The Cabin in the Woods – The Safe-to-Read Review!

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum April 19, 2012
The latest from M.C. Escher's architect.

Don’t watch the trailers.  Don’t read any reviews (except this one).  If you’re a fan of horror movies, or if you’re not but a some good natured gore doesn’t bother you terribly – and if you enjoy being delighted (my audience was squealing, giggling and applauding) – drop any expectations or preconcieved notions, good or [...]

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The Hunger Games – Don’t Eat a Big Meal Beforehand

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum April 3, 2012
Roasted Mockingjay!!

Thanks for the headache, jerks.  I was pretty sure that the near dystopian future would not only be plagued by evil reality television show producers (is there another kind?) and a sadistic government (ditto?), but who knew that it would also suffer from perpetual earthquakes.  Poor Katniss Everdeen, the camera shakes as she battles baddies, [...]

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FYI: Impressive BATMAN Fan-Films Exist!

Posted by Jon Wiener October 9, 2011
BITS Thumb

Sunday morning – surfing the net – minding my owns… What’s this?  A series of unofficial Batman movies executed on a shoestring budget?  These must be awful!  Here’s the catch, readers…they’re actually pretty darn good. BAT IN THE SUN PRODUCTIONS was founded by father/son duo Sean and Aaron Schoenke about 10 years ago.  Though they’ve [...]

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New Planet of the Apes won’t match classic’s take on futuristic fashion

Posted by Rob Noble August 11, 2011

One of the things I love most about science fiction set in the “near future” is how far off the mark they are fashion-wise. In so many movies, the day-after-tomorrow clothing choices seem like a mid-1970′s Ben Cooper Halloween costume.   Leaving behind the silver unitard look, other movies follow a stylishly utopian theme (ala [...]

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COMICS WRITERS! Stop setting your stories in Portland. KTHXBYE!

Posted by Rob Noble August 11, 2011

I’ve always been fascinated with the differences in comics that choose to portray actual, real cities versus those that place their characters in such exotic locales as “Coast City,” “Central City” and “Hub City.” Probably the most famous of these fictional burgs are Gotham and Metropolis, and it was with this in mind that Stan [...]

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Mattel’s Longest-Lasting Superhero Toy Line Comes To an End

Posted by Rob Noble June 3, 2011

The country’s biggest toy convention, NYC’s Toy Fair, was last month and although I didn’t go, I did read the press releases and reviews that came out of it. Lots of ink was spilled discussing the new Masters of the Universe figures and Green Lantern tie-ins, but the biggest news to me was also the [...]

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Another Comix Twofer for Incognito!

Posted by Rob Noble March 23, 2011

Even Ed Brubaker’s commented on it in the back pages, but there was almost no lag between issues 3 and 4 of his terrific new sequel series, Incognito: Bad Influences.  (This post is another two-fer, because these issues flow so smoothly it’s easier to treat any issue like part of the larger piece that it [...]

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A Belated Birthday to an Unlikely Futurist!

Posted by Rob Noble March 23, 2011
Al Jaffee

A late happy 90th birthday to Mr. Al Jaffee, Playboy cartoonist, creator of the Mad Magazine fold-in and the Tall Tales comic strip, among other noticeable pieces of boyhood snickery. His birthday was March 13th, and I’ve been meaning to say something about him for a while.  Not only is he a national treasure and [...]

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Portlandia – Disinformation at its finest

Posted by Rob Noble March 11, 2011

So Portlandia’s gone until next season, with IFC promising ten more episodes of the Fred Armisen/Carrie Brownstein sketch “comedy” show next January.  I’m going to put comedy in quotes here, because “mostly improv with wildly varying degrees of actual writing” is too wordy, and might make me look like a douche.  Portland’s reaction to Portlandia [...]

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Doom Patrol’s Negative Man guest-stars on Fringe!

Posted by Rob Noble March 9, 2011

With Fringe on hiatus until next month, I thought I’d re-watch some old episodes and spackle those holes in my knowledge of the show’s deep, DC comics-inspired backstory. I’ve written before about the preponderance of DC superheroes and supervillains that keep making cameos.  From the Crisis on Infinite Earths plotlines to the WW2 super-speedsters, this [...]

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