Traditionally Doctor Who is considered to be the protector of Earth and mankind against all manner of alien invaders, but what happens when it’s mankind who are the invaders, and the invades are former archenemies of The Doctor? That’s the conundrum when Victorian age explorers land on Mars amongst a hive of Ice Warriors – what will The Doctor do? Meet me after the small time and space jump for my thoughts on “Empress of Mars.”
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.
This week, Paul and AJ are joined for their season seven premiere by special guests Ensley F. Guffey and Joseph Lewis for a deep discussion of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, as well as remembering those pop culture icons who have already passed in 2016. See and hear more after the jump.
Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about the new Fantastic Four movie, isn’t that enough? See and hear more after the jump.
Since Christopher Eccleston regenerated for the first time in the new “Doctor Who” series, and David Tennant re-emerged as The Doctor to fight a duel for the Earth against the Sycorax – the Doctor Who Christmas Special has become a world wide holiday tradition. Every year since, The Doctor fights for all of us to have a safe Christmas, and this year is no different, even with Peter Capaldi still adjusting to the role. In “Last Christmas” by showrunner Steven Moffat, The Doctor reteams with Clara, along with Nick Frost as Santa to save us all. Meet me after the jump for my review.
Christmas-based horror is a sub-genre that is seldom recognized, but actually includes a vast array of titles dating back decades. A few are quite well known, with titles such as the original Black Christmas pioneering the ‘slasher’ film, and Gremlins showing kids everywhere the fun that can come with a little yuletide terror. There’s no real point in listing the holiday horror most of us know: all five Silent Night, Deadly Night films (and the remake) or Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. And films that take place during the holiday but have very little to do with it are only worth mentioning in passing, such as I Come In Peace (aka Dark Angel). With that in mind, here’s a list of ten little-known films that are worth adding to your holiday viewing playlist. Some may not be to all tastes, but there is definitely fun for everyone.
Well, we told you about this particular pick over six months ago. And we were pretty confident in it. Confident that it would not only meet high expectations – but, in fact, exceed them.
And The Wake, by writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy, has done just that.
If you haven’t been reading this series, today is your chance to remedy that wrong. I know you’ve been good lads and lasses this year, so follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you why you owe it to yourself this holiday season to treat yourself to The Wake!
One of my favourite directors of all time is the great John Carpenter, the man responsible for the brilliant yet criminally underrated H.P. Lovecraft home, In The Mouth Of Madness. It’s a very cool, end of the world film that asks the question, what is reality? Carpenter is a master of horror filmmaking, so it pains me slightly that I still haven’t seen everything the man has done. Case in point – Prince Of Darkness, which our friends at Scream Factory recently re-released on gorgeous Blu-ray, and which I only finally caught up on. Check out the trailer below and then get my take on this Carpenter classic after the jump!
Vertigo Comics, rest in peace. Long live Vertigo Comics!
The evolution of DC Comics’ sophisticated-story publishing imprint continues this month with the release of another creator-owned work. And “evolution” is an apt word, as you’ll discover shortly.
Vertigo has, for the most part, abandoned itself of all DC character properties, bringing them into the larger fold that is the DC universe in order to share tales alongside world-recognized superheroes and super villains. That means that the imprint, current publisher of acclaimed titles such as Fables, The Unwritten and American Vampire, is more in line with Dark Horse Comics and Image Comics now, publishers of comic books that are owned by their writers and artists.
The latest addition to that publishing stable? Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s The Wake.
Crimson Tide and The Hunt for Red October are terrific films, time capsules of the tenuous relations in the US/USSR Cold War with great performances and amazing direction. They’re only missing one thing, well, two actually. A malevolent alien force and a meddling Time Lord.
Who? That’s right, The Doctor. Check out my recap and review of this week’s episode of “Doctor Who,” called appropriately “Cold War,” right after the jump, warning, spoilers abound.
For the past few months, the Marvel Universe – and comic fandom – has been in a tizzy: favourite superhero has been pitted against favourite superhero with the fate of the human species (and the muties!) in the balance: Captain America versus Gambit. Colossus versus Thing. Wolverine versus his old X-Men chums. Iron Man versus Magneto. Wow! Talk about a main attraction, eh?! (See what I did there?)
Since April of this year, it’s been nothing but X-Man versus Avenger.
All of this staring and jawing and bickering and with each other has been for control over the power of the Phoenix force – an energy that has come to our planet to either annihilate us all or usher us into the next stage of human evolution. You know, depending upon which superhero team you’re on.
In Avengers Vs. X-Men #11, someone – and I’m not saying who – is going to bite the dust over that important decision.