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MOVIE REVIEW - The Dark Knight Rises

Posted July 26th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

We've all known since the end of The Dark Knight that the Batman story, at least Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale's version, would be coming to an end. So the anticipation of resolution to four years worth of fan speculation is basically a stent put in place to protect against the hemorrhage that'll result from the ending. For many people, this version of Batman is the only Batman they know, and not just from an age standpoint, but in aversion to the Schumacher debacles or the inspired Burton flicks. This is their trilogy. This Batman feels real and rooted in a world close to ours and to think that not only is this the last time we'll experience him this way but that Warner Bros and DC are already planning a reboot feels like bringing your new fiance to your wife's funeral. Nostalgic nonsense aside, you must be wondering how this movie ended up, so here we go.

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Tags: the dark knight rises, Batman, Christopher Nolan, DC, Comics, movies

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The Comics Newbie All-Star Superman

Posted May 11th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

The Comics Newbie: All-Star Superman

As I learned a few years ago, the local library can be a pretty good place to find comics. Had I known this when I was a kid, I probably would have spent a lot more time at the library, and I probably would have read a lot more comics. As it turns out, despite being a big fan of characters like Spider-Man, Batman and the X-Men, what I knew about comics characters came from Saturday morning cartoons, movies, and discussions with nerdier friends. The only comics I had ever read in my childhood and teenage years were the incredibly stupid DC vs. Marvel crossover a friend in high school lent me, and a Captain America PSA comic about asthma that I got from my doctor. Neither of them made me feel any better about comics, or about having asthma.

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Tags: superman, all-star superman, comics newbie, Comics

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REVIEW The Avengers

Posted May 4th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

Review  The Avengers

Do you remember when you were little and you came out of movies mimicking the hero you just watched? Maybe you play fought your little brother with phantom lightsabers or pretended to fly like Superman. That feeling of elation, that inability to verbalize the awesomeness of what you'd just seen, leading you to act like a fool, is what I felt coming out of The Avengers. I was hyped, stoked, whatever hip adjective for happy you can come up with. I was happy because I felt like everything that led up to this movie wasn't in vain, that my fandom and faith were rewarded. And on top of all that, The Avengers is just great.

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Tags: the avengers, movies, Marvel, Thor, hulk, iron man, Captain America, Comics

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Superhero Comics That Don't Suck

Posted April 13th 2012 by Adam Glasgow.

Superhero Comics That Don't Suck

As a general rule, I try to keep mainstream superhero books away from these articles. I like the comics that I recommend to be accessible but a little out of the way. After all, no one who wants to read comics needs someone telling them to check out Superman or Spider-Man. Those characters are iconic and need no advertising. I decided to break my rule this time, though, for a few reasons. 1) I love superhero comics and 2) even if you know you want to read a superhero book, where do you start? Which ones are good, and which ones suck? Well, my friend, I am here to help by telling you all about more comics that don't suck.

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Tags: Batman, x-men, batman: the black mirror, astonishing x-men, invincible, Comics That Don't Suck, Comics

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Review - Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith (Enhanced Edition)

Posted March 27th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

Tough Sh*t, the latest book by nerd legend Kevin Smith has been on book shelves for about a week now. As you saw in my review of the aforementioned novel, I found the book hilarious in its vulgarity and very enjoyable. I was lucky enough to have had the privilege of reading this tome in print, a seemingly dying art form, but since we live in the digital age we now have the ability to read books in a digital format; a medium that Kevin Smith and crew sought to utilize with their enhanced digital reader edition of Tough Sh*t.

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Tags: movies, kevin smith, books, Comics, hit somebody

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REVIEW Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith

Posted March 14th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

Book Review - Tough Sh*t by Kevin Smith

For anyone unfamiliar with Kevin Smith, hearing him speak or reading anything written by him for the first time can be a jarring experience. Mr. Smith is a curt and unfiltered gentleman, prone to penis metaphors and graphic, if not romantic, depictions of his wife's nether regions. At the end of the day, above all else, the dude is honest. There may not be a more transparent "celebrity" in the realm of public awareness. And that transparency, along with foul-mouthed philosophy, is on display in his latest book, the quasi-advice tome: Tough Sh*t. Equal parts salient memoir, stream of consciousness and nerd success blueprint, the book is quintessential Kevin Smith. Filled to the bindings with anecdotal evidence of his rise from New Jersey–bred obscurity through the ranks of the indie movie zeitgeist, Smith is here to let you know that it wasn't easy: it was tough shit.

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Tags: books, kevin smith, movies, Comics, hit somebody

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RECAP/REVIEW The Walking Dead S2E12

Posted March 12th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

Recap/Review - The Walking Dead S2E12

"Better Angels" opens with the funeral of a fallen comrade and an entreaty to the titular better angels of human nature. In his eulogy, Rick proposes to honor Dale's memory by recommitting to Dale's rational, humanist ideals, and to the group from breaking. Thankfully, this is dramatic irony, and the group only serves to split even further throughout the episode. It would be very funny of the show to actually follow through with the promise to work together better, and then have the season finale just be one long hour of the group enjoying the fruits of their labors. And then I would stop watching the show altogether. Nevertheless, a good portion of the early scenes involve Rick and company doing their very best to make the camp safe, as sure a sign as any television viewer might need to figure out that all hell is about to break loose.

As always, spoilers ahead. Behind, too, if you weren't aware that Dale is dead now.

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Tags: the walking dead, Comics, tv, zombies

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15 Flicks You Gotta See in 2012

Posted January 9th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

15 Flicks You Gotta See in 2012

Once again, Frankie aims to ferry his fellow nerds across a river of crappy movies and onto sparkling shores of geeky entertainment.

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Tags: the amazing spider-man, the dark knight rises, brave, prometheus, the dictator, the avengers, the hunger games, the secret world of arrietty, the bourne legacy, frankenweenie, lincoln, zombies, movies, Comics, django unchained, world war z, the hobbit, 47 ronin, 15 flicks

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A Year At The Movies

Posted January 4th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

A Year At The Movies

As a person who writes reviews, feeling a persistent need to make sure you know exactly how I feel about the movies I see, I'd be remiss if I didn't follow up my now annual 15 Flicks You Gotta See article with a bit of 20/20 hindsight scrutiny. I'd like to tell you that every movie on the 2011 list warranted not only the money you spent in the theater but subsequent DVD rentals as well. As it stands, you couldn't make it out of the month of March without that list falling on its face (thanks, Sucker Punch). I'll admit, I dropped the ball with that one, but can you really blame me? Not just there though, who would've guessed Fast Five would have been more than just another vapid body kit commercial or that Crazy Stupid Love would be more than just another chick flick? So think of this not only as a year in review, or even an open apology letter for steering any of you toward Sucker Punch, but maybe a second shot at what you should've watched in 2011.

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Tags: 15 flicks, Comics, Marvel, x-men, Captain America, Thor, green lantern, cowboys and aliens, sucker punch, harry potter, fast five, hugo, adventures of tintin, the girl with the dragon tattoo, movies

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TV RECAP/REVIEW The Walking Dead S2E4

Posted November 7th 2011 by J. Edison Thomas.

After a hum-dinger of a conclusion to the plotline of Carl's gunshot wound, the fourth episode of this season, "Cherokee Rose," was bound to be a catch-up episode that plants a lot of new plotlines rather than harvest the fruit of previously-grown ones. In fact, it was all but outright stated at the outset, as Herschel tells Rick and Shane that neither are in any condition to make progress on the Quest That Nobody Cares About, i.e. finding the lost Sophia. It was an ominous opener, but it did deliver on the promise to start plenty of new threads to follow for exciting new developments in the future. Unfortunately, save for exactly two scenes, you could miss this entire episode and simply catch up with "previously on..." segments and be none the poorer. So instead of recap all of the barely-anything that happened in this episode, I'll follow up on all the plot threads that are still dangling, where we are with them, and where I think they'll be going. Let me know if I miss any; spoilers after the jump.

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Tags: walking dead, Comics, tv

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