Hello to all those faithfully reading and hopefully enjoying this effort to make even the worst horror movie more watcha... aw, screw that - I'm not that good. If a movie makes you cringe because yet another batch of unlikable teens that are pushing 30 are inching toward their deaths, having a party no one does anywhere ever, a paranormal movie is boring you to tears with unending pans of empty rooms, or thanks to CGI technology when people finally bite it, their blood squirts everywhere except on the victim, the ground, the people next to them... you're in good company and this is the right place for you.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

AN EARTH SHATTERING, HEART BREAKING, LIFE CHANGING EVENT...



Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

If you don't know who Calvin and Hobbes are, you seriously need to get off the computer dude and read a bloody book. Okay, okay, you can also find the strips online if you're that lazy... This wasn't horror, but an act of love to anyone who loved and hung on to every Calvin and Hobbes strip printed from November 18, 1985 until his final (and upbeat "Let's go exploring!) strip on December 31, 1995.



Countries and numbers are
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Why am I watching this? Well, I'm neck deep in an exploration of the movies Kill Bill volume 1 and 2 and badly need a break. The review will not be blow by blow (pun intended) but my opinion on what makes these two movies great, not so great, downright stupid, and causes me to want to blow chunks. Before I get going though, thank you all so much for getting us to 84 thousand for this month - since I've been kind of slow getting new movies up and working on improving what I already have here - this is extremely wonderful and thank you!

Dear Mr. Watterson is a documentary that was funded through the Kickstarter program, and raised enough money that the makers were able to interview more comic writers and others influenced by Calvin and Hobbes. Note: Sorry the pictures are a bit small - the new blog format doesn't like the extra large sized pics.



First Calvin and Hobbes, November 18, 1985

I don't want to get too much into this, just watch it (it's streaming on Netflix right now) to enjoy a bit of perspective on how different Watterson was from many of his fellow artists, but in a good way. Do not expect to SEE Mr. Watterson or hear from him - he is an extremely private individual and this documentary respects that.



The last <sigh> Calvin and Hobbes printed December 31, 1995

Interviews are held with various people, including Berkley Breathed (Bloom County, Outland, Opus), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), and even Seth Green (Robot Chicken), who all have felt and continue to feel the influence Watterson has on the whole comic scene.



He is famous (some say infamous) for being so strict with his comic strip, that when the space for comics in newspapers started their ridiculous shrinking, he made his panels the size he wanted and if they didn't print it that size, they didn't get to print it at all.



He's also constantly refused, then and now, to merchandise any of his creations (if you see Calvin and Hobbes on ANYTHING it is a bootleg as nothing has been authorized) which, when explained, made a sad kind of sense. When you watch it, you'll see what I mean. Even the comics I show here, even though you can find them all over the internet, were not authorized to be shown and for that I deeply apologize. As you can probably guess, my favorites of all the Calvin and Hobbes adventures have to do with snowmen:



Tell me you've never seen anyone attempt to recreate some of Calvin and Hobbes' famous snow creations...



...or enjoyed the many attacks on Calvin by his faithful companion.

Directed by Joel Allen Schroeder, the film follows the career of Bill Watterson, the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, and the influence of both the author and the comic strip on the world.




Yes I know this has been an incredibly lazy entry, but in my opinion, you just can't enjoy life without having a companion to rip you to shreds then peacefully sleep with you. I call them cats. Calvin called him Hobbes.