Monday, October 29, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Anniversary Edition"

One classic movie that somehow escaped my eyes in the 40 years I've walked this Earth is "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" I know that in many people's eyes, any credibility I have as a movie reviewer just went down the tubes and I'm sorry. Thanks to Warner Bros. and their obsession with releasing every film on Blu-ray I've now had the opportunity to see it in high-definition.

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Blu-ray Review: "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Anniversary Edition"

One classic movie that somehow escaped my eyes in the 40 years I've walked this Earth is "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" I know that in many people's eyes, any credibility I have as a movie reviewer just went down the tubes and I'm sorry. Thanks to Warner Bros. and their obsession with releasing every film on Blu-ray I've now had the opportunity to see it in high-definition.

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Four Batman Graphic Novels to Devour While Waiting for "The Dark Knight Rises" to Hit Blu-ray / DVD

"The Dark Knight Rises" is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on December 4 and interest in the Caped Crusader is at an all-time high. Many people are wondering where they can get more background on DC Comics' most famous super hero. Thankfully, there's a few graphic novels out that can satisfy anyone's appetites for more Batman.

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Four Batman Graphic Novels to Devour While Waiting for "The Dark Knight Rises" to Hit Blu-ray / DVD

"The Dark Knight Rises" is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on December 4 and interest in the Caped Crusader is at an all-time high. Many people are wondering where they can get more background on DC Comics' most famous super hero. Thankfully, there's a few graphic novels out that can satisfy anyone's appetites for more Batman.

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Four Batman Graphic Novels You Need to Read

With the release of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1" recently on Blu-ray, interest in Gotham City's champion for good is at a fever pitch. A few graphic novel collections have been published or re-issued lately that give more insight into the Caped Crusader's world. There's literally something for everyone whether you like his solo work or pairings with the extended Bat-Family and Justice League. Right off the top of my head, I have four sitting on my desk to write about.

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Four Batman Graphic Novels You Need to Read

With the release of "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1" recently on Blu-ray, interest in Gotham City's champion for good is at a fever pitch. A few graphic novel collections have been published or re-issued lately that give more insight into the Caped Crusader's world. There's literally something for everyone whether you like his solo work or pairings with the extended Bat-Family and Justice League. Right off the top of my head, I have four sitting on my desk to write about.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "Secret of the Wings"

Disney continues its "Fairies" franchise with the latest entry in the series, "Secret of the Wings." This marks the fourth movie and there doesn't look to be an end in sight with next year's addition already scheduled. Timing couldn't be better to release the newest sequel since it takes place in the land of Winter and would make the perfect gift for Christmas for any little girl.

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Blu-ray Review: "Secret of the Wings"

Disney continues its "Fairies" franchise with the latest entry in the series, "Secret of the Wings." This marks the fourth movie and there doesn't look to be an end in sight with next year's addition already scheduled. Timing couldn't be better to release the newest sequel since it takes place in the land of Winter and would make the perfect gift for Christmas for any little girl.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial"

Steven Spielberg is rolling out his classic blockbusters on Blu-ray finally and I can't help but think to myself, "What's the point in reviewing these things?" Will anything I say positive or negative keep someone from making their own decision to purchase these in the newest high-definition format? Who doesn't want "Jaws," the Indiana Jones films, or the latest upgrade in the legendary director's collection, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" in the best possible version they can get it?

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Blu-ray Review: "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial"

Steven Spielberg is rolling out his classic blockbusters on Blu-ray finally and I can't help but think to myself, "What's the point in reviewing these things?" Will anything I say positive or negative keep someone from making their own decision to purchase these in the newest high-definition format? Who doesn't want "Jaws," the Indiana Jones films, or the latest upgrade in the legendary director's collection, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" in the best possible version they can get it?

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Blu-ray Review: “247°F”

What looks to be a promising concept for a horror movie once again collapses under the weight of its running time. "247°F" would be a great short film, but as a full length feature becomes tedious and redundant. It feels like the writers were setting you up for something shocking or a big reveal at the end but fail to deliver on their assumed promise. It's the perfect case of not wanting what you think is going to happen actually not happen, but leaving disappointed because nothing better transpired.

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Blu-ray Review: “247°F”

What looks to be a promising concept for a horror movie once again collapses under the weight of its running time. "247°F" would be a great short film, but as a full length feature becomes tedious and redundant. It feels like the writers were setting you up for something shocking or a big reveal at the end but fail to deliver on their assumed promise. It's the perfect case of not wanting what you think is going to happen actually not happen, but leaving disappointed because nothing better transpired.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Interview: Matthew Lillard Discusses Directorial Debut "Fat Kid Rules the World"

Matthew Lillard is an actor that everyone should be familiar with. He's played diverse characters in several different types of movies; from horror films like "Scream" and "Thirteen Ghosts" to comedies such as "Senseless" and "She's All That" and family fare like the "Scooby-Doo" movies and television show. His newest adventure in the movie industry is as the director of his first independent feature film - an adaptation of the young adult novel "Fat Kid Rules the World." I had the opportunity to speak with Lillard about bringing the young adult novel to life onscreen.

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Interview: Matthew Lillard Discusses Directorial Debut "Fat Kid Rules the World"

Matthew Lillard is an actor that everyone should be familiar with. He's played diverse characters in several different types of movies; from horror films like "Scream" and "Thirteen Ghosts" to comedies such as "Senseless" and "She's All That" and family fare like the "Scooby-Doo" movies and television show. His newest adventure in the movie industry is as the director of his first independent feature film - an adaptation of the young adult novel "Fat Kid Rules the World." I had the opportunity to speak with Lillard about bringing the young adult novel to life onscreen.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Arrow" Puts DC Comics' Emerald Archer in the Limelight

DC super heroes have experienced a hit and miss relationship with TV viewers over the years. There's been some live-action hits like the original 1950's "The Adventures of Superman," "Batman," "Smallville," "Lois and Clark," and "Wonder Woman." We've seen short-lived ones that some consider genius while others look at as failures such as "The Flash" and "Birds of Prey." Let's also not forget the unaired "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman" pilots which never even got a chance to excel or flop. Now Green Arrow gets his chance at stardom.

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"Arrow" Puts DC Comics' Emerald Archer in the Limelight

DC super heroes have experienced a hit and miss relationship with TV viewers over the years. There's been some live-action hits like the original 1950's "The Adventures of Superman," "Batman," "Smallville," "Lois and Clark," and "Wonder Woman." We've seen short-lived ones that some consider genius while others look at as failures such as "The Flash" and "Birds of Prey." Let's also not forget the unaired "Wonder Woman" and "Aquaman" pilots which never even got a chance to excel or flop. Now Green Arrow gets his chance at stardom.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"KISS - Monster" Delivers Solid Rock with No Filler

The sticker on the front of "KISS - Monster" couldn't be more honest. When they promise no filler and no ballads they mean it. All twelve tracks on this album rock from beginning to end. Whether written and sung by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, or Eric Singer, each song is an adrenaline ride of rock 'n roll riffing.

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"KISS - Monster" Delivers Solid Rock with No Filler

The sticker on the front of "KISS - Monster" couldn't be more honest. When they promise no filler and no ballads they mean it. All twelve tracks on this album rock from beginning to end. Whether written and sung by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer, or Eric Singer, each song is an adrenaline ride of rock 'n roll riffing.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

"Teen Titans Volume 1: It's Our Right to Fight" Graphic Novel Review

DC Comics knows how to pull in readers of all fans of their different super heroes to other books. They have the recipe down by now. You spread stories out over different titles and put characters relating to them in new books to attract them. "Teen Titans Volume 1: It's Our Right to Fight" is the perfect example of one of those strategies.

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"Teen Titans Volume 1: It's Our Right to Fight" Graphic Novel Review

DC Comics knows how to pull in readers of all fans of their different super heroes to other books. They have the recipe down by now. You spread stories out over different titles and put characters relating to them in new books to attract them. "Teen Titans Volume 1: It's Our Right to Fight" is the perfect example of one of those strategies.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Creation Entertainment's Salute to "Supernatural" Hits Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX "Supernatural" fans were given a big treat when the Winchester Brothers rolled into town for a Creation Entertainment's convention celebrating the hit television phenomenon. Not only did Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) show up to thrill thousands of attendees at the Westin Park Central Hotel, but other actors from the series participated in the three-day event as well. Misha Collins (Castiel), Mark Sheppard (Crowley), Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster and Gabriel), Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester), Sebastian Roche (Balthazar), Chad Lindberg (Ash), and Gabriel Tigerman (Andrew Gallagher) all greeted enthusiasts of the show by participating in autograph signings, Karaoke parties, and question and answer panels.

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Creation Entertainment's Salute to "Supernatural" Hits Dallas, TX

Dallas, TX "Supernatural" fans were given a big treat when the Winchester Brothers rolled into town for a Creation Entertainment's convention celebrating the hit television phenomenon. Not only did Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) show up to thrill thousands of attendees at the Westin Park Central Hotel, but other actors from the series participated in the three-day event as well. Misha Collins (Castiel), Mark Sheppard (Crowley), Richard Speight Jr. (The Trickster and Gabriel), Matt Cohen (Young John Winchester), Sebastian Roche (Balthazar), Chad Lindberg (Ash), and Gabriel Tigerman (Andrew Gallagher) all greeted enthusiasts of the show by participating in autograph signings, Karaoke parties, and question and answer panels.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "Chained"

Jennifer Lynch's "Chained" is one of those films I walked away from completely disturbed but also captivated by. I find it hard to even call it a horror film because it doesn't fit in to the definition of the genre. A horror film to me is one that you walk away from with a sense of fun from being scared. There's nothing fun about "Chained." All I kept thinking the entire time I watched it is, "This really could and does happen." It's a gripping psychological thriller that throws in a few twists here and there to keep the viewer on their toes. Basically, it's exactly what you would expect from the daughter of director David Lynch.

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Blu-ray Review: "Chained"

Jennifer Lynch's "Chained" is one of those films I walked away from completely disturbed but also captivated by. I find it hard to even call it a horror film because it doesn't fit in to the definition of the genre. A horror film to me is one that you walk away from with a sense of fun from being scared. There's nothing fun about "Chained." All I kept thinking the entire time I watched it is, "This really could and does happen." It's a gripping psychological thriller that throws in a few twists here and there to keep the viewer on their toes. Basically, it's exactly what you would expect from the daughter of director David Lynch.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Interview: Director / Writer Darren Lynn Bousman Talks "The Barrens"

Director / Writer Darren Lynn Bousman made a name for himself in the horror genre by taking on the difficult task of making the first three "Saw" sequels. He went on to helm cult favorite gothic musical "Repo! The Genetic Opera." It's been a non-stop road of work for Bousman since then. He's directed four films since then. I had an opportunity to interview Bousman about his latest film, "The Barrens," which is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Interview: Director / Writer Darren Lynn Bousman Talks "The Barrens"

Director / Writer Darren Lynn Bousman made a name for himself in the horror genre by taking on the difficult task of making the first three "Saw" sequels. He went on to helm cult favorite gothic musical "Repo! The Genetic Opera." It's been a non-stop road of work for Bousman since then. He's directed four films since then. I had an opportunity to interview Bousman about his latest film, "The Barrens," which is available on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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Blu-ray Review: "The Barrens"

I hate when I put a movie in I was excited to see and it fails to meet my expectations. That's exactly how I felt when the credits rolled on Darren Lynn Bousman's "The Barrens." This is the perfect example of a film whose beginning and end shine but the middle just drags on for too long. After seeing what Bousman did with "Mother's Day," I really expected more from his next outing.

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Blu-ray Review: "The Barrens"

I hate when I put a movie in I was excited to see and it fails to meet my expectations. That's exactly how I felt when the credits rolled on Darren Lynn Bousman's "The Barrens." This is the perfect example of a film whose beginning and end shine but the middle just drags on for too long. After seeing what Bousman did with "Mother's Day," I really expected more from his next outing.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut"

I've never been a fan of musicals. Although I enjoyed "Annie," "The Wizard of Oz" and other movies of that nature, I always found myself fast-forwarding through the musical numbers to get to the real meat and potatoes of the plot. That's how I felt for the most part watching "Little Shop of Horrors" on Blu-ray for the first time. I did find a few of the songs humorous, but for the most part I found the musical numbers to be a distraction and break from the actual storyline. That's a funny thing to say about a beloved movie based on a hit play but that's how I feel.

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Blu-ray Review: "Little Shop of Horrors: The Director's Cut"

I've never been a fan of musicals. Although I enjoyed "Annie," "The Wizard of Oz" and other movies of that nature, I always found myself fast-forwarding through the musical numbers to get to the real meat and potatoes of the plot. That's how I felt for the most part watching "Little Shop of Horrors" on Blu-ray for the first time. I did find a few of the songs humorous, but for the most part I found the musical numbers to be a distraction and break from the actual storyline. That's a funny thing to say about a beloved movie based on a hit play but that's how I feel.

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Blu-ray Review: "Masters of the Universe"

Despite being an epic failure in the eyes of Cannon Films, the live-action "Masters of the Universe" movie has built a cult following over the past 25 years. Although it's the perfect example of low-budget sci-fi goofiness, it does hold a certain level of charm for lovers of the Mattel toy line. You have to give director Gary Goddard credit for doing what he could with the money he was given to work with. What can you do when there's not enough cash to throw at fantastical otherworldly sets? You take the fantasy characters and put them on Earth in practical locales that don't cost as much money to build. That's what we get with "Masters of the Universe."

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Blu-ray Review: "Masters of the Universe"

Despite being an epic failure in the eyes of Cannon Films, the live-action "Masters of the Universe" movie has built a cult following over the past 25 years. Although it's the perfect example of low-budget sci-fi goofiness, it does hold a certain level of charm for lovers of the Mattel toy line. You have to give director Gary Goddard credit for doing what he could with the money he was given to work with. What can you do when there's not enough cash to throw at fantastical otherworldly sets? You take the fantasy characters and put them on Earth in practical locales that don't cost as much money to build. That's what we get with "Masters of the Universe."

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Blu-ray Review: "Cinderella"

Walt Disney Home Entertainment brings their most famous princess to Blu-ray with the "Cinderella" Diamond Edition. When people talk about Disney Princesses, Cinderella is the first one that comes to mind. Although it's obviously targeted to a female audience, there's enough humor found in the antics of the mice, the cat Lucifer, the Prince's father, and his assistant to keep male audiences at least mildly entertained for the movie's 75-minute runtime. This is an exceptional fairy tale film, although a true element of evil like a witch or a sorceress who can turn herself into a dragon is sorely missed. Evil stepmothers just don't hold the same peril for me as something supernatural.

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Blu-ray Review: "Cinderella"

Walt Disney Home Entertainment brings their most famous princess to Blu-ray with the "Cinderella" Diamond Edition. When people talk about Disney Princesses, Cinderella is the first one that comes to mind. Although it's obviously targeted to a female audience, there's enough humor found in the antics of the mice, the cat Lucifer, the Prince's father, and his assistant to keep male audiences at least mildly entertained for the movie's 75-minute runtime. This is an exceptional fairy tale film, although a true element of evil like a witch or a sorceress who can turn herself into a dragon is sorely missed. Evil stepmothers just don't hold the same peril for me as something supernatural.

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Blu-ray Review: "Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge"

Charles Band's "Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge" takes the series in an exciting new direction. Although there seem to be story contradictions, the third entry gives viewers the chance to see the events spoken of in parts one and two unfold before their very eyes. The puppets we've come to fear suddenly take a turn towards good as they become tools for taking out Nazi soldiers and officers. For a B-movie, the sets and locations used look and feel authentic.

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Blu-ray Review: "Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge"

Charles Band's "Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge" takes the series in an exciting new direction. Although there seem to be story contradictions, the third entry gives viewers the chance to see the events spoken of in parts one and two unfold before their very eyes. The puppets we've come to fear suddenly take a turn towards good as they become tools for taking out Nazi soldiers and officers. For a B-movie, the sets and locations used look and feel authentic.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "The Funhouse"

Tobe Hooper's "The Funhouse" failed to make the impact his earlier "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" did on horror audiences, but still delivered a few solid shocks for viewers in 1981. Much like "Chainsaw," it consists of twisted characters and fun-loving youngsters being brutalized by them. However, this time around carnival workers get a bad rap versus backwoods rednecks like in Hooper's 1974 spine-chiller. Seeing "The Funhouse" now on Blu-ray doesn't quite deliver the same jarring surprises it did thirty years ago. The horror genre has seen it all since then.

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Blu-ray Review: "The Funhouse"

Tobe Hooper's "The Funhouse" failed to make the impact his earlier "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" did on horror audiences, but still delivered a few solid shocks for viewers in 1981. Much like "Chainsaw," it consists of twisted characters and fun-loving youngsters being brutalized by them. However, this time around carnival workers get a bad rap versus backwoods rednecks like in Hooper's 1974 spine-chiller. Seeing "The Funhouse" now on Blu-ray doesn't quite deliver the same jarring surprises it did thirty years ago. The horror genre has seen it all since then.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Blu-ray Review: "Terror Train"

Shout! Factory is quickly building up a large fan base by releasing hard-to-find classic horror movies from the 1980s. They're not just quick movie-only versions, either. The company is going out of their way to pack the discs full of great special features genre fanatics will salivate over. "Terror Train" is the latest film to get the high-definition treatment. It comes in a Blu-ray + DVD Collector's Edition Combo Pack that will satisfy longtime fans who have waited for a Blu-ray release and newcomers who haven't been exposed to it yet.

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Blu-ray Review: "Terror Train"

Shout! Factory is quickly building up a large fan base by releasing hard-to-find classic horror movies from the 1980s. They're not just quick movie-only versions, either. The company is going out of their way to pack the discs full of great special features genre fanatics will salivate over. "Terror Train" is the latest film to get the high-definition treatment. It comes in a Blu-ray + DVD Collector's Edition Combo Pack that will satisfy longtime fans who have waited for a Blu-ray release and newcomers who haven't been exposed to it yet.

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Blu-ray Review: "Puppet Master II"

Full Moon Features are a big part of my horror upbringing. I would say they were my first exposure to direct-to-video movies. I remember going to the local video store and grabbing up every "Subspecies," "Trancers," "Robot Jox," and "Dollman" release I could get my hands on. I never thought I'd see the day where these B-movie gems would get a high-definition transfer. That dream came true as I sat down to enjoy "Puppet Master II" on Blu-ray.

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Blu-ray Review: "Puppet Master II"

Full Moon Features are a big part of my horror upbringing. I would say they were my first exposure to direct-to-video movies. I remember going to the local video store and grabbing up every "Subspecies," "Trancers," "Robot Jox," and "Dollman" release I could get my hands on. I never thought I'd see the day where these B-movie gems would get a high-definition transfer. That dream came true as I sat down to enjoy "Puppet Master II" on Blu-ray.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

DVD Review: “Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue”

Hasbro takes a page from Marvel for their new television show "Transformers Rescue Bots." They make the Robots in Disguise look cuter and more toddler friendly to grab that audience. It's something toy manufacturers and television producers have been doing for decades. Anybody remember "Muppet Babies," "Tiny Toons," "The Flintstone Kids," or "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo?"

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DVD Review: “Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue”

Hasbro takes a page from Marvel for their new television show "Transformers Rescue Bots." They make the Robots in Disguise look cuter and more toddler friendly to grab that audience. It's something toy manufacturers and television producers have been doing for decades. Anybody remember "Muppet Babies," "Tiny Toons," "The Flintstone Kids," or "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo?"

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Smallville: Season Eleven Issue #5 Comic Book Review

Ten seasons for a television show about a super hero is a great track record to hold. Many people believed a show like "Smallville" might last three seasons at the most. How far can you take the concept of a high school-aged Clark Kent dealing with his new found super powers and saving his hometown from "meteor freaks?" Apparently a long way. When the show ended, fans and DC Comics weren't satisfied and an eleventh season via comic book was launched.

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Smallville: Season Eleven Issue #5 Comic Book Review

Ten seasons for a television show about a super hero is a great track record to hold. Many people believed a show like "Smallville" might last three seasons at the most. How far can you take the concept of a high school-aged Clark Kent dealing with his new found super powers and saving his hometown from "meteor freaks?" Apparently a long way. When the show ended, fans and DC Comics weren't satisfied and an eleventh season via comic book was launched.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Before Watchmen" November Comic Book Reviews

It's hard to write an entire review for every "Before Watchmen" title coming out once a week. To some it may seem ridiculous. How can someone not keep up with one comic book a week? That's the problem. I keep up with several titles and review movies as well. As much as I would love to devote an article to every title in the prequel series, I just don't have enough hours in the day.

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"Before Watchmen" November Comic Book Reviews

It's hard to write an entire review for every "Before Watchmen" title coming out once a week. To some it may seem ridiculous. How can someone not keep up with one comic book a week? That's the problem. I keep up with several titles and review movies as well. As much as I would love to devote an article to every title in the prequel series, I just don't have enough hours in the day.

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