Monday, September 26, 2011

Monkey Shines

A monkey licks blood of a man's mouth, quadrapelic sex, a mother bathes her thirty year old son; you will find all this and more in the very creepy Monkey Shines.
This particular George A. Romero film is far less gory than his zombie fare, but as a whole, the movie experience is really moving.
Pretty impressive making a grown man scared of a capuchin monkey. Props to you, Mr. Romero.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Grendel: Red, White, and Black

I bought this for $2 at a garage sale along with every other graphic novel there, and I wasn't expecting much more than a Spiderman/Daredevil/ninja thingie that I could keep in the classroom for my students to read. It's actually a very dark book with experimental, superb writing and art—even the "extra" characters are interesting and sympathetic enough that you're kinda bummed out when they get introduced and chopped to sashimi in 3 or 4 panels. The main character is a sort of villain and eloquent nihilist, and when he got killed in the end by that werewolf (spoiler) I was probably sadder than I was when my pet mouse died on Christmas Day when I was a kid. Time's a holocaust, eh?


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Thor the Movie

Dear Kenneth Branagh:
Thor the Movie wasn't so bad except for that boring 85 minute bit in the middle. All the Rainbows was a nice touch, and my fave part was when Loki looked like he was gonna cry and wet the bed the whole time. But I thought the frost giants were supposed to be, like, giant?
Internet John
P.S. 45%

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!

That is in fact the name of the show, not an endorsement. Every time I get comfortable watching this show, turning red-faced from laughter, immensely enjoying the surprise appearances by the likes of Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifinakis (gravy robbers!), Will Forte, etc, they twist the show in some horrifying direction and I’m half traumatized, half entertained.

John C. Reily's idiot doctor character is worth the price of admission.
Rating: 78%