Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Comic of the Week 7/1

Well, tomorrow is special for two reasons for me, one Morrison and Quitely's Batman and Robin #2 ships, and we all remember how good the first issue was, right? The second reason though is that my little girl turns a year old. Hard to believe it's been a year already, and Jesus what a year it's been. I believe most of you who read this remember, but she had a bit of a rough start and had to be hospitalized for the first 6 weeks of her life. She's a healthy little girl now though, and has me wrapped around her finger already. Happy Birthday sissy!

Comic of the Week

Back to comics though, I never imagined I'd be saying this, but I'm actually enjoying somebody other than Bruce being Batman! And it's all because of the interaction between Dick and Damien as Batman and Robin respectively. They are just plain fun to read together and I get the feeling that the writers on the Bat-titles are having just as much fun writing them. Normally I love Quitely's art, but if I had to make one minor nitpick for this comic, I'm afraid that would be it. I don't really like how he draws the Bat-costume "hanging" off of Batman. It's hard to describe, but if you've seen it then you know what I'm talking about. The solicit for issue #2 says...

"In a blazing Gotham City police department, the new Batman and Robin face the bizarre, fighting freakshow that is the Circus of Strange and find that they don�t make as good a team as Batman had hoped! Meanwhile, the mysterious Sasha escapes from Professor Pyg and vows vengeance on the people who killed her father."

Honorable mention this week goes to the first issue of James Robinson's Justice League miniseries, Cry for Justice. I have high hopes for it.

The Pull List

  • Batman and Robin #2
  • Batman Confidential #31
  • Captain America Reborn #1
  • Deadpool Merc with a Mouth #1
  • Green Lantern Corps #38
  • Justice League Cry for Justice #1
  • Witchfinder In the Service of Angels #1

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mister Bones' Top 5 Special Revenge of the Fallen Edition

That's right kids, I saw Revenge of the Fallen this week and like pretty much every single person in the world, there were things I really liked, and things I REALLY didn't like. It's been a while since I've done a Top 5, so instead of just doing a random post about the movie, I thought I'd incorporate a list of both the top 5 things I liked about it, and the top 5 things I didn't. I'm going to try and do this with minimal spoilers, but of course there will be some, so if you haven't seen it, stop reading already! First up, the likes.

Top 5 Things I liked about Revenge of the Fallen

5. Shia Labeouf - What can I say? I like the guy. I don't want to, I want to hate him like the rest of the jaded, pop culture society hating bloggers do, but the fact is that while I haven't seen every movie he's ever been in, I've never seen one with him in it that I didn't like. He turns in another great performance in Fallen, maybe a bit more over the top than he was in the original Transformers, but still he got a laugh or two from me, particularly the scene outside the frat house, which I thought was great.

4. The fight sequences - Nothing like some hot and heavy robot on robot action! Lots of metal ass kicking going on in this one. Plenty of arm ripping, leg ripping, stabbing, shooting, etc. Pretty much everything the first was lacking. The action seemed easier to follow this time around too, though that may have had a bit to do with Bay's decision to include as many slow-mo sequences as possible. At one point it almost felt like watching a John Woo flick with giant robots, but I never spotted any robotic pigeons.

3. Jetfire - Despite hoping that he would be a bit more of a badass, I couldn't help but like Jetfire. Being that he was one of the original Transformers on Earth, he's portrayed as a cranky old geezer Autobot, which reminded me more of Kup than the Jetfire I remember from the show. Still, he had a very cool look, and when it came down to it, he still remembered how to kick an ass or two.

2. More Decepticons - I'm a Decepticon man, always have been. My main complaint with the first Transformers was that the Decepticons got almost no screen time other than the very beginning of the movie and the battle at the end. Fallen more than makes up for it though, with plenty of new Decepticons and ample screen time for them.

1. Optimus Prime - Optimus absolutely owned this movie. There were several scenes where he took on two or more Decepticons by himself and continued to stomp ass. After being somewhat disappointed with the fight against Megatron in the first, Optimus finally gets to shine as the badass he is in the sequel. The fight against Megatron and the Fallen at the end was absolutely jaw dropping, and seeing "Super Battle Mode" Optimus was worth the price of admission by itself.

And here's what I didn't like...

Top 5 Things I didn't like about Revenge of the Fallen

5. Adult content - Ok so I'm nowhere near a prude when it comes to coarse language or anything like that normally, but this movie had an un=necessary amount of profanity for being what it is. There was also a panty shot or two, robotic testicles, and dogs humping and even a small Transformer humping, which admittedly made me chuckle. But I was planning on taking my 5 year old to see this movie next week, and now I'm second guessing whether I should or not. I think Bay just invented the "hard PG-13".

4. The X3 Syndrome - I know I praised the addtion of more Decepticons above, and there were lots of new Autubots as well, but they were given almost no screen time, save for some background appearances. Hardly any dialogue was given to the new 'Bots, and they seemed to be included with the sole purpose of selling more toys in mind. I love me some Sideswipe, and I even dig his look in Fallen, but he did. not. do. shit. And Jolt or Bolt or whatever the hell his name is, whom even the other Autobots ignored until one brief scene at the very end, was a waste of the animators' time. The two new characters that did get plenty of screen time (Skids and Mudflap) annoyed the hell out of me, why the hell didn't Ratchet and Ironhide get all that time in the spotlight? Overall I just got a real "Beast and Angel from X3" vibe from this movie. Lots of new characters and no real use for them.

3. The Fallen - I know who the Fallen is from the comics, though I don't actually read TF comics. I'm fairly certain he should've been a bit tougher than he ended up being. I sat and watched this "original Decepticon" get his ass completely owned at the end, without even putting up much of a fight at all, and I'm supposed to believe that this is the guy that Megatron calls "master"? Yeah I'm not buying it.

2. Devastator - This was in no way, shape, or form Devastator, and was in every way my biggest disappointment with the movie. The less said about it, the better.

1. Megan Fox - I'm going to Don my flame retardant Bat-suit for this one, because folks I just really don't get what is so hot about this chick. Yeah, she's pretty, I get that. But did every single scene she was in have to look like she was posing for an FHM spread? Have any of you EVER seen anybody else airbrush the gas tank on a motorcycle from that position? Me neither. And again with the slow motion, only this time it wasn't for robotic carnage, it was for Megan Fox running in a tank top. I'm checking hourly for these scenes with the Baywatch theme song playing over them to hit Youtube. Everything about her in this movie just came off as extremely juvenile to me, and it annoyed me to no end.

And there's my lists. In the end, Revenge of the Fallen did what most sequels do, it took what was established in the first, added a fresh coat of paint and introduced some new stuff, but ultimately failed to live up to it's predecessor. It did however manage to accomplish for me exactly what I wanted it to do, it entertained me for a couple of hours. So for me, the movie was a success, and I'm glad I went out to see it.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Quite Literally my Greatest Fear Come to Life

Anyone of you who have spent any extended period of time around me will undoubtedly have heard me rant about two things that I consider to be almost crippling fears, 1. air travel and 2. the ocean.

I'm not entirely sure where my fear of flying comes from, I've never had a bad experience on a plane, I've never even been on one. It's not that I'm afraid of heights either, it's the whole "plummeting 30,000 feet to my death" thing that gets me. My flight phobia is so strong that It even affects me when friends and/or family are flying. I get extremely nervous until I know they'r safely on the ground.

The ocean however is easier, it's sharks. I'm never going into the ocean because I will be eaten by a shark. I also know exactly where this particular fear stems from, my father allowing me to watch Jaws at a very young age. I'm living proof that when a child should never be allowed to watch that movie, as he or she will be scarred for life. I won't even go into the ocean on a boat. Quint was on a boat, and his death scene is hands down one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen on film. I do have a Stockholm Syndrome thing going on with sharks though, as though I definitely fear being eaten by one, at the same time I'm mesmerized by them, particularly great white sharks. One of the highlights of the summer season for me is Shark Week on Discovery, I'm glued to my tv. There's just something about an animal that large, considered to be the ultimate predator, that intrigues me. I still don't want one eating me though.

These two fears put together basically gaurantee that I will never be able to travel to London, Japan, or anywhere else overseas that I would like to visit as I'm fairly certain that nobody will ever build roads to any of those places, or perfect teleportation in my lifetime. If I were ever tricked, or got hammered enough, to board a plane that would travel over water, both Murphy's Law and my own particular shitty luck pretty much dictate that this is exactly what would happen....

Credit goes to Johnny Boots over at Freddy in Space for bringing this particular nightmare to startling reality for me.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Infinite Playlist - Walk

I tell ya, if this photo don't bring a tear to your eye, then you haven't been listening to metal long enough. In high school I ate, slept, and breathed Pantera. I listened to every track on Vulgar Display of Power so many times that they actually fell off the disc. I would put it in and have to sing the songs myself because they simply weren't there anymore, only numbered tracks of silence remained.

"Walk" isn't my favorite track on the album, however it is the first Pantera song I ever remember hearing, and as such I thought it deserved first nod when I decided to revisit Vulgar Display of Power for the Infinite Playlist. Get ready to break some shit and enjoy!

Walk - Pantera

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Warped Tour baby!

Wanna know where I'll be on July 28th? No? Well Ima tell you anyway! I was looking around the internet this morning for A Day to Remember tour dates to see if they were playing in Atlanta or somewhere close anytime soon when I found that they were on Warped this year. So I headed to that website and checked the line-up. Warped is absolutely going to kick my ass this year. Here's the line-up for Atlanta:

A Day To Remember
A Skylit Drive
Alana Grace
All Time Low
Attack Attack
Bad Religion
Big D and the Kids Table
Black Tide
Bouncing Souls
Breathe Carolina
Cash Cash
Dirty Heads
Down With Webster
Dr Madd Vibe Experiment
Escape The Fate
Every Avenue
Forever The Sickest Kids
Gator Face
Hit The Lights
I Set My Friends On Fire
In This Moment
Inward Eye
Less Than Jake
Madina Lake
Meg and Dia
Mercy Mercedes
Middle Finger Salute
Ocean Is Theory
Say Vandelay
Scary Kids Scaring Kids
Senses Fail
Shooter Jennings
Sing It Loud
Streetlight Manifesto
Switchblade Killers
The A.K.A.s
The Architects
The Devil Wears Prada
The Maine
The White Tie Affair
There For Tomorrow
Therefore I Am
To Speak Of Wolves
Westbound Train
You Me Everyone We Know

I can't wait to see A Day to Remember, brokenCYDE, Senses Fail, Underoath, and Saosin. Some of the others I've heard of, some I haven't, but with just those five I know I'm going to have a blast. So yeah, I'm buying tickets soon, and if anybody happens by here that is planning on, or would like to go, shoot me an email! I'm all about some carpooling.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The 20 seconds that made Cujo my favorite player

I talked about this in my Top 5 goalies post, Cujo officially became my favorite player all-time because of this particular game from the 99-00 playoffs. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Comic of the Week 6/10

Well things get back to normal this week as I get more than 2 new comics! Looks more like one of my regular weeks, with mostly DC but some Dark Horse and Image thrown in for good measure. This week was kinda hard to pick, simply because there isn't anything that really screams "READ ME NOW!". I've decided on Flash Rebirth #3 based simply on the fact that Geoff Johns writes wonderful comic books, and from the cover it would appear that Superman and Flash will race, and that's always a good time.

Comic of the Week

Confession time, I'm not a long-time Flash reader. You're surprised, I can tell. It's not that I don't like Flash, he's cool, I just never got into his solo book before Johns' first run on it, which I loved. I even stuck around for the post-Johns era for a while but to say that those books were bad is an understatement. He's back now, as is Barry Allen, but there's strangeness afoot as whenever he comes into contact with other speedsters, they die. Good stuff so far, I'm looking forward to where this is going. Mr. solicit says...

"At last, the answer to the question that's plagued DC fans for decades: Who's faster, Superman or The Flash? Call your bookie and bet the farm, because you've never seen a run like this, and if speedsters keep dying at the pace they're going, you might never see another one again!"

Honorable mentions this week for Tim Drake sporting his new look in Red Robin #1, and Robert Kirkman's Walking Dead #62 simply because the book absolutely never disappoints.

The Pull List
  • Absolution #0
  • Amazing Spider-man #597
  • Batman #687
  • Batman Confidential #30
  • Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #5
  • BPRD War on Frogs #3
  • Doktor Sleepless #12
  • Flash Rebirth #3
  • Green Lantern Corps #37
  • Red Robin #1
  • Walking Dead #62

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mike and Cheese and the return of BonesTube!

My good friend Jonah saw fit to share this video with me at work on Friday, and being that some of you are Halo fans, I thought I'd share the wealth. Enjoy Mike and Cheese (not to be confused with the much funnier Milk and Cheese)as they rap about being Generals in Halo 3, and all the bitches that such a prestigious rank undoubtedly pulls.

Long time fans of having their time wasted might also remember another blog of mine, BonesTube. It existed solely as an outlet for posting random stupid shit I would come across on Youtube. Mike and Cheese herald the return, though in post form this time instead of a separate blog. Anything I post with a video from now on will be labeled "BonesTube". If you're unable to contain your excitement, I completely understand.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Comic of the Week 6/3

This week hardly seems worthy of the triumphant return of "Comic of the Week" as I'm only getting two books pulled for me. Yup, TWO. I've never had a week where I only got two comics, and I've been doing this for almost 20 years now. If not for the recent re-addition of Amazing Spider-man to my pull list, I'd only be getting one book, and I just don't think I could live with myself if that were to ever happen. At least one of the two books this week is worth getting excited about though, Batman and Robin #1.

Comic of the Week

Battle for the Cowl is over, and we have ourselves an all-new Batman and Robin. SPOILERS from this point forward, so if you haven't read BftC yet, or don't want to know who the new Batman and Robin are, stop reading punk! Ok, so big surprise, Dick Grayson dons the cowl and is promised to be a "lighter" Batman, which makes sense I suppose. I wanted Dick to be the new Batman from the beginning, so I'm happy with how things turned out. I'm not so happy about Damian being Robin though, however I am intrigued by the dynamic that the two's personalities will bring about. It's almost like a role reversal for Batman and Robin, with Batman being the lighter toned of the two, and Robin being the agressive, dark and brooding type. It's also been pointed out at countless other internet outlets, but we've sort of come full circle with a Wayne and Grayson dynamic duo, only in reverse order. Grant Morrison is still writing Batman here, which makes me a bit uneasy after the tragic letdown of his work on the Bat books so far, but at least it will look pretty with Frank Quitely doing the pencilling. Solicitation says:

Batman Reborn begins here! The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who’s been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? The newest era of The Dark Knight begins here!

No real need for an honorable mention this week, but what the hell. As the only other comic I'm getting, Amazing Spider-man #596 gets the nod.

The Pull List

  • Amazing Spider-man #596

  • Batman and Robin #1

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fuck MTV and the people who watch it

As if I needed any more reason to never watch the channel, guess what MTV's viewers picked as the "best movie" for the 2009 Movie Awards? If you said gay sparkly vampires, you win hair product! Apparently MTV has some sort of weird appeal to the Hot Topic emo/goth/gay teeny bopper crowd. Who knew? Good news for the creators responsible for the travesty known as Twilight though, as the *ahem* "film" is sure to rack up at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards as well. Won't that golden popcorn look nice sitting on the mantle next to the day-glo orange blimp? Fucking sparkly vampires. I just don't get it.