Talk About it Tuesday / Bounty-X Minddar: The Muck and Flirt

We start our Bounty of Bounties Tuesday (lol) with The Muck. Our hero continues his job of hunting the universe's strangest bounties and today's is no exception. He has to fight a weird parasite that hijacks bodies and eats brains. So he's Chucky from the Darfur 3 Saga?  No, not exactly. Chucky doesn't eat the brain of the person he rides inside of. Anyway, it's a fun adventure to watch as the bounty hunter must fight the parasite and the unfortunate alien he hijacked. 

 

Flirt came out before The Muck and it took some time before I could get to it. This was the first live-action film in the series that he did. The other one I reviewed was stop-motion clay. He gives the bounty hunter more of a human touch and introduces a character that appears later in the comics. While I wasn't fond of the acting, I still think they did a decent job. It's a free Youtube movie so I can't complain. It still doesn't move much in the way of the overall story but it does introduce characters from the comics that I think he will use later in the movie series.

Fundamentally, if BET or another network wants an Afrofuturist space opera horror that works well on a budget, I think Bounty-X could work. It would be a bit of a slog to get it TV ready, but I feel like he's got the bits ready. 

On a funny note, my wife was in the same room watching Call the Midwife at the same time I was watching this on the monitor. The shootout between the alien and the bounty hunter caught her attention. Unfortunately, later that night she had a bizarre nightmare in which she was an Anglican nurse and the Krillian alien came into the hospital with ringworm and she had to treat it. Yeah, crossover nightmares are not fun.  So Flirt got double Cinema Sin for that.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the doubleheader! Just don't watch it with Call the Midwife. It's not a good combination. 

Talk About it Tuesday / Veneration Z

I really got into this comic serial for a few reasons. #1, it reminds me of Shonen Jump comics to some extent. It kind of parallels shows like Naruto, for example. #2, it has a multilayered plot, exposing the tensions between the clans in the country and the burden of unpleasant pasts as the underlying thread tugging at the characters' actions. #3 It reads pretty well for teens but is interesting enough for adults as well. 

It's a pity it's on hiatus right now, but when I talked to the company, they said it would return after Slum Rebel finishes. However, there are 22 issues of this series to dig into. And while it may drag with the power leveling and backstory at times, it does make for an exciting read.  

Head to head, it wouldn't beat Is'nana the Were-spider or Sword of the Free. But it would beat Blue Beetle (probably not in the art department). Of course if they had DC money, Chon Chon could probably put out something that can beat Blue Beetle.  

Brian dubbed today's episode since my throat was a bit sore from this never-ending cold. I should get him to do the Screen Junkies "honest trailers" voice again.