Wednesday, April 30, 2014

B&R: Batman 75 Panel @wondercon


This is an awesome Batman 75 panel from Wondercon. I will weigh in with my answers to the topics poised.

Favorite Batman Villain

It's hard to pick just one villain from Batman's villains they are all so iconic and memorable even the bad ones like Killer Moth and Crazy Quilt. Gun to my head though the only choice is the Joker. He has the strongest hero/villain dynamic in all of comics and possibly all of pop culture. He has an amazing look and concept, the best Batman's stories all have him as an element if not the driving force. He's as equal an icon as Batman.

Batman 66
I read the first couple of issues of this book and enjoyed it but I can't afford to carry it on my weekly pull. list. I will definitely be picking up the team up with Green Hornet in Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman's upcoming Batman 66 run. I also dig the classic 66 Batman show and would love to meet Adam West.

The Dark Knight Returns

I've never been a fan of the seminal Frank Miller work. I'm not much of a fan of Frank Miller on the whole. The only project he's involved with I'd consider myself a fan of are the Robert Rodriguez Sin City movies. I found DKR to be kind of one note and which isn't a bad thing in a comic but I didn't particularly like that note. I read it when I first got into comics and may need to re-read it to fully appreciate it. I enjoyed the sequel The Dark Knight Strikes Again more than the original cause it involved more of the Justice League.

ASS KICKING KICKSTARTERS: Steele Vs



Check out and support this Kickstarter it's close to their dead line and every dollar helps.The art by  Slobodan Jovanovic is gorgeous and lush. The story is about a fictionalized version of famed mountie Sam Steele going on pulpy Canadian wilderness adventures


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

YOUTUBE GOLD: Harry Potter VS Star Wars


This awesome video pits a jedi in jeans against a wizard also in jeans. The effects are perfect and the action is pretty top notch. This is a great fan film and really cool idea. Kudos to the Racka Racka for their creativity. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Nic Cage Monday: Kick-Ass - Sleep Tight (Big Daddy Dies)


Nic Cage does his best Adam West/ Mr. Rodgers in Kick-Ass. However, in this scene where's he's burning to death he goes full Cage. This scene is both heart wrenching and hilarious it is like the sweet and sour sauce of Nic Cage performance. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

COMICBOOK REVIEW: Silver Surfer #1


         It's comic book review time and I've got a hankering to talk about Silver Surfer #1. Silver Surfer is a comic book character that always appealed to me as a kid, he's got a cool look that is unique. He has one of the best modes of transportation in all of comics, he has a strong power set, and an interesting origin. The reality however of his cosmic tragedy however was never that entertaining to me. The Fantastic Four movie he was in, and his appearance on Super Hero Squad (where he talks like a surfer dude) hasn't helped his cause either. However, he has all the makings of a great character and I've always appreciated him. So with the right creative team maybe he can shine brighter than ever. Usually I'm all about DC comics, but when one of my favorite comic book artists on the planet, Mike Allred, has work at Marvel. I must follow. I've spoken briefly about how Mr. Allred drew me into the world of comics with his glorious cover for X-Statix #1. He draws me in yet again to Silver Surfer #1 which boasts this cosmic cover.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

#TBT -- Classic Simpsons: "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer" (Season 8, Episode 9)

Episode 3F24
Original Airdate: 1/5/1997
Writer: Ken Keeler
Director: Jim Reardon
Commentary by: Matt Groening, George Meyer, Jim Reardon, Josh Weinstein (with his kids Simon and Molly)

Synopsis

Fearful that Homer will drunkenly embarrass her yet again at the annual chili cook-off, Marge tries to keep him from finding out about it. When he does, she makes him promise he won't drink any alcohol.

credit: SimpsonsGIFs
However, when Homer comes face-to-face with "the merciless peppers of Quetzlzacatenango" ("Grown deep in the jungle primeval by the inmates of a Guatemalan insane asylum."), he begins a psychedelic journey he won't soon forget. Or maybe he will immediately. Who's to say, really?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In a Giffy: Pizza Princess

The Greatest thing I've found on the internet today is this Pizza Princess gif. Thank you internet.  Nuff Said. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nic Cage Monday: PUT THE BUNNY BACK IN THE BOX


Nic Cage delivers in one of my favorite action movies Con-Air. In Con-Air he says the line that should define his career " Put the Bunny back in the box." This video edits the fight scene shorter to give the dramatic weight of the line a comedic twist. 

Miami Hurricon 2014 Cosplay

Vundablog.com joined the three thousand people that attended Miami Hurricon 2014. We saw some really fun and imaginative cosplay and chatted with lots of enthusiastic fans. Vundablogger Danielle rocked her Bee and Puppycat Dress and a good amount of people actually recognized it.




Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Morning Special: Action Bill


Here's an amazing short that tells the story of William Shakespeare versus William Shatner told in the glorious yellow hue of lego. This makes me wish it was an actual set for sale. I can see building the battle suit and Shakespeare's home. The set would have to include lots of fire pieces for all the Micheal Bay-esque explosions. Hey! Lego CUUSOO, get on that. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

NERD ANTHEM: "Weird Al" Yankovic - White & Nerdy


Here's a nerd anthem to get you hyped for the weekend and yes that was Key and Peele rolling up on Weird Al. I really dig this Weird Al song since it came out, it elevates a weaker rap song to new heights. I love the lyrics like "My rims never spin to the contrary/ You'll find they're quite stationary/ All of my action figures are cherry/ Steven Hawking's in my library" and "I've been browsing, inspectin'/ X-men comics you know I collect 'em/ The pens in my pocket I must protect 'em/ my ergonomic keyboard never leaves me bored" It reminds me of my own nerd rap "Of my Epicness".

Side note: So tomorrow Vundablog will be hitting up Miami Hurricon in full force. We hope to see lots of cool cosplays, meet lots of cool people, and find some quality comics. We'll be handing out our new business cards, and we hope to see you out there. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#TBT -- Classic Simpsons: Introduction


I was raised on The Simpsons. From the ripe young age of six years old, I was hooked on America's favorite anti-nuclear family. I still remember the VHS tape I had at that age that my mom must have recorded for me at the end of Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2. It had seven episodes on it, all in the order they aired (skipping only "Dancin' Homer"):

"Krusty Gets Busted" (Season 1 Episode 12)
"Some Enchanted Evening" (S1E13)
"Bart Gets an F" (S2E1)
"Simpson and Delilah" (S2E2)
"The Simpsons Halloween Special" later renamed "Treehouse of Horror" (S2E3)
"Two Cars in Every Garage, Three Eyes on Every Fish" (S2E4)
"Dead Putting Society" (S2E6)

To this day, I consider these some of the best Simpsons episodes ever and each one always makes me incredibly nostalgic because they were the foundation of my love for The Simpsons and also because I watched them over and over and over and over and OVER when I was just a wee lad. I would even sometimes have sleepovers at my house and I would put this tape on and my friends and I would watch it until we all zonked out. But it was only the beginning.


I grew up not only watching Golden Age Simpsons every Sunday on Fox but since it was smack dab in the middle of the Golden Age, I also grew up watching a steady stream of classic episodes in syndication every afternoon when I got home from school (instead of, you know, doing my homework...as the French would say, very Bartesque). In the days before DVD box sets, I got to watch all the best Simpsons episodes over and over on channel 39 and I became addicted.

Sadly, during my last year of middle school, the show, then in its tenth season, began to slip noticeably in quality. I was still young, so I still enjoyed Season 10 but even I began to notice that the show wasn't quite what it used to be. By the time I started high school, it was into Season 11, which was as much worse than Season 10 as Season 10 was worse than Season 9. That's when I (along with many others) pretty much gave up on watching new episodes of The Simpsons. But the Golden Age would live on in all our hearts forever. And that's what this new feature here on Vundablog is all about.


If this blog is about one thing, it's about us completely geeking out about things we love and there are few things that all three of us here at Vundablog love more than Golden Age Simpsons. In that spirit, we introduce a new Throwback Thursday feature wherein we will be posting delightfully geeky tributes to classic Simpsons episodes. Each edition of "Classic Simpsons" will include a short synopsis of the episode, a slightly longer analysis of why we love it, a slew of fun facts taken mostly from the DVD commentaries of each episode and the book "The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family," and a quick(-ish) run-through of our favorite moments complete with screencaps (all images, of course, belong to Twentieth Century Fox) and sometimes, if we're really lucky, some amazing GIF animations care of the lovely folks over at SimpsonsGIFs.

It's the least we can do to express our love and gratitude for one of the greatest, most important television shows of all time. I only hope we can do it justice with our tributes.

NEXT WEEK: Season 8, Episode 9 - "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Homer" ("The Mysterious Voyage of Our Homer")


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

ALBUM REVIEW: Robby Hunter Band - Magic City Hippies


"You're never coming back..."

I have to confess that I'm especially honored and excited to be writing this review. You see, I went to high school with Robby. Years later, in early 2007, he got me a job with his dad's company and that was my first exposure to his music. Every Friday after work a handful of us would walk a few blocks over to Sunset Tavern in South Miami to have a few drinks and watch Robby play. Those sets consisted of about half and half original material to cover songs. That early material was very reminiscent of some of his major influences such as John Mayer and Jack Johnson (he also covered a couple of their songs) but you could definitely see that there was something there--he had a great voice, he could play the hell out of his guitar, and he definitely had a great ear for melody and harmony.

"Magic City Hippies," in my opinion, marks a fantastic musical evolution for Robby and his band, blending elements of funk, hip-hop, pop, and soul to find a unique, distinct sound that crystalizes all the excess, the beauty, the passion, and the peace of the Magic City and the hippies that call it home. When it grooves, it grooves hard, as with danceable gems such as the title track that opens the record and the mesmerizing "Bust." Other times it picks the tempo up and comes with some of the catchiest melodies around like the guitar line in the hip-hop tinged "Corazon" or the irresistible melodies of "Hard on Me" and "Fire."


But the thing I was most impressed with on this record was the beautiful, lush arrangements in every song. It's amazing how much the sound has evolved from one guy with an acoustic guitar who then started investing in some fancy pedals to now putting together these great big multi-track studio arrangements with a full band and keyboards and audio samples that are just glorious. And nothing is overdone, either. By no means is this just layers and layers of extraneous wanking. Every layer of every arrangement has a place and a purpose that serves the song and knows where and when to stop.

I'm so proud of Robby. I would listen to this record even if it wasn't made by one of my best friends because it's that good. I could easily see a song like "Hard On Me" being on the radio and I hope it will be one day because if anyone deserves it, it's this guy. This guy who has been busting his ass playing every bar and club that would have him for years and continues to do so because this is what he loves to do. And it shows on "Magic City Hippies." I highly recommend this record whether it be for a dance party or a chilled out smoke sesh. It's a symphony of sexy and a concerto of cool.

★★★★1/2 (out of 5)


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MEGACON 2014 March 23rd Cosplay Bad-Asses

The Vundablog found it's way to Megacon 2014 on March 23. We had a great time and picked up lots of merchandise and autographs. We also scoped out some great cosplay. Here are some of the cosplays we admire from the show. Sorry for blurriness in some of the photos. We were figuring out the best camera settings as we went along.


Some of the Monarch's henchmen captured me.

We met an impressive Buu from the Dragon Ball universe. 

Ultimate Warrior R.I.P.



Warrior we will always treasure your performance. Thank you.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fake Fighting Frenzy: NXT Breakdown


NXT superstars had a huge night on RAW after Wrestlemania. With Paige winning the Divas Title from AJ and commercials for Adam Rose and Bo Dallas.So enjoy our NXT breakdown I've been sitting on for a week or so.  

Star Wars Underoos Commercial

Monday, April 7, 2014

CAPTAIN AMERICA'S NEW THEME SONG! (PARODY)



Captain America won the weekend box office and our hearts this weekend. So enjoy this Captain's orders.