Unlike the deluge of Star Trek fanzines in the 1960s and 1970s, which we looked at last time, there don't seem to be quite as many Star Wars fanzines. There are still plenty, but not quite as much of a slew as there had been for Trek. Part of this, I suspect, is because the largely adult / female fan base for Trek was a bit more industrious than the teenage / male base for Wars. I'm aware that I'm speaking in generalizations, and of course the fandoms span generations and genders, and I don't want to ruffle any male feathers, but the earliest Trek fans and zinesters were women, plus the majority of the 'zines we'll look at below were edited by women - a fact that was not lost on some of the male readers at the time. The merchandise-and-marketing train was also already barreling forward by the time the movie came out, so there just wasn't as much of a niche for 'zines to fill, and Lucasfilm's open disapproval didn't help. But they were made all the same, so let's enjoy some of the best art from 'em!
If this can be made on almost no budget, Dimension has definitely been doing the sequels wrong.
Director Mike Le Han's most prominent directorial credits are on various UK true-crime reconstruction shows. With the aid of concept artist Paul Gerrard (Wrath of the Titans, Seventh Son) he has done one hell of a lot more than simply reconstructing Clive Barker's world. Think Hellraiser meets Silent Hill meets whatever other Japanese video games have depicted Hell over the years.
Since this was put together, Barker himself got the go-ahead to write a new script, so the odds of this particular version happening are slim. But what could have been is fascinating - and suggests a lot of potential even if the Weinsteins don't go super huge with the funding.More >>
You only get to put a totally made-up word like "Jedi" or "Smaug" in your title when you're pretty sure the audience is so guaranteed to show up that marketing to newcomers doesn't matter much. And that sums up the feel of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in general - save for one early flashback (call it When Gandalf Met Thorin, and tell Bilbo he'll have what they're having) there is no hand-holding for the casual viewer when it comes to the quest for the Archenstone. Five movies in to Peter Jackson's Middle-earth, there's really no excuse for not having at least the vaguest sense of what's going on, even if the specifics of ancestral lines and blood feuds are both too complicated and too pointless to bother with.More >>
Or it might make you think, "Gee, that's the red room from Twin Peaks in that image above. And the origami stuff in the trailer is just like Blade Runner, but maybe with slightly less narcoleptic Harrison Ford voice-over to tell me what's up in hung-over, obvious detail."
i think there's a great Metamorphosis game to be had where you wake up as a cockroach and must traverse your apartment from a new perspective. I don't think this it. Then again, Steven Soderbergh's Kafka movie wasn't entirely on-topic either, and that may be the point.
In other news: why have I never watched that Kafka movie yet? It looks damn good. Feel free to tell me otherwise.More >>
Somewhere in its show-tuney middle, Disney's animated musical Frozen throws a bone to the young monster geeks in the audience. Elsa, the magically (and literally) frigid young Queen who can freeze fjords and cause climate change and sculpt ice palaces out of the brisk air with a few waves of her hand, conjures up a personal bodyguard: "Marshmallow," a formidable giant made of snow and ice.
He's cool, no pun intended, but only the latest in a long list of terrifying pop-culture monsters confined either to wintry seasons or chilly climes, or both. Some are just grotesque version of arctic or Antarctic fauna, or aliens comfortable at equivalent temperatures on their own planets. A few are actual snowmen, monstrous supernatural versions of Frosty, as in the low-rent 1997 horror favorite Jack Frost or the even creepier wholesome "family" film of the same title that came out a year later. You may recall that even the slow-witted "Abominable Snowman" that affectionately plagued Bugs Bunny melted when he got below timberline.
But most of what falls into the category of "Abominable Snowmen," sometimes known by their Himalayan name of Yeti, are shaggy, burly giants that haunt the cold places, and are generally quite content to be left the hell alone. They're rarely a danger to humans so long as we're sensible enough to stay where it's warm.
Here are 13 of pop culture's most memorable hyperborean horrors:More >>
In comparing the Xbox One/PS4 console wars to Game of Thrones, South Park has been running a pretty epic multi-part arc, which this week also included references to Sailor Moon and My Little Pony. Yes, it comes off sometimes as a blatant plug for The Stick of Truth, but if the game's as good as this week's episode was, I'll be happy.
We haven't done South Park talkbacks before, but this one was the nerdiest one in quite some time. The entire episode, entitled "A Song of Ass and Fire," is now posted online, but even if you have no interest in the whole thing, the show's unique take on the Game of Thrones theme, featuring an appearance from their version of George R. R. Martin, is worth watching.
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...And Katniss For All
Does VH-1 still run Behind the Music any more? Because - and I say this not having read the Hunger Games books - I'm starting to suspect these movies are following an arc similar to that of so many rock bands, as seen conveniently three-act structured into that much-loved TV format. So in part one, the fresh face tops the charts and becomes number one on the hit parade. Now comes the realization that if she wants to stay viable, she has to keep touring forever, and duplicate her past success. No wonder many of her predecessors burned out and turned to booze...or insanity.More >>
If science fiction has taught us anything, it's that in the future, when we have starship captains and such, the only book anyone ever reads (or at least quotes from) will be Moby Dick. It therefore behooves us to keep translations current, so that when accents evolve into whatever the hell it is Will Smith's doing in After Earth, and sideburns evolve into Captain Kirk's triangular points, we have a literary classic that everyone can still understand.
Look, down the line, when aliens attack us or whatever, you're going to want a determined, vengeful hero, and he or she is gonna need that "For hate's sake I stab at thee" part memorized. But kids today don't read any more.
So is $200 really too great a price to pay for a translation into Japanese emoji - mini pictures sent by text message? If we have to depend on Mako Mori from Pacific Rim to save us from Kaiju someday, you'll consider it money well-spent to have a copy on-hand for her.
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Hope, according to Emily Dickinson, is the thing with feathers. But for some people, fear can be a thing with feathers, too. Put simply, birds can be scary as crap. Napoleon Dynamite clearly felt it, when he anxiously asked his employer "Do the chickens have large talons?"
This being Turkey Month, so to speak, and with the amusing, imaginatively silly Free Birds now in theaters, it seems like a good time to pay tribute to a few of pop culture's more memorable beastly birds. A pre-emptive note, however: I've chosen to omit The Birds, Hitchcock's near-masterpiece of 1963, not because it isn't a classic, but because its feathered fiends are experienced in the aggregate, as a massive collective menace, and I'm after big-ass birds, preferably with individual personalities. No disrespect intended. Please don't peck my eyes out.