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Published: Sep 4, 2015 1:56:53 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.
  • Sep 3, 2015 9:01:00 PM
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    Now, for the first time and across the galaxy, merchandise from the latest installment of the Star Wars Saga, Episode VII: The Force Awakens has been unveiled!

    And our friends at SuperHeroStuff have it available for all of you scruffy looking Nerf Herders.

    Not only are they currently hosting an amazing giveaway (which is running through October 2nd), which gives a winner $1000 in Star Wars Prizes, but also, in celebration of the greatest event since the party on Endor after the second Death Star being destroyed, but today ONLY they are offering a FREE Star Wars Shirt on orders of $40 or more by entering the code FORCEFRIDAY at checkout!

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    So whether you're a fan of the new characters like Finn and Poe Dameron or Rey and BB-8 or Captain Phasma and Kylo Ren or a traditionalist favoring Han Solo and Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia and Chewbacca or Artoo and Threepio, SuperHeroStuff has something to suit your needs and tastes.

    And remember, The Force will be with you.  Always.


  • Sep 2, 2015 4:00:02 PM
    A Portrait of the Cartoonist as a Young Virgin Living in Suburbia

    Featuring Cameo Appearances by R. Crumb, Muhammad Ali and the Author’s Suicidal Thoughts

    From Harvey and Eisner-nominated cartoonist and editor Glenn Head and acclaimed publisher Fantagraphics Books comes CHICAGO, a harrowing graphic novel about sex, art and the search for authenticity. Starkly confessional, Head’s memoir chronicles his transformation from a 19-year-old virgin who hates his family and lives at home to a successful Brooklyn-based cartoonist who’s raising his daughter as a single dad. The journey along the way? It’s complicated and messy, uncomfortable and unforgettable.

    Glenn Head’s life is full of contradictions. He meets the girl of his dreams…. only to lose her when she runs away from their hometown. He’s a promising artist at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Art… but chafes at his restraints and drops out. He gets his first big cartooning break when he’s hired to do a spot illustration for PLAYBOY MAGAZINE…. but he’s homeless, depressed and adrift. His days are increasingly spent dodging street hustlers, ducking the police, fighting starvation—surviving at any cost. In sharp contrast are a dramatic confrontation with Muhammad Ali on the Chicago streets and his introduction to Robert Crumb at a dinner party, two events which hint at a world bigger than the one he knows.

    When Glenn bottoms out, he plays with his father’s .38 revolver. Is he suicidal? The book offers no easy answers. But Glenn spins the chamber and raises the handgun….just to see. Like Jim Carroll’s The Basketball Diaries, CHICAGO tells the story of a troubled young man who rejects a conventional life but does so with a frankness and surrealism all its own.

    A student of Art Spiegelman at the School for Visual Art in the early ‘80s, Glenn has edited the acclaimed comix anthologies HOT WIRE and SNAKE EYES. His cartooning has appeared in R. Crumb’s WIERDO MAGAZINE and BAD NEWS and his comix include AVENUE D, GUTTERSNIPE COMIX and HEAD SHOTS. His comics and illustrations have appeared in a wide array of publications, including Advertising Age, Screw, Sports Illustrated and The Wall Street Journal. This week Fantagraphics Books will publish CHICAGO, Glenn Head’s first major original graphic novel and the first major standalone work of his career.

    After the jump check out a sneak preview!

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  • Sep 2, 2015 3:00:01 PM
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced this week that Mad Max, the open world, third-person action game developed by Avalanche Studios and set in a post-apocalyptic setting, is now available for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

    The Mad Max video game introduces an original story set within the universe of Mad Max and features deep car customization that impacts its handling, metal-grinding vehicular action and gives players a vast arsenal of mobile weaponry within The Wasteland.


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  • Sep 2, 2015 7:13:35 PM
    ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS BACK IN THE ICONIC FRANCHISE’S ACTION-PACKED NEW CHAPTER

    Global Blockbuster Debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack November 10, 2015
    Get it on Digital HD Three Weeks Early on October 20


    Called “one of the best action movies of the year” (Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee), the thrilling new chapter in the iconic franchise TERMINATOR GENISYS explodes onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand November 10, 2015 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives three weeks early on Digital HD October 20.

    “Arnold is back and better than ever” (Shawn Edwards, WDAP-TV, FOX) in the movie hailed as “the best Terminator since T2: Judgment Day” (Mark Hughes, Forbes). In the war of man against machine, Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, The Divergent Series) is sent back to 1984 by resistance leader John Connor (Jason Clarke, Everest) to protect his young mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, “Game of Thrones”). However, this time unexpected events have altered the past and threaten the future for all mankind. Now Reese must join forces with Sarah and her “Guardian” (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to save the world and stop the next evolution of Terminators.

    The TERMINATOR GENISYS Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs with Digital HD include nearly an hour of bonus content, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers, including the director of the first two films, James Cameron. Plus, take an in-depth look at the stunning visual effects and jaw-dropping action sequences, the recreation of iconic scenes from the original film, and more.


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  • Sep 2, 2015 1:15:00 PM

    The incredible technology dreamed up by George Lucas when he created the Star Wars universe has been imagination food for generations of fans since. None more so than the lightsaber, wielded by those samurai-like mystics the Jedi and their evil counterparts, the Sith. Since Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader had their duel aboard the Death Star, followers have yearned for more of this iconic weapon from the Star Wars franchise.

    December 2015 will see the release of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and with it the return of these awe-inspiring weapons. Kylo Ren, one of the major villains from the new film, wields the latest version of the lightsaber, which has been dubbed "The Cross-Guard Lightsaber" by fans. This imposing design boasts two miniature sabers that act as handguards, similar to a medieval sword. In celebration, the folks at HalloweenCostumes.com put together a beautiful infographic charting some of the most important, most unique, and most recognizable lightsabers from the Star Wars Universe.

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  • Sep 2, 2015 3:06:05 PM

    Well, that's it.  Summer's over and school is beginning.  Millions of younglings from across the galaxy are headed back to be trained and guided in the ways of the Force.

    And, with the much anticipated Episode VII arriving this December, this is the perfect time to get your Jedi-gear in order with this amazing Loungefly Darth Vader 3D Molded Nylon Backpack from our friends at TV Store Online.

    This W: 15" X : 14" X 4.5" molded black nylon backpack is a must have for any Saga-obsessed fan in your house!

    And we're giving one away to a Forces of Geek reader!

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  • Sep 2, 2015 11:45:00 AM
    Review by Todd Sokolove
    aka, Welp
    Produced by Peter De Maegd
    Written by Jonas Govaerts
    Roel Mondelaers
    Directed by Jonas Govaerts
    Starring Stef Aerts, Evelien Bosmans,
    Titus De Voogdt, Maurice Luijten,
    Gill Eeckelaert, Jan Hammenecker
    Available on DVD & Blu-ray from Artsploitation Films


    I need to come clean about my scouting experience.

    The worst thing that ever happened to me in Cub Scouts was having my mom as Den Mother. There's no merit badge in humiliation, but I'm pretty sure I earned it with each meeting.

    Boy Scouts, in which I stopped cold-turkey at Tenderfoot status, was a more life-threatening experience.


    I brought only one pair of socks on a Winter "survival" camping trip, which were soaked in icy-cold lake water after falling through thin ice.

    Nothing in my scouting days compares to the ultra-horror in the new Belgian horror film Cub (Welp), though it wasn't without nostalgia.

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  • Sep 2, 2015 11:00:04 AM
    By Erin Maxwell

    SEPTEMBER 1


    Hamlet (1990)
    The version that gave Cher the upper hand against Josh's pompous date in Clueless. Starring Mel Gibson back when he could do no wrong. A simpler, gentler time.



    Hardball (2001)
    Keanu Reeves sports comedy that disappeared into obscurity, probably due to its release date of Sept. 10, 2001.



    Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)
    Peter O’Toole stars in David Lean’s classic epic about British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence. This film is the reason why people love movies.



    
Masters of the Universe (1987)

    A masterpiece of crap among bad movie aficionados, this Dolph Lundgren starrer single handedly destroyed the possibility of a good He-Man movie for years to come. Good job.



    Mississippi Damned (2009)
    Tina Mabry’s semi biographical drama about a trio of kids living in poverty in the Deep South.



    
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1
    He taught us to believe in ourselves and to tie our shoes. Share this with your kids and keep the legacy going.



    Our Man in Tehran (2013)
    Documentary that takes you behind the events of the Iranian Hostage Crisis and Canada’s involvement.



    
Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
    Pandas journey home. I'm tired. Shut up.



    Rambo: First Blood (1982)

    Our first introduction to John Rambo, who declares a one-man war on Little Town, USA when Brian Dennehy won't let him order a Moons Over My Hammy at the local Denny's. The best one of the series.



    Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
    Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)

    Rambo evolves from sensitive and gripping character drama to full on action movie as Rambo is called in for special missions involving heavy artillery and tank tops.



    Sleepy Hollow (1999)

    Tim Burton and his boycrush Johnny Depp takes on Washington Irving's classic Halloween tale. Perfect for the fall season, ain't nothing better than Christopher Walken's take on the Headless Horseman.



    The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005)
    Robert Rodriguez sub-par kiddie pic about a boy who teams with his imaginary buddies to save Earth.



    
The Monster Squad (1987)

    Wolfman’s got nards! A quasi classic from childhood that was the perfect gateway pic for future horror hounds.



    Up in the Air (2009)

    George Clooney stars in Jason Reitman's love letter to the recession in a story about a lonely company axe man. 



    SEPTEMBER 2

    Black or White (2014)
    Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer go full Kramer vs. Kramer as a widower fights his mother-in-law for custody of his daughter.



    
Miss Julie (2014)
    Liv Ullman's 1890s drama in which a woman from high society (Jessica Chastain) opts to have an affair with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell).



    Drumline: A New Beat (2014)

    The sequel to the movie that made marching bands way, way cooler than they actually are.



    SEPTEMBER 4


    
Bad Night
    Pretty girls are mistaken for art thieves because that sounds plausible and it happens all the time.



    SEPTEMBER 9

    
Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)
    Disney generates another batch of teen heartthrobs in this time travel-ish movie musical that pays homage to the surf movies of the sixties.



    Longmire: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
    Former A&E crime-drama series based on the books of Craig Johnson finds a new home on the streaming service.



    SEPTEMBER 11


    About Elly (2009)
    Iranian psychological drama about a teacher who disappears during a holiday. Winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear for Best Director.



    
God Bless the Child (2015)
    Five Cali kids are left to their own devices after mom and dad check out of the family situation.



    Madame Bovary (2014)
    Mia Wasikowska stars as Gustave Flaubert classic literary figure in a drama that can dutifully get you through your term paper, as long as no one asks for any specific details.



    
It Happened Here (2015)
    A jarring portrait for sexual abuse on college campuses and the cover-ups and scandal that followed.



    Portlandia: Season 5
    Carrie and Fred return to poke fun at hipsters, feminists, vegans, punk rockers, modern day yuppies, over-protective parents, environmentalists, protesters, contemporary artists, pet owners and most of your friend group.



    The Roughnecks (2014)
    A look at the dynamics and intensity behind pee-wee football in Texas.



    
Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
    It’s a Tyler Perry movie, but one without Madea.



    The Bank Job (2008)
    Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows team up for a bank heist that only good-looking people can pull off.



    
The Road Within (2015)
    A remake of the German pic Vincent Wants to Sea, a young man with Tourette’s forms bonds with the friends he makes at a behavior facility.



    
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
    Raise your hand if you thought this was still in your Netflix queue. Wes Anderson continues to craft adorable movies that look like they were set in a fifth grader's diorama.



    Reservation Road (2007)
    Joaquin Phoenix plays a man on the hunt for the hit and run driver (Mark Ruffalo) who is responsible for the death of his son.



    
The Blacklist: Season 2

    James Spader as a former government agent with a mysterious past who teams with a rookie to catch bad guys.



    SEPTEMBER 18

    Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015)
    A Netflix original
.  Morgan Neville's documentary that follows the legendary guitarist and takes a deep dive into his art.



    SEPTEMBER 21

    
Gotham: Season 1
    Batman gets another TV reboot in this prequel that follows the early beginnings of the DC heroes and big bads.



     SEPTEMBER 22

    
Philomena (2013)

    Dame Judy Dench stars as a woman searching for the son she was forced to give up for adoption. Explains to folks who never went to Catholic school why nuns are scary.



    SEPTEMBER 23

    The Loft (2015)
    Five dudes go in on a loft to share so they have a place to take their mistresses. A murder takes place. Suspicions arise. Hijinks ensue. James Marsden stars.



    SEPTEMBER 24

    
Iris (2014)
    Documentary about a 93-year-old New York fashion icon.



    SEPTEMBER 25

    Good news for fans of primetime dramas:

    • Blue Bloods: Season 5
    • 
Hawaii Five-0: Season 5

    • Parenthood: Season 6


    SEPTEMBER 26

    The Canyons (2013)

    Lindsay Lohan stars in a slightly incomprehensible film about a bad marriage and murder while attempting to prove to producers that she is still insurable.



    SEPTEMBER 27

    The Walking Dead: Season 5

    The gang get to the Alexandria Safe-Zone where the former Prime Minister of Israel puts Rick’s experiences to good use while her son proves the D-bags can still exist in a post-Walker world. Also, Rick shaves!



    SEPTEMBER 29

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
    Idris Elba steps into the role of the freedom fighter in this moving biopic.



  • Sep 2, 2015 9:30:01 AM


    According to Deadline, the Weinstein Company is prepping to give the go-ahead to its long-in-development biopic about comedy king Richard Pryor starring Mike Epps.  The cast will apparently also include Oprah Winfrey (as Pryor’s grandmother, who ran a brothel and raised the iconic comic there), Eddie Murphy (as Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor), Kate Hudson (as Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor).


    Director Lee Daniels will start production in March, after wrapping up the second season of his hit Fox TV series Empire.


    Meanwhile, an episode of Fox’s upcoming new sitcom, The Grinder, will feature Christina Applegate as a former high school honey to the character of Dean, as portrayed by series star Rob Lowe.


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  • Sep 1, 2015 11:39:58 AM

    If you consider "geek" and "nerd" to be compliments, then this post is for you.

    It is possible to turn your geeky passion into a rewarding new career. Emerging technologies are creating jobs, and your dream to work in a geeky field is a now a reality.

    Advancements in innovation have led to some awesome new jobs, and landing a new career is as simple as defining exactly what you'd like to do.

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  • Aug 31, 2015 6:26:41 PM

    They are two of the CW's most beloved shows, and now you have a chance to win a copy!

    About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season

    The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.


    About The Originals The Complete Second Season

    As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

    But first, check out The Vampire Diaries & The Originals Blog App!


    • Take the "Are you Fit for Vampire Life?" Quiz to find out if you have what it takes to be a creature of the night.
    • On September 1st come back to take a new "Could You Be a Supernatural Being?" Quiz - the app will be automatically updated with a new quiz experience, so be sure to take both!
    • Scroll through all the images from the shows and come back every week for new unlocked content. 

    After the jump check out some interviews with creator Julie Plec and enter to win a copy!

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  • Aug 31, 2015 4:00:01 PM

    Tomorrow, September 1st, Abrams Books is publishing an anniversary edition of a fantasy classic: Goblins: The 10 1/2 Year Anniversary Edition. The best-selling team of world famous artist Brian Froud and scholar Ari Berk have continued their exploration of the goblin realm, this time with a new and even more noxious version. 

    For the uninformed, goblins are maleficent creatures who cause all manner of havoc in the human realm. Now, thanks largely to Froud and Berk's continuing carelessness, the viscid and largely nonsensical NEW volume has been unleashed on an unsuspecting public. Among its pages are new letters of apologies, disclaimers, new goblin art and sadly, much more! Also included is an envelope containing a new talisman that is guaranteed to ward off goblins (A note from the publisher: if the talisman should be discarded or lost, we accept no liability for any unfortunate circumstances that may befall the reader's person or cheese collection.)
    After the jump check out an exclusive excerpt of this beautiful book. 

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  • Aug 31, 2015 2:00:05 PM
    At last, let's complete our look at classic sci-fi and fantasy films that prominently feature stop-motion animation.

    We have been listing films from the Ray Harryhausen era (roughly 1950-1980) but excluding films from Harryhausen himself.

    In the first installment we listed films through the 1950s (nine films).

    In the second installment, we listed films from the 1960s (seven films).

    For our third and final installment, let's list films from the 1970s (eight films this time).



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  • Aug 31, 2015 12:00:00 PM

    As a benefit and tribute to the late comic book writer/photographer Seth Kushner, a set of 13 Graphic NYC cards have been published to directly benefit Seth’s wife and son. Published by Hang Dai Editions through Christopher Irving’s The Drawn Word, the cards also feature creator signatures in a limited run.

    Irving has decided to offer a limited number online at $15 per unsigned pack, and $25 for a pack with a single creator signature.

    “I wanted a way to honor Seth’s work while also showcasing the friendships he cemented with creators during our Graphic NYCproject,” Irving says. “I actually started with the intention of 10 cards, but had more creators wanting to participate. I also worked with the printer to find a stock that best replicated that used in our book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics. It’s the most touching tribute I can think of for my old friend, and a great way to benefit his wife, Terra, and son, Jackson.
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  • Aug 31, 2015 10:00:03 AM
    By Alex C. Telander

    Hugo Award Fallout
    Here's the scoop of what happened with the Hugo Awards and why it's important.

    Samuel R. Delany Speaks
    The well known science fiction author in a detailed interview talks about his history as a homosexual and African American.

    Kinokuniya Buying Murakami 
    The bookstore chain is buying 90% of the print run of Murakami's forthcoming book to hinder online retailers.

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  • Sep 1, 2015 2:30:08 PM

    So, here we are.

    It's been a whirlwind of a summer plenty of family health issues and concerns (Cancer sucks by the way), and thankfully, things are looking better and this long overdue column has finally seen the light of day.  A frequent and more reguarly scheduled column is the new normal this fall.  Promise.

    And this one is huge folks and has enough stuff to keep you watching through the holidays, so as always, fire up that queue and prep that shopping cart.


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  • Aug 28, 2015 5:00:00 PM
    Review by Joshua Gravel
    Produced by Benoit Beaulieu, Anne-Marie Gélinas,
    Tim Riley, Ant Timpson
    Written and Directed by by François Simard,
    Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
    Starring Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf,
    Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffery


    So there I was getting set for an evening of movies.

    I was coming downstairs with a stack of VHS tapes to watch. I had BMX Bandits, 2019 After The Fall Of New York, Class Of Nuke ’Em High, and a bunch of other Italo-Post-Apocalypse, B-action, and Troma gore fests when I must have fallen and hit my head pretty hard…

    At least I think that’s what happened as that is the only way to describe the crazed electro future past hallucination that is Turbo Kid.

    Turbo Kid takes place in the apocalyptic wasteland that is 1997 where wars and pollution have wiped out most of mankind and left the remaining few to scavenge the Earth in search of usable supplies and clean water.

    The Kid is one such scavenger, finding what he can trade for water while also building his collection of Turbo Rider comic books and toys.

    One day the Kid meets a strange and enthusiastic girl named Apple who declares him to be her new friend and immediately attaches a tracking device to him. While scavenging one day Apple is kidnapped by the evil overlord Zeus to take part in his blood sports. While fleeing the Kid stumbles across the resting place of the real Turbo Rider and now armed with his suit and weaponry Turbo Kid sets out to save Apple and along with the Cowboy, also known as Frederic the Arm Wrestler, they will set out to take down Zeus and his main henchman Skeletron.

    This is hands down the most fun I’ve had watching a film all summer and by far the best of the recent wave of eighties throwbacks.

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  • Aug 28, 2015 4:00:00 PM
    ONE CHILD. ONE WISH.
    RELIVE THE DAY THAT MADE 2 BILLION PEOPLE SMILE.


    Experience the story of one small super hero who had the courage to inspire millions when Batkid Begins arrives onto DVD and Digital HD on October 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The documentary Batkid Begins chronicles the one day, in one city, when the world came together to grant one 5-year-old cancer patient his wish. The film will be available early on Digital HD starting on September 25.


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  • Aug 28, 2015 3:00:00 PM

    If I had my druthers, I’d write about comics and fan culture full-time.

    Not just because it’s something that I enjoy and something that takes up most of my brain space (professional wrestling takes up the rest), but because as this little party of ours gets bigger and bigger, I would love for it to get the attention and scrutiny it deserves. I wish it could get good, old fashioned, real journalism, the kind that sports gets, and I wish it could attract real, dyed-in-the wool journalists.

    I’m not the only person who wants better quality comics journalism, by the way.

    A few weeks ago I watched a row on Twitter unfold on this very topic, with some actual fairly known representatives of the fan press lamenting the lack of quality, investigative journalism when it comes to comics.  Despite lots of people going back and forth for the better part of an afternoon, no one seemed able to put their finger on what could be done to provide better, sophisticated comics journalism, though. They got close a few times, but they were never able to vocalize the answer.

    I think that’s because everyone knew the answer, but no one wanted to be the one to give it, because the answer is more than a little nihilistic.

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  • Aug 28, 2015 2:00:00 PM


    From the acclaimed team that created the multiple Primetime Emmy Award-winning and ratings-record-breaking “Hatfields & McCoys” comes HISTORY’s explosive miniseries Texas Rising, which tells the story of legendary hero Sam Houston and the Republic of Texas’s intense struggle for independence against the forces of fierce Mexican General Santa Anna.

    Spectacularly portraying the story of the most important moment in Texas history,
    Texas Rising is directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated director Roland Joffé. The action-packed Western features an all-star cast, including Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton, who himself is a direct descendant of the character he plays, Sam Houston; Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta; Jeffrey Dean Morgan; Thomas Jane; Olivier Martinez; Cynthia Addai-Robinson; Chad Michael Murray and Max Thieirot.

    HISTORY brings to life the thrilling, gut-wrenching and inspiring true story of how the state of Texas fought for their independence from the commanding rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna (Martinez), ultimately forming one of America's oldest and most legendary law enforcement agencies — The Texas Rangers. From rough-hewn Rangers with guns on their hips to the legendary “Yellow Rose of Texas” (Addai-Robinson), whose brains were matched only by her beauty, this is a story of the human spirit rising in the face of insurmountable odds and claiming a piece of history for themselves. 


    And we're giving away three copies!

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  • Aug 28, 2015 1:00:00 PM
    Review by Clay N Ferno
    Produced by Scott Crawford, Jim Saah
    Written and Directed by Scott Crawford
    Featuring Ian MacKaye, Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore,
    Fred Armisen, John Stabb, Dave Grohl,
    J. Mascis


    Wishing for the days
    When I first wore this suit
    Baby has grown older
    It's no longer cute
    Too many voices
    They've made me mute
    Baby has grown ugly
    It's no longer cute

    But I stay on, I stay on
    Where do I get off?
    On to greener pastures
    The core has gotten soft

    — Minor Threat, Salad Days (1985)



    Reflecting on these lyrics thirty years later, the documentary Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington DC serves as a backstage pass to one of the most explosive and important hardcore punk scenes in this country.

    One could argue that Ian MacKaye’s bands and Dischord Records label defined the look, attitude and stage behavior of East Coast hardcore and straight edge kids from up in Boston down to Gainesville for years to come.

    This documentary puts the spotlight on McKaye and Jeff Nelson (Minor Threat, Dischord Records), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Dave Grohl as well as horror comic writer Steve Niles (Gray Matter) among many others to patch together a decent image of D.C. punk in the 80s.

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  • Aug 28, 2015 12:00:01 PM

    They were two of the biggest tennis stars of their day: Aaron Williams, a hyper-malcontent American bad boy, and Charles Poole, a dim-witted prodigy who carried England's hopes for a championship on his shoulders. In 2001, these sworn archrivals met for the longest and greatest tennis match of all time: a seven-day, five-set marathon that took literally everything out of them.


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  • Aug 28, 2015 11:00:01 AM
    It appears that both 1985 and 1995 were friggin’ boom years for the movies and TV industry as most of the summer was spent celebrating milestones of your childhood favorites.

    It seems that the season has been filled with outdoor screenings and midnight showings of Back to the Future, The Goonies, and Legend, all of which turned 30 this year.

    And for the millennials, red Solo cups were raised in honor of Clueless, Showgirls and Seven.

    But as twentysomethings get dressed in corduroy overalls and do the Truffle Shuffle on a grassy knoll, we need to remember that their a plenty of solid movies and shows that are also celebrating a milestone this year, albeit in a quiet and dignified fashion.


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  • Aug 28, 2015 10:00:00 AM
    Review by Guy Benoit
    Produced by Susan Bedusa, Douglas Tirola
    Written by Mark Monroe, Douglas Tirola
    Directed by Douglas Tirola
    Starring Chevy Chase, John Landis, Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon,
    Tim Matheson, John Goodman, Billy Bob Thornton, Meat Loaf,
    John Belushi, Henry Beard, Matty Simmons, Tony Hendra,
    P. J. O'Rourke, Chris Miller, Michael O'Donoghue, Doug Kenney,
    Anne Beatts, Sean Kelly, Michael Gross, Janis Hirsch, 
    Chris Cerf, Sam Gross, Peter Kleinman, Judith Belushi Pisano, 
    Mike Reiss, Rick Meyerowitz, Ivan Reitman, Bruce McCall,
    Brian McConnachie, Al Jean, Beverly D'Angelo, Ed Subitzky,
    Jerry Taylor,  Christopher Guest, Matty Simmons, Gilda Radner, 
    Bill Murray, John Landis, Richard Belzer, Christopher Buckley


    One of the main criticisms of political correctness is that it insists that the offended be allowed to dictate the intention and extent of his or her perceived injury.  It works under the supposition that all insult emerges from ignorance;  that the offending party was unintelligent or unsophisticated;  and that re-education be implemented once proper apologies have been made.

    The founders of National Lampoon, Douglas Clark Kenny and Henry Beard, were Harvard kids who, within two years of graduating, published Bored Of The Rings, a stinging parody of J.R.R. Tolkien that sold 750,000 copies. 

    They were smart guys who really liked make people laugh, and who didn’t give a fuck who it bothered.  What set them apart from mere class clowns was their bracing, encompassing intellect and their view that satire was an innately hostile act.

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  • Aug 28, 2015 9:00:00 AM
    Whenever I read articles or hear news reports about video games and their apparent link to violence, I can't help but feel offended.

    I have played games my entire life and they have never made me violent towards another person. I am more likely to get annoyed at myself and squeeze my controller in anger during a tricky boss fight or particularly hard puzzle.

    What irks me the most in the violence debate is those people who latch on to first person shooter games, as if they are the only games people play.

    Just like any other medium, there are different genres and many of these genres are overlooked. Anyone who tells you games make people violent are ignorant and often aren't aware that games can be a force for good.

    Ahh, endless hours and hours of mining and building...

    This is why games like Minecraft are so hugely popular and there are hundreds of imitators. I genuinely believe that it, along with world building or simulation games like it, will never cease to be popular.

    The main reason?

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