Random Movie Thoughts

Since Lost is pretty much the only show I watch regularly that seems to be airing right now thanks to the Olympics and various other hiatuses, I've had a chance to catch up on movies. I've watched all the films that are nominated for Best Picture except for The Blind Side which, despite folks saying it actually is good, is going to be a tough one for me to actually watch. Don't get me wrong, I like football and I like stuff similar to this, I just can't get over the Sandra Bullock factor. I know I need to just suck it up, put my prejudices aside, and watch it, but it's going to take a little bit of time for me.

So who do I think should win Best Picture? Well, my top ten for 2009 is a bit different than the Academy's but that is to be expected. If there were a BrendoMan awards, I would give the bespectacled, bearded statue to Where the Wild Things Are much to the dismay of many folks and I wouldn't care. I loved that movie. But as far as the films nominated for Best Picture, I think a case can be made for several of the nominees. As a technical achievement and as a huge multi-year undertaking, many would make the case for Avatar. As pure awesome, well made flicks, many would make the case for Inglorious Basterds and District 9. And so on. My pick is The Hurt Locker. I was blown away by this movie, especially since going into it I had no idea what to expect, especially since I haven't enjoyed most of the previous movies about the war in Iraq. I was captivated from start to finish and I believed in those characters. Not to mention the film itself looked incredible.

2009 was a great year for films. I could easily come up with a list of 20 movies I enjoyed, something I've had trouble doing in some years past. There were lots of small quirky films and many of the larger event pictures paid off as well. There were many great animated movies, which always makes me happy. All the flicks were enough to get me really excited about movies again after I'd gotten a little apathetic. So nice job with that, folks. Hopefully 2010 will keep the momentum going.

posted by | 02/22/10| 09:37:26 am| Movies| 1 comment »

In Case You're Wondering

I am NOT going to comment on the Kevin Smith/Southwest Airlines fiasco since I know it will attract trolls and I fear I will be unable to control myself in responding to them. I'm only posting this because folks have been asking.

So how bout LOST, eh?

posted by | 02/16/10| 12:17:40 pm| Rants and Raves, Kevin Smith| 1 comment »

Best Book Ever

Remember when I was talking about St. Brendan a while back? Now this book is coming out and it got a good review. I don't know why the reviewer put an accent on the "a" though. That's not Irish at all. This is almost as cool as having one of the original spellings of your last name become the title of a comic book. Yeah. Also while researching this I found out that the name Brandon is of Germanic descent so by calling me Brandon not only are you getting my name wrong you are insulting my heritage. So stop that.

posted by | 02/09/10| 09:53:02 am| Anything Else| 2 comments »

I Can't Stop Watching Heroes - Help Me

People are always asking me (well, a couple people have a couple times) why I keep watching Heroes if I hate it so much. I think this article from Topless Robot sums it all up pretty nicely and reminded me of the number one reason why the show sucks now:

Seriously, where the hell is future Hiro? You guys want to save the show, bring on future Hiro. Also, stop sucking. But really, I hope tonight is the series finale. It pains me to say that, but at this point I just want it to be over. That way I can just kind of forget the last 3 years ever happened and hold on to my Season 1 DVD and pretend that was all that happened.

posted by | 02/08/10| 12:05:20 pm| TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek| 4 comments »

Upcoming Conventions

This year will probably be the biggest convention year ever for me as we are entering our second year of making Brax and are working on releasing our first book. While plans have stalled a little bit due to Phil's pending move we are still looking at a second quarter release if all goes well. While we aren't making the big leap of having a table at a large convention just yet, we're definitely going to be at quite a few conventions to promote the book, hopefully doing a panel or two, and just geeking out in general. Here's what's in store for 2010:

Phil and I will also definitely be appearing at L.A. Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention a few times this year since they are nice folks and the tables are cheap. Some of the above dates are dependent on whether or not we have the book published in time. I'm pretty sure we're going to go with Lulu but we're looking at a few other options. Let me know if there is a convention you think we should be at, as long as it isn't put on by Wizard. Ever since the crapfest that was Wizard World L.A. and the fact that they don't offer professional badges I have been really turned off to them. Maybe they can turn things around with this next round of Cons, but we'll have to wait and see.

posted by | 02/08/10| 08:57:28 am| I'm a Big Geek, Comics| 2 comments »


I don't know the context of this picture and frankly I don't care. It just made laugh out loud and I thought I would share.

via Unreality

posted by | 02/05/10| 10:19:07 am| Movies, Funny Stuff| Leave a comment »

Robonaut 2


(via Digg)

Speaking of our robot overlords, are you watching Caprica?

posted by admin | 02/05/10| 05:19:51 am| Our robot overlords| 5 comments »

Video of the Day: The People vs. George Lucas Trailer


This is definitely my kind of documentary as it details a generation's love/hate relationship with the man who created (and some would argue ruined) Star Wars. My good friend Matt Cohen was interviewed for the film, which makes its debut at South by Southwest in Austin. He's the guy in the trailer who says he's not sure if, upon meeting Lucas in the street, he would shake his hand or punch him in the stomach. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this film and hopefully I'll get a chance to see it in the near future.

posted by | 02/04/10| 11:02:17 am| Movies, Star Wars, Video of the Day| 1 comment »

My favorite LOST summary

posted by | 02/03/10| 09:00:08 am| TeeVee, Funny Stuff| 1 comment »


One of the more anticipated TV DVD releases is scheduled to drop this spring. Hopefully the music will be intact. Now there's only a couple more dream TV sets left for me once this drops. The Wonder Years is still definitely at the top of my list. How about you guys?

posted by | 02/02/10| 03:11:28 pm| TeeVee| Leave a comment »

Video of the Day: Lego Harry Potter Trailer

I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty stoked for this.

posted by | 02/01/10| 01:47:22 pm| Movies, I Love Video Games, Video of the Day| Leave a comment »

One More Day...

Looooooooooooooooooooosssssst! I know it is probably a bad idea to get this excited about something, but I really don't care at this point. How about you guys?

posted by | 02/01/10| 10:06:49 am| TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek| 3 comments »

Video of the Day: Pee-Wee Gets an iPad

This is a pretty great video especially for those of you wanting to see a closer look at the set of The Pee-Wee Herman Show and the puppets in action. It's pretty funny too.

posted by | 01/29/10| 04:01:11 pm| TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek, Video of the Day| Leave a comment »

Things I'm Not Going To Buy - LOTR Theatrical Blu-rays

In addition to the iPad (what a silly name) I will not be buying the upcoming Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray box set. While I'm sure they will look amazing in 1080p, this just seems like a giant step backward for me and a cash grab for those of us waiting for the Extended Editions but really wanting to see LOTR in HD. Well, while I did buy the theatrical releases on DVD out of desperation, I'm not falling for it this time. I've gone this long, I can wait until however long they decided to finally put these out. I know many people won't wait, and that's why studios keep doing things like this and the cycle continues.

posted by | 01/28/10| 02:32:42 pm| Movies, LOTR| 1 comment »

Awesome Shirt - Trouble at the Banana Stand

Fans of Arrested Development might want to check out today's Shirt.Woot. If you buy it today it is $10 with free shipping.

posted by | 01/28/10| 12:06:10 pm| TeeVee, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


So, as I am sure you all know, the iPad iTab was announced today.  It has a 9.7 inch screen and for all intents and purposes is a gigantic iPod Touch and runs all of the apps the iPhone runs… such as the Kindle App.

Last week, my Kindle 2 arrived in the mail.  I love reading on it.  But is the iTab a better ebook reader?  Should I return my Kindle 2 and buy the iTab?  Sure is costs more, but one gets the same functionality plus a touch color screen, access to just about any ebook store instead of just Amazon’s, what is guaranteed to be better handling of PDFs, support for cbrs, etc.  And that is just the stuff right now.  That is not to mention any future publishing enhancments.


I wouldn't be asking if I hadn't just gotten the Kindle 2...

posted by Hundiejo | 01/27/10| 02:30:03 pm| Anything Else| 6 comments »

A Small Reminder About Avatar

When it comes to actual tickets sold, it is only ranked 25th of all time and has a long, long way to go to get to the top seeing as how Gone With The Wind sold 869 million tickets and Avatar has sold about 59 million tickets. Just sayin'.

posted by | 01/27/10| 11:01:27 am| Movies| 2 comments »

Hogwarts is almost done!

John over at The Disney Blog has an awesome photo of the nearly completed Hogwart's castle at Universal Orlando. I'm planning my trip already. While the castle and rides and what not have me excited, it's the idea of visiting the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade that really has me geeking out.

posted by | 01/26/10| 09:36:10 am| Books, I'm a Big Geek| 1 comment »

Call For Questions

In case you didn't know, I appear regularly on a podcast called Bagged and Boarded hosted by my good friends Matt Cohen and Jesse Rivers. I have a segment called The BrendoMan Minute where I talk about random stuff and answer questions sent to me from listeners. I had a nice backlog of questions going but then Jesse had to take a break from the show due to a move and I appeared as a guest host and had to do some extra Minutes and some other stuff happened so now I'm out of questions. So feel free to comment with your inquiries and I will respond to them and give you a shout out. Also, holy crap:


posted by | 01/25/10| 09:27:43 am| Random, I'm a Big Geek| 1 comment »

Link of the Day: Pee-Wee Herman Show Set Pics and Show Review

Just to follow up on my review I posted of the show, Best Week Ever has some awesome set pics and a glowing review of the show. Seriously, just thinking about it right now makes me want to go see it again.

posted by | 01/22/10| 01:35:08 pm| TeeVee, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


This is pretty much all that's going on in my life besides work. Well, this and all the rain.

New TV

Before you go thinking it's not that impressive, here is what I had before:

Tv and xbox

Yeah. I was one of those guys that was always saying that HD just doesn't seem worth it, I'll never buy a Blu-Ray disc, it's all a big rip off. Then I plugged in the TV, plugged in the antenna, and proceeded to watch the news in HD for an hour. Never mind the HD gaming, Blu-Rays, and other awesomeness. I am no longer a naysayer.

posted by | 01/22/10| 11:46:23 am| I Love Video Games, TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »

I Know the Answer...

I'm glad someone is asking the tough questions.

Hat tip to Geekologie.

posted by | 01/18/10| 10:34:19 am| Our robot overlords| 4 comments »

The Pee-Wee Herman Show

I am honoring the memory of Dr. King by working. Huzzah. This past weekend was mostly awesome. I got a new TV. I knew it was going to be a huge jump going from a small CRT to a 42" 1080p HDTV but man, it still blew me away when I fired that thing up. I just sat there and watched the news for like an hour the first time I turned it on. On Sunday the Chargers lost, which I'd rather not discuss, and I saw The Pee-Wee Herman Show at Club Nokia, which was one of the greatest things ever. It's basically a live episode of Pee-Wee's playhouse complete with the puppets, the full set, and almost all the old characters. Pee-Wee did a Q&A/Meet and Greet after the show for those of us who had bought tickets when it was scheduled at the Fonda and had to go through a bit of an ordeal to get new tickets at the Nokia. We found out during the Q&A that the reason behind the venue change was not to sell more tickets but because the set would not have been able to fit in the Fonda, which makes perfect sense because the set is quite elaborate.

Pee-Wee revealed his plans for a new movie and I got to ask him if Tim Burton will be involved. He said he wasn't sure since Burton has several projects lined up. Someone in the crowd yelled, "Burton owes you!" and Pee-Wee acknowledged that this was true since Pee-Wee's Big Adventure launched his career as well as Danny Elfman's. I'm really hopeful that the movie will be made and if it does happen and is what Pee-Wee described, it will be fantastic. The basic plot is that The King of Cartoons gets kidnapped and Pee-Wee and the rest of the inhabitants of the Playhouse go on a big adventure to rescue him. I also got to thank Pee-Wee for doing the show and told him that it was like my childhood was up on stage. Seriously, it was amazing. Judging by the buzz going around, I'm not the only one who feels this way and it sounds like this really is the comeback we, the Pee-Wee fans, have all been waiting for.

posted by | 01/18/10| 09:32:45 am| Movies, TeeVee, I'm a Big Geek| 2 comments »

Letting the Days Go By

I don't know how it happened, but I'm hopelessly addicted to Animal Crossing again, this time on the Wii. I didn't think I would be that into it since it's so similar to the DS version, but really that is all I need. My schedule literally rotates around the freaking selling of turnips. Turnips! I wake up 5 minutes early now so I can check the prices before I go to work and I make sure to get on before the store closes at night so I can check them again. I also wake up early on Sunday to buy them from Joan. OMG you guys it's like 2006 all over again.

As I've said before, I'm a total OCD gamer. Even if the rest of the world thinks a game sucks, if it involves collecting things or reaching some kind of percentage, I will most likely love it and play it obsessively. Right now I am also addicted to Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii. Not for it's awesome multiplayer fun, mind you. I haven't even tried that. I am obsessed because there are over 500 trophies to collect as well as a couple hundred stickers, also some achievements, secret characters to unlock, and who knows what else. You're tearing me apart, Wii!

posted by | 01/13/10| 04:57:40 pm| I Love Video Games, I'm a Big Geek, Wii| 3 comments »

Link of the Day: Donate Games

I read an article in the paper (yeah, those floppy paper things with printing on them we used to read in Social Studies) about Donate Games, an organization in Dana Point that is pretty awesome. They accept donated games from all systems, which are tax deductible, and sell the games on their site for a reasonable price. All money collected goes to raise money for research for rare diseases. You'll probably get more out of your tax deductible receipt than you'll ever get from Gamestop and it's for a good cause. I just bought a few DS games I've been looking for that are usually a tad on the expensive side or just plain hard to find. Check it out!

posted by | 01/11/10| 03:20:16 pm| I Love Video Games, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »

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