Monday, September 26, 2011

Neverending Wonder Radio is in the Halloween Zone!

The title speaks for itself, but I can't help but mention that this radio station is THE place to be for Halloween themed music and radio dramas. The operator has an impressively and obsessively deep collection of said audio gems and the site reigns supreme as the best Halloween radio station, hands down.

Check it out.

Neverending Wonder Radio

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

NNWC: 9.21.11


51115 / 80000 words. 64% done!

Good session today. Almost a eleven-hundred words. I can deal with that.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lost at Comic Con--Now Available!

Lost at Comic ConLost at Comic Con by Eric Mosher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I may be biased since I wrote it, but I enjoyed every minute of it. :) It's a fun a breezy tale of four guys and their adventure at a comic book convention. Available in paperback and on Kindle with more devices to follow.



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Friday, September 16, 2011

Word Count 9.16.11


50087 / 80000 words. 63% done!

Got some good words in. Could write for the rest of the day if I didn't have to work. Maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Comics for 9.14.11

It's that time of the week again. Wednesday, when new comics come out and joy spreads throughout the land to millions of people. Fuck them, though. I'm only interested in what came out for me to read. :)

ASM# 669: Spider Island continues, with most of the island of Manhattan being infected now and spider powers developing in all of them. Peter and his girlfriend try to get to the bottom of the matter and find out who is behind it all. They're close, but then a new twist in the plot makes the infection worse than it seems. Good issue. Solid art and dialogue. My only complaint is that since it's an event, there are things that are dealt with in issues outside of the main title and we get allusions to them but not much more. My fault for being on a budget and not getting them all, though Venom looks rather bad ass. A fun story. Hard to believe that a few years ago we were all bitching about One More Day. They've certainly turned it around since those few beginning story arcs when even the die-hards like me were thinking about dropping it.

JSI #1: Big thanks to Pete at Comics Plus for snagging the next shipment of DC #1s and getting me this issue which I missed. A fun issue. I think more happened in it than in JLA #1 and even though this had a bunch of relative B-listers by most standards, it was more fun. I might actually have to get this on a regular basis, especially if they keep Guy Gardner in it for my GL connection.

GL#1: An alright issue. Hal is all sad face because he doesn't have a ring anymore and Sinestro is all angry face because he does. More character development than anything. Should pick up in the next few issues. If you were a new reader picking it up, you might be disappointed.

Red Lanterns #1: Also introspective for the lead character, which in this is Atrocitus, but features some decent action set pieces and back story to make it more accessible for new readers. Not only do we learn about his past, but his future may include a mutiny in the very Corps he created. Until he ships the oh so sexy Bleez off to the New Guardians. Good story and great artwork by Benes.

That's all for this week.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bad Teacher

Just watched Bad Teacher last night. Damn, that is a funny movie. Like he did with Orange County, director Jake Kasdan knocks it out of the park with a fun comedy that despite some of the vulgar trappings, offers a little growth and revelation at the end for its characters. But mostly it's Cameron Diaz being a completely drunken wreck of a teacher who does and says what she wants and was almost out of the profession until her boyfriend dumped her because she was a gold digger. Now she has to play relatively nice with her fellow teachers while trying to snag a rich new substitute and avoid the advances of the stoner gym teacher played by Jason Segal.

I didn't have much in the way of expectations going into this one so I was pleasantly surprised. Jason Segal is a blast as the gym teacher and always seems to be a step ahead of the people he mocks. Cameron Diaz, who I'm not really a fan of, is fantastic in this and I found her slutty bitch of a character quite hot. She should do it more often, as it comes across a little more real than the ditzy blonde she plays in films like Charlie's Angels.

Well worth checking out.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Elvira's Haunted Hills

I wanted something a little lighter this time around on Friday Night Frights, after seeing the serious yet great All the Boys Love Mandy Lane last week. So I decided on one featuring one of my favorite crushes of all time, Elvira. Given how many times I've watched Mistress of the Dark, it is surprising I haven't seen Elvira's Haunted Hills yet, especially since it came out ten years ago. What can I say, I've been slacking?

Much like it's predecessor film, this movie is more comedy than horror, though unlike the first film, this one seems to be more of a spoof of particular films/genres. In this case, the haunted castle genre with a cursed family to boot. Indeed, the movie brings to mind many of the Poe films of Roger Corman and Black Sunday by Mario Bava popped into mind, especially since one of the characters reminds me of Barbara Steele. Not a bad thing. There's even that old trope of a character being a dead ringer for a dead one. Good times.

The plot revolves around Elvira and her woman servant traveling through the European countryside on their way to Paris. They hitch a ride from a smarmy doctor and soon find themselves at a castle where everyone seems a little batty. Elvira and friend rightly want to get the hell out of there, though a hunky stable hand does sway her a bit (he's even dubbed, which is a nice throwback to the old Italian films).

There's bad jokes, cleavage shots aplenty, some funny characters and decent send-ups of older horror movies. Elvira herself is an anachronistic chaotic force in this 1800s set film but that's a lot of her humor. I think Mistress of the Dark is a more complete film, but this one certainly entertains and titillates. You can do worse as a way to kill some time. Incidentally, the tenth anniversary edition is coming out in October, so if you haven't seen it before, that would be a good one to pick up.

Check it out.

Friday, September 09, 2011

New Novel Word Count: 9.9.11


48603 / 80000 words. 61% done!

Got some good writing in during lunch today. That's what happens when you forget part of your meal at home. Now I'm satisfied at my productivity but craving yogurt.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

New Comics: 9.8.11

Light week this time around, considering I'm not buying all of the 52 #1 issues. I would have picked up JLI and Swamp Thing but they were sold out so I didn't get them. Might get the trades on them if they're good. Next week is a little heavier, especially if I get Mr. Terrific for some Karen Starr action. Assuming she's in it.

Anyway.

Godzilla - Gangster and Goliaths #4: Monsters are attacking Tokyo and a Yakuza member seems to be in charge of everything now that he possesses the Elias. Fortunately, our favorite detective isn't down and out yet and he's got a plan. Mostly a set up issue with some fun monster fights. The final issue should be fun with the return of an old favorite. I love the way this is tying into the ongoing series and it's a joy to see the movie monsters in it. Too many series had to make up other monsters because they didn't license anything other than Godzilla. Not so here, and it shows with awesome action.

Danger Girl vs. The Army of Darkness #3: Most of this issue is backstory on Sydney Savage, which is pleasant as I don't remember any on her before. Then we're back in on the story with her springing Ash from jail because they need his help to destroy the Necronomicon. More set-up but with some fun action and buxom women and our hero Ash doing a little butt kicking of his own. Decent fun for a team-up that actually does make some sense in a weird sort of way. I'm enjoying it.

The Boys #58: It's the beginning of the end as events move the Boys into conflict with the Seven. Good issue and the next issue looks like it's where shit starts to go down. I think the end is near, as I remember Ennis saying it was supposed to run 60 or so issues in total. Some say it's crass and childish. I think it's a fun ride that titillates yet raises some questions about superheroes and whether they do more harm than good with all the power they have. Plus Hughie looks like Simon Pegg. That's pretty damn awesome. Can't wait to see how it all ends.

That's all for this week.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Thor


You know, after hearing all of the comparisons between Thor and Green Lantern, I expected it to be better. People were downright brutal when at heart, they're very similar movies, with each learning how to become a hero. Thor does have Anthony Hopkins and dudes being smacked by a hammer, so there is that.

That's not to say it's a bad movie, but the way people raved about it, I thought it was going to be the bees knees. I can't say I'm much of a Thor fan though I do enjoy the character in the comics. He's a fun guy. Drinks. Fights. Drops lightning bolts on people. In this case, we're exposed to the more arrogant, not yet a hero version of Thor. He is the son of the king and feels pretty entitled to being the heir and doing whatever the hell he wants. Unfortunately, that backfires and he's exiled to earth to learn a little humility. That's ok though, since he's palling around with Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgard.

If that's what exile brings you, sign me up, because it sounds pretty fucking awesome.

It's a decently written movie with good performances from the cast and good special effects. I particularly enjoyed the way they had the advanced civilization of the Asgardians be portrayed as gods. The outfits are a step up from the comics, too, though honestly the only one that would be a problem is Loki, as he's kind of goofy. They do his costume justice here.

I think the high point of the film is the appearance by another Avenger in it. I think that got the biggest thrill from me as the dude in there is quite a badass. Just another way that Marvel shows they know what they're doing with their universe building. They name drop other heroes and they show up in the films and it makes you feel like there's actually some substance to it all. Contrast this to the DC world where the heroes never meet.

All in all, Thor is a fun film, but I think Green Lantern hit more of the right notes for me as a fan of the comics. That doesn't mean I'm not psyched for Avengers though. I cannot wait for that movie.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Novel Word Count: 9.4.11


47104 / 80000 words. 59% done!

Looks like someone was productive today. Might be this guy right here.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Amber Heard

You know, after wiki-ing Amber for a bit for research, I think she might have bad luck with horror movies. First All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is still unreleased and then John Carpenter's The Ward is delayed a year or so with it finally getting picked up during the summer. Odd. A shame too, since she's a talent that needs to be seen. And I need to see more horror movies.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Unreleased movies can be hit or miss. A lot of times they're unreleased they're terrible and I guess the studio doesn't think they can make their money back on it and don't want to release a dud. Other times, it seems like they've just fallen through the cracks due to one reason or another. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is one of the latter. It has been finished, it had a distributor that dropped it and now it seems like nobody wants to pick them up. Yet it has a release in Europe on dvd, which is where I got it. It's a shame, too, because it's a really good little slasher movie that people should be able to watch.

Amber Heard stars as Mandy Lane, the titular girl and an outsider that, well, all the boys love. She gets invited out to a weekend getaway at a friend's Texas ranch and they all pile into the car and go out there. Unfortunately, it seems like someone else is following them and once they get there, the kids start getting picked off one by one. It seems like someone might love Mandy Lane enough to kill for her.

It's not a groundbreaking film and won't change your views on slasher movies, but it's a solid flick. The acting is tight and Amber Heard shines in the lead. I can believe all the boys want her. She's beautiful. The rest of the kids are decent and despite a lot of them being kind of dicks and only wanting to nail Mandy, you actually start to care a bit for them before they start getting offed. They're not terrible people. They're just kids.

And the cinematography is gorgeous. There are some shots that are absolutely breathtaking in this movie and they make the most out of their environment with great shots of folks running in the fields and great use of color too. One of the best looking horror movies that I've seen in awhile.

The story is pretty lean but kids go to party all the time so that's not a stretch and they all have some interesting backgrounds and are fairly fleshed out. The killer's identity might not come as a surprise but then again, since his identity ties into Mandy, it makes sense, which is more than I can say for some other films.

Random note: before watching this movie, I thought it was a different type of movie. I didn't expect it to be a slasher film. By the title and some out of context shot on the net, I thought it would be like that Valentine's Day episode of Buffy where Xander casts a love spell and all the girls in the town want him and try to get him by any means necessary, with Mandy fending off the guys and maybe having to kill him. I was kind of disappointed when it wasn't but not much, since it's a fun movie. And now I can make the other one. :)

God knows when you're going to be able to see this movie, but the dvd is region free if you find a place to import it from. It's definitely worth a watch.

Check it out.