Sunday, February 26, 2012

Where are they now?

Sadly I missed the 2nd assignment for the League of Extraordinary Bloggers, so my second submission will be the Where are they now? topic

It was tough to pick a group of youngsters for this topic, but I finally chose the show that kept coming back in my ideas.  That show is Hey Arnold!

After graduating high school Arnold received a scholarship to Princeton where
he studied civil engineering.  He graduated with his bachelors degree and now resides in Seattle Washington where he works for a new up and coming company that builds bridges.

Gerald became an all American basketball player in high school, but due to an
ankle snap at the end of his senior year his dreams were dashed.  He attended
the local state college and obtained his degree in physical education and now
teaches basketball at his old school.

Helga started working for her father at his electronics store Big Bob's Beepers
when she started high school.  At first she hated being around her father
for extended periods of time, but realized he had a lot to offer in the way
of running a business.  When Big Bob finally retired he handed the store over the
store to his daughter.  She renamed it to Helga's Electronics, and has 3 stores throughout the city, with plans of expansion.

The Marines were Harold's first choice after school.  He served bravely and gallantly as a corporal for 3 years before he was shot and killed during a heavy firefight.

School didn't come well to Stinky, he constantly struggled with it.  During his sophomore year his father passed away and Stinky just gave up.  2 weeks after his father passed he disappeared.  The last anyone has heard from him he was living in Florida as a pest control man.

Phoebe graduated valedictorian of her class and went to study abroad.  She became enamored with European culture and decided to stay.  She now lives in Rome teaching English to Italians.

Sid found his love of journalism early in life.  He became editor of his school paper his first year of high school.  He started working for the local paper right after school and quickly climbed up the ladder.  He is now the lead copy editor and still climbing.

I love Hey Arnold.  One of the best cartoons of the 90's.  Maybe sometime in the future I will do Eugene, Rhonda, and the rest.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The League

As a fan of all things geek, comics, toys, movies, I'm constantly scouring the vastness of the world wide web for other collectors collections and their thoughts on my favorite pieces of pop culture.  One of my favorite blogs to frequent is called CoolandCollected.  The creator of the blog came up with a fun idea where a bunch of us blog owners are given a topic to write about then share.  I can't wait to see some of the cool ideas and esoteric thoughts of my fellow collectors.

The first topic is what is: What movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen? 

For me this isn't a hard question at all.  Sure there are tons of movies i could post here like Robocop or Indiana Jones, both great movies but not my "Go To" movie. 

 Nooo my "Go To" movie is much more BAD ASS than both those films.  Of course I'm talking about the one and only BLOODSPORT!  Jean-Claude Van Damme's best movie ever.  

JCVD plays Frank Dux, like put up your dukes right.  A martial artist trained by the famed Tanaka to participate in the most deadly fighting competition of all time the Kumite!  The flick is jam packed with martial arts action.  Damn near every participant of the Kumite has their own style ranging from Muay thai to sumo wrestling.  

Along the way Frank Dux meets and befriends another American fighter the bad ass biker Ray Jackson played expertly by Donald Gibb.  Ray Jackson is my favorite character from the movie.  He has all the best lines and is just bad ass personified.

The villain of the film is the immoral Chong Li portrayed by Bruce Lee's personal friend Bolo Yeung.  Chong Li is a ruthless bastard that will do anything to win including killing his opponents.  Bolo Yeung plays the perfect heel.  

So there you have it.  My favorite "Go To" Saturday matinee.  I've seen this film over 150 times and still watch it regularly.  I ruined my original VHS copy due to wear and tear. 
p.s. Did I mention it also stars a very young Forest Wittaker?