GIVEAWAY: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles iOS Game

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Movies, Video Games
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm


I know, I know. You're skeptical about the movie. You're worried about Michael Bay, Megan Fox and nostrils. But maybe, just'd like to download the movie game for free and find out more? I can give you that chance. Per the publicity team, "You can play as all four Turtles, and fight the Foot Clan in story or survival mode. The story mode was written by Tom Waltz, who co-wrote the IDW series with original TMNT creator Kevin Eastman."

Director Paul Hough Picks the Human Race Signed DVD and Poster Winners

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm


My writer-director, fresh from an international tour to promote the film, emailed last night with his favorite contest entries, in which all of you tried to guess what character I play in his film, and what my fate is. Before I reveal the winners, here are his comments:

I like number 1 - very creative - and number 2 is smart - and number 3 funny

Without further ado...

An Editor Looking for Work Made This Guild Wars 2 Trailer. Time to Hire Him

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Video Games
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm


I don't know much about Guild Wars 2, but this fan trailer makes me want to look into both it and the band whose music he uses, Charli XCX. I can't think of a better salute to the guy's work than that.

ICYMI: Comic-Con "Alien Egg Chamber" Playset Available Online in New Color

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:00 am


Because few small companies like to leave money on the table, that Alien Egg Chamber Playset that was so hard to get at Comic-Con has been given a color makeover (black box instead of blue, charcoal-colored base) and is available online for preorder as of this writing with no waiting in line.

I can't decide if this is a dick move or a fan-friendly gesture. If you lined up purely to try and get one for the resale value, I guess the joke's on you - resale value will go down even with the color difference. But if you lined up as a fan, I feel bad for you when this version looks just as good.

New Comic Book Day: Let the Bodies Hit the Force

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

Wherein the author takes a look at the different approaches to the end(s) of human life vis a vis the works of Mssrs. Ennis and Remender. Or: Remmy and Enny write some messed-up comics about dead humans and I think sometimes they're pretty excellent. or at least intriguing, like this month's Low #1.

More dead bodies with, er, Bodies out of Vertigo while Luke Skywalker commits some space crimes, Jedi-style in Dark Horse's Star Wars: Rebel Heist.

Oh, and since Guardians of the Galaxy is out this week, we should probably talk about one of the comics bearing that name from Marvel. I mean, we don't have to, but I feel like I'd be letting you down if I didn't.

The things I do for your love and respect. Well, Internet love and virtual respect.

The 10 Least Terrible SyFy Channel Original Movies (Sorry, Sharknado!)

By Matthew Catania in Daily Lists, Movies, TV
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 6:00 am


My life used to revolve around watching SyFy (nee Sci-Fi) Channel Original Pictures. They are the world's leading repository for has-been celebrities and unfinished CGI, and it's amazing how many they were able to make with only four Mad Libs scripts. In the wake of tonight's premiere of Sharknado 2: The Second One (this is what what happens when you crowdsource a title), you may be compelled watch some its ilk "Ironically." Not all SyFy Channel Original movies are created equally. Most are downright horrendous, but a handful of them are actually watchable ... maybe even legitimately good. The hard part is knowing the difference between the ones that are "so bad they're good" and "so bad they should be hurled into the Sun." Sharknado , for example, doesn't measure up to its stupendous title, and even Bruce Campbell and a criminally underused Renee O'Connor can make Alien Apocalypse worth watching. You should also avoid any of Asylum's "mockbuster" co-productions that piggyback on theartical fare.

Tracking the least terrible ones down is tricky, because most are released on DVD with less bombastic titles and no mention that they were SyFy movies (probably because SyFy makes people think of syphilis). So if you're ever forced to watch a marathon of them, you should pick these because they're the ten least terrible.

Did You See This Deadpool Test Footage Yet? Would You Watch a Whole Movie?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm


Shot and animated with a mo-capped Ryan Reynolds, this is the test reel Rob Liefeld has been raving about for years now, finally released online by Blur Studios. It's pretty perfect as a depiction of the character - but could it sustain for a whole feature? Would the cockiness get way too irritating, as it seemed to do for many viewers in Green Lantern?

Either way, I reckon I wouldn't mind having the chance to find out.

TR Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Is the A-Team in Space Movie I Never Knew I Wanted

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm


UPDATED: Since my speculation about the post-credits scene turned out to be absolutely correct, I have removed it now as an actual spoiler. Hey, perhaps they should have shown it to us and we'd know what not to say.

Lord knows we critics can't be fans too, and we totally saw it for "free" with the only obligation being that we then have to take a couple of hours out of the day to write an article about it, because that's how we make a living and stuff. This may be a larger topic for another day.

If You Thought the Marketing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Was Bad Before...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm


As this movie gets closer to release, we're finally starting to hear some of the right things, with director Jonathan Liebesman talking about his love for the cartoons as a kid, a clip that makes fun of the idea they could be aliens, and so forth. It's a course correction for an otherwise awfully mismarketed film whose people spent most of the year legally threatening anyone with leaked images rather than getting out in front with their own pictures.

And then they go and put out that poster above. Look at the release date. Then look at the image again.

Granted, it's for Australia, where that date means less. But online, everything is international.

h/t Gallen_Dugall via The Mary Sue

Septic Man Sounds Like the Worst Superhero Ever

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 11:52 am


Did you think Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne lived difficult lives? My bet is they've got nothing on this guy. Check out the trailer, which looks like someone did a gritty, horror remake of The Toxic Avenger.

Speaking of which...whatever happened to that Toxie remake that Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to costar in? Anyway, here's Septic Man...