Oh yes, it is time for my obligatory recap about the holiday weekend. And so it begins with my review of the new mutant superhero flick X-Men: Days of Future Past which the Twisted Missus and I went to go see after work Friday night. This film marks the return of director Bryan Singer to the franchise which he had abandoned to go and make that piece of crap we know as Superman Returns. As a result, not only was Superman Returns a big steaming pile of cow dung but so was X-Men: The Last Stand so, in a sense, we can blame his decision to leave the franchise for resulting in two crappy movies. Maybe I am being a little harsh considering that the third X-Men film at least had some redeeming qualities.
Anyways, my harsh criticism of Mr. Singer subsequently brings me to his ultimate act of redemption and triumphant return to the comic book franchise as he has turned in a far superior sequel that not only made up for but basically negated the third film that resulted from his departure. He also managed to almost seamlessly merge the two eras of cinematic heroes and villains: the ones from the past and the ones from the present/future. Not only that but, in true Marvel fashion, successfully teased the next installment of the franchise after the rolling of the credits. It took damn near a decade to undo your bad decisions, Mr. Singer but, by George, you did it! Well done, sir. Well done.
The next day, the missus and I picked up my mom and went to Lowe's to get some mulch and other stuff to shape up the shrubs and flower beds in our front yard. While we were there, I spied a Master Forge gas grill on sale and decided to buy it since we had no grill at home and no plans for any cookouts for Memorial Day. After taking my mom back to get her car, we managed to fight and get the new mammoth grill into my car.
On Sunday, we met up with some friends and grabbed some dinner at Chili's while the skies decided to clear so we could go take in a round of miniature golf at Frankie's Fun Park.
On Memorial Day, my mom and Aunt Pat came to the house to help us get our yardwork done and to reap the sweet rewards of our new grill! While spreading a couple of bags of mulch, I quickly came to the conclusion that the five bags we had purchased were not going to be nearly enough. So, I sent my mom and the missus back to Lowe's to pick up 15 more bags of mulch. After slinging nearly 20 bags of mulch myself, my ass is draggin'!
After work yesterday, Tessa and I went to Hollywood 20 for a sneak peek at the new Seth McFarlane flick A Million Ways to Die in the West. The film is the second big screen venture for the comedic writer who, of course, is best known for the hit animated TV show Family Guy. His first venture onto the big screen was Ted, a comedy about an animated potty-mouthed Teddy bear (think Pinocchio for adults).
As with Ted, this film is another R-rated comedy full of gross and lewd humor some of which serves just as shock value while some is genuinely funny for those of us that appreciate such vulgarity. The film is also cast with some Hollywood A-listers such as Liam Neeson and Charlize Theron and is packed with more celebrity cameos than you can shake a stick at. One of which has apparently been a heavily guarded secret since it hasn't even been credited with an 'uncredited' listing on IMDb so you'll have to go see it for yourself to find out who it is! All I'll say is that they save it 'til the very end, before AND after the credits!
Man this past week was ginormous! Last Monday I obtained some last minute tickets for WWE Raw so I took the Twisted Missus to her first pro rasslin' event! Even though it's really not her thing, she had a great time and actually enjoyed some of the characters many of which were new to me since I haven't watched wrestling in years. We both found the Wyatt Family to be intriguing and she was loving her some Sheamus (guess it's a ginger thing)!
Thursday after we both got off work, we went to the IMAX theater in Simpsonville to catch a late evening showing of the new Godzilla reboot. The film was fantastic with my only complaint being that it focused more on the human characters than the monsters even when the monsters began fighting in the cities. I wouldn't have minded the cutaways as long as they had been more balanced - think the Battle of Endor scenes in Stars Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. In that film there are at least three different major conflicts going on simultaneously with each given a fair amount of screen time that didn't take away from any one conflict.
Despite my one and only complaint, I managed to thoroughly enjoy the film....and some popcorn!
And, ladies, those stylish spectacles are a pair of 3D eyewear I got to rent for my viewing pleasure courtesy of Regal Cinemas!
Saturday was interesting in that, not only was the mother-in-law in town, but so was SC ComiCon so the three of us all went! I got to meet a childhood hero in Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk from the old TV show! I didn't get a pic with him but I did manage to nab an autograph!
I also met other fun artists, vendors and cosplayers including the South Carolina Ghostbusters!
Love those outfits! Totally gotta get me one! Had a great time and I can't wait til next year! I know Rob Young from Borderlands put a lot on the line putting this show on and, from what I saw Saturday, it paid off! Good job, Rob and Michele!
Later that evening, we took my mother-in-law, Avis to go see Godzilla along with a friend of ours, Brian and his daughter Shekinah! I honestly think I enjoyed it even more the second time around!
Unfortunately, now it's back to work so I'm hoping I can survive the work week and make it to this three day weekend since the office will be closed Monday for Memorial Day! Was that a blog sequel teaser there?!
First off, we had a HUGE turnout in the ratings book! Great ratings are, well....GREAT! Means I get to keep my job for at least a few more months! To celebrate, our general manager had a celebration for us last Thursday at Carolina Ale House.
After the festivities, I walked across the street to Poppington's Gourmet Popcorn since the missus and I went there a few months back with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed their flavor Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate. I picked up that flavor again along with Tuxedo (milk chocolate and white chocolate) and Greenville Mint Chocolate since the missus loves mint (*gag*).
While I was there, the lady behind the counter was asking for help naming their new spicy bacon flavor popcorn so I threw out a couple of names like "Angry Pig" and "Hot Hog" so they gave me a free bag of what they have since named "Blazin' Bacon".
Friday night after work, the missus and I drove up to Charlotte for the night so we could be at Carolina Rebellion bright and early the next morning. After we checked into our hotel, we went to go see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in IMAX at the nearest movie theater. I gotta say, I was much more impressed with this one than the first one in the franchise reboot. I would say more, but I will just let you go see it for yourself.
We were not exactly early to bed but we sure as hell were early to rise! We got to the Rock City Campgrounds by 9 am and made our way back to the media tent backstage directly behind the Carolina stage. We claimed our tables and set up for our interviews which began at noon starting with none other than Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society!
Shortyly after we had a fun and charismatic interview with the Berserker, the possibly even more charismatic Chris Jericho from Fozzy joined us for another fun Q and A!
Later that day, we managed to get both Rob Caggiano and Michael Poulsen from Volbeat at our table for two separate interviews.
Over the course of the day we got a total of eleven interviews taken at our table with bands such as Seether, Trivum, Killswitch Engage, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Kyng and Truckfighters!
Unfortunately, due to all the interviews, I missed most of the day's performances. I did, however, manage to slip out and catch Anthrax's set since they were the only band of the Big 4 that I have never seen live.
The only other band I really wanted to see perform was Volbeat. Unfortunately, due to an appointment to interview Johnny Christ from Avenged Sevenfold, I only got to catch the first two songs of their set which included their hit, "Lola Montez".
While I was backstage waiting to go into Johnny's dressing room, Joey, Charlie and Jonathan from Anthrax came walking out heading to the Carolina stage to join Volbeat as surprise guests during their set. I took this opportunity to go and stalk some of my old school thrash heroes. I'm pretty sure I caught them off guard and came across as a creepy weirdo stalker but, oh well, I got to shake Charlie's hand and fist bump Joey so I call it a win!
You can check out all the audio including the one with Johnny Christ for a grand total of twelve interviews in the "Audio Vault" right here.