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Thursday, September 22, 2005
Feeling rather dull and listless today, so I'll just spout random utterances until it's time to go to work...
Yesterday both the Kammandi Archives and Marvel Masterworks: Captain Marvel were released. As I said at the time, it's almost as if Marvel and DC were in a competition to how many works that don't need to be made available in a hard-cover format they can churn out.
The Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files is almost worth getting just for the fact that it maintains that the Brotherhood of Dada (my personal favorite DP villains) are still in continuity. --Speaking of which, once Byrne's Doom Patrol series is cancelled, DC writers and artists are just going to pretend it never happened, aren't they?
I'm not one to normally recommend the title, but the last two pages of the most recent Batman: Gotham Knights is already one of my favorite comic book sequences.
Chikyu Misaki from DC's CMX line appears to be very good. Cute art, cute characters, an actual story in the making, and a nicely absurd premise. These are some of the things I look for in manga.
So, flipping through the most recent Essential Ghost Rider I realized I may have to change my assessment of the Ghost Rider film trailer from "terrible and by the numbers dumb action movie" to "improves upon the source material." I mean, I can sort of see someone enjoying these comics in an ironic, so-cheesy-it's-fun kind of way, but nobody actually thinks this stuff is good, do they?
Books I really do need to sit down and write reviews on: Full Moon Fever The Passion of the Keef Young Magician Queen Bee Coyote Gunslinger Girl Hip Flask Capote Dead West
Moving on to Netflix...
I really wish the system would stop trying to get me to rent The Dish. I hate hitting the "not interested" button, preferring to use it to try and train the program to stop recommending films with actors I dislike, but I'm really not interested in the film and it keeps coming up on my log-in page.
I started watching the Lost first season discs and, well, damn. It's good, isn't it? Maybe not Homicide good, but still one of the better beginnings to a TV show I've seen in a long time. I think I want to get a few more discs in to see if they maintain the quality before decided whether to just go ahead and buy the damn set for myself or start watching the second season. (Yes, I know, already missed the premiere...that's what repeats are for.)
I didn't expect to like it, rented it anyway, and ended up really enjoying Nine Dead Gay Guys. It's almost like a gay version of Snatch, done on a tight budget. Very absurd and occasionally surreal crime comedy. And any film featuring a character called "The Desperate Dwarf" and featuring the "really hard Red Bull test" as a plot point has to have some appeal.
On the other hand, I'm slightly disappointed that they apparently only have the edited version of Bear Cub available to rent. Given the number of what are, essentially, heterosexual soft-core porn titles in their catalogue, it's frustrating that they chose not to carry the unrated version of that film. (Not that I was only interested in it for the nudity and sex! I just hate watching something when I know it's not what the creators intended me to see.)