Ho Che Anderson’s “Godhead” : Prepare To Meet Your Maker

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

The following is a piece (of what, I leave up to your determination) originally written for Daniel Elkin’s Your Chicken Enemy website, and I’m presenting it here in its original, unedited form so that, if you’re so inclined, you can compare the two versions and see what a significant difference a good editor — which Mr. Elkin most certainly is, and then some — can make in terms of whipping a review into fighting shape. Enjoy — and buy this book, it’s pretty damn incredible!

The final version of the review is available here : http://www.danielelkin.com/2018/04/prepare-to-meet-your-maker-ryan-carey.html


What do you do when you absolutely love a comic, but think it’s undercut by things entirely outside the parameters of the story and art itself?

Ho Che Anderson’s Godhead Volume One (a second is apparently on the way next year, fingers crossed) is a work of borderline-brilliant dystopian sci-fi, a logical extrapolation…

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Music Video of the Day: Livin’ Thing by Electric Light Orchestra (1976, dir by ????)

Hi, everyone!

I don’t have much to say about this video.  That’s actually one of the reasons why I picked it.  My allergies and my asthma are teaming up to try to take me out before April ends so I figured this would be a good day to pick a video that can pretty much speak for itself.

I’ve liked this song ever since I first watched Boogie Nights.  Apparently, in 2006, it was voted the “greatest guilty pleasure” of all time by the British music magazine, Q.  I just find all the random shouts of “I’m taking a dive” to be fascinating.


Lisa’s Week In Review: 4/23/18 — 4/29/18


Usually, I avoid discussing current events on this site but this has been such a chaotic week that I simply have to start out by mentioning everything that has happened since last Sunday.  Bill Cosby was finally convicted.  Tom Brokaw was finally exposed.  Kanye West tweeted that he loved Donald Trump and the people on both sides of the political divide lost their damn minds.  (And that was all just on Thursday!)  Meanwhile, the Korean War might be over and, as usual, an excessive amount of coverage and discussion was devoted to the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.  (If they had Nerd Prom in the 18th Century, the French Revolution would have stated a decade early.)

As for me,  this week has been a mix of good and bad.  The good part definitely included being interviewed on Ferguson Ink.  It also included Wednesday, which was Administrative Professionals Day.  The bad part has pretty much been this weekend, largely due to a combination of asthma and allergies.  Again, I had to put off my plans to review 28 classic Italian horror films.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a start on that project next week.

Anyway, here’s what I did accomplish:

Movies I Watched:

  1. The Amityville Horror (1979)
  2. The Apartment (1960)
  3. Cannibal Man (1971)
  4. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  5. Fiance Killer (2018)
  6. The Gumball Rally (1976)
  7. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
  8. Illegally Yours (1988)
  9. Kings Go Forth (1958)
  10. The Mean Season (1985)
  11. Nanny Killer (2018)
  12. Overboard  (1987)
  13. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  14. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  15. Strange Days (1995)
  16. A View to a Kill (1985)

Television Show I Watched:

  1. Archer
  2. The Americans
  3. Ash vs Evil Dead
  4. Ask the Undertaker
  5. Atlanta
  6. Barry
  7. Brooklyn 99
  8. Crime Watch Daily
  9. Dead of Night
  10. Diabolical
  11. Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions
  12. Fear the Walking Dead
  13. Genius: Picasso
  14. Homeland
  15. Homide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
  16. Howards End
  17. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  18. iZombie
  19. King of the Hill
  20. Legion
  21. Lucifer
  22. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
  23. Masterpiece Theater: Unforgotten II
  24. Model Killers
  25. New Girl
  26. Next
  27. Night Gallery
  28. The Office
  29. Roseanne
  30. Silicon Valley
  31. Survivor 36
  32. Survivor Pearl Islands
  33. The Terror
  34. Trust
  35. UnREAL
  36. Vanity Fair Confidential
  37. Westworld

Books I Read:

  1. Gun Love by Jennifer Clement

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adam Rickfors
  2. Afrojack
  3. Arcade Fire
  4. Armin Van Buuren
  5. Audioslave
  6. Autograf
  7. Avicii
  9. Big Data
  10. Bjork
  11. Blanck Mass
  12. Bob Dylan
  13. Calvin Harris
  14. Cedric Gervais
  15. The Chemical Brothers
  16. CUT__
  17. Daft Punk
  18. David Guetta
  19. Dillon Francis
  20. Eels
  21. Fiona Apple
  22. Florence + The Machine
  23. Goblin
  24. Hardwell
  25. Icona Pop
  26. Jakalope
  27. Jake Bugg
  28. James Newman
  29. Jay-Z
  30. The Killers
  31. Martin Garrix
  32. Mick Jagger
  33. Moby
  35. Nine Inch Nails
  36. No Doubt
  37. Phantogram
  38. Rita Ora
  39. Saint Motel
  40. Skrillex
  41. Spice Girls
  42. Steve Aoki
  43. Talking Heads
  44. William Control

Links From Last Week:

  1. Derrick Ferguson interviewed me for Ferguson Ink!
  2. From Sean Taylor: Political correctness and new pulp fiction
  3. From Pinky Guerrero: like, pretend your villain isn’t terribly empathic or something and Haunted Sleepover With The #LateNightMovie Gang!
  4. From The Guardian: After six months of #MeToo, the burning question seems to be: how soon can these guys come back?
  5. Unbelievable: Charlie Rose wants to host a show where he’ll interview other assholes who were exposed by Me Too.
  6. On her photography site, my sister shared The Ultimate Look of Contempt!
  7. Over at Sleeping Lisa, I wrote about a dream I had.
  8. In honor of National Poetry Month, I shared the following from Yeats: The Cold Heaven, Youth and Age, From The Antigone, September 1913, Byzantium, and The Second Coming!

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared The Covers of the Avenger!
  2. Gary reviewed The Beast With Five Fingers, Five Star Final, and Hardcore, along with taking a look at the song I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)!
  3. Ryan reviewed The Avengers: Infinity War and The Pervert, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  4. I posted two brilliant reviews: Destroy All Monsters and The Bounty!
  5. Speaking of brilliant reviews, you have to check out Leonard’s in-depth look at Alien!

(Want to see what I accomplished last week?  Click here!)

Have a great week everyone!

What Lisa Watched Last Night #179: Fiance Killer (dir by Fred Olen Ray)

Last night, I turned over to the Lifetime Movie Network and watched the latest Lifetime movie, Fiance Killer!

Why Was I Watching It?

It was on Lifetime!  By now, y’all should know that I’ll watch anything that’s on Lifetime!

What Was It About?

So, Cameron (Felisha Cooper) is about to be very, very rich.  As soon as she turns 25, she’ll be coming into a huge inheritance!  On top of that, Cameron also has a new boyfriend.  His name is Brent (Adam Huss) and he runs a non-profit!  Or, at least, that’s what he says.  Cameron’s mother (Kari Wuhrer) doesn’t trust him.  In fact, she does a background check on him and comes away convinced that Brent is only interesting in Cameron’s money.  Of course, Cameron doesn’t believe that.  In fact, Cameron is so offended by her mother’s paranoia that she elopes with Brent!

Except, of course, mom is right.  Brent is after Cameron’s money.  Of course, Brent doesn’t really have it in him to commit murder.  However, his girlfriend, Lexi (Jean Louise O’Sullivan), definitely does…

What Worked?

Lexi is one of my favorite characters of all time!  Seriously, she must have undergone ninja training at some point because she could seriously just pop up anywhere.  Someone gets in a car and there’s Lexi in the back seat!  Someone goes down to the kitchen and there’s Lexi hiding behind the refrigerator.  My favorite thing about Lexi was that, for all of the intricate plotting that went into her scheme, she didn’t really seem to care whether it actually worked or not.  Lexi was an agent of pure chaos, less a schemer and more a revolutionary.  Jean Louise O’Sullivan had a lot of fun with the role.

What Did Not Work?

Obviously, with any Lifetime film, you’re going to have to suspend your disbelief to a certain extent but seriously, Cameron was occasionally too naive to be believed.  Maybe if she had been 18, I could have bought that she wouldn’t be able to see through Brent and his schemes.  But, by the time you turn 25, you really should know better.

“Oh my God!  Just like me!” Moments

Obviously, it would have been nice if I could have related to Cameron, who was a very nice person and always tried to do the best for everyone.  But, honestly, I could never do the whole eloping thing.  When I do get married, it’s going to be a huge wedding and I’m going to expect a lot of expensive gifts.  As well, I couldn’t ever marry someone who worked for a “non-profit” because bragging about working for a company that doesn’t make a profit just seems strange to me.

So, that pretty much left with me with little choice but to relate to Lexi.  Unfortunately, Lexi killed people and I’m not really into that either.  However, I do enjoy making a scene so I guess Lexi and I had that in common.

Lessons Learned

I should sign up for ninja training as soon as possible.  Admittedly, I might not be a very good ninja and I’m not really sure if there’s much ninja work available where I live but I’d still love to learn how to just pop up anywhere whenever I wanted to.  That seems like that could be a valuable skill to have.

The Covers of The Avenger

Long before Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, Richard Henry Benson was The Avenger.  Benson was a globe-trotting adventurer and millionaire who, with his team of assistants, battled evil wherever he found it.  From 1939 to 1942, his adventures were detailed in The Avenger Magazine.  The majority were written by Paul Ernst under the pen named Kenneth Robeson.

There were 24 issues of The Avenger.  The majority of them featured covers by artist Harold Winfield Scott.  Have a look at a few of them below:

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

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Music Video of the Day: Human Behavior by Bjork (1993, dir by Michel Gondry)

A video featuring a human-sized toy bear beating up a hunter?

The question isn’t why wouldn’t I share this video.  The question is why haven’t I shared this video yet?

The song, of course, is a look at human behavior through the eyes of an animal.  Bjork had the following to say about the idea behind the video:

“Human Behaviour is an animal’s point of view on humans. And the animals are definitely supposed to win in the end. So why, one might ask, is the conquering bear presented as a man-made toy? I don’t know. I guess I just didn’t think it would be fair to force an animal to act in a video. I mean, that would be an extension of what I’m against.”

This was the first video on which Michel Gondry and Bjork collaborated.  (Gondry, of course, would later direct Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.)  Gondry had the following to say about the video:

“When we did our first video, for “Human Behaviour”, I was thinking: “Great, we’re going to Iceland and we’re going to shoot a lot of great landscape.” And she [Björk] said no – she had a similar idea as my friend Etienne in Oui Oui, she wanted to use animals to reflect human nature. And it was great, because as soon as she started to throw some ideas, they started to bounce in my mind and imagination and I immediately came back with other ideas, and we did a video that was very collaborative. “

So, there you have it.  The animals always win in the end.


Weekly Reading Round-Up : 04/22/2018 – 04/28/2018

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Anthologies, surreal vegetarian polemics, and smarter-than-average TV tie-ins abound, so let’s jump right in —

A haunting and frankly topical cover from the great Al Columbia kicks off  Now #3, and as we’ve quickly come to expect, editor Eric Reynolds has assembled a first-rate selection of cartoonists from around the globe in the pages within. Standout selections from this issue are Eleanor Davis’ psychologically and sexually complex “March Of The Penguins,” Dash Shaw’s soul-baring “Crowd Chatter,” Nathan Cowdry’s unsettling “Deliver Me/Sweet Baby,” Nah Van Sciver’s amusingly ironic (and that takes skill at this point, believe me) “Wolf Nerd,” Anna Haifisch’s unapologetically straightforward “A Proud Race,” Keren Ketz’s beautiful, elegiac “My Summer At The Fountain Of Fire And Wonder,” and Roberta Scomparsa’s disturbing and all-too-real “The Jellyfish,” but for my money (and at $10 for 120 pages you won’t be complaining about how you spent yours here) the absolute revelation is Anne…

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Film Review: The Bounty (dir by Roger Donaldson)

Oh, poor Captain Bligh.

For those who recognize the name, it’s probably because they’ve either read a book or seen a film that portrayed him as being the tyrannical captain of the HMS Bounty.  In 1787, William Bligh and the Bounty set off on a mission to Tahiti.  When, after ten months at sea, the Bounty arrived in Tahiti, the crew immediately fell in love with the relaxed pleasures of island life.  When Bligh ordered them to leave Tahiti and continue with their mission, his own second-in-command led a mutiny.  Bligh and the few men who remained loyal to him were set adrift in a lifeboat while Christian and the mutineers eventually ended up settling on Pitcairn Island.  Against impossible odds, Bligh managed to make it back to civilization, where he faced both a court-martial and a future of being portrayed as a villain.

Though most historians agree that Bligh was a knowledgeable and talented (if strict) captain and that the mutiny had more to do with Christian’s desire to remain in Tahiti than Bligh’s treatment of the crew, most adaptations of what happened on the Bounty have laid the blame for the mutiny squarely at Bligh’s feet.  Personally, I think it has to do with the names of the people involved.  William Bligh just sounds evil, in much the same way that the name Fletcher Christian immediately brings to mind images of heroism.  In 1935’s Mutiny On The Bounty, Charles Laughton portrayed Bligh as being a viscous sadist.  In 1962’s Mutiny in the Bounty, Trevor Howard portrayed Bligh as being an overly ambitious martinet, though ultimately Howard was overshadowed by Marlon Brando, who gave a bizarrely mannered performance in the role Christian.

In fact, it would seem that there’s only one film that’s willing to give William Bligh the benefit of the doubt.  That film is 1984’s The Bounty.

The Bounty opens with Bligh (played by Anthony Hopkins) facing a court-martial for losing the Bounty.  That the admiral presiding over Bligh’s court-martial is played by Laurence Olivier is significant for two reasons.  Olivier’s stately and distinguished presence lets us know that the mutiny was viewed as being an affront to British society but it also reminds us that Hopkins began his career as Olivier’s protegé.  Much as how William Bligh was a star of the British navy, Hopkins was (and is) a star of British stage and screen.  One gets the feeling the scene isn’t just about the admiral judging Bligh.  It was also about Olivier judging Hopkins as the latter played a role that had already been made famous by two other great British thespians, Charles Laughton and Trevor Howard.

By opening with Bligh on trial, The Bounty allows itself to be told largely through Bligh’s point of view.  We watch familiar events play out from a new perspective.  Once again, it takes longer than expected for Bligh and the Bounty to reach Tahiti and, once again, Bligh’s by-the-book leadership style alienates a good deal of the crew.  However, this time, Bligh is not portrayed as being a villain.  Instead, he’s just a rather neurotic man who is trying to do his duty under the most difficult of circumstances.  Bligh knows that the crew blames him for everything that goes wrong during the voyage but he also knows that the only way their going to survive the journey is through maintaining order.

In fact, the film suggests that Bligh’s biggest mistake was promoting Fletcher Christian (Mel Gibson) to second-in-command.  Christian is portrayed as being good friends with Bligh and one gets the feeling that Bligh promoted him largely so he would have someone to talk to.

The film does a good job contrasting the dank claustrophobia of the Bounty with the vibrant beauty of Tahiti.  When the crew first lands, Bligh proves his diplomatic skills upon meeting with the native king.  However, it quickly becomes apparent that, while Bligh views the stop in Tahiti as just being a part of the mission, the majority of the crew view it as being an escape from the dreariness of their lives in Britain.  For the first time in nearly a year, the crew is allowed to enjoy life.  When Bligh eventually orders the crew to leave Tahti, many of the men — including Christian — are forced to abandon their native wives.

Unfortunately for Bligh, he doesn’t understand that his crew has no desire to return to the dreariness of their old life, either on the Bounty or in the United Kingdom.  Bligh’s solution to the crew’s disgruntlement is to become an even harsher disciplinarian.  (Bligh is the type of captain who will order the crew to clean the ship, just to keep them busy.)  However, Bligh no longer has Christian backing him.  When the inevitable mutiny does occur, Bligh seems to be the only one caught by surprise.

Anthony Hopkins gives a performance that turns Bligh into a character who is, in equal amounts, both sympathetic and frustrating.  Bligh means well but he’s so rigid and obsessed with his duty that he can’t even being to comprehend why his crew is so annoyed about having to leave Tahiti.  Since Bligh can’t imagine ever loving anything more than sailing, it’s beyond his abilities to understand why his men are so obsessed with returning to Tahiti.  Hopkins portrays Bligh as being not evil but instead, rather isolated.  He knows everything about sailing but little about emotion or desire.  Ironically, the same personality traits that led to him losing the Bounty are also key to his survival afterward.  By enforcing discipline and emphasizing self-sacrifice, Bligh keeps both himself and the men who stayed loyal to him alive until their eventual rescue.

Interestingly, Mel Gibson portrayed Christian as being just as neurotic as Bligh.  In fact, if Bligh and Christian have anything in common, it would appear to be they’re both obsessed with what the crew thinks of them.  Whereas Bligh is obsessed with being respected, Christian wants to be viewed as their savior.  When the mutiny finally occurs, Christian gets an almost messianic gleam in his eyes.  While Christian is not portrayed as being a villain (and, indeed, The Bounty is unique in not having any cut-and-dried villains and heroes), Gibson’s portrayal is certainly far different from the heroic interpretation offered up by Clark Gable.

(The rest of the cast is full of familiar British character actors, along with a few future stars making early appearances.  Both Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson appear as members of the Bounty’s crew.  One remains loyal to Bligh while the other goes with Christian.  Watch the movie to find out who does what!)

The Bounty is best viewed as being a character study of two men trying to survive under the most trying of conditions.  Just as Bligh’s personality made both the mutiny and his survival inevitable, the film suggests that everything that made Christian a successful mutineer will also make it impossible for him to survive for long afterward.  Whereas Bligh may have been a poor leader but a good diplomat, Christian proves to be just the opposite and the king of Tahiti makes clear that he has no room on his island for a bunch of mutineers who will soon have the entire British navy looking for them.  Whereas Bligh makes it back to Britain, Christian and the mutineers are forced to leave Tahiti a second time and end up settling on the previously uncharted Pitcairn Island.  (Of course, no one knows for sure what happened to Christian after the mutineers reached Pitcairn Island.  The last surviving mutineer claimed that Christian was murdered by the natives who were already living on the island.)

The Bounty has its flaws.  There are some pacing issues that keep the film from working as an adventure film and a few of the actors playing the crew aren’t quite as convincing as you might hope.  (If you only saw him in this film, you would never believe that Daniel Day-Lewis is a three-time Oscar winner.)  But it’s still an interesting retelling of a familiar story and it’s worth watching for the chance to see one of Anthony Hopkins’s best performances.