LA ComicCon Haul

I went to LA ComicCon back in October and got some cool things.

Artists:

Supernatural Impala
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/bela_a_great_thief/
https://www.instagram.com/desert_rose_cosplay/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/BelaAGreatThief/
https://www.facebook.com/DesertRoseCosplay/

Janice Rosenthal
Website: http://artofjanice.com
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheJindoDogShop
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theJindoDog
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejindodog/

Scott Hattox/The Dog and Dragon
Website:
https://www.thedoganddragon.com
https://ba6scott.bigcartel.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scotthattox.art
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ba6scott/

Rob Gardner
Website: https://www.theartofgard.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofGard/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theartofgard
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artofgard/

Beverly Arce
Website: https://beverlyarce.carbonmade.com
Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LastStudio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trimcoast/

Catching Up: Supernatural Season Four

We’ve been Catching Up on past seasons of Supernatural. Discussions of Season One, Season Two, and Season Three are already up. Today we’re talking about Season Four and the approaching Apocalypse.

Time stamps:
00:00 – Introduction
01:20 – Favorite Episodes of the Season
22:20 – Best Use of Music Licensing
26:40 – It’s the Apocalypse! Let’s Discuss!
36:00 – Season Observations and Favorite Quotes
44:06 – Baby at LA ComicCon
48:29 – Final Thoughts and Ratings

Listen to the show here:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/hollywoodconsumer/episodes/2019-10-27T13_56_09-07_00

Intro/Outro music:
“Heavy Rock” by Scott Holmes
scottholmesmusic.com

LA ComicCon Impala Info:
Instagram @bela_a_great_thief
Facebook @BelaAGreatThief

Catching Up: Supernatural Season Three

We’ve been Catching Up on past seasons of Supernatural over the last few months. Discussions of Season One and Season Two are already up, and today we’re talking about Season Three.

Time stamps:
00:00 – Introduction & Spoiler Warning
01:25 – Top Five Episodes of the Season
27:15 – Best Use of Music Licensing
31:35 – Creepiest Episode/Moment of the Season
39:25 – Discussion on the Shorter Season
52:20 – Final Thoughts and Ratings

Listen to the show here:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/hollywoodconsumer/episodes/2019-09-13T14_31_35-07_00

Intro/Outro music:
“Heavy Rock” by Scott Holmes
scottholmesmusic.com

Ghostfacers Theme Song:

Catching Up: Supernatural Season Two

My dad and I have started a new podcast to catch up on all the television we have missed out on the years. Our first episode on Supernatural Season One is already up. Today we’re discussing the second season of the CW show.

Time stamps:
00:00 – Introduction & Spoiler Warning
01:36 – Top Five Episodes of the Season
30:45 – Scariest Episode/Moment of the Season
35:34 – Best Use of Music Licensing
38:23 – Favorite Monster of the Week
42:24 – Favorite New Character
48:07 – Final Thoughts and ratings

Listen to the show here:
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/hollywoodconsumer/episodes/2019-08-17T14_07_57-07_00

Intro/Outro music:
“Heavy Rock” by Scott Holmes
scottholmesmusic.com

Creepy clown Garmin commercial:

Netflix Series Review: Mindhunter Season One

Now that the second season of Mindhunter is finally out, I thought it appropriate to finally get my review of the first season up. Slight spoilers for season one ahead.

Mindhunter follows the development of the FBI’s theories and practices around identifying criminal psychology and profiling. In the first season agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench team up with psychologist Wendy Carr to study imprisoned serial killers and apply the knowledge they gain to ongoing and future cases.

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It has taken me a long time to digest my thoughts and feelings on this show. I honestly can’t remember when I started watching it (I want to say March? Maybe February?), or when I actually finished the first season. What I did know immediately was that I really liked the show. I’m a David Fincher fan and there is so much of his style in the first season. As an executive producer, and director of several episodes (including the pilot and the finale), it makes sense that his artistry would be a big influence.

I think his touch is most noticeable in the way tension is built throughout the series. There is a deliberately slow pace to the episodes, and scenes are often drawn out uncomfortably long. Sometimes this was a little heavy handed, and took away from its intended effect by drawing attention to how long it was taking to setup a particular story element. Most of the time though it had just the right impact, making a character or scene feel creepier just by letting things sit in the moment.

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Of course, it helps when a director has a great cast to work with, and everyone on the first season of Mindhunter is outstanding. I have been a fan of Holt McCallany ever since his CSI: Miami days, which I watched religiously for a time. He has always been a strong supporting presence and it was great to see him get a chance to shine in a larger role. He is the perfect no nonsense, straight man to Jonathan Groff’s eagerly enthusiastic Agent Ford.

Groff, of course, is a standout for his portrayal of the younger agent. He is perfectly disaffected by the things they are hearing and learning in the interviews, and it isn’t until the end of the season, as he starts to have a panic attack at the realization that he has more in common with these killers than his coworkers, that he starts to worry about this emotional disengagement.

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Now forgive me but it took me incredibly too long to figure out that Anna Torv was not Cate Blanchett. Torv looks very much like the other actress and they both are incredibly talented so you can see why the confusion would occur. Torv as Wendy Carr is the clinical cog in this serial killer study machine. She, as an FBI outsider brings the scholarly aspect to the study. She may be just as emotionally removed from things as Agent Ford but that is because she comes from a scientific background. She also doesn’t interact with the interview subjects so I’m interested to see if that changes in season two, and if so how her attitude adjusts as a result.

A show about serial killers obviously needs some of them around, and the casting directors did an amazing job filling these roles. The most memorable of them being Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper (the co-ed killer). His Emmy nomination was well deserved. He is creepy the entire time.

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As for the structure of the show, it is essentially a procedural format. The agents go to a town, give their lecture, and help the locals investigate a crime while interviewing the closest serial killer. The monotony is broken up by personal dramas and the effort to get funding and support for the project at the FBI.

Mindhunter season one is a moody investigation of criminal behavior, how it was viewed four decades ago, and the actors involved in shifting that viewpoint towards what we know today. The world was changing in the late 1970s and suddenly there were new trends appearing in crime and people didn’t know how to react. The show does a great job of immersing its viewers in the world of 1977 and reveals what a scary place and time it was to be. Great performances, excellent writing, and near perfect direction give the episodes an ominous feeling throughout, building tension all season until the audience feels like they too are having a panic attack alongside Agent Ford at the end.

WonderCon Haul

Finally got my WonderCon haul posted. I got a lot of cool stuff. Check out what I got in the video below:

 

Artists:

Al Abbazia
https://www.facebook.com/theartofalabbazia/

Joey Spiotto
http://www.jo3bot.com

Shelly Cunningham Jennings
https://www.wildforestdog.com

Brandon Kenney
https://brandonkenney.com

Denae Frazier
https://www.denaefrazierstudios.com

Ann Shen
http://www.ann-shen.com

Michi Doan
https://michidoan.com

D.I.Y. Entertainment (my friend’s book)
diyentertainment.net

Jeff Victor
https://www.jeffvictor.com

Netflix Movie Review: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

An interesting take on the Ted Bundy story, this was well acted and effective in its tone and messaging. Rather than focus on the crimes, this film is all about the trial and events surrounding Bundy’s captures. There is more emphasis put on the impact of these events on his girlfriend. This shift in focus allows for heartier performances from the two leads, Zac Efron and Lily Collins.

Both Efron and Collins give good, solid performances. Collins can sometimes lean toward the melodramatic but she is convincing as the emotionally abused, naive Liz Kendall. It is Efron, however, that steals every scene he is in. Obviously he is the focus of the film but he deserves the credit. He is egotistical but charming, and he is incredibly delusional. Efron fully immersed himself in this role, and the result is a captivating performance that carries the film.

While the performances are good, the pacing doesn’t always work. Whereas The Deliberate Stranger did a thorough if not necessarily exciting job of laying out a detailed timeline of Bundy’s attacks, this film jumps around to try and hit certain “highlights,” so to speak. It plays more with style rather than paying detailed attention to accuracy. As such, it is an interesting experience in entertainment but not as any sort of historical commentary. The editing choices were also a bit odd at times. Again, I think this was a style choice that ended up making some things a bit hard to follow, if not pretty or interesting to look at.

One of the most disturbing aspects of the film are the reactions from people during Bundy’s trial, and his “celebrity” status. The film doesn’t shy away from casting Efron as Bundy in a good light but it also makes a point to contrast his charming personality with the violence of his behavior. Thus when his fans show up at the trial, they are not presented in a flattering manner.

Despite some pacing and editing issues, as a performance piece, and commentary on murder obsession culture, I thought the film was effective and insightful.