LOG 3: APRIL 2020

APRIL 1

Winter Kills (1979)

Where else can you see John Huston yelling at Jeff Bridges about his nuts?

Who Killed 'Winter Kills'? (2003)

Not nearly as interesting as it could have been.

APRIL 2

The Third Generation (1979)

I sort of drifted in and out while watching this, but if I remember right it's about the DSA bungling a terrorist operation.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Crikey, a load o" sheilas up and digiridisappeared!

APRIL 3

Landstalker (gave up)

Almost inevitably, this Sega Genesis game did not hold up.

APRIL 4

Come and See (1985)

The only war film there is.

House (1977)

This movie rocks cock, dude. More movies should be this movie.

APRIL 5

The Devil at Your Heels (1981)

Hubris: the Movie! Keep an eye out for Kenny Powers.

APRIL 6

Demons (1985)

One of the best movies about movies that there is. Doesn't hurt that it involves violent death.

 Pieces (1982)

It's exactly what you think it is.

Phantasm (1979)

A movie that was very much made completely on the fly, and it shows. But the sheer amount of imagination and the dreamlike atmosphere make it all work together.

Tale's of Game's presents Chef Boyardee's Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden: Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa

Still slaps. It's too bad that the sequel will likely never come together, but we still have this.

Brume

It's a dark souls, but less.

APRIL 7

Phantasm II (1988)

The obvious problem with this sequel is that Mike isn't Mike. Also, wasn't really paying attention to it.


Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)

Cranks up the weird shit to a great degree.  Okay in parts, nonsensical in a lot of ways, but Rocky is a nice addition to the cast (even if she doesn't ever show up again).

Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)


Somehow, this is the best sequel to the Phanatasm series, getting back to the basics of Mike and Reggie, and yet also encapsulating all the weirdness of the previous sequels. It has the perfect end to the series, which in some ways is unfortunate.

I tried to watch Phantasm V: RaVager, but the prosumer cameras, and overuse of CGI, and sheer drop in quality across the board was too much for me to get through.




Cave Story+

Still a great game all these years later. It might be responsible for the deluge of retro-styled platformers, but you can't blame it too much.

APRIL 10

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (1987)

One of the best animated films ever made. Completely defies convention in so many ways, and creates an amazing, well-defined world. There is a questionable sexual assault scene, but it's hard to knock the whole film for that. Absolutely wonderful.

Pink Hour + Pink Heaven

The Cave Story guy made some free short games. And hey, they're pretty good.

Gris

A solid platformer game that's beautiful to look at. The artiness doesn't get in the way of the gameplay.

APRIL 11

Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

Amazing how closely the movie and Stand Alone Complex follow this. It has the added benefit of real levity and a lot more political intrigue.

Pikuniku

Fun, cute, and somewhat funny.

APRIL 12

Everything is Terrible! Presents: The Great Satan (2017)

What better way to celebrate Easter?

Angel's Egg (1985)

This is, maybe, my new favorite anime film. It's slow, weird, and explains jack shit. The best kind of film.

APRIL 13

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

I go back and forth on this film, but the latest watch really cemented it as one of the greats for me. I remembered it as mostly a long a conversation with characters not even moving their mouths, but it isn't just that.

Wonder Boy: the Dragon's Trap (start)

Went back to one of the classics.

APRIL 14

Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles by Hugo Pratt

Corto Maltese has quickly become one of my favorite comic obsessions as of late. Really well-done adventure comics that aren't afraid to go into the surreal and hallucinatory. A Highlight was the chapter "Sweet Dream Lagoon," which is a long hallucination.

APRIL 15

Corto Maltese: The Ethiopian by Hugo Pratt

Corto Maltese is a Muslim icon.

Corto Maltese: Tango by Hugo Pratt

I could write so much about Corto Maltese, but luckily, I'm quite lazy.

S*P*Y*S (1974)

The two hottest seventies guys teaming up in a  comedy caper, that once again proves the incompetence of the American intelligence community.

APRIL 13

Wonder Boy: the Dragon's Trap (end)

I got kind of annoyed this playthrough. I think this might be the last time I play through it.

APRIL 17

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (2007)

I rewatched ATHF, and that includes this movie. What else am I going to do in lockdown? I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's the best adaptation of a TV series ever made.

Junior Röyksopp

How was this the only album I listened to this month? Anyway, it's fine, or whatever.

Legend of Oasis (start)

I finally "got my hands on" a way to play Sega Saturn games, and so I leaped into the prequel to Beyond Oasis (the highlight from last month).

APRIL 19

Mortal Kombat (1995)

This is one of those blu-rays that I own but never watched (on blu-ray).

APRIL 22

Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

Part of it is a fun documentary about people who love haunted houses, but is overshadowed by the monstrosity that is McKamey Manor, a very literal torture facility run by a sadisitc monster who should be in jail. I can't wait for the Netflix limited series that follows when Russ McKamey after everything falls apart. Yes, it loses focus when it starts included McKamey, but if you're going to include him, there's no way not to focus on him.

Legend of Oasis (gave up)

This was a very frustrating. The two new spirits add a bit more flavor, but it isn't enough to distract from the often confusing perspective that often ends up screwing up all the platforming segments. Oh Well.

APRIL 23

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The vibe I get from this is a lot of punks screaming throughout the whole movie. High marks.

APRIL 28

Cathedral (start)

So far, so good. I was surprised to see myself getting so lost in it for the few days I've been playing it.

TV

Cursed Films

Thankfully eschews the A&E narration and reenactment route, and goes deep into the rational side of these supposed curses, going out of their way to really bring the humanity back to these stories. Ranges from interesting to heartbreaking all in the span of an episode.

Æon Flux

This still seems like it's way before it's time.

The Midnight Gospel

This would be better if it the meat of it wasn't animated bits of Duncan Trussell's podcast. Really disappointing.

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