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Published: Oct 24, 2014 9:00:06 AM
Forces of Geek features columns and commentary on all aspects of geek culture including pop culture, technology, art, television, comics, music, fashion, film, literature and video games. The premiere Geek Culture community online, forcesofgeek.com wants you to discover and embrace the unknown, the forgotten, and the beloved.
  • Oct 24, 2014 9:00:06 AM

    In this mini doc by Rolling Stone, Def Jam Records founder, Rick Rubin, returns to his NYU dorm room where the record label began and discusses what it is like to be one of the coolest, most influential human beings on the planet.

    While I love the fact that Rubin can talk about his place in the Hip-hop/Rap pantheon without any hint of artifice or swagger (and, to look at him you'd think he was a lost cast member of Duck Dynasty...only without all the racism and bigotry) what is even more remarkable is that he managed (with co-founder Russell Simmons) to create a musical dynasty without ever really trying to...he just wanted to make records for his friends.

    Kind of makes you long for the days when you could just be a creative, free-thinking human being without the need to create a platform/brand for yourself before actually creating something doesn't it?

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 24, 2014 7:00:01 AM
    Review by Benn Robbins 
    Produced by Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, 
    Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
    Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
    Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
    Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough. Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts


    I went into Birdman knowing it was going to be amazing.

    I was not disappointed.

    Birdman is amazing.

    Academy Award nominated director, writer and producer, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s very meta introspective black comedy is about an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.

    In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

    That is the bare bones description that came in my EPK press kit. What this film really is a a study of life, love, friendship, ego, insanity, family and loss.

    It is also one of the best movies I have seen in the last 10 years.

    Birdman triumphs at getting to the root of what what it means to be human through analyzing the downfalls of celebrity and what it means to live forever in the public consciousness. Riggan Thomson (Keaton) is a washed up former blockbuster movie star who once starred in one of the biggest comic book movie franchises of all time, BIRDMAN. Sound familiar? Well it should.

    Birdman is Michael Keaton

    Michael Keaton IS Birdman.

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  • Oct 24, 2014 5:00:04 AM
    Review by Caitlyn Thompson
    Produced by David Lancaster, Michel Litvak, Jason Blum
    Written and Directed by Damien Chazelle
    Starring Miles Teller, J. K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, 
    Austin Stowell, Jayson Blair, Kavita Patil, 
    Michael Cohen, Kofi Siriboe, Paul Reiser


    Whiplash.

    Indeed. Exhilarating and provocative, this film hits hard.

    It’s a truly visceral experience, tense and exciting.  From the moment the film begins, be aware that there won’t be one relaxing moment.

    And it’s incredible.

    The plot of this movie is unlike other musical productions, if there is even a plot at all.

    No prestigious competition to win, no personal hardship or vendetta that must be overcome or redeemed.

    Whiplash is about artistic obsession.

    Studying at the most prestigious conservatory in the country, Andrew Neyman (Teller) has a very specific goal – he doesn’t want to be great, he wants to be “one of the greats”, and that distinction is important to note.

    The very premise of Whiplash is the cost of greatness.

    Picked to perform in the studio band by the most notorious instructor in the school, Terence Fletcher, played with phenomenal verve by J.K. Simmons, Andrew enters into a brutal engagement that pushes his physical and emotional capabilities well beyond their limits.

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  • Oct 23, 2014 6:00:00 PM
    When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

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  • Oct 23, 2014 5:00:07 PM
    In today’s post, I will select my picks for the ten greatest animated shorts of 1934.

    This was the year that the Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code, was strictly enforced, effectively excising the sexual innuendos and “barnyard humor” of early talkie cartoons.

    But due to Disney’s clean-cut influence, cartoon studios were already starting to veer away from such material, attempting instead to capture the charming fantasy of Disney’s Silly Symphonies series.

    Case in point: almost every studio in Hollywood started producing a series of musical one-shots in color in 1934, including the Color Classics at Max Fleischer, the Cartune Classics at Walter Lantz, the Rainbow Parades at Van Beuren, the Color Rhapsodies at Charles Mintz and the Happy Harmonies at the newly-formed MGM studio. Not to mention Ub Iwerks’ ComiColor series (which began at the tail-end of 1933) and Warner Bros.’s Merrie Melodies (which began back in 1931, but started producing color cartoons in 1934). Anyway, this list includes some big advancements in the medium, a little bit of stop-motion animation and also some appearances by fairly recent characters like Donald Duck and Popeye the Sailor.

    Take a look:


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  • Oct 23, 2014 4:00:00 PM
    Collects first two arcs of New York Times bestseller by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

    In the Image Comics series LAZARUS, the world has become a feudal state: a few wealthy families control all of the resources, while all other people amount to, if they’re lucky, loyal vassals or serfs. But most are destitute, unprotected, and desperate — what the privileged call “Waste.” This is the world of the New York Times bestselling series by Greg Rucka (Whiteout, Gotham Central, Wonder Woman, Atticus Kodiak novels) and Michael Lark (Gotham Central, Daredevil, SCENE OF THE CRIME), which is now being collected into a deluxe hardcover edition, out in November.

    The “Lazarus” of the title is Forever Carlyle, the genetically enhanced daughter of a powerful family who is charged, like all who share the title Lazarus, with protecting that family by all means possible — and the story begins on the day she is killed.

    Forever believes in her father’s love for her, but as a conflict with another ruling Family to moves toward war, she begins to suspect she is little more than a pawn in Family Carlyle’s plot to gain more power.

    To writer Rucka, the dystopia he created for LAZARUS isn’t a far-fetched science fiction world; it’s plausible speculation on where our society is heading.

    Influenced by the Occupy Movement, Rucka asked himself, “What would the world look like if 99% became 99.99999%? What if the 1% became the .00001%? What happens when that much wealth and power becomes that concentrated?”

    Concentration of power leads to the powerful using all means to protect what they have — and that is where Forever comes in. Regarded variably as a tool, pet, and science project, Forever must break through her lifelong conditioning to find out what and who she really is in a world that sees her as something less — and more — than human.

    “If you ask me what the series is about, yes, it’s about this dark vision of the future, certainly,” said Rucka. “But it’s about Forever, her journey, the questions of nature versus nurture, and of power, and of corruption.”

    Lark’s art renders Forever’s world in deep shadow and is heightened with moody colors by Santi Arcas, perfectly capturing the fractured, violent world of LAZARUS as well as Forever’s vulnerability and naïveté, which her deadly exterior belies.

    “I’m trying to demonstrate the contrast between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots,’” said artist Lark. “Because one side has, literally everything and the other has nothing, the contrast is strong. I realize that while we in the United States haven’t seen this come to pass — yet — there are other parts of the world where it is already a stark reality.”

    LAZARUS: BOOK ONE collects issues #1-9 of LAZARUS, plus an introduction by Warren Ellis, a four-page “Prelude”; never-before-seen work by artist Lark, cover artist Owen Freeman, and graphic designer Eric Trautmann; and exclusive world-building content.

    LAZARUS: BOOK ONE Hardcover by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (colors by Santi Arcas)
    • ISBN 978-1-63215-183-4
    • Diamond Comic order code SEP140626
    • 256 pages, hardbound, full color
    • $34.99
    • In comic book stores November 19, in book stores December 2
    • Rated Mature
    • Collects LAZARUS #1-9

    Check out a preview after the jump!
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  • Oct 23, 2014 3:00:00 PM
    Did I watch that?






    For the second part of this listicle, I continue to take a look at the most soul destroying cartoons to ever haunt a childhood.





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  • Oct 23, 2014 2:00:03 PM
    Teen drama starring beloved comic characters lands at FOX
    The news is out: “Riverdale,” a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, has landed at Fox. Warner Brothers Studios is producing along with studio-based Berlanti Productions.

    “Riverdale” offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.

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  • Oct 23, 2014 1:00:03 PM
    Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN Present All-New Hilarious
    Commentary on This Holiday Title in Select U.S. Cinemas on December 4
    Fathom Events, RiffTrax.com® and IGN are thrilled to bring Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) back to select cinemas nationwide for “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus” on Thursday, December 4 LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT for a hilarious never-before-seen take on K. Gordon Murray's “Santa Claus.”


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  • Oct 23, 2014 12:00:05 PM
    Series Premieres in 2015 on WE tv

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  • Oct 23, 2014 11:00:02 AM

    Imagine being a kid back when nothing good was on TV until Saturday mornings (or, possibly, in the evenings, if, your parents were nice and let you sit on the cold linoleum floor in front of them to watch the Six Million Dollar Man). Now imagine that when the commercials came on you just had to sit through them because the only remote control in the house was you and in order to channel surf between the four or five stations that your rooftop antenna sent inside your 500 pound console TV, you had to get up off the floor and physically turn the dial (which, most likely, had broken off right after the warranty expired and required a pair of pliers that your dad left on top of the TV to grasp the turning doo-dad...and so help you if you moved them).

    Can your little techno-head imagine that? Oh, it can't? Well maybe this string of shitty commercials (one of which shows off the best Halloween offerings that my childhood had to deal with) will help with the mental pictures.

    Maybe then you'll understand why people my age hate you so much.

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 23, 2014 9:00:02 AM
    What Emoji is this?

    Between sexualizing children's television characters or appropriating another culture so that we can show off our boobs or knobs,  I had to wonder if our self-loathing had finally reached its peak...and then I saw this:


    Yep, those are emoji masks, because apparently we are in that deep, dark place within our souls when wearing a smiling turd upon our visage is as close to admitting that we need help as a species as we are going to get.

    Oh dear god, can someone please help me?

    And better yet, we can pay someone $5 for the pleasure of sending it to our home (because finding a template on the internet would be too time consuming).

    Granted, it isn't a slutty emoji so perhaps that's something to be grateful for, but still, here we are, trying to decide which contemporary hieroglyphic best represents our self in the hopes that our friends and co-workers might think of us as hip and trendy (although what will most likely happen is that someone in HR will email us the number to an insurance-approved therapist so as not to subject the company to a lawsuit after we completely fall apart and threaten to kill everyone).

    But do we really need to go this far?

    Wouldn't it be better to not participate in the holiday if our options are limited to dressing as a slutty cast member from Frozen or as a Sly Guy Emoji?


    Well? Wouldn't it?

    I don't know, maybe I just need to lie down or something...is there an emoji mask for the emotion of deeply depressed?

    Source: IIHIH


  • Oct 23, 2014 7:00:08 AM

    I don't want to give away too much about Mike Roush's deliciously absurd animated nature mockumentary, but let's just say it is everything you would ever want to know about the Burrowing Owl (plus a whole lot more).

    I hope that Roush continues on with more of this style of edu-animations as I believe that humanity would be best served by knowing that some animals aren't going to take our destructive shit anymore.

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 22, 2014 7:00:00 PM
    Deep down, most of us long to be famous. While most of us live our lives in anonymity, as a celebrity you can have an impact on the world, leave a meaningful legacy behind, and have your name remembered for ages.

    Sometimes, though, fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While PR professionals might claim there’s “no such thing as bad publicity,” for individuals seeking fame, that’s not always the case. When it comes to your own legacy, it’s probably better to live in obscurity than to have your name smeared throughout history.

    Even if you’re not remembered as a villain for all time, a brief firestorm of bad publicity can cost you. Take Justine Sacco, who was fired due to an inappropriate tweet that went viral, or the South Korean student who became famous and endured harassment as “Dog Poop Girl” after refusing to clean up after her dog on the subway.

    Those cautionary tales prove a point: If you’re after Internet stardom, you need to take charge by crafting your own online identity before you hit the big time.

    By following the right steps to stardom, you can turn around even bad publicity in your favor. Even if an unflattering photo of you suddenly goes viral, you can imitate accidental star McKayla Maroney and reclaim your fame with a positive attitude.

    But instead of waiting for your one-in-a-million chance of going viral accidentally, it’s better to start off on the right foot to begin with than to be accidentally launched into fame by a chance photo or misstep and then have to try to make the best of it.

    If you’ve decided to take your Internet stardom into your own hands, just follow the steps after the jump and your name will be known around the web before you know it.

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  • Oct 22, 2014 5:00:04 PM

    For those looking to dress up as your favorite superhero, our friends at SuperHeroStuff want you to know that the last day to order with a guarantee of receiving the purchased stuff by Halloween is October 24th

    They have costume shirts, costume hoodies, costume pj’s and a bunch of other accessories to enhance any costume. 

    Plus, they have two contests running. The first is a costume contest with Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s divisions and $800+ in prizes. The second is a sweepstakes with one winner receiving a $100 shopping spree and a zombified drawing of themselves from a surprise comic artist.

    After the jump find out all of their current promotions and contests!

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  • Oct 22, 2014 3:00:00 PM
    Review by Dean Galanis
    Produced by Steven Hoban
    Written and Directed by David Hayter
    Starring Jason Momoa, Lucas Till, Merritt Patterson, 
    John Pyper-Ferguson, Stephen McHattie, Kaitlyn Leeb, 
    Jennifer Hale, Adam Butcher, Miriam McDonald, 
    Melanie Scrofano, Adam MacDonald, Alain Moussi
    Release Date: October 16th, 2014 VOD / 
    November 14th in Limited Theatrical Release


    Lame but not terrible coming-of-age werewolf tale is not nearly as awful as the early reviews have indicated.  But please don’t mistake that statement as a recommendation.

    Lucas Till plays Cayden, a small-town, high school quarterback who begins to realize he is a werewolf.

    After beating the crap out of a rival defensemen, nearly raping his girlfriend and apparently slaughtering his parents, he evades the police and hits the road in order to find some answers.

    After happening upon a fellow werewolf in a bar, he’s guided to the town of Lupine Ridge, a town full of werewolves that has split into two clans. Cayden is taken in by the kindly John Tollerman (the always-welcome Stephen McHattie) and his wife, and he starts falling in love with sexy werewolf Angelina, while getting some hefty stare-downs from big-ass werewolf Conor Slaughter (well-cast Jason Momoa).

    What follows has for the all the world the feel of a half-baked TV pilot; the opening feels rushed, character development is sketchy, to be kind, the action is perfunctory (the fighting is constantly plagued by the fastfastfast action then slooooooooow mooootion then fastfastfast!!! kind of crap that was passé a decade ago), the plotting connect-the-dots.

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  • Oct 22, 2014 1:00:02 PM
    Several weeks ago it was reported that The X-Files might make a comeback, which prompted a post by me wondering if the show would work in the present time, if it was too much of a relic from the 1990s.

    Since then I’ve been binge watching the show; I’ve now completed the first five seasons and I’m halfway through the six. To my surprise, this was the first time I had watch many of the episodes since they first aired, some over 21 years ago!

    It’s kinda hard to believe that The X-Files was such a popular culture phenomenon, and mainstream enough to have routinely been nominated for the top awards at the Emmy’s (winning some of them), as well as winning the best drama award at Golden Globes several times.


    This comment has nothing to do with the subject matter — which I’ll get to in a minute — but that the tone of the show would violently swing from one episode to the next.

    One week it would be the pulpy monster of the week, the next a show filled melodramatic introspective voice overs, then to Scully’s crisis or religion, and then to a comic episode that’s almost slapstick silly.


    Further, the relationship between Mulder and Scully would dramatically change. One week they had a deep platonic friendship, the next they were at each other throats. Several episodes would be spent laying the groundwork for how Scully resents the way in which Mulder treats her as his secretary, and then there wouldn’t be any mention of this again for a dozen episodes. It was like it never happened.

    It’s almost like show would produce scripts that were written for half a dozen other TV shows. Nobody knew what the show was about, so any script could get shot so long as it had the main characters in it.

    To give a specific example, the Vince Gilligan episodes tend to be psychological thrillers where paranormal elements were minimal to the point that the stories didn’t rely on them. He had is own unique vision of what the show was like, which got mixed in with very different other visions.

    Maybe we didn’t notice this in the 1990s because we weren’t binge-watching episodes, and the occasional reruns helped break up episodes even more. Or, as TV shows have become more episodic we just demand a greater degree of unity across episodes.

    But still, I just didn’t remember how schizophrenic the show was and I’m surprised people weren’t more critical about this.

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  • Oct 22, 2014 11:00:03 AM

    I'm not sure if Ethan Shaftel's fantastic (seriously, this thing is amazing) short film Flesh Computer is an allegory for our growing dependence on technology and humanity's tendency toward violence (both physically and sexually) or simply an incredibly well done sci-fi flick, but either way I demand that someone give him loads of money to flesh (no pun intended) this thing out so that I can sit in a theater and feel weird.

    And yes, the story of an apartment building super/handyman whose cybernetic pet is threatened by some asshole bullies will make you feel really weird inside, but that's a good thing...'cause I'm pretty sure we're meant to.

    So watch it after the break and feel free to discuss your emotions...and maybe, could someone give me a hug because I feel like connecting to another human being right about now.

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  • Oct 22, 2014 9:00:01 AM

    To me nothing is scarier than a kid on a Big Wheel (thank you Stanley Kubrick) and in this clever IKEA ad there's a whole lotta Big Wheeling going on...as well as some creepy Spot-the-Homage bits that go by quickly so be prepared to watch this ad again and again so as not to miss anything (There's also a sweet little contest that revolves around the ad as well so click HERE to take part).

    Congrats IKEA for having balls big enough to scare away some of your customers...and no, I'm not referring to their assembly directions.

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 22, 2014 7:00:05 AM

    While most of my life is spent online tracking down stories to post to FOG! or catching up with with my X-Files slash fiction group, I do happen to miss a few major things...like a nun winning Italy's version of The Voice. Which made seeing this music video of Sister Cristina covering Madonna's Like A Virgin a bit like watching an homage to Father Guido Sarducci (for those of you who are too young to know what the fuck I'm talking about click HERE).

    To be honest with you, I kept waiting for the punchline throughout the entire video only to realize that no, this is, in fact, an honest to god cover of a nun singing Like A Virgin.

    And that makes it even funnier...so thank-you Jeebus.

    Video after the break.

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  • Oct 21, 2014 7:00:03 PM
    Brad Pitt’s new WWII tank drama Fury has arrived, and reminded us all of other films featuring tanks.  Most enthusiasts agree such films as The Battle of the Bulge, Patton and the original Sahara with Humphrey Bogart are the standard-bearers of the subgenre, the tank movies against which all subsequent works like the WWII drama Kelly’s Heroes, the father/son ’80s comedy Tank and the Matthew McConaughey remake of Sahara are compared.


    While I decide if Fury warrants a big-screen theatrical viewing versus a wait-for-the-Blu-ray approach, here are some other suggestions--some lesser known and others less obvious--that offer some terrific tank moments.


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  • Oct 21, 2014 5:00:00 PM
    Editor's Note: Our Gotham reviewer, Steven Scott, just moved across the country delaying his coverage of episodes 3, 4 and 5.



    The Balloonman (S01E03)


    A new vigilante is taking the law into his own hands strapping corrupt public figures to weather balloons and sending them off into space. Due to his methods, the press has dubbed him The Balloonman, and now Gordon must stop the madman’s rampage, despite the people of Gotham embracing him for taking out the trash.


    THE GOOD


    The Penguin is again this episode’s MVP. Like Joker in The Dark Knight, the show is that much better when he’s onscreen and you can’t wait until he pops up again. From the very first scene of him feeling right at home in his corrupt, crime-ridden city, he is a magnetic personality who you can’t help rooting for despite being a murderous sociopath.

    The rest of the cast is beginning to settle into their roles except for Pinkett Smith. Cat is back in this episode assisting Gordon with his follow up investigation on the Wayne murders and they have good chemistry. If they continue to develop her role right, she will be a fan favorite by mid season.


    THE BAD


    Fish Mooney remains a low point as Pinkett Smith is clearly relishing her villainous role way too much, coming off more silly than menacing. She appears to be taking her cues from Eartha Kitt’s Catwoman and takes the show up a notch on the campiness meter. I hate to say it but the sooner Penguin rises up and devours Fish, the better off the show will be.

    Whereas Gordon and Cat’s scenes together work, Gordon and Bruce’s are majorly lacking. The first scene they shared together in the pilot felt natural because it was real and honest, a detective consoling a newly orphaned boy and making him a promise that he will avenge his parent’s deaths. Every scene they’ve shared since then is cold and wooden, feeling more like an excuse to get these two in a room together than an organic part of the story. Alfred’s presence doesn’t help either. Something needs to change in this dynamic.


    THE BAT

    From the opening scene with the first victim floating towards his death above the Gotham skyline, the first thing that popped into my head was “Batman could’ve saved him.” Unfortunately the GCPD doesn’t have their own Batplane but they do what they can within their abilities to track down and prevent more of these deaths from happening. The Balloonman, a one gimmick villain who would fit alongside such D-listers as the Kite Man if he were introduced in the comics, actually works here as a one off antagonist. He’s not so powerful that Gordon couldn’t take him down without assistance from Batman, but he is a sign of things to come.



    Bruce is given his obligatory scenes in this episode, one of which involves a newscaster posing the question, “who will step up to protect the citizens of Gotham?” Cut to Bruce’s face.  Nods like this kind of make me wish Bruce hadn’t been added as a regular on the series as I can only take so many “Hey, by the way, he’s going to be BATMAN,” moments.

    Plus, how many more Balloonmen will the show throw at us before they start burning through more and more of Batman’s foes. Who will be left to introduce by the time he suits up?


    THE CONCLUSION


    Despite some bumps, this is the best episode of the series so far. Not a difficult feat after the disappointment that was the previous episode. The villain worked in the context of this series as someone that the cops could take down without Batman’s help but is gearing us up for more colorful characters to crop up. Let’s hope the show has worked out its kinks by this point.


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  • Oct 21, 2014 3:00:01 PM
    For those of you that haven’t been keeping up with the X-Men, which is a lot more fun and lot less mind-numbing than keeping up with the Kardashians, a few years back, Marvel’s favorite mutants suffered a nearly crippling blow when Wanda Maximoff, the daughter of Magneto better known as the Scarlet Witch, went off her nut and wished the mutant gene into the cornfield.

    It was so not good that she did that.  Not good at all.

    Clearly, HER mutant power is convincing large swaths of people
    she’s interesting enough to watch for nearly a decade.

    Suffering a breakdown precipitated by the revelation that she’d been made to forget that she had twins—well, that’s because they were actually made up of magical energy that she subconsciously had given form to; shit, this is actually kind of mind-numbing…—the Witch lost control of her reality warping abilities and caused Avengers Mansion to blow up, killed a handful of teammates, and then when her brother Pietro (aka Quicksilver, also somehow still a credible hero) convinced her to envision a reality where mutants were in (mostly) peaceful command called the House of M, she went even further off the rails and wished for “no more mutants.”

    Of course, since Marvel knew that their X-Men books were pretty much half of their publishing line “no more mutants” actually meant “no more mutants that no one really cares about and the temporary removal of the mutant gene to prevent further mutants,” but whatever.

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  • Oct 21, 2014 1:00:01 PM
    It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.

    Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.

    There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

    Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.

    Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.
    After the jump, check out a few pages of the adaptation, illustrated by Kevin Nowlan.

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  • Oct 21, 2014 11:00:02 AM

    If you are thinking of getting into extreme activities I can think of no better training than watching this Virgin America ad of mannequins in a simulated flight from Newark to San Fran...and yes, the entire thing takes about six hours (just like the actual flight).

    Filled with crying babies, annoying neighbors and your general experience in flying coach across country, Virgin has managed to capture the hell of being crammed in a metal tube screaming across the sky. But don't worry, there's surprises to be found within that six hours (weird dream sequences, becoming one with the seat back, a sky junk catalog...).

    I'm guessing that the point of this exercise is for people to realize that flying Virgin America is a more pleasurable experience but really, it's more like an art film that has some pretty funny moments in it. Of course, I watched this whole thing last night during a bout of insomnia so maybe it isn't great...I don't know, just return your tray tables to the upright position and watch what just might be the greatest time suck in existence.

    Video after the break.

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