Tuesday, July 13, 2004 7:39 PM
have praised Barry Eisler's first two novels, Rain
Fall and Hard
Rain, calling Japanese-American John Rain,
the cynical, romantic, conscientious assassin,
"one of the most memorable characters in recent thrillers."
Yeah, I'd go along with that.
In fact Eisler's two novels featuring John
Rain have been some of the best novels that
I've read in the last few years.
So you can imagine how much I'm looking forward to his
And if you'd like to take a look, just click HERE.
Sunday, July 11, 2004 11:49 AM
Peak. You may not know the name but I'd guarantee
you know his work.
I just spent another session at his web site [always
longer than intended]. I've seen most of his paintings
many times before, but there's just something about them
that calls you back.
Peak was called the "Father of the modern
movie poster" and I'll bet that you'll agree
that at times his paintings were better than the
movies they were promoting. Peak also did
dozens of Time and TV Guide covers...US
postage stamps... and examples of his paintings hang in
If you'd like to check out his work, click HERE.
But don't be surprised if you stay a little longer than
Saturday, July 10, 2004 8:37 AM
most of you know, Michael Mann
and Tom Cruise are teaming on Collateral.
It's the story of a hitman [Cruise] who
hires a cab driver [Jamie Fox] to drive
him to five locations in one night.
What the driver doesn't know [at least at first]
is that a hit is taking place at each stop.
The initial teaser trailer was released a few weeks ago,
and while it looked interesting, I wasn't completely sold.
full trailer is now available, along with some
stills from the film. I've got to admit
that NOW the movie is starting to look better.
The producers have to walk a thin line in
how much they show though... they need to show enough
to get interest up, but if they give away too much, then
no one will want to see the movie.
Knowing too much can be a bad thing. If
you don't believe me, just ask the taxi driver.
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 6:58 PM
my weblog is geared towards fun stuff, I usually
don't discuss politics too much. But this story was just
too good not to mention.
Florida's Governor, Jeb Bush, was speaking to
a group of 200 honors students and opened
it up for questions. An 18 year old student asked
the Governor if he could answer an FCAT Math
FCAT is the test that students are required to
pass in order to get a diploma. And while I think
the idea of FCAT is a good one, I do have some
problems with the way its implemented... but I digress.
According to the
article, "the governor gave a steely grin
and then stalled a bit. "The angles would be ...
If I was going to guess ... Three-four-five. Three-four-five.
I don't know, 125, 90 and whatever remains on 180?"
As you've probably already figured out, the answer
Does that mean that the Governor is stupid? No.
Does it mean that he shouldn't be allowed to be governor?
No. Does it mean that he couldn't pass the test? No.
I don't think that we should judge a person on the basis
of one test. But that's what they do with the FCAT.
Tuesday, July 6, 2004 6:47 PM
looks to be a good month for Big
The first issue of the two issue story
in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtes is
out now. Big John provided the inks over Rick
Remender's pencils to Steve Murphy's story
and Scott Cohn kicked in some beautiful tone work
to top it all off!
I'd NEVER bought an issue of TMNT
before and had it not been for the really nice job these
guys did I would have let this issue sit as well. Heck,
their work together is so nice, I'd have bought it even
if Big J wasn't my buddy and I wasn't a fan of
Rick's work. Check it out and you'll become a fan
And if the issue of Tales of TMNT wasn't enough,
John has started his weekly
blog. This time out he talks about Southern
Comfort... and it ain't what you're thinking.
Finally, the Big B has started accepting commissions
again. He took a few before Heroes Con and really
enjoyed doing them. Click HERE
if you're interested in a commission.
Like I said, July looks to be a good month for
Beatty... I wonder what August has in store...
Sunday, July 4, 2004 9:28 AM
I am so stoked for this movie. Frank Miller used
to say that a movie would never happen, but Robert Rodriguez
won him over by bringing in stars and filming a sample reel
of what he would do if given the chance to direct Sin
City on the big screen.
has coverage of MTV's Total Request Live
behind-the-scenes look at Sin
Brittany Murphy, who plays
Shelly, hosted and was joined by Sin
City creator and film co-director Frank
Miller, director Robert Rodriguez and
Quentin Tarantino. For full details click
this story even cooler is that Miller came
on board as co-director! And the cast they've
assembled is unreal. Bruce Willis is Hartigan.
Jessica Alba is Nancy Callahan. Michael
Clarke Duncan is Manute. Josh Harnett
is Dwight. Mickey Rourke is Marv.
Bennico Del Torro, Michael Madsen,
Clive Owen, and Nick Stahl also appear.
I stopped watching MTV years ago, but if they
continue to provide coverage of Sin City, they've
just earned back a viewer!
Saturday, July 3, 2004 6:16 PM
Mosley's eighth Easy Rawlins novel is now available
and I'm putting in my order!
I've read, and enjoyed all of the Easy Rawlins'
stories and Little
Scarlet, set during the Watts riots of 1965,
looks to be a welcome addition to the series. Easy,
an unlicensed PI, along with his best friend, the
cold-blooded killer called Mouse, find themselves
in the middle of a murder investigation which could
land Easy in jail or dead.
in a Blue Dress is the only film adaptation of an
Easy Rawlins' novel, and although it didn't set
the box office on fire, it's definitely worth a
look. Denzel Washington plays Easy Rawlins,
but the movie is OWNED by Don Cheadle as Mouse.
Jennifer Beals, looking as pretty as ever, also
co-stars in this excellent film by Carl Franklin.
Yeah, I think I'll order the book tonight and pull the
dvd off the shelf. It's time I spent a little time taking
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