Robert Downey, Jr. is spectacular and this is now my mantra for 2014: “Do Epic Shit.”
My stats (and just about everything about this blog) were unfortunately very lackluster in 2013, but with some very specific goals in mind (perhaps by not using “very” twice in the same sentence) 2014 will be bangin’ for “F*ck You.” Expect some big things if I have anything to say about it.
Cheers to a great 2014!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.
I use Grammarly’s free online plagiarism checker because it eliminates one less worry for me, which opens up more Great Pumpkin time for my little brother and I.
Stephen King’s “Doctor Sleep” has been a roaring success for the sixty-six year-old author, but it did not come without difficulties. King said this of making the sequel to such a famous novel in an interview with Chris Talbot of the San Jose Mercury News:
A When I went into it I thought to myself, if I do this I can probably never satisfy the expectations of the audience because so many people who read ‘The Shining,’ I got them while they were young and malleable, they were young adults, teenagers. I meet people all the time who say, ‘That book scared the [expletive] out of me,’ and I’ll say, ‘How old were you when you read the book or saw the movie?’ and they’ll say 16. And if you were 16 then, you’re probably 50 now and a little bit case hardened when it comes to scary things. I was curious. I wanted to see what happens to Danny Torrance, so I took my shot.
Ultimately the risk paid off though, because “Doctor Sleep” hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and has been nominated for several accolades. Although, even with Stephen King’s success on the charts, “Doctor Sleep” is not King’s only poker in the fire.
The acclaimed writer has been on something of a hot streak as of late. The television adaptation of “Under the Dome” was so widely successful that it was picked up for a second season, which will air summer of 2014. Recently, King wrote the film adaptation for his novella “The Good Marriage,” while also co-writing a musical with John Mellencamp.
Overall, King has had an incredibly successful year and here is to many, many more!
Edgar Rice Burroughs is a favorite author of mine, however my interest in him and his work is relatively new. Burroughs captures some of my favorite genres easily and comfortably by exploring science fiction through character development and creating modern day fairy tales which represent philosophical movements. His prose his clean and simple which really wasn’t a popular style till about a decade later after his first foray into publishing. Both accounts amaze me, but alas I was and still am a neophyte. I was clueless and ignorant (as I often am), until I watched Disney’s film adaptation of Burroughs second most popular series, “John Carter.”
Personally, I enjoyed the quality of the film, but what I got most out of the movie was the love and appreciation for an author that (at the time) I knew next to nothing about. I dived headlong into his work. I quickly read the first three John Carter novels in a collection that I purchased off of Amazon for a small, paltry sum. They are truly magnificent.
If you ever get a chance, gobble ‘em up. They are incredibly well-written, but the human quality and realism that Burroughs brings to his writing makes the otherworldly settings and characters background noise rather than the main spectacle. From there I dived into Tarzan. Contextually it seems oddly, but in actuality it is a fairly logical segue considering Burroughs’ work. I’ve made limited headway on the series (partially because there are over 20 novels), because honestly I am not a big fan of the character. Unfortunately, I am several generations removed from enjoying the meaning of the series. The primitive movement was big after the second World War and it just has never connected with me as it did to so many upon their release.
However, I did dive into Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Pellucidar” series, which begins with the Vernian “At the Earth’s Core.” “At the Earth’s Core” is a quick read (it only clocks in at roughly 150 pages), but it does create a great founding point for Burroughs to expand upon and unlike Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center” Burroughs builds an entire franchise (and thus universe) upon the back of the ideas originally laid down by Verne a generation before.
I have yet to find a copy, but I have heard that there was a film adaptation of “At the Earth’s Core” in 1976. I haven’t explicitly removed everything from my plate to seek it out, but I am positive that I will one day find a lazy afternoon in which I will be able to sit down, find, and watch “At the Earth’s Core.”
Tangentially, I first discovered “At the Earth’s Core” at a wonderful bookstore out in Coeur d’Alene, ID called, Browsers (not to be confused with Mario’s archenemy). I ended up purchasing “At the Earth’s Core,” “The Land that Time Forgot,” and “Llana of Gathol.” All of which were copies re-published throughout the 1970’s, which greatly pleased me because I am exceedingly tired of solely coming across movie and television book covers. For whatever reason, they sour the experience for me.
Regardless of cover, I encourage all to read at least something of Edgar Rice Burroughs. He is an amazingly talented author, and his breadth of work has spurred various schools of thought, inspired millions, and ultimately helped shape current pop culture even though he began writing over 100 years ago.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc launches six webcomics (digitalspy.co.uk)
- JOHN CARTER PAYS HOMAGE BUT SHOULDN’T NEED TO Will you see it? (fangswandsandfairydust.blogspot.com)
- Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc. branches out into webcomics (robot6.comicbookresources.com)
- New Pulp Best Seller List (Based on Amazon Sales Ranks 10/22/13) (barryreese.net)
- Dinosaurs Live, Mars Dies (mmiles777.wordpress.com)
- ‘Tarzan 3D’ Trailer Brings Modern Sci-Fi to The Classic Story (screenrant.com)
- Tarzan and Pulp Fiction (artlark.org)
“Riddick” with Vin Diesel, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Batista, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, and Karl Urban
Directed by David Twohy, Written by David Twohy
Riddick (at least in its current iteration) is the lovechild of actor Vin Diesel and writer/director David Twohy. Vin Diesel has played the title character in all the film and video game adaptations. However, not only has Diesel always portrayed the gravely rogue, Diesel also vied and won the rights to Riddick due to his cameo in “Fast & Furious” as well as levied his own home to procure the necessary investment required to make the third installment, “Riddick.”
As mentioned, “Riddick” is the third feature film starring the eponymous character; David Twohy and Diesel seemed to have amalgamated the better parts of the prior two films to create something entirely new and better with a relatively small budget. It seems as-if the personal investment of the film has been quite successful for the two, so here is to hoping that more Riddick is down the pipeline.
The film starts off by recapping the events of “The Chronicles of Riddick” and tying them into Riddick’s current predicament. After being Lord Marshall of the Necromonger fleet for five-years, Riddick has grown restless and inevitably takes the bait when Commander Vaako (Karl Urban of “The Chronicles of Riddick”) dangles a carrot that Riddick can’t resist. Vaako offers Riddick the supposed location of Riddick’s home planet Furya, which has been lost to all record. Riddick obliges, and ends up being double-crossed by Vaako’s right-hand man and left for dead on an unnamed, hostile planet buried beneath the rubble of a cliffside.
The real heart of the film “Riddick” begins here with Riddick’s survival and subsequent plan of attack concerning his escape from the planet. The first third of the film was the most enjoyable. Riddick is beaten and tattered with a myriad of broken bones (specifically a rather bad compound fracture in his leg), and is required to shed his near-kingly garb and mentality to become more primitive in order to survive. The film introduces a host of wild and creative creatures that constantly test Riddick’s endurance.
During these sequences, director David Twohy uses wide sweeping shots that show the horror and beauty of the alien world that Riddick currently resides.
After quite a bit exploring and mending, Riddick finally stumbles across a co-op mercenary bunker belonging to any mercenaries planetside. In order for Riddick to acquire passage off of the planet he has to essentially call the men and women who want to kill him for his bounty. The remainder of the movie focuses on this aspect of the storyline. Two bands of mercenaries answer Riddick’s call, both with very different agendas, and proceed to hunt and be hunted by Riddick while the planet’s creatures rally in kind.
The only remnants of “The Chronicles of Riddick” are visage are the special effects and backstory. Some of the shots of the planet and creatures are incredibly intricate and eye-catching, while on the whole, the plot and relative structure more closely follow Riddick’s freshman effort, “Pitch Black.”
Ultimately, the film manages to blend the best of the both earlier entries by creating something that honestly has a lot of heart and soul. It’s an action movie through-and-through, but because Vin Diesel owns the role so completely and the series continuously pushes forward even with such great setbacks, any filmgoer can tell that it is a labor of love rather than a quick paycheck.
Personally, I would rather see a solid action flick made by people who just want to make a movie than a solid drama that aims only for accolades.
Yesterday, I posted a video with Stephen Merchant, Jimmy Fallon, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a lip syncing battle, this time around I decided that we should pay homage to Nick Offerman– Perhaps the most manly being on Earth and co-star of “Parks and Recreation.”
- Books: Great Job, Internet!: Grab a canoe and follow Nick Offerman through his typical manly day (avclub.com)
- Interview: “Parks And Recreation” And “We’re The Millers” Star Nick Offerman (y98.cbslocal.com)
- Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman (coolmaterial.com)
- Parks and Recreation Star Nick Offerman Talks Moustaches, Minooka, and How To Treat A Lady (wgnradio.com)
- FIDLAR, Nick Offerman, and A PENIS Make a Music Video… And Ruin Any and All Other Music Videos Forever (lineout.thestranger.com)
- Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant’s Epic Lip Sync-Off (finejoeyoung.wordpress.com)
- Why Nick Offerman is Our Only Hope for the Future (dehoto.wordpress.com)
- Of Course Nick Offerman Carved His New Book Out Of Wood (fastcocreate.com)
- See Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant In a Lip Sync-Off Battle (mashable.com)