Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Birth of Slinus!

You are all invited to celebrate the Birth of Donovan Jones! (In other words a Birthday Party. Slinus will be 23.)

When: Saturday January 7th

Time: 5p.m. to ??

Where: My house in the basement

There will be cake, food, beverages (You know, all the usual stuff you've come to expect at one of my parties.)

Monday, December 26, 2005

2005 Movies in Review

If you don't know I like keep the movie ticket stub when I see a movie (FREAK!). Anyway I was looking through all my stubs and pulled aside all the films I saw in 2005. So here they are from best to worst.

1. Batman Begins
It's Batman without rubber nipples! Plus it's dark and spooky, the characters are pretty true to their orgins, and Gotham City looked beautiful.

2. King Kong
The first hour stunk, then they reach Skull Island. With non-stop action, incredible visual effects, Dinosaurs, and a Flintstones style Highway pile-up; King Kong is the best Creature Feature of the Year.

3. Kung Fu Hustle
The only way to make a Martial Arts film appeal to me is to make it like a cartoon, and Kung Fu Hustle did just that. With over the top fight scenes and a roadrunner/coyote style chase, this film was awesomely silly.

4. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit
Claymation at it's finest! Wallace & Gromit live on in their first full length movie with freakin cute bunnies. The movie was entertaining, the visuals were a treat to watch, and there was even boob/melon type humor (always a plus.)

5. Zathura
I went into this film not expecting much at all but I was surprised how good it actually was. Zathura is a semi-sequal to Jumanji, it doesen't follow the same characters but it exists in the same universe. The visuals in this film impressed me due to the combination of computer and guys in suits. The lizard men were most impressive, because they were animatronic suits with the actor's real head CGIed out.

6. Mirror Mask
Mix together Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz and you would get something similar to
Neil Gaiman's Mirror Mask. Combining live action with computer animation, Mirror Mask provides a fantasy world that's easy to lose yourself in.

7. Corpse Bride
Most people try and compare this film with Nightmare Before Christmas, which ruins the movie in my opinion. With a "nightmare free" mind this film has stunning animation and a fun fairy tale. The only downside is that the film is too short.

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
It can't hold a candle to the original film but "Charlie" had it's moments; such as the Danny Elfman Oompa Loompas and a room of angry squirrels. Tim Burton also did an excellent job of really making you hate the other children and their parents.

9. March of The Penguins
A nature documentry in the theater? Who would of immagined? Anyway the penguins were cute and fell down a lot, nuff said. (It does make for a promising sequal - March of Da Peguins 2: Death March! I hope they get Vin Diesel to play the rebel learder penguin).

10. Sin City
Sin City has an all star cast, great visuals, and a comic book effect on the audience. It takes balls to film a movie in mostly black & white and hope it appeals to the target audience, Bravo!

11. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
This movie was fun, but then again, I didn't read the book.

12. Star Wars Episode III
A bunch of people die, Wookies have a battle, very little Jar Jar, and Yoda kicks butt. This movie wouldn't of been as good if it wasn't for the animated Clone Wars by Genndy Tartakovsky.

13. The Fantastic Four
The only reason this movie was any good is because I saw it at the drive-in theater where we got to talk over it. Fantastic 4 is pretty average in the way of comic book movies, it's not as good as Batman but not as terrible as Catwoman.

14. Aeon Flux
Not nearly as good as the animated shorts but still an O.K. movie. Aeon is full of a bunch of futuristic mumbo-jumbo but provides some neat fight scenes and some nice eye candy visuals.

15. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe
This film is basically Lord of the Rings Lite: Similar taste with half the calories. The visual effects are nice but become awkward at times and the religious theme become a downer after a while.

16. War of the Worlds
Honestly I think Spielberg's best films are his Sci-Fi/Thriller films. (Jurassic Park, Jaws, Indiana Jones, etc.) War of the worlds his one of his first in this genere in a while. While this film has monsters chasing people as prey it also has boring scenes with Tom Cruise dealing with his family and characters show up in the end that should of stayed dead.

17. Constantine
It was O.K. not great. Never really connected with me.

18. Harry Potter: And the Goblet of Fire
I still don't get what the big deal is all about!? Harry Potter is a little whinny Wizard boy with a no-nosed wizard man trying to kill him. He loves playing flying soccer and supporting his 12 year old friend to date 21 year old Russian body builders! The only neat part about this film was a dragon, other than that it was filled with plot holes, skips in time, unessasary scenes with useless characters, over use of CGI animation, underage dating, and a hedge maze that I wish contained Jack Nicholson crazy with an Axe. Bah! Bah I say to Hairy Pothead and his lame movies.

19. The Brothers Grimm
I have nothing good to say about this movie. They took what could of been a really cool movie and took a big steaming dump on it. The visual effects were lame and didn't fit in with the movie. The animated characters looked animated and failed to bring any level of believibility to the audience. They butchered all the classic fairy tales by trying to make them one big tale and characters like the gingerman blob and pregnant spider horse were so goofily stupid-lame (yeah it's a word . . . now) that they sparked a new level of hate in my mind. I wish many ill things upon all that helped create this stink feast, especialy you Matt Damon . . . May Bob have Mercy on your Soul!

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Tyrant Lizard King

Saw Peter Jackson's "King Kong". . . And dinosaurs have never looked better on the big screen. I did notice however that the Tyrannosaurus Rex has 3 fingers in this film instead of the correct nubmer of two. Here's the deal . . .

"As an homage to the original King Kong (1933) in which the tyrannosaurus also had an extra digit, Peter Jackson explains his T-rex by the idea that the dinosaurs on Skull Island have evolved in the 65 million years since the two-fingered tyrannosaurus went extinct elsewhere in the world. Peter Jackson has dubbed his dino as the V-rex."
Kinda sucks that from 65 million years ago to 1933 all the T-rex got was the finger. (HA!)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Saying Goodbye to my Jeep.

Everyone remembers their first car. I never wanted to let mine go.

But the time has finaly come and I am now driving a new car. I have many memories attached to my Jeep; The pink stains in the backseat from Sami's pink hair, the missing chunks of ceiling from the tire-repair can explosion, the crack in the clock from Matt Luckett's fist, the way it drove after seven of you wanted a ride to see the Riddick movie, and who could forget all those times Scott has mooned people from the backseat.

Wether it was driving down my driveway or hauling down to Anna's lake house, the Jeep was an extension of my personality and it will never be forgotten.

Checkout this SEXY photoshoot Sarah and I did the last week I had my Jeep.

Last Minute Reminders

Wednesday Dec. 14th
"King Kong" at Tinseltown Theater. (Time up for debate) All are welcome to come.

Sunday Dec. 18th
Brett's Chocholate and Cheese / Christmas Party. 6 p.m. At Brett's House.

Saturday Jan. 7th
Donovan's Birthday celebration. (No time or place set yet.)

Summer 2006
Anna's Lake Trip!!!

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Halloween Pictures

Sorry it took so long but all of the pictures from Halloween are now available for your viewing pleasure. This includes the Halloween parade, the halloween party, the Baxter ave. Morgue cast party, and volunteering at the morgue.
The Pictures are at my photo album here . . .
and are located in the folder "00 New Pictures"

A Squirrel and His Boy

Cartoon Network announced that production has begun on its latest animated series, Squirrel Boy. Created by Everett Peck (creator of "Duckman", 13 half-hour episodes are being produced at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, Calif. The series is scheduled to debut in Summer 2006.

Squirrel Boy tells the classic tale of a squirrel and his boy. Ten year-old Andy’s best friend and pet (in that order) is Rodney, a know-it-all squirrel with a lot of big ideas. These two “partners in crime” lead each other into all sorts of adventures in Andy’s backyard and throughout the neighborhood that makes Andy’s dad want to kick the oblivious Rodney out on his furry butt. Joining them on some of their adventures is Rodney’s best squirrel buddy, Leon, who prefers the call of the wild to Rodney’s life as a kept squirrel.

Veteran voice actors will bring the characters to life, including Tom Kenny (SponegeBob SquarePants) as Leon, Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim) as Rodney J. Squirrel, Pamela S. Adlon (Milo Oblong, Bobby - "King of the Hill) as Andy Johnson and Kurtwood Smith (Red in That ‘70s Show) as Andy’s father.