Tue
05
Dec

Johnny Galecki confirmed to return for Roseanne revival

I have been pretty excited about the return of ROSEANNE.  Ignoring the last season, ROSEANNE remains one of my all-time favorite comedy shows.  Part of me wants to be jaded about all the revivals and remakes we get on TV, but I actually loved the X-FILES and PRISON BREAK revivals, not to mention WILL AND GRACE has been getting a ton of positive buzz.  As long as these shows are being done with love and respect for the audience, I am all for them coming back.

Tue
05
Dec

The Longbox Short-List - Week of December 6, 2017

Welcome back to Critical Blast’s 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
05
Dec

Devil's Advocate: Lucifer Episode 309, "The Sinnerman"

Lucifer 308, Sinnerman

Since the mysterious Sinnerman has been granting favors and stealing Lucifer's gig (not to mention somehow being able to get the drop on him, leave him in the desert, give him back his wings and steal his "devil face"), Lucifer has decided to up his game and get back to granting favors himself. But when he grants a favor to a young man named Joey whose greatest desire is to work for the mob, the result is finding Joey as the victim of a homicide that falls into Lucifer and Chloe's lap.

Sat
02
Dec

Jonah: The Musical on DVD

The old, old story comes to life on DVD, as Virgil Films presents JONAH: THE MUSICAL.

Filmed at the Sight & Sound Theatres in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this presentation blends screen animation with actors on stage to deliver a captivating, comical, and Christian experience.

The tale begins in animation, with Jonah as a boy. He's presented as someone who wasn't very social with other children, not very physical, and afraid of the water. He prays a lot, and one day hears God tell him a prophesy. This makes him famous among his people, but he doesn't hear from God for another seventeen years, well after the Philistines killed his father.

Shifting to live stage, Jonah's latest prophecy is to go to Ninevah. Jonah would rather see them destroyed than saved, so he goes into hiding. His countrymen, knowing he has a prophecy they need to hear, hunt him down high and low, until his mother, sister and grandparents find him and see him off on a ship to Tarshish.

Fri
01
Dec

Weekend Blast - December 1, 2017

 

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?

Fri
01
Dec

Weekend Blast - December 1, 2017

What did we talk about on Critical Blast this week?


Critical Blast Bombshell, December 2017 - Jennifer of Themyscira

Fri
01
Dec

Knight Moves: Gotham Episode 410, "Things That Go Boom"

Gotham Things That Go Boom

Gotham's nightmare is over. Professor Pyg has been brought into custody, and is safely tucked away in Arkham Asylum. But who is the serial killer who threatened Gotham's cops?

The answer lies behind titanium plates surgically implanted in Pyg's jaw and cheeks. X-rays show he's had extensive surgery to alter his appearance (and make it really painful to punch him in the mouth). Gordon tasks Lucius Fox with deconstructing the images to get to a pre-surgery composite sketch, while he goes to Arkham to interrogate Pyg further. And when Gordon finally manages to get under Pyg's skin, the mask slips just enough for Gordon to see inside.

Fri
01
Dec

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Cosplay with Our December Bombshell, Jennifer of Themyscira

Merry Christmas, Wonder Woman

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, and folks dressed up like...Wonder Woman?

Now that's a Christmas tradition we can get behind! In fact, some of our favorite Christmas stories involve things like Superboy and the Legion looking for the Star of Bethlehem, or Batman tracking down a thief dressed like Santa Claus. So why not put a little cosplay into your Christmas, like our Bombshell does this month. She even rescues Star Wars from the cringeworthy Christmas crossover it tried so long ago with a Star Wars holiday pose!

Get ready to hang your stockings and say your prayers, because cosplay is coming at you now, as we proudly present the...

 

Thu
30
Nov

Kids Hate School? Eerie Elementary Hates Them Back!

Eerie Elementary Classes are Canceled

Sam is a hall monitor at Eerie Elementary. It's not just a job, it's an adventure.

That's because the hall monitors at the school historically have one secret job that nobody but former hall monitors understand: keeping Eerie Elementary from eating students. Only Sam and his friends Lucy and Antonio (and their mentor, former hall monitor Mister Nekobi, the janitor) know that they're really up against one of the town founders, Orson Eerie, who found a way to transfer his soul into the school building through mad science and strange magic.

Thu
30
Nov

Pep Talk: Riverdale Episode 207, "Tales from the Darkside"

Jughead and Farmer McGinty (Cole Sprouse, Tony Todd)

The writers take some chances in the telling of this episode of Riverdale, beginning with the opening presentation, done in a crime documentary style. It then splits the episode into three vignettes, all happening simultaneously.

The Black Hood has left a note on the door of Pop Tate's diner, giving the citizens of Riverdale 24 hours to live a sin-free life. That doesn't seem so much to ask.

Thu
30
Nov

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Pullover Hoodie from Fan Jackets

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hoodie

Suit up properly as you enter this week's contest for a branded STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI hoodie from our friends over at FanJackets.com!

This cotton/polyester hoodie is black with the STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI logo on the front. It's the perfect accessory for attending a Star Wars film, or just hanging out.

Open to U.S. Residents only, so be sure you've familiarized yourself with our official rules and regulations. Then take one or more options on the form below (some of them you can take once per day to maximize your chances).

And, of course... May the Force be with you!

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Thu
30
Nov

The King and I Shows Why You Can Always Rely On The Classics

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I."  Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

I enjoy seeing new, contemporary theatre, which St. Louis has in abundance.  I also have a deep appreciation for the classics, and sometimes the comfort of seeing Anything Goes or South Pacific is exactly what I want after a stressful week. On November 28, 2017, I finally got to check off a classic from my to-do list that has been “a puzzlement” to me for too long. I guess I always put off watching one of the several Hollywood film versions of the venerable Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The King and I—and I own the one starring Chow Yun-Fat on DVD, still wrapped in plastic—because I wanted to see the pageantry of the stage production first. I’m glad I did. Ace director Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award-winning revival toured to the Fabulous Fox Theatre for a Nov 28- Dec 10, 2017 run that might just be the show to see at the Fox.

Wed
29
Nov

Superhero No More: Andrew Kreisberg Fired!

Following suit in a long line of men who have been fired from their positions, due to allegations of sexual harassment, Producer Andrew Kreisberg (ARROW, THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL) is now among the shamed.

Vicitms of sexual assault have been empowered to speak out against their attackers, ever since news broke about Harvey Weinstein. It used to be that men in powerful positions were able to make their accusers go away quietly. Those days are officially over and there are probably a lot more men out there who are shaking in their boots right now.

Wed
29
Nov

The Strange Tale of Akira Yoshida

A few weeks ago, we had published a story that C.B. Cebulski had been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics.

Wed
29
Nov

Avengers: Infinity War Trailer!!

Now that the dust has cleared from JUSTICE LEAGUE, comic book fans have their attention set on the next huge comic book movie...AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!  Well all right, BLACK PANTHER does come first, but I think everyone knows that AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR is going to be the standard-bearer for years to come.  This morning, Disney posted up the first real trailer:


 

Wed
29
Nov

History Notes: Legends of Tomorrow Episode 308, "Crisis on Earth X, Part 4"

Legends of Tomorrow Crisis on Earth X
Team Flash

With Martin Stein being shot at the end of THE FLASH, and the Red Tornado bearing down on our heroes' last chance to leave Earth X for Earth 1, our emotions are already stoked. Surely Martin's going to be okay, though, right? Because he's an integral part of this team, and one-half of Firestorm.

Wed
29
Nov

Catching Up: The Flash Episode 408, "Crisis on Earth X, Part 3"

The Flash Crisis on Earth X Part 3
Team Flash
Tue
28
Nov

Knocking Point: Arrow Episode 608, "Crisis on Earth X, Part 2"

Arrow Crisis on Earth X part 2
Team Flash

Picking up immediately where SUPERGIRL left off, CRISIS ON EARTH X continues!

With the Earth-X Prometheus locked away in the Pipeline, captured from the Nazi invasion of Barry and Iris's wedding, Team Arrow is rocked to its core to find out that, beneath the mask is Tommy Merlyn -- Oliver's former best friend, who is also dead.

Tue
28
Nov

Taking Flight: Supergirl Episode 308, "Crisis on Earth X, Part 1"

Supergirl Crisis on Earth X 1
Team Flash

Episode one of this year's Crossover event kicks off with a true contribution by SUPERGIRL, whereas last year it was practically an end credits scene. Let's see how it played out...

Tue
28
Nov

The Message Driven Music of Kaylee Keller

Kaylee Keller

In 2003, I was reviewing a music reality series called NASHVILLE STAR. It was sort of the country music version of AMERICAN IDOL, before Carrie Underwood made AI go country itself. The winner of that first season was Buddy Jewell, but I was particularly drawn to the singer who didn't win the big prize, coming in third instead--a young lady named Miranda Lambert.

That particular quality I saw then is similar to what I see now in the music of Kaylee Keller, a twenty-year-old country music ingenue with a quickly growing discography and fanbase.

With her most recent music video, "Nowhere America," Keller garnered the attention of the folks at FOX, who put her on their airwaves and introduced her to a wider audience, who might be a bit surprised to find a millenial who's not quite into millenial things.

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