I think the last time I tried to do capsule reviews was in 2008; honestly, I don't think I'm too good at them. But let me type anyways, let me stretch the old "whine about comics, boo-hoo, comics make me :( emoticon" muscles, lest they atrophy. Oh, what a tragedy that would be. If you'll indulge me.
After fifteen minutes you want to murder the bag of human garbage... It’s one of those performances that you cannot believe you’re seeing. Goldstein plays it SO slimy at every single turn. There’s barely a line that comes out of his mouth that doesn’t make you want to punch him. But he’s hilarious - it’s like Chris Elliott’s character as performed by Daniel Day-Lewis. An absolute turn of brilliance... it’s almost like THE SNAKE is a nature film documenting the worst animal on earth, who just happens to be human... Adam Goldstein gives the performance of all of our lives."
I know what boys like / they like ro-bots,murdering dol-phins / while on fi-re,BOYS LIKE ME.(Hand Claps; Hand Claps)
TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY -- OPENING CREDITS: I'd never heard of this show before, and I really wish I could explain how delighted I was the first time I saw this. "I never heard of this bit of pop culture, and now I know this exists" kind of has its own weird, sad vibrational frequency of happiness.
One value of a good reference is that it can send fans of one pop-culture artifact on little expeditions, tracking the secret history of the shows, music, and movies they like by digging through their footnotes. We become archaeologists of pop, like the heroes of the Warren Ellis/John Cassaday comic-book series Planetary. (How’s that for a reference?) There’s a longstanding tradition of this kind of digging in the arts, often under the loftier guise of creating and studying canons. But the ’90s were more about rewriting the canon, and making sure that all the junk of the past got preserved alongside the classics. Was all that pack-ratting worth it in the long run?