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  1. Yesterday
  2. All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick: Ms. Frick's sophomore YA novel following "See All the Stars". A love triangle between a high school "It Girl" and a closeted lower class girl both dating the same kid who are then targeted by a mysterious texter and threatened to ruin said guy's life. Re-reading the review I wrote months ago reminds me of the cons I had with this story, and helps to determine what I think are growing pains I hope Frick can move out of in future stories. This story is more explicitly a thriller, with suspense building from the end of the first chapter. Overall I enjoyed this more'n "See All the Stars". It was an engaging, entertaining read with a really good story and quick, easy-to-read chapters. I rarely felt bogged down by any extraneous information, which has been a trend with the last several books I've read. One of my problems that carries over from Frick's last book is the characterization of her teenage girl protagonists. Rosalie, the closeted girl who's locked in her family's fundamentalist church and suffered conversion therapy years prior, is sympathetic enough. Her story is more urgent, the stakes are higher, and the constant conflict feels real. Amanda, the queen of her senior high school class, is just a closed door of charm or charisma. Admittedly it may be harder for me to intuit the problems of teenage girls, but this is a person who is introduced shitting on every other character in the scene, people who are her friends and family. Now her parents, particularly her mother, are wrecks, and her friends are typical flighty high schoolers. But Amanda's really no different, and her status as Ms. Thing gives her problems - wanting to end up the rich wife of her rich boyfriend like everyone wants - makes her storyline almost completely bare of genuine interest. Without using the "B" word, I don't think she displays a single charitable trait for at least the first solid half of the book. Granted, there are a lot of crappy people in this story, but this is primarily our chief protagonist. The prose tripped me up again as well. One of the lines "These provocations are chipping away at my resolve...", no teenager sounds like that. If she were a creative type, like a writer or an artist, okay, but it only sounds severely melodramatic. The revelation of the villain gave me a double take. I had a theory on who it could've been, and still think that would've been a better reveal, but it would've made the story darker. Still, it turns the character into a one-dimensional villain. Feels very much like Riverdale's annoying reveal at the end of season 1. Despite all of my cons, I did enjoy reading this book. It's engrossing and incredibly well paced, and despite the characters, the plot was such a fun central problem for them to get past that I couldn't really look away.
  3. Detective Comics #1006: There was a real 90s feel to this issue. Kyle Holtz has a very Kelly Jones-esque style to his art, and Tomasi's writing was a bit looser. His Batman sounded like something out of the 80s, but I dug it. Simple story, part one of who knows how many, but I liked it more than the last few issues. Batman Beyond #33 (2019): Really good issue. This is a story that could've been in the original animated series had it gone on long enough. Action Comics #1012: I'm fading out of this storyline. It's too involved for me to keep hold, and I really do not like Simon Kudranski's artwork. Amazing Spider-Man #825: Awesome issue. I love how Spencer uses Mysterio as a psuedo tie-in to the upcoming movie, but he is only a means to an end. Brilliant. Single Issues: 211 Trade Paperbacks: 7
  4. Last week
  5. Rocketman: Taron Egerton was fucking ridiculously good. Ridiculously good. Was I supposed to be so sexually attracted to Elton John's mom? Has all the traps and beats of music bios and all the things you'd expect with a more esoteric approach and some fantastical elements that set it apart. The scene on stage at the Troubadour with him and the crowd is probably the best scene of a movie for the year for me. It captures the beauty of transcendant rock music between artist and fan better than anything I've ever seen on screen. I haven't seen Bohemian Rhapsody, but I can't believe Rami Malek is anywhere near as good as Egerton here. Features: 56 Shorts: 15 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches: 4
  6. Dread

    Episode 617

    Haha! Editing this, I was like "Stephen King episode? Have we ever talked about doing that before?" Shit, you never know, I guess. Also, BOY did I oversell how good The Outsider is. It isn't as good as Drunk Des says it is, guys.
  7. The Master

    Episode 617

    Yes! Creepshow 2! "The Raft" fucked me up! It didn't make me afraid of the water -- that came from nearly drowning at least three times -- but it did make me fear those damn rafts. Fuck those damn things. And yes please on the Stephen King episode.
  8. It's been a while, but I recall genuinely enjoying the 2009 remake.
  9. Friday the 13th (2009): this is kind of a quintessential Friday film. It's a mashup of the first three films with the over the top feeling of Jason Lives and the more modern films. Features: 55 Shorts: 15 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches: 4
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    Episode 617

    Remember that time Darryll and I got really drunk and reviewed Creepshow 2? I don't. But there was digital audio evidence, and that's what this week's episode is. So, watch out for those cigar store Indians, be suspicious of black garbage bags in lakes, look both ways before crossing the street, and enjoy this week's episode! We also give away two copies of Us on Blu-ray. Tunes: "The Fate Before Fate" by Indian, "Get What's Coming" by Creepshow, and "Jaws Theme Swimming" by Brand New. [ 1:18:48 || 38.0 MB ]
  11. This one especially for @The Master - Batman 1989 was released 30 years ago today.
  12. If you haven't already, watch Takeover: Chicago for the finals rematch which I think was even better. Also, the 2018 UK Championship Tournament shows, while not as great, have some good action, Zack Gibson being hated and Mustache Mountain vs. Strong/O'Reilly.
  13. Warlock: Armageddon/Warlock: End of Innocence: reviews forthcoming Features: 54 Shorts: 15 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches: 4
  14. I just bought tickets to a lucha libra event in Vancouver in a month where I will see Super Crazy and Luchasauraus. I'm fucking stoked.
  15. Land of the Lustrous v8: This feels like it’s building towards a conclusion, or at least escalating even more. This is becoming full existential horror on a level I was not expecting, and Ichikawa just continues to do an amazing job on the art work. Looking forward to seeing what happens in v9. Trades/Tankobon: 24Single Issues: 34
  16. Spent a few days watching WWE / NXT's 2017 United Kingdom Championship Tournament. Holy crap this was great, and Tyler Bate is amazing!
  17. Jesus...this record was thirty years old yesterday.
  18. I wish I could write a Spider-Man comic book when I was 21. I empathize with the kid's fanboyism, aside from that IDC.
  19. Rocketman: A much more entertaining and comparatively pleasant biopic about a flamboyant performer, Taron Egerton delivers a terrifically energetic performance. A lot of fun, I'd see it again.
  20. Holy crap, didn't realize that was Bee from The Babysitter! I fucking want this movie even more!
  21. I just listened to this episode for the first time. I also prefer the FNM version of "War Pigs" to the original, and I'd only heard it for the first time this past November. Funny thing for me--listening to it more and more, I would be like, "'War Pigs' Faith No More version, a.k.a. Mike Borden Has the Time of His Fucking Life."
  22. I am beyond indifferent to the news. Sara Pichelli, who co-created Miles Morales, is awesome, but even her top-tier work won't drive me to this project.
  23. I hate everything about this post, save for Sara Pichelli of whom I have no opinions.
  24. Marvel just announced a new five-issue Spider-Man miniseries written by JJ Abrams and his son, Henry, with art by Sara Pichelli. All that's known thus far is that it will feature a new villain.
  25. Earlier
  26. Warlock: review forthcoming Features: 52 Shorts: 15 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches: 4
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