April in Media

Reading List

  1. Hollow City (Ransom Riggs)
  2. The Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick)
  3. Pretty Deadly: The Shrike (Vol. 1) (Kelly Sue DeConnick)
  4. The Manhattan Projects: The Four Disciples (Vol. 4) (Jonathan Hickman)
  5. Lexicon (Max Barry)
  6. Brilliance (Marcus Sakey) - IP

Watching List

  1. Noah (dir. Darren Arinovsky, 2014) - C (review)
  2. Oculus (dir. Mike Flanagan, 2014) - B (review)
  3. Captain America: The First Avenger (dir. Joe Johnston, 2011) - B+/A-
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (dir. Joe and Anthony Russo, 2014) - A-/A
  5. The Raid 2 (dir. Gareth Evans, 2014) - B+/A-
  6. The Way Way Back (dir. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, 2013) - B+
  7. Beneath the Harvest Sky (dir. Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, 2014) - B- (review forthcoming)
  8. Jodorowsky’s Dune (dir. Frank Pavich, 2014) - A (review forthcoming)
  9. The Jewish Cardinal (dir. Ilan Duran Cohen, 2013) - B (review)

Viewing List

  • Archer (season 3 + 4 + 5)
  • In progress: Game of Thrones (season 4), Castle (season 6), Agents of SHIELD (season 1), Hannibal (season 2), Cosmos (2014), Fargo (season 1), Warehouse 13 (season 5), Jim Henson Creature Shop Challenge (season 1), Orphan Black (season 2), The Real History of Science Fiction (miniseries), Adventure Time (season 6)
  • On hold: The West Wing (season 6), The Hollow Crown, House of Cards (season 1), The Newsroom (season 1), The Michael J. Fox Show (season 1), Bosch (season 1 - only the pilot so far)

Pull List (no particular order)

  • Avengers AI (Sam Humphries)
  • Black Widow (Nathan Edmondson)
  • Moon Knight (Warren Ellis)
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard (Al Ewing)
  • Mighty Avengers (Al Ewing)
  • She-Hulk (Charles Soule)
  • Wraith (Joe Hill)
  • X-Files: Conspiracy (Eric Burnham)
  • Avengers World (Nick Spencer + Jonathan Hickman)
  • Hawkeye (Matt Fraction)
  • All-New Invaders (James Robinson)
  • Ms. Marvel (G. Willow Wilson)
  • Winter Soldier: The Bitter March (Rick Remender)
  • Ghostbusters (Eric Burnham)

So, what have you been up to media-wise?

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Media Catch-Up: August

Reading List:

  1. Joyland (Stephen King)
  2. Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 3 (Andy Diggle)
  3. Guardians of the Galaxy: Legends (Vol. 1) (Dan Abnett + Andy Lanning)
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy: War of Kings Book 1 (Vol. 2) (“)
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy: War of Kings Book 2 (Vol. 3) (“)
  6. The Unwritten: On To Genesis (Vol. 5) (Mike Carey)
  7. Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time Volume 2 (Scott and David Tipton)
  8. The Poisoned Pilgrim (Oliver Potzsch) - IP
  9. The Cuckoo’s Calling (Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling) - IP
  10. You (Adam Grossman) - IP

Viewing List:

  1. Pitch Perfect (dir. Jason Moore, 2012) - B+
  2. The Man With The Iron Fists (dir. RZA, 2012) - C
  3. Shaun of the Dead (dir. Edgar Wright, 2004) - A
  4. Hot Fuzz (dir. Edgar Wright, 2007) - A
  5. The World’s End (dir. Edgar Wright, 2013) - A-
  6. Sin City (dir. Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, 2005) - C
  7. Hunger (dir. Steve McQueen, 2009) - A
  8. Doctor Who: The Movie (dir. Geoffrey Sax, 1996) - B-

Watching List:

  1. Gravity Falls (season 1)
  2. Breaking Bad (season 5) - IP
  3. Broadchurch (series 1) - IP
  4. The West Wing (season 5) - IP
  5. Adventure Time (season 5) - IP
  6. Under The Dome, House of Cards, The Newsroom (season 1) - IP

Pull List:

  • Manhattan Projects
  • Avengers AI
  • Deadpool Kills Deadpool
  • Iron Man
  • Saga
  • Secret Avengers
  • Doctor Who (continuing and Prisoners of Time)
  • Nova
  • Revival
  • Young Avengers
  • Behind on: Thanos Rising, East of West, Great Pacific, Wolverine, Lazarus, Star Trek, Dream Merchant, Thumbprint, Hunger, Superior Spider-Man + Team-Up + Foes, Trillium, Collider, 5 Ghosts, Morning Glories, Django Unchained, Trillium, Fatale, Ten Grand, Suicide Risk, Ghosted, Infinity, Deadpool

So, what’ve you been up to media-wise?

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Library Guilt

Library things on my bookshelves have been building up. That’s partially my fault because of camp taking up 40 out of my 168 hours in a week (not counting sleep, of course) for the last six weeks, but that’s now at an end. However, in the last six weeks, I’ve made it through two books (not counting the four trades that I finished - in issue form, that is) - Mur Lafferty’s ‘The Shambling Guide to New York City’ and Stephen King’s latest, ‘Joyland’, both of which I enjoyed, the former for its quirky nature and the latter for its exploration of 20-something nostalgia in a 1970s knock-off amusement park setting. I’ll have more thoughts on both it and ‘Ocean at the End of the Lane’ once I actually pick it off my shelf and dig into it, which I haven’t yet, even though it’s closing in on two months since I got the book at Neil’s tour stop.

Anyway, library things have been building up on my shelves a little. There have been items I’ve had to return, like the first volume of ‘The Graphic Canon’ (because, honestly, a book that size isn’t easily portable for public consumption; it’s essentially an oversized coffee table book). I currently have:

  • David Byrne’s ‘How Music Works’ (due in a few days, still 160 pages in, on my second (or maybe even third) check-out)
  • Mary Roach’s ‘Bonk’ (second check-out)
  • Oliver Potzsch’s ‘The Poisoned Pilgrim’ (new, fourth in the series)
  • A. Lee Martinez’s ‘Helen & Troy’s Epic Road Quest’ (new, grabbed my attention at the library from the New shelves)
  • Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ (also new)

And that’s not including ‘Hunger’, season 5 of ‘The West Wing’ (one episode in), and ‘House of Cards’. And I should also mention that I FINALLY picked up my copy of ‘Clash of Kings’ after finishing ‘Joyland’ because it was (one of) the most portable books on my shelves, but now I’ll probably have to put it down … the question here is, where do I start?

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Media Catch-Up: July

Reading List

  1. Nova: Origin (Vol. 1) - Jeph Loeb
  2. Revival: Live Like You Mean It (Vol. 2) - Tim Seeley
  3. Adulting - Kelly Williams Brown
  4. Stiff - Mary Roach
  5. Chew: Bad Apples (Vol. 7) - John Layman
  6. Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search Part Two - Gene Yang
  7. The Shambling Guide to New York City - Mur Lafferty
  8. Wolverine: Hunting Season (Vol. 1) - Paul Cornell
  9. A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin - In Progress

Viewing List

  1. Pacific Rim (dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2013)
  2. Despicable Me 2 (dir. Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin, 2013)
  3. The Wolverine (dir. James Mangold, 2013)

Watching List

  1. Warehouse 13 (season 4)
  2. The West Wing (season 4)
  3. The West Wing (season 5) - IP
  4. Adventure Time (season 5) - IP
  5. Wallander (series 1) - IP
  6. Under The Dome (season 1) - IP
  7. Crossing Lines (season 1) - IP

Pull List

  1. Avengers: AI (Sam Humphries)
  2. Deadpool (Brian Posehn)
  3. Young Avengers (Kieron Gillen)
  4. Hawkeye (Matt Fraction)
  5. Thor: The Dark World prelude (Craig Kyle + Chris Yost)
  6. Secret Avengers (Nick Spencer)
  7. Superior Spider-Man (Dan Slott)
  8. Doctor Who (on-going) + Prisoners of Time (Andy Diggle; Scott and David Tipton)
  9. Nova (Zeb Wells)
  10. Ghostbusters (Eric Burnham)
  11. Behind on Iron Man (Matt Fraction), Ten Grand (JMS), East of West (Jonathan Hickman), Great Pacific, Thanos Rising, Lazarus, Star Trek, The Dream Merchant, Thumbprint, Hunger, Superior Spider-Man + Team-Up, Wolverine, Hawkeye Annual, Collider, 5 Ghosts, and Morning Glories

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Media Catch-Up: March - June in Movies

So remember those monthly Media Recap type posts I started at the beginning of the year and fell behind on? Well, be prepared for a whole bunch from the last few months! Today is the last few months in movies (in theaters and on DVD/TV). Tomorrow is TV shows.


  1. Frankenweenie (dir. Tim Burton, 2012) - B
  2. Total Recall (dir. Len Wiseman, 2012) - B
  3. The A-Team (dir. Joe Carnahan, 2010) - B
  4. Dredd (dir. Pete Taylor, 2012) - B
  5. Kick-Ass (dir. Matthew Vaughan, 2010) - B+
  6. Bronson (dir. Nicholas Winding Refn, 2008) - B
  7. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (dir. David Gelb, 2011) - A


  1. Evil Dead (dir. Fede Alvarez, 2013) - B+
  2. The Place Beyond The Pines (dir. Derek Cianfrance, 2013) - A-
  3. Trance (dir. Danny Boyle, 2013) - B+
  4. Murder By Decree (dir. Bob Clark, 1979) - B-

May - Reviews on Filmtastic

  1. Iron Man 3 (dir. Shane Black, 2013) - B/B+
  2. The Great Gatsby (dir. Baz Luhrmann, 2013) - D+/C-
  3. Star Trek Into Darkness (dir. J.J. Abrams, 2013) - B/B+


  1. Sicko (dir. Michael Moore, 2006) - A-
  2. Man of Steel (dir. Zack Snyder, 2013) - B (Review on Filmtastic)
  3. Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Joss Whedon, 2013) - B+/A- (Review on Filmtastic soon)

So, what have you been watching lately?

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Things I’m Looking Forward To (Entertainment-Wise)

April: Game of Thrones season 2, Cabin In The Woods

May: Avengers, Dark Shadows, Men In Black 3, Moonrise Kingdom

June: Prometheus, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (kinda), Brave

July: The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises

August: The Bourne Legacy, ParaNorman

September: Argo (mainly because of the talent), Looper (FINALLY!)

October: Frankenweenie, The Gangster Squad (again, the talent), Alex Cross (Kinda, namely because I’m familiar with most of the books … and I hope that this adaptation turns out better than the Morgan Freeman ones. Honestly, get the age right!)

November: Wreck-It Ralph, Skyfall, Rise of the Guardians (again, the talent)

December: Les Mis, The Hobbit (goes without saying … and in 3D), Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby (probably not in 3D, though)

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Movies of 2011 (cross-posted on blog)

Not as many as last year … but eh, it’s not a big deal. Pretty good count overall, I’d say.

In Theaters (in the order of viewing)

  1. Paul
  2. Taxi Driver (re-release)
  3. Source Code
  4. Thor
  5. X-Men: First Class (excellent ensemble superhero team/origin flick)
  6. Super 8
  7. Midnight In Paris (light-hearted, yet serious and very well-done)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (excellent cinematography, but that also goes for Part 1, too)
  9. Captain America (probably the best of the superhero films this year)
  10. Cowboys and Aliens
  11. Drive (one of the best films of the year)
  12. 50/50
  13. The Muppets
  14. Crazy Stupid Love (theater grand re-opening; New Year’s Eve (ha-ha, coincidence?) wasn’t working, so we got a vote and the majority went for Crazy Stupid Love)
  15. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (stellar action flick)
  16. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (intense, but very well done and up there on the Best Of The Year list)
  18. The Adventures of Tintin (stunning and probably up there, too)

On DVD (in the order of viewing)

  1. Amelie
  2. The Social Network
  3. Vertigo
  4. The Apartment
  5. Bellamy
  6. The Kids Are All Right
  7. Crumb
  8. American Splendor
  9. Last Night
  10. Stage Beauty
  11. The Godfather
  12. The Godfather, Part 2
  13. Children of Men
  14. Fanboys
  15. Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  16. Bridget Jones’s Diary
  17. Howl
  18. Pearl Jam 20
  19. Nirvana: Live at the Paramont
  20. Despicable Me

Not counting or tallying re-watches this year, but the few I can think of include Monsters, Inc.Up, and Little Rascals.

(Source: crimsong19.blogspot.com)

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