September 20, 2014

[Masters of Carpentry] Monthly Feature #9: Better Late Than Never (1979)

"The first hour is a very different movie than the last half hour. The last half hour just kinda comes out of nowhere, where it's like suddenly they're escaping, and stealing a train, and going cross-country, and breaking through police blockades, and almost colliding with another train, and there's heart attacks and finding the ghost town, and pathos. It's just such a suddenly weird third act."

"Yeah, it becomes Easy Rider, and then the last five minutes just undoes all of that. It's like the end of an A-Team episode, where you're like 'Here we go, again!' "

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[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony, episode 11 "Winter Wrap Up"

"Now, everything about the song said, its still an absolutely magnificent episode. The animation is top notch throughout. The characters are all spot-on, without any of the forced, over-exaggeration that has plagued past episodes of characters getting themselves sorted out. There's wonderful visual gags throughout. The biggest laugh of the series so far has been, 'The nest designer is horrendously behind! We need several hundred, and she's only made one!' cut to Rarity as Twilight's nest completely destroys her."

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September 14, 2014

[Short-Lived Showcase] Captain Power, episode 4 "Pariah"

"Hawk gets to stand in the spotlight this time around, and I think he knocks it out of the park. He's just doing his usual hero thing, when his jetpack is blown out and he finds himself gradually succumbing to the symptoms of the plague. Yet the dude keeps fighting, keeps strategizing, keeps putting the rescue of this child above his own safety. I'll admit that his "Mitch! Mitch" gets a little tired, but the backstory of him having a lost son out there adds additional weight to a guy with an already deep backstory."

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September 13, 2014

[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, episode 10 "Swarm of the Century"

"I like that Pinkie is being show as the solution to needlessly destructive pests after she herself is first established in the episode as a needlessly destructive pest of Mrs. & Mr. Cake, ruining their hard work even as she watches them continue toiling at said hard work while laying in wait to ruin more of it. Yes, she has the Pinkie self-justification of wanting to make sure everything tastes right, but it does feel off that she'd do it in such a harmful way, even as I find it an amusing thematic link to the problem they all soon face."

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September 11, 2014

[Castle Rock Companion] Golden Years, episodes 3-4

"And then we get more Dr. Toddhunter being Toddhunter, and wow, they just keep pushing it. He's fine in the first couple of scenes, playing his crazy more subdued as he studies the only surviving mouse from that fateful day, but then he gets all creepy, shielding the mouse from others as he strokes against the glass, packs up several of its girlfriends with it to smuggle to his home, and then... oh Angie is going to love this scene... he goes to his father's grave, digging up a lunchbox full of broken watches as he goes on and on about his obsession with the limits of the time we each get... then curls up for a nap against his dad's gravestone as he tells his father how much he loves him. Why did we need to go here! Ugh!"

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September 7, 2014

[Short-Lived Showcase] Captain Power, episode 3 "Final Stand"

"When you think about 80s children's television, you typically don't imagine a massive bruiser in post-apocalyptic punk leather smashing a cinder block across the cheek bone of a bronzed and bare-armed Brawny paper towel man of an Austrian bodybuilder, but that's exactly what we get this time around."

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September 6, 2014

[Midnight Movie Exchange] Episode 8: Disorderlies (1987)

"It is what it is. It was a cheap vehicle to just kinda sell the Fat Boys, basically by ripping off Three Stooges movies, and it's not good. It gave me a few chuckles in a few scenes here and there, but it kinda falls flat. And yet, it's largely harmless. It's not like a horrible 'oh dear god why' trainwreck of a movie, it's just this kinda bland thing that came, went, you can see why it was there, why they were trying to sell these guys. And, to be fair, it does actually sell the Fat Boys for what they were. That was pretty much their schtick."

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[Deconstruction is Magic] My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, episode 9 "Bridle Gossip"

"Remember how I was complaining about past episodes where, in order to learn a lesson, a key pony had certain traits cranked up to such an exaggerated degree that it felt like an artifice there just to tell a false, forced story? Here, we don't get that from one pony, we get it from FIVE PONIES, as they’re all character assassinated into cowering xenophobes huddling in the shadows as they look out at a foreigner, a Zebra (gasp!), and pick apart every single aspect of her persona as something to sneer and shudder at: her look, her clothes, the decor of her house, her actions, the way she talks, her utter outsiderness. There's such a cloud of undeserved fear of something just for being different that you'd think this was written by H.P. Lovecraft."

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September 4, 2014

Blackbelt (1992 script/film)

Don "The Dragon" Wilson series index

Chronologically, the gloriously titled Future Kick would be the latest in my watch-through of films by Don "The Dragon" Wilson, but it's been a little tricky to obtain, and I have a special occasion down the road I just may want to save it for. Heck, if that doesn't happen, I'll use it to cap off the project as a whole. With a title like Future Kick, it should be worth waiting for. I hope!