Ramathaan Kareem



Chalazion Excision

I would like to apologize for my absence; I had surgery done last Friday on my eyes and was just healing up from it. The surgery wasn’t too serious and the procedure was called Chalazion Excision. If you haven’t noticed from some of the photos of older posts, I had a big nasty bump in my eyelids and I was treating it with a hot water compress (warm water on a rag and press up against the eyes for 10 minutes). It’s the most annoying thing anybody can go through and I’ve been to the doctors on separate occasions and have had separate medicines but nothing worked. So we had to get them drained. If you’re wondering what I mean by drained, check this video out but I warn you it’s not for the faint of heart. My surgery was similar but not 100% like the one in the video. So the only thing left to say is, I hope I don’t have to go through that anymore in this lifetime because having them twice is MORE than enough and I wish for nobody to go through what I went through.

DC Superheroes

Some new additions to the family:

Harvey Two Face

One of my favorite Batman villains second only to the Joker

This Two Face came from the DC Superheroes line back in 2007. As you would assume, they stopped releasing this figure and instead started releasing the Silver Age Two Face which looks exactly like this but the paint job is different and he doesn’t come with a tommy gun. You have no idea how much I HATE that Two Face!! First of all the color of his suit makes him look like a carnival freak and second the action figure was actually made with less detail, like for example the Two Face in the picture above has his hand all scarred up and deformed like his face whereas the silver age one his hands are just painted the same color as his deformed face but doesn’t show any scarring. To top it all off, he doesn’t come with a tommy gun and that’s pretty dumb if you ask me.


Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (From left to right: Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Hawkman, Big Barda and Mary Marvel)

I’m one step closer in getting every member of the Justice League and to show that Livin’ Large doesn’t discriminate, I even got some superheroines. I chose to get Mary Marvel in the white outfit rather than the Captain Marvel colors just to add a little variety to the figures. In my opinion, I think they should’ve just packaged Big Barda with an alternate head without the helmet on instead of just releasing it as a chase figure and there’s no excuse to that blunder because later on they released Hawkman pictured in these photos with an alternate head without the hawk mask. I also chose to go with the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle because I wanted to get some teenage heroes not just adult ones. Like I said before the Justice League isn’t the only team I want to get so having Blue Beetle and Hawkman gets me closer to completing other teams. By the way, Jaime Reyes is one of the lead characters in Young Justice: Invasion so check that out.


The Villains You Love To Hate (From left to right: Reverse Flash, Bizarro, Sinestro and Two Face)

Sinestro Fans can finally rest because Mattel rereleased the figure and cleaned up their mistakes. The paint job looks smoother and he doesn’t look intimidated when you stand him next to Hal Jordan. The Bizarro that I got is actually from the DC Superheroes line just like Two Face but Bizarro was easier to find and was way cheaper than what I had to pay and put up with with the Two Face figure. Matter of fact the most expensive figure out of the ones in the pictures is Two Face, which cost me a little under $100 and was in used but good condition. I always liked getting the heroes and their polar opposites like Batman and Joker, Superman and Lex Luthor and now I can add Flash and Reverse Flash (or Zoom, whatever you want to call him) to that list. I just like the detail Mattel put in Reverse Flash’s face making him look like an older, angrier Barry Allen. That’s about it for action figures but I will post some photos of any new ones I get in the near future. One thing’s for sure though, whether they’re heroes or villains, you gotta love’em! This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’
Special shout-out go to the people from Action Toy Review. Check them out to get the 411 on DC Comic figures.

Bizarro #1

Bizzaro #1


JSA’s Hawkman

Comic-Con 2012

When I wasn’t watching women being dismembered over the weekend, I went to the first ever Comic-Con held in my city. I had a chance to talk to some cool people and  special thanks to Talar Adam for hooking me up with the interviews. Having the convention in my city was more of an experimental thing to see exactly how the turnout was and if there was a market for it. Apparently they only expected 5,000 people to show up on Saturday but the turnout was so huge, 20,000 people showed up for the weekend in total!


Nick Fury

Best news I heard all weekend was that they are going to make it an annual event and I’m honestly hoping that I can go every year and get to do what I do best. I didn’t go in full on costume because I like to wear the clothes I have in my wardrobe in the same style as the comic hero or villain. I’m not going to say who I’m dressed up as but if you think you have an idea post it in the comments section. Special shout out go to the beautiful Kurleen Dorsainville for her excellent camera work and great advice.

Ghost Busters

We Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts!

I wanted to get an interview with Lou Ferrigno and even my Incredible Hulk poster autographed but sadly something came up on Saturday. It’s a damn shame too because anybody that knows me knows that the Incredible Hulk is my all-time favorite Superhero growing up, but it is what it is (Another missed opportunity was trying to get a photo taken with Elvira). I’m hoping that now that they know there is a market for it, they bring more celebrities and artists and hopefully next year I’ll get a chance to get with Lou and Elvira.


Incredible Hulk

The interviews I managed to get have been video recorded and the camcorder I was working with takes mini-dv tapes and the cable to transfer the tape onto the pc is lost. I bought one online so when it comes in I’ll put it up on my laptop and edit the video and it’ll be up here for your viewing pleasure. If you didn’t get a chance to go to the Con, there’s always next year but I not going to lie, you missed out. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’

Star Wars

If you were wondering I prefer Star Wars over Star Trek

Ginî Piggu

Tales from the Hood

Not quite horror but still an entertaining film!

I’m a big fan of horror movies and a big fan of practical effects rather than computer generated images. A lot of these new school horror movies are all using CGI for their special effects and it I feel it really takes away from the movie. It’s gotten to the point where even blood is done in CGI and it looks ridiculous. Tom Savini perfected the look of fake blood for the cameras only to have his hard work thrown in the trash in favor of computer generated images. How can you call your movie “horror” when your actors aren’t reacting to a tangible creature or threat?!?

I’m not much of a foreign film viewer but I’ve seen a couple of good ones here and there. Matter of fact, City of God is one of my favorite movies of all time and one of the reasons for that is because its well-acted, well scripted and the character development makes you care for certain characters and despise others. I’m not going to lie to you though; Lil Zé made the movie enjoyable for me. A lot of people say Scar Face is one of the greatest hood tales of a man coming up from rags to riches. The character of Tony Montana reportidly inspired a lot of rappers to follow in Montana’s footsteps and all that but to me I regard Scar Face as a mediocre film when compared to City of God. Lil Zé being the superior character over Tony Montana.

Now you might be asking yourself, “Where is he going with this?”

I’ll tell you by answering your question with a question. What do you get when you blend those two genres together? You get such foreign horror series’ like Ginî Piggu or otherwise known in North America as the Guinea Pig Series.  If you’re not familiar with the Guinea Pig movies, they’re a controversial Japanese horror-slasher series filmed in the late ’80s early ’90s and gained notoriety from their first two films. The reason why they gained said notoriety is because of there thought of being an authentic snuff film. Charlie Sheen apparently watched one of them and reported it to the FBI and the creators of the film were investigated and had to prove what they did was indeed fake.


Just reading the title alone paints a horrible picture in your head

The film I watched over the weekend was the second film in the series called Flower of Flesh and Blood. I heard about this movie in High school from some friends of mine and I always thought the movie wasn’t something I’m into but after watching A Serbian Film, the “La Fin Absolue du Monde” of our time, I thought I can watch this. I will first start by saying the movie was very poetic in nature from the film’s title down to comparing the dismemberment of a woman to blooming cherry blossoms. What little story this movie had, I did enjoy but I prefer if this movie followed the #1 rule in film making and that’s show don’t tell. They also never gave the serial killer a motive behind his actions but I liked the idea of leaving it to the viewer to think about. Another thing I liked about this movie, was the bone chilling scene where the serial killer shows off his “collection” and starts singing a “Lullaby of the Damned”.

But this movie isn’t without its flaws. The serial killer was wearing a Samurai helmet the whole time he was committing the heinous acts and his face was clearly visible. If I were directing this film, I would’ve shrouded his face behind the shadows and only have his eyes visible throughout, or if I was going to show his face I’d have him wearing a Tengu mask. If you don’t know much about the Japanese culture, Buddhists considered the Tengu as demons that brought war wherever they went, almost like the serial killer’s demonic nature.

Was this a good movie? I wouldn’t go as far as to say that, but the movie does warrant a watch. The practical effects make this movie hard to sit through and the “Lullaby of the Damned” scene makes this movie worth checking out. I will say this movie was overhyped though, but that’s just my opinion. This is Livin’ Large and you’ve been Largely Livin’