5 Reasons to Subscribe to HULU in April 2017!

With the Resident in office, and a corrupt congress flexing its muscles and bending the FCC to its will to make the internet the play toy of the venal, definitely the free and open internet that made streaming a possibility, and newcomers like Netflix and Hulu game-changers, is under threat.

So now more than ever, become a paying member of EFF and help them fight for you and all of us. You’ll find the link to the right there.

Okay enough with the PSA (Public Service Announcement for those of you born in the 21st century) while we still have unfettered streaming options to Cable TV, let’s discuss what is great about those streaming options this month.

GRIMM- The sixth and final season of GRIMM is available. I just saw the last episode courtesy of HULU, and while not perfect it is a fun wrap up, to what for six seasons has been my favorite TV show.

POWERLESS- Comedy shows are a hard sell for me. I tend to have no interest in the typical sitcom format, but when I find one that works for me I stick with it. POWERLESS joins that brief list of shows. Alan Tudyk is comedy gold here, and all the cast and premise I find likewise chuckle inducing. very much in the vein of the equally enjoyable BETTER OFF TED.

TAKEN- much to my surprise, considering how much I dislike the movies, I find the TV show quite good.

PREACHER COMPLETE SEASON 1 – The comic book is brilliant, looking forward to see if the TV show can live up to it

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Season IV finally drops

News You Can Actually Use!

Amazon and Walmart Are In An All-Out Price War That Is Terrifying Big Brands

This is only news in the fact that the low price competition by these local retailer killers, is about to get even lower. So great for smart shoppers, especially those who want to shop from the convenience of their homes. Walmart has recently ramped up their ecommerce presence, offering low prices and free shipping, to directly compete with the Uber Juggernaut of Amazon.

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EFF: Verizon will install spyware on all its Android phones

Verizon is one of those brands like McDonalds or Kentucky Fried Chicken or Shell Gas or Starbucks that I stopped doing business with over a decade ago and have never looked back.

Losers of the 2016-2017 TV Season : IRON FIST

IRON FIST – Show Runner Scott Buck helms the first major Marvel/Netflix Failure. Poor Casting, uncharismatic leads, watching paint dry boring scripts, inept and slow fight choreography (all these Martial Artists/actors out here and you can’t get them for these roles?) and a staggering misunderstanding of what people want from a Martial Arts themed show (ie action and people who can do Martial Arts).

How do you not find roles, even cameo roles,  for Michael Jai White, Scott Adkins, Wesley Snipes, Gary Daniels, Donnie Yen, Yanin Jeeja (Colleen Wing anyone?), Simon Rhee, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jeff Speakman, Angela Mao (another great choice for Colleen Wing), and Lewis Tan (who was cast as a villain would have been better cast as the titular hero).

I like Finn Jones manner, I think he is likeable and watchable, but what he is not… is believable as a martial arts fighter, specifically the best fighter of all Asia. He doesn’t have the build for it, or obviously the skill for it.  The story could have been written in such a way to play down the more patronizing aspects of having a White character in such a role, or better yet hire an actor (ala the late, much missed Brandon Lee) who being half asian and half white, and a real life Martial Artist, can bring a more believable Danny Rand to life on the screen.

It is clear Scott Buck was the wrong show runner for IRON FIST, should it get a second season they really need to get someone who is about the action, the martial arts, and retooling the character of IRON FIST so that like the previous shows, it appeals to the audience for such genre fiction, rather than insulting and alienating that audience.

 

THE DEFENDERS has unfortunately already wrapped, and the Showrunners for it Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez… I found underwhelming on DAREDEVIL Season 2, so I can see calls coming for reshoots prior to its fall release, to help it avoid the Failings of Iron Fist.

Best TV shows by decade! 1950s to 2017!

Best TV shows by decade!

1950s
DRAGNET
GUNSMOKE
HONEYMOONERS
I LOVE LUCY
THE LONE RANGER
RAWHIDE
RIFLEMAN

1960s
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

RIFLEMAN
STAR TREK
TWILIGHT ZONE
GUNSMOKE
HAVE GUN WILL TRAVEL
OUTER LIMITS
THE FUGITIVE (the template for decades of shows to follow, from THE HULK to WEREWOLF)
RIFLEMAN

1970S
SANFORD AND SON
GOOD TIMES
HAPPY DAYS
MASH
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
MORK AND MINDY
UFO
SPACE 1999

 

1980s

THE COSBY SHOW
SPENSER FOR HIRE
HILL STREET BLUES
MIAMI VICE
QUANTUM LEAP
THREE’S COMPANY
STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION
WEREWOLF (Starred the great Chuck Connors, this short lived series was great!)
ROBIN OF SHERWOOD (Best interpretation of Robin Hood ever!)

 

1990s
ER
FAMILY MATTERS
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR
THE SIMPSONS
MARRIED WITH CHILDREN
MARTIN
SEINFELD
WINGS
STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE
BABYLON 5
X-FILES
HOMICIDE
NYPD BLUE
BUFFY

 

2000s

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM
SPOOKS
BREAKING BAD
HUSTLE
TOP GEAR
TORCHWOOD
DOCTOR WHO (The Dave Tennant Years)
THE WIRE
FIREFLY
THE VENTURE BROTHERS
JUSTICE LEAGUE

2010s (There was a while in the 2000s where after the writer’s strike everyone was signaling the death nell of scripted television, as channels ramped up their reality tv programming. Thankfully the 2010s sees scripted television not only alive and well, but thriving on an unprecedented level. The rise of streaming TV has created an unprecedented production of shows to fill the VOD demand. 

With Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu becoming world class producers of content, the 2010s sees not only the quantity of Television options at the highest it has ever been in the history of the world (with exoosure to the best TV shows of other nations), but the quality of the programming exponentially better. 2010s is a golden age of TV.

 

 

 

HEMLOCK GROVE
BATES MOTEL
PENNY DREADFUL
ROME
SPARTACUS
BLACK MIRROR
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
HOUSE OF CARDS
DAREDEVIL
RIPPER STREET
LUKE CAGE
JESSICA JONES
SUPERNATURAL
GREEN ARROW
IZOMBIE
ELEMENTARY
THE FLASH
THE GOOD WIFE
LONGMEYER
WALLANDER
THE AMERICANS
LEGION
LUTHER
BADLANDS
ALPHAS
COSMOS
BEING HUMAN BBC 1ST 3 SEASONS ONLY
TEEN WOLF
BLACKLIST
STRANGER THINGS
TOPGEAR BBC ONLY
NARCOS
THE 100
MARCO POLO
GLITCH
SHERLOCK
RECTIFY
HAWAII FIVE-O
LEVERAGE
THE CLONE WARS
ZOO
HELL ON WHEELS
AGENTS OF SHIELD
ASCENSION
CRIMINAL MINDS
TRANSPORTER
BURN NOTICE
HATFIELDS & MCCOYS
BROADCHIRCH
HELIX
INSPECTOR POIROT
JACK TAYLOR
HINTERLAND
THE MAGICIANS
LIFE
YOUNG JUSTICE
DOLLHOUSE
BEING MARY JANE
PERSON OF INTEREST
FRONTIER
THE MESSENGERS
ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS
DARK MATTER
MARSEILLE
THE CLEVELAND SHOW
BOONDOCKS

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES -Nickelodeon

Movie of the Day : THE HUNTED (2013) DVD Review!

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THE HUNTED(2013)There have been numerous movies with the title THE HUNTED, this one from 2013 is the best. 

I am QUITE impressed by this film. Star, writer, director and producer Josh Stewart crafts methodically and surprisingly, from earnest, everyday beginnings… moments of horror profound. Taking a primal sound meant to denote a response to horror, and making it in and of itself a vehicle of horror.

The editing (william yeh) and Sound Design (WALTER WERZOWA) in this film is brilliant, horror like comedy is timing, and this film is timed perfectly to… grip you, in moments not unlike, terror. The DVD featurette is a must watch when you finish the film, as is the fun director’s commentary. Go into the film, knowing as little as possible, and it will reward you.

An impressive debut film from Josh Stewart. Everyone wants to make a horror film but not everyone should or is capable of it. Stewart shows out the gate a deft hand and an assured eye, marrying perfectly the moments that seemed earnest and true, and the moments that chill. Looking forward to his follow-up films.

He joins a small but growing list of impressive filmmakers OF the disturbing to be on the lookout for.

JAMES WAN (INSIDIOUS, THE CONJURING)
LEIGH WHANNEL (INSIDIOUS 3) – A definite improvement over Insidious 2. Hair-raisingly talented.
DAVID F. SANDBERG (LIGHTS OUT)
NICHOLAS McCARTHY (PACT, AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, HOLIDAYS)
DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL (IT FOLLOWS)
TI WEST (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL)
OREN PELI (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY FRANCHISE)
TOMAS ALFREDSON/MATT REEVES (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN/LET ME IN)
JAUME BALAGUERO (REC)
NEIL MARSHALL (THE DESCENT)
BONG JOON-HO (THE HOST)
JONATHAN GLAZER (UNDER THE SKIN)
GUILLERMO DEL TORO (PAN’S LABYRINTH)
(PONTYPOOL)
(THE WOMAN IN BLACK)
J.T. PETTY (THE BURROWERS)
PAVEL KHVALEEV (III, THE RANDOM, INVOLUTION)
BONE TOMAHAWK
SAUNA
CHRISTOPHE GANS (THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, SILENT HILL)

A Fortress Features production.

 

Hunted [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bernie Wrightson – The Legend

It was only in doing the link for my last post on Frankestein and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, that I stumbled across the news that Bernie Wrightson had died.

“You writers live too much out of the world.”

—James Mason reading THE THIRD MAN

I grew up with the work of Bernie Wrightson, and no one seeing his art, particularly his stunning linework for Frankenstein could deny that he was one of the world’s greatest living artists. The fact that that moniker must now be changed to ‘greatest artist’ is apt but painful.

To his family and friends, and to his admirer’s and fans like myself, my heartfelt sympathies goes out.

We mourn the dead not for themselves, selfish humans that we are, but for us. We are suddenly made more alone by their absence, even strangers who we only new by marks on a page, can leave a whole in us, equal to the joy those images gave us.

In terms of Bernie Wrightson it is sizeable.

But we have the images.

Like unreal master draftsman before him, such as Gustave Dore and Virgil Finlay who have passed into the long night, the mystery that waits for us all, he joins the pantheon of Legends. Those three for me are the trinity of Linework/iIlustrative gods.

There is unfortunately an absence of new artists coming up with the mind blowing pen and ink skills of Wrightson, and more than that… his work ethic, and patience, and attention to detail, which is a shame. I wonder when we’ll see another artist of his skillset and mindset, who will produce work of the scope of Wrightson’s FRANKENSTEIN.

Wrightson is of that earlier age that produced contemporaries and proteges such as Kaluta and Sienkiewicz and Bissette and Totleben,  And his inspiration lives on in them and in us.

 

Rest in Peace

Bernie Wrightson 1948 -2017

 

 

OF FRANKENSTEINS and HYDES : The cautionary fiction of Mary Shelley and Robert Louis Stevens!

 

DR.JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE

Chapter 1

Story of the Door

Mr. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was
never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in
discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and
yet somehow lovable.  At friendly meetings, and when the wine was
to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye;
something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but
which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner
face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life.

The Robert Louis Stevenson Novel/Novellette from 1886 DR. JEKYLL AND MR.HYDE along with Mary Shelley’S FRANKENSTEIN: THE MODERN PROMETHEUS (almost 70 years earlier in 1818) were both pivotal cautionary tales  that foresaw in the new Marvels of Science, the new quickly expanding horizons of Electricity and Chemistry, changes of a a seismic and (if not morally guided) dangerous potential.

Dangerous not just in bodily harm, or even death, but dangerous to the very quality of what it means to be human, to the very nature of humanity.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley tantalized with this fantastic concept of man playing at God and creating life, but that life created by a flawed and fickle and neglectful and abusive God becomes a rebuke onto its creator, and possibly a supplanter of all mankind.

Stevenson tantalized with this fantastic concept, that behind our masks of civility, and mores and morality, there is even in the best of us, some darker divide, and he posited the ability of science freeing the one from the other. And long before that idea would become common place, StevenSON was one of the first, to speak of the possible calamity, of cures to our perceived ills, that give birth to much greater ills.

He foresaw in Hyde the rise of the Sociopath society. Of a whole nation of Hydes, glutted on self interest, trampling children in their wake.

and shelley foresaw even more.

Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN turns 200 next year, and I always find her story, the story of frankenstein’s genesis amazing.

MARY WAS on a getaway with her soon to be husband, their child, and their friends, AND conceived what would become frankenstein pretty much on a whim, when they were all prompted by lord byron on a stormy, spooky night to see which of them could write the best ghost story. MARY SHELLEY’S STORY , even amongst that august assembly of creators, was considered the most brilliant.

she was only 18 years old. A PROTO FEMINIST and intellectual and renaissance woman.

and had lived in those 18 years more than most live today in an entire life time. in a world devoid of tv or facebook, people themselves, their ability to create, to learn, to excel… people had to be the marvels in their own lives.

These century old novels have stood the test of time because.. beyond being well written, by extraordinary people, they are prophetic and cautionary screeds against the overreaching hubris of man, specifically scientists. cautionary tales, the lesson of which can be summed up thus… because we can do a thing, does not mean we should do that thing.

A great lesson, that Scientists in an age of cloning and gene tampering and manufactured diseases and machines killing men… seem woefully slow at learning. And this abject inability of those makers of fact to learn the lessons of fiction,will keep Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN and Stevens’ DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE always horribly relevant, and scarily prescient… as new scientific threats to life and limb arise.

 

So with that said, these too works are two of the most adapted in the English language. And I have seen just about all the English language adaptations of note.

In part 2 of this post I will bring you the most recommended adaptations in various formats. From Audio to video to Books!

That should be up Friday Night. Come back for that!

And for right now support this blog and support yourself by buying one of the best book Adaptations of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN ever put to print…the Dark Horse Bernie Wrightson Illustrated, impeccably designed hardcover version.

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Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein