Jessica Jones-A-Thon: AKA Sin Bin

“I wish that I had a Mother of the Year award, so I could bludgeon you with it.”

-Jessica Jones

Now that’s some snappy writing!

Welcome to what is likely the culminating day of the Screenphiles Jessica Jones-A-Thon!  We’re currently on the ninth episode of a thirteen episode 1st season.

Jessica has Kilgrave trapped, and tries to get a confession from him, while Trish tries to get Will to the hospital.  And speaking of Will, there’s more to this guy than meets the eye.  I don’t know if he has an analogue in the Marvel Universe, but I get the feeling that he’s someone I ought to know.

They’re also implying that something other than Kilgrave’s voice is the source of his abilities, mainly because he can’t influence anyone over a microphone–so he can’t call you and compel you to do something–which implies that they are very much sticking to the comics (which make pheromones the source of his abilities).

Whether or not Kilgrave was born bad or learned, he is what he is, a monster without remorse or regret:  a sociopath with the ability to make whatever he wasn’t reality just by saying it.

The title AKA Sin Bin refers a childhood hero of Kilgrave’s.


Results – Review

Results movie poster

Results Is Like A Spotter That Doesn’t Know What They’re Doing: They’re Potentially Dangerous, And To Be Avoided.”

I happen to be one of those people who are genetically predisposed to physical activity.  I love working out, and when I can’t do so on a regular basis I tend to get a little antsy.

So I was jazzed when I found Andrew Bujalski’s Results on Netflix.  At first glance I assumed that the movie revolved around the lives and relationships of a bunch of trainers at a fictional gym called Fit4Life (though ironically there is a gym called Results, which is also a much better title than Fit4Life)–an impression the movie encourages, at least early on.

And when the movie revolves around the gym, it’s pretty interesting seeing the clashes between oftentimes divergent personalities.  There seemed to be a lot of options for drama and humor there, though the problem is that most of the movie doesn’t take place there (at least not directly).

Now, if things outside the gym were as interesting as they had the potential to be inside, I’d have no issue, though it’s just not the case.  So things begin promisingly, get a bit chunky around the middle, then firm up in the last half hour (which is interesting because Guy Pearce and Cobie Smothers are genuinely good actors, as are Kevin Corrigan and Giovanni Ribisi, yet here very little of what makes them so comes through–though Pearce speaks is his native accent (he’s Australian), so there’s that).

In fact, at least initially, many of the characters come off pretty unlikeable, an impression that never really goes away.

As i said earlier, things firm up toward the end, but I am not too sure that most people have the endurance to stick it out that long.

Get the Results you’re been seeking on Netflix.

The Beast Of XMoor – Review


Luke Hyams’ (no relation to Peter HyamsThe Beast of XMoor (X Moor) at first glance reminded me of Daniel Nettheim’s far superior The Hunter, which also revolves around the hunt for a cryptid (according to Wikipedia, an animal or plant who’s existence had been suggested but not discovered by the scientific community).

In the case of Nettheim’s movie the animal in question was a Tasmanian Wolf–which actually may still exist–while The Beast of XMoor‘s seek some sort of panther they suspect is hiding out on the moors.

The most immediate problem with the movie is that it doesn’t quite know what it wants to be.  It begins as a search for an a cryptid, then makes a Wrong Turn, with two very rapey Scottish folk, then turns to a confusing serial killer story.

What’s worse–if that were possible–is that the killer is less a threat to the aspiring cryptozoologists than they are to each other.

The Beast of XMoor isn’t a terrible movie, it’s just very unfocused.  If it were just about a cryptid–an interesting subject in and of itself–then it would have probably been a much better movie.

If the director had jettisoned the whole cryptid storyline, and instead made a movie about a serial killer, then it might have been a much better movie.

Or if the cryptid and serial killer storyline were abandoned, and instead the story revolved about a bunch of mad Scots, then it would have probably been much better movie.

But all three?  It’s a bit too much.

Brave the moors of X Moor via Netflix, because otherwise there are too many ways to die.

Marvel’s Daredevil – Teaser Trailer

When Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, said that Marvel’s Daredevil would be a more street level interpretation of the character, he wasn’t kidding.  The trailer looks gritty and nothing at all like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Marvel’s Agent Carter.

I think that it’s neat that so far every Marvel series each has its own distinctive look and feel.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) – Review

The Town That Dreaded Sundown movie poster

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Is Remarkably “Blah” And Pointless, Which Is A Pity Considering The Source Material”

While I was a bit dismayed when I first learned that one of the favorite horror films was being remade, I am even more put out to see it turn up on Netflix this evening (which implies that it wasn’t good enough to release in theaters because, while I am a huge fan of Netflix, movies that aren’t in some way associated with them don’t traditionally make it their first stop).

It’s already a bit too meta for my tastes and opens with a couple at a drive-in, watching the original The Town That Dreaded Sundown–someone even wears an eponymously-titled t-shirt, which is a bit like wearing a shirt with James Holmes‘ picture on the anniversary of the Colorado theater shootings.  Sure, you could do it, but it would also be in awfully bad taste–and with some people protesting that a movie based on a true event was being shown again.

And the thing is, you can see their point.

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Doug Stanhope: Miserablist Triumphant!

I don’t quite know why it is, but I find myself listening to a lot of Doug Stanhope lately.  I first heard of him from his concert, Beer Hall Putsch–available on Netflix–and from there I found a lot of his podcasts and concerts on Youtube.

He’s hilarious, though more importantly, he’s a comedian with an actual point of view.  You may not agree with a lot that he says–I know I don’t–but his observations are always interesting (and even enlightening sometimes).

Another thing is that, with many comedians, you can tell that while they may walk the walk, they don’t talk the talk.  In other words, their day-to-day lives have relatively little bearing on their comedy, except in an irritatingly observational way.

Not in the case of Stanhope, though I am not sure how much of what he says stems from a love of misery or if suffering only amplifies his humor, like sunlight through a magnifying glass.

He’s also done some commentaries for the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), and all that I have seen are pretty hilarious.

His podcasts are also educational, after all, I didn’t know what the ‘Beer Hall Putsch’ referred to prior.  I also didn’t know that ‘miserablist’ was a real word (it is).


Beer Hall Putsch is on Netflix, and it’s definitely not meant for children.

John Carpenter’s “Halloween” Screening For Free (For A Limited Time Only)!

How limited, you might ask?  I have no idea, though according to The Daily Dead the free period began on the 16th, two days ago, so if you don’t already have in your collection, I’d take advantage of it before someone comes to their senses.

Besides, the last “horror” film I watched was Children Of The Corn: Urban Harvest, which was pretty funny, though the humor was unfortunately of the unintentional variety.

Unlike Halloween, which was one of the most influential horror films ever made.  What’s most interesting is that, despite how iconic the film may seem to viewers now, at the time Carpenter was making it he not only had any idea it would be as innovative as it ended up being, but its success almost defied logic.