Monday, December 12, 2005

The Ultimate Fall


Johnson's "Airing of Grievences" celebration came off without a hitch. Drunken foosball, loads of beer, and a few little bottles of Jegermeister - made his Festivus a complete success.

One highlight was the viewing of the wrestling documentary about The Ultimate Warrior. In my younger days, I was an avid viewer of Saturday morning's WWF wrestling! I loved watching Hulk Hogan give a smack down to the Iron Shiek... and how Hacksaw Jim Duggin's eyes would blip in and out of control... but I also loved watching the Ultimage Warrior come rushing in and wailing on the ropes!

Sadly, it turns out Warrior was one of the biggest tools in the bunch. He would skip venues, refuse to go out until he was paid money in hand, and he was basically the most hated wrestler in the business.

But those streamers he tied to his arms... priceless.


Narnia was a good ride. It is tough; I love the LOTR films sooo much, it is difficult to walk into a similar film and not compare it. Watching the large battle of Narnia made me appreciate Helm's Deep and the last 1/3 or ROTK all the more!


With that in mind, I am going nuts waiting to see KING KONG!!!! The group is planning a Wednesday night last show. Word of mouth is that this flick is unbelievable! Peter Jackson has definitely made quite the name for himself - people are talking like he has replaced Spielberg as the ultimate popcorn movie director.

Cool.

Yo

51 comments:

krysta jo said...

good morning bloggers!

Damfino said...

Whaddup wonky!

krysta jo said...

Nothing much...just chillin like a villian.

Damfino said...

I just finished up Gilmore season 4 in lieu of Gilmore Seaon 5 arriving tomorrow... Golly... i love that show!!!!

Buttercup said...

ohh am I jealous of you.

Damfino said...

I still feel bad for Jason - he got a rough ride from Lor and Richard... I mean, they took everything from him!!!

But watching Luke come around to Lor... that is great stuff. And the Jess stuff is really good too!

Looking forward to the discs tomorrow... the Palladino's do commentary on an episode... oooooh.

Kern said...

Hello all. Kern is in the building...

Damfino said...

I thought I felt the thud of your mini Kern.

New AD tonight... I guess they are shooting 5 more - with Justine Bateman... and Brian Grazer seems confident that the show will be picked up on another station.

HBO?

Kern said...

Well, if it's not TV, it's HBO I guess...

Thud of the mini-Kern. Heh...that's right, you have no idea the strain that puts on my back. It's like carrying a Great Dane in a ziploc bag all day long.

Kern said...

So, also there wasn't any mention of yr tryst with Scarlett. Did that end badly?

Damfino said...

I got drunk and fell asleep on the couch... she got pissed and left.

Poor Scarlett...

I am not sure about your Great Dane in ziploc ref... the image is not sexy at all... more high school science sickening.

Kern said...

Alright, how bout this...instead of Mini-Kern, how Kern Kong?

Damfino said...

and lo the beast...

KERN KONG!!!!







filth

Kern said...

Ha ha ha. We're putting the filth back in Damfinoblog.

Speaking of filth and debauchery, did I tell you I am currently designing the new flyer for Kern Returns 2006?

Kern said...

I'll give you a hint: Sex, Droogs, and Rock and Roll.

Ha ha.

Deit Heimley said...

Perhaps Kernling? Or Kerncicle?

Mini-Kern has "mini" in it, and Kern Kong is too butch and macho for the Kern to use.

Like the Great Dane, but the ziplock bag reference needs work. Ziplock is too much like zipper, and zippers hurt!!

Deit Heimley said...

When is "Kern Returns 2006"??

Speaking of debauchery ... save New Year's Eve plans for Deit's Progressive Newy Year's Eve Party. If you have never heard of such a thing, we take four houses and fill them with food and booze, we then send guests on tours between the houses to see who can get drunk the quickest. We even employ a vomitortium. For those unfamiliar with a Deit festivale ... think Mardi Gras, but with more liquor.

Damfino said...

Kerncicle?!?! I just vomited a little.

AHHH - to think of the days of the Kern return... warmer... happier... post that poster soon. We need a goal to look to.

Deit - Did you catch Narnia? Were you a Lewis reader?

Damfino said...

Kernstick.

Kerntip.

The Kernel!

Deit Heimley said...

I L-O-V-E the Narnia series. Like you, I read them as a child, and am considering a re-read now. That being said, I have mixed felings on the movie. I was by far, a bigger Lewis fan than Tolkien, so if the Narnia series is reduced to a series of action sequences like the LOTR series was, I will be greatly displeased.

I have heard good stuff on it, and I will see it, but I will enter with very mixed feelings.

Deit Heimley said...

Kernasaurus?

Kerntoria?

Kergantuan?

Kernaria?

Damfino said...

Hold on! The LOTR was reduced to a series of action scenes?!?

I felt the movie did lack something... felt kind of cold.. we did not fall in love the kids like I did in the books.

I need to re-read them as well.

Oh - Aslan's death scene is really really tough to watch. It is long and scary!

Deit Heimley said...

Especially ROTK! Yes, LOTR the book is much meatier in the freindships between the fellowship. In the book, the whole scene where Frodo puts on the ring makes sense in the book, and you feel his pain. Sam is much more fleshed out too. The battle scenes in LOTR take up much less of the book than the movie.

Also, the age of the Narnia series was younger than the LOTR series. I think that some things in the Narnia series (later books) would not work very well on film because they would be too scary. I am really thinking of The Silver Chair. Which is creepy as a book, but would be terrifying as a movie -- to the suggested age of the movie audience.

Kern said...

Those are some interesting names for my member. I wonder if this is going to be like Sheriff's Tagline contest from last summer.

I don't know about you guys but I thought that July was a little too warm. I was thinking about June this year, perhaps? I'll float it by everyone after the new year so we can see what everyone thinks. But I am personally hoping mid-to-late June this year.

The poster is taking a little while, because this time I may actually be in costume for the picture.

Sheriff Officer Greg the Bunny said...

Kern with special guest "Flesh IUD"


Look out Kern is packing a "G-pounder" in his slacks.


Kern honey, your leaning tower of pleasure is diggin into my hip.


The sheriff just spitballing some ideas.

Damfino said...

I just got Kerned!

You are going to be dressed for a photo for the image!?!??!

I just Kerned myself!!!!

Deit Heimley said...

Do NOT choose June 10th and 11th. That's Pride weekend and The Kern has enough trouble without everyone finding out he's flying out to Des Moines for Pride Weekend.

Come out for the Arts Festival on June 24 and 25. That might be cool.

Damfino said...

Wait - but you don't think LOTR should have toned down the battle stuff do you? I thought the series did a helluva job of creating a ton of characters and making them interesting in the time they had.

I thought Jackson balanced action - fantasy - drama - and moments of magic... very well.

Kern said...

Well, I should elaborate. It's going to be a makeshift costume, and the photograph may be artistically altered by my trusty Photoshop skills. But it should come close enough to achieve the desired effect in the poster. If it works it's going to be a fucking masterpiece. If not, I'll go with my backup poster idea, which is still not bad.

The hint for the backup: Two words: Andy Warhol.

Deit Heimley said...

Having watched the extended version of all three movies, I have to agree with you. The Two Towers is weaker by a large margin in the movie version as compared to the book.

But that was my point. I am not saying that LOTR was a BAD conversion. In fact it was very good. I just am saying that SEVERAL people who I know who are HUGE Tolkien fans don't like the movie because of what was left out. I am a HUGE Narnia fan, and know I will be disapointed by what was left out. Just like my brother who has grown up reading and watching Harry Potter. He has HATED every movie since the first one because of the stuff left out of the book. He LOATHED this last movie because they reduced the book to an action movie. He went on for 30 minutes on just how much he hated the movie.

I am just saying that when someone REALLY loves a book, it is often hard to watch the movie version because the movie is naturally less than the book.

Damfino said...

Whenever the Sheriff speaks... a hidden part of me comes alive with laughter. Maybe it is because I know his voice and laugh... but damn... he kills me!!!

FlopTheNuts said...

How about "Kernel"?

"Kern's Kernel"?

Mabye I'm not that creative, but I'm surprised that hasn't been posted yet!

"She wants some lsvjex from Kernel."

FlopTheNuts said...

Oh, Christ!! I missed Damfino's "Kernel" post earlier. That's what I get for scanning/skimming...

Boy, do I feel like a cspyocs!

Damfino said...

When the crap are people gonna start getting that movies are completely different than books.

In looking at The Sweet Hereafter... I think I ended up liking the movie better than the book. I actually got more insight on characters by seeing the sadness in the eyes... viewing the emptiness of the landscape... the cold seeped in far more in the film.

Now, I know there are a ton of stories... characters.. .elements that are left out of stuff like Potter... but come on!!! Now one is willing to sit through 20 hours of film to capture everything.

I find it amazing that sometimes little things in those books become huge in the films... The bus ride in the 3rd potter... I guess I am thinking of "action scenes."

I dunno... I am tired of hearing how superior books are to films.

Damfino said...

Flog thyself nut!

FlopTheNuts said...

I would flog myself, but I already did this morning. Thrice. So I'm a little spent...

Hey, how about Kerne-... Oh, nevermind!

Damfino said...

Thrice? My my. Pent up agression?

Kiss my Kern.

Every good woman needs a Kern.

Hmmmmm - Kern

FlopTheNuts said...

Never heard it (uh, how shall I put this: reproductive fluid) called "aggression" before, but, hey, to each his/her own!

Ewwwwwww...

Get back to the jbhzzy, my Nizzy!

Kern said...

Flop's code word sounded like the aforementioned reproductive fluid.

It is kind of funny people using Kern in places of random nouns and verbs. It's kind of like what the Smurfs used to do.

Like when Papa Smurf would tell Smurfette. "Hey get over here. I'm going to pull out my smurf and you're going to give me a sloppiest smurf job that's ever been smurfed. Then I'm going to bust a smurf all over your face."

Eh, wow that was disturbing. Forget I said that.

Deit Heimley said...

I'm not saying superior. I am saying remake. Essentially, a movie based ona book is like a remaking of the book. It all depends on your thoughts on the book as to how you like the movie. I have also had several books that I liked better as a movie. I have books that I like as well as the movie version. I am thinking of Orlando. I love the book, but I have to plod my way through the long descriptions of events. The movie is filled with just so much more that was very different, yet caught the essense of the book. I like both very much, but maybe the movie a bit more so. Most recently, I just LOVED the H2G2 movie even though it departed in several points from the book.

HOWEVER, sometimes a person is a fanatic of the book. That person would not enjoy a word for word retelling of the book in a 20 part PBS Masterpiece Theator BBC reproduction because it is still not the book. It's a remake of the book.

I feel that way about the Narnia series. I just don't know if I want to see a remaking of a cherished childhood series of books. I know it is suposed to be great and I should love the movie, but I don't know if I want to love the movie.

And there's the rub. If one loves a thing too much, an imitation or recreation will not satify the way the original did.

I mean that's the issue with Kern right? That first time was just too great to ever be repeated, so he has hidden himself in art, music and other nerdlier pursuits so he can better treasure that first time.

Damfino said...

I am gonna Kern you and you aint gonna sh*t right for a month!!!

Deit Heimley said...

Remember that time you came over and we got Kerning drunk and I Kerned your Kern and gave you the best Kern job you ever had before you flipped me over and Kerned the Kern out of my Kern? That was the best Kerning night!!

Damfino said...

I say that each stands completely on its own. You read/view each - and react to them individually.

Comparing a book to a film is annoying fodder for bored housewifes and republicans.

Damfino said...

Deit is talking to you Kern.

Sheriff Officer Greg the Bunny said...

Kern,

I nearly smurfed my smurfing lunch all over my keyboard.

Well done.


b.o.

Deit Heimley said...

Easier said than done. The min is set up so that when you see a title and see a plot line that is familar your mind remembers the other time you saw that senario. That is true for plots, line, even special effects. Star Wars is much more awesome to our generation than it will be to our kids because we saw it first. But then look at how many times a Shakespear play has been redone.

A movie MUST stand on its own, yet comparrisons are almost unescapable. Look at The Producers, I saw the movie, then I saw the play, and now I am anticipating the new movie based on the play based on the movie. Each instance must be it's own beast or it will fail, yet it is hard to not think of how some part was different in the last version. That is just how our mind works.

Then you have emotion. Unless you are completely unemotional about all books, plays, and movies, your emotions will get wound around some parts of some art more than others. And when your heart is bound to something very tightly it can feel like a betrayal of that emotional state when you see something similar in a different form. It may not matter how good that other verison is, your true love is now and always will be that first and favorite form.

I am not a book snob. I love many many movies based on books. Some books, though possess too many emotional memories for me to not feel mixed emotions when I see it remade.

Damfino said...

You talk too much Deit. You could have simply said "Jed is right and I am wrong," and all would have been fine.

Deit Heimley said...

Kern you Damfino.

What the Kern was the kernning point that you were so kernning right about? Huh? That you want to kern the kernon my kern with your kernning kern while I kern kern your kerning kern with kerning kern?








OK. Sorry about that last part. I sort of got carried away with the whole Kern thing.

Damfino said...

I guess I am tired of hearing about the book when I am talking about the movie. Plain and simple.

The new Potter, compared with the previous films, was really good. Period.

Narnia was disappointing compared to LOTR - the movies.

Period.

Deit should no longer be allowed to Kern.

Period.

Deit Heimley said...

I can agree with part of that. If you feel for a book in a way that will not let you enjoy the movie, then don't see the movie. Don't see a movie and complain that it's not the book. Of COURSE it's not the book -- it's the movie.

YET, I think you stretch reason too much when you expect people to NEVER compare one to the other and invalidate all such comparisons. If you can compare one movie on a different subject to another, then you can compare two medium of the same material to each other.

I think you are better to compare the book to the movie version of one story and discuss the advantages and flaws of each than you are comparing The 40-year Old Virgin to Schindler's List.

Kern said...

I think that would be an interesting comparison. One is about saving Jews and the other is about saving yourself. For the right woman.

Compare and contrast.