Journey Against The Centre For The Earth: “Justice League The New Frontier”


Like all things on this hurtling sphere, I emerged from the molten center of creation. But mine has been a unique path. Isolated, I developed attributes beyond those of lesser beings. Then the sphere was struck by a vast celestial stone. Black chunks of death filled the skies and the world became a chaotic world of doom. Soon the sphere began to nurture new kinds of life. And there was one that stood above the rest. Its fragile shell belied its vicious nature. And in what seemed like a heartbeat, these things proliferated in both number and destructive needs. Now they have harnessed the most destructive force. And I, The Centre, have concluded that the sphere must be cleansed of them.
—The Centre, “Justice League: The New Frontier”

For a couple of years, I knew a comic creator named Darwyn Cooke. I worked as an assistant at DC Comics, and my office handled most of his books. I had many discussions on the phone with Cooke. He was a brilliant artist and writer, with an intense love for the icons and heroes of his youth. But one of the recurring themes of our talks was his continuing disillusionment at the comic book (and, by extension, the entertainment) industry—his frustration with the caretakers of his icons and heroes.

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Lucasfilm Digitally Scans All Their Actors’ Faces So They Can Live Forever

“Carrie Fisher” in Rogue One

Haha, I’m just joking of course.

No, Star Wars: The Last Jedi VFX supervisor Ben Morris recently explained to Inverse how Lucasfilm does a digital scan on ALL actors in their movies…you know, “just in case”:

“We will always [digitally] scan all the lead actors in the film…We don’t know if we’re going to need them. We don’t intentionally scan them as an archive process. It’s for reference later.”

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My Expanded Thoughts On The Channel Awesome Controversy


OK, I’ve had a couple of days to absorb the full brouhaha surrounding the “Not So Awesome” document—a nearly 70-page whistleblowing document on the business practices of Channel Awesome penned by around 20 of their former contributors & employees—and I just want to get down a few final thoughts on the matter before I stick a pin in this and move on to other schadenfreudey stuff.

For those who don’t know, Channel Awesome is a website and YouTube channel that hosts/features a number of video review critics—of whom, Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker) is the most prominent. Originally seen as a sort of collective, it has been plagued with a number of contributor exoduses (exodi, if you will) over the years, and rumblings of various alleged malfeasances.

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The First Infinity War: 3 Dev Adam (a.k.a. “Captain America and Santo vs. Spider-Man”)


Way before the era of the Internet…back when DVDs had barely broken through the market, and Marvel Studios was just the faintest glimmer in the eye…there was a legend. A legend of a movie that had not just Captain America in it, but Spider-Man. And Mexican wrestler-hero Santo. All in the same movie. 

How was this possible? How did Marvel sign off on this?

Of course they didn’t sign off on this, silly—this was a completely unauthorized Turkish movie called 3 Dev Adam (“3 Giant Heroes”).

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Review: Nightworld

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I feel I need to start this review explaining why I chose to review this film and not Mute when both are on Netflix and the latter is more well-known and would probably bring me more clicks.

Recently, I tried to watch about 15 minutes of Mute and had come to the conclusion that I would have to be paid to continue watching it to write a review. That is when I decided to watch a lesser known, smaller budgeted 2017 horror film called Nightworld starring Robert Englund and Jason London of Dazed And Confused fame.

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Movie Review: Dismissed


Hey, I know: it’s time for a movie about a psychotic murderous high-school student who ruins the lives of everyone around him in a burst of explosive rage!

Dismissed is an indie film whose biggest notable point is that it’s apparently the de facto demo reel for Dylan Sprouse’s post-The Suite Life career. Sprouse—who is the identical twin of Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse—plays Lucas Ward, a psychopathic teenager who decides to give his teacher hell after receiving a B+ from him instead of an A.

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