BECAUSE ZOOTOPIA IS OUT NOW, THAT’S WHY.
And so, adieu to Cloverfield.
Weird that I’ve never done Cloverfield before, but if I have then I didn’t tag it properly. Go figure. Anyway: I know that the shaky-cam thing can set off adverse physiological effects on people – or they just don’t like it on general principles – but I’ve never had a problem with shaky-cam, and goodness knows a for-real giant monster movie filmed at street level can justify its use. …I’m sure that I’ve talked about this before, though. Cloverfield is, like, this movie that’s being filmed while another giant monster movie – one that’s a bit more conventional – is going on. As a conceit it’s an acquired taste, sure, but I’m now kind of ready to go watch it again.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is making its way to me even as we speak, and cannot wait cannot wait cannot wait. In the meantime, check out the Honest Trailer below. Which has spoilers, for anybody who has somehow managed to get this far without either seeing the film, or finding out about the spoilers anyway.
And so, adieu to Guardians of the Galaxy.
I’m a little surprised that I haven’t done Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy yet, but then Movie of the Week gets less love than Book of the Week. Probably because I don’t watch as many movies or television shows as I used to, but I still get in a lot of books. Anyway: this was the film that convinced Marvel that it was unstoppable. …And, to be fair, so far they’ve been right. Anyway, if you haven’t seen this film – come on, you’ve seen this film. It has a raccoon with a machine gun in it. You are reading this site. Let’s be honest, here.
And so, adieu to Dark City.
Dark City is… interesting. Sort of horror, sort of noir, sort of science fiction; definitely worth watching, if you like movies where ‘messing with your mind’ isn’t even remotely metaphorical. Interestingly, I think that I’ve only seen the theatrical release; the director’s cut is supposed to be better. Then again, Director’s Cuts are always supposed to be better, even when they’re really not.
The sequel was, perhaps a bit much if you weren’t a fan of Warhammer 30K: but Pitch Black itself was a pretty hardcore and viciously-efficient entry in the horror/SF genre. Vin Diesel did a good job there. It’s worth revisiting… with the lights on, of course.
Sorry. Just my little joke.
I liked Kingsman: The Secret Service: it was a good bit better than, perhaps, it had any real right to be. And, oh my, but it got the right kinds of people infuriated with it! …Which may not be the most mature reason to go watch a film, but then (to quote Robert Anton Wilson) I am not yet a Buddha.
Really, this one is more of a reminder that it’s time for me to pick up John Wick. If you haven’t seen it yet, well: the Atlantic review title was “John Wick: An Idiot Killed His Puppy and Now Everyone Must Die” – and that was extremely accurate. It’s a fun flick, but if you don’t want to see Keanu Reeves play an assassin out to avenge his dog ON EVERYONE* then you won’t want to see this.
And so, adieu to WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series.
Look, I know that many of you watched the show. And I think that many of you know that when they first released WKRP In Cincinnati for DVD, they had to replace the music on the show with generic music, because – through absolutely nobody’s fault – they didn’t get the home video rights.
That reality returns in Shout Factory’s new DVD set WKRP In Cincinnati: The Complete Series, which restores the majority of the show’s original music cues. Not everything is here. Trainspotters will notice the absence of Pink Floyd’s “Dogs” from the landmark “Turkeys Away” episode, and the handful of Beatles tunes peppered throughout the series are nowhere to be found. Both groups are known to command an exorbitant fee for the filmic use of their music (as late as 2012, Matthew Weiner reserved a large portion of Mad Men‘s budget to secure the rights for “Tomorrow Never Knows”) — but it’s close enough to firmly anchor WKRP In Cincinnatiin the era of its creation.
This is the weirdest thing: I thought that I had already done Eight Legged Freaks as a MotW. It’s a great flick, if you accept that it’s about giant mutated spiders and nothing else. No, seriously: watch the deleted scenes. They ruthlessly cut out the hero’s entire backstory and emotional motivation, in favor of a thirty second exposition dump made by another character. Why? Because it was getting in the way of all the giant mutated spiders.
This movie did not take itself seriously, but it did recognize what I was there for. I wanted giant mutated spiders. It gave me as much of that as it could. I was well-content.
And so adieu, Godzilla. Adieu.
I’m not exactly regularly reviving the feature (that is apparently an ‘enticement’ for my Patreon account, which suggests that I am not actually all that enticing): but Godzilla was great fun in theaters, and I look forward to again watching The Big Guy and the US Navy team up to go kill them some monsters. Like you do.
Good-bye, Teen Titans – The Complete First Season (DC Comics Kids Collection). It’s a fun show, mind you. (more…)
You understand, of course, that I am being forced to watch Teen Titans – The Complete First Season. My kids are rapidly becoming addicted to the series, so as a responsible parent I need to screen the program. To make sure that it’s all right. Other than that, I have no real attachment to this program at all.
Also: NOTHING NEEDED ‘FIXING’ WITH REGARD TO STARFIRE AND DC COMICS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF ITSELF. THIS IS WHY YOU PEOPLE HAVE DIFFICULTY GETTING GIRLS TO READ COMIC BOOKS, YOU IDJITS.