My 50 Favorite Flicks • #24

Another animated movie will squeeze in at #24, on the downturn of the entire list…

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (2001)
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I am happy to have a spot for my all-time favorite Anime series, and possibly tv series in general, Cowboy Bebop.  I need to thank my buddy Joel for insisting that I watch the first five episodes to give it a try.  Well, once I got past the first episode, I knew this show was for me! This series has so much going for it.  Heart is the word that I would use.  A lot of anime seems to feel lifeless, but Bebop has heart and soul.  So, please do as Joel instructed me, and go watch the first five episodes and give it a try.  Now on to the movie.  The movie is just another day in the life of the Bebop crew. It feels like a movie, and the stakes are really high this time around.  It takes place in the midst of the series, and still gives me hope that they could make another film. I depicted one of my favorite scenes in the film, and that is with Ein the Welch Corgi wearing a jacklantern mask! Most people would have done a Spike drawing, but not me. I have fond memories of seeing this in the theatre when it debuted in the US in Cambridge.  Bebop for life!

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #25

Another Bill Murray performance makes it’s way on the list…

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
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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.

Sunday in Rander • 69th Edition

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.

Blane Strip

 

Sunday in Rander • 68th Edition

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!

RR4 PROMO

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #26

It’s fitting to come up next at #26…

Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
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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.

Munchkin Man-Gull

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.

MANGULL MUNCHKIN

 

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #27

The Force is strong with this #27 Pick…

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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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.

Sunday in Rander • 67th Edition

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!

RANDER MUNCHKIN

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #28

A movie that I wore out the VHS copy of as a child is my #28 pick…

Ghostbusters (1984)

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Well, you would think a movie I wore the VHS copy out of would be closer to #1 on my list right?  I love Ghostbusters, it is an all time favorite of mine!  But there are just 27 movies that I like more!  Ghostbusters was such a great idea, using the toungue in cheek half seriousness mixed with the harsh consequences that the plot takes really gives us a fun ride.  Bill Murray is my favorite part of this movie in the end.  His one liners are genius.  Some of my favorites are… “Back off man, I’m a scientist”, “[tickling piano keys] They hate this. I like to torture them”, “No, we’re exterminators someone saw a cockroach up on twelve…. “Bite your head off, man” ,

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #29

Another comic book movies graces my list coming in at #29…

The Dark Knight (2008)
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So we have heard it all, Heath Ledger’s performance, the Heat inspired theme, the realistic take Nolan gave.  This is all true, and yes overused.  This is just plain and simple a great movie.  It looks amazing visually, it represents the characters from the comics correctly, it doesn’t have to deal with any origin story.  This is a truly amazing sequel.  I could obviously nit-pick it, but overall the best Batman film for you time.

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #30

#30 pick brings us the comic book movies to end all comic book movies….

The Avengers (2012)
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This was really hard to draw four faces just about an inch tall, but you get the idea! I wanted to do a split up grid because it represents bringing these 4 established characters films together in one.  What else is there to say?  Marvel just did it right. I can’t wait for the sequal.

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #31

Coming in at #31 is a pressense in film that is God-like…

Godzilla (1954)
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Ok, this is going to be the only time on this list that I have a film represent more than one film.  A lot of people like to log the entire Star Wars or Back to the Future Trilogy as 1 spot, but me, I don’t do that.  However, with Godzilla, I have to use the original film to represent the greatness and vast catalogue he has in cinema.  So as classic and great as the original 1954 masterpiece is, I want to represent all the rest of the greats such as Mothra vs Godzilla, Godzilla vs Destroyah, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Destroy all Monsters, Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah and even the new Godzilla (2014). He is a character that is very important to me, and as much as I love these films, I log them in the #31 spot because they aren’t technically top notch.  I wish there were a way to type Godzilla’s roar…

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #32

Happy 4th of July!  Up next is a very patriotic movie character. John McClane!

Die Hard (1988)
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Die Hard is my favorite Christmas movie! I know it doesn’t count as a real Christmas movie, but I love watching it during the season.  This is a great example of keeping a movie simple and to the point.  The movie takes place in one building, and that’s it.  All of the fun things contained in this one building that you can do to characters is just so fun.  The broken glass, jumping off the roof, crawling through vents, elevator action.  Mix this with Bruce Willis’ charisma and wittiness and you have an instant classic.  None of the other films captured what this one did.  Classic.