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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 1, 2017

Happy Halloween comic book fans! And welcome to an extra spooky episode of the Crank File. Actually I lied, there’s nothing the least bit horrifying out this week. They released it all last week. The only scary thing this week was the number of candy bars I ate while binge watching Stranger Things 2. 3 Musketeers 4 life. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Batman #34

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Joelle Jones

What it is: ‘Dream of Me’ part two! Batman is on a quest in the desert, far from his Gotham City home. His friends and allies think he’s gone crazy, and his mission puts him far outside the law. Waiting for him at the center of the chaos is an old enemy… and plenty of old demons.

Why we love it: Ok, so here’s what’s actually happening. A man is taking his fiance to meet his baby’s mama. Absurd, I know, but once you learn who the players are it sort of works. Joelle Jones’ artwork was brilliant last issue, can’t wait to see how she follows it up.

  

The Mainstream One: Batman White Knight #2

Publisher: DC
Words and Art: Sean Murphy

What it is: Public support for Batman dwindles and Gotham City’s 99 percent rally around ex-Joker Jack Napier’s crusade to expose decades of corruption within the GCPD. A proposition inspires new revelations about Harley and The Joker’s past; and as Jack transforms into a hero of the middle class and takes extreme measures to mobilize a revolutionary army of super-villains, Bruce struggles to stay focused on engineering a technological breakthrough to save Alfred.

Why we like it: Back to back bat books (say that 5 times fast). This is the second issue in a seven issue miniseries and here’s what’s actually happening here. Batman’s gone crazy and Joker’s gone sane and it’s game on. Murphy’s artwork is excellent as expected, his style is perfect for drawing the gritty streets of Gotham. Looking forward to this #2.

The Indie One: Paper Girls #17

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K Vaughan
Art: Cliff Chiang

What it is: At last, the Paper Girls learn what the hell is going on. By Eisner Award-winning writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and artist CLIFF CHIANG, with colors by 2017 Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILSON.

Why we like it: So here’s what’s actually going on here… I actually have no idea what’s going on here either. I love that synopsis. What the hell is going on? It’s pure sci-fi bananas and I love it. Did you see that all the creators have won Eisners?? They all won Eisners for their work on this book. So yeah, it’s pretty good.

 

The #1 One: No. 1 With a Bullet #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Jacob Semahn
Art: Jorge Corona

What it is: ‘A sublime piece of futurism that is both entertaining in its absurdity and terrifying in its predictions.’–Clive Barker Her social media, strong. Her variety show segments, a hit. Nash Huang is at the top of her game. But when the iRis Shutter contact lens hits the market, Nash’s life is personally invaded. The latest leap forward in ‘technological progress,’ these contacts not only play video or augment reality…but also record footage. Fighting to keep her life together after a leaked sex tape goes viral, a clingy super-fan is the last thing on Nash’s mind…but that’s exactly when the bodies pile up and the terror begins. From the bestselling team that brought you GONERS, comes NO. 1 WITH A BULLET!

Why we like it: The #1 One is No. 1 With a Bullet #1. It’s actually not, it’s Grave Diggers Union #1 but that “number one” bit was just too good to not use.

  

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Captain America #695
(Ross lenticular variant)

Publisher: Marvel 
Words: Mark Waid
Art: Chris Samnee
Cover Art: Alex Ross

What it is: HOME OF THE BRAVE Part 1 HOME OF THE BRAVE begins – and Steve Rogers is back in action in the red-white-and-blue! Steve begins a journey across America to restore his tarnished reputation – and the dangers he encounters along the way are unlike any he’s faced before! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Rated T+

Why we like it: I love the cover art but I have not been impressed at all by Marvel’s lenticular covers.  I really wish they would offer a standard, non-lenticulating version of these Legacy covers because some of the swipes have been outstanding. Alex Ross here with an excellent swipe of Tales of Suspense #39.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Least Likelies Episode 2: In Search Of….

Our second episode follows Brandon, Othello, and Tyson to their favorite pizza shop to discuss the how they will overcome the loss of their friend, Gran’ Master Flash, from their adventuring party when Brandon comes up with a solution for their ills.

Stay tuned for more from The Least Likelies…..

 

-Chris

 

 

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Trailer Snark (October 27, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Jigsaw (Lionsgate) – Horror/Mystery
Rated R for sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, and for language
Tag Line: Are you worthy?
Starring: Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore, Laura Vandervoot
Plot: Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for ten years.
Running Time: 91 minutes
Chris: I honestly thought we were finally done with this series. The first movie was a stroke of genius, and it was all downhill from there. I’ll pass.
Jim: I’ve only seen the first one, liked it, and had no interest in seeing the others. Typical Hollywood can’t-quit-while-we’re-ahead overkill.

Suburbicon (Paramount) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality
Tag Line: Welcome to the neighborhood.
Starring: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac
Plot: A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Clooney straining for Coen-ish dark comedy? Rental.
Chris: George Clooney in the director’s chair. Matt Damon mugging it up on screen. Looks intriguing, but not for a theater viewing.

Thank You for Your Service (Universal) – Biography/War/Drama
Rated R for strong violent content, language throughout, some sexuality, drug material and brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer
Plot: A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.
Running Time: 108 minutes

Chris: I could feel the storm of emotions brewing through the entire trailer. If I feel strong, I’ll be in my seat for this one.
Jim: A stirring trailer for an oft-told tale, albeit one that must be told.

Novitiate (Sony Picture Classics) – Drama
Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson
Plot: Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.
Running Time: 123 minutes

Jim: Melissa Leo does a fantastic job in this trailer. What a riveting presence! This got my attention.
Chris: Get thee to a nunnery….or maybe not!  Man, that was a pretty stark look.

All I See Is You (Open Road Films) – Drama
Rated R for strong sexual content/nudity, and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
Plot: A blind woman’s relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.
Running Time: 110 minutes

Chris: The trailer felt like DePalma. Blind married woman gains sight for first time in life and suddenly the marriage goes south. Disconcerting trailer, and a tragedy unfolding on screen. Could be worth a rental.
Jim: Seconding Chris, felt like DePalma (one of my faves). Definitely up for this one —hopefully the movie can deliver as much as the trailer promises.

Tickets Purchased: One for All I See is You (Jim) and One for Thank You For Your Service (Chris)

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – October 25, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Saga #48

Publisher: Image
Words: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What it is: END OF STORY ARC Ghüs and Squire have an adventure.

Why we love it: Saga’s going to keep being on the top of the pile until Chris tells me that every last one of his subscribers has Saga in their pull box. I cannot stress this enough, Saga is the best comic book out by any publisher and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. 

  The Mainstream One: Wonder Woman #33 (Frisson variant)

Publisher: DC
Words: James Robinson
Art: Carlo Pagulayan

What it is: ‘TIMES PAST’ part one! Grail, the daughter of Darkseid, has been on a quest to restore her father to his full power and glory after the events of Darkseid War! She must challenge children of the gods to steal their energy for the almighty Darkseid. Will any hero of myth be able to withstand her onslaught?! RATED T

Why we like it: I will probably be passing on most of the big 2. DC only has a few Metal tie-ins out this week and Marvel Legacy has been pretty underwhelming (is anyone else seeing large stacks of unsold Marvel lenticular covers sitting on their LCS’ shelves?). Wonder Woman #33 gets the nod here because it features Darkseid’s daughter Grail, Wonder Woman’s long-lost twin brother Jason and a gorgeous Jenny Frisson cover.

The Indie One: Jughead the Hunger #1

Publisher: Archie
Words: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat Kennedy

What it is: Brand New Series! Jughead Jones is a werewolf, and Reggie Mantle has fallen victim to Jughead’s monstrous ways. Now Betty Cooper: Werewolf Hunter along with Archie Andrews are hot on the trail of Jughead. For TEEN+ readers.

Why we like it: Just in time for Halloween. Jughead the Hunger is a sort-of spinoff of the surprise hit Afterlife with Archie, which first incorporated elements of horror into Riverdale’s otherwise idyllic, suburban setting. First it was Archie and zombies, and this time we get Jughead and werewolves. Just in time for the holidays.

  The #1 One: Eternity #1 

Publisher: Valiant
Words: Matt Kindt
Art: Trevor Hairsine

What it is: A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself… ETERNITY awaits! This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths…

Why we like it: Same creative team from Valiant that brought us Divinity, which my dedicated readers will remember as being one of my favorite reads of 2015 (probably second only to Vision). Part super-hero, part sci-fi, completely bad-ass, Divinity and its sequels were flat out awesome reads. Eternity sounds a bit close to Divinity, but I’m excited to see what mind-bending stuff Matt Kindt has planned for us.

  The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu (Tedesco variant)

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Matt Owens
Art: Denys Cowan
Cover Art: Julian Tedesco

What it is: Mace and his squad’s first mission of the newly begun Clone Wars continues! What do the Separatists want with the planet of Hissrich? Can Mace overcome mercenary droid AD-W4 to stop them? Rated T

Why we like it: And you will know his name is Mace Windu, when he lays his wrath upon thee. Love the colors on this cover.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Trailer Snark (October 20, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Wonderstruck (Amazon Studios) – Drama/Family/Mystery
Rated PG for thematic elements and smoking
Tag Line: It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
Starring: Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams
Plot: The story of a young boy in the Midwest is told simultaneously with a tale about a young girl in New York from fifty years ago as they both seek the same mysterious connection.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Wayne: Hmmm. Looks like a wonderful movie, but there is something that is missing in the trailer to grab me and I bet it is missing something in the movie too.
Chris: I see the “praise” but I don’t see the appeal.
Jim: Definitely a feel-good trailer, but I think mainly because I can never get enough of Space Oddity. The trailer has that something missing that would get me to the theater.

The Snowman (Universal) – Crime/Drama/Horror
Rated R for grisly images, violence, some language, sexuality and brief nudity
Tag Line: Mister Police. You Could have Saved Her. I Gave You All The Clues.
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson
Plot: Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
Running Time: 119 minutes

Jim: A slow buildup, but it had me intrigued. Rental.
Wayne: It doesn’t appeal to me, but given the time of year we are in, the Halloween scary movie feel is in the air and I have a feeling it will be a success this weekend. But not for me.
Chris: This one looks like creepy good crime thriller fun. I missed Wind River earlier this year which seemed to have some similar themes, but I will need to do my best to catch this one.

Same Kind of Different As Me (Paramount) – Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some violence and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou
Plot: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Chris: A movie with a message I can get behind and will make you feel good….just put the lessons into practice first. Count me in.
Jim: Certainly had a message that we could all benefit from, but to be honest the trailer piled on the schmaltz a bit too much.
Wayne: All Star cast but doesn’t give you the good feels. No good feels means no ticket. I pass.

Geostorm (Warner Bros) – Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for destruction, action and violence
Tag Line: Some things were never meant to be controlled.
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish
Plot: When the network of satellites designed to control the global climate start to attack Earth, it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone.
Running Time: 109 minutes

Wayne: I don’t care for these types of films because they usually rely heavily on the cgi effects. I’m going to pass on this.
Chris: This is the kind of garbage that gives Hollywood a bad name….I mean, outside of Harvey Weinstein.
Jim: The latest cheesy disaster flick, but it might have some worth as a guilty pleasure. I’m hoping. ‘Cause my daughter wants to see it. Keep me in your prayers.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2: A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate) – Comedy/Horror
PG-13 for sexual references, drug content, language and some horror images
Tag Line: None
Starring: Tyler Perry, Patrice Lovely, Brock O’Hurn
Plot: Madea, Bam, and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the boogeyman are unleashed.
Running Time: 95 minutes

Jim: Jim Cannizzaro’s Noo 2. Sorry.
Wayne: I didn’t see the first and the second doesn’t make me feel any better. Pass.
Chris: I haven’t seen a Tyler Perry movie yet, and this ain’t changing that.

Only the Brave (Columbia) – Biography/Drama
Rated PG-13 for thematic content, some sexual references, language and drug material
Tag Line: It’s Not What Stands In Front Of You, It’s Who Stands Beside You
Starring: Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
Plot: Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.
Running Time: 133 minutes

Chris: Oscar buzz is in the air on this one. And it could not be more tragically timing.
Jim: Well, this looks like something resembling a movie. A quick shot and voice-over from Jeff Bridges gives me added hope, although he most likely isn’t in it for long. Interested.
Wayne: Another movie that doesn’t hit me in the feels and I won’t see. Feels like a throw away movie to me.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (A24) – Drama/Horror/Mystery
R for disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone
Plot: Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
Running Time: 121 minutes

Wayne: Oh boy. Will she stop singing? Lousy trailer means I’m skipping this movie.
Chris: I was in a trance for the whole trailer, but I have no idea what this is really going to end up being about. I am very intrigued.
Jim: Intriguing trailer, but yet another that’s unclear as to what it’s about almost to the point of madness. Loved The Lobster.

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Snowman (Wayne and Chris) and One for Only the Brave (Jim)

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – October 18, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Mighty Thor #700

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Russell Dauterman

What it is: DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 1 The final judgement comes as the Mangog arrives! The War Thor will meet the beast head on. But even the bloodthirst of this Ultimate Thor may pale in comparison to the might of the Mangog! The battle rages as Jane’s cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she might not have to wait for the final judgment at all. The clock is ticking, and no hammer can save her this time. It’s the beginning of the end that will lead to the most dramatic return in the Marvel Universe!! Rated T+

Why we love it: A milestone issue. Jane Foster, the Mighty Thor, will be passing the hammer back to the Odinson. I was personally a big fan of Lady Thor and will be sad to see her go. I hope they give her a hero’s sendoff that is worthy of her.

 The Mainstream One: Incredible Hulk #709

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Greg Land

What it is: RETURN TO PLANET HULK Part 1 When Amadeus Cho picks up a distress signal from a distant planet he’s shocked to find out it’s from SAKAAR. As the Totally Awesome Hulk, he’s been trying to avert the curse of anger that haunted Bruce Banner. But SAKAAR is a place for warriors and gladiators…a place where the Hulk fought brutally in the Imperial Arena…who is calling Cho for help? Rated T

Why we like it: Greg Pak brings the green skinned one back to Skaar for another round on Planet Hulk. The last time the Hulk came to Skaar, Banner Hulk liberated it (through smashing of course) and brought peace to the war torn world. That’s a tough act to follow but I’m sure Amadeus is up to the challenge. I am a little disappointed that they didn’t bring back the art team from the original planet Hulk. Laaaand!

The Indie One: Realm #2

Publisher: Image
Words: Seth Peck
Art: Jeremy Haun

What it is: Molly and company hit the road, Ben kills stuff, and Johnny Eldritch has a conference call with the Destroyer of Worlds.

Why we like it: Issue #1 was interesting enough to give the #2 a spin. End of the world story with a dungeons and dragons feel.

  The #1 One: Maestros #1

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Steve Skroce

What it is:  The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered. Now, his banished son from Earth will inherit the Wizard King’s throne along with a spell that turns its user into GOD. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom? From STEVE SKROCE, the storyboard artist of The Matrix trilogy, the artist and co-creator of WE STAND ON GUARD and Doc Frankenstein, the writer / artist of Wolverine, and the artist of Amazing Spider-Man and ALAN MOORE’s YOUNGBLOOD.

Why we like it: Light week for #1’s. Steve Skroce drew amazing artwork for We Stand on Guard, so interested to see what he does with this solo project.

 The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Harley Quinn #30

Publisher: DC
Cover Art: Frank Cho

What it is: ‘Vote Harley’ part four! Harley actually might win this thing…which means Mayor DePerto’s backed in a corner-and there’s nothing more dangerous than that! RATED T+

Why we like it: Happy Harleyween!

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Foreigner – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  October 13, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  1 hour 54 min
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.7 out of 10

A non-spoiler review.

“A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism.  A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.”

What works:  Finally a Jackie Chan movie that allows him to act, truly act (ok, he isn’t going to get any acting award nominations), without any comedic moments between moments of action.  He may be older, but the man still has the action scenes down.  Pierce Brosnan plays a government official with ties to the IRA and is caught in the middle of law officials and a mourning father whom want information.  You get solid performances from both and there is plenty of action for everyone to appreciate.  If Rambo and Jason Bourne were to run into Jackie Chan, I feel like they all would have their hands full.

What doesn’t work:  The supporting cast, specifically the terrorists, feel very empty and the acting takes a hit.  I’m always wondering where all these people always seem to have martial arts training.  Jackie Chan’s character always seems to have a way out and we’re supposed to just fill in the blanks that he gets away and moves on.  There is a romance in the film that just doesn’t seem to fit and honestly, we could have done without that entire subplot. 

All in all, I enjoyed the film.  I enjoyed it most because this is not your stereotypical Chan movie because the story is a bit more grounded and Jackie gets a chance to act.  Yes, we get some of the martial arts flavor that we see in many of his movies, but it is toned down and fits well into the story.  Let’s hope we can see Jackie in more serious movie roles that don’t focus on what he is mostly known for, antic ridden martial arts fighting.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give The Foreigner a 7.7.  Grab some concessions and enjoy some action, Rambo style.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Trailer Snark (October 13, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Marshall (Open Road Films) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language.
Tag Line: His Name Means Justice
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad
Plot: About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Rob F: Chadwick Boseman showed us the story of Jackie Robinson, and now he will show us that of Thurgood Marshall. With the ugliness of racism still far too prevalent in society, maybe this is film we should all watch and try to learn from.
Chris: Now, here is a piece of history I would like to learn more about.  Nicely cut trailer, and Chadwick Boseman is one of my new favorites on the scene today.
Wayne: Looks like a very interesting story and one I would pay to see. Buying a ticket.

The Foreigner (STX Entertainment) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material
Tag Line: Never push a good man too far.
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Katie Leung
Plot: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Wayne: I want to see Jackie Chan in a role where it isn’t with some silly detective. High hopes for this film. Buying a ticket.
Rob F: Jackie Chan is not someone I would want to piss off, but this looks mediocre at best. Pass.
Chris:  Refreshing change of pace from cop buddy and silly roles for the talented Chan.  I am very excited to see him square off against Brosnan in what looks to be an intense film.

Happy Death Day (Universal Pictures) – Horror/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity
Tag Line: Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard
Plot: A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Similar feel to Final Destination but a lot less fun it seems.  I like my horror movies, but this one is not calling me to the theater.
Wayne: I’ve seen Ground Hog Day and this is a twist on it. Not so sure I would enjoy seeing this one though. I’m going to pass.
Rob: Groundhog Day meets Scream. Good laughs I am sure, and I have a free pass that I might burn on this one.

Breathe (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images
Tag Line: An inspiration love story.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander
Plot: The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Rob F: Looks like a good film, but not a big screen one for me. 
Wayne: An excellent cast with a compelling story. I may not see it in the theater, but it is worth seeing. Buying a ticket.
Chris: I have this feeling that we are going to be very sad in the end.  Love is complicated and beautiful even in the face of hopelessness.  I’ll wait for the small screen though.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/History/Family
Rated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language
Tag Line: Inspired by the true story.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie
Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Chris: Wow, I was taken by surprise with this one.  Captured me right from the get-go, and I will definitely be seeing this one.  Decidedly not Hollywood Poo(h). 
Rob F: No thanks. Animated I can tolerate some Pooh, but not a big enough fan to see this.
Wayne: I’m not a fan of this time period but the actors have me interested. Still, going to pass.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman (Annapurna Pictures) – Drama
R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language.
Tag Line: Meet the women behind the man behind the woman.
Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote
Plot: The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
Running Time: 108 minutes
Wayne: I’m curious about this story only because I’m a fan of Wonder Woman, but feel this film will fall flat on viewers. I’m going to pass.
Chris:  Hey, it’s the pervy comic book creator origin story! 
Rob F: I’d probably rent it because of its relation to comics.  

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Foreigner (Chris and Wayne) and One for Marshall (Rob)

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Five: From the Bottom of the Lake

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

From the Bottom of the Lake

By Tom Vanner

DEAR AMERICA!!!! Sorry just watched a Graham Allan rant. Good Facebook follow. Anyway the day has come. Today is finally Friday the 13th. A happy one it is. Today no doubt there is a marathon going on some channel starring yours and my favorite movie killer. Today people will be sharing all there favorite Friday the 13th memes, trying to avoid black cats whenever and wherever possible, and hoping to God that stepping on the crack didn’t actually break their mothers back. Friday the 13th has for a very long time been a day of superstition and bad luck, but did you know where it came from? If you thought it was from a young boy drowning at summer camp and returning a couple decades later to kill teens camping in the woods, underage drinking, and having sex, I got news for ya! You’re wrong.

On Friday October 13, 1307 the Knights templar were arrested by French King Phillip the IV for the crime of “heresey”. Originally I heard the Knights were executed but in reality it was really boring. They were arrested, their assets were taken from them, and King Phillip got richer. A dull, boring way to begin the myth of Friday the 13th superstitions. However that is the first Friday the 13th bad joo-joo origin. It should be known that the French did wear Detroit Red Wings goalie masks when the arrests were made. One thing in this story is false….can you figure out which part?

Here are a few thoughts of the remaining “Friday the 13th” movies out of order. The Remake in 2009 was a good flick I’d recommend a watch if you haven’t seen it. Derek Mears plays an excellent Jason. A tall ass Jason. He had a good style and was fairly violent.

Freddy V.S Jason, the battle to end all battles. A much anticipated movie for slasher fans around the world. As we know Kane Hodder had lost the role of Jason so the movie took a hit for that. Ken Kirzinger played a pretty intimidating Jason. His downfall might not be entirely his fault but Jason was too slow and not violent enough through-out the film, especially with what fans had become accustom too. There was one kill that sticks out because it was flat out awesome. The first kill of the movie, the bed folded in half kill. It really set a precedent for the rest of the movie which wasn’t met. Another problem I have with the movie is the whole water is Jason’s weakness and fear. Ummm have we ever watched the series? Water has not bothered this dude since he was like 11, and now in 2003 he crumbles under the pressure of the thought of water. Come on bro. They did a good job showing off Jason’s inability to be destroyed but I feel all in all they didn’t give the guy enough respect. Don’t get me wrong Freddy vs Jason is a Halloween and Friday the 13TH ritual for me but I feel it should have been better. A fun fact for this movie, even though he wasn’t cast in the movie. There is a scene with Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 3 in the back ground. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 features Kane Hodder as a stunt coordinator and stunt double Leatherface, R.A Mihailoff. The scene that is playing in Freddy vs Jason is the only scene that Kane plays Leatherface for the entire scene.

As I bring this Blog to a close I have to say I impressed myself. Hopefully I impressed some of you. I had pitched the idea to Chris Mills about a blog for Friday the 13th for today. He had then introduced the idea of a week- long series. I honestly didn’t know if I had enough content but just the movie series “Friday the 13th” I kept it going.

After this past week I think we have all learned a thing or two about Jason Voorhees and Friday the 13th. The number one thing being is obviously isn’t Jason actually the good guy? I mean think about it. He was bullied and picked on as a kid. He “drowns” due to negligence, and then watched his mother gets beheaded. The only thing the guy asks for is to be left alone and he wants to go home. Nope, every other second it feels some punk teen is trespassing his land and doing dumb crap there. Really what I want you to take out of this, if you’re near an abandoned camp, and you have the sudden urge to have sex while hammered, do yourself a favor and keep going. You’re most likely going to piss off the resident.

I would like thank you everyone who followed me this week and kept reading what I had to say. I especially want to thank Chris for allowing a forum for my rants. He’s the founder of “Great Stories” the website and the store. If you’re into magic the gathering, dungeons and dragons, and comics alike, check him out. I’d also like to invite all you fine people to “13th world” in Cumberland RI (Yes another shameless plug) to visit your pal Jason. I bid you all farewell; enjoy your day of terrors. Remember to watch something bloody today and since its right around the corner, Happy Halloween!

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Four: The Man, The Myth, The Jason

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

The Man, The Myth, The Jason

By Tom Vanner

Good News everybody, we have all returned!! Ok so maybe not everybody has returned, I see a few people are most likely late today. We don’t have to wait, anyway, in total there were 10 Friday the 13th’s in the original series, “Freddy VS Jason” and “Friday the 13th” the remake.  A total of 12 movies and every movie featured a different actor playing Jason, with the exception of parts 7, 8, 9, and X. That is 7 people who have donned the mask. 6 movies had hockey masks, 1 had a potato sack and the original movie did not have Jason as the main character.

The most notable of all the Jason’s is Kane Hodder. He played Jason more than anybody and had some of Jason’s most iconic kills. From the Part 7 sleeping bag kill to the punch decapitation in part 8 and even X had a pretty awesome kill where Jason freezes a scientist head in a sink of nitrogen, then shatters her head on the counter.  Kane’s depiction of Jason is synonymous of violence. In every other movie Jason makes the kill gets the job done and that’s, that. Jason played by Kane has an unmatched efficiency and almost has an extra commitment to each kill. Kane had always added to each kill in the movies, weather it was an extra step to the sequence or just and extra hack of the machete. His commitment to death in the “Friday The 13TH” series is why he was the only Jason actor to do the body capture of Jason in “Friday The 13th” the Game (released for console Friday the 13th)

Calling Kane an actor is almost insulting the man. He is a stunt man and stunt coordinator who just happened to play Jason.  Kane having worked with John Carl Buechler on “Prison” had impressed John so much with his commitment to getting a good shot and being so comfortable in full makeup. John lobbied for and asked Kane to take on the starring role of “Friday the 13th Part 7 the New Blood”. Kane Never have acted before took on the role and spent a lot of time paying attention to body language and posture. He ultimately decided in order for the role to feel natural he would just be himself. Kane started the breathing thing. Whenever you see Jason standing in a roadway or in the woods and all of a sudden he takes a deep breath. That was added to the character to give him life. The lack of body motion from other actors taking the role makes Jason seem kind of statuesque. If the character has movement and life it just adds depth to him. Hodder while filming kill scenes, being a fan of the series would ask himself prior to the kill, WWJD? What would Jason Do?

That my friend, helped create the sleeping bag kill.  Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’ve never asked myself the same question.  I have and depending on the situation you would be surprised the positive outcome you get when you find the answer.

Kane had fallen in love with the character and took on the role 3 more times. When Freddy VS Jason was in talks, Hodder received his copy of the script and became ecstatic. He gets to play his favorite role again and work with a now personal friend Robert Englund. Time went by and Hodder never heard anything from the producers, he would call and never get a call back. Jason had been re-casted and that left Hodder devastated, he would never get an explanation either, which just pissed him off. Kane felt a personal connection to Jason, being a victim of bullying at young age and constantly getting beaten up, he felt he and Jason had that connection.

Kane has since moved on, continuing to make films, and work in the stunt business.  He picked up the role of Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series. They just released their fourth film, and if you enjoy 80’2 style horror and insanely violent kills, you’ll enjoy this series. You will also get to see Kane one with other Horror icons, Derek Mears, R.A Mihailoff and Tony Todd, to name a few. He is always going to conventions, making public appearances whenever he can, he spends a lot of time with children and in burn wards, along with other Burn victims.

Kane Hodder is an excellent ambassador of the horror genre. He is an awesome guy to meet. Very friendly, easy to approach, doesn’t have a massive ego that can push you out of the way.  I have been lucky enough to meet him along with my family. Best of all he (fake) choked my son, (that lucky son of a…).  Let me tell you, when it comes to choking children under 2 I do believe there is no one more professional at then he is. The event last all of half a second and got a great shot as well. I would love to see Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees in a movie again, it would just complete me. If it never happens well, we have four to enjoy.

For more on Kane Hodder you can find his book, “Unmasked, the true story of cinemas most prolific killer” and coming out this year the film documentary, “To Hell and Back, The Kane Hodder story”. I for one am fan girl excited over the film.

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, so be sure to have some mirrors to break and a few ladders to walk under. We wrap our time up together and maybe learn something about ourselves.