Archives for June, 2009
Starring Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Chris Latta, Dan Gilvezan
Directed by Peter Wallach
Getting to take a trip back in time to this classic bit of pop culture was good and bad. Some things don’t stand up well to the test of time and some things do. Seeing how this show would hold up on its 25th anniversary was my biggest concern as I popped the first disc into the DVD player.
The Transformers was a television series created to sell toys. Hasbro actually had the toy long before they had the TV series or the comic books. That was a common practice back in the 80’s. …continue reading
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by J.H. Williams III (Elegy) / Cully Hamner (Pipeline)
With Bruce gone and Dick busy in the new Batman and Robin story, it’s time for the girls to come out and play with a double feature. The headlining story starts Batwoman, while Renee Montoya takes the back-up tale. Both stories are each the first part of on-going story arcs.
In Batwoman’s story, Elergy, she’s chasing down members of the Religion of Crime who have come to Gotham City. She’s still a bit ticked at them from the events of 52, so she may be taking this a bit personally. This is the main story of the book, being on the cover and having over 20 pages dedicated to it. …continue reading
Starring: Richard Booker, Dana Kimmell, Jeffrey Rogers, Tracie Savage
Directed By Steve Minor
Jason Voorhees always seems like such a tragic character to me. Okay, hear me out. He can’t help who he is in a lot of ways. He was born with “challenges”, neglected at a summer camp and has a mother with issues and now lives as a “monster”. Jason is full of hurt and he is only releasing that hurt. He is different than Michael Myers or Freddy Krueger. Jason has more in common with Candyman, another tragic horror character. Anyway, that is my theory. Paramount Home Video recently released Friday the 13th Part III on Blu Ray. …continue reading
Yes dear readers it has been one year today that the first episode of the CineGeek Webcast was first released to the world. We’re still talking pop culture and all things geek and looking forward to many more years. This is no cheesy clip show though! We’re talking GI Joe, Transformers 2, digital comics, iPhone 3Gs and lots more!!
I was a fan of the original Transformers television series. I wasn’t a rabid fan though. So when the first film was announced, I was curious but not as over the moon as some of my friends. That first film was bloated, horribly written, and plotless. On top of that, a lot of the action was shot and cut in such a way that it was tough to follow. I had hope that the sequel would improve on all of these weaknesses but this is Michael Bay we’re talking about.
This second film, again, is definitely bloated. Right away I can say an hour of the film’s two and a half hour running time could be cut. Some of the action scenes are an endurance test because they just seem to go on and on and some of the comedy bits fall flat and could have easily been left on the cutting room floor. There’s a lot in this film too that’s been ripped from other robot films including Terminator, Short Circuit, and the new Battlestar Galactica. There’s not an original idea at all in the writing of this film, but the action scenes look cool…. …continue reading
There have been many World War II films over the last several years. On top of that, if you’re a videogame player, the World War II era has been highly overused as well. I believe there are unending stories to be told from that war but at the same time filmmakers must find a unique way to engage viewers to sell them on a story that trailers can make seem way too familiar. …continue reading
Written by Brian K. Vaughn
Art by Tony Harris
This is eighth issue and counting until Brian K. Vaughn ends his drama about Mitchell Hundred’s term as mayor of New York City, struggling with all the problems that entails in addition to his little ability to talk to machines.
This issue, chapter three of the Ring Out the Old story line, deals with a growing problem of murderous rats infesting NYC right as New Year’s Eve and the big ball drop in time square approaches. Out will go 2004 and in comes 2005 and Mayor Hundred’s last year in office. …continue reading
Directed by Greg Colton
Featuring voicework by Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Seth MacFarlane, John Viener
The name Seth MacFarlane either makes you want to check this out immediately or makes you run for the hills. Some of us find Family Guy funny and others simply do not in any way. Personally, I like it so this brightened my doorstep when this Blu Ray DVD showed up.
Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy: Blu Ray is an uncensored and uncut collection of the web series from the twisted mind of MacFarlane. …continue reading
We have a few new stills from the exciting new Astro Boy feature film for you to check out. In case you aren’t familiar with the animated sereis or the film here’s the official synopsis:
A thrilling tale of a true hero, Astro Boy is an all-new, feature film full of action, adventure, humor and heart. It will be brought to life on the big screen in breathtaking CGI animation on October 23rd, 2009. Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is about a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Tenma (Nicolas Cage). Powered by positive “blue” energy, Astro Boy (Freddie Highmore) is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. …continue reading
Created by J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse
Starring Mathew Fox, Evangeline Lilly
I was a huge fan of J.J. Abrams after watching Alias. Abrams tends to get things started, get a little bored, and moves on to other projects. His move on to another show was destructive to Alias with the last two seasons falling far below the quality of the first one. That new show though, LOST, was highly intriguing to me. I watched the pilot and was hooked right away. I remember it being promoted to me as a sort of dramatic Gilligan’s Island. That might have turned me off but I just knew there would be more to it than that with Abrams behind it and sure enough there was. …continue reading
The newest edition to the CineGeeks joins us this week for a chat and we blow it out with one of our longest rundowns to date. We discuss GI Joe, Indy5, a naked dude tied to a rock, Facebook names, and much more!
Created by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy
Okay, everyone knows how much I loved Mystery Science Theater 3000. So, it is only natural that Rifftrax: The Best of Rifftrax Shorts Vol. 2 was right up my alley. This collection was recently released on DVD by Legend Films.
Before I get started with the review, I will give a catch up on the whole “riffing” on movies phenomenon. …continue reading
Directed by Sam Mendes
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon
Since I enjoyed Mendes’s film American Beauty, I was excited to see another “moody” drama from him but this one is set in the fifties with Winslet and DiCaprio. Was it worth the wait? Revolutionary Road: Blu Ray was recently released on DVD by Paramount Home Video.
Frank and April Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet) are a typical young 1950’s couple. Frank has a solid job and April is a housewife and mother, although when they met April was pursuing an acting career and Frank was a handsome young soldier. But those dreams were put to the side in pursuit of the “American Dream”. …continue reading
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Kano
Last we saw Beta Ray Bill, he had assisted Thor in defeating the Skrull threat on Asgard during the Secret Invasion. Now, we find him seeking vengeance against the one who destroyed his entire race and their newfound home world: Galactus.
As first issues for short miniseries go, this one works well enough. This issue starts with Bill trying to get help from a couple of familiar characters and prepare for his plan of attack. …continue reading
Transformers Season One
Transformers 25th Anniversary Matrix of Leadership Complete Series