Recent Movies and TV

  • Crimes of the Future (2022): I've watched this twice and I can't decide whether it's brilliant, or just a pastiche of Cronenberg's earlier work. But I can't stop thinking about it. It's part Videodrome, part Crash, part Naked Lunch and a little Scanner Darkly. It's dense with ideas and leaves some important things that happen completely unexplained.

  • Ms. Marvel (2022): This is pretty cute. It's definitely a kids show. The first episode leaned heavily into Scott Pilgrim, with the narration taking place through imagined animated graffiti and so on, but sadly, they stopped that almost immediately. It drags a bit in the middle, and does that typical Marvel thing of "the villain is just an evil version of the hero!!" And the visual presentation of her powers sucks. She makes badly animated crystals instead of stretching and deforming. Terrible choice. And there's a jarring amount of copaganda. Still, it was fun, and it's great that something like this got made at all, for all the obvious reasons.

  • Mad God (2021): A stop-motion dialog-free movie about a faceless soldier descending through the layers of some kind of steampunk Giger hell. It's part Švankmajer's Alice and part Eraserhead and all nightmare fuel. I wasn't able to actually finish it, but it is.... a hell of a thing. I don't know if that's a recommendation or not.

  • Slash Back (2022): Small town Alaskan teen girls repel alien invasion. It's fun.

  • Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes (2020): Two minute time machine! It's shot to appear as a one single shot that loops back on itself, and it's an absolute masterpiece of choreography, shot for approximately zero dollars. I can't even imagine what the storyboards looked like. The only thing that strained my suspension of disbelief was the unfathomably long extension cords.

  • Press Play (2022): It's a cute time travel romance. But how did they not call this Mix Tape Time Machine?

  • The Princess (2022): A Disney princess is locked in a tower, about to be married off. Oh, but she knows kung fu. It's almost one long Wickian fight scene!

  • The Sea Beast (2022): This was adorable. It starts off with some amazing tall-ship action, and then rolls into a somewhat predictable, "the real monsters were the friend we made along the way" thing, but the animation and characterization were just great.

  • Outer Range (2022): It's a show about these mysterious creatures from American mythology, the "independent cattle farmer", where four people run a whole ranch and they're all white. Suspend your disbelief on that, though, because they also have a Stargate out in the field, so when they find it they do what everyone would do: first you drop a rock in, then you do a little light murder and toss the body in too. Surely that problem is gone forever, right? Then they fuck around for episodes 2 through 6, episode 7 is the flashback, and episode 8 sets up more cliffhangers. Gaaaahhhhhhhhh.

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022): This was garbage. Infuriatingly so. Let's just watch the Pitch Meeting instead.

  • 30 Days of Night (2007): I remembered this being not very good, and it's not, but it's ok. There's a good movie in here struggling to get out but it doesn't.

  • 30 Days of Night 2: Dark Days (2010): This is utterly forgettable. It might as well be Blade 3, it's that forgettable. I can hear the pitch meeting: "Ok but hear me out, what if instead it was set in LA?" Yes, they never actually make it to any area where the days are dark.

  • The Crow 2: City of Angels (1996): I remembered this being bad, but wow, it is so much worse than I even remembered. Not even the Graeme Revell score can save it. I didn't make it past the 30 minute mark. And again: I can hear the pitch meeting: "Ok but hear me out, what if instead it was set in LA?"

I'm basically out of stuff to watch, as you can tell from the barrel-scraping near the end there, so I'm taking suggestions. You know what I like.


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