Sunday, February 10, 2013

Collectibles of Tomorrow!

So many things become collectible so fast that it's kind of hard to pin point what the new hip thing is going to be.  Well I'll let you in on a secret.  From watching trailers from some of the most anticipated movies coming out in the next year or two I have an answer.


                                  KAIJU! (giant monsters)

I know what you're thinking, "But Harley, aren't kaiju already popular?"

Yes indeed they are, especially our big green pal Godzilla, but kaiju films, toys, books, ect. are more of an esoteric genre than superheroes or vampires.  If you ask a random person on the sidewalk what a kaiju is, they would just stare blankly into the distance waiting for you to leave.

That's right kiddies KAIJU are coming to the mainstream thanks to our pal Guillermo Del Toro.  He is directing a neat little film called Pacific Rim.  The film is about giant robots vs. KAIJU!  This movie is going to make KAIJU a household name in the United States.

Oh man I can't wait for this movie.  It's something that I've been waiting for since I was 5 and I watched my first Godzilla film.  After this movie sky rockets KAIJU into the mainstream, we only have a year to wait until we get a Hollywood reboot of The King of Monsters Godzilla.  KAIJU are going to be all over the airwaves and all over the book scene.  We will get even better toys than what we're getting now.  I for one can't wait!  

So go and grab up all the KAIJU collectibles you can right now while they are cheap, because the price will skyrocket come this summer after Pacific Rim punches you in the face and unleashes your love for KAIJU!

I love everything KAIJU and I hope you do too.

Here are what some other people around the league had to say about collectibles of tomorrow.

Here is what WilliamBruceWest has to say about the subject

Fortune and Glory has lots of good ideas about future collectibles

Sunday, February 3, 2013

League assignment Pirates!

Well it's been a long damn time since I've posted for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers and I've missed it.  I welcomed the newest member of my family into this world a few months ago and it's been blast, but time consuming.  Now she's a little older and sleeps through the nights so but this seemed like a good time to jump back in.  So lets get started!


The first thing that comes to mind when I say the word pirate is those god awfully Johnny Depp movies that almost ruined Pirates for me.  Thankfully there is another pirate floating around this world that is so bad ass that he trumps everything else pirate related.  Sadly though he doesn't get much love.  He is a lower tier character belonging to criminal organization filled with incredibly evil and awesome characters.  The pirate I am talking about is the one and only


I love his Air Skiff you know he's killed a Joe or two with that thing.  He's probably Cutter's worst nightmare.

Here he is on the cover of UK's Action Force firing on the Dreadknok's Thunder Machine.  It looks like it has been commandeered by the Joes Outback and Psyche Out.  He is not only the menace of the seas but the menace of the Outback as well. Just look at that terrified kangaroo.

No other pirate comes close to his bad assery!

Check out some other pirate posts from the league!
Rediscover the 80's has a list of top 80's and 90's cartoon Pirates

Check out the Combat Workshops first Post for the league

and many many more.

Godzilla's Revenge

Godzilla's Revenge is one of the most hated and detested films in the series.  The film was aimed towards a younger audience and it shows.  It stars a young boy named Ichiro who is tormented by bullies.  He is in a constant state of day dream where he imagines himself in the fantastic land of Monster Island.  Monster Island is the home of the King of The Monsters, Godzilla, and his son Minilla.  Being the son of Godzilla one might think that Minilla would be a bad ass, but instead he's a wimp who gets harassed by the bigger monster  Gabbera.  Of course Ichiro and Minilla become fast friends and try to help each other overcome their problems.

Minilla receives pointers on being a bad ass from his father.  While trying to perform his radiation breath he can only blow smoke rings until his father steps on his tail causing him to unleash the full force of his radiation breath.  With the help of his father and Ichiro Minilla is finally able to defeat his bully Gabbera.

Ichiro takes what he's learned on Monster Island to the mean streets of Tokyo where he overcomes his problems, and defeats his bully as well.  Just like Minilla he earns the respect of his peers and the movie ends with Ichiro going on to become their leader and then proceeds to harass a man painting a sign, what a bad ass!

Yes this movie is aimed for little kids, but I love it.  I guess I'm just biased because I love anything Godzilla.  His roar is actually my ringtone. My favorite part of the film is when Ichiro returns to monster island and sees his chum.  He walks over and asks
 "Hi Minilla what ya doin?"
 "Oh nothin just being lonely because I don't have any friends."  Now my second favorite line from a Godzilla film.

I almost fell off the couch laughing.  This movie has quite a few monster fights as well.  Including Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster Eberah the giant lobster!

IF you want a fun Godzilla film to watch this is one of the best.  Watch the full film on Netflix.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The most tear jerky scene ever

This weeks assignment for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is Who cried when Old Yeller got shot? What movie, TV show, book, etc. turns you into a blubbering baby every time you see it?

To tell you the truth I'm not a big crier.  I can watch Old Yeller get shot over and over and not shed one tear.  Sure I'll get sad but absolutely no waterworks.  I can watch Gilbert Grapes mother get cremated by her burning house with eyes dryer than snuggles the bear himself. but there is one scene that gets me every single time.  The scene I am speaking of is from the greatest jousting movie of all time, A Knights Tale.  During the end of the Film when William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) travels to England, to compete in a jousting tournament against his arch rival Count Adhemar, he finds his way back to where he grew up.  There he tracks down his father who is now a blind.

That reunion is the happiest/saddest scene ever, and I tear up every single damn time I watch it.     
Maybe since I was raised by a single father this scene gets to me so much.  Just makes me realize how much I love my dad and what a good relationship we have.

Here it is the most tear jerky scene ever!  Make sure to have some tissues handy.
(the video isn't the best)

About time book review

Night Of The CrabsNight Of The Crabs by Guy N. Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The title says it all, this book is about killer crabs, and no not that kind of crabs. Unlike other killer crab books these crabs are the size of cows. Night of the Crabs starts out just like the more well known and loved Jaws. While night swimming a couple of oversexed young adults get torn to shreds by the villainous crustaceans. That's pretty much where the similarities stop. The crabs are not only large but they are extremely intelligent. I know, I know this seems like the coolest B-movie monster fest book ever, but alas it is not. Sure it had awesome claw killings and dismemberment but not enough for a book about giant killer crabs. The ending seemed rushed and was filled with deus ex machinas. I dunno, I guess my expectations were too high. I had hoped for an unrated crab gorefest but instead got a soft R.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Kurt Russell

This week on The LXB our topic was Kurt Russell.  This was a very ambiguous topic.  We could post anything about the legendary actor we wanted, top 10 lists, his greatest action figures, or simply how much cooler eye patches are when he wears them. 

I decided for this wonderful Kurt Russell week why not talk about his best role of all time.  That's right I'm talking about his brief cameo in 3 part South Park epic Imaginationland.  

In this saga Kurt pretty much reprises his role as Col Jonathan "Jack" O'Neil from the 1994 sci-fi classic Stargate.  The US government called in Mr. Russell because of his expertise with star gates and other inter dimensional portals.  Although he was just an actor portraying a tough as nails soldier and not a real life bad ass, he accepts the mission and leads a squad of eager young commandos.  Sadly not even 10 minutes into the bizarre world of imaginationland he was confronted by the cute and cuddly albeit a little sadistic and also satanic Woodland Critters.  Upon meeting the jovial woodland animals he was immediately raped, and then murdered.  This was a very sad day for Hollywood and movie goers alike.  Thanks to the demented mind of one little fourth grader from South Park Colorado we will never get to see a Captain Ron 2 or another Snake Plissken movie.   Kurt Russell you will be missed.

Damn you Woodland Critters!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Unparalleled Movie Scenes

This is a new segment where I post some of the greatest most unparalleled movie scenes of all time.

Let's start shall we.  This first unparalleled scene features the greatest head explosion in movie history.  It also stars cult actor Michael Ironsides.  So sit back relax and enjoy the head explosion scene from the wonderfully campy movie Scanners.