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Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Hated and Belated Marvel’s Inhumans

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Why are the Inhumans so hated?  Is it because Marvel has forced them on us because Fox keeps the mutants out of their film and television hands?  Is it because we’re getting them instead of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?  Is it because their big screen debut had such lousy distribution?  Who are Jack Kirby’s least-loved creations, and why are they so hated?  The answers, and a review of the first two episodes, after the jump.

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If It’s Halloween; It Must Be Werewolves In Siberia!

Chris Cavoretto a.k.a. Werewolves In Siberia has been steadily putting out high-quality, endlessly listenable, horror synth music for the last few years. He’s been able to keep things fresh and exciting within a seemingly limited medium.

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Let Us Now Praise Noise: A Music Column

Welcome to my new music column, where I discuss all the stuff I’ve been listening to lately.


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‘Flatliners’ and ‘American Made’ enter a crowded box office this weekend

It should be an interesting weekend at the box office, as two new releases that cater to the same audiences as recent hits are looking to make an impact. Will either of them deliver, or will the holdovers remain strong? Here are our predictions:

American Made is a new collaboration between Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman following the critical if not massive commercial success of Edge of Tomorrow. This crime film has already opened well overseas, but North America is a totally different beast, as Cruise has not had a strong run of late, especially with the lacklustre performances of both Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and The Mummy. Unfortunately, even with decent reviews, American Made is going to have a tough time winning over audiences who will likely choose Kingsman: The Golden Circle for their action fill. Look for a third place showing with $15 million.

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TIFF Leans Into Blade Runner 2049 Hype with High Concept: The Films of Denis Villeneuve

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Next week, Blade Runner 2049 releases to immense hype, sans the original’s helmer Ridley Scott. That this is a good thing is almost undeniable, after Scott’s belaboured Alien sequels Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Instead, fans will get a new replicant iteration, courtesy of French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. That’s unequivocally awesome, cuz Villeneuve has been doing great work for awhile.

Showcasing Villeneuve’s talents is an easy win for TIFF, and they’re showing four key films from his modest filmography this week, starting tonight, Thursday, September 28th, with the inscrutable Maelström.

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Creations of Chaos: The Hunting of The Snark (2015)

Prepare your smiles and soap. Keep a watch out for the JubJub and Bandersnatch, because on this edition of Creations of Chaos, we’re going on a hunt with The Hunting of The Snark.

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Everything Starts With “Marvel Legacy #1” On The Wednesday Run

Oh! Hello, Marvel Comics!  I didn’t see you there, just now.

I was about to sit down with a cup of coffee and make my list of hot, cool, new Wednesday Run comic books to pick up at my local shop!

Let’s see, there’s Black Magick #8 on my list – that’s a great series! Witchcraft and cop procedural has never been so fun! And the art is dynamite!

There’s Saga #47 – the best sci-fi/fantasy series out there right now! What heart!

I’ve got the Kamandi Challenge #9 on my list. It skewers a little younger, I know, but I love Kamandi and all that Kirby 1970’s stuff. Plus, it’s serialized by different artists and writers each month, and I love that creative idea.

What’s that you’ve got there, Marvel? A new comic book?

Well, to be honest, I’ve been a little out of the Marvel Comics loop lately. I feel you’ve left my interests in your tried and true Marvel philosophy, your Marvel legacy, willfully behind over the last few years. I don’t know if I…what’s that? You promise a return to everything I used to adore about Marvel Comics? With this one book everything about our relationship is gonna change?

I dunno. I’ve heard it before. And there’s only so much money to go around nowadays. Oh, you insist, do you?

Ok. Ok. Ok. Take it easy!

Here. Let me have a look at your Marvel Legacy #1.

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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 9-27-2017

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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 The Librarians #1, Paklis #5, Rick and Morty #30, Crosswind #4, Spawn #278, Hi-Fi Fight Club #2, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Avengers: Secret Wars S04 E03: The Sleeper Awakens

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With the original Avengers still missing, the new team soldiers on, and their mission to protect the Earth never ends.  When the Red Skull’s doomsday Sleeper robots go on a rampage, the Avengers Assemble to stop them.  Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Sleeper Awakens.”

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These are the Poo-nicorn Plush Toys you’re looking for

A few weeks ago, I received an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a new stuffed toy called Poo-nicorns. Now, I’ll be honest with you – I am not down with the emojis and the poops and all the funny stuff that my seven year old little Princess thinks are so funny to send me when she’s at her mom’s house. However, I wondered what she would think about these toys that combine…wait for it…poops, rainbows, and unicorns.

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Yes, it sounds totally ridiculous. But guess what? She loves them! Read her take after the jump! Read the rest of this entry

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