HELLBOY - Guillermo Del Toro was faithful to Mike Mignola's Jack Kirby homage and world view mythology. The evil may be a tad hokey in spots, but for my buck - that adds extra bang to the hero sport. The hero is wise-cracking and clunky while throwing speed-knots and busting caps. And, it's got romance, to boot. Great fun. Now go read the comix!
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE - REMAKE. All emperor, no clothes. Fuck Michael Bay.
THE MAN WITH NO NAME TRILOGY - Sergio Leone may be my favorite director of all time. Revisiting this classic set locked it all in. Why tell when you can just show? The few choice words in this involved tapestry serve to move story while never tipping a characters hand. Sits perfectly next to my all time fave: ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. Speaking of which...
ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA. Finally watched this. Been meaning to since 1984. Epic. Emotional. Not perfect. Leone's last movie. I'll give it up to him.
PUNISHER - THE END by Garth Ennis & Richard Corben. Perhaps the best post-9/11 comic book ever made. Bar none. It rings so true, it hurts. I dare you to read this comic after watching BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and not put a bullet in your brain.
B.P.R.D. [official new series] by Mike Mignola & Guy Davis. Mignola spins good horror yarn - for a comic book - and Davis just knows how to draw what and where. Dave Stewart's colors always compliment, shape, and set proper mood.
Also, snag FANTASTIC FOUR, DAREDEVIL, RUNAWAYS, Y - THE LAST MAN, DC: THE NEW FRONTIER, CAPER, HULK, PLANETARY, GLOBAL FREQUENCY, SLEEPER, THE ULTIMATES, WANTED, SHE-HULK
INVISIBLE MONSTERS by Chuck Palahniuk. Save seals. Hug a tree. Do anything NICE before and after reading this book. If you're up for some terrifying yet gut-giggling misanthropy, this is the be all end all. Holy moly. I need to take a breather before every chapter. Turning a page is like pulling back a heavy door. Grueling.
DIZZEE RASCAL - Boy In Da Corner. A clipped staccato of Dancehall, Electronica, and Rap w/a UK slant. Oi!
JOHNNY CASH - The Man Comes Around. Could Rick Rubin have produced a better swan song? Sublime.
Me and the Best Girl in the World: