Sunday, June 26, 2016
This show just keeps getting better and better, it is easily the best written, wittiest and most quotable sitcom on TV, dare i say only second to Mr. Robot. Some episodes will make you tear up with laughter, others will make you cringe at fuckery going on, some like the finale, make you feel good for the little guys getting a win. I see the show maybe going 5 seasons, and when it is all said and done it will be known as one of the all time greats!
Well, i nearly gave up on this season, it bored the fuck out of me, then the last 4 regained my trust, each getting better & better, toss up between the last two i suppose! The Nights Watch/Wildling/Stark vs Bolton story had the best cap off of the series, that battle was amazing, the backing of Snow set up season 6 perfectly. Arya started off in a boring angle but quickly became super captivating and her seeking vengeance on two people was done in perfect Arya fashion! Did the HOund need to return? No but atleast we never saw him did *cough*Glenn*cough* . Cersei bored me up until the finale, and now we have a unruly ruler again, and the one that was truly in charge of our last unruly ruler in Joffrey. The Greyjoys, Tyrells & Martel's backing Daenery's is setting up some fantastic battles for next year. Bran's flashviews possibly paid off at the end if book rumors are true, the death of Hodor didn't have much of a payoff in terms of tears for a fallen friend go however.
Well OITNB improved alot over season 3, the first two were solid, 3 was super spotty, but to me this may have been the best season yet. Piper went from head honho kingpin to a Nazi gang leader to her old self, Voss, Lolly, Red, their storyline carried out all season and the pay off worked well. Sophia's storyline took a backseat but we needed that to show how fucked the prison system can be. Crazy Eyes had a roller coaster of a year, both her fucked up flashback, and what she was forced to do behind bars. The divide of whites & Dominicans was a bit of a rehash but it paid off well with unity against the prison guards. The role they had this year was stricter than usual and at times uneasy, especially those last few episodes, The start of season 5 will be nuts, now to wait 12 months and see what happened, and unlike Walking Dead, the cliff hanger works here, it fit the vibe of the episode with its fade into the final on screen moment of a happier time for a fallen inmate!
We need Ruby Rose!
Saturday, June 25, 2016
20 years ago the 90s got their definitive alien summer blockbuster in Independence Day, it is pure popcorn but it hold up, i brushed off my VHS the other night and had fun with it, is it a masterpiece? Ah hell no! Is it fun? Sorry Will Smith i must go all Steve Austin, Oh Hell Yeah! The sequel, well, the first is good popcorn, this one not so much. It is still fun popcorn and a easy 2 hours, but as a film, it has problems the attack is too abrupt, characters die that you forget died cause you don't care about em, shit happens for no reason. Jeff Goldblum & Brent Spiner are the best parts, Bill Pullman is pretty good too, the battles are clunky but these guys are having fun, and the audience should have fun too. I am glad Will Smith wasn't in it but i wish that Mae Whitman & James Duval were in it! If you just want a fun alien flick, then check it out, if you want They Live then watch they live, if you want 2001 then watch 2001.
Well.....the Shallow, it starts off really well, and build up tension damn well throughout the flick, but it loses steam about half way through, it regains it but alot of that has to do with Blake Lively. Never thought i would say this, but, she does a good job here, and she carries this film, almost entirely by herself, and holy hell, i never realized what a breathtaking beauty she is until this, but then again, i dig the surfer chick look. The end of the film however starts getting cliched and contrived, especially the shark payoff, super cheesy. This is in the same boat(rim shot) as Open Water, but honestly, if i want a shark movie these days, i will watch the SYFY channel, that or a little film called Jaws!
I was thinking of doing a ranking of Nicolas Refn's work, but instead i feel that it would be best to look at escalation. I first became aware of Refn after Bronson hit dvd, i rented it and fell in love with it, then along came Drive, and it came in my eyes, like semen everywhere! Was hooked, so i watched the Pusher flicks, yep you can tell that is early Refn for sure, Valhalla Rising was spotty and didn't really fit with his films but was still solid, but i held Drive in such a high regard that anything that followed would be on top my anticipation list, and that film was Only God Forgives, and it let me down, it looked gorgeous but it felt like style over substance, but perhaps now, now perhaps, i might just have to rewatch it, as Neon Demon was amazing. Like it feels as if there should be a bridge film between this & Drive, and that alone makes me want to revisit OGF, now on to the main event, the Neon Demon! Wow, just wow, this flick looks gorgeous, it is set decorated, costume designed and make up driven up the ass, lubed up with glitter, fucked on satin sheets and climaxed under a strobe light! Elle Fanning, this is your coming out party, one she is super beautiful in this, and two, she goes from naive & innocent to a smug bitch really well. Jenna Malone does her best acting possibly ever, Keanu Reeves plays a totally different character than usual here and does it perfectly and in a small role at that. The score is easily the best since It Follows, it is very John Carpenter & Goblin inspired. The film reminds me of Dario Argento, not just the color scheme but the way the characters are portrayed and the way the tension is built, a tad bit Roman Polanski aswell. Pair this film up with Black Swan and take some shrooms, float down stream and enjoy this brilliant piece of cinema!
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Take Jurassic Park sans the dinosaurs, add in zombies, however take away everything that makes a zombie a zombie and instead have rabid animals, have Asylum be your production company but on a new level of bad writing and bad acting, and you have Zoombies. Syfy flicks, The Room, Birdemic, all look like solid gold compared to this.