I watched Valerian the movie a while back, and I did not like it much. There were some nice scenes, but it was mostly an exposition-heavy mess. And I wasn’t the only one to think so. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised its visuals while criticizing the plot and some of the casting. David Ehrlich of IndieWire said “the vividness of this place only underscores the lifelessness of the people leading us through it.
I’m reading back issues of an ancient comic book that I first read, long ago, when I was a kid. A big part of the reason I’m doing it is nostalgia, and this issue comes with a big hit of that. That’s because this issue, issue 106, was published on 31 March 1979, which was the date of the 24th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, and that is high-power nostalgia for a kid growing up in the UK in those dark days.
I just saw Avengers: Infinity War and, just like everyone else on the Internet, I have some thoughts about it. Sometimes when I’m writing about a book or a movie I try to avoid spoilers, but not this time. This time I’m going to just jump right in and spoil away, so if you have not seen this film, go do that, it is a very enjoyable night at the movies and you won’t regret it.
I recently wrote a blog post about redesigning the covers of my books to make them more uniform, to give them more of a brand. The next book in this process is the box set that combines the trilogy of books 1-3 of The Dragons of Westermere. The book currently has a cover that I actually quite like, but it has different looking text to the way I want my books to look, going forward.
I was getting my morning fix of news today, form a variety of outlets, when I saw on Vox that Janelle Monae’s movie, Dirty Computer, has finally been released. For her first couple of albums, she was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis to adopt an alternate “archandroid” persona named Cindi Mayweather. Now comes Dirty Computer and, as Vox says: Dirty Computer tells the story of Jane 57821, a defiant free spirit who lives in a near-future dystopia and takes joy in celebrating herself, her love for fellow rebel Zen (Tessa Thompson), and the queer black community that accepts them both.
I wrote a diet book back in 2013, and have gone up and down in weight a couple of times since then. I recently decided that I would go down in weight again, and this time work to maintain my new, skinny body. I started counting the calories in mid March, about a month and a half ago. I started my latest diet weighing almost 200 pounds, with my belly bulging over my jeans and pushing them down.
Judge Dredd is on the cover of issue 105 of 2000 AD. This comic book came out way, way back on 24 March 1979. The cover is a scene from this week’s story where a hideous and insane tyrant is manufacturing fake news. With Trump in the White House, it is so timely it is a little spooky. This cover is by Brian Bolland, even though the interior art on the story is by somebody else, which has become the standard way for Bolland to work.