Blu-ray Today: Batman and Babadook Battle Brooding Boys

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 am

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The Babadook - If it's on Blu-ray, written up by Luke, you shouldn't get rid of The Babadook. Jennifer Kent's slow-build, increasingly taut monster movie about a creepy children's book that draws power from repressed traumas was a horror hit with fans and critics alike, with an excellent lead performance by Essie Davis as the mother of an annoying asshole kid who might be driven to murder him before the movie's out. If the sometimes-invisible, sometimes ink-blot-like monster of the title doesn't get them both first.

The Blu-ray includes the original short film that helped Kickstarter the feature, as well as deleted scenes and interviews. Unlike the book in the movie, it is probably not flame-proof, so don't go there.

When a movie gives me the chills thinking back on it, I know that its scares worked well. I just wish Kent hadn't felt the need to leave room for an unnecessary sequel possibility.

The 15 Best Quotes From the Avengers: Age of Ultron L.A. Press Conference

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Daily Lists, Movies
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Being in a room with all of earth's mightiest mortals is less daunting than you'd think. Hulk is permanently Banner, Thor has short hair and a suit that covers up his biceps, Ultron is an older guy in a hat, and Tony Stark...well, he still owns the room, let's face it. But when they're all relaxing and doing their best to be warm, approachable, and above all, deadpan-dickish in the Downey mold, it's easy to get comfortable.

I was front-row center for the main event. Here are the very best quotes from the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference. Minor spoilers ensue.

Gotham SPOILER Thread - You Didn't Think It Was Canceled, Did You?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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It's not. Just tossed around like every other sci-fi show on Fox.

Top-Down Smackdown: Best Bootleg Shirt of the Day

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, TV
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm

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No lengthy column ideas today. Just this beauty of a shirt available in multiple colors on Amazon.com.

For those not into wrestling who don't get the joke: that individual pictured isn't Finn Balor, nor has he ever held the two titles you see him with right there. The comments, as always with weird shit on Amazon, are amazing:

"Finn Balor is the pride of the indigenous Samoan population of Ireland, so if you wear this shirt there you will be touched."

"As soon as I put on this shirt, I gained the uncanny ability to cock my arm like a shotgun and punch through brick walls."

"I do not recall Finn Balor losing his wrestling ability, getting a major tan, growing dingy hair, getting a large sleeve tribal tat, saying the "looney tunes" style promos, nor having two belts"

$23.99 is a bit too pricey for a bootleg, though.

h/t Heather Wixson

Olivia Munn Finally Gets to Play a Superhero: Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm

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The former Attack of the Show and Daily Show correspondent made a name for herself in part by frequently appearing in cosplay - including the White Queen outfit above - and was one of the early flashpoints in the "fake geek girl" non-debate that I hope we've mostly moved past nowadays. Today, Olivia Munn gets to tell the world she'll be playing a comic character onscreen. I liked her in Magic Mike, but I have no idea how that translates to Psylocke.

Maybe - just maybe - she can hold Bryan Singer's attention long enough to tell him that his costumes need work.

First Look at Walley World in the Vacation Sequelboot

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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It seems Marty Moose couldn't avoid getting Poochie'd. Or Rock Band'ed. Or Ricky Bobby'd.

But perhaps more importantly, it would appear that the next generation of Griswolds actually makes it to the park when it's open...

Hustler Wants You to Stop Having Sex With Vegetables

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 11:00 am

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I saw a billboard featuring this ad campaign yesterday, and was tempted to rather stupidly try and snap a pic while driving (I did not, but I was briefly tempted). It seems the Hustler store in Hollywood (soon to be demolished, BTW) is now operating as a corporate propaganda tool in the pocket of Big Latex, and is determined to distract you from the cheaper options available at the local Kroger.

Or maybe it truly is about morality and decency towards our plant-based pals. Watch their campaign ad and you decide.

Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python (Yes, It's Really Him)

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Music, Tech
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

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"Singing" is perhaps a loose word, though if James Cagney can say that's what he was doing in Yankee Doodle Dandy, this counts too. The speech box hasn't, as far as I can tell, been auto-tuned - just timed efficiently to the tune of "The Galaxy Song" from The Meaning of Life.

And in less than three minutes, Hawking himself has now given us more entertainment value than anything in that boring-ass movie about his life that won the Oscar. Maybe he should have played himself.

Avengers 2 Porn Parody Poster Seems Weirdly Off

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Axel Braun likes to get his digs in at whatever comic-book movies are trending, and here he's putting Spider-Man in the Avengers before Marvel, and giving Ms. Marvel a prominent role. That's well and good...

But those neon green Hydra outfits - really? And while he seems to have hired an impressive Adrianne Palicki lookalike, using her SHIELD outfit instead of a comic-accurate costume is a little less than I'd expect from Mr. Braun usually. Sorry, techno-fetishists, no Ultron - evil Spidey (and presumably his "organic webshooter") is the bad guy here. From the press release:

"This is just an awesome movie, and not just because I directed it!" said Braun, who co-wrote the screenplay with longtime collaborator Eli Cross. "It's a fairly complex story, but it unfolds very fluidly while still allowing plenty of action and character development so the viewer can suspend disbelief."
Avengers XXX 2 debuts online tomorrow at Vivid.com.

New Trailer Twofer: Ant-Man and Terminator: Genisys

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, April 13, 2015 at 8:22 am

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The Terminator one features what would appear to be an unexpected and major revelation regarding the nature of its antagonist...while Ant-Man is pretty much as I described over the weekend.

Both have done their job in making me go from "meh" to "interested how this plays out." Though if Terminator is the period piece it would logically have to be given what they set up, it's interesting how fast cyborgs age.