Beatle Battle! First Round Bouts – Division 3: The Mustache Years

Hey wanna know what’s the best Beatles song ever? Yeah, me too so I decided to pit the songs I like best against each other in a battle royal! Here’s the deal…..

There are 4 divisions for the songs:

DIVISION 1: The Clean Cut Years

These are songs from the first 3 Beatles albums – Please Please Me, With The Beatles, and Hard Days Night.

DIVISION 2: The Shaggy Years

These are songs from the next 3 Beatles albums – Beatles For Sale, Help, and Rubber Soul

DIVISION 3: The Mustache Years

These are songs from the middle 3 Beatles albums – Revolver, Sgt Peppers, and Magical Mystery Tour

DIVISION 4: The Beard Years

These are songs from the last 3 Beatles albums – The Beatles (The White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be

After each Division crowns one song as the winner, those songs will battle each other in the final fight to determine which Beatles song is the BEST! Enough talk, let’s get to the battles!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND BOUT OF DIVISION 1 – THE CLEAN CUT YEARS

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND BOUT OF DIVISION 2 – THE SHAGGY YEARS

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Beatle Battle! First Round Bouts – Division 2: The Shaggy Years

Ringo looks hella hard in this photo

Hey wanna know what’s the best Beatles song ever? Yeah, me too so I decided to pit the songs I like best against each other in a battle royal! Here’s the deal…..

There are 4 divisions for the songs:

DIVISION 1: The Clean Cut Years

These are songs from the first 3 Beatles albums – Please Please Me, With The Beatles, and Hard Days Night.

DIVISION 2: The Shaggy Years

These are songs from the next 3 Beatles albums – Beatles For Sale, Help, and Rubber Soul

DIVISION 3: The Mustache Years

These are songs from the middle 3 Beatles albums – Revolver, Sgt Peppers, and Magical Mystery Tour

DIVISION 4: The Beard Years

These are songs from the last 3 Beatles albums – The Beatles (The White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be

After each Division crowns one song as the winner, those songs will battle each other in the final fight to determine which Beatles song is the BEST! Enough talk, let’s get to the battles!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND BOUT OF DIVISION 1 – THE CLEAN CUT YEARS

Continue reading Beatle Battle! First Round Bouts – Division 2: The Shaggy Years

Beatle Battle! First Round Bouts – Division 1: The Clean Cut Years

Hey wanna know what’s the best Beatles song ever? Yeah, me too so I decided to pit the songs I like best against each other in a battle royal! Here’s the deal…..

There are 4 divisions for the songs:

DIVISION 1: The Clean Cut Years

These are songs from the first 3 Beatles albums – Please Please Me, With The Beatles, and Hard Days Night.

DIVISION 2: The Shaggy Years

These are songs from the next 3 Beatles albums – Beatles For Sale, Help, and Rubber Soul

DIVISION 3: The Mustache Years

These are songs from the middle 3 Beatles albums – Revolver, Sgt Peppers, and Magical Mystery Tour

DIVISION 4: The Beard Years

These are songs from the last 3 Beatles albums – The Beatles (The White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be

After each Division crowns one song as the winner, those songs will battle each other in the final fight to determine which Beatles song is the BEST! Enough talk, let’s get to the battles!

Continue reading Beatle Battle! First Round Bouts – Division 1: The Clean Cut Years

Read Along with Ghostmann: Justice League #6!

Here it is! The most EPIC page by page, panel by panel review of Justice League #6 ever! Grab your copy and read along with me dudes!

PAGE ONE

PANEL 1: TETSOOOOOOOOO! No wait, wrong comic, but you feel me right? Totally Akira look happening here. We see a family running through the devastation, pretty horrific sight.

PANEL 2: Things get even worse in this panel as we see people getting completely vaporized! The narrator is pretty sure he and his family are going to die. Man, this comic is brutal, I’m kinda digging it.

PANEL 3: The father tells his daughter to just keep her eyes closed, as they wait to be blasted into oblivion. Fuck man, who is writing this bleak comic? The tone here is so totally different than the previous 5 issues. I am caring more for David and his family than I cared for ANY of the other heroes or characters in the other issues of this series.

PANEL 4: Hey look! Darkseid is skating by on roller blades!

PANEL 5: Not sure I like this “splatter” technique that Jim Lee is using to make the characters look “dirty.” It feels misplaced here with his style of art. Maybe if Bill Sienkiewicz was drawing this comic it would feel right.

PANEL 6: David, what a crybaby.

PANEL 7: Looks like Darkseid is crying too, only tears of red omega beams!

PANEL 8: Here we have a “Frank Miller” close-up of an eyeball panel.

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Giants Spring Training 2012

This is my favorite time of year. Camp opens; batters get stiff backs and pitchers are throwing balls over the backstop. College teams cough up twenty-five runs to assemblages of similarly anonymous minor league pros. Comcast cameras swinging around Scottsdale invariably pick up footage of J.T. Snow everywhere because the man is everywhere and he’s either grinning ear-to-ear, or smiling right around his face. I love Spring Training.

Last year this time I was able to write up my Top 5 Postseason Moments from 2010. I was still riding the high from the championship season and was far more interested in looking back and reliving Orange October than looking forward to the new campaign. This year, however, I’ve been plenty pensive about what needs to sort out in the desert before the season opens on April 6. Here’s where my head is during Cactus League play, in ceremonious Top 5 fashion. Continue reading Giants Spring Training 2012

Prograaaam! Getyer Program!

The Institute’s comics department spent a lot of time on the latest DC event. Maybe a little too much time, to be honest. Luckily, Marvel’s big blockbuster event is just a few weeks away. Grab your Cap shield or Cyke visor and RSVP for a launch party, True Believer, because Avengers vs. X-Men promises to be the best superhero summer slugfest since Civil War. You already weighed in on the standalone bouts via Ghostmann’s post a few weeks back, but now that we’re ticking closer, and the pieces are starting to fall into place, Marvel has gifted us with this free AvX Program Guide, featuring scorecards, background details, and previews. The physical book is available at any retailer already signed up for a launch party, or you can download the guide for free on digital readers like comiXology.

The last time I got this excited about a Marvel crossover spectacle, we hosted our “Who’s a Skrull” pool to coincide with Secret Invasion. That event was mediocre at best, and the Skrull reveals started losing steam by the third issue. Greg Smith won a pile of wagered nerdloot and Google Groups unceremoniously deleted our Invasion page. But now we’re in a better place, with renewed vigor for superfluous internet content, and we’ve got a much better title bout with which to coordinate a proper contest. Check out the program guide, and then check back here soon for the official Idle Time ballot.

But before that happens, and especially if you’re still shrugging your shoulders over that Skrull nonsense… here are the Top 5 reasons to get excited about AvX. Continue reading Prograaaam! Getyer Program!

Ghostmann Picks a Winner: The Oscars!

It’s my favorite time of year, Movie Award Show Season! And although I think the Academy very rarely gets it right (Titanic wins over L.A Confidential? Forrest Gump beats Pulp Fiction? The ultimate in bullshit.) I still enjoy the spectacle and giltz watching Hollywood pat itself on the back for playing make-believe. Let’s get to it shall we?

First up is…..

Best Picture

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Poets, Pundits, and Wicked Men: The (Side)Streets of San Francisco

My favorite quote regarding San Francisco comes courtesy of Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin. In a piece for a tourist magazine, The Guest Informant, he describes his first visit to the City by the Bay. In 1969, he was a junior naval officer with one day to explore before being shipped off to Vietnam, so he bought a ticket on a sightseeing bus and decided to take in the landmarks.

Minutes later I was climbing into those amazing hills, up where the world is all wind-worn greenery and ivory towers against the blue. There were, I soon learned, no “sights” to be seen so much as a single sight: the City itself – a gilt-edged landscape out of Maxfield Parrish, engulfing as a dream. – “My First Glimpse of the City”

He goes on to advise that the best way to see San Francisco is “to put on your sneakers and start walking.” Maupin’s favorite pedestrian route guides you through a plethora of cinematic landmarks, from All About Eve to Vertigo. This most recent President’s Day Weekend jaunt, however, was inspired by a different kind of landmark: alleys and sidestreets bearing the names of writers who, like Maupin, have literary connections to my hometown.

In typical Top 5 fashion, I present my favorite streets, ranked correspondent to my affinity for the writer (but perhaps influenced slightly by the location of the urban byway in question).

5. Jack London Alley, just south of Rincon Hill, between Bryant and Brannan Continue reading Poets, Pundits, and Wicked Men: The (Side)Streets of San Francisco

Ghostmann’s Horror Movie Guide: The 1940’s

The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)

Directed By  – Robert Florey

Starring – Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre

***** 5 out 10 ghosty orbs!

Plot: A tiny Italian village is being terrorized! The locals believe an unspeakable evil of massive proportions has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist. Something so huge and horrible has been occurring at the estate and there have even been some murders! What could this diabolical monster be? The pianist’s severed hand!!!!!!!!……!

Fun Fact: The film was remade in 1981 by director Oliver Stone as The Hand.

Fake Classic Quote: “I got your Chopsticks right here bitch!” – The Severed Hand

Real Classic Quote: Police Inspector Naish: (turning to the camera and addressing the viewer) “Can you imagine anyone believing in a hand that would walk around?

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