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Month: September 2010

It’s True, Grit Too

Posted in Movies

It’s been years since I’ve watched True Grit starring John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell and Bruce Dern.  I saw the movie when it was first released and I loved it.  I remember thinking that it held up well when I watched it again years later.

This trailer for the re-make by The Cohen Brothers that stars Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin looks like it will give the original a run for it’s money.

UFC 119 Results

Posted in MMA

I’m sorry to say that with just one exception, it was a pretty lackluster night of fights.  Let’s cut right to my predictions and the results:

  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen
    • Prediction: Dollaway winning by decision.
      Result: Dollaway won by 1st round submission making me 1-0
  • Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione
    • Prediction: Mitrione winning via TKO.
      Result: Mitrione won by decision making me 2-0
  • Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens

    • Prediction: Stephens for a 3rd round stoppage or submission win.
      Result: Guillard by decision making me 2-1
  • Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra
    • Prediction: Serra for the win.
      Result: Lytle won by decision making me 2-2
  • Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk
    • Prediction: Dunham for the win in a tough battle.
      Result: In a tough battle, Sherk won a split decision making me 2-3
  • Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira:

    • Prediction: Bader via a decision.
      Result: Bader won via a decision making me 3-3
  • Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Frank Mir

    • Prediction: Mir for the win.
      Result: Mir won by 3rd round KO making me 4-3

CB Dollaway earned the “Submission of the Night” bonus of $70,000.  Two bonuses for “Fight of the Night” were awarded.  The Sherk vs Dunham and Mitrione vs Beltran fights both brought each of the fighters another $70 grand.  No “KO of the Night” award was given despite the fact that Mir knocked out Cro Cop.  Sure, it was a boring fight right up until the KO, but shouldn’t Mir still get the bonus?  I believe he should since he did score the lone knockout of the evening.

Ben Affleck’s Town

Posted in Books, Crime, and Movies

The Town is one of my all-time favorite crime moviesBen Affleck, as director and star, surrounded himself with a great cast [Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper] and terrific story [and adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s Prince of Thieves].

Part of the reason that I love The Town so much is that it feels real.  This was Affleck’s goal in both casting the roles and filming.  When casting the female lead, Affleck said it was really important…

…that she feel like a real person. If you dropped a very recognisable Hollywood whoever-it-is or starlet that everyone knows into that role, somebody who depends on a certain kind of acting that was sort of “recognizable”, the immediately the audience would know “Okay, it will be hard for her, but then she’ll come back and she’ll be winning and we’ll all go home happy” and it would allow the audience to feel comfortable…

Affleck believes that his decision to use security camera footage also helped with the feel that the robberies were real…

…The security camera footage, I wanted to use so that the audience would subconsciously feel as if it were more realistic. I think we’re actually used to seeing crime and violence through that prism, that 15 frames per second, no sound, black and white security stuff. So when you see that happen, “this feels real” and then you cut into the 35 stuff and maybe at some level in your mind you’re feeling like it’s more kind of authentic.

You can read more about Ben Aflleck’s contributions to the success of The Town at Bleeding Cool’s post.

UFC 119 Predictions

Posted in MMA

UFC 119 is tonight so let’s go right to my predictions:

  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen: Although I’m not a fan, I see Dollaway winning by decision.
  • Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione: Both guys will be swinging for the fences.  I think Mitrione can take whatever Beltron lands and I see Mitrione winning via TKO.
  • Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens: I’m not big on Guillard.  He’s talented and might be coming into his own now, but I’ve seen him fold and am not too sure it won’t happen again.  I’m going with Stephens for a 3rd round stoppage or submission win.
  • Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra: This has fight of the night potential.  Both guys need a big win to insure a spot in the UFC.  I think that Serra has the better punching power and ground game so I’m going with Serra for the win.
  • Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk: This should be a great fight.  I’m a fan of both guys.  I think this will go the distance and I’m going with Dunham for the win in a tough battle.
  • Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: If Serra vs Lytle doesn’t win fight of the night, then Bader vs Little Nog should.  This should be an exciting war.  Nog has trained and is ready for Bader and all he brings to the cage [superior wrestling skills, strength, brutal punching power and an undefeated record].  If Bader doesn’t gas out and doesn’t make a stupid mistake he could launch himself into title contention.  My prediction is Bader via a decision.
  • Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Frank Mir: It’s no secret that I’m a huge Frank Mir fan. I believe Mir is going to be able to avoid Cro Cops brutal leg kicks and punches to submit him, possibly early in the fight.  With that said, Mir has done more than his share of trash talking for this fight and that never bodes well.  Added to the mix is that Cro Cop needs the win to show that he’s not over the hill in regard to a legitimate run at the title.  If Cro Cop tags Mir early or is able to take this fight into the later rounds, Mir will find himself in deeper, more dangerous waters.  I’m hoping for a solid, if not devastating performance from Mir, so of course I’m going with Mir for the win.

Batman & Hellboy Team-Up

Posted in Art, Comics, and Horror provides an exclusive first look at Hellboy: Masks and Monsters which teams Hellboy with…

Batman and Starman in an adventure that takes them from the rooftops of Gotham to the steamy jungles of the Amazon, to rescue the first Starman, Ted Knight, from a secret Nazi organization

You can see a ten page preview here which includes the page above — the historic first meeting between Batman and Hellboy!! [And I know a guy *johnbeatty* who used to own that page!]

Fringe Twofer

Posted in TV

Fringe, which is now entering it’s third season is going to make a bold change.  The show, which deals with alternate universes and X-Files-like investigations is going to…

…give fans a healthy dose of both universes in which the show now takes place (the producers call them “over here” and “over there”), episodes will alternate between them for the entire third season…

How cool [and daring] is that?  Since the alternate universe characters and their motivations are very different from our universe, we’re in for some interesting stories.  I can’t wait.  [I wonder if my doppelganger  feels the same].

You can read more about Fringe and the new season here.

John Beatty’s Headsketches

Posted in Art, Celebs, and Comics

Remember when I posted that last Friday I was going to be co-hosting as my best bud, John Beatty did headsketches on demand?  Well, the event went off without a hitch and we had a blast.  We went from about 7:30pm to almost 2:30am the next morning. In addition to John sketching we had give-aways, trivia contests for prizes and a whole lot of fun.

Those are six of the 12 sketches John completed that night.  You can see the rest at his site.  John broadcasts on U-Stream regularly and we’re planning another session with me as co-host in the near future.  Hopefully, you can join us next time!

Ryan Cody: Sly is the Demolition Man

Posted in Art, Celebs, and Movies

That’s Ryan Cody’s take on Sly from Demolition Man. I’d been wanting to get a sketch from Ryan for a while now, but since he doesn’t make it to east coast shows and I don’t get west, it didn’t look good. Not long ago, Ryan was going to a show and offered fans some discounted sketch opportunities and even extended the offer to me through the mail.

I jumped on board for two pieces and the Demolition Man is the first. You’ll see the second in the coming weeks. Until then check out Ryan’s blog and his DA site.

Thanks to Ryan! Hopefully we can do it again sometime. – Craig