Archive for June, 2008

Debbie Malone

Posted in Music on June 27, 2008 by thebigsmoke

This atmospheric bit of old skool is pretty high up on my Wants list right now. I love it when that piano kicks in.

Your cuddly curls!

Posted in Comics on June 27, 2008 by thebigsmoke

Blam!

Posted in Comics on June 23, 2008 by thebigsmoke

The 100 Best Single Issues Since You Were Born

Posted in Comics on June 22, 2008 by thebigsmoke

001 – Top Ten 8 (“The Overview”)
002 – Sandman 8 (“The Sound of Her Wings”)
003 – Batman Special (“The Killing Joke”)
004 – Superman Annual 11 (“For the Man Who Has Everything”)
005 – Ultimate Spider-Man 12 (“Battle Royal”)
006 – Astro City 0.5 (“The Nearness of You”)
007 – Saga of the Swamp Thing 21 (“The Anatomy Lesson”)
008 – Ultimate Spider-Man 28 (“Sidetracked”)
009 – Elseworlds: Batman (“Gotham by Gaslight”)
010 – Daredevil 191 (“Roulette”)
011 – 100 Bullets 27 (“Idol Chatter”)
012 – Superman 9 (“To Laugh and Die in Metropolis”)
013 – Planetary 3 (“Dead Gunfighters”)
014 – Starman 11 (“13 Years Ago Five Friends”)
015 – Uncanny X-Men 159 (“Night Screams”)
016 – Amazing Spider-Man 239 (“Now Strikes the Hobgoblin”)
017 – Fantastic Four 245 (“Childhood’s End”)
018 – Justice League – 1 (“Born Again”)
019 – Spider-Man Versus Wolverine (“High Tide”)
020 – Planetary 13 (“Century”)
021 – Action Comics 775 (“What’s So Funny About Truth Justice and the American Way?”)
022 – Flash 182 (“Absolute Zero”)
023 – Ultimate Spider-Man Annual 1
024 – Incredible Hulk 341 (“The Savage Bull Doth Bear the Yoke”)
025 – Elseworlds: Batman (“Holy Terror”)
026 – Incredible Hulk 420 (“Lest Darkness Come”)
027 – Preacher 18 (“Texas and the Spaceman”)
028 – Batman 424 (“The Diplomat’s Son”)
029 – Green Lantern 188 (“Mogo Doesnt Socialize”)
030 – Avengers 189 (“Slings and Arrows”)
031 – Tangled Web 4 (“Severance Package”)
032 – Incredible Hulk 340 (“Vicious Circle”)
033 – Lex Luthor Special (“The Unauthorized Biography”)
034 – Birds of Prey 8 (“On Wings”)
035 – Omega Men 26 (“Brief Lives”)
036 – Amazing Spider-Man Annual 15 (“Spider-Man: Threat or Menace”)
037 – Fables Special (“The Last Castle”)
038 – Spectre 5 (“A Rage in Hell”)
039 – Captain America 7 (“The Lonesome Death of Jack Monroe”)
040 – X-Factor 87 (“X-Aminations”)
041 – Iron Man 128 (“Demon in a Bottle”)
042 – New Teen Titans 38 (“Who Is Donna Troy?”)
043 – H-E-R-O 11 (“The Great Leap Forward”)
044 – GI Joe 21 (“Silent Interlude”)
045 – Sandman 18 (“A Dream of a Thousand Cats”)
046 – Hitman 34 (“Of Thee I Sing”)
047 – Flinch 1 (“Rocket-Man”)
048 – What If 4 (“The Alien Costume Had Possessed Spider-Man”)
049 – Ghost Rider Annual 2 (“Wish for Pain”)
050 – Iron Man 237 (“Star Hunter”)
051 – Classic X-Men 25 (“Just Don’t Look in its Eyes”)
052 – 100 Bullets – 11 (“Heartbreak, Sunnyside Up”)
053 – Hellblazer 63 (“Forty”)
054 – Secret Origins Special 1 (“Original Sins”, “The Killing Peck”, “When Is A Door”)
055 – Legion of Super-Heroes 13 (“If You Think Khunds Are Cuddy, You’ll Love the Lythyls”)
056 – Animal Man 7 (“The Death of the Red Mask”)
057 – Dark Horse Presents 1 (“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”)
058 – Dr. Strange 56 (“A Mystic Reborn”)
059 – The Thing 2 (“For Beauty Passed Away”)
060 – Sandman 50 (“Ramadan”)
061 – Incredible Hulk 393 (“The Closing Circle”)
062 – Batman Black and White 1 (“Two of a Kind”)
063 – Avengers 217 (“Double-Cross”)
064 – Sandman 40 (“The Parliament of Rooks”)
065 – Avengers Annual 10 (“By Friends Betrayed”)
066 – Adventure Comics 466 (“Never Say Die”)
067 – Nightwing 25 (“The Boys”)
068 – Gotham Knights 8
069 – Sandman 17 (“Calliope”)
070 – Planetary Special (“Night on Earth”)
071 – New Teen Titans 20 (“Dear Mom and Dad”)
072 – Preacher Special (“Tall in the Saddle”)
073 – Justice League Annual 1 (“Germ Warfare”)
074 – Batman Black and White 4 (“An Innocent Guy”)
075 – American Century 9 (“Route 66”)
076 – Batman Adventures Annual 1 (“Laughter After Midnight”)
077 – Web Of Spider-Man 1 (“Til Death Do Us Part”)
078 – Fantastic Four 3 (“Happy New Year, Reed Richards… Now Die!”)
079 – Astro City 1 (“In Dreams”)
080 – Preacher 50 (“The Land of Bad Things”)
081 – Legion of Super-Heroes 296 (“What Do You Do on the Day After Doomsday?”)
082 – Adventures of Superman 474 (“Face to Face With Yesterday”)
083 – Conan the Barbarian 100 (“Death on the Black Coast”)
084 – Amazing Spider-Man 248 (“The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man”)
085 – Robin 46 (“Dark at Dawn”)
086 – Tales of the New Teen Titans 1 (“Cyborg”)
087 – Fantastic Four 60 (“Inside Out”)
088 – Semper Fi 1 (“Reunion”)
089 – Preacher Special (“Blood & Whiskey”)
090 – Batman: Underworld Unleashed (“Devil’s Asylum”)
091 – Exiles 16 (“Nocturne and Evensong”)
092 – Legion of Superheroes Annual 1 (“Who Shot Laurel Kent?”)
093 – Hitman 22 (“The Santa Contract”)
094 – Demo 3 (“Bad Blood”)
095 – Animal Man 15 (“The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”)
096 – Legion Of Super-Heroes 3
097 – Uncanny X-Men 268 (“Madripoor Knights”)
098 – Punisher 10 (“The Creep”)
099 – Alias 10
100 – Ghost Rider 68 (“The Curse of Jonathan Blaze”)

I’ve been working my way through this list compiled by Wizard magazine (having downloaded the lot via bit torrent). It makes for a fun read, but I’m finding myself quibbling with a few of the choices. I think I might try to put together some sort of list of my own.

Cloverfield

Posted in Film on June 17, 2008 by thebigsmoke

I finally got around to watching Cloverfield. What a great movie!

It has a number of typical B-movie features (the schlock subject matter, the use of unknown actors and actresses, the short running time), but I think what sets it apart from other attempts at producing a modern day B-movie is the understanding that the best B-movies tap into the political and social climate in which they are made. Memorable B-movies such as Invaders from Mars and Invasion of the Body Snatchers owe much of their potency to the spirit of McCarthyism. Even Godzilla, with his “atomic ray”, is a reminder of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

There are plenty of recent movies, like Eight Legged Freaks and Slither, that are deliberate attempts to produce a modern day B-movie. Sadly, most of these movies are quite shallow (though fun), as there is nothing of merit beyond the few cheap thrills that they offer. Cloverfield is a bit more thought-provoking because it’s so obviously a reimagining of the horror of 9/11, and not just the terrorist attack and the devastation it caused, but also the way in which the events of 9/11 are fed into the public consciousness via countless shocking images and hours of grainy, shaky camera footage.

I know that this is not particularly original commentary now, but I think it’s worth giving the movie all the praise it’s due. I wish that more producers and directors had the intelligence to create monster movies this terrifying. Who knows, we might have been spared Peter Jackson’s awful remake of King Kong.

Hothouse

Posted in Books on June 15, 2008 by thebigsmoke

This is only the second Brian Aldiss book I’ve read (the first was Non-Stop), but I’m starting to become a big fan of his work. It’s not particularly cerebral, but it’s definitely good fun.

Titanium Man Vs. Rodney Dangerfield

Posted in Comics on June 15, 2008 by thebigsmoke

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