Sunday, January 13, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Monday, January 7, 2019
Format: Amazon streaming
We hit the post "Avengers" doldrums with Iron Man 3, a box office smash that just sorta, kinda works. Jamie and Ryan take a look the final Iron Man stand-alone movie and talk about how it fits in, how it didn't do what they wanted it to do, and seasonal superheroics.
Avengers Chronological Countdown
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Format: cable on DVR
A lot of this movie worked for me for what it was. I suspect the less than amazing box office (a total domestic take of $9.6 million - no international numbers reported) for the movie may be attributed to the oddball place it found itself in, demographically. Had this movie arrived in the early 00's, I think it would have been a $60 million or more earner, but the approach hails from the 90's and 00's - where the structure is utterly predictable, it's far more about what the movie hangs on that skeleton via gags and jokes. The stars of the film and pop scene isn't really the focus of Gen-X'ers, and, to be kind, the view of Millennials re: pop music seems to be a hearty embrace, free from irony and with a big thumbs up to being marketed to.
But, yeah, if you're into Andy Samberg's brand of humor, this is that. For 90 minutes. And there are so, so many cameos, many of which are almost funnier just based on the timing of when and how the star appears (hats off to Mariah Carey, in particular). And, Tim Meadows, as always, the most underutilized, funniest guy in anything.
This is in no way essential viewing, but Jamie watched it once and said "yeah, it's better than you think", so we watched it. And, yeah, it did the trick for a second movie on a Saturday evening (especially after Thor 2).
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Format: MST3K on Netflix
It's not often you see a movie and you think "this isn't a patch on Robot Jox". Made for... someone? by The Asylum - which raises the question about the market and outlets for movies like this in 2019.
Yes, this was a quick cash grab by The Asylum to make some coin off the dummies who think Pacific Rim and Atlantic Rim (2013) must be related, and probably honestly can't tell the different between the two, anyway. I do wonder what has to happen to you along the way to decide this is going to be what you do for money, but I also don't blame them.
In closing: I am pretty sure they made the movie up as they went along and the cast was drunk through 40-60% of the movie, and I'm not kidding. Our lead seems pickled a huge amount of this movie.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Format: DVR from SyFy
Before I forget, we rewatched Santa Jaws (2018) while Jamie's brother and sister-in-law (The Dug and K) were in town.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
No real write-up other than to mark that Jamie and I caught Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse a second time. Generally prepared for what we were going to see, I think I was able to appreciate the animation far more this time, and... dang.
I missed Boyhood (2014) during its theatrical release, and it's basically taken me this long to slog through the gushing, near-manic insistence folks had that I HAD to see this movie.* I'm okay with some of Linklater's output, but aside from Slacker, haven't ever really responded to it the way you're supposed to. Especially as an Austinite of a certain generation.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Thursday, December 27, 2018
I am not a gamer. The only console I own is one of those 2600 emulator boxes and it hasn't been out of the closet in a year. I get that people spend a lot of time on video games, and that I have no stones to throw about people wasting their time and money on non-real-things. I write on a blog that needlessly analyzes movies and occasionally comics and talks a lot about comic-based movies. Take all of the below with the necessary grain of salt.
Finally, a movie that raises infinitely more questions than it answers.
Let's start with foundational queries (that we will never answer):
What is this? Why does it exist? Who is this for? How did it happen?
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Format: Amazon Streaming
Hal (2018) is a documentary about prominent 1970's film director Hal Ashby, best known these days for, probably Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Coming Home and Being There.
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Format: Netflix Streaming
I mean, honestly, they had me at "and Kurt Russell as Santa". Does Russell's participation immediately suggest "amazing film"? No. But he will elevate whatever he's in just by showing up, so I figured - hey, I already have Netflix, if it's painful, we turn it off.
I'm happy to say, The Christmas Chronicles (2018) is the rare Christmas movie that's actually pretty funny and accomplishes its goals in a surprisingly uncynical, actually-earns-it way. All of which is remarkable, because describing the plot of this film will make you raise your eyebrow and say "I've seen this movie. Several times. And it's always terrible."
Saturday, November 17, 2018
PODCAST! AVENGERS COUNTDOWN - "AVENGERS" (2012) - Jamie and Ryan take on the great big superhero mashup
Viewing: Unknown. 6th or 7th.
Jamie and Ryan return and we finally get to the big team-up movie! Which... people seem to like. We take a look at how it stacks up as part of the bigger Marvel picture, what we like, what we don't (brace yerselves), and try to sort out what Loki was actually up to in this movie.
Avengers Chronological Countdown Playlist
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
The Invisible Mafia - Part 3
Script - Brian Michael Bendis
Art - Yanick Paquette
Colors - Nathan Fairbank
Letters - Josh Reed
Cover (main) - Patrick Gleason & Brad Anderson/ Cover (variant) - Francis Manapul
Associate Editor - Jessica Chen
Editor - Michael Cotton
Group Editor - Brian Cunningham