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Every young man goes through a motorcycle love affair. Mine ended when as a college kid working in St. John Hospital ER as an aide, I saw a biker with a compound fracture with shredded muscle, bones sticking out, and man still alive and in obvious pain.
Last time I intentionally wanted to be a selfish prick by setting up a meet up around comic book movie (Captain America), it pleasantly backfired in my face as a ridonkulous number of people showed up (officially 18). If Regal Cinema Union Square had not pooched the showtimes with technical difficulty and lack of line control our good buddies: David, UDamnDirtyApes, and ColinZero could have hung out with us after the movie for Fette Sau BBQ in Brooklyn. But look, you can't take up people's time all day in the city that never sleeps...
Therefore I am CAUTIOUSLY setting up this meet up around, thinking Ghost Rider is such a lesser known hero how big could it get?
The Orb was the volume 1 archnemesis for Ghost Rider. Yes, it's an ugly dude with a giant eye ball helmet.
Speaking of Ghost Rider, let me tell you as a kid I was a huge Evel Knievel fan. In addition to putting baseball cards in my spokes, I had the cape action going, and I painted the streets with my skin over a lot of horribly failed bunny jumps. So the concept that some stunt dude gets cursed with a biker demon...I was like, "SIGN ME UP!" well the initial comic book series was pretty awful. I mean, his arc nemesis was the ORB...and it's a guy with a giant eye ball for a head on a bike. Then there was the Water Wizard *Sigh* musta been an off day at the offices of Marvel, "hey how about skids? Get it?"
The Champions of Los Angeles was to the West Coast Avengers, what the LA Clippers were to Sacramento Kings. Don't worry EVERY thing is recycled and expect Greg Pak to try and replicate this group again.
It would take almost 20 yrs after "Champions of Los Angeles" *double sigh* before someone was on the right track.
Over designed CGI is an automatic tell-tale sign that a super hero movie is going to suck harder than a Meat Packing District hermaphrodite with 2 dicks in his mouth. I present to you a bike that only Joel Schumacher could love with his erect bat nipples.
I watched the first Ghost Rider film and it was about as much fun as stapling your testicle to your leg. Just the CGI alone with the Joel Schumacher bike was enough to make you beg for Compazine. It's so bad not even Red Letter Media will touch it...for now.
Neveldine & Taylor have elevated gorilla style camerawork and Grindhouse techniques into a kinetic cinematic artform that mixes Harold Lloyd with Jackie Chan and gun porn. It's not until months later you realize, "A limey named Chev Chelios?" More importantly, they understand the Ghost Rider source material VERY well.
Thankfully, it's in the hands of the Crank boys, modern Grindhouse baristas of pain inducing flinging and kinetic shenanigans. At NYCC panel, I was VERY impressed with their comic book knowledge of Ghost Rider, right down to quoting ONE line from the Garth Ennis mini series, that wasn't even an important line. Btw it got only 3 claps for recognition. That goes to show you how f-ing unknowledeable comic cons have become. Filled with people who ask awful questions and sit there for jokes and entertainment.
Honda's line of Japanese bikes, specifically "the Ninja" made urban bikes popular again in the 90s. To no surprise, Marvel went with a new Ghost Rider, Dan Ketch...who much later on turned out to be Johnny Blaze's brother *GROAN*
It sounds unbelievable but Ghost Rider has a simple story that is less complicated than his predecessor, the hulk. Man strikes a deal with the devil to save his only family...gets fucked over and cursed forever. The theme is about control/lack of control and how sometimes you have to do a little evil to do a lot of good.
Jason Aaron (Scalped) finally put together a semi-coherent run on Ghost Rider. He would have been better off scalping some past arcs that should remain untouched but I respected his boldness to complete a story.
A movie about Ghost Rider should be marketed towards a jenteal audience that likes: horror + clubbing baby seals after setting them on fire + wearing dirty diapers and drinking out of a urinal...
Anyone who likes comic books, horror, and the Crank films.
1800 Pongsri Thai Restaurant 165 W. 23rd btwn Ave of Americas & 7th Ave
Menu and info
2240 showing of Ghost Rider Spirits of Vengeance 3-D(gonna guess that it'll show at Regal Battery Park Theatre 102 North End, 10281
Post movie shenanigans TBA
Starting Line up (confirmed as of 2/13):
LF: Original Richard
3B: Michael 5188
SS: Dr. Detfink
2B: Rachel Godfrey
Trust me, I LOVE small groups like this. Still recovering from Double movie feature night.
Unconfirmed, Mr. Burn Notice....and Adam and/or David might pop out of the grassy knoll as they do from time to time. For now, I am going to reserve a table for 10 when I get off work 2/14 0800.
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Tickets and showtimes are still not up yet. However, Ghost Rider 2 will be showcased through Regal/UA Entertainment, which means the best theater near World Financial where the PATH is and all kinds of access points should be available.
We could go Thai but for the sake of convenience...could go Shake Shack to rendezvous there.
Gonna tweak the itinerary this weekend so it's hammered out nicely.
Depending on how my class assignments shape up, I intend to be there.
EXCELLENT my Lord.... :)
can you elaborate on that last part about the Hunger Games?
I had to reserve a large table for Brasilian BBQ. When you start reserving tables for 10 or more people, it'll require a pre-desposit up front especially in Manhattan. Plus, gotta do it over a month in advance.
Ah, unfortunately I had to make the reservation already. I mentioned this in the comment wall over a month ago. Thanks KxR, I have to edit that out.
gotcha. i need to check this more frequently.. i fell of the grid for a while between holiday retail and going to israel last month.
I simplified the itinerary this time around. PLEASE take careful note of show time....As with any meet up, a few rationales to the design...
1. There is no 2100 showing of Ghost Rider. It was either 2000 or earlier and that would be difficult to work out because some of us actually go into work on Saturday for a half day or in my case or others, we're coming off graveyard and could appreciate the rest and time to get ready. Keep in mind, PATH, LIRR, weekend trains...
2. I laid out the Thai restaurant at 1800 because the variables involved: Commute time, time it takes for food to be served, giving people enough time to socialize, etc. I'd rather give us more time than rush us.
3. IF you were at NYCC during the Ghost Rider panel, the Crank boys showed their behind the scenes insanity but more importantly they answered a fan's question about 3-D conversion, "Trust us, we know what's good 3-D conversion..." Hmm. Really? Gauntlet thrown down and challenge accepted. So we'll see if they back it up or talking out of their asses.
Argh...Elaine and I won't be able to be there tonight. Packing is a bitch! And I love Pongsri! Dammit!
No worries, Lorne. These late Winter-early Spring meet ups are kind of how I am gauging communication for groups of 10+ for the summer when we'll DEFINITELY have very exciting, packed fun B&Vs that require a lot of thinking and planning.
By the time, the blockbusters start hitting the summer, a mass "B&V Assemble!" all will be a refined machine....