We explain away existence
Happy Top Five Tuesday! The following is a list of five of my favorite bands.
1) METALLICA. Their music inspired me to pick up the guitar at age 15 and play my heart out. I’m currently 33 and am proud to say I’m still committed to playing my heart out.
2) Pantera. Dimebag, their late great guitarist, had a profound impact on my strumming technique. Sadly, he was gunned down by a schizophrenic ex-marine at a show back in late 2004. R.I.P Dimebag.
3) Iron Maiden. They’ve been playing their brand of melodic power metal since the early 1970s and show no signs of slowing down.
4) Tool. I’ve learned a lot of interesting chord variations just from listening to Tool’s guitarist Adam Jones. Tool has always been tough to categorize and that’s what I like most about them.
5) Bush. I used to listen to their debut album, Sixteen Stone, 20 times a day during the mid 1990s. Gavin Rossdale’s searing raw vocals combined with overly distorted powerchords were just too powerful to ignore.
What are some of YOUR favorite bands?
When I was a kid, during the good old 1990s, I was completely hooked on the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine! I went through the books like Pez. (Pez candy was another thing I was hooked on in the 90s.)
If this movie had been made back then I definitely would’ve watched it over a hundred times in a row. That’s not to say I don’t like it at all.
Zach (Dylan Minnette) reluctantly moves to a small town with his mom but then quickly cheers up after meeting his next door neighbor’s beautiful daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush). He starts hanging out with her regularly until her father puts a stop to it. Of course, this just motivates Dylan to sneak into their house and attempt to “rescue” Hannah from her strict father.
He then comes upon an entire bookcase filled with original Goosebumps manuscripts and realizes that Hannah’s father is in fact the infamous R.L. Stine (Jack Black). Unfortunately, by then it’s too late because the first of many creatures/monsters has been released and begins terrorizing the town.
Zach, Zach’s friend Champ, Hannah, and R.L. Stine then spend the rest of the movie trying to figure out how to get all of Stine’s creations back into their respective books. Which turns out to be easier said than done.
I really enjoyed watching all of the monsters and creatures run amuck. It definitely brought back some cool childhood memories of reading about them. Some of my favorites include: The Abominable Snowman, Slappy, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, and the enormous praying mantis from Shocker on Shock Street.
Jack Black gives a decent performance as R.L. Stine but I don’t know why in some scenes he spoke with a terrible snooty British accent. Unless, that’s just his way of trying to inject some classic Black humor into the movie.
Overall, the Goosebumps movie makes for a very enjoyable and nostalgic experience. I only wish I had seen it in 3D when it was still in theaters. Hopefully, I’ll be able to do so whenever the sequel comes out.
On a scale of 1 tamale to 10 tamales I give the Goosebumps movie 8 tasty tamales! 😎
Happy Metal Monday!
This is the official music video for Moth Into Flame by Metallica! It’s also the second single off their upcoming double album titled Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. It’ll be available worldwide November 18th.
Crank the volume and rock out!!😎