Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
May 10, 2005
Two 2005 Movie Reviews!

I think I've seen a total of two movies in the theater this year, both of which I watched during the past few weeks. So here are brief reviews of them!

Sin City: I really wanted to like this one. Before I saw the movie, I checked out and read four of the original Frank Miller graphic novels (only one of which was used in the film, but that was all we had at the bookstore). I read up on the genre of film noir and rewatched D.O.A. and watched The World Gone Mad and The Amazing Mr. X (which has been described as film noir by some, though it lacks the familiar pre-1960s criminal underground connection). I can't remember whether I watched Mulholland Falls (another noish film) before or after I saw Sin City -- I'm thinking after -- but the point is that I was preparing myself for this film. I'd heard so many good things about it, read so many rave reviews from film critics whose opinions I respect, seen the trailers and comic comparisons -- it looked bloody amazing -- I was expecting to flat out love this movie. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 9:59 am | Comments (7)
April 8, 2005
Scary-Crayon updated!

It's been a few months, but we've finally got a new piece in the Spectare section -- a standard review of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers. It's fucking awful.

Also, I received reports that the link to the Miscellaneous section on the main and content pages (and now at the bottom of articles) wasn't working properly for users of IE 6, so I've attempted to fix that (apparently the problem stems from the fact that IE can't count, though oddly enough the display was fine on my IE 5.5). It should be deactivated on the Misc. page, but everywhere else it should behave like the others. Anyway, I think I've resolved that issue, but let me know if you encounter any problems with that (or anything else), mmkay?

And that's all for now. Ja!

-posted by Wes | 2:43 am | Comments (2)
May 29, 2004
Comments on the “Buffy” series finale.
Category: Serious … TV, Film, & DVDs

Nothing new tonight, but since Tina commented on the "Angel" finale entry and wanted to know the extent of my grievances with the "Buffy" series finale, I popped over to a Buffy board on which I've been posting for some time and looked up my old comments on it. In case it doesn't come out as well in these older reviews (though I think it does), I'll preface these remarks by noting that my dislike of the series finale was the logical end of my immense disappointment with the final season as a whole. And, of course, I'd been upset with the series since the beginning of Season 6, since I felt then and still feel to this day that Buffy should've ended with Season 5. In addition to Buffy's ultimate sacrifice and the rather triumphant ending despite her death, it was pretty much driven home that while there might have been fun from time to time, the life of the Slayer must ultimately be an unpleasant one, fraught with conflict... and that the Slayer's fight never really ends until she's dead. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 3:02 am | Comments (0)
May 28, 2004
City Quiz and the Friday Four. Also, Angel.
Category: Meme … TV, Film, & DVDs

It's been a while since we had a quiz, so let's go!

Take the quiz: "Which American City Are You?"

SAN FRANCISCO!

San Francisco -- Liberal and proud, you'll live your lifestyle however you choose in the face of all that would supress you.

Interesting. And there's more: (more...)

-posted by Wes | 3:15 pm | Comments (0)
May 27, 2004
Sayonara, Angel.
Category: Serious … TV, Film, & DVDs

So I'm finally getting around to blogging about the series finale of "Angel" that aired on the 19th. (Wow, only a week ago? Guess I'm not as behind as I thought.) We've already heard a few words about it from Tina and Anon -- "What the hell was UP with that ending?!" and, "I loved the ending of Angel. Angel has always been about the shades of grey areas between good and evil. The point was that the battle against evil never ends, something they were saying in the episodes near the end of the series," respectively -- so I suppose I'll attempt to address some of their points and go from there... and I guess I'll start with Anon, since Tina's comment refers to the end, which I guess I'll talk about at the end. 🙂 (more...)

-posted by Wes | 2:31 am | Comments (0)
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