July 30, 2017

[Thundarr Road] Introduction

In the debut of our new series exploring Thundarr the Barbarian, Michael, David, and I geek out about the interesting history of the series, our past experiences with it, and its place as a transitional point between 70s and 80s animated shows. Check it out here.

July 23, 2017

[Greystoked] Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

At Greystoked, Michael and I are joined by comic writer Christopher Mills to discuss the awkward serial Tarzan the Fearless, starring Buster Crabbe shortly before he was immortalized as Flash Gordon. Producer Sol Lesser makes his first of many appearances in the franchise, Butthead chuckles are evoked, and a meaty pair of buns flash their way into our hearts. Check it out here.

July 22, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2007 film)

So Valerian is... okay. I hate to say that, as I hung a lot of hopes on this film, especially since I'm a fan of wild space opera adventures, which is a genre that's always struggled to take off outside of Stars Wars or, more recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Jupiter Ascending was a painful film to see bomb, even though I fully get why it didn't take off, and I still want someone to adapt Lensmen, dammit, so we need something more to show this genre has viable legs. Unfortunately, Valerian isn't going to change that. I enjoyed watching it, it's funny, exciting, looks beautiful, and does a nice job exploring a James Bond-style globes-spanning espionage thriller in a setting filled with aliens and even tourist-rich alternate dimensions.

July 17, 2017

[Masters of Carpentry] Halloween: Resurrection

At Masters of Carpentry, Alex and I usher the original Halloween franchise to its close as we digest, discuss, and frequently laugh at the eight entry in the franchise, where Laurie Strode dies of a contractual obligation, metacommentary explorations of reality tv and video games are underdeveloped yet appreciated, and Busta Rhymes delivers flying roundhouse kicks to our feared killer's head. Check it out here.