Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Impossibly-Cool Cover Art: Night Creature

Late last year, I finally covered this Film- when I got it for essentially free from Moviestop- and it kind of sucked. 

It does have a neat Poster though...
A Bloodbath of Horror?  Besides sounding like a bad Vincent Price Film, that is a lie.

This is the Film's big Action Scene.
What a crock.

Speaking of which, I'd like to show you the original Cover Art that I spruced up.  Why is this pink?  Was it made by Bret Hart?
Either way, the Story is more interesting than Night Creature.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pilot Wings: The Man in the High Castle

As someone who has not read the Story, why not watch the Show?

Coming from Amazon, this was one of the big acquisitions when all of the Streaming Services started to battle it out.  Who would win in the epic battle between House of Cards, Transparent, The Man in the High Castle and...Community?  Well, it wasn't the last one.  In any event, this has been a long-dormant project, so people were excited to see it come to life.  Did it live up to expectations?  Let's see how the Pilot does...
To the Show's credit, the opening Titles tell the tale quite well- Germany got 'the bomb' first and we lost the War.

Nearly 20 years later, America struggles to resist.
A young man takes a job working for the Resistance to impress his Dad.

I love my Dad, but I don't know if I love him *that much.*
The Resistance is being pursued by a mean old Nazi who loves to torture and manipulate.

Fun Fact: 'Nazi' is actually a pejorative for Hitler's Soldiers.  Why is it their new name now?
Outside of the direct confrontation, the common man (and DJ Qualls) is wondering about the future, as Hitler appears to be ill and his possible successors will probably nuke us.
In the Story's big moment, our Heroine gets some Newsreel Footage that appears to show the United States winning the War.  How is that possible?
On top of all that, there is the more subtle conflict between Japan (which controls about half of the former United States) and one bit Plot Twist to make things even worse.

If you're like me and haven't watched this, give it a look.
As a non-expert, it is good.  Is it much different from the Phillip K. Dick Story?  I couldn't tell you.  I did read that the mysterious Newsreel was a mysterious Book in the original?  To be fair, a man wrote a fake History of Atlantis many Centuries ago and people STILL think that is real.  A Newsreel feels like more of a concrete bit of evidence though.  With that out of the way, this Pilot does a real good job of setting up the situation, introducing Characters and moving the Plot forward.  It isn't just all build-up.  It doesn't stall when it comes to setting up its Characters.  This is a nice example of how you do a Pilot.  It gives me people I care about, a situation that's interesting and makes me want to see more.  Good job.  If you're still not on board yet, take a look for yourself.  If you are on board, tell people to see it...
Considering I went in relatively-blind, I think it turned out right.  With 2 Seasons now online, I may have to catch up soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Crazy Youth: That Time that Johnny Bravo Dated an Antelope

As a kid, I loved Johnny Bravo.  It was so odd, random and goofy.

Sure, they eventually 'jumped the shark' by focusing more on him with his Aunt and some kid.  They weren't all bad, but they weren't quite the same.  In other words, they were equivalent to post-Fox Futurama or post-Fox American Dad.

Note to Shows: never leave Fox and switch Networks.  That also applies for NBC- right, Community?

The Show had so many odd Episodes, but this one stands for a couple of reasons...
This is Johnny Bravo.  He's a Ladies Man.

He was also inspired by a Brad Pitt Film.  No, not Cool World.  This one.
In a Plot that would be new and topical for its time (1997), he tries Internet Dating.  This happens.
In spite of tempting Bestiality, Johnny goes on the date.  It gets weird.
As it turns out, she was actually using Johnny to get back at her boyfriend- this Crab.
Which is more shocking- what happens to Johnny here or the fact that A KID'S SHOW has a Crab involved in a (presumably sexual) relationship with an Antelope?

How would that even work?!?
Wow.  Just wow.  Johnny Bravo was always a weird, funny Show.  Yes, the quality did drop over time.  What Show is still cranking out their best work 7 years in?  I feel like I'm paraphrasing someone here, but I can't think of who.  In any event, this Episode is an odd one.  Johnny dates an Antelope.  Antelopes talk- at least, this one does.  Antelopes get Driver's Licenses.  Antelopes think they can drive Cars.  An Antelope is dating a Crab.  Seriously how does that even work?!?

If you remember Shows like this from when you were younger, they are worth giving another look.  Some may be dated as hell and not that funny to you anymore.  On the other hand, they might still hold up and prove to be weirder than you remember.  Plus, you never know what kind of name you'll see in the Credits...
Pretty strange stuff as a kid.  As an Adult, it feels even weirder!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Impossibly-Cool Cover Art: Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts is a weird, fun Film.  It's actual Poster is pretty great.

That said, there's also one from Thailand, so...
I love this.  It is just so random and full of stuff.

How can you not love something this pulpy and fun?

You can't.  It is literally impossible.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Holiday Flix: The Suns of Easter Island

When in doubt, go with the pun.  Hey, it worked for Thanksgiving!  Today's Film is The Suns of Easter Island, a French Film about the famous Island.  It is all very weird, but it does have Easter in the name.  Who knew that those Natives were so into hiding eggs?!?  It is, of course, not about Easter one bit.  I did Blaxploitation for Thanksgiving and British Sci-Fi for Earth Day, so why not this?  It is all very...Arty.  Yes, that word gets thrown around alot.  It totally fits here though.  The rough plot involves 6 random people drawn to Easter Island for a big event.  I just hope it isn't another Al Capone's Vault situation!  I don't pretend to be an expert on French Cinema.  That said, I try to track down the weirdest stuff out there.  Be honest- how often do people talk about this Film?  Is this Film super-deep?  Does it touch upon life's greatest mystery?  Is it pretentious as all hell?  To find out, read on...
A Scientist working on Solar Power is the key to this mystery- an event that brings together 6 disparate people.

One day, he wakes up with a mysterious mark on his hand.  As he narrates to us in a bit, this kind of thing happens all over the World!
The Film spends the next half hour or so introducing the random people to you, including a Horse Breeder and a Doctor overseas.  It is all very...zzz...
Before they meet up, we get all sorts of random stuff highlighting mysteries of the World like random Hieroglyphs.
They also make a point of diagramming the mysterious marks, which adds...well, nothing.
The group sure do talk like Intellectuals from the 1970s.  I mean...just...this.
Over an hour in, the group is finally united and travels to the titular Island.  Naturally, this happens.
They do a whole ceremony and try to commune with some sort of alien force.  Does it work?
Yes and no.

The Aliens apparently reject us, but may return later.  Did you expect more from a French Film?
The group agrees to be ready for the return of said Aliens and to evolve the World.  O-kay.  The End.
Complicated and pretentious stuff.  In other words, I should have made Bob watch this.  To be clear, the Film isn't bad.  It is just so crazy and full of itself.  Someone turned a 2,000 page dissertation into a Film.  It is just...so complicated.  Should I be impressed?  Yes.  Someone clearly put alot of work into all of this.  I just...just don't.  This is dense, convoluted stuff that I'm sure will impress many.  It is all about deep thought, studies and thinking about the World.  I'll stick with Killer Rabbits, thank you very much.  Joking aside, The Suns of Easter Island is an underrated and very obscure Film.  Sure, it has a Title Card made on craft paper and double Subtitles (with the English ones) alot, but...good (just for you- not me).
Happy Easter, folks.  Try not to grow metal studs on your hands today.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

TV on the Internet: Marvel's Iron Fist (Part 2)

After not hating the Pilot and not hating Episode 2-7, will the Streak continue?

Iron Fist is the most polarizing Show so far made by Marvel.  How does it turn out?
The Show goes on the road as Danny, Colleen and a reluctant Claire take the fight to The Hand.  Episode 8 has the big fight that the Internet pines over.
On top of that, the issue within Rand puts the siblings at odds.  Will their secrets be the end of their relationship?
Will the secret that Colleen has been keeping be a deal-breaker?  Will it be too much for even her?
Will this mystery man be the help that Danny needs or a liability?  Can they stop The Hand?
Even if he can stop The Hand, can Danny save himself from his internal issues?

To find out, watch the remaining Episodes of the Show.
 It still doesn't disappoint.  For those of you waiting to see me turn on the Show, it isn't happening.  I stuck with the Show and made it through it relatively-quickly.  I wasn't hanging on every Plot Point and I didn't 'binge watch.'  I just watched it on a regular basis over about a 2 week period.  To put it into context, I could have stopped watching it for awhile to finish watching Luke Cage.  Instead, I watched this Show to completion and THEN started trying to finish that Show.  I won't tell you that Iron Fist is a revolutionary, must-see Netflix Show.  It has good Action, a good Story and good Acting all around.  At worst, it indulges in some cliches.  It doesn't break the mold in any major way.  In spite of that, I like the Show.  While I've got you, can we just deal with the fact that Finn Jones is 'Danny Rand?'  Is it really better to pick this guy just because of his Race?  I'm just saying...
For me, the final stretch didn't disappoint.  The worst thing I can say is that it leaves alot open for future Shows.

Friday, April 14, 2017

TV on the Internet: Marvel's Iron Fist (Part 1)

After covering the Pilot at the height of Internet outrage, I might as well get to covering the rest of the Show itself.

Will the rest of the Show not suck for me?  To find out, read on...
To recap, Danny Rand returns to NYC after 15 years thought to be dead.  Nobody believes him or his tale of Kun Lun, a magical Land.
He has an important, but cryptic mission: destroy The Hand.

No, not that glowing one.
He has to balance a return to his old life, his mission and new people in his life like Colleen Wing.
As he learns new truths about his past, secrets about those around him and what he has to do, will Danny Rand be able to become the Iron Fist?

To find out, watch the (first half of the) show.
Why does everyone hate this?  Iron Fist is not a perfect Show.  It isn't even my favorite Netflix Marvel Show.  Like all of them, they don't rush the Story.  Depending on your point-of-view, that is either an irredeemable aspect or just how these things work.  In this Show's case, you obviously will either love or hate the Story.  Despite all the complaints, it hooked me enough to want to see it through.  Even in this half, they have some good twists and turns.  You get alot more of those in the rest of the Series- naturally.  People are mixed on the Character of Danny Rand, but I liked him.  You just have to realize that the naivety of the Character is something that is eventually overcome.  He's a mix of innocent, idealistic and goal-driven.  As his layers fall apart, he becomes the Character he needs to be.  You just have to stick with it.  All in all, I liked the first half of this Show and stuck with it to the end.  Yes, a Critic liked Iron Fist- alert the media.
While it is not the best Marvel Netflix Show, it isn't terrible.  Am I just watching a different Show?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Flix: Teen Titans- The Judas Contract (2017)

Remember back in 2006 or so when DC promised to make this famous Tale as a Film?  Well, it finally happened...
The Teen Titans are going after Brother Blood, now branded as a slightly-less-evil David Misgavich.

To note, this is not following the Comics, but rather recent stuff like Son of Batman and Justice League vs. Teen Titans.  THIS is the real DCCU.
Brother Blood is an evil Industrialist/Super-Human who leads a Cult and has an evil, evil plan.
He works with someone who should be dead.

This is arguably a SPOILER, but who doesn't know who the other Villain in this Tale is by now?
In the midsts of all this fighting, Dick and Starfire move in together.  Can their romance last?
What part does the dark, secret past of Terra play in all this?
Will Deadpool...I mean, Deathstroke win?  Can the Titans survive betrayal and dark magic?

To find out, watch the Film- out now on VOD and on DVD/Blu-Ray on the 18th.
It is about time, DC!  This one is good- no doubt about it.  What they do here nicely is build up to this Film if you saw all of the previous ones.  The Story from Son of Batman comes into play here nicely, while the group dynamic built up in Justice League vs. Teen Titans is key here.  At worst, they cheat a little by not introducing Terra in THAT Film.  I nitpick when stuff is good- c'est la vie.  The Animation is good, the Story is good, the Voice-Acting is good and the whole thing looks polished.  I don't have much to complain about.  The one thing that I could have done without in the original Story is handled...better here, but not perfectly.  I get that it is supposed to be weird...but I'd be happier without it.  In any event, fans of the Comic will be happy (even with the changes).  When it is available, go see it.  It isn't like you have anything better to do...
A good updating of the classic Tale with few bits to complain about.  It was worth the wait.