Not quite how I spent the last month personally, but some things I’ve enjoyed on TV, YouTube, and via podcast.
In a previous post I shared a couple of YouTube videos I had enjoyed about Christopher Lee and his iconic role of Dracula in the Hammer Horror movies in the 60s and 70s. ‘Dark Corners Reviews’ produced them and have also reviewed LOTS of really not so classic bad movies. And I mean really bad. Like, REALLY, REALLY bad. Like how the f*** did these movies get made–get past a studio–and get picked up for distribution. Meanwhile… my downloads are pretty much flatlined… Not that I’m bitter. Okay. I’m bitter. Thankfully the presenter of the channel does his best to milk every bit of humour out of his reviews, showing the worst best bits so we don’t have to actually watch the films. ‘Roar’ is just one of them, and it has crazy terrifying production background which needs to be seen to be believed. Check it out, and check it all the videos waiting there for you–I’m hooked.
I don’t like writing about my dislike of things. I try to avoid negative posts, but wow, I have had a slew of disappointing entertainment recently. So, it’s January, everyone is miserable, so f*** it…
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I loved The Force Awakens. Great chemistry among the new characters, respectful inclusion of the old characters, and seemingly a nice new arc no longer constrained by the past as the prequels had been and any of the stories which filled gaps before or within the original trilogy. The we had The Last Jedi, which was just a bad movie–jarring childish flippant humour at the expense of drama and character, Finn and Rose wasted on a dull side-plot, spaceships ignoring their own momentum in space when they ran out of fuel, the set-up of Kylo offering an alternative to the Jedi and the Sith only to seemingly dismiss it all scenes later, the rebel admiral holding back a plan and creating a mutiny–a plan which should be possible to use again and again against any terrifying First Order Armada, and also ending its own new chosen one plot. And this is nothing to do with the accusations of SJW and sexism. I was more than happy for female leads in Star Wars, and I am proud to be a SJW. It was just a bad film IMO.