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16 November 2017 @ 07:47 am
So thats what Johnny Depp is like when he isn't overacting. Its been so long I'd forgotten. Good movie, nice mystery twists, not the best score, but excellent acting all around. Even Josh Gad!
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14 November 2017 @ 04:48 am
the Babysitter: Horror/Comedy about a kid who finds out his hot babysitter is the leader of a Satanic murder cult.  Judah Lewis does a pretty good job as the Cole, the kid.  First as the nervous, often bullied, generally afraid kid.  Then playing up the shock and horror of seeing his babysitter, who he saw as an older friend and was crushing on, murder a dude.  And then stepping up against the muder cult in a more lethal <i>Home Alone</i> battle.  Robbie "Brother of Arrow" Amell is also surprisingly amusing as the jock murder cultist.

Sea Oak (pilot):  Amazon Prime pilot.  Glenn Close is a timid & over-worked senior living with her two dead-beat nieces (and their respective babies) and good-natured nephew.  And then she dies.  And then she comes back as some kind of pissed-off revenant.  Thats it, thats the pilot.

Lady Dynamite s.2:  More Maria Bahmford oddness, exploring living with mental illness, friendship and melding your life with a partner.  Plus dog hypnotists, Elon Musk A.Is and other weirdness.

Current Mood: hungryhungry
10 November 2017 @ 01:27 pm
First we let our blind wizard wander around, then we fought some evil lady soldiers (who mostly got torn apart by the cleric's dog), looted the room of the absent Bloat Wizard (getting all his spell books) and finally we finished the night with a fight against a band of evil lady devils (who got beat down by magics holy or wall-themed).
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09 November 2017 @ 05:36 am
Fun movie, especially all the "I may be the hero, but I'm kind of a doofus" moments (especially the Dr. Strange ones).  Hemsworth & Waititi make for a good combination.  Also very much enjoyed the various call-outs, especially the Warbound and Skurge's Final Stand.  Hela/Blanchett maybe my favorite of the MCU I AM EVIL villains.  Goldblum was golden as the Grandmaster, Ruffalo/Hemsworth was also great - in both forms and Tessa Thompson's Valkryie/Scrapper-142 was a delight. (even if I had to look her up to remind myself I'd seen her in Dear White People & Creed).
Current Mood: happyhappy
07 November 2017 @ 03:14 am
Big Mouth s.1:   This show definitely needs to decide on what level of magical realism they're going for. Also hanging a lampshade on a questionable or problematic joke or subject doesn't autocorrect it. I kind of enjoyed it, cause there was an awful lot of talent involved.

Little Evil:  For a horror/comedy this take on the Omen delivers strongly on the comedy but doesn't really pull of the horror.  Not really even in the part where Kid Satan is burying Adam Scott alive around the mid-point.

Lost City of Z:  Long movie is long.  also despite being an actual British person I think Hunnam was the only one to pronounce it zee instead of zed.  Or maybe he didn't.  I kind of lost focus on the movie while playing it in the background.  So long.  So much patronizing white dudes.

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06 November 2017 @ 01:26 pm
Paper Girls #17Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters + Design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe.  Chiang draws the hell out of both battling giant robots and a sexy goth boy.

Wormwood Gentleman Corpse #2: Writter/artist Ben Templesmith.  Wormwood gets recruited by the Ghost of Lincoln to save America.

Giant Days #32: Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming, Colors by Whitney CogarLetters by Jim Campbell.  Is this the end of the girls college cohabitation?

Current Mood: hungryhungry
02 November 2017 @ 12:43 pm
At one point I thought they movie would go extra bleak and have the "hero" be partly responsible for getting a whole plane load of people killed but instead they just had a wounded prisoner get tortured for information.  Also while I do enjoy Grampa Badass Chan stalking and commando style harassing Brosnan, the earlier bits where he just staggers around all broken with grief are really impressive.
31 October 2017 @ 03:46 am
Ip Man, Ip Man 2 & Ip Man 3: The bit I like best about Donnie Yen is how he spends 90% of the time being the chillest dude who knows he could kick a dude's skull off but doesn't need to show it.  Until the bad guys murder one of his friends or threaten his kid or something and then he just starts destroying people.  Also the 3rd movie has Mike Tyson as the bad guy for the first half of the movie.

Stranger Things s.2:  More 80s call backs.  Helped along with the addition of Sean Astin & Paul Reiser to the cast.  Also new monster from the Upside Down, more psychic kids with punk rock gangs and Cali skate board girls.

Ip Man: the Final Fight:  Not really a 4th movie in the series as a reboot.  Also one that doesn't really seem to flow well as an actual story.

30 October 2017 @ 03:06 am
Short Fiction:  Melinda Snodgrass' When the Devil Drives
New Read:  Ben Aaronovitch's the Farthest Station.  Latest "Rivers of London" book with ghosts on trains.
  • Maggie Stiefvater's Blue Lily, Lily Blue.  3rd "Raven King" book.
  • T. Kingfisher's the Halycon Fairy Book.  Collection of humorously annotated obscure fairy tales.
  • Robert Charles Wilson's Spin
  • Renee George's Pit Perfect.  Urban fantasy/romance/mystery with the pit in the title being a pit bull mastiff.
  • Michael Witwer's Empire of Imagination: gary Gygax & the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons.  Gary Gygax biography
  • Mira Grant's Symbiont & Chimera.  2nd & 3rd of Grant/McGuire's "Parasitology" trilogy.
  • Brandon Sanderson's Arcanum Unbounded.  Anthology of Sanderson's "Cosmere" themed short fiction.
  • April Daniels' Sovereign.  Sequel to Dreadnaught, with the same trans supers lead.
  • Catheryne M. Valente's Radiance.  Sort of ether-space exploration, Hollywood silent film era, horror/mystery mash-up.  All with Valente's lyrical writing style.
  • Drew Hayes' Forging Hephasteus.  Super-villain focus' supers book, separate from Hayes' other supers setting.

Reread:  Richard Matheson's I Am Legend

Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:  Adam Warren's Empowered vol.10
  • Dan Brereton's Nocturnals: the Sinister Path
  • Kelly Thompson/Leonardo Romero/Jordie Bellaire's Hawkeye: Kate Bishop: vol.1: Anchor Points
Total: 17

Short Fiction: T. Kingfisher's Packing, Stephen Baxter's the Martian in the Woods & Matthew Bright's the Library of Lost Things.

New Read: Eric Flint/Gorg Huff/Paula Goodlett's the Alexander Inheritance.  New spin-off from Flint's "Time Spike/Assitti Shards" shared time travel setting.  With a modern cruise liner sent to the Mediterranean just after Alexander the Great's death as the set-up.  Sadly I didn't care for this one, feeling there just wasn't enough really new or interesting to justify the further spin-off.
  • Rosemary Kirstein's the Steerswoman & the Outskirter's Secret.
  • Mira Grant's Final Girls
  • Catherynne M. Valente's the Refrigerator Monolgues.  Series of pieces set around expies of various comic book women.
  • N.K. Jemisin's the Broken Kingdoms, the Kingdom of the Gods & the Awakened Kingdom.
  • A. Lee Martinex (ed) Strange Afterlives.  Collection of stories about non-typical undead.
  • Joseph Nassise (ed) Urban Enemies
  • A.J. Hartley's Steeplejack.  YA pseudo-history in a variant on Colonial Africa.
  • R.J. Ross' Cape High Villainy
  • Kevin Hearne's Beseiged.  "Iron Druid" short fiction collection
Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs:Alan Bahr/Howard & Sandra Tayler (design/writers) Planet Mercenary RPG
  • James L. Sutter (creative director) Starfinder Core Rulebook
  • Amanda Lafrenas' Titty Time vol.2
  • G. Willow Wilson/Takeshi Miyazawa's Ms. Marvel: Damge Per Second
  • Kate Leth/Brittney L. Williams' Patsy Walker aka Hellcat: Careless Whisker(s)
Total: 19

Short Fiction: Alex Wells' Angel of the Blockade

New Read: Chuck Wendig's Life DebtStar Wars tie-in about freeing the Wookie home world.
  • Jim Bernheimer's Rise of a D-List Villain
  • Theodora Goss' the Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter.  Team-up of the daughters of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, as well as Moreau, Frankenstein & Rappaccinni.
  • Cherie Priest's Brimstone  Pryomantic spirit haunts a 1920's Spiritualist commune.
  • Rachel Aaron's a Dragon of a Different Color.  Latest "Heartstrikers" urban fantasy.
  • Sarah Gailey's River of Teeth.  Alternate history where hippos were imported to use a replacement for regular cows.
  • Lee Goldberg's Watch Me Die
  • Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone.  Ree Dolly is a lot gayer in the book version.
  • Eric Flint/Charles Gannon's 1636: the Vatican Sanction.  Closing out the Pope sub-series of the "Ring of Fire" series.
Graphic Novels/TPBs/RPGs: Christopher Hastings/Gurihiru/Alti Firmansyan's the Unbelievable Gwenpool vol.3: Totally in Continuity.
  • Sean Punch (lead writer) Dungeon Fantasy RPG.  A condensed and slightly simplified version of the various GURPS: Fantasy related source books.
Total: 12
Current Mood: goodgood
29 October 2017 @ 04:13 pm
Haven't done a comics post in a couple weeks.  But a fairly Halloween-ish flavor pull.

Copperhead #15:Writer Jay Faerber, Artist Drew MOss, Colorist Ron Riley & Letterer Thomas Mauer.  Violent father, missing mom & space aliens!
Saga #48: Art by Fiona Staples, Written by Brian K. Vaughan & Letters & Design by Fonografiks.  Two boys in the woods at night hunting an invisible monster!
Southern Cross #13: Stroy Becky Cloonan, Art Andy Belanger, Letters Serge LaPointe & Colours Lee Loughridge.  Ghosts!  Also Alien Ghosts!

The Damned #5: Written by Cullen Bunn, Illustrated by Brian Hurtt, Colored by Bill Crabtree, Lettered by Crank!:  Demonic pacts!

Current Mood: tiredtired
24 October 2017 @ 03:35 am
Black Mirror s.1-3:  A quite good Twilight Zone/Outer Limits style anthology series.  Though I'm not sure if I always picked up on the right lessons.  Like wondering if maybe the robo-bees that found their targets using the equivilant of facial recognition software could be defeated with Halloween masks?  Or that the take away from "I'll Be Right Back" is avoid making major purchases while still dealing with shattering levels of grief?
Patton Oswalt: Annihilation:  Speaking of which, comic Oswalt mines the '16 election and the recent loss of his wife for the whole laugh-to-avoid-crying thing.
Red Oaks s.3:  A final season for Amazon's 80s nostalgia show.  Manages to at give a generally satisfying happy ending to the majority of the cast by the end.  Though I wonder if the couple minor Trump references were meant to quite as jarring as they were for me.

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21 October 2017 @ 07:51 am
With the delivery of various documents, infernal contracts and such to the Korvosan rebel leadership the streets were once again safe.  Well safe enough for our party to buy and sell plundered goods without too much risk of the Queen's killers.  But since the city only had limited total cash reserves, most of our looted magical swag was exchanged for an airship.  Brendan still wouldn't let me add cannons.  After that was research into the best customs and celebrations to use for my upcoming wedding to Jeanie the Efreetess.  Efreetina?  Efreetah?

And with shopping and other bookkeeping accomplished we headed back to the castle to root out any remaining lieutenants.  I mean we got sort of ambushed by a patrol of Grey Maidens along the way, but the mostly fell to Sillius' glyph of stunning.  Then it was onto to the secret armory entrance and a trio of barbed devil brothers.  Who ended up fleeing after only a couple rounds after one of them was pretty quickly dispatched by Krogar and the party made their saves against their best attack.  Still a victory is a victory.
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20 October 2017 @ 03:59 pm
Even if some of the Marston family dispute the potential f actuality of this bio-piece, the Marston and his family make for a interesting story.  And thats before adding in the whole creation of <i>Wonder Woman</i>.  Of course I do have to wonder if I'd feel the same if the core trio were played by actors even vaguely as average looking as the real people.  Rather than the very attractive Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall & Bella Heathcote.
Current Mood: awakeawake
16 October 2017 @ 04:33 pm
Sunday was the roommate's birthday and so we both took some time off so we could try and do a game of <i>Twillight Imperium</i> with expansion rules.  I think we had politics, racial tech and a some others.  This was only my second time playing, this time as the mercantile desert lion people.  It was six person game with the others playing Space Ghosts (Marcus), Super Scholars (Chris), Angry Fire Demons (Josh), Humans (Kevin) and Wandering Stardocks (Brendan).  After 12 hours we called the game, with Josh managing to add 3 points in the final scoring to finish at 6 or 7 points.  I'd done well early until my neighbors (Chris/Brendan) choose to break our trade agreements so they could engage in unprovoked attacks on me.  Though I did spend most of the last couple hours just sniping at them with ground-based multi-hex laser defenses out of spite.  Pew pew pew jerks!
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14 October 2017 @ 02:51 am
 What could have been a dark history piece on how the CIA helped create the Columbian cocaine cartels while trying to build an anti-Communist armed force in Central America is instead kind of a light action-comedy.  Mostly because of the aw shucks charisma of Cruise.  Who makes for a very oddly likeable drug smuggler.
Current Mood: tiredtired
10 October 2017 @ 02:52 am
<i>Norsemen s.1</i>.  A parody of <i>Vikings</i> but  I only managed like two and a half episodes, including the last one.  I guess I just don't get Scandinavian humor.

<i>Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon</i>.  Korean drama about a young woman with super strength and a standard K-drama love triangle.  Plus gangsters, a serial kidnapper obsessed with Bluebeard and a teen fan club.  At sixteen episodes, each over an hour long it does get a bit padded, especially in the latter third.

<b>Carol</b>.  Wealthy society wife begins relationship with shop girl in the 1950s.  Cate Blanchet & Rooney Mara.

<i>Cleverman s.2</i>.  Continuing Aussie supers drama with continuing division between "normal" humans and the Hairies. 
Current Mood: tiredtired
08 October 2017 @ 04:29 pm
The Tick #1: Writers Cullen Bunn & JimmyZ & Artist Douglas Paszkiewicz.  Yet another attempt at a Tick ongoing.  We'll see how long this one manages.  Even with ninjas and murder clowns somehow seems less humor focused then previous editions.  And the creative team is promising to focus on the original mysteries of the Tick from all the way back in the original 80s run.

Paper Girls #16: Writer Brian K. Vaughan, Artist Cliff Chiang, Colors Matt Wilson, Letters & design Jared K. Fletcher & Color flats Dee Cunniffe.  Its the Year 2000!  And the girls are at the Mall.

Giant Days #31: Created/Written by John Allison, Pencils by Max Sarin, Inks by Liz Fleming with assist by Irene Flores, Colors by Whitney Cogar with Kieran Quigley & Letters by Jim Campbell.  Susan & Esther try to heal the breach in their friendship with Daisy.  And McGraw is on the look-out for his exes vengeful Spanish relatives.

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04 October 2017 @ 06:13 am
Rat Queens Special: Orc Dave #1: Author Kurtis J. Wiebe, Illustrator Max Dunbar, Letterer Micah Myers & Colorist Tamra Bonvillain.  Non-secret origin of Orc Dave with Fiona Staples cover.
Southern Bastards #18: Writer & Color Jason Latour, Artist & flashback colors Chris Brunner & Letters Jared K. Fletcher.  Roberta Tubbs engages in some enhanced interogation.
Saga #47: Art by Fiona Staples, Written by Brian K. Vaughn, Letters & design by Fonografiks.  Glimpses into the life of Billy aka the Will as we meet Ianthe his captor.

Zodiac Starforce #2: Written by Kevin Panetta, Art by Paulina Ganucheau, Colors by Sarah Stern & Lettering by Christy Sawyer.  Foolish, power-hungry teens summon sort-of an evil space prince

Knights of the Dinner Table #247KoDT development team Jolly R. Blackburn (EiC), Steve Johansson, David S. Kenzer, Brian Jelke & Barbara Blackburn.  A break from the ongoing story arcs for a couple stand-alone stories of the Knights playing Hacknoia and Grunge Warriors.

Saucer State #4: Writer Paul Cornell, Artist Ryan Kelly, Colorist Adam Guzowski & Lettering Simon Bowland.  As the President and her staff continue to gather up all the information and secret departments and off-the-books projects dealing with "aliens" the Russian announce a more aggresive stance when it comes to the coming First Contact.

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03 October 2017 @ 01:54 am

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02 October 2017 @ 03:27 am
After looting the dead devil and assassins we pushed further on into the 4th floor and found...A FINELY MADE BOOKMARK!  With the royal crest on it.  Later we get ambushed by another group of Red Mantis assassins, flinging firebombs from the rafters.  During the fight the RMA leader shows up, all invisible and probably blinking.  She manages to do some decent damage on Krogar with his autocrit vulnerability but barely survives one of his autocrit attacks.  A dimensional anchor from Silius keeps her from escaping while we finish this batch of assassins.

After a brief post-battle healing and looting we continue on, finding an apparently empty room that, after further investigation, reveals an installed phase door.  Testing that we work out that it can be activated by the royal seal, which we have because of that bookmark.  The magical door leads to the Queen's private offices with her assassin and devil contracts and several high level spell scrolls.  This completes the Prove the Crimes of the Queen part of our check-list.  So we head out to set up a meet with the rebel leaders and turn over our new evidence.

Still some a missing priest to locate.  As well as some devils, a Bloat Wizard (whatever that is) and the new Grey Maiden leader to dispose of before going after the three-souled Queen.  Oh and some kind of Blood Pact she set up involving the city residents that also involves those of us who've visited Korvoso in the past.  And of course I've got that Lavish Weddding to set up for Harrow Deck gained djinn fiance.

Current Mood: tiredtired
28 September 2017 @ 05:12 pm
While the action scenes (especially the opening car chase & compound assault) were good, none of them really had the over-the-top wow of the church brawl in the original.  Though the climatic battle between the heroes and the traitor agent was very well shot.  And the Elton John cameo worked well even if it was mostly to set up using "Saturday Night's Alright" as background for an action piece.  And speaking of musical bits, very emotional moving use of John Denver's "Country Roads, Take Me Home".  For the second time in a recent movie with Channing Tatum.
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Grooving to: Emily Joy, Country Roads, Take Me Home
26 September 2017 @ 03:56 am
Sneaky Pete s.1:  Giovanni Ribisi is a con artist just out of jail looking to hide from cop turned crime boss Bryan Cranston.  He fakes himself out as his cellmate to go hang with their estranged extended family in CT.  Who support the family farm with a family bail bonds business.  Lots of good work here in addition to the major players Ribisi, Cranston and Margo Martindale.  And plenty of confidence style action from morally grey people for those who like that.

Frontier s.1:  This show really, really, really wants to be Deadwood.  But on a scale of 1 to 10 Swearengen/Bullocks it barely makes a 3.  And 2 of those are for the glowery presence of Jason Mamoa.  And I have a hard time buying into Alun Armstrong's Lord Benton as hard-case evil badass.  He just comes off as petulant and vindicative.  Really most of the cast is adequate at best.  Plus with only six under-an-hour episodes they kept wasting time on the other fur trade companies out of Montreal instead of the Fort and more on Cree tribal politicking.  Very meh.

Green Room:  Now here we have a movie that fufills all the talk around from last year.  A punker-than-thou band ends up witnessing a murder at a show at a white supremicist club and ends up in a brutal fight for their lives.  One of the late Anton Yelchin's final movies.  Plus Patrick Stewart at the evil Big Boss.

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24 September 2017 @ 04:42 pm
Bitch Planet Triple Feature #4: Marc Deschamps & Mindy Lee, with colors by Leonardo Olea "Life of a Sportsman", Sara Woolley's "Bodymod" and Vita Ayala and Rossi Gifford's "To Be Free..."
Mirror #8: by Emma Rios and Hwei Lim.  Refugees from the Izrah colony, both human and animal, begin to search for a new potential home.
Invincible #140Writer Robert Kirkman, Penciler Ryan Ottley, Inker Mark Morales, Colorist Nathan Fairbairn & Letterer Rus Wooton.  Countdown to the finale continues, with Mark & Thragg's final battle in the Sun.

Bug! the Adventures of Forager #4: Storytellers Lee & Michael Allred, COlorist Laura Allred & Letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot.  Bug teams with Deadman (trapped in a robot body) and Manhunter to go after a criminal auction.

the Damned: Ill-Gotten #4: Written by Cullen Bunn, Illustrated by Brian Hurtt, Colored by Bill Crabtree & Lettered by Crank!  Demonic deals, regrets and double-crosses.

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23 September 2017 @ 04:22 pm
autumn sniffy catotter pups

seal pupspotted skunkpumpkin piglet
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20 September 2017 @ 06:28 am
Groo: Play of the Gods #3: By Sergio Aragones, Wordsmith Mark Evanier, Colorists John Ercek and Tom Luth & Letterer Stan Sakai.  The search for cheese dip continues!

Mech Cadet Yu #2: Written by Greg Pak, Illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa, Colored by Triona Farrell & Lettered by Simon Bowland.  Training montage!
Lumberjanes #42: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.   Continuing time weirdness shenanigans!

the Unbeatable Squirrel-Girl #24: Writer Ryan North, Artist Erica Henderson, Color artist Rico Renzi & Letterer Travis Lanham.  Dino-Ultron vs. USG & Antonio the Doombot!

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