A New Tomb Raider

As part of their coverage of the new Tomb Raider movie, Entertainment Weekly did a history of the franchise and documented all of Lara Croft’s many achievements. They even remembered to include my own contribution to the franchise, Re/Visioned: Tomb Raider, an animated series that brought together a lot of creative talent to give their spin on the iconic character.

Some of the talent included Jim Lee, Cully Hamner, Gail Simone and Brian Pulido, among many others.

David Cronenberg’s Shivers

David Cronenberg's ShiversBeen digging deep into the Cronenberg back catalog and rediscovered Shivers, a film that could pretty much only be made by Cronenberg and only in the sexed up 70s.

A crazy doc develops a sexually transmitted parasite with the hopes that it will kickstart a free love ongoing orgy. The only problem is that it turns people into sex crazed maniacs hell bent on spreading their parasitic passengers with willing, or unwilling, partners. Of course it’s not long before the things start to spread through a remote and exclusive luxury apartment building and plump old ladies start jumping delivery men moaning “I’m hungry! I’m hungry for love!!”

Shivers is akin to many other 70s films exploring identity and the individual and generalized fears of the loss of self. If you’ve seen films like the Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Romero’s zombie films or The Crazies, you’ll instantly recognize the existential angst pervasive in 70s sci-fi.

It’s a poster child for sick and twisted, but if you’re a Cronenberg fan and haven’t seen it, it’s a fascinating look at themes and visuals he would continue exploring in future films. But I will warn you up front, it is a really messed up, disturbing film.

Agent Carter

Just finished watching Agent Carter season 2. Hands down my favorite comic inspired show. Great female lead. Great pacing. A fun plot. But part of what I love about it is that Haley Atwell has a pretty normal woman’s body, rather than the increasingly impossible dimensions most tv and movie actresses are forced to conform to. She’s also a delightful actress, but it’s refreshing to see a female body type that isn’t an emaciated twig in a lead role.

Arn: the Knight Templar leaving Netflix

If you see it in the recommended for you list on Netflix, chances are you will just keep scrolling past Arn: The Knight Templar. The imagery and description make it sound like another cheesy hack and slash flick. But, despite poor ratings on RT and other aggregators, it’s a surprisingly good movie. It tells the tale of a man sent to join the Knights Templar as a punishment for a forbidden love. The characters are compelling, the settings impressive, and the story frequently surprising. It is a tragedy, in the classical sense, and a very good period film. It gets pulled from Netflix on March 9. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it highly.

Ahsoka and Revenge of the Sith

Been re-watching the prequel movies. I actually quite like Revenge of the Sith. Definitely the best of the three movies. Although now I have to wonder what Anakin might have done with Ahsoka…she get the Youngling treatment? I really enjoyed Clone Wars, but watching Anakin is so creepy.

TNT’s Legends

I really, really wanted to like Legends. Even made it all the way through season one. I guess I was hoping it wouldn’t be as obvious as it seemed because Sean Bean is so much fun to watch. But…it was. And the season wrapped up with a predictable “twist.” Do yourself a favor and watch old Mission Impossible episodes instead.

Lee Majors is The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy
There was a lot of bad tv in the 80s, but there was some good stuff too, and The Fall Guy may well be one of the best, if for no other reason than the theme song is the best tv show theme song in history. If you don’t believe me, go listen to it right now!

The premise, a movie stunt man who sidelines as a bounty hunter, gave the writers a huge toy box to play with, incorporating stunt footage from dozens of other shows and films, guest stars who play themselves, and a hero, Colt Seavers, who gets to apply all kinds of Hollywood magic to catching the bad guy. Season 1 just showed up on Hulu and I’ve already started my binge watching.

If you do decide to jump in, I’d recommend starting midway through the first season after the cast started to get their legs. Heather Thomas and Douglas Barr round out the cast, and really come into their own as the show progresses. I have to admit, part of the fun of watching is seeing all the guest stars who are so young (compared to now.)