Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ham & Juice

And now... the world premier of my first animated short. (Well, I suppose this is techincally my second, the first one being done in Flash last year...) I decided with the time I have on my hands recently to give animation a shot! I don't have Flash right on hand, and besides I wanted to do it a more traditional way, so I just used photoshop to put together each image, and some savvy video editing software to run them together. I think in total I had about 250 images and recycled a few for convenience. I'm no expert, but that's actually not a lot for a lil animation. Red Stickm'n and Lemon Shawty return! What ya thank?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Narnia, etc.

Saw it Friday. Twas good stuff! Every bit as good, if not better than the first. But, it is different. It jumps right into the action, which is plentiful. It is a tad less "for-kids" than the first. Rather than killing creatures at will, they are slicing up humans. Kind of Braveheart for kids. Its also funnier I think. The kid that plays Peter is quite an intense actor I think. He's the only one you truely believe is in a battle. They are all good though. If'n ya saw the first, and liked it, ya'll shant be disappoited! Cass thinks Caspian is hot, but I liked the warrior mouse. : )


Other news: Cass found this adverstisement for the Dragonball movie. Its from a Shonen Jump (the magazine Dragonball originally came from) I believe.

Suh-WEET! I can't wait! It comes out next year sometime. Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds, Invisible) is Goku, Emmy Rossum (Phantom of the Opera) is Bulma, and Chow Yun Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is Master Roshi. Also, Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) is producing so I hope he has a lot of say in how its done. I doubt it will end up being amazing, but my hope is if they do the movie anything like Kung Fu Hustle it will be genius! Keep in mind all you DB fans, this is starting out pre "DBZ," so you aren't gonna see any Super Saiyans or Saiyans period probably. Still, is' gon' be off da CHAIN!

Well, lately I've been making a pretty sweet cartoon. My first animated short! I think I should be done with it tomorrow. Also, I think its high time I had another list on here.

The Jazz sadly have been eliminated by Satan's team, the Lakers. But, though my favorite team is gone, my favorite players till lives. Kevin Garnett and the Celtics are still alive, and shall CRRRRUSH (roll the R) the Lakers come finals time...if the Hornets don't beat 'em.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Summa Movie Preview

Finally its starting to get a little warmer, and my skin a little darker. Ok...that's a lie. But Summa' Time is just around the corner. My Cass has made herself a summer mix (which she has posted at her blog) and I definately need to do that as well. But, for now, its dem movies that are on my mind.
Most of you that know me well know I am a movie geek. My friends usually start a conversation about movies with "how is this movie?" rather than "have you seen this movie yet?" I don't get around as much as I did, but I still see myself a flick or two when they come around. Last week began the onslaught of summer movie mayhem. From now until August, every single week has something that I must see. I write this now cuz I am still on a high from this week's arrival (more on that later).

ch-Check. Saw it twice. Marvel does it AGAIN! One of the best comic book movies ever created, in my opinion. Not only are the special effects and action scenes inevitably amazing, it has a very modern and compelling story, GREAT acting, and its also hilarious. (Director John Favreau directed Elf among other things). Yes, it is as good as it seems. If you haven't seen it yet, I don't think you should be my friend until you do. I usually don't give official ratings, but if I did, I'd give it 5/5 Iron Men.


Whew! I just got back from this one and boy are my arms tired! Ba-HA! I have noticed this movie is not getting great reviews. Why? Because all those official critics sitting behind a bland mahogany desk in a room with no sunshine have not sat and watched saturday morning cartoons, specifically Japanese cartoons, through their whole childhood (and into adulthood for some of us). They never had a childhood, they didn't kick it old school. Fan of the series or not, if you enjoy the over the top bombast of most things Japanese, this live-action anime will have your heart racing. I suppose it might be too much for SOME of you...but I absolutely loved it. Its only possible flaw is that it was slightly long, but I didn't notice much with how fast paced it was. I literally cheered when Speed would win (I mean...or does he lose? Ahem...), and after the flick was over I stood up and burst into Nihongo with my fist in the air. "Kore kara mo IKUZO!" 4.5/5 chimps in suits. (This movie got me so Japanisized I think I shall finally make a list of my fav Japanese music artists...stay tuned!)

And here is the forcast until August...


next week - Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Week 4 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Week 5 - Sex & the City (I have an obsessed wife...)


week 1 - Kung Fu Panda

week 2 - The Happening, The Incredible Hulk

week 3 - Get Smart

week 4 - Wall-E, Wanted


week 1 - Hancock

week 2 - Hellboy 2: the Golden Army

week 3 - The Dark Knight

week 4 - Step Brothers, X-Files: I Want to Believe

Am I a nerd or what? And proud of it! And these don't include the myriad of limited release films I probably won't get to see (for example The Fall) and the few in August (Star Wars Clone Wars). If'n any o' ya's wants to party harty with us at these films, you are welcome to join the festifications.

On a fun side note, today I saw cousin Dave and his wife Karen and met their chubbalub, Eli. Twas good to catch up and remember old school times (like...semi trucks? I have pictures...)

To be continued...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Michael Jordan and the Daniels.

My brothers recently both performed in some talent shows for their respective schoolages.
The brother of the Daniel played/sang the mighty SILVERCHAIR'S "The Greatest View." I query...

This Daniel


Silver Daniel?

Daniel Johns

I was truly joyed over my 13 year old brother Upper Daniel's portrayal of the Lower Daniel (thus evidenced by my school girl like screaming in the below video, edited by my father, the Dad.)

Bravisimo! Buena fortuna and whatever!

If'n by chance you don't know this beloved song, listen to this clip to better appreciate Brother Danseph. I say listen because the video shows Silver Daniel in a not so appealing long haired greasyness. (GASP!) Still, grease aside, genius is genius, is it not?

And then there was Jord. Jordan did a lip synch to Jackson 5's "ABC." Another great choice.

I guess you could now call him Michael Jordan. Check dis. He's on da left.

Conclusion? My brothers rule, and I have taught them well as far as musica is concerned. Be sure to check their links. They have both made bloggids of their own and are quite humorous.