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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    The Wild Storm vol 2: still fucking excellent. Can't wait to get my hands on the first Michael Cray trade to continue that side of the story. This is so much up my alley, it's bonkers. The Dead Hand #1: I get it. Looks pretty. I'm just not engaged. The Immortal Men #1: this was pretty fun. I'm in for a few more. VS #3: it's beautiful, but I'm just not interested in the story. I've seen it too many times. Comics: 818 Trades: 26 Graphic Novels: 14 Omnibus: 11
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    Random wrestling thoughts

    Oof...that hurts. The guy was a Canadian legend before being a pro wrestler. The story goes that at the Calgary Stampede (kind of like a World's Fair, but for rednecks) there was an anvil throwing contest. It was a joke because no one could get the anvil more than an inch off the ground. Neidhart walked up and picked the fucker up and threw it. Not only confounding the contest throwers, he actually set a world record that, as far as I understand, still stands today. He was exciting in the ring and, though I don't think he ever got the credit for it, I thought he was fun on the mic. He wasn't the best talker, but he was electric. The Hart Foundation was the shit. So fucking great. One of the last times I saw him in a match was the Canadian Stampede version of In Your House. The Hart Foundation was supposed to be the heels, but that changed when they went to their home town. Brian Pillman gets a pop for the ages, for fuck's sake. Brilliant match. Brilliant fun. Start at about 5:30 to see the entrances. RIP Anvil. Edit: Holy fuck, these guys all look amazing in 1997.
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    The Greatest Showman: This is a pretty decent movie. I'm not a big musical guy (shocking, I know) but this is one of the few where the music wasn't fuckdiculously painful to listen to. The cast does a pretty remarkable job. Yeah, Barnum was a horrible person (beyond today's standards) and this film glosses over it horribly. However, the number with Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron in the bar was probably my favourite set-piece, especially with my headcanon that this is basically a gay version of Looper. Isle of Dogs: hands down the leader in my best films of 2018 list thus far. Truly remarkable. Anderson kills it every time when he goes fantastical. Mr. Fox, Zissou and this one. He knows what he's doing when he goes pulp or adventure every time. Brilliant film. Incredible animation. Heartbreaking filmmaking. Features: 104 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 6 Rewatches:
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Hack/Slash Resurrection vol 1: Tini Howard is a perfect choice for writing this. She gets the flippant tone, but she also understands the need for a heavy emotional connection between characters. She's perfect. The art is mostly great, but gets a little pinky here and there. I really enjoyed this. Swing vol 1: this was very much of the same vein of Sunstone (same universe as well) and Linda Sejic shares the cartooned side of her husband's art skills and is quite apt for this. It hits very close to home. Spread vol 5: motherfucker. This was amazing. Fantastic and bittersweet end. Future Quest Presents vol 1: the first half of this is Jeff Parker and Ariel Olivetti doing Space Ghost and the second half is Phil Hester and Steve Rude doing Birdman. Both are really good. Birdman is more my speed but that's mostly because you can't do much better than Steve Rude. Robocop Citizen's Arrest #1: they could make this sequel TODAY and I would love it. Sideways #3: I think the reason this isn't ringing true for me is that this is very much a Marvel book set indie the DCU. I don't want that. Comics: 815 Trades: 25 Graphic Novels: 14 Omnibus: 11
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Claremont's X-Men, for how iconic it is, was overwritten. Stern's Spider-Man was good, but nothing of it really lit me on fire. Miller's Daredevil wasn't a superhero story. Gruenwald's Cap (and Dwyer, who co-plotted a lot of it) walked a tightrope for a character who was sen as a stick in the mud prior to their run keeping true to the character, but making the stories exciting and introducing massive characters and ideas and big themes that were far headier than most superhero comics of the day: The Commission, US Agent, Crossbones, the Streets of Ice storyline about (basically) crack cocaine, several stories about right wing movements subverting the youth and the white middle class in America, The Captain, Super Patriot, The Watchdogs, the fucking Scourge, fucking DIAMONDBACK. It goes on and on. Gruenwald wrote like 150 straight issues of Captain America and the artists were Kieron Dwyer, Ron Lim, and Mark Bagley, and others. It's crazy.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    X-Men Gold #25: hell yeah! This was fun. Dumb ending, but pretty appropriate for X-Men books. It's played out to do the whole "what are we supposed to do with 12 X-Men?" thing is ridiculous at this point. YOU'VE GATHERED EVERY WILLING MUTANT ON THE PLANET TO ONE BUILDING! Otherwise, great. Xerxes: the Fall of the House of who gives a fuck #1: holy shit. This is unreadable. The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson #3: still great! Avengers #687, 688: great! Brothers Dracul #1: this was fucking awesome. Starts out very similar to a historical fiction novel I was plotting until I ran into another author who lives like an hour away from me who had just published a critically acclaimed book of the exact same content. Thought about going the comics route with it, but now I most certainly won't. Haha! Captain America #700: this was really great. Played out very well. The backup with Waid riffing over Kirby/Leialoa {sic} art was weird but kind of cool. Champions #19: not as good as before, but still good. Crude #1: holy fuck. This is awesome. Detective Comics #978: this was alright. Domino #1: this was also alright. I'll do another. Eternity Girl #2: this was good. If this doesn't get beyond "depressive superpower character" soon though, I'm gonna ditch. Exiles #1: oh...oh God. Terrible. Gideon Falls #2: fucking fantastic man. Top five horror comics of 2018 so far. Red Hood and the Outlaws #21: decent. Captain America Epic Collection The Bloodstone Hunt: god, this is part of probably the best superhero run of the 80s and definitely the best superhero run of the 90s. Greenwald's Cap is one of the best things Marvel's ever published. Just wonderful pure superhero comics. Great stories here: introduction of Crossbones, Diamondback (who I've always loved), Serpent Society, Red Skull, the issue where Magneto faces off against Red Skull and on and on. Art by Dwyer, Bright, Lim and early Bagley doesn't hurt either. Wonderful. Comics: 813 Trades: 21 Graphic Novels: 14 Omnibus: 11
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    The Silencer #3: I'm really liking this. The Terrifics #2: This really was a split of the first issue into two stories. This issue sets up the premise for the book. I'm in for a few more. X-Men Blue #24: I find this interesting. Very much a cut away from the regular flow of the series. It also features my favourite X-Man, so there's that. All-New Wolverine #33: Old Woman Laura looks to be a lot of fun. Analog #1: I literally remember nothing of this issue. Avengers: Shards of Infinity #1: oof...bad. Batman #44: the long slow trudge to the wedding continues. Deathstroke #30: a good setup for the team-up with Batman but I'm not sure I need to read more. Demi-God #1: Ok, I dig it. I've seen this before, but I dig it so far. Isola #1: this was beautiful, if a little light, but I'm in for a little while. Red Sonja #14: this was good, but it's kind of going through the motions. Still, I think the team of Amy Chu and Erik Turnham can officially be called the definitive writing team on RS. Ringside #15: an abrupt and bittersweet end. I think this series would benefit from a full series read through at once rather than monthly. Superman #44: this was interesting. Love me some Mahnke on art too. Swashbucklers the saga continues #1: oof...not good. The Curse of Brimstone #1: not into this at all. The Punisher #223: I love this. Top 3 Punisher arcs of all-time for me. Some Eros GNs: Time Wankers: hysterical. Exactly what you think it is. Coley Running Wild: props for the androgynous/bi thing for the era, but good lord this was terrible. Liz and Beth v3: maybe the best of the bunch thus far. Mara Queen of the Celts: maybe the best of all the GNs so far. Really solid with wonderful art and...an actual story!!! Comics: 798 Trades: 21 Graphic Novels: 14 Omnibus: 10
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    The Devil and Father Amorth/Extinction: reviews forthcoming. Features: 102 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 6 Rewatches:
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Tremors/The Endless/Cobra/Creepshow 2: reviews forthcoming Isabelle: feature for the festival Features: 101 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches:
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Moon Knight #193: this was just so awesome and crazy and fucked up. It is shocking to see this in a Marvel book. It's more like an Avatar book, not just because of Jacen Burrows' art. The guy's one of the best and it's great to see him get more exposure. I imagine his page rate might be better with Avatar, funnily enough. Exciting to see where this goes next. Mystik U #3: an interesting experiment that lost its steam sometime near the end of the second issue. This felt a little desperate and half-thought-out. Art was solid. Old Man Hawkeye #3: fuck, this is good. Old Man Logan #37: also fucking good. It's funny that OM Hawkeye (which takes place in the OM Logan universe) and Old Man Logan (which takes place in the regular Marvel U) are both better than the original OML storyline that I enjoyed. Shadowman #1: loved the art here. I'll give it another. Suicide Squad Hell to Pay #1,2: the digital stuff has been on and off for me. Injustice is great. Everything else sucks. This was really good. Jeff Parker and Dow Smith as a creative team seals that deal. Suicide Squad #38: fucking great. The Beef #2: ok, this is trash. The Crow Memento Mori #1: nah...I'm good. The Demon Hell is Earth #5: not the best of the series, but decent. Comics: 782 Trades: 21 Graphic Novels: 10 Omnibus: 10
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    War Dogs: this is kind of like Todd Phillips by way of Oliver Stone. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Really funny, crazy story, great acting from Jonah Hill and goddamn Bradley Cooper is a national treasure. He's totally wasted in Hollywood. This film uses him to his strengths. German Angst: review forthcoming Karate Kid: see, it's weird. I remember the end if this movie way differently. My brain put the beginning of the second KK film at the end of the first because the ending of this one was kind of bunk. This is much more of a covert Morita versus Kove film as opposed to Daniel vs. Johnny, IMO. It's a battle of ideologies. Pat Morita is fucking amazing in this one, but it's really fun to watch this having seen Cobra Kai recently. David, who had only seen CK, was like "Daniel really IS the bad guy!" He's not right, but he's not wrong. The characters are really nuanced and CK does not really change the history to make Johnny a sympathetic character. A few of the CK guys are cartoonish assholes, but Johnny is always pretty restrained and never really attacks unprovoked. It's an interesting look back, nonetheless. The Invitation/The Bar: reviews forthcoming. Features: 96 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches:
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Hit-Girl #2: this is dumb fun. Good little twist in it too. Imaginary Fiends #5: really great. Invincible Iron Man #598: pretty great. Justice League of America #27: this was just ok. This series swings from arc to arc in quality. Lockjaw #2: this was fucking delightful. Kazar has my favorite funny line in a comic this year. Lucas Stand Inner Demons #2: this is abandonable. Mera Queen of Atlantis #2: not good. I'm out. Comics: 772 Trades: 21 Graphic Novels: 10 Omnibus: 10
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Phenomena/Rings: review forthcoming A Taste of Phobia: feature for the festival Features: 91 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches:
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    Glass

    The first two films are brilliant. This looks really fun. Anya Taylor-Joy and Sarah Paulsen are two of my favourite actresses right now, so I'm glad they're both in this.
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Incredible Hulk #714: fuck yes. Great angle on the Hulk. Looking forward to see where the next few issues go before it's rebooted. Infinity 8 #1: I liked this. A little weird. Kind of Heavy Metal-ish, but a new, interesting angle. Lucy Dreaming #1: not for me at all. Ninja-K #5: still great. It has to be with that shitty title. Superman #43: this is not lighting me on fire. Bizarro stories never have. Tales of Suspense #103: solid. The Mighty Thor #705: fuck. Devastating. Still one more issue to go. Vampirella #11: I'm out. Weapon H #1: I really enjoyed this. X-Men Gold #24: solid. Avengers #686: this was great. Breathless #1: I spent the first half of this thinking it was stupid, and then I really started to like it. Kind of a bio-medical take on Bright but aliens instead of orcs. Champions #18: how was this not the last issue of the series? Cochlea and Eustachia #1: this was fucking weird. I'll do another. Cyber Force #1: yet another Cyber Force reboot. I like this so far, though. Funny how each reiteration tightens the focus from the original team slowly down to Stryker and Velocity. They know who people give a shit about. Daredevil #600: holy fuck, this was good. Detective Comics #977: really good. Doomsday Clock #4: the last two of three issues of this have bored me to tears and then grabbed me by the end. They need to cut this by like 8 pages an issue and it would be a lot better. Factory #1: Nooooope. GI Joe vs. Six Million Dollar Man #2: wow...this is going to hit my best of the year list, I think, which is crazy because I've never seen an episode of SMDM. Liz and Beth 2: a solid erotica graphic novel. Comics: 765 Trades: 21 Graphic Novels: 10 Omnibus: 10
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Some solid Steve Vai guitar work though.
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Major League II: this is legit way better than the original. I mixed some of this one up with the original which is why I remembered that one being funnier. There's a couple great characters added and Omar Epps replaces Wesley Snipes as Snipes had gone on to be a total action movie star at that point. There's a running gag about his bad action movie throughout. It's pretty solid. Major League: Back to the Minors: I'm not entirely certain, but this is probably the best of the series making this the only (I think) trilogy that's better in reverse order. Though I feel like I made that assertion before, I can't recall what it was in relation to. Dumb fun here, but some really awesome baseball footage and Ted McGinley as a bad guy is ALWAYS good call in this kind of movie. Bakula steps into the Bringer role and he's a lot more relatable. Haysbert is the absolute star of this series. Features: 88 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches:
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    The Fear Footage: feature of the festival GLOW: The Story of Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling: this is sweet and Megan wanted to watch it after finishing season 2 so we did. It's sweet. Features: 86 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 5 Rewatches:
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    TAU: review forthcoming Features: 85 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 4 Rewatches:
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Vampironica #1: Jughead the Hunger is leaving me pretty cold, but I'm digging this right off the bat. Weapon X #15: this is my jam. Classic Wolverine comics stuff right here. X-Men Blue #23: this is what Ultimate X and Bloodstorm have been up to while the other XB folk were off fighting symbiotes in space with Venom. Fun. Archie #29: this will be my last straight Archie comic for a while. It's the same it's always been, maybe a little of the shine is off, but I'm bored of it. Avengers #685: solid. Why do I like Red Hulk so much? Babyteeth #9: killer. Batman #43: this is fucking terrible. God. Poison Ivy is the all-time worst Batman villain. Damage #3: three issues in to his own series where he was introduced and Damage has already fought Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, and it looks like they're spiralling out into the JL. Cool. How about establishing your character a little bit because this is just Hulk vs. The Marvel Universe with a Hulk that no one gives a shit about. I'm done here. Death of Love #2: this is weird and fun and I enjoy the art. Deathbed #2: ehhhh...I'm not really into this. Evolution #5: still great. Ice Cream Man #3: this was really cool and weird. Comics: 745 Trades: 21 Graphic Novels: 9 Omnibus: 10
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Major League: watched this with my youngest today as he's been asking for it. Far more straight-faced than I remember as a kid. I distinctly remember it being more screwball, but this comes across more Bull Durham with a wink and a laugh. Maybe I'm thinking of the sequel which I also haven't seen since it came out. Haven's End: feature for the festival Features: 84 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 4 Rewatches:
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Motherland/Lucero: features for the festival Features: 82 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 4 Rewatches:
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    Every comic you've read in 2018

    Infidel #1: holy shit, this is great. Justice League of America #26: not how I expected this to go, but a solid end to this arc. Marvel Two-In-One #4: this is awesome. Really awesome ending too. This is the kind of FF shit I want to see! Mister Miracle #7: so great. New Mutants Dead Souls #1: terrible. Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe #3: I like this, but is the web series, just going to be...this? If so, why are they releasing this at all, let alone before the web series comes out. Old Man Logan #36: still really good. Peek a Boo #1: this was a fun first issue. Art is inconsistent, great at times, seemingly rushed at others. I like it though. Pumpkinhead #2: this is fun. Red Hood and the Outlaws #20: liking this. Secret Weapons Owen's Story #0: Holy shit. This was a perfect oneshot. Beautifully told story. Sideways #2: I'm half interested in this and half put off. I don't like a character within the DC Universe referring to another character being "like something out of a Jack Kirby comic book." That bugs me. Suicide Squad #37: awesome. Punisher #222: fucking great. VS #2: this was ok. Not sure if I'll read another. Comics: 733 Trades: 21 Graphic Novels: 9 Omnibus: 10
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Ghost Squad: film festival entry. Men in Black 3: this is such fun. I think it's probably the best of the franchise. It has emotional weight, fun time travel stuff, great alien design and a wonderful villain. Also, Brolin is awesome. Features: 80 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 4 Rewatches:
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    Every Film You've Watched in 2018

    Central Intelligence: just dumb fun. It would never win a screenwriting award as it's pretty hack, but there's a lot of solid performances, Kevin Hart and The Rock have great chemistry and it's got a bunch of solid jokes. Good for family movie night. Also: family movie nights have hand job jokes now. Leaf Blower Massacre 2: film festival entry. Features: 78 Shorts: 42 Documentaries: 4 Rewatches: