Weekend Open Thread and Last-Minute Halloween Things...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

Again this week we'll have no thread recap Monday as David N. Scott's coverage of Stan Lee's Comikaze will be the morning feature. I don't have a lot to leave you with tonight, but I'm not without a couple of tricks and treats, like...

-A trailer for an Iranian feminist vampire western. Not kidding. Do you think they fear crescents instead of crosses?

-Spongebob 3D gets a second trailer that appears to be turning Patrick into Majin Buu.

-Todd McFarlane claims to have Spawn movie news again.

-The makers of Paranormal Activity just announced a line of horror books, now that they've gotten you used to having to imagine things rather than actually seeing them.

-It's not really nerdy at all, but if you want to see me and Julia (and our cat) acting in a web series, now you can.

Constantine Episode 2 SPOILER Thread

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm

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It doesn't actually start until 10 p.m., but I figured if I waited that long, there's no way you'd be expecting an open thread. As per the requests of some, I'm putting this up here before the open thread so that anyone in there who doesn't want to be spoiled doesn't have to be.

So we can start by looking back at Fred Topel's review for us...and then use comments to anticipate until the hour is upon us.

Because unlike JC on network TV, you are allowed to take smoke breaks.

One, Two, Mego-Style Freddy's Gonna Murder the Crap out of You...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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This is NECA's second version of Freddy Krueger on a '70s-style body with cloth outfit, and by golly, they may actually make me a convert to this format before they're done. Based on his appearance in Freddy's Revenge, a somewhat campy installment that most fans today see as a barely coded allegory for coming out of the closet, this figure is scarier than the actual movie. Unless you're Orson Scott Card, maybe.

If you have any old-school Megos, they better watch out. Muscular dudes in spandex are particularly likely targets for this particular iteration of ol' Stripy Sweater.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Commercial Stars Taylor Kitsch, Because Nothing He's in Ever Fails

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Video Games
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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Call of Duty games like to have live-action trailers starring actors known for big action franchises. Sam Worthington. Megan Fox. Taylor Kitsch?

Listen, I personally thought he was a good Gambit in a bad movie, loved John Carter, and...well, even I didn't go see Battleship, which had the same director as this commercial, namely Peter Berg. I'm just saying that if the logic is, "Hey, there's that guy from that movie that kicked ass, so this will kick ass too," it's a tiny bit flawed. But hey, there is a beastiality joke. New demographic!

That said, the ad does show that you can make a GREAT live-action video game adaptation...so long as you're only given a run time of a minute and half. After that it becomes dicey.

Our Adventures at the First-Ever Hello Kitty Con

Friday, October 31, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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"Hello, Kitty. I want to play a game..."

For those who haven't been following along on Twitter, I've spent the last two days at Hello Kitty Con, which was every bit as strange as one might expect. Unlike at Comic-Con, the press preview night was strictly for press, and gave attendees space to walk around and shop with ease. Like Comic-Con, the next day was utterly insane, with lines that went on forever and Internet/phones getting their signals choked out.

What strikes me as unusual about Hello Kitty - which may be more common for girl toys, such as Barbie - is that even though there are comics, cartoons and such, her strength lies in being a bit of a blank slate for people to project whatever they wish onto her. Nobody at the Con, for example, would have an argument over what Hello Kitty would or would not do, because she can do anything you want. Except NOT sell endless reams of expensive, exclusive merchandise.

I put together a featurette for your entertainment...

Mystery Skulls Music Video "Ghost" Turns Scooby Doo Into Literal Heartbreak

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Music
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:30 am

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I wasn't familiar with Mystery Skulls before seeing this - but they and I are clearly familiar with the same cartoon references. Fortunately, the song does not suck, so I can give it a full-on thumbs-up rather than a mixed blessing.

Especially since it doesn't end up quite where you think it will...

The Writer of Dredd and 28 Days Later Has New Movie Promoting Robosexual Agenda

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Yep, Danny Boyle's frequent collaborator Alex Garland finally gets his shot at directing, and it's about Domhnall Gleeson falling for a fembot. That's her above. Would you? I mean, the trailer implies she's deceitful, but I reckon I can see right through her.

Though the title of the movie, Ex Machina, would be funnier if they'd already gotten it on and broken up. Because, y'know, "ex." I'm funny.

Somebody Found a Way to Make Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Even Creepier (Also Entertaining)

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Live Performance, Movies, Music
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Take a character from the forced-weirdness, trying-too-hard, "quirky" retelling of Lewis Carroll...then recreate her with a soul-devouring puppet head, several Playing Card soldiers controlled by rods emanating from her outfit, and add disco and dance tunes. This old fashioned feat of engineering, cosplay and dancing ability is immediately way cooler than anything Tim Burton managed to do with all the 3D post-converted CGI in the world.

Just don't stare too long into the eyes you see pictured above. Nothing lives there.

John Constantine's 10 Nastiest Moments from the Early Days Of Hellblazer

By T.J. Dietsch in Comics, Daily Lists
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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John Constantine is the best there is at what he does and what he does certainly ain't pretty. Known as a magician, conjurer, con man, helper of the innocent and a generally dangerous person to be around, Constantine has been kicking around for nearly 30 years since first fully appearing in Swamp Thing #37 by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette. Since then he starred in the long running Vertigo series Hellblazer, made his way into the New 52, featured on the big screen and, most recently, stars in his own television series called Constantine, the second episode of which airs tonight.

Fast Food Review: Jack in the Box Chick-N-Tater Melt Munchie Meal

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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It's part of their line of "totally not for stoners, except when we admit that they are" line of late-night Munchie Meals (fun fact: after I got a marketing guy to basically admit it on camera, he emailed me later and asked if I could please re-edit the video to remove it. I asked our corporate lawyer and he said I don't have to). The Chick-N-Tater Melt sandwich replaces the breakfast-themed burger and the exploding cheesy chicken on the after-9 p.m. lineup, and I'd love to tell you it's for the better. But will I?