Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Busy day today. I'm trying to get things in order around the house as I'm going to try and get out of town tomorrow. I've planned to go to the Dallas Comic Con. It takes place this weekend in Irving and they have Leonard Nimoy, Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee, and a bunch of other guest. I'll leave early for Dallas, and I'll stay with my brother who lives in Plano. He has to work for the week, but I'll piddle around town for a bit hitting up used bookstores and whatever else. Dallas is a pretty easy town to kill some time in. So today I did chores like mowing the yard, and right now I'm doing some laundry.


I was pretty much a lazy slob over the weekend. Do you ever know you are unproductive, and you wish you would get up and find the the energy or initiative, just to do a little bit, but it just ain't there? Well, that was my past weekend. So instead of fretting about it, I put the world on pause, and watched tube. Here's a run down of what I saw:

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel--I enjoyed this nostalgic romp back thru the years with Hef & Playboy magazine. Some parts are time capsule-like that spotlight different eras. Others tackled Hef's activism towards racism, pious religious leaders, etc. It took me back to the 70's when I was in college. Playboy was like a national institution. Oddly when I watched the documentary I thought about an incident while I was at Texas Tech. in summer school. It was pretty boring in summer school, most of the students went home, so everything was pretty quite, and a bit lonely. I was playing the Rolling Stones album, Exile on Main St. one afternoon and this rather scraggly guy shouted through the door, "You like the Stones?" I opened it and got to know the ill-kept guy that lived across the hall. At any rate, after I'd known him for a while he asked me for a favor. He had something he wanted me to keep for him as he was going out of town. I had no idea what that might be hoping it wasn't something illegal or whatever. The next day he brought over a big box of porn. I guess in some ways I was relieved it wasn't a kilo of pot or whatever, but from the way he acted it was something of grave importance. Crazy times.

Knowing--with Nick Cage--total hokum in a way. About a guy that can read the future through some random numbers and such. But I thought it was entertaining for speculative fiction/SF. Some of the effects were pretty cool, so I enjoyed it.

Slaughter--sort of dated, but fun blaxploitation film. I caught this on Sunday, between chores, typical for the era, a bit dated, but ok fun.

Predators--I couldn't finish this one. I thought it had bad dialogue, not a very good story, and a bunch of F-bombs. I'm a SF fan, but I couldn't plow through this one.

While on SF, I'm not much into the new Dr. Who season either. I don't care for the new doctor, and I don't like how they have sort of dumbed down the series. With the last two episodes I saw over the weekend, one involved pirates, and if they got a black spot on their palm, well, a sea-like apparition would appear from water and try to kill them. I thought it was a total ripoff of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Totally unoriginal. The next episode was written by Neil Gaimen, who I generally enjoy as a writer, but this one was also bad. There was way too much SF gobbledygook. The doc and companions land on a planet that's outside of known space, sort of like our space is a bubble, and they land in another bubble--hey, that's what they said... A woman turns out to be in love with the doc, and she turns out to be the spirit of the Tardis. They have to go rescue the doc's companions who have been hijacked by an alien, so they have to build another Tardis. If you are feeling lost, well, you know how I felt. Blah. I like the old Dr. Who.

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey--I actually enjoyed this music doc on metal music. I'm not a huge metal fan, but I enjoyed watching this movie and how metal has changed through the years. I'm a fool for music.

Harry Brown--Michael Caine plays a retired ex-marine whose wife dies, and whose old neighborhood has been taken over by street gangs. He gets a gut full and kicks ass on the street thugs. I enjoyed this little gritty film as well.

More when I get back. I'll do a write-up of the Dallas Con.


At 3:51 AM, Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

My brother is heavily into Tom Baker era Dr. Who. A few years back he got me into that whilst I was hungover on the sofa. I had no choice but to watch, and I had to concede to him that it was good fun. And very odd. Now I listen to it on the radio sometimes. I also liked Tennant's tenure as the Doctor.

At 5:46 AM, Blogger Tom Floyd said...

Have fun at the Dallas Con, I sure do miss those. I will look forward to the recap when you get back, tell your brother hi too.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

Ultra: I think Tom Baker is just about the fave doctor. I like some of the other doctors as well, and enjoyed Tennant enough. To bad none of the actors stay with the series long enough anymore, but I also think Who suffers from bad writing and really playing to the teen market, where I think the older ones were more all ages.

Tom: Will do, sort of in the process of wrapping up around here. I hope they have a bunch of quarter boxes like in the previous years :) that was always my favorite parts--that and looking at some of the art. Should be fun.

At 6:37 AM, Blogger Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

I agree. There's a bit too much of the 'featuring special guest star' about it these days. My favourite Tennant episode is Blink. Well worth a watch if you haven't seen it. Great story telling, and the tension gets ramped up.


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