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Rafael Kayanan and Lord of the Rings
Sunday, January 01, 2006 11:58 PM

I first met Rafael Kayanan somewhere around twenty-five years ago. He was a young aspiring artist. But even then he had the talent and you just knew that this kid was going to make it.

And boy, did he make it!

Raf's had quite an interesting career so far. He's worked for most major comic publishers, served as a fight trainer on George Clooney's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind;" did the storyboards, served as a trainer, technical advisor and fight choreographer on "The Hunted" starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro; worked on developmental art for the upcoming "Princess of Mars" movie... and so much more. You can see what I mean by clicking HERE.

I recently touched base with Raf and found out he'd just completed art on 250 Lord of the Rings collector cards which will be out in February. He sent me a scan and permission to share it -- so click HERE to see the larger version.

I don't know about you, but I think that someday this kid may go places.

The Best Comics to Movie Adaptation Ever
Friday, December 30, 2005 11:58 PM

Frank Miller's Sin City is the best comics to movie adaptation ever.

Sure, arguments can be made for Superman [the first with Christopher Reeve and directed by Richard Donner], the original Crow movie [with Brandon Lee] and even this year's Batman Begins. But for my money, Sin City is the cream of the crop as far as getting to the screen what was on the comic page.

That may change next year when Warner Brother's releases 300. Interestingly enough, 300, like Sin City is based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller. What's also interesting is that Zack Snyder, 300's director, will make extensive use of the same "green screen" techniques employed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller when they brought Sin City to life for the big screen.

Zack Snyder really impressed me with his work on the Dawn of the Dead remake. Not only did he have the stones to take on the job of updating Romero's cult classic, but he succeeded!

Check out the official 300 web site and you'll see that Snyder is a huge fan of Frank Miller's work. I believe that Snyder will bring the same sense of respect and ability to 300 that he brought to Dawn of the Dead. And if that's the case, we'll not only get a great movie experience but also possibly the best comics to movie adaptation ever.

Which Kong is King
Saturday, December 17, 2005 8:08 PM

Peter Jackson's King Kong is a worthy successor to the original King Kong.

The original King Kong is considered a classic. It inspired generations of film
makers and paved the way for a new genre of movie which spawned countless
in film and other entertainment media. Consider all of the King Kong
riffs that you've seen in tv, comics, novels, etc. Yeah, the original King Kong is the
gold standard.

Peter Jackson's King Kong is going to be dismissed by some pureists who
won't consider anything but the original King Kong to be the best. For many
film buffs,the original King Kong is THE movie that made them love film.

The original King Kong touched them in a way that no other film ever did before
and when they watch it they recapture that feeling. They're taken back to a time
and a place that was special. No matter how good Peter Jackson's King Kong
is, it won't be able to rekindle those feelings and will therefore fall short. Heck,
I'd feel the same way about any Rocky movie that wasn't made by Sly Stallone.

Ok, so how good is Peter Jackson's take on the big ape?

That I can answer. It's absolutely great. Easily one of my two favorite movies
of the year.

First of all, my hat is off to Peter Jackson. King Kong has been the film that he's
wanted to tackle since before he became a filmmaker. Everything that he'd done
before Kong was just to prepare him for Kong.

Everything about the movie is near perfect. Loved the cast. The special effects
were flawless. The music and editing were as well. The screenplay, while
based on the original King Kong screenplay, kicked up the action and took me
to a place that was familiar but much, much more dangerous. All aspects of the production combined to create a movie-going experience that was truly an

Before I go on, let me say that if you haven't seen the movie, you may want to
stop reading
since I'm going to discuss aspects that contain SPOILERS...


... Still here... ok then...

Some folks have complained that the first hour is too slow. I went in thinking
that this might be the case, but for me, it wasn't. I enjoyed the character

I loved the look of the island. The natives were realistic and frightening.
Come to think of it, even the island looked frightening! And you've gotta love
the way the native got onto the ship!

And then the appearance of Kong. Man, he looks so real. And I'm not just talking
about his physical appearance. He moves like a giant ape should [note I said
should, not does]. His fur gets matted and stuff gets in it.

I think it's cool that Kong's scarred and older looking. He's a warrior on an
island that demands you fight to survive. His battle with not one, but three
tyranesarous rex
[at the same time] was nothing short of amazing. All the while
he's fighting them, he's protecting Ann... even as he throws punches, climbs,
dodges and falls. He's not called "King" Kong without reason.

But there's more to King Kong than just the baddest mo on the island. Kong is
the last of his kind and his loneliness is apparent. I also love it that Kong is
. He has a sense of humor and enjoys the beauty of a sunrise. If you
haven't seen the movie, then my last sentence probably has you scratching your
head. If you've seen the movie then you know it will break your heart before the
movie's end.

I love the search for Ann in New York... the frantic, wild search for just the right
and then how everything slows down and nothing else in the world
matters once you find her
. The escape with Ann is exciting and then the
interlude on the ice
. Beautiful. Unexpected and so sweet. It was at this point that
I could feel the tears forming. Because the interlude wouldn't last.

Kong's climb up the Empire State building still had one more surprise. If you
saw the movie, you know what I mean. Kong places Ann in a place of safety and
sits next to her. He looks out at the horizon and sees a sunrise and "tells" Ann it's beautiful. Now the tears were flowing...

... because here came the planes. And you know the rest.

So is Peter Jackson's King Kong better than the original King Kong?

Who's to say? Comparing the original King Kong to Peter Jackson's King Kong
is like comparing an athlete from 1933 to one from today. Odds are that today's
is bigger and faster but does that make him better? Does it really matter?

I guess that's why sports leagues create their own Halls of Fame. Different
athletes from different time periods can be honored and there is room for all who deserve a spot.

Peter Jackson's King Kong deserves a spot next to the original King Kong.
Let others then argue which Kong is King.

As for me, I'll spend my time watching them both!

John Spencer - RIP
Friday, December 16, 2005 6:33 PM

A few minutes ago it was announced that John Spencer has died of a heart attack.

Most of you that recognize the name probably know Mr. Spencer from his work on
the West Wing where he played Leo McGarry.

Others may know him from his roles in LA Law, Cop Land, Black Rain, The Rock, Ravenous or one of the many other roles that he played in his career.

I always, always enjoyed it when John Spencer was on the screen. Even, like in
Cop Land when he was playing a bad guy, I liked him. I wasn't alone in my admiration
for Mr. Spencer's acting. You can tell that from the many awards that he won over the course of his career.

Mr. Spencer was just 59 years old. He was still appearing on the West Wing where
his character had been chosen to run for Vice President [under the likely winner].
Even with the potential of this being the last year for West Wing, John Spencer, and
his fans should have had many more years to enjoy his acting.

Sadly that is not to be. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.

Another Can't Miss Blockbuster
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 5:02 PM

The DaVinci Code was on the best seller list for years. Even people who didn't
normally read books picked it up... and most loved it. The buzz was huge. Except for
and Harry Potter, I can't think of any other novels that instantly became a part
of popular culture like The DaVinci Code.

Next summer The DaVinci Code will make the transition to the big screen. My
guess is that the movie will also be a blockbuster. Ron Howard's directiing it and
Tom Hanks is the lead.

How can it go wrong?

If the trailer is any indication, it can't.

Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames and Me
Monday, December 12, 2005 5:35 PM

Mission Impossible III is coming.

Tom Cruise is back.

Ving Rhames is back.

After seeing the teaser trailer, so am I.