TR Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Is as Frank Miller-y as a Taliban Whiskey Enema

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Taken on its own terms, for what it's trying to achieve, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for is almost an unqualified success - it sets out to bring Frank Miller's words and pictures into 3-D as literally as possible, and it does (the major exception to that fealty, as you certainly know by now, is brought to you by the letters J.A., and NOT by the letters T&A).

Despite viewing it at a press screening in a theater that should never, ever be used to project 3-D (when I closed one eye, it was STILL in double-vision, which is a technical error), I was engrossed every time the effect actually worked. A shower of shattered glass here, a late-night dive into a swimming pool there, and the rain that falls on the just and unjust alike. While the backdrops of the original occasionally looked and felt like backdrops, this is a tangible world with depth that you want to lose yourself in - and that made me wish for an open-world video game where I could go anywhere in the city by myself.

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Lego Joker Sings "I've Got the Whole World in My Pants"

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Technically, this is a trailer for Lego Batman 3, setting up Brainiac as the big bad and establishing that multiple worlds are involved.

But if you're a regular TR reader, trust me- skip straight to the 1:15 mark. It's better without context, much like the image above.

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Mattel's "Doomsday Unleashed" Action Figure Will Be Released After All

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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He was the "tier 2" subscription incentive figure for a DC subscription that never wound up happening, and official word at the time was that he would not be made. Mattel officially just changed their tune on that.


I've seen images online (that aren't mine to use) of the figure in a window box with a piece of torn Superman cape in his claws. Now I'm thinking those were legit. Hate to think what the price will be, though - probably around $50 without a larger subscription to even out costs.

This is cause for optimism that if the Masters of the Universe subscription doesn't go through, everything shown so far will at some point get made anyway. As of now, that sub is being opened up again for one more weekend, since it didn't make the cut by the official deadline.

Again, I reiterate: I NEED SAUROD. He has not yet been sculpted. So the sub has to happen. Don't be like Skeletor and not be in the giving vein this day.

Patrick Stewart Is Fascinated by Bryan Singer's New X-Men Tattoo

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Just for fun...caption the pic!

Sin City Fanfic Doubleheader: Special Edition With Furries, and 8-Bit Game Tribute

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I've seen the new Sin City, and while I'm not allowed to express anything resembling a reaction or review until opening day, I think it's okay to say that it made me really want a video game set in that universe. Grand Theft Auto in Sin City - perfect, right?

But I'll take a Final Fight version too - and while this video isn't playable, it does make me imagine the good times. To be truly Frank Millerish, though, it needs constant dialogue interjections, even if only in text form, that read like things hungover people say. Like...

"No games. God damn."
"She played my game good."
"Head pounding. Knife in my guts. Pass the Nintendo."

See? Not that hard. But that's not the only Sin City video I have for you today, and the second one is, uh, quite something...

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New Comic Book Day: Pinheads of the Multiversity - UNITE!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Somehow, this week's installment of New Comic Book Day ended up being kind of horror-heavy. I make no apologies.

It's a weird week, because there are some weird books out. Some, like Grant Morrison's Multiversity, I half never expected to see on shelves (but I'm excited beyond all reason that it exists); others, like BOOM! Studio's Hellraiser: Bestiary attempt to create canon in a non-continuity book that will nevertheless have impact on upcoming issues of the ongoing, because man, the last 20 years of movies have been awful. Okay, sure, whatever.

Oh, and The Strain enters its final act, Stray Bullets: Killers enters at turning point, and I added a couple of kids comics because it can't all be blood, guts, and meta stories, right?

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12 Marvel Characters That Need to Appear on Agent Carter

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Who ever expected Peggy Carter to be the breakout character of Captain America: The First Avenger? Thanks to Hayley Atwell's kickass yet compassionate performance, this once obscure supporting character will be headlining her own TV show on ABC. Agent Carter will act as a period piece prequel to Agents of SHIELD by showing the SSR of WWII before it upgraded to a cooler acronym. (Some sources say the show will take place between the first Captain America and the Agent Carter One-Shot.) Its eight-episode first season is slated to air during the middle hiatus of Agents of SHIELD's second season.

Hopefully its showrunners, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, will learn from the mistakes of Marvel Studios' first foray into live action TV. Agents of SHIELD has the unfortunate habit of dealing with some nifty Marvel stuff in the most perfunctory manner possible, or wedging it between bland character work while it treads water. Agent Carter can hopefully avoid these pitfalls, especially if it surrounds Peggy with some dynamic characters from the comics. I'm acting under the assumption that anyone from the first Captain America who didn't have a dramatic exit (Howard Stark, Colonel Chester Phillips, the Howling Commandos, Dr. Arnim Zola) is potentially in play, so this list is just for new characters to be introduced. Stark butler Edwin Jarvis is already confirmed to appear, making JARVIS 50% creepier now that we know Tony based it off a real person. The Marvel Cinematic Universe's timeline doesn't exactly match up to Marvel' Comics' timeline (Nick Fury wasn't old enough to be a Howling Commando in the movieverse despite starring in a book named Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos!), so I'm picking the characters that would best fill out the espionage action showcase even if they weren't originally active during WWII. So who should Peggy Carter bring along with her when she inevitably conquers television?


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Agents of SHIELD Gets Former Wonder Woman

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 11:24 am

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Adrianne Palicki, who starred in the never-aired Wonder Woman pilot and played Lady Jaye in the last G.I. Joe movie, will join Agents of SHIELD as Mockingbird, a.k.a. Bobbi Morse (ironic...it's as if they're mocking somebody, or something...I wonder what?). As the Hollywood Reporter notes, the character was mentioned in a video shown at Comic-Con.

Somehow I don't think she'll be wearing the costume shown above, or even the oversized yellow sunglasses she's also known for. Though I'd love to see Marvel try it.

Oh Hai Golden Gate Bridge! First Ant-Man Still Reveals...San Francisco

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:30 am

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Since they only just started shooting, I guess there isn't much more to show.

At least since this is Marvel, we know Paul Rudd will get a costume later. If it were a Christopher Nolan movie, this would be his costume.

Topless Toy Chest: Sin City Marv - Bloody Comic-Con Exclusive by Diamond Select

Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Marv is one of those characters who, at the time of his creation, you'd never think would get his own action figure, being an alcoholic, pill-popping, whore-banging, joy-killing antihero who dies at the end of his inaugural tale. Yet at least three different companies have taken a crack at him prior to this version. McFarlane Toys did him first, in Frank Miller style and in a controversial "Death Row" variant that allowed you to throw the switch on his electric chair. NECA did movie versions, including their own take on that same chair. And while both were limited-articulation with color variants, Marvel Toys before going under did a super-poseable black-and-white Marv as part of their independent comic characters line, which was the last thing they ever did.

Now Diamond Select Toys has the movie rights - to the first movie only, though their initial three figures are characters who appear looking very similar in movie 2 also. How do they measure up? Let's see.

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