Sunday, October 20, 2013

Media Consumption Log: Monsters

Imagine "The Mist" without any of the character complexity or special effects (and they were minimal in that movie anyway), with a healthy dose of not-quite-right-feeling representations of Mexicans (is this an awkward metaphor for immigration, hamfisted?).  You have Monsters.  I type this while 2/3 through the movie, preparing to pack it up and send it to my sister.

I mean, why would you give your passport to the guy who was so slimy, he snags a one night stand

Media Consumption Log: Various Issues of Animal Man

Alright.  I wanted to like this.  I wanted it to be more than a "message" comic (not so much) and more than Verti-gore (the direction of the adult comics in the 1990s.

But with the exception of the Wile E. Coyote issue, unremarkable in retrospect.  This set will be sold.  That issue will be kept in hopes of use in some later teaching project, I think.

Synopsis for "The Coyote Gospel"
A truck driver for the Ajax Trucking Co. picks up a hitchhiker named Carrie. During their journey through Death Valley, the truck runs over a bipedal coyote-man wandering in the desert who appears to come out of nowhere. Horrified by what he has seen, the truck driver refuses to stop, but unknown to the driver or Carrie as they drive away, the badly mangled coyote miraculously heals from his wounds.
The story takes up one year later...  In the desert, the truck driver hunts the coyote-man, having discovered that he is still alive. In the time since their previous encounter, the truck driver has suffered numerous misfortunes, including the deaths of several people close to him, and has snapped upon learning that Carrie has ended up a drug-addicted prostitute who died during a drug bust. The driver has become convinced that the coyote-man is Satan and, blaming him for his recent misfortunes, is determined to 'save the world' from him. Tracking the coyote-man to his current whereabouts, the truck driver sets numerous traps; although the coyote-man is badly injured by each one, to the truck driver's increasing horror he nevertheless heals each time. Their battle culminates in the coyote-man setting off a rigged grenade which, when it explodes, critically injures both; where the coyote-man recovers from his injuries, the truck driver does not.

...The coyote-man then gives Animal Man a scroll which tells of his exile from another dimension, one similar in nature to Looney Tunes-style cartoons, where he was an anthropomorphic coyote named Crafty. Along with his fellow cartoon characters, Crafty endured an eternity of suffering and violence for the amusement of their artist, presented as a cruel god-figure. One day, however, Crafty snapped and went up to 'Heaven' to challenge the artist; displeased by Crafty's presumption, the artist exiled Crafty to this reality, where he now wanders the Earth trying to find someone to help him return to his reality of origin and end the artist's cruel reign...

Media Consumption Log: Flight of the Living Dead (Zombies on a Plan)

I tend to dislike zombie movies that lack some reasonable explanation for zombie --- if an explanation is offered.  I am cool with inexplicable zombies, but I am uncool with "mysterious gas has zombie virus developed by US military" zombies.

So this movie starts with one strike.

Strike two, no one is likeable.  That may be life for some people, but not yet for me, so strike two.

Strike three, I am sure that the tissue paper that constitutes most of the material in a plane would have ruptured a thousand times before the movie was half over.

So what is there to like about this movie?  Implausible mythology, implausible setting, and distasteful characters.  Yeuch.