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Literature / Best Comic Book Covers of February 2016
« on: March 11, 2016, 02:03:24 PM »
Batman Europa #4 by Gerald Parel

Dr. Mirage #1 by Travel Foreman

Sherlock Holmes Crime Alleys by Ronan Toulhoat

Spidey #3 by Julian Totino
Another Rockwell tribute.

Uncanny Avengers #5 by Yasmine Putri

Remote #3 by Jeff Dekal

Star Wars #15
Another great Star Wars painting by Mark Brooks

Judge Dredd #3
How can one not love Geoff Darrow?

Marvel did an interesting experiment this month by putting out a Soviet WWII style propaganda B cover for nearly every ongoing series. Art by Michael Cho.

More here:

On the DC side legendary artist Neal Adams has been providing some interesting B covers. This one is a variation of the classic Green Lantern/Green Arrow cover from 1971.

Best Cover of the Month
Captain America The 75th Anniversary Vibranium Collection
by Alex Ross

And now... The Worst

Sidekick TPB Vol. 2
I have enjoyed Tom Mandrakes art in the past but this cover is not his best work.

Vampblade #1 by Winston Young

Spawn #260
Time for Erik Larsen to hang up his pencil. He's been phoning it in for decades.

No toys really stood out to me this month as either being very good or very bad.

Movies / Darth Maul: Apprentice
« on: March 07, 2016, 10:28:00 AM »
A seventeen minute fan film about Darth Maul that's better than the two hour billion dollar crapfest known as The Force Awakens.

Movies / Sony's Bomb
« on: March 03, 2016, 10:52:58 AM »
I present $155 million down the drain.

VFX / The VFX of 'Carol'
« on: March 01, 2016, 03:37:58 PM »

Movies / Deadpool Kills the Box Office
« on: February 15, 2016, 12:19:39 PM »
From Boxofficemojo.com

Blowing away even the most lofty of expectations, Deadpool decimated the Valentine's and President's Day weekend box office in record-breaking fashion with an estimated $135 million three-day weekend. As for its incoming competition, How to be Single performed mostly as expected while fifteen years proved too long to wait to release Zoolander 2.

Rewriting the box office record books, Deadpool broke Fifty Shades of Grey's previous February opening weekend record by nearly $45 million based on estimates and that's just the start. The largest opening for an R-rated film was previously $91.7 million, set by The Matrix Reloaded in 2003. That's been destroyed. The largest opening weekend for an R-rated comic book adaptation was previously set by 300 with $70.8 million. Bye, bye.

This is even the largest opening weekend ever for 20th Century Fox, beating a record of $108.4 million previously held by Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. Though, to be fair, Revenge of the Sith did open on a Thursday where it brought in $50 million so it's not a complete apples-to-apples comparison, but it does bring us to Deadpool's expected four-day run.

Right now Fox is estimating a $150 million four-day weekend while rival studios go as high as $156 million. In just its first two days Deadpool nearly broke the previous President's Day weekend record of $93 million set by Fifty Shades of Grey, so it already holds the overall record, now it's only a matter of how much will it end up making once Monday's official totals are revealed.

This is also the largest opening for star Ryan Reynolds, a distinction previously held by X-Men Origins: Wolverine at $85 million. More exciting, however, may be the fact this is the largest opening weekend for a first-time director. Deadpool was directed by Tim Miller whose previous credits include a pair of short films along with serving as a visual effects guru for video games including "Mass Effect 2" and "Star Wars: The Old Republic". The previous record holder was Chris Miller, director of Shrek the Third, which opened with $121.6 million back in 2007. As far as live action films are concerned, Robert Stromberg held the previous record with the $69.4 million opening for Maleficent.

The weekend is also coming up roses for Deadpool overseas as the film brought in a whopping $125 million from 61 international markets. This is the third highest grossing international opening for Fox ever. Among the accolades, the film scored the largest industry opening in Russia with $12.4 million as well as the largest Fox opening in 13 other markets including Australia ($10m); Taiwan ($8.25m); Brazil ($5.9m); Hong Kong ($3.8m); and Malaysia ($2.9m). Overall we're looking at a $260.1 million worldwide debut for the "Merc with a Mouth".

Movie Reviews / 99 Homes ***
« on: February 12, 2016, 02:01:34 PM »
What started out as a very compelling and realistic look at real estate parasites falls apart at the back end due to a weepy pathetic performance from spider-wimp Andrew Garfield. I don't understand why he gets roles. His acting is the direct opposite of co-star Michael Shannon's perfectly understated performace. Aaron Paul would have been a better choice to play the down on his luck contractor Dennis Nash. Making Garfield's mumbling phoney Peter Parker repeat even worse, the director decided to shoot every one of his close-ups with a 24mm wide angle lens to "show the characters internal conflict." So I can't entirely blame Garfield for the movie falling apart. A silly and cliched morality tale ending did just as much to ruin it.

We start off strong, post the real estate bubble burst, as Garfield, son, and mother (Laura Dern) get evicted hardcore style. Garfield ends up working for the broker who evicted him (Shannon) who shows him how to scam Fannie May and Freddie Mac for big bucks. Garfield's lower lip trebles more and more as the movie goes on as he steals and cheats people out of their homes. First problem though is that we don't really feel any sympathy for the evictees. If you stop paying your loan back what is the bank supposed to do? Just eat the loss and give you a free house? Then for the first half of the movie Nash seems fine with getting rich, but then suddenly when his crazy mom (who doesn't have two dimes to rub together) doesn't like it, he feels bad. There's not much worse in a movie or show when a character feels the need to clean their conscious in an annoyingly public way when it does more harm than good. By the third act you end up hating Garfield way more than Shannon's heartless, but cool as ice con man. Shannon carries the movie and makes it watchable but Andrew Garfield just sucks. I hope he stops being cast in movies very soon.

3 homes outta 5

Television / Making a Murderer
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:23:01 PM »
So is anyone else watching this excellent crime documentary on Netflix? As a true crime buff I have to say that this is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It's as addictive and compelling as any fictional thriller. I don't want to give too many of my thoughts as spoiling it would ruin some of the fun, but if you haven't watched it, I can't recommend it more. Oh and if you hate cops, be prepared to hate 'em even more.

5 whodunits outta 5

Literature / Best Comic Book Covers of January 2016
« on: January 27, 2016, 02:03:06 PM »
Browsing through new comic books is one of my favorite things to do. However now that comics are relegated to tiny stores in sparse mini-malls it's not easy to do anymore. I don't have any comic books stores where I live or where I work, so I thought I would start looking at all the cover art online. Once in a while I will post the best of the best. It will usually be around five, but not always. I will also post the worst comic book cover of the month and the best new toy release.

For January 2016...

Cry Havok #1
Cameron Stewart is one of my favorite artists. He knows how to paint, how to draw girls, and excells at graphic design. All of those talents are evident in this cover for the new werewolf tale Havok from Image.

Captain America - Marvel Cinematic Guidebook #11 by Mike Del Mundo.

I love homages and this one by Reilly Brown needs no introduction. This was only one of around 50 covers from Marvel that featured Deadpool this month.

Another great homage of a Norman Rockwell classic by Isaac Goodhart.

I just thought that this painting by Mark Brooks was beautiful and would make a great poster.

A simple but dramatic cover for Terminal Hero.

The best cover of January is...
Alex Ross of course. If there is a new piece of Ross art it will always be tough to beat.

And now for The Worst...


Why does Rob Liefeld still get work? WHY?????

Worst cover of the month goes to Bruno Olivero's Bigfoot. Not a great composition or camera angle for obvious reasons.

Best Toy goes to this Jason Todd Red Hood figure by Kotobukiya's ARTFX+. I still hate that they brought him back, but I can't deny that this toy is a great sculpt.

Worst toy goes to Brad from Rocky Horror Picture Show. ;)

General Discussion / Welcome to Ten Forward!
« on: January 26, 2016, 04:01:12 PM »
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