Sunday, December 21, 2014

'Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor' Issue #6 Goes Backwards In Every Possible Way


If you read the latest installment of Titan Comics’ Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, issue #6, and get seriously annoyed with the narrative storytelling gimmick it employs, you are not the only one. See, the story is told backwards, beginning with the end and moving through time in reverse. It gets really, really irritating.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This Trailer For Documentary 'Tales Of The Grim Sleeper' Is Scarier Than Any Horror Movie


Though I’ve watched a fair amount of documentaries this year, which I usually do, as I put together my best-of-the-year list, there’s a noticeable absence of the genre. For various reasons, I’ve missed biggies like Citizenfour, The Case Against 8, and The Overnighters, and though I really enjoyed movies like To Be Takei and The Internet’s Own Boy, I haven’t been floored by what I’ve seen yet. But for all the documentaries out there, I don’t know that there’s one I want to see more than Tales of the Grim Sleeper, and this this new trailer only solidifies that fact.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

'Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor' #5 Takes On Universal Art


Of the three Doctor Who titles Titan Comics currently has going, The Tenth Doctor continues to show that it is far and away the best of the bunch. Issue #5, the conclusion of the two-part “Arts in Space” arc, further illustrates that this incarnation of the Time Lord, along with his travelling companion Gabby Gonzales, are easily the most relatable, connected duo running around the comic book pages, while also showing that writer Nick Abadzis isn’t afraid to take his time in letting a story or thread unfold and evolve.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies' Movie Review: An Epic, Mostly Satisfying End To A Troubled Journey


In the service of transparency, I’m not a fan of the first two films in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. We could go into greater depth, but that would take a good long while, and I’ve already detailed my issues elsewhere. I find them tedious and dull and almost completely lacking in all of the things that make me love J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel. That said, the latest and final chapter in the franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is not only the best of the series by a mile, it’s damn entertaining, and a mostly satisfying end to a troubled, overlong journey.

Clive Barker's 'Lord Of Illusions' Blu-Ray Review


Are you in the mood to sit on your couch and watch a supernatural detective story starring Scott Bakula? If the answer to that question is yes, you’re in luck, as Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions just got a special edition Blu-ray release, including an extended director’s cut, courtesy of the fine folks at Scream Factory. If you’re familiar with their work, you know that means you get an awesome movie and a fantastic package of extra goodies.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' Trailer Throws Christian Bale Headfirst Into Excess And Temptation


Hot on the heels of the announcement that Terrence Malick’s next film, Knight of Cups, will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next year, the movie dropped our first look in the form of this new trailer. From what we have here, this is both the Malick we’ve come to expect over his last few films, but also something totally fresh and different.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Exodus: Gods And Kings' Movie Review: Full Of Ambition With Little Interest In The Human Element


With Exodus: Gods and Kings, Ridley Scott set out to create a throwback to the biblical swords-and-sandals epics of yesteryear. He even goes so far as to shoot day-for-night and to use white guys awkwardly painted to look like people from the Middle East. What he succeeds in delivering is a jumbled mess that starts fast and bogs down almost immediately for the entirely of its 149-minute run time. We’re talking about a shockingly dull mess, especially for a movie that bills itself as a massive action extravaganza. It’s a movie with grand ambition, minimal follow through, and little interest in the human component.