Tuesday, May 30, 2006


"Intense" said Fedge's sister.

The X-Men fans of America have now been split up into two groups of people. Those that hate X-3 for not going by any formula that can be found in the comics and those that love X-3 for being completely unpredictable.

Brett Ratner is not as good as a director as Brian Singer. The acting by the second rate characters is not as good as the previous movies. The music is not as good as the previous movies. The fact remains that the story in X-3 is better than any story in any super hero movie to date. Why? Because about half way through X-3 you realize that your precious little comic book heroes are not safe. X-3 separates its self from the comic books by telling the story it wants to tell. I have heard of fans ripping on the movie saying "It is not true to the comics." That is what is so great about it. I had no idea what was going to happen. I didn't feel safe thinking that they couldn't do this or couldn't do that.

The movie definitely has its issues. All the new characters except Beast are poorly developed. You see very little of Angel, Juggernaught, and Multiple Man. There is a good bit of Shadowcat, but not enough to really feel like the character is done as well as possible.

Then there is the dialog. Two parts of the film come to mind. When Xavier is explaining how Jean Grey survived what happened at the end of X-2 and Wolverines inspiring pep rally right before the final battle. I am reminded of Star Wars Episode 3.

The story is so good that even with all the bad things about the movie, X-3 still shines bright. If this is the last of the X-Men movies then I am very happy with what has been given to us. It helps that I went into X-3 with the lowest of expections.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A Perfect Cast

"I would make a great Wonder Woman!" said Fedge.

With X-3 coming out on Friday, I got to thinking about the perfect cast from previous superhero movies. A perfect cast to me is when you find the one person who can play a certain character better than anyone else. Lets begin with the X-Men Movies.

First is the no brainer.

Patrick Stewart/Professor Xavier:
I was thinking when I was 11 that there was no one better to play Xavier than Captian Picard. I mean the bald head, the well educated speech, and the fact that he looks just like Xavier. Again NO BRAINER!

Alan Cumming/Nightcrawler:
There might be someone else out there that could have played Nightcrawler, but no one I know of. Its just to bad he is not in X-3

Even though I haven't seen it yet I'm just going to say it,
Kelsey Grammer/Beast
Since no one really looks the part, it is easier to take liberties with who you cast to play Beast, all you really need to worry about is how he speaks, and Grammer is exactly who I would cast.

Moving on now to Spiderman.

Alfred Molina/Doc Ock
I mean just look at the guy! He talks like Doc Ock, he walks like Doc Ock, and he... uh... chews his steak... like Doc Ock.

J.K. Simmons/J. Jonah Jameson
I will never see Simmons act again and not think J.J.J.

Now Batman

Jack Nicholson/Joker
I don't think I even need to say anything else.

That is the only perfect casting from the Tim Burton/Joel Poo Maker era.

Christopher Nolan directed one Batman film so far and in doing so out casted them all.

Michael Caine/Alfred
I am a little biased, because Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is one of my favorite movies ever. That and Michael Caine can deliver a bad line like "Why do we fall down? So we can pick our selves up." better than anyone else.

Liam Neeson/Ra's Al Ghul
They didn't fool me. I knew Ducard was Ra's, just because Neeson looks the part.

Cillian Murphy/Scarecrow
Murphy plays dark and pompous as well has Cillian, plus he looks like Dr. Crane.

Christian Bale is the best batman yet, buy I wouldn't say he is perfect. Still, he is pretty close.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

4400 Ways to Spend Your Tuesday Night

"Don't hate me because I invented the sponge!" said Fedge.

Today is May 23rd 2006. Not a big deal to most people. I mean what happens on Tuesdays? Most commercials I watch tell me that Tuesdays are the most boring day of the week. I would beg to differ. Anyone who enjoys music or movies know that Tuesdays are new release days. Today is a special day for new releases because 4400 Season 2 comes out. The first season was only 5 episodes long and left me wanting more.
I don't really watch television series until they come out on DVD. Then I usually rent them from Netflix. I am going to buy 4400 without seeing it because I have hope that it is going to be good. Since I have only seen 5 episodes, I know that the best parts of the story have yet to been told, and that the writers have not already used up all there good ideas (*cough* Alias *cough*).
So tonight my oldest friend Scott is coming over, and we are going to watch 4400 till our eyes fall out. Woot!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Day Two!

"Watch as the amazing Fedge eats is own forehead." said the ringmaster.

Today (Monday) is the second day that my girlfriend is in N.C. I holding up OK, but I still miss her a lot. I have made a point of doing tons of stuff with my friends like going to the midnight showing of X-3, watching the second season of 4400, and vandalizing our local Arby's. Even causing property damage can't keep me from missing her. I do talk to her everyday so it's not all bad.

Thank You for Smoking!

Yesterday me and my buddy Von Urrich went to see Thank You for Smoking. A dark comedy about a lobbyist for big tobacco. If I were to sum up the movie in one word it would be "Funsturbing". Thats funny and disturbing... uh... nevermind. Anyway, that best part of the movie is the way it shows debates and arguments for what the are, "Who ever talks the best wins". It's not about being right, its just that everyone else is wrong. Through out the whole movie there is no one painted in a positive light. There is no redeeming quality in any of the main characters. Everything works out for our "Hero" but that isn't exactly good for everyone else. Once again Katie Holmes is horrible, which is fine because you are meant to hate her character. Most of the things you laugh at, you will later realize are not funny at all, they are disturbing. NOT 8MM disturbing, but not really funny either. I still enjoyed watching the movie, but I won't see it again.

Friday, May 19, 2006

All is Right in The World

"Blah Blah Blah" said Fedge.

These 3 things I know, and they are all good.

  • New Mario Bros.

Is the best side scrolling platformer to come out since Super Mario 3.
What Nintendo has done is taken all the best elements from there previous Mario games, mashed them and smashed them into one great title. On top of that there is plenty of new stuff added in to keep it innovative. Not to mention that's it pretty to look at. The 2D/3D hybrid idea has been used successfully before in other DS titles, Mario Kart for example, but not quite like this. It is so well done and so great to look at. Bowser looks outstanding. New Mario Bros. controls like a Mario game should. Responsive and intuitive. Jeffy Likes.

  • Stadium Arcadium

Is the best Red Hot Chili Peppers album to date. Nearly all of the 28 song on this double disc delectable delight are not only good, but amazing. My girlfriend will testify to me walking around the kitchen singing songs from the album. It's not really amazing that I am singing around her, I do that all the time. Usually the songs I sing are songs I made up in my head on the spot. I mean who could forget hits like "I Like to Eat Butter Straight", "That's not Lunch, that's a Grenade!", or even "Getting Stuck in the Dishwasher isn't as Fun as You Might Think". All of which are great songs, but none of them compare to the goodies awaiting America on the new Chili Pepper album.

  • I am the Luckiest Man on Earth

When I said in my last blog that I was dating the best woman in the world I was not joking. She is going out of town next week and I am going to miss her. I love how she encourages me, goes to bookstores with me 2-4 times a week, prays with me, cooks for me, and gives up her free time for me. Oh yeah, and she is beautiful. Yeah it's sappy, but I don't care. I'm too happy to care if you think I'm sappy. Hey that rhymes.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Today is a Day of the Week.

"Sorry Fedge, but your readers are on another blog." said Toadstool

Today is the day that New Mario Bros. for the Nintendo DS comes out. I have to go to Ocala for a job, but on the way I plan on stomping by my local video game supplier and picking up a copy. Then, for the rest of the day I will be stomping on turtles and beating the ever loving crap out of Bowser. Yes, I have wonderful evening planed for my self. In all reality though I will most likely just play it for an hour or so. I plan on using more of my free time enjoying the company of my girlfriend. Play video games all day is overrated when you are dating the best woman on the planet.

Monday, May 15, 2006

So Much For Everyday!

"I'm not lazy, I'm just asleep." said Fedge.

Yeah... Well so I didn't post everyday since I got this blog. That doesn't mean I can't make up for it. Today is double your blog, double your fun day. Two blogs for the same price as a cup of coffee. today's coffee fee is waved.

This first blog is entitled...

All Bang!

This is my first feeble attempt a writing a movie review. Let me thank you ahead of time for not reading it.

I will start off by saying that Netflix is one of the most magnificent inventions since leather swim trunks (best 400 dollars I ever spent). The latest movie I rented from the amazing online movie giants was Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. And let me tell ya, if you don't like anime you will be completely and utterly confused. Hope you don't care much about story or character development, because in all the confusion trying to make the CGI look pretty, they plumb forgot to add a plot.

For the Record: I hate anime!

The only reason to see this film is for some of the best computer animation ever. There is a lot of action. The only problem is it is anime action, so don't expect any realism cause it ain't here. What is here is a Sci-Fi/Fantasy hybrid that leaves you breathless and confused. I don't think I have ever had that feeling after a movie before I saw Advent Children. Thanks Square Enix.

I know, I will relate this movie to a rollercoaster.

You start off board to tears in a long twisting line, just standing there waiting. All the while the conversation going on around you is mundane and pointless. Then, you finally get on the ride and they strap you in. The coaster is called "The Egyptian Puke Inducer". At this point you remember the drab and uninteresting story they were telling you over the loud speakers that in some weird way relates to the name of the ride. But really you are not on this ride for the story, and that's good cause the story sucks. No, you are on the ride for one reason. Going really fast and getting whiplash. Alas, the ride is over too quickly and you are disappointed and want to vomit. That is when you begin to wonder "Was it worth waiting in line for?" I think not.

The second part of this blog is called...

Why I hate MLB more than NASCAR

Lets not beat around the bush. WHO NEEDS TO PLAY MORE THAN 160 GAMES IN A SEASON? I like the NBA but 82 game is way to many. MLB plays double the games! Why? Every time I turn one ESPNEWS to catch up on how the NBA playoffs are going, there are 20 baseball highlights I have to sit thru to see one just one or two basketball highlights.

Now don't get me wrong I like the sport of baseball more than the pointless death wish known as motorsports. But I only see a few Nascar highlights a week.

The other thing is, I won't even toy with the idea of watching MLB till they get a salary cap in place. Not that I am a fan of the Devil Rays, but they will never make the playoffs as long as there is no salary cap. Why? Because they are in the same division as the Red Sox and Yankees.

Its very simple, if the Yankees win the division then the Red Sox will take the wild card. If the Red Sox win the division... Well you get the idea. I could go on but I won't.

Just one last thing. I am not ripping on the fans of baseball or fans of MLB. Its just that the state of Major League Baseball is ridiculously out of order. There are just too many things wrong with it for me to be a fan.

It's like this blog. With all the spelling and grammatical errors who would want to read it?

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The First Blog

"The First blog is always the worst blog. This is no exception. " said Fedge.

I plan on writing something or anything here once a day to improve my writing skills. I don't know if that is a good idea or not, but we will see.

On Sundays, about every week up until this Sunday, I lead and teach a group of elementary age kids at church. Mainly using skits and bible stories I try to make the kids laugh, on occasion they learn something. One Sunday I was asking the children to name one of the characters in the skit I was doing, and a girl named Katie yelled out "Fedge". I loved the name but it took me weeks to realize that it was my name (Jeff) backwards. Thats how I started use the name Fedge to refer to my self on this blog. So there, how many errors can you find in this blog?