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Feb 082017
 

I’ve seen some movies about giant monstrous spiders and the most memorable one to me was Eight Legged Freaks, but that soon changed when I saw Big Ass Spider!. This is about a giant spider, which was an experiment gone wrong, that’s on the loose. It starts small, but only gets bigger, not to mention stronger and faster.

The movie starts with exterminator Alex Mathis (Greg Gunberg) waking up on the ground in the middle of an intense battle against the giant spider. Then suddenly, it cuts to an earlier time. It’s so hard to follow a movie when it does that, especially when I see it for the first time.

As the story goes, Alex gets bitten by a spider and treated at the hospital. Suddenly, a mysterious spider comes out of a dead body and starts attacking people. Now this spider is bigger than any other and is smart enough to unzip zippers, open sewer grates, and snatch rolling quarters with ease. That’s definitely out of the ordinary.

Alex offers his services as an exterminator with the help of security guard Jose Ramos (Lombordo Boyar). He is such a comedic character and is very helpful in his own way.

Then suddenly the military is involved. Major Braxton Tanner (Ray Wise) intends to hunt down this spider before anyone, Major Tanner doesn’t take him seriously.

Of course that doesn’t stop Alex and Jose. They track the spider themselves as the army does the same. As the spider continues to grow while loose in the city, it catches and eats people really fast. It was creepy enough when the spider attacked in its small size.

Also assisting Major Tanner is Lieutenant Karly Brant (Clare Kramer). Alex likes her, even though she can come off cold. Eventually Karly does warm up to him, but she’s a soldier first.

I met Clare Kramer at Mini MegaCon 2009 and still remember how sweet she was.

It’s interesting that Lloyd Kaufman has a cameo. I thought he looked familiar.

This was a good movie with plenty of Sci-fi action and humor. As creepy as this spider was, I have to say that the scariest movie spider would be the one on Arachnophobia. It may be a lot smaller, but still very deadly.

Sep 132010
 

Among the different guests you’ll find at any comic book convention, you’re sure to find comic book artists who sell their own artwork. I met the very memorable Karl Kuras at Mini Mega Con 2009.

Karl, like me, is a member of Gen X and a huge fan of 80’s cartoons.  Combine that with Karl’s unique sense of humor and you have I Love Sushi, a book containing a collection of favorite cartoon characters behaving completely out of character.  Imagine Optimus Prime as a mean drunk, Mario on a mushroom trip, Strawberry Shortcake cat fighting with Rainbow Brite, or the Smurfs eradicating the Snorks Nazi style.  Check out these and more of Karl’s artwork here.

Meeting Karl Kuras was a very entertaining experience.  He offered to draw me an original sketch of any 80’s cartoon character I wanted if I purchased a copy of the I Love Sushi book.  I couldn’t resist, so I had Karl create a sketch with Smurfette.  Karl held his pencil over the blank page for a moment and then burst into laughter.  Karl’s laughter was contagious as he continued cracking himself up until he completed his creation.  Eventually the rest of us got to see what was so funny.  The sweet Smurfette was introducing capitalism to the Smurf Village by exchanging smurf berries for certain favors. Karl liked the sketch he created for me so much he took a photo of it.  Maybe it will be in his next book.

Sep 062010
 

I am fortunate to live in an area where I can attend so many conventions and meet so many amazing people.  Sometimes celebrities at conventions don’t participate in Q&A’s and sometimes the celebrities I meet don’t have much to say but are very nice all the same.  That was the case when I met Elisabeth Rohm and Jewel Staite, both are very lovely ladies.  They were both extremely nice and friendly.

Elisabeth Rohm – Best known to Whedonverse fans as Detective Kate Lockley on Angel.  I met Elisabeth at the 2008 FX show.  She was pregnant and appreciated me kneeling down to have my photo taken with her.  She also mentioned the autograph photo I chose was her “sexy pose”.  I would have to agree.

Jewel Staite – Best known as Kaylee Frye in both the Joss Whedon show Firefly and the 2005 film Serenity.  I met her at Mini MegaCon 2009. I also remember Jewel from her role as Heidi Gotts from the short-lived FOX show Wonder Falls. Of course I watched most all of the episodes on DVD because FOX cancelled Wonder Falls before it ever had a chance to survive.

Well it’s been one year since I started my blog. It is my hope that you have enjoyed my posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them. I look forward to sharing my convention adventures, and my thoughts about other entertainment venues during the upcoming year. Thank you for your support. Also, I want to thank my sister Stacey for all her help and encouragement over the past year.

Jul 052010
 

Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th is another spoof of the Scream trilogy, but this one goes in another direction. The basic story is same, which is about a masked killer on the loose terrorizing high school teens. Not only does this movie include tidbits from I Know What You Did Last Summer, but also tidbits from other films like There’s Something About Mary, American Pie, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Grease, and others.

This spoof spares no expense on gags. The main characters have names like Dawson Deary (Harley Cross), Slab (Simon Rex), Boner (Danny Strong), and Doughy Prime Suspect (Tom Arnold). The high school, known as Bulimia Falls High, has rooms for a nail salon, tanning salon, and women’s studies a.k.a. breast augmentation. Even the drinking fountains have a choice of scotch, vodka, and gin. It’s unbelievable. Who built that school anyway?

Now here’s something unusual. The killer is out in the open killing people at the school, but nobody notices as if things like this occur all the time. That does not make sense to me. Although there is curiosity about who the killer might be, the mystery level of this horror film tends to go way off base.

Julie Benz, who is well known as Darla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plays Barbara the pretty and popular teen beauty pageant winner. When I met her at Mini MegaCon 2009, my sister told Julie how thrilled I was to have met her. Then she says, “That must be exciting for you.” Okay, that was strange. She also wasn’t too thrilled about the photos of choice for autographs. I thought this one was good.

Another Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor in this film was Danny Strong who played Jonathon. Here he plays Boner, a teen who constantly worries about never getting laid. Sorry, but that gag gets old after awhile.

It takes a lot to unmask this killer, and I’m not just talking about suspects.

This wasn’t really a bad movie. I’m glad that there was no gross humor, but I still think this parody was way too overdone. It wasn’t nearly as funny as Scary Movie.

Apr 032010
 

I know this movie is still out in theaters, but I couldn’t wait to talk about it after seeing it for the first time. As you can see in this Cosplay photo from MegaCon 2010, Alice in Wonderland was definitely a movie to look forward to.

At Mini MegaCon 2009, I met Alice’s (Mia Wasikowska) stunt double Tarah Paige and she was sweet. I remember Tarah most from Stick It as young gymnast Tricia Skilken. Tarah also mentioned that she was a Decepticon from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Single-Disc Edition). My sister and I each got an autograph from her also.

 

Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland was different compared to other versions. Alice is a young woman from London, who is being forced into an arranged marriage. She also had strange dreams of being in Wonderland when she was a child. Now Alice goes there for real and is destined to slay the Jabberwocky, who works for the wicked Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).

Other interesting characters include Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. After seeing him as other artsy characters like Sweeny Todd and Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, it was obvious that he was perfect for this role. I also like his eyes, they were cool looking.

There’s also the Cheshire Cat who can appear and disappear with a neat effect, like the disappearing demons on Charmed and a tiny Dormouse, who has the sword skills of Reppicheep from Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. However, she can be a bit arrogant sometimes. Like when she confronts Alice and gladly stabs her in the foot. Please, Dormouse. Save it for the battlefield, will ya.

Last, but not least, there’s Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. She is the sister of the Red Queen, but a polar opposite.  Anne Hathaway has played princess roles before, which I have enjoyed. I admit, this character doesn’t stand out as much, but it’s still a good one.

The effects in this movie are amazing. I didn’t recognize the playing card soldiers at first because of the strange armor they wear, but after seeing a few close ups of the numbers and symbols on their shoulders, I could tell what they were more easily.

When the huge battle between the Red Queen’s soldiers and the White Queen’s soldiers took place it was set up on a chessboard. It started out a little misleading as if it was going to be like a chess game, but then it became a more exciting battle much in the style of the huge battle scene on Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. It’s incredible!

This was a great film. However, the parts with Alice in the “real” world ran a bit long. Once Alice was in Wonderland, it was one great adventure of comedy and excitement.