I heard about this Austrian flick last year when it was called, The Station. Saw the trailer and thought, ‘yup, I’ll need to see this at some point.’ That point has now arrived. In the US it became Blood Glacier for it’s home video release and it’s a commendable cautionary eco-horror tale that homages John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).
(Warning! This Review May Contain Spoilers!)
I don’t particularly like movies about the inner workings of Hollywood. The only one I ever saw was The Player (1992), but what got me to want to review Clark Gregg’s Trust Me was the fact that Clark Gregg and Sam Rockwell were in it. I’m only familiar with Gregg from his Marvel movies appearance; never heard of him until I saw him in Iron Man (2008), and I really didn’t start taking interest in him until he took center stage in that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D series. He then became one of those actors I just like to watch. Sam Rockwell I’ve been a fan of since his Galaxy Quest (1999) role and loved him in Moon (2009), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005), so seeing both of these actors in one movie was something I just couldn’t pass up. Plus I heard it was a comedy.
”I’m here, bitches! And I got favors for everybody” —-Joker
I understand why DC always does animated movies based only on Batman, Superman and the Justice League; plain and simple, they sell, and apparently they learned that when their solo Wonder Woman movie did not sell well, so their only recourse now, if they want to do standalone flicks based on characters outside of Bats, Supes and their iconic league, is to have them in the movie as supporting characters. Their first test of this was with last year’s Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, where Flash was the center, now they’ve done it again with Assault On Arkham, but this time the main characters are the members of the Suicide Squad, and the success rate is even higher, so high I’m going to make a bold statement here and say this is the best DC animated movie ever made and you can take that to bank!
This is certainly a memory movie, but what memories I do have are vague and out of order. Not often do I have that problem with one of these films. The first that comes to mind is remembering when it was on TV this one time. I was in the family room, I had the TV on, but I can’t recall if I was in high school or had already graduated. I remembering thinking, “Scanners?! Maybe, I should tape this.” Then deciding not to because it was airing on TV and it would be severely edited.
The best version I ever saw of Tarzan in any kind of celluloid form was Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984), so far I have not seen a better movie about Edgar Rice Burroughs’ character. The only animated movie I’m aware of tackled this character was Disney’s Tarzan (1999). Now we come to this “animated” version of Tarzan, a CGI motion capture flick, that’s PG, has no talking animals or characters breaking into song and is decidedly more adult, at least when it comes to life and death matters. But that doesn’t make it a good Tarzan movie in my book. It was interesting enough to keep me captivated till the end, but I can’t see myself wanting to watch it more times than I have to.
The late 90s was significant for the nature run amok genre, for I can recall five major movies, and when I say major I mean movies that were made for a wide theatrical release, got a wide theatrical release, and had big name stars in them, that came out between 1997 and 1999. It all started with Anaconda in spring of ’97, then Mimic in August of ’98, Lake Placid and Deep Blue Sea (this could also fall in the science run amok category) in summer (July, I think) of ’99, with Bats rounding it all out in fall of that same year.
When it comes to the Giant Croc/Alligator sub-genre I have three favorites. Until someone comes along to knock it off the top spot Greg Mclean’s Rogue (2007) is about the best one you’ll ever watch. In the #2 spot Lake Placid (1999) is a very good rural variation on the giant gator myth, and, finally, we have the first giant alligator movie I ever saw, the one that literally explores the urban myth of “alligators-living-in-the-sewers,” Lewis Teague’s Alligator (1980).
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Ah, yes, another big time “memory movie” from childhood.
I can’t quite pin down an exact time frame for when I saw it. Let’s see, it hit theaters in 1982, but I distinctly recall seeing it after I saw Of Unknown Origin, that Peter Weller rat flick, which came out in 1983, so I probably saw Deadly Eyes in the mid-80s. Best I can do. I do remember the moment I saw it though; late night on cable, in the living room, everyone asleep in the house but me because I was interested in seeing if this particular rat movie would actually deliver the goods this time.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
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It’s that first line from Robert Frost’s poem, ‘the woods are lovely dark and deep,’ that occasionally pops into my head when I’m penning something about the woods, or at times, at certain moments of introspection, when I’m actually in the woods.
I live in the country and my favorite seasons are spring and summer because I can get out and into the woods. There’s no place better to recharge your batteries or just get away if you’re having a bad day. A nice walk in the woods always hits me right in that special sweet spot. I couldn’t never fathom living in a city.
But it does have a dark side.
The Dog directed by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren follows the infamous John Wojtowicz, self-nicknamed the Dog who was the real life inspiration for the film Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino. To recap the story, John robbed a Brooklyn bank one steamy day in August of 1972 in order to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation. The whole ordeal lasted throughout the day and night, received national attention and arguably cast a grim cloud over the gay rights movement which was in its early development.
A self-professed pervert, male chauvinist pig, and any other term one can think of to further embed him into the pejorative, Wojtowicz recounts his life and early sexual exploits from coercing men and women into sex to being a victim of rape himself, all of it peppered with domestic violence, and he claims no regrets, in fact he revels in his past behavior-both good and mostly just terrible.
In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!!!
No disrespect to Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1998), Batman Beyond (1999-2001), or any of the other DC super hero toons that came before, which are all fine in their own right, but, for me, Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006) is DC’s pinnacle of excellence in their history of TV toons and the last word on anything related to the Justice League, thus making Justice League (2001-2004) their second best super hero team toon. But DC had more successes after that namely in the form of Young Justice: Invasion (2012-2013), which was the second season of Young Justice. I wasn’t a total fan of their first season, the animation was inconsistent, being excellent for a few eps then sub par for another, but when Invasion came along the animation in my opinion stayed consistent and excellent for the entire 20 episode arc and the story was more focused. Now during this time DC decided to create their first CGI hero toon and give Hal Jordan his shot at the big time.
Cue Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011-2013)!