Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy belated 10th anniversary, The Punisher!!



It was yesterday.
I was so obsessively wrapped up in trying to get Jade-Shade chapter 26 written, I forgot everything else.

Well, said it all in past reviews...
See here, here, here, and here.

And there, 10 years since this, and Freddy vs. Jason.
My favorite films of the 00's.
Now I can move on.


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

And oh yeah, happy anniversary of a tragedy.



The Boston Bombing.

I'll be damned, it wasn't a white guy.
It was two Chechens.

Who saw that coming?
Who even knew they had a beef with us?
Well, let's just assume the whole planet hates the US.


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Adding to my collection (Part 19)


Part 18.

Consider this also the second addendum to summer movies 1.
The first being "flicks I've watched #27".
For the "why?", of that, see below.


Thor: The Dark World (2013)


As referenced last time, I took a Bullmoose trip after seeing Cap 2, and these flicks are what I grabbed.

Okay, this was a fall movie, but its part of Marvel Cinematic Universe, and thus goes with Iron Man 3.
So...I think of it as part of the summer movie set, just arriving late.

Dammit, I should have seen it at the theater.

Anyway...rundown format..
  • Now THIS was the fucking Thor movie!!
  • Vastly superior to Thor 1.
  • The first one was an origin issue, this feels like a really, really, good middle issue of the comic.
  • Almost as good as Avengers.
  • Natalie Portman's character still isn't that great, but she gets more to do than all the fuggin' Star Wars prequels put together.
  • Do you like Kat Dennings? Well, you're getting more of her.
  • Did you like Loki in Avengers? You're getting way more of him.
  • Did you like "Man Of Steel"? This was a smidge better. 
  • Again, dammit, I should have seen this at the theater. 

I mean, my life isn't ruined that I didn't see it on the big screen, it's just a "see it when everyone else is", kind of thing.

So, that's in the (Marvel) collection where it belongs, anyway.

And speaking of collections...


Return To Nuke 'Em High 
Volume 1 (2013)


See here.

Finally hit DVD!

I dig it!
Of course I do, it's fucking Troma!

The first Lloyd Kaufman Troma of the 2010's!!
The first one since Poultrygeist.

Sort of a sequel and remake at the same time.
The Tromaville nuclear facility is torn down, and replaced by a food company that's just as toxic as the old nuclear plant ever was.
Continuing the theme of peeing on agribusiness started  by "Poultrygeist".

Anyway, virtually the same stuff happens to a new batch of kids.
This time, the lead characters are a lesbian couple, instead of a hetero couple.
And, the Cretens are mutated from the glee club, instead of the honor roll kids.
And, there are lots of new side-plots and characters, and the culture references are updated.

Speaking of those references, it's the usual Troma grab bag of those, that deliberately make the flick a time capsule.
Right up to the Colorado Batman theater shooting that happened right as they were making it.

Let's see...on a scale...not quite as good as Nuke 'em 1, but it's hard to compare, they're different just by the time that's passed, and nostalgia adds glitter to Nuke 'em 1...anyway, better than "Terror Firmer", not quite as good as "Citizen Toxie", (although I suspect both parts together will balance it out), almost as good as "Tromeo & Juliet",  juuust about as good as "Poultrygeist".
Yeah, it hovers around there.

Oh, and of course, it slaughters Nuke 'em 2, and 3.
Although, it does reference them.
There's a similar joke at the beginning to ignore them as in "Citizen Toxie", to disregard part 2-3 of that series.
BUT, at the same time, Lisa Gaye and Brick Bronsky pop up in the background as their characters.

Pretty good, but it feels like half a movie.
The really good shit's gonna go down in part 2 I think.
You're buying an episode.
But...ever since "Tromeo", they feel like episodes of "the Tromaville show", anyway.
I'm fine with it.
It's a reunion with friends every couple years.

I also wanted "Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic", and Bullmoose's site said they had it, but..nope.
PPPT! :-(
Ah well...

And...that's the end.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Big Summer Movies Part 2. (Part 1)


Big summer movies part 1.

So, first up...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)


See here, and here.

So, we're right in the middle-guts of phase 2 now.
As opposed to dipping our toes in with Iron Man 3.

Rundown...
  • Now this feels like phase 2. Iron Man 3, Thor 2, those felt like aftermath cleanup flicks.
  • Yep, it truly is Avengers 1.5.
  • Easily a hundred times better than "Captain America: The First Avenger".
  • Actually...a bit better than Avengers. But, only because it can stand on its shoulders.
  • Black Widow has a juicy role in this. You'll love her.
  • A lot for Nick Fury to do this time.
  • I'm...not a fan of Robert Redford, so, I didn't care that he was there. He doesn't suck. I'll give him that. 
  • Without spoiling anything, holy shit, does this leave the Marvel universe in shambles!!
  • I knew all along who Winter Soldier was. I am a comic book geek.
  • And on that score, come on, you should know too, if you remember the first movie well enough.
  • Wow, this takes on the whole NSA creeping fascism of our real life government head on. No pussyfooting there.
  • There was a little kid to my left, and a couple rows back,  that kept making deliberate audible boredom noises during the non-explodey bits. Don't take kids younger than 13. They will be bored. 
  • There was an old couple to my right that kept whispering plot information to each other. What were old farts even doing there?
  • Okay, by now, doesn't everyone know to stay after the credits for a fucking Marvel movie? This was yet another time, where everyone filed out like zombies as soon as the first fade to black. A smattering of people stayed for the first stinger, and then most of those bozos hustled out, it was only me, and three other people who stayed for both stingers. Hey, you paid 8 bucks, watch the whole fucking movie, dipshits. What, you got better places to be? Huh? Got a nail appointment? Got a tax return coming? Sit down, dummy! Keee-rist! Ah, well, I got rid of the annoying oldsters and youngsters.
  • It's long. You may want to plan a lunch. I dashed out the door without having eaten at 11:30, and I had to buy a cereal bar at Bullmoose to keep from passing out. Holy shit. 

So, yeah, overall, age 13 and up, you'll have a blast, 5 year olds, and 60 year olds will be bored snarky assholes.
Leave them at home.

Might just be the best Marvel to date.
"Age Of Ultron", will probably crush it though.
Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans have hinted as much from their reaction to the script.

Up next, Spiderman...or X-Men, whichever comes first.
(Interestingly, those were the only trailers before this flick)



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The shit on my walls (Part 5).




A mosaic of the latest Paladin Jade-Shades, and Hyla's Chokecherry logo (the black and white sketch to go with the others).

Goes above Jade Shade cover 2,  and replaces the Jade Shade mask mark 2 protoypes.

I couldn't decide on which of them to go with, so, I was like "fuck it, let's do all of em!".

I'll admit, early on, I was struggling every chapter of the way, trying to find these characters, trying to get them to come to life in my mind, and talk to me as easily as the Harry Hembock days, and I knew it would click sooner or later, and it finally did right at chapter 24.

Everyone came to life, and the series became itself for me right there.
So, those pics help even more with that.

I look up at my posters, get ideas, put 'em in the story, Hyla and Paladin make art, I put those up, get ideas from those, those new ideas become more Hyla/Paladin pics, and so on, and so on, and the chapters come easier and easier.
I've turned the corner now.
It feels natural now.

But, hey, fellas, keep 'em coming.
Let's transform my walls into a self-regenerating Jade-Shade cocoon.
;-)

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Jade Shade, Chokecherry, and Dr. Herbert. By Paladin.


From chapter 24.

Awesome! Nailed it!



And here's the long-delayed test sketches for Dr. Herbert.



I dunno what took me so long on posting those.
Apologies all around.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy 15th anniversary of Krazyfool's Den Of Delusion!!!



Last year.

Krazyfool's Den Of Delusion.

The Krazyfool Show saga.


That last one is the real 15th anniversary party.
Check it out. ;-)


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