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Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s out there. Being a father is never an easy job. So thank you for all the fathers who go out of their way and sacrifice so that their children can have it a little easier.

Well, what better time to take a look at some of my favorite TV and movie dads than today on Father’s Day. There are so many great ones to look at, so let’s go ahead and start it off with a dishonorary mention. Because Ross Geller was a horrible dad to his son Ben! Especially after Baby Emma was born, it was almost like Ben was never mentioned again. Okay, now moving on to the good ones!

Honorary Mentions – Cliff Huxtable, Steven Keaton, Harry Stamper, Noah Levenstein, George McFly, Randy Marsh

5- Clark Griswold – Clark might not be the best dad in the world, but he certainly goes out of his way to provide for his kids. He wants to make sure they have great memories growing up. That’s why he gives them wonderful vacations to Wally World, Europe and even Vegas. Sure he doesn’t seem to notice that his kids look different each movie and actually flip flop who is older, but he loves them none the less!

4- Tom Bueller – Tom loves his son Ferris, to the point that he called home to check in on him when he thought his son was sick. He jokingly said that he and his wife should shoot Jeannie after the mother picked her up from jail.  At least I think it’s a joke. Yeah, we’ll go with that. Fun fact not related to Tom, but the actor and actress that played Ferris’s parents eventually did get married to each other. Awwwww.

3- Homer Simpson – Homer certainly came along way as a father. Mostly due to the PC police. But when we first met Homer, he would regularly choke his son. Not to say that Bart didn’t have it coming, but you can’t just go choking your kid. Homer learned the early. He did a lot to support his kids, when he wasn’t yelling at Lisa for playing her saxophone too loud…. hmmm, the more I think about it he wasn’t a good dad at all! Still high on my list though!

2. Al Bundy – Looking at a guy like Al, you wouldn’t think he would be a good dad. But deep down he really was. He claimed to not like his family (let alone love them) but his actions speak louder than words. He struggled to show his emotions, but he provided for them to the best that he could. He never forced his beliefs on his kids. It’s not like Bud ever joined No Ma’am or anything. But Al will never make it on the Neighbor of the year list!

1- Jason Seaver – My all time favorite dad growing up. Jason wanted to do what was right for his wife so he moved his practice into the home so that his wife Maggie would be able to go back to work. Jason was able to keep an eye on his four kids, and with sons like Mike and Ben, it was almost mandatory that they be supervised at all times.

Well, that does it. This week I will be doing some free book sales so look for an announcement in a day or two! Have a good one everybody!

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Welcome back! Before we get started with a new Top 5, let’s take a moment to remember Adam West, TV’s Batman who passed away yesterday. For many geeks like me, he was the first live action Super hero we had ever seen. I remember watching reruns of Batman at my grandparents house. Yeah it was corny and campy. But it was still a good show to watch. After I heard he passed, I watched Batman ’66 yesterday. I won’t say it still holds up, but it’s still a fun movie to watch. Thoughts to his family, friends and all his fans that lost a highly respected man.

Okay, moving on. Let’s get a little light hearted now after that tribute. Everyone has a list of celebrities they would love to just hang out with for one day, maybe grab a drink and just talk. So I thought today I would share with you my top 5 of people I’d like to grab a beer with.

Honorary Mentions- Neil Patrick Harris, Mark Hamil, Chris Pratt

5- Jennifer Lawrence – Okay, I like many other men have a celebrity crush on J-Law. But what makes her even more awesome is she’s goofy as hell. She doesn’t take herself seriously. She’s also a hell of an actress, earning her four Oscar nominations and one win.

4- Brian May – Lead guitarist for my all time favorite band Queen. He has co-written some of the biggest songs in the world, traveled the world with both Queen and several other bands such as The Brian May Band and more recently a woman named Kerry Ellis. Oh and if that wasn’t enough he is also an astrophysicist.  Because he wasn’t cool enough before?

3- Vince McMahon – I’ve been a wrestling fan ever since I could remember. It’s spanned the vast majority of my life quite honestly. So it’s no wonder I would love an opportunity to sit down with the man who took wrestling from a regional experience to a world traveling one.

2- Josh Gates. The name might not sound familiar to many people, which is a shame. Josh is a world traveler. He’s hosted two of my favorite shows. First he was on Destination: Truth on Sy-Fy. After the show ended, he moved to Travel Channel for Expedition: Unknown. DT deals with the paranormal. EU deals with some of the great mysteries in the world. Josh has traveled to almost every country and has been in all 50 states.  He’s so sarcastic in his shows.

1- Kevin Smith. Now I know Smith doesn’t drink, but we could certainly have a meal together and talk about all his great movies. I’m a huge fan of his and would love to pick his brain for a few hours. I’m sure he has some great stories from the sets of his movies. And when you consider some of the people he’s worked with, it’s a who’s who in Hollywood. From Ben Affleck to Matt Damon to Alan Rickman and George Carlin.

What about you? Who would you like to have a beer with? Let me know!

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Welcome back to another Top 5. It’s been a while since I did one. And since today is National Super Hero Day, I thought I would do my top 5 Super hero movies.

Honorable Mentions: Superman, Batman Forever, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy

5) The Dark Knight – What I’m about to say might be controversial, but I’m okay with that. While I obviously enjoy this movie, I think part of the allure of it centers around the death of Heath Ledger. He was absolutely brilliant as the Joker, but it was hard to not fall into the hype immediately after it’s release. But watching it again after time had passed, it’s easy to have a new respect for the movie where I wasn’t blinded by the hype.

4) Batman (1989) – Michael Keaton and Tim Burton brought a new Batman to the screen. The only time we had seen a live action Batman previous to this it was beyond campy. Burton’s vision was dark but had a few light hearted moments as well. And speaking of the Joker, Jack Nicholson turn as the Joker was a 180 as well from what we had seen from Cesar Romero.

3) Captain America: The Winter Soldier – This was a Super Hero movie that was part action, part thriller and part comic book movie. Robert Redford playing a villain in a comic book movie was something you’d never think you’d see. It did a great job of expanding the character not only of Cap but Black Widow as well.

2) Iron Man – The movie that truly started it the entire craze. Tony Stark wasn’t exactly a well known character outside of comic book nerds, so it was a big risk starting the franchise out with him. It was an even bigger risk to hire someone like Robert Downey Jr who had fallen on hard times. He made some indy movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang after his recovery, but nothing on this level. It all came together in a damn near perfect movie.

1 The Avengers – This was it. This is what we were building towards. The first time seeing Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk and Hawkeye together on the big screen. It had a great mix of action and comedy, though I admit sometimes the comedy wasn’t needed. They expanded the role of Loki making him so far the best villain in the MCU. Could that change once we actually see Thanos in all his villainous glory? Oh I think so!

So what about you? What is your favorite comic book movie?

Feel free to comment on the blog, unless you’re a useless pathetic troll who is only here blast me FOR NO F*N REASON because you don’t know me….

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I don’t have a graphic for a Bottom 5, so yeah, you will just have to deal with my lightning bolt!

Before I go any further, remember that you can get some free books. Paranormal Contact Vol. 3 is free today and tomorrow. And Tomorrow through Wednesday The Time Traveler’s Journal will be free. So free plug right there!

Everyone has their favorite movies. But one thing I’ve learned is one person’s favorite movie is someone’s least favorite! There are several movies that people have told me about that are great that I just couldn’t stand. So we’re going to take a look at some of those movies. I’m sure my choices will annoy some people.

5- History Of The World Part 1 – I remember watching this about ten years ago. In fact, I bought the DVD because it was on sale.  And sitting through the entire movie I remember laughing a total of one time. “What do we always say? F*ck the poor!”

4- A Clockwork Orange – You know what? I couldn’t even tell you what the point of this movie was. I saw it back in college because everyone kept telling me how awesome of a movie it was. And honestly all I can remember is the thing with poking him in the eye with a sharp needle. I remember cringing at that. And yeah, that’s it.

3-Blazing Saddles – Mel Brooks is great. I normally like his movies. But the fact that this is his second entry on the list slightly bothers me.

2- Pulp Fiction – It’s rare that I can’t sit through a movie. Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I watched Pulp Fiction when I saw it in 1999. I got up to Christopher Walken’s first scene and I just couldn’t go any further.

1- Annie Hall. I had heard how great Annie Hall was, and how great Woody Allen was. And last year I decided to go head and finally watch the movie. Ten minutes into the movie, I was bored. And I remained bored throughout the rest of the movie. I finally have seen a Woody Allen movie that I actually enjoyed though recently though.

What about you? What movies do you hate that everyone seems to love?

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Ahh another weekend is over. Hope you are gearing up for a good week ahead of us. I know I am. At least I’m sure as heck going to try.

So quick update, I wrote two chapters for the Kid’s Anthology today. It’s coming along quite nicely. That outline definitely is helping me when I get stuck. Next week there will definitely be a little bit of an excerpt coming from it, I think. There’ll also be an update on some free books coming your way as well. Because I can.

So there’s a new Beauty and The Beast movie out in theaters. I don’t know if you heard. I’m sure you did, unless you’re living under a rock. That’s the new trend, take Disney movies and make them live action. We’ve seen it with Pete’s Dragon and Jungle Book among others. And there’s more coming. I know they are making a live action Mulan and Dumbo movie too. So we shall see. But I thought right now we’d take a look at some of the classics as I rank my Top 5 Disney or Pixar movies.

Honorary Mentions – The Incredibles,  Wreck It Ralph, Up

5. Toy Story 2 – Confession time, I haven’t seen Toy Story 1 or 3. I own 3, but I haven’t watched it. I have my reasons for not seeing it, but I hope to change that soon enough! But 2 is very good. Such a unique concept. As great as Hanks and Allen are, what makes this movie for me is the supporting characters.

4. Hercules – Speaking of supporting characters, Hercules is guilty of this too. I’m a fan of Pain and Panic. But to me the movie is made because of James Woods as Hades. He’s absolutely brilliant with his deadpan delivery. He would definitely go on my list of Disney villains.

3. The Lion King – While the first two on the list is about the supporting cast, this is primarily about the two main characters. The Good vs The Bad. Simba vs Scar. Sure Timon and Pumbaa make great comic relief and Rafiki is awesome too, but Matthew Broderick and Jeremy Irons were absolutely perfect in their roles.

2. Lilo & Stitch – Is Stitch a perfect movie? No. It slightly drags a little in the middle. But from the moment Lilo punches her classmate at the beginning of the movie, you know you’re watching something much different from the usual Disney movie. And when she meets the chaotic but adorable Stitch, it’s on. It’s an a-typical movie as well since it doesn’t have a romance in it.

  1. Aladdin – Without Robin Williams, Aladdin is a great movie. With Robin Williams, Aladdin is an amazingly awesome movie. A hero is only as good as his villain. Jafar is a power hunger villain who will do anything to get that power. Scott Weigner is great as Aladdin. And of course the music of Aladdin is great too. Jasmine as a character is a strong female character who is willing to oppose her father to get what she wants. Plus she has a pet tiger. Who doesn’t want a pet Tiger?

There you have. My top 5 Disney movies. Thank you for reading. Have a good one everybody!

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A few weeks ago I made a top 5 of concerts I want to see. At # 1 was Garth Brooks. Well, I need to update that list because later this week I will be seeing him in concert! I’m sure it will be an amazing show. So with that in mind, it’s time for me to give you my top 5 Garth Brooks songs:

Honorary Mention – If Tomorrow Never Comes, Shameless,  Standing Outside The Fire

5- Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) – There’s hardly a time I don’t think that about myself. I’m not even 40, but there are times I feel like I’m 80. But age is just a number, right?

4-Unanswered Prayers – This is such a beautiful song. I don’t honestly think I can give the song it’s due. Sometimes the person we want most is the person that in the long run isn’t best for us. Again it’s a song we can all relate to.

3- The Dance – One of the most ballady ballads there is. I think we all know the feeling. We’ve all lost someone that meant so much to us. Break ups are hard, but it doesn’t take a way from the great memories you shared. That’s the whole point of the song. I think I’ve always connected with this song.

2- The River – Sentimental values aside it’s just a great song. It’s a very inspirational song to me. Yes, there’s a bit of religious overtones to it. But it’s not in your face, and I’m okay with that. It still inspires me to keep going. And that’s what matters.

1- Friends In Low Places – Really could it be any other song? Other than it being one of my BFF’s and mine song together. But regardless, it’s just a fun awesome drinking songs. (ooooh, that gives me another idea for a future top 5 list!) And if the studio version of the song wasn’t good enough, the live version’s better. Though I heard he retired the 3rd verse now. Which is a shame. I guess I will know for a fact on Friday.

Work on the Kid’s Anthology (Unofficially untitled just yet) is coming along. I had been struggling with it, but I sat down this week and wrote out an outline and it certainly helps. I will keep you posted! Have a good one everybody!

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Welcome back to the Top 5 blog. We’re gonna do a two-fer today.

Valentine’s Day is in less than 48 hours. I’m single these days thanks to my divorce. So I don’t have anyone here (pout) to spend Valentine’s Day with. I think my favorite Valentine’s Day is when I surprised an Ex (well we were dating at the time.) I spent a week convincing her we weren’t doing anything for Valentine’s Day. Then she showed up at my place and found this:

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I hate Valentine’s Day, but I’m a sucker for romance. I’m a complex guy sometimes. So yeah, two Top 5’s. They are polar opposites of each other in a way. There are two types of ballads in this world. The “I love you so much” ballad and the “I’m so sad without you” ballad. So we’re going to look at both. With so many great songs out there in both categories, it’s hard to do an accurate top 5 for either. I can promise you I will miss some great songs on both lists. But I’m going to do my best to get them. If not, they will show up in next year’s Valentine’s Day lists!

Happy Love songs:

5. Can’t Smile Without You by Barry Manilow – I believe this was two of my friends’ wedding song. It’s not a true ballad, but it’s a great love song. It’s more upbeat than most ballads.

4. The Luckiest by Ben Folds – Another of my friend’s sang this to his bride after their ceremony. There’s a part of the song that is a little creepy, but it’s still a very sweet song.

3. Amazed – Lonestar – Country has so many great love songs, and I would be remiss if I didn’t include this song.

2. Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do) – Christopher Cross – You don’t have to be in New York City to fall in love with this song.

1- Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley –

 

Sad Love Song.

5. I Can’t Make you Love Me by Bonnie Raitt – I think 95 % of us have been in this boat. In love with someone that doesn’t love you back, no matter what you do. It’s a sad sinking boat.

4. Somewhere Out there – Linda Rondstant and Aaron Neville  Or wanted to be with someone but they were far away…

3. Someone Like You – Adele Or worse yet, trying to deal with a break up when the other person has already moved on……

2. Against All Odds by Phil Collins – Maybe you’re hoping that they will come back…

1- At This Moment – Billy Vera and The Beaters To the point that you’re willing to even bargain with life.

Yeah, I totally missed a lot of great songs. But like I said, it’s nearly impossible. So depending on what boat you’re in this Tuesday, here’s to you.

I’ll be back tomorrow with another Valentine’s Day Top 5. Until then, have a good one everybody.