Janu-Fahey Month 2.0: Psycho III

January 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

Note: Due to my previous post where I talked about David Bowie and me being one of his longtime fans, I mentioned that this review was gonna be released on that weekend. I didn’t due to me still mourning the loss of David Bowie (along with Alan Rickman and Glenn Frey). In other words, January 2016 is really a depressing month. Sorry for the lateness and I will continue the theme month(s) even with a bit of delayed timing and trying to keep up in my positive mood.

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I know Psycho, you know Psycho, a bunch of people who hasn’t seen the movie even know Psycho, it’s a movie based upon a novel that caused controversy at the time of its release and became one of Alfred Hitchcock’s notable masterpieces. It’s also a movie that took a long time to get its own sequel and established itself to be a franchise that honestly shouldn’t be. And after four movies (and a failed pilot), you all thought this is done but then Gus Van Sant decide to ruin it by having Vince Vaughn taking on an iconic role that Anthony Perkins was born to play (and also, the less said about the Bates Motel television series, the better).

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And Psycho III is a pinpoint to the franchise since it kinda signals the beginning of the end for Anthony Perkin’s career given that not only is it his directorial debut, but he has contacted HIV during the time of making and starring the movie. I like Anthony and outside of Psycho, he’s good in The Trial and Crimes of Passion and I am sad that he didn’t live longer than 60 years since he died on pneumonia. He honestly is one of the great actors of that time and will be missed. Moving on from it and you guys might be wondering why I’m talking more about Perkins than Jeff Fahey since he’s also in this movie as a supporting character, well I don’t know why but if anything, I do want to talk about somebody else who’s good at acting than Jeff in this month for once.

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With Emma Spool being missing for a month due to the events of Psycho II, Norman’s former boss Ralph (Robert Alan Browne) is concerned about it along with law officers and a travelling journalist Tracy (Roberta Maxwell). Meanwhile, we meet with Maureen (Diana Scarwid) who is questioning her religion after she left the chapel following her causing an accident that killed a nun and while doing that, she gets hitchhiked by struggling musician Duane Duke (Jeff Fahey). As they are driving through the night, Duane tries to make his way to her but with Maureen not ready to get laid, he kicked her out and drives to Bates Motel.

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Duane not only wants a place to stay but offers him as a job for assistant motel manager. With Norman relunctedly agrees, he goes to the diner where he used to work and tries to get interviewed by Tracy Venable (Roberta Maxwell) who thinks Norman is still the killer. And as Maureen enters, he begins to have flashbacks involving his first victim, Marion mainly due to Maureen resembling her so he leaves the diner. It doesn’t help that Maureen also became a tenant to the motel after he saw Duane again and is trying to help out.

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As for Duane, he spots Tracy in the bar and tries to pick her up but failed. And as Tracy noticed a matchbox belonging the hotel, she talks to Duane about Norman and he is quickly a believer-of-sorts. Back at the hotel, Norman is about to kill Maureen in an event similar to the first movie but as he discovers Maureen is sliting herself in the bathtub, he calls the ambulance instead and saves her for the time being. Following the bar interview, Duane noticed a girl and picked her up and we get Duane doing his uh, lamp thingy before he shagged her!

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After sex, he kicked her out and she calls up but Norman arrived back to kill her. She is kinda forgotten after as we now have tourists in the area celebrating by watching a football game. Both Norman and Maureen attempt to have a relationship but ended up falling asleep before Norman kills one of the tourists and hides her in the ice chest. The second victim’s disappearance begins to draw a bit of concern for everyone with Maureen leaving after Tracy explains Norman’s past.

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This leads Duane to discover Norman’s mother’s corpse and take the corpse to a room which leads to a strange but interesting fight between the two which ended with Duane thought dead by Norman. With that, Norman decide to drive Duane’s car with both Duane and the victim in there. Duane awoke and tries to stop Norman but as the car is in the swamp lake, Duane finally met his end. Maureen decides to travel back to the hotel and reconnect with Norman but as he heard his “mother”, she slips and died by falling down the stairs and having a nail hit the back of her head.

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It now leaves Tracy as the last person to stop Norman and tries to convince her that Emma Spool was Norman’s aunt and not his mother which was explained in the previous movie. Norman is about to kill Tracy but instead he kept stabbing his mother’s corpse instead and turns himself to the authorities ending the movie with him in the car holding the corpse’s arm with him thinking he’s free from the madness. Honestly, this movie is okay but then again, the other two sequels are good as well.

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It is Anthony’s own take on the franchise that made him famous and has a couple of nods to the original. He plays Norman as good as always and obviously Jeff is fine in this because his character is such a womanizing dick who wishes to be rock star. Both Diana and Roberta are fine as well and I don’t know, the movie is just good since it involves a serial killer who is somewhat sympathetic and has a form of schizophrenia that you hardly see nowadays in horror movies (unless it’s High Tension or something). It is a shame that a remake and that television series reboot paint him as a more sadistic killer instead, uh damn Hollywood but overall, worth checking out.

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RIP David Bowie

January 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

I hate writing eulogies and hate being in mourning to people I’m a fan of. And this is one of those because I’m like a major fan of this guy. When it comes me writing one of Leslie Neilsen years ago, I can’t deny that he has made some bad apples. And when I wrote Death to Smoochy review which kinda counts as one for Robin Williams, yeah he has Old Dogs and Flubber in his belt but he’s still a memorable comedian. Anything and everything by David Bowie to my knowledge is not filled with bad moments (not even Dancing In The Streets, Tin Machine, The Laughing Gnome and Never Let Me Down).

Now I could be wrong since let’s say that I have yet to see Bandslam and Arthur and the Invisibles but I have actually listen to every album he has ever released from his self-titled album that he wishes to ignore to well, the recent Blackstar album. I have seen him acting like The Man Who Fell To Earth (which I have two DVD copies of) and August (which is kinda forgettable but do remember his appearance in it). I even brought a bootleg copy of his fabled “Leon” suite outtakes that prior to me buying it was once hard-to-find in the internet circuits. Uh, dammit, I could go on and on about this… but I do have to keep this article as simple and perfect because David is indeed one for me and us all. He may not be god but he is now meeting one and we all sad to see him go.

In my knowledgeable history, the first time I came to know him is either of those two things – Labyrinth or China Girl music video. I’m sure it might be Let’s Dance instead but my childhood is rough memory circuit. Since then, I’ve seen his music videos, acting, interviews and anything else. When he dropped Where Are We Now? back in 2013, I was surprised that he is back and thinking 2013 is one of the good years and my thought was right. And when it comes to Blackstar, I am joyful that he’s gonna release another album soon and by the time it came (and I’m not talking the rough mono vinyl rip that leaked weeks prior), I liked the album from start to finish and that is saying something since the last album I liked from up to down was uh, Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories.

And last week, Lazarus video dropped and my happiness was there because the album is about to come out. It lead me to post my “best of 2016” where I state that Blackstar is the first good album of this year and it lead me to think 2016 is the year of Bowie. Why not? 2013 was one, 1995 was one and even 1987 was one despite what people said about Never Let Me Down which by the way, I like the self-titled song (well, the single remix of it). Then came yesterday when 2016 is not only the year of Bowie… but it became the final year of Bowie and I didn’t see it coming along with everybody else in the whole world.

I do have to repeat that I hate writing eulogies and hate being in mourning and I’m probably gonna jinx it but 2016 might not be a good year for me. I might be entirely wrong but it already is not into a good start. I also gonna confess honestly but I myself came out as bisexual back around August of last year and before that, I thought I was straight but have constant bi-curious urges that I try to avoid but the thing about it is that to me, life is something we all have to face even in fears, regrets and deaths and it’s what makes us human. So what I did had happened and don’t want to be some closeted case plus I honestly didn’t regret it and don’t see it as a phase so I like who I am and I am still the same person. Now the question to that is did David not only inspire me in terms of music, movies and writing but also in sexuality? Partly yeah.

There is other inspirations but I won’t get too much to it and my eulogy to him is already becoming my coming out note so let’s back to him before I watch Labyrinth. David Bowie was once David Robert Jones but throughout his career, he came to be known as Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack, The Thin White Duke, Plastic Soul, Thomas Jerome Newton, Jareth The Goblin King, Nathan Adler, Phillip Jeffries, Nikola Tesla, Lord Royal Highness and in recent times, he is known as Blackstar and not a Gangster. He was and still is a talented singer, awesome actor, memorable songwriter, friend to other celebrities, husband to Iman (and former to Angela Bowie) and father to few children including famed director who was once Zowie Bowie. He is an icon that is never forgotten and this is my own eulogy.

Before I go, this is nothing to do with this article but there might be a small, tiny break for my themed Janu-Fahey Month(s). There is one coming out this weekend of course but after it is a little pushed back so I need a little time to get past through the mourning and all.

Rest In Peace, David Bowie. Thanks for being part of our lives.

Janu-Fahey Month 2.0: Sketch Artist

January 10, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Yes, it’s that time again where I delve into the collected acting works of Jeff Fahey and see how awesome is he in one movie and maybe how paycheck-wasted he is in another (assuming that part exists). And to one-up this event, I am making it two months worth of movies mainly because there is plenty of movies he has appeared in and I have an unnatural addiction of seeing them all. And the first movie to start off with is the early 90s made-for-TV thriller Sketch Artist which includes Drew Barrymore, Sean Young, Frank McRae and James Tolkan so hey, a movie with Jeff Fahey and Principal Strickland. I have been waiting to see the team-up since… well, about now apparently since I preferred a team-up with Hellboy and John Constantine.

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As usual, it’s time to look at the director of this which is Phedon Papamichael and he is already well-known in the Hollywood scene since he works as a cinematographer with the likes of Alexander Payne, Judd Apatow and Jon Turteltaub. Heck, he’s nominated for one on Nebraska and I liked that movie. Before I get to this movie straight away, I should point out that this is the only Jeff Fahey starrer to have a sequel where he reprised his role so hey, if this movie is good or bad, who knows if the sequel will be a step up or down… that, and I need to look into Cyborg Cop II and Cyborg Cop III.

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Jeff plays Jack Whitfield, a police sketch artist who is facing his home problems with his wife Rayanne (Sean Young). However, a murder happens at night which has the killer being witnessed a following morning with messenger girl Daisy (Drew Barrymore) that made her a witness. She meets up with Jack in the station and describes the suspect which makes Jack find one person that fits the description and his wife is a perfect fit to it. He follows her to ask what the suspect is wearing and then he called her at night to meet in her place but nobody answered. Daisy is then found dead in a crime scene and Jack is now targeted as a prime suspect.

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Not running away from this, Jack decides to investigate further by talking to another suspect Claire (Stacy Haiduk) which helps a little but following the visit, he decides to “borrow” a car and pretends to be a police officer to another suspect. This leads to him having some sort of stakeout in the home of Paul Korbel (TchĂ©ky Karyo) and when he left, Jack continues breaking the crime by taking pics of him having sex with a hooker and breaking into his house when he left. Funnily enough, he called Paul on Paul’s phone and wants to meet. Later on, he meets with Paul before Rayanne appears and turns out to be Paul’s lover. But Jack throws photos of Paul shagging a hooker which leads to Rayanne shooting Paul before he convinces her to turn herself in and the movie ends with him returning the car he “borrowed”.

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This is an okay start for this theme month(s) and the movie is fine but I don’t see why it got a sequel since with the exception of a couple of sex scenes, this is just a one-time viewing and you watch something better afterwards. Jeff obviously is good but the other actors are good here and there, James have a minor role and Frank played a good best friend while Sean plays a stereotypical wife with a secret. The storytelling drags a bit and the music score is early 90s instrumental guitar rock genius. It is just your typical 90s erotic thriller that exists before it peaked with Basic Instinct and The Color of Night. Worth checking out if you into those types of movies and I will see the sequel soon but for now, how about we look at a sequel of a better thriller instead.

Worst Of 2015

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

And it comes to this part of this year’s retrospective. I can’t deny that this year is not great but at the same time, it is better than last year at least so let’s just get on with it because I got a bunch of Fahey movies to watch and review.

Movies

Accidental Love – Now in honesty, I don’t want to go further details on why I don’t like this movie mainly because I wrote a half-finished review for it and that review will have to wait a month or two but suffice to say, it is on the list and I do have my reasons so best to prepare for it. This article has started so easy but oh boy, it is just a start.

Fantastic Four – Okay, I have seen bad comic book movies before this since I’m into comics since I was a kid. Not only do I own DVD copies of Howard The Duck and Batman and Robin but I also own a VHS copy of Generation X and I really shouldn’t since that movie is so bad that I can see how Matt Frewer tries to be second-rate Jim Carrey wannabe in that time period. But those movies have stories, moments and stills to your mind from start to finish. Fantastic Four is really, really, really the worst comic book movie I have literally seen and I say fuck Fox for rebooting it as a depressed, Nolaneseque wannabe piece of shit. You guys manage to kill Josh Trank’s career after that tweet and you have lost your chance to tie this to X-Men movie franchise so uh, just read my review of this because I want to move on from this piece of turd that might possible be the starting point for the current superhero movie implosion.

Sharknado III: Oh Hell No – Yeah, I’m putting this one in here and I recently watched an extended Sharktacular edition of the movie with a couple of new endings. This movie is so far the lesser great sequel in the franchise and I am gonna check out the fourth movie to see if I’m wrong but you know what? Fuck calling it Sequelitis because this movie franchise is suffering from… *sigh* Sharkelitis? Sharknadolitis? Eh whatever, it’s just another dumb monster spoof with more dumb washed-up celebrities getting killed off for no reason so yeah, bring on the fourth movie I guess.

Ted 2 – It’s the second year in a row where I have to put a Seth McFarlane movie in this list and honestly, this movie is not as bad as A Million Ways To Die In The West but it is entirely forgettable. I do however give one funny part in the movie and it’s Patrick Warburton reprising his role from the first movie… while dressing like The Tick and that got me giggled since I have seen him played The Tick once so it may be a dumb fanservice gag but I liked that gag. Other than that, this movie is just whatever.

The Ridiculous Six – This is another movie best saved to talk about as a movie review and I only saw this movie just last week and didn’t like it. It is not as bad as That’s My Boy but it is another crappy western comedy that tries to be the next Blazing Saddles. And oh boy, there’s few insane parts in this movie that I am shocked to see but again, best to save it for another time and you get my point.

Television Series

The Last Man On Earth – Now this one is kinda a controversial part here since there is audience that likes this show and I have seen the whole first season (but not yet the second which I didn’t know it was out until now). This show is just not good to me and I try to like it more but I don’t know why I didn’t. It is just a show about a dumb average joe who thought he is the last male on earth but more people show up and he becomes angry and annoyed about it to the point where he ruined whatever he does and comes his way. Oh yeah, and the title of the show lies to us… at least until maybe the last episode ever if it ever aired in the future so yeah, I didn’t like this show much but it was watchable.

The Neighbors – It is a good thing I have the opportunity to analyse the whole first season of the series and can’t wait for more. However, it is still one of the worst internet-based television shows I ever seen but it is getting to the so-bad-its-good territory so who knows? Maybe I’ll like the show more now when the second season will hit Hulu and I’ll be there to review the fuck out of it. At the start, I thought this show is so bad that The Room fans might not like it but overtime, I thought wrong and it kinda makes me love-hate this show so Tommy, keep doing those insane stories.

Under The Dome – I am glad this one got cancelled since this show is not as bad as the second season but it does follow it a bit. It ditches one love triangle and now throws in two love triangles that go absolutely nowhere, it gives us out-of-character moments and it is all around boring with the civilians becoming controlled slaves to Marg Helgenberger’s character. Again, I am glad this got cancelled but at least I watched nearly the whole of it. I am just waiting my time to see the last couple of episodes which already aired.

Singles

Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor – Marvin Gaye – This song is bad, it really is bad. How could you make a doo-wop love song that includes the words “let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on”? Hey, you two do know that Marvin Gaye got killed by his father after his argument with his parents, right? And have you seen his personal history? It involves abuse, drugs, suicide attempts and I did brought up his death. So really, do you wanna say “let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on” in that sense? Sure, he makes love songs but that line of delivery could mean everything but love or sex.

And the music video is a stuff of WTF which has the two singing the song in a high school formal dance that immediately is about to segue to a Caligula-style orgy. And it’s not just twenty-year olds playing high school students but teachers are joining in the action. The video you did might cause a future formal dance to become a bad news story so expect teacher-student relationship, except footage to be recorded, except unwanted pregnancy. Thanks Charlie and Meghan, you are giving the wrong impression of love to this song. Oh Sex Sells, you are definitely doing it wrong.

Charlotte Devaney featuring Snoop Dogg – Flip It – Hey Snoop, what the fuck happened to you man? You once hit it big with What’s My Name and you once prove you still got cred with Drop It Like It’s Hot but after you decide to briefly change your name to Snoop Lion, you become a joke in rap music big time. And then came you and Jason Derulo with Wiggle which is the point of me to hate how today’s music is becoming. It doesn’t even help that Charlotte Devaney is bad to the point where she looks like Katy Perry’s long-lost aunt trying to cash in her niece’s success like Billy Ray did with Miley’s stuff. Uh, I hate this song.

Galantis – Peanut Butter Jelly – This song would have been okay if it didn’t make me think of a dumb Family Guy joke, if it didn’t include unnecessary horn beats and if it didn’t have a comical music video that is similar to Turn Down For What but it has those and I am not a fan of this. I don’t mind Runaway though but this one… uh, I hate songs with those already-dated horn beats and this one is a high mark so far for it so this song is ruined.

Honey Boo Boo – Movin’ Up – This song is so bad that after five to ten seconds, I stopped playing and preferred something else so long story short, this is definitely the worst song of this year and I only heard the start of it. Just… let’s just ignore this and move on to the next one.

Jack U featuring Justin Bieber – Where Are U Now? – Skrillex and Justin Bieber, together at last. Now I’m not a fan of either of those two. I hated Justin ever since he got famous and Skrillex is similar but he does have a tad bit unique kind of dubstep (or brostep which is his baby). This song however is meh but there is one part of the song that annoying and it’s not Bieber, it’s one of those instrumental loops that made me go “uh, seriously, why not throw in those horns while you’re at it?”. I don’t have anything to say about Diplo since I hardly listen to his stuff before this so can’t state my opinion on this. But beyond that, it’s a generic chart-topping hit that I can tolerate at least.

Silento – Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) – Okay, confession, I dislike songs that’s only about a dancing fad from Achy Breaky Heart, Macarena and The Ketchup Song and this is a very bad one since it involves two dancing fads mixed into one. I mean, I can dance to songs that are set to dance but songs that are set to dance the Harlan Shake in a forceful way. I would want to talk more about this but in short, screw this song and screw this Silento fella because he should say Silent…O! I’m probably the 100th person using that pun joke and it gets even worse when it was used as Fuller House promo which is easily the worst thing ever to come out of 2015 that isn’t Martin Shkreli.

Albums

Daniel Johns – Talk – This is quite possibly the only worst album I listed this year and let me tell you this, I listened to few I thought was bad but is not really. The new Coldplay album is not good but listenable, the Jack U album is meh but so are anything else by Skrillex so he’s out of the list and I thought Drones by Muse was gonna be bad but it’s more lesser-favorite and there are good songs in there. Daniel Johns’ album on the other hand, let me tell you brief about me being a fan of Silverchair since the beginning.

Now I’m not a huge fan per se but I like how the band goes from post-grunge to alternative rock. I can even deal with Daniel teaming up with Paul Mac on The Dissociatives. But this album is him trying to get down with the crowd who listens to PR&B music like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean and in the kind of way where your father throws in outdated slangs. This album is an embarrassment of his body of work and I felt nothing while listening to the album. There’s this TV Tropes second called Dork Age and this album should be on that section. Daniel, if you wanna transcend to other genres, go ahead but do know that there are divided qualities and yeah, I don’t like your album so you’re no David Bowie on this part.

Comics

Convergence – I miss good old DC universe/multiverse stories before the whole New 52/DC You happened and this mini-series and tie-ins tried to help me like it but, it’s a very, very colossal mess and definitely rushed. On the bright side, it did give few spin-offs like Superman: Lois and Clark but there is also Telos who’s not a very interesting character and this mini-series is like a last straw for my readings on Earth-2 after the terribleness that is Earth-2: World’s End. And there’s the whole thing that it’s competing with Marvel on Secret Wars and we all may never knew who started the whole multiversal crisis event first for this year but despite Secret Wars‘ shipping issues, it at least was trying to be competent while Convergence failed to do. And this is a sad way to say this but as a longtime DC fan, I don’t think there’s any comics I want to check out from them except for non-continuity ones so Dan Didio, please quit and take Bob Harras and Scott Lobdell with you because DC Comics ain’t what it used to be anymore.

Star Wars: Shattered Empire – I was a bit hyped about this series since it shows us a link between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and the fact that Greg Rucka is writing it. So far, it did show a bit of the aftermath of the second Death Star’s destruction but that’s the issue, it shows a BIT of it. Instead, it focused on characters who is not major in these two movies and have main protagonists like Luke and Han shoved as supporting cameos. This series is not worth checking out unless you’re a Greg Rucka or Star Wars completists and it is kind of lie that it shows what really happened between these two movies when what really happened is a little background event. But hey, it’s just one of the Journey to Star Wars line that consisted of other stories that sets between those two movies.

Alright, I don’t know if I miss anything but whatever, these are the stuff I hate or don’t like and if you like it, that’s your choice but I still with what I say. Alright, let’s just move on to something before I complain more about Fantastic Four or something.

Best Of 2015

January 3, 2016 § Leave a comment

2015 has already come and go and we are saddened that we don’t have hoverboards and Jaws 19 but several people now has a bottle of Pepsi Perfect (which I’m not part of the collective sadly enough). It is also the year that gave us good shows that premiered on internet streaming services, music that unexpectedly appears and even movies that surprised us. Think about it, The Martian is Ridley Scott’s first good movie since Black Hawk Down and I haven’t even seen it yet. And while I have thoughts about it and didn’t jump to conclusions like saying All About The Bass was a good song last year, I hope my opinions is definitive this time so let’s see what is my good choices for this year.

Movies

99 Homes – If you take the template that is Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and set it in the backdrops of real estate business, this is basically that movie. Michael Shannon delivers his overall performance in this movie and it might be his best since… uh, Man of Steel? Okay, I go with My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? and Andrew Garfield didn’t do too bad either. But what took me a bit of surprise is that Clancy Brown have a small role that I didn’t know he’s in until he appeared. His role is not as high marked and memorable as Highlander and his voiceover works in Superman and Spongebob Squarepants but damn, I didn’t know he was in it until I saw it. Other than that, it’s worth checking out and do take shots every time each character used cigars (and e-cigs as well).

Chappie – Yeah, I’m probably in the crowd that likes this movie and don’t get why this one failed. Maybe it’s because the story is similar to Short Circuit which I also liked and can see the resemblance, maybe it’s a vanity project for Die Antwoord even though they hardly appear in posters and adverts or maybe it’s because the trailers lied to us about Hugh Jackman being a hero, I don’t know. But dammit, this is one of Neill Blomkamp’s best work in my opinion and Sharlto Copley worked well as the robot who is becoming self-aware. The other cast does well including Ninja and Dev Patel and Hugh played a very stereotypical Australian well and I’m myself an Aussie but not in a “g’day mate/shrimp in the barbie” kind of attitude. I do also like to say that this is the first movie I saw in cinema where I am literally the only person in the theater seeing it. Again, I don’t get why this failed but hey, alone in the theater is something.

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Now the comic book I read is pretty meh in terms of Mark Millar’s works but this movie tooked it up a notch and why not, Matthew Vaughn delivers what he delivered. This is the kind of spy movie turned up to 11 and with such things I don’t wish to spoil here but let’s just say there’s a bit of sex and violence involved and with Colin Firth delivered a better pub fighting scene than that movie I reviewed last movie but nothing can top the church sequence set to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Also, how Mark Hamill agreed to be in this despite himself (not his character, himself) getting killed in comics is a good question but he’s a notable comic geek so I’m glad he accepted.

Kung Fury – This one has been worth awaited since the Kickstarter campaign started and oh, was it worth the wait? This one is a short but sweet tribute to everything about 80s with Dinosaurs, Norse Gods and Kung-Fu Fighting Hitler to boot. David Sandberg have archieve it with his starring role and I do wish more from his in the near future. Oh, and David Hasselhoff made what is possibly his best song since Looking For Freedom (and yes, I did write that so moving on).

Mad Max: Fury Road – John Moore, Jonathan Liebesman and Lens Wiseman, have a sit down and watch this movie and do understand why George Miller knows how to do action movies that you all sometimes failed. This movie may be a long car chase but it is a car chase that you want to stare and the acting, the color schemes, the soundtrack, it clicks from start to finish. I am glad this came out after several years in development hell and am happy that George goes back to the creation that helped his career. It may be an okay experience to watch on the small screen but the big screen is hypnotic and mesmerizing. I hope something doesn’t ruin it whether it’s rip-offs (which two I already reviewed), parodies (I’m looking at you… uh, Craig Moss) and so on. This is a movie that is worth untouched. Heck, this movie should be on every museum.

Maggie – Now I’m familiar with the black list survey which involves the most liked scripts that is unfilmed and know a couple that has made the cut, this is one of them and I expect this to happen in this age of zombie in television and movie screens that is unavoidable. I however did not expect Arnie to star in it until news get out and oh boy, this is the most human character he has ever played. No cheesy one liners, no fight scene, just Arnie playing a concerned father to a daughter who is slowly turning into a zombie and he sold it. Abigail Breslin also did a good job as Maggie and it’s probably one of her best roles I ever seen. I felt how she feels when she is going to the undead spiral and the movie made me feel sad. It’s not your traditional zombie movie and is a drama that hits you big time.

Mr Holmes – As a guy whose only review involving Sherlock Holmes is the Asylum one, I have seen a bunch of other incarnations whether it’s the one in 22nd century, the one starring Billabong Commahatch and Martin Freeman, the Guy Ritchie Bromantic one and the one with Crash Override and that’s about it. That is until I saw this one and it is an interesting mystery drama with Ian McKellen giving his all as everybody’s favorite detective. The story is fun, serious and quirky and the transition from Ian being an old Sherlock to older Sherlock is really good even by makeup standards. I may harp on Bill Condon in the past for Breaking Dawn but he did a good job on this one. I really like this one and it’s worth checking out.

Parallels – This one is an oddity since this is actually a failed TV pilot that I wish would be successful. Being a Sliders fan (duh!), I am more intrigued by this show than its predecessor and being lost in the multiverse by staying in a building that transports to each universe in a matter of hours is really something. Honestly, it’s like watching George R.R. Martin’s Doorways film and they share a bit of similarities. It is a shame that it’s just a film that has an ending but with a bit open-ended feel to it. Who knows if this idea will be revived someday but for now, the movie is all we got and it is kinda better than nothing.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Oh yeah, this is the Star Wars movie we been waiting for since before the prequels happened. What is there to really say about this movie? The story is good, the new characters are cool and the visual and special effects are down to old school instead of some extended pod racing sequence. I honestly do wanna see this movie in the big screen again because well, it’s Star Wars and you know what you say about this movie and the big screen experience.

Terminator Genisys – Haven’t I talk enough about the movie? I already brought it up on Early Thoughts and actual review of this and I saw it again recently and my comment still stands. Anything I can add that hasn’t been added before? No? Well, let’s move on then.

Trainwreck – Shortly after the review I wrote, I’m at the point where this movie somehow grew on me and I don’t really know why. I can’t think of a reason I went from me thinking it’s okay to good now and keep in mind, I’m not much a fan of Amy to boot. Judd’s movies kinda had that effect on me when it comes to The 40-Year Old Virgin and Funny People but not Knocked Up, I didn’t like that one. I do have to say that he got me again on this one so thanks Judd, you made me like a movie that has John Cena throws homoerotic comebacks to Method Man.

Television Shows

Daredevil – You might be wondering why I didn’t list Ant-Man or Avengers: Age of Ultron on the movie section and those movies are fine and all but when it comes to Marvel Cinematic Universe, the shows in Netflix is where it’s at. This one is truly a surprise hit and before I say it knows how to adapt from the comic book, do keep in mind that the 2003 movie kinda did that as well but the show did it better. Charlie Cox proves himself to be the Man Without Fear and Vincent D’Onofrio… fuck, his take as Wilson Fisk is one of the best I ever seen. I can’t wait to see how the second season delivers and hope it’ll be as good as this one.

Hannibal – I am sad that this is cancelled, I’m really am sad but will adjust to something else. Other than that, this show started out slow but ended beautifully and unexpected. Heck, Bryan finally made the Hannibal/Will shippers happy with this ending that is also unpredictable and speaking of which, what happened after that just set the WTF meter high. This is really one of the best messed-up shows I ever watched and I am gonna miss this but hey, there’s news of him bringing Neil Gaiman’s American Gods to screen so hopefully we will get that soon.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones – Speaking of MCU, I love this show to bits and that is saying something since I read several issues of Alias since around the time it was first released (heck, I even referenced it a bit on one Bibleman review). The show however did took a different but similar approach and with Krysten Ritter deliver her role of a lifetime as the title character and David Tennant giving his first memorable role since Doctor Who (I haven’t seen much of Broadchurch in case anybody’s wondering) and uh, you have to see the show for yourself if you haven’t. It is that awesome and do check the comics to see how a different beast feels (also, no Jessica Jones/Kilgrave shipping… it’s weird there are people wanting this to happen).

The Man In The High Castle – I talked a bit of Philip K. Dick before on my Total Recall remake review and I have read this book before when I was in High School but haven’t finished since I went to my Non-Geek phase in high school so yeah, hanging out with friends, having few girlfriends, the works. When the first episode came to Amazon, I watched it and became hooked that I want more of this take on a world where The Axis won the second world war with a couple of interesting characters. Then again, I haven’t finished the show but I will shortly and hope history won’t repeat itself.

Comics

Airboy – Oh James Robinson, he became famous thanks to The Golden Age and Starman and then Justice League: Cry For Justice happened and it’s not much the same (even with executive meddling involved). I do like how he delivered Earth 2 however before he left and the series became lost on me before I gave up. And what happens next is this strange mini-series where he and artist Greg Hinkle team up with golden age superhero in a messed up way possible. You get sex, nudity, course language and well, a bit more sex in this one. It’s not a usual kind of meta fiction but hey, if Frank Miller writes a comic with him and Batman encountering each other, you might get something like this only a bit more dumber, racist and sexist if I may add (and I have read Holy Terror! to know that). If you like meta fiction, do check this one but be warned of a transphobic theme which James himself apologized in his defense.

The Dark Knight III: The Master Race – And speaking of Frank Miller, here’s a mini-series that DC lied when he co-wrote it but really it’s all Brian Azzarello’s writing. This is generally a good sequel and better than previous Millerverse works like The Dark Knight Strikes Again and All-Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder and I did bring up that it’s Brian’s writing so that’s a good reason right there. Gone are the usual Milleresque writings of him portraying woman as sex objects, constant narration about the city and picturing a main character as better than everybody else. Instead, we have consistent storytelling, pretty good artwork (even with Frank and Klaus’ collaborating art which harkens back to their 80s work on Dark Knight Returns and Daredevil) and even good packaging which includes collector’s edition hardcovers. I do hope Frank won’t mess this up when he’s doing the fourth chapter of its saga after this but for now, I do wanna see how this book goes.

Fight Club II – It’s not a better as the predecessor in either novel or film form but it is an entertaining reading and the mini-series is somehow still going. It is a notable sequel that you wish would never happen but are glad that it did and has some usual Chuck Palahniuk’s charm that you expect. It also went a bit over the top in whatever the heck is going on. If there’s a movie adaptation of this, I hope it’s worth adapting but for now I’m along with the ride with Tyler Durden and his narrator (whose name is revealed in the comic, I wish it didn’t really).

Paper Girls – Brian K. Vaughan is kind of mixed bag for me. I liked his work on Y: The Last Man, Runaways and Ex Machina but then there’s his involvement with Under The Dome which I hardly brought up. And this book might be his best work to date. It has the kind of 80s nostalgia feel like The Goonies did and contains a very good stylish and colorful art style that worked well. I am generally surprised about this comic when I was first reading it and am so gonna check out more.

Albums

Faith No More – Sol Invictus – What is it? It’s it and it is a long-awaited return to a group that started out different but when Mike Patton took over as lead, it became epic and I should stop with the song name-dropping. Not since David Bowie’s The Next Day has there been a perfect comeback album and it really has been a long time since their last one. Such songs as Superhero and Motherfucker does provide a fresh welcome to newfound fans of the band and other tracks make you think of classics like The Real Thing and Ashes to Ashes. I do miss the kind of music that we hardly see nowadays thanks to such relevant artists like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran and bands like Faith No More helped make me still remember those days.

Muse – Drones – Okay, honestly. I don’t know if I should place this as the best album but instead think of it as an okay album since well, Drones is kind of “been there, done that” album. It did have good music and all but it’s at this point Matt Bellamy and his band are starting to run out of ideas. When I heard Psycho, I was laughing my ass off since this is possibly Matt trolling us the similar way he did with Survival and even with the chorus being “Your ass belongs to me now”, I might be right or wrong. However, it is just an okay album for the time being and if their next one is like that, I don’t know if I’ll place them in best album or worst album since I wanted something different from them at this point of time.

Tame Impala – Currents – When it comes psychedelic rock, I am in the mixed bag sense. Yes, there is Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix but I’m not a massive fan of this genre. This album however felt less psychedelic rock in the sense and it is just me talking out of my ass for this one. Currents is really interesting to listen and have some notable tracks like Let It Happen is really unique to listen. And to put it more honestly, I was never a fan of the band before this album. I heard their music before and have indifferent feelings about it but Currents did change it up a little bit so you got me there Kevin Parker, you really do.

Singles

David Bowie – Blackstar – It is a surprise that David returned not long ago with The Next Day and I am not the only one so it depends how long before he presents his follow-up and lo and behold came the first taste of what is considered his most experimental album since 1. Outside. And the beauty of this track is that it’s his first single that is near 10 minutes long and without a sense of edit for radio purposes (it did however got edit for iTunes purposes since it was originally 11 minutes long) and just in case, I did recently heard the new album when it got recently leaked and oh, the album is mesmerizing from start to finish so 2016 is surely the year where Bowie is a blackstar and this song came late in the year before at the right time.

FFS – Johnny Delusional – I have been a Franz Ferdinand fan since their breakout with Take Me Out and as for Sparks, I honestly heard little of their music before this so this supergroup idea kinda made me want to listen to their stuff. Back to the single and this one would have been the best song of the year before Blackstar appeared. It’s still a good song and is really a catchy kind of track that I played multiple times and still never get tired of it.

Neil Cicierega – Bustin’ – This one is an odd pick since it’s more of a humorous remix of Ray Parker Jr’s classic Ghostbusters that only got a video and MP3 download but fuck it, this is a funny remix and somewhat better than the original. And Neil has been known for making music in humorous sense thanks to his work as Lemon Demon. In addition, he also turned Lenny Kravitz’s Fly Away into a song where Lenny wants to have sex with a Milky Way and oh boy, this song also lightens my mood but not more than this one.

Damn, I have written some good stuff today and 2015 is really not a bad year, however there is bad stuff I should bring up next so uh, I do have to prepare for my rants.

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