Knowing many ZONErs are fans of the zombie genre, I just had to link to the interactive movie called The Outbreak. Not only is it surprisingly well done, but there is a way to actually survive. It took me more than a couple of tries, but I enjoyed the time spent playing If you decide to give it a go, be advised that there is profanity and gore. It is a zombie movie after all. Click here to get started.
It's a special time when Hellboy creator, Mike Mignola, returns to write AND draw his creation. The stars and planets must have lined correctly because this week Mignola returns to do just that in the Hellboy one shot“In the Chapel of Moloch.” You can see some preview art and learn more about it here.
This Olympic Sport Quiz says that I am most like wrestling. I like that. I was a wrestler in high school so it makes sense. As to the last line, "anyone who steps into the ring with me should watch out..." watch out... that I don't pass out. It's been a long time since high school.
I wasn't surprised that I did well on this US History quiz. It was one of my favorite subjects in school. Still is. I wouldn't have done nearly as well with geography. The funny thing is, and maybe it's not so funny... the last line in the picture above says to "show some foreigners how smart Americans can be" -- but quite often immigrants to the US know more about our country than those born here since the immigrants have to pass a test to get citizenship.
IMPAwards.com just posted up several nice new posters. Three French character posters for "Quantum of Solace," the Clint Eastwood "Gran Torino" poster, and a creepy "The Burrowers" poster are included in the group. You can see all of them here.
I was really interested in the results of this poll. I've been a registered Independent since I was old enough to vote. Over the years, I've pulled the switch for Republicans and Democrats depending on the person running. I've voted for liberal and conservative causes depending on the issue. My opinions on some issues have changed over the years, due to research and perhaps maturity. So I wondered how the poll would turn out... had I become more liberal or conservative? Seems that although some things have changed, I'm still pretty independent. I like that.
Two movie posters in two days that I really like. That could be a record. What's not to dig about the Clint Eastwood's "Gran Torino" poster? You know, at one time "Gran Torino" was rumored to be a new "Dirty Harry" movie. Although it ain't, it still should be worth a view. Especially if it's as good as the poster.
As many ZONErs are aware, I'm a high school assistant principal. Years ago, I decided that I would simplify my life by wearing dark pants, a white dress shirt and a tie [usually colorful] to work daily. By doing that I didn't have to worry about matching colors. or when I wore that shirt last, etc. Dark pants, a white dress shirt and a tie became my uniform of sorts.
Today when I went to work I discovered that MANY of our teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, office specialists and students were dressed like me. In honor of my 50th birthday, it was "Dress as Mr. Zablo Day." At lunch many of those, but unfortunately not all, who participated got together for a picture. It was a fun day -- how could it not be when you get birthday cards, gifts, baked goods and people dressing up like you? -- and a birthday I'll never forget.
Today's my birthday. It's a milestone. My 50th. The Big Five-Oh.
Normally, I would write something like I don't feel fifty years old [I don't], or that you're only as old as you feel [a cliche that I believe] or that age is just a number [another cliche], but I don't think I'll resort to that today.
Instead I think I'll just show some maturity and say, "Hey!! Where are my presents???"
As the final season of The Shield heads to a conclusion, I find my self wondering how it will all end. Whatever happens, the main characters aren't walking away happy. Two of the characters in the photo above, from the first episode of season one, are already dead. Mackey's family is falling apart, his job and pension hang by a thread and his best friend has become his worst enemy.
Think you have quick reflexes? You can test them out here. You can see my score above. They say it's pretty good... so my reflexes must still be fast... that or my RoadRunner has a great connection today.
This article brought back a flood of great memories. When I was a kid, mom [and sometimes dad] used to load my brother and sisters up in the car and off to the drive-in we'd go. It wasn't unusual for us to make a stop at a little stand that sold the best popcorn and candy. The place was hardly bigger than a phone booth. [What's that? You've never seen a drive-in or a phone booth?] That little shop was where I first experienced flavored salts for popcorn. Celery salt was my favorite. Sounds pretty mundane now, but back in the 60's that was a big deal.
We'd get to the movies early so we could go down to the playground [all drive-ins had a playground consisting of some swings, teeter-toters and that octagon shaped thing that you'd push around as fast as possible with the hope of getting someone dizzy]. Parents would just send their kids down to the playground without supervision. It was a different time then. We'd head back to the car before the movie started. Usually my sisters and brother would be pretty tired and fall asleep before the second movie. Me, I was there until the end.
When I was old enough to drive, drive-ins were still popular. I loved the fact that you could always count on at least a double feature and sometimes you'd get real lucky and there'd be a marathon of sorts. Usually it was monster movies [who doesn't like those?] or comedies, or even a mismash of genres. I hit the drive-ins [we had two in our town] almost weekly and since we lived in Florida at this point, we could go year round.
It's said that video killed the radio star. I don't know about that, but I do know that video killed the drive-in theater. According to some reports, drive-ins have been making a comeback the last few years. I hope that's true because, man, I miss those days.
On Wednesday, SlashFilm.com reported that Warner Bros had acquired the rights to a French 3 issue graphic novel series called "Headshot." It's about a hitman and cop who, when their partners are killed, form an uneasy alliance to get revenge on the powers that set them up. You just know this story sounds like something I'd dig. And I the art, by Alexis Nolent, looks to sweeten the deal. I'd love to see an English edition... and plan to keep an eye out on the movie's progress.
I'll bet it's not to hard to guess what will be the cover story of next week's issue of Entertainment Weekly. That's right, ZONErs, the new "Star Trek" movie will get the EW main feature treatment. The issue hits newsstands this Friday and will contain exclusive set visit photos.
I'm a huge fan of the original "Star Trek" in whatever form, tv series, cartoon or movie. I never gave any of the other incarnations of "Star Trek" more than a occasional glance. I am looking forward to the new movie though. It'll be interesting to see if the magic can be recaptured. Perhaps the Entertainment Weekly cover story will give us a hint.
Tonight, my son, Chris and I are heading over to Orlando to watch the Magic play a pre-season game against CSKA Moscow. Chris is a huge sports fan and the Magic are his favorite B-Ball team, so when I was able to score free tickets, it was a given that we'd go. It's always a blast to see a game live... even if it is pre-season.
Empire Magazine recently posted their list of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. 500 is just too big a list to deal with... so, using just THEIR TOP 50, I made a list of MY TOP 10 of EMPIRE's TOP 50. Without further adieu, here they are in alphabetical order:
Aliens (James Cameron, 1986): Took the Alien concept and made it a franchise... and the best movie of the series.
Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942):Bogie at his best.
Die Hard (John McTiernan 1988): Redefined the action genre and turned Bruce Willis into a star.
Dr. Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1964): "There's no fighting in the war room!" -- Need I say more?
Godfather, The (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972): Perhaps the best cast movie of all time.
Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974): One of the rare movies that is as good as the original... especially when the original is as good as The Godfather.
Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, The (Sergio Leone, 1967): Classic title + classic theme + Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach, and Sergio Leone = All Time Greatest Movie
Matrix, The (The Wachowski Brothers, 1999): Redefined the action genre. If only the sequels had been as good.
Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994): Made Tarantino a star... and rightly so.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991): Like Godfather II and Aliens, a sequel that was as good as the original.
If you've got a few minutes, I'd appreciate it if you'd take a look at Hammer Sound. If you like what you see go ahead and rate it. If you really like what you see, then by all means rate it as one of your favorites. [That's the rating that will help Evan and company the most.] Tell your friends and encourage them to vote. Then take a look around at some of the other comics at Zuda. Who knows? You may find some others that you dig... but not quite as much as Hammer Sound.
That's Kimbo Slice at his press conference following his fight last night. You've probably heard that Kimbowas knocked out in 14 seconds by a last minute replacement for Ken Shamrock. Shamrock sustained a cut to his eye in a warm-up session just hours prior to the fight and state officials wouldn't clear him. So Seth Petruzelli, who was scheduled to fight on a non-televised undercard match, was brought up to the headliner.
That's when a funny thing happened. Kimbo Slice, who had always proclaimed that he'd fight anyone, anytime, anywhere, almost didn't take the fight. I can understand hesitation if you're a fighter and train specifically for one individual and then have to face another. It happens all the time in boxing and MMA. However, if your reputation is that you are the baddest brawler on the planet and you will indeed fight anyone, anywhere, anytime; then you'd better be prepared to do just that! According to reports, it wasn't until twenty minutes before the showwas supposed to go live that Kimbo agreed to the fight - perhaps it was the substantial cash bonus that swayed him. Still, he seemed pretty upset in his brief pre-fight interview.
The crazy thing is, the brief interview lasted longer than the fight itself. Kimbo rushed across the ring and was clipped with a short right to the chin, he went down and was pummeled by Petruzelli until the ref stepped in to save Kimbo from worse punishment. The emporer was shown to have no clothes. Kimbo had no clue how to protect himself once he was down. He didn't cover up, he didn't try to grab and close the distance so Petruzelli would have no punching room, he simply laid there taking shots.
All great fighters have lost. There is no shame in losing if you've prepared and give it your best. I credit Kimbo with preparing and giving it his best. Unfortunately, it became clear last night what his best is. Don't get me wrong, if Kimbo walked into any bar across America, he could probably whip 19 out of 20 in there... maybe more. Walking into the octagon is a different story.
I don't fault Kimbo for taking advantage of the opportunities that have come his way. What's happened with Kimbo is very similar to what's currently going on with Brock Lesnar [although Lesnar has much more skills]. Kimbo did show class after the fight. He credited Seth for taking the fight and thanked the fans for coming out to see the show. He then left the octagon... maybe for the last time.
Tomorrow night Ken Shamrock steps into the octagon to face "Youtube" superstar Kimbo Slice. There's a whole lot riding on the outcome of the match, and I'm not just talking about either of the fighters' reputations. In fact, who wins won't impact either of the combatants as much as the number of viewers who tune in to watch the fight who airs for free on CBS.
EliteXC is the company promoting the event. They had a three fight agreement with CBS. This is the third fight of the contract. Although the first card [which featured Kimbo] was the most watched MMA event ever, the second show tanked. So unless the fights tomorrow night bring the viewers to the tube, it's over for EliteXC. Without a network sponsor, word is the company will fold.
Now, there's no doubt that folks will tune in to watch Kimbo fight. He's the one MMA fighter that everyone knows. Kimbo is the big, tough, brawler who knocks people out. The trouble is, in reality, Kimbo is over-rated. He hasn't fought a single ranked fighter. In fact he's yet to fight a fighter who's on the way up. Look at the "name" fighters Kimbo has fought. Ray Mercer was a 46 year old former boxer. Mercer lost in the first round. Tank Abbott was 46 years old, had lost 5 of his last 6 fights and had only fought once a year in that time. Abbott also fell in the first round. Ken Shamrock is 44 years old and has lost 8 of his last 10 fights including his last five. Shamrock's most recent victory was over 4 years ago.
So, who will win?
My guess is Kimbo. If he does, it doesn't really hurt Shamrock's reputation. The guy is already a Hall of Famer. A Kimbo win over Shamrock would also add a bit more luster to Kimbo's figher cred, but mainly with folks who don't really follow MMA. Finally, a Kimbo victory coupled with enough viewers could entice CBS to extend their contract with EliteXC.
If Shamrock wins, he could retire [hopefully] with a win that ended the era of Kimbo Slice. Unfortunately for EliteXC, it would probably also end their era as well.