Monday, February 9, 2009
Okay. Sometimes you just have to stop and take pleasure in simple things. In this case two discoveries I made thanks to friends who know my taste. First there's a new 12" Bruce Campbell doll from Dark Horse. Bruce Campbell is the cult icon famous for playing Ash in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead Trilogy . Campbell has a new movie, My Name is Bruce , that's just come out on DVD and BluRay. The doll is based on that film in which he essentially plays himself: a B-movie actor mistaken for the character he played in the Evil Dead and coerced into fighting a monster in an Orgeon town. The doll comes with a Bruce collectible toy in melted package, refreshing Lemon Drink bottle, a miniature If Chins Could Kill book and a big honkin' gun with price tag still attached. I can't tell you how awesome this is. Campbell has long been a favorite of mine and I think he was overlooked for an Oscar for his performance in Bubba Ho-Tep . Seriously. I have the small 6" action figure of Campbell as old Elvis from Bubba Ho-Tep but a 12" doll is irresistible. I'm placing my pre-order now.
My next rave goes to Kung Faux , that is described in a press release as "a 'Remix' of classic kung fu films, video game flavors, anime inspired special fx, manga style comic books, and hit music with voiceovers from some of this and past generations most influential personalities and pop culture icons." It's also hilarious, fresh and inspired. I watched the first two volumes, which came out a few years ago (why I missed these I do not know), and was reluctant to stop. Not only were the remix/mash ups funny but the commericials and music videos were great as well. Although I never would have guessed that Swedish rap would kick ass on New Zealand rap (you'd think a Maori lead singer would be tough to beat). After seeing so many somber Oscar contenders, lame horror remakes, and truly terrifying chick flicks, I found Kung Faux a real palate cleanser and absolute delight. It helps that I'm an Asian action junkie but anyone with a sense of fun should enjoy.