Friday, April 5, 2013

A to Z Challenge – Evil Dead II and Epic – Plus Ninja News-Movie Style and Amazon Buys Goodreads

My theme for the A to Z Challenge is Favorite Movies, Bloggers, and Music! I’ll name a favorite movie that corresponds with the letter, and then select a character from the film. I will then name a favorite blogger who reminds me of that character, and then dedicate a song to him. (Also corresponding with the alphabet.) I’ll wrap it all up with trivia and/or fun facts about the movie, the blogger, or the music!

In addition, two lucky commenters this month will receive a review copy of CassaStorm!.One comment per day and each is worth one entry except – the first and one hundredth comments on each day will receive ten entries!

Evil Dead II

Best cinematography ever! With only a tiny budget, Sam Raimi brings the camera to life as if it were a character. Bruce Campbell is brilliant – this is HIS role. The film is a hilarious sendoff of horror conventions. It’s the 80’s version of Cabin in the Woods.

Ash is the everyday man thrust into the world of the supernatural, fighting for his life. A sense of humor is definitely needed. Despite the chaos, Ash becomes the stabilizing force. He’s the one that holds it all together. And he makes it look easy.

Who is Ash?

Jay Noel!

(Can't you just see that man with a chainsaw?)

Jay travels for his job, which puts a constraint on his time, and yet he’s still maintained his cool. A blogger since 2005, he is the rock in a stormy sea. And he does possess a great sense of humor. Jay is no nonsense in his approach while maintaining his passion.

Jay is the author of Dragonfly Warrior, which will be released this year.

And to you I dedicate Epic by Faith No More. (Click on song title for YouTube video.)

Because what is about to happen to your life will be completely epic – trust me!

Facts and Trivia -

Without looking, what is Jay’s theme for the Challenge?

How many films of Sam Raimi’s has Bruce Campbell appeared in?

D’s trivia answer – Switchfoot won a Grammy for their album Hello Hurricane in the Best Rock Gospel Album category.

Ninja News – Movie Style!

Roger Ebert died yesterday at age seventy. His blog post on Tuesday stated he would be slowing down and reviewing less due to the return of cancer. His final words were “I’ll see you at the movies.” Critics are usually just that – critics. But Ebert made it an acceptable and honorable profession and he will be missed.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim comes out this summer, but he’s already at work on his next movie, due out in 2014 – Crimson Peak. It’s a ghost story and gothic romance, staring Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Here’s hoping it harkens back to the likes of The Devil’s Backbone!

And from Screen Crush - Early Movie Concept Art.

What some characters could’ve looked like.

Such as Yoda:

For a good laugh, check it out!

And since everyone has been talking about it all week – what do you guys think about Amazon buying Goodreads? Good for authors and readers or not? Is Amazon gaining too much control of what we read? Will giveaways still be around?



Goodreads Book Giveaway

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CassaStorm

by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Giveaway ends April 21, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Fan of Evil Dead II? Can you quote it line by line? (I can – scary, huh?) Fan of Jay? Remember Faith No More? Know the trivia? Saddened by the loss of Roger Ebert? And how do you feel about Amazon buying Goodreads?

160 comments:

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

could i possibly be #1?

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Why do I feel a bit of pressure to write something brilliant now? I'm still excited about being first. But I am saddened by Ebert's death. I used to love watching Siskell and Ebert and found their critique to be spot on. I don't know Jay but will now pay a visit.

xoRobyn

PS Woohoo! I was first!

Jamie Gibbs said...

The Evil Dead series rocks! Bruce Campbell as Ash is such a great character (especially in Army of Darkness). It's a shame he didn't get a cameo in the remake (or did he?) and I can't wait for Army of Darkness 2!

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom
www.mithrilwisdom.com

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Fuuuuuck! Robin Rocked the first comment, no fair!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

It got so we'd check Mr. Ebert's column before going out for the evening to see a film. He was definitely one of a kind. He and Roper were so good together.

Lynda R Young said...

I don't think I've seen Evil Dead. Now that you've described it as the 80’s version of Cabin in the Woods, I definitely want to check this out!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Oops, I did like him with Roper, but I actually meant Siskel. Shish!

Jack said...

I have never heard of this movie, which means I cannot quote it line for line. (I quote Narnia line for line though if that makes up for it.)

And trust me, not remembering the sequel to Dragonheart is a very good thing. I only remember bits of it and that is painful enough.

Mark Means said...

O.k, I remember seeing "Evil Dead" and thinking..."What a piece of garbage!". Then, I saw "Army of Darkness" and almost walked out of the theater. -Then-...after I 'got it', I went back and rewatched them....loving both of them and almost everything else Raimi and Campbell has ever done.

Sad to hear about Roger Ebert, as well.

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Sad news about Roger,
Nit seeing the movie I can't tell whether Josh looks the character but you're a good judge so I will take your word.

May be a wee bit behind as I am having my shots today and the treatment at the hospital yesterday was painful.

Yvonne.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - I always respected Ebert's reviews and I'm sure the obituaries will be very informative ..

Cheers Hilary

Nancy Thompson said...

My initial reaction to Amazon buying Goodreads was shock & worry, mostly that they would alter the way in which readers review & rate books. But they've promised not to change the way GR works & how members use it to exchange info about books. Here's hoping!

Elise Fallson said...

I've never seen Evil Dead. It looks too scary for me. Sad to hear about Roger Ebert. ):

Shannon Lawrence said...

I'm not enthused about Amazon buying Goodreads, but I'm not a fan of monopolies, and they are shaping up to be one in many facets.

I'm sad about Ebert. I'd just read that the cancer was back yesterday and then he was gone, just like that. :(

Love Evil Dead!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

Zoltán Gecse said...

I had always knew something is missing about Yoda character... The beard! ;)

Cynthia said...

I feel very sad to hear about Roger Ebert's passing.

I met Jay through a blog hop awhile back and I'm glad to see that you chose to feature him today!

Medeia Sharif said...

RIP Ebert. He was a wonderful man and critic.

I'd love to see Evil Dead.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'm going to ignore the movie part of this post altogether and move straight to Amazon. I'm scared of the monopoly they're creating - I mean, where exactly will we be able to go to complain to Amazon!?

C.M.Brown said...

I thought Goodreads tended to lean more towards Barnes and Noble? Amazon has been trying to get Shelfari up and running for a couple of years, but it just didn't take off like Goodreads.

I hope they keep it the same!

J.L. Murphey said...

I'm saddened by Ebert's passing. When I think of movie reviwers, his name was at the top of my list.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I only saw Evil Dead but Ash does rock. Congrats Jay on making Alex's list and now my blogroll after checking out your blog. No! Roger's gone? He will be missed. Yoda as a short old elf? Yeah, that concept had to go. Went to the blog and early Chewbacca looked like he had anorexia. Though early concept whiplash did look better than the end product. But the actor did well in the final version. Thanks for showing us this, it gave me some great laughs. Already entered the giveaway and have a great weekend Alex.

Jeremy [Retro] said...

i would like to say all sam's movies did bruce appear, it's not true... though the one i say to you what is the shortest. evil dead 2 i owned on vhs and watched twice a week for a year, bought it on dvd. not more than twice in 3 years.

i give a sad goodbye to roger, he was from here and his voice will be behind... two thumbs up.

Got to love faith no more, lead singer is moved onto composing scores for film...

http://www.jmhdigital.com/2013/03/milan-records-place-beyond-pines-2013.html

Have a great day...

Jeremy

baygirl32 said...

Nope haven's seen Evil Dead

Rosie Amber said...

Sad news about Roger Ebert.

mooderino said...

Sam Raimi with a small budget always produces something great.

mood
Moody Writing

Pk Hrezo said...

Never seen Evil Dead. But Jay is awesome!!! *waves to Jay*

Happy E Day!

Clare said...

Oh, that early Yoda is horrible! I checked out the article on Screen Crush. Some of them were amazing, and should have happened - like Azazel and Emma Frost in Xmen First Class- and some of them are awful!

estetik said...

i am saddened by Ebert's death. I used to love watching Siskell and Ebert.
Estetik

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Robyn, that was brilliant!

Sorry, Lass!

Lynda, it's even funnier.

Jack, that does make up for it.

Yvonne, I'm sorry.

Nancy, let's hope!

Annalisa, it is scary.

Carolyn, I'm sure the Barnes and Noble connection will vanish now.

Sheena-kay, Chewy did look odd!

Jeremy, that's very cool.

Moody, better than the big budgets sometimes.

Ciara said...

Ugh, that early Yoda is awful.
Hi, Jay! He rocks. I love his humor.

Jemi Fraser said...

So sad to hear about Roger Ebert - he was a class act!

Juliet Bond said...

Hi Alex, I remember friends who were obsessed by this movie way back when :) And on Ebert, I am a Chicago native so this one hits home. I work just a few short blocks from the Siskel Film Center. For some reason, I picture their ghosts happily watching movies in that place.

Juliet Bond said...

Hi Alex, I remember friends who were obsessed by this movie way back when :) And on Ebert, I am a Chicago native so this one hits home. I work just a few short blocks from the Siskel Film Center. For some reason, I picture their ghosts happily watching movies in that place.

Cathrina Constantine said...

Yeah, kind of scary that you can quote Evil Dead word for word! Scary! Good Post

Laura Eno said...

I'm a big fan of Jay's!
So sad to hear of Ebert's passing. He was too young.
That's a good question about giveaways! I'm sad to see the buyout. I guess time will tell how it affects readers and authors.

Brinda said...

I love Jay's theme of the 80s. :)

Cindy said...

I've been following Jay's blog and I think his theme is movies.

I'm probably one of the few people that think Amazon buying Goodreads is a good thing. At least for authors. There are so many new authors making a living from writing and it's because of Amazon.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I was very saddened by Roger Ebert's death. As a movie buff, I always enjoyed reading his reviews prior to seeing a movie.

kmckendry said...

I never saw Evil Dead, but Jay is a great choice!

OMG I'm so glad Yoda didn't look like that!

J.L. Campbell said...

Have stopped by Jay's blog a few times.

I'm aware of Pacific Rim, thanks to Mike Offutt.

Amazon/Goodreads? Haven't stopped long enough to think about what it all means.

Ella said...

Sad about Ebert~ He went through so much...

Off to visit Jay and I haven't seen that movie! Next rainy weekend I'm having a marathon ;D

Happy Friday to you and Mrs. AC

M.J. Fifield said...

Not a fan of the Evil Dead movies. But I love Bruce Campbell in Burn Notice.

mshatch said...

I do remember Faith No More - have one of their CDs. As for Amazon buying Goodreads, I think it's bad, especially for authors. Amazon is already too big and has too much of a monopoly on the market but as long as everyone keeps buying from them...

Jay Noel said...

Alex, I am humbled by your post. Thanks so much! As a matter of fact, I do love power tools; however, I did have a little "mishap" involving a chain saw. I still possess my limbs (and any other appendages), but it's best I stay away from such things.

I'm so glad they went with the little green Yoda. Otherwise, he'd look like the Travelocity gnome.

The conceptual Chewbacca cracks me up. He looked like a swamp monster.

Jay Noel said...

*waves back at Pk*

Hey there, girlfriend!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sorry, but I won't be an Evil Dead II fan. Agree it's sad Roger Ebert died.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Not seen Evil Dead. Nice to meet Jay Noel :)

Joyce said...

That is quite a theme you've got going-really fun! This is my third year in the A-Z and I am really enjoying it. My writing lags a bit in March (my least favorite month) and this challenge always seems to jump start it again. Thanks for playing co-host...have a great weekend!

Melanie Schulz said...

You're right. Jay is awesome.

Matthew MacNish said...

Whoa. Yoda could've been seriously dorky.

jaybird said...

Dude, Evil Dead scares the crap out of me. I can't watch that stuff!

So sad about Roger Ebert. He was a classy guy- and he will be missed.

Didn't know about Amazon buying up Goodreads. Interesting. Not sure how I feel about that yet. I guess we'll see, won't we?

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wow, what can I say? Your posts so far for the A-Z have been... Epic. And this one is no exception.

Clarissa Draper said...

I am sad that Ebert died. I did like his movie reviews.

Also, I'm glad they went with the Yoda we know, the other looks too much like an elf.

Charles Gramlich said...

Evil Dead 1 and 2 were outstanding, but I didn't really like 3 when it came out, because it was "SO" campy and wasn't a horror film but a comedy fantasy.

Shell Flower said...

Dragonfly Warrior is a very cool title. Good luck to Jay. I hadn't heard that Amazon bought Goodreads. I actually interviewed for a job at Goodreads, but wasn't hired. Now I'm kind of glad. I see Amazon as the Walmart of the internet. Yet, can live without it, at the same time. It does seem rather a monopoly.

farawayeyes said...

First, and I did not check but have been following Jay's a to Z, his theme is the 80's and it's pretty cool.

Sorry to hear about Roger Ebert. I didn't always agree with him, but I did like his style.

Been busy so I didn't know about Amazon/Goodreads and I can't say that I like it. I think maybe Amazon is getting a little bit TOO BIG. Alas, it's how the world goes these days, we are being run by only a few corporations. That should scare everyone.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Juliet, they just might be there watching movies.

Brinda, you got the answer!

Kathy, so am I!

MJ, Campbell just rocks.

Jay, you're welcome! Glad the chainsaw incident wasn't worse. And yes, Yoda would look like a gnome. Not good.

Joyce, glad you're enjoying it.

Thanks, Susan.

Charles, I agree - campy.

S. L. Hennessy said...

RIP Roger Ebert.

Ash is the man. And just happened to be on my list yesterday. Love him.

Teresa Coltrin said...

I just recently met Jay. Yay for Jay.

Roger Ebert surely had his struggle. We will remember him mostly for his critiques and his strength in life.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Very sad about Ebert.

Jay's theme is the 80's.

Milo James Fowler said...

Haven't seen Evil Dead, but Bruce Campbell always cracks me up. Ebert was a good one; always enjoyed how he and Siskel would argue in the old days.

Stephen Tremp said...

Jay with a chainsaw ... yeah I can see that. And ill miss Roger Ebert. Siskell and Ebert, as annoying as they were, were fun to watch and played well off each other.

Liesel Hill said...

Haven't seen Evil Dead, but Sam Raimi is pretty dang good at what he does! :D And I'm so glad Yoda didn't look like a garden gnome. :D Happy Friday!

L.G. Keltner said...

Evil Dead II is a classic. I'll admit I'd never seen it until I met my husband, who promptly insisted that it was required viewing. My husband is also the one who introduced me to Dream Theater. I owe him a lot for these two things.

Karen Walker said...

Very saddened by loss of Roger Ebert. I almost never agreed with his reviews but he was truly great at what he did.
Karen

Wendy H said...

I join in the lamenting over Roger Ebert's passing.

I am pretty much a wimp when it comes to horror. I can't stomach it, so I can't really credibly comment.

But thank you for visiting my blog, and good luck in the A to Z!

Scribbles From Jenn said...

I was saddened by the news of Roger Ebert. I used to love watching him and Gene Siskel duke it out over movies. Don't know any trivia. Headed over to meet Jay. Love the *new* Yoda. Amazon is turning into the blob.

Jenn @Scribbles From Jenn

Tyrean Martinson said...

Roger Ebert will be missed.
Trivia - Bruce + Sam Raimi - 13 times (?) including the Spiderman movies.

Amazon feels a bit big these day . . .

SC Author said...

Oh gosh. Yoda, Hagrid, Nyteri.... I'm so happy they decided to go with the new versions!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I feel like I have lost a chum with Roger's death. I liked the man I saw behind the words. EVIL DEAD II was fun horror. The new one may be horrific, but then so is the STATE OF THE UNION Address! I wanted Bruce back!

M. J. Joachim said...

Glad you picked Jay today, Alex. His blog is wonderful. Cancer is a tough one. I'll be praying for Roger and his family. 70 seems so young these days. Happy Friday to you and a great weekend too. See you in Blog Land:)

Suze said...

'Because what is about to happen to your life will be completely epic – trust me!'

All this and a picture of Yoda, too. :)

Liz Fichera said...

You had me at Bruce Campbell. :) I somehow missed Evil Dead but am definitely putting that on my list.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Faraway, you are correct.

Diane, that's right.

LG, listen to your husband - he's a cool dude.

Jenn - the blob - funny!

Tyrean, very close.

Roland, Amen to that.

Al Diaz said...

Today I know nothing of anything so I guess I'll keep pouting for no Mexico giveaway, hahahahaha.
Besides that, I'll wish you a totally spectacular Friday!

Laurel Garver said...

I think yoda could totally rock a beard. Without it, he reminds me of Kermit.

The Goodreads buyout worries me in part because of how Amazon got medieval on authors being able to review books. Lots of my writer friends had hard-won reviews disappear last year. I'm concerned that a similar draconian policy will be applied to Goodreads.

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Alex,

I'm not all that thrilled that AMAZON bought Goodreads ... it was the one positive force that wasn't commercialized by the big A...

Let's hope for the best the amazing concept of Goodreads remains the same.

ALmost a week through. Phew.... I am thrilled to say I am still ahead of my posts. Wrote I this morning and plan to do JKL later today. I would be THRILLED to have them written by the end of next week, so I could have at least two weeks to visit new bloggers more. AT this point I am just keeping up with my loyal commenters... Thanks for always being there for me.

J. A. Bennett said...

I've never even heard of that movie, but I love Jay! I can picture him with a chainsaw :)

Cassie Mae said...

I just visited Jay, and why can I not remember his theme? I think it's the eighties...? But I've been A to Z-ing all morning that could've been someone else, lol.

Eve said...

I was sad about Roger Ebert. Poor guy went through a lot dealing with cancer.

ilima said...

I'm still cracking up over Jay's comment on my blog yesterday, lol. The eighties!

Carrie-Anne said...

A number of my animal rights and vegetarian groups on Facebook have been posting Ebert quotes in support of a plant-based diet. I always love finding out someone was a fellow animal-lover.

Michael Abayomi said...

Evil Dead scared the Bejeezus out of my the last time I saw it as a kid. Needless to say, this is one of the reasons I'm not exactly keen on seeing the remake.

Jen Naumann said...

Happy Friday! I think the second Evil Dead was the first (and only) time I peed myself laughing. Hey, I was a teen and we were amped up on Jolt Energy drinks! ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Al, I'm sorry!

Laurel, that's a very valid concern!!

Michael, you know I'll always visit.

Cassie, you are correct.

Ilima, yes!

Carrie-Anne, I didn't know that.

Michael, they say it's even gorier.

Andrew Leon said...

It's hard to know what the thing with goodreads means. There are so many conflicting ideas floating around.

Sandra Almazan said...

Yoda the Gnome? I just can't see it.

As for Amazon buying Goodreads, I don't have a strong feeling about it. I'd love it if they allowed eBook giveaways on GR, though!

Empty Nest Insider said...

I've never met Jay, but I will visit him this weekend. So sad about Roger Ebert. I'm from Chicago, and things just won't be the same without this courageous movie critic.

Julie

Cheryl Rennels said...

I have always wanted your imagination. It's rocks. Makes blessings seem so normal.

Allison said...

Amazon's buying Goodreads? Huh. Not sure how I feel about it. I guess time will tell!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Dixie said...

yippee! but don't go thinking that 'dcrelief' is about hand jobs.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I can never be first. I have the west coast deficiency and it's too cold to get up before dawn right now.

I loved Siskel and Ebert; they made me want to see films that I ordinarily might have passed up. I really miss both.

I'll pop into to become one of Jay's fans and say you sent me.

S.K. Anthony said...

OMG that Yoda could-have-been is awful lol

David List said...

I love Bruce Campbell. May be seeing the remake of Evil Dead tonight.
I was possibly shouting out to Faith No More tomorrow!!! Probably still will. After you featured "As I Am" on the first, I mentioned Dream Theater on the third.. I'm not copying you! You just have good tastes in music!

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

Yes, I am a fan of Evil Dead 2. It is great camp.

Also, am very saddened by Ebert's passing.

AND ZOMGAH ALEX, you mentioned "Pacific Rim" and my blood got a pumpin' again and now I must go watch the trailer for like the 100th time!

Bish Denham said...

We definitely do not watch the same movies. :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

It was sad about Mr. Ebert. He and Siskel were household names growing up. At least you knew you were always getting their real opinions.

Great post, sir!

I'm going to check out Jay!

Heather

Loca4crafts said...

I love the Evil Dead movies. Bruce Campbell is awesome!

Julie Luek said...

I've met Jay via Facebook and get a kick out of his status updates sometimes. :)

C. Lee McKenzie said...




So I did what I said i'd do. I joined up with Jay. Thanks for the suggestion. Loved his music today.

Susan Kane said...

Not a fan of Evil Dead. Roger Ebert was a wonderful critic, who always found the good with the bad.

Have you ever seen "The Dust Factory"?

Gwen Gardner said...

Congrats to Jay! I don't know him, but I'll go introduce myself.

And Amazon buying GoodReads? I guess they did it because their Shelfari never took off. With so many people on GoodReads, that gives them an advantage now over the competitors.

Maurice Mitchell said...

To say I'm a fan of Ebert is an understatement. Watching he and Roger argue about movie picks was the highlight of my Saturday. I just started visiting Jay'sblog and look forward to learning more about him

Fel Wetzig said...

Evil Dead II was my favorite as well. I got my copy signed by Bruce Campbell when he came to Kent State nearly ten years ago.
Fel Wetzig at The Peasants Revolt

M Pax said...

I enjoy knowing Jay. Can't wait to read his book :)

I was sorry to hear about Roger yesterday. He definitely loved what he did.

We can honor him by living our lives with such zeal and passion.

I heard about the Amazon/GR's thing, and I noticed Reader already disappeared from Google.

Francis Lee said...

I loved and had forgotten them, "Epic" is class.

Laura Josephsen said...

I can't watch Evil Dead (1 or 2). I have a hard time with horror (which begs the question as to why I watch "The Walking Dead"). I saw Cabin in the Woods with hubby last year and it traumatized me. Actually, aside from that, the only horror movies I've seen are the ones where my little sister sat me down and made me watch them. O_O

I was sad to hear about Ebert's passing--he did such a great job in what can seem like a cutthroat profession.

Rick Daley said...

Evil Dead 2 may be the coolest horror movie ever made. Great mix of fun and fear.

I'm eager to see the new Evil Dead, I hear it has Raimi's full support and blessing. The redband trailer was pretty intense, and the general word is that it's good. Not the campy fun of Evil Dead 2, it's going for legitimate scares.

Jill said...

I don't like Amazon buying Goodreads. Not so much because of what I think they'll do with them, but because I don't like linking everything with my Amazon account, and I fear it will come to that. It's not that I'm paranoid, I just don't want everything I do on the web linked to my real life accounts.

Sherry Ellis said...

Ebert will certainly be missed! Were those really his last words? If so, how appropriate! I wonder if I can think of something so witty for my last words. ;)

Leovi said...

I have not seen Evil Dead II, seems funny, look it!

LD Masterson said...

I'm sorry about Roger Ebert. He was a special class of critic.

Amazon buying anything that has to do with writing/reading frightens me. I don't like one company having so much influence on what we read.

Julie Flanders said...

I don't know Jay yet, I'm anxious to check out his blog now. The original Yoda is just awful, especially next to the totally awesome real Yoda.

Have a great weekend!

Carrie Butler said...

I'm hoping Amazon will make Goodreads a little more author-friendly. The ability to change our own covers without asking a librarian, review integration, less rate-and-runs, etc. :)

Dawn Ius said...

Going to Evil Dead tonight! Kind of excited :-)

Alexandra Heep said...

I am probably the only person who does not know what exactly Goodreads is. Oh, I have signed up with them because I've entered stuff, but am really clueless.

rebeccabradleycrime.com said...

I hate scary films. They scare me!

KRITI said...

R.I.P. Roger Ebert...he will always be remembered for his significant contribution !!
As for Switchfoot's album Hello Hurricane...it's amazing indeed!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, that's true - they don't right now.

Lee, I've been posting early - stay up late and you might be first.

David, we both do = go for it!

Bish, that made me chuckle.

Susan, no I haven't.

Fel, that's awesome!!

Rick, they say it's extremely gory.

Jill, I'm with you!

Tony Laplume said...

Very saddened by the loss of Roger Ebert.

Christine Rains said...

Excellent movie and song choices for a great guy like Jay. I should know the answer to that trivia question, but Bruce was in so many!

Miranda Hardy said...

I've never seen that movie, but now I have to. I'll envision Jay in the role. Too funny!

The Golden Eagle said...

First Shelfari, now Goodreads. I don't really mind Amazon buying them, per se, but it does limit the number of book sites unrelated to companies who actually sell books.

I love Jay's blog.

Julia King said...

Amazon buying Goodreads??? That is just crazy-town. I hope GR doesn't change, cuz I like it just how it is.
Those pictures of what characters would have looked like cracked me up, especially Shrek, Buzz Lightyear, and Yoda. haha

Samantha May said...

Jay is an awesome choice! His theme is the 80's...I'm learning a lot :P

I haven't seen the original Evil Dead but I've seen trailers for the remake. It looks pretty creepy!

So sad about Roger Ebert. His reviews were always spot on in my opinion. He will definitely be missed :(

Carol Kilgore said...

omigosh - Yoda could've looked like Stormy the Weather Gnome at Heather M. Gardner's!

DiscConnected said...

Trivia-I'm going to make a wild guess that Campbell has been in all of them (at least with a cameo).

It was a bummer about Ebert. Helluva thing, continuing on after all his cancer surgery.

LC

Jo said...

I like Yoda as he is thank you.

Gawd you get so many comments, I don't know how you know who is here.

JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

Kelly Polark said...

Epic - epic song! :)

Glad Yoda didn't turn out like that!

Kristen Dyrr said...

Oh man, I love everything about this post. Love the movie and the song.

And will miss Roger Ebert. RIP

The A to Z blog said in the latest post to add a link to your own A to Z blog in the comments, so here's mine: kristenhead.blogspot.com

DL Hammons said...

Can you believe I've not seen ANY of the Evil Dead movies? What do you think of the remake that's about to come out? :)

Powdered Toast Man said...

Ebert and Siskel can review films in the afterlife.

Riann Colton said...

I can totally see Jay with a chainsaw...course it would be all steampunked out.

Haven't seen either Evil Dead or Evil Dead II though I do regain traction by saying I love Army of Darkness.

Gabriel C. Taylor said...

Ah yes, Evil Dead. Classic cult, uh, classic. I believe Bruce has been in every single Sam Raimi film, even the Spiderman movies, though only as cameos.
If you've never read Bruce Campbell's book "If Chins Could Kill", you should. It's a great look into his life, and the forward is very...interesting. It's by Sam Raimi, sort of, and you get to see Sam in a way most people never do.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Congrats to Jay. Yes, saddened by the loss of Roger Ebert. The picture going around facebook touches my heart. It's Sieskel, waiting for him in heaven with a box of popcorn.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Golden, very good point!

Samantha, very good!

Carol, that's what I was thinking.

Larry, but how many is all?

Jo, I know all of my blogger buddies! Just need to become acquainted with the new ones.

DL, not necessary, but I heard it was extremely gory.

Gabriel, I'll have to read it.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I don't think I've seen The Evil Dead I or II. I stopped watching all horror flicks when I left the safety of my parents' home and started living on my own. I'm a chicken.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, you must have at least 25 hours in your day! How do you keep up? It's amazing.

I was sad to hear about Ebert's death.

Mary Montague Sikes

Claire Hennessy said...

Thanks for giveaway. Not happy about Amazon buying Goodreads :(

Spacerguy said...

I'm hoping the Goodreads takeover by Amazon is a good omen. Ebert's movie insights will be sorely missed.

Donna Shields said...

That's sad about Roger Ebert. He will definitely be missed.

Robin said...

As I am sure you know, Jay's theme for the A to Z is all 80s. How awesome is that???? I am definitely following. It's my favorite decade!!! Another winner, Ninja Captain:)

Chuck said...

You know I remember Faith No More but I always think that song is Megadeth for some reason.

I read about Roger Ebert, he lived a full life with both his thumbs!! I didn't always agree with him or Siskel but they were good fun.

They would never have made Yoda look like and elf, would they?

I don't think I have an opinion on the Amazon thing. I know I use it a lot to add books to my Kindle but of course I will buy the real copy of YOUR book...unless I win one! Just entered.

Chuck at Apocalypse Now

Karen Tamara said...

I just took my son and his friends to the movies tonight to see the remake of Evil Dead. Only one of his friends had seen the original, but they call came out PUMPED about the remake. Apparently it was one of the best horror films any of them had ever seen.

I think it's sad that Ebert passed away but, honestly, I rarely read critique reviews. It seems like I never agree with them. Inevitably, if a critic loves a movie, I hate it, so I generally stick with user reviews.

I'll have to check out Jay's site. I haven't been to that one yet. :)

Nick Wilford said...

Never knew Yoda started out as a garden gnome!

Jay is a great choice to feature. A solid and decent guy. And he's doing the 80s!

DarcNina said...

Evil dead is awesome (both older versions). I fear the remake. Great E day choice!

P V Ariel said...

Hi Captain,
I am here again via Damayanti's note at a to z page about our wonderful captain and his active participation all around, sad to note that you are miserably missing at my space. LOL
Have a wonderful and busy time ahead.
Best
Phil @ Philipscom
An ambassador to A to Z Challenge @ Tina's Life is Good
And My Bio-blog

History Sleuth said...

Great post! And as for Goodreads? I'm not real thrilled about it. I worry about plugging selling books as the #1 thing over reader reviews.

michelle said...

I block my eyes during scary movies....

VikLit said...

I haven't seen Evil Dead - I'll add it to the list!

randi lee said...

Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness will always some of my favorite movies! This is my boom-stick!!

Tina said...

Sad about Roger Ebert. I've depended on his movie reviews for years. Had not heard about Amazon and Goodreads, but my instinctive reaction is that it would give those authors more exposure which could only be good...but I know none of the details...



Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Melissa Bradley said...

Jay is wonderful and truly amazing. I just love his blog and his outlook. He is definitely an Ash.

I cannot wait for Pacific Rim and yay for another project with Charlie Hunnam, who has become one of my favorite actors.

Mel Chesley said...

I can't picture Yoda looking any other way, but I have seen concept art of his character before. Weird!

Birgit said...

Never seen Evil Dead but I always enjoyed Bruce Campbell. he used to have a TV show that was quite weird-fun sci-Fi meets Western. I enjoyed it even though it was on just 1 season. I am not sure if the original Yoda came from some German home but it looks that way:)

Ray Rousell said...

I remember crapping myself (not literally?)the first time I saw the Evil Dead. And FNM's "Epic" is in my all time top 20, a fantastic tune!!!

Michael Pierce said...

Epic is...well, epic. I'm looking forward to seeing the remake of The evil Dead...but like usual nowadays, I'll probably have to wait for it to come on video...but it looks absolutely evil. Haha.

Rusty Webb said...

Jay does a great job. And Evil Dead II is one if my favorite horror flicks.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Never watched Evil Dead. I liked Roger Ebert's honesty.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Made it back to Colorado just ahead of the snow and will now be trying to catch up on my A to Z blog hopping.

I'm okay with Amazon buying Goodreads. It seems like a good business decision to me.