Monday, September 05, 2011

Happy Labor Day!

Three day weekend means a Monday post.

Today is a nice reminder that the U.S. hasn't always been so hostile to the common worker. I'm just glad that Labor Day is old enough that there is little chance of it being rescinded. (Although who knows? As this page shows, the Right has stopped pretending not to be outraged that the poor have the audacity to think they should have a say in their own governance.

Anyway, on to the past weeks books:

  1. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher.

    The latest Dresden Files novel. Where do you go when your protagonist ends the previous book by being shot in the chest and falling into the icy waters of Lake Michigan? Well, the title should give you a hint. Looking forward to the next book next year.
  2. The Warlord: The Saga by Mike Grell, Joe Prado & Chad Hardin. Grell returns to a character he wrote and drew for a good deal of the 70s.
  3. Incognito, vol. 2: Bad Influences by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips.
    Pulp-inspired super-villainy. Can't wait to see where the story goes next.
  4. Rasl: Pocket Book One by Jeff Smith. Smith's latest book is very different from Bone, but is just as good. (Although I will admit I am starting to get a little burned out on stories that use Tesla as a source for whatever science McGuffin they need.)
  5. Dan Dare Omnibus by Garth Ennis & Gary Erskine.

Catch-up time for movies:
  • Cowboys vs. Aliens. Actually saw this back at the beginning of August, but forgot to post about it then. Enjoyed the movie itself fine enough. Unfortunately, our experience was ruined by a jerk who got to the theater after previews had started, sat right next to Teena and spent the entire movie texting.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra. It's really strange to see a kaiju (giant monster like Gamera or Godzilla) speaking in one of these movies.
  • Doctor Who: Enlightenment. Wraps up the story arc of Turlough's introduction.
  • RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer. Old kids' movie with some respectable stop-motion animation effects and a bizarre story.
  • The Heroic Trio Kung Fu super-heroics.
  • RiffTrax: Shorts to Go. One of the latest collections of short films and joke-filled commentaries.
  • RiffTrax: Olde Tyme Shorts Roundup. The other latest collection.
  • Doctor Who: The Seeds of Death. The Second Doctor vs. invading Martians.
  • The Film Crew: The Giant of Marathon. A Steve Reeves movie that isn't about Hercules. Amazingly, he still plays an incredibly strong ancient Greek.
  • Big Trouble in Little China. This movie is so much fun. I love the description of Kurt Russell's character as "A sidekick who thinks he's the lead." It fits perfectly.
  • RiffTrax: Shortstoberfest. Still more short films.

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