Category: "What's On"

2008 Wrap Up

I always enjoy reading Kyle's year end Top Ten posts and his Top Ten of 2008 is no exception. I would especially agree about Portishead's "Third," Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, and The Dark Knight. I'm going to have to go over this years musical releases in order to really give my best of 2008 but I can definitely say that The Graveyard Book was my favorite book I read this year. It's such a lovely story. I laughed, I cried, I just loved it. Gaiman paints such a vivid picture and is truly a master storyteller. One of my highlights of 2008 was definitely watching Gaiman read one of the chapters in person at New York Comic Con.

On the movie front I am severely lacking, as I've said before. I'm sure I will absolutely love The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which sounds right up my alley. I guess one of my resolutions this year is to try and get over my hatred of movie theaters and enjoy watching something on the big screen again. I knew all along I was going to love The Dark Knight so I'm going to have say the biggest surprise for me this year was In Bruges. I'm not a big Colin Farrell fan and he absolutely blew me away in this. After watching the trailer I thought it looked like a Guy Ritchie rip-off. I couldn't have been more wrong. While there was definitely a comedic element, this film was also touching and poignant. Add the always great Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes to the mix and you have one of my picks for best of 2008. Definitely check it out if you missed it.

I started a conversation in the Geek Group about my Geek Resolutions for 2009. I figured I would share them here as well:

1) Play a game of D&D, finally.
2) Catch up on Battlestar Galactica.
3) Make the Geek Group as awesome as it can possibly be.
4) Play more games online with friends instead of just solo.
5) Blog more and beyond just "Here's what I've been doing this week..."

That's all I got. If I had to come up with a sixth it would probably be don't get too upset over this Watchmen lawsuit business.

My only other real resolution for 2009 is to find a job that will actually stick this time. I wish all you guys a very happy new year and thanks for making 2008 great. I know my blogging has been quite lax this year but I think we're still a pretty awesome community and that makes it all worthwhile. Here's to an even better 2009!

posted by | 12/31/08| 10:07:39 am| What's On, I'm a Big Geek| 3 comments »


What's On

In the process of going through the old entries for the upcoming (I swear!) brendoman.com: The Book I realized it's been ages since I've done one of these. I recall finding some great stuff thanks to other folks (mostly Jeri and Eric) posting their lists. Here's what I've been hitting up lately:

Tunes: I've been listening to anything having to do with Ronnie and Jason Martin lately. Ronnie is definitely a huge influence on my own musical efforts and Phil and I are gearing up for re-recording our demo since the tracks we were working on were sadly lost when his hard drive crashed. So I've been listening to a lot of Starflyer 59, Joy Electric, and The Brothers Martin. According to last.fm I've also been listening to a lot of Rilo Kiley, Danielson, Mortal, and of Montreal. Props to Luis for reminding me of the awesomeness that is Danielson.

TeeVee: I've been watching Extras and Battlestar Galactica on DVD. On the Tivo I have been digging Jericho, which continues to get better and its chances of getting picked up for another season appear to be improving, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Lost, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Robot Chicken, South Park (New episodes March 12th!), and of course The Simpsons. More shows will be added once things get going again in TV Land.

Movies: I recently rented Michael Clayton and I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. I enjoyed them both. I haven't seen a movie in the theater in awhile. There just hasn't been anything that has really grabbed my attention.

Video Games: I rented Call of Duty 4 this weekend and played it for about 3 hours yesterday. I really enjoyed it. It's one of the first squad based games I've played where your computer teammates actually help you out. I haven't played multiplayer yet but I heard it is great. When I was sick last week I downloaded Bomberman Live and SmashTV which I had a lot of fun playing online. Bomberman is just as addicting as its always been and SmashTV is fun to play in Co-op and much cheaper now that quarters aren't an issue. That game is one of the all time quarter suckers.

Books: I'm almost done with Stephen Colbert's book and I'm about halfway done with King Dork, which Justin was kind enough to let me borrow. I also picked up Paul Feig's (creator of Freaks and Geeks books, Kick Me and Superstud which I've really enjoyed so far. On the comics end I've really been digging Brian Lynch's Angel: After the Fall and Joss Whedon's Buffy Season 8 issues. I'm also looking forward to Lynch's Everybody's Dead, which comes out this month.

There you go. Further proof that I am a media whore.

posted by | 03/03/08| 11:33:19 am| What's On| 5 comments »


What's On

I haven't been watching a whole lot of movies lately. I did see 300 and Zodiac in the theater and enjoyed them both quite a bit. I still watch movies from Blockbuster but not quite at the rate I used to. I had to report a movie that I never received and one of my movies arrived with the envelope all mangled. Not sure what is going on with that. So what have I been watching? I caught up on the second season of How I Met Your Mother, which keeps getting better and better. I also finished the first season of Beverly Hills, 90210 and am now eagerly awaiting the release of the second season. I'm also still a sucker for LOST and they are actually finally starting to answer some questions, or so it seems. But the big time sink has been a show my brother and a few others have been telling me about, HBO's The Wire.

Before you say, "I don't do cop shows," let me just tell you this isn't your normal cop show. I'm not a big cop show guy and I'm totally hooked. The characters are fantastic, including the "bad guys." The show goes back and forth between the criminals and the people trying to catch them. It gets pretty messy and complex and there isn't a clear cut winner in the battle. I started watching a couple weeks ago and I'm already on the fifth episode of season 2. Definitely check this one out if you get the chance.

posted by | 03/21/07| 06:04:21 pm| Movies, TeeVee, What's On| 1 comment »


Happy Trees

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Bob Ross is now on You Tube. Go watch him paint.

posted by | 08/01/06| 09:07:10 pm| What's On| 1 comment »


What's On

Here are a few things that I am enjoying in what little free time I have this week:

Thief: This is a great new show on FX. FX has been on a roll lately with some great original series (The Shield, Black/White, Rescue Me) and this one does not disappoint. A great cast, excellent story, and well directed. There's only been three episodes so far and I am hooked.

Devendra Banhart: Luis got me into him and now I can't stop listening. Great stuff. Devendra has a wide variety of influences and this is reflected in his music. He also has a lot of songs that are in Spanish. I really dig it. Check him out if you're looking for something new.

Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies: I loved the Haunted Mansion book and this one does not disappoint. It features all kinds of concept art for the ride and the movie, great anecdotes from the imagineers, and other information you can't get anywhere else. I really hope they continue this series for more rides.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow: A friend let me borrow this yesterday and I'm already hooked. I love the Castlevania games and this one is nothing short of amazing. It's a must-have for the DS.

There you go. That's what is occupying my time. That stuff and work.

posted by | 04/12/06| 03:31:51 pm| What's On| Leave a comment »


Moving pictures

VideoBloggers.org looks like a site we need to check out. I know Gringo is wanting to do something like this, and my dad wants he and I to buy a camera, so I would be up for trying to produce some video content. BitTorrent is the best way to distribute it, and this site looks like it could make the process as painless as possible. I found a link to the site at ibiblio.org, which I found at Slashdot.org.

posted by admin | 08/10/05| 08:27:28 pm| What's On| 2 comments »


Birthdaybash 2003

In the comming weeks few of the bloggers will be having birthdays. Honzo and Brendon to be more specific. We will be going either to Chill's or Imler's Fine Foods to eat, and then go to the Vu (Deja Vu) to see the comics and have a few.

Featured Performer:Darrell Joyce

bio
Darrell Joyce, a native of Columbus, Ohio, annihilates his competition with his razor sharp wit and rapid-fire delivery.

He has an unprecedented stage presence, yet he does not attack his audience. He pulls them into his universe with unusual timing and observation. He is equally at home delivering his hilarious, well-thought-out routine or ad-libbing with his audience. This high energy entertainer leaves audiences exhausted and short of breath.

Darrell simply enjoys performing. Sometimes he has to apologize for having just as much fun as his audience!

He has shared the stage with major comedians such as Chris Rock, D.L. Hughley, Tommy Davidson, Brian Regan and Mario Joyner.

Darrell Joyce has appeared on B.E.T.'s "ComicView" and at major comedy clubs nation-wide. He fielded a call for HBO's "Young Comedians Special" and performed at the Montreal Comedy Showcase.

posted by Hundiejo | 06/13/03| 12:19:20 am| What's On| 4 comments »


Holy Cow...

Everyone and their mom is posting on the blog! That is awesome. Maybe Henry and Brian will make a few cameos over the summer. Pictures will be up as soon as I get them developed and scanned, maybe in a few weeks. Plus, Jeri took some awesome pictures and those should be available soon as well. Things are so awesome here. I am excited to go to Sac-town, but I will be bummed leaving socal. The hardest thing will be flying back to Missouri. Ugh. But I already miss my posse there, so it won't be too bad. It's good to see ya on board Lisa. Eric, you should post the truth about Mother Bread, cause I still think it is bogus. Okay, that being said, I saw Havalina last night in L.A. and they were fantastic. It was the release party for their new CD, which is one of their best yet. If you are going to go to Cornerstone this summer, be sure to check them out both times they play. They are seriously one of the most talented, unique sounding bands I've ever heard. Mercedes is also extremely hot. Saw Trainspotting again with Jeri, which was awesome cause I haven't seen it in like six years or something and had forgotten most of it. I also saw Novacaine and most of The Man Who Wasn't There which were both stinking awesome. I'm probably going to go see Star Wars again tonight, which should be sweet. Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!

posted by | 05/22/02| 01:34:15 pm| What's On|


busy week

What a busy week.
A. Brendan's here. We've watched Trainspotting, watched wrestling, and gone to BJ's for drinks, and plan to visit my little dive bar in Buena Park.
B. Tomorrow is International Meat Day: As a Morrissey/Smiths fan, I find great pleasure in the irony of breaking my vegetarianism once a year on Morrissey's birthday. This year's festivities will be held in Hollywood before a Mr. Naked Happy show.
C. Thursday is Jeri's English Disco 2002. I rented out Skateland and will be playing all of my favorite music while watching all of my friends fall on their asses for 2 full hours.

Ahh.... These ARE the days....

posted by Jeri | 05/21/02| 03:31:14 pm| What's On|


bickety-bam!

So.. It's been a busy week.

At work: I think I'm going to get hired permanently. Not sure how I feel about that. One of the ladies at work had to go to emergency because of a mysterious pain in her stomach. She got doped up with morphine all day and actually came back to work the next day. Freak. I'd milk it.

Movies: Saw Enigma, about English codebreakers in WWII. Pretty entertaining and interesting. Thumbs up. Monsoon Wedding, I thought, was amazingly full of storylines and intriguing cultural issues. A lot of fun and a lot of drama. Very good. The Morgans and I rented Amores Perros. I loved it. I thought the intertwining stories and the stuff with the dogs was so involving. I was into it the whole time, and found it both humorous and heartbreaking at the same time. Also felt very realistic in a movie sort of way. Heh.

Books: Did I mention I'm reading a chronological Bible? The whole thing is lined up in the order of how the events occured. So while you're reading about David, you get to read the Psalms that he wrote as they coincided with his life. Very cool historical perspective. By the end of the year, I'll have read the Bible all the way through. Only a few pages a day. Cool, huh? I'm also reading Sartonius' (sp?) Lives of 12 Caesars... the Julius Caesar chapter. Oh, and still working on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Music: I have a major musical event in the workings (Brendan, don't make plans for the 23rd when you're in town!). So I'm listening to everything. I also went to see The Super Furry Animals play at the El Rey. They played for almost 2 hours. Good show. Their opening band was Gold Chains. He was awful. Looked like a bald version of Jack Osborne, singing about pussies and partying the whole time. He couldn't even get the crowd into it when he walked around IN the crowd.

posted by Jeri | 05/10/02| 04:30:33 pm| What's On|


whoah

So I thought I sent a description of my weekend... Maybe not.
Dude. We found this bar called the Sunset Lounge, in a little row of shops in Buena Park. It has a sign inside: Official Old Bastard Watering Hole. A little old lady is singing karaokee of Judy Garland. There's a fat white chick having a birthday celebration with like 2 friends. Some old men are discussing the greatness of Celine Dion's voice. We walk up to the bar and order, and order, and order.. 4 rounds of drinks for 3 people is only $36! Jon and I sing karaoke to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, even the "galileo" part.. we headbang, we get applause. It doesn't matter because there's nothing to be embarrased by, because there aren't any slutty girls trying to get hit on by jocks. it is beautiful.

This Week's
movies: Star Wars Episode IV, Fight Club (with commentary), I'll be going to see Monsoon Wedding sometime soon.
books: Harry Potter Book 4 and some Roman history to learn more about Julius Caesar.
music: Super Furry Animals (four albums) and Nick Cave's The Boatman's Call. Also the Rushmore soundtrack.


posted by Jeri | 04/30/02| 03:28:40 pm| What's On|


What's On...

I am a little bored right now (and I'm putting off a term paper), so I figured I'd put up a new What's On. Not much has changed in the last couple weeks though....
Music: Better Than Ezra, House of Wires, Tears for Fears

DVD's: Donnie Darko (yes, I'm still watching it. I'll probably be watching it FOREVER!), Say Anything (excellent DVD, a great price to boot!), Chasing Amy
Books: I just finished the Dogma script that I got from Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash (signed by Kevin freaking Smith, no less), and I haven't gone to the library yet, so I'm getting back into McDowell's New Evidence, given to me by my wonderful buddy Hen Diggity Dog.

Games: Age of Empires 2. Nothing but. Team Brendo is in the process of developing a Middle Earth Map. We are still in the testing stages, but the map should be up on this site by tommorow evening.

All right, Brian and I are off to see No Man's Land. Eric, where the heck are you??

posted by | 04/29/02| 04:50:02 pm| What's On|


I Love Getting New Stuff

On saturday I got two things that I wanted. Number one the movie Pi. Great movie about a mathmatician who is looking for a way to predict the stock market, then runs across something he didn't expect, it is my favorite movie ever, and I got it at Barnes and Noble for only $10. That is Freakin' sweet. The other thing I got was a book. It is The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. It should be good. I like transcendentalist literature, although I don't believe all of it, it tends to make me happy.
Right now I am watching Dirty Work. It was Norm MacDonalds first leading role film. Extremely funny. If I had only two movies to watch for the rest of my life it would be Dirty Work and Pi.
Well That is all I have to talk about for now. Remember it is not the number, but the syntax.

posted by | 04/28/02| 11:08:45 pm| What's On|


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Is it just me, or do none of the pictures work for anyone else? Everyone keeps showing pictures, and I keep seeing [image hosted by tripod].

Did that work? Anyway. This weekend I saw Mister Naked Happy play, and they rocked.
I also rented Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back with some friends. I have decided after having seen it a couple of times that it isn't as good as I originally thought, so it moves down to the next to the least favorite spot of Kevin Smith movies, right above Chasing Amy. Although watching it with Roland and Becky was fun.
On Sunday we gathered with our friends the Crosiers (grace & jon) and watched Alias --the final plot twist will one day be that Sidney is her own father-- and then a show with a bunch of clips of teenagers doing stupid things. It made us feel better about our own intellect.

posted by Jeri | 04/23/02| 03:29:17 pm| What's On|