Two Video Game Reviews

After a brief disappearance, I’ve got a couple video game reviews for last month’s biggest releases.

Watch_Dogs review

Check out my review of Wolfenstein: The New Order over at Comic Booked.

Or, if you’d rather, my review of Watch_Dogs at GeekRex!

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Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 Review

Doctor Spektor #1 review

Check out my review of Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult #1 over at Comic Booked!

Or, check out my reviews of another recent Dynamite ‘Gold Key’ book, Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 and #3!

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Fancast Friday: Captain Marvel, aka Shazam!

Captain Marvel

Is Captain Marvel, the classic DC hero now known as Shazam, a character capable of holding his own in a film?  DC and Warner Bros., doesn’t seem to think so, particularly in his lighthearted classic persona that has been beaten and warped beyond recognition in these last few years.  While superhero films, particularly those not made by Marvel Studios, tend towards grim self-seriousness, Captain Marvel was a character defined by a lighthearted sense of adventure and a childlike sense of wonder.  These are things, according to the prevailing wisdom of the day, that do not sell, and have no place in blockbuster filmmaking.

I disagree, on more than one level.  In fact, I can think of at least one filmmaker who is fully capable of making a truly classic Captain Marvel film.  He’s never done a superhero film – or an action film of any stripe.  And he’s one of today’s foremost filmmakers.  In the last 20 years, Wes Anderson has made at least four outright classics*, and, at best, maybe a single dud.  He’s a reliably fantastic filmmaker whose off-kilter sensibilities (and, in all likelihood, desires) have kept him away from big budget filmmaking his whole life.  And yet, he’s perfect for a Captain Marvel film.

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I review Magnus: Robot Fighter #3

Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith continue to reinvent the classic Gold Key character in this surprisingly intelligent comic, and you can read my full review over at Comic Booked!

Magnus: Robot Fighter #3 review

Check out my review of Magnus: Robot Fighter #3 from Dynamite Entertainment today!

Or, check out my review of Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 and #2 over at GeekRex.

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The Shadow Hero #4 Review

Over at GeekRex, I review The Shadow Hero #4, “Fights You Cannot Win,” Gene Luen Yang’s and Sonny Liew’s thoroughly enjoyable attempt to revive a classic pulp superhero for a more modern audience.

The Shadow Hero #4, "Fights You Cannot Win"

Check out my review of The Shadow Hero #4 here!

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The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 Review

Over at Comic Booked, I review Marvel’s surprisingly turgid new martial arts book, The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1… and find it wanting.

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 review

 

Check out my review of The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 here!

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Eternally Yours: Batman Eternal #6

Batman Eternal #6 review

I’ve made much about the improvement of Batman Eternal.  Enough, in fact, that I’m loathe to keep doing so.  The early issues took 60 pages of content to tell about 6 pages of story, and they did it gracelessly and with little thought.  Later issues solved this by, essentially, focusing on one or two characters rather than the entire cast, which neatly side-stepped the ‘set-up’ problem the book was having and introduced a little drama to the book.

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Fancast Friday: Star Trek 3

Space Racism Must Never Be

So, in all the discussion raised by Paramount’s decision to hire writer Roberto Orci to directly their $150,000,000+ film (some right here on this very blog) I noticed a question popping up pretty regularly on Twitter, Facebook, etc….  Namely: It may be unfair, but there really are literally no women experienced in working with a film that size.  Who could you pick?  What makes them right for the film? It’s a difficult question to answer, but I believe that the solution is less in looking for people who have made similar sized films and more in people whose films have similar themes.  After all, if I want a nice, big hamburger, I don’t look for a chef who cooks big food, I look for a chef who knows how to handle beef.  It’s content, not scale, that matters.

So, every so often, I’m going to highlight a filmmaker who I think would make a solid fit for a big blockbuster film, but who – for one reason or another – has never really made one.  And I’m going to start with Star Trek 3, and why I believe up-and-coming director Amma Asante would be a great fit for the franchise.

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Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season Finale Review

Over at Comic Booked, I review “Beginning of the End,” the finale to the first season of ABC’s famously troubled spy-fi show Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and discuss the first season as a whole.

Agents of SHIELD, "Beginning of the End"

Check out my review of “Beginning of the End” at Comic Booked now!

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Star Trek 3: Today’s Posterchild For Sexism in Hollywood?

 

Star Trek 3 and gender

The lack of gender representation in the film industry is a topic that’s been discussed with great frequency and by people far smarter than I.  It’s a problem on the acting side, where actresses who hit 40 are suddenly either grandmothers or just out of the business altogether, while actresses under 40 are stuck in shallow supporting roles most of their career.  It’s a problem on the writing side, where writers are taught that women should be seen (ideally, all of them) but never, ever heard.  And it’s a problem in the director’s chair, where men are given opportunity after opportunity to break out while women are overlooked over and over and over again.

Yesterday, Paramount Pictures made an offer to writer Roberto Orci to direct Star Trek 3 – and became a hilariously perfect example of how sexism and gender discrimination still run Hollywood.

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