February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
I can’t help it. I thought I was all vampired-out with the Twilight and the Underworld and the Dario Argento’s Dracula in 3D, but apparently, I’m not. It doesn’t hurt that Vampire Academy is directed by Mark Waters of House of Yes and Mean Girls; but Zoey Deutch, the human bodyguard, is the daughter of Howard Deutch, director of teen classics Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful, and Lea Thompson, from Red Dawn and Back to the Future trilogy; and that just makes me nostalgic for a time when movies like this one were made for me.
January 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
I don’t know if George Romero has ever wished he had become known for something other than zombie stories, but, damn, he does them well. The first issue of his new comic Empire of the Dead: Act One is full of promise.
Five years after zombies first made their gory appearance, something like a society has survived in New York City. In certain neighborhoods, zombies are still a threat, and in other parts of twon, zombies provide gruesome entertainment. Rather than the simple survival-horror that so many zombie stories are (Romero’s included) Empire of the Dead seems headed for a more directly political angle, featuring politicians who are secretly vampires. That’s right: vampires.
There are other changes in our monster menagerie, as some of the zombies have noticeable signs of intelligence. They all can be trained, but some of them play checkers. One zombie in particular has her own THOUGHT BUBBLES.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure that Romero could deliver something new to the genre that he created, but I’ll be checking out this floppy every month. Empire of the Dead: Act One is an All-New Marvel comic (but it appears to exist in its own universe, without X-Men or Avengers, normal or zombie.)
September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
So you know how if you live in or near Philadelphia, you have to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? (Well, you do.) If you live in Westchester (or Rockland or Duchess) County, New York, you have to watch Sleepy Hollow!
The pilot was pretty good, but for people from the area of the real Sleepy Hollow, which is absolutely not spooky in any way, it’s the local sites dressed up to look scary that’s fun to see – like the Tappan Zee Bridge! Now, it’s not just a toll hike you have to be scared of! BWAA-HA-HA! (That’s my spooky laugh.)
July 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
Matt Kindt is currently one of the busiest comic book writers in the industry, yet his name is no where to be seen on the final ballot for this year’s Harvey Awards. I’m not complaining, seeing as how Only Living Boy, one of my favorite indie comics from last year, received two nominations, but with a writer who’s work is rewarded by a ton more work, I’m a bit surprised.
Kindt’s MIND MGMT is a new discovery for me, and this tale of psychic spies is much more enjoyable and thought-provoking than any superhero comic from the Big Two.