January 30th, 2016
Finally I get to this review, after delays and the addition of a ninth issue push the series’ end off until January. But end it did and now that I’ve read it, here’s my impressions.
Even though I said I wasn’t going to get into Secret Wars, I was really faced with dropping virtually all comics for the summer or biting the bullet and seeing what Marvel might have in store for the fall. And, of course, when I buy in, I buy in heavy, getting most of the Secret Wars tie-ins, cross-overs, etc. One thing I realized however is that with so many of them ending at about the same time, just doing one comic post per week would have me doing Secret Wars and nothing but Secret Wars for several months, so I’m taking a page out of my Horror Show segment over on the other blog and doing an entire week of nothing but Secret Wars reviews. So let’s get started with the central comic, the 9 issue (plus an intro) Marvel’s Secret Wars.
January 28th, 2016
The Librarians is based on a series of TV movies starring Noah Wylie as Flynn Carsen, the Librarian of a magical library that seeks to keep dangerous magical artifacts out of the hands of mortal man. The series has run on TNT since 2006 and last year, they made a surprisingly good TV series out of it. But one good season can be a fluke, did they keep it going for a second season?
January 26th, 2016
For the same reasons I don’t think that the new Star Wars movie will be Star Wars, this new version of ID4 isn’t going to be ID4 and it’s blatantly obvious from the trailer. ID4 was a popcorn movie. It was, as Harlan Ellison said, a bonehead movie. It was something to turn off your brain and just enjoy the action. That just isn’t what the new movie looks like, judging solely from the newly released trailer. Here’s why Independence Day: Resurgence, at least from the current trailer, isn’t going to work.
January 24th, 2016
Now keep in mind that this is being written before Episode 7 comes out, but in recent days, George Lucas has been talking a lot about why he walked away from Star Wars, because his ideas for the future of Star Wars and Disney’s ideas for the future of Star Wars, just didn’t coincide. Well, after what you did to the prequels, I certainly hope not!
So let’s take a look at the legacy of George Lucas and why I think he’s largely peed in his own pool.
January 23rd, 2016
This week is a little different, I’m going to talk about a Marvel comics “event” of sorts, where they celebrated the 50th anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D. in comics by releasing a couple of one-shots.
But are these a worthy recap of 50 years of Marvel history or has Marvel just screwed the pooch? Let’s find out.
January 21st, 2016
After the phenomenal job that Netflix did on Daredevil earlier in the year, I think everyone was expecting great things from Jessica Jones. Well… I don’t know that they necessarily delivered. Oh sure, it looked great, production values were high, the cast did a good job, but it makes me wonder how this fits into the larger MCU and if it doesn’t, as it really doesn’t seem to, why bother with it at all?
So let’s take a look at the first 13-episode season of Jessica Jones and see where it all went wrong.
January 19th, 2016
Doug Walker, who does the Nostalgia Critic over on YouTube has been doing Disneycember where he reviews all of the Disney movies. He did a long series on the Miyazaki anime films that Disney brought over from Japan and frankly, I don’t agree with a lot of what he said and I think the reason we have such different points of view is because he watched them all in English with American voice actors and I watched them all in the original Japanese. Why do I think this is the case? Read on and see.
January 17th, 2016
Based on the Japanese light novel All You Need is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the film stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as soldiers in a fight against a mysterious alien force that, under the right circumstances, can cause fighters to relive a day over and over again.
The movie version, variously known as Edge of Tomorrow or Live, Die, Repeat, came out in 2014 and was on my radar, but I never got around to seeing it until recently. So here’s my take on time resetting aliens and Mr. Scientology.
January 16th, 2016
I really can’t think of many things Deadpool hasn’t done, he’s destroyed the Marvel Universe, he’s killed literary characters and now, he’s taking on Thanos. Why the heck not? This is actually an untold story that fits loosely into the continuity back in 2013 before the whole Marvel Now thing, which really quickly became Marvel Then because nobody really cared. But can Deadpool and the very personification of death actually get along? Of course not! That’s why this is Deadpool vs. Thanos!
January 14th, 2016
I read the original Arthur C. Clarke book when I was a kid and while I thought it was okay, I never bought into the way mankind acted under the Overlords and I still don’t. People just don’t behave that way, they don’t embrace what is fundamentally slavery, no matter what good comes of it, and the idea that human culture would stagnate that quickly just bugs me.
But hey, it’s probably been 30 years since I read the book, might as well give the Syfy version a shot, right? So let’s take a look at Childhood’s End, a 6-hour mini-series and see how it fares.