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Great Stories Pop Culture Talk June 2018

Hey Everyone….check out our ultra-spoilery video that discusses the teams thoughts on both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Deadpool 2!  Special thanks to our Production Team and Barry Giles for their support and making us look and sound better than ever.

 

We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to comment away and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

 

-The Great Stories Team

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Great Stories Comic Shop Talk June 2018

Hey Guys…after a bit of a prolonged absence due to our team getting our production quality up to speed to give you a better experience with our videos, we have returned and hopefully now every month without fail!

In this month’s episode, we talk Dan Slott’s swan song Amazing Spider-Man #800, Chris indulges himself in discussing the recent Punisher run with War Machine armor, a couple of Wayne’s regular reads in Weapon H and the new Lando Calrissian comic series, Brian Bendis’ Man of Steel, and Ken makes mention of a couple of Indies on his radar!

 

We’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment on our video and contact us with anything you would like for us to discuss in future videos!

 

-The Great Stories Team

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Pop Culture Talk Video Blog 4/24/18

Hey Everyone….we were down to a three man team last time we came together for a video, and with a new production team (please welcome Phil and Peirce to the crew!).  But where there were two missing friends, there were two additional cameras!  Fair trade, right?  Nah, we missed out on having Rob and Wayne join us.  Next time, we will do it right with everyone AND the extra camera angles!  Our videos are a work in progress and with some advancements in technology there are risks as well.  We sadly lost our entire Comic Shop Talk segment, which was probably our best discussion yet!  But no way should we be looking back.  We look ahead always and we will get better at this.  One thing to note aside from the multiple camera angles we get in this shoot is far better sound quality thanks to us all having mics.  Huge improvement!

 

In this episode, Ken, Tylor, and Chris discuss season two of Jessica Jones, the anticipated Avengers: Infinity War movies, the new Star Wars Legion miniature game, and the rumors of a new Teen Titans animated series that picks up where the old (early 2000’s series) left off!

 

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

-The Great Stories Team

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His Name Was Jason: The Official Friday the 13th Blog (April Edition)

Our resident Friday the 13th super-fan and aficionado, Tom “Tominek” Vanner is back with a look at the mythology of the Mask.  Maybe he’ll clue you in on a few things you didn’t already know about the iconic horror villain?

Hello my friends, good seeing you have all come back to play along again. If you are reading this on a Friday that must mean one thing… It’s Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday!!! That’s right folks one of our founding fathers and the author of the Declaration of Independence was born today, April 13. Happy Birthday Tom!!! This one’s for you (holding up a “coffee” yes coffee.)

Anyway we all know the real reason why we have gathered today, to honor my friend and yours, Jason Voorhees. As some of you know, quick count around the room, ok so like 2 maybe 3 of you might know, whatever. I did 5 days of babbling on about Friday the 13th last October.  Well as it turns out I didn’t pay attention to a small detail, a tiny, tiny detail. You know nothing major just forgot to highlight JASON’S FREAKING MASK!!!

I know, I know you’re asking yourself “Tom how the hell did you forget about the mask?” First I didn’t forget about the mask I had talked about its progression through the movies.

You, “Dude really, you claim to be a Friday the 13th expert and you forget his mask, what a fraud.”

Ok honestly, hurtful. Secondly I NEVER CLAIMED TO BE AN EXPERT!!! (editor’s note:  Great Stories claimed that Tom was an expert.  Our bad! J/K.  What can we say?  Tom is humble.) So any way today we learn about the origins of Jason’s Iconic Hockey Mask.

Jason, as we all know made his first real on screen appearance in Part 2. He was never suppose to be an actual physical character, he was an idea, or really a motive.  At the end of “Friday the 13th” Jason was finally given a face for the sole purpose of a jump scare. With the success of the original film, it was only natural to make a part 2. However they knew they couldn’t have Pamela as the antagonist, since she ain’t got no head Lieutenant Dan.  The producers, screen writers or whomever’s job it was began an unofficial back story to Jason where he actually survived his drowning and grew up as a feral kid, so to speak.  Keeping with primitive living they decided a potato sack with a single strand of rope and an eye hole was the best way to go with a mask.

Fun story about the Potato sack though, As “Friday the 13th” was in production so was “The Elephant Man”, a drama in which the title character wore a potato sack to hide his face. A couple months after  the premier of “ The Elephant Man”,  “Friday the 13th  Part 2” came out  and had kind of a parody feel to it, which was not the intent of the film, obviously.

Part 3 enters conception at some point and the movie begins filming. The Crew knows the Potato sack isn’t working and they need a new direction. They were throwing around ideas and Martin Jay Sadoff happened to have a hockey mask with him, because a bunch of the crew had been on a hockey team together and would often play after filming each day. Martin had jokingly suggested using his hockey mask and then we don’t have to worry about makeup. They makeup tested it and the director or producer thought it was pretty scary.

Martin’s Mask was a Leather mask, and didn’t really fit Richard J Brooker’s head. They casted the Mask in a clear plastic and the mask designer for the film actually painted it from the inside out to prevent paint chipping.  There was a second cast done for the scene where Jason gets axed in the head.

Fast Forward to the debut of “Friday the 13TH Part 3”, and all their efforts paid off. The 3rd installment was a huge success.  The movie was released August 13th1982, I’ll let you guess what day of the week that was.  It wasn’t unit October 31 that year they had really seen the impact of the movie though. They saw kids all over buying up hockey mask to wear as their Jason costumes. At that point they knew if they were to continue the series the hockey mask had to stay, and the icon that is Jason Voorhees had finally been born.

What I find really fascinating about the whole thing is the consistency. Every Movie with exception of Part 5, (Roy you suck.) the makeup and design teams attempted to retain the original integrity of the Mask but did what was needed to carry the story. They kept consistent damage marks throughout each film while at the same time weathering and altering the mask to the current needs of the current film.

The icon that is Jason’s signature hockey mask is so profound that there are many, many people and companies that make replicas of each movies featuring mask. The one mask that gives people the most trouble is the original Part 3. The problem people have is the coloring. In most screen shots the mask appears white however, in some shots it has a yellowish aging to it. People have tried all kinds of paint combinations to mimic the effect and have been unsuccessful. The dirty little secret behind the Part 3 mask is the first layer of paint is actually a varnish. At different angles and lighting that is what gives the effect of “color change”.

In the Horror world there are many, masks and faces that stick out to viewers, Freddy’s burnt up mug, IT’s clown makeup (because well he’s a friggin clown), Pinhead’s ugly grill are all easily recognized. The Hockey mask of Jason Voorhees though, is truly a stand out look that in itself can insight a fear in someone by just being there. I can happily report that I have personally seen this happen through the eye hole in which Jason peers from.

I thank you again for spending some time reading what nonsense I have put together for you. Until next time, take care of yourself, watch something bloody, and remember it is never too early to work on your Halloween costume.

 

 

The information gathered about the origin of the mask was cited from the actual crew of “Friday the 13rth part “3 in a documentary, “Legacy of the Mask” which can be found on Youtube.

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Comic Shop Pop Culture Talk Video Blog 3/18/18

We talk about Marvel’s Black Panther (0:00-16:33), as well as two other theatrical films including Annihilation (16:34-22:20) and Eli Roth’s remake of Death Wish (22:21-28:32), the Han Solo trailer (28:33-37:54), Star Wars Rebels (37:55-47:22), The End of the Effing World (47:23-53:10), and Voltron (53:11-56:15).

Thanks for watching!

-The Great Stories Team

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Comic Shop Talk Video Blog 3/16/18

Our first video blog from the new shop location. Thanks for your patience in our absence!

(0:00-42:25) Our Marvel topics include Infinity Countdown, Amazing Spider-Man’s Red Goblin character, Thanos, Moon Knight, the prospector fascination with Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #28, Star Wars Thrawn and DJ, and we finish up with some talk about the upcoming reboot of the Marvel Universe!

(42:26-52:54) Our DC talk delves into Brian Bendis entrance into DC’s Superman Universe, Doomsday Clock delays, Dark Knights Metal, and Raven Daughter of Darkness!

(52:55-1:01:54) Indie talk includes the new Kirkman book Oblivion Song, Gideon Falls, and a little bit of news on an upcoming Sandman Universe!

 

Have a great weekend!

The Great Stories Team

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January 12, 2018 Theatrical Trailers

Paddington 2 (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Family
Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor
Tag Line: A new chapter begins.
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville
Plot: Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
Running Time: 103 minutes

The Commuter (Lionsgate) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language
Tag Line: Lives are on the line.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Plot: A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.
Running Time:  114 minutes

Proud Mary (Screen Gems) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for violence
Tag Line: Killing for the man everyday.
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown
Plot: Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary’s life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry.
Running Time: 89 minutes

Acts of Violence (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated R for violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and drug material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Sophia Bush
Plot: When his fiancee is kidnapped by human traffickers, Roman (Ashton Holmes) and his ex-military brothers set out to track her down and save her before it is too late. Along the way, Roman teams up with Avery (Bruce Willis), a cop investigating human trafficking and fighting the corrupted bureaucracy that has harmful intentions.
Running Time: 86 minutes

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January 5, 2018 Theatrical Trailers

Insidious: The Last Key (Universal Pictures) – Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language
Tag Line: Fear Comes Home.
Starring: Line Shaye, Leigh Wannell
Plot: Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.
Running Time: 103 minutes

Molly’s Game (STX Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language, drug content and some violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Plot: The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Running Time: 140 minutes

Devil’s Gate (IFC Midnight) – Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: Pray they are never found.
Starring:  Milo Ventimiglia, Bridget Regan
Plot: Set in the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota, the film examines the disappearance of a local woman (Regan) and her young son. Schull plays an FBI agent who helps the local sheriff (Frakes) search for answers. Partnering with a deputy (Ashmore), they track down the missing woman’s husband (Ventimiglia) and find that nothing is as it seems.
Running Time: 94 minutes

The Strange Ones (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for some disturbing violent images, and brief sexual material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus
Plot: Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.
Running Time: 81 minutes

Stratton (Momentum Pictures) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence, and language
Tag Line: The enemy has a weapon. So do we.
Starring: Dominick Cooper, Austin Stowell
Plot: A British Special Boat Service commando tracks down an international terrorist cell.
Running Time: 95 minutes

 

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Comic Shop Talk: December 2017

Comic Shop Talk is a video blog dedicated to Comics, and pop culture talk including movies, television, books, and more.  Ken Lee is the author of our long-running comic blog The Crank File, Rob Goyer is our Cards and Counters game blog author, Tylor Hamel appears in many in-store livestreams and works at Great Stories Comics & Gaming, Wayne Demers is author of our very own The Dope Sheet movie blog, and Chris Mills is the owner of Great Stories. 

Greetings everyone, and welcome to another installment of Comic Shop Talk.

Our first video (Starring Ken, Rob, Wayne, and Chris) covers all things comics starting with DC, before getting into Marvel, and ending with a couple of Indie suggestions.  Check out the timestamps below.

0:00-13:05:  DC talk including Doomsday Clock, Dark Knights Metal, Batman: White Knight, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

13:06-34:48:  Marvel talk including many Legacy titles including Jean Grey, Doctor Strange, Punisher, Moon Knight, Astonishing X-Men, Spirits of Vengeance, and Monsters Unleashed. We also give some commentary on Marvel’s lenticular covers.

34:49-41:15:  Star Wars in Comics including talk about the Mace Windu limited series and the Darth Vader.

41:16-42:52:  A couple of quick Indie selections including Spawn and G. I. Joe for the prospectors.

Our second video covers our Pop Culture Talk, as Tylor joins the discussion!

0:00-14:00: We talk about The Punisher on Netflix.

14:01-16:24:  The immediate future of Marvel/Netflix cooperation and releases.

16:25-24:50:  We then delve into Thor:Ragnarok.

24:51-36:00:  We talk the Justice League movie.

36:01-43:30:  We talk a bit about the approach of DC and Marvel to their cinematic universes.

43:31-47:35:  We talk Marvel’s Inhumans (Disaster…Marvel is human!).

47:36-49:50:  A little talk about Agents of SHIELD.

49:51-51:20: We preview a bit of Hulu’s Runaways series.

51:21-1:01:47: We discuss some 2018 projects that are anticipated for both TV and film.

 

Write in to us with any suggestions you have for comic and pop culture topics for our next video!  You can reach us at [email protected]!  Thanks for watching!

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Trailer Snark (December 29, 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!

All the Money in the World (Sony Pictures) – Biography/Crime/Drama
Rated R for language, some violence, disturbing images and brief drug content
Tag Line: J. Paul Getty had a fortune.  Everyone else paid the price.
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams
Plot: The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.
Running Time: 132 minutes

Molly’s Game (STX Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language, drug content and some violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Plot: The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Running Time: 140 minutes

Phantom Thread (Focus Features) – Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis
Plot: Set in 1950’s London, Reynolds Woodcock is a renowned dressmaker whose fastidious life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman, Alma, who becomes his muse and lover.
Running Time: 130 minutes

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Sony Picture Classics) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief nudity
Tag Line: Love, just like in the movies.
Starring: Jamie Bell, Annette Benning, Vanessa Redgrave
Plot: A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.
Running Time: 105 minutes