Dread

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  1. Becky: this movie is fucking rad.

    Coming To America: the boys and I finished Wandavision, so it's back to movies. With the sequel now out, I wanted to rewatch the original. I haven't seen it since it first came out (I was 8). It holds up pretty well. This is the first movie that Eddie Murphy played multiple characters ( and Arsenio Hall, too), but I was totally duped by one character in the movie until the credits outed it. Crazy. I had to explain to my sons that two of the peripheral characters were played by Murphy and Hall, but we were all blown away by one. Looking forward to watching the sequel in the next few days.

    • Features: 25
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 5
    • Rewatches: 0
  2. Pale Door/Queen of Black Magic: reviews forthcoming

    Date Night: not bad. Fun date movie.

    Going, Going Chumbawamba Live at Leeds 2012: this performance film is the final performance from a band who began as anarcho-punks, moved to aggressive pop rock and then to A Mighty Wind-style folk music. Fantastic

    Brian Regan On The Rocks: better than his last special, but still, I'm not feeling Regan like I used to.

    • Features: 23
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 5
    • Rewatches: 0
  3. Invaders #1:I read this when I was in the cups, and couldn't remember a page of it. Then I reread it and actually teared up twice. What a great first issue. Love the Invaders and this is the right way of going about telling more of their story.

    Justice League Dark #7: this was really fucking cool. An anthology story featuring Man-Bat as the Cryptkeeper setting up the next big bad. Solid.

    Marvel Comics Presents #1: this was really fun. All the stories were good. Of course, it's anchored by Wolverine as the original was. Loved the Namor story.

    Return of Wolverine #4: pretty forgettable.

    Uncanny X-Men #10: this is dipping into the Age of X-Man event which I'll be checking out next.

    Uncanny X-Men Annual 1: great! Reintroducing Cyclops. 

    Blossoms 666 #1: terrible.

    Crypt of Shadows #1: a fun throwback horror comic with some great stories. It's an 80th anniversary of Marvel thing

    Freedom Fighters #2: this was just ok. I'll give it another.

    GI Joe Silent Option #3: solid.

    Guardians of the Galaxy #1: not too bad. I'll check out another.

    Naomi #1: Man, been a while since I've read Bendis, and HOLY SHIT is he ever long-winded. Lots of pages of characters complaining and having irrelevant conversations. Just awful.

    Shazam #2: Not great. 

    Superior Spider-Man #2: This is great.

    Spider King Frosbtite: nooope.

    • Issues: 40
    • Trades: 1
    • Omnibus: 0
    • Graphic Novel: 0
  4. A-HA! I remembered it. Untrue: I remembered to look through my "watch it again" thing on Netflix. YOU CANNOT KILL DAVID ARQUETTE. This was actually a very good movie, and I really enjoyed it. I've always liked him, and even though he's a dumbass, he's got a lot of passion. If you don't know, this is a documentary about him getting self-retribution for the wrestling stuff, by...wrestling for real.

    I know I already counted it, but I'm amending because I counted it as a feature and not a doc.

    • Features: 20
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 3
    • Rewatches: 0
  5. On 2/15/2021 at 9:50 AM, The Master said:

    Oh no!

    Yeah, I left it too long. Then I was in the basement watching something else when I remembered. Then I forgot again. 🤷‍♂️

    Bliss: This is one of three movies with that name that have come out in the past couple years and are on Prime. This is ANOTHER movie my girlfriend chose as something romantic to watch on Valentine's because she wanted a regular romance or romantic comedy and, of course, like the last one, it is a mindfuck. This one isn't as successful as Palm Springs. 1. It has Owen Wilson. I don't like him. 2. It doesn't pay off. It doesn't make sense. They don't explain things because it's cool to be mysterious, there's a massive flaw in the logic of the rules the film establishes that are breached and no explanation is offered. But, then again, it has Salma Hayak.

    • Features: 21
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 2
    • Rewatches: 0
  6. I'm missing a movie that I watched before the one below but I can't remember for the life of me. 

    Get Him To The Greek: youngest wanted to watch Hangover III AGAIN, but this movie came up in the Netflix search so i pulled an audible and we watched this instead. I think it's a great example of Jonah Hill being possibly the greatest straight-man in modern comedy and Brand, who I don't really like, is great as a rock star. Elizabeth Moss is delightful in an early role and O'Brien from TNG/DS9 is great too.

    • Features: 19
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 2
    • Rewatches: 0
  7. 2 hours ago, The Master said:

    From my understanding, it is. Have you listened to the audio version? I got maybe 2/3 of the way through, but got distracted by other content. I need to go back to finish it up.

    I haven't. I have a very low attention span for audio drama, which is weird coming from someone who planned and scripted one of his own that went nowhere.

    I like the idea, and the setup is a little on the nose being that Logan is obviously being set up as the killer in the first issue, but I enjoy the peripheral characters who are the only ones you actually hang out with in issue one.

  8. The Punisher #6: holy shit. Where are they going with this? This truly is the golden age of Punisher comics.

    Turok #1: I really want a good Turok comic.This isn't it.

    Uncanny X-Men #8, 9: this is crazy. Love Legion stories.

    Wolverine the Long Night #1: I was prepared to not give this the time of day, but I really like it. This is the comic adaptation of the audio drama, right?

    X-23 #8: Not sure how long we're going to beat the dead clone horse here, but here we are.

    Asgardians of the Galaxy #5: the first one of these I didn't like.

    Babyteeth #14: goddamn. This is fucking good.

    Black Widow #1: this is the Soska sisters' run, and it starts off pretty well.

    Conan the Barbarian #2: ok, this one I really enjoyed.

    Fantastic Four #6: solid.

    Hawkman #8: yeah, I'm out.

    Injustice Gods Among Us Year Four Volume 2: still fucking great.

    • Issues: 25
    • Trades: 1
    • Omnibus: 0
    • Graphic Novel: 0
  9. Billy Jack/The Trial of Billy Jack/Billy Jack Goes to Washington: reviews forthcoming.

    Rivers and Roads: The Head and the Heart Live From Pike Place: this is a documentary/performance film about my girlfriend's favourite band. It's like The Last Waltz-style presentation (not so deep on the interviews) with the added awkwardness of a former band member being interviewed. Pretty good. We're watching Some Kind of Monster next. Haha!

    • Features: 18
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 2
    • Rewatches: 0
  10. 13 hours ago, The Master said:

    I just saw Chopping Mall for the first time a few months ago. Hmm, wait. I might be mixing it up with Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama, which I know I saw because Linnea Quigley. But I think I saw CM in 2019. Anyway, looking forward to the coverage.

    It's a gooder.

    Biohazard: Degeneration/Biohazard: Damnation/Resident Evil: Vendetta: reviewed the three RE animated movies for the patreon supporters.

    The Born Losers: review forthcoming

    Shirley: look, they fictionalize the writing of Hangsaman with a script that is sometimes sloppy and rudderless. But I truly appreciate a biopic of Shirley Jackson that feels like one of her novels. It's a fun exercise that works probably better than it should. The performances in this are top-tier. Especially Elizabeth Moss. The score is INCREDIBLE. This is a best of year list contender for sure.

    • Features: 15
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 1
    • Rewatches: 0
  11. Blood Moon/Chopping Mall: reviews forthcoming

    Whiplash: Jesus...Teller is amazing in this. So is Guttenberg. But JK Simmons acting is still sitting in my head this morning. It is one of the finest performances I've ever seen. Why did I not watch this sooner?

    • Features: 10
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 1
    • Rewatches: 0
  12. On 1/15/2021 at 9:45 PM, S-T said:

    I finished the entire third season of Cobra Kai.

    General thoughts: There’s a level of violence that is expected in a show about karate fights, and then there’s the point where the cops show up and everyone goes to jail. This season went well beyond that. It's almost like there are no police!

    Now on to spoilers.

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    Everyone should have gone to jail well before the big season finale, including Miyagi Do students for a 5-on-4 assault of Cobra Kai students that goes badly when more Cobra Kai students show up. That's not a karate rivalry. That's a gang assault and a crime. You go to jail for that. Daniel is way too tolerant of his daughter planning and executing a beatdown of Cobra Kai students, which betrays the philosophy he has been teaching and is a crime. Also, I don't care if Miyago Do started it or not, someone goes to jail for breaking Dimitri's arm.

    In the final scene, Kreese suggests Cobra Kai settle differences with Miyagi Do and Eagle Fang in a tournament. Daniel and Johnny agree.

    No. There is no way that any rational, normal person would ever agree to that. Cobra Kai students just committed a home invasion and gang assault, also causing thousands of dollars in damage to Daniel's house. You do not settle something like that by agreeing to a tournament fight with rules. That is when you call the cops and have Kreese taken to prison where he will spend the rest of his life. His older students are charged as adults and go to prison too. On top of that, you buy a gun (or many guns) and the next person who shows up at your house gets pumped full of bullets.

    We went from a somewhat believable level of violence to open gang warfare along the lines of the Bloods and Crips.

    Furthermore, Miguel apparently has Wolverine's healing factor to the point I was guffawing. Not only is he walking around four months after a horrific back injury, but he can suddenly throw kicks he was unable to throw a couple months earlier. OK, fine, I can suspend disbelief to a point, though his rapid recovery stretches it.

    Where it gets totally ridiculous is when Miguel is taking multiple serious hits to his surgically repaired back - slammed into walls and through tables, and then repeatedly punched in the back by Kyler. No. You can't do that. In the real world, he is crippled and maybe dead.

    This show has become stupid. Entertaining, but stupid.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the show.  I highly recommend it. But Season 3 is nowhere near as good as the first two seasons.

    Counterpoint: The show has always been stupid. Entertaining, but stupid.

  13. Psycho Goreman: holy hell, this is fun s fuck. Interview with writer/director in Monday's episode of DM.

    The Void: co-written and co-directed by the same guy. One of there best horror films of the past decade. One of the best cosmic horror films of all-time.

    Blade Trinity: Not only did I forget Patton Oswalt and Natasha Lyonne were in the film, but I also forgot that the last half of the movie is shot at a decommissioned floating McDonalds I ate at when I was six. Weird. Also, the movie isn't as bad as everyone (including me in the past) says about it. Don't get me wrong, it mostly sucks. But it's pretty fun at times. My boys liked it.

    Lovebirds: watched this tonight with the gf. This is REALLY good. Sharp, funny as fuck script. Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are great. Solid flick.

    • Features: 7
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 1
    • Rewatches: 0

     

  14. Die #2: I can't explain why, but I'm out. Not grabbing me.

    Gunning for Hits #1: Decent. Not worth following though.

    Heroes in Crisis #4: still digging this.

    Infinity Wars Infinity #1: waste of time.

    Man Without Fear #1, 2: Nawww...I'm good.

    Marvel Knights 20th #5: It's losing its shine a bit but there's only one more to go.

    Murder Falcon #4: still really fun.

    Outer Darkness #3: Yeah, I'm out. Taking its sweet time. Time that I don't have,

    Prodigy #2: yeah, this is not good.

    Shatterstar #4: you know, for a character I've never cared about, this is a really good series.

    Suicide Squad Black Files #3: ultimately, the Katana story is still not great, but the Black Team story is rad.

    The Freeze #2: yeah, I'm bored by this. Too bad. Great premise.

    • Issues: 13
    • Trades: 0
    • Omnibus: 0
    • Graphic Novel: 0
  15. Fight Club: I haven't watched it in ages, but the bus wanted to. Davin was paying lots of attention, and when they're trolling support groups he asked "is she even real?" about HB Carter's character. He was on to something for sure. Haha! Amazingly well-edited movie. Norton's great. Very dated movie.

    • Features: 3
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 1
    • Rewatches: 0
  16. Musangwe Fight Club: this is a bland BBC documentary about a two-week stint every year in a tribal area of South Africa where men from either side of a river come and fight each other in bare-knuckle boxing matches. I found it intriguing, but honestly, got a little sick to my stomach when I discovered 11-12 year old boys were doing it too. Weird watch.

    Like a Boss: The Tiffany Haddish/Rose Byrne movie. Salma Hayek was great, and I usually LOVE Haddish, but didn't enjoy this movie that much.

    • Features: 2
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 1
    • Rewatches: 0
  17. 21 hours ago, slothian said:

    Diane Morgan did similar schtick for Charlie Booker years beforehand, although her character there was known as Philomena Cunk:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4vuUfnTEkg

    Anecdotally, I was listening to the Cunk audiobook (an encyclopedia that she defines poorly) on my way in to work today. It's a bit UK-centric, and it's 5 hours long so the same type of joke once every 20 seconds for 5 hours does wear thin, but the best observations are legitimately very funny.

    Cool. If she has the same accent and delivery, I'm in.

  18. Death to 2020: this is a funny mockumentary by the guys who do Black Mirror. It's basically a roast of 2020 featuring Sam Jackson, Leslie Jones, Hugh Grant, Lisa Kudrow, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracey Ullman, the fucking hilarious Diane Morgan and quickly becoming my favourite actress: Cristin Milioti. Really fun. Only 70 minutes.

    • Features: 1
    • Shorts: 0
    • Documentaries: 0
    • Rewatches: 0
  19. Savage Dragon #248-52: So great. Lots of fun here, including the 100 page 250th issue. Larsen always giving young cartoonists a chance to be published in his books. Lots of intense story and violence, but also an issue dedicated to homaging Sunday Funnies, which was pretty wild. How many more gimmicks can he come up with?

    Captain America: To Serve & Protect/Captain America: Americans Nightmare: read these for...reasons.

    Marvel Comics #1000: this is the hardcover that collects #1001 as well. A real mixed bag, which is what you'll get with 150 pages of single page stories. They run the gamut from really dark and brooding to over-the-top goofy. The through line with the Eternity Mask is pretty great though, and I kind of wish Al Ewing had a chance to explore that further.

    And that's the final tally for the year. On to 2021!

    • Issues: 334
    • Trades: 24
    • Omnibus: 9
    • Graphic Novel: 9

     

  20. Maybe the final tally, depending on if we watch a movie tonight or not:

    Host: not bad. Some really great in camera effects in places.

    Blade: holds up. This movie oozes cool, and that's the reason Marvel Studios exists. It's so good.

    Blade II: the CGI is hunker than I remember, but it's still a blast. Great script from Goyer and a terrifying monster.

    • Features: 138
    • Shorts: 2
    • Documentaries: 13
    • Rewatches: 3
  21. Not quite the final tally:

    Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four Volume 1: so fucking great.

    Dolores: a Euro GN that is pretty bland. No ennui for me!

    X-Force #1: this is pretty solid.

    Books of Magic #3: They are really taking the slow train. I'm out.

    Conan The barbarian #1: Yikes. Bad first issue. I'll give it one more.

    Criminal #1: Not bad. I might just bounce and grab the trade. Or wait for another deluxe edition to match the others.

    • Issues: 329
    • Trades: 21
    • Omnibus: 9
    • Graphic Novel: 9

     

  22. 13 hours ago, Molly said:

    It's incredible how bad a guy like Nick Cage can be, when I know he's actually a good actor. 

    I truly believe that everything he does is a choice. There is no "fuck this movie is the shits, so who cares?" with Cage. He knows exactly what every film's performance needs more than anyone else.