Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

This feature on my blog showcases one of my great loves and personal hobbies:
FILM MUSIC.
I am a passionate fan of film music and my collection of film music is vast but I want to combine that with a visual aspect (which film music should be aligned too) so I'm going to use You Tube to accomplish this goal.
I will search through You Tube and find videos that feature film music and embed those videos on this blog.
So,
without further ado, here is the
YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

I haven't seen alot of movies this year but unquestionably the best movie I've seen this year was Draft Day with Kevin Costner.  Now, I know some of you are saying, WHAATTTT?  But I'm telling the truth, Draft Day was the best movie I've seen this year.  It was well-done in every category from the acting to the directing to the script to the music.  And speaking of music, for your enjoyment, here is a montage of the score by John Debney.  Somehow, someway - see this movie when it comes out on DVD!!


BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY

 So now that its summertime, its also time for sweet #16 on the Playmate List:  Miss June 2006, Stephanie Eve Larimore.  Stephanie is a small bundle of beauty that began as a Cybergirl of the Week and then was CyberGirl of the Month for May 2005 before graduating to playmate in 2006 and yes, that's a popsicle for one hot babe in one hot pic. 

Summer is officially here.

As a bonus and keeping with the summer theme, I also give you #17 on the Playmate List:  Karin Taylor, Miss June 1996 (two June playmates, see the summer connection here).  This pic may be stretching my rules a bit but it is a great pic and highlights some of Miss Taylor's best assets (pun intended).

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

 
 
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
 
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
 
 
At #15 on the Playmate List is the absolutely incredible Miss April  (Yay for my birthday month!) 2010, Hope Dworaczyk (which rhymes with Jurassic). This incredibly tall playmate, 5'10" (and worth the climb, heh,heh), is incredibly curvy for a girl of her height.  Incredible is the only thing I can say.
Bonus Pic:


 
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
If you got to know me a little, you would find out that I'm one of the few regular people that is on Twitter.

One thing that I like about Twitter is that you can get sent all kinds of interesting and funny and amazing pics, so I'm going to be posting those pics that I find interesting or funny or amazing.

So
without futher ado here is the
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
 
Keeping with the wrestling theme for this pic
THE
"Legendary" Lou Thesz 
with 
Ed "Strangler" Lewis
 
 

THE GREATEST WRESTLERS

 

So I recently finished reading Larry Matysik's new book, The 50 Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time and it has, obviously, got me thinking about wrestlers and who might be the best IMO. 

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AS6EwV6y144/UetMmlbcw-I/AAAAAAAAAFM/Hx-CWr48-eg/s1600/9781770411043_p0_v1_s260x420.JPG

Matysik lays out his choices very meticulously and very competently (he devotes the first 100 pages of the book stating his criteria and denouncing the WWE's picks for the Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time DVD).  In the end, his Top Ten are:
10. Frank Gotch
9. Gene Kiniski
8. Buddy Rogers
7. Jim Londos
6. Steve Austin
5. Bruno Sammartino
4. Hulk Hogan
3. Ed Lewis
2. Ric Flair
1. Lou Thesz

From a historical point of view, I can't argue much with his choices as his list pretty much covers the whole history of wrestling.  I may have a problem with Steve Austin being ranked so high as he had absolutely no appeal for me as a wrestler and I actually stopped watching wrestling because of him because I didn't like him so much.  Also, Gene Kiniski's placement in the Top Ten is a bit of a stretch but the rest of the list is fairly solid.
But... several of these wrestlers on this I only know as names, such as Frank Gotch, Buddy Rogers, Jim Londos, Bruno Sammartino, Ed Lewis, and Lou Thesz as I have seen very few matches with these men if any at all. 
And that brings me to my criteria for the Top Ten Best Wrestlers.
For me, it all boils down to one thing:  Does the wrestler deliver great matches? 
That's it.  Everything else is superfluous.
The best wrestlers deliver the best matches, the most compelling matches, the most emotional matches, the most exciting matches and those matches have to be seen to be believed.
In other words, how do we know how great Frank Gotch was when none of his matches survive on any kind of media (due to the fact that he wrestled in the early 20th century before television).  In a sport that is fixed, scripted, predetermined and often choreographed, stats don't mean anything (and there are precious few of those in wrestling anyway).  All that can be relied on is the performance in the ring and if no one has seen the performances then there is no way to classify a wrestler as the greatest ever.
Here is an example - I believe that I have seen one or two Lou Thesz matches and they were ok but they weren't great IMO.  Where are all these great matches that Lou engaged in over his near 10 year reign as World Champion to be called the Greatest Wrestler of All Time.  If they exist they are locked up in some vault or studio somewhere and the general public (and certainly me) have never seen them.
So...
When compiling a Greatest Wrestler list, I can only speak of the wrestlers that I have seen and seen many of their matches.
So...
Without further ado, here is my Top Ten Greatest Wrestlers

10
The Undertaker


World Titles: 7

The best “gimmick” wrestler of the modern age, The Undertaker is a wrestler unique in the sport as he has evolved from a complete entertainment to a complete wrestler entertainer. At the beginning of his career he was more show over substance but slowly progressed into one of the best wrestling brawlers of all time with great matches that tell compelling stories. He also developed from one of the eeriest heels ever to one of the most endearingly popular figures the sport has ever known really hitting his stride in the decade of the 2000's winning World titles and engaging in epic feuds with all the wrestlers of the time.

9
Randy Savage


World Titles: 6
1988 PWI Most Popular and Wrestler of the Year

The “Macho Man” was intensity personified and a main event star during the 80s and 90s. A multiple time World Champion, Savage was always eclipsed by the two greatest wrestlers of the time who were his greatest rivals: Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan (who he won and lost every one of his World Championships too). A perfect blend of strength, agility, and charisma, Savage never gave a dull interview or a dull match.

8
Kurt Angle


World Titles: 11
2003 PWI Comeback, Feud, Match, Most Popular, and Wrestler of the Year

The 1996 Olympic Gold medalist in the Heavyweight division is the best legitimate wrestler in any federation that he stars in but that is only the beginning to Kurt Angle who transitioned to the pro ranks and succeeded like none before him or since. Learning the craft of pro wrestling, Angle excelled as both a heel and face and was a World Champion wherever he wrestled. A shooter in a worked business, Angle translated his intensity from the amateur ranks to the his professional in-ring work delivering great matches time and and again.

7
The Rock


World Titles: 9
PWI Most Popular and Wrestler of the Year 2000
If God were to create a wrestler, he would create The Rock. Blessed with all the natural attributes and charisma possible, Dwayne Johnson quickly went the way of Hollywood. In many ways he is the combination of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. He accomplished a great deal in the business in a very short amount of time (even surpassing the achievements of his long-time rival Steve Austin). Wildly popular and extremely entertaining, The Rock is and probably will always be the best wrestler ever to pick up a microphone.
6
Sting


World Titles: 9
4-Time PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year

Sting was one of the most popular and greatest wrestlers of the 90s. He was known as “the franchise” in WCW and was the enduring warrior for that federation. A multi-time world champion, Sting was the perfect blend of strength and speed mixed with a great deal of technical knowledge and entertainment value.

5
Dusty Rhodes



World Titles: 3
PWI Wrestler of the Year 1978 & 1979

The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes was one of the most popular and most successful wrestlers of the late 70s and throughout the 1980s. His popularity was probably second only to Hulk Hogan during that time and in Hulk’s most successful year (1987), it was Dusty who was voted PWI Most Popular Wrestler of theYear. But beyond his charisma and unparalleled microphone skills (he was one of the best interviews along with Ric Flair in the NWA), he was also quite skilled in the ring and for a big man could execute flying moves and wrestle for hour-draws every night.

4
Ricky Steamboat


World Titles: 1

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat could possibly have been the greatest pure worker in the ring ever but due to a variety of reasons he was never at the top of the card for very long in any one federation but was a star wherever he went. A babyface his entire career, Steamboat was beloved and could have a great match with anyone including legendary matches with Ric Flair and Randy Savage. Perhaps no one possessed the raw tools for wrestling as a complete package than Steamboat

3
Ric Flair

World Titles: 16
PWI Wrestler of the Year: 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1992.
In short Ric Flair lives and breathes wrestling. He has headlined every promotion he has ever been in from the 1970s to the early 2000s, winning multiple World Championships in each. Flair is legendary for being able to generate reactions from the crowd, with a mix of rule breaking and a flashy ring entrance. His incredible durability and colorful “promos” have made him a constant favorite whether he was a good guy (babyface) or bad guy (heel).
2
Shawn Michaels

World Titles: 4
10-Time PWI match of the year winner
Shawn Michaels was a relatively little man in a big-man’s business but almost single-handed (along with long-time rival Brett Hart) transitioned the business away from the behemoths to the beautiful. Excelling at both tag team and singles action, Michaels could do it all. He was successful as both heel and face and was revered for his ability to “tell a great story” through his intense matches. He could have a good match with anyone.
1
Hulk Hogan


World Titles: 12
PWI Wrestler of the Year: 1987, 1991, 1994
The Hulkster ruled professional wrestling for two entire decades. Possessing incredible charisma and physical stature he helped transform wrestling from a niche pastime; spread out over several regional promotions to a mainstream brand of entertainment. He was the inheritor of Andre the Giant’s mantle as both the most beloved wrestler and the most invincible. Hogan’s marketability and appearances in movies and television helped turn the WWE into a billion dollar industry and paved the way for today’s high paid stars and elaborately produced shows. In his prime, Hogan rarely lost a match and no one’s legacy is so easily identified as Hulk Hogan’s.

Friday, July 18, 2014

 
 
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
If you got to know me a little, you would find out that I'm one of the few regular people that is on Twitter.

One thing that I like about Twitter is that you can get sent all kinds of interesting and funny and amazing pics, so I'm going to be posting those pics that I find interesting or funny or amazing.

So
without futher ado here is the
TWITTER PIC OF THE DAY
 
AMAZING WAVE REFLECTION
 
 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014





























MARVEL MOVIE RANTINGS OF A CONCERNED MIND

OK, the time has come for me to make some comments on the recent glut of superhero movies that have been released over the last year or so.  The less said about Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 the better.  Utter garbage.
I just recently saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and for the second time saw Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and I must say that I am not impressed with this new batch of Marvel movies (the so-called Phase II of Marvel movies).  
Winter Soldier can be summed up fairly neatly as having great fight scenes that are completely wasted on a bloated plot that would have been better for a Nick Fury movie (although I hate Samuel L. Jackson as Fury and wouldn't mind never seeing him on the big screen again).  With Cap, the approach should have been:  less is more - the simpler the better, because that's how Cap is as a hero.  But the thinking in this movie seems to be that Cap needed a sprawling storyline that has no real root in the Captain America comic mythos and that the bigger the better (instead of one helicarrier like in the Avengers, let's do three helicarriers).  I liked the involvement of the Falcon in the movie and didn't mind the updating of his technology (although I would have preferred seeing him in his costume from the comics or at least some attempt at the color scheme).  However, WTF is Black Widow doing in this movie?  Now putting aside my aversion for Scarlett Johansson as a weird-looking actress, Black Widow has never been a big  part of the Captain America comic mythos.  It would have been so much better to bring in Sharon Carter (who is in the movie but wasted and underutilized) and do a burgeoning love story with her and Cap.  And what can I say about the 800-pound gorilla in the room:  the winter soldier storyline itself.  Now, I was never a huge fan of this story in the comics but somehow the writers did make it tolerably work and got a lot of mileage out of it but in this movie, it doesn't  fit at all.  Nothing is explained about why he's in this movie.  His fight scenes with Cap were pretty good and made for a good climax to the movie but his whole presence in the movie is garbled and gets lost within the broader plot.
Spidey 2 wasn't much better.  I wasn't a huge fan of The Amazing Spider-Man so I didn't have high hopes for this movie and it turned out to be pretty much what I was expecting.  The big fly in the ointment in this movie is Electro.  Why was Jamie Foxx cast in this part? I have to say that this trend of casting black actors in white parts is more that just a little bit jarring (and its not over yet as Johnny Storm has been cast by a black guy in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie - explain that one to me).  I also didn't like the way Electro looked.  Where is the costume?  And speaking of villains... Why is Green Goblin in this movie?  It felt like he was squeezed in for no good reason (and lets not even mention Rhyno).  Ugh!!
Later this summer, Guardians of the Galaxy comes out and I may go see it even though the characters don't interest me and I've never read the comics of this version of the team (now if it was the original Guardians team then I'm there in a second but alas... ).  Also I keep debating whether to go see X-Men:  Days of Future Past as I absolutely abhorred First Class and thought it was one of the most unfaithful comic book movies of all time.
And that brings me to my final point.  The best comic book movies have been the ones that are closest to the comics themselves.  I don't want movie versions of marvel comics, I want adaptions of marvel comics.  I want to see the characters and the plots from the comics with as little change as possible.  I will allow some updating of technology and locations (such as in Iron Man) but not whole-sale changes of characters and events (such as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 or The Phoenix Saga in X-Men: The Last Stand).  Spider-Man, Iron Man, and The Avengers has been the best comic book movies of the last decade and looking forward, it seems that there is nothing on the horizon to change that assessment.

 

YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

This feature on my blog showcases one of my great loves and personal hobbies:
FILM MUSIC.
I am a passionate fan of film music and my collection of film music is vast but I want to combine that with a visual aspect (which film music should be aligned too) so I'm going to use You Tube to accomplish this goal.
I will search through You Tube and find videos that feature film music and embed those videos on this blog.
So,
without further ado, here is the
YOU TUBE FILM MUSIC CUE OF THE DAY

Against my better judgement, I recently saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and I was particularly interested in the music by Hans Zimmer who has, inexplicably, become the go-to composer for superhero movies these days after his music for The Dark Knight trilogy and Man of Steel.  During the movie I remember hearing this trumpet fanfare theme for Spidey and was impressed with it.  After listening to it on the score album in a cue entitled "I'm Spiderman", I must say that this is a really good, super heroic fanfare theme.  My only question is:  Why wasn't this used for Superman in Man of Steel?  Superman has been long associated with fanfare themes going back to the classic John Williams score for the 1978 movie and this would have been perfect for the Man of Steel.  As it is, it's actually a bit much for Spider-Man whose music should be a bit more tinged with the angst of his character (like Danny Elfman did for the original Spidey trilogy).  Still its a neat theme and probably the best thing I've heard from Zimmer for a superhero movie.


 
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
One of the things I would like to do on this blog is publish pics that I find interesting or just plain cool.
And one of the things I find most beautiful and one of my most profound interests is:  women.
So, in the interest of keeping this blog as beautiful as possible, I'm going to be putting up pics of women that I think are beautiful.
Now, before anyone gets worried, there are a couple of rules:
1. No nudity - I will be displaying mostly head and shoulder pics that may show a bit of cleavage but will go no further but if I do show more, the woman will be clothed in a dress or in some other flattering manner.  No swimsuits or lingerie photos will be featured.
2. I will try to identify the woman featured.  Now, I may not be able to do this all the time as I have many pics that are not identified but on the whole I will try and provide a name to go with the beautiful face.
So, without further ado, here is the
BEAUTY PIC OF THE DAY
 
In my last Beauty Pic of the Day, I featured at #13 on my Playmate List, Miss Aliya Wolf, the great unknown playmate, and, in a small revision, I would like to add also at #13 in a tie the great unknown foreign playmate from Germany:  Miss Regina Deutinger, Miss April, 2008 (Yay for my birthday month!!!).  Like Aliya, Regina also did not do a Playmate Profile Video (as all other playmates of the time did) and it is regretful as she is, like Aliya, one of the most stunning playmates of all time.  Here she is in a kind of German beer hall outfit showing off her great... smile.