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Mark Waid's IRREDEEMABLE (Issues #1-7)

(Note: be warned that this review is on the spoiler heavy side, so read at your own discretion if you don't want the story spoiled.)

Since I was a teenager, I always had this dream that I would become a quirky movie director and I'd make a bunch of crappy little horror movies to start with, but that my first big movie would be this anti-superhero movie. I dreamed up of an Apocalypse Now-like movie using existing Marvel superheroes where Captain America would go mad, slaughtering the innocent and go into hiding somewhere 'up the river'. There would be a detective like character (possibly superhero) that would be after him, interviewing his former teammates to find out what made the all-American hero go mad.

Imagine my surprise when I started reading Irredeemable. Although not exactly the story in my dreams, it's pretty close.

I started reading the series this past weekend upon the glowing review that those geeks over at iFanboy put up a few weeks ago. As far as I kn…

REVIEW HAIKUS!!!! (#2)

It's been quite a while since I've done some review haikus. My creative juices haven't been that strong lately, but here are a few!

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Opening was sad.
Didn't know boy was asian
I like talking dogs!

So I enjoyed this;
Delightful and heartwarming.
Way to go Pixar!







12 Rounds

John Cena acting!
As horrible as the plot.
Why did I watch this?

So in conclusion,
WWE,
Stop making movies!


(Note: the only thing I really enjoyed was hearing Cena say the word 'fuck' every now and then. So much for the PG wrestler! Sorry, I know this aside isn't a haiku.)



A Perfect Getaway

Good acting throughout.
Zahn and Olyphant were gold.
Milla still a babe.

Fun little thriller.
Didn't know what to expect.
Good twist in act 2.





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That's it for now, later geeks!

Boys Night Out Reunion Show!!!!

The original members of Boys Night Out reunited for one night for a sold out show at The Opera House.

Love (bore) You To Death

I got to the venue late so I missed the first band (I think they were called Backburner) but I got there just in time for this local band called Love You To Death. Well, the only thing they managed to do was bore me to death. Judging by the reactions of the crowd the majority of the crowd felt the same way. I can't really blame them though; they were a power pop rock band where a screamo band was the headliner. I think one problem though was the sound balancing. They seemed too heavy on the bass and not enough treble, so it was tough to hear the guitar riffs for many of the songs. Other than that, my friend Greg sent me a message later that said "[the] Keytar player was pretty cute though, so I mean... They had that going for them". That's pretty much where the good ends.

Unfortunately The Simcoe Street Mob didn't play even though they …

You are now entering ZOMBIELAND, thank you for your patronage

In a way, I almost wish I hadn't seen this movie. You see, I had Drag Me To Hell pegged as my favourite movie of this calendar year, but having watched Zombieland now, I realize that that top spot is in some hot contention now. We'll have to see how the year pans out, maybe I'll see other movies that will be even better (it seems nearly impossible at this point, but stranger things have happened ie. guilty pleasure -> 13 Going on 30 [I know... I know...]).

The beauty of Zombieland is that they keep the plot on the thin side so there isn't too much to think about except to have fun and roll with it. In short, it's just about 4 people trying to survive a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world which they dub "Zombieland". To avoid getting too attached with each other, instead of calling each other names, they go by their home towns; Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). The …

Shane O'Mac leaves the WWE!!!

Dear loyal readers,

I know not many of you are fans of wrestling so posts like these are more rare these days. But every now and then something big happens that just can't be ignored.

Case in point, Shane McMahon (son of Vincent K. McMahon ie. the mainstream prowrestling tycoon) handed in his resignation letter this past Friday, stepping down as Vice President of WWE Global Media effective January 1, 2010.

If you ignore all the death related news stories in the wrestling world, then this is possibly the biggest news in the industry since the death of WCW in 2001.

"Why is this important, oh dear Lamster?" so you ask. Well, if anything, it's the symbolic significance of it. Paul Heyman (owner of the original ECW) made an interesting analogy on Wrestling Observer Radio this weekend. He was saying the McMahon's are like the Royal Family of the wrestling world, where Shane would be the prince. His leaving his father's company would be analogous to Prince Charle…

Our hope as Christians

Last week at the Freedomize/FreeChurch Toronto Membership-Series/Small-Group-Formation Night (yes, in short), we had an interesting discussion on the creed that the church follows. We went through the creed line by line as the pastors elaborated on their meanings and answered questions. During one portion of the creed, the associate pastor Kevin, brought up an interesting point in that we as Christians shouldn't view Heaven as the endpoint or goal in our lives; that it shouldn't be our ultimate hope. Rather our hopes should lie in the fact that one day Jesus will return, redeem the earth, bringing down Heaven to earth as He had promised (Acts 3:17-23).

The key word that sticks out for me in that piece of scripture is 'promised'. It's a word that has so much weight in it. This isn't a promise made by man or by anyone who could be deceitful or sinful in nature. It is a promise from God. And because it's a promise from God, to us as followers in Christ, it i…

My weekend felt brighter

I randomly met LIGHTS on the subway this weekend. It made my weekend. I always told my sister one day I would meet her. I didn't know how or when, I just knew I would. I guess I can cross that off the bucket list now! Later geeks!

DTV Madness: Blood Car and Doghouse!!!

It's been a while since I've watched any DTV movies but as Halloween draws closer, the amount of DTV schlock spewed out is turned up a notch. And so here I present two of my findings.

Blood Car

This movie wreaked of a student production. Well, it was a few degrees above a student production but very much below a mainstream production.

The movie takes place in the near future, 2 weeks into our future to be exact, at a time when gas prices are at an all time high. In this post-apocalyptic future people have stopped driving altogether because of these prices. Cue in a young teacher named Archie who teaches during the day but by night, works on a car engine that will work without gasoline. At first he tries to get it to work by using wheat-grass juice but accidentally stumbles upon a way to get it to work with human blood. So he installs a bladed contraption in his car trunk that will grind up bodies to fuel his new car. Carnage ensues.

The plot is pretty wacky as you can tell. Pr…

Ain't no activity like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY!!!

This weekend during dinner, my mom brought up that the famous Human Body exhibit was returning once again to the Ontario Science Center. She wanted to see it the last time it was in town but it was too packed with people for her liking. She talked about the different exhibits that they'd be showing much to our disgust. My dad replied with this: "Why would you pay to suffer?".

Indeed a good question, why would we pay to suffer?

That brings us to Paranormal Activity. The movie has been raved by both critics and fanboys alike. It's touted as the scariest movie of the past 10 years. High praise for this little indie film, but would it live up to those standards? Me and a few friends took on the challenge.

Paranormal Activity follows the 'found tape' genre of movies akin to The Blair Witch Project, The St. Francesville Experiment, [REC], etc. We watch recordings of a young couple, Micah and Katie, as they seek to discover an entity they believe to be haunting th…

ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL!!!!!!!!!!!

I had no idea what I was in for when I popped in Anvil: The Story of Anvil the other day. I'm not a big fan of heavy metal or 80's hair bands, but I read reviews on some boards and saw the aforementioned Anvil promote their band on Conan O'Brien early this week, so I decided to give them a shot. What a powerful movie this was; it will make grown men shed a tear.

The movie opens up with a montage of interviews and video clips with various people in the metal industry talking about how awesome Anvil were back in the day. We're shown clips of them playing to crowds of thousands of people and on tour with big bands like White Snake, Poison and Bon Jovi amongst others. All these other bands grew to great success but for some reason, Anvil was left behind. Yet at the same time, they were apparently quite an influential band to many of the popular hair bands of the 80's including Motorhead, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and so on.

After the brief intro, things pick up in t…

It took me forever to discover BIOSHOCK!!!!! (Xbox 360)

Up until now, I don't think I had an official favourite game for the Xbox 360. Of the games I've played so far, I've loved few of them, liked most of them... and well, then there was Dead Rising. I guess the closest to a favourite would be GTA IV. I know I'm 2 years behind the curve, but now having played and completed Bioshock, it is easily my favourite game on the Xbox 360.

When the game first came out, my roommate at the time purchased it on release and I was pretty disinterested. I saw all the ads and stuff, but they never piqued my interest. I think it was all due to the design and look of the Big Daddy character. I thought that you would be playing as a Big Daddy and because I didn't like the look, it turned me off. But those were the days before I owned an Xbox.

2 years later and things turned out differently. I credit my dad actually for triggering my interest. You see, his friends at work talk to him about gaming and keep him up on what's going …

Failures and Relationships! BLAH!!!

(Editor's Note: It felt a bit cathartic writing about such a topic. I know my friends enjoy reading these kinds of topics. I can only hope you all have a hearty laugh cause I did! Hey, I entertain myself!)

Last night at the Thursday night small group, we started the first week of discussion on John Ortberg's book If You Want To Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. In short, the first chapter is about taking risks and introducing us to the concept of failure. The scripture revolved around Matthew 14:22-36; the story of Jesus walking on water.

One of the questions that came up in the discussion book was something along the lines of "is there a failure that haunts you?".

The first thing that came to my mind was relationships with girls. But I should add that they DON'T haunt me. I laugh at myself anytime I reminisce. Let me elaborate.

In a sense, I guess they can all be construed as failures. But as the book described, failure is more of a percept…