Saturday, February 16, 2019

Kingdom Episodes 2 And 3

I am half way though this Korean zombie story and it was a great slow burn, until it suddenly wasn't and we are thrust into the most horrifying night of undead massacre that you can imagine. Mothers killing their own children kind of stuff. The neat thing about these zombies is that they only come alive at night. During the day you have the chance to kill them or contain them in some way. At least long enough to save yourself by nightfall. But not when a whole city of them rampages through the countryside. This situation is not getting better anytime soon.

The deaths here are gruesome but especially terrifying when the friend you were just with gets bit and turns to zombie almost immediately. Plus that crawling and cracking that their bones make might be the sound that I never get out of my head. These are those fast kind of zombies too so if you are not a good runner you are dog food.

I have also decided that little kid zombies are the scariest zombies of them all.

Humans also tend to become pretty selfish when the zombies are about. Everyone tends to look out for number one. I would act the exact same way given similar circumstances. The government officials, however, are particularly loathsome. I can't wait for them to get what is coming to them. The death of a soulless bureaucrat always makes a zombie movie better in my opinion.

Unlike other zombie films, these undead do not like the sun and they run to dark places or under floorboards once the day begins. That gives the non-bit a chance to recover and do something to protect themselves before sunset and the whole terrifying cycle begins again. That gives the viewer hope that maybe we could have something resembling at happy ending when we get to the end but I doubt that is even possible at this point. It's also some nice quiet time after all the chaos that we just viewed and before the whole cycle begins again.

Three more episodes to go but I am with this one until the end.

The Greatest Of The Spaceknights


Cosplay This Week


The Umbrella Academy

Hip, cool and magnificently original, The Umbrella Academy is the same gift in live action as it was as the first six issue comic book miniseries that introduced us to the most dysfunctional family in the history of superheroes. And make no mistake, they are all heroes, in their own twisted way and have barely kept sane in the process.

Created by Gerard Way and Gabrielle Ba, the story begins after the death of the eccentric billionaire Hargreaves who adopted 7 unusual children many years previous. Each was born on the first of October, 1989 to mothers who where not pregnant the morning they gave birth.

The children were raised to fight crime with their abilities. All of them but Vanya (Ellen Page), the one without any powers according to her father. The one despised by her father who made sure she never forgotten how ordinary she was. In fact she wrote a book about it and exposed all the family secrets - something most of her brothers and sisters have never forgiven her for. She also plays the violin. That becomes crucial as the story progresses.

Through their initial reaction upon coming together when they learn of the death of their 'father', the family has many an unresolved issue that immediately informs us of the relationship they have with each other. It's very smart writing and in the end it's what makes The Umbrella Academy special - the relationships.

Plus there is a talking monkey in a suit named Pogo. A wise old monkey who served as Hargreaves monkey Major Domo and loves the children very much.

I enjoyed very much the cast and how each was their father's children. Each has an edge and emotional pain that all comes up after the death of the only parent they ever knew. They have a 'Mother' too but I will let you learn about her on your own.

Next we learn that Number Five has been missing for nearly 17 years. One day the kid who could teleport was gone and never seen again. Of course he would re-appear on the day that that family has gathered to spread their Father's ashes after being in the future for 54 years. Of course he is still in the body of a 13 year old because he never ages.

There is a Number Six who would turn into a murderous tentacled creature.
He died.
The way each one dances to Tiffany's I Think We're Along Now is delightful and unforced and does more to set a mood and a sensibility than anything I could have thought of. So far I am loving this story as one would love a superhero fairy tale, albeit a dark one with plenty of blood and violence. I will only watch one a day because I have a feeling I will not want these ten episodes to ever end.


And The Month Of Blackface Continues

Again, how does this one go from CONCEPT TO COMPLETION with not one person putting up their hand to ask if MAYBE this is a racist shoe? I don't get understand this bullshit. Can't we all agree that blackface or anything SAMBO related is bad. Always bad. Like Ebola - BAD.
It's bad enough to make racist shoes but do you have to make UGLY racist shoes? That is almost a worse sin here from someone who is suppose to know fashion. Take some pride in your racism. This shoe is atrocious. What kind of bag do you match them with?

I Think They Are Trying To Seduce Me


Well Look Who Finally Became A Fan Of Wet Food

I don't need to rub it in.
I knew she would see it my way one day.
Apparently her ladyship preferred it chilled all along.

From The Caturday Files