Emergence: Dave vs. the Monsters is the first book in a trilogy by John Birmingham, who is a writer that should be writing more so that I can buy more of his books*. This series is, as far as I can tell: Monsters from Hell show up. Dave discovers that he is apparently really good at killing them… which is awkward, because he’s an oil rigger who acts more or less EXACTLY like these guys did. Continue reading In the Mail (and, bizarrely, E-Mail): Dave vs. the Monsters.
If you’re wondering why I picked The Last Action Hero, given that the star (Arnold Schwarzenegger) of it has recently been revealed to have fathered a child out of wedlock over a decade ago (and hiding it from his wife for that amount of time), it’s simple: the character (Jack Slater) played by Schwarzenegger had an opportunity to confront his… English doesn’t really have a perfect word for it. Not ‘creator;’ not exactly ‘interpreter,’ either. Anyway, Slater wasn’t happy to meet the guy that was kind of responsible for Slater having to live in an action movie universe:
I do not like you. You have only brought me pain.
And, honestly? Turns out that when Schwarzenegger was playing himself as a self-centered, ultimately hollow man… he wasn’t acting. In other words, this movie has been improved, thanks to recent developments. Hard to imagine, but htere you go.
And so, adieu to Monsters.
I just watched Monsters on Netflix, and… it’s not half bad. It’s an independent film that is ostensibly about, well, monsters rampaging through the Mexican countryside; it’s actually about immigration and/or relationships, depending how you turn your head and squint. Noteworthy for a couple of things: first, if you want me to watch art films, or whatever the term is, stick some rampaging monsters in it*. Second: this film had a $500K budget, which tells me that Hollywood is inflating its operating costs by a factor of ten or more. Anyway, it’s a pretty clever flick that worked well within the limitations of its budget and resources.
And so, adieu to O Brother, Where Art Thou?
*Ninja work, too.
YES. That Police Academy.
New Line is looking for recruits for a relaunched “Police Academy” movie. Original producer Paul Maslansky is back for the new iteration, which has no writer or director attached.
And we’ll most probably retain the wonderful musical theme.”
‘Most probably.’ Ye gods and little fishes. Allahpundit cannot bear to go on; but I quote Berkeley Breathed in response.