Friday, December 31, 2021

A future worth looking forward to

I'm always rubbish at year-end lists, because I always get into the good shit long after all the cool kids have moved on. But my little lady's first superhero word was Batgirl this year, because my pal Nik gave her a plush Barbara Gordon, and the best part about that was when we went to a store the other day that has some Batman toys and I pointed them out, and she legit cocked an eyebrow and said 'Bat..... Man?!?', like the concept was totally insane, and all I know is that was better than any movie, film or TV show I saw all year. 

Look, it's been another horrendous year for a lot of us, and let's all hope things get a bit brighter in 2022. The end of the Western calendar year is just an arbitrary point to start over, but fuck, we have to start somewhere.

I got through 2021 okay, even if it is a hard lesson to discover that two kids are a million more than one. But they bring more joy into this world than anything I've ever seen before, and that's always worth celebrating.

I desperately don't want to mold their minds into just liking the same things I like, because it's more fun if they have their own thing, but I'm going to give them all the chances in the world to find out what it is. This past year has been rough, but that's my future. I'll see you there.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

The year in movies

 For the first time ever, I actually made a list of every single film I saw this year - it's a lot easier when you can just make notes on your phone - and it turned out I watched exactly 254 movies in 2021. I know I would have watched way more during the period in my life when I was all about the movies and nothing else, but that's a reasonable number, I think.

A lot of those 254 films were trash - cheap and nasty action films are often all I wanna watch at four in the morning when I'm trying to get our new arrival to sleep. But if I had to pick a favourite film I saw this year, it was Lover's Rock by Steve McQueen, which said so much with so little actual words. Although I also had weirdly huge emotional reactions to Adopt A Highway, a little film about Ethan Hawke dealing with society after decades in prison; and to The Matrix Resurrections, a little film about how kung fu is cool and love conquers all.

But by taking note of every single film I saw this year, I did find that out of the 254 films I saw -

* 26 percent were movies I had seen before 

* 9 percent were prequels, sequels or remakes

* 13 percent were made before I was born in 1975

* a paltry 4 percent were films that were not in English

* 6 percent were full length feature documentaries

* 3 percent were New Zealand films

* 1 percent were Shakespeare adaptions

* 2 percent were movies actually seen in the cinema. (Even without a pandemic, getting to the movies is fucking hard right now, man.)

While I don't have many regrets over watching all these films, I do wish I had seen more movies of quality, and that's got to be a goal for the next 12 months. Unless the kid starts sleeping better, in which case, movie time turns into sleeping time, and I'll probably end up watching 12 films all year. I can live with that trade-off.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

This is still the Tearoom of Despair: Writing about comics

Bob Temuka has come unstuck in time

I still hate you, Captain Sunshine

Last night the Invisibles saved my life

Talking with Dylan Horrocks

Wonder girls, shadow cats and magpies

All around the world

The speed of Dillon

The peak of geek

Lone Wolf and Cub: Walking the white path

He's the goddamn Batman

Here comes Jim Lee!

Footrot Flats: Down on the farm for Christmas

Eight things I learned selling comics

Ambush Bug: So silly, so quickly

I'm trashing my comics

Bringing death and terror to the masses

In Barry Linton's Auckland, everything was hot, heavy and horny

The big books of Bolland

The Fantastic Four's greatest adventure

Carlos is the man

The night I met the Big Red Cheese

My head is not yet full

Warren comics freak me out

How good is Brett Parson

Surfing the skies with Kenny Who

I still miss you, Dave Cockrum

Who's that Cable?


You can do it

Horror on the battlefield

Silver Surfer: Blinded by the gleam of his heavenly arse

Consider the McCarthy Dredd

Doomed Patrolling

Mark Millar wants to know what you are talking about


The Biz

The adventures of Nikolai Dante

Don't forget me, Animal Man

Still Uncanny, after all these years

Harvey's kinda town

Oh no he didn't.

Sheer bloody perfection.

We're all turning into Larry Niven

Total crush on the New Warriors

What the world needs now...

The Chaos Monsters: Too cute to live

I AM a wanker

Thrillpower overload on dull suburban streets

Free your comics

The humanity of Watchmen

This is my most-read post ever

Slaine versus the El Women

Love and Rockets: Something's gonna explode

Hero of the Beach

Moving out of home with Marvels

A life of comic books

How to become Seto Thargo