[x]Blackmoor Vituperative

Saturday, 2016-12-10

No One Lives

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 20:09

The second feature on tonight’s horrorfest (following “A Christmas Horror Story“, 2015) was “No One Lives” (2012). I would have linked to a trailer, but every trailer I found gave away important plot points (boo!) and was infested with that obnoxious seizure-inducing strobe-to-black that every goddamned trailer seems to have nowadays (double boo!). So do yourself a favour, and avoid any trailers before you see it.

No One Lives (2012)

That being said, we enjoyed this much more than we expected. Despite the impression made by the first scene, it is not humourless torture porn (which I can’t stomach). It is a slasher movie (lots of blood, a fair amount of nudity), but it also brings a new angle to the genre, and there was some humour. I enjoyed it. I might even watch it again.

Monday, 2016-08-29

So shines a good deed in a weary world…

Filed under: Movies,Philosophy — bblackmoor @ 16:04

This is my favourite scene from Willy Wonka. Because it’s not how others treat us that matters, but how we treat others… even if they are crooks, and even if we don’t win a lifetime supply of chocolate as a reward. The world is overflowing with vengeance and pettiness and bitterness: when has that made anything better? It’s better to be true and kind and forgiving, even if your only reward is that you are true and kind and forgiving.

R.I.P., Gene Wilder.

Tuesday, 2016-05-17

Captain America (1990)

Filed under: Comics,Movies — bblackmoor @ 15:04

Watched the Captain America movie from 1990 last night. You know, it really wasn’t all that different from the 2011 film. Yes, the 2011 film is better, but the 1990 film hits a lot of the same beats, and it has a good cast. It’s a lower budget film, but it’s certainly not a bad film. I haven’t seen it since I first saw it at the theatre in 1990 (YES, I DID), but to my surprise, I still like it. It still tickles me that the Red Skull’s minions are all beautiful young Italians.

FUN FACT! Darren McGavin plays an American General. The World War 2 era younger version of McGavin’s character is played by Bill Mumy. Danger, Karl Kolchak! Danger!

Captain_America_(1990)

Friday, 2016-05-06

C-3PO’s red arm

Filed under: Movies,Philosophy — bblackmoor @ 08:32

I think it’s telling that the only people in the Star Wars movies that treat robots as though they were people are Luke (who is desperately lonely) and Anakin (who is a mass-murdering, child-killing psychopath). To everyone else, the fact a machine can talk means no more than it does for you and I when our car tells us the door is open or our phone tells us that we have an appointment in 15 minutes.

That a robot has a red arm means exactly as much as the fact an old yellow Fiat has a red door.

Yellow Fiat with a red door

Friday, 2016-04-08

Trainwreck

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 21:05

Trainwreck

Watched the first half of a movie called “Trainwreck”. The only funny lines were spoken by a big beefy weight-lifter looking guy (IMDB tells me his name is John Cena), but he was only in the first fifteen minutes or so of the movie. After that… not remotely funny. Not even interesting. Watching the sandwich artists at Subway put together an Italian sub is more entertaining. It’s not even interesting in an “oh my god this is horrible, who thought this was a good idea” way, like that Reese Witherspoon/Sofia Vergara movie “Hot Pursuit” (which is truly terrible, and I do not recommend you watch it). It’s just dull. I started checking the time at 18 minutes. At an hour, we decided to “take a break”.

It’s going to be a long break.

Saturday, 2016-04-02

Tomorrowland (2015)

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 15:04

Tomorrowland (2015)

This afternoon’s matinee at Castle Blackmoor … Tomorrowland (2015).

It’s actually quite a bit of fun after it gets started. Unfortunately, it takes a full half-hour to get started. We were close to giving up on it. So if you’ve not seen it, give it a try, just don’t expect the movie to actually start until about a half-hour after the opening credits.

Saturday, 2016-03-12

Project Almanac

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 22:25

Time travel is stupid.

Project Almanac

Wednesday, 2016-03-02

John Wick

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 20:49

I enjoyed John Wick. It’s another Keanu Reeves movie: more or less a remake of Payback, but still a lot of fun. It built its own little world. I like that.

This reminded me of the good old days, with Lloyd Montgomery​ GMing and Dan Donovan​ playing the guy they won’t let retire in peace.

Sometimes a whole lot of people just need to die.

John Wick

Saturday, 2016-02-27

Knock Knock

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 21:31

Tonight we watched a Keanu Reeves movie, “Knock Knock“. This is so bad. So very bad. It’s basically a remake of the Ann-Margret/John Forsythe movie, “Kitten With A Whip” (as seen on Mystery Science Theater 3000!), but with more-idiotic characters. There’s not a single character who behaves in an even vaguely sane way in the entire movie. Seriously: not one. Not the two kids. Not their parents. Not the homicidal maniacs. Not even the guy with asthma who is … I don’t know, some kind of art dealer? Assistant for the artist? Whatever. Every single character is an idiot.

Except the Uber driver, who hangs around a few minutes, and then leaves. I wish we had done that.

Knock Knock

Monday, 2016-02-08

Superman vs. Man Of Steel

Filed under: Movies — bblackmoor @ 13:03

It’s no small secret that I don’t even consider Man Of Steel (2013) a Superman movie. It’s not a bad science fiction film, in the same vein as Hancock (although I prefer Hancock), but the guy in that costume is not Superman.

Superman knows right from wrong, but like Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Fleet”, he is very careful about using his power to save people from *themselves*, because he knows that it often makes things worse, and he respects the rights of individuals even if their decisions disappoint him.

Superman has a sense of humour, and he’s easy-going. Why wouldn’t he be? He is powerful enough to deal with any ordinary problem, and there is virtually nothing that ordinary people can do to hurt him. He’s like a lumberjack in a room full of puppies and kittens (we’re the puppies and kittens).

Above all, Superman cares. That’s why he fights corruption as reporter Clark Kent — contrary to what some people have claimed, Clark Kent is not the disguise. Clark Kent is who Superman *is* — a man raised by decent people, who cares about others, and who wants to help make the world a better place.

He also just happens to have the powers of a god.

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