Music Monday – The Damned Things “We’ve Got A Situation Here”


Steve, I apologize for taking your baby but you haven’t done one in a couple months and I was missing it. I was getting sick of just seeing my movie updates dominate the main page of the Shamoozal. Anyway, The Damned Things are somewhat of a supergroup. Keith Buckley (vocals) and Josh Newton (bass) are from heavy metal band Every Time I Die. Joe Trohman (guitar) and Andy Hurley (drums) are from rock band Fall Out Boy. Scott Ian (guitar) and Rob Caggiano (guitar) are from the old school heavy metal band Anthrax. Six dudes, three of them playing guitar. That is a whole lot of sound. While I wasn’t crazy about their album, I do like a few songs by these guys. The one I posted above had an official video that was about them becoming rocking superhero crime fighters and I thought it was a pretty original idea. But I’ll also add one more that I like after the jump. Enjoy! And Steve feel free to take this weekly update back next week if you feel up to it.

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Movie Info of the Week (June 6-10 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
True Grit

True Grit – I love me some Coen Brothers. And I love me some Jeff Bridges. Their past collaboration created my favorite movie of all time, The Big Lebowski. And now they have put Bridges into another classic role. In this remake of the John Wayne film, Bridges plays Rooster Cogburn, who is hired by a little girl out for revenge. Her father was murdered and the killer is on the loose. She’s all business while Cogburn is a run down drunkard. Matt Damon and Josh Brolin also have roles. Its a pretty awesome Western and one of my favorite movies from last year. It combines comedy, action, and drama nicely. I haven’t seen it since the theater and I’m anxious to give it another watch.

My Theater Pick
Super 8

Super 8 – this is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and definitely my most anticipated of the summer. JJ Abrams had an idea for a coming of age story about some kids filming a movie on their Super 8 camera. He also had an idea for a movie about a monster attacking a small town. Steven Spielberg joined him as executive producer and the idea was born to merge the two into one movie. Super 8 deals with a group of kids who witness a government train crash that unleashes some kind of beast. While the government tries to clean it up and hide it from the public, the kids and some townsfolk know the truth. Looks like E.T. meets Cloverfield and that is something I just HAVE to see. Not many well known faces in the flick which could hurt it in the end, but thats the best way to create movies like this. I am pumped!!

Box Office Results
X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class surprised no one by taking the #1 spot and earning $56 million this past weekend. The surprise was $56 million was kind of way below what they were expecting. Awesome reviews don’t always make every person out there want to see it. It was one of the lower earning Marvel movies of recent times. And its tough to stick around the top with new summer blockbusters coming out every weekend for the next couple months.

Also coming out in stores this week is Sanctum, Rubber, Just Go With It, The Company Men and Breaking Bad Season 3.

Also coming out in theaters is Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

Movie Info of the Week (May 30-June 3 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Drive Angry

Drive Angry – somehow Nicolas Cage keeps ending up in the Movie Info of the Week posts. Every time one of his movies comes out, there’s nothing else to choose from. So once again, King Cage wins. This movie just looks absolutely ridiculous and over the top, which I guess is Cage’s thing these days. He dies but escapes from Hell, with terrible hair yet again, and tries to hunt down the people that killed his daughter. But Hell is also trying to get him back. The hot ass Amber Heard joins in just to give us something nice to look at, which is very much appreciated in what I’m sure is an absurd film. It was filmed in 3D but that doesn’t matter now unless you have one of those fancy 3D TVs. I might actually watch this just to laugh. Can you believe Nicolas Cage actually won an Oscar at one point in his career?

My Theater Pick
X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class – did you ever wonder how Professor X and Magneto started their rivalry? Or how the famous mutant school started? Well in this prequel to the previous X-Men films, we find out. James McAvoy is Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender is Erik Lehnsherr, the young mutants who eventually become Professor X and Magneto. They have differing opinions but are still colleagues and bring other young mutants together to harness their powers. We get a look at young Mystique, Beast, Banshee, Havok and many more. Kevin Bacon and January Jones are the villians Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost. It is directed by Matthew Vaughn who did the totally radical Kick-Ass last year. So I expect big things from this flick.

Box Office Results
The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II broke all kinds of records over the holiday weekend. Even though it was getting shitty reviews, it had the biggest opening ever for a live action comedy and the biggest opening ever for an R-rated comedy with almost $86 million. It even beat out Kung Fu Panda 2 which only brought in $47 million. The animated films usually do better but the adults beat out the kids this past weekend.

Also coming out in stores this week is Biutiful and Passion Play.

Taming the Wire Box

Wire Box Organized

Wire Box Organized

I hate my wire box. I dread when I have to go into that thing and look for something I might actually need, be it a USB cable or some random AC adapter. It doesn’t matter how many times I sort through it and attempt to organize everything (which is rare actually) because the moment I have to look for something all of my work becomes undone. Before I know it I have a giant knot of spaghetti wires which enrages me to no end. In fact, I actually took a picture of it a few weeks ago (pictured below) because I was going to write a post bitching about it, but I never got around to it because it didn’t really have a good ending other than me just saying I hated my wire box.

In steps my pal Randy from with a Facebook status update telling people a brilliant and simple solution to the wire box – put everything in sandwich bags (pictured above). Hooray! Through all of my frustration I don’t know how this never crossed my mind. I ended up spending about an hour tonight untangling all of the wires, weeding out wires I don’t need anymore and things that don’t really belong in there (like a Virtual Boy and PS1 controller), swiping clean all the dog hair from the basket and finally placing everything into its own individual sandwich bag. The best part is that it works because I needed to test my newly sorted wire box as soon as I finished with it. I realized one of the parts I threw back into the box was an anchor for my HDTV (which I need to install now with the girls learning how to climb up to the TV) and I was able to find it rather quickly. Thank the heavens.

So I figured I should pass this tip onto everyone else, because damn it, it deserves it’s own post and more than a mere tweet. Thanks again Randy.

Wire Knot

Shamoozal Radio Podcast #37 – Judgment Day Brokedance


I had a bunch of text written for this and somehow I ended up erasing it before posting it! I don’t really get what I did there, but I did it. Anyway, it’s been a long while since we had a podcast. The gang got together last weekend and we put together this episode which features our yearly Summer Movie Preview (in which we sort of hate on most of the choices this year), play a game about surviving what was supposed to be a post apocalyptic world, and in our Final Thoughts hit topics like the death of Macho Man Randy Savage, LA Noire, and the cancellation of such great shows like The Event.

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Movie Info of the Week (May 23-27 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Childrens Hospital

Childrens Hospital Season 1 & 2 – I’m not going to choose any of the big movie releases this week since I haven’t seen them. Instead I’m going to pick this silly TV show that comes on late at night on Cartoon Network‘s Adult Swim. It cracks my shit up. It was created by and starring Rob Corddry, who most recently appeared in Hot Tub Time Machine. It is a spoof of hospital dramas like Grey’s Anatomy but totally “out there.” Like TOTTTTTTTALLY out there. The episodes are only 15 minutes long and usually contain a bunch of guest stars. Regulars are Ken Marino, Malin Akerman, Henry Winkler, Lake Bell, Megan Mullaly and Rob Huebel among others. You may not recognize all the names but the faces appear in a lot of popular comedies these days. It truly is a silly show that makes me laugh.

My Theater Pick
The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II – the first Hangover movie is one of the best comedies of recent times. It is even called the Dumb & Dumber of the 21st Century. Can you believe that movie is 17 years old? SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD! Truly makes me feel old. Its highly quotable, absolutely absurd, a fun story to follow and introduced a new comedy star in Zach Galifianakis. The new movie looks exactly like the first one with minor twists here and there. It takes place in Thailand at the bachelor party of Stu (Ed Helms). All the guys return and now Doug (Justin Bartha), the guy who is lost in the original movie, plays a bigger role, but still not entirely a star of the movie. My expectations are high because I loved the original so much. The filmmakers are saying sure it looks like the same movie but its a lot raunchier. That definitely tickles my fancy.

Box Office Results
Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Of course the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie took the #1 spot. And of course it made more money in its opening weekend than any other flick so far this year. Those facts aren’t too shocking. The shocking part is it only made $90 million when it was expected to make over $100 million like the previous two films did. Slightly disappointing and with two big movies coming out this holiday weekend, I don’t know how it will affect it in the long run.

Also coming out in stores this week is Gnomeo & Juliet and I Am Number Four.

Also coming out in theaters is Kung Fu Panda 2.

The Magazine Treasure Chest – Final Part – Old Drawings


Well I never intended to drag out this series of write ups for three weeks, but that’s what ended up happening. It would come down to “Should I do this nerdlog post or work on the short?” and working on the short won almost every time. So anyway, we’re onto the final part of the Magazine Treasure Chest.

Tucked away in the chest were a handful of old folders from when I was in grade school and high school. These were full of drawings I did when I was a kid. Some have aged better than others, most are just dreadful. I’m glad I was a bit of a pack rat even when I was a kid because I do enjoy looking back at many of these pictures. I can remember drawing most of them and it’s neat to see literally a lifetime of my work and the way I drew characters then and now. It’s funny, I’ve never stopped drawing Link, the Ninja Turtles, they’re easily some of my favorites. There’s a handful of Zoink images too, and apparently I’ve had a secret Frankenstein obsession even when I was young. Weird. I didn’t even realize that until I came across it. So anyway, here are 20 drawings I drew ranging from the fourth to eleventh grade. Enjoy.

A bunch of Zelda drawings that I’m pretty sure I copied out of the manual from A Link to the Past. These were most likely drawn when Zelda was new, so I probably drew these in 1992. I would be 10 years old.

Pretty sure I drew this in class as the above. It’s Link, and I guess he’s fighting a Gibdo as well as a dildo. It’s supposed to be those green slimes from ALTTP.

I feel like I also remember drawing this in class, but being happy enough with it to take it home so I could ink it. I probably drew this in 1993. That Slippy is so bad. So is the sideways logo, ha.

The first TMNT picture was done in 1994 while I’m certain the one below it of the Turtles assaulting a giant Krang in the Turtle Blimp was done a year or two before it.

And to show some progress, a picture of Leonardo I did when I was a Junior in High School. One of my favorite parts about drawing the Turtles (as well as Link actually) is that there are so many styles to choose from.

Buster Bunny and a Zoink that I color on poster board. Probably done around ’92 or ’93

A TERRIBLE Street Fighter 2 image I think I also did in class. There is actually a sequence of these with every fighter from the original game, even the bosses (Vega, Bison, etc). Probably done in ’92.

By comparison, some Street Fighter Alpha 2 drawings I did when I was a Junior in high school. My Ryu is terrible, but the Sakura is okay for what it is.

Drawing of a Battletoad and DK and Diddy from the first DKC done in pastels… on line paper. Yeah, that didn’t work so hot on top of not knowing how to use them. I’d guess these were done in ’94 or early ’95.

Image of Samus that I’d guess I did early on in high school. Maybe when I was a Sophomore? I don’t know for sure.

I’ve already admitted my love for Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon in the past. Considering I was in love with the show when I was in 8th grade and early in high school, I’ll assume I did this when I was a Freshmen.

Thought this was funny. Picture of Hollywood Hogan after he said he would run for President before the 2000 election. Also done when I was a Junior.

Picture of a Frankenstein character. I guess I always did like Frankenstein, there were actually a few more like this. I’ll guess maybe I did this in 5th or 6th grade, so around ’93 – ’94.

A bunch of awful Mega Man inspired (and probably ripped off) characters. Oddly enough, the main characters from Out of this World also made the cut. Probably done in ’92.

“Z-Men” a terrible X-Men parody with Zoinks. Probably done in ’91.

I always enjoyed drawing these big war scenarios, usually they’d progress through a bunch of pages. This is obviously the war against drugs. Probably ’91 or ’92.

Another Mega Man inspired character complete with stats and bad spelling!

Finally a mishmash of characters, like Link, The Punisher and an Arwing escaping the wrath of Andross. Most likely drawn in ’93.

So there we have it, a small sample of my old art. It is what it is, and I’m glad I’ve held onto it for so long.

Read the rest of the Magazine Treasure Chest

Part 1 – First Drawings of Jacquo
Part 2 – My work sort of in print
Part 3 – Magazine Memories
Part 4 – Old Drawings