Bobby Returns

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Supernatural News

Bobby and Rufus To Return

Good news everybody! Supernatural mainstay, and original cast member, Bobby Singer, will be returning for an episode in season 11.

 He’ll be bringing Rufus with him. We don’t know much about the episode as of yet, but what we do know is that it’s a time travel episode. Sam and Dean will be returning to some time in the past to investigate something Bobby and Rufus had been working on sometime in season 5. 

That’s great for a few reasons. First and foremost being that we get Bobby back,but we also get to go back to the time when the show was at its peak. Showrunners have also said there will be a lot of great call backs in the episode. Hopefully it leads to something big and is an arc episode. Nobody wants a Bobby return for a monster of the week episode. Judging by the promo images we’ll be getting an episode with Sam, Dean and Cas all stuck in the cage with Lucifer. That’s… Just badass.

So there’s a lot to look forward to going into the second half of the season.
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Tragedy strikes not once but twice

David Bowie rest in peace

There will never be another. R.I.P.

David Bowie Has Died

Rest In Peace, Star Man

Ladies and Gentleman, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this post. Honestly, I wish I didn’t have to write this, but David Bowie has passed away. I found out just a moment ago (It’s 2 am in NYC), and I’m literally stunned. David Bowie had an immense career and was a musical powerhouse.

David Bowie released his first album in 1967, that is nearly 50 years of musical excellence. His death is a true loss to the world, and to music.  The man was a true talent and a true individual, something the modern music industry sorely lacks. They certainly don’t make them like Bowie anymore.

The world needs artists like David Bowie, to show us all that true individualism, exists and is no bar to success, and despite all the success one can still be a kind human being. Today we all lost a genius, an enigma, a titan that walked amongst us, and somebody the world was lucky to have in the first place.

I’d like to write more about the man and his music, but I honestly had trouble writing this much. I simply don’t know how to put my heartbreak into words. That is the effect David Bowie had on me, and I’m sure many others. M

y friend and co author Mark texted me earlier and told me that he was going to try to sleep but was doubtful that he could. The death of David Bowie robbed a man who’s never met him of sleep. That is a sign that a great man has passed.

With that said, and with a heavy heart I simply say Rest In Peace, David Bowie.  You will be sorely missed and never ever forgotten. Bowie himself said “We could be heroes just for one day” well, you will be a hero to millions for the rest of time, so thank you and goodbye.

Speaking of “Heroes” this is Mark’s favorite ever performance of the song, from 2002. The man was a master, a genius, an archetype, a legend.

The Revenant Review

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The Revenant

Inarritu, DiCaprio, & Canada

A Few Of My Favorite Things

Holy shit, this fucking movie.

I just got back from seeing The Revenant.  I went into this movie expecting to blown away, I mean Inarritu, Dicaprio, 1800’s frontier, Canada… These are all things that are fairly incredible by themselves, but thrown in together it’s a recipe for magic, and magic is just what I saw. If you are expecting a straight up revenge flick save your cash, because that’s not what you’re getting here. This movie is a study in many things. man vs man, man vs nature, revenge, love, hate and loneliness are all at play in this film. Let’s dig in.

Hugh Glass

No Relation To George

The film is the story of 19th Century explorer Hugh Glass, who during a trapping expedition was attacked by a bear, and let me be the first to tell you, the bear attack is gnarly. I can think of no better word to describe its sheer brutality. I enjoy when filmmakers set brutal violence against a beautiful back drop. The attack itself it so intense and raw that the viewers can practically feel the bear’s breath on them, and this is a true triumph for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Violence elevated to sublimity.

The action pieces are truly wonderful. My personal favorite was the Native attack at the very beginning of the film. It was incredible. Throughout the entire film the action is handled deftly. Oh, and there is NO BEAR RAPE. Whoever started that rumor was one sick bastard.

I took a moment during a break in the action to look around the theater. Every time the bear uses its claws to rip Glass’s skin to ribbons, the audience grimaced a little bit. I saw people with their jaws on the floor. One woman had her arms crossed, and was hugging herself while her maw hung open in disbelief. The girl who I saw the movie with was sitting with her hand over her face in animal terror. Her demeanor would change by the end of he movie when she began to gleefully guffaw during a gory fight scene, little psychopath. I was snapped back into the movie when the bear continued it’s onslaught of claws and jaws, the film doesn’t let you breathe for too long.

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This is going to get ugly

Inarritu Made A Gorgeous Film

What stood out most to me about the movie was the incredible use of the landscape, and the cinematography.  Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu really used the environment to his advantage in this movie. As our characters get closer to civilization, Inarritu makes sure you see the landscape change to reflect that.  The inflexible wildness of the Rocky Mountains melt into vast prairies.

The film was mostly shot in Alberta, Canada, where I am from, and the film utilized some of my home’s best features to illustrate the story.  From the towering mountain peaks to the frozen rapids, the low prairies, and foothills,  Alberta is a mostly untouched landscape, and Inarritu really puts it on display in this film.  He puts the audience into this world.

Inarritu au Naturale

Inarritu only shot using natural light, meaning if the sun was right for a scene the actors and crew had to get that scene before the sun moved, or else try again the next day. It’s daring filmmaking like this that modern Hollywood is sorely lacking. Hopefully the success of The Revenant will rattle a few cages on the West Coast and give experimental and daring filmmakers a little more wiggle room. We don’t need anymore reboots. We need new ideas.

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It’s really pretty in summer guys I promise. Come visit. We need the tourists.

Just Like The Bear

This film  doesn’t so much jump out and grab you as it does slowly creep inside your mind, until you’re just  sucked into it. It somehow manages to make you feel cold, lonely and desperate right along with our protagonist.  Just like the bear, the movie grabs you and doesn’t let go.

Criticisms

Now that the praise is out of the way, there are a few negative points to be made about the movie. It is extremely long, (2 hours 36 minutes) and not the kind where you walk out and say, “it didn’t feel like it was that long.”  It feels like it was that long, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.

We constantly see for lack of a better term Westerns like these that are action packed, running and gunning, for 2 hours. This is in no way, shape, or form, what it was like to live out on the frontier in the 1800’s. It was desolate and lonely, so I imagine there are very long stretches of time where one wouldn’t have any interaction with anybody, let alone get into 3 shootouts on the same day.  As such, the movie does crawl at points, but for me that just helped to drive home the point that Glass is really, and truly, alone. The movie wouldn’t hit as hard if he was running into people and doing important stuff every 10 minutes.

ACTING!

I can’t discuss this film without discussing the actors, and they were all around phenomenal. Leo DiCaprio was fantastic,which is no surprise as he usually is, but here he is a different kind of DiCaprio. He’s not only grizzled and desperate, but also the silent type. I think he may say less in this film than Tom Hardy did in Mad Max. I’m not sure but I bet it’s pretty close.

Speaking of Tom Hardy, he did a wonderful job as John Fitzgerald, our main antagonist and total dick, Tom Hardy played him slimy but at the same time emotionally and physically scarred. He played him as a man who has been deep in the shit, and this isn’t his first rodeo.

For me though one performance that stood out was Will Poulter as famed mountain man Jim Bridger, albeit a very young version of Bridger.  I really enjoyed his portrayal of Bridger as somebody who is brave, tries to do the right thing, but is young and scared.

I also found it incredible how much Bridger trips in this film. There’s a great scene where Bridger and Fitzgerald are dragging Glass to his shallow grave, before leaving him for dead. Bridger trips while dragging him then leaves him, and runs off, and there’s a close up of Glass’s face, and in the background you see Bridger run across the screen and trip again. It had me cracking up in my seat.

Great Movie. Oscar Material.

This was one of my favorite movies of the entire year. It’s an Oscar contender for sure. The Revenant is just a great experience. Everybody needs to see this movie, if not for the story, then the cinematography and scenery.

The Revenant is visceral and relentless. It hits you in the beginning and then keeps  hitting you over and over. Guys, I can’t stress it enough.  See this movie. The scenery is great, the cinematography is great, the story is great, and the performances are all top notch. All cylinders are firing in this movie, so go see it. See it on the big screen. It’s incredible and definitely worth the price of admission. Bring a friend, bring a date (ok maybe not a date), bring whoever, or go alone, just get your ass to the theater and see the movie, and take it all in, you won’t regret it, and if you do I’ll fully take the blame.

Deadwood Revival

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At Long Last! More Deadwood!

More Deadwood!

More Swearing & Swearengen

Today came with good  news! not only is it Friday but, a decade after an inglorious cancellation that just left the show hanging, the beloved HBO series Deadwood is returning. It will be in the form of a movie, which works just fine for this guy.

Deadwood is the story of the denizens of the filthy Western gold mining town of Deadwood, South Dakota, the good, the bad and the just plain slimy.

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About The Past. Ahead Of Its Time

Deadwood was a show that was  far ahead of it’s time. whether it was the brutal subject matter (prostitution, racism, myriad addictions, murder, rape), the foul language (so many cocksuckers) or just rising actor costs, that got it prematurely cancelled, it’s generally held that this show has been long overdue for a revival.  No show was able to boast so much bad language per episode without seeming to try too hard to push buttons, so let’s talk about

Why Deadwood was so goddamn good.

One of the first things about Deadwood that stands out to me is the moral ambiguity. Now don’t get me wrong, there are definitely good guys and bad guys. However, the good guys aren’t always squeaky clean and the bad guys aren’t filthy to the core. Decency can be found in the worst scoundrel, and the best person can be an occasional …. well, cocksucker.

There is no mustache twirling in Deadwood. Everybody just wants to get by, and survive in a world that is far more brutal than anything we can imagine.  Since, at this time,  Deadwood wasn’t even part of the United States, due to it being on Sioux land, brutality and lawlessness was through the roof. It was the rule of the strongest, and biggest badass. Which is brings us to….

Al Swearengen

 It is no secret that Ian McShane’s slimy, brutal, ambitious Al Swearengen is the stand out star of a show full of great characters, and actors. McShane plays the character perfectly. He is a murderer, thief and woman beater, but every now and again we see a softer side to Al. Especially when it comes to the prostitute Trixie (Paula Malcomson), whom Al seems to genuinely care for. He went so far as to murder an innocent prostitute to pass off for Trixie when season 3’s villain wanted her dead. Trixie is Al’s soft spot, despite him frequently dishing her out brutal beatings.

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You will never hear this word so often anywhere else.

It’s a Western. Westerns are few and far between on television these days, and good ones are even farther and fewer between. Deadwood broke the mold when it comes to Westerns on television, because since they were on HBO, they could have swearing, and nudity, and mayhem. There hasn’t been a tv western this good since. Hell on Wheels gives a valiant try but never hits the same highs as Deadwood. The Western is a truly American art form, and it’s great to see one not only being aired, but being revived after a decade.

The Goddamn Swearing

Language. Never in my life have I heard so many swears in one hour of television. These guys swear every other word and they aren’t afraid to use the really bad ones either. The idea was to be accurate to the way frontier people spoke, but they updated the swears so they would resonate with a contemporary audience.  I could write more on this, but anybody who is reading this already knows can extrapolate.

Great Cast. Great Characters

The characters. I could have talked about this earlier but I really wanted to talk about Al Swearengen separately, considering he was really the standout as far as I’m concerned.

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Calamity Jane always at her best

So let’s talk about some of the rest here. Deadwood was full of characters, each one as unique as the town in which they lived. Whether it be the unflappable Seth Bullock (Justified’s Timothy Olyphant), the incredible Calamity Jane (played masterfully by Robin Weigert), the aforementioned Trixie,  the drug addicted widow of high social standing, Alma Garret (House of Card’s Mollie Parker), or the consumptive town doctor who suffers in his helplessness (medicine was shit back then), played by veteran character actor Brad Dourif. All these characters populate Deadwood and fill it with a unique flare and help create an environment brimming with possibilities and adventures. Nobody is one dimensional.

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Overall I can’t really express how thrilled I am to see such a quality television show come back. I’m also thrilled to see that people are interested enough in a show like this to bring it back. Good work, guys!  I used to believe that people just didn’t like shows that made them use their brains too much.  I believe that may be changing, which bodes well for a slew of other great shows that ended long before their time, Rome and Hannibal to name a few, so all in all, this is awesome.

 

Fallout 4: At First Glance

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What a way to wake up

Vault 111: House of Horrors

It Begins

Hey guys, just a quick update. I have began Fallout 4 and needless to say it started off with a bang, quite literally. The shit hits the fan real fast in this game, and it wasn’t long before the action kicked into gear.

I’m not far in this game but already I have witnessed a nuclear explosion, been frozen for 200 years, seen my wife get shot in the face, seen my baby get kidnapped, fought giant roaches and a deathclaw. But one aspect has really stood out to me is that Codsworth (my character’s robot butler/nanny) is a total and complete asshole, I catch up with his robotic, flame throwing ass after I left Vault 111 and after he tells me I’ve been frozen for 200 years he proceeds to quip in his upper crust British accent “You’re 2 centuries late for dinner.”

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What the fuck did you just say to me, Codsworth?

So far I’m having a good time with the game, expect a full review sometime in the future, not making any promises as to when because this game is huge but I will get to it. Hopefully I’ll get to spend a lot of time with it over the next few weeks.

If you’re new to the site that means I’ll have an in-depth, long ass review for you, a la my Lara Croft review.

I’m off to explore the Commonwealth!

Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1- Thoughts

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Click the pic to see the review of the penultimate episode.

Ash Vs Evil Dead

They Pulled It Off

Ash vs Evil Dead has wrapped up it’s freshman season, and goddamn was it good. This is one of the rare series where I was able to say they did everything right. The gore, the acting, the plot, the humor, this show was firing on all cylinders. It quickly went from a show I was a bit on the fence about before it started to a show that was hilarious, gory and endlessly quotable.

One thing I’ve always loved about Evil Dead is just how much it was able to shed it’s skin. Evil Dead went from a pretty straight up horror movie (cabin in the woods, young people and evil), pretty standard. It wasn’t until Evil Dead 2 that the franchise seemed to change gears and branch into horror comedy, which is the perfect place for this gem.

Season One Recap

We catch up with original franchise star Ash Williams, the genre’s douchiest final girl, and he hasn’t changed a bit. He’s the only character who would summon evil because he was high, and that be totally believable. Ash is that guy who thinks he’s the shit but is really just A shit, but that’s what makes him hilarious.

As great as Ash himself is, the real standouts here are Pablo and Kelly. Ash vs Evil dead is an ensemble show, and it works so much better than it would as Ash and Friends. Pablo’s blind loyalty to Ash was great and positioned him as a sort of Samwise to Ash’s Frodo.

Kelly’s Heroes

But in the end Dana DeLorenzo’s Kelly has emerged from season 1 as the true standout character. She was funny (watching her attempt to punt a severed head and failing miserably made me crack up), didn’t mind getting her hands dirty (watching her cut a deadite in half with an automatic weapon was sexier than anything Kim Kardashian has ever done) and tough as nails.  Plus she (the actress) is super nice and has tweeted with us several times. We love her. Yay, Dana!

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If I got to hang out with Kelly I’d fight demons every goddamn day

The first season was a home run in almost every way, despite some pacing issues, and some slow episodes, which are understandable. Considering the nature of this show there’s bound to be some slower episodes.

Ruby

One aspect of the show that didn’t quite track for me was Lucy Lawless’s Ruby.  I’m sure the show meant well by including her, but she just didn’t get enough screen time to make an impact, and it took her way too long for her to connect to the rest of the story.

She always seemed on the outskirts of the story so the big reveal of her as the author of the Necronomicon didn’t have the impact it could have. Nonetheless, I’m always happy to see Lucy Lawless. She really is great. While watching the finale I could only hope that she didn’t get killed off, and she didn’t so that hopefully we’ll get to spend more time with her in the inevitable second season.

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The action in this show was incredible albeit goofy as fuck. The fight in the diner in “Killer of Killers” was a particular high point as far as action is concerned. A child gets thrown into a ceiling fan, a deadite gets it’s face sliced up by a deli meat slicer, all while blood goes everywhere by the bucket load. It’s things like this that makes Ash vs Evil Dead so damn good. They are 100% willing to embrace the completely over the top, ridiculous and bloody disgusting, which are all things that make this show truly feel like the original films.

One thing I hope is that they’ll be able to work out the licensing issues with Army of Darkness so we can get a few more direct references to it, because that is truly Ash at his most outlandish.

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“Pucker up and give me a kiss.”
“Fat fuckin’ chance!”

In the end the show is hilarious, has great characters, great performances and turned the gore and ridiculousness up to 11. They didn’t change Ash one little bit. He’s still as doofy, idiotic and self absorbed as he ever was. That and Bruce Campbell’s performance go a long way in connecting this show to it’s predecessor, and truly makes it feel like a proper continuation of that series.

Both Ash and Kelly were huge factors in lifting this show beyond a gore fest or nostalgia kick, and I’m really, really excited to see what’s coming in season 2.

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Ash is back baby!

 

 

 

Aaaaaaaand we’re back

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Hey guys and girls, Mighty Dale here. I haven’t written a post in quite some time. I was a tad busy with the holidays and such. 

Mark has filled in ably however, the blog is called Dale of the Dead not Mark of the Dead.

I can’t name something after myself then say fuck it and bail. There went my parenting plan. So it’s time for my return to the blog which I love.

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So just a quick update on what’s to come. I’m having a killer time with Star Wars: Battlefront so I’ll be getting a review of the full game up sometime in the near future. Also we have Fallout 4 coming up, and there are a few movies that I’m excited to see. I’ll be throwing up reviews for those as well, including The Revenant and The Witch among others. 

Tomorrow or Sunday I’ll be posting a review of the entire first season of Ash vs Evil Dead so keep an eye out for that, and that’s about it. 

Happy 2016 everybody may you all get laid more, have more fun, make a million bucks and be your best selves whatever that may be, so say we all.

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