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  1. Today
  2. Holy shit, certainly sounds like it ..!
  3. Watched that for a college class on Affect Theory. It was definitely something... In the same class, we watched Eraserhead, Human Centipede, The Thing, and we read from Chuck Palahniuk. It was a very...interesting class.
  4. Tetsuo: The Iron Man: I don't know if it's good, but it's certainly fascinating as a sort of 'fuck you, this is obtuse' film. Films Watched: 26
  5. dc20willsave

    DC reboot

    Tom King is writing a Batman/Catwoman series when his current run on Batman ends. I'll pick up the first issue cautiously. The romance was my favorite part of the book but I'm still tired of King's writing.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Can we all agree that Eli Roth helming a Death Wish remake was a bad idea? I'd be happy if that prick never made another movie ever again.
  8. The optics of a white guy just waltzing up to whomever he wants to, specifically a black person, and gunning them down, was just about the last thing cinema needed in 2018. Speaking as a black man, that scene in the trailer (essentially unedited) disturbed me so much that I thought I was gonna get nightmares. Gun culture in America is sustained by fear of The Other, and for Willis to just go up to a guy on his own property and murder him in broad daylight, and then get away with it, was far too realistic to be helped by "But the guy was a drug dealer" excuse. Coupled with the fact that the hoodie has been taken up as a symbolic totem recalling Trayvon Martin, and that Willis was co-opting it to present himself as some kind of urban underdog, and this movie got the "Go fuck yourself" double-fingers from me almost immediately. It's NRA White Savior Revenge Tentacle Porn, and a problem with vigilante movies that goes back to the original Death Wish movies which, for the record I do enjoy, but on an ironic level. You don't solve poverty and drug dealing by blowing black people away, but most of the country thinks you can. That's how we get so many deaths of black men yearly by police, because the narrative that they represent criminality is the understood narrative in films like this.
  9. One of the fun external things about last night's AEW Double or Nothing is the number of wantaway WWE stars tweeting about without giving a single fuck. No matter how successful AEW ultimately becomes, WWE have created this perfect storm by maintaining the creative "vision" of a senile, single-minded prick who cannot move on from anything. And pushes Roman Reigns as a top babyface.
  10. I don't see how it is racist. He is in a neighborhood that is full of poverty and crime so they took advantage of the drug dealer getting killed by stealing the drugs. It says more about poverty than race.
  11. Aladdin (1992): My favorite of the Disney Renaissance era of films. Barring the generally reckless depiction of Middle Eastern culture, it's aged wonderfully. The character acting and animation holds up as incredibly expressive and realistic. Abu is hilarious, and Frank Welker does a great job with him speaking almost English. The romance between Aladdin and Jasmine is, to my mind, Disney's truest romance. You like both characters, are rooting for them, and they match each other perfectly. There's a bit of animation near the end of the "Whole New World" sequence where Aladdin, in his Prince Ali disguise, reflexively shoulder-passes an apple to Jasmine as he did before when she first met him. The animation of the look of shock, realization, pure joy and finally sneaky understanding - all in about one second - damn near made her my favorite character. Jafar is also one of the most fun villains. He's fairly comedic, but not as intentionally farcical as Hades would be later on. He's threatening because he's simply a dick who is full of grounded ambition. He and Iago are a great double-act, and even though Jafar kicks him around a bit, in this film you get the sense that they are genuinely friends who continually scheme together. And, of course, Robin Williams' Genie is an insurmountable presence. You have to slow the film down and take his ad-libs one at a time to get all of what he's saying, but it's always hilarious.
  12. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: This was a lot of fun, especially Mickey geeking out over everything. Though I do have to ask: who is this for? The comedy is for kids between the ages of five and ten, but the violence is PG-13. A hard PG-13. There are severed limbs and heads, seriously broken bones, and lethal shots to the head. If I were a parent, I would be very iffy about showing this to a child under 10 -- even a mature one. That said, the only real negative for me was the Arkham bit; it went on too long. Otherwise it was a rather enjoyable 90 minutes. Oh! Sit through the credits for some cool comic book covers and sequel bait.
  13. Last week
  14. The Perfection: I'm not sure how I completely feel about this movie. It wasn't bad. It had some interesting body horror and some interesting twists but there are moments it felt like they threw everything at the wall to see what sticks. Legally Blonde: Reese Witherspoon is phenomenal. A less charismatic star could have tanked the film but as is, this is great. Zombieland: Everyone is pretty cool in the film. It's a fun horror comedy. Films: 68 MST3K/Rifftrax Assisted: 2
  15. I watched a YouTube clip the "ice cream man" scene in the 2018 Death Wish remake. Wow. WOW. I didn't notice how bad this was the first time I saw this, and I can't believe they got away with that. That was obscenely racist.
  16. The Swamp Thing reviews are out, and they are overwhelmingly positive.
  17. Ian and James were some of the first podcasters I ever listened to, starting with their Batman ‘89 review, so this was a real treat. Funnily enough, Ian never told me who would be on third up until the day we recorded, so in the back of my head I thought Adham Fisher might’ve been on tap to contribute his rankings 😆
  18. @James D. - "If I didn't know that Jim Carrey is an anti-vaxxer and I hadn't lost all respect for him, I'd want to see him play the Riddler role again." This made me LOL. In fairness to him in his Riddler role and wasted potential, it's possible he didn't have the acting chops in 1994 that he displayed later on. He may have gotten better over time. And at that time, people expected him to basically play Fire Marshall Bill from In Living Color.
  19. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: It's a lot better than I was expecting. It's got some real funny moments. I especially liked the gag with Poison Ivy. There are two things that bugged me about it though. I hated Robin's voice. It just irritated me for some reason. The second is something I had to work to get past in other DC shows and they brought it to a new level here. How are we supposed to pronounce Ra's Al Ghul? I don't really care which way we decide on but can we just pick one please? It is pronounced differently in this movie depending on who says it. Robin says RAISH while everyone else says ROZ.
  20. Delete

    DC reboot

    Loved his Mister Miracle run. Loved his Batman run until issue #50. Then it just because the 79th rehash of something hurts Bruce emotionally so he gets too dark and needs to be pulled back yadda yadda.
  21. Donomark

    DC reboot

    Sucks that he may not get to finish his much touted 100 issue run, but to be real I do not care. King's run has never been consistently good, and since the blowback from issue #50 and what's happened in Heroes in Crisis, it's interesting to see DC willing to cut him loose for whatever reason. King's a nice guy with an earnest vision for his story, but he's nowhere near as good as people have said he is, or at least his Batman run isn't.
  22. Forgot to log these: Slaughterhouse Rulez/The Man Who KIlled Kitler and then The Bigfoot: reviews forthcoming. Features: 41 Shorts: 15 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches: 4
  23. I really enjoy this series, and the rotating guest line-up! It was great to hear James again. Looking forward to the next one (whenever that may be).
  24. Zodiac: Starring Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. Directed by David Fincher. Having known nothing about the Zodiac killer, I'm glad the movie I was introduced to him on is purportedly the most accurate in terms of events. Gyllenhall was great as always, and it was cool seeing Ruffalo as a more comparatively grizzled character compared to his character in "Spotlight". The film was sufficiently creepy, but tbh I don't know how I felt about long, protracted sequences of actual murders that really happened. It feels exploitative, as opposed to instances like the woman and her baby who got away.
  25. Miles Morales: Spider-Man (vol.2) #4-#6: I wasn't crazy about the first couple of issues of Saladin Ahmed's run, but I checked back in and then doubled back to the last couple of ones to catch up. I'm liking the series much more now. It's perfectly paced from issue to issue, balancing Miles' school life with his Spidey life well. Bendis always tended to swallow up his Spider-Men with one overarching story, so I've barely seen subplots develop, unlike with Ahmed where we get douchey Vice Principal JJ-esque character, and Miles' girlfriend. I'm still reeling from the artwork by Javier Gorron. Miles and Ganke have to be...seventeen now? Maybe that makes sense, but I still have no idea when this massive time skip would've occurred. I think the plots and stories are good, Ahmed's dialogue is hit or miss. He's constant with current NY dialect, and there are times that the art doesn't translate the emotional intent of the lingo in ways I find believable, making the slang appear a bit much. I know Ahmed's a NY native so I don't doubt the accuracy, but it doesn't read as seamless, and also doesn't sound like Bendis' characters. After nine years, Miles and Ganke all of a sudden talk like they're right out of MTV. I think Jason Reynolds was a bit better with that in his Miles novel. But I'm liking the current run a lot more now than I did in the beginning. Single Issues: 181 Trade Paperbacks: 6
  26. This looks rather interesting. There's no mention of John, which is good after what Terminator Genisys did to him. The less bulky Terminators are a great idea. And I wonder if the Arnie we see is the human on which the models are based rather than another older version of the T-800. (Yeah, I know there's a cut scene from Terminator 3 in which they reveal this, but cut scenes don't count.)
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