It was June 16, 2008 when The Middleman premiered on what was then ABC Family. Ten years later, it’s time to celebrate this brilliant program and try once more to help nudge it further into Cult Classic status.
Marvel decided to throw themselves a birthday party, and they invited everybody! Avengers: Infinity War puts the cap on 10 years of Marvel movies and sets the stage for many more to come. Bringing together the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and the people of Wakanda to fight the greatest menace the universe has ever faced, the film does an amazing job of juggling multiple intersecting storylines and enough characters to fill a Greyhound bus.
Once in a while, the studio machine gets it right, and what was supposed to be a typical genre picture hits all the right notes and becomes a timeless classic that transcends genre. The audience, or at least a segment of the audience, responds on a visceral level to the film, and it becomes a landmark in their lives. I believe Black Panther is one such film.
Travis shows that he’s a procrastinator by just getting around to reviewing The Twelve Crimes of Christmas, a Christmas themed mystery story collection.
Travis takes another look at an episode of Saturday Night Live, with the November sweeps episode hosted by Chance the Rapper. It was pretty good.
Travis takes a look at a paperback collection of thriller stories presented by Alfred Hitchcock in the early ’70s, and finds it to be pretty good.
Travis takes a look at The Imago Sequence and Other Stories by Laird Barron, who writes weird fiction in the vein of Lovecraft.