Thu
08
Mar

Kendall Gary Releases Empowerment Anthem on Heels of International Women's Day

Kendall Gary

Country music newcomer, Kendall Gary, drops her new single, Head Held High tomorrow, March 9, 2018. 

It's a natural anthem, empowering and encouraging, with a focus on forging ahead in the face of negativity from others. The beat is modern country that skews pop in the bridge, but the overall zeitgeist is true to country music ideals.

The video (embedded below) is done simply, using only two settings -- a two-lane highway and a grassy field, cutting from one to the other with minor costume changes. The video could have been made a little more impacting if the opening monologue lines had remained internal to the performer but done with the voices of others, male and female, as the song is directed more at ignoring outside influences than self doubts, but that doesn't impact the song itself.

Thu
08
Mar

Disney's Lady and the Tramp Still One of the Best Romantic Movies

Lady and the Tramp

She's cultured. He's coarse.

She's pedigreed. He's lowly.

She's refined. He's ruff...er...rough around the edges.

Naturally, they're made for each other!

It's almost unfathomable to think there's anyone over five years of age who hasn't seen Walt Disney's LADY AND THE TRAMP by now. However, it's good to occasionally be reminded of just how good a film it is for young and old alike, a tale of how love bridges class boundaries, and can cause anyone to rethink their entrenched philosophies for the happiness of another.

Thu
08
Mar

DC and WB Games Tease New Mobile Game: DC UNCHAINED

DC and WB Games take a classic RPG style game and give it a makeover to appeal to its fans.

In the landscape of mobile gaming, much like in cinema, Marvel is pumping out games left and right while DC seems to have no real vision. If you do a search for Marvel in Google Play or iTunes you may find yourself with several options:

Marvel Puzzle Quest
Marvel Contest of Champions
Marvel Future Fight
Marvel Avengers Academy...

...and yes, you'll even find Marvel Pinball. There was even a time when a Marvel branded Tsum Tsum game was available but at the time of this article it appears to have disappeared from the Google Play Store.

Thu
08
Mar

Pep Talk: Riverdale Episode 214, "The Hills Have Eyes"

Riverdale - The Hills Have Eyes

We interrupt your 60 minute trailer for LOVE, SIMON, to give you a few tidbits about what's going on in RIVERDALE. That's how this episode often ran, as we were inundated with movie posters, plans to see the movie, dates made to see the movie, going to the movie, and for a bit even seeing the movie. And the point of promoting a movie about a gay teenager coming out to his parents? It allows us to focus more on Moose Mason (CODY KEARSLEY) and his closeted bisexuality and attraction to Kevin Keller (CASEY COTT). Moose has told Kevin that his girlfriend, Midge Klump (EMILIJA BARANAC), is aware of what he and Kevin have done and is totally open to that; but in later conversation with the three of them, it becomes clear to Kevin that Moose was lying.

Wed
07
Mar

DC Comics Releases Tom King's Complete Action Comics #1000 Story

In a shocking move, DC Comics has decided to release Tom King's FULL story for Action Comics #1000, due out this April.

Five pages of beautiful prose and art combined to bring this grown man to tears. Without knowing entirely what's going on, you slowly watch and listen to Superman fill you in on what he's been up to. Where he is. And who he's talking to.

I'm not going to spoil a single thing but I promise you that if you have a heart and a soft spot in your soul for the Man of Steel, you will sucumb to emotion. Clay Mann provides beautiful artwork complimented by Jordie Bellaire's colors. And yes, props to the letterer John Workman for providing text that is easy to follow so you can just sink into the story.

Wed
07
Mar

Plenty of Reasons to Get On Board for Superman's 80th Anniversary

Superman Anniversary - Action 1000

If there was ever a year to start (or get back into) reading Superman comic books, this is the year to do it. With Action Comics #1000 coming in May, I don't need to explain the importance of getting to your local comic book store and reserving a copy.

But I'm going to anyways.

Wed
07
Mar

SyFy's KRYPTON Taps Shakespeare for Romantic Sub-Plot

SyFy's upcoming series, KRYPTON, will feature a forbidden romance between an El and a Zod.

“Two households, both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.”

Act 1, (Prologue): ROMEO AND JULIET, written by William Shakespeare

Wed
07
Mar

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 415, "Enter Flashtime"

The Flash Episode 415 Enter Flashtime

"Enter Flashtime" will go down as one of the best, most intense, episodes of THE FLASH since the series debuted. The Flash (GRANT GUSTIN) goes up against an eco-terrorist, Veronica Dale (BERNADETTE SAQUIBAL), aka Hyrax from the GREEN ARROW comic books. Her team are robbing an A.R.G.U.S. shipment of nuclear fissionable material. As Jesse Quick (VIOLETT BEANE) is on hand visiting her father, she accompanies Flash to stop the heist.

Tue
06
Mar

Skottie Young gives Deadpool a Fresh Start

From Polygon:

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, Polygon can reveal that the Merc With the Mouth is getting his own minty fresh start with Deadpool #1, the beginning of a new series written by Skottie Young and drawn by Nic Klein.

...

“Before I pitched Rocket Raccoon back in 2013, I tried to get Deadpool. haha..But he was spoken for so I said ‘well, i can kind of have a similar vibe for Rocket, just cleaned up a bit.’ So my head was already in that place.”

Tue
06
Mar

Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto to bring back Sentry into Marvel Fresh Start

From Newsarama:

Jeff Lemire and Kim Jacinto are launching a new Sentry ongoing title as part of Marvel Comics' summer "Fresh Start" initiative.

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Tue
06
Mar

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash a Solid Story for Fans

LEGO The Flash

At this stage of the game, I've seen enough LEGO movies to get the joke. Expect a level of silliness, everything unmade can be remade, bricks are the building block of the universe, and there's a somber lesson to be learned in there somewhere that will still end with a punchline.

And then there's THE FLASH -- which does all of that and more.

The story opens with the Justice League going up against The Joker (JASON SPISAK) who has targeted Metropolis since Batman (TROY BAKER) has been spending his time with all his super friends at the Hall of Justice. He's setting off laughing gas bombs that must be stopped, so the entire League -- including Superman (NOLAN NORTH), Wonder Woman (GREY DELISLE), Cyborg (KHARY PAYTON), Plastic Man (TOM KENNY), Firestorm (PHIL LAMARR) and newly-recruited member The Atom (ERIC BAUZA) set out to stop him. But none of them are fast enough, and all eventually succumb to Joker's attacks as Batman persistently grumbles, "Where is Flash!?"

Tue
06
Mar

New Iron Man and Ant-Man / Wasp Series coming from Marvel Fresh Start

From Marvel:

On June 20, Tony Stark returns.

He’s back, at last, having been the subject of a long and troubled search throughout the pages of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN. Writer Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti will join forces to tell a entirely different kind of story in TONY STARK: IRON MAN.

From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure.

Tue
06
Mar

The Longbox Short-List - Week of March 7, 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
06
Mar

Why Frances McDormand is Wrong on Inclusion Riders

Frances McDormand Accepting 2018 Oscar

Of the many things that are still visible in the rear view mirror of last weekend's Oscars, one of the items still being discussed is Frances McDormand's acceptance speech, where she closed with the following:

"I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion Rider."

Is it the name of her next film? Is it the name of the next Kardashian baby?

Actually, an inclusion rider is a term applied to an actor's contract, as applied by the actor. When signing on to a movie and finalizing their contract for same, an inclusion contract is something added by the actor that forces the production company to hire cast and crew that reflects the demographics of the world. It stipulates there will be x percentage of men, y percentage of women, z percentage of this race and that race, and lgtbq percentage of LGBTQ.

We used to call this practice a "quota system."

Sun
04
Mar

Sarah Porter, Aaron Allen Make ANYTHING GOES A Pleasure Cruise

Sarah Porter, Zachary Allen Farmer and Eileen Engel in New line Theatre's ANYTHING GOES, Mar 1-24, 2017. photo Credit: Jill Ritter Lindberg

New Line Theatre describes itself as “the bad boy of musical theatre.” Co-directors Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy-Windsor certainly never shy away from edgy, sometimes uncomfortable material and have had great success with productions that were terrible flops on Broadway.  Why, then, would these two wild and crazy guys put Anything Goes in the middle of New Line’s 27th season? Isn’t that the polar opposite of a New Line production? Heck, people bring their kids to the free seats at the Muny in Forest Park to see the big splashy tour shows of Anything Goes. Is Scott Miller finally mellowing out after all these years doing shows like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Celebration, and Jerry Springer – The Opera?

Fri
02
Mar

Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz send the Sorcerer Supreme to space!

From Marvel:

This June, writer Mark Waid and artist Jesus Saiz are set for a journey across the universe in DOCTOR STRANGE #1!

The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: when astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme!

Fri
02
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 2, 2018

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?

 

Fri
02
Mar

Weekend Blast - March 2, 2018

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?


Critical Blast Bombshell, March 2018 - Cosplay Kitti

Fri
02
Mar

Knight Moves: Gotham Episode 412, "Pieces of a Broken Mirror"

Gotham 412 - Pieces of a Broken Mirror

GOTHAM returns from hiatus, but doesn't really move its story forward all that much, as this season's overarching title is "A Dark Knight," which ostensibly means we're going to see more of Bruce Wayne (DAVID MAZOUZ) on the road to becoming Batman. And, indeed, early in the season we were seeing just that. But then he became a brat, which he remains to this point in the series, firing Alfred and living a life of drunken partying and debauchery.

Thu
01
Mar

Giving Some Lovin' To Steve Winwood's Greatest Hits Tour

Artwork from Steve Winwood's Greatest Hits Live Double Album

When you see a chance, take it. That’s what the man said, right? And why wouldn’t you? The Fabulous Fox Theatre has been host to some amazing musicians with amazingly long careers in recent years. Gladys Knight was a delight, Paul Simon was sensational, Carlos Santana was super, and John Fogerty, well, his show was in a class by itself. Return to Forever, Chick Corea’s jazz super group, was the most inspiring and indescribably beautiful music performance I’ve ever seen. That’s a mighty collection of the best of the best right there, and to join that level of talent you’d have to be pretty special. A multi-instrumentalist, a career spanning more decades than I’ve been alive (and I’m getting old), a career began at the tender age of 14, when there were apparently no child labor laws applicable to piano prodigies in Britain in the 1960s. Yes, the man said when you see a chance, take it, and a full house took the chance to enjoy Steve Winwood live on February 28, 2017.

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