Friday, March 2, 2018
Format: Kino-Lorber BluRay
I watched not one, but TWO Maigret mystery movies. And, shockingly, wrote them both up.
Here's my post over at Texas Public Radio.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Watched: 02/15/2018 and 02/25/2018
Format: Alamo Slaughter Lane/ Alamo Village
Viewing: First/ Second
I'm supposed to schedule with AmyC to do a podcast on this film. I need to get that done. In the meantime...
Writing about Black Panther (2018) is, perhaps, not terribly useful at this point. The movie is a legitimate phenomenon in box office and in cultural conversation. Both of these things are yet another sign among many of the past few years that we're undergoing some tectonic shifts in Hollywood, unlearning the rules of the industry when it comes to what audiences actually do want. As of this writing, Black Panther had raked in $700 million worldwide, and, if my sold out 7:00 on a Sunday show was any indication, shows no signs of stopping.
As a white dude who is as much of a white dude as you're like to meet, I get the basic contours of what this film has meant to a Black audience, in America and abroad, but I won't pretend to have been more than an observer.* By this late date, it's possible or likely you've seen photos of people who've "dressed" for the movie, watched video of kids attending crowd-funded screenings... and more than likely you've read one or five of the dozens and dozens of think pieces circulating. So I don't know what new I can add, and I'll try not to belabor those points.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
|whole lot of skatin' goin' on|
I didn't write about it, but most of our evenings - and some of our day times - of late have been filled with hours and and hours of Winter Olympics. Snowboarding, ski jumping, luge, skeleton, curling, some hockey, and lots and lots of ice skating.
Jamie and I have been together since 1995, and prior to this, I know I watched *some* Winter Games, but nothing like what happens when Jamie gets Olympics Fever. She particularly loves herself some ice skating, and for maybe the first decade-plus of our relationship, I sort of watched skating with her during the Olympics, but I found the scoring system arbitrary and open to (to put it politely) interpretation, and the commentators on NBC grated like parmesan over pasta. But this is our sixth winter Olympics. I am now pretty good at watching skating, I guess, and can see it as a sport.*
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Format: Amazon Streaming
Way, way back in - I think - early high school, the slim, prestige format comic Gotham By Gaslight arrived in comic shops, and as a good little comics-kid, I picked up my copy, read it, loved it, and it was probably in a longbox until the great purge a few years ago. I am 95% certain I have it in a collection somewhere amongst the Batbooks, but its been two decades since I've read the thing.
Like everyone else, I was batty for Gotham by Gaslight upon arrival. It featured art by Mike Mignola and a pretty decent story by Brian Augustyn, and I think it took off much better than DC figured. This put the idea of Elseworlds into DC's head, and for the next two decades we got endless versions of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and sometimes others, in various periods, geographies and genres. It took a concept like "but what if Superman emerged in conjunction with, say, War of the Worlds!?" or "Batman, but a pirate" and sold a couple of prestige-formatted issues. Or, you got some "what if?" sort of story, like "what if Krypton never exploded?"
Some of it was great, some of it serviceable or bad. Some of it got way overhyped (everyone needs to relax about @#$%ing Red Son. It's not that good.). But Gotham By Gaslight started it all, and - for my money - though I haven't actually re-read it in two decades - was among the very best.
The movie is okay.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Format: Kino-Lorber BluRay
I am reviewing a pair of excellent films for Texas Public Radio, based on a series of novels by a Belgian writing about a French Detective.
Here is the review for the first movie. Thanks to TPR for the opportunity!
Monday, February 19, 2018
editor's note: So, what's weird is that every President's Day I do one of these posts on a president I've not read too much about. Sure, it's a bare amount of research, but it's more than you've done, you ingrates. I got my draft together last night, and today I've had, like, three different sources either joking or bitching about Franklin Pierce across my social media. So I tapped into something. We all hate this guy. Happy President's Day!
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Format: DVD at my house
Viewing: oh, probably the 7th or 8th
(this one is Safe for Work!) SimonUK - a genuine British person - joins Ryan for a View to a Kill (1985), Moore's final Bond. It may not be the best Bond, or even a good Bond, but it's a fun Bond. We'd like to say we stick to the topic at hand, but we end up covering a wide range of all things Bond, and - at one point - diverge into Gremlins.
These things happen.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Format: TCM Noir Alley DVR (from November. Yeesh.)
At this age, it's not often you wrap up a movie and are pretty sure you've just seen one of the best movies of its genre. But there you have it.