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 they chose Patrick Stewart to […]

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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. Just take a look at […]

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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 coined the term “cyberspace” in […]

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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 event in the world. New York […]

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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 many classic Gothic thrillers. John […]

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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 attempt at making a film […]

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Stanley Kubrick is Dead, Long Live Stanley Kubrick or: How I Stopped Worrying and Let Under the Skin Give Me a Lobotomy

Under the Skin Directed by Jonathan Glazer Screenplay by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer based on the novel by Michael Faber Starring Scarlett Johansson A Studio Film 4/BFI release 2014 It’s been a long time since I walked out of a film and thought to myself, “Well, that movie just completely fucked me in the head”. Thanks to Jonathan Glazer, […]

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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 the Spider-Man comic book universe […]

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