Saturday, December 31, 2022

Goodnight 2022

Goodnight 2022, you were a strange fucking year.

Happy new year and see you in 2023, everybody. Let's see what happens next.

Friday, December 30, 2022

The year in movies

I never actively tired before, but I knew I could see 300 movies in a year. Last year I made a list on my phone of every film I saw in 2021, and saw more than 250 without really trying, so 300 seemed like an easy goal.

Of course it fucking was. The youngest would wake up early, and then go to sleep on me, so what esle was I going to do? I wasn't going to waste my time on ten hours of medicore TV, when I could get four or five movies in the same time.

So I'm going to watch my 316th film to round out the year tomorrow and I'm finishing with Annette, because that seems like a good end-of-the-year film. I started the year with The Green Knight. The best was probably Everything Everywhere, even with the obvious moronic backlash that it's now going through, although I also had the absolute best time in the theatre at Top Gun: Maverick, Glass Onion and the new Avatar.

(Not included in this 300 are the movies I undoubtedly saw the most this year - Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit; Shaun the Sheep The Movie and Shaun The Sheep 2: Farmageddon. I see parts of these films a few dozen times a week, and they're the #1 choice for 'dad has to make the bloody dinner, so please just sit quietly for five minutes' moments. They're still great films.)

But of the films I did see this year:

* 28.4 percent were movies I had seen before, up from 26 percent last year, probably because I went through big 'I should watch all the Mission Impossibles/Indiana Jones/Butterfly Effect films' phases.

* 13.2 percent were prequels, sequels or remakes - up from nine percent last year

* 8.4 percent were made before I was born in 1975, down from 13 percent in 2021

* A paltry 6.1 percent were films that were not in English, only slightly better than last year's 4 percent.

* 7.1 percent were full length feature documentaries, up from 6 percent last year, and probably because I went on a documentary binge late in the year

* 1.6 percent were New Zealand films. What the fuck, man. It was only 3 percent last year and it's no better now.

* 0 percent were Shakespeare adaptions. No bard this year.

* 5.8 percent were in the cinema, doubled from 2 percent. It's coming back, baby!

So the main thing I take from all this is that I'm becoming more of a basic bitch in my film tastes. I think the drive to watch 300 films was an issue, because I ended up watching any old shit, and there were too many d-grade actioners and dull dramas that I missed in the 1980s. I'm not going to have a goal like this next year. (Besides, there's a tonne of TV I'd like to catch up on. I also got more burning itches for Blake's 7 and Twin Peaks rewatches, but that's a persistent issue.)

I'm still going to watch all the movies I can, I just got to watch better films.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

This is always the Tearoom of Despair: Writing about comics

Wonder girls, shadow cats and magpies

The peak of geek

The Fantastic Four's greatest adventure

Alan Grant gave the kids what they needed

Talking with Dylan Horrocks

Who's that Cable?

All around the world

The speed of Dillon

This is my most-read post ever

I AM a wanker

Slaine versus the El Women

Lone Wolf and Cub: Walking the white path

Thrillpower overload on dull suburban streets

He's the goddamn Batman

You can do it

Here comes Jim Lee!

Footrot Flats: Down on the farm for Christmas

Bringing death and terror to the masses

The big books of Bolland

How to become Seto Thargo

Luther Arkwright: Clean living might still save us all

The night I met the Big Red Cheese

Warren comics freak me out

Surfing the skies with Kenny Who

I still miss you, Dave Cockrum

Bob Temuka has come unstuck in time

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

Carlos is the man

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

The Chaos Monsters: Too cute to live

Free your comics

The humanity of Watchmen

Last night the Invisibles saved my life

I didn't need church when I had the corner dairy

Love and Rockets: Something's gonna explode

Hero of the Beach

Moving out of home with Marvels

A life of comic books

Ambush Bug: So silly, so quickly

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

Kevin O'Neill's bestiary is finished

What the world needs now...

I still hate you, Captain Sunshine

My head is not yet full