Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Terminator Genisys" Proves Franchise is Old, But Not Obsolete

Terminator Genisys” is everything you would expect a Summer Blockbuster to be. It’s high energy explosive action with a wit and charm to keep people smiling throughout. It reminds me a lot of “Back to the Future, Part 2,” which can be a bit overwhelming at times if you put too much effort into fully comprehending the time travel logic. If you can just let yourself go for two hours and embrace Schwarzenegger in his natural environment, you’ll have a heck of a time.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Damian Wayne is Back in Robin: Son of Batman #1

DC Comics gives Damian Wayne his own series beginning with Robin: Son of Batman #1. Patrick Gleason provides both art and the story for part one of “Year of Blood.” It’s a suitable start for a title based on one of my favorite characters in the Bat-Family.

"Star Wars Rebels: Season One" Hits Blu-ray / DVD September 1st

Fans will be able to bring home more exciting adventures from a Galaxy Far, Far Away when “Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One” hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 1st. There are a lot of folks out there that refuse to spend money on cable or satellite programming that hasn’t even seen one episode of the series and your time has come. Let me assure you, this new animated incarnation of George Lucas’s epic space saga definitely feels like the original trilogy. get all the details below.

A Spark of Rebellion Ignites the Galaxy in "Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One!"
On Blu-ray™ and DVD September 1, 2015

"Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One" delivers all 15 action-packed episodes plus never-before-seen bonus material and cast/crew interviews revealing the magic behind the making of the hit series. Releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on September 1, this is a must-add collection to the library!

In the first groundbreaking season of "Star Wars Rebels," young hero Ezra Bridger joins the clever but motley crew of the starship Ghost in their resistance against the Empire. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. Ezra and his new rebel friends -- Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper -- embark on daring adventures in their fight against oppression across the galaxy, receiving help from familiar heroes such as Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, and Jedi Master Yoda. Pursued relentlessly by the Imperials and a Jedi hunter called the Inquisitor, this tenacious ragtag band of rebels will find itself in the crosshairs of none other than Darth Vader when season one closes in a shocking two-part finale.

"Star Wars Rebels" is created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Sherlock Holmes”), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (“Gargoyles”).

Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Young Justice”) as Hera, Steve Blum (“The Boxtrolls”) as Zeb, Tiya Sircar (“The Internship”) as Sabine, Taylor Gray (TV’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) as Ezra, David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter”) as the Inquisitor.

Bonus Features:

Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
Season One shorts: “The Machine in the Ghost,” “Art Attack,” “Entanglement,” “Property of Ezra Bridger”

All DVD Bonus (see below)

Rebels Recon: 14 behind-the-scenes featurettes
Star Wars Rebels – The Ultimate Guide
Star Wars Rebels Season 2 – A Look Ahead

Disc Specifications:
Release Date:              September 1, 2015
Format:                       Blu-ray (2-Disc) & DVD (3-Disc)
Rating:                         TV Y7 FV
Run Time:                   Approximately 330 minutes (not including bonus)
Closed Captioned:      Yes
Aspect Ratio:              1:78 (Widescreen)
Audio:                         5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages/ Subtitles:   English, French & Spanish

Friday, June 26, 2015

"Jaws" Still the "Definitive Shark Movie"

2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the release of “Jaws.” Talk about making a man come face-to-face with his mortality and age. I remember watching Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster as a child when they’d play it yearly on television as the Saturday Night Movie Event. I became so enthralled by the giant beast that I would go to school and draw my best version of the movie poster on my book cover and grabbed as many “Jaws 2” Topps Trading Cards as I could get my little hands on.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Get My "Grimm" and Gory "Little Red Riding Hood" Book Now!

I wanted to let everyone know that the book I’ve been involved in putting together for the past year is finally published and available to purchase. I adapted two “Grimm” versions of the same story into one graphic and gory tale entitled “Little Red Riding Hood: A Deliberate Lesson of a Horrible Consequence.” My writing is far from the reason why you should get this disturbingly lovely book right away. The real star of the project is artist Dana Cline’s meticulous use of pointillism to bring the story to life through vibrant illustrations.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"The Lazarus Effect" Succeeds As Mild Horror Yarn

“The Lazarus Effect” is basically “Flatliners” for a new generation. It doesn’t get anywhere near as heavy-handed as Joel Schumacher’s film, but still treads the same waters. Toss in some telekinetic power play ala “Carrie” and a dash of “Frankenstein” and you get a mildly entertaining horror yarn that could’ve and should’ve been better.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Warner Archive Gives Horror Enthusiasts Drab "Wolfen"

Warner Archive brings fans the cult classic “Wolfen” to Blu-ray in a no-frills edition without any special features. Many have been waiting for this horror / thriller to hit high-definition, but after viewing it I realize I’m not one of them. A stunning cast featuring great performances from Albert Finney, Gregory Hines, and Edward James Olmos can’t save this plodding and rather tedious film. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it’s downright bad, but it takes a great deal of patience to wade through it.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Can Harvey Bullock Handle Gotham's New Bat Task Force?

DC Comics continues the story of James Gordon as Batman in Detective Comics #41. The new story arc is written by Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul. Art is supplied by Manupal as well. The creative combination of these two talents gives us a refreshing start and a new direction for the monthly title.