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Weekend Blast - March 16, 2018

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?


Critical Blast Bombshell, March 2018 - Cosplay Kitti

Fri
16
Mar

Knight Moves: Gotham Episode 414, "Reunion"

Gotham Reunion

It was a hot time in old Gotham last night, as multiple story threads just got a little more vicious.

First and foremost, Ivy Pepper (PEYTON LIST) has perfected her little killing plants, and sets her sights on the man who killed her father: Harvey Bullock (DONAL LOGUE). Combining the Lazarus Water stolen from the Wayne Foundation, the pollen from her newest blossoms kill within minutes, sprouting quickly from their victims and turning them into organic flower pots. And her next target is all the rich people at the Wayne Foundation charity fundraiser, including Bruce Wayne himself.

Fri
16
Mar

New Avengers Infinity War Trailer!

Here we go!   I absoultely love that they had Zoe Saldana (as Gamora) open the video.  Actually all the scenes showing how the Guardians interact with the Avengers are pretty great.  Lots of shots of Wakanda coming off the success of BLACK PANTHER.  And that shot of Cap fighting Thanos by himself really harkens back to INFINITY GAUNTLET #4 one the the most classic moments in comic history.

Marvel has been building up to this movie for 10 years, 18 movies, and like 10 different TV series.  My favorite comic when I started reading comics was SILVER SURFER featuring Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet, so I can't possibly be more excited.

Fri
16
Mar

Blu-ray Giveaway: The Handmaid's Tale, Season One

The Handmaid's Tale Season One

Based on Margaret Atwood's award-winning, best-selling novel, THE HANDMAID'S TALE is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized "return to traditional values."  As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (ELIZABETH MOSS) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, belonging to a casete of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids - where anyone could be a spy for Gilead - with one goal: to survive and find the daughter who was taken from her.

Thu
15
Mar

TOMB RAIDER Misses Golden Opportunity To Change The Game

TOMB RAIDER opens everywhere 3/16/18.

The name of the movie is Tomb Raider, but name of the game is franchises. That’s the word that makes Hollywood drool like Pavlov’s pooches. Some are obvious, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and the mighty Marvel Cinematic Universe that everyone in Tinseltown is scrambling to emulate.  Tomb Raider would seem to be an obvious candidate, considering it’s essentially Indiana Jones as a British woman. Born from the multi-billion dollar videogame industry, Tomb Raider’s lead character Lara Croft has driven a long parade of console videogames, a successful comic book series, and two reasonably successful films starring Angelina Jolie. After more than a decade, Hollywood decided the time was right to reboot the cinematic arm of the Tomb Raider franchise.

Thu
15
Mar

Downsizing Comes Up Short

Downsizing Home Video Release

MATT DAMON (JASON BOURNE) stars in this ALEXANDER PAYNE vehicle about a world where the capability of shrinking living beings is made a reality.

Being able to become five inches high, while irreversible, comes with many advantages, which fall into the categories of ecology and economy. Requiring less to sustain yourself scales what might be a meager savings for a full-size individual into a fortune for a miniaturized one, allowing for a retirement to leisure much earlier. Likewise, the less one uses, the less waste produced, so it's a win-win.

Payne does a wonderful job exploring the downsides of the technology as well -- particularly with political dissidents being shrunk against their will, and the challenges to illegal immigration if refugees can simply be shipped overseas by Federal Express.

Thu
15
Mar

DC/Hanna-Barbera to do four more crossovers

From DC:

Following the success of DC’s modernized takes on classic Saturday morning cartoons and a previous selection of acclaimed one-shot crossovers featuring Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters, DC plans to shake up the worlds of superhero fans and lovers of old-school cartoons yet again. Today, the publisher announced plans to release four all-new one-shot comics that bring some of DC’s most exciting heroes together with well-known characters from the world of Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 1970’s. These books will be available at comic book retailers and for purchase digitally on May 30.                                             

Thu
15
Mar

Pep Talk: Riverdale Episode 215, "There Will Be Blood"

Riverdale There Will Be Blood

The bombs are dropping so fast in this episode of RIVERDALE it's a veritable plot-point barrage.

For weeks, Jughead (COLE SPROUSE) has known in his gut that Hiram Lodge (MARK CONSUELOS) has been buying up distressed properties in Riverdale for nefarious purposes, but he hasn't been able to say what they are. When Hiram urges Fred Andrews (LUKE PERRY) to run for mayor in the special election, it concerns Archie (KJ APA), who is willing to work for Lodge himself, but doesn't want his family involved. So he gives Jughead a bit of information he didn't have before: that Hiram had bought Pop Tate's Choklit Shoppe. This solidifies Jughead's desire to out Hiram's plans, but he cannot get anyone to go on the record against him.

Wed
14
Mar

Laura Kinney is no longer Wolverine. New X-23 Series coming for Fresh Start

From Marvel

This July, Laura Kinney forgoes the Wolverine mantle, and returns to the title that made her famous. Prepare for a new beginning with writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Juann Cabal‘s X-23 #1!

Since her debut nearly 15 years ago, Laura has emerged as one of the most dynamic, distinctive, and ferocious characters in the Marvel Universe. Trained to be a weapon, and sporting a signature two claws on each hand, X-23 has been tested against some mighty forces—as a person and as a hero—but never relents, never gives up. And this summer, she’ll begin again.

Wed
14
Mar

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 416, "Run, Iris, Run"

Flash Run Iris Run

When a powerful pyrokinetic metahuman shows un in Central City, Team Flash is certain they've found yet another of the twelve bus metas they've been looking for. But Erik Frye (OLIVER RICE) got his powers the same night The Flash did, and after attempting to rob a bank, he is suddenly bereft of his abilities.

The power loss is tracked down to a new metahuman, who actually is one of the ones from the bus incident: Matthew Kim (LEONARDO NAM) has the abilities to remove a metahuman's powers with a touch. But more than that, he can then place them into another person's body.

Tue
13
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 14, 2018

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s long-running weekly look at what new comics you should check out each week.   Just a warning, I make these picks pretty much a week BEFORE I actually get to read any of these comics, so if something is a stinker, I take no blame on that.  Let's get to it!

Tue
13
Mar

Toys "R" Us: Will Darwinian Economics Claim Another Brick-and-Mortarsaur?

If Tim Burton were to remake THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS as a dramatic modern tragedy, it might come close to the emotions felt across the country as we await word from toy-selling colossus TOYS "R" US that they will be shuttering their stores across the country.

Should expectations bear out, the 60+ year old company will be the latest brick-and-mortar chain to fall victim to online competition, as parents turn to sites like Walmart, Amazon, and eBay for their purchases. Even the suppliers of toys have become competitors against their customer, with companies like LEGO and Mattel offering direct sales through their websites.

In January, TRU CEO Dave Brandon stated on the company blog that the chain would "continue to operate stores in all major markets across the U.S. and around the world." Two months later, that statement seems to have been overly optimistic.

Tue
13
Mar

"Making of a Legend" Takes you Inside the World of KRYPTON

On your program guide for SyFy, you'll notice that tomorrow night a featurette called "Krypton: Making of a Legend" will air in the 11 pm time slot. If you don't want to wait that long, SyFy has released the featurette online.

The intro features Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, and others Superman's impact and the importance of Krypton's legacy. Hosted by Cameron Cuffe (Seg-El), as he stands on the set in Belfast where the Fortress of Solitude scenes are filmed, the 22 minute long commentary dives deep into the world of Krypton including the origin of the series.

Take note, however, that there are spoilers for the show and because we're exploring a history that hasn't really been revealed, some viewers may not want to watch it until they've seen the pilot which airs March 21st.

Tue
13
Mar

Devil's Advocate: Lucifer Episode 317, "Let Pinhead Sing"

Lucifer 317 Let Pinhead Sing

After his actions to help Cain (aka Lt. Marcus Pierce, played by TOM WELLING) led directly to putting Detective Chloe Decker (LAUREN GERMAN) into harm's way, Lucifer (TOM ELLIS) has decided to dissolve his partnership with Cain and stop trying to find a way to remove the curse his father put on him. In fact, he decides to do his best to remove Chloe from his spotlight entirely, in an attempt to fool God about how much she means to him so that He won't try to take her away.

Mon
12
Mar

Roseanne Season 10 Title Sequence

ABC has posted the opening sequence of the ROSEANNE revival.  It's very much in the spirit of the earlier seasons featuring the family sitting around the table as the camera rotates around.  We get a glimpse of a lot of the new characters here.  ROSEANNE returns March 27 on ABC.


 

Mon
12
Mar

5 with 806 Author Cynthia Weil

Cynthia Weil

If you're not familiar with the name Cynthia Weil, you're almost certainly familiar with her work, with Grammy-winning songs like "Somewhere Out There" from AN AMERICAN TAIL, or perhaps that classic Righteous Brothers song (or Tom Cruise song, depending on your outlook), "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling."

Weil is also a novelist of YA books, and her latest, 806, follows three biological siblings on a search for their father, known to them only as "Donor 806."

 

In the hit Broadway show—Beautiful, The Carole King Musical—many of your songs are included and you and your husband/cowriter, Barry Mann, are part of the show with actors portraying your young selves…how has that impacted your career?

Mon
12
Mar

Dynavector P75 MKIV Opens a Window Allowing Music to Breathe Freely

Dynavector P75 MKIV

Dynavector of Australia, the acclaimed maker of many things phono from the land down-under (differing from Dynavector of Japan, who only make phono cartridges; Dynavector of Australia only makes electronics) and imported into the states by Dynavector USA, has just released its newest version of the wonderful P75 phono stage, of which I own the MKII version.

Now, to my knowledge, they are not ones to release new or updated things all that often, so when I was told about this new updated version, and urged by that proprietor of all things wonderfully stereo, Charlie Schnyder of Stereo Haven, I just had to audition it.

While my MKII, and all the the versions before the MKIV, were highly musical and engaging phono stages, not only for the money but regardless of cost, the new version here I am pleased to say takes music to the next level. But I will get that in a minute...

Fri
09
Mar

Comet & Charge! March Giveaway Package!

You're a savvy, hip, with-it television watcher. So you already know about COMET TV and all the cool, retro SF you can watch there. But did you know that the team behind that project is introducing another network? CHARGE! is an action network showing the most "kickin'" and "punchin'" films ever created, and in March they're doing a marathon of all five KICKBOXER films!

Now, you know you wanna be decked out in just the right gear, with just the right accessories, to do this up right. Right? So here's what we're giving you a chance to win:

Johnny Mnemonic

Fri
09
Mar

WB's Justice League Succeeds Where Batman v Superman Failed

Justice League on Blu-ray

So I've just watched JUSTICE LEAGUE for the first time, thanks to the Blu-ray / DVD / Digital release of the film, and I have to admit that I'm happily impressed. For the most part, anyway. After having been sorely disappointed with many of the aspects of its predecessor, BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, JUSTICE LEAGUE was a film that took the DCEU leaps and bounds into better territory.

Fri
09
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 9, 2018

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