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Zen Archer

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  1. Supergroups: "Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith "From The Beginning" by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer "The Whirlwind" by Transatlantic
  2. I believe Tribble's largely right here. HBO tends to follow the UK and Japanese models where seasons are more likely to be 13 episodes (or even six, depending). If memory serves, the last Sopranos season was split up over the course of the year. Anyways, the last thing I saw was Columbo Season 5 on DVD. Six movies, including an excellent one featuring Janet Leigh and a rather weird one directed by Patrick McGoohan.
  3. It's not that I think CSNY are bad, just overrated. The music they made as a group by and large doesn't hit the heights they reached in their previous bands or even some of their solo records.
  4. Three overrated rock bands: The Doors The Eagles CSN (and sometimes Y)
  5. Goin' back to the '50s.... "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price "Johnny B Goode" by Chuck Berry Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly
  6. Just some mold that's proving to be a bear to get rid of. Some on the vents too. The walls don't seem to be seriously damaged.
  7. Well, there is something cool about the road not traveled science. This could THE dieselpunk move. Unfortunately, that distinction wouldn't sell many extra tickets and could inflate the special effects in big way. So maybe it best to leave that road not traveled not traveled. The recent DC Doc Savage comic did a very good job fleshing out and adding depth to the Fabulous Five. The movie could do worse than take cues from it for their portrayal. One of the problems I can see the movie Doc Savage running into, is the desire to give him a motivation. Doc Savage's reason work to improve the world and to fight evil isn't explained. At the time, I guess people didn't feel a need explain why a person would want stop the bad guys and help those in need. I'm think now the desire would be to explain it. Show how his Uncle Ben died because of his self-centered behavior or some such. I'm not sure whether audiences really demand this or not. IIRC, Doc Savage was basically raised by his dad and other scientists to achieve perfection in darn near everything and to fight evil and help people simply because it was the right thing to do. They did give him a motivation in the first book by having his dad killed off, though. What will be interesting is if they address the whole issue of Doc's secret hospital, where he performed blatantly illegal operations on criminals that removed their criminal tendencies. To address another point above, if Black intends to set his movie in the '30s, then he may to have to jiggle their backgrounds if he wants gender and racial diversity in the Five, since four of them were high-ranking US military men during WW1.
  8. Thanks. They came back for the dehumidifiers today, and cleaned and refixed the affected areas of the carpet. The walls are my problem, evidently. So is putting everything back where it belongs, but I don't mind that part and felt bad they had to move so much stuff in the first place (I hadn't known how far the water had spread).
  9. Two Jackie Chan films: Twin Dragons and Dragon Lord. Both are slight but enjoyable, and each has at least three impressive action sequences.
  10. So. While I was away at Charlotte - or perhaps starting sometime before - the AC of the guy in the unit above me clogged, sending Lord knows how much water down to the carpeting and padding in the bedroom I sleep in, and the bedroom that I use as my storage locker. Nothing is ruined, but there's a fair bit of mold and damp I'll be cleaning up tonight. May as well, since I won't get any sleep over the sound of the dehumidifiers.
  11. Inevitably, I see a variation of the "diplomatic immunity" process being used here.
  12. I think it's possible. I tend to agree with Sundog. I also think that Pat Savage should play a bigger part in any film that gets made, and that a lot depends on the casting.
  13. Heroescon was a lot of fun - one of the best comics shows I've been to in quite a while.
  14. A few years back, two different publishers released hardcover collections of men's pulp covers. The story titles alone were lurid and evocative enough to inspire adventure ideas.
  15. Heading out to Charlotte for Heroescon in a few hours. I can't sleep, but it's a nice can't sleep.
  16. "Road Runner" by The Modern Lovers "Red Barchetta" by Rush "Flirtin' With Disaster" by Molly Hatchet
  17. I've got a pretty old copy of that Doc biography - the Tarzan one too. Pretty interesting books. I read recently that the director of Iron Man 3 wants to do a Doc Savage movie. I wish him luck.
  18. Dynamite is also publishing comics starring the Green Hornet (written by Mark Waid) and The Black Bat, as well as a Shadow:Year One mini written by Matt Wagner. There's also a mini-series event called Masks featuring all the before mentioned characters plus The Spider, a new Zorro, and Golden Age comic characters The Black Terror and Miss Fury. The latter also has a new comic but the first issue was enough to turn me off entirely. The results, IMO, have been decidedly mixed. The Green Hornet book has been great so far, and the Black Bat shows promise. The Shadow books are hit and miss, Masks is mediocre and I dropped the Spider some months back.
  19. Laughing Stock by Talk Talk on repeat. One of my favorite records ever.
  20. My standard response would be "Who do you want?". Because, really, it's up to you. If you want aliens to inject Foxbat with something that provides total Life Support, go for it.
  21. I kinda knew Dial H was too quirky to last, so I guess I should be glad we got as many issues as we did. Threshold I knew was doomed. The other announced cancellation was Legion of Super-Heroes, a book I gave up on some time ago. Unlike the others, though, I presume it'll be back in some format sooner than later.
  22. Comic-related crankiness: Three DC books I was rather enjoying - Demon Knights, Dial H, and Threshold - have been cancelled. And as usual, the crybaby wing of the Internet blames the company as opposed to the lack of audience support. In sports news, the Washington Capitals have let me down again. Props, though, for the run that got them into the playoffs to begin with.
  23. Working through Mission:Impossible Season 2. Peter Graves has joined as Jim Phelps, which shifts the cast dynamic a bit as he was far more available for filming than his predecessor Steven Hill. Pretty solid overall, though there are a few bits where it's clear the intricate maneuvering is covering for sub-par plotting.
  24. Coming soon to off-off-off-Broadway: Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics and book by Guillermo Del Toro: South Pacific Rim
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