We share a pair of movie discussions this week, as I cursorily examine the new Clash of the Titans as well as District 9. In summation – I’m not horribly impressed with either movie. The brightest spot in my week is the fact that Chris and Kathy VanderKaay are back in the podworld with a new show …. The Anatomy of Fear.
I take a crack at some movies and books, casting my observations on Tim Burton’s treatment of Alice in Wonderland, and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Tune in to see if my mental notes jive with yours, and don’t forget to tell me what you think!
Some family, some not so family. Some good, some not so good. The wife and I recline and share some views on the movies we’ve seen this week, the movies we’re anticipating, and the state of movie making in general. We touch on the topic of horror films, highlight the technical improvements of the new Star Trek over the old, and despair for the glory days of Disney past like the old fogeys we are. Movies include: The Battle for Terra, Star Trek, assorted Disney films, Friday the 13th, and Halloween. Plus an update on November contests and stuff. There’s a whole slough of worthy links on the blog page, so don’t forget to click some of them.read more
Mistreatment of my favorite characters makes me crazy. Unearned reputation makes me crazy. Spending two and a half years on a comic book hoping against hope that it will turn out to be epic (or at least comprehensible) makes me crazy! And when the Powers That Be decide to turn a waste of paper into a waste of film, shoot a trailer and promotional reel that looks freakin’ awesome, and then utterly fail to deliver the goods on a product that I really should have known better than to buy in the first place . . . well that really makes me crazy!read more
A tale of loyalty and unlikely friendship featuring two of the most famous super-heroes on the planet, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies pairs the Man of Steel with the Dark Knight. The iconic heroes unite when President Lex Luthor accuses Superman of terrible crimes against humanity and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in. But the “World’s Finest” duo are determined to topple the corrupt president’s reign once and for all!
-from the ad copy on the back cover of the trade paperback editionread more
Perspective: This ain’t your daddy’s G.I. Joe. For that matter, this probably ain’t your G.I. Joe. Come to think of it, I’m not sure whose G.I. Joe this is, exactly. I am an avid G.I. Joe fan; I followed the comics and played with the toys all through the 80’s, never missed an episode of the cartoon, and jumped feet first into the nostalgic revival in 2001.
I’ve been waiting for this movie a long time.
Background: The Hasbro property enjoyed the bulk of its popularity in the 80’s, beginning as a highly successful and still wildly collectible toy line. The Marvel comic book series soon followed, mostly under the pen of Larry Hama; a half-hour tv series little more than an extended toy advertisement eventually produced an animated film that only fueled the Joe-mania sweeping the country at that time. After that particular version of the franchise petered out in the early 90’s, Hasbro attempted to revive the property several times with varying degrees of success.read more
Marvel Comics has really dominated the animated movie landscape for the past three years or so. I take the time to look at the recent offerings from Lion’s Gate and break down the subtext of my favorite films. They’re all good stuff, and I recommend any of them. This week introduces a few new things, including the Fanboyarama section of the Amazon store, and the podsafe album of the week. This week, we’re doing Marvel Heroes in animation, and the music selection is “Manifestations” by Synaecide. Check it out in the tabber box!read more
I spent the weekend at Fear the Con 2 in St Louis, MO. The guys over at Fear the Boot put this on, and it looks like its going to be a regular event. I debuted the Atomic Earth board game this weekend officially, and got some cool conversations with other podcasters. Also, the Watchmen premiered this weekend, and you’re getting my impressions of that event as well.
Big announcements at Critical Press. A new direction for the new year and a host of new media offerings coming at you lightning quick, including: podcast CD archives, OTR series sets, CPCinema monthly, and maybe even a real live book or two!
Join me and my homies as we talk about the Underworld franchise with an eye toward the January release of Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. Plus a host of old-fashioned RPGeekiness.