The First One is Free

I was taking a look at the fall line-up for television this year. It’s looking pretty grim friends. I understand that there are more important issues in the world then the “mans” autumn programming. But dammit, I need some good escapism and the powers that be just don’t seem to care. I don’t have ANY love for “reality” television (and to those that think this stuff ISN’T scripted, I got some GREAT items to sell you, trust me, I’ve met the writers). Can’t really stand sitcoms either, in fact I can count on one hand the ones that I feel are worth my time, sadly only one is still being made (go Scrubs). That leaves me with well made dramas and the ever-so hard to pull off “dramadie”. Again, it looks pretty grim. So, with that bleak viewing future I offer one of my (many) ideas to the public. If by some freak chance a suit reads this, take it, it’s yours… Just remember to give this unemployed Geek a job! Truthfully, this idea should be aimed squarely at the fine folks at the WB…

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One Night Stands Are Healthy

Tolkien had resurgence in the popular culture. 30 years ago lanky men (and some women) decided they wanted some plot to their epic battles. So, a small rather unassuming man from Wisconsin came up with some rules to add a little depth to his tactical combat. Making some Xerox copies and wrapping them in a blue notebook a young Gary Gygax began selling a game he (oddly) called Chainmail. 30 years later the game is stronger then ever, but with a flashier (but still highly mocked) name of Dungeons and Dragons! That’s right people; June marks the 30th anniversary of the most loved, endured, hated, cherished, and misunderstood hobby of the 20th (and hopefully 21st) century. All week I shall take you on a mythical journey through the realm of Dungeons and Dragons… Strap yourselves in, it’s gonna’ be a bumpy (and likely dorky) ride…

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Best of the Best – Round 2.

It wasn’t pretty yesterday. There were bits of monster slayers all over the place. Sadly, we watched as Peter Cushing was run through with a crucifix sword. Sarah Michelle Gellar was beaten to a bloody pulp by the Mormon with the most’est. Hugh Jackman wished he really had a mutant healing factor when Blade (with the help of a grizzled old man) was blown to bits. Finally, the Ghostbusters were sucked into a region of nothingness when the Monster Squad used their German / Virgin connection to blow a hole in Limbo…

Now it’s time for the round II semifinals… Let’s get it on!

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Best of the Best – Round 1

Folks who know me are well aware of the love I have to all things horror and that includes the men and women who hunt the creatures of the night. Universal is about to unveil Van Helsing to multiplexes all over the country. I really want to like this movie, really I do. But, from what I’ve seen on the screen and in print doesn’t get my hope up. Sure, it will look pretty and the leads are both damn fine looking folks. But, for my money a movie that contains the “classic” Universal monsters needs to have a certain feel to it. That feeling is hard to put words to. The film either has it or it doesn’t. Van Helsing just doesn’t seem to have what I’m looking for. But, I will do my best to give it a fair shake, as anything that keeps interest in horror high is okay by me. However, Van Helsing has given me a reason to look back at my favorite hunters of monsters. This will be no simple list though. There will be no top-10 or top-5 for these folks. No, as bereft of the nature of these folks. They will fight it out! Battle Royal style!

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