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21

Jan

Jason's Best Films of 2013 - Monday Morning Matinee

Catching up on 2013 things, so I popped this Best of list up on Monday Morning Matinee. Mind you, there are Oscar nominated films I’m definitely lacking in and hope to see before the Oscars.

02

Jul

Media Catch-Up: March - June in Comics

And ending the media catch-up with comics, here’s what’s been on my overall pull list for the last few months. All asterisked bullets are comics I highly recommend, but everything on the list is good.

Marvel

  • Hawkeye (Matt Fraction) *
  • Secret Avengers (Nick Spencer) *
  • Superior Spider-Man/Avenging Spider-Man (Dan Slott/Chris Yost)
  • Age of Ultron (Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Deadpool (Brian Posehn) *
  • Nova (Jeph Loeb)
  • Thanos Rising (Jason Aaron)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Brian Michael Bendis) *
  • Iron Man (Kieron Gillen)
  • Young Avengers (Kieron Gillen) *
  • Wolverine (Paul Cornell)

Image

  • Saga (Brian K. Vaughan) *
  • Manhattan Projects (Jonathan Hickman) *
  • Morning Glories (Nick Spencer) *
  • Great Pacific (Joe Harris)
  • Chew (John Layman) *
  • Revival (Tim Seeley) *
  • East of West (Jonathan Hickman)
  • Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray (Frank J. Barbiere)
  • The Dream Merchant (Nathan Edmondson)
  • Mara (Brian Wood) *

IDW

  • Doctor Who (on-going) and Prisoners of Time (Andy Diggle; Scott Tipton) *
  • Ghostbusters (Eric Burnham) *
  • Locke & Key (Joe Hill) *

Misc.

  • Ten Grand (J. Michael Straczynski)
  • Suicide Risk (Mike Carey)
  • Theremin (Curt Pires) *
  • Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake (Natasha Allegri)
  • The Private Eye (Brian K. Vaughan) *

So, what’re you pulling these days?

01

Jul

Media Catch-Up: March - June in TV

Continuing from yesterday, we move along from movies to TV shows. Tomorrow brings just a snippet of my total reading list for the year.

March

  1. The Walking Dead (season 3)

 April

  1. The West Wing (season 1)

 May

  1. The West Wing (season 2)
  2. Castle (season 5)
  3. Doctor Who (series 7.2) (in progress from March to May)

 June

  1. Game of Thrones (season 3)
  2. Orphan Black (series 1)
  3. Hannibal (season 1) (in progress from April to June)
  4. The West Wing (season 3)

 Still in progress

  1. Gravity Falls (season 1)
  2. Adventure Time (season 5)
  3. Teen Titans Go (season 1)
  4. Warehouse 13 (season 4)
  5. Wallander (series 1)
  6. The Venture Brothers (season 5, despite not having seen seasons 1 - 4)
  7. Downton Abbey (series 2 and 3) (on hold)
  8. Bates Motel, The Following, and Ripper Street (series 1) (on hold)
  9. Archer (on hold)
  10. Breaking Bad (season 5.1) (waiting until the right moment to binge the 8 episodes)

So, who’s been binging what, and do you have any recommendations?

25

Jan

Breaking down my birthday:

  • Got around 166 well-wishes on Facebook. Got a few through Twitter (and Instagram), Tumblr, Boothica, and the comments of today’s YouTube video.
  • Caught up on some new Deadpool, the newest issue of Revival, and the newest Witch Doctor. Also tried out Temple Run 2. All good things.
  • Helped out a neighbor with a little dog walking. Tess (the dog) is pretty well behaved.
  • Deposited a birthday check and hung out at Starbucks for a few hours sipping my birthday venti chai tea latte. Did a little job searching and applying there, and also had some good conversations with seat neighbors (a 40-something motivational speaker/relationship counselor and author of a soon-to-be-finished zen book, and a 20-something high school dropout who is doing freelance makeup).
  • Picked up a new cassette adapter (my now old one has been on the fritz these last few months) before meeting up with Jared (who painted the portrait), Joe (could only stay for dinner), and Ryan (could only make the movie) for dinner and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ (which was very good; longer review to come soon).
  • Finished up the celebrations at home with cupcakes from a local bakery (split a chocolate mousse cupcake and a red velvet cupcake with the brother), followed by a bit of TV (‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ after a new Daily Show and Colbert).

Yeah, it’s been a good 23rd birthday.

31

Dec

In 2012, I …

  • Saw John and Hank Green live.
  • Turned 22.
  • Ended my first relationship.
  • Lost a dear station member and friend.
  • Went to Boston again for PAX East (and ran into Dan Brown, among others).
  • Saw (and interviewed) Driftless Pony Club, caught up with Craig Benzine/WheezyWaiter, and saw (and interviewed) Julia Nunes. Got signed set lists from both.
  • Had crazy cooking challenges/adventures with friends.
  • Finished an independent study.
  • Graduated and earned a BA in English.
  • Visited the Canadian Rockies on a family vacation.
  • Worked again as a camp counselor.
  • Worked as a middle school aide.
  • Rewatched, read, and reviewed James Bond media.
  • Hunted around for a job/internship. Sent in no less than 100 applications/resumés/cover letters.
  • Interviewed for a number of jobs/internships.
  • Met a bunch of New York Nerdfighters and some internet friends.
  • Joined up with a Nerdfighter magazine.
  • Watched 28 seasons/series of television programs (in full), read 109 novels (including graphic novels and plays), and watched 118 movies (including rewatches).

What about you?

18

Mar

Things I’m Looking Forward To (Entertainment-Wise)

April: Game of Thrones season 2, Cabin In The Woods

May: Avengers, Dark Shadows, Men In Black 3, Moonrise Kingdom

June: Prometheus, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (kinda), Brave

July: The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises

August: The Bourne Legacy, ParaNorman

September: Argo (mainly because of the talent), Looper (FINALLY!)

October: Frankenweenie, The Gangster Squad (again, the talent), Alex Cross (Kinda, namely because I’m familiar with most of the books … and I hope that this adaptation turns out better than the Morgan Freeman ones. Honestly, get the age right!)

November: Wreck-It Ralph, Skyfall, Rise of the Guardians (again, the talent)

December: Les Mis, The Hobbit (goes without saying … and in 3D), Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby (probably not in 3D, though)

31

Dec

Movies of 2011 (cross-posted on blog)

Not as many as last year … but eh, it’s not a big deal. Pretty good count overall, I’d say.

In Theaters (in the order of viewing)

  1. Paul
  2. Taxi Driver (re-release)
  3. Source Code
  4. Thor
  5. X-Men: First Class (excellent ensemble superhero team/origin flick)
  6. Super 8
  7. Midnight In Paris (light-hearted, yet serious and very well-done)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (excellent cinematography, but that also goes for Part 1, too)
  9. Captain America (probably the best of the superhero films this year)
  10. Cowboys and Aliens
  11. Drive (one of the best films of the year)
  12. 50/50
  13. The Muppets
  14. Crazy Stupid Love (theater grand re-opening; New Year’s Eve (ha-ha, coincidence?) wasn’t working, so we got a vote and the majority went for Crazy Stupid Love)
  15. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (stellar action flick)
  16. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (intense, but very well done and up there on the Best Of The Year list)
  18. The Adventures of Tintin (stunning and probably up there, too)

On DVD (in the order of viewing)

  1. Amelie
  2. The Social Network
  3. Vertigo
  4. The Apartment
  5. Bellamy
  6. The Kids Are All Right
  7. Crumb
  8. American Splendor
  9. Last Night
  10. Stage Beauty
  11. The Godfather
  12. The Godfather, Part 2
  13. Children of Men
  14. Fanboys
  15. Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  16. Bridget Jones’s Diary
  17. Howl
  18. Pearl Jam 20
  19. Nirvana: Live at the Paramont
  20. Despicable Me

Not counting or tallying re-watches this year, but the few I can think of include Monsters, Inc.Up, and Little Rascals.

(Source: crimsong19.blogspot.com)

Books of 2011 (cross-posted on blog)

I know that close to half of these are graphic novels, but I still count them. And I know that I didn’t finish three items on the list (as indicated), but two were short story collections that didn’t need to be read fully and one was a novel we were told to read up to a certain point in before skimming the rest. The three were for classes. So I read them as I needed to for the class. That’s that. And I’m 6 books short of last year’s tally, but … eh. Beat the Nerdfighter Challenge (50 books in a year)!

  1. Just Another Judgment Day (Simon R. Green)
  2. Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
  3. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (Sarah Glidden)
  4. The Passage (Justin Cronin)
  5. A Contract With God (Will Eisner)
  6. Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood)
  7. Serenity: Those Left Behind (Joss Whedon)
  8. A Canticle for Leibowitz (Walter M. Miller Jr.)
  9. Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur (Nick Roche)
  10. Doctor Who: Fugitive (Tony Lee)
  11. Doctor Who: Through Time and Space (Tony Lee, et al)
  12. Fun Home (Allison Bechdel)
  13. The Sandman: A Game of You (Vol 5) (Neil Gaiman)
  14. The Sandman: World’s End (Vol 8) (“)
  15. The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy)
  16. Children of Men (P.D. James)
  17. Buddha (Vol 1) (Osamu Tezuka)
  18. Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft (Vol. 1) (Joe Hill)
  19. The Sandman: The Kindly Ones (Vol 9) (Neil Gaiman)
  20. The Good, The Bad, and The Uncanny (Simon R. Green)
  21. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Man On Earth (Chris Ware)
  22. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (Vol 1) (Frank Miller)
  23. Earth Abides (George R. Stewart)
  24. The Illustrated Book of Genesis (Robert Crumb)
  25. In The Shadow of No Towers (Art Spiegelman)
  26. The Postman (David Brin)
  27. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Vol 1: My Father Bleeds History) (Art Spiegelman)
  28. Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Vol 2: X) (Art Spiegelman)
  29. The Lover’s Dictionary (David Levithan)
  30. One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Jasper Fforde)
  31. Understanding Comics (Scott McCloud)
  32. How to Survive in a Science Fictional World (Charles Yu)
  33. A Hard Day’s Knight (Simon R. Green)
  34. The Colour of Magic (Terry Pratchett)
  35. The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)
  36. On a Pale Horse (Piers Anthony)
  37. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  38. Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl? (Vol. 1) (Brian Michael Bendis)
  39. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
  40. Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe)
  41. Pamela (Samuel Richardson) (not fully …)
  42. Selected Tales (Edgar Allan Poe) (not fully …)
  43. Selected Tales and Sketches (Nathaniel Hawthorne) (not fully …)
  44. Batman: Year One (Frank Miller)
  45. The Sorrows of Young Werther (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)
  46. The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
  47. Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity (Hugh MacLeod)
  48. Locke and Key: Head Games Vol. 2 (Joe Hill)
  49. Locke and Key: Crown of Shadows Vol. 3 (Joe Hill)
  50. Batman: Cacophony (Kevin Smith)
  51. Batman: The Widening Gyre (Kevin Smith)
  52. The Night Eternal (Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan)
  53. The Old English Baron (Clara Reeve)
  54. A Game of Thrones (George R.R. Martin)
  55. Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life (Matt Sturgis)
  56. Locke and Key: Keys to the Kingdom Vol. 4 (Joe Hill)
  57. God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (Kurt Vonnegut)

(Source: crimsong19.blogspot.com)