Aug
19
2015
7

Movie of the Week: Pitch Black.

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.

And so, adieu to Kingsman: The Secret Service. …FREEBIRD! Sorry, more of the japery. (more…)

Jun
23
2015
1

Movie of the Week: “Kingsman: The Secret Service.”

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.

And so, adieu to John Wick. Which was a movie that was also better than perhaps it had any real right to be. (more…)

Jun
10
2015
5

Movie of the Week: “John Wick.”

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.

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Jan
14
2015
1

Movie/TV Show of the Week: 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.

Well (via @baseballcrank), they got the 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.

And all is right with the world. Sorry, Eight Legged Freaks: it was a good run, but you have to go now. (more…)

Dec
05
2014
--

Movie of the Week: Eight Legged Freaks.

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.

Sep
23
2014
1

Movie of the Week: Godzilla.

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…)

Sep
17
2013
18

Movie (Well, Series) of the Week: Teen Titans 1st Season.

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.

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Aug
20
2013
4

Movie of the Week: Shaun of the Dead.

I have not done Shaun of the Dead?

Well, I must do Shaun of the Dead. It is, as they say, a moral imperative.

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Sep
24
2012
4

Movie of the Week: The Avengers.

Two reasons: first, The Avengers is coming out tomorrow on DVD.

Second: Shawarma.

And so, so long to The Secret of Kells. It had a good run.

Moe Lane

Apr
18
2012
4

Movie of the Week: The Secret of Kells.

I saw The Secret of Kells a couple of weeks ago, over at my mom’s. She absolutely insisted that it was worth my time, and it was; my only quibble is that the message of ‘the only way to deal with a Viking horde is to run away’ would come as a bit of a surprise to, say, Brian Boru*.

And so, farewell to Trainspotting. Which was a very good, yet very messed up, film.

Moe Lane

*Unless, of course, you believe the scurrilous arguments to the contrary – ones made no doubt a vicious cabal of English and Scandinavian spalpeens jealous of Boru and his way of killing any random screaming Viking that himself happened to see hove into view – but I’m sure that none of you would be along of shaming yourself by repeating such obvious lies.

Feb
21
2012
3

Movie of the Week: Trainspotting.

Trainspotting came up in conversation today for some reason, and I’ve always thought that they should show this film in health class*, so here you go.

And so, adieu to Cars. Ka-chow!

Moe Lane

*Well, after watching it I at least personally decided that I was never, ever, ever going to even think about doing heroin.  I couldn’t have been the only person with that reaction.

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