Thursday, December 12, 2019

Ghostbusters: Afterlife - Official Trailer (2020)

Well, that was ... not what I expected.

Let's start with the premise that I no longer think that Ghostbusters holds up as well as it used to. I'm not sure if it's the style, the acting, the writing, it's just not as much fun as I remember it being. And I used to quite enjoy it.

Now .... eh.

Still better than that 2016 abortion.

Now we have a film that's ... technically a sequel? Obviously, it's got at least one set of grandkids from Egon Spengler.

I'll give them points for this. This trailer feels more like Ghostbusters at this early date than the 2016 travesty ever did. It has touches of the music. It has the right sound effects. The minimal CGI looks right. It even has an homage to the original cartoon.

The most important tie-in, however, is that the villain of the piece might be Shandor -- the man who made spook central in the first film because he thought all of humanity should have been wiped out because people were a plague on the Earth.

You know, like Thanos. Only working with the forces of Hell.

It's also nice to see Paul Rudd in a movie that's obviously toned down from his work in the Anti-Man films.

This might be interesting. Not sure if I'd see it, but I'm curious enough to see the next trailer.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wonder Woman 1984 – Official Trailer

Oh look, it's a comic book movie.

Not a lot to say about this one. It looks bright and colorful. Heck, it looks more colorful than.... every DC movie filmed this decade.

Gal Gadot, as usual, looks stunning. I never really appreciated how long her legs were until the 28 second mark -- the slit up her dress is so long, I expected her to flash the audience, but nope, still... modest? I guess.

Not sure what they're doing with the blonde in the trailer. Supposedly, she'll turn into the Wonder Woman enemy Cheetah. Right now, she looks more likely to turn into Arrow's Felicity Smoake.

Also, it's odd to see that Steve Trevor is back. I wonder how much of this was "He was fun, let's bring him back" and how much was "Chris Pine isn't going to have a Star Trek IV, we can hire him again..."  Supposedly there's a variation of monkeypaw syndrome going on during this one, so we'll see what happens.

Apparently, the primary villain is Maxwell Lord, who was only recently turned evil in the comics. He's also suffering from a bad case of 80's hair.

I don't know why they set this in the 80's, since the only thing that seems period specific is the amount of people hanging out in the mall.... and Lord's hair. Ugh.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Give the gift of reviews this Christmas

Hello everyone.

Last week, I noted just how much I've come out with this year.

Image may contain: cat, meme and text12 releases -- six novels (two long ones in five parts), a box set and two anthologies. Damn it's been a busy year.
However, there is one thing I will also note.

My first saint Tommy novel, Hell Spawn (link to the right) as of now has 87 reviews. Honor at Stake (ditto) has 115.

The others, however, need a few more. Technically, even Hell Spawn can use 13 more... because 100 is a magic number. Amazon gifts me a unicorn or something.

So if you wouldn't mind, if there are books kicking around that you've read and have not reviewed, could you please do so. A few lines about how perfect and awesome the books are wouldn't go amiss.

This even includes the individual parts of Too Secret Service and Dances with Werewolves. Remember -- Amazon algorithms are a pain in the ass, and ever evolving to play havoc with how they push your book, and who they show the books two..

As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting with my regular frequency this year. But I think I'm going to spend the next few weeks building up a release schedule of blog posts so I can once again establish a daily release.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sirius Science Fiction

From friend Lou Antonelli....

Sirius Science Fiction

“In a time when mainstream speculative fiction has been overrun by political correctness and identity politics, we offer a venue free of pretension and ideological litmus tests. We read the story free of preconceptions, and we do not ask for a biography from an author until and unless their story is accepted."