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Movie Reviewed: White Zombie (1932)

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White Zombie
(1932)

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorne, John Harron
DIR: Victor Halperin





Blurb: A Haitian plantation owner convinces his young friends to wed at his residence, hoping he can use the opportunity to lure the woman away from her fiance. When this ploy fails, he turns to the help of a local mill operator, hoping the man can use his voodoo knowledge to make the woman his slave.

My Note: The screen caps will be problematic on this one, but I've heard so many good things about this film, I want to watch/review it now. But this is off of a bargain disc, and it shows.


Scene 01: We open with voodoo drums and some activity under the title. Singing is added by our people, who are filling in a grave with fresh soil. While the drums and singing continue, our focus cuts away...


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My neighbors are flooded.

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I live on an island that has a lot of marshland. This marshland is usually scenic and calming, and plays into my love of being near the water (even if I don't go in it). But we had two full days of rain, and the ground can't take it. My neighbor two doors down abuts the marsh itself. And now, the marsh has decided to claim both that property and the one right next door to moi. My far backyard is also under, and a dip in my front yard has standing water, but I somehow got away okay -- thus far.


Alas, my new digi-camera wasn't delivered until late today, so I couldn't show you the weirdest part. There were fish -- big 'uns -- swimming in their front yards, splashing around. They're not there now, thankfully, 'cause I was afraid that they'd get stuck and die and then stink up the block.

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Review: Boom!Hellmouth issue 5 of 5

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Boom!Buffy: Hellmouth
Issue 5 of 5

Writers: Jordie Bellaire & Jeremy Lambert, Artwork: Eleonora Carlini & Cris Peter, Lettering: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Vanesa R. Del Rey





Page 01: Deep in the Hellmouth, Buffy comes face to false-face with the Hellmother - who is currently inhabiting her Throne-King/minion. She tells Buffy the usual spiel re: you can't win, I'm the awesomest, etc.

[It was confusingly handled, but I'm going with the theory that King Orc-pire is the physical fist for the Hellmother's disembodied power. And as of the last scene in issue 4, that she is now possessing the Throne-King.]

Buffy tells 'her' to learn when to shut up, as she gives her a fist to the face.

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Boom!Buffy review: Issue 12

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Boom!Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Issue 12





Writer: Jordie Bellaire, Artwork: David López & Raúl Angulo, Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Marc Aspinall

Note: In issue 11, last panel I misidentified who was appearing out of nowhere to save our gang. I had thought it was Buffy making a sudden return from the Hellmouth. This was an error. Our sudden blonde is actually Anya.


Page 01: So, Xander, Willow and Kendra are a bit taken aback by the sudden arrival of a blonde stranger with a mallet getting between them and a horde of Hellmother controlled rage-zombies.

Kendra worries after the now-unconscious Robin, but Anya assures her that he'll be fine from the clubbing she'd given him.
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YouTube roundup... updated. In a lazy way....

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Hello!

I went to update update my YouTube favorites, when I figured out that I could totally not go through ever single one and instead just link you to the listing.

Really, why did it take so long to figure this out. It's entirely frustrating when vids I love enough to favorite are either removed entirely suddenly, or suddenly moved behind a privacy wall. But this is the current list in my personal favorites.

Especially when the numbers keep changing as somehow, vids get moved to private. It's really frustrating.

But, as a special mention, I guess, I want to direct those who are adults and not at work to click this hilarious link, but definitely porn-esque link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSMj5wiL2Vc&list=PLPne2lxSwHJAhZ1ETxIiFg4c7t-pmzsWq&index=64&t=0s

How this ended up on youtube and not immediately stricken is an interesting question.

Feel free to comment or not on what you love or don't.

Or, just ignore this post.

The only one not listed is this one: Wes being a long lost Winchester Brother, because it's a multipart, and you need to check it out IN ORDER.

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Freighter Watch

Just an opinion post, because why not?

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First, for those that are reading for Buffy reviews: I do have Boom!Buffy #12 and Hellmouth number 5 on tap, but I'm having a problem with my Epson Scanner/Printer ET-2720 telling me there is a communications error, even though all the system's tests also say it is working normally. It's more than a bit fukkin' irritating. I don't want to post reviews without caps, but I may need to until the bullshit ends [I'm hoping a reboot of the PC and re-entering the stupid printer/network settings will resolve, but I'm afraid it won't].

I'm also working on "White Zombie", which I've been wanting to see for awhile.

This month, through until March, has been hectic and... irregular due to work, so I apologize for my telling you all that I was more committed to semi-regular posting, just to end up not semi-regular posting. Honestly, I tried -- but as per usual when it comes to my life - the most basic fukkin' tasks end up being not as easy and straightforward as it seems - something is always screwing up just to vex me. It has been this way my whole life... but I'm whining now. I'm not in a hurricane/tornado zone and I'm not threatened by an authoritarian regime or rebel soldiers' intent on torturing me so I should shut the fuck up.

The point is that I'm not just ignoring that I'm supposed to be posting reviews. It's more that life/fate finds a way to vex me over the most simplist of things... constantly. [I hate my life! And I feel guilty about hating my life, because I recognize that this is First World Problems, and it could be so, so much worse if I was born in other areas of this world.]

So, I am planning on posting soon for Boom!Buffy, even if I can't include screen caps because my WiFi printer wants to fight me to the death... and I think I may be the one that dies.

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Recommend: God's Own Country

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Just a short post to recommend "God's Own Country" (2017). I was doing a full review of this, but it's a slow-burn drama, so there turned out to not be a lot to have a running commentary about. But I highly recommend watching this one if you have access to it.

I caught it on Netflix. And I'm recommending it for the acting, and the non-sensationalist/non-big-dramatic-confrontations-cliche tropes of the scripting. The two leads are wonderful, and the whole atmosphere captures an ambiance of a hard-working family, barely hanging on, and the "ruthlessly-practical, just get on with it then," attitude that almost traps everyone into being emotionally distant and disconnected.

And the changes that a gay man, who isn't able to engage in actual relationships outside of 'quick-hits' suddenly has to confront when he's forced into a working & unexpectedly emotional relationship with an intinerant workman in Northern England, who isn't going to be an anonymous hookup for him.

The four main actors are all marvelous: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, and especially the secondary character actors, Ian Hart & Gemma Jones.

I loved this film. And I return to re-watch it semi-often [for as long as Netflix will carry it: It's still there if you have a Netflix account]. I especially find very moving the ending when our main character tracks down Gheorghe Ionescu to try to convince him to come back to the farm after he's left, for reasons you can watch the film to find out about [I'm sure there is a reason for my connection in my own psychological makeup, that this would speak to me so deeply, but let's not turn this into a therapy session].

There is some really great dialog from Josh O'Connor, while also not breaking down into an emotional wreck, but very much wanting to convince his desired paramour that he wants this relationship. And I absolutely love that, unlike so many gay dramas, this one doesn't have a traumatic coming-out scene: Johnny, not exactly public - but not hiding it either - is already known among his family, and his apparently one friend, to be a homo. And nobody bats an eye. These are rural, hard-working, farmers... but they're not cut off from society. They get it, and Johnny doesn't face the usual gay-drama tropes when it comes to having to come out and then seek acceptance. There aren't any gay pride parades where he can make an inspirational speech, but there also isn't any gay-bashing/convincing family he's the same person he was before drama either.

God, it is so refreshing that our main character's sexuality isn't the main conflict. It's his ability to actually admit that someone he's involved with means more to him than anyone else he's ever banged and how he can make that clear, without breaking his basic character, that is the heart of the struggle he faces.







The only reason I can't rate it higher, is because of the deliberate pacing and there are a lot of scenes that seem to wander. It's necessary, I think, in retrospect to understand the environment that our family exists in, but it can be a crawl for those who aren't ready for a matter-of-fact, low-key, character-focus storytelling style. So much of the family interactions are about speaking about the running of the farm, but it's used to indicate more personal feelings.

Repress, but not deny. Speaking through something else in code, but hoping everyone is grabbing the depth of feeling you're trying to express but can't say outright because it isn't done that way... [I'm not in a farming family, but Jeez - I can relate so hard, and fearing that the outsider isn't capable of grasping what you're actually saying, when you can't speak it outright because the words refuse to cross your lips... that is what the scripting is doing].


It receives a 4.50 out of 5 stars. But you have to have a certain amount of patience, and enjoy character-driven drama, rather than wanting big dramatic/cathartic scenes in order to enjoy it.

I should think it will help if you tend toward character-development over heavy-plot type stories as your personal bread-and-butter.

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Boom!Buffy review: Issue 11

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Boom!Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Issue 11

Writers: Jordie Bellaire, Artwork: David López & Raúl Angulo, Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Cover: Marc Aspinall





Page 01: We open in the Tuna Verse diner with Rose, Kendra and Robin. Kendra is getting to know the people that Robin knows. How and why Rose has met Kendra is a question.

Kendra is impressed with Rose's having grown up in a military family, offering that she must've picked up a few things, before lightly and jokingly pummeling Robin as example.

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Supernatural Reviewed: "Dead Man's Blood"

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Supernatural
Season 1, Ep 20

"Dead Man's Blood"

Writers: Cathryn Humphris & John Shiban
DIR: Tony Wharmby





Blurbing: Reunion. After an aging spook hunter falls prey to [edit - spoilery] he thought he had long ago destroyed, John Winchester joins his sons to battle [edit, because the opening of the episode is leading us to believe the bad guys are Shape Shifters] - and retrieve an unearthly gun they possess.

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