July 27, 2008


My tribute to the best music ever.

Let’s HOCKEY SCORES by ~ninjatron on deviantART


July 25, 2008

Dark Knight.

Finally saw it last night. Did not see it on opening weekend due to crowds. But even on a late Wednesday night showing, the entire theater was packed. It’s easy to see why. There was a lot of anticipation for this movie for a long time, and the buzz has pretty much been nothing but positive.

All the praise is unquestionably deserved. It’s a great film. Excellent, even. Probably better than Batman Begins, which is no small feat. It was long, but epic in its scope, and accomplished more solidly structured storytelling in a single film than anything else I’ve seen recently.

Anyway, there’s no point in me trying to sell it to anyone else. Nor will I spoil it.

I liked how there was more of a focus on the problem solving detective aspects of Batman in this movie, where as Batman Begins didn’t really feature any of that. I understand the producers have been going for a more realistic take on Batman with these films, and I appreciate that for what it is. However, I do think that there is room for some of the aspects of the mythology that may be considered more “over-the-top” to be featured in movies as well. Some of those things are just as big of a part of Batman as anything we’ve gotten in these movies thus far. As awesome as the Joker was, I was somewhat disappointed that he was a guy with makeup rather than someone affected by toxic chemicals. I don’t think that was something that needed to be changed, and along with a few other, minor things, that was something that prevented me from seeing this movie as the Batman film I’ve always wanted to see. But perhaps I’m being picky.

Guessing that the safe bet for now is to expect The Riddler the next time. I can go along with that idea.


July 16, 2008

Hockey Scores.

You all know how much I *love* Hockey, right? Well, this you’ve got to see.

The CBC network lost the rights to the famous and apparently important theme music to “Hockey Night in Canada“. So, they are holding a contest where anyone can submit their musical entry to be voted on by the public for a chance to become the new Hockey Night in Canada theme music.

Normally, I wouldn’t care about such a thing, but now I do. The top rated, most viewed, and most commented on entry of the contest is called “Hockey Scores“, and it’s written by Logan Aube, a friend of mine who actually appears in a few articles on this website. His submission for this contest absolutely moved me in ways that music has never done before. It’s no wonder that it is so far ahead of the competition. For some unfair reason, most likely jealousy, the entry was taken down, then reinstated, but then taken down again, only to finally be reinstated for good. It has already been epic. Make sure you listen to what will surely be an important part of Canadian history.

This music is awe inspiring. I can’t get enough of it, and listen to it several times a day. You can see the CBC contest entry page right here, and when you do, make sure you vote 5.

There is also a music video on YouTube, which perfectly captures the spirit of Hockey in animation.

Make sure you vote 5 for that too. For great justice.

Also Digg.

This is the music that hockey fans deserve. Let’s all pull together and work towards getting this incredible music on television!


July 12, 2008

The Golden Army.

Damn, Hellboy 2 is freakin’ awesome! Totally entertaining from start to finish, with plenty of crazy action, lots of laughs, excellent character development, and tons of insane monsters! The theater I saw it in was packed, and the audience really responded to the movie in a big way. It was a crowd pleaser.

I know everyone is excited about The Dark Knight next weekend, and rightly so, but don’t let this one pass you by. You gotta see Hellboy 2. It’s pretty much the “Lord of the Rings” of funny monster superhero movies. If there is such a thing ( and if not, there should be).


Ok, here we go.

I haven’t done any new artwork since finishing the TFCon comic. It just knocked the wind out me. It’s about time I got started on something new though. I’m just not quite sure what.

I forgot to mention that I saw The Incredible Hulk. It was very well done and I liked it a lot. But my viewpoint on the movie leading up to its release was somewhat distorted due to a hilarious conversation I had with my 5 year old cousin back in December. He was talking about “Hoak“, and I said “Hoak? Who is Hoak? What is Hoak?” and he replies “Incredible Hoak!” I laughed so hard and I became a running joke. Now every time I hear or read something about Hulk, I think of my cousin saying “Hoak”. It’s even funnier considering that, earlier that same day, he was talking about how Spider-man fights “Octor Doctopus“.

This week I saw “Wanted“, and it was a much better movie than I was expecting. I quite enjoyed it. The visuals were really raw and often pretty brutal, and there was some dark humor to it too. Plus, Angelina Jolie. ‘Nuff said, right?

Batman: Gotham Knight is pretty awesome. Artistically, it’s very diverse, with each of the 3 stories looking completely different, but each of them is uniquely interesting. One looks kind of like a typical modern anime, another had a harder edged anime look, and there was even one that looked just like Hellboy. They’re all decent stories but some are more interesting than others. I’m not going to buy a copy until I get a BluRay player.

Today, for the first time in a long time, I bought an issue of Nintendo Power magazine. It’s the 20th anniversary issue and I figured I might as well check it out. I used to have a subscription and I remember pouring over every last detail of every issue as the months rolled by. It was sort of like being a part of a secret club, the first ever widespread gaming community. Times have changed, and ow the Internet has made Nintendo Power sort of irrelevant in many ways, but it’s still fun to look back at those days. The top 20 games for every Nintendo system is a fun read. Nice to know I have many of them!

More later.