Blade – re:View

September 10, 2016237 Comments

Jay and Jack discuss the often overlooked Marvel movie Blade, where apparently some motherf**kers are supposedly always trying to ice skate up hill.


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  • kuhpunkt

    reView The Raid 1&2 and Victoria! Come on!

  • Keith

    That’s not techno music, it’s Hollywood breaks.

  • These hack fuckin’ frauds didn’t even mention the Hype ass Marvel Blade Anime that has Wolverine and some Samurai Dude in it made by Studio Madhouse. Shame. SHAME!

  • tOmy`

    This is one of those movies that didn’t age well and yet it somehow adds to the charm. The roundhouse vial kick is simply stellar.

  • tOmy`

    I also suggest looking up the soundtrack. It’s a pretty rad(ical) trip down the memory lane.

  • Adzl33t

    On Blade 2 commentary I think I counted like a dozen changes Del Toro made to Goyer’s script

  • TheJackFromTitanic

    Well, she’s Natalie Portman

  • i124qnds

    This review made me realise the similarities between Blade and John Wick. Great world building but limited back story.

  • Adzl33t

    To me it’s better screenwriting particularly with movies, if characters don’t use forced backstory as a crutch for characters depth

    Like The Man with No Name, no backstory or even a name (maybe Blondie) but just from a few scenes I understand the character quickly

    Having flashbacks can just filler when a few lines and direct action is good enough for characterization

  • Adzl33t

    When will late 90s become retro?

    When I was kid I thought dark trenchcoats was the coolest clothes ever, but I was just a kid and live at Florida

    But I hoping for a comeback of dark trenchcoats

    Blads is one of my fav superheroes movies, flawed but fun, direct, and cool

  • why_wolf

    The Raid is another good example. Just a thread bare “he’s a good guy” setup and then off to the Pagoda tower for some action.

  • Adzl33t

    I don’t like movie where they forced talky scenes as an attempt to look substantial when it just filler or just for the actors to attempt to look and act serious

    The Raid is pretty tight
    Though that being said I liked the talky parts of Raid 2

  • Adzl33t

    That’s an obscure subgenre, though wiki call it break beat

  • I watch this on the site without adblock because I want to support things, but man does this website run like a three legged horse over loose lego bricks when the ads are running.

  • Domo

    Please have Jack and Jay do more Re:Views together. This is the most fun I’ve had watching a Re:View episode. Lighthearted and informative is a nice change of RLM pace.

  • RLMkeepitup

    Cool. you know as bad as the cg looks and the lines are its still memorable and fun! Nothing is worse than a ham fisted origin story or intro narration. Get to the good stuff

  • the_great_laertes

    I still hold out hope that maybe Wesley Snipes will come back to make one last Blade movie. Probably not gonna happen, but a man can dream.

  • TMC_Sherpa

    But how am I supposed to know who the good guy is if you don’t tell me?

    You can’t just show me through actions, showing stuff in movies is for losers.

  • junkevil

    Whoa, Demonic Toys looks awesome.

  • Spoiled Ants

    As much as I hate to say it, but I think it’s not really unthinkable that we will see another Blade movie. Since this is Wesley Snipes’ only franchise he’s attached to (at least as a lead). And it’s not looking like his career is back on track like it’s the 90’s.

  • Bart Crowe

    Jack doesn’t actually talk they just give him peanut butter and have someone dub his voice over later.

  • Spoiled Ants

    We’re gonna skip right over to the 2000’s.
    The 90’s were a mistake.
    The only good thing that came out of that period were maybe a few videogames.

  • cyborg

    I didn’t forget about Blade – it’s awesome. But because old nothing it did matters of course.

  • Flyingguillotine

    I don’t get the inability to look at sfx within the context of their time. Do you guys think the original King Kong is a terrible and dated movie that doesn’t hold up because of its stop motion and puppets?

    Sure, older fx require a bit more imagination and work on the part of a contemporary viewer to suspend disbelief, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, and it certainly doesn’t reflect on the film for being a product of its time and budget.

  • cyborg

    Is there anything memorable about the 2000s though? I can’t think of anything and I lived through the decade in my 20s which is supposed to be defining or some shit like that.

  • faraday

    Some motherfuckers always trying to iceskate uphill. One of the best lines in cinematic history!

  • Spoiled Ants

    Ever since I watched it in cinema I get annoyed by that little detail. That scene were Blade’s mentor shoots himself would’ve worked so much better if they kept the camera on Blade and not on that god-damn melodramatic slow-mo shot of the dropping hand. Fucking 90’s and their slow-motion.
    And I just found out that the soundtrack was done by Mark Isham, who did the magnificent soundtrack to The Hitcher (1986).

  • Spoiled Ants

    That line would’ve worked on the equally mediocre BLADEs of glory.

  • Spoiled Ants

    I don’t really know, I have the feeling it is the lesser evil. But maybe it’s because after a decade I don’t feel the pain anymore.

  • LameSame

    W E S L E Y _ S N I P E S

    I just really wanted to do that.

  • Variant

    I’ve always pictured Antman directed by Zach Snyder where he like goes all small and disappears inside someone’s ear… and then they shake violently and explode kind of like a vampire as he bursts out their chest or shoots out their ass or something.

  • AreyouaNazi? Isthatyourelf?

    Context is that practical effects and cgi were being utilised so well in the early 90’s and cgi was abused in the late 90’s as it was a fad like 3D to say “cgi”. Look at the blood effects in Blade vs the T1000 in Terminator 2, sure, budget is an issue, but the idea with Blade was someone said “screw it, CGI this bitch” when maybe some practical effects would have worked better.

    So yeah, context is your contemporaries.

  • frankelee

    I get annoyed that people don’t have a perfect memory the way I do, but Spider-Man actually kicked off the super hero movie tidal wave. If you asked somebody in 2003, they wouldn’t have given you any other answer, that movie was an unqualified critical and financial success that had studio executives thinking they could make any stupid shit featuring a guy from a comic book and bank half a billion dollars in profit. Even it’s soundtrack album was a raging success. Then they made Daredevil, and Catwoman, and The Punisher and it was all terrible.

  • Adzl33t

    2000s is such a bland and vague decade, just a blander version of the 90s

    Like what was the definitive subculture of that time anyway? And I was a teen back then

  • Spaceman Dan

    As much as I love Wesley, he’s not the most stable person. I can understand why people don’t want to work with him. Goyer apparently had a hell of a time getting Snipes to do his job on the third movie. They had to use his body double a lot to get things shot. I think that was a major contributing factor to Trinity being garbage.

  • Adzl33t

    Aside of the terrible Bush administration, that decade was meh

    Though MTV was horrible, I hardly listen to music of that decade post grunge schlock and mediocre glam rap, I listen to 80s metal when I was a teen during the 2000s, because there was nothing interesting

  • Percy Gryce

    What? Other Guy and AIDS Moby? No Mike, no Richevans? WTF, RLM?

  • Percy Gryce

    I’m watching this on my phone. It looks great.

  • Sandoz

    Go Sam!

  • Sandoz

    I had given up on movies by the time Blade came out.

  • RiverboatGrambler

    Blade and Dredd are my favorite superhero movies. Need to watch Blade 2 again, I remember it being fun.

  • ikdks

    You guys missed one of the central truths of that movie, that it’s Blaxploitation.

    There’s the angelic black female lead, contrasted against a bunch of white slutty chicks. There’s the nondescript white lead thug, most notable for his generic whiteness. He has an old white partner, like the “Close it yourself, shitty” guy in Shaft. He beats up a cop like Black Belt Jones. (i forget, is there an old white boss character?)

    I always saw it as the spiritual grandchild of Blackula.

  • ikdks

    But wasn’t that Sony?

    I think they were talking about Marvel studios, or else you’d have to go back to Tim Burton’s Batman or even Superman as the original blockbuster Super movie (as apposed tom Saturday matinee crap).

  • ikdks

    Ah. The Hitcher. Great B movie.

    Dark.

  • DanceOfBirther

    Re:View is my background RLM show.

  • Judge Frownyface

    ACTUALLY, the Shadow was a most excellent DC comic book in the late 80s, written by Andy Helfer, art by Bill Sienkiewicz and later the great Kyle Baker. It’s only about 20 issues, and goes out way on top – recommended.

  • Judge Frownyface

    or Strange Brew …

  • RLMkeepitup

    thats how RLM is mean to be viewed, preferably while in the audience of a major motion picture.

  • Orson Hyde

    The Punisher is just fine… clever set-pieces and a cool finale. Punisher: War Zone is a masterpiece.

  • Orson Hyde

    In fairness, they are some of the best games ever made… Half-Life, Ocarina of Time, Deus Ex, Starcraft… jesus

  • Sandoz

    I love Blaxploitation movies!

  • Orson Hyde

    Rewatching Raid 2 made me realize just how cool and interesting the characters doing all the talky bits were… It left me lukewarm the first time I saw it, but that movie does reward multiple viewings.

  • Domo

    Why aren’t you listening to it on your Victrola?

    That’s the best way to listen to soundclouds, right?

  • Glyph Wright

    You that Other Guy has a name, right?

    It’s Susan.

  • Astro Zombie

    I think the MARVEL Netflix shows are doing a good job at giving us a grittier, more grounded and adult-oriented look into the ever-expanding MARVEL Universe that the movies just can’t, or won’t do. They managed to do The Punisher in all his violent glory. Jessica Jones gave us a strong female lead show, and LUKE CAGE is fully embracing the concept of a black superhero in a Black Lives Matter world. The Netflix spin-off universe would be the ideal place for Blade to make his return to the screen, as that is where he would be done best.

  • Hank_Henshaw

    They brought back the X-Files, a very 90s icon, and they never had Mulder and Scully wear any trenchcoats… admittedly, it was shot during the summertime, as opposed to the original show, which was shot in the fall/winter. Not that trenchcoats would’ve made those 6 new episodes (or 5 out of 6 episodes) any better.

  • frankelee

    Well I’m assuming they were talking about the oft-mentioned “when did they decide everything had to be a superhero movie?” question. Because it’s often considered the X-Men, but it really wasn’t what set it off at the time. Blade might have helped give Marvel long term plans to stay involved in making movies, although unless I’m mistaken it was more a work by their production partners, and they owned the property and collaborated.

  • frankelee

    It did have clever set-pieces and a cool finale, yet when I was done with it I never wanted to think about it again.

  • Percy Gryce

    Domo, you made me LOL.

    Victrola, what do you think I am, some kind of early adopter? I prefer Mr. Edison’s gramophone.

  • Astro Zombie

    For me, I think it’s that CGI just doesn’t have the same charm as things like stop-motion, puppets and monster make up do. I love movies like EVIL DEAD 2 and Beetlejuice in large part because of their cheeseball efx, but find a lot of those late 90’s, early 2000’s movies don’t hold up well because of the bad CGI. It’s not to say the movies are bad, just that the CGI isn’t doing them any favors in the same kind of way that say, throwing fake blood and rubber skeletons at Bruce Campbell from off-screen does.

  • disqus_fnwCMQDX7u

    now it’s for neckbeards

  • I’d have to rewatch Blade to be able to tell whether it aged gracefully but I remember it was OK for a comic book movie.

  • Palpatine

    It’s OK for a comic book movie, but I don’t think it’s aged very gracefully, mainly because, as Jay and Jack pointed out, the CGI is outdated. It’s still a fun watch though.

  • Mehhhhh

    I absolutely loved Blade. It was amazing for it’s time and the writing holds up in 2016, same with some effects! Also long live Bang Wa Cherry by Chin Chin (youtube it, it’s the song the Asian twins are singing when they find that fat vampire). It took me eight years to find that song, lol. This was from an era where nothing was forced, these actors (and as you pointed out him being black) were graceful and filled parts naturally that people welcomed and revered. Growing up I didn’t even realize Ripley was a woman, or Blade was a black man. These things weren’t relevant or important to me. I just loved them as characters and related to them! We’ve lost this natural sense of attachment under the guise of forcing people to accept something so socially subtle and nuanced it’s hard to even understand properly so people knee jerk respond to it without even understanding why. It leaves a sour taste in peoples mouths! As Mr. P would say: You may not have noticed it….But your brain did!

  • Orson Hyde

    OH that’s true, I saw it a few months ago expecting a misguided turkey. Instead I got a fine turkey sandwich. Delicious, but not memorable.

  • Mehhhhh

    Also the first dark superhero film was obviously 1989 Batman. The Joker has a series of scenes in that that are still disturbing by today’s standards. Hilarious, evil and twisted writing that synergized with Jack’s idiosyncrasies (hints of The Shining at times). Burton / Elfman era upon us! Glory be to Keaton for doing a legible in suit Batman voice. Bless Kilmer’s out of suit performance as it stands as the best of all time.

  • The Elegant Flaw Filial

    Are we… allowed to like Jack now?
    I like Jack.

  • tOmy`

    Both.

  • tOmy`

    I hope that at some point of the discussion of “old CBMs”, we gonna dig up Constantine.

    That little movie is a great combination of everything right and everything wrong with CBMs. It is the Constantine I never asked for, but at the same time, it is the Constantine I am happy to enjoy.

    Odd, odd movie.

  • tOmy`

    What Palpy said.

    It’s still fun to watch and, from what I remember, “fun” is kinda the deal we are going for.

    Unless you are DCEU…

  • Archfriend

    Death Machine features characters called “Sam Raimi”, “John Carpenter” and “Scott Ridley”. It’s great fun.

  • Archfriend

    I love old crappy CGI. The final battle in Spawn is eye-candy to me. Also the ending to Johnny Mnemonic.

  • Archfriend

    Jack is great. People say he fake-laughs all the time but I just think he has a broad sense of humor.

  • discojoe

    Is re:view replacing Half in the Bag? 🙁

  • RLMkeepitup

    at this point even misplaced nostalgia is better than what studio execs churnout

  • picklebird

    can you make a beer mug of mike and/or jay looking dead inside i would totally buy it

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    Blade 2 is love. It’s so good, Del Toro is sort of doing it again with the awesome “The Strain”.

    Also, thanks to Jay and Jack I can now confirm Wesley Snipes is black guy.

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    The Crow and Spawn were both successful. Rocketeer was a great comic film. Turtles did well. All before Blade.

  • Erwin

    I like Jack’s t shirt. Anyone know where to buy one?

  • Joe Syxpac

    The Hitcher is a good one. It’s got a couple of issues, most mostly it’s solid.

    The remake is a huge POS.

  • Joe333

    I liked Blankman

  • Joe Syxpac

    Were there people online in the 50s and 60s lamenting the glut of cowboy movies?

  • Spoiled Ants

    Ok the Jesus game we can all agree on, it almost took 2000 years to make.

  • Spoiled Ants

    My guess would be emos who are into NuMetal, other than that maybe the elevation of nerd culture to the new cool kids in town. Which gave way to ‘Retro’ – their Lord and Savior.

  • Michael Collins

    I loved Tracy Lords in this movie, in fact I love all her movies.

  • In 2003 maybe, though it’s worth remembering in 2001’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” there was a joke about how movie studios were buying up even shitty comic book properties because of the success of X-Men.

  • Spoiled Ants

    I don’t remember anything about both movies. But I know that Ray Stevenson is one hell of a charismatic actor. That guy should have a major role in GoT or something.

  • Spoiled Ants

    The cinematography, the slow pace, the ambient soundtrack, Rutger Hauer at the top of his game, even the mindfuck of an ending has a narrative purpose. I love this movie.

    There’s a scene in MadMax FuryRoad: when Furiosa falls on her knees and screams at the desert (in slow-mo, of course), it’s so over-the-top that it’s unintentionally funny. The Hitcher has a similar scene, and it fucking works, it’s one of the best moments of the film.

    The director also did a ‘spiritual remake’ with HighwayMen, that one was just ok, although it has some neat visual ideas.

  • bleurgh

    And musicals.

  • bleurgh

    I remember thinking it was funny when I watched it as a kid in the 90s. I seem to remember it being a spoof of batman. That is the extent of my memory. I wonder if it holds up. Didn’t it have a way and brother in it?

  • bleurgh

    X-men was the movie which made the studios buy up all the rights to almost every superhero comic book character, but Spider-Man was definitely the first horse out of the gate and paved the way for a lot of what came afterwards and also the movie that captured the publics imagination. I think x-men was a bigger hit on video than it was at the cinema, but spider-man was a hit right from the beginning. Remember when things were considered hits on video? Those were the days…

  • bleurgh

    I actually think Iron Man was mostly inspired and influenced by the first Spider-Man movie and therefore influenced the whole Marvel Cinematic universe. In the grand scheme of things Spider-Man has a much greater place in this genre than people give it credit for.

  • bleurgh

    I’ve liked Jack ever since he flipped the table over after the dinosaur uses the pay phone on that episode of BOTW.

  • bleurgh

    Man, the 2000s had some pretty rough moments too.

  • bleurgh

    Indie rock? I remember that being the big thing until about 2007 or 2008.

  • bleurgh

    Emos only really lasted between 2002 – 2005

  • bleurgh

    I have a lot of affection for the indie rock of the 2000s. Bands like the White Stripes, Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, QOTSA and so on. Not all of those bands were good but it was the last time energetic music with guitars was relevant and popular music seemed to turn to shit almost immediately after that movement ran out of steam. What with the rise of shitty sub-genres of EDM like dub step and the watered down white-washed manufactured bubblegum version of hip-hop that lead to the rise of Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and all those other terrible pop stars which are still tormenting us all now. I think history will look back on music in the 2010s with a great deal of embarrassment and frustration. Much more so than the 2000s.

  • Variant

    It sounds like Jay hates the 90s as much as I hate the early 2000s. Sorry but as far as music and visual styles and shit like that went – the early 2000s were fucking embarrassing. The 90s was full of colorful things like Fresh Prince and a lot of really fucking good Hip Hop music. The 2000s was full of internet memes and repetitive bullshit. Sorry, but it’s true! I love the 70s and the 80s as far as the things that came from it, but you’re not gonna catch anyone these days wearing clothing styles from back then in any way except ironically. I HATE the early 2000s. The 90s were my shit. This might all make perfect sense though because I’m guessing I’m like roughly a decade behind Jay, and it might just be one of those generational things. Everyone on RLM keeps talkins smack on baggy clothing, but for some reason I don’t hear anyone giving a shit about people wearing skin tight jeans these days. I don’t mind, but I’d certainly rather people over-cover than show me their junk.

  • Alex Doucet

    Wow, I didn’t realize this movie had some original ideas in it. I’ll have to re-watch it next time I’m hungover.

  • Sheriff Mitchell

    The best way to watch Blade is on my memories.

  • ikdks

    Who in their right mind would pull that truck gag at the end (I don’t want to spoil it)? I was shocked.

    I was a teenager when I saw it. I couldn’t believe it. I had never seen anybody do anything like that on film. It was the exact opposite of every other movie ever made. I lingers with me to this day.

  • tOmy`

    Oh god, is that a new Apple product?

  • Joe

    Her performances are always very deep.

  • Eucratides_Megas

    I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since the theater, and I was surprised at how much I liked it.

    It wasn’t joyless— the story was dark and there was a somber, Nolan-esque vibe but it still had both humor and awe in good quantities.

    The biggest point of contention I hear repeated is that Superman destroyed Metropolis. This happened a day after Superman became Superman, he was fighting Kryptonians and Zod wasn’t going to follow Superman out into the boondocks. He was trying to bait Superman into killing him. All the destruction that happened before that happened solely because of the Kryptonians before Superman arrived on the scene.

    Michael Shannon was terrific.

    Here’s what I’m curious about: what percentage of people who really hate it do so relative to their love for the Christopher Reeve/Richard Donner Superman?

    I was never a fan of those (or of Superman, particularly after Superman Returns), so I’m wondering how much anger derives from that.

  • Joe

    I wonder if AIDS Moby is happy that another Bourne movie came out. He can finally start getting more “Extreme Ways” royalties.

  • Mugato

    The 90s were awesome. Everything was better in the 90s except internet and processor speeds I guess. But I don’t remember anyone wearing baggy jeans or colorful hip-hop shit. We just wore t-shirts and regular jeans. The 60s, 70s, and 80s had distinctive styles, the 90s really didn’t.

  • Mugato

    The Crow had a great soundtrack.

  • Joe333

    The recently deceased Joe Polito is in it.

  • Orson Hyde

    He’s in the third season of Black Sails. It’s a lot better than Michael Bay pirate show would have you believe.

  • Adzl33t

    Those 2000s bands don’t have the same longevity of even older bands, though I like think like the glut of mediocre Motley Crue knockoffs of the 80s which lead to the backlash with grunge, something is gonna change music trends, though I thought it would be faster with the internet, though perhaps like Plinkett Star Trek review, pop culture is so disorganized with esotertic niches that major subcultures were replaced with the second guessing and market research of tasteless executives

  • Adzl33t

    Indie rock is such a broad term

  • Mugato

    They forgot the worst scene in the movie. The main Gen X heartthrob vampire meets Blade in the daytime and he can do this because he’s wearing sunscreen. WTF? If you want to have a James Bond scene where the villain meets the hero in a civil setting before the final showdown, cool, do it at night if your villain explodes in sunlight. WTF is sunscreen going to do?

  • Adzl33t

    Emos being the waterdown versions of goths with Hot Topic, I guess that was a thing

  • Mugato

    Especially her early work.

    /quote from “Free Enterprise”

  • Sheriff Mitchell

    “iMemory. You’ll never forget it.”

  • G. Xiong

    Jack had always been good, only the overly childish hated Jack.

  • Jean-François Martel

    Yo, speak for yourself i talk about Blade all the time.
    Karen Jenson is one of my all-time favorite characters

  • tOmy`

    Haha, good one.

    How did you come up with all this?

  • Jerome Gorden

    Most of the people who “like” the Christopher-Reeve-Superman movies recognize that they are extremely dated. They know that the movies mainly appealed to them because they were young when they saw them. Hence, I don’t think the original movies heavily influenced people’s opinion of Man of Steel; just like I don’t think the original 1984 Batman movies influenced people’s opinion of Batman Begins, which got positive reviews.

    That having been said, Richard Donner is light-years ahead of Zack Snyder in terms of direction (see their respective film histories). The same is true for script writing. The original Superman movie (the first one) was very well written. The writers for Man of Steel clearly didn’t understand anything about plot development or character development. Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve were good actors. Their counterparts in Man of Steel were horrible. Their acting felt wooden and stilted.

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    Blade is my favorite installment of Dorff Does Vampirism. Classic Conway.

  • Tobacco Nass II

    HAPPY NINE-ELEVEN!

    #15YEARSINTHEMAKING

  • Tobacco Nass II

    NINE-ELEVEN WAS AN INSIDE JOB.

  • Tobacco Nass II

    Nine-eleven extra special care was put into this ep. A+

  • disqus_fnwCMQDX7u

    sjw jack’s celebration of diversity is triggering me.

  • Spoiled Ants

    As devastating as it, it’s not only there for shock value.It’s a necessary development for the final transformation of the protagonist, and therefore earned.

    There’s a nice anecdote told by the cinematographer about that specific scene, on the DVD.
    Unfortunately we won’t be seeing a Bluray anytime soon.

  • Malevolence

    I never knew there were skating rinks that went uphill…. or downhill for that matter (O_o)

  • ikdks

    Oh, absolutely. There was something other worldly about the Hitcher. The way he could get to a location before the kid, like he could defy the laws of time and space. The ultimate example being he could defy the conventions of modern cinema.

    But in our ironic, meta, post empire world they do things like that in movies all the time. In the, what, 80’s, that ending was unheard of.

  • Variant

    Well, what people wear isn’t really my concern, I’m actually kind of pondering what they mean in the first place every time they summarize “what the 90s were”, or what “90s cool” was. I don’t know if they mean trending popular *things* in general or implying that their limited scope of “what it was” is just like five things. To me the 90s is the beginning of the modern era we now live in. Like – the 80s felt like a very different time. The 70s, and the 60s felt like very distinct, very different times from now. I think the reason you are saying the 90s didn’t have a distinctive style is because we are still holding onto a lot of things from that era that have just adapted and evolved over time. I’m talking like overarching cultural things, like Jack/Jay’s perceived “cool factor”. But like you watch a movie from the 80s and you’re like “Whoa, 80s.” You watch a movie from the 90s and other than the absence of hand held computer phones most of the things wouldn’t stand out as strikingly different from what we see today. At least for like – the mid to late 90s. The early 90s still felt part 80s – because, you know, time is a long continuous thing and culture doesn’t just change in the blink of an eye as soon as the decade rolls over. What I’m trying to say in defense of the 90s is that I still think of the 90s as a relatable time, and I think it is for a lot of people. The fact that you don’t just remember colorful clothes or baggy jeans is proof of that, in fact. Because I remember those things, but I remember a lot of dressing exactly as I do this very day for me. And I think a lot of people never switched that up much either. Jeans and a t-shirt, right? I think we’re rolling over into that period where it is starting to feel more disconnected, but for those of us that lived through it as kids that time might be a little farther off.

  • Wilson Chambers

    I first saw it in my university’s student union a few months after it release, and my friends and I played MST3K with it the whole time. Thought it was ridiculous.

    Years later, I rewatched it. Maybe it’s me, but I think it’s one of the best superhero films ever made — competent plot, just the right dose of camp, great sampling of contemporary style. Probably *the best* fight choreography, with such pacing and imaginative variety. Turned off the sequel 10 minutes in, and I think a lot of people associate the original with the sequels, but this first one is grand.

  • Exidor

    I love Highlander, even with the lame energy animation at the end.

  • AlienFanatic

    I really, rarely laugh at comments but the zoomorphism of Jack created a truly funny metal picture.

  • AlienFanatic

    Come to think of it, 7/11 is mostly an inside job too.

  • Spoiled Ants

    How many times can people buy the same product? Call it iLobotomy.

  • tOmy`

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  • Spoiled Ants

    Precisely, the screenwriter even refers to him as a ghost sometimes. The directors first short film China Lake (1983) is on Youtube which gave him the job for The Hitcher. You can find the 40min Making of as well there.

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    Can I send them to Russian spambots instead?

  • Malevolence

    See… Successfully creating diversity in films is when you don’t notice it and just watch a fun film….. but when you change a gender or ethnicity just to create a buzz is not, (i.e.- Mary Jane is black, Ghostbusters are women, female and black male leads in Force Awakens)

  • RLMkeepitup

    because we’re all one n’ bullshit smells the same

  • endeyequote

    honestly i am from new york and where spider-man homecoming is set and being 2016/17 it just makes so much more sense that the cast is so mixed and MJ being black is totally fine imho.

  • endeyequote

    you guys should re:view Blade II at some point. imho that is actually a pretty fantastic vampire movie and far superior to Blade 1.

  • endeyequote

    that city destroying ending though was a little ridonkulous. other than that its not that bad.

  • endeyequote

    yeah but you’re talking about the early 90s stuff that aged well, hip hop being one, they are talking about the stuff that didnt.

    and as far a style in movies the early 2000s have aged better. they arent talking about the entire early 00s as a culture, thats a whole other argument.

  • Variant

    That’s a VERY fair point, considering my tastes for all things 90s are ranged from about 90-96. And I agree it sounds like they’re mostly talking about movies.

  • Bhazor

    Nope. Bad pretentious film about a hero everyone is obsessed with being pretenious about. “How he represents the….” “He’s a burble burble of all our fneh fneh fnehs ” “It begs the question what if blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrp” “He represents god as if he wa- akas0foj 9oweifuh 9dfghdfiudhg”

    Its bad, bloated, overblown self agrandizing dreck. The ending is the least of the films problems.

  • Paulus Decimus Meridius

    Sparta Remix. That’s the definition of this decade.

  • The second one is quite an interesting little picture in its own deeply weird, del Toro way. I find the original more enjoyable, but both are solid. The third is one of the biggest pieces of shit ever created in human history.

  • Early 2000s had Gladiator, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Lord of the Rings, Memento, Adaptation, Shaun of the Dead, Kill Bill, Collateral, Brick and Batman Begins.

  • Variant

    I at least like, but not necessarily love all of those things. Love Shaun of the Dead though. But the 90s had: Pulp Fiction, Naked Lunch, Ghost Dog, Falling Down, Goodfellas, Casino, Reservoir Dogs, Groundhog Day, Leon, Silence of the Lambs, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Fargo, Being John Malcovich, The Shawshank Redemption… lot of good movies in the 90s. Also I was mostly speaking on everything as a whole and less movies specifically. Probably the late 90s were worse for movies than the early 2000s… maybe.

  • Joe Syxpac

    It worked in Bordello of Blood.

    What a hit that one was!

  • AnnaWvy

    blocks UV which they establish through the Pearl stuff is what burns up vampires in that particular setup, which is fine its perfectly ok to rework some of the vampire lore so we get around this whole avoid garlic,crosses,holy ground stuff, only move around at night,sleep in coffins stuff, and yes I know they still used garlic mace, but sometimes its fine to not be constrained by rules everyone thinks they know in films like this because then its more a surprise.

    the problem with Blade is that its really only 2/3rds of a film, the final 3rd is a complete mess plot/story wise,even messier than the effects. which is why its probably less of a classically remembered film. 2 is more of the same albeit influenced more by Resident Evil Id say, and 3 is a complete joke though it has the best Ryan Reynolds swear in the history of movies.

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    Blade 3 has Parker Posey in it. Wouldn’t that appeal to the typical hipster scum?

  • Thanatos

    LOW BATTERY

  • Thanatos

    With no headphones, obviously.

  • Thanatos

    I thought the Plinketto Board replaced Susan.

  • Thanatos

    Or Cool Runnings.

  • Thanatos

    Well, it’s like the early 3D video games – they look like COMPLETE shit today, while older games like those on the SNES still look ok. Bad CGI is a total eyesore now, while I can still watch something like Star Wars and it looks great.

  • Thanatos

    They’d cast Samuel L Jackson instead, because Wesley Snipes isn’t the biggest box office draw for the urban market.

  • Thanatos

    Jack talking about movies is fine, he just has bad taste in video games.

  • Thanatos

    90s is already retro in the video game realm. I’d say another 10 years before movies and TV get there.

  • Thanatos

    My god people. The Plinkett reviews happened in the 2000s.

  • bleurgh

    Disagree with your third example seeing as those were original characters.

  • Malevolence

    My point wasn’t that they were original characters but instead created to generate a buzz due to their sex or ethnicity. How many times did you hear banter or facebook posts talking about “Finally the First black lead in a Star Wars movie and he’s a Jedi!” didn’t turn out that way but that’s all I was seeing.

  • Imaf

    RLM should make a remix of Blade. You could call it “Blade Recut.”

  • Imaf

    Actually, I though the sequel to Blade had to do with taxes. Wasn’t it called, “Vampire Hunter: Schedule C?”

  • nautonnier

    I don’t care what they say. New Order’s Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix) is still a #1 jam. I still spin this occasionally and it packs the floor.

  • Showbiz Pizza Bear

    On your mammaries? An odd way to watch, sir.

  • cyborg

    Or in any of the 25 different Ice Age films.

  • RiverboatGrambler

    That’s right, every time there’s a black lead or a female lead or anybody other than a Normal White Person Lead, it’s because cynical people are trying to “generate a buzz due to their sex or ethnicity.” It’s impossible that somebody wrote a Star Wars movie (or any movie) with a black character in it because that was the story they wanted to tell. If a bunch of white people on the internet freak out about a movie pandering to somebody other than white people, the only explanation is insidious corporate chicanery. We should probably just go the safe route and always cast white people for leads in big blockbuster films, otherwise certain people tend to get very upset.

  • Malevolence

    Didn’t say white ppl were freaking out, saying there were news stories and posts that had publishers like The Blaze and Uproxx posting buzz based solely on the ethnicity and gender of The Force Awakens’ lead characters. You presuming that it’s just white ppl freaking out is extremely racist

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    Is Jack attempting to grow a beard? In the words of Harry S. Plinkett, “What happened to your face?”

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    Not raspberry jam.

  • Exidor

    Hey, it worked for Lancelot Link, secret chimp.

  • Mehhhhh

    Thank you for that history lesson. Hilarious.

  • RLMkeepitup

    This site looks really bad on a phone, blade does look pretty good though.

  • RiverboatGrambler

    Right, I’m being racist by pointing out there were white people making racist complaints about the black stormtrooper in The Force Awakens trailer. That’s some real slick rhetorical jiu-jitsu.

    It’s not like I’m making it up; even self-proclaimed racist Mr. Plinkett said those people made him sick.

    The point I’m trying to make (and the one your comment above so perfectly illustrates) is that white people bitching about minority/female leads goes beyond the movies that make Mary Jane or Annie Hall black and into every other big-budget movie with a minority/female lead, like Star Wars. Even if it’s an original character, there’s a chorus of “certain” people bitching about how a non-white/male character is only there to appeal to minority audiences, as if that’s some inherently insidious thing. To these people, the concept of a minority character being in the script because that’s the story the creator wanted to write is never even considered. They’re not upset that Hollywood is “pandering”, they’re upset that Hollywood is pandering to the “wrong” people.

    Is there a trend of putting minorities and women into lead roles for big-budget blockbusters to appeal to wider audiences? Of course. Do such movies get extra press for doing so? Oftentimes yes. But so what? It’s the twenty-first century and there are more audiences to appeal to than just white people, who are going to have to suck it up and accept that they’re only going to get 90% of all the pandering from now on. But there will always be people who totally aren’t racist or sexist, they just inexplicably have a problem with the casting of a black or female lead every single time it happens. Weird!

  • LameSame

    Speak for yourself

  • LameSame

    Steal it from him do it

  • RiverboatGrambler

    I watched Blade 2 earlier today, it’s a worthy sequel and retains most of the good qualities of the first, plus better special effects. A step down in terms of the fight scenes, though; you can still generally tell what’s going on but there’s definitely more quick cuts and disorienting close-ups than the original. I liked Blade’s crew better in the first movie as well, they had more shit to do, unlike the second movie where they’re just sort of there.

  • bleurgh

    So spot on.

  • DropYourLinen

    Blade II is, like most del Toro films, Disney horror.

  • DropYourLinen

    I think they’re referencing how Nineties media was super over-the-top and cheesy in a sincere way, whereas now that style is done more in a self-aware, mocking tone. Clothing was usually loose and colorful as opposed to current formfitting apparel. Consumer technology was still clunky and basic. Pretty much everything was kind of garish, and that definitely bled into the early Two-Thousands.

  • Variant

    Daps for a rather intelligent breakdown.

  • AreyouaNazi? Isthatyourelf?

    That’s rotoscope lightning isn’t it? Hand animated onto it frame by frame? Definitely different to the fight in hell in fucking Spawn lol

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    I watch Lawrence of Arabia on my smartphone. I’m what’s known as a cineaste.

  • Sandoz

    Wow you can hear the crickets in here.
    Me thinks it’s time Mike worked on either Scientist Man or Plinkett…or both.
    This webzone is seriously dead in the water. I miss the old days of three years ago.

  • Exidor

    September is Blade month at RLM!!!
    All Blade!!!
    All September long!!!

  • Mark Bisone

    I got excited when I saw this post’s title, because I thought they we’re finally Re:viewing “Zorro: The Gay Blade.” But George Hamilton was only dressed like a black guy in that one.

  • Variant

    You kids and your webzones.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    It’s what RLM wanted.

  • Sandoz

    Well, they got what they wanted but why?
    Why would you want your websites chatroom empty?
    Who is running RLM marketing?
    I’d like to give them some advice.

  • DeColonise

    I think the effects in this movie are kind of cool. As you mention in this discussion the mind wanders towards movies such as big trouble in little china and so on.
    I don’t have as much issue with them as you guys seem to have.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    Unpaid interns perhaps.

  • RLMkeepitup

    yeah where’s the mojo

  • john smith

    umm actually, The Crow (1994)

  • Variant

    The part where the guy gets cut in half and melds back together via cgi blood magic looks REALLY bad (look at the way the particles come off largely and disappear like a cutscene from a 1995 video game).. but the guy exploding in the sunlight actually looked pretty good, I wasn’t even sure there was any CGI involved in it. The skeletons are buffy the vampire slayer level effects though.

  • DeColonise

    Yeah i agree with that scene. It do look horrible but I find enemies turning into skeleton cheesy CGI things, as they die when Blade hack them all to death, looks pretty neat in a way. Nots sure why but I just find it fitting in this movie in a way.
    yeah the sunlight exploding scene looks nothing like CGI I have to say.

  • DeColonise

    even if he do fake-laughs its better than most peoples real laughs! 😛

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    I’m more a fan of Tom Servo.

  • Ogrot

    umm, actually, The Cow wasn’t a part of the Marvel comic book universe, and you’ve got other dark gritty comic book moopies before The Cow like Batmens (1989).

  • Ogrot

    Umm actually, Conan the Boobarian (1982) the movie was based on a 1970’s comic published by Marble of the same name convinced Marble studios to make a cinematic universe centered around Howard the dick.

  • RLMkeepitup

    Is Mike down in the creepy basement making videoz again

  • Hank_Henshaw

    Less comments are easier to moderate, I guess.

  • Variant

    Well, and to clarify, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer level effects” in my book does translate to “acceptable”. That is, of course, TV show acceptable, but also low budget mid-late 90s acceptable.

  • tOmy`

    So I bought The Neon Demon, the latest fatshaming fun movie for the whole family, that deals with the unique concept of modeling in LA; a theme unique only to one TV show a year, one movie every two and the occasional Red Hot Chili Peppers discography.

    The movie is best viewed through fake glasses while stroking a beard or, alternatively, through real ray-bans while stroking a d*ck, because “the angles and visuals, maaaan”. And speaking of visuals, better brush up on your geometry, folks, the movie is full of triangles, because hexagons are too mainstream and circles are for square people. In fact, there is so many visuals that at one point of the movie my whole screen went black, which I assume was the result of my FULL HD laptop simply not handling the amount of art present in the shot.

    I enjoyed the use of Dexter’s Quinn, mimicking the show itself; as in being of next to no importance. And since we are on topic of characters, Neo pops in for a bit, but he doesn’t wear a trenchcoat, so he might as well be just an extra.

    It took me a while, but then I finally realized who the Neon Demon is. No, it’s not LA, it’s Nicolas Winding Refn. You see, this joker once created a small movie called Drive, that got falsely advertised as a fun, serious Fast & Furious rip-off and then got overrated more than anal sex, because the only people who showed up for the screening were the people who went to see Fast & Furious in the first place. This is the reason Refn is not begging for scraps in Portland; that, and the army of Starbucks waitresses who went to see these movies, because the guy “writing a script” on his MAC on table 7 talked about it.

    The movie finally justifies its existence and achieves its full potential by featuring a necrophiliac sex scene mimicking an attempted lesbian rape of a minor, a theme we certainly ain’t getting enough these days, outside of the dark web of course.

    I will give this movie cautious 9/10, because I didn’t understand it.

  • NilbogResident

    “Canada is for lovers.”

    Zapp Rowsdower should be an RLM guest.

  • NilbogResident

    Indeed. It’s ironic that many of those who critique “formulated” ethnic/gender diversity in films seem to obsess about the ethnic/gender diversity in films that just happen to have diversity by happenstance. I have no clue how ethnic diversity in a film such as Star Wars:TFA “creates buzz” in 2016 – at least to those who matter-of-factly don’t prioritize ethnicities.

  • NilbogResident

    Yes, I would fully expect Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” to post all sorts of “buzz” about the ethicity and gender of TFA’s lead characters.

  • cyborg

    Great insight into why the people obsessed with showing how great they are as progressive pioneers of utopia don’t necessarily make great films – because that wasn’t their intent. Making a great film would be some mindbogglingly unlikely accident in such a situation. Just try to make a good film with the people who want doing what you want. If you’re not a hack fraud like George Lucas you’ll produce a beloved film like Tommy Weisseu.

  • Bubs

    I’m pretty sure this review was just an excuse to brag about your laptop.
    ETA: I miss the days when this site had a community

  • ikdks

    Hey, Jay!!!

    Check out the Lessons from the Screenplay for Nightcrawler. It talks about how to successfully create an antihero.

  • RLMkeepitup

    or he could just watch the next man of steel movie they’re making

  • Malevolence

    Doctor: “We need to run some tests, so we need a sample of your urine, semen, blood, and feces.”

    George Lucas: I’m in a hurry, Dr. Can I just leave my undies?”

  • Strelnikov

    He always was a shitbiscuit….

  • ikdks

    I don’t want to see that guy anymore. I’d rather watch a good movie like Nightcrawler again.

    And if you watch that clip you might learn something.

  • Variant

    He’s pooping

  • fred

    “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die” — great new album now available on spotify. It has unheard (or less known) rants, interviews, and bits spanning the career of one of the greatest artists this and last century.

  • Andrey Tarkovsky Reference

    Sounds like the title of Osama bin Laden’s spoken word albums.

  • fred

    bin laaadin

  • LincolnHawksBaseballCap

    Put that school bus down Superman!

  • LincolnHawksBaseballCap

    With his creepy notebook

  • The Wicker Man (BWF)

    I laughed throughout the movie when I saw it in the theater. There was 1 confused old couple and 5 hipsters, all trying to justify the ticket price by pretending it was art.

  • Rick Jaeger

    “People not being pandered to are upset because they’re not being pandered to. This is bad when people who are not me are not being pandered to. Not actually liking pandering to anyone is not an option, because.”

    Yeah all right.

  • Hopa Mitica

    No Plinkett reviews, no community. Simple as that.

  • Variant

    Is THAT what that was? I’ve always been confused about when he gets up and spins around doing a wafting motion. I thought he farted.

  • Variant

    I’m imagining one of those intros with the squirrel trying to get the nut. He climbs to the top of mount everest just to get to that walnut, but right as he’s about to grasp onto it, Wesley Snipes boot slams down on his hands and he says “some motha fucka’s always tryna ice skate up hill”, before swiftly kicking him down the slope to his death, breaking a glacier with his body and effectively ending the ice age. Wesley Snipes would be a polar bear or some shit though. CAUSE HE’S SO COOL GET IT

  • Variant

    Upon my reviewing of Spawn I remember noticing one thing that really bothered me about the visual effects. There’s a moment when down in hell when Malbuljia is all like “JOIN MEEEEEEEE” and he shows him his army of Spawns. The camera pans around the horrible CG hell, and as one of the crowds of spawns zooms away from the screen – I noticed some godawful pixellation on one of them. Almost like it was a video game, and they just made a sprite of these people, and didn’t bother to make it high resolution to bring nearer to the screen, but they expanded it anyway and it just looked awful. You should NOT see pixels in CGI or green screen or any combination of the two. But I loved Spawn as a kid so it’s fine. I’d like that reboot to get made though, it could be done so much better. A new Spawn would be great even if just for the eye candy

  • cyborg

    Some unpaid intern at Blue Sky better be reading this to steal ideas off Internet commenters because that is fucking gold.

    Couldn’t be a polar bear though cause racism – unless he was shaved because they are actually black skinned. Holy shit another fucking politically correct minefield.

  • Michael Spakousky

    What is BoTW? I have a shirt that reads “Rowsdower.” Love it

  • Tvastrत्वष्टृ

    Don’t forget The Rocketeer if you mention earlier comic book adaptations. Or Dick Tracy.

  • NilbogResident

    Best of the Worst.. one of their awesome shows.

    Rowsdoweeeeeeerrrrr!

  • Brett Turner

    I always loved this movie, revisit about once a year – banging soundtrack too!

  • bleurgh

    The question you’ve got to ask is ‘If Rey and Finn were white males, would the movie still be pandering?’ and the answer ‘Yes, no derp you big dumbass, it’s just that white males are so used to being pandered to they consider it the norm’.

  • Rick Jaeger

    Say, you’re pretty good at avoiding saying whether or not you think pandering is a good thing and missing the point entirely.

  • bleurgh

    You’re pretty good at missing the point and failing to see that almost all hollywood movies pander to white hetero males. Almost as good as you are at being a condescending dick-hole.

  • Rick Jaeger

    And somehow, being so good at missing the point as I am, I still haven’t found out if you think that pandering, in and of itself, is a bad thing or not.

    Can you enlighten me by answering that question, at least, or is whining all you can do?

  • Che boludo!

    The skeleton thing looks waaayyyy better in Blade 2.

  • DeColonise

    It do yep. But I don’t really mind them in this one either. It do look cheesy but fits overall tone of the movie though, for me at least.
    I like it 🙂

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