Friday, March 24, 2017

The big 2016-2017 movie recap!

Here we go again!

And now, here they all are.
For the year of 2016-2017.
Merging summer of 2016, with winter of 2016-2017.


The big 2015-2016 movie recap!

And now, the list.

1. Logan. 

Transcends the genre.

2. Rogue One.

It's Star Wars. Good Star Wars.
Good Star Wars gets high on any list.

3. Lego Batman.

Ditto Logan.

4. Civil War.

Best within its genre, but again, 1 and 3 transcend.

5. Doctor Strange.

Among the best Marvel stand-alones.

6. Ghostbusters: Answer The Call.

Gone down a couple stars, but I still love it.
And thanks to Ghostbusters 101, it's retroactively Ghostbusters 3 now.

7. Ash vs Evil Dead.

Best season so far.
Favorite Evil Dead anything next to good old "Evil Dead 2".

8. Suicide Squad.

Meh, least good of the DCEU so far, but still enjoyable.

9. X-Men Apocalypse.

Gone down a bit since first viewing, but it has great parts to it.
Quicksilver running through the explosion, and Fassbender's acting in the first third, mostly.

10. Star Trek Beyond.

One of the best Treks in a long ass time, and in another year, it could have been in the top 5, but what a damned year!

11. Justice League Dark.

Dug it. Nothing on this list is really bad, or even a letdown.
But, something had to get down here.

12. Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders.


13. Sausage Party.

Could have been better with the ideas it was playing with, but for what it is, solid job, and made me laugh.

14. Ghostbusters 101.

Again, not far enough into this series to judge. I'll re-assess in 6 months.
I can't imagine the creative team involved dropping the ball.

Aaaand, that's it.
Summer 2017 starts with "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2".
See you then!

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

The big winter movie recap. Part 2.


The big winter movie recap. Part 1.

Now, the movies...

1. Logan.

Like I said in the review, the summer superhero movies are gonna have to be absolutely fucking incredible to knock this off its perch.

2. Rogue One (First, second).

Just shows how goddamned good "Logan", was  that this one didn't get the number 1.
If this is just the taste of how good the anthology films can be, I'm giddy as shit for the Han Solo prequel.

3. Lego Batman.

Might just be my favorite Batman movie.
As a spoof movie, this is up there with "Airplane", and "Spaceballs".
It's the "Spaceballs", of Batman.
It's Batballs.

4. Doctor Strange (First, second).

One of my favorite standalone Marvel character films ever.
The Captain America sequels are really mini Avengers movies, so....its real competition is Ant-Man, and Iron Man 1.
Yeah, three-way tied with Ant-Man and Iron Man.

5. Ash vs Evil Dead (Premiere, series recap).

This season was glorious.
Let's hope they can maintain the upward trajectory next year.
Fingers crossed for a crossover with the remake.

6. Justice League Dark.

Pretty fucking sweet. Now let's get it in live-action.
Chop-chop, Warner Bros.

7. Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders.

Gotta get this and Lego Batman into my collection for the double feature!

8. Ghostbusters 101.

Too early into the series to judge so far.
Like what I'm seeing, but not much has happened yet.
Get back to me in six months.

So, that's winter of 2016-2017.

Next comes "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2", and we're back to summer again.

Up next for these, the year round recap lumping this, and summer 2016 together.
Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Big Winter Movies Part 2. (Part 0.77).

And lastly, wrapping up winter, this one.....

Ghostbusters 101 (2017)

Previously with this franchise....

Answer The Call-

Buildup to 101-

All righty, this will be like my "Ash vs Evil Dead", episode reviews.
I'll review the individual issues down in comments, then do a  compilation later.

So, jump down to comments for issue 1.

Next up, big winter recap!!

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Big Winter Movies Part 2. (Part 7).

And finally, after much delay by weather and bullshit, it's.....

Logan (2017)

Previously with this franchise...

  • Fucking WOW.
  • The best of the 3 Wolverine spinoffs sweatlessly. It didn't have to leap high to get over those. 
  • The best X-Men film? Sss...I dunno...hmm....yeah. Yeah, it's a smaller film than the big CG fests, but story and character wise, fuck yeah.
  • One of the best superhero movies ever? Hmm...yep. Yeah, easily right up there in the upper echelon with "The Dark Knight", and "Winter Soldier".
  • This is the Wolverine we always wanted to see, and that Jackman always wanted to play. This is what you've been waiting for. 
  • If we lived in my perfect dream world, this deserves a stack of Oscars. One for Jackman, one for Stewart, one for the movie itself. I'm not optimistic about the Academy's tastes, never know, Heath Ledger got one for "Dark Knight". We'll see. If it gets snubbed, 2017's Oscar-bait movies had better be absolutely fucking incredible. 
  • I can't think of any nitpicks. This thing is perfect as far as I measure things. 
  • 10 out of 10 for me. 
  • I know it's some critic superstition you're supposed to save that 10 for like, if aliens arrive on the White House lawn, and holo-project the movie so good that it kills you, but...fuck that chickenshit bullshit, 10. 10 muthafuckas. 10!!!
  • The rest of the superhero movies for this summer will have to be pretty damned fantastical to knock this off its perch. The bar has been set. We'll see. 

So, yeah, go see it.

Up next, to kill off winter once and for all, Ghostbusters 101*.

(*Yeah, it's a comic instead of a movie, but it's movie connected, part of canon cuz Ivan Reitman says so, and the only direct "Answer The Call", sequel we'll probably get)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Big Winter Movies Part 2. (Part 6).

Part two of today's Batman two-fer...

The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Previous wide-release big-screen Batman franchise media....

Now, to this flick...
  • Well, everyone's saying it, if not the best Batman movie ever, best one since "Dark Knight".
  • That's right, this is a good Batman movie! To make light of him best, you have to really know the character and the world, and the writers of this are clearly big time Bat-fans!
  • Definitely the best Batman movie that gets into the head of Batman since "Phantasm".
  • Funny as Hell.
  • Its got tear-jerky moments too. That's right, you'll cry at the goddamned Lego Batman!!
  • Loooooaaaded with Easter eggs!!
  • Billy Dee Williams finally gets to be Two-Face!!
  • As mentioned way back here, they do indeed reference or show every incarnation of Batman ever. Even shark repellent makes a cameo!!
  • They even take a couple jabs at "Suicide Squad".
  • They moosh all the other movies into one continuity.
  • Villains from other movie franchises pop up in the third act. You'll squeal with delight at these.
  • Voice cast is excellent, no one drops the ball.
  • Batman finally confronts his effed up relationships with his weird little family, and with Joker.
  • In fact, all the little things that have nagged at us about the Batman character and story are dragged out and addressed. This is truly a fan's movie. 
  • That's the best part of this, by finally observing all the elephants in the room, things aren't back to normal like they always are, at long last, some changes happen to the Batman-verse.
  • Well, I'll say it, they joyously embrace the Bat-family. "Batman & Robin", tried to do it, and fell flat on its face, here, they finally nail it, and make you love them, and regret all the loner-Batman stories.
  • ...too bad it's in the Lego world, live-action Batman ain't gonna change shit. 
  • At least we have this one.
  • I'm definitely adding this to my DC collection.
  • Go see it now!! 

And that's that until Logan.

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Big Winter Movies Part 2. (Part 5).

A Batman two-fer today.

Justice League Dark (2017)

Previous DC animateds....

And now to this flick!
  • Loved it.
  • They (the producers, and marketing) go on and on how "this is the DARK side of DC!! These are the EDGY heroes!!",, this one was FUN!
  • I mean, yeah, there's violence and cursing, but with the witty banter between the characters, and Constantine being the arrogant prick of the group like MCU Iron Man, well, this was FUN more than anything!
  • You'll have a blast with this!
  • It feels like that first time you saw the original Avengers.
  • Not for tiny little kids, but 13 and up you're good to go. 
  • My only gripe, not enough Swamp Thing.
  • The scenes he's in though, they make him count.
  • Still, if/when they do the live-action one, I want more Swamp Thing.
  • With the magic battles, we get a taste of what Avengers will be like with Dr. Strange on board.
  • "Assault On Arkham", led to "Suicide Squad", let's hope this helps get the live-action JLD made. 
  • Definitely one to check out.

So, that's that one.
Next, Lego Batman!!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The shit on my walls (Part 20).

Part 19.

And it's a true sequel to 19 because....


I already had Ghostbusters 1 &2, I bumped them back up to where they were, and threw out the horror documentary mosaics. I took down the Weathervane menu* and replaced it with Ghostbusters The Video Game, replaced Ghostbusters (2016) with the one that says "Answer The Call", and surrounded it with Ghostbusters Get Real**, and Ghostbusters 101***.
So, that's roughly chronologically****.

  • *They're out of business except for in Kittery@ and New Hampshire. :-(
  • ** Which I happily got the graphic novel to yesterday. :-D
  • *** Which I'm currently awaiting with as much excitement as Answer The Call.
  • **** So, GB1 happens in 1984 in real time, GB2 happens in 1989 in real time, GBTVG happens in a  fictional 1991, and all the comics happen in a fictional 1993-1994. GBATC happens in 2016 in real time, but because of the timewarp crossover with GB101, it technically comes before. GBGR happens before GB101, and came out in 2015 before GBATC came out in real time, so I put it before that. SO, if we accept that these adventures are retroactively going back to the 90's, while I was languishing in depression and boredom in those times, there were lost Ghostbusters sequels I couldn't see because of the Temporal Prime Directive. Heh, I kinda like that. Also, by the time Extreme Ghostbusters came out in 1997 in real time#, all this stuff had happened.
  • @Which may as well be New Hampshire. :-(
  • #Shit, I have to remember, September 1st is the 20th anniversary!!

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