Friday, November 21, 2008

Watchmen Sneak Peek

The second trailer to the Watchmen film is now available.

This time we get to hear the voices of the characters, the infamous opening sequence, and closer looks at the Owlship and Rorshach's inkblot-morphing mask, all set to a Philip Glass-like score.

See it here.

Watchmen, barring further legal troubles, opens march 2009.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Feel Terribly, Terribly Old...

"Nevermind," the album by Nirvana that changed everything back in 1990 has now officially become nostalgia, I suppose. The baby featured on the album cover is now eighteen years old. Wow.

I feel terribly, terribly old now. I was twenty-eight when "Nevermind" came out and changed music and pop culture, and nastily put the wooden stake into the back of hair bands and bubble gum (at least for a little while), and brought grunge and alternative music into the limelight.

Despite nearly two decades passing, "Nevermind" remains just as crisp and innovative now as it did when I first heard it. Clearly it's in the realm of a "Sgt. Pepper" or a "Pet Sounds" or "Tapestry" and not just a trendy flash in the pan.

I feel even older when I think about the fact that twenty-eight is usually the age when folks give up on new music and settle into oldies mode. Luckily, or unluckily, I didn't. Hmmm... maybe that's why I feel so old now...

Dark Corridor #2

Dark Corridor #2 from Main Enterprises is now available!

Available at last is the second isue of this popular magazine of horror, fantasy and suspense fiction and illustration.

Returning are authors Sam Gafford ("Exchange" and "The Council of Forever"), Michael Vance ("Cross Purposes") and newcomer Mark Orr ("Plastic Jesus).

Illustrators include Terry Pavlet (front cover), John Lambert (inside front cover), Barry Southworth (inside back cover), David Simmons (back cover), Noor Hafizah, Jack Bertram, Dan Taylor, Greg Woronchak, Rick Limacher and Jeff Mason.

Also our new review section, "Den of the Dark," begins this issue - featuring a review of Kim Richards' "Death Masks."

Get your copy now.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Mouse Turns 80

Eighty years ago, on November 18th, one of the world's major cartoon icons was born - Mickey Mouse!

The cartoon short, "Steamboat Willie," was released theatrically on this day and was notable for being the first syncronized sound cartoon.

The creation of animation genius Walt Disney as well as a few of his friends, Mickey has gone on to worldwide fame. Surely there are not many in this world who don't know the Mouse.

More info can be found here.

Happy Birthday, Mickey!

Star Trek Sneak Peek

The new Star Trek trailer is now online. You can see it here.

Curiouser and curiouser. Was Kirk blond? And did he and Uhura hook up back in the early days? And why would he trash a perfectly good (and probably a valuable antique as well) Corvette like that? Other than that, the spx look pretty awesome. Time will tell.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Bender's Game

The third straight-to-DVD "Futurama" flick, Bender's Game, is a true mixed bag. It could have been one of the more hilarious half-hour episodes but they stretched it to feature length making it for the most part insufferable.

It begins with clever parody of Dungeons & Dragons, the current oil crisis and quite possibly a little bit of Sarah Palin thrown in for good measure, and then turns to mush. Most of the second part of this one is an adventure taking place in a D&D-like world satirizing Lord of the Rings, and doing it badly.

This DVD doesn't even have any fun extras that could possibly make up for the lack of quality in the actual feature. In my opinion, more Hypnotoad, both figuratively and literally, could have helped this package quite a bit. I recommend you skip this one, wait for it to show up on basic cable, and hope for the final "Futurama" feature to improve on this downward spiral.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Michael Crichton R.I.P.

We've lost one of the great ones.

Michael Crichton, perhaps one of the greatest writers of the late twentieth century, author of "The Andromeda Strain," "Jurassic Park" and "The Great Train Robbery" among many others and the creator of "ER," died unexpectedly this week after a private battle with cancer.

The man will be missed.