The great one… Bruce Lee. He is the reason why my 44th pick shows up.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
I don’t need to explain myself as to why Enter the Dragon is one of my favorite movies. I remember seeing this on TV during the weekends when I was young. I loved the expression that Lee would convey on the film. It’s a shame his life was cut so short, I would love to see what type of films he would be making right now.
Another more recent movie makes the list yet again. Coming in at #45…
Paranorman was an instant animated classic. This is a flick you can watch with the whole family. I predict this will be a Halloween watch annually for me and my family. It has a lot of homages to classic horror, and has a lot of great comedy in it. But the best part, is that it is traditional stop motion animation. Now how cool is that!?
For my 46th pick of my favorite 50 movies, I pick a more recent one!
I remember going to see this movie in the theaters, not knowing much about it, and being blown away. Since seeing it in the theaters, I have re watched this at least 10 times. Ryan Gosling brings an amazing performance as the driver. The music is all synthesized and wreaks of an 80’s crime film. It has a few twists and turns along the ride, and the rest of the cast all put in a grade A performance. I can’t recommend this enough. A modern classic.
A movie that will never be on anyone else’s top 50 list comes in at #47 for me!
Rapid Fire (1992)
This film stars the late (great) Brandon Lee. My love for this movie goes back to the early 90’s when I saw this in the video store for 5 bucks and my mother bought it for me. I would watch it all the time and continue to for years to come. In fact it was the first purchase I have ever made on amazon when I upgraded my worn VHS to a DVD copy. My love for this movie is well known, and you can hear more about it in the Sidetracked Side Project over at http://sidetrackedpodcast.blogspot.com/.
This flick has tons of great action including martial arts, gun play, weapons, motorcycle crashes! I love the performances by all of the cast, and the story is simple and easy to follow. Go rent this!
Up next on my top 50 countdown is my pick for #48.
Casino Royale (2006)
I have always loved the James Bond character. I have seen every single 007 film, and must say that my favorite iteration of James Bond is Daniel Craig. This film brought the series to a more realistic and brutal tone. I dig the plot that wasn’t outrageous and had a killer opening. There are a lot of great little easter eggs thrown in the movie to satisfy all levels of Bond fandom.
Craig is a tough person to catch a likeness for, so I did my best in the time allotted.
My next pick at #49 is a hometown favorite here in Boston.
The Departed (2006)
You can’t deny Scorsese makes one hell of a flick. I can literally watch this any time and enjoy it. It has a lot of suspense and teeth gritting moments. The performances by Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Leo DiCaprio is top notch. This isn’t higher on my list due to the fact that I am not digging the editing too much. It seemed somewhat sloppy compared to Marty’s other masterpieces.
Another edition of Sunday in Rander coming at you. I have put issue #3 behind me, and looking toward issue #4! I am really excited to be drawing a lot of the stuff I wrote in this issue! I have already started the pencling pages, so I wanted to share some Blue line pencils of a new character in the book! See you next time!
I am starting a series of sketches to countdown my 50 favorite films (currently). This series will be quick 30 minute ink sketches to keep me busy when I have free sketch time. I will try to post 1 or 2 a week if I can keep up. So these are my favorite films, not necessarily the “best” or “greatest of all time” films. These are all equal parts, nostalgia, excitement, rewatchability, and appreciation.
So first up is my #50 pick.
IP MAN (2008)
This is a semi-biographical story of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. He was also one of the teachers of the great Bruce Lee. This movie has everything, heart, passion, great choreography, and a superb performance by Donnie Yen. Make sure you opt out of the dubbed version please and watch it in it’s native language.
This is my first news post ever on my blog!
I will be a father in August! With this comes great responsibility and since most of my free time will be devoted to creating Return to Rander 4, I will not be able to do much side art that I post in between Rander stuff. To remedy this, I am starting to do a sketch blog just like this blog started out being. I will be doing a new series of quick 30 minute b/w sketches to keep the blog active. I will debut the series very soon so keep an eye out!
Lucky Rander fans, this week on Sunday in Rander you get another mini story! I give you a very important moment in the history of RR. You may not understand much until the 4th issue comes, so I better get crackin on it. Until next time…
This year I was invited to Rubber Chicken Comics in Bellingham, Ma. I gave great discounts on Return to Rander issues 1-3! I also was able to share my new sketchbook and draw some fun sketches in the cover! I also did a sketch cover of a Hulk comic! I love seeing the support that the public gives to brick and mortar comic shops. Thanks everyone! See you next year!