I recently had the opportunity to try out a sample of Green Lantern movie toys from Mattel, the Colossal Cannon and an action figure. My children John and Chloe were anxious to assist. The box arrived and I removed the two items. The action figure was Stel, a robot type figure from the movie that I don’t remember seeing in the comic. Unfortunately he proved unpopular and has languished unloved. The big hit was the Colossal Cannon, and for all the reasons kids love to play with toy guns. You…read more
This morning my daughter was awake as I went downstairs to make breakfast: she’s an early riser,she loves Naruto and she is the only one in the house who sees me leave for work standing there playing with her Naruto costumes. I had the bacon going and the eggs on the counter ready to crack. She asks me “Daddy, are those farm fresh eggs? Did you get them at a farm? Calliou’s friend gets his eggs from a farm”. Say what? As it happens these were double yolk eggs I…read more
I was watching It Might Get Loud on the weekend: a documentary type film about technique and influence from The Edge, Jack White and Jimmy Page. While chatting Jimmy Page mentions he was a studio musician when Shirley Bassey recorded Goldfinger. It was done in a huge sound room with hundreds of musicians: she did the song in one take and then collapsed. Wow. Have a listen to the song and give this nugget some thought.
I’m a regular McDonald’s diner for lunch or a quick breakfast. On October 5th they started their Monopoly game: on certain food items you receive two game pieces. Emblazoned everywhere around the store and on the food items is the following from their home page: The asterisk will lead you to the details which state the odds are for food prizes and diminish as the game progresses. In the first nine days I acquired seventy-nine (79) game pieces, five of them winners. That puts the odds at 1 in 16; alright, it’s 1…read more
Picked up A Prisoner Of Birth at a bargain book warehouse; I knew Jeffrey Archer‘s work and needed some new reading material. Two days later I had finished the best book I have read this year. Here’s the publisher’s blurb: If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with the murder of his best friend. And when the four prosecution witnesses are a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat and the youngest partner in an…read more
Let me start by saying I’ve read all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, seen all the black and white Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce movies and Jeremy Brett BBC series from the eighties. The new Sherlock Holmes film shares the character names only with these and is recreating it as a franchise. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sherlock Holmes is a new film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson. It’s set in London of the late 19th century and focuses on…read more
I had been looking forward to this film based on the previews: it appeared to be a solid western-ish action story focusing on a hardened traveler on a mission. It definitely delivered. The Book Of Eli is the story of a traveler, Eli played by Denzel Washington, who is crossing the United States from East to West on foot. It’s been thirty years since the “pulse” that seems to have destroyed everything and caused the sun to become so intense that everyone must wear sunglasses and the environment is mostly…read more
With my new found interest in reviewing books and graphic novels it makes sense to lay out what I’m looking for before I tackle a review.
Another find at the bargain table was False Impression by Jeffrey Archer. I had read Kane & Abel years ago but hadn’t read any of his other works since: I don’t like to take on new authors blindly and thought since I enjoyed the one book years ago I would give the others a try. Here’s the official blurb: The tale unfolds in New York, where Anna Petrescu is missing, presumed dead, after 9/11. She uses her new status to escape from America, only to be pursued across the world…read more