Saturday, June 09, 2007

A Return to Saturday
Don't know if this will last, but I am updating on a Saturday.

  1. You Can't Get There From Here by Jason. (Checked out of the library.)
  2. Marvel 1602: Fantastick Four by Peter David & Pascal Alixe. The writing on this is okay, not David's best, but entertaining enough. The art, however, is terrible.
  3. Claymore, vol. 7: Fit for Battle by Norihiro Yagi. (Library.)
  4. Secret Six: Six Degrees of Devastation by Gail Simone & Brad Walker. I enjoyed this story about super-villains, but it didn't feel quite complete, even though things wrapped up nicely. I wonder if Simone proposed this to DC as an ongoing series, but they only gave her six issues, with perhaps an option for another mini-series if this sold well. (If that's the case, I didn't help matters since I didn't buy the individual issues, just the collection.)
  5. Coyote, vol. 5 by Steve Englehart, Chaz Truog, & Todd McFarlane. This volume wraps up this series of reprints. Nice to have a seminal 80's indie comic collected.
  6. Agents of Atlas by Jeff Parker & Leonard Kirk. Reading this was a blast. Adventure, humor, excitement, and fun. I'd read good things about this series online, and I was going to wait for the paperback, but a local comic shop had a sale on Free Comic Book Day, and the writer was there, so I picked it up. I'm glad I did. Stuff like this is why I read comics.

Well, that didn't take too long. Guess I've got time to update movies too.
  • The Host. This looked like a fantastic monster movie. Unfortunately, there were a large number of jerks in the theater when we watched it, and it's hard to say how much we would have liked it if we hadn't been distracted by loud conversations and laughter at inappropriate places. There are downsides to seeing cheap movies in theaters that serve beer.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I had intended to watch the first four HP movies in anticipation of number five, just like I'm rereading the books. However, I forgot how dull the first movie is, and that put me off the plan. I should just skip the second movie & move on to the third (assuming it ever shows up on cable), since that's when they dumped Chris Columbus as the director.
  • The Island. We went into this expecting a big, loud, dumb sci-fi movie. And that's largely what it is. It's full of plot holes, and Ewan McGregor's character has incredible luck, but we were willing to forgive all that. At least we were until a particular moment towards the end of the movie that is completely unbelievable. At that point, the movie turns from cheesy but entertaining to cliche-ridden garbage. Awful, awful, awful.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Teen-age Strangler. At least some bad movies can be fun.
  • MST3K: Hamlet. Even the greatest drama in English can be made into a bad movie (that can then be made fun of).
  • Brick. I wouldn't have believed that you could do a film noir set in a contemporary high-school, but this movie works. Works quite well. This is excellent.

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