Wednesday, December 7, 2022

007 #4

Looking for answers, Bond begins working for Myrmidon with his first assignment stealing secure information from the British Government. Seducing a young woman at MI5 for access and then breaking into a secret government server room, Bond looks for answers about Gwendolyn Gann and for what his government is doing in bed with a terrorist and dictator.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The Santa Clauses - Good to Ho

Picking up the threads of The Santa Clause film franchise 28 years after the original film (and 16 years since the last entry), the new series deals with an aging Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) dealing with a dwindling list of kids still believing in Santa Claus and his Christmas magic beginning to fail. While first ignoring his problems after trouble one Christmas, he must face the truth when circumstances repeat the next year. If Santa feels a bit worn down so does the series trying to squeeze some Christmas magic out of a franchise that dried up over a decade and a half ago.

Crimes of the Future

Writer/director David Cronenberg returns to science fiction and body horror in a film about the evolution of the human race and the spectacle of surgery as entertainment. Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux star as a pair of artists in this new world. His body continues to grow new organs which she removes in front of an audience as both spectacle and, as both admit to each other, sex.

Not approving of his methods, the government doesn't have a problem with the artists as much as those facing the same medical conditions and choosing to keep the organs, becoming something different than human. This plotline introduces Scott Speedman as one such person, and a pair of organ registration bureaucrats (Don McKellar and Kristen Stewart) tie the two stories together. We also get a pair of technicians (Nadia Litz and Tanaya Beatty) who work for the biotechnology company doing their part to keep the status quo.

Rick and Morty - A Rick in King Mortur's Mort

Remember that time Morty (Justin Roiland) started a war across the entire solar system by refusing to cut off his penis? That's the basic idea in "A Rick in King Mortur's Mort" where a bored Morty becomes a Knight of the Sun only to then disillusion the lot about their religion and, unknowingly, start a war between the various tribes of the solar system. A wacky take on King Arthur, the episode is also notable for Rick's (Roiland) attempts to be less of an asshole for an episode which eventually gets on Morty's nerves before leading to a callback from "The Vat of Acid Episode" to solve Morty's problems.

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