All posts by CJ

A pop culture devotee who is happiest watching any incarnation of Star Trek, reading Stephen King or Joe Hill novels, viewing great movies [primarily from the action, horror, adventure or science fiction genres], or flipping through a DC comic. Dream jobs would include: Starfleet Captain, joining the Green Lantern Corps, Pokémon Master, Disney Princess or plumber for the Mushroom Kingdom.

Weekly update: I didn’t know if I even really existed

Greetings, Gothamites!

It is a great time to be a pop culture nerd. The Breaking Bad movie El Camino drops in a little over four hours for Australians. The latest Stephen King and Joe Hill books are out and I finally received them both*. Drag Race UK’s first episode aired last week and I already have two favourites. In the Tall Grass, a movie based on a novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, has dropped on Netflix. AND I still have plenty of I Love Lucy episodes to get through. I don’t care, I love it, don’t judge me. 

* No thanks to the supplier-that-shall-not-be-named who decided that if someone pre-orders two books, you should wait until the second book is released to ship them together. Even if they’re a month apart. BUT the main point is that they are here now and I love them even before I’ve finished them.

Enough about what’s coming up … Let’s get into what I’ve seen lately!

 

Movie Joker (2019)

I went into Joker with the understanding that it wasn’t going to be a comic book movie, so I put aside all of my comic book nerd expectations and just watched it as though it were any other movie. And it is fascinating.

I can’t say “I enjoyed” Joker because it’s not the sort of film you necessarily “enjoy”. I do however think it is a brilliant look into the gritty world of Gotham and cities like it. Joker is disturbing, beautifully made and has a subtle depth to it that goes past someone with mental illness simply snapping. 

Joaquin Phoenix delivers a fantastic performance that should garner, at the very least, a nomination at the Academy Awards. 

Joker is not a movie for the kiddies. Pay mind to the R rating and don’t be swayed by the fact it is (again — loosely) based on a comic book character. But if you enjoy dark, gritty looks into the underbelly of fictional worlds and humanity, like Sin City and Taxi Driver, then Joker is worth checking out.

 

Movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Quentin Tarantino is a bit hit and miss for me … I love some of his movies and there are some I really don’t care for at all. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is definitely in the former category. 

It’s got the technicolour visuals of films from the 60s, a fantastic cast, a captivating story and the flair we have come to associate with Tarantino. My only criticism is that it is quite long and does feel long at certain points. 

If you I didn’t know if I even really existed earlier hits from the iconic director, such as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and even Inglorious Basterds, then Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a must see. 

 

That’s it from me this time around, Gothamites. Hit me up in the comments or on Twitter and let me know what you’ve been reading, watching or otherwise bingeing/enjoying!

Until next time, live long and prosper! 🖖🏻

– CJ

Weekly update: Meg Ryan called — and she wants her haircut back

Greetings, Gothamites!

Going to be a short one this week. Here’s a quick update of what things have been like outside of the world of pop culture:

And then there was this:

Look. I’m a little bit of a drama queen and it comes out most when I’m unwell.

But all of that aside — I was able to get my hands on a box set of the complete I Love Lucy series. And while I recognise that some of the gags are very dated, I love Lucille Ball. She was a comedy genius long before the term comedy genius was common parlance. I’ve really enjoyed kicking back to a simpler time with many laughs where the comedy doesn’t need to be lewd and the drama doesn’t need to be upped every season. It’s much like when I was revisiting The Hardy Boys TV series.

It was also recently new Stephen King movie day! Let’s talk about that.

 

Movie — IT Chapter Two (2019)

The losers are BACK! I actually booked in for two sessions after work the day IT Chapter Two (don’t even try to @ me with that lower case It) came out, so I was at the cinemas from 6pm until after midnight and I still. wanted. more. 

The casting director for IT Chapter Two deserves an Academy Award, right now. Don’t want until February. Just Express Post it to their house. Everyone is perfect in their roles. Personal favourites are Bill Hader, who shone in a role very different to what I’ve seen him do in the past, and Jessica Chastain, who brought a very complex character to life in a wonderful way. 

I love the difference between Chapter One Pennywise and Chapter Two Pennywise. In Chapter One, Pennywise is an apex predator who has a smorgasbord of children to marinate in torment and devour every 27 years — until the losers came along. Chapter Two Pennywise is a desperate, hungry and injured animal who lashes out at every opportunity and it is a magnificent transformation to behold. 

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone, but I loved IT Chapter Two and plan to see it again in the cinema before its run is out. There are scares, there are touching moments and there are some great cameos. 

Special shout out to the Village Cinemas Gold Class I went to for IT Chapter Two. Their lounge was decked out with floating red balloons and even a little Georgie mannequin dressed in a yellow slicker with a balloon and paper boat. They were reasonably small things but made a huge impact on the atmos in the lounge.

 

That’s it from me this time around, Gothamites. Hit me up in the comments or on Twitter and let me know what you’ve been reading, watching or otherwise bingeing/enjoying!

Until next time, live long and prosper! 🖖🏻

– CJ

The Sixth Wicked Child by J.D. Barker (2019)

Page count:
532

ISBN:
9780990694977 

The final showdown between Detective Sam Porter’s team, the FBI and 4MK Anson Bishop. In this game of cat and mouse the body count continues to rise and tables turn in ways no-one could have imagined. 

The Sixth Wicked Child is the third novel in the 4MK Thriller series. Continue reading The Sixth Wicked Child by J.D. Barker (2019)

Weekly update: I work with Spider-Man, not for Spider-Man!

Greetings, Gothamites!

It’s a great time for TV shows and in coming weeks I’ll be discussing my thoughts on the latest seasons of Stranger Things, Queer Eye and Orange Is the New Black. I’ve watched OITNB for many years, but never reviewed it because I wanted it to be something I just enjoyed rather than analysed. However, with this season being the final one, I feel like I’d like to delve in to discuss how I feel about the end of the era. Continue reading Weekly update: I work with Spider-Man, not for Spider-Man!