Monday, June 09, 2014

Fred Dropped Dead

Rik Mayall died! :'( We played what tribute we could.

On tap this week were reviews of the film Edge of Tomorrow, a film which is impossible to describe without describing other films, which illustrates an easy point about postmodern pastiche without me having to. It worked as pulp sci-fi and little else; to its credit, it never tried to think about its own whacky premise, but that's always a backhanded compliment. I don't always understand the "Just shut off your brain and enjoy!" dictum. Why the fuck would I shut off my brain? It seems useful. If I happen to find stupid things entertaining, it sure won't be because I shut my brain off.

Anywho, DVD's may also be dead by 2016. Say lah vee.

We heard music from:

Drop Dead Fred, 1991 - Randy Edelman
Drive Angry, 2011 - Michael Wandmacher
Elektra, 2005 - Christophe Beck

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Adventures of Ass-Man and Invisible-Clumsy-Farting-Guy *

This week X-Men: Days of Future Past was on the chopping block; the Boom Operator thought it was one of the better installments of this franchise, and the Gaffer thought that was scant praise in itself. I've never felt like these live-action renditions of the classic comic phenom felt as big as they should, and this latest time-spanning epic storyline should've felt big, at the least. I don't wholly like the attempt to fuse the history in the X-Men universe with American geopolitical history from the 60s and 70s, but I guess that might be in keeping with the origins of this comic.

Talk: Upcoming Marvel and DC projects! Edgar Wright breaks up with Ant-Man! Malefecent movie - how will she be characterized?

Then we pitched our ideas for a new era of super-heroes: Ass-Man and Invisible-Farting-Man!

We heard music from the following:

Patton, 1970 - Jerry Goldsmith
Legend, 1985 - Jerry Goldsmith / Tangerine Dream

Monday, May 19, 2014

Return of L'il Zilla

Tonight the Gafferzilla returned briefly to chime in his thoughts on more and more origins prequels no one wanted: Rescue Rangers, Smurfs...a Batman show with no Batman? There aren't enough WTFs.

I (the Gaffer) also caught Slavoj Zizek's The Pervert's Guide to Ideology on Netflix, and can't recommend it enough for those who like (or are amused by) critical theory.

We talked about vampires and Vampire Academy, and why goddamn vampires won't go away, but mostly we talked about Godzilla's triumphant return, which the Boom enjoyed quite a bit.

We heard music from:

Mysterious Island, 1961 - Bernard Hermann
X-Men Origins: Wolverine - Harry Gregson-Williams
Various Godzilla films - Various


Monday, April 28, 2014

E.T. and the Lost Treasure

Some big news this week: somebody kinda maybe dug up the infamous tombs of sealed Atari arcanum, which contained alleged millions of the reviled E.T. game for the Atari 2600. A childhood myth has been unearthed and/or ruined! At least a cool documentary crew was there to film it all. In other news, Kevin Smith is making a Krampus movie. I don't...do what now?

Other news: Gamera, theological meteorology, and in lieu of a new review this week, we talked about Freddy vs. Jason and the world of forgotten franchises. Good times were had by all.

We heard music from the following:

E.T., 1982 - John Williams
Pretty in Pink, 1986 - Various
Lost in Translation, 2003 - Various

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Midnight Coterie of Crimson Luna Resplendence

Baz Lurhman is maybe making "Kung Fu"....the western, sadly, and not that delightful NES tale of Thomas and Sylvia. We got sidetracked talking about bears, bad actresses and the hotness forgiveness quota - you know, that Then the Boom reviewed The Grand Budapest Hotel and thought it was a perfect decrescendo of quality, starting out great and tapering off into less and less tolerable Andersonisms. I should find out for myself this week.

The Beastmaster, 1982 - Lee Holdridge
Howard the Duck, 1986 - John Barry