Something New For Those That Have Read The Fifth Column

I’m not going to apologize for my lack of updates because hey… I guy has to eat and my regular nine to five has been quite demanding.  That being said I thought of a fun little exercise I think we all can enjoy.  Keep in mind this will be a lot more fun for those of you that have finished my novel (hint hint).

The format is simple.  I’m going to throw out some actors that I think would be best to play the roles of the characters in the novel and you’re going to tell me if you agree or if you think I’m totally off.  I’ve got three entries for this week and I think if this proves enjoyable I can add more characters in later udpates.  Let’s see how this goes shall we?

Michael Pena as Roman Pulido: Up until recently seeing him in End of Watch, I thought Michael Pena only had comedy chops. I think the guy is a serious actor and could pull off a small cameo role like Roman Pulido very well. The scenes he would have would require some chops but he’s not going to have to carry the entire film.
George Clooney as Jefferson Silva: I think Clooney is perfect as the older veteran soldier. I think his confident swagger would make a good foil for the next entry.
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Christian Bale as William Rache: We all know Bale can be brooding (seen any of the latest Batman films anyone?) He is perfect for this role with one possibly minor, possibly major problem. He’s getting almost too old for this role! Who knows what they can do these days with the magic of Hollywood though right?

What did you think of my picks? Agree? Disagree? Not quite sure because you have not read the book?  Get a copy at



There’s going to be some changes around here!


Since its a new year I thought it would be good to put the blog on a regular schedule of original content.  I do sincerely apologize but my nine to five job had taken up considerable time in the fourth quarter and my little ol’ blog turned into a ghost town of updates.  That changes today!  So here is what I have planned.

1. Meme Mondays – If you know me personally then you know how much I love memes!  You’re probably already asking, how is this original content?  Well because these memes are going to be Robert Corrado originals.  That’s right.  I’m going to create a brand new meme using my own awful comedic style just for you.  I will be posting them here to the blog only and not directly to Facebook as I plan for them to be as offensive as possible whenever possible.

2. Written Word Wednesdays – I’m going to actually write something on Wednesdays.  Since I’m a writer I think I’m qualified for this.  We’ll see!  Typically it will be short stories posted here to the blog.

3. Film Fridays – I will be posting an original video each Friday.  I’m not going to promise high production values, script, acting, or even enjoyment on your part, but the content will be ORIGINAL.  That is what is important.

Please feel free to let me know what content you like, and even more importantly since this IS the internet, what content you HATE!  Enjoy my friends!



Could the N-15 UPU be built out of parts from Home Depot?

If you’ve had the chance to see The Fifth Column Halloween Hype Video that my wife and I produced then you may have noticed the cool robotic hand prop that we used at the end of the video.  If you have not had the chance to see the video, please check it out here, and don’t forget to leave comments about how awesome my voice acting was (har har)!


The hand was built using various hardware from Home Depot for a cost of about $50.00.  It has three fingers and an opposing thumb and weighs a pound or two.  Both my wife and I were impressed with how well it turned out.  How would you feel about having the joints welded into a cool static pose and then welding the entire hand onto a steel decorative base and giving this “trophy” if you will as some form of raffle giveaway?

Would anyone be proud to display The Hand of Samuel?  Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook if you think this is a good idea!


Yours truly had an hour long nerdgasm at 2ND AND CHARLES!

5990487887_aa8d27bcd6Recently, I had the pleasure to visit for the very first time an amazing phenomenon of a business establishment.  2nd and Charles.

The first thing you will notice as you approach 2nd and Charles is the bins outside with huge signs above them that say free.  Yes, you heard me correctly, free.  I wanted to dig through them furiously as if I would find buried treasure but we had neither the time, nor did my wife have the inclination so we ventured forth through the gates of what I will now call 2&C.6a00d83454d2de69e20133f49499a5970b-320wi

Once inside you will be immediately bombarded with a shock and awe campaign of awesome.  This location was putting its best face forward by starting you off with video games.  We are not talking about the latest Playstation or Xbox whatnot but real video games.  From the past video games, and the consoles to play them!  These great consoles that are designed to play up to three different systems on them called Retron!  This great invention was only $59.99 to boot!  2&C had two of these magic wonders set up at the sales counter with copies of Jackal and Pro Wrestling for the NES and U.N. Squadron for the Super NES.  I played them for 20 minutes!







After drying myself off I delve deeper into the guts of 2&C only to find an entire section of used comics and graphic novels.  Sometimes you just want to read some junk comics and these were extremely affordable.  2&C was offering a buy five get five free deal.  Near the comics section were also things like Heroclix and even two Warhammer 40k armies for sale in a glass case.  This place ran the gamut of nerdcore.

I’m going to wind this down before I start to look like a shil.  Beyond the comics was a good sized used book store and on the other side of the store was housed the used DVD’s, of which they carried a great selection.  I could easily walk in here with a $20 bill and walk out with some cool stuff, whether it be comics or books to read, movies to watch, or games to play.  I would highly recommend the experience to comrades and if you don’t have a 2&C in your area…



The World’s End; a quick review (no spoilers here mate!)

worldsendI finally got the chance to see the new Simon Pegg and Nick Frost film, The World’s End. Let me say right from the start so that you know how biased this review will be, I’m a HUGE Simon Pegg fan. Absolutely loved the other two films that round out what he calls his “Cornetto Trilogy”, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and I absolutely loved this film also.

So a quick summary; Gary King (the once and future as he refers to himself) never quite left his high school days behind and decides to round up the old gang to attempt once again a failed 12 pub crawl that they tried when they were young. This is how the story begins, but THEN it takes you on quite a wild ride by the fourth pub. Their hometown seems to be under the control of a mysterious alien force. What do these five friends proceed to do? Get completely four sheets to the wind and kick some alien ass!

I thought the aliens were absolutely great, and a very fresh take on the aliens trying to conquer mankind bit. The special effects were perfect here, not too heavy, just right, good mixture of CG and practical effects here and not distracting from the story. The acting was great! Pegg and Frost are a dynamic comedy team and it was also nice to see Pegg take the role of the complete idiot and Frost take the role of the smarter and more responsible of the two (a diversion from their previous two films). The rest of the group also delivered some solid laughs. Great cameo by Pierce Brosnan as well.

If you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and/or Hot Fuzz, I think this will be right up your alley. If you couldn’t get past the absurdity and didn’t enjoy those, this will probably only be worse for you because the absurdity levels from the first two films is doubled in The World’s End. It was the final part of the trilogy, why not go out with a bang? Also, ladies, if you are looking for any romcom elements to anchor yourself to throughout this film, you will be disappointed. While I consider it to be firmly in the dude film category, my wife did think it was hilarious.

I give this film 11 pints out of 12 (taking off only one pint for the ending which I felt could have been stronger).

In other words, GO SEE IT YOU TOSSER!


If I created a home made board game based on the film “Road Warrior” would you play it?

I’m envisioning a fold-out card-stock board painted like a two-lane highway with desert around it.  A large model truck done up just like the film and model cars for the bad guys.  Cars moving into and out of squares, troopers boarding the truck to take it over.  The truck player utilizing his defenders.  Max with his sawed-off double-barrel shotgun.  Again, Max with his sawed-off double barrel shotgun.  Dice rolling.  Smack talking.  Aussie accent smack talking.


I’m thinking that Max wins if he keeps the truck from crashing or getting taken over for a certain number of turns and the “garbage” as Papa Gallo so eloquently calls them win if they take over the truck!  Thunder Road was a game very much in the same vein as my idea but a bit too simplistic.

thunderroadI want to recreate George Miller’s classic on my dining room table!  Any takers?


Remakes: A feel-good walk down nostalgia lane, or a lamentable ruining of something you faithfully cherished?

It seems Hollywood is inundating us lately with remakes of classic movies that those of us that grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s fell in love with.  I’ve heard mixed reviews from friends that some are faithful renditions that leave the viewer feeling happy and nostalgic, while others are disgusting rip-offs that completely miss the mark of the original.

Let’s be clear here.  These are not sequels, which carry their own brand of cringe factor for movie fans.  These films are a re imagining of the original.  Using the original character names and locations but sometimes adding elements or subtracting them.  Sometimes adding elements we hate, removing elements we love, or vice versa.  Check out some notable examples below and feel free to comment.  I have my own opinions but I’ll hold them in check for now.

Total Recall