Content Warning

Welcome to the blog. Hope you enjoy your stay.

Because my stories have bite, they can contain content that isn't suitable for work or children. Not a lot of truly graphic sex or violence, but there are some questionable or heated posts.

F-bombs are not uncommon, so watch your footing.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Movie Review - Hellbenders (2012)

There is something glorious about watching movies with no expectations of big budgets or broad audience appeal. And when a movie touts Clifton Collins and Clancy Brown, I know roughly what I'm getting. Hellbenders more than met my expectations, and actually surprised me with how much I enjoyed it.

The concept alone is pretty neat and unique: exorcists that are so dedicated to slaying demons, they plan suicide as contingency to drag demons back to Hell. They even keep themselves bathed in sin to make sure their souls will go straight down.

As the movie unfolded, I was happy to find there was more story than just a group of debauched priests slaying demons. Ancient evil awakens, and the Hellbound Saints have to pool all their resources to defeat it.

Certainly, there was a level of cheesiness that sometimes detracts, but then there's just so much fun as the Saints keep a checklist and tally of their sins in order to make sure they would go straight to Hell.

I enjoyed the ultimate showdown, though it felt a little rushed, and too much because the script said so, not because the characters justified it. Doesn't make it any less enjoyable.

When I watched this, Hellbenders was on Amazon Prime. Seems like many of the best low-budget, unheard of movies are making their way to Amazon, and it certainly helps pass the time.

Friday, February 21, 2020

#FridayFlash - Cultivator

Morrigana slipped through the garden in her elven form, even her tail put away. Early morning light filtered through the green canopy, birds sang, and servants worked in the distance.

A perfect day for assassination.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Movie Review - The Good Liar

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan trying to out-con each other? Count me in, because this should be really fun and intense.

I was wrong.

This was the longest hour and forty-nine minutes that I've spent watching a movie. It was so dry, and took forever to get where it was going that I thought about chewing my own arm off. When the climax and big reveal came, my eyes rolled so hard I thought I was going to sprain them.

Both actors felt like they had phoned the entire performance in. It was decent, but far from their best works.

Granted, the writing wasn't good enough to support them. Had the trailer not shown that they were playing each other, there might have been some more suspense, more of an aha! as they made their moves.

Instead, it was just watching them make silly moves and wondering why a conman didn't see what was going on. It's a psychological phenomenon that a liar expects others to lie; an experienced conman should see the play, should expect all others to be trying to screw him over.

Tiny spoilers ahead.

I don't understand the point of tying it to Nazi Germany. There was nothing about the story or motivations that needed to have that background, that would be any different if they'd had any other origin story. It still boggles my mind, because other than how Hans took her father down then was able to get to England, the War has no impact.

Boring and of low-intellect, I was really surprised by how little I enjoyed this movie. Others might still find something enjoyable about it, but I can't recommend this.