Asher’s Book Reviews (One Every Month)

Quotes and information from The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

Hello fellow book lovers! It’s time to start a new post! Each month, I will be reviewing a different book. I will give a detailed summary of the book, as well as some spoilers. Now, grab your favorite novel, and let’s begin!

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell Genre: Non-Fiction 288 pgs.

The Disaster Artist is a biography of Greg Sestero, an actor who starred in one of the biggest messterpieces of all time. The book starts with Greg as a kid, and then gradually moves throughout his life. For those not in the know, The Room is considered by many to be the “Citizen Kane of bad movies”. The film was created by the extremely bizarre Tommy Wiseau. Greg meets Tommy in Jean Shelton’s acting class, where he horribly butchers Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116”. Greg immediately wants to do a scene with him, and the rest is history! We learn of his strange mannerisms early within the book. He would always order a glass of hot water at every restaurant, and seems to have a unhinged grasp on English. His origin and accent remain a mystery even today, as well as his seemingly endless supply of money. Greg describes him as “short and muscular with a lumpy, white, face, a snow -shovel jaw, and impossibly black hair”. The book is a treat to read, because you never know what kind of crazy ideas emerge from Tommy’s head. It’s also quite fascinating to learn about Greg’s personal life, and time as an actor in The Room. There are many incredibly funny scenes in the book, and I don’t want to spoil all of them. My personal favorite is Tommy’s first day of filming. Greg goes to pick him up, and he ends up being 5 hours late to his first production day. His excuse? He had to re-dye his hair! The movie cost Tommy $6 Million, and he purchased all of his equipment instead of renting it! The final product started as a complete flop, but due to Tommy’s shady guerrilla marketing, it became a massive cult hit. I learned about it from the Nostalgia Critic’s review, and then I kept going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole. Having seen it, I can definitely see why this move is so well loved by fans. The film is still shown every month at the Landmark Theatre in LA. People throw plastic spoons at the screen and quote lines from the film. In conclusion, The Disaster Artist is a giant joyride with hilarious twists and turns around every corner. I give the book a 5 out of 5. I highly recommend the book, and the audiobook is even better, with Greg’s amazing Tommy impression. I’m also really looking forward to James Franco’s film version of The Disaster Artist, so be sure to look out for a review in December!

 

Below is the link to the trailer for the Disaster Artist

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Hilariously Bad Video Game Covers (Every Other Wednesday)

Covers found on various websites

Hello fellow Gamers, and welcome to a new Wednesday post! I have wanted to discuss this topic for a long time! The cover art on a video game is the first thing that a viewer sees. Some of them are freaking awesome, while others stun you like a deer in the headlights. This post will be covering some of the really BAD ones. Keep in mind that the covers do not always determine the value of the game. Now, get ready to laugh and cringe as we begin our journey into the gallery of horrors!

  •  Pac-Man for the Atari: Everybody and their mother knows about Pac-Man. He was one of the first ultra popular video games. You play as the titular character, and try to gobble up pellets while avoiding ghosts. I don’t know what kind of drugs the artist was on when he created this unholy abomination of a cover, but I really hope he’s getting help. The cover depicts Pac-Man as a yellow-faced ping-pong ball with buck teeth and an anorexic body. The “pellets” look more like checker pieces, and the ghosts have legs! This is both an insult to the player, and a horrific, false depiction of the game.

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  • Tongue of the Fatman (Or Slaughter Sport) for the Genesis, DOS, and Commodore 64: Tongue of the Fatman is an incredibly bizarre fighting game that was created by Activision in 1989. It has a pretty unique story, the characters are grotesquely awesome,  but the controls are awful. The cover art doesn’t do anything to promote a good public image, and may scare little kids. The cover depicts a incredibly disturbing potato-shaped man with purple lips, strangely white teeth, and beady, blue eyes. The cover is just ridiculous enough to make it kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.

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Hall Of Shame: The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Characters found in various DC and Marvel encyclopedias and comicvine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more bizarre characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Arm-Fall-Off Boy Real Name: Floyd Belkin Status: “Hero” Creator: DC First Appeared: Secret Origins #46 (1989) Power: Limb Detachment

One of the most useless superheroes ever to grace comics, Floyd’s “power” is to remove his arms at will. He was denied membership to the Legion, and is considered to be one of DC’s most ridiculous creations. His seemingly worthless ability has caused the “hero” to be easily forgotten, and he only appeared in 5 issues.

arm “Plorp” indeed!

 

  • Condiment King Real Name: Mitchell Mayo (Yes really, Mayo!) Status: Villain Creator: DC First Appeared: Birds of Prey #37 (2002) Powers/Weapons: Various condiment gadgets, can cause anaphylactic shock, and cringe-worthy puns

Mayo is a ridiculous, yet highly popular villain from the DC universe. He easily lost to Batgirl, and was sent to Arkham Asylum. During his stay, Mayo became friends with Poison Ivy, and was taught about dangerous spices. Using this knowledge, he surprisingly caused three heroes to fall into anaphylactic shock. Mayo is also known for Mr. Freeze-like puns, and this has caused him to become a guilty pleasure for many comic book fans. I can only hope that he appears in the upcoming DC films.

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Hall Of Shame: The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Characters found in various DC and Marvel encyclopedias, and comicvine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more strange characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Cell Real Name: N/A First Appeared: Morlocks #1 (2002)(Marvel) Status: Member Of The Morlocks Powers: Single celled organism, highly stretchable body, digestive enzymes break down anything on contact, highly resistant to physical harm

Cell was a gang member who was shot by the police. Upon the impact, his mutation manifested, and he escaped into the sewers. He met up with the Chicago Morlocks, and joined them soon after. He unfortunately met his end with a sentinel.

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  • Odd Man Real Name: Clayton Stoner Status: Hero First Appeared: Cancelled Comic Cavalcade #2 (1978) (DC) Powers/Weapons: Weird gadgets, above- average combat skills

Clayton was a normal private eye until he decided to fight crime. He donned a ridiculous patchwork costume with a rubber mask and two different eyes. He used various gadgets to confuse his enemies. He has helped the Hero Hotline on many occasions.

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Hall of Shame (The Strangest Comic Book Characters) (Every Other Tuesday)

Characters found in various DC and Marvel Encyclopedias and comicvine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book fans! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more strange characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Fader Real Name: Unknown Status: Member of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard Creator: Marvel First Appeared: New X-Men #124 (2002) Powers: Spazzgun, Light refraction that renders him invisible to the naked eye, Poor marksman

Fader is an alien, and part of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard. He’s quite tiny, standing a little bit over 3 feet tall. His powers of invisibility have one single flaw in that it doesn’t mask his sent.  He was sent by the Imperial Guard to invade the Xavier Mansion. Unfortunately, he was easily dealt with by the animalistic Beast. 

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  • Infectious Lass Real Name: Drura Sehpt Status: Hero Creator: DC First Appeared: Superboy #201 (1974) Powers: Disease Immunity, Easily Spreads Diseases

Infectious Lass was an alien from the planet Somahtur, a place where people housed thousands of parasites in their bodies. They are completely immune to these creatures, and can easily infect others. When traveling to Earth, Drura tried to join the Legion of Superheroes. She was rejected due to her inability to control the infections. She eventually joined the Legion of Substitute Heroes, where her powers backfired again, and she changed Color Kid’s gender. After many years of training, Drura finally was able to fully control her abilities. She married fellow Legionnaire, Invisible Kid II.

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Hall Of Shame: The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Characters found in various DC and Marvel Encyclopedias, Jon Morris’ The League Of Regrettable Supervillains, and comicvine.gamespot.com

Hello fellow comic book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more strange characters. Now, grab your favorite Graphic Novel, and let’s begin!

  • Fisherman Real Name: Unknown Status: Villain First Appeared: Aquaman Vol. 1 #21 May-June 1965 DC  Powers/ Weapons: Wields titanium rod and gas-bomb lures; hood boosts strength and allows breathing underwater.

Fisherman is a longtime foe of the superhero, Aquaman. He uses a fishing rod to trap his enemies, and then slices them up with a razor-sharp hook. His identity remains a mystery, however he seems to like carrying out seabourne thefts. He was killed by the police in Gotham City. The villain’s hood turned out to be an alien parasite that controlled its human host, and gave it powers.

fisherman 

  • Sack Real Name: Unknown First Appeared: The Uncanny X-Men #323 August 1995 Creator: Marvel Powers/Abilities: Nearly Invulnerable Ectoplasmic Body, Body Possession

Sack was a member of the underground team, the Morlocks. He was made a member of the X-Men by Cyclops, however died tragically by Nimrod.

sack  

 

Hall of Shame: The Strangest Comic Book Characters (Every Other Tuesday)

Info found on comicvine.gamespot.com, The Legion Of Regrettable Super Villains, and various DC and Marvel encyclopedias

Hello fellow Comic Book lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means!

  • Kangaroo Real Name: Frank Oliver  Status: Low Tier Villain First Appeared: The Amazing Spiderman # 81 (1970) Powers: Enhanced strength and pain resistance, Can leap great distances

Frank Oliver was an Australian man that was obsessed with kangaroos. He trained his body to be identical to the animal, and finally was successful  He was forced to flee his homeland after killing a man in the ring. Frank encountered Spider-Man, and was defeated easily by the Web-Crawler. He later had his powers enhanced by the criminal scientist, Dr. Jonas Harrow. Frank met his demise when attempting to steal a radioactive isotope.

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  • Slyde Real Name: Jalome Beacher Status: Villain First Appeared: Amazing Spider-Man #272 (1986) Powers: Can skate along the ground at approximately 30 mph, Costume coated with near-frictionless substance

Jalome was a Chemical Engineer that discovered a virtually frictionless substance. After getting fired from his company, he robbed a bank and met Spider-Man. He later joined the Masters of Evil, but was quickly captured and imprisoned.

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