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Archive for December 2012 – Page 2

ART APPRECIATION MOMENT OF THE DAY: Everett Downing

What does a Pixar animator do when he is in a design rut? Any ideas? How about design a  new superhero every day for an entire year. That is exactly what Everett Downing is in the middle of doing and …

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Five Of 2012′s Best Movie Posters

In no particular order, five movie posters that I really liked in 2012.

And now six honorable mentions.

And then there’s always an old favourite that I just couldn’t bring myself to include here… It certainly does the job, mind.

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VARIANT COVER: Marvel unveils Amazing Spider-Man #700 variant

The variant cover to Amazing Spider-Man #700 kind of gives away the ending, but its been a week, and Marvel does like to spoil things without our help, so take the jump and see what is in store for Superior …

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Looper’ – Thrown For A Loop With This Time Travel Thriller

A good friend, on seeing "Looper," accused it not being half as clever as it thought it was. That particular complaint is slippery, notoriously hard to quantify, and one that I've beeen guilty of making in the past. What I think it means, in this context, is that a thing is so concerned with impressing the audience on the basis of its construction--how complicated the puzzle box is--that this complexity comes at the expense of what's actually inside the box.

This complaint is, I think a fair one to a certain extent for Johnson's debut "Brick," and definitely applicable to the hard-to-sit-through grifter comedy "The Brothers Bloom," but it's so far off the mark when it comes to "Looper." The director's foray into sci-fi feels lived-in, real, and populated with characters this time around who aren't just slaves to the plot or genre. Plus, it happens to be a smart and efficient sci-fi movie to boot, giving us one of the strongest genre films of 2012.

In the middle of the 21st century, low-level gunmen wander out to isolated locations and shoot down the bound, hooded figures who appear kneeling in front of them. Their victims: criminals from 30 years or farther into the future where time travel has been invented, outlawed, and put into use by the criminal syndicates to dispose of people they don't want living any longer. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of these assassins, collecting his bars of silver with a contract that will someday call for him to be sent back down the line to be killed by his his younger self in order to clean up any evidence. In the present, the syndicate doesn't look too kindly on Loopers who allow their future selves to get away, which is why Joe panicks when his future self (Bruce Willis) makes a run for it with a plan to save the elder man's future.

Willis and Gordon-Levitt make a fine pair, the older man scrambling to protect a hard-worn future by taking down a notorious kingpin in the present while Joe the younger simply wants to keep keep his haul of silver intact and his head attached to his shoulders. The two men can't understand how the other would risk everything--risk their respective futures (younger Joe can't see how he should care about a future, a wife, and life he doesn't know anything about), as Johnson constructs some compelling symmetry throughout.

Johnson's future is our latest, blown-out, near apocalypse, the have's getting by on doing dirt, and the have-not's surviving on the bloody scraps. It's an economic apocalypse, something the terrible "In Time" tried in its own heavy handed way to convey without half of the convincing despair of "Looper." The styles, fashion, and vernacular of Joe and his buddies is self-consciously late-20th century in a way that doesn't go in for a ridiculous near-future look while at the same time getting at the truth of crime and fashion (the former is often nostalgic for patterns in the latter).

This is leaving out a detour to a farm run by Sara (Emily Blunt) and the legions of "Gatmen" (pistol-toting enforcers for the syndicate), and a weary, funny performance by Jeff Daniels, because I want you to discover these pieces of "Looper" for yourself. I will say that the puzzle, as it were, it's so complex as to be distracting--the time travel conceit and how it breaks/amkes continuity is used more than anything to explore two versions of the same man across time, and Johnson pointedly doesn't allow the plot or characters to get bogged down in the mechanics of the thing.

I'm still mulling over it's ending, though--would that character have made that decision given the options available and everything we knew about them? I'm not entirely convinced, but I'll definitely be revisiting "Looper" to see how it affects me the next time around.

Special features and presentation

In addition to being joined by stars Gordon-Levitt and Blunt on the disc's commentary, Johnson offers commentary on 22 deleted scenes (36:50, HD) with the help of actor Noah Sagan (Kid Blue). "The Future From the Beginning" (07:52, HD) is a brief making-of doc where the cast and crew talk about the origins of "Looper," from its initial concept as a short to production. In "The Science of Time Travel," (08:29, HD), Johnson gets philosophical about the possibility of going through time with the help of "How to Build a Time Machine" author Brian Clegg, while "Scoring Looper" is a multi-part look at the movie's score (16:18) with composer Nathan Johnson. Finally, the disc includes the animated trailer for the film (bot noticeably, no theatrical trailer for the film).

"Looper" is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD.


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Goddammit Baby, This is Soul

Darren Hupke writes;

I am on a mission to promote and expose the world to my creations! I’ll start with a little introduction. I work at a comic shop in Anaheim, CA. A year or so ago I set out to start making my own comics on the side. We get a lot of guests and host events in our shop, so I have been able to meet a lot of creative folks. The conversations and inside look at upcoming projects from different creators inspired me to want to get involved beyond just reading stories. I think everyone wants to tell stories deep down, so I dove in head first.

The first project I wrote was a 6 page short called ‘A Twelve Minute Revolution in Just Reading’. I had a friend draw it for my while he wasn’t busy getting his BFA. It tells the story of a crazed Nazi scientist working late in his lab during World War II. An intruder breaks in to his lab and shoots him, leaving him for dead. While bleeding out on the floor, his panic and paranoia spin his thoughts around and lead up to, what I think, is an interesting ending. My goal was to submit it to anthologies and maybe produce it myself as a fancy ‘business card’. It was a fun story and ultimately was published through SmallBatchComics ( you can download the digital comic for free, or buy a print version from the site)

Next, I attempted to write a ‘full’ comic, something 22 pages in length. What I got was ‘Goddammit Baby, This is Soul!’. This story focuses on 2 recently deceased people who find themselves in front of the gates of Heaven. Getting in isn’t as easy as they think it should be. They are told Heaven is nearly full and the only way they can fairly work out who gets that final spot is by pitting the two against each other in a fight to the (second) death inside the Holy-dome. Humor, action, and tons of violence fill out the story. Things wrap up strangely, and the story is completed in the single issue. It was designed as a one-shot story. I found a professional illustrator, Jean-Paul Deshong, and we worked out a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to produce it. We had a lot of success and were able to produce a limited physical run. You can buy it digitally through Graphic.Ly and I am working on getting it posted through Indy Planet..

Currently funding on Kickstarter, ‘El Toxico and the Mosca de Muerte’ written by myself with art by Johnny Flores. El Toxico is an 80+ page, original graphic novel that is a mix between your favorite Saturday morning cartoons and Mad Max. A post-apocalyptic adventure filled with giant, mutant bugs who’ve ravaged the Earth, and the only person who can do anything about it is El Toxico! The comic is filled with blood, guts, humor, action, adventure and more! Funding is being raised to pay artist page rates, a professional colorist, producing original rewards and printing and shipping costs. Funding ends December 31st, 2012. Johnny Flores is looking to make a name for himself in the comic industry as an illustrator. With El Toxico being his first professional work, Johnny is no stranger to comics, he had a regular comic strip featured in a local Los Alamitos paper in Southern California. You can check out the active project here.

 

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FAN FILM: Legend of Zelda cartoon should get series

Never been a big fan of the Legend of Zelda, but I do like the mythos, the characters, and all the fan related stuff that has come from the video game franchise.  Shamoozal and GoNIntnedo have teamed to create an …

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TOYS: Fifth Element fight sequence recreated in LEGO

There’s something about The Fifth Element, that never grows old with me.  Lego is also something that never grows old, so when I saw Matt De Lanoy’s take on the battle aboard the Fhloston Paradise, I knew I had to …

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“The World’s Deadest Superhero” – Amazing Spider-Man #700 Second Print Cover

Ouch.

From happier versions;

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“The World’s Deadest Superhero” – Amazing Spider-Man #700 Second Print Cover

Ouch.

From happier versions;

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MTV Geek’s Best Of 2012 Round-Up

There's the good, the great, and then there's the BEST. Welcome to MTV Geek's Best of 2012 -- what we thought were the cream of the crop this year in the world of GEEK!

Here's your handy guide to all of our "Best of" lists for 2012 - from Manga to TV to Comics to Cult flicks. Click the images to see each of our countdowns and let us know if you agree or disagree with our picks!

Best Manga

Best Graphic Novels

Best Comic Series

Best Cult Films

Best Animated TV Shows

Best TV Series

Most OMG Moments

Happy New Year, gang!

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