Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 3 Liveblog! Episode 8: Made to Suffer

Welcome back to another ...PrettyMuchAMovie Liveblog!

Today's episode of The Walking Dead promises to either bring many separate conflicts to a head in neat and interesting ways, or to completely bore us and hold off on further development until we return next year. Eww. Hopefully they chose to move things along.

So, what's today's Mid-Life  Season Crisis going to be, any way?

Will Rick and his small group of roamers break through the walls of Woodbury?
Will Andrea finally wake up and realize that the Governor is a disgusting slimy doucheball?
Will Carl be able to hold down the fort/prison with Rick and Daryl gone?

carl's hp has varied strongly from season one. he's even attained +4 bullet resistance.  i guess that justifies placing him in charge of grown-ass adults?

For the answer to these and many more questions, jump with us, and get a little party going.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 3 Liveblog! Episode 7: When the Dead Come Knocking

Good Sunday Evening, everyone!

Clearly with it being Sunday, you've shuffled your internet self over here to have a few drinks, and crunch some chips, and find out all about Walkers, Biters, Lurkers and Creepers with us.

Today's episode is called "When the Dead Come Knocking", and promises to bring us further befuddlement of our favourite settlements at both Unnamed Prison, and Woodbury, Georgia.

Wouldn't you know it though, I'm not particularly aware of any songs out there in the world called "When the Dead Come Knocking". I do suppose that we could write it. Or maybe even that some obscure metal band has already done so and it's not on Youtube. Either way, everyone loves some Johnny Cash.

Close enough, eh? Honourable mention to Knocking on Heaven's Door from Axl and Co.

So what do the sick fucks writers have in store for us this week?

How much longer will Andrea run around with her head in her ass?
How far will the Governor go in questioning Glenn and Maggie?
Will Little Ass-Kicker get a name? Or some of Michonne's formula?
Will Michonne find sanctuary with Rick's gang?

oscar too has risen to a level of respect. it's true. otherwise, why would they even show us this?

Join us over the jump to get the answer to these, and hopefully many more questions.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 3 Liveblog! Episode 6: Hounded

welcome back!

we're here for another week of walker fun with rick et al (at least, that's certainly how the writers seem to view things).

today's episode is called "Hounded", again evoking some musical ideas.

we are in no way as old as our musical references imply

 a whole lot's been happening, and we've yet to see full ramifications from many of the events thus far.

since lori's death, rick has:

-killed various walkers in gruesome fashions.
-pinned glenn to walls inside the prison.

and since lori's death rick has not:

-held his newborn daughter.
-talked to his son.
-appeared to be sane.

what will he do to shake things up this week?
how will michonne fare outside of woodbury?
is woodbury anywhere near jackson lake?

we're just blowing off steam!

join us after the jump for the answer to these and many more questions!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Walking Dead Season 3 Liveblog! Episode 5: Say the Word

hey! you're back, and so are we!
it's sunday again, and so we'll be here liveblogging The Walking Dead.

Today's episode is called "Say the Word", which inspires further musical references.

The Beatles are well aware of the word, and its implications.

What does this week's episode have in store for us?

How will Rick cope with Lori's death?

hint: not well. probably about as well as the writers? who's the lady trope now?

How will the deaths of two members (and a potential third?) affect the group?
How will Carl adapt to having a little sister?
...will they name her?
How will Daryl find formula or baby food out there in walker land?
Daryl is by far the most stylish of Rick's group.

Oh, right. Stuff will also happen involving Woodbury, and Merle, and Carol, and Andrea, and Michonne, and the Governor, and this will all eventually intersect. Spoiled!
Hop, Skip, and Jump along with us to find out all about what happens this week, and how many walkers get beaned.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

the walking dead season 3 liveblog! episode 4: killer within.

please forgive me this brief preamble!  or, you know, don't.  all good.
so, your friendly (ha!) ...pretty much a movie! bloggers had the impossibly good fortune to see the following song performed live on october 25:

...the killer in me is the killer in you...

and now, less than two weeks later, our favourite sunday-night zombie apocalypse drinking fest is airing an episode titled "killer within."


what will happen this week?
will michonne get her sword back?
will the woodbury folks meet the prison folks?
(will the writers stop ignoring the comics?)
will rick and lori kiss and make up?
(see above parenthetical point?)

(she's got a great point, no?)

follow us over the jump to learn all that and more!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

the walking dead season 3 liveblog! episode 3: walk with me!

8:30 - heya!

do you like the walking dead?
and hallowe'en?

and super scary gory fun?
will then hot diggity, do we have an hour of fun for you.
(eww, we said hot diggity. we're sorry.)

this week on the walking dead:
will rick slay more people for fun?
will everyone just kill for fun?
hey, michonne. what's up with her?

join us after the cut for all this and more, on episode 3: walk with me.

neil young is always appropriate.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

the walking dead season 3 liveblog! episode 2: sick!

8:40 - welcome back!
we're here for episode 2 of season 3, and it promises to be an exciting one!

will the group strengthen their hold on the prison?
will hershel's leg lead to infection, or worse?
will lori's baby be a walker?
will andrea's medication help?

join us beyond the cut for the answers to these (yeah, right) and loads more important questions!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

the walking dead season 3 liveblog! episode one: seed.

8:45 - willkommen!  bienvenue!  welcome!


haha, psych!  we're not reviewing dexter - this liveblog is for the season premiere of the walking dead!


we're here starting our first full season of liveblogging the walking dead. be excited - we kicked things off doing the season finale last year, and we're very excited about the developments of this season. stay tuned with us as we learn all about what directions the characters head in this year! will the writers follow the comics? will (rick make) lori keep the baby? will anyone miss shane? will carl stay in the damn house?

why won't this boy stay in the house?
8:55 - turn off your phone! dim the lights! get the umm, whatever you drink or eat! tonite's episode is brought to you by Muskoka Mad Tom India Pale Ale, Maudite and various David's Teas. Yes. Beer and Tea. We're like that. and we're excited! Hit the jump to watch the episode with us!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

the amazing spider-man...pretty much a recap! cinema report!!!


canadian release date: 3-july-2012
writer: james vanderbilt, alan sargent
director: marc webb
starring: andrew garfield, emma stone, rhys ifans, dennis leary, sally fields, michael sheen

every so often, the staff here at ...prettymuchamovie decides to let our hair down and have a night on the town. usually, this amounts to a night at the local cinema. somewhat recently we took in The Amazing Spider-Man. It only seemed fitting that we return from our summer hiatus with this cinema report, as marvel comics celebrates 50 years of spider-man this month.

Jump with us to feel like you're in the seat two rows ahead!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

django unchained: ...pretty much a trailer!


and here we go with quentin tarantino's latest auteur de force (har!), django unchained.   django appears to be the second in what may be a series of historical revenge fantasies by quentin tarantino about communities of people to which he himself does not belong.  hmm.
questions of appropriation and ownership aside, inglourious basterds was immensely satisfying, save a few key moments/players.  and blaxploitation is a genre immensely suited for subversive commentary and ideas!  i suppose we'll have to reserve our judgment until xmas.

we start in the dead of night, with men being marched through the woods in chains. johnny cash plays.

they're eventually stopped by christoph waltz, driving a horse-drawn wagon.

"good, cold evening, gentlemen." so cordial! (link)

he claims to be a dr. king schultz.  wait, dr. king?  that seems as intentional as christoph waltz is white - and twice as confusing.  an intentional highlighting of the trope of white saviours, or an unconscious perpetuation of same?  possibly neither?

"what kind of doctor?"
schultz twists in his saddle to look up at the giant molar atop his wagon.
"a dentist."

i knew it!  that elfin meekness was masking a brutal lust for torture all along.  (link)

"amongst your inventory, i've been led to believe, is a specimen i'm keen to acquire," schultz states, as the camera flashes through the line-up while he waltzes past with a lantern, illuminating each man's face at a time before reaching jamie foxx.

"what's your name?"
"then you're exactly the one i'm looking for."

well now. he's no doctor. anyway, he wants django, but "hey, no sale."

the not-dentist doesn't take this too well.  or does he?  (music stops) he drops his lantern and fires off some quick gunshots in the ensuing dark/pleading-for-life frenzy before "freeing" django (music returns).  apparently it's cold, so he suggests django grab a coat off a dead man.

"if i were you, i'd take that winter coat."

that's one fine-looking coat you're wearing. (link)

django complies, treating us all to a shot of his whip-scarred upper back and raised arms.

in a conversation spliced in with scenes of wanted posters and calculated killings, it is revealed that christoph waltz, dds, is looking for some particularly bad men (the brittle brothers) whom django knows quite personally. they strike an accord to hunt them together! django is promised his freedom, and that they'll find his wife (sold by the brittle brothers to a then-unknown party), whom we learn more about soon.

"you kill people and they give you a reward?" -django

"the badder they are, the bigger the reward." -umm, herr waltz.

time passes!  this is helpfully outlined by text reading "next year."  the music takes a decidedly blaxsploitation-y turn away from the man in black as the duo is shown astride horses, and looking very dapper (i was a bit saddened by django's short hair, but i think in this context the haircut represent bodily autonomy).  they are shown hunting and killing a white man fleeing through a cottonfield.  the shots of his blood splattering against the plants are fucking exquisite.


now we learn that leo is in this, and is a plantation owner who enjoys sugar and watching a good fight.

"come on over, we've got us a fight going on that's a good bit o'fun!"

"coco, give me some sugar."


oh, also he's the one that bought django's wife off those aforementioned evil dickbags.  she is a gorgeous woman in saffron and gold dress, whose face is partially obscured by a fancy glass from which she drinks.

oh, and could you get me a soda?  in a crystal goblet. (link)

  sadly, we still don't know her name.  between the violence, the decadence, and the disregard for humanity, this scene is pretty effective.

back to django!  who, on the other hand, enjoys killing people and dressing like austin powers.

"so you really free?" a black woman who is presumably enslaved asks.
"you mean you wanna dress like that?"


a fun montage of violence including sprays of bloody flesh into the snow, django whipping the shit out of a slave-owner (not literally, as far as we are shown), and the explosion of a horse-drawn carriage - including the horses.  damn.  can't say i care for that, although the edit makes leo seem to be pretty excited by it.

splashy actor rundown!  jamie foxx!  christoph waltz!  leonardo dicaprio!  kerry washington! and samuel l. jackson!

"i like the way you die, boy," django tells a man after shooting him in the chest (seen above).  it is a fantastic line that will undoubtedly be revealed to be a call-back to an earlier line, a la batman begins.


"gentlemen," leo flourishes while stirring his drink, "you had my curiosity.  but now, you have my attention."

he's so sociopathic, it's amazing - the complete and utter disconnect required to take such glee in manipulating people and their lives!  fuck, i can't wait!

we close with a shot of jamie foxx smoking at a bar next to what the internet informs me is the original django.

"what's your name?"
*shot of django shooting a gun*
"the 'd' is silent."

new tagline: the chains come off!  glad to see they abandoned off the chain, although to be honest, the trailer was exciting enough i considered give them a grudging pardon to keep it.

poc count: approximately 17
poc count (speaking): 2

our verdict?
...pretty much a trailer!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

movie review: 50/50.

funny how the poster implies that joseph gordon-levitt has testicular cancer, when it is almost certainly spinal.  oh well!  i'm sure the temptation to make a nut-joke was simply too great to resist.

but what's this?  a movie?!  hey now!  we do review those every now and again!  weekly, in fact - at least now that game of thrones is out for the season (noooo!), and we've still got until october until we begin/resume liveblogging for our other "sort-of-a-movie," the walking dead.
so anyway. moving on to the movie!

canadian release date: 30-september-2011
writer: will reiser
director: jonathan levine
starring: joseph gordon-levitt, seth rogen, anna kendrick, bryce dallas howard, anjelica huston

fun fact!  it was actually bryce dallas howard who came up with the movie's title.  according to imdb, the crew was skeptical when she suggested it, but later elected to use the title without thinking to inform her. apparently, she was "surprised" when she found out, though there's no indication of when or how such a discovery was made.  i like to think her reaction was something like this:
it's a fact.

i wonder whether or not the above anecdote will set the tone for the rest of the movie.  i suppose well never know until we watch, so come on - jump with us!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

game of thrones season two finale liveblog! episode ten: valar morghulis

whelp, it's sunday again, but this one's a little bittersweet. tonight we'll set our blogs to "live" for one last game of thrones episode. valar morghulis is the season finale, of course, and as such we're on the edge of our seats in many regards.

how will the events at blackwater bay affect king's landing and westeros at large? what will happen in qarth, with dany and her dragons?  what is jon snow's fate above the wall?  what will happen in winterfell, and how will theon's actions shake out?

he sure does, theon!  let's find out why - after the jump!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

game of thrones season two liveblog! episode nine: blackwater

holy crap, we can't believe there are only two episodes left!
it's sunday, so here one comes, and this one certainly looks to be a doozy.

did you know bronn had +4 archery skills?

expect all sorts of carnage, and bloodshed, and well, certainly fire tonight.

will bronn finally find some pigshit he fancies? will dany enter the house of the undying? will jon snow face mance rayder? will stannis breach the mud gate? 

join us below the cut to find out.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

game of thrones season two liveblog! episode eight: the prince of winterfell

Well it's Sunday, and you know what that means. Game of Thrones! We're here as usual to bring you this liveblog, and generally have a good time. This week's episode is called "The Prince of Winterfell" so you know it'll have plenty of alfie. Theon. Huzzah!

(...take off that stupid fitted cap.)

(for those of you still curious, alfie allen is lily allen's brother. who'da thunk it?)

what sort of fun is in store tonite? what will happen with jon and the wildlings? king's landing and stannis? winterfell and their 'prince'? i think theon's in a bit of trouble.

grab a snack, pop open a cold one, and join us after the cut for some answers and a bunch more questions.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

game of thrones season two liveblog! episode seven: a man without honor

hey you! guess what! it's sunday, so we're liveblogging game of thrones!

this episode's called a man without honor... without the 'u'. you know, cause even though the majority of the cast is british or sounds british, this martin dude is yank, and thus, fuck the letter U.


will dany get her dragons back? will theon tighten his stranglehold on winterfell? will robb keep winning battles?!

grab a drink and a seat (even though sitting'll kill ya!) then join us after the jump and we'll all find out together.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

game of thrones season two liveblog! episode six: the old gods and the new.

it's sunday, so that means it's game of thrones day! just like the real world, religious conflicts commingle with political ones. unlike in the real world, some of these gods exist.


will arya choose another name? will dany make a choice? will qhorin teach jon snow a thing or two?

who knows? join us below the cut for the p-a-r-t. y? because we've got to!


Saturday, May 5, 2012

the amazing spider-man: ...pretty much a trailer!

...prettymuchatrailer! is back!  and we've got another comic book movie for you to anticipate.  check after the jump for an embed of the latest trailer for the amazing spider-man and our synopsis/commentary!


Friday, May 4, 2012

movie review: easy a.

easy a.
canadian release date: 17-september-2010
writers: bert v. royal
director: will gluck
starring: emma stone, patricia clarkson, stanley tucci, aly michalka, amanda bynes

this is the first movie by writer bert v. royal.  not that you care, but -
it's a fact.
emma stone's appeal seems to be pretty-well universal, and i'd say that's a pretty good reason to check out this movie - with us!  after the jump!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

#TDKR07202012: ...Pretty Much A Trailer!

today at ...prettymuchamovie!, we're introducing a new feature! movies have trailers, and we talk about things that are pretty much movies. it really just seems like a logical conclusion that we should discuss the tiny film snippets that studios use to hock their newest wares.

so, today we begin our ongoing ...prettymuchatrailer series by reviewing the most recent trailer for christopher nolan's the dark knight rises. join us beyond the cut to check it out!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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