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[TV Review] “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” – ‘The Dirty Half Dozen’

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 00:50

Season 1 of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. set the bar pretty high for movie tie-in episodes: the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D was a pivotal point for the show and the MCU as a whole, and even though the connection between “Agents” and “Age of Ultron” has been downplayed in comparison, my expectations have never-the-less been high.  Despite middling reviews and the ever present fear of MCU over saturation (shudder the thought) my anticipation is through the roof and “The Dirty Half Dozen” does much, especially in its final moments, to stoke those fan flames.

Coulson, despite turning himself in, is in a strong position.  He basically high roads Gonzales and leverages sense of morality to come back and immediately start calling the shots again.  In reality Coulson is less motivated by the notion of rescuing Mike and the other captives and more interested in collective whatever data Hydra has that ties into his “Theta Protocol” and whatever his involvement with the “Age of Ultron”events will turn out to be.  Coulson highlights one of the most glaring crutches this show has dramatically when he reminds Mae that everyone has a secret, including, apparently, Gonzales and whatever he is hiding in the hold.  The constant promise of new secrets revealed is a cheap thrill as far as I’m concerned and personally I wish more time was spent building out this connected universe rather than trying to “Lost” us all the time.  Regardless, the plan is set in motion to take down another Hydra facility and Gonzales and Coulson are, for the time being, on the same side.  Gonzales agrees to facilitate the rescue mission because he can’t back down to a good old fashioned Hydra assault, and because he’s hoping Team Coulson is gonna bite it.

Speaking of Team Coulson: Evil Ward is the glue that holds the group together.  It was actually funny in that break the tension kind of way, it may have gotten a little too funny for the circumstances but each of their performances kept me bought in despite the way everyone was hamming it up.  It was so enjoyable to see the gang back together again now that the dynamics have changed so much.  It brought my attention to how quickly this show evolves and how dynamic the MCU is capable of being.  There is no status quo for things to resort to every couple years like in comics.  The form is too short yet it can continue on indefinitely (Feige claims to have plans for films through 2028).  It occurs to me how ideal this format has become for the connected universe super hero genre.

Oh God that oner.  There was some incredible choreography that recalled for me “The Raid” and the rapid in-and-out has an uncanny quality to it that is almost like nothing I’ve ever seen.  It was the first moment of cinematographic triumph we’ve seen in the series and it gives me high hopes that we’ll see more ingenuity like this in the future.

“The Dirty Half Dozen” is a slow jerk that not only amped me up for the film but delivered a satisfying full circle when the team reunited on a mission.  The show has all the same flaws its always had but it also has an indelible charm, a substantial place in the MU, and the occasional hint that it can and will be so much more.

Positives:

– “Call the Avengers” and men of metal

– Simmons fucking killed Bakshi

– Evil Ward is now my favorite

– Dat oner tho

Negatives:

– Petty Mae…

– 2/3 of the episode was arguing about the mission

– Secrets as a plot device

 

 

 

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‘Jurassic World’ Will See Return Of (Original) Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 19:03

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has opened up about the film’s Tyrannosaurus Rex and the information is incredibly badass! In an interview with Slashfilm, Trevorrow explains that the T. Rex we see in the film isn’t a brand new dinosaur. Rather, it’s the same one from Jurassic Park, the one that injured Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum)!

He explains:

She is 22 years older. But she’s not limping around. …it’s going to move a little bit differently, but it’ll move differently because it’s older. And we’re giving her some scars and we’re tightening her skin. So, she has that feeling of, like, an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her Unforgiven.

Trevorrow also goes into greater detail about their usage of CGI versus practical animatronics, which you can read about at the above link.

Personally, knowing that the T. Rex from the first movie is back in this sequel just shot my excitement level through the roof. Seeing the T. Rex for the first time in theaters back in 1993 still ranks as one of the most memorable movie experiences of my life. This almost feels like seeing an old friend back on the screen.

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“Damien” Moves From Lifetime To A&E: Gets Four More Episodes

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 18:40

Damien, the six-episode series based off the mythos of The Omen, has moved from Lifetime to A&E and, at the same time, gained an additional four episodes, bringing the series to a total of 10 episodes, says Variety.

The show is a direct sequel to the 1976 film and follows Damien Thorn as an adult dealing with his dark past. While it was originally meant to debut this year, the site adds that we should expect it now to air in 2016.

The show’s synopsis reads:

The ten-episode ‘Damien’ follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

Late last year we reported that Bradley James (“Merlin”) landed the title role as Damien Thorn. The show is being written and executively produced by Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”).

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s Fans Are Harassing a Pizzeria

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 18:29

Today, I learned the difference between the average, run-of-the-mill video game conspiracy theorist — like the numerous fans who spent an inordinate amount of time investigating the freshly canned Silent Hills — and whatever it is that we should be calling the most diehard of diehard fans who worship the Five Nights at Freddy’s games.

They’re each comprised of the same ingredients, such as a passion for a certain topic and an alarming amount of free time with which to obsess over it, but the difference comes in the amount of crazy that’s involved. The amount of crazy the latter group demonstrated this week reached a new high, or low, depending on how you look at it, as countless Five Nights fans decided it’d be a good idea to use some random numbers to justify harassing a pizzeria in Virginia.

It all started when some fans noticed the numbers 7 and 8 were all over the HTML code in Five Nights creator Scott Cawthon’s website. Employing the magic of conspiracy logic, this entirely random fact was magically transformed into Google Map coordinates which pointed to one of this country’s seemingly infinite number of pizza joints.

A random review on the pizzeria’s Google Plus page that mentioned robots killing a kid is all these people needed to launch a full assault on the unsuspecting restaurant, which included inundating them with phone calls. This got bad enough that Cawthon had to ask them to stop being weird and crazy, and Reddit has since taken the initiative in deleting posts that mention the pizzeria, as well as banning repeat offenders.

Clearly, this restaurant has nothing to do with the recently unveiled Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. It’s why I’m not mentioning the name of the pizzeria, because while I’ve always trusted you to be a relatively sane individual, I’m not as sure about that guy.

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‘Robocop’ Soundtrack Coming Back To Vinyl?

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 18:26

The soundtrack to the sci-fi/action film Robocop has long been out of print and sought after by collectors. However, the vinyl edition hasn’t been pressed it seems since 1987, the year the movie came out, which has made the first pressing a sought after item. However, that’s about to change.

Although this has not been confirmed, I found a blank Amazon page for a brand new vinyl edition of Basil Poledouris‘ infamous soundtrack, which will be released by Milan Records. The page also has a verified ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number), which only lends more credence to this being an actual upcoming release. The Amazon page also shows that the soundtrack will be released on CD and that the release date is July 14th, 2015.

We’ve reached out to Milan for more information and will update should we receive.

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron': 75+ High-Resolution Images!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 18:05

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens on May 1st, 2015.

To get you ready for the big occasion, the comic section of the site has a whooping 77 high-resolution images from the Avengers sequel starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Which is your favorite photo? The fist-bump between Hulk and Iron Man has me as giddy as a 12-year-old.

Spoiler Warning!

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‘Maggie’ Struggles As She Transforms Into a Zombie (Clip)

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 18:04

In this third clip from Henry Hobson’s zombie film, Maggie (read our review), Arnold Schwarzenegger struggles with his newly zombified daughter, played by Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Signs, Final Girl).

Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) stars in the film as, “A Midwestern farmer who stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter (Breslin) even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this daring, genre-bending debut feature.

After just premiering at Tribeca in New York, Maggie hits theaters and VOD on May 8th.

Watch the Maggie trailer here:

“Fear, panic, and paranoia pit neighbor against neighbor. Families are ripped apart as loved ones are forced into quarantine. Authorities attempt to maintain control over communities teaming with violence. But with droves of new victims each day, it’s a losing battle for those citizens uninfected by the zombie outbreak. In Henry Hobson’s debut feature, Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) locates his missing teenage daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) at the local hospital and insists on bringing her home to care for Maggie himself. With her “disease” progressing quickly, manifesting in increasingly disturbing ways, Wade shuns the warnings of his wife and friends—risking infection from the overpoweringly ravenous Maggie.”

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The ‘Aliens’ Powerloader Is Adorable When Built With Legos

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 17:30

Next year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s sci-fi/horror action masterpiece Aliens, the film that continued the legacy of Lt. Ellen Ripley. And to celebrate this upcoming event, artist Mark Nathan Willetts has designed a custom Lego Powerloader suit that also includes a cargo loader, both of which you can see in the video below.

Willetts designed this over the course of 3-months to present it to Lego Ideas as a hopeful new set. However, the set was, “…instantly rejected by Lego Ideas due to a related theme of violence.”

If you want specific instructions on how to build this yourself, you’re going to have to lend a helping (powerloader) hand. Willetts is asking for his YouTube channel to hit 10,000 subscribers, which is apparently the same number of votes it would’ve taken to on Lego Ideas to become a set. Once he hits that number, he’ll post instructions.

More photos of the Powerloader suit can be found here.

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[Comic Preview] Wolverine Lives! First Look At “Old Man Logan” #1

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 17:03

Your eyes do not deceive you! Secret Wars has made the impossible possible and the battle-weary hero returns to the fray in OLD MAN LOGAN #1! From superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and rising star artist Andrea Sorrentino comes a brand-new Secret Wars series returning fans to one of the most revered and iconic X-Men stories of all time! Welcome back to the Wastelands, a land dominated by victorious super villains. The heroes of this land have all perished – butchered by their arch-enemies. Tyrants, terrors and madmen rule over this dusty waste. Hope left this land long ago. But there is one man who may yet make a difference. A man with nothing to lose!

Now, amidst the fire and the fury, a reluctant warrior pops his claws once more! And the war for Battleworld is brewing in his own backyard. As the event of Secret Wars unfold, will he find his life’s mission to rid the world of evil more attainable – or more futile than ever before? Find as a hero is reforged in the crucible of Battleworld. The journey begins with a resounding SNIKT the X-Man formerly known as Wolverine crashes into Secret Wars in OLD MAN LOGAN #1!

OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (MAR150656)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Covers by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAR150657),

ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR150658) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150659)
Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150660)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15

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Let’s Talk About The Ending Of “Batman” #40

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:59

Today marks the release of Scott Synder and Greg Capullo’s “Batman” #40. The issue marks the finale of the “Endgame” arc that began all the way back in October. It sees The Joker mount his endgame plan against Batman in an attempt to bring everything into one final huge tragedy. And it delivered. Both Batman and Joker are dead.

The final reveal at the end of Batman #39 proved that Batman was willing to do whatever it took to take The Joker down, and #40 cemented that. Whatever it takes may seem vague, but let me be clear: Batman is dead. It’s a twist that was spoiled earlier this month. Despite this, the final revelation of how and why Bruce Wayne is dead still worked. Here’s why:

For the entirety of Endgame, Joker had been teasing that he was this immortal figure. And, it’s still unclear whether or not he was telling the truth. The short answer is: it was probably a joke, but the long answer is much more complicated. The Joker gained his “immortality” from a liquid located beneath the surface of the city. Deep beneath the surface. Here, underground he and Batman have one final showdown.

The brutality of the fight was well earned. Joker cuts a smiley face into Batman’s back, sticks a playing card into his eye. Joker has his spine broken, and, amidst all this, the cave starts to collapse. Batman holds the dying Joker against the ground, and as the cave collapses the two lie there together: dead. Equal sides of the same whole.

There has been no better representation of their relationship. The implications from this storyline means that Batman cannot live with the Joker, and although Bruce refused the taunt of immortality both will assuredly be seen again. Writer, Scott Synder teases that he wouldn’t tell the story of death if he didn’t know how to do the rebirth.

In many ways, this storyline proved to be a thrilling tribute to one of the most famous rivalries in comics history. In essence reminding us what Batman stood for, and that The Joker basically killed himself out of boredom. Both cannot live without the other, and there is something beautiful in seeing them die together.

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Vin Diesel Slays In First ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ Trailer!

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:13

Summit Entertainment just released the first trailer for The Last Witch Hunter, opening in theaters on October 23, 2015.

The trailer is actually the first “teaser” that focuses solely on Fast & Furious‘ Vin Diesel, who stars as 13th century Kaulder, the last of the witch hunters, alongside Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine. Because it’s about selling Diesel, we barely get a taste of the world or the creatures within them. I’m dying to see a full trailer that shows more of the monsters, the witches, as well as the action. This is a great “taste” of what’s to come!

Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history…

The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner directs.

In ‘The Last Witch Hunter’, the modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, theQueen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.

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People Are Selling PS4s With ‘P.T.’ Pre-Installed

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 16:06

Remember when Konami decided to cancel Silent Hills and we came together for a good cry? I hope that was as therapeutic for you as it was for me, and if it wasn’t what you needed, this story may be silly enough to give you a laugh or two.

Some folks have recently started selling their PS4s with the P.T. demo pre-installed, because as of today, it’s no longer available to download from the PlayStation Store. P.T., as I’m sure you remember, was the “playable teaser” that was used to announce Silent Hills.

Some of the listings are going for as much as $1,500, so the previously free demo is suddenly worth quite a lot of money. If that price tag doesn’t scare you, I’d recommend investing in more worthwhile opportunities, like anything.

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[Comic Review] “Godkiller Walk Among Us” #4 Is Persistantly Challenging

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:46

“Godkiller Walk Among Us” #4 isn’t an easy book to digest. There is a lot happening, and all of it challenges the “normal” conceptions of reality as we know it. Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk & Matt Pizzolo’s new issue challenges the ending of the first arc with a new direction that feels cautiously aimless but impresses all the same. As Tommy is lost in the world, so is the reader and somehow it’s captivating, plus its got spider egg injections… so what’s not to like?

WRITTEN BY: Matt Pizzolo

ART BY: Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk

PUBLISHER: Black Mask Studios

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: April 29, 2015

It’s been a little while since an issue of “Godkiller: Walk Among Us” has been on the stands. For those of you in need of a refresher, “Godkiller” follows a teenage orphan named Tommy and an escaped slave girl named Halfpipe who travel through a post-nuke wasteland in search of a new heart for Tommy’s dying sister. Now, after the indescribable hell he went through in the first arc, Tommy has paired with some bounty hunters to learn some quantum physics based magic.

If that sounds fucked up, it’s because it is. But, it’s also engrossing. The world is strangely unique and different than any post-apocalyptic wasteland you’ve ever seen. It has rougher edges and even rougher characters. Amidst this insanity is a coming of age story and perhaps a loss of innocence. Issue #4 continues the trend albeit in a much less directed fashion, or at least so far.

There are some new faces that prove very interesting but moreover than that is Tommy’s journey toward someone who doesn’t just exist in this wasteland, to someone who can manipulate it. Thanks to the support of his killer friends, this is sure to be one hell of an adventure, and its only getting started.

It’s hard to take issue with the beginning of an arc that takes its time to settle in. And, in comparison to other comics this one really doesn’t even take its time. But if you’re used to the insane pacing from the last arc than you might be a little disappointed. Lots of stuff is happening here, but the direction of the story is still unclear.

Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk is, as ever, a sight to behold. Her work cuts the page into weirdly sliced panels that traverse several different styles as the story moves forward. There is no repetition in her page layouts and no confusion in reading them. Her style morphs and changes as the narrative requires, but her character consistency leaves a little to be desired. Thanks to this wild style, it is sometimes difficult to determine who is who.

“Godkiller: Walk Among Us” #4 continues to represent the mandate of indie comics. It offers a challenging narrative in a strange world and boasts a story only capable in the world of comic books. Tommy’s journey is interesting and proves challenging to endure both as a active and passive participant in the story. It was a cold 5 months without “Godkiller” on the stands, but rest easy, Black Mask Comics continues to challenge readers almost every week.

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‘Starship Troopers’ Could Become A TV Show

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:36

While talking to Hit Fix about the upcoming Goosebumps film, producer Neil H. Moritz also let some information slip about the long rumored Starship Troopers remake/reboot, stating that the project might actually end up on the small screen!

Mortiz stated, “We’re developing it. We’ve actually been talking about either doing it as a feature or doing it as a television show. So, we’ll see.

The original film, which came out in 1997, followed Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) as he fought wave after wave of alien bugs from the planet Klendathu. It also starred Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael Ironside.

Alright you apes, who’s up for some more bug squashing? Sound off in the comments!

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Overkill’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Has Found a Publisher

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:21

Last August, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman announced a new game based on the popular zombie franchise that would come from Payday developer Overkill. Details are still somewhat scarce, but what we do know about it is it will be “Payday-esque”, and will feature an expansive world, as well as some sort of online multiplayer.

Its similarities to Overkill’s other series won’t end there, as it was just announced that 505 Games, which publishes the Payday games, will be handling the console versions of the game when it arrives sometime next year.

I know, that’s a long wait. Here, enjoy this old trailer.

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Goblin Rebirth Releases Trailer For Upcoming Debut Album

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:18

Goblin Rebirth, the band that features former Goblin members Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino Marangolo plus Giacomo Anselmi on guitars, Aidan Zammit and Danilo Cherni on keyboards, is gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album, which comes out June 30th via Relapse Records.

To hype up the release, the band has released a teaser video, which features clips from several songs on the album, such as “Evil In The Machine” and “Requiem For X”.

Goblin Rebirth will be released on CD, LP, and digital. Pre-orders for the album can be found here.

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[Comic Review] “Plunder” #3 Defines The Terror

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:12

“Plunder” #3 builds off of the reveals from the last two issues to open with a load of exposition. Luckily this only lasts two pages and within it Swifty Lang treats readers to understanding more about the horror on the page. Sometimes added definition can hinder a horror story, but here it only serves to take the terror to new depths.

WRITTEN BY: Swifty Lang
ART BY: Skuds McKinley
PUBLISHER: BOOM!
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: April 29, 2015

The arrival of a new character privy to all sorts of information that the heroes seek can be a difficult storytelling device to tackle. Last issue “Plunder” introduced the mysterious girl survivor, and here she spouts all kinds of knowledge about the creature hunting our pirates. Bahdoon doesn’t waste much time in this knowledge since he knows the creature is dangerous and should be avoided. Although the other pirates don’t really seem to care.

It’s interesting to watch characters who are unconcerned with the origin of the evil grapple with the explanation. They don’t want to know, nor do they care. Instead, the impetus for the story is survival. Skuds Mckinley really hits his surreal stride in this issue. Thanks to some fantastic hallucination scenes that truly command the page in a unique way. He’s tremendous at bending reality around the panel. It creates an intimidating threat on the page that almost consumes the reader.

His backgrounds elsewhere leave a little to be desired. They are basic color swatches that do nothing to define the environment of the ship. They are often too tight and restrict the sense of scope for the story. There are also a couple messy panels when the action gets thick. The pacing on the page becomes a little bit of an issue towards the end. It’s nothing too distracting, but a real shame when compared against the more surreal set pieces in the narrative.

Bahdoon seems to grow into a leader here. His motivation grows from a time of innocence and a tone of inspiration. The real shame though is that there really isn’t enough time spent with him. He’s been the center of the book since the beginning but often the colorful supporting characters stand out in most scenes.

Despite these issues, “Plunder” #3 proves to be another excellent chapter in this unique horror series. The characters on the page are unlike anything you’ve seen in comics before, and the threat is incredibly realized and terrifying. For the most part you’ll find a lot to love with “Plunder.” Sadly the depth of storytelling doesn’t penetrate quite like the deep seas, but the horror is very very real.

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[Review] Zombie Movie ‘Maggie’ Effectively Parallels Terminal Illness

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:09

Maggie is dying. As the infection on her arm spreads through her body, her eyes grow cloudy, her appetite atrophies, and the best she can do is try to delay the inevitable. Soon, she will go through “the turn”, and transform into one of them — the ones who did this to her. When the infection takes over a human body, only an uncontrollable cannibalistic shell remains. It’s only a matter of time before the virus destroys his daughter, but Wade has taken it upon himself to see his daughter through to her last breath. In this bleak look at what it’s like to lose a family member, a distinct, superb debut from first time director Henry Hobson is born, and Arnold Schwarzenegger gives his most honest, open, and impactful performance to date.

Ever since his Terminator days, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been known for his gun-toting, bomb throwing, fist-fighting performances, filled with quotable one-liners, shirtless scenes, and every angle of Arnold’s biceps that cameras have been able to capture. Watching him in such a quiet, subdued role as the father of a dying daughter is surprisingly touching and moving. This is Schwarzenegger like you’ve never seen him before. Raw and exposed, Arnold is vulnerable for the first time, as he takes on the most human character he’s ever played, in a gamble that pays off wonderfully. Breslin is brilliant as Maggie, the unwilling terminal patient who won’t ever reach womanhood.The bond between Schwarzenegger and Breslin is natural and real, and makes their journey together down this dark path all the more heartbreaking.

Hardened by the loss of Maggie’s mother, and adjusting to life as a new family with Caroline and her two kids, Maggie and Wade have an ever-present delicate distance between them. However, as time goes on, their facade fades away, and they learn to embrace each other’s company while they still can. Maggie comes to terms with her illness as each day delivers another dose of reality. Dead and decaying skin, a disease that slowly cripples and eventually kills, and an erosion of emotions and motor control all mark Maggie’s conundrum. Each new symptom brings with it another devastating reminder of what’s to come, and a stronger fear of quarantine. While Maggie tries to maintain a mask and keep it together for the sake of her father, he, too, bears the burden of grief. A father’s role is the protector of his family, and on this account, he has failed. At least, that’s how Wade sees it. Maggie parallels the crops Wade slaved over for years, but burned when he couldn’t shield them from the poison. His sense of pride, of immortality and ability to love are brought to an abrupt halt when he learns of Maggie’s terminal fate. All of those years of raising her to be a bookworm like her mom, and telling jokes and tying shoes and teasing Caroline for her bad cooking are just memories on a timeline with an approaching end date. Maggie was his baby girl; his only connection to his late wife, and now, he’ll just be an old man abandoned with a burnt field and his thoughts.

Maggie is not a zombie movie. It is an emotional family drama about a man losing his daughter to the clutches of death. Zombies have always been a metaphor to serve as a commentary on some social circumstance, whether it be consumerism, isolationism, xenophobia, or simply the lack of humanity that arises in people when a crisis rears its ugly head. Unfortunately, these messages were lost somewhere along the way when gore and action became more popular and emphasized in genre films. Maggie is a pleasant return to the roots of the undead, as the zombie virus in the film can be replaced with almost any other disease, and work just as effectively. To Wade, losing Maggie to this virus is no different than losing her to cancer, or AIDS, or heart disease. It’s unavoidable, and unfair, as these two broken people struggle to cope with life’s cruel nature, and the loss of a relationship that only started to flourish when it threatened to finally be extinguished.

Overall, Maggie is a triumphant successful directional debut for Henry Hobson, and a long-awaited example of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s range. The faded, dull color scheme paint this movie to look like an old photograph; a hazy distant memory of a time when a family was united and present and loved. The overuse of handheld camera and deliberate constant close-up shots makes the audience feel like they’re just another part of the family watching this travesty unfold; engulfed up in the sadness and the desperation. The horror takes a backseat to the drama, and the result is one of the most unique zombies movies to come out in recent memory. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing Schwarzenegger taking on more dramatic roles, and director Henry Hobson making as many movies as possible.

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‘Dementium’ Could Have Been a ‘Silent Hill’ Game

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 15:05

Renegade Kid is a name you may recognize if you’re familiar with the Dementium series of (mostly) mobile horror games. The developer clearly drew some inspiration from survival horror classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, with its emphasis on exploration, atmosphere and puzzle-solving. According to the studio’s co-founder, Jools Watsham, this relation runs a little deeper than that.

Dementium: The Ward was originally pitched as a new Silent Hill game for the Nintendo DS, before it became its own thing.

“Little known fact: We pitched “The Ward” to Konami in 2007 as something that could have become a Silent Hill DS game,” explains Watsham in a recent tweet.

IGN was able to get more context from him.

“Our goal was always to release The Ward as an original game, but we were also open to the idea of turning it into a licensed horror game and approached Konami to see if they wanted to work together to mold it into a Silent Hill game for the Nintendo DS.”

The publisher agreed to a meeting, but it sounds like they might have done so as a courtesy. A few minutes in and Konami decided they weren’t the right fit for Silent Hill, I’m assuming, because they had plans to bury it themselves.

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‘The Wicker Man’ 40th Anniversary Soundtrack Coming On Beautiful White Vinyl

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:26

In 2013, Silva Screen Records released the soundtrack to the cult classic horror film The Wicker Man, which was composed by Paul Giovanni. Now, due to the insane love for the release, the label is issuing a new batch, this time on a gorgeous white vinyl.

The official press release explains:

Originally released in 2013 for the 40th anniversary of the cult 70’s horror film, only 500 copies of The Wicker Man 40th Anniversary Edition were pressed on black vinyl which have become highly sought after. The 40th Anniversary Edition has a different track listing to the preceding OST double album, selecting only the songs to make a single LP. Silva Screen commissioned artist Richey Beckett to come up with artwork for a poster and sleeve and the original 2013 pressing contained a certificate from the artist. This repress on white vinyl contrasts beautifully with the artwork, which is printed on reverse board. It does not contain the certificate but does have the stunning original printed inner sleeve.

Details on the release and a view of the cover art can be seen below. It will be available on May 18th.

Soundtrack details:

Limited to 1000 copies
Printed Inner Sleeve
Original Artwork by Richey Beckett
White Vinyl

Tracklisting:
SIDE ONE
1. “Corn Rigs” (2:35)
2. “The Landlord’s Daughter” (2:37)
3. “Gently Johnny” (3:32)
4. “Maypole” (2:43)
5. “Fire Leap” (1:26)
6. “The Tinker Of Rye” (1:50)

SIDE TWO
1. “Willow’s Song” (4:40)
2. “Procession” (2:15)
3. “Chop Chop” (1:41)
4. “Lullaby” (0:57)
5. “Festival / Mirie It Is / Sumer Is A-Cumen In” (5:31)

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