Friday, December 08, 2006
So here's where I tell you about what I've seen or read or heard lately that's been worth talking about...
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
I was upset with myself for not seeing this flick sooner, but now that I've seen it I'm even more upset. Pretty much non-stop goodness. I don't feel like I really need to say that much about it. It was of course very funny. Great performances. Great cameos. Songs I can't get out of my head. Some of the best rock 'n rolling I've seen or heard in some time.
Oh, and of course THE DEVIL!
Superman : Secret Identity
Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen deliver one of the best Superman stories of all time. Secret Identity tells the story of a teenager in the real world who happens to be named Clark Kent. As you can imagine he gets teased and bullied a lot at school, and year after year receives Superman toys, t-shirts, comics, you name it for his birthday. As you can also imagine, he hates the presents and he hates being named Clark Kent.
Then one night, everything changes.
The story is fun and funny and exciting and moving, all while still feeling very real.
Then there's the art.
Stuart Immonen's work here is absolutely incredible. Breathtaking at times. I'd be hard pressed to imagine him ever doing something that would replace this as his legacy to future generations. And that's something he should be pretty proud of, even though I'm sure he wouldn't like to hear that.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Pretty amazing stuff.
I think one of the scariest things about life is not that no one can tell us what's going to happen, it's that no one can tell us anything.
Everyday we wake up and even if we go through our regular routine and it all runs like clockwork we're still stuck in the middle of a mystery we may never solve.
All of us.
I was thinking about the trailer for that movie "The Invisible", and as often the case in those kinds of movies, eventually the protagonist meets someone who can explain what's going on to him. In this case, the old man explains to the kid that if he can solve the mystery of his own death he gets a chance to live again.
Sometimes the "hero" doesn't have the aid of an old man to spell it out, instead he stumbles across all the right clues or finds a book or some other convenient plot device that helps the movie have something resembling forward momentum.
We never get that.
Maybe we do at some point and no one's told me.