Another Bill Murray performance makes it’s way on the list…
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
At one time, The Royal Tenenbaums would have been in this slot. I preferred that film over Life Aquatic for a long time. But time has shown that I have watched this way more times. The more you see this film, the more you pick up in it. The funny simple plot of revenge on a shark, the amazing soundtrack covering David Bowie tunes acoustically, the marvelous cast of characters and Bill Murray. This all comes together so nicely, and gives us a film that feels comfortable and fun everytime we watch it. Other things that make me smile about this film include, the model set of the ship, the attire that the Zissou crew wears including the hat, sneakers and blue jumpsuits, interns handling guns, and the scene where they raid the beach to the glorious music of Iggy Pop and the Stooges “Search and Destroy”. Personally, I feel this was Wes Anderson’s best film and the rest seem to decline from then on. His style didn’t feel like an imitation of itself at this point.
This week on Sunday in Rander. I bring something back! Mini Comics! Here is another short strip in the universe of Rander. This one actually centers on Blane, and when he was younger. He was part of a group of do-gooders, who kept peace and justice in the five points. I named the other three after my Stock*Pile Friends. Sorry guys, but your fate has been sealed. This strip also features Hartter the bartender! I think I might do one more mini comic before I stop for a while.
It’s not Sunday you are saying! You would be right. Then WHY am I posting Sunday in Rander on a Friday? Am I a Madman!? Yes, yes I am. But with all the fun San Diego Comic Con news floating around, I wanted to throw my hat in and get a promotion of Return to Rander Issue #4 out there! It’s coming! And it’s big! It will be a 44 page Giant Sized Rander issue! And still for only 3.99! Look for it to drop on Halloween! Anyone who dreses up as the Matador for Halloween gets a free issue! Peace!
It’s fitting to come up next at #26…
Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
As far back as I can remember, Indiana Jones has been there. Temple of Doom was actually my first introduction to the iconic character, and as much as I love that flick, Raiders has always been the superior film. It’s films like this that have some kind of indescribable magic associated with it that you can’t create, they just happen. They tried to recreate it with the latest installation, but it was missing it. As for the Last Crusade, I think it’s a really fun adventure, but doesn’t take the idol.
Along with my Return to Rander custom Munchkin cards, I had to have a monster in the deck that was… nearly unstoppable, relentless and strong enough to rip the arms off a man. I give you the Man-Gull Munchkin card. No dungeon is safe when Man-Gull lurks in one of the rooms! Make sure you read Man-Gull by my buddy Rian Miller. Go to http://www.stockpilecomics.com and pick up a copy.
The Force is strong with this #27 Pick…
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
How can you NOT be a fan of Empire? This was a great sequal to the original classic Star Wars. There are so many things that make this movie stand out; Hoth Battle, Boba Fett taking Han in carbonite, Luke and Vader’s battle, Vader’s revalation, and what I depict here, Yoda’s training of Luke on Dagobah. This movie ups the anti in so many areas.
This week on Sunday in Rander, I was inspired by Steve Jackson’s Munchkin game. My buddies and I are in board game full swing, and recently I picked up Munchkin. I fell in love with it, and guess what, it came with some blank cards. Immediately I wanted to make my characters. But being the nit picker I am, I had to have them look like they belonged in the deck with the rest of the cards. What I did was draw the characters in the same style as the art of Munchkin, and then designed the card, printed it on label stock and placed it right into the empty space of the blank card. I’m pretty excited to possibly open a door and find The Matador waiting for me! If you want these characters in your game, shoot me a message. Next up is getting a high level Man-Gull card!