Aug 28 2014

The Ninja Turtles That Could Have Been

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I know people are still pissed about the makeover the Ninja Turtles got for the recent Michael Bay-produced reboot, but to be honest, it could have been much, much weirder. Namely, they could have adopted the concept art of Anthony Francisco, who went a bit extraterrestrial with the turtles, attempting to get them to look even more like actual turtles.

The end result is a creature that seems like it might rise out of the sea to fight alongside Aquaman, or at the very least, be kept in Superman’s Fortress of Solitude alien zoo. I do kind of like the jagged shell however. All in all, it’s a bit too extreme, even with a mask and weapons, and so we got the only mildly creepy version we saw in the film. And will see again in a sequel, because it made money. Continue Reading »



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Aug 28 2014

Frank Miller: The Man, the Myth, the Maniac

Published by under Comics,Editorials,Movies

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They finally went and did it. After almost ten years of waiting, they’ve followed up on the best pure comic adaptation of all time and released a sequel to Sin City. Naturally, this has put me in a Frank Miller kind of mood, so this week I’m going to discuss one of the most polarizing figures in the comic book industry; a true legend who at some point completely lost their shit and became almost universally reviled. But did he get it together enough to bring his comic world to life again as convincingly as he did before? Behold the rise and precipitous fall of a true legend first and then we’ll revisit that question.

I don’t think any single figure is as responsible for my return to comics as an adult than Miller is. I bought The Dark Knight Returns as an exploratory purchase a decade or so ago and that was it. I needed more Batman, I needed more comics, and I needed more Miller. He was just one of the most engaging writer/artists of any medium I’d ever come across, but at some point he just became terrible. So what the hell happened to cause this descent into cartoonish madness?

Since most of his works have been discussed to death, I’ll make his rundown of comic credentials quick. He’s responsible for the Dark Knight’s most iconic origin story in Batman: Year One as well as his legendary comeback in The Dark Knight Returns, his run on Daredevil put the character on the map, his was the art that launched Wolverine as a solo act in the 80’s, and he created 300 and Sin City in the 90’s. This who’s who highlight reel of classic comics represents around twenty years of sustained win. Continue Reading »



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Aug 28 2014

Time Travel With A Twist: Pathfinder

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When it comes to entertainment, books are my meat and potatoes.  Always loved them, always will.  I picked up novels at an early age and never stopped consuming them.  There are good stories in all kinds of media, but for me, the absolute best books trump the absolute best of everything else.  No matter how powerful and amazing Breaking Bad is, I was more moved by the sublime tragedy of For Whom the Bell Tolls, or the rich tapestry of family and history in The Brothers K, or the sheer raw emotive power of the writing in Sometimes a Great Notion.

This is all a lead-up to the fact that books are my real passion.  At any given time, I’m reading 3, give or take 1, at once, and I get through somewhere between 50 and 100 a year.  What sometimes happens, though, is that a story will really grab me and I’ll concentrate on just that one until I’m done with it.  A couple weeks ago, this happened with Orson Scott Card’s Pathfinder.  Let me tell you how it caught my attention and why it’s worth your time.

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Aug 28 2014

What a Nonsensical Daredevil Poster

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I mean, what does a random collection of dots have to do with the superhero? Is this some kind of abstract art from Doaly? I don’t understand. How weird.

Just kidding, I know what a colorblind test looks like, because I am super colorblind. I discovered as much while doing  a fourth grade science fair project…on colorblindness.

That said, even though I can’t see these things 90% of the time, I can see the double Ds in this one, as grey and red aren’t really bad opposing colors for me. Or most people.

There’s one more eye-chart related Daredevil poster from Doaly below, in a more traditional format. Check it out: Continue Reading »



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Aug 28 2014

The Morning Link: Please Never Revive These Shows

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Unnecessary ’90s nostalgia is all around us, from the hoopla over the most likely “oh god, why is this happening?” Full House revival, to all the down and dirty details of Lifetime’s Saved by the Bell…thing. Here are 10 shows that should never, ever be revived, whether because they’re great as is or because they’re terrible and we shouldn’t feel nostalgic for them. EVER.”

Go here to see the list.



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Aug 27 2014

The Final Countdown: Misleading Trailers , Soprano Answers and Twitch Attack

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Go here to see the most hilariously misleading trailers.

Movie trailers have the difficult job of convincing people to see a movie even when it isn’t marketable (or good at all). So it’s easy to understand the little tricks marketing pulls, like editing together unrelated lines of dialogue, or including the movie’s only two funny scenes in their entirety.”

The Countdown

David Chase reveals if Tony Soprano died – [WarmingGlow]

Hacking group back and attacking Twitch – [Insert Coin]

Why Full House coming back is a bad idea – [TVO]

Donald Glover will get to play Spider-Man sort of – [GeeksAreSexy]

Jon Stewart’s great Ferguson segment – [Pajiba]

Small athletes who dominated anyway – [theChive]

Turning a Pringles can into a candle – [SheBudgets]

Why a hot dog is $169 – [Worthly]

Kim K coming to Two Broke Girls – [CelebrityToob]

Joss Whedon defends Anita Sarkeesian – [GammaSquad]

Breaking Bad in two hours – [WWIW]



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Aug 27 2014

The Harp Twins Take on Star Wars

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I love the internet. Only here can you find a pair of beautiful twins who have risen to international fame because of their ability to rock out on the harp. That would be Camille and Kennerly, who perform medleys from pop culture, usually while in costume.

Their latest Star Wars tribute is no exception, only this time they jump through three different costumes in one video, including dressing up as Ewoks, which deserves a round of applause itself. Thankfully, by the end they aren’t wearing Jar Jar Binks ensembles.

Just watch, it’s delightful.



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Aug 27 2014

Attention Everyone, You Can Comment Again

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We’ve had an ongoing problem with our commenting system for a while now, but Disqus has been switched back on again, so feel free to resume commenting. Sorry for whatever the hell happened, but we should be back in gear now.

I had no idea what picture to use about solving a commenting problem.



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Aug 27 2014

IKEA Instructions for Horror Characters

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Introducing my favorite thing of the week, this series of amazing illustrations from Ed Harrington, which shows IKEA-like instructions for assembling a collection of horror villains/characters. Perhaps this speaks to me more than most as I’ve just moved and have spent dozens of hours assembling my entire new collection of furniture from this damned store, but I think most people will be able to appreciate it regardless.

Jason, The Fly, Edward Scissorhands and the Human Centipede are all below. I suppose it’s not fair to lump in kind soul Edward Scissorhands with the rest of these horrifying movies, as Burton’s tale is actually kind of beautiful, but here he is, because there was definitely some assembly required with him. Check out the rest: Continue Reading »



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Aug 27 2014

Firefly Cartoon-ified Again

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Yeah, alright I’ve definitely seen Firefly turned into a cartoon at least a dozen times at this point, but that doesn’t mean my imaginary Serenity animated series I keep seeing in my head stops being any less cool. It’s just voice-acting! They could get the cast together for that, right?

Anyway, this new version is actually a T-shirt from TeeCraze. In it, we get vaguely Disney princess versions of the ladies, and somehow Shepard Book is more buff than Jayne, not sure how that happened.

Someone make this show already, please.



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Aug 27 2014

The Sunday Afternoon Abyss

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You ever find yourself sitting on the couch on a lazy Sunday afternoon just flipping through channels hoping you’ll find something to watch on TV? You go to your favorites first, ABC, CBS, NBC maybe FOX and then you start hitting the cable channels from there. You know what I’m talking about, the channels like TBS, USA, and FX. That particular list could go on forever – I know. (I’m sure there are plenty of others out there – like AMC etc.) If you don’t find anything on those channels and you’re paying for the higher ups, you’ll start surfing through HBO, Showtime, Encore, Starz and Cinemax to hopefully find something. I’ve noticed that more often than not, I decide to watch a film I’ve probably already watched at least a few times, if not more, and I will sit my butt down on that couch and watch it all over again till the credits roll.

I’m sure I’m not alone in this. There are probably those of you out there who are reading along and nodding your heads in agreement. I don’t know about you – but I get sucked in. I can’t escape the draw of a film that I’ve already seen. Heck, half the time it’s not even considered to be a “good” film. That doesn’t mean it won’t entertain me for the next two hours in which I have nothing better to do with on that Sunday afternoon.

 

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