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Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil Adds Free Outdoor “Carnival Of Chaos”: More Special Guests Announced

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:00

For those of you in the San Jose, CA area, you should probably make serious considerations to head to the 2nd annual Fear FestEvil, which is hosted by Metallica‘s Kirk “Von” Hammett. The two-day event, held on April 11th and 12th, will be a mix of a horror convention, live performances, and art/car galleries. A VIP murder mystery dinner that will be held on April 10th has since sold out.

But now a new addition has been made to the event in the form of a free outdoor “Carnival Of Chaos”, which will feature, “…an authentic freakshow, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk’s ’36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend.

Live performances will be held at the RockBar Theater with a lineup consisting of Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Ghoul, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah. There will also be special guest appearances from Corey Taylor, Slash, John 5, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr., Ron Chaney, Charlie Benante, and Bill Moseley.

General Admission tickets can be purchased through TicketWeb.

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Front Line Assembly ‘Hard Wired’ Remastered Album Stream (Exclusive)

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:00

It was 20 years ago that Canadian industrial legends Front Line Assembly unleashed one of the most lauded and respected albums in the genre: Hard Wired. It was an album that revolutionized and upended the electronic world, redefining and rewriting the rules. And now, after two decades, the album will be remastered and rereleased with a whole bevy of additional goodies.

Artoffact Records has put together an insane 6LP boxset that features the album on 2LP vinyl, Live Wired, the band’s 1996 live album, on 3LP vinyl, and lastly the Circuitry single on 1LP. All of these albums were remastered from the original tapes by Greg Reely and Bill Leeb. Everything comes packaged in a deluxe lift-off lid style vinyl-sized collector’s box.

Metal fans should remember that Devin Townsend was the man behind the guitars on this album, so you’ll hear his crunchy goodness!

To celebrate this amazing release, we’re premiering the full Hard Wired remastered album stream, which you can hear below! It’s got all the songs AND an additional track, the “Circuitry Predator Mix”!

There are only going to be 300 copies available worldwide, 150 with blue vinyl and 150 with deluxe clear/red effect version. So make sure to pre-order your copy of the Hard Wired 20th anniversary 6LP boxset via Storming The Base.

Front Line Assembly online:
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[Comic Review] “Rumble” #4 – Is A Phenomenal Supernatural Title

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 21:10
Reviewed by Pablo Arriaga. I mean, at this point if you’re not picking up “Rumble” then I don’t know what to do with you. Cogan returns to the bar to explain the other side of the coin, and Rathraq? Well, he’s still in his mighty quest to get his body back, and now dosed with fire retardant. This ain’t Kansas, this is motherfucking Rumble! WRITTEN BY: John Arcudi
ART BY: James Harren
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 25, 2015 More is explained in Rumble #4, and keeping its signature jokes before shit gets too real.The cover makes Del and Rathraq look like they should be in the weirdest hip hop posse in this or that world. What’s that? Run the Jewels covers? Rumble’s doing it way better. I’m kidding, all the covers look awesome. Either way, this issues doesn’t let out. If it’s not hitting you with info and playing off the fact that they’re doing that, it drops a joke before things turn too serious. Like what happened to Cogan and how he disappeared after being “disarmed” (I’m not apologizing for that  or any future puns) by Rathraq back in issue one, and Del oddly being well versed in Sun Tzu’sThe Art of War. Even better? The Rathraq and Nusku rematch we’ve all been waiting for! I mean, I know I have. And Bobby? Well, he’s still in the middle of this shit, trying to see if he can get laid in the worst ways imaginable. Harren’s art keeps being a delight to stare at. When things are taking cool and calm, he accentuates every punchline with the characters’ various expressions. When the action picks up, he carries you from panel to panel with such natural flow, sometimes I had to do a double take to make sure I didn’t miss anything, only to realize two things: I went through those action moments so fast because he knows how to control the pacing of the comics and paneling so well that he can actually make an action sequence move at the time it would, and the second thing was that I didn’t miss anything at all, but I enjoyed the action all over again re-reading it. That’s right folks, this has readability value for days! Rumble continues to represent everything that’s fun about reading a comic book, and everything that’s mysterious and thrilling about a supernatural title. It’s thrilling and makes a phenomenal addition to any pull list. — Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with Juatcast.com. He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.
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[5 Skull Review] “Intersect” #5 Will Break You

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:08

At the end of this issue there is a “previously on” block that you would normally find at the beginning of the issue.  I must admit that I’ve been relying on these recaps to figure out what the fuck I read in the previous issue.  Here is what this one says:

The story so far:  You are reading a monthly comic book called “INTERSECT”.  The story seems deliberately obtuse and difficult to decipher, like a cipher.  But there’s something about it, and about you, that keeps you reading.  You experience it, and you hold on to it.  Part of you is hoping that it will come together in the end, that there will be a moment that makes you say, “Ah, it all makes sense now.”  Another part of you knows that would only disappoint you.  You live in a world that makes no sense whatsoever”

WRITTEN BY: Ray Fawkes
ART BY: Ray Fawkes
PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: March 25, 2015

I’m tempted to just leave it at that, but I think this message itself is worth examining.  By so accurately defining our experience and expectations as a reader, it becomes so clear how manipulated we are by the book.  I don’t say that to be revelatory: after all art is by nature a manipulation, but I’ve questioned for some time where Fawkes is coming from with “INTERSECT”.  Is he a mad man letting out his demons?  Does all this shit make sense to him?  Or is he just fucking with us to see how long we’ll put up with this madness.  Well the answer seems to be Fawkes is praying upon our innate desire to make sense of the world, to look for patterns and to reject what we don’t understand.  Indeed, the experience of reading “INTERSECT” is one of the themes of the book.  We hope it will all make sense in the end, but we also know we’d be disappointed if it did.  The book doesn’t make sense.  We don’t make sense.

Its lofty to be sure, and it isn’t for everyone.  But with the inclusion of a letters column we can finally feel less alone with “INTERSECT”.  Its interesting how after every issue I go to find what other people are saying about it because I’m so intensely creeped out every time, I don’t understand what I saw, and I’m looking for someone else that understands what I just went through.  Its trauma, reading this book is traumatic and we keep reading it and looking for help and insight and trying to understand, and then doing it again.  We don’t make sense.

Do I want to make sense of “INTERSECT”?  Do I think there is a puzzle to be solved?  I’m not really sure anymore.  I’ve started to think that Ali or Jason or both of them did something really horrible to each other and that this is hell.  Would I be satisfied to find out that that is what is going on here?  Probably not, but I don’t know.  I think “INTERSECT” broke me.

 

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[TV Review] “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” – ‘Love in the time of Hydra’

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:08

The other S.H.I.E.L.D- what everything has been building towards this half season, is an interesting concept that leaves me with some mixed feelings.  It makes sense that an organization as vast a S.H.I.E.L.D would still have dedicated people beyond Coulson and his group and it also makes sense that a splinter group would be formed that opposed Coulson as the rightful leader, especially considering how many shenanigans he’s been involved with.  What I’m not necessarily buying is that the fundamental ideological difference between the two S.H.I.E.L.Ds is that they disagree with the way Fury led; “he kept too many secrets” says the mustachioed Ed Olmos on the secret “SHIELD 2” carrier.  Well, whether you have a conceptual issue with “secrets” or not, Fury saved the world big time, and Coulson sort of has too.  Its a little thin as far as motivations go, if that had been left out and they had just focused on Coulson being unpredictable and so on I think they could have put a finer point on the issue.  But it is all very interesting: these aren’t Hydra people for Team Coulson to defeat, this conflict will need to be faced in a way I can’t even predict.

Agent 33 and Ward make their first appearance since the mid-season and most of this episode is focused on their effort to replace her burned up face and reclaim Bakshi in a twisted effort to reclaim her identity and cope with the trauma that Hydra caused her.  Ward is still a manipulative psychopath, thankfully, and his intentions with Agent 33 are unclear.  While kidnapping Bakshi from Talbot’s facility, Talbot runs around screaming and waving his arms like Yosemite Sam.  It was a strange, out of place, almost wacky performance that reminding me I’m watching prime time ABC, something I forget often during this show.  I usually don’t mind Talbot but this was something else.

The decision to stash Skye for the time being was a good one, and the difficulty of making that decision was not under represented.  The responsibility was and should have been Coulson’s, and it was good to see the two of them connecting in this fucked up time.  I don’t assume she’ll be out of the game for very long, if even a full episode, but this was the most logical choice they could make for the time being.

As much as this episode felt like the start of things, it was a satisfying conclusion to the drawn out “Mac and Bobbi have a secret” plot.  There are a lot of moving pieces now, and I’m as excited as ever to see how it all comes together.

Positives:
- The “Other” S.H.I.E.L.D finally revealed

- Ward is back

- Skye and Coulson

 

Negatives:

- “Other” S.H.I.E.L.Ds motive

- WTF Talbot

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[5 Skull Review] “Murder Book” TPB – Dark, Dangerous, and Delightful

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 20:08

“Murder Book” is a series of 16 semi-related short stories that each deal with a murder (or several).  Some are accidental, some are revenge, many are drug/money related, and each and every one of them attempts to go beyond the simplest tropes and conventions of the crime drama to explore themes of life and death in a sometimes profound way.  “Murder Book” is the “Pulp Fiction” of comic books, and I highly recommend you check it out.

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
ART BY: Simon Roy, Vic Malhotra, Michael Walsh,

Johnnie Christmas, Jason Copland, Declan Shalvey,

Brian Level, JD Faith, Damian Couceiro

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $17.99
RELEASE: March 25, 2015

 

I don’t recommend reading this entire book in one sitting.  I did, and after awhile desperate hopelessness of it all started to really affect me as each story ends with punch in gut, and furthermore almost every one of these stories has an interesting point or unique angle and I think a lot of it may get lost if you power through all 16 and don’t give any of them time to sink in.  Instead, read one story every day when you get up.  Do it as an experiment to see how Ed Brisson’s perspective can shift your world into a dark, dangerous place.

My favorite story begins at a bar in Vancouver (quite a few of them reference or take place in Canada) where a man recognizes a long lost friend of his that he thought was died a long time ago.  The two begin to catch up, and the friend asks him a lot of questions about his old girlfriend, discovering she moved on, got married, and has a kid.  The man tells his friend that since he left he and his wife had gotten divorced too.  The friend won’t explain where he’s been or why he disappeared, but he invites him to a party and promises he’ll explain on the way.  As they are walking across a bridge the friend asks if he can borrow the man’s cell phone to make sure its ok that he brings a friend to the party.  When he gives it to him, the friend first calls a suicide hotline, then texts the man’s ex wife to say goodbye before throwing the man off the bridge.  We see the friend call someone on a payphone and explain that he had been made and needed to be sent to a new city so it doesn’t happen again.  The whole thing plays out in just a few pages, is succinct and unexpected and very creepy.  The killer shows up again in a later story, and there are a lot of people that are connected throughout the different vignettes.

Every story is done in black and white and by a different artist.  I was impressed how consistent the tone and style remained despite having so many different artists.  Halfway through I began to see how strategic the choice of each artist was: the more straightforward gangster stories were drawn by artists using thick lines and extreme contrast while some of the more meditative and conversational stories had a lot more shades of gray.  If “Murder Book” has a sequel I’d really like to see some stories from Darwyn Cooke and Sean Phillips.

“Murder Book” while be an absolute delight for crime fans.  There are an incredible number of similarities here to “Pulp Fiction” and I mean that not just in content but in quality I’ll be reading this book again and again because there is so much to pick up on here that you might miss the first time.  I’m a big fan of this “micro-fiction” format and if this is something you haven’t been exposed to before do yourself a favor and check it out.

 

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Skinny Puppy’s Cevin Key Rereleasing ‘Music For Cats’ Solo Album

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 19:25

Back in the mid-90′s, Skinny Puppy founding member Cevin Key (Kevin Crompton) released a solo album by the name of Music For Cats. This album, which had the subtitle “Subconscious Music Orchestra under the direction of Cevin Key”, was a glitched out dark ambient release that has since been out of print. However, Artoffact Records is changing that!

Direct from the official press release:

Out of print for many years, Music For Cats now sees new life as a double-LP vinyl release through Artoffact Records. A limited edition on blue and pink vinyl sold out within 48 hours of announcement. A new see-thru green edition is now available alongside the standard black version. The double-LP is limited to 550 copies and the gatefold sleeve contains new photos by Cevin Key. The vinyl is set to be released on May 12th.

You can pre-order your copy through Storming The Base.

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Kitties In Chains “Cat In The Box” Is Childish, Immature And I Love It

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:00

Animator Joey Siler has uploaded a short music video for “Cat In The Box”, a parody of Alice In Chains‘ “Man In The Box”. With music by Chris Senter, under the moniker Kitties In Chains, the video shows three cats rocking out the song with a backdrop of famous band names turned into cat puns, such as Mecalico, Nine Inch Tails, A Purrfect Circle, Catatonia, and more.

Now, some of you may be asking why I’m saying this video is childish and immature. It’s simply that the lyrical content is primarily focused on poop and scooping it out of kitty litter. When it comes to cats, however, I can’t really think of too much else that they have to offer.

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Classic Horror Posters Get Animated!

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:08

Reddit user samRAW08 has been hard at working taking classic horror movie posters and turning them into animated works of art.

From Child’s Play to Evil Dead 2, Poltergeist, Re-Animator, The Thing and even Halloween, check out a series of one-sheets that have been turned into gifs, all courtesy of his imgur page.

I wish you could make these tablet backgrounds, or at least we live din a world where digital posters were a thing. Maybe things will change 10 years from now?

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How Well Do You Know ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’?

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 17:00

Two weeks ago, we had a little quiz that asked “Which Supernatural Character Are You?”, which was wildly popular and a lot of you voiced your support and love for the show. So I figured I’d bring a quiz for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, another show that doesn’t get a lot of love on BD, although that’s because it’s not been on air for over a decade.

So, in the spirit of bringing up this consistently solid and entertaining series, let’s see how many of you, after a long time, can remember several facts about the characters! Below is a quiz with 10 questions that range from rather easy to “Who the hell would actually remember that?” I’ve only seen the series once and I managed to get 6 out of 10, so I’m sure that there are some serious Buffy fans that can nail this!

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[Comic Review] “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #11 Puts Blood On Your Hands

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:05

Reviewed by Jorge Solis. Moving at an incredibly fast speed, “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #11 wonderfully lets loose on the carnage and gore factor. Based on Clive Barker’s “Cabal” novella, this sequel picks up on the whereabouts of the former underground Midian inhabitants. Just like the “Hellraiser” series, the “Nightbreed” mythology explores uncharted territory and takes characters to new heights.

WRITTEN BY: Marc Andreyko

ART BY: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: March 25, 2015

An old enemy has returned from the ruins of Midian to seek revenge. Ashberry, a former priest damned by the blood of Baphomet, has launched the first strike in his holy war. Caught in the crossfire, Boone is supposed to find a new home for his lost tribe. But will his own people even want him, knowing he gave them all up for Lori? Will The Breed step into battle against the Berserkers and save their lost savior?

Writer Marc Andreyko builds the suspense as he places his main protagonists in danger. Even with all the mayhem going around, I enjoyed how Andreyko dropped in the comic relief at unexpected moments. The opening pages starts out with the Breed stealing a fast car, which escalates into a furious crash. Stepping up as the Breed’s leader, Boone slices a Berserker’s head in half with a stop sign.

Artists Emmanuel Xerx Javier and Devmalya Pramanik bring in their own style when it comes to the action-packed panels. Pramanik exaggerates a punch in a extreme close-up, focusing on the lips and cheeks being hit. Javier illustrates Boone walking around in the middle of the streets, with his intestines hanging out. With the Beserkers right behind him, Boone has to stitch himself up to get back into the fight.

Everyone in “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #11 gets their hands soaked in blood. I can’t wait to see how this story arc will conclude in the next chapter.

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Double Take Launches Ultimate Night of the Living Dead!

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:52

This June, the will dead rise again as Double Take (2T) launches Ultimate Night of the Living Dead, with three new comics set in the universe of the 1968 film.   Two series, Rise and Z-Men are written by preeminent Zombie writer,Jeff McComsey, while the third, Home, is written by Moth Grand Slam Champion, Peter Aquero. Digital previews of all three premier issues are available now at doubletakeuniverse.com.

Much more than just a singular launch, this marks the first releases in a major initiative surrounding the classic horror franchise, which frightened moviegoers all around the world and made zombies a household name. Having commissioned a new generation of writers to breathe new life into the classic franchise, 2T has a dozen series in the works – some following characters from the film in surprising new directions; other stories are all new.  All creators are working in collaboration with 2T GM, Bill Jemas.

Rise

Format: Monthly (print and digital)

Print Price: $2.50

Release date: June

Writer: Jeff McComsey

Artists: Kurt Tiede, Frederica Manfredi, Vladimir Popov

#1: Sister’s Keeper

They’re coming to get you Barbara. Follow our favorite siblings, Barbara and Johnny, from the classic 1968 Night of the Living Dead film as they try to survive beyond the night at the abandoned farmhouse.

Home

Format: Monthly (print and digital)

Print
Price: $2.50

Release date: June

Writer: Peter Aguero

Artist: Julian Rowe, Monica Catalano, Javier Mena

#1: Lighter Than Air

A happy family, a lovely spring evening, and Zombies. 

Home follows a working-class farm family through the events of the zombie apocalypse in western PA. On the night the dead rise, the Foster family has gathered for a quiet Sunday dinner. Oblivious to the horrifying events that will soon unfold, Paul Foster takes his wife and two young children into town, leaving his teenage daughter home alone with her boyfriend. As his small town falls into chaos, Paul has to keep his family together and somehow get back home to his daughter, who is left to fight her own battles.

Z-Men

Format: Monthly (print and digital)

Print Price: $2.50

Release date: June

Writer: Jeff McComsey

Artists: Kurt Tiede, Alisson Rodrigues, Max Flan

#1: Nervous in the Service

Dead and/or alive. LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a Zombie.
It’s 1966 and the Oval Office is in an uproar; there’s been a spree of mass murders in Western Pennsylvania (and reports of the dead returning to life). President Lyndon B. Johnson assigns the head of the Secret Service to send agents into the field to investigate. Agents Stuart and Clancy are given the opportunity to serve their country and see if the  zombie apocalypse has indeed begun.

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Jonny’s Top 10 Must-Have Record Store Day Releases

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:00

April 18th is fast approaching and we all know what that means: Record Store Day! This is the chance to line up alongside your fellow music enthusiasts to pick up limited editions of albums that you’ve been wanting, that haven’t been released before, or that are getting a special treatment that is worth every penny and more.

Last year was the first year that I participated in RSD and I snagged some really incredible albums that I still play over and over. This year is also showcasing some fantastic titles that will ensure that I’ll be getting my ass in line.

So I wanted to share some of the titles that I’m really excited for and that I think deserve your attention. Check ‘em out and make sure to let me know if there’s something you think I should keep my eyes peeled for!

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[TV Review] “iZombie” Episode 1.02: ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?’

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:50

iZombie returned with a second episode tonight that gave us a lot more insight . I know I recapped the pilot last week before I got to the review, but I’m going to try out just reviewing the episode this week. Not that I don’t love writing the recaps, but I want to make sure people actually read them if I’m writing them. So if you’re reading this let me know what you want to read! Just a review? Or a lengthy recap with my commentary and a review.That being said, let’s get to the review! iZomvbie is two for two you guys! I thought that this episode was a slight improvement over the pilot, if only because the murder of the week was put on the backburner in favor of learning more about Blaine (David Anders) and his role in Liv’s life. I complained a little bit last week about how I was a little disappointed that the show seemed to be more procedural than serial, and this episode helped to put me at ease with that. We still had a case of the week (Scrub’s Judy Reyes walks in on her husband Javier’s corpse in their living room), but it was a bit more interesting than last week’s escort murder mystery.

If anything, the best thing to come out of this was Liv taking on Javier’s flirtatious ways after eating his brain. Watching Liv flirt with one of Javier’s lovers was hilarious to watch, and it also led her to run back to Major Lilywhite (I still can’t get over that name), who wisely gave her a piece of his mind and kicked her out of his house (though there was still no mention of the woman he had in his apartment last week).

We also got some good banter between Liv and Babinaux, who was dead set on Reyes’ Lola being the murderer (since it’s “always the spouse,” especially when they are in an open relationship). What was actually surprising was that Lola actually was the murderer. I kind of loved this twist, because it showed that Babinaux is actually smart and that Liv isn’t always right. I also love that Babinaux isn’t a typical annoying cop character. He’s useful to the plot and serves as a good foil for Liv. He’s got to figure out Liv’s secret sooner rather than later, though. I don’t buy him being dumb enough to believe her “I’m a psychic” schtick for much longer.

Blaine was introduced this week as well. In case you forgot, he’s the zombie who turned Liv. This was a surprise to me, because I really didn’t think iZombie would moving along so quickly, but I’m very grateful for it. First, Ravi (who is easily becoming my favorite character on the show) brings in a sketch artist so Liv can describe Blaine from her vision last week. By the way, I was wrong last week. It wasn’t Liv Blaine was killing in the alley. It was a random guy. Sorry about that! Anyway, Liv giving Blaine’s description to the sketch artist was some pretty hilarious stuff. You can tell that the writer’s room had a lot of fun coming up with the dialogue for that scene.

I’m glad Blaine revealed himself (though I’m still not quite sure how he found out Liv was looking for him, but whatever) and that Liv didn’t automatically buy into his “good guy” act. I feel like on another show, Blaine would be playing Liv for most of the season, but not on iZombie. Oh no, Liv is smart and she is onto Blaine. This turns out to be a good thing, since Blaine is actually going around the city building a zombie army (I think?). We also see him go into “Rage Mode” in a car with two drug dealers. Not much more was learned with that plot, but it’s intriguing nonetheless. Though if you read my Bates Motel reviews, you know how I feel about unnecessary drug trade storylines.

Overally I’d say this episode is a slight improvement over the first. It’s a funny, self-aware show and shows that Rob Thomas is 3 for 3 with the shows he has created (Veronica Mars, Party Down and now iZombie). Here’s hoping that the low ratings don’t lead to an early cancellation! It scored a 0.8 in the 18-49 demographic last week, which would spell certain death for a show on any other network, but that’s actually alright for a CW show.

Random Notes

  • I love the matter-of-factness in Liv’s voice during the episode intro as she’s explaining her situation.
  • “Wow you’re really a ‘flip-to-the-last-page-of-the-book’ type of guy.” Liv to Babinaux.
  • “I’m just a fake psychic zombie trying to do her part.” You have to appreciate how the show pokes fun at itself.
  • The comic book page transitions were really cool, but the best part was the chapter titles. My favorite: “Die, fidelity.”
  • “I thought you said it was soft and gradual like a ‘sand hill.’” Liv’s description of Blaine to the sketch artist was hilarious. But this line of the artist’s (about Blaine’s nose) killed me.
  • “Full-On Zombie Mode” or “Raging Out?” I’m going with Full-On Zombie Mode.
  • “I saw a kid eating a peanut butter cup last week and I almost cried. I miss food so much.” McIver’s delivery of that was just really funny to me.
  • I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: I love the traits Live takes on from the brains she eats. I’m hoping she eats the brains of some crazier characters in future episodes. But does she permanently take on the traits? Or is it a temporary thing?
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[Review] ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Has Shocking Violence and Enjoyably Crude Humor

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:09

Three tales of murder, mayhem and betrayal unfold as poor professional hit-man Charlie Wolfe gets caught in the middle of other people’s pre-existing problems. Usually, Charlie’s suave, efficient, and quick. He’s hired, he executes the target, he’s paid, and he’s gone. However, once he becomes tangled up in the lives of Jack, Alice, Dylan, Lucy, and Nathan, Charlie’s consistent cool is blown to smithereens. First, he’s hired by Jack to follow and take out Alice, his wife whom he’s convinced has been sleeping around. Everything runs smoothly until married couple Lucy and Nathan interfere with their own plan to kill Alice, an act which they hope will help them climb out of their ever-deepening sinkhole of debt. Meanwhile, Alice’s love interest Dylan is blinded by his rage when he learns of his peers’ intentions, and sets out on a path of revenge, demolishing anyone who dare stand in his way. When all of the group’s plans go awry, everyone is left frustrated and greedy, and it isn’t long before it’s a room full of guns all pointing at one another, shaky with anticipation.

Much in the same vein as Pulp Fiction, Kill Me Three Times follows the interweaving story lines of three different groups of people, told out of order, to keep the viewer guessing until the final act. Like a 1990s crime thriller, such as Snatch, or an early Robert Rodriguez film, Kill Me Three Times delivers trigger happy, sleek brutality hand in hand with mystery and suspense. Simon Pegg is delightful as Charlie Wolfe, the assassin with a fashion sense like Johnny Cash and a funny bone like Ricky Gervais, down on his luck in a town full of crazies. Despite his dangerous, despicable job, compared to the impatient, bloody erratic mess that the other “morally sound” characters create, by the end of the film, it actually feels like Charlie is the only one that has his act together, which makes the movie even funnier. There’s nothing more absurd than a man who murders people for a living having the highest moral character of anyone else in the story.

It’s nice to see films like this tackled with a dark sense of humor, unlike some of its more serious predecessors, such as Drive, or Mission Impossible. However, the humor, when present, is appropriate. Where this action-comedy succeeds where others have failed is that it doesn’t go straight parody, it’s an action thriller old school spy movie with elements of humor thrown in as playful jabs at some of the cliches that clog this genre. The direction is not sacrificed in the name of comedy, and therefore, the film succeeds on nearly all fronts. Kill Me Three Times knows it’s a fun, popcorn crime thriller, and embraces its own wicked shallow charm so well. To be honest, it’s just really nice to watch a movie made for adults, in a society where pop culture is consistently geared towards children.

Gorgeous shots of the Australian terrain provide a nice contrast between the gruesome, lowly activities taking place and the gorgeous surroundings where the crimes play out, helping to highlight these shocking events to an even more attention-grabbing degree. Playful uses of color and camera movement make simple moments pop and help to build tension. Director Kriv Stenders does an excellent job of capturing his homeland in all her beauty.

Overall, Kill Me Three Times is a stylish, funny, clever account of what happens when a man who has pulled off fatalities for years without a hitch gets involved with the wrong people. In this blood-soaked, slow-paced pulp thriller, the laughs are derived from such dry humor that it seems like a picture that would fit in well with the Coen brothers’ filmography. Simon Pegg shines and proves he has done more than throw his hat in the ring to be the next Bond — he’s convinced you that he’s the best candidate. Where the script struggles is with the simplistic dialogue that sometimes causes a slight lag between moments of combat, but it still holds interest with its unique method of discontinuous storytelling, which most directors would shy away from. Through this haphazard tale of criminals of all classes edging closer and closer to rock bottom, the plot keeps you guessing until the end. With quirky characters, shocking violence and enjoyably crude humor, Kill Me Three Times is the best times spent in a theater in recent memory.

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A Plea to Make the New “X-Files” Limited Series Amazing

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 14:01

Hi, my name is Trace and I have only seen one episode of The X-Files. I know that is terrible, but when I was growing up I wasn’t allowed to watch it. Though for some reason, my mother thought it would be fine to go see The X-Files Movie in theaters with the whole family (the reasoning behind that is a mystery to me). I digress. I like to consider myself on top of most things TV and movie related, but I am very sad to say that I never went back and watched all of The X-Files (and the thought of binge-watching 9 seasons is daunting to say the least). You can imagine how left out I felt when it was announced that FOX would be renewing the series for a 6-episode limited series. I felt that I needed to write a post to explain my conundrum.

As I mentioned above: I have only seen one episode of The X-Files. I have also seen both movies in theaters. The one episode I have seen is the second episode of the show’s fourth season: “Home.” Why have I seen that episode, you ask? Because that episode is always mentioned on “Greatest TV Episodes of All Time” lists of “Most Disturbing TV Episodes of All Time” lists, so I thought it only appropriate to at least watch that one.

I loved “Home.” A lot. I enjoyed the first movie, and I was kind of bored during the second movie. I fully realize that watching those three things do not make me an X-Files expert in the slightest, but since those are the only three pieces of The X-Files that I have ever seen, that is all I can go off of right now when I make a plea to the TV gods to please make this new limited series amazing. Make it more like “Home,” and less like The X-Files: I Want To Believe. Basically, I don’t want another Arrested Development Season 4.

I know some of you will cry foul: I’m bitching about something I know nothing about, but that’s really not what I’m  doing here. Presumably, I have seen The X-Files at it’s best (“Home”) and at its worst (the movie’s sequel). Bear in mind that I didn’t hate I Want To Believe like so many other people did, it was just kind of forgettable to me. All I’m asking is that for the sake of the show’s millions of fans, make the show’s 13-year hiatus worth it. I have faith, especially considering that original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will both be returning. Series creator Chris Carter will also be overseeing the new episodes, which does inspire confidence.

All of this being said, my goal this year is to watch all of The X-Files and be done by the time this new season airs so I can make a better judgment on its quality. What do you think? Do you think my request is a valid one? Or do I just need to shut up and let it happen? I can’t help but be both extremely excited and nervous about the quality of the new episodes we are going to get. I’m cautiously optimistic. TV gods, please, don’t f**k it up.

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Legendary Comics Announces Pacific Rim Comic Series

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:55

Guillermo del Toro promised more adventures from the world of Pacific Rim - and he has delivered. Legendary is taking fans back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and featuring a story from Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham. A continuation of the bestselling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, the new Pacific Rim comic series will feature Jaegers never before seen in combat, squaring off against all-new Kaiju creatures.

Legendary is also launching two original titles. First is the riveting espionage thriller Black Bag, starring Legendary Comics’ first female action hero. This gripping series about a suburban wife-turned-covert government assassin comes from writer Chris Roberson, creator of the breakout comic iZombie (recently adapted into a network TV series), and features art from fast-rising talent JB Bastos, known for his standout work on Night Trap.

Finally, Legendary is partnering with acclaimed writer Steven Grant on Cops For Criminals, a daring new crime-thriller series about a federal agent forced to find true justice in the criminal underworld. Pete Woods, whose long and storied career includes iconic franchises such as Deadpool, Catwoman and Robin, returns to pencil, ink and color the title.

To celebrate these launches, Legendary is also giving fans the chance to win an exclusive page of original artwork from the upcoming Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift. Participants are invited to enter at PacificRimComicArt.com to win this one-of-a-kind prize.

Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift

Following the best-selling graphic novel Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero, Legendary takes you back to the frontlines of a larger-than-life battleground with Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift, the official new comic series presented by director Guillermo del Toro and Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham.

Prepare to do battle with all-new Kaiju creatures in this thrilling continuation of the Pacific Rim universe.

The series comes from writer Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker, I, Vampire, Elks Run) and features artwork by Marcos Marz (Batman Confidential, Blackest Night: JSA).

More information will be released at a later date.

Release Date: November 2015

Presented by: Guillermo del Toro

Story by: Travis Beacham

Writer: Joshua Fialkov

Artist: Marcos Marz

Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo

Format: 4 issue monthly series

Price: $3.99 single-issue cover price

 

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[Comic Review] “Grindhouse Drive In, Bleed Out” #3 Dissapoints

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:38

Grindhouse’s second series, now titled ‘Grindhouse Drive In, Bleed Out’ started off quite strong with Slay Ride. A horrific twist on your good old fashioned yuletide tale, with a totally rad and original First Nations slant. For her next two-parter, ‘Blood Lagoon’ Alex De Campi is returning to the gruesome world of Deputy Garcia. She was the protagonist of ‘Bee Vixens from Mars’, De Campi’s first story in the first volume of Grindhouse. Garcia’s first adventure is still firmly ingrained in my mind and most likely will be forever. It’s exemplary of what grindhouse is all about; extreme violence, sex appeal and the utterly bizarre. Sadly, Blood Lagoon doesn’t live up to the high standards Grindhouse has already set.

WRITTEN BY: Alex De Campi
ART BY: Christopher Peterson
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: March 25, 2015

Blood Lagoon starts out promising enough, Garcia is set to accompany Wayne (one half of the gay couple from Bee Vixens from Mars) to visit his estranged father. Sergei (Wayne’s other half) sees them off and their journey begins. Wayne’s whole quest to give his father one last chance is interesting and something you don’t see all too often in comics, or any media for that matter. If anything it’s the solid foundation, the backbone of the story. It’s what keeps you engaged while the other aspects fall flat, such as the dull monsters.

Deputy Garcia and the ragtag crew she accumulates must face off against what looks like giant pubic lice, giant public that have crawled out of the Blood Lagoon. They basically amount to giant crabs with aardvark like tongues. After the glorious Bee Vixens these crabs come off pretty damn lame, they barely cause any carnage and come off as cartoonish more than horrific. I don’t want to be too harsh because this is only the first part and De Campi’s grindhouse tales always ramp way up in the second issue. Still, this is a poor opening threat and the tamest grindhouse issue to date.

While it is super rad to see Deputy Garcia on the page again it’s ultimately a disappointment. I could definitely see Blood Lagoon improving in part 2 but as it currently stands I cannot recommend it. I’d still recommend Grindhouse itself, outside of this one issue it’s all been fabulous. Even if Blood Lagoon turns out to be a dud it’ll be followed with an entirely new 2-part story that I’ll be wholeheartedly looking forward to, whatever it may be.

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[Comic Review] “The Goon Once Upon A Hard Time” #2

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:30

Reviewed by Brady Steele. This month’s installment of The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #2 is aptly titled “A Man Turned Animal”. Readers get to see how truly lost and off the rails a man like The Goon can get when he’s lost hope. More poor choices for our would-be protector lead to some truly ghastly decisions for all to horrify at.

WRITTEN BY: Eric Powell

ART BY: Eric Powell

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: 25 March 2015

Defying expectations once again, creator Eric Powell gives readers a literary history lesson in this issue. A couple of heavy hitters are coming to take out The Goon as retaliation for him killing the wrong guy last month. Having been tipped off as to when and where these would-be killers are arriving, The Goon decides to handle the situation personally.

What better way to kill time then by grabbing a six-pack and classic H.G. Wells’s novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau. What unfolds is an examination of what makes a man or an animal. As anyone who has ever read a novel, you can relate to how reading a novel can affect your headspace. Depending on your mood, a good book can really influence your way of thinking. The Goon is a million miles away from a good mood nowadays so this story only stokes the fire and anger inside him. The results are genuinely grizzly and cold.

Reason and understanding has left our capped hero. His moves are now more primal and vicious than ever before. Perhaps this is what The Goon has to do to prevail. It clearly won’t be pretty but as long as he wins, that’s what matters, right? I miss the funny and wacky moments that popped up in this series. Grim and gritty was something I would never use to describe The Goon before this arc. It’s dark and good but I need some sliver of hope in there somewhere. Hopefully there’s some light left buried deep in there somewhere down the line.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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[Comic Review] “The Valiant” #4 – Deftly Refreshing and Epic

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:19

Reviewed by Brady Steele. The Valiant #4 brings the Valiant Universe’s latest event to a satisfying conclusion. Time capsules, no memories and heads that can’t be torn off are just some of the random things used to save the world from a new dark age. Once again, the creators here have melded epic scope and intimate moments together deftly and refreshingly.

WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt

ART BY: Paolo Rivera

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 25 March 2015

Time has run out for saving the world’s Geomancer Kay McHenry and only one man remains to defend her: the unkillable killing machine known as Bloodshot. No one has been able to slow down The Immortal Enemy Mister Flay. Not The Eternal Warrior, not Ninjak nor the combined might of the Valiant Universe’s combined heroes have done anything but be tortured and cast aside. Writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have built up an enjoyable tale and now it’s time to see if this unbeatable foe can actually be defeated.

The final throw down is a triple threat match that has it all: explosions, lots of guns and head shots, a really ghastly looking monster and a literal last minute twist and a save. It’s frantic and emotive once it all shakes out. There is a good dose of bittersweet heaped in there as well which really shifts down the whole story. Once again, artist Paolo Rivera shows off how he can draw so many real and unreal things in one story so well.

Another great part of this entire series has been the commentary pages at the end. This time, we get letterer Dave Lanphear’s insight as to how what steps he takes to help tell the story with maximum impact and effect. I’ve found this series to be an overall satisfying tale. With so many moving parts, it still feels like an intimate story with the fate of the world thrown in with the attempt to save one another. I felt like the quieter moments of characters on the run were more powerful than the big hero spreads mixed in here and there. I hope artist Paolo Rivera keeps making more beautiful Valiant books down the line as his work really captivated my attention throughout all four issues.

Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.

Twitter: @mrbradysteele

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