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[Exclusive Comic Preview] “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed” #10

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:06

Having just rewatched Hellraiser I’m no stranger to the fact that Clive Barker is a master of world building, luckily, BOOM! Studios knows just this and makes sure to remind us of it in their ongoing Barker led comic series. Each of them have their own merits, but there is absolutely nothing like “Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.”  There is something sinister for everyone in the world of midian, and with this exclusive preview of #10, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #10 Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: As Midian crumbles, the Nightbreed are forced to the surface world once more to face all of  mankind’s hate and zealot rage. After betraying his people for the woman he loves, Boone now finds a new fire burning within him. The Chosen One will finally have to make the choice to live up to his title.
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See How Die Antwoord Score a Robot In ‘Chappie’ (Clip)

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:01

Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, play two local gangsters who want to use Chappie for their own nefarious purposes.

In this new clip, we see how the duo get their hands on the robot in Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi thriller in theaters March 6.

Sharlto Copley provides the voice of Chappie, with the cast including Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver.

In ‘Chappie,’ “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.”

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New ‘Alien’ to Follow Ridley Scott’s Next ‘Prometheus’

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:50

Last night the Web shook as District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp revealed his next project would be a new Alien movie, presumably starring Sigourney Weaver.

Official news followed, confirming 20th Century Fox had signed Blomkamp to the project, while also revealing two other major pieces of information.

No matter how obvious it seemed, we can now confirm that Alien director Ridley Scott and his company Scott/Free will produce the new Alien, which will take place following the events of his Prometheus trilogy.

I say trilogy because Fox confirmed Prometheus 2 is still in the works. Also, it’s pretty obvious that, based on Blomkamp’s concept art, his vision for Alien takes place following the events of the initial four films – and those films take place after the timeline of the Prometheus trilogy. In the art we see an older Ripley, as well as a deformed (clone?) of Cpl. Hicks (Michael Biehn) who we all thought died in David Finchers’s 1992 Alien 3. Ripley also looks to finally don the Engineers’ Space Jockey helmet to pilot an alien ship. My guess is she’s going back to the Xenomorph’s home planet, as she’s openly expressed her desire to do, in order to kill the species once and for all, and could potentially pilot the crashed ship to safety.

Ironically, this is sort of what happened in the original script for Prometheus, which wasn’t supposed to be a trilogy. The plan was for the Alien prequel to take place on the same planet as Alien, and for the Space Jockey ship to be shot down linking directly to the crashed ship in Alien. This was changed to set up the Prometheus trilogy, which is at least guaranteed to have a sequel. Michael Green is penning the screenplay with plans to have it in theaters by summer 2016. Neill Blomkamp, in the meantime, will develop the screenplay for his Alien sequel. Don’t expect that until at the very earliest 2017.

What do you want from the new Alien?

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Here’s How ‘Ghostbusters’ Will Be Realistic…

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:29

A new Ghostbusters casting rumor has surfaced, this one including a spoiler that’s pretty damn cool.

Director Paul Feig and screenwriter Katie Dippold have carved out a key supporting role for “SNL” star Cecily Strong (pictured below), says Film Divider, who stresses that they don’t know if her deal is done yet.

They don’t give too much away about the character, but it’s fair to say that the role is one of the biggest non-Ghostbuster parts aside from the villain (rumored to be Peter Dinklage). She will play an authority figure who liaises with our heroines, privately backing their activities and acknowledging their legitimacy, but publicly denouncing the group to the media in order to avoid panic amongst the wider populous. In short, she’s the glue to the entire world, making it even more believable to modern audiences (when the original Ghostbusters came out in 1982 we were void of social media and a strong National news presence). I think calling the role “big” is still an understatement…

Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon become the new all-female ‘busters on July 22, 2016.

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[Review] ‘Digging Up the Marrow’ Is Fun But Exasperating

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:01

Since coming on the scene with Hatchet in 2006, filmmaker Adam Green has developed a devoted following among horror fans. Through his films and the horror sitcom Holliston that he front runs, it’s easy to tell Green is a hardcore horror fan himself, with a deep knowledge and passion for the genre. This clearly shines through in his new film Digging Up the Marrow, his first feature in five years. The premise and set-up for the film are awesome, but amidst all the kick ass monsters and mayhem, what Digging Up the Marrow ultimately boils down to is Adam Green: The Movie.

It’s a painfully indulgent film, with a lot of screen time eaten up by Green mugging for the camera and promoting his work. Although it’s a horror mockumentary, it reminded me of a Morgan Spurlock film, making it more about himself than the subject matter. Here that approach seems criminal, since the apparent inspiration for the film is the artwork of Alex Pardee. If you’re unfamiliar with Pardee’s work, just Google image search his name. His art is pulled straight outta nightmares, mixing familiar images like bunnies and teddy bears with harrowing, dripping creatures. It’s crazy that he’s never been asked to design monsters for a film before (that I know of).

In the film, Green plays himself. He begins by talking about all the crazy fan mail he receives and talks about one package in particular, from retired detective William Dekker (Ray Wise) who claims he has proof that monsters exist. Knowing he’s probably just a crazy old dude, Green sets out to make a documentary about Dekker. Deep down, however, Green can’t shake his curiosity and desperately hopes Dekker has found real monsters – every horror fan’s adolescent wet dream come to life.

Dekker believes the monsters live in an underground metropolis he’s dubbed the “Marrow.” He claims to have found entrances to this world all over the U.S., mainly around cemeteries and another place we all end up at least once in our lives (a punchline I won’t spoil here). He even details run-ins he’s had with a few of them, all of which he’s given names and commissioned portraits of (Pardee’s artwork). As always, Wise is a blast to watch as he balances that fine line between nutty and dramatic. He’s just consistently a joy to watch in everything he’s a part of.

The first half of the film does a good job establishing the mythology of the Marrow. This is essentially done through Dekker’s oral accounts and drawings. By the time Green and Dekker head out into the woods, you’re desperately wanting a glimpse of this mysterious subterranean world and its inhabitants. The big reveals in horror rarely live up to expectations and Digging Up the Marrow is no different, though the glimpses we get of Pardee’s creations are seriously wicked. A couple of them made me grin like an idiot because they were so cool. Sadly, they’re few and far between and once the intrigue is built up, the final 20 minutes devolve into a pretty formulaic found footage romp.

Personally, I would’ve like to have seen Wise and the monsters get more screen time and Green to get a whole lot less. I understand that the film is about our desire for monsters to exist rather than the actual monsters themselves, but after an hour of Green wanking in front of the camera, I needed something more. He’s playing a fictionalized version of himself, I get it. It’s just not a very fun fictionalized version to hang out with. There are some fun cameos peppered throughout (Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Mick Garris, even Pardee himself), so fans will dig that aspect. I really enjoy Green’s previous work (especially Frozen) and this film can be very fun at times, but overall Digging Up the Marrow is a tiresome and exasperatingly self-aggrandizing trip.

Digging Up the Marrow hits VOD and select cities on Feb. 20.

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Marilyn Manson’s “This Is The New Shit” Never Sounded So Happy

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:00

Sometimes, I like to listen to music that puts me in a good mood. Y’know, that kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance. But there are times I might be too proud to admit what I’m listening to to get that feeling. So if I can say that I’m listening to Marilyn Manson but secretly it’s a ska version of “This Is The New Shit”, I’m 100% down for that.

I love the internet.

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Breaking: Neill Blomkamp Directing ‘Alien’!

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:06

Update: Variety has confirmed that Fox has closed the deal, and that Neill Blomkamp is officially directing the next ALIEN!

It’s hard to know when a filmmaker is teasing his fans, or if he has ulterior motives, but Neill Blomkamp just told his Instagram followers that his next movie will in fact be a new Alien!

As shown below he posted an image with the caption, “Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien”

The internet has been on fire the past few weeks as Blomkamp first teased Fox’s potential interest, and then Sigourney Weaver said she’s ready for battle.

The Alien hype began in January when Blomkamp posted Alien concept art he had been developing for an unsolicited pitch.

If there were one person who should be directing a new Alien movie it’s Blomkamp, a filmmaker who has emulated both Ridley Scott and James Cameron’s work in District 9, Elysium and Chappie, in theaters March 6, which reteams him once again with Alien franchise star Sigourney Weaver.

Um… So I think it's officially my next film. #alien

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Feb 18, 2015 at 3:55pm PST

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‘The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death’ Dated For Home Video

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 18:00

Fox Home Entertainment will release The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (review) on home video April 14th, 2015.

The supernatural terror returns and unspeakable evil sets its sight on new prey when a group of orphaned children are forced to move into the abandoned Eel Marsh House with their caretakers, Eve and Jean. As the children begin to mysteriously disappear, Eve makes a shocking discovery…it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in a place inhabited by the murderous Woman in Black.

Special Features
● The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death: Chilling Locations
● Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (Blu-ray Only)
● Deleted Scene
● Theatrical Trailer

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‘The Next Peak Vol. III’ Out Now: Original Songs Inspired By Twin Peaks

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:45

Retro Promenade has released the third and final volume in their The Next Peak series, which is an homage to the music and stylings of the cult TV show Twin Peaks. This third volume features original music that was, “…inspired by anything within the Twin Peaks universe.” It features artists such as Midwave, Arielle Esther, Femmepop, The Black Hundred, and more.

Retrosynth phenom Perturbator gave his approval on the track “One Eye, One Arm, One Man” by The Boy & Sister Alma, stating, “In love with this track. Very unique mix of retro synth music and 70s psychedelic rock,” and, “My god this is prefect

You can stream the album below and then snag it at a ‘Name Your Price’ model via .

The Next Peak Vol III (Twin Peaks Tribute) by Retro Promenade

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[Comic Book Review] “The Valiant” #3 – Showcases Spectacular Defeat

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:37

Reviewed by Brady Steele. If ever there was a mega-crossover with all the big superhero universes colliding, who do you think would win? The Valiant #3 shows readers how the combined might of the Valiant Universe heroes fare against the greatest threat their world has seen and it doesn’t go well. Good for readers, really bad for our heroes.

WRITTEN BY: Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt

ART BY: Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 18 February 2015

When a world’s champions come together to face a great threat, it lends to some epic action and storytelling. When writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt do something very different here and mix something as big as the world’s life in the balance with two people on the run hiding from the same event. It’s a unique perspective to something that readers have seen countless times before.

On one page, you see everyone with powers, abilities, goats with laser eyes and guns coming at The Immortal Enemy / Mister Flay. On the next page, you see Bloodshot taking Geomancer Kay McHenry into hiding if the combined heroes should fail. You almost never see this much real people interaction in a miniseries like this. The moments between these two are so beautifully portrayed by Paolo Rivera that you can almost forget it’s possibly the end of the world. Rivera can also draw nightmares horrifyingly well here too. You’ll see…and then you’ll never be able to un-see them. Very creepy and fowl images abound here.

The bonus pages after the story in this series are also a nice treat. Readers get instant behind-the-scenes moments as to what the creators were going for and how they achieved it. This chapter felt like a nice shift before the finale kicks in. I’ve been very satisfied so far with the execution of this miniseries and expect a spectacular finish next month. Don’t miss out.

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 Book Review] “Ivar Timewalker” #2 Is Tight Crisp And Funny

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:26

Reviewed by Brady Steele. Ivar, Timewalker #2 shows readers that the one your hero is trying to save can also be the villain trying to foil you at the same time. This is time travel storytelling at its finest. Like the first issue last month, this chapter keeps everything tight, crisp and funny with a sense of impending doom thrown in for good measure.

WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente

ART BY: Clayton Henry

PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 18 February 2015

Ivar Anni-Padda already feels like a character who would kick you in the crotch to get whatever he wants, no matter how big or small that ‘want’ may be. Writer Fred Van Lente makes everything The Timewalker do feel not-so-noble. The enthralling part is that you still want to see what his plan is and why he does what he does to get there. Forcing young scientist / future villain Neela Sethi to try killing someone is an utterly captivating experiment in social behaviour and behaviour modification. There are so many levels to Ivar’s every step, it’s hard to decide his ultimate motivations.

The art so far has been impressive to behold. Artist Clayton Henry really makes every era, every weapon, every other time traveller seem matchless and fresh. For example, I hope we see more of the Anon-Lurker in the future. It was also cool to see another artist take our travellers to another time period. Robert Gill gave the WWI trench moments a certain level of grit and grime. Nothing felt clear or as black and white as you’d expect which was a great effect to help illustrate the story’s point. Read it, I’m not spoiling it for you and you’ll thank me later.

It’s thought-provoking to me that time travel always wants to change things that have happened in the past. Van Lente eloquently asks “Who doesn’t fanaticize about becoming the editor of their own life..?” Ivar, Timewalker #2 shows both sides of that argument so effectively that I still don’t know what side I come down on. I just know I want to see what this time traveller takes us next and if he’s really that clever

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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Dan Aykroyd Says His ‘Ghostbusters 3′ Will Happen…Eventually

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:23

Ray, you can’t reason with Zuul…

Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to something you’ve worked years on, which appears to be the case with Dan Aykroyd’s Ghostbusters 3 screenplays that are now defunct.

With Columbia Pictures moving forward with their all-female Ghostbusters reboot, and with Paul Feig taking the reigns, the long-gestured third entry is now a pipe-dream of an idea that will leave us fans wondering what could have been if Aykroyd reteamed with Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and the now deceased Harold Ramis.

Aykroyd appeared on an episode of the Sirius/XM show “Unmasked with Ron Bennington”, where he says we don’t have to dream – because it’ll happen, one day.

“Oh, I’ve written… well, we have…I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists,” he stated. “And we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.”

There’s no way in hell this version of the movie ever happens, especially with the death of Ramis, and the difficulty of Murray. And with a new franchise start underway with Feig, the old Ghostbusting crew will remain in past where some say they belong. Not even pretending to be a God will change that.

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[Comic Book Review] “Rumble” #3 Continues To Amaze

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:18

Reviewed By Pablo Arriaga. A great, menacing god. A war of epic proportions. A great quest… for more snacks so we can finally read “Rumble” #3 and get answers to our questions: who the fuck is Rathraq? Why the fuck is he a scarecrow? What the fuck is up with that giant flaming demon dude? Seriously, where the fuck are the snacks?

WRITTEN BY: John Arcudi
ART BY: James Harren
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 18, 2015

After two issues where we where thrown right in the middle of Weird Town in the state of Deal With It, Bobby, Del, and Rathraq finally sit down to get a tell-all on the situation at hand. And with the same casualness Acurdi and Harren had to present all the strange happenings, they manage to pause and unpause a god’s epic tale or revenge and honor. If things were normal they interrupt it with the unusual. Once that becomes the new norm, the table is turned which keeps Rumble #3 fresh and flowing, regardless of the trio being in Bobby’s place for the most part. Mostly this is a setup issue. The exposition is finally presented, giving our guys a goal and Rathraq a clear purpose. But Acurdi and Harren laced it with great, epic storytelling that explains where he comes from and who he was before becoming a wide eyed, non-terrifying looking, deadly scarecrow. Although issue #2 is still my favorite so far, this one comes at a perfect timing, once the hook of the weird world has been cast, it’s time to reel us in with a sweet-ass, ridiculous mission that will involve a scarecrow facing a giant fire monster. All while Bobby will probably continue to bitch and moan about not having a girlfriend, and how dangerous everything is. The art continues to amaze. Now that it is not only about the immediate story but the tale that was before, each panel takes its time making sure you’re well aware of the type of world Rathraq comes from, and Rumble #3 has the best cover I’ve seen in this title so far. Possibly my favorite cover of February. If you’re not reading Rumble yet, the only acceptable excuse for it is that it’s your rent money.

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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Sam Raimi Directing “Ash vs Evil Dead” Pilot

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:07

The S-Mart employee with the legendary “boomstick” isn’t done battling Deadites just yet, and is currently preparing to do battle once again in the Starz original series, Ash vs Evil Dead.

Dread Central caught up with Bruce Campbell, who plays Ashley J. Williams in the cult The Evil Dead trilogy, to talk about the new incarnation that will continue the adventures of Ash, with two new sidekicks (played by Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo).

The biggest news to come out of the interview is that Sam Raimi, director of The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, will be getting behind the camera for the pilot presentation of “Ash vs Evil Dead” from a script he wrote with Ivan Raimi, Craig DiGregorio, and Tom Spezialy! Sam Raimi will also serve as series executive producer along with Rob Tapert and Campbell with DiGregorio to serve as executive producer/showrunner.

In first plot details:

We are introduced to a nomadic Ash, a figure who’s not only haunted by traumatic memories but also terrorized by the unwelcome continuance of Deadite attacks, which have followed him to the myriad Midwestern trailer parks he’s been forced to call home. In an effort to eke out an existence and in keeping with his previous choice of career, the character spends his days working at Ted’s Superclub as a stock room trainee and, in true Ash fashion, his evenings chasing skirt in roadside bars.

“I’m bringing everything to the table. It’s a feisty version of Ash, who’s grizzled and just wants to be left alone,” Campbell says of the older, (not-so-much wiser) Ash.

With ten episodes ordered, principal photography is slated for this April in New Zealand with a planned Halloween 2015 series debut on Starz.

We should all hope for a successful run as there are plans for five seasons: “It’s an epic tale,” said Campbell. “How could you not [plan for that]? I’m a strong proponent of the ‘big picture’ plan, and we are planning for five seasons.”

If they’re lucky, they’ll get their five season, much like “The Walking Dead”, a show they consider their competition.

“We are competitive with ‘The Walking Dead,’ like, ‘We’ll show those fuckers!’ [Our] Deadites are very clever. They not stupid shufflers. They can mimic people; they can drive cars. They’re a fun threat. They [‘The Walking Dead’] are right up there [though] with being responsible for the current resurgence [of horror].”

Watch for more groovy casting as it comes in.

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[Comic Book Review] “Bitch Planet” #3 – Proves A Very Special Third Issue

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:06
Reviewed By Pablo Arriaga. This is the first “special” issue of “Bitch Planet” that Kelly Sue DeConnick has planned for every third issue of the series, focusing on a single inmate and exploring them in depth. The first one is Penny Rolle. In case you don’t know who she is, she’s the badass giant who would beat a guard with another guard just because they told her to cover her mouth when she sneezes or some stupid shit like that.

WRITTEN BY: Kelly Sue DeConnick

ART BY: Valentine De Landro

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: February 18, 2015

This issue dives into Penny’s memories, the good ones and the super shitty ones as she goes under review from some kind of disciplinary board that is trying to make her see the “error” of her ways, as they tell her that the way she acts, looks, talks, and lives is completely wrong because she should know better, blah blah blah, “you’re really doing this to yourself,” blah blah blah. I will start by stating right away that I liked this issue. It’s a solid one shot that studies one of the characters of Bitch Planet and delivers a solid story that wraps up in the best way possible, Wilson IV puts some solid panels on the pages, where he makes you feel the anger Penny does when motherfuckers just decided they were better than her. And also feel her pain when you see the consequences to her violence.  With that being said, my first reaction to it was not absolutely positive. While DeConnick promised us an in-depth look at a character, I wasn’t completely prepared for a complete halt in the main story that’s barely two issues in. I was ready to learn more about the MEGATON, yet there wasn’t even a mention of it. But when I stopped and thought about it, I couldn’t help but compare this issue to an episode of Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. Whic is not a bad thing, at all. The way DeConnick uses a current situation in the present to trigger a flashback relating to Penny’s attitude at the time, or an event that explains why she reacts so violently to situations.  The difference being that in the show, the plot continues to move as we see more of that character. Now I know a comic doesn’t have the luxury of time or page usage to extend the way the show does, but having it all in a room, where it almost feels like time has frozen for everyone else while we see more of this character, does bug me. I like these “special third” issues, but I don’t want to be in a bubble every other two issues and deprived of the excellent main story. There are things to reflect with the choices of Bitch Planet #3, the fact that the first to be looked into is Penny Rolle, the badass big girl that I want to hug for some reason, even though that would mean the end of me and every single one of my bones, the breaking of my dick, and crushing my skull with her one single head. Point being, that’s all we knew about her for the first two issues, not a major so far in the story, yet that’s the first spotlight given. If I had to guess, it would be two things, one is “don’t just count Penny to diss out the pain when someone fucks with her, she may be more in upcoming issues.” And the second one is “everyone in Bitch Planet has a story. Shut up, sit down, and read.” Kelly Sue likes exploring every aspect of a character so I’m leaning towards the second one. Overall, this is a very solid First “Special Third,” but may have been too detached from the main story to be a great issue #3.

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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[Comic Book Review] “Burning Fields” #2 – Is An Absolute Must Buy

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:54

Reviewed By Eric Switzer. Part 2 of the 8 part “Burning Fields” miniseries is densely packed with new information and new questions about who are what is killing and dismembering people around a middle eastern oil field.  “Burning Fields” is a unique blend of political thriller, body horror, and noir in a setting virtually never seen outside of modern war films (or particular national cinema) and, for my money, is the only book you should absolutely be buying today.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
ART BY: Colin Lorimer
PUBLISHER: BOOM!
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 18, 2015

There is a lot to like about this book.  The dialogue, for one, is sharp and gritty, the back-and-forth between Dana and Aban serves to distinguish their characteristics and background while having tons of noir style.  Tonally, the book is a blast to read because it feels so carefully and deliberately constructed.  As a reader I appreciate the evidence of the creators’ investment; I can be taken along for the ride because I trust that I’ll end up somewhere that’s worth it.  This is my impression of “Burning Fields” a quarter of the way in.  I feel confident this will be a satisfying journey.

The scope has swelled beyond just the field and those around it quickly, as we are introduced to a cultish group whose involvement is uncertain.  I was confused by the conversation between Verge and their leader.  It was the same kind of setup that confused me in the first issue, because there is such a noticeable lack of exposition in their dialogue and we are being so deliberately thrown into the middle of something with not context that it feels like I missed something.  The other thing that slightly tripped me up was in a classic crime drama moment Dana is clued into a worker abandoning the job site and referred to someone else for more information, only to track down that person and immediately be referred to someone else for more information.  Had it happened one more time I may have tipped my hat to the satire, however out of place it would have been, but as it stands its right on the line between useless and laughable.

For both issues I’m really tempted to give “Burning Fields” a perfect score.  It is shaping up to be a really great story, with sophisticated writing, interesting and engaging artwork, and the kind of originality that makes you crave something you didn’t ever know you wanted.  But along the way I the book has some bumps.  My feeling is when it is all over we will look back at the complete package and see that all the pieces are there.  Issue to issue, however, there are things here and there that take me out of the experience.  The book is ambitious and, if nothing else, supporting it with our dollars means we’ll get more fresh ideas in comics.  I highly recommend it.

Eric Switzer  is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Plunder” #1 – Is Damn Good Albeit Familiar Horror

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:33

Reviewed By Torin Chambers. “Plunder” #1 holds a lot of promise but this initial issue falls short. While you may not care for any of its characters the sense of mystery and dread however are palpable, giving it an eerie and unsettling feel. When the horror ramps up it’s a good read, damn good, but too much of it this issue contains exposition upon exposition of why the pirates we’re following are bad guys.

WRITTEN BY: Swifty Lang
ART BY: Skuds McKinkey
PUBLISHER: BOOM!
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 18, 2015

The book opens on them attacking another ship so they can steal from them, this alone shows that they’re bad. The problem isn’t that they’re all built up to be really bad, it’s that they are at the expense of the protagonist’s development. It just feels like a waste of space on the page for what are essentially cannon fodder for whatever horror they’re facing, space that the protagonist could be growing in.

Once everything’s set up our pirate party reach a ship that’s dead in the water. This is when the real fun begins and Plunder get’s increasingly more interesting with each passing page. As they descend deeper and deeper into the lifeless ship it becomes incredibly apparent something is not right here. An interesting dynamic early in their decent is how they mostly write off what they’re seeing as the work of another pirate group. It’s not all necessarily shocking to them, which is a cool perspective for a group to have in a horror story such as this.

When the monsters hiding below deck make their appearance they do not disappoint. Unsettling to the nines and creepy as hell, I can’t wait to see more. To see all the different forms they’ll take, there’s a lot of creative potential for monstrosities here.

Visually Plunder is a bit inconsistent at time but nothing earth shattering. The awesome moments definitely outshine the discrepancies overall. The major visual issue I had was that both of the pirates with glasses also both have yellow scarf’s and short sleeved grayish shirts. There’re a few pages where they’re in different parts of the ship and as it cuts between the two scenes I was initially confused as to how this guy was in two places at once. Also on only the first page our lead clearly has a striped shirt for two panels when for the rest of the book he’s wearing a solid white shirt. Those instances aside when it comes to gore and carnage Plunder looks rad.

A slow and clunky start gives way to an original and intriguing horror premise. Plunder is worth a look for any horror fan who’s tired of the same old routine.

Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter @TorinsChambers

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Ei8ht” #1 – A Visually Stunning Mystery

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:17

Reviewed By Jorge Solis. Visually stunning and mysterious, “EI8HT” #1 hooks its readers with a twisted and nonlinear narrative. With a clever premise, the story kickstarts at a fast pace and doesn’t slow down. The artwork and writing go hand-in-hand so well in the first installment of “EI8GHT,” you will surely become an instant fan.

WRITTEN BY:  Rafael Albuquerque & Mike Johnson

ART BY: Rafael Albuquerque

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: Feb 18th, 2015

In the snowy mountains, a young man has dropped all of a sudden from the sky. The man with no name has arrived in his spaceship for a specific mission. He is lost in the never-ending fields of snow, wondering which direction he is supposed to go. There are fragments of memories inside his mind telling him to do something. A killer has been sent from somewhere in the timeline, but he doesn’t know who his target is.

I really love how writer Mike Johnson played around with the nonlinear structure. Told from the point-of-view of the unreliable narrator, the mystery gains momentum, even while answering its own questions. When the narrator discovers his own real name, the story takes a dramatic left turn and surprises us with a another plot twist. We figure out what’s happening just when he is. I really like how the story makes readers question whether or not they should be rooting for the protagonist.

Artist Rafael Albuquerque captures a vibrant atmosphere with a variety of primary colors. Each color is supposed to have a deeper meaning as the protagonist meanders through his memories. The shades of blue and white enhance the coldness and isolation of the icy backdrop. In tight close-ups. Albuquerque depicts the protagonist’s struggle to understand his role and mission in his facial expressions. Albuquerque mixes elements from the past, present, and future, you keep guessing where in the timeline you’re supposed to be.

“EI8HT” #1 is an interesting sc-fi mystery/thriller with phenomenal artwork. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment.

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[TV] Marvel’s Agent Carter – ‘Snafu’ Review

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:11

“Snafu” has me ever more concerned for the future of Agent Carter. I’m here for female-fronted shows, especially when it relates to my first love (comics), and this is winding up to be too damn good to just fade into obscurity. How can next week be a finale?! We’re nowhere near resolution!

This episode wastes no time on the (albeit enjoyable) fluffy scenes of the past. Any character that we’re meant to care about has already been developed, and much of that work was accomplished in the previous two episodes, so the writers are not spending any of their valuable remaining time on anything more than pure, unadulterated, raw plot. An observant viewer, in fact, may have noticed that Dooley’s character is the only one who remains relatively undeveloped, and a paranoid viewer might even notice that when the action does halt, briefly, to develop his character, that development must be a harbinger of doom. It’s nearly eerie the way in which this episode seemed to answer my (the paranoid viewer’s) internal monologue; as soon as I realized that Dooley was unlikable and not sympathetic, with no attempts to humanize him, he becomes a multidimensional character. As soon as I became suspicious of his humanizing features, his fate became clear: Dooley must die.

Putting that aside for the moment, though, this episode showcases most of our favorite characters (where’s Angie?!) at the peak of their archetypal cores. Sousa is, once again, loyal and sympathetic but righteous.  Agent Chad Michael Murray is brusk, somewhat meatheaded, occasionally wrong-minded, but with an eye for the greater good, and wanting to believe that the people in whom he has placed his loyalty will not abuse that. Peggy is smarter than most of the people in the room, only slightly bitter that she’s been historically considered most valuable to the SSR as a bringer of coffees, and she’s ready to kick ass on the side of moral right no matter what authority figure is in the way. Jarvis is mostly along for the ride, trying to split his loyalties between actual righteousness and Howard Stark, and deeply conflicted by the ways in which those two never seem to meet in the middle. And best of all, Dottie’s lipstick is flawless (and is it the lipstick she stole from Agent Carter a couple episodes ago?), her damsel in distress act is on call at whim, and she’s now demonstrated her ability to literally defy gravity in the face of several flights of stairs in a SSR getaway op.

With complex and consistently developed characters like this, it hardly matters what’s happening in the plot– except when it does. In this episode. the Dr. Vladimir Mindbendoyevsky continues to wreak psychic havoc in the form of very mystical hypnosis business, The Gang explores the abandoned Stark inventions that have been mostly collecting dust in the lab (also, why is there practically security on the laboratory), Sousa stumble across Dr. McPervdentist’s body, Peggy has a hold-your-breath moment in which she first notices and then decodes Dr. Mindbendoyevsky’s morse code, Dooley dreams of a beautiful life with his family as the good Dr. Vlad straps him into an unstable Stark prototype, and the action moves at a mile a minute.

With episodes this engaging, it’s extremely troubling that there is no official word on the future of this series beyond next episode. A finale is all well and good, but if there’s no resolution, all the work this series has done to create multidimensional characters and an engaging story will have been completely wasted on a flash in the pan. Plus, I’m enjoying my own stupid nicknames for the characters, and it would be a shame to only have one more opportunity to use them.

Katy Rex writes comics analysis at endoftheuniversecomics.comcomicsbulletin.com, and bloody-disgusting.com. She really likes butt jokes, dinosaurs, and killing psychos and midgets in Borderlands 2. She has a great sense of humor if you’re not an asshole. Twitter: @eotucomics Tumblr: katy-rex.tumblr.com Instagram: @katy_rex Email: katy@endoftheuniversecomics.com
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[Kickstart This] Score: A Film Music Documentary

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:00

To say that I’m a fan of film music is a bit of an understatement. I wouldn’t be surprised if 1/4 to 1/3 of my record collection is film scores. Hell, film music is what started me on my path of loving and studying music. I remember watching Legend and then sitting in front of a keyboard trying to figure out the melody from Tangerine Dream.

That’s why I’m here to inform all of you about Score: A Film Music Documentary, which will “…take viewers inside the world’s most-recognized music genre: the film score.

The documentary aims to interview such composers as Danny Elfman, Marco Beltrami, Hans Zimmer, Tyler Bates, Howard Shore, and many more, as well as a slew of journalists, agents, and other industry officials. You can help fund the documentary right here.

I’m a firm believer that the music in a film is an often underappreciated character, one that defines the mood of the film and is yet rarely recognized. This project aims to cast light on precisely those characters, the men behind the curtains.

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