My 50 Favorite Flicks • #20

The man with no name takes the #20 spot…

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1967)
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The Good The Bad and The Ugly is a film that has entertained, inspired and influenced my life.  My comic Return to Rander is a direct homage to “the man with no name”  This is the pinnacle of westerns for me.  The superior film is this one, but don’t sleep on the two predecessors, as they are still amazing films.

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Iron Fist Sketch Cover Boston Con

So this past weekend was my fourth Boston Comic Con showcasing my work.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do a sketch cover for King Mega Trip this year.  He wanted Iron Fist, so I delivered an old school Iron Fist.  I took pictures as I created it so you can see the process! Done with ink brushes and copic markers.

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My 50 Favorite Flicks • #21

My 21st favorite film on the list is something that benefits from dudes in suits…

Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Planet of the Apes is a movie that has captivated my imagination for twists in stories.  Written by Rod Serling, it has the feeling of a Twilight Zone episode.  This is just a classic Sci Fi Film that has been remade, remodeled but never recaptures what makes this film great. Dudes in suits will always be better than CGI.

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #22

Quentin finally has a film on my top 50!

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
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This was the second movie that I had seen by Quentin Tarantino.  I remember tracking down this VHS in a video store in the 90’s and watching it from beginning to end glued to the TV.  QT’s storytelling and character development just sucks you right in.  You learn more and more about who these gangsters are and how brutal they can be.  Sometimes I wish that QT would write another film with gangsters doing gangster shit again.

My 50 Favorite Flicks • #23

A Japanese classic clocks in at my #23 spot on the list…

Seven Samurai (1954)
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I was introduced to Akira Kurosawa during my college years in an Asian History class.  I was shown the epic “Ran”.  This was my first glance into another world of film.  A world that was a different culture, and portrayed a different time period.  A short time after, my friend Derek pushed my exposure of Kurosawa and had me watch Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Rashamon.  Now, these are the creme de la creme of classic film!  Let me just get down to it.  Seven Samurai is a simple film of standing up for what’s right.  It has influenced my story telling, and whenever I can put aside 3 hours to watch this, it is always well worth it.  Please see this Japanese epic if you haven’t.