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Trailer Snark (November 10, 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!

Murder on the Orient Express (Twentieth Century Fox) – Crime/Drama/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Tag Line: Everyone is a suspect.
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Plot: A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of thirteen stranded strangers & one man’s race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Chris: I have been a fan of Agatha Christie mysteries ever since my days of roaming my local libraries halls as a wee lad. To see a high production version of one of her most classic stories come to life is something I will be glued to my seat for!
Jim: my favorite actress of all time, Michelle Pfeiffer, in an Agatha Christie movie. It’s just too much for me to handle. Add to that a great cast directed by the amazing Kenneth Branagh. Except for Star Wars and maybe Thor, this is the must-see of the holiday season.
Rob F: A classic Christie tale retold on the big screen again. Looks good, but if you already know the story from the book or the 1974 version of the film… But, hey this version’s got Olaf! Do you want to build a snowman?

Daddy’s Home 2 (Paramount Pictures) – Comedy
Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and some language
Tag Line: More Daddies. More problems.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson
Plot: Brad and Dusty must deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays.
Running Time: 100 minutes

Rob F: The first one was good and this looks to be more of the same. Just not a big screen option for me.
Chris: I just love the chemistry between Wahlberg and Ferrell. Add in some Mel Gibson and John Lithgow as the polar opposite dad’s, and it looks like we may have a sequel winner!
Jim: I haven’t seen the original (I’ll have to), but this looks like a blast.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri (Fox Searchlight) – Comedy/Crime/Drama
Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual references
Tag Line: None
Starring: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Plot: In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.
Running Time: 115 minutes

Jim: One of two movies this week with lousy titles and trailers that scream DON’T SEE THIS MOVIE!
Rob F: Could be ok, but I’m not feeling it after that trailer. Certainly not a big screen trip for me.
Chris: A trailer as poorly cut and convoluted as the film was named.

Amanda & Jack Go Glamping (Gravitas Ventures) – Comedy/Drama/Romance
Not Rated
Tag Line: Love the one yurt with.
Starring: Amy Acker, Adam Canto, David Arquette
Plot: With his marriage and career against the ropes, dejected author Jack Spencer travels with his wife, Amanda, to an isolated glamping retreat in search of a spark. When a surprise double booking finds their private retreat anything but private, Jack spins into a comedic exploration of love, lost dreams, small-town-wisdom, and friendship with a miniature donkey to get over himself before he loses all he holds dear.
Running Time: 94 minutes

Chris: This movie’s fate has been sealed by the David Arquette kiss of death.
Jim: This is the other one (see Three Billboards comment). Gimme a break.
Rob F: Nope. Nope. Nope.

Thumper (The Orchard) – Crime/Drama/Thriller
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Eliza Taylor, Pablo Schreiber, Lena Headey
Plot: Teens in a low income neighborhood are lured into working for a violent and dangerous drug dealer. When a new girl harboring a dark secret arrives in town, their relationship jeopardizes everything.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Rob F: Could be a possible rental down the line. It has Lena Headey after all.
Chris: With heroin addiction running rampant across the country, I guess you could say its timely. Too often these types of films tend to leave me cold and angry. I’ll pass.
Jim: Undoubtedly a problem in the world, and the movie probably needs to be seen by certain people. Just not me.

Tickets Purchased:  Two for Murder on the Orient Express (Chris and Jim) while Rob saves his money for repeat viewings of The Last Jedi in December.

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – November 8, 2017

November 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: Mister Miracle #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads

What it is: It’s the trial of Mister Miracle! Orion and Lightray are convinced that Scott has become infected with Anti-Life and is working against them to bring down New Genesis. Scott must succumb to their interrogation and physical challenges to prove he’s not what they say he is…but how do you speak truth to people who don’t want to believe?

Why we love it: Not sure if this series is really good or just very weird. Though for me, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. I can’t stop reading this intoxicating mix of weird good.

The Mainstream One: Master of Kung Fu #126

Publisher: Marvel
Words: CM Punk
Art: Dalibor Talajic

What it is: Shang-Chi’s Day Off Part 1 (OF 1) The Marvel Universe is full of fighters: brawlers, scrappers, weapons experts, mystical kung fu virtuosi. But there’s only one martial artist skilled enough to be called the greatest. SHANG-CHI has been a pinch hitter for a long time, stepping in for Avengers missions when no one else would do, but when no one can match your speed or skill, sometimes it’s best to work alone. To see what you’ve been missing if you don’t know Shang-Chi, don’t miss MASTER OF KUNG FU!

Why we like it: Marvel continues to defy logic for its Legacy renumbering with Master of Kung Fu #126, which absolutely shouldn’t be the #126th issue of MoKF because Marvel counted 14 issues of Marvel Special Edition in which Shang Chi didn’t even appear in. And it’s is a one shot?? It’s like nursery school. I am still psyched for a new Shang Chi book. CM Punk might be more well known as a wrestler than a comic writer, but the man knows martial arts and I’m looking forward to seeing his fight sequences.

The Indie One: Port of Earth #1

Publisher: Image
Words: Zack Kaplan
Art: Andrea Mutti

What it is: Imagine if aliens came to Earth not in war or peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. But when our alien visitors break Port restrictions and wreak havoc in our cities, it falls to the newly formed Earth Security Agents to hunt down and safely deport the dangerous rogue aliens back to the Port of Earth. A gritty sci-fi action thriller from new comic book writer ZACK KAPLAN (ECLIPSE) and ANDREA MUTTI (Rebels, Star Wars, Batman Eternal, Prometheus).

Why we like it: Of all the alien invasion premises I’ve ever read, this one seems the most plausible. We would totally agree to sell out Earth for access to alien tech. Feels like this book is drawing parallels with current immigration issues, and I hope the rogue aliens aren’t all broad stroked as dangerous criminals.

The #1 One: Kong On Planet of Apes #1

Publisher: Boom! Studios
Words: Ryan Ferrier
Art: Carlos Magno

What it is: The damn dirty crossover event you demanded! Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover… A KONG! Now they must venture to Skull Island with Cornelius and Zira to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!

Why we like it: Monkey fight! A crossover so obvious that it’s shocking that it hasn’t been done before.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Supergirl #15

Publisher: DC
Words: Steve Orlando
Art: Robson Rocha
Cover Art: Stanley Lau

What it is: ‘PLAIN SIGHT part one!’ This public service announcement is brought to you by the Department of Extranormal Operations! You saw how Supergirl hid a murderer underneath National City right before our eyes. What other dangerous secrets is she hiding? She is not human, and therefore, she cannot be trusted. D.E.O. agents will be stationed at every school to ensure their safety! Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Why we like it: Artgerm has had a nice run on Supergirl cover B’s with some solid art. This one is straight fire. So good that I’m grabbing multiple copies.

 

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

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Trailer Snark (November 3, 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!

Thor: Ragnarok (Disney) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief suggestive material
Tag Line: No hammer? No problem.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett
Plot: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.
Running Time: 130 minutes

Chris: OK, let’s face it. The trailer is brilliant, and there ain’t no way another movie this week is overtaking my desire to purchase this particular ticket. Thor is the strongest there is…..maybe?
Rob: Hel yeah! See what I did there? Hulk like raging fire. Box office like Marvel flicks.
Jim: Looking forward to seeing this of course, but a bit of concern. What made the first Thor movie so entertaining to me was pitting fantasy against the realities of earth. To me, many of the best fantasy movies come from a place with this fantasy/reality confrontation. From what I can see in the trailer, it’s all taking place on another world with very little that’s earthbound. I’m just afraid that I’ll be watching such an overload of fantasy and spectacle that I’ll become bored and bitchy. We’ll see.

A Bad Mom’s Christmas (STX Entertainment) – Action/Adventure/Comedy
Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and some drug use
Tag Line: Merry is relative.
Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn
Plot: A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.
Running Time: 104 minutes

Jim: Thought the first was very funny. The “naughtiness” in the trailer seems predictable, but the premise and the actresses might make it a good rental.
Chris: Much like the malls, Hollywood wasted no time giving us our first Christmas film before the the body of Halloween went dead and cold. And I am just not feeling it.
Rob: This one will be popular with the ladies. But for most of us dudes, it’s a clear pass.

Last Flag Flying (Amazon Studios) – Comedy/Drama
Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references
Tag Line: Their last mission wasn’t on the battlefield.
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne
Plot: Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Running Time: 124 minutes

Rob: Looks like a solid story with talented actors, but not a big screen flick for this moviegoer. Will happily rent down the road.
Jim: Some talented actors in a Richard Linklater flick. He hasn’t made a bad movie yet that I’ve seen, but this trailer isn’t strong enough to pull me into a theater. Probably a worthwhile rental.
Chris: This one has me fully intrigued. Great cast, and a touching theme. If not for Thor, this would definitely pull me to the theaters.

Lady Bird (A24) – Comedy
Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying
Tag Line: Time to fly.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton
Plot: The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.
Running Time: 93 minutes

Chris: Not the target audience here, but the trailer seemed somewhat entertaining.
Rob: I originally read this as Larry Bird and was repulsed at the thought of watching the trailer. I was pleasantly surprised to see a quirky coming of age flick. Looks pretty good.

LBJ (Electric Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language
Tag Line: None
Starring Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Plot: The story of U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Running Time: 98 minutes

Jim: Some hokey makeup on Harrelson, but he’s always worth seeing. A great subject directed by the solid Rob Reiner. I’m in.
Chris: Curious to see how Hollywood treats this one, but not curious enough to watch it in the theaters.
Rob: A compelling look at a far better President than we have seen in some time. Harrelson looks to deliver an accomplished performance. Definite rental for me, but not a big screen flick.

My Friend Dahmer (FilmRise) – Biography/Drama/Horror
R for disturbing images, language, teen drug use, drinking and sexual content, and for brief nudity
Tag Line: None
Starring: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche
Plot: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Rob: A terrifying exploration of the mind of a killer. Perhaps we all should watch, to better understand the depths of mental illness and the small actions in our lives and the negative impact they can have on those who are struggling with mental illness. Lynch appears to deliver a haunting performance from the look of things.
Jim: The squeaky-clean Ross Lynch from the Disney Channel as Jeffrey Dahmer??!! You bet I’m seeing this.
Chris: That trailer just spooked me out big time. Probably more frightening than anything Hollywood put out in the run-up to Halloween. I am definitely going to be giving this one a chance.

The Light of the Moon (Imagination Worldwide) – Drama
Not Rated
Tag Line: None
Starring: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David
Plot: After her world is irrevocably changed, a successful New York City architect struggles to regain intimacy and control in her life.
Running Time: 90 minutes

Chris: Zero interest in this one as the subject matter is too unnerving.
Rob: A harrowing look at the impact of rape. Not my idea of entertainment, but something that some in the world clearly needs to learn more about.
Jim: Not exactly a fun time at the movies, but the trailer was certainly effective, with a touching final scene.

Tickets Purchased:  Three for Thor: Ragnarok

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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.

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