Meet my lovely new ladies

“I made a promise to my parents to protect this city from the evil that took their lives.”

— Batman, The Long Halloween

“I promise myself that I will be HD-ready by the time The Dark Knight comes out on Blu-ray.”

— John Bierly, in the kitchen one evening while sipping on a Pepsi

And so it is.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new ladies in my life — Liv Tyler and Selma Blair:


Liv Tyler is a 37-inch Samsung 1080p HDTV, and Selma Blair is a matching Blu-ray player.

(I have a long history of naming major electronics after my favorite ladies both fictional and real; the iPods are Sweet Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, and my cellphone is Maggie Gyllenhaal.)

I’d been holding off for a long, long time, talking myself into, then out of, taking the plunge. But there are so many good movies coming out now on home video, and I was tired of buying DVDs when I knew Blu was so much better, and then there was the promise I made to myself about going HD before The Dark Knight arrived (which will happen on December 9), so I kept my eyes out for good deals and finally found the right one at HH Gregg.

I got there at 5 a.m. Friday, and two hours later the box was wedged so tightly into my backseat that the TV had to be cut out of the box just to get it out of the car and into the apartment.


I know I’ve really been falling behind on writing here lately, so hopefully this will get me in gear to start doing more reviews. I’ve seen tons of movies lately both at home and in theaters near me, so maybe I can get some more writing done here.

(In the meantime, I’m still cranking out tons of stuff for Impact and reviews of Detective Comics and Batman Confidential for Batman in Comics, and working on some other cool stuff with my writing partner, Kevin.)

Big thanks as always for your visits and your patience!

More to come.


  1. bluecollar49 says:

    Morning John.

    Didn’t take you as one who would induldge in the mess that is ” Black Friday “, but glad you got a good deal.

    Enjoy the new electronics, and I suppose there are worse things than naming appliances after women.

    I’ll be beack to check out your reviews later.
    Hope Thanksgiving was a great day for you and yours.

    ( yes, another new blog )

  2. John says:


    You’re right — I’m totally not the “fight the crowds” type. Especially on Black Friday.


    The deal was just too good. :)

    And! Congratulations on the new blog! I’ll check it out!

    Best wishes to you and all of your family, good sir.

  3. Harmony says:

    I just love picturing you battling the crowds on Black Friday, fighting toward your High Definition goal. Forget pictures of “the ladies”….I’d love to have a picture of that! Congrats on the new system. I have no doubt it will be put to good use.


  4. John says:

    Melody: I wish I had some crazy stories about Black Friday, but HH Gregg was so efficient and organized that everything was really easy. I still had to wait almost 90 minutes in the checkout line, but everything else was easy and the people were nice. I’m just glad I’ve got my TV. :)

    Kareem: Good eyes, my friend. The box in question does indeed depict Duncan MacLeod about to give someone a negative headache. Thanks again for being such a huge part of this year’s Batman adventure, and if I can make it out to visit this summer I’ll have some swanky new Blu-Rays to bring. I was just talking to Kay-Anne about it on Facebook last night.

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