Friday, November 30, 2018

Corrections/updates Part 5.


In "Location blogging #6", I rambled about my old (physical) stomping grounds.

Another one that was 9 years ago.

Short version, the place is dead to me.
Yep, used to be my favorite place on Earth, and now I couldn't give a fuck if I ever lay eyes on it again.

My loved ones I used to visit have died.
And my remaining relation is a shithead who ghosted not just me, but everyone.
For no given reason.
Because there isn't one that would be excusable or forgivable.

Part of me hopes he isn't lurking this blog, but another part of me thinks, hey, if he is, he must on some level miss me, and I hope it burns.

Live with your decision, fuckface.
Be alone.
Be Scrooge.

Merry nothing Christmas, shitbag.
You're the bad guy forever, whether your broken moral compass processes it or not.

If it were a fetus you'd abandoned, he'd be 5, walking and talking, and you'd be a horrible unforgivable deadbeat dad.
But because we're adults, we're supposed to shrug, and go "meh", and kiss your ass if you ever choose to come back?
No, fuck you.
You blew it, pally.
Bye!!

So, between that, and our local grocery store meeting my food and drug needs, and Bullmoose and Amazon meeting all my geek merch needs, and Full Belly Deli and Hoggy's being gone, and my alternate movie theater upgrading to recliners and assigned seats, there's no reason to ever go there anymore.

Westbrook could be burnt down by giant robot spiders ridden by steam-punk super villains, and I'd turn off the news, and yawn.

If you told me this is how it would end 9 years ago, my jaw would have been on the floor, and tears and snot would be oozing and dripping.
Now?
*Waves*
See ya.
*Flips the bird*


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Corrections/updates Part 4.


In "History of the internet part 3.5- Word-forged", I rambled about my old (cyberspace) stomping grounds.

That was 9 years ago.

The racist/partisan trolls got too toxic after the Obama election, and that's when I bailed out for the Richard Dawkins forums.

Plus, I was dealing with a lot of my old demons, and I was all raw and bloody inside, and couldn't hack abuse from anybody over anything.

Now, the old Dawkins boards are gone, but all the people I met and befriended there are on my Facebook.
Most of the old bigot trolls have fucked off to....y'know, I don't care where they ended up.
What teensy sprinkle of them that are left are ganged up on as the sad knuckleheads they are.

Basically, the Trump election has ruined their little world.

Standing by that fucker made them have to throw every principle they pretended to stand for into the septic tank.

They're done.

So, I hang out there again.
It's a lot more fun now.

But that's the life cycle of trolls.
They either come in, ruin your forum, and then fuck off when they've driven away all the good people, and have no one left to play with, OR, you weather their bullshit, until finally, after a decade or more, they get tired, and look for more sensitive victims OR, the mods wise the fuck up, and boot their asses.

It's usually that last one.

OR, you get really lucky, and they die, or they go through a crippling divorce, or some other outside force shuts down their miserable activities.

Either way, 9 times out of 10, trolls need shutting down by someone else, cuz they won't stop otherwise.

Overall, social media is killing boards, they're a dying dinosaur.
I'll ride WF to the end now, and shut the lights out.
Least I could do.

I have the bad years of that place to thank for making my blog, and the good years to thank for friends I still Facebook with.

So, it's all good.
It all worked out in the end.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ghostbusters: RGB references in GB2, 3, and 4.



I've done all the ways (it seems to me anyway) that ATC was inspired by RGB.

Here's the ones I (again, my opinion) think inspired GB2.
And beyond.

These ones are broader strokes than the scene-by-scene comparisons in ATC.

GB2.
  • Paintings come to life (Hard Knight's Day)
  • A magical dome surrounds a structure (Night Game)
  • A river of ooze is under the streets of New York (Beneath These Streets)


Untitled animated Ghostbusters movie.

From here...

“I think we have wonderful plans, both for an animated feature that we’re deep in design on already and a really great story,” Reitman said to audience cheers. “That’s going to surprise everybody, I think, when it comes out. And we’re dealing with Ghost World quite a lot. We’re looking at the film from a ghost point-of-view, and the Ghostbusters from a ghost point-of-view. I think that would be something very interesting for you. And of course a new live-action film.”

And...

"Reitman teased the lead ghost in the new animated film would wind up joining the team of Ghostbusters".

That's pretty much the plot of RGB's "Buster The Ghost".


Ghostbusters 3

Without knowing specifics, it would of course have to involve re-uniting the old crew.
And Sony isn't going to let an evergreen franchise die on this movie, so they have to plant seeds for the future, so you know there's going to be new Ghostbusters.

Well, that's pretty much the premise of "Extreme Ghostbusters", which is a sequel to RGB.

It's also the premise of the game "Sanctum Of Slime", but set in the movie universe.

And RGB, EGB, and SOS met the movie Ghostbusters in "Crossing Over".


So, yeah, these stories happened already.

The point of them being movies though, is to be re-united as fans with the old cast.

That was the point of GB2.
RGB did things on way bigger a scale than GB2, but the real point was to see that cast again.

After 30 years, I'd like to see them together one last time.
...and maybe do voices in the cartoon one.
Maybe have Maurice LaMarche do Egon.

I won't hold my breath for it, but it would be nice.



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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Corrections/updates Part 3.


In "Literature Review #8", I rambled about "Doctor Sleep".

Disregard everything in "Analytical stuff", as whiny stuff.
Insecure, and depressed.
Like you couldn't tell.
I think I'm better now.

And objectively, if no one wants to help, fuck it.
I'll go it alone, and carve stories on pebbles if I have to.
If they suck, I'll just make another, and another, and another, until I'm fucking dead.

By which point, I won't give a shit what they say about my stuff after.
And if one person likes what I did on the whole planet, well, there's my fan, I did it for them.

It's probably healthier not to rely on anyone anyway.
No one advised or mentored J.K. Rowling, she just did it.

Fuck "community", with other artists, I gave that a shot 20 something years ago, and got fucked up the ass for my trouble.
I wouldn't enjoy myself at the wine and cheese hipster parties anyway.
I'd just end up smashing up the place like Jackson Pollock.

Anyhoo!!

On "predictions", yep, they are making a Doctor Sleep movie.
It's casted, and underway.
Ewan McGregor is Danny.
Rebecca Ferguson is Rose The Hat.
Kyliegh Curran is Abra Stone.


So, there's that.
Another post that was bugging me in the back of my mind.


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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Big 2018 Movies Part 15.


Three years later, it's finally...


Creed II (2018)


Franchise recap.

Let's get right to it.
  • Loved it!! Loved the shit out of it!!
  • As good if not a tinge better than Creed 1.
  • Creed 1 was a mix of the Rocky flavor, and the Ryan Coogler flavor, this one felt like all Rocky.
  • Tear-jerky spots all over the place like a classic Rocky movie.
  • Great final fight that doesn't go where you think it's gonna go.
  • Brigitte Nielsen!!! (kind of a spoiler, but come on, you were hoping for it so hard, you could 50-50 guess it)
  • Enough swerves that it's not predictable. Some of it is, some of it's not.
  • I felt great walking out of the theater, if you're a longtime fan of the franchise, you will too.
  • Sign me up for Creed 3!!
  • I've had fun with the winter movies so far, but none of them have really blown me away. This is the first one I'm really genuinely glad I saw.
  • For Creed 1, I said you don't have to have seen 1-6, but for this one you at LEAST should have seen Rocky 4. They play some clips of it, so you won't be lost, but your enjoyment will be vastly enhanced if you see 4. 
  • The theater has upgraded to recliners, and assigned seating. Nice! 

Run right out and see it!!


Next time, "Into The Spider-Verse", and "Aquaman".
Yeah, I know, I keep saying that.
Eventually, it'll be true.


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My thing on Jordon Peterson.


First of all, if you don't know Jordon Peterson sucks, fuck you.
If you think he's awesome, kill yourself.
Get yourself off of my fucking planet.
If you never heard of him, congratulations.

Now, another paste over from Facebook-

The go-to excuse Jordon Peterson fans hit you with is "have you watched his lectures IN DEPTH??", or "have you read all his work?".
Why do you have to read/view someone's entire fucking canon to get their message?
I don't need to read all 7 Harry Potters, watch all 8 movies, and see The Cursed Child on stage just to know that Harry Potter is the good guy, and Voldemort is an asshole.
Jordon Peterson is a Christian, a misogynist, a homophobe, and a transphobe, and what he ISN'T is an evolutionary biologist.
He doesn't hide any of those things in secret code either. His awful book "12 Rules For Life", lays it right out there. It's not a deep mystery, and neither is he. And neither are his Dunning Kruger fanboys.

Extra little note, Bill Maher kissing Peterson's ass, sucking his dick, and washing his balls was the last straw for me with that fucker.
Used to like him, but anyone who's wowed by that quack can go fuck off.
Especially allegedly liberal allegedly atheists.
Peterson is a Christian conservative bigot.
How the fuck do you be a fanboy of his as an atheist liberal??
The atheist movement coming out of "The God Delusion", and "God Is Not Great", didn't spread critical thinking like I thought it did.
People are still depressingly fucking stupid.

Anyhoo, Peterson was the last straw with Bill Maher, him pissing on Stan Lee's legacy was just the dust speck on the last straw.


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My thing on racism.


Pasted from Facebook-

Here's why racism never took with me.
It's no beautiful civil rights story or nothing, so don't get excited.

One time, can't exactly remember what age I was, 5 or 6 , maybe, and I'm at the grocery store.
A black family is there. A little girl in the front rack child seat thingy of the cart, and then her fat big brother is wandering around finding shenanigans to get up to.
The mother is off, I dunno, looking at frozen peas, or something.
The big brother grabs this rubber Halloween mask off a spinner rack, and puts it on, and it's this foul looking thing. Like, a Yeti looking thing with a cyclops eye sticking out on a stalk like a crab eye.
He makes a "rarrr!!", noise at his sister with this thing on, and she goes into full bawl mode.
Ramps up like a siren. Their mother finally pops back into the scene, and whacks the brother on the back of the head. I'm watching this whole thing guiltily laughing, cuz I've seen this exact scene happen with my cousins. I didn't consciously form the thoughts "wow, we're really all the same", I just knew in feelings.
After that, no one could sell me on the whole "they're not like us", line of bullshit.
I knew better.
So, that killed racism.
Ashamed to say I had a homophobia phase, but that's another story.


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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Ghostbuster timeline simplified.


Okay, assuming for the sake of discussion that Ghostbusters 3 is a thing that's gonna happen, here 's how I think the timeline shakes out.

Ghostbusters 1 happens in 1984 in real time.
Ghostbusters 2 happens in 1989 in real time.
Ghostbusters The Video Game retroactively goes back to 1991 just after GB2.
The Ghostbusters IDW comics pick up after the video game, and happen in a vaguely defined mid 90's, somewhere between 1993 and 1996.

SO, if GB3 came out, it would definitely be present day, and unless they pulled a Disney/Lucasfim, the game and comics could still be kept canon in the 90's.

It's get a LITTLE trickier with Real Ghostbusters, and Extreme Ghostbusters, and Answer The Call.
ATC is 2016 in real time, RGB ran from 1986 to 1991 and there were signs and stuff in the show indicating it was the real year of the episode, so those were '86-'91 in real time, and EGB came out in '97, and it looked like the 90's, so assume '97 in real time.

BUT, IDW says those are all splinter timelines, and those splinter timelines have crossed into IDW-verse, so from the point of view of Prime Ghostbusters, it all squeezes into their version  of the 90's.

So...it's just...
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
  • Ghostbusters The Video Game (1991)
  • Ghostbusters IDW comics (1993-1996) 
  • Ghostbusters 3 (2020??) 

Where The Video Game and IDW Comics are one big giant Ghostbusters 2.5.

And cartoons, other video games, and ATC are part of that 2.5 as spin-off timelines that splice in at the crossovers.

But, if you wanna know how to organize 'em in your DVD shelf, I'd go....
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters 2
  • Ghostbusters 3
  • Ghostbusters: Answer The Call
  • The Real Ghostbusters

And the comics go...
  • Ghostbusters: Displaced Aggression
  • Ghostbusters: Infestation
  • Ghostbusters: Spectral Shenanigans
  • Ghostbusters: Who Ya Gonna Call?
  • Ghostbusters: The New Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters: Trains, Brains, and Ghostly Remains
  • Ghostbusters: Happy Horror Days!
  • Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria Volume 1
  • Ghostbusters: Mass Hysteria Volume 2
  • TMNT/Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters: Get Real
  • Ghostbusters International Volume 1
  • Ghostbusters International Volume 2
  • Ghostbusters 101
  • Ghostbusters: Answer The Call (What Dreams May Come)
  • TMNT/Ghostbusters 2
  • Ghostbusters: Crossing Over

And, there ya go.
The background text stuff in "Crossing Over", gives you even finer details.
But that's the broad strokes.
Enjoy!

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving the 9th.




Previously...

Yeah, this year was pretty good.

We had quite possibly the best movie summer ever.

I'm closing in on getting my secret book project started.
The ideas are flowing fast and furious on that.

"Ghostbusters: Crossing Over", was awesome, and the graphic novel comes out January.

We might be getting Ghostbusters 3 after all.

How ironic would it be that we're getting GB3 because of "Answer The Call"?
A lot of bitter little trolls would suddenly have to kiss Paul Feig's butt.

And we had another year of no one in the family getting majorly sick or dying.

So, I'm thankful for all of that.
Yep.
Have a happy, everyone.



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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Another update on an old post.



In "Happy 43rd birthday to myself!", I said some shit I ain't proud of.

Well, at least I am alive.
Heard about a guy I went to school with overdosing yesterday.
I mean, he overdosed awhile ago, but I heard about it yesterday.
I didn't like him, so I'm not sad.
Every dickhead I outlive is a good thing.

Funny thing, at one point, he was on the stage of his rehab where he had to make amends, and he apologized to our fucking bus driver.
The bus driver???
You go far enough back for the bus driver, and not to me???
Fuck you, pal.
Good riddance.

Well, that's a dark way to get myself laughing again, but damned if it didn't work.

Yep, I'm alive, a jerk is dead, and I've got more Marvel movies and Ghostbusters books on the way.

I was moderately depressed, and coming off a big bucket of stress, and my humor gets really dark in that state.
It's no excuse, but I expect better of myself.

What really made me reflect on it is Bill Maher's comments on Stan Lee.
People are in mourning over the guy, and he picks then to be a douche rag, and urinate on him, and make everything about him, because he didn't appreciate the medium the guy worked in.

I don't wanna be Bill Maher.
I don't wanna urinate on a guy because I just didn't like him.

Oh, I'll urinate on a fucker that was harmful to the world.
I'll urinate on a dead dictator.
Or an anti-gay pastor.
Or a censorship pig.

But some schoolyard shit?
Eh, I gotta let that go.

I'm not glad the dude is dead.
I'd be lying if I said I was sad.
I still didn't like him.
Even though I never got to see it, I'm sure he had his good side.
I can't hand wave a whole life away.
People are complicated.

I hope no one hand waves me away when I croak.
I didn't break anyone's arm, or pick their pocket, or shit in their food.
Anyone that would treat me like I did is a complete fucking tool.

Like, say I knew someone for 30+ years, and as mentioned above, I didn't break their arm, pick their pocket, or shit in their food.
And then that person ghosts me for 5 years with the clear intention that it be forever, acting like I'd done all of the above.
That person's reasons can only be small and petty, right?
Fuck that guy, right?

Yeah, fuck him.
But I ain't gonna pee on his grave over it.
He'd probably pee on mine.
Even though I didn't do anything to warrant it, but wear the wrong color shirt, or not comb my hair perfect, or some weird bullshit thing like that.
If it was more than that, its been 5 years, if I went to jail for it, I'd be out by now, and whatever it was, it wasn't jail-worthy.
Its gone past its expiration date.
The moral high ground is gone.
If he won't let it go, then I have to.

Whatever.
I don't wanna be that guy any more than I'd want to be Bill Maher.

Fuck Bill Maher, fuck 5 years and counting ghosting guy, and fuck letting depression turn me into anything resembling either of them.
Let them both become bitter lonely old men.
They made their choices, let 'em stick to 'em, and follow 'em through.
Have fun with that, fellas.
I got better shit to do.

Anyway, apologies again for my lapse.
I try to do better, but no one is perfect.
It's why I'm probably gonna make a series of these corrections.


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Saturday, November 17, 2018

An update on an old post.


In "A Big Bushel of Bond", I had a whole rant about the way George Lazenby was done over by critics and fans.

Well, turns out that story was the Broccoli estate's narrative, and I drank the Kool Aid.

The REAL story is, critics and fans responded quite well to "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", and the studio wanted him to make 3-4 more of them, but it was Lazenby who bowed out.

The studio wanted to control his life to make him LIVE like Bond for the image of the character and franchise, and Lazenby wanted to grow his beard, and smoke pot, and be a hippie, so he told them to go fuck themselves.

He thought he'd get to branch out, and do stuff like "Easy Rider", but that stuff never came, and he faded out of Hollywood.

Personally, I smell sabotage by bigwigs in that.

So, of course they'd cover their asses in the official documentary on the Bond franchise.

Aaanyhoo, I'll link this post in the comments of that old one.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Pop culture updates #18.


Another thin trickle of Ghostbusters news, and it's....

GHOSTBUSTERS 3!!!!!!

....eeeeehhhhh maaaaaybbeeee.....



Dan Aykroyd was on Dan Rather's new show, and said....

“There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters… It’s being written right now.”

And....

“I think Billy will come. The story’s so good. Even if he plays a ghost.”

Now, Dan's been singing this tune for 20 goddamned years now.
I'm not gonna hold my breath.

BUT...

Critics of Answer The Call pointed out that Bill Murray seemed kind of downcast and weird acting on the Jimmy Kimmel meetup of the two casts.

Bill later clarified, he loved the movie, he loved the girls, but "it should have been us".

Oh, NOW you regret not doing it, Bill!?!?
You were the reason 3 didn't get made!!

So, it does ring true to me that Dan could get Bill on board this time.

But, all this relies on Sony opening up the purse strings again for another one after losing money on ATC.

And on that score, Paul Feig revealed the budget on ATC was so ridiculously high, because the failed development on all those other Ghostbuster 3s  got folded into their budget, like all the other failed Superman 5s dragged down "Superman Returns".

So, thanks for that too, Bill.

You owe us a Ghostbsuters 3 as an apology now.
Muthafucka, you did Garfield 1 & 2, you're not too classy for NOTHIN!

OTOH, with all the drama, and Bill being a dick, I dunno how awkward it would be.
I'd like to see Dan, and Sigourney, and Ernie, and Annie, and maybe even Rick, all together again though. That'd be worth the ticket. Maybe throw grown up Oscar in there.

Much as I loved ATC, every time I see one of those cameo characters, I think "aw....I wanna follow THAT character's story, give THEM a whole movie!".


So....yeah, that's where all that stands now.

And again, still no word on the animated one.

We'll know more on the 35th anniversary.
Presumably.



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Big 2018 Movies Part 10.5.


Ahhh, four months later, I can finally finish off...

Ghostbusters: Crossing over 
(Volume 2) (2018)


Previously with this franchise...

Okay, last time, as far as I knew at the time, the graphic novels were going to be split up.
Now, all 8 issues are gonna be one big volume.
And the above is gonna be the cover.
But, I already did issues 1-4, so now I'm still on the hook to do 5-8, so here they are.

Plot summary-
(Heavy spoilers)

The scrambled teams of Ghostbusters in other dimensions defeat their respective ghosts, and manage to refill the containment unit.

Along the way, they meet back up with Rachel Unglighter, who gives them an orb shaped baseball sized trap that uses magic-tech, and Ron Alexander gets wounded by demonic ice cream cones.

Tiamat, sister of Gozer, interferes with their portal, and after they refill the containment unit, and head home, she pulls everyone to her dimension.

Even crossing 20+ proton streams doesn't touch her, so they use the magic-trap, and it drains her energy enough that they use a bunch of their regular traps (that have been upgraded to dimensionally teleport ghosts directly to the containment unit, but they set them to random dimensions for her) and rip all her flesh off her bones, and scatter her lifeforce across the multiverse.

Then, weakened down to practically nothing, they zap and trap her skeleton (with a non-dimensional regular trap), and just leave the trap there.
So Tiamat is dispersed for centuries, and will presumably never bother them again.
Unless the writer wants her back. :P

They all come home, but the containment unit is still unstable, so Ray's ghost girlfriend, Jenny, sacrifices herself, and goes into the containment unit, and makes it stable.

They play this for tear-jerks, but Holtzmann reminds Ray all of this started because they tried to build a viewer into the containment unit dimension (like in RGB), so they finish that, and now they can look in on Jenny, and she can beat up other ghosts, so she's fine.

Egon uses subliminal message code written on a piece of paper to erase Holtzmann's memories of dimensional portal tech, and says they're also going to use it on Ron Alexander, and everything's back to normal and safe again.

Rundown-
  • A helluva ride, every Ghostbuster was in it, and everyone had a moment.
  • It was the Infinity War of Ghostbusters. ...with a happier ending.
  • Rachel Unglighter didn't fight Tiamat hand-to-hand, but she did beat her.
  • Winston finally got his revenge on Tiamat (loooong backstory!).
  • The Ghostbusters multiverse is finally all together now.
  • Which sets up Ghostbusters World. 
  • Next comic up the pike, a one shot issue featuring the Sanctum Of Slime Ghostbusters.
So, that's another Answer The Call sequel in the can, and the second Classic-GB/GB:ATC crossover.
January is the graphic novel.

And it looks like Dan Aykroyd still wants Ghostbusters 3 to be a thing.
But that's a whole other post.

Still nothing on the animated movie....

That's the GB franchise as of now.
See you next time.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Stan Lee (1922-2018)



*Sad sigh*
Yep, we finally lost him.
He really hung in there.
He was 95.

I was first aware of him as a kid as the guy who created Hulk, but then, he was just a name written up in the credits panel.

Then, I first heard his voice as the narrator for "Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends".

I'm sure I saw his photo a bunch of times in the comics after that, but the first time I remember seeing him in motion in live-action was "The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk".

The best thing I ever saw summing up his life and career was/is still 2002's "Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters, & Marvels".
Buy that if you haven't already.
It was 6 years before the MCU become a thing, so it's a neat time capsule of "omigawd, he doesn't even KNOW!".

Speaking of MCU, here's my 10th anniversary time capsule of that.

And here's a youtube video of every Stan Lee cameo ever.
I'm sure he's gonna be in "Captain Marvel", "Avengers 4", and "Spider-Man: Far From Home".
Those are gonna be tear-jerkers.
As will the first one without him.
 :-(

And finally, here's every celebrity dedication to him on social media as of today.

Kevin Smith will probably dedicate an episode of his show to him, and Youtube it.
He's probably gonna bawl, and then I'm gonna bawl.

Goodbye, Stan.

And Excelsior!


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Monday, November 12, 2018

Big 2018 Movies Part 14.

No "Immigrant Song", this time, Thor stole it.


The Girl In The Spider's Web (2018)


Previously-

The Millennium Trilogy.


Short version, I dug it.

The rundown-
  • I need to marathon them on disc to decide how it stacks up to the others, but it's a worthy continuation.
  • I mean, it's not like "omigawd! This is the best one yet!!", but it lives up to the trilogy.
  • Sadly, it's looking like the big kid's movies, and "Overlord", are gonna eat this one's lunch at the box-office. Frankly, I'm Nazi-ed out, and zombie-ed out. I'll catch "Overlord", on rental.
  • Claire Foy does a great Lisbeth. Noomi Rapace is still my favorite though.
  • Fede Álvarez does a good job. The tone of this one is somewhere between the other 4, and James Bond. 
  • One could nitpick their choice in villain, but...the first trilogy kinda closed the door on a lot of their options. I could talk about that more but it's spoiler-y. 
  • The trailers gave a lot away. But, you don't know how the pieces come together until you see the flick, so you're all right.
  • Lisbeth dominates this one, you don't get nearly as much Blomkvist.
  • If you liked the other three, or are one of those who only saw the American version of "Dragon Tattoo", I highly recommend it.
  • Sign me up for "The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye".
  • Traffic was a pain in the ass headed to the theater.
  • Traffic was relatively easy coming home, but I got stuck behind a whole line of slow moving grannies for awhile. 

So, that's all of that.
Go see it.

Stan Lee died just as I was heading out.
I'll do a post about that.


Next time, "Creed 2", then "Into The Spider-Verse", and "Aquaman".


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pop culture updates #17.


And now another goddamned Star TREK show!

Star Trek: Section 31 (2019??)


Michelle Yeoh will play the lead.

Section 31 is Starfleet's evil dirty spy organization.
Michelle Yeoh's character (in ST:Discovery), Captain Georgiou, got eaten by Klingons, and replaced with her Mirror-Universe opposite, Empress Georgiou, who had to pretend to be Captain Georgiou to fool the Klingons, and then got enlisted by Section 31 at the end of the finale.
So, apparently, that's gonna spin off.

They floated the idea of a Section 31 show back when they created ST:Enterprise.
The three choices they ran past focus groups (translation- ya-fucking-hoos off the street) were a prequel (which is what they went with for Enterprise), Section 31, or a Borg show.
Despite whining by fans, they went with the right one.

There's certain ideas that float through Hollywood that they never let go of.
Sometimes they're good, oftentimes they're rotten, but executives fall in love with them, and they become unkillable cockroaches.
I hated the Section 31 idea back in the day, but if Michelle Yeoh is on board, sign me up.

So, that's Return Of Picard, Lower Decks, and now this.
That takes us up to series 9.
One more will get us to 10!
That's double the series count in 2 years!
Not too shabby!
Considering we had to wait 50 years for the first 5 to play out.

I'm betting on Starfleet Academy being 10.

Personally, I won't count the Wrath Of Khan prequel miniseries towards the numbering, because I fold Animated, Classic Movies, and JJ-Movies back into TOS as extra episodes, so if Khan-prequel goes between TOS and Classic Movies, that's still just more of TOS.

Anyhoo, see you next time for series 10!
Cuz you know it's coming!



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Friday, November 9, 2018

Pop culture updates #16.

Another goddamned Star Wars show!!



Yep, a prequel to "Rogue One", about the adventures of Cassian Andor.
Live-action.
Diego Luna will reprise his role.
One assumes K2SO will be back.
That's not the title, that's just a placeholder I picked.

So, that's Mandalorian, and this thing.
I'm expecting the SW shows to multiply like Tribbles as we go along.
Yeah, Tribbles are Trek, but nothing in Wars lore multiplies as fast.

And, here it is added to the text timeline.

1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
2. Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
_. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008-2014, 2019-???)
3. Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
_. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
_. Star Wars: Rebels (2014-2018)
_. Star Wars: Cassian Andor (2019)
_. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
4. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
5. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
6. Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983)
_. Star Wars: The Mandalorian (2019??)
_. Star Wars: Resistance (2018-20??)
7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
9. Star Wars: ???? (2019)

Yellow = Saga
Brown = Anthology
Orange = TV

That's it for now, see you next time.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Big 2018 Movies Part 13.


At long fucking last, its.....


Death House (2018)

Previously-

So, was it worth the long-ass wait?
Ehhhhh.....

Was it as horrible as my worst fears?
Oh, Hell no, I've seen way worse.
In fact, I've seen way worse with Robert Englund in it (Moleman, Inkubus), which perplexes me all the more that he wasn't in this.

Would I recommend it?
Ehhhh.....

I have to break it down into pluses and minuses.

Pluses-
  • The practical gore effects are actually pretty damned good.
  • Every time you get a horror celeb, they do well with what they have to work with. You'll smile when they pop up. 
  • I needed a printout of the IMDB list and the pause button to try to spot everyone, and I still didn't get everybody, so you'll need multiple watches to spot 'em all.
  • Kane Hodder actually gives the best performance in this.
  • If you're in this for the cameos, you'll be a happy camper.
  • If you're in it for dumb gore-hound fun you'll be a happy camper.

Minuses-
  • Everyone who isn't one of our beloved old-timers acts like a piece of wood. Especially the two young leads. Ugh!
  • We really could have used Robert Englund to spice it up with some of his hammy jokes. Seriously, where was he? 
  • I dunno if it was the cameras, the lighting, or what, but it looks like a goddamned Youtube fan-film. For the effort that went into the effects, it could have looked a lot better.
  • Gratuitous un-sexy co-ed shower scene that didn't get me hard at all. Look, if you're going to be gratuitous, titillate me, or don't do the scene. If you're not going to titillate me, make it serve the story. You can't have that shit both ways. 
  • Weakest element though, was the script. I love and miss you, Gunnar Hansen, but this thing needed a script doctor. If I were the producer, I'd've gotten someone really good to fix this mess, and still give Gunnar credit to be protective and kind. It has the ingredients to be incredible. The character's journey through this super-prison is supposed to parallel if not outright update Dante's Inferno. Well, Dante's Inferno is rich with gory shit, and social satire to pull from. If they'd used more Dante, it actually would have been better. There's a scene in Dante with guys dipped upside down in liquid shit with the heels of their feet lit on fire. Eat your heart out, Tom Six! Where was that? And for social commentary, they could have goofed on Gitmo, and Trump putting Mexican babies in detainment camps, etc, etc, et-fucking-cetera. They brush their fingertips against it, but don't really dig into it. Were they afraid of pissing off rednecks? I dunno. Dante is raw visceral satire, they really could have gone full South Park with this. 
  • Camille's Keaton's cameo was a re-enactment of her "I Spit On Your Grave", rape scene right down her her screaming "bastard!". It's about 10 seconds. No other lines than that. I was bummed. I wanted more. I wanted her to be a full fledged character like Kane got to be.
  • Felissa Rose gets more screen-time, but no real lines that I can remember.
  • The bleak tone. If this thing exists to be a "Cannonball Run", of horror folks for fans, don't get pretentious. I think Bruce Campbell's "Bruce vs Frankenstein", would have delivered the goods better. A shame that never came together.
  • This can be salvaged though. You can use the Bacon points. Someone could make another better crossover movie, and reference the existence of this prison, like "Hatchet 2", referencing Leslie Vernon, which referenced Freddy and Jason. The ultimate horror crossover can still be puzzle-pieced together. This movie just existing is a good thing. 

Overall, if you're chomping at the bit to see this as a Fango fan, go ahead and give it a whirl.
You knew it wasn't ever going to be "Silence Of The Lambs", it is what it is.

If indie exploitation horror isn't your cuppa to begin with, this review isn't gonna persuade you to see it, even if I had given it a fucking 10 out of 10.

I'd give it a wavey hand, but worth seeing.
Again, if you're a longtime hardcore fan.
If you're not in that community, probably give it a miss.

Will I buy this on physical media?
Ehhh...
We'll see.
I don't think so.
Could change my mind.
Depends on the bonus materials.


So, there's that one done.


Next time, "The Girl In The Spider's Web", then "Creed 2", then "Into The Spider-Verse", and "Aquaman".


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