When we moved down from Indiana in 1973, Florida was known as The Sunshine State. Families flocked to Florida to spend time in Daytona Beach aka “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” Disney World aka “The Magic Kingdom” & “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Marineland in our nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, etc. etc. etc. Florida was considered such a family-friendly location that it was often the destination of high school students’ senior trips.
But those days seem to be long gone. Maybe it’s because Florida: “The Sunshine State” motto has been replaced with Florida: “America’s Weirdest State.”
[Via Bill Crider]
LoveFilm, a British video rental service, recently surveyed folks to find out if they’d ever lied and said that they’d seen movies that they really hadn’t. Surprisingly, 80% admitted that they had. Here’s the Top 10 Movies People Lied and Said They’d Seen…
- The Godfather - saw it many times and it’s one of my all time favs.
- Casablanca – saw it many times and it is also one of my favorites
- Taxi Driver - saw it and didn’t care for it
- 2001: A Space Odyssey – saw it and hated it. Tried again years later and still didn’t like it.
- Reservoir Dogs – saw it many times… perhaps my favorite Tarantino film.
- This Is Spinal Tap – never saw it and really have no desire to.
- Apocalypse Now – saw it repeatedly over the year and like it more with each viewing
- Goodfellas – another film that gets better with each viewing
- Blade Runner – I’ve lost track of how many different versions of this I’ve seen.
- The Great Escape – I’ve never seen it but plan to some day… really, I’m not lying.
[Via Bill Crider]
If you’re in the market for a car, you might be interested to know that the car used in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is up for auction. So far there’s only been one bid and it didn’t meet the reserve… despite the fact that the bid was one million dollars. Don’t worry about me trying to jump in and get it. I’m still holding out for the Batmobile from the 60’s tv series.
Mike Torrance aka The Krayola Kidd did this for me last year. I thought I had posted it, but…
Mike Torrance is an artist who does it all — he pencils, inks and colors. You can see more of Mike’s art at The Daily Sketch with The Krayola Kidd and his Deviant Art site. You’re also going to be happy to know that once a month Mike has a contest for someone to win a free sketchcard! Mike is available for commissions and his prices are very reasonable. Check him out.
I like something in almost every genre or type of music. Pop, rock, blues, disco, gospel, oldies… you name it and I can tell you artists and/or songs I like. Truth be told, I really didn’t know much of anything about cigarbox guitar music. One thing I do know is if the genre as a whole is a good as “If I Had My Way: A Cigarbox Guitar Tribute to Blind Willie Johnson” then I’ve been missing out big time. You can check out and even download the album for free right here.
Oh, and by the way, Thomas Boatwright did the very cool CD Cover. You can see more of Thomas’ art here and here.
I am really looking forward to The Big Bang. ScreenRant scored a new clip to help hold me over. You might like it too.
Ueli Steck is a real-life cliffhanger. He also sets world records for speed climbing. Don’t watch this video if you’re afraid of heights.
The drawing above is of a character created by Chris Warner called Black Cross. He made his first appearance [Black Cross, not Chris Warner] in Dark Horse Presents #1. DHP #1 was an anthology and the first comic published by the folks who would go on to give us Frank Miller’s Sin City, Eric Powell’s The Goon, Hellboy by Mike Mignola, and on and on and on.
Black Cross was popular enough to spin off into a mini-series, a couple of stand alone short comic stories and a one-shot. At one point, Black Cross was close to becoming a big screen feature with Howie Long in the title role. At about the same time another Black Cross mini-series was in the works called “My War.” Neither it or the movie ever happened.
I always hold out hope that one day Chris Warner will bring back Black Cross.
JoBlo broke the news today that Thomas Jane is set to join Sylvester Stallone in “Headshot.” Walter Hill is set to direct the adaptation of the crime comic published as “Bullet to the Head.” Stallone plays a hitman and Jane a NYC detective who are brought together after a series of murders. According to Jane…
- He’s a hitman, I’m a cop, and we’re just opposite in every ******* way, and we need each other to get this job done. And of course I’m like, ‘As soon as this job’s over, I’m going to take you to jail, you know, you’re a killer.’