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Seriously, I barely even use a TV anymore

Posted in Stuff I think is cool with tags , , , on March 22, 2009 by bradellison

Even though Ed Brubaker’s awesome Angel of Death has concluded, there’s still plenty to watch on the internet.  For starters, you can just rewatch Angel of Death.

But if somehow your appetite for Zoe Bell brutally killing mobsters is satiated, you could always try a little absurdist syndicated comicd strip parody:

It may not be as funny if you haven’t familiarized yourself with the Mark Trail, Mary Worth and Rex Morgan MD running gags on the Comics Curmudgeon’s blog, but seriously, you should be reading that anyway.  weird little showlets like that are one of the best uses to which YouTube has been put, aside from parkour videos, creepy probably-faked ghost videos, and episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000*.

A while back, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who together made Army of Darkness, which is the greatest film ever made by human hands, decided to make a TV show where Bruce Campbell played a secret agent fighting Napoleon’s evil plans to take over the world while making as many double entendres as humanly possible.  The end result was Jack of All Trades, and it’s all available for free on Hulu.com.  It’s basically Bruce Campbell playing dress-up and being the world’s biggest ten-year-old boy.

To sum up the show, there’s an episode where Bruce Campbell and his pretty British inventor partner have to use an experimental submarine to rescue Benjamin Franklin from Blackbeard’s ship (which, for reasons never adequately explained, is a Chinese junk, but then they never explain why Blackbeard is around in 1801 either) before Blackbeard can deliver Franklin to Napoleon who intends to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction based on his lightning kite experiment.  Also, Blackbeard swigs kerosene, which allows him to belch huge fireballs.

On a more serious note, Hulu also has the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk, which chronicles the life and death of the ground-breaking politician and activist.  That should be enough of a downer to counteract the effects of Bruce Campbell.

*Of course, The Man keeps pulling the full episodes of MST3K off of YouTube, apparently feeling that you should pay them money to watch the television show they made and have made available on DVD instead of watching it for free.  I can see their point.  Still, many episodes are not and may never be available on DVD since they no longer have the rights to the movies, and “keep circulating the tapes” is a philosophy very near and dear to my heart.

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The internet offers exciting new ways to watch Zoe Bell kill people

Posted in Stuff I think is cool with tags , , , , on March 4, 2009 by bradellison

Internets are more fun than television (and if anyone reading this gets that reference, I will be very surprised).  And here, at last, is a webshow worth watching that doesn’t have Felicia Day in it.  Not that I have any problem whatsoever watching things with Felicia Day in them.  No sir.

But back on topic.  This is the thing I’m talking about right now.  You will note that the title is Ed Brubaker’s Angel of Death Starring Zoe Bell.  Either one of those names is going to catch my interest.

Ed Brubaker, for the maybe three people who read my blog but don’t read comic books, is a man who writes comic books.  Awesome comic books.  His specialty is hardboiled crime fiction.  Right now he’s the man writing Daredevil, which is the best thing Marvel publishes.  He took Iron Fist, a c-list superhero left over from the Bruce Lee Kung Fu boom who only survived the seventies by teaming up with Marvel’s c-list blaxploitation hero Power Man, and made Iron Fist totally awesome.  He took over writing Captain America and made it awesome.  He created Criminal, which is awesome.

Zoe Bell is a stuntwoman.  Her actual acting debut was in Quentin Tarentino’s awesome movie Death Proof, in which she played herself. In that movie she rides on the hood of a white 1970 Dodge Challenger and then beats up Kurt Russell.

So when Ed Brubaker writes a series in which Zoe Bell plays a professional assassin, I figure it’s going to be pretty awesome.  A quick viewing proves me right.

Also, Doug Jones is in there.  You may recognize him as the guy who played nearly every freaky messed-up humanoid monster in Guillermo Del Toro’s filmography.  And a special guest appearance by Ted Raimi, the second-ugliest man in Hollywood.