While still on the subject of Kaiju and giant monsters, I ran across a documentary on Youtube. It's from the BBC and called Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Last night I found an old SF film on YT that I had seen long ago, back when my brother and I were living together in Odessa. We had HBO or Showtime (I forget which one) in the late 70's. Ever so often you'd turn it on and get captivated by some odd movie. I ran into the movie, Damnation Alley
that way. Make no mistake, it's a pretty cheesy B post apocalypse movie. It stars George Peppard and Jan Michael Vincent. After bombs blow up most of the world they get in this weird ass all-terrain military vehicle and set out to find more people. Some of the effects are pretty decent. George Peppard mimics this pretty bad Texan or southern accent, and overall it's written in sort of a comic book style, but aside from the negatives, I found it still entertaining on some level. I've certainly seen worse.
The other night I also rented the new Superman movie, Man of Steel. I didn't have huge expectations for it going in, as I did not enjoy the previous Superman Returns. I found it pretty boring, plus the Man of Steel had gotten such mixed reviews, but I actually I enjoyed Man of Steel. I enjoyed the art direction in it quite a bit, and when the movie begins on Krypton, it reminded me a lot of the Superman comic from the 80's when John Byrne had relaunched the title for DC. I really enjoyed that run of the character back then and it brought back some nostalgia. I could see where it would have been a blast to see Man of Steel on the big screen. Did they overdo some of the fight scenes with General Zod, well maybe, but it didn't bother me. A lot of the critics mentioned all the destruction to human lives, etc. and yes, I can see that argument, but it was basically all out war with some aliens that want to conquer earth, so what are you gonna do? Fight back or be exterminated. That's the only way out of that unless you want to totally re-write the whole film or take the fight scenes out to the Sahara desert somehow. I enjoyed it well enough for a superhero movie, and if they could come up with a good enough sequel for a second movie, I'd enjoy seeing it.
I picked up the new Archie horror title, Afterlife With Archie.
you've ever read one of the Archie comics throughout the years, you'll
instantly remember and recognize the old gang and settings pretty
Not much ever changes within the Riverdale universe, and it's been
that way pretty much since its origins. They are only updated to fit
more inside the current timeframe when the stories are written. In fact
they have Best of the Archie Americana trades from the '40s, '50s,'60s, and so forth if one is ever in the mood for some of the older stories.
In this new comic series though we get to experience a bit of that
nostalgia through horror and zombie tropes, and it's an awful lot of
fun. It's Halloween, and Riverdale High is having a Halloween Dance.
Archie has made plans to attend with Betty, and yes, Bettie and Veronica are still rivals over the attentions of Archie.
As the story opens Jughead is distraught over the death of his dog. Out of despair he takes his pet to a friend, Sabrina. She was a newer character to me, but you figure out quickly she's a teenage witch.
She brings the dog back to life for Jughead, but in doing so breaks
the laws of the witch covenant. This sets in motion the zombie
infestation in the series. Things heat up at the Halloween dance. To
give away any more story or plot would be a spoiler and you'd miss out
on too much fun from reading the series.
Afterlife With Archie is a romp down memory lane for those of
us that have ever read Archie comics in the past. It's also a homage to
the horror genre with different characters discussing which movie horror
characters are better, Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees and so forth.
The story is written well by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also penned the story Archie Meets Glee, with
some terrific artwork by Francesco Francavilla. I also have to say the
coloring of the book goes a long way to create mood and atmosphere.