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Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00
On June 24th, 1987, one of Mel Brooks' absolute BEST films was released: Spaceballs -- the Hyperbole!  Spaceballs has just celebrated its 30th anniversary this year! It is is the story of Princess Vespa, who is engaged to the boring Prince Valium (a real pill), who takes a powder on her wedding day. She brings along her trusty android Dot Matrix, as she drives her Mercades spaceship past The Planet Druidian air shields and away! Read more...
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Friday, 20 November 2015 16:17
Quick! Name a female super hero! Who was the first character who came to mind? Hawkgirl? The Black Canary? Supergirl?? Well, maybe...or was the first thought that you came up with the Amazon Princess herself -- Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman celebrates a big anniversary this month! November 7th, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the first airing of the Wonder Woman TV Series starring Lynda Carter! Wonder Woman had been seen on the small screen before, of course. There was an effort while the Batman TV show was running for a Wonder Woman TV series. A four and a half minute screen test, "Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid Of Diana Prince?" starring Ellie Wood Walker as Diana Prince, with Maude Prickett as her mother, and Linda Harrison (who portrayed "Nova" alongside Charlton Heston in "The Planet Of The Apes") as Wonder Woman! Read more...
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Wednesday, 19 August 2015 15:24
MEGO Figures, Big Little Books, comic books of all kinds, and so much more ! The1970's were my own personal Golden Age!! As longtime readers of my column know, I started reading comics because I was enthralled by seeing the Amazing Spider-Man on the season premiere of the fourth season of the classic children's television show, The Electric Company! Read more...
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 07:25
PrintPlacing one’s tongue firmly in one’s cheek while maintaining a stiff upper lip is something we Brits have always excelled at. I think sarcasm may be something we’re biologically predisposed with – a sort of in-built protective mechanism to guard against the dull weather and feeling of overall apathy that breezes throughout the UK. In comic books, British writers have always found the humour, however irreverent it may be, in the majority of the titles they’ve written. Alan Moore’s dark sensibilities pervade every epic he’s ever penned. Grant Morrison whips up endless, fantastical adventures that are dipped in political and introspective satire while Neil Gaiman’s dry intellect can be seen from the opening pages of Sandman and beyond. Read more...
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Sunday, 30 November 2014 13:24
5d6c9f39173c18acd79dc0d5ca5c216151cc1e21Okay, calm the frak down! I know I've said that before, but this time I mean it. And I'm not talking to Hollywood this time. I'm talking to fans like myself!! Of course this is about the Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens (that's a long freakin' title) trailer that hit our computer screens and hasn't stopped filling up our news feeds for two days straight. 2 DAYS! It feels like 2 weeks that this thing has been out, doesn't it?! And we have a WHOLE year to irrationally whine about how this thing is going to ruin our childhood (that's completely impossible, by the way...your childhood is over. Unless your a kid, you can't say that thing and your childhood was a phenomenal success! Hug someone)! I'm probably the 40th internet columnist to analyze this thing, but I don't give a Felucian ground beetle! Nobody can do it like the Bleeder King! Read more...
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 14:21
logo_montreal_comicconWell, it's that time of the year again, Bleeder Nation! Montreal ComicCon has wrapped and my hometown came out to celebrate comics and pop culture in droves! Over 51, 000 of the greatest fans in the world attended! Trekkers, Whovians, True Believers, Hulkamaniacs, Bat-Maniacs, Arrow-heads, Deadheads and everybody in between were all represented at this year's con and Belle Montreal let their geek flags fly! And ENR, eXpertComics, Hype Energy and Heroes of the North all teamed up to celebrate the festivities (with the ultra-talented DJ Vertigo providing the tunes and making our super-booth the spot to hang out at!). We'd like to first and foremost thank everyone that stopped by to join the party! But as always, I gotta start this year's coverage with the cosplay parade! Montrealers are some of the most creative people in the entire continent (and I ain't just saying that because I am one!), and this year they outdid themselves! Read more...
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Sunday, 27 July 2014 17:22
apes One thing I like about being a fan of film is that there are some that have the power to surprise you when you think they might be duds. In 2011 Rupert Wyatt surprised and delighted moviegoers and movie critics alike when brought us the better-than-it-should-have-been Rise of The Planet of The Apes. The movie went on to gross over 176 million here in the States and over 305 million worldwide making it a bonafide hit and ripe for a sequel with Caesar and the rest of the apes evolving mentally and  about to create their own civilization. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that rare sequel that is better than its predecessor and drives the narrative of Caesar and his burgeoning society forward while offering poignant moments not found in many summer blockbusters. apes2Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up a decade after the first film. The human population, with the exception of a few, has succumbed to a mysterious disease called The Simian Flu. Caesar (Andy Serkis) is leader of a society in Muir Woods and is now married to a female ape named Cornelia (Judy Greer) and together they have a hard headed son named Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and another son on the way. The humans, led by Malcom (Jason Clarke) and Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), are just trying to survive day by day, but won’t for much longer unless they can get power in the damn restored that just happens to be near the apes’ home. Can this uneasy alliance survive or will a war that will devastate both sides threaten to break it? Right away this movie will draw comparisons to Empire Strikes Back because it's that rare sequel that takes everything the first movie did and improves upon it while striking a darker tone. The setting and colors of the night play into the fact that things won’t turn out great between the apes and humans by the end of the movie. Characters are darker than they’ve were in the last film with Caesar and Koba leading the charge. Caesar, who was just beginning his ascent in the previous film, is now leader of the apes and must make tough decisions that don’t always sit well with other members of the civilization. This brings about a mutiny and betrayal by Koba and, even his own son as the war between humans and apes intensifies when Koba instigates the war by shooting Caesar and blaming it on human technology. apes3Once Koba convinces others to attack the humans, it’s when the situation comes to a bloody head. Koba is most likely the darkest character in the film with his distaste for humans showing after what was done to him in the testing lab. One thing this movie has going for it is character. Andy Serkis, Nick Thurston, Toby Kebbell, Terry Notary, Karin Konoval, and Judy Greer all make you forget that the apes aren’t real and make you see them as real characters or even flesh and blood human beings. When one of the apes gets sad, angry, or happy you feel that same emotion they feel and that it because the writing is very top notch. Before we even see one human in the film, we spend at least the first ten to fifteen minutes of the movie seeing how the apes have evolved and how they are living now that they are free from human control. This sets up the impending war that starts to brew in the beginning when one of the apes is shot by Carver (Kirk Acevedo). Once Caesar is shot, Koba and the rest of the apes who decide to follow him go on a rampage killing and mauling humans, which shows you the true natures of both species. As great as this movie is, it has a big glaring flaw that most might overlook: its treatment of women. Ellie (Keri Russell) is nothing more than a support system for Malcolm. She doesn’t do any fighting and is more of an ancillary character than anything. Cornelia, wife of Caesar, just lies on the ground sick and pregnant while other characters get more to do. Considering that Judy Greer spent months prepping for the role, it’s a big shame they couldn’t find more for her to do. Also, there aren’t really that many female characters that are shown or have a presence. This is a big problem because women are already being underappreciated and underrepresented in movies and a big summer blockbuster like this just magnifies the problem. apes4Andy Serkis is an underrated actor and just because he does motion capture, doesn’t make his performances any less powerful. Trying to make a character seem real or sympathetic is an art and one that isn’t easy at all and he knocks it out of the park effortlessly. His sad face at the end of the movie sets up the third and probably final movie of this great trilogy as being even grimmer than this movie because now humans and apes are even more divided than ever before. Jason Clarke is good as the leader of the human race trying to make peace with a species that is increasingly outnumbering humans at every waking moment. Gary Oldman and the aforementioned Keri Russell are wasted in the miniscule roles. Having two actors of their caliber was a smart move, but relegating them to background status wasn’t. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is one of those rare movies that happen to outshine its predecessor in a crowd of increasingly dumb and soulless movies. Even with the lack of a female presence, great performances, writing, and characters help this movie soar above the competition to become, along with Snowpiercer, one of the best films of the summer. Read more...
Published in Movie Reviews
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 06:55
May the Fourth be With You! g 1“YOU. ARE. AN. ENEMY. OF. THE. DALEKS!” screeched the mustard-coloured, mechanical monster as it rolled up to greet us at the Doncaster Dome on Sunday, the 4 th of May. Anyone who had come to the leisure centre in the hope of a day of swimming, ice skating and working out in the gym were in for a rude awakening – Geeks Unleashed had come to town for the second year running and it was bigger and better than ever. Read more...
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