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Takashi Miike’s ‘Blade of the Immortal’ slices and dices, but it could use a trim

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Takashi Miike’s been one of the biggest shock jockeys of Japanese cinema for eons. Ichi the Killer (2001) was a high-splatter mark for lovers of extreme gore, and Miike’s output has been an extraordinary arterial gusher. Blade of the Immortal is billed as Miike’s hundredth film, and while one could quibble (glancing over his Wikipedia bio, I count somewhere in the mid-nineties), the fact is the guy’s made an astonishing number of films. And he’s only fifty-seven!

Blade of the Immortal finds Miike plying his grisly gonzo in the service of a long-running samurai manga. Is the legendary director finally in danger of becoming a hack, or does his blood-slicked blade cut through one more time?

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What Happens When Revenge Isn’t Enough: ‘The Punisher’

Netflix’s first season of The Punisher picks up where Season 2 of Daredevil left off, in a world where everyone thinks Frank Castle is dead and that’s just fine with him.

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For those entering Netflix’s Marvel universe for the first time, here’s what you need to know: Frank Castle, an ex-Marine who fought in Afghanistan, transformed into The Punisher after his family was gunned down as part of a drug deal sting operation gone bad. Frank then goes after those responsible, becoming a vicious vigilante who lives by by the code of “an eye for an eye.”
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‘Justice League’ finally arrives in theaters this weekend

It’s a big weekend for super hero fans, as one of the greatest teams in comic book history comes to life on the big screen. If there’s any justice, it will be a decent film. How will it perform? Here’s our prediction:

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At long last, Justice League arrives in theaters. Our own JP Fallavollita did an exceptional job tracing all the twists and turns it took to get Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Flash together in a live action environment. Now that we’re here – what happens next? Well, reviews are underwhelming for the Zack Snyder directed film (with a helping hand from Joss Whedon), though reactions are not as terrible as Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Justice League is definitely going to be the number one film of the weekend, and it will likely have a strong showing, regardless of what the critics are saying. Look for it to debut with $115 million.

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‘Mudbound’ is a fascinating, moving film

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Mudbound is a fascinating, moving film from director Dee Rees. Set in the deep south during the forties, this adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 bestseller is deeply affecting but not without its own contradictions, a sprawling literary epic that feels somehow too contained.

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Road To Justice League: Long & Winding & Obstacle Filled

The road to the about-to-be-released Justice League film has been a long and winding one.

Long and winding and fraught with bumps and pitfalls and massive industry, cultural, commercial and familial obstacles.

Resiliently plowing through these numerous impediments, Warner Brothers has finally made good on a long-standing promise to showcase the greatest heroes of pop culture on the silver screen – the comic book visages of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg, the Justice League, together for the first time.

Sort of.

It’s actually not technically the first time the Justice League has been together on screen. There have actually been numerous iterations of the group over the years. But the road taken for this particular Justice League, is an interesting one indeed.

To get to here, let’s take a quick look back at there, and all the previously mentioned hazards that nearly conquered the world’s greatest superheroes.

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It’s No Laughing Matter Reading “The Batman Who Laughs #1” On The Wednesday Run

Over the last few months, DC Comics has been publishing their Dark Nights: Metal mini-series, along with a bunch of one-shots that spin out of the main title.

Dark Nights: Metal, written by fan and critical favourite, Scott Snyder and illustrated by the wonderful, hard-rocking, Greg Capullo, is essentially their last, big Batman story that began when the two first started their monthly Batman run a number of years ago.

This Batman-starring story was so big, so all-encompassing, and so senses-shattering, it needed its own title! And indeed, Dark Nights: Metal, involves the entirety of the DC Universe.

Essentially, the series establishes the dark-sided universe of DC’s fifty-two distinct universes. Bear with me, as I’ll attempt to explain that physics-cosmos-philosophical conundrum after the jump.

Chiefly, however, this particular column will shine a light on that darkness, highlighting the most anticipated of the spin-off one-shots with the Batman Who Laughs #1, released today!

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Trailer Time: Deadpool 2

Just watch. Trust me.

The new Deadpool film is out June 1st, 2018.

Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 11-15-2017

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This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Sunday Strips in Color – 1959-1960, Merry Men #4, Volcanosaurus #1, Fence #1, Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1, Misfit City #7, The Space Heists of Vyvy and Qwerty #1, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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The Flash S04 E06: ‘When Harry Met Harry…’

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Following in the footsteps of Kang the Conqueror, Jonathan Hickman’s Reed Richards, and Rick Sanchez of Rick and Morty, this episode of The Flash features a multiversal meeting of multiple Harrison Welles. There’s also a new dark matter metahuman called the Black Bison and a ridiculous superhero costume for Ralph Dibny. Meet me after the extradimensional and extra-stretchable super speed jump for my thoughts on “When Harry Met Harry…”

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Heroes and Villains: Road to Justice League Edition

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Later this week a little movie called Justice League opens, and I was curious what might be waiting at the comic shop should anyone wander in after seeing the movie. I hate to say, there’s not much new, and what there is might be confusing. So here’s where this special Road to Justice League edition of Heroes and Villains comes into play. Meet me after the jump so I can let you know what is out right now, and what you should be reading when it comes to Justice League.

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