Thursday, July 20, 2017

SDCC Ghostbusters news.


Okay, it's two and a half hours since the event, and nothing else has rolled in, so I guess this is it.

The IDW panel revealed what the next arc in the mainline GB comics title is, and it's...


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters 2.
Looks like the guys will be going to the Turtles world this time.
Neat.


And of course, yesterday, they announced the GB:ATC spinoff title.

TMNT/GB drops November, GBATC drops October.

Those are the clearest most definitive reveals.
From here on, it gets a little murky.

So, Ivan Reitman was there, and he was the big thing I was waiting all week for.
He confirmed TWO movies in the pipeline.


The animated one that they're working on, still no details.



And (the long rumored, but never properly sourced or confirmed) one that explores the ghost world from a ghost's perspective.
Presumably also animated.

And then there's these two Tweets...

"Ivan just said they're trying to tie one of the new films to the 35th anniversary in 2019".

"Ivan said they're thinking about giving a new GB film a little "Rogue One", treatment for certain characters "Hint!" He said. Bringing back Ramis? De-aging characters? We're not sure".

Nothing on Ecto-Force.

Ivan also mentioned "Stranger Things 2", with the Ghostbusters theme to the kids play (like D&D in year 1). That had to be approved by Ghostcorps, so that's kind of a tie-in.

And a bunch of toys, which are neat, but it's the films I care about

So, that's it, the comics and the toys were the big things they front-loaded this year.
Least we have a time table on the next ones.

These were the "big announcements", they dangled at us for the 33rd anniversary, but didn't deliver on, because they wanted to moosh everything together for SDCC, and really milk it for one big info dump of the whole franchise.

I'm not gonna truly believe anything until we get titles, and casts, and they start shooting something.
I've been through this before with Ghostbusters 3.
But, I'll try to be optimistic.

So, I'll retro-link this in comments for both the GBATC 1st anniversary, and the GB1 33rd anniversary.


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Quickie tech updates.


Sidebar overhaul.

Fixed the recent comments widget, and moved it up in priority, and moved other stuff down.
Deleted the Feedjit map, that's been broken forever.
I keep meaning to do spring cleaning on subscribers, because I suspect a lot of them are spammers, but I haven't had the heart to possibly wipe out innocents.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ghostbusters: Answer The Call spinoff comic!!



Well, if they keep spilling the beans like this, the wait towards Thursday might be a little less painful after all.

I totally saw this coming a mile away.
You don't introduce the girls into canon in "GB 101", to just abandon and forget them after.
No, you introduce new characters, you're thinking spinoff.
So, this news has come out before the Comic-Con announcement, whatever that's going to be.

It has the female creative team of Kelly Thompson and Corin Howell.
The Comic-Con thing is going to have the male team that does the mainline GB book, so this ain't gonna be that announcement.
This is on top of that.
I have theories as to what that other thing's gonna be.

It's a 5 issue limited series, presumably to test the waters before an ongoing series.
Regular Ghostbusters started limited too.
Fingers crossed for this taking off.

More details at this link.

Retro linking this to the GBATC 1st anniversary post via comments.


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Monday, July 17, 2017

Martin Landau (1928-2017)



He passed Saturday.
I remember him best for "Ed Wood", so here's all the times I mentioned that...
And here's his IMDB.

Fucked up weekend.
Awesome things in sci-fi, but a bunch of deaths.
Fucking roller-coaster.


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George Romero (1940-2017)



Dammit, cancer.
Dammit, cigarette industry.

Here's my old Halloween thing on him.
Here's the Dead Series separately.
Here's an update on that.
Here's future projects that got stuck in the mud.

He had more work to do.
This sucks.
It sucks a lot.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Happy 1st anniversary, Ghostbusters: Answer The Call!



Yep, a year ago today, I was going to see it for the first time.
So here's all that went on...

Answer The Call-

Buildup to 101-
Ghostbusters 101. (still ongoing)

Buildup to today-

Well, like I said here...

GB:ATC premiered last night on Starz.
I fell asleep to it.
I had just got done watching it on Blu-Ray as counter-programming to the dumb Superbowl.
Weird feeling coming full circle from trying to get to sleep to wake up to see it at the theater in the summer, to falling asleep with it on TV.
Kind of a comfy sensation, actually.

..I've seen it on Starz, and I continue to watch it every time it happens to be on, and my small handful of appointment shows aren't on.

Even though I much prefer the extended cut, the theatrical cut that they play is just fine by me, and it gets better every time I see it.
I notice new things every time.
It ages like a fine wine.

And, it takes me back to '85 when the original one was on HBO, and I watched it almost every time then, and never got sick of it.
Same thing now.

Together with theater viewings, blu-ray viewings, and Starz, I've probably seen the film in the neighborhood of 15 times now.
Probably more.
(Make that 16, I fired up the Blu-Ray again this week, and watched the extended cut again, the first commentary, and all the deleted/extended scenes. I wrote the rest of this earlier, but added this just now)

In fact, now that the GB101 comics are coming out, I go back to it after every new issue to spot all the ways it connects up, and the way the new canon changes the meaning of certain scenes.
For example, the after credits scene finally has a sequel payoff.

I worried that I might wake up one day, and see it the way the haters do, and not like it anymore, and my love of it might have been a delusion, but nope, I truly do love this flick.

Cuz, that happened to the couple that runs the "Yes Have Some", podcast, they soured on it.
OTOH, one of the guys from the "Interdimensional Crossrip", podast sees it like I do.
So, it's still a split down the middle of fandom.

Anyhoo, we're two issues away from the climax of GB101, and there's going to be some Ghostbusters franchise reveals at Comic-Con this year (next friday, to be precise).
I'll do a story on that (if it's indeed worthy of comment), and link it in the comments here.
Bare minimum, there's going to be some big reveal from IDW comics.
Hopefully, this time next year, we'll be closer to a fourth film in the franchise.
We keep hearing about that animated one, hopefully there'll finally be a reveal of that either at the Comic-Con thing, or within the next few months.
They've got to 2018-2019 to crank that out, we've got to start hearing some things.

Here's to the Ghostbusters franchise!
May it continue to continue!


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Big Summer Movies Part 5. (Part 5)


*"Hocus Pocus", by Focus*


Baby Driver (2017)


Previously from Edgar Wright...

Yeah, I know I said last time I was done with summer, and was gonna do the compilation next, but I updated, and said....

Ah, shit...okay, I'll add Baby Driver and Dark Tower to the list...

So, here we go!!
  • I dug it!
  • Great soundtrack.
  • Jamie Foxx is an excellent villain, a hundred times better than fuckin' Electro.
  • Jon Hamm and Kevin Spacey are great villains as usual.
  • Best car chase movie I think I've ever seen. 
  • Very tense, as each bad guy bites it, you breath a sigh of relief.
  • Paul Williams!! (Google him, you millennial brats!)
  • Pulse pounding flick. Between the action and perfectly synced songs, it's a good jam.
  • I enjoyed it, but I'm not losing my shit over it like some people.
  • This is definitely Wright landing on his feet after being butt-raped by Marvel. Everything worked out all right for everybody.
  • Yeah, check it out. 
  • As for theater experience, I got the assigned seats layout right this time. ...and two asshole old guys sat in the back row with me, and talked all the way through to the very start of the feature. God, I fucking hate that. And everything they said was meaningless, uninteresting, and stupid. People with the biggest yaps have absolutely nothing to say. If they had talked during the movie, I fear I would have had to have killed them in the parking lot. Fortunately, they were silent. Or else drowned out by the flick.
  • Yeah, once you know how to work it though, I like assigned seats better. You can fiddle about in the bathroom or at concessions, and not worry about seat thieves. Your seat is waiting for you. 

Okay, that's it, I guess.

Next one is Dark Tower next month.
See you then!


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy 9th anniversary, Harry Hembock: Dark Designs!


I said it all in the Harry and Jade-Shade anniversaries.

Gonna write a text version of NLHH:DD into the next book.

And, this anniversary won't be included in the book.
This is the cut-off.
Although, it would have been a nice round number to have the 10th in there, but...I've fooled around long enough.


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Big Summer Movies Part 5. (Part 4)

*Orchestral 60's animated Spidey theme*


Spider-Man Homecoming (2017)


Previously on MCU phase 3....
And previously on Spider-Man...

Prelude to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

And now the rundown.
  • Best Spider-Man ever.
  • Best Peter Parker ever.
  • Best Spider-Man movie ever. Yes, even better than Raimi-Spidey 2. Its been dethroned.
  • Among the best of the MCU movies.
  • I'd put it...between 5 and 6 on my all-time MCU list.
  • Between 8 and 9 on my all time superheroes list.
  • Vulture is a better MCU villain than we're used to getting. I dunno if he's up there with Loki, but he's both pretty menacing, and grounded as a realistic human.
  • Michael Keaton's portrayal of Vulture is top notch.
  • All the side characters are great. Happy Hogan, Peter's friend, Vulture's tech guy, etc.
  • In fact, Vulture's tech guy is a scene stealer!
  • Okay, Zendayah's character was wavey-hand.
  • Two post credits scenes, wait for them both. The second one...the second one lives in the same food-group as Shwarma, and Deadpool's Ferris Bueller parody. 
  • I had assigned seats for the first time. Don't know if I'm gonna like that. Gotta remember where the back rows are oriented on the little computer map, I fucked up, and put myself close to the front. Did not like that. Didn't spoil the flick, but echhh, being around people, ecchh.
  • Lots of continuity porn for Avengers 1, Civil War, and Iron Man 1.
  • I'm jazzed as Hell to see Spidey in "Infinity War", now!!
  • Only trailer was "Black Panther". Jazzed for that one too.

So, yep, worth seeing.

Aaaand, that's it.
Everyone's raving about "Baby Driver", but...I dunno.
Nah, I'm done.
That's summer movies for this year.

Next up, summer movie recap.
I know, that was quick.
*Shrug* the summer season blew goats for comedies this year.
And "The Mummy", apparently ate ass.
And I regret even seeing "Alien: Covenant".
Plus, Marvel and DC have their other stuff in fucking winter, so whaddya gonna do?
So, yeah, recap next.

EDIT-
Ah, shit...okay, I'll add Baby Driver and Dark Tower to the list...

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

I don't h8 the 90's anymore (Part 3).

Crap, it's been another two weeks since the last one.
Well, RL bullshit, and other blog stuff like the 9th anniversary slowed me down.
Back to it....


1995-

Mallrats


Eh, it's cute, but this is my least liked of the view-askew-niverse series.
It's no "Beavis & Butt-Head Do America", and that's kinda what it's going for.
The Stan Lee cameo is probably the best part.
And that Smith kept Michael Rooker on life support before James Gunn came along.

Characters from this pop up and are referenced in "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back", so it helps to see this at least once.

Also, it's surreal to see Ben Affleck in a movie with Kevin Smith swinging around in a Batman cowl, and now Affleck is Batman.
Weird accidental foreshadowing.

Canadian Bacon


Man, I'm so glad Michael Moore released this in the nick of time so that "Wagons East", didn't count as John Candy's last movie.
I mean, it was his last filmed, but, let's remember him with this one, okay?

A cult classic, even conservatives that wish for Moore's death like this.

I wish he'd done more satires like this, but, oh well...

Coldblooded


The directorial debut of the guy who would go on to write "Monsters vs. Aliens".

Another cool little indie that hardly anyone seems to know about.
Jason Priestly plays a guy on the autism spectrum (before we learned to call it that), who takes bookie calls for the mob, and gets promoted against his will to hitman, and discovers he's frighteningly good at it.
Along the way, he falls for the girl from "Father Of The Bride", and doesn't want to lose her because of his line of work, so he comes up with a plan to kill his way free of the mob.

I watched this every single time it was on Showtime, I just fucking loved it.
Boy meets girl, happy ending, what's not to like?

Fuck it, there's 5 I want to talk about, so I'm doing 5.

The Last Supper


From the director of "The Bye Bye Man".
Ssss, ouch, yeah, this is probably her best one then.

Another great little 90's indie.
A horror/thriller/comedy like Hitchcock used to make, but with that 90's indie quirkiness.

About a group of liberal friends who accidentally kill a guy (played by Bill Paxton) who turns out to be a serial killer on the news, and they conclude his death made the world a better place, so they decide to kill more assholes to make the world a better place, from anti-abortionists, to religious zealots, to conservative pundits, but it gets out of hand, and authorities start getting wise, and members of the group start getting too into it, and getting corrupt, and...well, all the hi-jinks one would expect from such an enterprise.

The title comes from that they kill with poisoned wine, so it's literally the victim's last supper.

Stars Cameron Diaz.
Man, she was in EVERYTHING in the 90's.
I think you could safely crown her queen of the 90's.

Well, good for her for having a heyday, cuz she seems to have vanished lately.
She pops up again if they need her for Fiona for a Shrek thing, but that's about it.
I never got tired of her; I say, bring her back.
Everything she did was fucking good.

Hackers


And the world was introduced to Angelina Jolie.
She's...been a mixed bag, but over the decades, I've grown to tolerate and ultimately like her.

She's always been cute, I'll give her that.
And she seems to have outgrown the whole weird blood drinker phase.
Expensive Hollywood doctors found the right mix of meds for her, I guess.

We were also given our first taste of Matthew Lillard.
My GOD did Harry Knowles hate his guts.
I never figured out why.
I mean, I get how he could possibly grate at you, because he was the go-to over the top comic relief guy, but...there's all kinds of guys that do that, and it's just a job, not the guy, and they weren't LOATHED the way Knowles loathed Lillard.
You'd think he committed a crime.
You'd think he'd shot Knowles's dad.
Ahh, the internet is wacky.

Anyhoo, Knowles dropped the hate-boner after Lillard became Shaggy in the Scooby movies.
That's the role he was born to play.

Anyway, onto the actual topic of this movie.
It's a hilarious time capsule to see them making computers do shit they absolutely positively could NOT do in 1995.
Or NOW, come to think of it.
Even if you try to wiggle out of it by saying it's set in a possible future, the clothes, the cars, the foods, all squarely ground it in 1995.

The only way this flick's computer science works, if if there was time travel shenanigans from "Star Trek Voyager", and an alternate 90's Earth got isolinear optical chips 300 years ahead of time.

Anyway, the plot of a computer security guy being an evil inside man that has to be taken down by good hackers that are propagandized by the authorities as bad is timely, given that the Russians are causing cyber mayhem almost every fucking week now, and possibly got Trump elected, and Edward Snowden is a thing.

Now for ones I only touched on before.
Where I did 5 instead of 3 above, then I'll only do 1 of these.

Apollo 13


Old non-review.

So, Ron Howard is going back to space by completing the Han Solo prequel.
We'll see how that turns out.

This one though, is one of his classics he'll be remembered for.

The "Davinci Code", sequels, and "Heart Of The Sea", landed with a thud, so he needs a hit to recharge himself.
I think he can pull Star Wars off.
We're in good hands.

It's hard to nail exactly when Tom Hanks became a legit movie star,  somewhere around "Forrest Gump", and "Philadelphia", territory, but by this one, he'd clearly made it.

I wish they'd do more NASA movies.
I miss NASA.
With the anti-science fuckbags in charge now, it's like they're a receding memory of an abandoned dream.

I'm sure I've ranted this somewhere in the deep archives before, but if humans aren't moving forward into outer space, then what's the point of us?
To just mindlessly crank out profits on Earth until it becomes a ball of pollution?
To have closed-loop gluttony greed orgies until we die, or else be the victims of the rich?
Seems pretty meaningless and pointless to me.
Doesn't seem like a life worth living at all.
But that's exactly what seems to be the plan of our brilliant leaders.
What towering intellects they are. *Eyeroll*
*Sad sigh*

The rest as links-

Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight
Ghost In The Shell
Tank Girl
Village Of The Damned (remake)
Showgirls
Black Scorpion
Crumb

Honorable mentions-

Jumanji
Nixon
Jefferson In Paris
Jerky Boys The Movie
Braveheart


1996-

Kingpin


I guess I can safely say this is a cult classic.
Basic cable has rerun it enough for people to finally discover it.
I always forget Bill Murray was the bad guy in this.
And whatever happened to Venessa Angel?
"Weird Science: The Series", this, and then poof, gone.

Well, in one brief shining moment, before Randy Quaid went bonkers, and Woody Harrelson became too huge a star, and Venessa Angel vanished in the Bermuda Triangle, movie magic happened, and we have it forever now.

It was at this point making the list, I was like "oh, shit, look at all these awesome fucking movies!! The 90's were cool after all!! I totally have to stop saying they sucked now!".

Funny the effect your life being shit has on your perspective.
Funny the effect depression has on your life being shit.
But, even in that state, "Kingpin", brought me joy.

Anyhoo, great flick, if you haven't seen it, I don't know what cave you've been in.

Sling Blade


Damn, I miss Billy Bob Thornton as a filmmaker.
I guess he was a rare one hit wonder, but what a fucking hit.
That's gonna live forever.

And John Ritter snuck in a little reference, he named his character Mister Cunningham to imply it was Richie's lost brother from "Happy Days".
The implication being, that he was kicked out for being gay in the 50's, and then he became Ritter's character in this.
Lol, yeah, that's in my canon!
Damn, I miss John Ritter.

Joe's Apartment


Hmm, I'm not quite sure which came first...but I'm pretty sure this was the first MTV studios movie, then came "Beavis & Butt-Head Do America".

About a guy whose shitty apartment is infested with sentient talking cockroaches that become his friends.

Based on an MTV short film.
I miss those old days of animated and live-action shorts leading to bigger and better things on MTV.
Those creative opportunities don't exist on that network anymore.
It's all reality mush about detestable morons now.

All that said, this movie sucks.
But at least it got its chance.
At least they tried some new fucking things.
If they could make a stupid fucking "Joe's Apartment", movie, they were indeed willing to take some fucking risks.

Well...I guess the new vehicle for indie shorts is Youtube now.
I've seen a bunch of them get optioned into full features.
"Lights Out", and "Pixels", spring to mind.
Mixed results, but point is, it's happening.

Now for 3 I've only touched on.

The Craft 


Old review.

Ahhh, goth chicks with powers.
Fun shit.
Haven't seen Fairuza Balk in a dog's age.
Last I heard, she really got into witchcraft after this, and opened a magic shop.
Not magic as in card tricks, magic as in potions, crystals, and woo.

Ahhh, Fairuza, Fairuza, Fairuza...mmm hmm hmm hmmm....*eyes close, blushes, smiles*

AAAANYHOOO!!!

Fargo

From here...

Man, VH1 saw fit to throw in "the big Lebowski", for Coen Brothers movies, then left out THIS one?!?!
This is their fucking "Citizen Kane", man!
Yep, love this movie, everything about it.
Yeah, most people rave about the log chipper scene, but I like every minute Peter Stormaire is onscreen.
Spooky villain.
He needs to be on a top 10-20 list somewhere.
Well, like Ed Wood, it's all been said by everyone else.
If you haven't seen this...what, have you been in a coma?

Source of the FX series, for you young kids out there.

This was a classic as soon as it came out.
We knew at the time this was something special.
Time has only backed that up.

There were some movies critics creamed over that didn't stand the test of time, but I never fell for any of those.

Independence Day


Old review.

The sequel to this finally came out, and from everything I've heard, it was a fucking abortion.

Who knew big dumb explode-y action could have a "lightning in a bottle", effect, and be unable to be cloned even by the original people?

Oh, just everyone who's followed Emmerich's career in the 00's and 10's.
Retire, you franchise killing hack.
You made your money.
Go away.

Anyway, people whine about the glut of superhero movies, but at least superhero movies have stories and characters you give a shit about.
Cinema snobs love to lump comic book movies in with big dumb movies like ID4, and "Twister", but the genre wouldn't have lasted this long if that's all that was under the hood.

And I've said it before, but I knew then in the 90's, that the golden age we're having now with comic book movies was possible then.
I did the bean counting in my head based on what was possible for ID4, T2, and Jurassic Park, and knew it could be done if the studios would just cough up the money.

And I was right.
They've opened the wallet, and they're raking in billions.

And I was right to be frustrated that it wasn't happening in the 90's.
I'm not immortal, I have a limited lifespan, I want to see all this shit before I fucking die.

The rest as links-

Scream
Mars Attacks
Beavis & Butt-Head Do America
Star Trek: First Contact
Heavy Metal (home video and limited theatrical re-release!!)
Tenchi Muyo In Love!

Honorable mentions-

The People Vs Larry Flint
James and The Giant Peach
Dr. Who (Paul McGann)


1997-

Chasing Amy


Hands down, my favorite Kevin Smith movie.
Askew-niverse, or non-Askew-niverse.

One of the few romantic comedies that actually earns my tear-jerking without being sentimental pap, or selling a sick evil version of what love ought to be.
(For an example of the latter, check out "He's Just Not That Into You", and then slit your wrists)

I saw this at just the right time, and it helped me with some of my own baggage.
Thank you, Kevin Smith.
I'm genuinely glad you existed.
That may seem like faint praise, but that's a big step for me.

Private Parts


Wow, it's really weird that this is 20 years old now.

I used to worship the ground Stern walked on, because, well, I was a teenager into my 20's, and he was a 40-something teenager, so what young guy wouldn't idolize a dude like that?

I ranted and raved, and hooted and hollered about both the book and the movie here.

My internal attitude is still "fuck 'em", when it comes to the uptight, but I'm learning better to pick my battles, and how to wage them.
Stern seems to have mellowed as well.

Maine never got the Stern show until that tiny little window just before he moved to Sirius.
The one episode I woke up early enough to hear it, it was the 10th anniversary of this flick, and he said how weird it was to see the whole love story with his first wife after the divorce, but he still dug it as a movie.
Wonder what he thinks of it now.

I happen to think it still holds up as a neat little comedy.
And, one of the signature movies of the 90's.
90's were Stern's ultimate peak, and this is the cinema time capsule of that.

Hmm, now that I think of it, Trump is an evil mirror-Stern.
No wonder I've cooled to that behavior.

Snow White: A Tale Of Terror


I haven't seen this since it was on TV 20 years ago, but I remember really digging it.
Dunno if I'd like it now, but I still love the idea of it.

It is what it says, a horror version of Snow White with Sigourney Weaver as the evil queen/witch.

Anything with Sigourney, the classy level shoots up a couple notches.
She's just aces.

I remember, the magic mirror in this version was a genuine Satanic demon stuck in the mirror.
All the little changes made a weird kind of sense like that.

The 90's were full of weird little gems like this.
The 10's have gems too, but you gotta dig a little harder for 'em.

Indie film and animation were really where it was at for the 90's.

Now for the 3 revisits.

Tromeo & Juliet


Old review.

And speaking if indie, it doesn't get more indie than fucking Troma.

This introduced the world to James Gunn.
When I wrote the old review, Guardians 1 hadn't even come out, now it has, as has Guardians 2.
And now the rest of the world sees what all us geeks have been ranting and raving about all this time.
We see the talent even through the crappy budgets.
Give these indie guys the big toys to play with, and you really fucking see something.

Kevin Smith refuses to sit in the big chair though.
DC keeps courting him, and they've even gotten him to direct episodes of Flash and Supergirl, but he's fraidy-scared of the big leagues.
Part of me can't blame him, but dammit, he'd be so good on a DC flick.
And they need the help.

The 5th Element


Old review.

And the world was introduced to Milla Jovovich.
She's so synonymous with her "Resident Evil", role, it barely needs mentioning.

Luc Besson's movies since this haven't been as ambitious in scale like this was, but hopefully "Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", will be a return to form.
The trailers sure look pretty.

And Bruce Willis....he's a good actor when he tries, but he stopped trying.
Dammit, Willis, why won't you try??!?!?!
WHY!! WON'T!! YOU!! TRYYY!??!!?

Ahem. Anyhoo, Valerian.
Catch the fever.

Men In Black


Old review.

Followed by two sequels, and a cartoon.

Neat little series of films, but its really not in the pop culture zeitgeist anymore.
Sony almost rebooted it with a crossover with "21 Jump Street".
Wow, Sony, you're really bad at this.
I mean, really.

Will Smith keeps almost fading out, and then re-igniting again.
"Suicide Squad", just gave him another boost.

The rest-

Devil's Advocate
Starship Troopers
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
Princess Mononoke
Star Wars Special Editions
Alien: Resurrection
Black Scorpion II

Honorable mention-

Selena
Contact
When Time Expires


1998-

Very Bad Things


Speaking of weird little movies, and Cameron Diaz being in everything.

Comedy Central rotated this for awhile, but in case you missed it...

About some guys on a Vegas bachelor party, one of whom accidentally kills a stripper.
So, they go to bury the stripper, but a security guard catches them, so they kill the guard, and things just keep escalating, and escalating, until everyone is either dead, or psychologically destroyed.
Cameron Diaz is the domineering fiancee of the groom to be.
She gets hers.

Dark as fuck.
I was genuinely shocked the first time I saw it.
I don't know if it was more for the flick itself, or that it was on Comedy Central at an hour kids could see.
I've since toughened up to it, but wow.

Social conservatives and radical liberals alike decried this flick, so you know it's good.

Recently got remade, but with ladies, and without the pointy toothed bite to it, as"Rough Night".
Features Holtzmann, I mean Kate McKinnon, who I hear is the best thing in it.

All the same, watch this one instead.

Life Is Beautiful


Ssss, wow, 19 years later, and I'm still processing this movie.

About a guy who falls in love, the couple has a kid, and then Germany occupies France, and the fucking holocaust happens.
The guy decides even the holocaust shouldn't pee on his son's parade, so he protects him from it with fantasies and humor.

Get ready to drench a whole box of Kleenexe with tears and snot.
Ho-ly shit.

I still don't know exactly 100% what the take away message is, but it sure deserved all the trophies it had thrown at it.

And hey, whatever happened to Roberto Benigni??
He did this, a crappy "Pink Panther", reboot, and then, poof, gone.
Eh, maybe he's still was a star in France.

Jerry Lewis tackled the holocaust in a similar way in "The Day The Clown Cried", and it's notorious for being one of the worst movies ever made, if not the worst, and Lewis has it locked away in a  vault, and won't let it out until 2025, by which time, he'll be dead.

Fascinating to see that Benigni could take the same concepts, and not only make them work, but make them Oscar worthy.

It's weird twists of fate like this that truly make me love the movies.
It's almost science fiction come to life.

And as an antidote to all this shock and sadness...

Dirty Work


Did you love Norm Macdonald on SNL, and wish you could get more of him in some other medium?
Well, here's his movie.
He did a couple others, I think, but this one's his magnum opus.
This encapsulates his whole shtick, and puts him on display at his best.

90's SNL mostly ate it, but him and Will Farrell were a couple of the best things to come out of it.
Oh, and Maya Rudolph.

Anyhoo, the flick is about a guy (Macdonald), who can't get his life together, and then he realizes that he has a talent for evil pranks that he could put to use, so he starts a revenge business with Artie Lange as his sidekick.
Hi-jinks ensue.
Ribs are tickled.

Like "Private Parts", another great time capsule of 90's humor.
Let's just sidestep Paulie Shore, what say?
Okey-dokey.

As to whatever happened to Norm, Artie Lange said on Joe Rogan's show that he gambles.
Yeah, apparently, Norm is really good at gambling, and he lives off it.
So, he's all set.
All righty then, Norm.

The list for this year is so short, I'll just let the old links do the talking.

The rest-

Blade
Star Trek:Insurrection (wow, 6 years ago I wrote that)
Bride Of Chucky

Honorable mentions-

Elizabeth
Six String Samurai
Big Lebowski
Saving Private Ryan
The Man In The Iron Mask
What Dreams May Come


1999-

Being John Malkovich


Another weird little movie with Cameron Diaz.

So, a guy finds a secret hidden middle floor at his office building, and on that middle floor is a secret magic door that takes you inside John Malkovich's head for a limited time, then spits you out at an overpass.

You only get to passively observe, but the guy, being  a puppeteer, figures out how to possess Malkovich, and live his life.
Hi-jinks ensue.

One of the more creative films of the tail end of the 90's.
They don't get much weirder and unique than this.
And I only say that to give myself elbow room.
Personally, I think this is as weird as it gets.

This floats around on cable now, you can totally find it somewhere.

American Beauty


The movie that reminded everyone "oh yeah, that's right, Kevin Spacey is nothing to sneeze at!!".
Then he was Lex Luthor in "Superman Returns", and everyone went "ACHOOO!!".

But for one brilliant shining moment...

Plot...um....okay, Holden from "Catcher In The Rye", gets a video camera, and makes mopey emo/gothy movies about grocery bags, and this gets him laid.
Meanwhile, his dad is a violent homophobic closet case.
Meanwhile, his girlfriend's dad is Kevin Spacey who's going through a mid-life crisis, and wants to bang the cheerleader chick who's on the poster.
Meanwhile, Kevin Spacey's wife is a spastic un-medicated crybaby.
Meanwhile, Holden is also Spacey's pot dealer.
Meanwhile, Holden's homophobic Nazi dad thinks Spacey and Holden are gay fucking instead of doing pot deals.
Meanwhile, the cheerleader chick is a boring snotty cunt outside of Spacey's fantasies, and would be the first to go in a Jason movie.
All of these plotlines collide in Spacey's murder.
Hi-jinks ensue.
That's not a spoiler, Spacey's ghost narrates from the opening frames.

Sounds pretentious as fuck written out, but it's actually really good.
It's all about the performances.

Bill O'Reilly thought this movie was a moral cancer.
For this reason if none other, go see it right fucking now.

Election


If you were a misfit in school, you likely hated the chirpy eager-beaver go-getters that ran for school office.
And if you were a particularly curmudgeonly outcast like I was, you always deeply suspected these people were fucking psychos underneath the plastic veneer.

This flick will confirm your worst nightmares.

Reese Witherspoon plays the chirpy go-getter, Matthew Broderick is the teacher who sees through her, and tries to stop her evil rise to power.

Hi-jinks, and inevitable hopeless doom ensue.

Witherspoon's character became Kellyanne Conway in real life.
We were warned.
We were fucking warned.

Okay, now the 3 revisits.

Dogma


Old review.

Yep, Smith only did four in the 90's.
Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and this one.

But what a ride it was.

One of the better religious comedies.
It gets a little full of itself, a  little sentimental, and its satiric teeth aren't as sharpened as say, "The Life Of Brian", or "Bedazzled", but it's in the top 5.
Somewhere.

And like I said in the old review, you've got Carlin in there.
Carlin's religion rants in his stand-up specials make Richard Dawkins look like a Carebear.
So, you know he was having a blast playing a hypocrite clergyman.

You can nitpick and eye-roll this flick, but no one else in the Generation-X film community was doing this at all.
Or if they were, they were hiding it pretty well.
Sure, Smith took a lot of shit for it.
But he survived.
The other filmmakers were scared of the shit.
They'll play with poo jokes, and gore monsters, and taboo sex, but not religion.
They will NOW that the ground was broken.
Now you can have Bill Maher's "Religulous", and "The God Delusion", and "God Is not Great".
Now you can have "House", for 7 seasons.
And the world didn't end.
No one had a three headed goat baby.
You can question and challenge this shit.
It's okay.

So, props to this movie.
Warts and all.
Cringe-y Alanis and all.
Good on ya, Kevin Smith.
I repeat, I'm glad you existed.

Office Space


Old review.

Another time capsule of authentic 90's-ness.
Cubicle farms truly became a thing in the 90's.

Dilbert, and this flick, rebelled, and exposed, and ridiculed, but nothing changed.
Even psychological, productivity, and ergonomic studies that show they're objectively bad for people, and bad or business, won't shake the stubborn management notion that people ought to be penned like horses.

I don't know what short of a revolution is going to make change happen.
But its got to happen.
It's not cute, it's evil.
It's a horrible thing we're doing to people.

Well, we're gonna have more Miltons before it's done.
Should be interesting.

Anyhoo, don't mean to be depressing.
Despite all the above, I enjoy the flick.
It's a hoot.
Best thing Mike Judge ever made next to"Idiocracy".
But, that's 00's, so I can't do it here.
I'll just add TRUMP!

Music Of The Heart


Old non-review.

I finally saw this, it's really good.
Based on the true story of a violin teacher that brought violin to inner city kids, and helped them get out of the ghetto, and into higher education.

I remember 60 Minutes doing a thing on her now.
Streep really did a good job of morphing into her.
But, it's Streep, she's a T-1000.

It's a Wes Craven joint, but they kept his name off the posters to not scare the straights away.
Poor Wes, never got his props from the mainstream-ies.

I'd look up if this woman's program still exists, but I don't want to end up bummed the fuck out.

And the rest-

Toy Story 2
Austin Powers 2
Green Mile
Iron Giant
Galaxy Quest
Bicentennial Man
Existenz
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
Terror Firmer
The Phantom Menace

Honorable mentions-

Fight Club
Bowfinger


And there, done!
Someday, I might do an update on the honorable mentions.
Wanted to reign it in on this batch.
Even reigned in, it's big.

That's 90's movies.
It was a good crop.
I didn't even cover all of it, or even everything that was notable, this is just the stuff that stood out for me personally.
Hope you enjoyed it, and took some recommendations away from it.


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