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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Trailers in Short - Animals Want To Eat Your Face Edition

Welcome to the world of animals. As a rule, animals are awesome. Tiny bugs building a megalopolis. Whales or Sharks herding prey. Birds navigating vast distances. Dogs giving up their derp face.

And then there are the movies. Forget all that stuff above. Animals. Want. To. Eat. Your. Face.

Big Ass Spiders! Zombeavers! Squirrels!


...And more, of course.



Big Ass Spiders!



Giant spiders. Such a B-Movie staple. We got a zany central duo trying to stop them.

I can take comfort at the fact it seems fully aware that it's silly, and runs with it.


Zombeavers



...Do we even need to talk about this one? Didn't they pick THE title? It like slapping a Sharknado in the face.

This will be a dumb movie. But that's the point with these, isn't it? It follows in the legacy of movies like Shark Night, Grizzly, and Cabin Fever (which shares producers with this movie).

But if it's what you are looking for...Could be a ridiculous night out with some friends.


Squirrels



...You know, I was finding it hard to believe this isn't a joke. But it does seem to exist, to some extent. It's from the maker of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. It was also a "Pre-Sale" trailer. So I guess he's trying to get someone to buy the movie.

So be warned! This movie may be coming for you soon!


And for some added fun, a classic of animals gone bad. ...No, it's not The Birds. It's Black Sheep. ...No I'm not making a crack about Chris Farley.





And how about a little palette cleansers?

Not all animals are out to kill you. Some just struggle to get off the blanket and onto a coffee table. Puppy life can be grueling.


Too Cute: Climbing Corgis





Trailers in Short - Horror Rises On the TeeVee

Isn't it time for some horror? It feels like that. So let's look at some upcoming shows to that mysterious medium of television. Some Victorian Penny Dreadful, angsty Salem, and...something a but lighter.

...Okay, it's Gravity Falls.



Penny Dreadful



A Victorian world where the likes of Dorian Gray and Victor von Frankenstein (and his Monster) roam London?

Well, somebody knows how to get my attention. Add to that the idea of pulling from the ideas of the authors of the period (like Stoker and Wells), and it could be an interesting ride. (With Stoker you can get far more than a certain vampire. Mummies should be in play to.)

And the proper trailer does amp up the creepy odd vibe the show looks to want to offer up.

Then add to that having Timothy Dalton in the cast. You also have Josh Hartnett in the cast as an American gunslinger with a dark past.

Granted they also put out a video looking at Dorian Gray and the character Brona Croft (played by Billie Piper). And it went into this area of a possible love triangle with them and Hartnett's character. That almost turned me off the show. (But that is just my attitude, and not everyone's I'm sure.)

But if one aspect keeps me pumped...

EVA GREEN.



Eva Green playing a prophetic mystery woman. ...Damn. Someone is siphoning ideas out of my mind.

Eva Green in any role always promises something fun. Even in crappy productions. The boon of interesting people.

So I will have to give this show a shot. Timothy Dalton. Eva Green. Frankenstein and the gang. How can I resist.

...Well, if it turns out to be crap I may manage to resist...



Salem

And starting tonight, Salem.



Salem. Witches. Witch hunters. And disturbed women used to sniff out witches...

It's trailer looks weird, off putting, and creepy. I should be more intrigued. But, as I mentioned in my Sleep Hollow reviews, Salem was a thing. It wasn't a myth, a tale, a play, lr joke. It was real. People were killed. People were hurt. People's lives were destroyed.

So it always bugs we some when it gets turned into something legitimate. (Granted, in blatant fictional works.) At least it seems the idea may be that the trials are being used to go after the wrong people.

The show feels on one hand like very much a soap opera, which I'm not fond of....Except, when you coat it in something I more enjoy. Downtown Abbey had a good balance of it's sides for two seasons. And I have seen some good and some ridiculously good supernatural soap operas. They can be fun.

So I guess I'll have to give this at least a couple of episodes. This could be bad, and worse for it, no Eva Green.



And for a little more horror, on a less horrible scale.


Gravity Falls

Hey. Come on. Two shorts they put online, where they hunt for monsters.

If you haven't watched Gravity Falls yet, get a taste now. NOW!

"That Thing"




"The Hide-Behind"




"The Mail Box"




"Lefty"




And The Tooth



That last one isn't great? Come on!




Saturday, April 19, 2014

National Library Week 2014

Through the 19th, we are celebrating National Library Day.

It's a chance to celebrate, acknowledge, and become aware of what libraries and library workers do for communities.



And I'm glad that we have this celebration of our libraries.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Horror Of...Universal Monsters


UNIVERSAL MONSTERS

Those words conjure potent images.


Going back a century the horror films coming out of Universal have set benchmarks. And up through the 1950's the creatures and figures at the center of these movies became cemented in the minds of movie goers and kids.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Saturday, April 05, 2014

First Contact Day is here again.

April 5th is First Contact Day. 

I know, Deanna Troi has called it Federation Day, and that may be an official name...



But Deanna was once a cake.



So that point is invalid...




On this day (in the fictional post nuclear war future), Zefram Cochrane launches the test ship, Phoenix, from Bozeman, Montana.



It was the first Earth ship capable of warp speed.

The test flight caught the attention of alien life that was passing the solar system, interested to see that humans had developed interstellar travel.

So they landed.


And as Star Trek lore remembers, were the Vulcans.


And Earth had it's first (official) contact with alien life.


And everything changed.


And The Adventure Continued, and Continues.

...Granted that leads to Insurrection. We don't talk about Insurrection.


HAPPY FIRST CONTACT DAY!


Competitive Rivalry - Game of Development

It's another day with Buster and Jamie. Things have gotten competitive.





AHEM!




This weekend sees the return of the families that make the Bluths look like saints.



GAME OF THRONES S4!




The Horror Of...Terror Train

Really?  Really?! You know, yesterday afternoon it was 70 degrees. 70! And how does that turn to...this...

Ha ha. Funny, Nature. Quite a prank!

But as I've already discussed, I am not much of a fan of pranking.

But, no, this is the time of japes and jokes. And of people who don't know when to stop or pull back. So let's take a trip back to the start of the 80's, to the dawn of a renaissance of a glut of slasher movies. Let's look at one of the early attempts to enter the fray of murderous mayhem, with a twist (we always need a twist). So let's take it on a train. Hey, every concept from Snakes On A Thing to Under Siege ends up there. And the slasher movies got this twist out of the way nice and early.

So let's see how it fares...Get it?

So grab your bag, take your motion sickness medicine, and let's see where the Terror Train arrives.

And be sure to check out it's sequel, Terror Replacement Bus Service.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sword Brothers - Game of Development









This weekend, the family more troubled than the Bluths return, with a son that is just about done with the lot of them.

Game Of Thrones Season 4!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Holy 75th, Batman!

...Already regretting that title.

Well, know what started 75 years ago today?



Yup. That's right. Batman. Or, Bat-Man...It's Batman.