Monday, December 30, 2019

The God of the Storm Takes Over the Throne in Preview of Marvel's Thor #1

Marvel has released a sneak preview of Thor #1 to get folks amped up for the issue's upcoming release. There's a lot to get excited about as Thor takes over the throne of Asgard. His hammer travels the realms taking care of business as the Almighty Thor awaits its return and contemplates his ascendancy as the new ruler of Asgard. Check out the entire cover and a link to the preview after the jump.

The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.

Writer Donny Cates and artist Nick Klein take over the creative duties in the 40-page debut of Thor #1. From a first glance, the artwork is stunning and the story and narrative has a mythical flavor surrounding it that gives it legitimacy as an extension of Norse folklore.

Check out the preview of Thor #1 right here.

The God of the Storm Takes Over the Throne in Preview of Marvel's Thor #1

Marvel has released a sneak preview of Thor #1 to get folks amped up for the issue's upcoming release. There's a lot to get excited about as Thor takes over the throne of Asgard. His hammer travels the realms taking care of business as the Almighty Thor awaits its return and contemplates his ascendancy as the new ruler of Asgard. Check out the entire cover and a link to the preview after the jump.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

First Reaction Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

So it's been a couple of days since I saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The movie sits at 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. Am I surprised? Not one bit. Who would have thought that the last chapter in a saga that began when I was 5 years old and spans four generations of fans would be divisive?

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is way too much movie to take in in just one viewing. I'm doing this first reaction review before the film hits theaters tonight. However, I'm seeing it again on Saturday and will expand my review after that.

If Disney and Lucasfilm didn't hold to their own self-imposed three movie / trilogy rule, The Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker would and should be at least two movies. It's stuffed so full of story and action, there's barely any time to stop and take a breath.


J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio really have delivered a satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga. Does Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker feel rushed and messy at times? Of course it does! How could it not, with all the unanswered questions The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi left them to address and character arcs that needed to be completed?

Did Abrams and Terrio use a list of tick boxes to check off as they addressed each item they had to wrap up in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? Most likely. How else could they keep up with every little thing fans of the franchise were going to want to experience and get closure for? However, I didn't feel like that's all they were doing and it didn't feel convoluted. It's perfectly predictable and unpredictable in all the right ways exactly when it needs to be.

Some are wondering what the tone of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is and how it fits into the grand scheme of this sequel trilogy. I would say it sits perfectly balanced between The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. When the Emperor is around, things are pretty dark and oppressive.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was going to be divisive no matter how it turned out. J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio had a thankless job of concluding a four decades old story that people of all ages and expectations were going to experience in their own personal ways. I can't think of any other way they could have brought the saga to a close. Like Darth Vader said, "The circle is now complete."

First Reaction Review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

So it's been a couple of days since I saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The movie sits at 59% on Rotten Tomatoes. Am I surprised? Not one bit. Who would have thought that the last chapter in a saga that began when I was 5 years old and spans four generations of fans would be divisive?

Friday, December 13, 2019

Black Christmas Waves the #MeToo Banner in Latest Version of Sorority Slasher [VIDEO]

When you see the trailer for Black Christmas, most folks will no doubt find it to look like your typical teen slasher film. Another entry into the holiday slasher-themed sub genre that's gained so much attention in the past decade. You wouldn't be wrong in assuming this, with scene after scene of a masked killer stabbing away at his or her female victims. However, Director Sophia Takal says there is so much more to the film than just a terrifyingly good time. There's a message she wanted to spread. "You can never let your guard down, you always have to keep fighting. And that was what we wanted to make a movie about. Some of the men that people have called out during the #MeToo movement were reintegrating into the world without having to totally reckon with what they’ve done." After the jump, you can check out the trailer for the latest version of the classic horror movie.

I have a hard time calling this new iteration of Black Christmas or the 2006 version a remake because each one sort of stood on its own. They might have the same premise, but the stories and details are different. I think of each film as part of a franchise re-visited every few years. Honestly, they could almost be considered sequels. It's not like any of them are actually tied to each other directly.

Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by a stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation's women aren't willing to become hapless victims as they fight back. 

Black Christmas arrives in theaters on Friday the 13th.

Black Christmas Waves the #MeToo Banner in Latest Version of Sorority Slasher [VIDEO]

When you see the trailer for Black Christmas, most folks will no doubt find it to look like your typical teen slasher film. Another entry into the holiday slasher-themed sub genre that's gained so much attention in the past decade. You wouldn't be wrong in assuming this, with scene after scene of a masked killer stabbing away at his or her female victims. However, Director Sophia Takal says there is so much more to the film than just a terrifyingly good time. There's a message she wanted to spread. "You can never let your guard down, you always have to keep fighting. And that was what we wanted to make a movie about. Some of the men that people have called out during the #MeToo movement were reintegrating into the world without having to totally reckon with what they’ve done." After the jump, you can check out the trailer for the latest version of the classic horror movie.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

See The Star Wars Holiday Special Special Edition Fan Edit Right Now! [VIDEO]

UPDATE: I just realized I spelled "Wookiee" wrong. So sue me! Even Kenner spelled it wrong on their actual packaging in the 1970s. Everything except the title card has been corrected.

In 1978, CBS teamed with George Lucas to keep his space saga fresh on everyone's minds by creating a television special that would preserve fan excitement and market new toys. "The Star Wars Holiday Special" premiered on November 17, 1978 to the groans of viewers across the nation. What was meant to entertain quickly spiraled into schlock variety show territory as familiar heroes like Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia were surrounded by performances from Jefferson Starship, Bea Arthur, and Diahann Carroll as well as comedy sketches performed by Harvey Korman and Art Carney. Needless to say, the special was far from what creator George Lucas envisioned it to be.

What I've done with "Star Wars: A Wookiee Holiday" is try to recreate and re-assemble "The Star Wars Holiday Special" into something that vaguely resembles George Lucas's original vision of what it was supposed to be. I've jettisoned all the variety show elements and painstakingly edited the original 90-minute (without commercials) show down to roughly a 53-minute running time. I've excised the songs and performances by Jefferson Starship, Diahann Carroll, Bea Arthur, Carrie Fisher, and the acrobats. Most of the comedic skits and bits from Harvey Korman and Art Carney are missing as well.

The reason the title of the special was changed to "A Wookiee Holiday" is because that was what it was originally supposed to be called. Thousands, if not millions, of mail-order Boba Fett action figures were sent out worldwide with a label that stated the character was "introduced in the November 1978 'Star Wars' television special, 'A Wookiee Holiday.'" I also thought it was a fitting way to separate it from "The Star Wars Holiday Special" and give it an all-new identity.
Is "Star Wars: A Wookiee Holiday" any better or easier to watch than "The Star Wars Holiday Special?" Many will probably say no. Some will think it's more boring because of a lack of anything funny to laugh at throughout. Others might appreciate this edit for what it is. It's my silly little way of honoring George Lucas and his original vision for a television special that would tide fans over waiting for a sequel and simultaneously create more capital to support his ever growing Lucasfilm and ILM dynasties.

Whether or not you can watch the entire thing in one sitting, I hope you find some way to enjoy "Star Wars: A Wookiee Holiday." Just to let you know, the titles for the special were originally accompanied by the "Star Wars" Main Title but Sony Music Group made me remove it.


See The Star Wars Holiday Special Special Edition Fan Edit Right Now! [VIDEO]

UPDATE: I just realized I spelled "Wookiee" wrong. So sue me! Even Kenner spelled it wrong on their actual packaging in the 1970s. Everything except the title card has been corrected.

In 1978, CBS teamed with George Lucas to keep his space saga fresh on everyone's minds by creating a television special that would preserve fan excitement and market new toys. "The Star Wars Holiday Special" premiered on November 17, 1978 to the groans of viewers across the nation. What was meant to entertain quickly spiraled into schlock variety show territory as familiar heroes like Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia were surrounded by performances from Jefferson Starship, Bea Arthur, and Diahann Carroll as well as comedy sketches performed by Harvey Korman and Art Carney. Needless to say, the special was far from what creator George Lucas envisioned it to be.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

How Bright Does the Future Look in First Stargirl Teaser Trailer? [VIDEO]

It looks like the 1990's are back in the first teaser trailer for DC Universe's Stargirl. Nickelodeon star Brec Bessinger plays the title character dressed up in a rather aged looking midriff costume that, I would think, most #MeToo advocates would not be happy about. Honestly, there's not much here to get excited about. Teens stand in front of their lockers and then Stargirl swoops down and grabs a lightning bolt. That's it. I don't see why anyone over the age of 19 would watch this and think they'll be interested. Check out the teaser after the jump.

Stargirl is an upcoming American drama web television series, based on the DC Comics superhero Stargirl created by Geoff Johns and Lee Moder, that is set to premiere in early 2020 on DC Universe streaming service and The CW network television.

How Bright Does the Future Look in First Stargirl Teaser Trailer? [VIDEO]

It looks like the 1990's are back in the first teaser trailer for DC Universe's Stargirl. Nickelodeon star Brec Bessinger plays the title character dressed up in a rather aged looking midriff costume that, I would think, most #MeToo advocates would not be happy about. Honestly, there's not much here to get excited about. Teens stand in front of their lockers and then Stargirl swoops down and grabs a lightning bolt. That's it. I don't see why anyone over the age of 19 would watch this and think they'll be interested. Check out the teaser after the jump.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Nostalgia is the Name of the Game in First Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer [VIDEO]

Some old newsreel footage from one of the first two movies is the only look we get of the original cast in the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Just want to get that out of the way immediately so your expectations aren't too high going into this. The characters are talked about, hinted at, and we even get a chance to see the jumpsuits and the Ecto-1 - but that's it. What we do get to witness is a small town being harassed by something supernatural as Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and company wonder what it is. The entire atmosphere of this sneak peek into the movie feels nothing like the previous films in the franchise. It suggests a much more personal tale that will take place far away from the noisy, busy streets of New York City. All this being said, the trailer is pretty cool. Check it out after the jump.

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will haunt theaters on July 10, 2020.

Nostalgia is the Name of the Game in First Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer [VIDEO]

Some old newsreel footage from one of the first two movies is the only look we get of the original cast in the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Just want to get that out of the way immediately so your expectations aren't too high going into this. The characters are talked about, hinted at, and we even get a chance to see the jumpsuits and the Ecto-1 - but that's it. What we do get to witness is a small town being harassed by something supernatural as Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, and company wonder what it is. The entire atmosphere of this sneak peek into the movie feels nothing like the previous films in the franchise. It suggests a much more personal tale that will take place far away from the noisy, busy streets of New York City. All this being said, the trailer is pretty cool. Check it out after the jump.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Promotional Video for Focused's "At Eternity's Gate" Hits the Internet

Steadfast Records just released a promotional video for the song "Open My Eyes" off of Focused's upcoming album "At Eternity's Gate." The 1993 demo is being released on vinyl, CD, and tape very soon and can be pre-ordered right here. The clip features photos of the band performing at different shows including Cornerstone. We also get a look at some of the fliers for shows they played with classic bands like Unashamed, Strife, Outspoken, Undertow, and Ignite. Anyone who was around back in the early 1990's hardcore scene will definitely be hit with a wave of nostalgia. Check out the video after the jump.

At Eternity's Gate, by Focused. Six previously unheard early recordings made in 1993 by the legendary and influential Southern California band who coined the term Spirit-Filled Hardcore. Recently unarchived and remixed from the original 1/2” master tapes.

First pressing limited to 500 total copies

250 Black standard edition

150 Transparent green standard edition

100 Metallic Gold deluxe edition with a set of reprinted flyers from 5 classic Focused shows.

Promotional Video for Focused's "At Eternity's Gate" Hits the Internet

Steadfast Records just released a promotional video for the song "Open My Eyes" off of Focused's upcoming album "At Eternity's Gate." The 1993 demo is being released on vinyl, CD, and tape very soon and can be pre-ordered right here. The clip features photos of the band performing at different shows including Cornerstone. We also get a look at some of the fliers for shows they played with classic bands like Unashamed, Strife, Outspoken, Undertow, and Ignite. Anyone who was around back in the early 1990's hardcore scene will definitely be hit with a wave of nostalgia. Check out the video after the jump.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lost in Space Season 2 Trailer Announces December 24th Release Date [VIDEO]

Lost in Space was a pleasant surprise for my family when it premiered on Netflix. Most sci-fi shows these days aren't family-friendly and target a mature audience, leaving a giant hole in the realm of child-safe genre television everyone can watch together. Although Lost in Space is dark and even gritty, there's really nothing in the way of heavy profanity or adult situations to keep me from letting my 13-year-old enjoy it. The second season premieres on December 24th and looks to push the boundaries of action and suspense even further. It appears a few horror tropes will be thrown at us as well. Check out the trailer for the second season after the jump.

The Robinsons are back... but have you seen their Robot?

There's more danger — and adventure — ahead for the Robinson family! With the Jupiter 2 stranded on a mysterious ocean planet without their beloved Robot, the Robinsons must work together, alongside the mischievous and manipulative Dr. Smith and the always charming Don West, to make it back to the Resolute and reunite with the other colonists. But they quickly find all is not as it seems. A series of incredible new threats and unexpected discoveries emerge as they look for the key to finding Robot and safe passage to Alpha Centauri. They will stop at nothing to keep their family safe ... survival is a Robinson specialty after all.

Lost in Space Season 2 returns December 24th, only on Netflix.

Lost in Space Season 2 Trailer Announces December 24th Release Date [VIDEO]

Lost in Space was a pleasant surprise for my family when it premiered on Netflix. Most sci-fi shows these days aren't family-friendly and target a mature audience, leaving a giant hole in the realm of child-safe genre television everyone can watch together. Although Lost in Space is dark and even gritty, there's really nothing in the way of heavy profanity or adult situations to keep me from letting my 13-year-old enjoy it. The second season premieres on December 24th and looks to push the boundaries of action and suspense even further. It appears a few horror tropes will be thrown at us as well. Check out the trailer for the second season after the jump.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

There's No Time to Die in This First Trailer for the New James Bond Film [VIDEO]


Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in the first trailer for the franchise's 25th installment, No Time to Die. It's all here - exotic locales, gadgets, an eccentric evildoer, Blofeld, a dark lair for the villain to hide out in, and another strong female matching wits with our archaic hero. I"m not seeing anything that challenges what we've come to expect from these films over the years. However, I will say that Daniel Craig is the most accurate depiction to the character of James Bond that has ever graced the screen and I love him in the part. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

The film is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, True Detective, Beasts of No Nation). No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, and Jeffrey Wright.

No Time To Die will be released inn theaters on April 20th, 2020.

There's No Time to Die in This First Trailer for the New James Bond Film [VIDEO]


Daniel Craig is back as James Bond in the first trailer for the franchise's 25th installment, No Time to Die. It's all here - exotic locales, gadgets, an eccentric evildoer, Blofeld, a dark lair for the villain to hide out in, and another strong female matching wits with our archaic hero. I"m not seeing anything that challenges what we've come to expect from these films over the years. However, I will say that Daniel Craig is the most accurate depiction to the character of James Bond that has ever graced the screen and I love him in the part. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Natasha Comes Home in New Teaser Trailer for Black Widow [VIDEO]

The teaser trailer for Black Widow is out and looks like it's going to be a fun thrill ride. We're treated to some great action sequences, which promises our adrenaline will be pumping when we see it next year. My favorite part of the trailer is seeing David Harbour as Red Guardian. He looks like he's having an incredible time in the part and will serve up some excellent comedy relief. Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump.

International spy and assassin Natasha Romanoff becomes the superhero Black Widow.

Black Widow hits theaters on May 1st, 2020.

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Natasha Comes Home in New Teaser Trailer for Black Widow [VIDEO]

The teaser trailer for Black Widow is out and looks like it's going to be a fun thrill ride. We're treated to some great action sequences, which promises our adrenaline will be pumping when we see it next year. My favorite part of the trailer is seeing David Harbour as Red Guardian. He looks like he's having an incredible time in the part and will serve up some excellent comedy relief. Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Celebrate (?) the End of the Saga with New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV Spot [VIDEO]

Alright, my press passes have come in and now my excitement truly begins to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. A new 30 second TV spot has turned up online and it features a bit more unseen footage to tease us all. I'm most curious about the footage of Leia holding Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and how that scene will fit into the bigger picture. The other fascinating moment is when Rey and Kylo strike something down with their lightsabers and it shatters. We've seen it before, but it's still an interesting sequence. Check out the TV spot after the jump.

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

A thousand generations live in you now. See Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters December 20.

Celebrate (?) the End of the Saga with New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV Spot [VIDEO]

Alright, my press passes have come in and now my excitement truly begins to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. A new 30 second TV spot has turned up online and it features a bit more unseen footage to tease us all. I'm most curious about the footage of Leia holding Luke Skywalker's lightsaber and how that scene will fit into the bigger picture. The other fascinating moment is when Rey and Kylo strike something down with their lightsabers and it shatters. We've seen it before, but it's still an interesting sequence. Check out the TV spot after the jump.