Monday, June 30, 2008

Last Minute Post Before Leaving for LA

Because I'm obsessive about responding to things at times, I felt like posting in response to Anonymous Person's comment on my previous entry.

Here's some things that I'm currently obsessed with, ranked with asterisks, the more asterisks, the more obsessed:

Avatar: The Last Airbender *****

Lucifer, written by Mike Carey ******

Monster ****

House of M ***

Hellsing **********

Heroes *******************

Sunday, June 29, 2008

More Lies! and Lists!

I just realized yesterday that I didn't post titles for my next reviews as I promised in my last entry. I'm sorry, Internet Land! XP

So here's some more lies for me to spread, damaging my non-existent good name to my fan base of probably myself. Here. Alone. On the internet.

Things I'll Hopefully Actually Review!

Prepped Reviews After 4th of July!
Do Androids Dream of Immortal Sheep? -Neil Gaiman's Eternals and Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life

Seeking - Planetes and Rice Boy

Voices from a Distant Star: The Manga
Broken Glass
Max Wagner's Trinity
The Nail
Kurt Busiek 's Astro City: Confession
Astro City: Life in the Big City

... And much more!

By the way, I've set up a AIM account as cheapsonofagun in case anyone wants to chat me up!

Or just, you know, talk for a bit. :D

Comment, insult or criticized! Any and all thoughts are welcome as well as cookies and ice cream.

Again, thank you anonymous person for commenting. In case anyone is curious, here's some of my favorite childhood memories for the internet to mock.

Darkwing Duck
Duck Tales (series and the movie)
Tale Spin
Samurai Jack (BACK ON THE AIR! Cartoon Network! 10:30! Saturdays on... Toonami)
Fraggle Rock
Pirates of Dark Water
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Thunder Cats
Silver Hawks
Peter Porker: The AMAZING Spider-Pig
Stargate: SG-1
My Neighbor Totoro
Wacky Races
Tex Avery Cartoons
Chuck Jones Cartoons
The Princess Bride (book)
The Superfriends

From Russia With Love,
Frugal Fan

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Posting Update

Yeah... First week of post updates and I'm already late on two posts. My apologies Internet Land!

I've been busy with planning trips down to San Diego to help my friend apartment hunt and a trip to Universal Studios and then a trip to Comic Con in San Diego.

Seriously, I should just squat somewhere in southern California until August. Anyways, Page and Screen is almost done. I was distracted my by newly purchased Lucifer Vol. 2: Children and Monsters, which I immediately began to read. Mike Carey is my God now, damn him.

To make up for my lateness, I've decided to post the titles of my next reviews for Page and Screen and announce that making Media Blast a regular update was a dumb idea. It would be easier for me to just post that whenever since TV, movies and such are time sensitive in relevance, not to mention I came up with a (most likely) better idea.

Nerding Frugally: Weekly hints on how to cheapen your life so you can spend more money on the things you fan-boy over. Every week will have a different focus like going to the movies, car related expenses, et cetera. This will be also posted at my red-headed step-blog at ProgessiveU.Org.

It's woefully blank, I know, but soon(er or later) it will have some thought provoking, scholarship award winnings stuffs. That's right. Stuff with an "s."

So here's more promises for me to break: After 4th of July, I'll have a regular update schedule and have entries ready to be posted. I get a break after the two trips in a row when I get back home next Wednesday so I'm going to try to write up things for the next week so I can have a back up when I inevitably fall behind.

Feel free to comment here or e-mail ideas, questions and rants at


Frugal Fan

Post Script: I'll soon create a AIM for just this blog and will log in whenever I am online. Feel free to chat!

Post-Post Script: By the way, I'm so absolutely THRILLED someone commented here. It means that it's being read by someone other than myself! Thank you anonymous person!
Make me happy by commenting!

Frugal Fan

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Learning New Tricks

So, in a desperate attempt to sustain my delusions of grandeur, I decided to follow a suggestion the good people at Blogger gave on the homepage in order to help gain readers and make it so that they don't miss an update, which lead me to FeedBurner. It being rather late at night, I skimmed a little.

And by skimming a little, I mean I didn't read roughly 60% of it, but continued on my merry way anyways.

I've been using RSS feeds sparsely since I like to go to the site directly from my bookmarks. Obsessively check websites every day tends to happen when you're an Internet addict. And IAA, Internet Addicts Anonymous, would never work for me if only because no one would check the forums enough or be in time for the IRC chat. I really do like the live bookmarks function on Firefox (insert angelic choir), but I hardly look at my Bookmarks Toolbar for it to be extremely useful.

I know Blogger has an RSS feed, but I don't know how anyone can subscribe to my page from it. Hopefully, the powers that be know more and have that set up in ways that my mere mortal mind cannot comprehend.

Starting tomorrow (tentatively), I am going to start a schedule of regular updates three times a week, each update a different subject matter with random sporadic updates in between on ideas that may have come to mind that don't fit into the (also tentative) schedule.

Sunday: Objects of My Not So Silent Desperations
Wednesday: Page and Screen - Comics online and off
Friday: Media Blast - Books, Movies, Games and Philosophy

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Incredible Hulk (2008) Review

Stats from IMDb
Company: Marvel Studios
Louis Leterrier
Writer: Zak Penn (Click here for info)
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Runtime: 114 minutes

Opinion Time!

What I Expected
Remember Ang Lee's Hulk film back in 2003? You know, the guy that later on did Brokeback Mountain? I don't. Somehow I've managed to suppress the memory and with new generation of CGI for comparison, I'm thankful I can't summon up the memories. Even with that out of my mind, I still expected a lot of flying/jumping green mass, leaping over fields and off buildings or something. Lots of rooftops. I really expected a lot of rooftop chases since what action film with a fugitive plot device is complete without a rooftop chase scene?

What I Hoped

As a comic fan post-Iron Man 2 hour visual-audio orgasm, I had hopes that were practically in orbit of the moon. I wanted Hulk dialogue.

No, seriously.

Marvel was never my God being a DC (*cough*Batman*cough*) fan at heart, but I did get an appreciation for the other side of the fence after reading some of Civil War, Marvels (which if you have not read yet, your life is forever incomplete) and House of M, which I am collecting. [shameless plug]
If anyone out there knows where I could get a good price on Prelude to House of M: Excalibur or House of M: New X-Men, I'd appreciate it. [/shameless plug] House of M: Incredible Hulk has to be one of my personal favorites because of the Hulk's lines alone, much less the scene where he uses a whale to help hide a submarine from radar. It's kind of full of awesome.
Not to mention, it wasn't
too unreasonable an idea that the Hulk might actually get some lines in this film. After all, many fans know that the Hulk is in fact quite intelligent and in some ways, smarter than Banner or at least, more practical.

What It Is

Is it an abomination? (haha, comic joke) Definitely NOT. Will it change your life? Not unless you really like the Hulk series or Edward Norton in a very strange way that you might need professional help.

It's a good action film all around. Not a great one, but a good one. Visually, it looks great , the pacing is fast, but still transitions from story to action and back rather smoothly and the story stays interesting more or less with decent dialogue. The best part is that it's for everyone really. The only reason why anyone would not recommend taking your smaller grade school tykes to it is that it has one sex joke and
almost-sex. Yes, almost-sex, the bane of teenagers everywhere. That brief moment of almost getting it on and end up not getting any. In any case,
with a combination of animatronics and CGI for the Hulk, the mean green Marvel money-maker looks fantastic throughout the movie. There are a couple scenes when they seemed a little overzealous with the slick rain look, but that is a small, small offense that can easily be overlooked.

As far as writing goes, it was okay. The romantic subplot was subdue, but still corny. It didn't help that LotR's Liv Tyler (Betty Ross) was not as hot as I expected. Between bad costume choices in certain scenes and strange directing, it didn't seem they were trying to make her more attractive, which confused me greatly. When Hollywood has a love interest, don't they usually spice her up for the potential fan boys?

All they really give to the hard-core fans is the intro which is just riddled with all sorts of goodies that are gone in a flash. Granted, there are very obvious jokes throughout about the Hulk series in general with the obligatory Stan Lee cameo, but there was little evidence of anything more. If they had anything after the credits, I would have given it a slightly higher score.

Overall, the movie is okay. If you've seen Leterrier's
Unleashed with Jet Li, you have a good idea of what to expect. Good action, mediocre movie. Go to it with low expectations and try not to think too much during it and you'll have a great time. It's a film you go to strictly to have fun, not to mentally masturbate your fanboy-ness.

My Rating: C+

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The Obligitory Introductory Post

Good morning, Blogipelago!

I have traveled far to reach these .jpg shores from the vast, barren lands of Xanga in search of a layout that is both non-offensive to the eye and free of tithes to invisible masters. A place where one can come with nothing and rise to the highest peaks of Blogayans where only fame and possibly if one is lucky a boat made of money awaits and become the hunting grounds for the wild tribes commenters and the passive swarms of watchers.

I was not always a Xangodian. I was raised on The Compass-Rose-Shaped Island on the IRL Peninsula, but as I got older, I became more unsatisfied with my provincial life and escaped for the islands in the Ocean of Subculture where the otaku roam. Together, my friends and I went forward on our IE 1.0 and Firefox 1.0 rafts to join other boats on the volcanic chain of RPG Forums. Multi-leveled complexes and simple chat-like thread centers alike gathered together upon the free servers, only a cursor's click away at times, but in complete denial of each other's existence once inside the forum walls. It was the best and worst times of my life. I demanded too much at times, attempting to rule the thread like a malevolent god with a screen and a d20. I loved too easily and was hurt with the same difficulty. The character was a vampire, (C)ed at that. I was an alien of my own creation. Our untyped love was not meant to be as we two users past each other like browsers in the night, never daring, never meeting. It was only after Firefox 2.0 but before AIM 6.0 that we finally IMed our love.

One day, I saw myself as the lotus eater I had become, an addict to the post and thread. I tried to quit, but nothing worked. The withdrawal was simply too severe. I looked at myself in the mirror and was not happy with what I saw. I was determined to try again. Slowly weening myself off through small doses of fanfictions and e-mails as I transversed the seas once again towards my childhood home, IRL. After a period of recovery, I slowly drifted away once more, drawn to the excitement of the new country lands of Xanga and the then small, but growing cluster of data dubbed Wikipedia. I had made a blog and sent e-mails to my friends to inform them of my move. Ironically enough, even though I had a blog to write upon, I was more of a wanderer than ever before, sailing back and forth between Xanga, IRL and the coasts of DeviantArt. My blog in Xanga quickly fell into disrepair, but I always returned to try to shape it into a fine example of a homepage. During a time of its disrepair, I was reunited with my online object of non-Platonic affection. We IMed and Skyped and even txted once or twice. But things were different now. It was a love too late to last. I already found a love of my own outside my raft and the wide oceans and continents of Internet. My romanticized cardiac muscle and consciousness was entwined with this entity of flesh and blood. My beloved of data and sound did not stand a chance against such a contender. I loved truly and deeply and it hurt in kind to severe those ties, but it hurt more to continue to face the fact that I divided the love that was meant for one person between two. I realized later that my love for the user was not what I thought it was. It was a love of a companion that understood completely, the love of a partner, not of a lover. The mental was always there, but the physical could never follow. In the end, it was kinder to leave than to stay.

Now, I have a profile in Facebook and check up on my DA account every now and then. I visit my true love on the Island of Slash many a time, but never stay too long to meet the locals. Looking back on my life, I decided it was time for a change. It was time to put myself out in the open.

For all this time, I have hidden myself away in the hermitudes of the Web, keeping all I possess untagged and unmarked. Now, I step out of the Caves of Watchers to post: