Saturday, November 19, 2011

Captain America Review

Well I know I'm late to the party but I finally got to see Captain America. I wanted to see this when it was out in the theaters but circumstances kept me from doing so. Well I got it on blu-ray today and sat down immediately to watch and I have to say I absolutely LOVED it!! Great origin story, cool special effects and some very cool action scenes. Chris Evens is perfect for the character of Steve Rogers. They spent the first 1/3 of the movie with a "smaller" Steve and showed how great a person he really is. I loved that character and how he was portrayed. I like the idea of taking someone who is a "good" person and enhancing the good to great. Maybe because I'm short and have dealt with how people treat short people that I identified so much with him. I liked the romance between Steve and Peggy.. it was sweet and genuine... though heartbreaking. Tommy Lee Jones was great as always and of course I can't blog about this movie without mentioning the awesome effects of making Chris Evens look like a 100 pound super skinny guy. I watched the 'extra' on the blu-ray on how they did this and was surprised that they used several techniques. It's a pretty amazing effect. So glad I got this on blu-ray as I can see myself watching this over and over. I was excited for The Avengers but after seeing this I am even more excited.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Visiting Family

Woke up this morning and it felt like I had been hit by a bus. I was sore from head to toe. Who knew standing for 14 hours bent over a table could cause so much wear and tear on your body. I jumped into the shower and tried to sooth my aching muscles.

Today was family day. Had lunch with my Dad and got to visit with my brother, sister-in-law and nephew Kenobi. Every time to see Kenobi I feel like he ages months. He's getting so big and he now knows who I am and calls me Un.. he can't quit get it all out yet (Uncle) but he's working on it. He's adorable and I love him to death. I also got to visit my Lora my sister-in-law how is about 8 1/2 months pregnant with my niece Molly. She is so ready to get this baby out. I always enjoy my visits with the family. And it should growing by in any day now.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time at the Barnyard

Today I went to Greg Aronowitz's house aka The Barnyard. He is currently working on four different projects and needed some help. So I got up at 8am and headed over there. When I got there they were in the middle of working on stuff for Minecon which is happening in a few days in Las Vegas. The first thing I worked on was a chicken. Minecon is a convention for the game MindCraft. That world is made of little boxes (kind of like 8 bit). So of course my chicken was made up of a ton of little boxes, each needed to be painted. When I finished the chicken I moved on to three sets of chicken feet. All I had to do there was paint them yellow, which took several coats because they were made of metal.

My buddy Anthony should up which I did not expect and later in the day my buddy Chris drove down to work the next three days so he could get in to MineCon. After the chickens I moved on to human arms and those took me the rest of the day to complete. Who have thought drawing out boxes and painting them would be such hard work.

14 hours later I was exhausted, I hated leaving everyone as they had days of work left to do but my body isn't use to standing for 14 hours bend over a table painting. And though it was hard work it was alot of fun hanging out at the Barnyard.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MASH 4077 Podcast Episode 20

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Show Notes

Kenny Mittleider from Knights of the Guild, Alien Nation: The Newcomers Podcast & Confessions of a Fanboy Podcast, Simon Meddings from Waffle On Podcast, & Al Kessel from Tales from the Mouse House, Fast Forward & Just Because Podcast discuss one of the most successful and longest running television series in history.. M*A*S*H

Today we cover Season 1, Episode #20 - The Army-Navy Game
Directed by Gene Reynolds
Written by Sid Dorfman & McLean Stevenson
Production code J322
Original air date February 25, 1973

Set during the Korean War in the 1950’s

Plot Summary: On the day of the Army/Navy game, the unit finds itself under enemy attack. In addition to injury and some mild damage, they discover an undetonated bomb in the center of the camp. In order to defuse the bomb the characters are forced to deal with a variety of "joker"s from different branches of the military making suggestions about how to deal with the deadly missile. In a variety of scenes some of the characters act as if this is their last day on earth. Eventually the Navy calls back claiming the bomb belongs to the CIA. Hawkeye and Trapper are sent out to defuse the bomb with Henry reading instructions from a bunker. Due to a mix-up between Henry and Trapper they accidentally set off the bomb. As it turns out, all it does is fire propaganda leaflets into the air. The episode ends with Father Mulcahy winning the football pool, being the only person who bet on the Navy.

Hope you enjoy it,
Kenny, Meds & Al

PGA DVD Screeners

One of the major benefits of being a member of the PGA (Producers Guild of America) is I get screeners of movies towards the end of the year for the award season. They normally start rolling in mid November and last until mid December. So far I have gotten five screeners. Warrior, The Tree of Life, The First Grader, Contagion and Cars 2. I've heard great things about Warrior but I'm not much into MMA, want to see Contagion and Cars 2 and never heard of The First Grader or The Tree of Life. I normally get about 30 screeners so I'm looking forward to seeing what I get next.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Trailer

So I read all three of these books and I loved book one, book two and 2/3'd of book three so I was looking forward to seeing this movie and WOW.. this trailer did not disappoint.. I even teared up on several scenes.. gonna be an AWESOME movie and hopefully trilogy.

Additions to my Harry Potter Bust Collection

Stopped by the post office today and picked up a package. I knew what it was as I'm expecting only one thing. I recently won several actions on Ebay and manage to snag both Fenrir Gryback & Cedric Diggory for a good price. I'm so happy that I'm getting more and more of these.. soon I'll be able to complete the set.

Catching up on TV

This morning I took Anthony home, did some errands and grabbed some lunch. When I got home I knew I needed to edit the next MASH 4077 Podcast as it's due tomorrow but instead I had hours and hours of TV that I needed to catch up on so guess which one I choose.. yeah I caught up on some TV. The big ones that I really was looking forward to watching was Once Upon A Time, Clone Wars and The Amazing Race. Amazing Race was good as always, Clone Wars was part 3 of a 4 part story about Rex and the Clone troopers and was as always excellent but the one that I loved the most was Once Upon A Time. This series continues to impress and amaze me. This time they brought in Cinderella and her dealings with Mr. Gold aka Rumpelstiltskin... so much fun.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Weekend

Wow.. what a crazy, fun, extremely busy weekend. But my favorite part of the weekend is I got to spend some time with some of my favorite people. On Saturday we went out to dinner to Denny's but one of my friends (Anthony) didn't show up and we started to worry. Well two hours into our dinner we got a call from our friend him and he informed us that he was in the hospital and was hit by a car. My heart dropped. I mean he rides a motorcycle and we were joking about him ending in up in some ditch and then come to find out he was in some ditch :( He texted me that he might need a ride home and of course I said yes and headed over to the Hospital, joining me we my friend Kim. When we got to the Hospital but they would only allow one of us in there and Kim was kind enough to let me go.

When I got to his room there was a nurse tending to his wounds. He had a HUGE bump on his head (mild concussion) along with several bruises and abrasions. His arm, knee and knuckles were scraped up and he broke several bones in his foot, but other then that he was okay. Nurse told me that he needed to be watched the next 48 hours and also needed to be woken up during the night to make sure everything was okay.

Got him back to my car and said our goodbyes to Kim. As we were heading to his place I asked if he had anyone to watch over him and he said he had roommates but they wouldn't be able to check up on him so I offered for him to stay with me so I can keep an eye on him and that's what we did. Got him home, he showered all the blood off and went to bed around 11pm. I finally feel asleep around midnight and set my alarm to get up at 3am to check on him and then again at 6am as we both needed to be somewhere early on Sunday.

Got up at 3am and checked in on him and he was awake as his hand as hurting. Everything seemed to be okay with him so I went back to bed. Got up at 6am and got ready for the day. Had another crazy, fun and busy day. We found out more about Anthony's accident as he doesn't remember anything. Come to find out that the woman made a u turn in front of him, so it was her fault. But she did stay and called 911.  Afterward the fun day a group of us went out to dinner in Hollywood at Umami Burger... cool place, kind of trendy and very expensive but the burgers were pretty good. Afterwards I dropped off several friends in the Hollywood area and then Anthony and I headed back to my place. He was staying with me again so I can keep an eye on him and I was going to take him home on Monday. One positive from Anthony's weekend stay, at least for me, is I got to know him alot better... and I have to say he's one interesting guy.

Only downside to this weekend was I lost one of my SD cards which had several hundred pictures :( I hate losing pictures.

So it was a fun filled, hospital visiting, yummy dinners and great company kind of weekend.