Ah, “I Accuse My Parents.” Sometimes I’ll go a long time without watching this one, and then when I finally see it again, I remember how funny it is. (This was part of last year’s Turkey Day marathon too, but I just never got around to watching it back in November.)
I always feel bad for Jimmy at the beginning of this movie, and a little embarrassed when his mom shows up to the school meeting drunk, but he keeps making everything worse for himself by lying, and—as Joel and the bots point out—being at times alarmingly stupid. Really, Jimmy? You had no idea that the guy who was paying you tons of money to deliver “packages” might be involved in crime? Really? I love Joel and the bots’ explanation for Jimmy’s oblivious state of mind, as depicted in a very nice mobile. Also, Truck Farming!
Tom: “As long as I talk really fast and do what he says I’ll be okay!”
Crow: “Now he’s selling his essays on the street.”
Jimmy: “Mom? Dad?”
Joel: “I won the “I got the crap kicked out of me” contest!”
Crow (as Jimmy): “I’m just gonna run away! I got peanut butter and underwear—that’s all I need!”
(The judge warns parents to pay attention to their kids.) Joel: “Though they probably aren’t as stupid as Jimmy.”
Crow: “WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS FAMILY?!?!”
(Grade 12 and up) Marko and Alana are former soldiers on the run from the war that their two nations have been waging for decades. They now find themselves, their newborn daughter Havel, and their ghostly babysitter Izabel on a rocketship headed toward no particular destination. To survive, they’ll have to elude freelancers, representatives from their respective armies, and the strange monsters that lurk in the dark recesses of space. But with Marko’s parents along for the ride, the family’s survival becomes more tenuous than ever. Will finding and consulting Alana’s favorite author show them what to do next?
As with the first volume of “Saga,” the art and storytelling here is fantastic. Narrated by Hazel (presumably as an adult), the story of Marko and Alana, and what it takes to protect their young family (in addition to the intersecting stories of the various people chasing them), is by turns heartbreaking, humorous, gory, and thrilling. I rated this book for sexual content, though there’s some adult language too; basically, this is a book that older readers will enjoy, and by “older,” I mean older teens and adults, because it’s a story full of real danger and real consequences. (Character death is rare in most of the graphic novels I read, but in “Saga,” you can expect at least one nasty death per volume.) This is a series that deserves its impressive reputation. (4.5 out of 5 stars)
- Series: Saga (Book 2)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607066920
- ISBN-13: 978-1607066927 (Source of Publication Data: Amazon.com)
I definitely feel better knowing that he is guarding our galaxy
Via The Blog of A Blonde Sherlockian
Man! That Tax! And those Building Codes! They remain hot-button issues well into the Fourth Season of the Twilight Zone (seen here are stills from “The Mighty Casey,” “To Serve Man” and one of our more recent episodes, "The Parallel")
I thought that this was a post about MST3K, but it’s actually about the Twilight Zone. Did movies and TV shows during this period all use the same fake newspapers and just change the headlines? (And why are building codes always under fire?)
Via The Twilight Pwn: A Twilight Zone Podcast
Inspiring as always, Mr. Green!
Nicely done, I thought. ;)
This is my favorite Twilight-related rant ever. Thank you for explaining this, John Green. :)
Batwoman fanart. (I played with the colors a little bit on this one to darken things up, and I really like how it turned out. :))
(Grade 7 and up) Once again, Hayate has found himself in a difficult situation. Convinced that Hinagiku-san hates him, he takes her to a movie with disastrous results—fortunately, a trip to the amusement park finally cheers her up, though the two are no closer to confessing their feelings for each other. Then, Hayate returns home to the mansion to find Sakuya-san and Isumi-san with problems they need the put-upon butler’s help to solve, and the next day, Hayate is so tired that Nagi insists on going to her part-time job alone!
Of course, the sort of misunderstandings that have always plagued our hero ensue when Hayate and Maria go to check on their master, and you don’t even want to know what happens when Hayate goes to return Segawa-san’s lost cell phone. (Actually, if you’re still reading this, you probably do—are you a sadist or something?!) Will Hayate survive his latest difficulties? And why is Segawa-san wearing a wedding dress?!
Hayate the Combat Butler continues to be one of my favorite manga, and with good reason: the art is cute, the story is funny, and Kenjiro Hata clearly respects the intelligence of his readers, given the geeky references that crop up. For manga fans, I’d say that this series is a bit like a Ken Akamatsu manga, only there are a lot fewer gratuitous panty-shots. Come to think of it, this series is really similar to Akamatsu’s manga, but a lot less sexist and more self-aware. Both men and women here end up in ridiculous situations, and both genders are objectified, but it’s done in such a way to make objectification look stupid, instead of like a prelude to romance. When Nagi wonders what’s keeping Hayate, Maria replies, “Probably another near-death experience caused by a simple misunderstanding.” And of course, she’s right. (4 out of 5 stars)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (September 14, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421527839
- ISBN-13: 978-1421527833 (Source of Publication Data: Amazon.com)
"Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You" is a small project where I draw superheroes based on the costumes of young girls.
This original submission is The Curly Girlie!
From the mother: “Her superhero is named The Curly Girlie. She uses her long curly hair to lasso the bad guys, and has laser vision.”
Via YA Highway