd Abed Nadir  who then invites (Danny Pudi), an ex high school quarterback, Troy Barnes(played by the amazing Donald Glover) who lost his scholarship due to a shoulder injury, Annie Edison (Alison Brie), who got addicted to adderall and dropped out of high school, Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown) who is recently divorced, and Pierce Hawthorne (the great Chevy Chase) an old business tycoon.

Before this I have previously seen Mad Men which stars Alison Brie, Mystery Team which was written and stars Donald Glover, and almost every Chevy Chase movie made. I have seen a few episodes of The Soup which is(/was) hosted by Joel McHale but I wasn’t impressed by it. So it’s easy to say that the only reason I had any interest in the show was because of Chevy but that grew after hearing how much others loved the show.

Abed and Troy are my favorite characters Abed has trouble connecting to situations and people without putting it in terms of a movie or tv series, and Troy is a slightly cocky and slow jock but is smarter then most people give him credit for. They are best friends and have a J.D. and Turk vibe. They also usually have a small part over the end credits here are a couple of my favorites 1, 2,  and 3.

I highly recommend this show. It’s full of pop culture references and there are some themed episodes which are great! Season 1 has a wonderful Christmas episode and an amazing paint ball episode. Not to mention a great supporting cast which includes Ken Jeong (from The Hangover), John Oliver (from The Daily Show) and Jim Rash who I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen him anything but is great as the dean. Season 2 is coming out on DVD in Sept so it’ll be easy to catch up if you haven’t seen any episodes.  Be sure to watch the show so you don’t end up streets behind.