Last year was the first year where I participated in Listmas on this here blog (though I’ve been Listmas-ing for much longer over on Virtual Bastion, in case you want to pay us a visit…). Since listing things is a surprisingly fun pastime, I decided that I’d do it again this year. To start things off, I felt like listing my favorite episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, a super fun series (recently revived on Netflix) where a guy and two robots watch and make fun of cruddy movies. It’s a seriously fun time, and I’d highly recommend it if it sounds like your cup of tea. Without further ado, my favorite episodes from the series…more or less (there were a lot to go through, so I may have missed a few…). Continue reading Listmas 2019: Top 10 MST3K Episodes
Now that Inktober is over, I decided to create a summary picture for all 31 of the inked drawings I did. This was my first Inktober, and admittedly, it was a rather exhausting affair. I usually do just a drawing or two a month, and this time, I was drawing nearly every day starting September 1. Needless to say, it made me…tired. And I look forward to taking a short break from drawing for the time being. Continue reading Inktober 2019 Summary
Good day, dear readers! I decided to do Inktober this year, which is a little drawing event where you get a topic for every day in October to draw and ink, either digitally or in the traditional way. You can start the first day of September, which means I have been giving myself two days per picture. And let me tell you, I am feeling extremely tired from drawing far more than I’m used to…. Continue reading Inktober 2019 Highlights Week 1
The Duck doesn’t normally do movie reviews…or watch that many modern movies in general. (I don’t even have cable anymore. Why was I paying to watch TV with commercials anyway?) But last Friday, something very special came to Netflix…Invader ZiM: Enter the Florpus. Below, I’d like to indulge in a brief moment of nostalgia, followed by a little review summarizing my thoughts on this momentous occasion in human history. Continue reading Invader ZiM: Enter the Florpus is Better Than Chicken and Rice
In recent weeks, the Duck has become quite focused on uncovering the identities of old movies I watched as a duckling. You see, I have many fond memories of either borrowing movies from the library or renting them from the local VHS rental store. And so, I’d like to list all the lesser known (basically, non-Disney) animated children’s movies I watched as a duckling. Without further ado… Continue reading Listmas 2018: Lesser-Known Movies from my Ducklinghood
We’ve got another 100 theme challenge topic to tackle, and this one is “grey”. I can start this particular topic by revealing a very pointless bit of information about myself that you shall all likely forget by the time this post is over. I like Earl Grey Tea. Moving on, I think my main subject for today’s post shall focus on the answer to this riddle. What is black and white and grey all over, except when it’s tinted, and can often be found for free on Youtube? Yes, I must admit that I’m not terribly good at riddles, whether it be writing them or solving them. But the answer is, nevertheless, old black and white movies. It counts. Grey is a very common color in these movies, despite what the name might have you believe. Continue reading 100 Theme Blog Challenge No. 19: Grey
The Duck is not big into television. In fact, I recently cancelled cable and have had no regrets. When I do plop my feathery backend in front of the TV, it is either for the purposes of gaming or watching silly people visit roadside attractions and the like on Youtube. Occasionally, I also watch movies on VHS. Yes, I still have a VCR. You just have to know how to use it correctly, because if you don’t watch out, it has been known to eat unsuspecting tapes. Good bye, Peter Pan. And Snow White. And Alien. And Toy Story.
Pop quiz: which of these is not like the other?
The answer: Toy Story. Because that one only got partially eaten. Once I got the cassette free, I stuck the protruding tape back inside. I have yet to confirm whether or not it still works. But I’d like to believe that it does. Continue reading I Finally Watched Gravity Falls!
After a long wait, the Ratchet and Clank movie has finally come out. Video game movies have a long history of being pretty terrible, but after watching the trailer (um…several dozen times), this one looked like it would be the first video game movie to be of quality. Nevertheless, after its release in theatres, I watched as the ratings went down and down, from a high of 21% on Rotten Tomatoes down to a dismal 17%. I expect it to drop lower in the coming weeks. While I found this aggravating, it did not surprise me. People will never accept such a movie until they accept the medium that inspired it. Why mobile games like Angry Birds gain such widespread acceptance, while console and PC games continue to thrive only outside the mainstream population, I know not, but alas, that is not the topic of this post. Suffice it to say, us gamers are a very special group indeed, and it appears we will remain that way.
I knew the reviews would only annoy me, but I skimmed over a few anyway. Critics complained of an unoriginal storyline and flat characters, among other things. They even claimed many elements were stolen from more recent movies. I was baffled because these statements were unfounded. How can a movie based on a game from 2002 steal elements from movies that came out far after the game’s original release date? This is not just my opinion; it is logically impossible. Likewise, the Ratchet and Clank series has a history of fun, but well-developed characters and interesting stories. I find the characters from this series to be among the best in video games, and how characters I have formed a deep bond with, from the naïve, but intelligent Clank to the arrogant, but well-meaning (after his redemption, anyway) Qwark…how they could be described as flat, well, I’m astounded. They might as well state Mario is not an icon of gaming or Sonic is not Sega’s most famous character. Continue reading The First Good Video Game Movie is Here
I recently decided to watch “The Blair Witch Project” for a second time, thanks to a gameplay video of “Slender: The Nine Pages” I saw on Youtube that got me in the mood for something scary. That game thoroughly freaked me out and made me turn on a lot of lights in the house once nighttime came. And I did a lot of running down the hallway whenever I was forced to go down there to use the bathroom. Seeing a dark room at the end of a long hallway makes me suspect too much the Slender Man’s going to show up and…do whatever it is that it does. Whatever that may be, I’m certain it will be something I won’t like.
Unfortunately, “The Blair Witch Project” did not scare me this time. Sure, it was a bit creepy, but it wasn’t scary. Like how seeing a spider on TV is creepy, but I’m certainly not going to start shrieking and tossing shoes at it. (That is not to say that I typically behave in such an erratic fashion when spiders trespass on my property for real….) And I was quite disappointed because I really enjoyed the movie my first time seeing it. Even if I didn’t sleep that night. Nope, I didn’t sleep at all. At least it was impossible to get nightmares that way. Continue reading Not Knowing is the Worst Part