Friday, December 12, 2014

MOCK Squid Soup: Pulp Fiction: December 12, 2014

One of the surest ways for me to NOT like something is to be told that I MUST like it.  Such was the case with Pulp Fiction when it came out.


I saw it shortly after its theatrical run, when it first debuted on VHS.  I was thoroughly underwhelmed.  People who had seemed smart to me were praising it.  People who I detested thought it was the greatest movie ever made.  It seemed that it was "hip" to enjoy it.  I was not hip.  Never have been and never will be.  But I am petty and those memories are powerful.

My memory of it was such that when I went to check on flickchart, I had rated it 17 times and it was the LAST movie on my list.  Dead last.

Re-watching it with Squid moved it up to 281 on my list.  While I am still underwhelmed,  I can understand the impact it has on people.  I liked the juxtaposition of the "real" world with the seediness going on at the same time.  I liked the use of the soundtrack as another layer within the movie (a technique done even better earlier this year with Guardians of the Galaxy).  Some of the dialogue was clever.  The non-sequential story telling didn't seem to be necessary.

My kids don't understand my love of the first Star Wars movie.  They see things like it all the time.  They see movies with better effects.  They see actual Star Wars movies and television shows any time they want.  They don't know what I went through growing up.  I had three movies.  And I didn't get a VCR until Return of the Jedi was already 5 years old.

Perhaps my inability to understand the adoration for Pulp Fiction comes from everything I have seen since that was inspired by it.  Or not being able to grasp the "revolution" it set forth in modern cinema (which parallels my inability to understand the music revolution of the same era and my distaste for most "indy" music).

Or maybe I just know what I like and I'm okay with that...

Why not check out the other folks who signed up for this month's film:
1.The Armchair Squid2.Scouring Monk
3.Cherdo on the Flipside 

Lastly, check the Squid's site for exciting information about January's title!  Guest hosts!  Guest picker!  I will not be partaking as we have a movie I just can't bring myself to view again....but perhaps you will!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December 2014!

Back to school and normalcy after the long Thanksgiving Break.  Here are some comics I own with a December cover date!

Millie the Model 133
December 1965
One of the romance comics I was given from Nan's grandparent's house last year.

Avengers 83
December 1970
One of the comics I own that takes place in my hometown of Rutland, Vermont.

Batman 237
December 1971

 And another Rutland issue!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Mock Squid Soup: Space Battleship Yamoto: November 14, 2014

Please check out The Armchair Squid's site for details on our bloghop and the story around our choice of movie this month.

Another short post as the real world seems to prevent blogging right now.  No sob story...just so busy.

Currently #394 on my flickchart list
Space Battleship Yamoto was a fun romp.  The visuals were impressive.  The characters fun.  It really seemed to embody the cartoon (granted I have a VERY limited exposure to the television show).

The only real negative for me was the subtitles.  I've never been a fan of subtitles given the nuances you lose in the delivery of the dialogue.  There seemed to be a few jumps in logic/the story that might not have taken a native speaker by surprise.



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Please check out the other folks who have watched the movie!

1.The ToiBox of Words2.The Armchair Squid
3.Cherdo on the Flipside4.MOCK!
5.Two Square Dogs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 26, 2014: Vermont ComicCon

After an all day class yesterday, I spent the afternoon and evening visiting with The Armchair Squid and Drama Guy.  We watched next month's Mock Squid Soup movie, Space Battleship Yamoto (available for FREE on YouTube!) and had some good conversation and some good Chinese food.

Today...today was Vermont ComicCon!  The Squids and Mocks met up and had a blast.  I'm at the point in my comic book collecting where there really isn't anything on my wish list.  I occasionally hear about a run or a series I missed that might be worth picking up.  But today was about random finds, artists and costumes!

I grabbed two Batman '66 comics for Logan, four random Star Trek issues (two John Byrne photo novels and two alternate reality issues) and a Red Sonja one shot.  For a buck a piece, I couldn't say no!



I also snagged all 5 issues of the Spider-man: With Great Power... mini-series for $2.00!


I spent some time exploring the work of a whole lot of artists!  I picked up a Doctor Who print by Blair Shedd from one of his recent Doctor Who comics and a smaller print from Vermont artist Lee Wakerly of the 12th Doctor.  I plan on displaying them both in my classroom.

Blair Shedd: Approximately 11" by 7"

Mr. Shedd signing his print

Lee Wakerley: Approximately 4" by 6"

Mr. Shedd also did TWO sketches!  One for my son and one for his friend!


Nan bought a limited run print from Mr. Shedd with a Vermont theme for the house!


And then the costumes....you can see more on Nan's NEW site here!




















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