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The Best Dark Horse Comics March Reads

31 Mar

Dark Horse LogoSpring is in the air, and the best way to read any book is outdoors. Not all readers are indoor types, and the best way to settle into the season, for me at least, is with a graphic novel and enjoying the sea breeze. Hopefully, there won’t be too many April showers ahead, but on a good day (at time of writing), I offer my selection of works recently released to enjoy the season with. They range from mythical fantasy to humour.

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Putting all the Featurettes Together in The Lost City

21 Mar

Over the weekend, some fans were offered an early access screening of The Lost City in select cities (and SXSW). The response is terrific, and the hype is real.

As we near a month where studios expect audiences to return to theatres in certain parts of the world, the competition of which film will rule the month of April will be fierce! Many featurettes have been released over the past few months to build anticipation for this teamup starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe. This powerhouse grouping has all the makings to challenge Netflix’s Red Notice (different story though).

The following are the best featurettes released to date. Available to watch online are most of the mini-featurettes released to date. Check it out!

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The Four Best Trailer Drops from Superbowl Sunday

15 Feb

Is it even possible to identify which of the nine trailers released during Superbowl Sunday are the best? To slightly borrow from J.R.R. Tolkien, there would be one to rule them all, and everything else would fall under the category of second, third and fourth best. Yes, it means I’ll be tuning into Amazon Prime’s attempt to unseat Game of Thrones with Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The teaser is enough to get me excited. I presume WETA will aid in the special effects production since much of this series is filmed in New Zealand.



Because of the limited number of genre pieces released, I offer my top three films that truly whetted my appetite.

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When Queen: Rock Tour Comes to a Screeching Halt

12 Mar

Queen Launches 'Rock Tour' Mobile Video Game | SPINBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on Android and iOS

Rhythm games are a dime a dozen, and not even Guitar Hero stands out as iconic. The game doesn’t replicate the feel of truly playing that stringed instrument. Somehow, the brand persevered before its eventual decline and reinvention in the virtual reality environment. Beat Saber is king for a reason, and since then, no other release has unseated its position.

The rock band Queen is attempting to break that and their own take, Rock Tour, a mobile game featuring a catalogue of the best hits, isn’t a game changer. Nimble fingered players can tap to “We Will Rock You” and other songs. After achieving a certain level of skill in select songs, other tunes can be unlocked, and the list of albums only go up to A Kind of Magic. Also, archival material and assorted trivia about this group become available. Most of this added media are recognizable, and can be found in print or online elsewhere. So far, I have not found anything new, and I don’t recommend this game to anyone who has been a long time Queen fan.

I’d rather wait for a new publication about the history of this band than play this game to learn about.

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Top 10 Films to Expect for 2021 (from 2020)

1 Jan

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Assuming movie theatres resume operations in 2021, the films I’m excited to see include part of my 2020 list. Any work that was in production and slowed down due to the pandemic striking early 2020 are not all going to be out this new year, but instead are pushed to 2022. Whatever the case, interests can shift and priorities on what to see can be pared down to the following.

The works on this list could easily be doubled, but I’m going to take the knife to essential geek viewing. Yes, Black Widow has gotten the axe. The excitement is just not there anymore for Marvel’s next phase. I’m not blaming the pandemic but rather the unfamiliarity with the various new teams to emerge, setting up perhaps a Secret War.

On the list (organized alphabetically) are:

Black Adam
Dec 22, 2021

Dwayne Johnson as the anti-hero is the best piece of casting news for any decade! The origins of this character (along with Shazam) are changed so that the Ancient Egyptian mystique is gone. I hope that the new origin story will at least offer some archeological angle to bring this anti-hero to the fore, and landing on Earth to deal with his nemesis.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife
June 11, 2021

There may well be no life at all with the delays and the hype on the away train. One key milestone anniversary has come and gone. I’ll still want to see this work, just to erase the past release, and see what the official canon is doing with the team. Do they still have it, or is everyone past their prime?

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Godzilla vs Kong
May 21, 2021

The only people who know who won are the stars and filmmakers behind this movie. Whichever beast will come out on top is certain to have fans of the opposite arguing, but in this case of modern special effects digital technology, to see this in action is still having me excited to see this work, however which way it may come.

I’m also certain the MONARCH organization is invested in deciding who will win, since the fate of the planet Earth is at stake!

Matrix 4
Dec 22, 2021

Just how Neo (Keanu Reeves) will come back is on the minds of many fans of this series. When considering the leaps in special effects technology since the last set of films, this latest better break or come up with new trends!

Spider-Man 3
Dec 17, 2021

All I can guess for this film is that the Sinister Six is expected and the multiverse is going to be a lot more crowded! Sony may have been building on the idea since Sam Raimi’s introduced the wall crawler to the big screen–and consciously rebooting as an excuse to feature a new villain than old. Over time, we have all the key villains–Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Vulture, Mysterio and Electro–now in place. Instead of being from one universe, it’s many!

The only missing bad guy is Kraven the Hunter.

When considering people will want Peter Parker’s head in the last film, it makes sense to have a “bounty hunter” go after him. The only other heroes who can successfully hide this boy is the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange!

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The King’s Men
February 26, 2021

This prequel to the Kingsmen series may well seem to be an odd way to finish a series (assuming this work is the last), but I’m loving the cast! Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou and Charles Dance make up the period team, and as for how it leads to the present, only the release (or Duke of Oxford) knows…

The Suicide Squad
Aug 6, 2021

I suspect that James Gunn will inject a bit of that Guardians of the Galaxy style humour into this soft reboot of the franchise. Returning is Harley Quinn and the survivors from that first mission, but as for who is new–John Cena is sure to excite! I also feel former Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is also going to excel as the Brianiac of the group. The list of stars is huge, and just how the heck this director has managed to give everyone equal time on the screen certainly has me curious. Or, as we all know, a lot of heads are going to explode as they fail in this mission to liberate a Nazi controlled prison.

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Top Gun: Maverick
July 2, 2021

To see Tom Cruise return to the role over thirty years later says something about the longevity and why this film is still being loved. I’m hoping the soundtrack is updated to reflect this era instead of being the sign of the times.

Monster Hunter
Dec 25, 2020

Milla Jovovich can take down zombies and to see what she can handle next is perhaps the only reason any video game and cinema enthusiast wants to see this work. Well, there’s Paul Anderson too because he’s made a name for himself with many adaptations of video games (Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat). His understanding of violence makes them a bloodbath worthy to splash on a big screen, and lets hope this film gets the proper treatment than be put to streaming service.

March 19, 2021

From one pale faced villain to an anti-hero, I’m fascinated with the casting choice of making Jared Leto the protagonist in this vampire cum superhero flick. This origin story can stay faithful to the source material without ever referencing the Spider, but as for what he can do without Peter Parker around means either this doctor having a different obstacle to beat up or there’s more to who Loxias Crown (played by Matt Smith) than meets the eye.

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