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TUFF GNARL CASTING CALL: Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns”

Many years ago, the now-defunct comic book periodical Wizard Magazine ran an ongoing segment entitled “Casting Call” in which they would envision a film based on another medium – comics, animation, literature, etc. – and suggest which actors would best portray the major characters in the story. Sometimes they hit the nail on the head, like when […]

Tuff Gnarl Recommends: Nine Great Documentaries now on Netflix

For the past few years, my wife and I lived withouth (gasp) DSL internet. While my writing productivity went through the roof, I missed the release of lots of great documentaries on Netflix. Let’s be honest with one another, we all have Netflix streaming for one of three reasons: 1) Orange is the New Black/House […]

FILM REVIEW: “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”

Shia LeBeouf stars in this Indie Film written by Matt Drake and directed by Fredrik Bond. I had my reservations. I liked Shia at first, spastic little person that he is, but he began to wear thin my patience roundabout Transformers 2. To be fair, that could very likely be due to being typecast in […]

5 Cartoons From The ’90s Hollywood Hasn’t Ruined (Yet)

It’s easy to understand why Hollywood insists on adapting practically every aspect of our childhood that we still hold in high regard. People now in their 30s reside in that pitch-perfect marketing sweet spot where we’re still enjoying our fleetingly disposable income. They prey on our nostalgic vulnerabilities and the result is practically money in the bank. […]

The 6 Most Completely Bizarre YouTube Videos Ever

The internet is an ocean of commerce, craziness, information, sex and depravity. Since its widespread adoption during the mid ‘90s, it has been duly shaped into what we always expected it would be: a carnival mirror of the human condition, reflecting in equal parts our greatest attributes and our most repulsive characteristics. When William Gibson […]

Seven Things To Be Excited About at SDCC

It is that time of year where the internet virtually catches fire with breaking news and can-you-believe-it announcements from the greatest place on earth. San Diego Comic Con has become the go-to for promoting new films, television series, and multi-media projects. What was once an esoteric (maybe even arcane) event, SDCC is now the biggest mainstream promotional […]

Five Things I Don’t Want to Wait For

The internet, as Neko Case said, is mostly bad TV. Aside from cat pictures, one positive thing the internet gives us (besides facilitating the occasional regime overthrowing) is the bevy of sneak peeks it affords us. When I was younger, our sneak peek of Super Mario Bros. 3 was a friend whose cousin heard “for sure” […]

Groom Like a Grownup – Make Your Own Pre-Shave Oil

After that rant I gave on wet shaving, I thought I’d share a little DIY trick that could make a world of difference to your face and how effective your shave is; a pre-shave oil. A very popular yet expensive lavender pre-shave oil is sold at the Art of Shaving for $25 for 2 ounces. […]

TELEVISION REVIEW: Penny Dreadful – A Return to what Works **Mild Spoilers**

A penny dreadful, for those not in the know, was the British equivalent of the American West’s dime novels. While dime novels, not surprisingly, focused on larger-than-life characters engaging in larger-than-life gun battles, the penny dreadfuls targeted British youth (literacy rates were steadily increasing amongst the young at the turn of the century) by serializing […]

FILM REVIEW: The Impossible Dream – “Jodorowksy’s Dune”

Jodorowky’s Dune Alejandro Jodorowksy, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Nicholas Winding Refn, Amanda Lear, Richard Stanley Directed by Frank Pavich City Films/Sony Pictures Classics 2013 The greatest movie never made. That is the message director Frank Pavich wants to convey to us with his endlessly fascinating new documentary about Chilean-French auteur Alejandro Jodorowksy’s failed […]

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review [Spoiler-Free]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Directed by Marc Webb Screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner Starring Andrew Garfield, Jaime Foxx, Emma Stone A Studio Film by Columbia Pictures I grew up reading Spider-Man comics and justifiably still do, because they’re some of the most thought provoking, brilliant and innovative stories ever written. However, the characters of […]

EXXXotica Expo Returns to Ft. Lauderdale this Weekend

The largest event in the USA dedicated to love and sex, the EXXXotica Expo returns to Ft. Lauderdale this year with a fairly impressive roster of adult stars, vendors and sexy incidentals. Last year’s fair was a rocking good time and I had a chance to experience it firsthand given certain personal proclivities but all […]

The Top Ten Assholes in Horror

When we think of particular horror movies, more often than not we think of the iconic monster-baddies: Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Gwyneth Paltrow, etc. Its a genre where, even if you don’t root for evil to prevail, viewers often associate the film itself with its antagonist. This piece is meant to highlight someone […]

5 Reasons Mark Wahlberg Should Return to Rap

Image Credit: Tim Roney/Getty Images Whether you want to admit it or not, if your formative years fell in the range between the early to mid-‘90s you probably jammed out to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch at least once or twice. Sure, nowadays it’s played all tongue-in-cheeky by the irony-minded select, but back when […]