All posts by Derek Jensen

The Muppet Christmas Carol

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Merry Christmas to all! Happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate Christmas! A solemn welcome to those who don’t care for Muppets! Jimmy B is back for a look at one of his–and now my–favorite Muppet films. My-cocaine is Scrooge and Kermit is Bob Cratchit. Statler and Waldorf are ghosts. And the songs are middling but listenable.

We compare this extensively to the original novella by Charles Damn Dickens Himself, as well as to other Muppet movies and probably Shakespeare and Steel Magnolias.

Bonus: Year ago, I wrote this chilling mashup of A Christmas Carol and Jack the Ripper! Enjoy!

I’m watching it on streaming; he’s got the Blu-ray, and we keep in synch. Cue up the first frame of black after the Henson logo. RIP Jim Henson forever.

Solo

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Join Mehul and me as we are joined by Drew to have a trio look at Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which Chewbacca the wookiee befriends a bedraggled Imperial army deserter and coaches him along life’s rocky road, full of disappointments and betrayals.

We compare it to other Star Wars films, the books, the cartoons, the video games, Willow, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, Avatar, Thor: Ragnarok, The Hunger Games, Serenity, Grand Theft Auto, Marvel universe films, and The Other Side of the Wind. We decide that it is Good and Unnecessary and fail to make any Cheers or marijuana jokes despite the presence of Woody Harrelson.

I’m watching the Blu-ray, and we stay in sync. Start after the Lucasfilm logo on the countdown.

Tysto update

Just a little update and apology for not posting more commentaries.

Bonus: I apologize over only the first half of 42 Shades of Gray‘s fun and clever “Point Break”. It’s a catchy song, and I’m happy to have chosen it and its podsafe freeness as my theme song for ten years…

PS I just threw him 20 bucks via Bandcamp…

Drop the Pilot: BAFFLED!

Jimmy is back for the greatest episode (two, actually) of Drop the Pilot of all*: Baffled!, starring Leonard Nimoy as a racing driver who has visions of murder. (Don’t they all, really? I mean, Jenson Button predicted 9/11.) Jimmy explains what’s happening, because I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON. Even the things I thought I understood were wrong. I guess you could say I’m truly Confused! and Bewildered!

* Of those that include me

Part One

Part Two

Starship Troopers

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Join Mehul and me for a revisiting of the undaptation of Robert A Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. We try to figure out which parts came from the book and which parts were original to the screenplay that had little to do with the book. We notice that it’s kind of two movies in one and neither one is much of an actual story.

We compare it to other Paul Verhoeven movies, Aliens, Full Metal Jacket, Philip K Dick adaptations, the 19th century British Navy, World War 2 movies, World War 2 itself, and Melrose Place. We praise the effects and action (by which me mean a bit of the old ultraviolence). Mehul waxes poetical about the music. I wax poetical about Dina Meyer. (I’m still available, Dina!)

I’m watching the DVD; he’s watching the Blu-ray; and we pretty much stay in sync. Start after the Tri-Star logo on the countdown.

The Phantom

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Join me as I am joined by Olly to watch SLAM EVIL with the oddly still watchable comic book movie from 1990s. No, not The Rocketeer. No, not The Shadow. No, not Dick Tracy. Yes: The Phantom! We argue over the cowl and discuss other costume matters. We praise the cast and, especially, the amazing art direction and cinematography, and the seaplanes… but not necessarily the overall mise-en-scene. A certain actor comes in for criticism as well as some of the stunts.

We agree the film lacks a certain punch despite having many punches and that it could nevertheless have done with a sequel, but not with those box office numbers. We compare it to its contemporary comic book movies, the new crop of comic book movies, romantic comedies, James Bond movies, Indiana Jones movies, Frazier, Due South, and Monkey Island video games.

I’m watching the streaming version free on Amazon Prime; Ollie is watching a PAL version and tries to keep in sync. Cue up the first frame of black after the studio logo.