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Posted by Sean P Belcher on October 6, 2011
Posted by Sean P Belcher on October 6, 2011
This made the rounds a few years ago, but it would be a crying shame if this unsung classic of 80’s do-it-yo’self rap were forgotten.
Posted by Sean P Belcher on July 6, 2011
Posted by Sean P Belcher on May 13, 2010
Martin Pasko – Writer / Walt Simonson – Artist, 18 pgs
Posted by Sean P Belcher on March 2, 2010
Junkpile is a semi-regular feature wherein I dump all the random stuff that isn’t fit for its own post.
Song of Fire and Ice
I was reminded by this post that HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series is well under way, with the pilot being shot as we speak. This site has a nice breakdown of the casting and I can’t find much to argue with based on the headshots, although I find it interesting that I pictured some of the cast as being relatively older than their portrayals seem to be skewing. I do agree with Tom Spurgeon in the comments section of Collins’ post that casting the kids must have been a real bitch considering how much is asked of them in the series; a lot depends on their characterization and it’s all too easy to imagine the series stumbling into unwatchable territories should one or more of these young actors be unable to handle the weighty dialogue or emotions required to carry their scenes – just think back on how awful Jake Lloyd was in the first Star Wars prequel.
I have some doubts as to how successful this series will be in making Martin’s series more palatable as a television serial. The books have their fair share of tension and drama, and there are some terrific fan-service sequences in the offering (if they go by the “One Season = One Book” formula as reported, the final shot of the first season should raise more than few goose-bumps, as should the closing scene of Season Three). Still, the books aren’t paced in such a way as to make their adaptation to the one hour weekly format obvious or easy to see. There are huge chunks of narrative where people are simply shooting the shit or sitting around thinking about their family lineage or relations to other characters. It’s a tough nut to crack.
That said, I loved the first three books and look forward to seeing how they make the transition to the HBO format. The casting has some absolutely inspired choices (Bean and Dinklage being the stand-outs, and my wife is excited that Jennifer Ehle from the BBC adaptation of Sense and Sensibility is cast as Catelyn Stark) and, as I said, there are some truly great moments of action and high drama in the series. At worst, it will be an interesting failure that won’t make it past two seasons, but I’ll take that over the routine any day.
How the hell they’ll breakdown books four and five chronologically is going to be interesting, considering how Martin’s chosen to split them up.
Morrison’s TV Eye
Grant Morrison and Stephen Fry (best known around my house these days as the narrator of the game LittleBigPlanet) are teaming up for a television series over on Limey Island. ‘Nuff said, really.
As anyone’s who’s been following my Twitter knows, I’ve been burying myself in Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake) novels for the past few months. I’m an easy target for good heist stories, and they don’t get much better than Stark’s Parker series. I’m planning on writing something up about the series once I have it all cracked – I’m nearly finished with the first series Westlake wrote about Parker before he took a twenty year break from the character. This last book, Butcher’s Moon, is so damn good, though, that I’m reluctant to pick up Westlake’s return to the character – I’m afraid it will end up being like watching The Stooges “comeback” a few years ago.
Speaking of comebacks, after a four year hiatus from comics, my pal Joey and I are finally getting together a new project that we’re both pretty excited about. I mention it because I’m seeing a lot of work on-line and in the stores these days that has captured my imagination and peaked my interest. From Marra’s line of 80’s style B-comics to Maruca and Rugg’s Afrodesiac, there have been a lot of just mind-blowing ‘indie’ comics that approach comics with a genre sensibility akin to the low-budget film-making mindsets of the 70’s and the 80’s, which I just love – a sort of “let’s do a sword and sorcery movie, and then we’ll shoot a slasher film the week after that!” kind of gonzo, stop-at-nothing enthusiasm. For most of these folks, it seems that genre isn’t about classification – it’s about identification, if that makes any sense. Which it probably doesn’t.
House of the Devil
I usually don’t pimp movies on here, but I really want to give a shout-out to this dandy gem by director Ti West. A loving recreation of low budget horror films from the 80’s, West’s film manages to capture everything that is both great and awful in those films – albeit with much better cinematography and acting. The pacing is glacial and dialogue heavy for the first three quarters of the film, which makes the sudden and explosive bursts of violence even more grotesque. The ending is suitably rushed, and ends in a predictably ham-fisted coda, but all of that is just keeping with the homage.
I adored it. Having said that, there are a few places where West’s modern sensibilities intrude and House of the Devil loses some of it’s period authenticity – some of the lighting is just too fucking good for a film like this and one shocking death early in the film doesn’t cut where it would have in similar films from the period, but that’s something only someone who has spent waaaayyy too many late nights watching these shitty little films would notice. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste, but for this guy House of the Devil was just a delight.
Until next time…
Posted by Sean P Belcher on February 24, 2010
“Destructor Comes to Croc-Town“, 14 pgs
Posted by Sean P Belcher on February 12, 2010
The fine folks over at Fantagraphics blog, FLOG!, have been serializing the first chapter of King of the Flies, a “suburban horror trilogy” by french comics team Pascal (Mezzo) Mesenburg (artist) and Michel Pirus (writer). This page is from the story “Hellarave” and it looks astonishingly great to these eyes. Check out the first installment here.
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Posted by Sean P Belcher on November 6, 2009
This pull between the truly evil villain and the curiously rigid hero causes a lot of fans frustration, and I can certainly understand it. However, I don’t think the solution to that is more killing, even if it is well-written. I think we should go the other way.
More bank robbers. More drug runners. More art smugglers. More mad scientists with misunderstood but rampaging creations. More nuisance criminals like the early Riddler. More money launderers. More bizarre (and non-sexual) kidnappers.
Less brutality. Less parodic violence. Less sexual assault. Less ‘this time it’s personal’. Less crimes that need to be resolved with a death.
More Batman doing detective work. Less Batman beating up snitches for information. More Wonder Woman dealing with mythological fantasies and modern-day mindsets. Less Wonder Woman snapping necks to save the world.
The comic book world doesn’t need heroes that are darker, it needs villains that are lighter.
– Esther Inglis-Arkell, The 4th Letter
Posted by Sean P Belcher on November 5, 2009