Monthly Archives: April 2008

Free Comic Book Day 2008

Free Comic Book Day this year is on May 3rd, this coming Saturday, so don’t forget to swing by your local comics shop for your free goodies. For more details, click here. To find your local comic book shop, click here. And if you’re in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area, the place to be is All Things Fun!.

Grand Theft Auto IV

It’s that time again.

Yesterday RockStar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto IV” was released, and is estimated to make almost six million dollars by the end of this week – far more than any theatrical film in history. Above is IGN’s top-rated review of the game as well as several minutes of scenes.

But as I said, it’s that time again. It’s time for the typical media sandblast by ‘journalists’ who will do no research, be purposefully judgmental, and show how truly unprofessional they are. It’s also time for dozens of parents groups to protest and whine and bitch even though they haven’t played a videogame since “Space Invaders” and will never ever even take a look at the “GTA IV” game.

These same people can’t seem to understand that the game is not for kids, was not designed for kids and was never intended for kids. The game is rated, per the law, M for Mature – that means ‘not for kids’ for all the brain-dead folks out there.

Just because you don’t like it, or can’t understand it, doesn’t mean other folks can’t have fun and enjoy it. Go back to your Atari 2600 and play “Pong,” hopefully it won’t offend too much.

Get a clue, people.

Ollie Johnston 1912-2008

The last of Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” Ollie Johnston has passed away.

He and his longtime partner Frank Thomas were responsible for some of the most memorable scenes in the classic animated Disney films over the years.

Truly we have seen the end of an era in animation greatness. He will be missed but his work will live forever…

New Avengers #39 Reviewed

“Echoes” – my comic book review of New Avengers #39, by Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack, is now online at Avengers Forever.

Echo vs. Echo, David Mack art and cover, Daredevil, Wolverine and the Secret Invasion begins! – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=596

Enjoy!

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Thanks!

South Park Cliff’s Notes

The new season of “South Park,” or what passes for a new season – whenever creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone cobble up enough new material for about six episodes, needs Cliff’s Notes in my opinion, or at least footnotes of some kind.

I’ve found that this new season has been very heavy on obscure pop culture references, so obscure that when I talk with friends about them they don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s pretty sad when my usually intelligent friends come off like Beavis and Butthead, “Heh heh, he said butt.”

Parker and Stone have been going pretty deep this season with episodes that reference – and sometimes only in subtext – Anne Frank, Chris Crocker, Tay Zonday, Samwell, Heavy Metal, drug abuse, urban legends, paparazzi, genetics and the WGA strike. It’s too bad this new ‘season’ is over. I just hope the next is just as good, and deep.

Mighty Avengers #11 Reviewed

“Big Win” – my comic book review of the Mighty Avengers #11, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, is now online at Avengers Forever.

Time travel, double crosses, hidden powers, insane heroes, subtle Skrulliness and dumb Doom dialogue – all this and more – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=593

Enjoy!

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And if you’d like to make a donation to help keep the Avengers Forever website as mighty as ever, click here.

Thanks!

Silent Fury

Throughout April Philadelphia is host to the, duh, Philadelphia Film Festival. As always the event is spotlighted (and continues to be throughout the month, check them out) by many terrific new films and features. One of the best this year, in my opinion at least, was the presentation of the 1920 silent version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Prince Music Theater. Now if seeing this classic on the big screen wasn’t enough, it was scored live by local band, Golden Ball. This was a unique experience as this is how it was done back in the day -with an organ or piano granted, but still – this was still way cool. It took a few minutes to get used to Golden Ball as unfortunately the band was too loud for the room, but once we were settled in, and used to the groove, everything was cool. And John Barrymore’s performance was as terrific now as it was nearly ninety years ago. A terrific evening all around.

Mighty Avengers #10 Reviewed at Avengers Forever

“Retro Sentry” – my comic book review of the Mighty Avengers #10, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, is now online at Avengers Forever.

Iron Man, Doctor Doom and the Sentry are blown back to the 1980s in a time travel accident, can they work together enough to get back home or will they just destroy one another? – but as usual, it’s never as good as it sounds – check out my review here:

http://www.avengersforever.org/reviews/default.asp?RID=595

Enjoy!

If you want to discuss this review, this issue or anything Avengers, please check out the Avengers Forever Forum.

And if you’d like to make a donation to help keep the Avengers Forever website as mighty as ever, click here.

Thanks!

OMG, When Can I Get in Line?

Charlton Heston 1924-2008


Whether you know him from his many brilliant roles in classic Hollywood or his many Biblical epics or his resurgence in 1970s scifi and disaster flicks or his fierce political leanings both liberal and conservative, Charlton Heston is a man who can never be forgotten.

If you’ve ever heard powerful narration, it’s probably him or someone who wishes they were him. Even if you’ve never seen his films, Heston leaves his mark on early television playing such parts as the leads in “Macbeth” and “Wuthering Heights,” and even in contemporary TV on “Saturday Night Live” and “Dynasty.” He always made his mark no matter where he performed.

From the classic Ben-Hur to the original (and the best) Planet of the Apes to The Greatest Show on Earth to El Cid to his own personal favorite Will Penny to the much-parodied Soylent Green to perhaps both his greatest role and the best Biblical epic ever filmed, The Ten Commandments, Heston was a man among men and an actor among actors. He will be missed.