Author: Craig Zablo

007 Guesses Who is Back

I was a huge fan of the last James Bond film “Casino Royale.” I thought Daniel Craig perfectly nailed the thugish qualities needed for the early Bond — you know, the Bond he was before he became the ultra-cool superspy.

Of course I am looking forward Craig’s next outing as 007 despite the somewhat blah title “Quantum of Solace” and the fact that a new director is at the helm.

I was surprised to see a teaser poster and a behind the scenes video for QoS today at AICN. Click HERE and you can be just as surprised.

Thoughts on the Superbowl

The Patriots play the Giants today see who will be the Superbowl Champion. I really have no dog in this race.

On one hand I’d like to see the Giants win because they’re the underdogs and I like to pull for the ‘dog. On the other hand, the Pats have had an amazing run. If they win it today will finally quiet the Dolphins fans who keep yappin’ about their perfect season 36 years ago.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against the Dolphins and I loved the 72 Dolphins that set the mark. But what many Dolphin fanatics don’t want to recognize is that the ‘fins went 14-0 during their regular season, while the Pats went 16-0. Oh, I can hear the ‘Finatics saying, “Well, don’t blame us because the season was shorter. We’d have beaten anyone that year.” Maybe, maybe not.

We really don’t know. What we DO know is that year Miami only beat two teams with winning records during their regular season run [Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets], and both of those teams were just 8-6. This year the Patriots have beaten two teams that were 13-3 [Dallas and Indianapolis], one that was 11-5 San Diego, three that were 10-6 [Cleveland, the Giants and Pittsburgh] and one, Washington, that was 9-7. Talk about strength of schedule! Also remember that while facing these tough teams New England set a new NFL record for scoring 589 points!

So who do I want to win? I guess it’s safe to say, let the best team win. If it’s the Patriots, it will be a great capper to a great season. If it’s the Giants, then more power to ’em.

Most likely the Dolpfanatics will keep yappin’ anyway it works out.

Beatty Speaks

My buddy, John Beatty has posted up a pretty nice little interview with him from nearly 20 years ago. If you click over you’ll read about his artistic influences, how he got to meet his idol Mike Zeck, his plans for the future and his $100 John Byrne haircut. It’s worth reading and I’d say that even if he didn’t drop my name in the interview.

Cloverfield Thoughts

I had mixed feelings going in to “Cloverfield.” I really liked the trailer and some of the hype boosting the movie. I thought the idea of a story told through a “found” video camera was interesting. By the same token, I knew that using the conceit of “the “video” would be limiting. But in the end, who doesn’t want to see a giant monster tearing up the city?

The Good: Once the action [finally] gets started and no one knows quite what is going on – seeing glimpses of the monster tearing junk up – crossing from the leaning building onto the stable one – a giant monster tearing up the city

The Bad: The movie takes forever to get crackin’ – being limited to just “the video” – what happens to people bitten by the little critters – the love story – what happens to the cameraman

The Ugly: People in the theater getting motion sickness – the monster – being limited to just one view of all the action

Overall I’m glad I saw “Cloverfield” although I must admit I was disappointed when I left the theater. “Cloverfield” won’t make it into my movie collection, and I have no desire to see it again… although I wouldn’t mind fast-forwarding to some of the good parts. I mean, who doesn’t want to see a giant monster tearing up the city?

Sketch Society

The first Sketch Society meeting for 2008 was held last Saturday. As luck would have it, the date conflicted with the FX convention and several Sketch Society members were committed to it and couldn’t make the meeting. So it ended up being Big Beatty and myself hanging out and shooting the bull as he sketched [sans reference] the Rambo piece above.

The next meeting is scheduled for February 23rd at the Java Junction. The fun kicks off at around noon. Hope to see you there!

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

I love my job, but if I was looking for a new one, I’d like a gig like Guy Fieri’s. Fieri is host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives which airs on The Food Network. He travels the country visiting the best eatin’ establishments meeting the show title’s criteria and gets the lowdown on the grub and those makin’ it.

Yeah, I could go for a job like that!