The second last Boy’s review of the week (I’ll hopefully have the one for todays episode up sometime tomorrow) and it might also be for my favourite episode of the season.
And here we go, my review of the 4th episode of this season of The Boys is up and ready to go. Read, enjoy, I’ll have some actual film reviews soon but I’m enjoying getting a backlog going (Just wait, I’ve got a doozy coming)
Here, it’s been a little over a day, have another review of an episode of The Boys, this time the one with the big whale because why not?
Released: 9th September
Seen: 20th September
On some level we all know and accept that social media is evil. They sell our data to anyone who asks nicely, the algorithm has a disturbing habit of pushing people towards extremism and they have rules that they enforce sporadically at best. It’s a running joke that when someone we know finally joins Twitter or Facebook, we send them condolences because their lives are about to get dramatically worse. We know these companies are evil… but just how evil are they?Continue reading “The Social Dilemma (2020) – Oh, You Got Trouble”
Another day, another review over on Soda & Telepaths which means here is my review of the second episode of The Boys, with any luck I’ll be caught up soon so these will go out on the day the new episods appear and I won’t be so far behind anymore
Oh, Over on Soda & Telepaths I have been given the fun job of going through The Boys episode by episode for the new season and talking about it. Come over there and watch as someone who hasn’t read the comic tries to figure out just what the hell is going on.
Released: 17th September
Seen: 20th September
When it comes to queer characters as the leads in horror films, I have to admit I can’t come up with many. Nightmare on Elm Street 2 may have put all the gayness into the subtext but it was still there, genuinely groundbreaking for that time (and the subject of a fascinating documentary that I may have reviewed a while ago). Hellbent was a slasher film that made the bold choice to have all the victims and even the main villain be gay men in West Hollywood. Cursed had a gay supporting character, Scream 4 had one character who claimed they were gay (It might’ve been an attempt to not get stabbed, which didn’t work) and that’s where I run out of films (I know there’s more, damned if I can name them). They’re certainly never really pushed by any big companies or made mainstream, so for Shudder to make a horror movie about a gay couple and link the story explicitly to the gay experience is pretty awesome and the film is… good.Continue reading “Spiral (2020) – Spinning Right Round Baby”
Released: 11th September
Seen: 18th September
In 2011, the novel The Devil All the Time was released and was instantly showered with awards and praise. Written by Donald Ray Pollock as a follow up to his book Knockemstiff, it was a big enough hit that, inevitably, the rights to the book were bought and a film adaptation was announced way back in 2018. Well, now we are here two years later and what did they make? They made… a film. A film with two great performances that is a film, it’s not much more than that.Continue reading “The Devil All the Time (2020) – The Devil Went Down To Ohio”
Released: 17th September
Seen: 17th September
“A Jewish immigrant working in an american pickle factory falls into a vat of pickles in 1919 and is preserved for 100 years, waking up in 2019 where he is put into the care of his only living relative”
It’s a simple concept with a lot of potential, a classic fish out of water story. Ideas like this have brought us such films as Blast from the Past or even the second Captain America movie. It’s a great structure because it can really shine a light on how much people have grown over a certain period of time and can create some fun interesting ideas. An American Pickle definitely has some interesting ideas, even though it hasn’t quite figured out how to go all the way with them.Continue reading “An American Pickle (2020) – Dill With It”
Released: 10th September
Seen: 16th September
The year was 1989, Ted ‘Theodore” Logan (Keanu Reeves) and Bill S. Preston Esq. (Alex Winters) were visited by a time traveler named Rufus (The late great George Carlin) who was tasked with helping them pass a history test, a most excellent adventure that made up the plot of a film that had the truly strange title Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
It almost instantly became a beloved cult film, it’s popularity leading to a sequel 2 years after and a short lived cartoon series. Sadly, for the last 30 years or so Bill & Ted haven’t been able to have many adventures, mostly because Ted keeps running off into The Matrix or stopping buses from going under certain speed limits or seeking vengeance for his dog. Well, now that the world’s slowed down a little I guess we can have one more adventure with everyone’s favourite slackers.Continue reading “Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020) – Excellent *GUITAR RIFF*”