Thursday, April 25, 2019
So, yes, I have now seen "Avengers: Endgame"
I expect Jamie and I will be putting a PodCast together on Avengers: Endgame, so... bear with us until that gets recorded, posted and edited. We are seeing it again tomorrow, so we get 2x the chance to miss things, I suppose.
All I will say for now, in spirit of keeping everyone spoiler-free, is: I didn't think any time was a good time to go to the bathroom, so plan soda intake accordingly. It is a LONG movie, but dense.
And, I genuinely wasn't spoiled by toys or anything else on the shelf. The trailers I've seen mostly covered the first 20 minutes of a 180 minute film, so... lots of movie there to grapple with. But Marvel has done a great job of keeping the movie under wraps.
1 SPOILER after the break...
Animation Watch: Justice League vs The Fatal Five (2019)
Aside from Justice League Action and Young Justice, I have a hard time getting excited for the DC animation films or shows. While a country mile better than Marvel's cartoons and their paceless plotting (but kudos as their animation has finally caught up), with the end of Brave and the Bold and the hard pivot with Flashpoint, DC decided the only thing to do was aim squarely at 22 year olds and everyone else could go @#$% themselves.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
PODCAST! "Lifeforce" (1985) - SimonUK Cinema Series w/ Ryan!
SimonUK brings a charming, home spun sort of tale about (nude) space vampires, not-Michael Caine, a blank Texan astronaut, a London-based Zombie plague, forced kissing on Patrick Stewart and more story than a movie has a right to contain.
Lifeforce Theme - Henry Mancini, Lifeforce OST
Call of the Wild - Henry Mancini, Lifeforce OST
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Tidings from The Signal Watch
|I dunno about this team-up, y'all|
Growing up, Easter was a pretty big deal in our house. My folks are good Lutherans, and until about high school we got together with family and friends - hosting them for the weekend, or they'd host us - and insert the sort of small riot that can occur when you've got four boys born within 27 months of each other. There was always shenanigans on Friday and Saturday, and then Sunday was Easter Eggs, church and then a substantial dinner. If we were out of town, then a 3 hour drive back.
The trick to Easter was that teachers didn't care about your long weekend (we often had Good Friday off from school), and the holiday rolled on through lunch and into the late afternoon, but that didn't mean I didn't have a book report or a test to deal with on Monday. So, good job, my teachers. That was super cool of you.*
Of course, school days are decades in the past. No one lets me participate in egg hunts, I haven't dyed eggs in 15 years (it's way more work than its worth as an adult), and I've realized the chocolate at Easter is weirdly, uniformly terrible even as its just as bad for you as good chocolate.
But, you *can* often land a solid brunch or dinner out of the deal.
Aside from Biblical epics (an early and overlooked part of film's history which faded in the 60's), the entertainment offerings for Easter are pretty few and far between. No one really wants to trample all over the Passion story or the religious import of the holiday to a lot of people quite as cavalierly as they're willing to do with Christmas. I did see Hallmark took a stab at recycling their Christmas movie formula to make an Easter movie or two this year (never stop being you, Hallmark Channel). And, of course, we've got Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in Easter Parade.
It's not the best movie - pretty standard romantic comedy stuff, and Garland and Astaire are typically great, but it does feature Ann Miller shaking the blues away. And to that, we tip our hat.
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