2018 was not a good year. For the world. So another bad year then. Again.
2018 is the year that James Gunn got fired for all the wrong reasons. 2018 is the year that Daredevil got cancelled. It’s the year that the Saga comicbook went on hiatus, that the Tide Pod Challenge got into gear, that Kanye kept saying things, that normal people learned who Logan Paul is. 2018 is the year that Anthony Bourdain died. 2018 is the year that Aretha Franklin died. 2018 is the year that f*cking Stan Lee died. 2018 is another year where Trump remained in office, which, in some very literal cases, meant that some people died that under normal circumstances, probably wouldn’t have (to say nothing of ‘shouldn’t have’), and while none of us want this blog about movies from an Edmonton perspective to get political, it’s impossible to ignore that a world with Donald Trump as President of the United States is the kind of thing that leaves none of us untouched, and as long as it stays this way there are going to be a lot of things that will keep going wrong in the worst, most evil and selfish and thoughtless and yet stupidest and laziest ways possible. And for us here at GOO Reviews, that meant 2018 was a year that kind of got away from us in terms of reviews coverage. For that we apologize, though it’s an apology accompanied with no guarantee that things, on that front, will get better. Continue reading
Opening this Weekend
A Dog’s Way Home
We’re in the Endgame now
by Thom Yee
In spite of what others might insist, comicbooks have a great potential for meaning and depth and sometimes even occasional transcendence if met by a receptive audience. They’re just like any other storytelling medium in that way. Despite their often garish outer trappings, comicbooks aren’t inherently stupid or immature; not nearly as stupid and immature as the dismissive attitudes that would suggest they must be are anyway. Like most other stories, comicbook stories tend to speak to the broader thoughts and universal themes we all recognize simply as part of being human. Superman relates to concepts of power, divinity, and the notion of the foreigner finding their way in a strange new land. Batman represents a different kind of power, acknowledging our darkest motivations meeting our greatest hopes, no matter how unattainable those hopes might be and how bad they may be for us. Spider-Man is an everyman, facing the same troubles we all do, but, having learned an important lesson in power and responsibility, is an everyman who uses his gifts as selflessly as possible despite everything it costs him. Some comicbook characters, though… some of them are just straight-up murderers. Gifted with exotic murder powers. Designed by murder artisans who work exclusively in the medium of murder. Characters like Bullseye, whose power, basically, is to pick anything up and throw it at you, unerringly, in a way that kills you. He’s our new bad guy in this season of Daredevil. This time he doesn’t suck.
Not like this guy. Continue reading