If this picture alone doesn't sell you, we'll just never understand each other.
If the title of Journey to the West doesn't ring a bell with western audiences, it may be because we're more familiar with the 1942 abridged translation Monkey, which in turn spawned an amazingly good-bad '70s TV series that was dubbed into English by the BBC with "oriental" accents so over the top they'd make a Neimodian blush. Nonetheless, if you know the legend of the Monkey King, you have some idea what to expect, though Stephen Chow's movie version is a little different than most. In this one, the characters known to UK viewers of a certain age as Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy are all evil demons rather than heroes, and sought after by various demon hunters looking to make their fortune.
That last one which focused on the puppet-makers while playing "They've Got the Whole World in Their Hands" really started to piss me off after a while, by being both inappropriately religious (from BOTH sides of the spiritual aisle) and not focusing on the actual film. Mercifully, this new trailer for the stop-motion adventure about a boy adopted by trolls emphasizes madcap action, and features Cee-Lo Green covering Elvis. All of which makes up for a multitude of sins.
Though if we're pilfering the pop past, there is a more obvious and awesome choice they've overlooked...More >>
If you happen to be in the Seattle area in March, George R.R. Martin will be presenting a show of artwork inspired by A Song of Ice & Fire at LTD Gallery. And among the items to be displayed and sold there, these caught our eye - hand-painted, wood-carved "action figures" complete with "battle damage" features and their own blister cards, by artist Mick Minogue.
It was a stipulation of the show that the art be based on the books and not the HBO series, presumably to avoid a glut of Emilia Clarke/Peter Dinklage fanfics. Minogue will be revealing 8 figures total, and says he may not stop there - stay tuned to his Facebook for further reveals, but in the meantime, if you want to see the Hound...More >>
For me growing up in the '80s as a (black) fan of comics, video games and anime, it was rare to come across anyone who looked like me and had the same interests. The only model for the black nerd was Jaleel White's character on Family Matters, which, you know, is kind of terrible.
He wears a pair of bulky glasses, speaks in a high-pitched voice, refuses to use contractions, and probably made out with his evil clone. Probably? Definitely. Seriously, forget Steve Urkel.
Which is why I think the current generation has it made. And with Black History Month drawing to a close, we're going to focus our eye lasers on some of the creators, innovators, and otherwise excellent types who get us hyped about the universe, science fiction, gaming and pop culture as a whole.More >>
Russell Mulcahy's 1994 The Shadow was one of the many post-Batman superhero films that never quite clicked with the public, but for my money, it deserved to find an audience. Now available on a spiffy-looking Blu-ray from Shout! Factory, it's ripe for rediscovery. Here's why.More >>
It's Valentine's Day, so let's spread the love. Like the popular political bumper sticker that uses the symbols of the major world religions to form the word, this nerdy version utilizes the totems of our favorite obsessions, turning a fandom menace into something super, man.
It's only available for one day, but it's cheap - $7 for the smaller sizes and $10 for the biggest. Yes, judge you by your size, it does. But whatever that may be, your wallet will still feel bigger on the inside if you get this over some $25 Hot Topic number.
Ender's Game - Thrust into a top role in a space Battle School to which he comes prematurely, cheeky young Ender Wiggin must penetrate the defenses of alien buggers on a real bear of a mission. Ejecting all thoughts of compassion from his rod-like demeanor to make himself the kind of stiff, hard young adult this war demands, he will finally force his tougher superiors to see his manhood, before play on the greatest game of them all climaxes explosively, and his foes must eat the hot eruption of world-destroying firepower unleashed with a mere caress of his hands.
Also, I hear the dude who wrote the book is a real jerk-off.
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon - Anyone who loves the Dee will get a real kick out of his rising dragon, no? So it'll be a great double-feature with Ender's Game. Actually, this action-crime-mystery-prequel directed by Tsui Hark is like an Imperial-era Sherlock Holmes meets Scooby-Doo...except maybe the monster isn't so fake?More >>
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When was the last time a new toy line was revealed by its appearance on shelves, with no advance looks online? These new Game of Thrones figures are, according to our sometime contributor Poe Ghostal, popping up in Barnes and Noble stores now. George R.R. Martin is reportedly furious at the irony of something related to his work showing up on time without any warning, or at least I hope he is.
These are by Funko, believe it or not, who are also making those vintage Kenner-style figures revealed Friday, which most of you hated. These really do appear to be similar to Star Wars Black, as claimed, which should make you optimistic for the other licenses apparently in line for this treatment...like Firefly. I only wish we still lived in an age of action features - Daenerys with hip-thrusting action, Ned with removable head, and so on.
Note: these are not to be confused with Dark Horse's unarticulated 7.5" figures, which just announced a second series of Cersei Baratheon, Arya Stark, Robb Stark, Jaime Lannister, and the White Walker..
Who were those stylish, square-masked individuals? Perhaps one of many things you missed over the weekend, some of which have been slapped together into this one big-ass post for your enjoyment.
This week's items compiled with the assist of SlyDante777, including tips from himself and Citrus_King, rkwsuperstar, Patch999, James.k.Polk, troi, Anyone00, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, clone_boy99, aidan.jeans.More >>
If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"
Somebody just dared Rob to do this on one of the old FFF threads. I took up the challenge.
Title: "Lunaticus" by savidana
Logline: Harry Potter rapes his father's corpse, then Sirius Black does too.
Acts Involved: Necrophilia, incest, anal sex, oral, arguable beastiality, decomposition, gross bugs, corpse-fucking, implied prison rape.
Participants: Harry Potter, Sirius Black, James Potter, various creepy-crawlies.
The live reading:More >>