Friday, November 30, 2012

The Lincoln Division

Check out the video from acclaimed director Bowie Lewandowski brings you a short filmed based on the story The Lincoln Division available now for digital download from Amazon.

Congratulations to Bowie on an incredible job well done, and look for his collaboration with me on future projects.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zombies Helping The Living


Kim in Tuscany
 Info Zombie contributor Kimberly Portuondo works for a company doing a great thing for the living this feast of Saturnalia.  Her company wants you to give away their money.  That’s right.  You can feel just like Santa without having to dip into your own wallet.  Make it rain for all those needing a hand.  Here’s the rundown on what Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk will be doing and how you can help:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Info Zombie Podcast Episode 38: NFL Picks Week 13

Eric, Justin, and Vincent join Carl to pick the winners of the week 13 NFL games.
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My Black Friday Haul


Last weekend I went to Tate's for their annual  Black Friday weekend sale to see what I could pick up. I was contemplating a very reasonably priced Mechanical Collection Raideen when someone came in from the back and placed a bag of Godzilla toys on a peg right next to me. I took one look and immediately recognized the bright colors of the included Spacegodzilla. It was a bag of old Trendmasters toys, which you know I have great nostalgia for. I snatched the bag off the peg and got in line with my 20% off coupon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Photos by Chris

As things settle in the northeast after the battery of storms, I wanted to extend my best wishes for the quickest return to normalcy for my northern family and friends.  If you need any help with landscape work, my brother-in-law Chris over at Jersey Shore Pondscapes can help.  He's got such an eye for design. Need proof?  Okay, here are some of the pictures he takes.  Notice the detail he captures in everything from animals to landscapes.  Visit his website to see some of the ponds he builds.  If that doesn't convince you of how amazing he is, then there is nothing that will impress you.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Reviews of Zombie Years and Tommy by Creature Entertainment


  We all know that the zombie movement has permeated into every part of pop culture.  Sow why would we need another tale of post-resurrection survival?  Simple.  Some people still enjoy the genre. 

I know that the saturation of the zombie gets annoying, but don’t be critical to think that you are tired of it, so everyone must be.  Just the opposite.  There are many people who enjoy stories from Robert Kirkman to George Romero.

Rachel Pandich Announces New Horror Anthology


Indie comic scribe Rachel Pandich (Womanthology) brings Skin Crawling Comics to shelves in the beginning of 2013.

Skin Crawling started out as a Jacksonville based anthology but grew to include thirty contributors. Each creator brings something different to the book: giant critters, monsters, murderous ghosts, slasher, psychological disturbances, and more.  Included in this anthology of grizzly tales are authors and illustrators such as Pandich, Paul Chapman (Porn Gnomes and Other Strange Tales), Tatiana Christian, Kate Carleton, Sarah Elkins, and Edmund Dansart, just to name a few.  Content will chill you with twists on the regular creepy crawlies including cockroaches, garden gnomes, and diet pills that bring about the ugly side of hunger.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Info Zombie Podcast Episode #35: Geek Fest

Carl, Villain, and David record from Geek Fest Florida.  We talk movies, toys, funny convention stories, and more.  Best of all, David is live and in person for this recording!  Enjoy...
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Geek Fest Florida

The event brought together Stormtroopers, Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, and even Link.  Sure, Deadpool showed up because The Joker and Harley Quinn plotted a fiendish plan.  Thankfully, R2D2 saved the day.

And that was before noon at Geek Fest Florida.  A new convention to the South Florida circuit, Geek Fest transformed Florida Atlantic University Boca's Grand Palm Ballroom into a collection of toy vendors, comic book artists, and cosplayers.

Although only one day, Geek Fest provided an array of contests and goings-on to keep even the youngest attendees entertained.  After the break you will find photos recounting the day as the Info Zombie crew descended upon this inaugural day of Geeky and Nerdy goodness.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Food Truck Thanksgiving Challenge at The Hard Rock Hollywood


With only a week to go before the great American feasting holiday of Thanksgiving, the Hard Rock provided a gastronomic warm-up of sorts.  Temperatures dropped to the lower seventies as the lights of the casino served as backdrop.  The motorcade of food trucks fired up grills and waffle makers to feed those looking for alternatives to the same old turkey meal.

While the nearby band played way too loud, crowds enjoyed a classic car display on the way out to the parking lot full of renovated trucks that slung a variety of dishes.  But this was no ordinary night for the trendy food trucks; no, this night those mobile chefs had been challenged to present Thanksgiving based meals.

The Info Zombie brought his crew of seasoned foodies to sample the special evening.  Included beyond the break are photos and comments of selected trucks.  Try not to droll too much.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why has there been no Diaclone anniversary line?


The historic importance of the Diaclone toyline cannot be overstated. This was a line of transforming robots by Takara that started in 1980. In 1982 the line introduced a series of robots that transformed into realistic vehicles, a revolutionary concept at the time. In 1984 many of these toys were brought over to the United States where they were branded as Transformers, a toyline you may have heard of. Despite the importance of Diaclone, the 30th anniversary passed two years ago with no fanfare. Why?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Time to Let the Animals Have A Fighting Chance


 While I was out drinking the other night, Villain recounted a very distressing story.  In the town he works the city planners decided to pave over over the last bit of undeveloped land.

Developers, also known as greedy fucks, will build apartments there.  While I’m happy that the construction market shows signs of new life, does it need to come at the cost of some trees and brush?

No.  Damnit.  No.

Friday, November 9, 2012

What Does Skyfall have in Common With the Nolan Batman Trilogy? Everything


 The anticipation I had for Sam Mendes take on 007 had me fired up for the holiday movie season.  When I shelled out the $19 for the IMAX ticket at my local theater, I was ready for what many had heralded as the greatest Bond film ever.  Could this be the film that surpassed my favorite, Casino Royale?

Nope.

Granted, Sam Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins made one of the best- shot 007 films of the canon.  Scenes in Shanghai captivated; Scotland looked majestic.  Adele gives a great performance with a song that ranges from soft lyrics to booming heights with worthiness for a Bond opening credit montage.

The plot, however, seemed way too familiar.

SPOILERS AHEAD.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New on Blu-ray this week: Little Nemo


Here's a heads up to all our readers. As of yesterday, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland is now available on Blu-ray. If you enjoy animated films, I highly recommend that you pick this one up. If you saw this film back in the 90s, you probably haven't forgotten it. If you've somehow never heard of this film, let me give you an idea what to expect from it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The ONLY Reason Why I’m Glad October Is Over


I sadly say goodbye to the orange and black for 2012 as I put away my Halloween decorations, but I happily bid adieu to one color now notoriously associated with the month of October: PINK.

I enjoy watching professional football (not high school or college—I will explain another time).  After having a challenging week, nothing helps ease the problems of the world than a cold beer, a plate of wings, and a good football game.

But the NFL enjoys hijacking the established color scheme with an injection of pink, making me squint when I see the clashing color schemes contrasting with the green turf.

This is the futility of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Before you scream that I am some heartless bastard (which I am) and point fingers accusing me of misogyny, let me explain my point.  Now that we have endured a month of the ugly color, what have we learned?  Nothing.  Well, maybe a few things.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Five Things Guillermo Del Toro Will Need To Accomplish With Heaven Sent



With a film library that includes The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II, and Hellboy I and II, Guillermo Del Toro earns his place in the Masters of Fantasy (along with Peter Jackson, Terry Gilliam, Chris Columbus, and George Lucas).  His upcoming Pacific Rim succeeds with its premise alone: giant robots verses aliens.

Injecting even more awesomeness into the box office, Del Toro’s project after Rim has me wanting to camp out at the box office starting now for a movie that will be out in three years.

The awesome scoop web site Latino Review reports the rumored project may be called Heavens Sent and may collect some of the best of DC/Vertigo’s supernatural characters including Constantine, Swamp Thing, Etrigan, Zatanna, Deadman, and a few others.

This film would be in great hands with Del Toro.  Talented at both illustration designs and filmmaking, Del Toro has the abilities to make this an amazing experience.

Like every good fanboy, I have expectations.  Seeing beyond the gee-whiz factor of the project, some achievements need to be made to keep great movies like this at local theaters.  Here are five requests that I have for Heaven Sent:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Info Zombie Podcast Episode 31

Carl and David talk Star Wars Disney, The Transformers Ride, and Guillermo Del Toro's supernatural super team.  To finish it up, we look back at two terribly awesome SF b-movies of the 50's, Robot Monster and The Killer Shrews.
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Friday, November 2, 2012

Hmmm….Gaaaames: Wreck It Ralph Review



THE STORY:  Ralph, villain of Fit It Felix, Jr., has grown weary of being the bad guy for thirty years.  He wants to earn a medal so that people will accept him.  In order to do so, Ralph will need to game-jump between futuristic first-person shooters and sweet racing games to win the medal and friends.

Transformers: The Ride

"Orlando, prepare for battle," says Optimus Prime in his address to Transfans and park goers.  Usually that means a race war on Orange Drive, but for the summer of 2013, Universal Studios will bring the war between the Autobots and Decepticons to Earth.   

From the people who brought you (Jaws and Ghostbusters and then took them away) comes the latest non-Harry Potter related attraction to hit Orlando.

Transformers the ride will open summer of 2013.  Maybe it would have been smart to have a movie release to coincide with the opening, but I'm sure the Transformers will attract all the people waiting to do something before queuing up for The Wizarding World.
Strap on those 3D glasses, lose a few pounds to fit into the restrictive seats, and have your eardrums gouged by this battle simulation ride.

Just be sure to get in line behind me...

The Lotus Automobile



Carmaker Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman borrowed money from his wife, Hazel, to craft the automobile in England in 1952.  Lotus helped to usher in the rear-engine auto; the Lotus 18 was the first model to do so and was recognized for its outstanding handling.

In 1963 the Lotus 38 won the manufacturer its first Indianapolis 500 victory.  The company underwent several different owners in its existence, but it never failed to be an innovator.  In addition to the rear-engine design, the Lotus was one of the first automobiles to build a lighter frame using Carbon Fibre back in 1981.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Info Zombie Podcast Episode 30: NFL Picks Week 9

NFL picks for week 9 with Vincent and Justin.  Also, we talk referees, Dolphins, and fingertip catches--oh my!
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Halloween at Hollywood Hard Rock

I have to hand it to South Florida.  Although Halloween fell right in the middle of the week this year, the city partied with intensity enough to keep the ghouls away...for now.
A great variety of costumes populated the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.  Everyone there enjoyed themselves, and the night proved to be treat for all the tricksters in attendance.  
The Info Zombie, Mark, and Villain staked out their table at Murphy's Law to get the best vantage point on all the 2012 costumes.  He shares them now with you and thanks everyone for being so imaginative with their disguises and so fun with their Halloween spirits.  South Florida made it a truly wonderful 31st.