People Places Things

People Places Things is the latest white-guy-mid-life-crisis indy movie I’ve stumbled across, but aspects of the setting will be of great interest to my readers. Written and directed by James C. Strouse, the film stars Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) as a graphic novelist teaching a comic course at the School for Visual Arts in New York City. On his twin daughters’ fifth birthdays, he discovers his wife (Stephanie Allynne) cheating on him. They divorce, and a year later, […]

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Frances Dee in Blood Money (1933)

I recently rewatched Finishing School, which stars Frances Dee. While reading up on her online, I came across mention of the pre-Code Blood Money. Given this reference in her IMDB bio, Her biographer, Andrew Wentnik, said that, “When a friend recently admonished her for playing a prostitute in Blood Money (1933), she denied it, saying, ‘I played a masochistic nymphomaniacal kleptomaniac, not a prostitute.’” I had to seek out the movie, previously thought lost for 40 years. Spoiler: It’s not […]

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Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery

Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery teams up two cartoony favorites. Reportedly, the makers aimed for “crazy-wacky”, and I feel like they made it. The KISS World amusement park, which proclaims them “hottest band in the land”, is haunted by the Crimson Witch. She’s attacking riders of the attractions and trying to shut down the park. She’s come from another dimension to take the Detroit Rock and summon the Destroyer. She also dresses like a refugee from a heavy-metal […]

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Pixels

Pixels is exactly what it promises: a movie where video games have come to life, and Adam Sandler and friends, former arcade champions, are the only ones who can save the Earth. In other words, it’s dumb summer fun, something to goggle at while sitting in a dark, air-conditioned theater. I’ve put the trailer at the bottom of this post, but I think it gives away too many of the cool effects and plot points, such as they are. (The […]

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While We’re Young

I was really intrigued by the premise of While We’re Young, about a childless couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) in their 40s who start hanging out with a couple (Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver) in their 20s. I could emphasize with the situation, where the couples your own age are most excited about their kids, so if you want to do other things, you wind up with younger people who haven’t “settled down” yet, those who have more time and interests. […]

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She Makes Comics – A Documentary on Women in Comics

I got a chance to watch the Sequart documentary She Makes Comics, which covers “the history of women in comics as creators, fans, and everything in between.” The movie is available from that link as a DVD or digital download. From the start, it’s a jolt, a shot in the arm full of passion and enthusiasm as women talk about why they love and make comics. Simply seeing so many women puts the lie to comics being a male-oriented medium, […]

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Stripped — The Comic Strip Documentary

A product of love, and a couple of Kickstarters, Stripped is required viewing for anyone interested in comic strips and/or webcomics, since the makers (Dave Kellett, author of the webcomic Sheldon, and Fred Schroeder) managed to get interviews with many big names. The $19.99 DVD contains an hour-and-a-half documentary. On the traditional newspaper comic side, they talk to Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Jim Davis (Garfield), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), […]

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The Lego Movie

I’d been looking forward to seeing The Lego Movie, since I expected it to be fun and funny, based on this trailer. Plus, it has silly Batman! I got the humor I was looking for, but I was surprised to find that the movie is aimed more directly at kids than I expected. It’s available on home video this coming Tuesday. In the film, Lord Business, later President Business (Will Ferrell) defeats a prophet (Morgan Freeman) to steal the magic […]

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