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Fri
02
Oct

THE MARTIAN Reaches Early Oscar Orbit

Matt Damon blasts off in THE MARTIAN on 10-02-15.

Here’s a formula you wouldn’t expect to work very often in cinema and television: an entire show centered around one person trying to survive in a hostile environment with only his wits and found materials to help them through. And yet it’s been done before, notably by Tom Hanks in CAST AWAY and more recently by Sandra Bullock in GRAVITY. This time its acclaimed director Ridley Scott is putting the hero though hardship after hardship in THE MARTIAN, an adaption of the popular novel by Andy Weir. Starring Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, a biologist who is part of a manned expedition to Mars, THE MARTIAN is fantastically crafted science fiction and proof that Ridley Scott still has the directorial chops to make must see cinema.

Thu
01
Oct

Greytober Reviews: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Welcome to Greytober! The annual celebration of my favorite month, where I watch my favorite genre to ridiculous excess and remind myself that I’m incredibly desensitized! Last year I managed fourteen movies, despite not starting my marathon until the second week of October. This year? This year I’m going to kill that. First up...The Town That Dreaded Sundown!


So apparently this is a sequel/remake to a movie I’d never heard of, which I didn’t know until I went to look up the opening scene of the town watching...The Town That Dreaded Sundown. I can dig it, meta-horror can be good; look at Scream and Scream 4.

The BH Productions animation before the movie is great, and I wasn’t aware of how many of their movies I’d already seen, or how many were on my ‘watch this month’ list.

Tue
29
Sep

Entourage is out on Blu-Ray & DVD today!

Entourage is basically just high-end mindless entertainment, which is what the show always was to me.  If you’re willing to just let yourself go for two hours without carrying any social agenda, you will probably enjoy it.
Mon
28
Sep

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron Moves Almost Faster Than Quicksilver

Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Blu-ray Digital Critical Blast

I'm probably the only person in the world who sat down to watch the Blu-ray release of MARVEL'S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON who had, in fact, not seen the movie in theaters (or, indeed, at all). But I was excited! All that hype, all that action, all those heroes!

And it certainly delivered the spectacle. The dialogue was spot-on for the banter I would expect from this team, the visual effects were stunning, the choreographed fight scenes were amazing.

Tue
22
Sep

The Peanuts Movie Wants You to 'Get Peanutized'!

Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox have debuted a brand new trailer for the upcoming THE PEANUTS movie. As part of their marketing campain, they've also set up a website where everyone can 'Peanutize' themselves! It's a clever idea to get people to share how they would look in the world created by Charles Shulz. Each image comes stamped with the movies release date to keep it in the front of everyone's minds as the viral campaign looks to invade social media. You have the option of saving your image as an avatar and as wallpaper for your desktop.

Your personal peanuts pressman has perpetrated his own picture for posterity

From the press release:

Mon
21
Sep

We wrap up our coverage of Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens with Lost Stars and Smuggler's Run

Today, we are wrapping up our coverage of JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  

Like the last two reviews I did, these books are both classified as Young Adult books. SMUGGLER’S RUN stars Han and Chewbacca. LOST STARS introduces two new characters that have a major impact on the STAR WARS universe. More on that later.

Thu
10
Sep

Superman Will be Tormented in Batman V. Superman

In an exclusive interview clip, provided to Comicbook.com via Lary King Now, Michael Shannon offers some inside information regarding his role in Batman v Superman. And it doesn't involve flippers, as he once suggested.

Being under a lot of pressure to reveal secrets about his role in the film, Shannon offered up a quote that led many rumor mongers to shotgun speculation all over the internet. During his interview with Larry King, he admitted to essentially trolling everyone. Then he went on to compare his role in BATMAN V SUPERMAN to that of Russell Crowe's Jor-El as 'kind of like a ghost'.

Thu
10
Sep

Luke and Leia join us on The Journey to the Force Awakens

We got another pair of JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS books to review today, with one featuring Luke Skywalker and the other with Princess Leia. As I mentioned in my review of AFTERMATH, the bulk of these books are set during the Original Trilogy, not in the JOURNEY TO STAR WARS timeframe.


Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure by Jason Fry

Hardcover - $12.99
Kindle - $6.46
Published by Disney Lucasfilm Press
192 Pages

Wed
09
Sep

Star Wars: Shattered Empire - The Journey to The Force Awakens continues...

I have been looking forward to this comic for a long time now. I will admit, I had sort of lost interest in STAR WARS for a while, but with REBELS and all the hype for THE FORCE AWAKENS, I have been in a STAR WARS mood lately. Thankfully, I don't have as much free time as I did when THE PHANTOM MENACE came out. My wife and siblings spent way too much time driving me all over the place to find STAR WARS toys and cup toppers from Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Thanks, Gina, Patti, and Chris.  You are terrible enablers.

Instead of toys, this time I am acting out my obsession with comics and books. I have bought every STAR WARS comic Marvel has put out so far, and slowly I'm working my way through the novels that have come out the last few years that Disney declared official canon. And SHATTERED EMPIRE sounded like it was going to be a real good one.

Tue
08
Sep

The Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens starts with Aftermath

Last Friday was Force Friday! As part of their build up for THE FORCE AWAKENS, Disney released a lot of new Star Wars merchandise, including boatloads of new toys. One thing that got a little lost was they also released several new novels set in between RETURN OF THE JEDI and THE FORCE AWAKENS, under the umbrella title of JOURNEY TO THE FORCE AWAKENS. There is also a comic mini-series coming out on Wednesday called SHATTERED EMPIRE that falls under this banner.

Wed
02
Sep

Review: REMEMBERING BRUCE LEE AND JON BENN'S OTHER ADVENTURES

Bruce Lee Jon Benn

What a book title! I mean to say, for those of an age, we will never forget the incomparable Bruce Lee. You didn't even have to live in Bruce's own lifetime to be one of his adoring fans. I was born four months after Bruce's death, yet he's one of my favorite cultural icons. Growing up, I fondly recall school recess periods spent "fighting" over who was Bruce Lee in our playground battles. Seriously, what were those lunch attendants doing while we played at karate? Through the years, Bruce Lee has continued to have an impact on me. I've visited his grave in Seattle, watched his film work repeatedly, read some of his writings, and met gentlemen that worked with him like Bob Wall, the late Jim Kelly, and John Saxon. One other such man I wish for an opportunity to meet is Jon Benn.

Wed
02
Sep

Review: STAR WARS FAQ is a detailed journey through the creation of a modern myth!

EVERYTHING LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT THE TRILOGY is the subtitle for the newly released STAR WARS FAQ. That's serious word choice when you consider how knowledgeable the fandom is that surrounds the original Star Wars Trilogy. I'm 41 years old, so I grew up with these films as a part of my life...scratch that, the Saga has become such a part of me, it's burrowed down to conjoin with the very depths of my soul. So much so, I've watched, read, and collected just about anything that was available to my greedy mind and body. And I've got to say, much to my surprise, Mark Clark delivered a well researched, in-depth exploration of the creative exploits of George Lucas and so many of the others that played in his sandbox.

Tue
01
Sep

The Machination of Mad Max: Fury Road Drives Powerful Messages

Excited for the chance to finally sit down and watch Mad Max: Fury Road, I was looking forward to some rip-roaring, post-apocalyptic, female-driven action.

And it did not disappoint!

Mon
31
Aug

Wesley Earl Craven, Horror Icon: 1939-2015

Wesley Earl Craven 1939 2015 obituary Critical Blast

Sometimes people make a profound impact in our lives without having ever met them. They affect our earliest memories and influence our actions years, even DECADES, later. I write today to memorialize one of the men that were most influential in my life. One of the men who caused me to lose sleep, and affects my actions to this day, 25 years after we first met.

Thu
20
Aug

MATCH a Fine Story Matched by Equally Fine Acting

Match Patrick Stewart Matthew Lillard Carla Gugino Critical Blast Dennis Russo

The root story behind MATCH is a simple one, but therein lies its mystery as well.

Patrick Stewart stars as Tobi Powell, an aging, single, Manhattan ballet instructor and former dancer who is forced to confront his past -- willingly at first, and forcibly later on -- when a young couple, Lisa and Mike Davis (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard), from Seattle interrupt his life under the guise of wanting to interview him about his colorful life as a dancer back in the 1960’s.

I tend to love movies that feature a limited main cast in a confined set area (mostly Tobi’s apartment), where the story and acting are so strong that you not only lose track of the time but you're unaware of the limited surroundings. MATCH is a textbook example of this for me. While, yes, there are times when we are not in Tobi’s apartment, and there are some limited interactions with other people, those times are more to set up the story that plays out in the apartment between the three of them.

Wed
19
Aug

Leaked! Entire Batman v Superman Fight (as depicted by Stephen Byrne)

Artist Stephen Byrne has released an animated version of how a fight between Batman and Superman would really go down. You can check out Stephen Byrne's art on his Facebook page and Twitter account. He even has a webcomic titled 'Steve Loves Internet'. He does a lot of comic book and pop culture work, ranging from parody to serious depictions of characters.

Clearly anyone who knows Superman, understands that he wouldn't intentionally vaporize Batman, however he could if he wanted to.

 

Tue
18
Aug

Sneak Peek: New Lion King Movie Coming Soon from Disney

With an award winning sountrack and a voice cast that included Jeremy Irons, Mathew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg and the legendary James Earl Jones, THE LION KING is still considered one of Disney's greatest animated movies. And one of the last that was classically animated, with a mix of CG.

With several sequels having been made to minimal fanfare, Disney is taking one more swipe at the franchise by releasing a new movie: THE LION GUARD: Return of the Roar.

THE LION KING II: SIMBA'S PRIDE focused on Simba and Nala's daughter, Kiara, as she discovers that Scar's son and heir, Kovu has been living in the Badlands. LION KING 1 1/2 was a re-telling of the original movie, through the eyes of Timon and Pumba. The two lovable friends of Simba also had a TV series of their own which lasted four years.

Fri
14
Aug

F. Gary Gray's STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Is Straight Up Gangsta

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON opens 8/14/15.

It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long to me, but it was way back in 1988 when a gang--as they called themselves-- of musicians changed the burgeoning hip-hop genre forever. The artists were from Compton, a hard-times neighborhood in Los Angeles where the infamous LAPD could, with little provocation, drive a swat tank through your front door and harass you on the streets just for being black. If you don’t think things have changed much, I won’t argue with you. Things have, however, changed for those pioneers of reality-based street rap, the N.W.A. And no, I’m not talking about the old National Wrestling Alliance either.

Fri
14
Aug

MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Is 007's Country Cousin

MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. starts 8/14/15.

In the mid 1960s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. was a major hit. It won the Golden Globe for Best Television Show in 1966, and stars Robert Vaughn and David McCallum were each regularly nominated for best actor at the Emmys or Golden Globes. The show was conceived in part by Ian Fleming, the man who created James Bond, and as such began as a serious spy program. A couple of years in, the incredible popularity of Adam West’s BATMAN show encouraged the producers to lean heavily towards camp, a decision which ultimately doomed the show. The entire series is available on Amazon Prime.

Wed
12
Aug

Some stills from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Entertainment Weekly posted up a bunch of images from the upcoming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  Here they are in all their glory (click on them for bigger versions):


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