There they all are, and just like last time, sorted in order of goodness.
Best to worst, top to bottom.
Another pretty decent summer.
IMHO, not quite as huge as last year. I could have lived without some of these.
But, more on that at the end.
Pretty good, for what it is. Spiderman, despite its flaws, had better character stuff.
And "Edge", was just plain better than Spiderman in acting and writing.
5, 6, and 7 on this list are really only ahead of each other by decimals.
Chokecherry knocked on Karen Stevens's front door.
Karen answered, and recoiled in shock.
Chokecherry smiled, and said "it's me, I kicked your stepfather's ass with a field-hockey stick seven years ago. Remember, sweetie?".
Karen was still staring, transfixed.
Chokecherry looked worried.
"Fuck, you didn't repress the whole thing, did you?".
Karen's eyes welled up, and she lunged forward, and hugged Chokie.
After a minute, Chokie finally said "well, are you going to let me in, or what?".
Karen let her in, and they talked over tea.
Karen mentioned she saw Chokie on Krazyfool show.
Chokie replied with a bored mumble "yeah, I thought it really sucked".
Karen said "maybe it'll be better next time".
"Next time? Fuck that", Chokie said with a derisive snort.
Chokie gave Karen a present she had brought in a shopping bag.
It was an outfit, with some accessories.
Karen let out a happy gasp when she saw it.
Forty minutes later, Karen had it on.
Thigh high black latex boots.
Black bikini bottoms.
A thigh slung gun holster with gun.
A green tube top.
Elbow length black latex gloves.
A metallic green pair of visor sunglasses.
Hair colored green with a spray-on coloring.
The outfit of Zoria Bacillus.
Completing the ensemble, was a metal rod as long as a basball bat topped off with a blue orb made of a hard plastic imitating glass, and lit from within by a small diode light.
A replica version of Zoria's time wand made into a practical melee weapon by Dr. H.
"So, who's my character exactly?", Karen/Zoria asked, lazily twirling the wand/club like a baton.
Chokie thought for a bit, reassembling it on the fly from faded memory.
"Leseee...time traveler from the year 4000, Harry Hembock stole her time-car, she modified her time wand to go after Harry, hunted him down, and became his fuck-buddy. Yeah, that's about it".
Karen/Zoria grimaced, thought a bit, and said...
"That sucks. She's some loser's sex slave? Okay, I decree she snapped out of it, told him to fuck off, and left, and became her own crimefighter. In fact, she went back in time, and undid that whole stupid relationship. Now, she's me. There!".
Chokie chuckled "guess we're both fictional exes of the little gnome, eh?".
Zoria changed the subject.
"What do we do know? Go hurt some rapists, or what?", she said, brandishing her new wand/club for emphasis.
"I was thinking we could pay a surprise visit to your real ex for a start".
Zoria grinned wickedly, holding the time-stick like a samurai sword.
"We don't have to go to him, he'll come to us. He's got the kids, and he's an hour late".
Chokie smiled, sipped her tea, and wondered if Jadie's membership drive was going as smoothly.
It's an interquel (in-between-quel) to the games "Arkham Origins", and "Arkham Asylum".
And it is nooooot for little kids.
Violence, death, blood, decapitation by explosion, profanity, obscene gestures, sexual references, heavily implied bedroom scenes, references back to the bedroom scenes that remove all doubt, all that's missing is actual nudity.
Personally, I'd give it an R.
I think they used all the stuff they gradually got away with in the last ones to build to this one.
And, I've got no problem with that.
Unlike "Superman Unbound", this wasn't confused as to its audience.
They're in full on adult audience mode for this one.
Anyway, Kevin Conroy is back as Batman, Princess Bubblegum is Harley Quinne, and some guy I've never heard of is Joker, but does a dead-on Mark Hamill.
Batman is in this, but almost as a guest in his own movie.
This really focuses on The Suicide Squad, which Harley is recruited into.
The Suicide Squad is gathered together, and tasked by Amanda Waller with breaking into Arkham Asylum, and retrieving a gizmo, and also stopping Joker's dirty-bomb plot.
Oh, I'll acknowledge the holiday, and maybe cobble together some little thing for it, but the big marathons just take too fucking much out of me, and I just plain don't want to do it this year.
I become more and more cosmically aware of everything I do that isn't Jade-Shade being a time suck away from Jade-Shade.
Every single flick I watch, I can feel the time sucking away, and it hurts more every time.
I really felt it last Halloween.
That was so grueling, it...kinda wasn't even fun.
I was satisfied with the results, but man, what an endurance trial.
It cost too much.
While I'm at it, no more Bingewatches.
"The Shield", and "Battlestar Galactica", will just have to go wanting.
I only kept doing it past Halloween out of compulsion, but my subliminal mind eventually guided me to the resolution of all those movie/comics quests (that I compiled on my birthday), and it all feels complete now.
But, what really finished it off, was "Rewind This", and "Adjust Your Tracking".
Those two little movies accomplished what I thought the movie blogging was doing.
"Adjust Your Tracking", really clinched it though.
There's a guy in that who's turned his basement into a perfect replica of an old-timey rental store, and at first, I admired the guy, and had a dreamy fantasy of just doing that forever.
Literally living in a video store, and watching the tapes, and making snarky wisecracks about the flicks to anyone who comes over.
Then I realized, that's always been my dream.
Then I realized, shit, I've tried on some level to make my blog that....but it's a time suck.
I got shit to write.
It would be so much fun, but I got shit to write.
I can do one or the other, not both, sacrifices must be made.
Shit, writing this fucking post is a time suck.
Gotta wrap it the fuck up.
As for the big MISSION of Halloween (see here, and here), look, James Randi has devoted his life to debunking, Penn & Teller are kind of taking up his torch, and if it's vengeance on bullshit I want, Jade-Shade is all about that, so why fuck around with extraneous side-versions of it?
As for movies, I got one more to cap off video reviews.
And it's appropriate for a capper too. You'll see.
Exceptions will be, first, summer movies, I'll of course finish those off.
Only one more left on that anyway.
I wanna collect the documentaries on my list, and talk about those.
And, I still like bragging about my Christmas hauls.
I'll do another early En-Mike-lopedia of this summer's stuff in September, and that'll be it.