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Jim Shooter: From Comics Superstar to Outcast…


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Date: April 04, 2020

01) Jim Shooter: From Comics Superstar to Outcast


“Jim Shooter has accomplished more than most in the world of comic books. But he’s also had failure at Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics, Defiant Comics and Broadway Comics. This video tracks not only Jim Shooter’s career by tries to look at his writing and editing techniques and his personality to try to understand how he has had an equal number of successes and failures.”

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Brahms: The Boy II – Official Trailer (2020) Katie Holmes…


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Date: February 16, 2020

01) Brahms: The Boy II – Official Trailer (2020) Katie Holmes


“Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Katie Holmes stars in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s Brahms: The Boy II, alongside Christopher Convery (“Gotham”), Owain Yeoman (The Belko Experience) and Ralph Ineson (The Witch).

William Brent Bell returns to direct Brahms: The Boy II. The producers are Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Eric Reid, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.”

Whether The Boy was a great movie or not is debatable…but I quite liked nearly everything about the movie, because…I just like the sort of things it brought to the table.

The ending was unimaginative…but aside from that, I really enjoyed it.

Not sure what to make of this sequel…or is it a prequel?…

…Is the doll actually haunted, this time?

I’m going to have to watch this one.

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BRIGHTBURN – Official Trailer (HD)…


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Date: April 28, 2019

01) BRIGHTBURN – Official Trailer (HD)


“Synopsis: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of Guardians of the Galaxy and Slither presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.

Cast:
Elizabeth Banks
David Denman
Jackson A. Dunn
Matt Jones
and Meredith Hagner
Directed by: David Yarovesky

Written by: Mark Gunn & Brian Gunn

Produced by:
James Gunn
Kenneth Huang
Executive Producers: Mark Gunn
Brian Gunn
Dan Clifton
Simon Hatt
Nic Crawley”


BRIGHTBURN – Official Trailer #2:


BRIGHTBURN Trailer #3 NEW (2019) James Gunn Superhero Horror Movie HD:

This is a must see, for me.

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Star Wars: Episode IX – Teaser…


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Date: April 13, 2019

01) Star Wars: Episode IX – Teaser


“Every generation has a legend. Watch the brand-new teaser for Star Wars: Episode IX.”

I enjoyed The Force Awakens…I enjoyed The Last Jedi…

…But I have to confess, that I left the theater after Last Jedi, still not knowing where this trilogy was even going [aside from the obvious, that Rey is likely a Skywalker]…The movie still failed to solidify, any concrete overarching narrative of the trilogy…aside from “here is Rey, developing into a Jedi”…Everything else just feels like ‘whatever is happening around her”…Interesting to watch…but it doesn’t feel like it’s all that epic…and it’s hard to define, exactly what it is in the larger picture.

Because of this…how this trilogy turns out, primarily hinges on how Rise of Skywalker handles things…Pretty much everything is resting on this one movie, because Last Jedi did not do what it was supposed to do.

I hope they pull this off well.

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Chuck & Buck (2000)…


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Date: April 08, 2019

01) Chuck & Buck (2000) Trailer

“An oddly naive man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past. Director: Miguel Arteta Writer: Mike White Stars: Mike White, Chris Weitz, Lupe Ontiveros… Genres: Comedy | Drama Runtime: 96 min Country: USA Language: English Release Date: 17 November 2000 (UK)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0200530/


CHUCK & BUCK Director Almost Turned Down ‘Creepy’ Film:

“Versatile Hollywood director Miguel Arteta talks about his 2000 comedy CHUCK & BUCK and how he accepted the job despite being warned by industry friends that it might be too ‘creepy’ and could amount to career suicide. Arteta also talks about pressing forward with the project despite repeatedly getting turned down for financing on this highlight clip of Talk Show with Harper Simon.”


Chuck and Buck – Wanna go see my room?:


Chuck & Buck (12/12) Movie CLIP – He Made Me This Way (2000) HD:

“CLIP DESCRIPTION:
Buck (Mike White) tells Carlyn (Beth Colt) about growing up with Chuck.

FILM DESCRIPTION:
Following his critically acclaimed Star Maps, Miguel Arteta directs this perverse Odd Couple-esque comedy drama. Childhood best buddies Chuck and Buck are reunited after 18 years during the funeral of the latter’s mother. Chuck (Chris Weitz who also produced American Pie (1999)) is a button-down movie executive with a gorgeous blond fiancée, Carlyn (Beth Colt). By contrast, the intervening years do not seem to have matured Buck (Mike White) in the slightest — he still plays with children’s toys, throws bawling temper tantrums, and seems to be utterly at a loss at what to do after his mother’s death. During the funeral, Buck greets his old friend with an oblivious joy that is hardly appropriate to the setting. Clearly expecting that the friendship will continue where it left off back during the Carter administration, Buck seems confused and sullen in the presence of Carlyn, a yucky girl. This jealousy turns more unnerving when, in midst of a brotherly hug, Buck makes a clumsy grope for Chuck’s manhood. Disturbed and embarrassed, Chuck quickly leaves, but not before Carlyn politely suggests that Buck “visit us in L.A. sometime.” Buck leaps at the chance and soon is packing up for California. He quickly degenerates from a silly, though pathetic annoyance to a lollipop-sucking stalker. Buck’s bizarre attempts to renew his bond with Chuck and to consummate their relationship puts Chuck increasingly on edge and confronts the affluent yuppie with a past he’d just as soon forget. Chuck & Buck was one of the most talked about films at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.”


Chuck & Buck (7/12) Movie CLIP – We Should Play a Game (2000) HD:

I’d not go so far as to say I “liked” this movie…but it holds an intrigue to me.

Plot wise…it’s like a cancerous horror story, saddling childhood sexuality with “yet another reason, why you should avoid it like the plague”…”the bonding kids could do through sex, might inhibit them from being able to let go”…and “could cause serious issues, later in life”…

That feels very child sex phobic, in my mind…and like a terrible way of framing things.

On the other hand…it still handles the issue of childhood sex in a relatively simple, level headed way…There is no special emphasis placed, on the fact that it happened…It’s even deemed completely normal, in one scene.

What is abnormal…is Chuck’s inability to let go of what they had, and move on.

On still yet another angle…I love this as a unique plot. It is a valid topic to explore, in my opinion.

The problem with it…is that it’s something that got made…in an era where there is absolutely no balance, in the public sphere of discourse surrounding childhood sexuality.

…So…it largely comes off like “another rock thrown at childhood sexuality”…where there is nothing to really counterbalance it.

That’s what I am wanting in media…the counterbalance, which has been sorely missing.

This movie is passed off as a “dark comedy”…and I suppose it is…

…Though I think the issue posed deserves far better than a “dark comedy”, where most everything is glossed over, and we arrive at a “happy ending” via a montage in the last five minutes of the movie.

Gut instinct tells me…this movie would have been way better, had a BoyLover made it…We at least possess a natural insight, which other people have a hard time capturing and presenting [or just flat out cant].

I have a hard time categorizing this movie…I used to own a copy of it…then got rid of it…

…I don’t really miss it.

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Excalibur (1981) Retrospective / Review…


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Date: April 03, 2019

01) Excalibur (1981) Retrospective / Review


I remember watching this for the first time as a young boy…nine or ten, probably…

What stuck with me was the Lady of the Lake…I thought the lake was haunted, and she was a ghost “living” in the lake…

Her clothing was strange to me…especially the sleeves that went up her arms…I initially thought it made them look like rotting, dead arms rising out of the lake…The way the material reflected the light while still having dark spots…that’s just how it struck me.

This reviewer is correct…Excalibur has the qualities of a creepy, horror movie at points…along with a lot of other great stuff.

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Capernaum – Official Trailer 2 HD (2018)…


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Date: March 20, 2019

01) Capernaum – Official Trailer 2 HD (2018)


“Directed by: Nadine Labaki

Screenplay by: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Kesrouani

Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”), a new film by Nadine Labaki about the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court suing them for the “crime” of giving him life.

http://sonyclassics.com/capernaum/

I’ve wondered many times…what is the culpability of imposing life upon another sentient creature?

…A question which becomes unanswerable, in my eyes…when weighed against the countless ways, in which this world will hold down…exploit…isolate…sometimes even break and cripple, that sentient creature someone else has decided will exist.

People act like everyone should be overjoyed, to have reached cognitive awareness…to have experienced their own senses, and the experiences of this world…because the alternative [never to have existed] is presumed to have been “so terrible”…

…But that doesn’t mean a whole lot, to someone who spends their entire life struggling to get by…struggling to keep going…

…It’s cold comfort, to anyone disillusioned by life…It’s a bitter mockery, to anyone for whom life is a torment, from which they wish most to escape…and now wander through the awful process, of plotting that escape.

Life is not an equal gift to all.

…There are any number of people on this planet…who are brought into being…and then spend most of their lives being rejected, blamed and cursed, for who and what they biologically are.

It just makes no sense to me…

…This has never made any sense to me.

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