Cosmic Level

May 10, 2011

More than any other comic company, Marvel Comics has a wide variety of weird “cosmic level” characters.  These are characters that are supposed to be so powerful and so… infinite… that they make the Hulk look like a newborn baby girl.  Here are some of the weirder ones.

– Master Chaos and Master Order- Two giant floating heads.

– The Living Tribunal- A giant golden space judge with no neck and three heads.

– The In-Betweener- In addition to his bizarre name he’s a giant half-black and half-white guy in what looks to be a karate uniform.

– The Champion of the Universe- One of the Elders of the Universe, he’s essentially an uber-powerful boxer.

 

Bogus

May 9, 2011

So I was watching ‘Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey’ on TV today. I had almost forgotten how much I love that movie. I really feel that they successfully built on the first film and made something greater than it could have been.  How do you top a time travel story? Send your heroes through not only time but heaven and hell as well.  Here are some reasons I love this film

– Granny S. Preston Esquire- Alex Winter as his own grandmother in Hell.  Scary.

– Music- Primus has a cameo in the movie as does the guitarist from Faith No More. And it ends with a cheesy Kiss song.

– The Reaper- William Sadler as The Grim Reaper. A great comic performance.

– Closing Credits- A montage of newspaper and magazine covers over the end credits tell you the future of Wyld Stallyns.

– George Carlin- Reprising his role as Rufus from the first film.   I love George Carlin.

– “We were totally lied to by our album covers!”- This line always made me laugh.

Old Foods

May 6, 2011

I was thinking today, whenever they make a food I really, really love they eventually stop making it. Here are some cases:

– Pepperidge Farm Croissant Pizza-When I was a kid my mom used to buy these all the time.  A personal sized square pizza that tasted as if the goddess Aphrodite herself come down and… well, let’s just say they were good.

– Kaberry Kaboom- A Ben and Jerry’s ice cream with Pop Rocks in them.

-Oreo O’s Cereal- Very delicious cereal.  I would wrestle a bull one-handed to get some more of these.

– Surge- A sort of Mountain Dew/energy drink hybrid.  I was probably the only person on Earth who liked it.  I strongly suspect that ‘Slurm’ from ‘Futurama’ was based on it.

 

Thor

May 5, 2011

So I am going to see Thor on Friday and I can’t wait. It’s getting great advance reviews.  I figured it would.  Kenneth Branagh is a very talented director and actor and Marvel scoring him to bring Thor to the screen was a MAJOR coup.  In many ways the saga of the Gods of Asgard is similar to the Shakespearean material Branagh has spent so much of his career on. I mean, at it’s heart it is the story of a headstrong prince being taught humility by his father while being plotted against by his conniving half-brother. They are bringing Thor to Earth for part of this film, which makes sense as they are bringing Thor into the Avengers movie currently in the works.  This is great because it gives us Natalie Portman, who is great.  Not to mention Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson, the SHIELD agent from the Iron Man movies.

I cannot wait!

SNL

May 4, 2011

Today I was thinking about Seth Myers, the SNL cast member who recently hosted the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.  He’s a decent Weekend Update anchor (though I preferred him with Amy Poehler) and reportedly a huge comic book fan (which makes him A-OK in my book).  But seeing as how Weekend Update is the only bit that has been on every episode of SNL for the last century (or so it seems), I thought I would rundown the best WU anchors ever.

5) Chevy Chase- The original.  The guy was a genius in the spot.

4) Colin Quinn- Got a bad rap. But Quinn’s style of humor played well into the Weekend Update.  Very underrated.

3) Dennis Miller- His whole act seems to be a Weekend Update turned up to 15 on the dial.

2) Norm MacDonald- And here was the conflict.  My #2 and #1 are soooo close.  To this day, I love Norm MacDonald in the way that female liberal arts majors love Emile Bronte.

1) Kevin Nealon- Nealon wins only by virtue of how strange his update would get sometimes.  Nealon had good delivery but he shined when he would veer into more abstract areas. And to this very day, I giggle when thinking about how Ike Turner (played by Tim Meadows) made Nealon his new Tina.