Friday, February 23, 2018

Amazing Spider-Man Stories: Marvel Comics That Shaped My Fandom

Here's a look at some of my favorite Spider-Man stories over the years. This isn't a "best of" list, and it isn't a list of books that are critically acclaimed. This is a personal list of Spidey stories that I love and that have had a positive impact on my fandom over the years.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Collecting At Midnight Episode 1 - Physical Media Discussion Show

Welcome to the first episode of Collecting At Midnight, a longer, podcast/vidcast format discussion about physical media collecting. This is the place where you can learn more about Cereal At Midnight, your host (me, Heath Holland), and dive deep into topics that other videos on the channel can't. There will be impressions (done poorly), cats interrupting, and maybe even the occasional surprise or two. Collecting At Midnight is geared toward the hobby (obsession) of collecting from a personal and honest perspective.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Sometimes great movies are made even when the people responsible for creating them seem to be doing their best to spoil the process. Such is the case with 1947's seminal film noir (a status I'll defend in a bit) The Lady from Shanghai. The behind-the-scenes drama of this wonderful film rival what eventually ended up on screen, with neither the writer/director/star Orson Welles being satisfied, nor its executive producer, Harry Cohn. Even audiences weren't all that interested in it back in 1947. 

Orson Welles is famous for being a difficult entity with whom to work, and studio executives are famous for counting pennies and wanting things done their way. Those two personality traits aren't very easy bedfellows, and Welles has left behind a reputation as a man who pushed the buttons of the people that employed him. In response to the production of this movie, Harry Cohn went as far as to notoriously comment that he'd never again hire one person to write, direct, and star in a movie because it meant he couldn't fire them. Fortunately for us, Welles also left behind a mountain of great films in addition to his reputation. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

World of Wheels 2018 (Birmingham, AL) Custom Auto Show

Ride shotgun at the 2018 World of Wheels Custom Auto Show, sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts. This is the Birmingham, AL show, which took place the weekend of February 9, 10, and 11. Thanks to O'Reilly Auto Parts for sponsoring the event each year.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Taco Bell Breakfast Fail

A quick video account of my FIRST and also my LAST trip to Taco Bell for breakfast. Run from the border?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Spoiler Free Movie Review

The 30th DC Universe Animated Movie is here, and it's a big one: Gotham by Gaslight, the classic story from writer Brian Augustyn and artist Mike Mignola, was DC's first Elseworlds comic, placing Batman and Gotham in a Victorian, 19th Century world that's stalked by Jack the Ripper. How does the new adaptation live up to expectations?

Friday, February 2, 2018

5 Tips for Collecting Physical Media

Whether you're a long-time physical media collector or have just come to the hobby, here are five tips to live by when collecting anything! These tips apply to Blu-rays, DVDs, comics, vinyl records, books, CDs, video games, and just about everything else, and by living by these five tips, you're collection will be growing in no time.