Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Little Rascals

I went to see this movie because it had Shasta Cola as a sponsor and I felt sorry for it.  I mean, it wasn't even enough to get a good soda to help it along?  I did enjoy it quite a bit overall, even if it was a pastiche of the more memorable shorts from the original run.  An original story would have served the movie a bit better, but I wasn't expecting that even when I saw it the first time.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

JLA: flashppoint paradox

This one was better, but the character models were awful.  I get that longer hair on men is hard to animate, I suppose, but every one of the male characters has that short cut now.  It makes them all look like they are 12.  Even Thomas Wayne.  And they all have a sour look on their faces, except for Hal.  If the comic looked like this I'm glad I don't read them, as they are all pretty ugly.  The animation was pretty good though, and the acting was fine.  Nice to hear familiar voices here and there.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Kung Fury 2015

At least his horse stance looks good since his form looked terrible.  Dang it, martial artists should never watch these things as we can be a little too critical about the way kung fu looks when untrained people are doing it.  Anyway, it was half funny.  I was grateful it was only 30 minutes, as of course they wore out every 80s action flick trope (and several of the 90s ones as well) in that short time.  Still, the performances were decent, some of the effects were good and the music was spot on and ever so annoying.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey (1991) trailer

I am watching this sequel which I have not seen since 1991. I can't believe that was 25 years ago. I have fond memories of the movie, as it was my first ever date in San Diego. I liked it a lot, and I appreciate the fact that it didn't do the same thing as the first movie did- the collecting of historical features.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Return of Godzilla zzzzz

Guess I'm in the minority here, but dang is this movie boring in either version.  I've tried to watch it several times in the recent past and I can't make it through at all.  It is pretty to look at, and has a great soundtrack, but without another monster to fight Godzilla just plods through the city without any reason for what he's doing.  It's not exciting at all. Well, the Super Smog Monster, I mean Super X is a fun battle, but we all knew how that was going to end- spoilers: not well for the Super X and crew.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The King of New Orleans

Nice quick bio of the legendary Junkyard Dog.  I never got to see the JYD in his prime, which sadly lasted only about five years due to a wide variety of personal issues, which this book does go into as well.  It's a sad thing to see this idol of millions descend into addiction, but it's sadly not an unusual thing.  Still, this is more of a celebration of his career, rather than a tell all about his life.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Monster! Magazine

I got these two issues of Monster! in the mail the other day, since they looked like things I would love to read about.  And they were, mostly!  I was also interested in seeing their layout and how they were published, as they have over 70 or so pages in each issue, all for under $6.  As I'd like to reduce the price of Xenorama, I was very interested in that from a production standpoint.  It's really well put together, with great reproduction of photos, cool artwork and it's on newsprint, which I really love.  It feels right.  Plus it's chock full of reviews and discussions about movies, both new and old, rare and more common.  I'm really happy to see a magazine of this quality out there, with no corporate sponsership at all.  Plus the writers know their stuff.