hope that everyone made it to this side
of 2005 with a minimum of damage.
2004 was a good year and I'm hoping
better things in 2005. But before we leave '04
completely, I thought I'd give a brief rundown of
some of the highlights entertainment-wise
[at least for me]...
I loved the Dawn
of the Dead
re-make and The
Passion of the Christ. [Kinda strange that they
were both about people who rose from the dead.]
was very good and Sky
Captain and the World of Tomorrow and The
Chronicles of Riddick were fun rides.
Several of the best movies
that I saw in
2004 were older movies that I discovered
on DVD or cable.
The original Metropolis
was stunning even 77 years after it was made.
And you know I love the whole tough
guy - noir genre, so seeing movies like On
Dangerous Ground, Brute
Force and The
Big Heat make my day.
Wing continue to make my "Must See TV"
list. And although Alias
still hung in there, ER fell from the ranks. Lost
soared to the top of the list and I enjoyed Boston
Legal when I caught it.
best were Portrait
of a Murderer: The Jack the Ripper Case Closed by
Patricia Cornwall, Double
Play by Robert Parker, Sensei
by John Donohue, and Rain
Storm by Barry Eischer.
Comics: My favorite comic of the year was
Digger: The Scavengers by Christopher Mills
and Rick Burchett. The writing and art meshed perfectly
to create a comic that's impossible not to enjoy. If we
don't get more Grave Digger stories from Mills
and Burchett, then there's no justice.
My favorite graphic novel of the year
Wicked West by Todd Livingston, Robert
Tinnell and artist, Neil Vokes. Anyone who is
a fan of westerns, horror or simply great
graphic novels would love The Wicked West.
My favorite on-going series were
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
and Charles Adlard [which just keeps getting better
and better] and 100
Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo
Blogs: Mark Evanier's News
from ME is required reading daily. He's funny, informative
and blogs don't get any better. Jeff Parker's Mystifying
Oracle and Mike Wieringo's blog
don't appear daily but when they do, they're worth a
Was a three hour marathon session [and NO, we weren't
eating the whole time] with my ole pal Jim Ivey last
week. Jim will soon be 80 and we hadn't been
able to get together in quite a while. Christmas Break
seemed like the right time to clear my schedule and
make a trip over to see "Jimbo" and I couldn't
have asked for a better time. Jim seemed to enjoy
it to. ; )
Now... on to 2005!