Pixels

Pixels is exactly what it promises: a movie where video games have come to life, and Adam Sandler and friends, former arcade champions, are the only ones who can save the Earth. In other words, it’s dumb summer fun, something to goggle at while sitting in a dark, air-conditioned theater. I’ve put the trailer at the bottom of this post, but I think it gives away too many of the cool effects and plot points, such as they are. (The […]

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While We’re Young

I was really intrigued by the premise of While We’re Young, about a childless couple (Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) in their 40s who start hanging out with a couple (Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver) in their 20s. I could emphasize with the situation, where the couples your own age are most excited about their kids, so if you want to do other things, you wind up with younger people who haven’t “settled down” yet, those who have more time and interests. […]

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She Makes Comics – A Documentary on Women in Comics

I got a chance to watch the Sequart documentary She Makes Comics, which covers “the history of women in comics as creators, fans, and everything in between.” The movie is available from that link as a DVD or digital download. From the start, it’s a jolt, a shot in the arm full of passion and enthusiasm as women talk about why they love and make comics. Simply seeing so many women puts the lie to comics being a male-oriented medium, […]

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Stripped — The Comic Strip Documentary

A product of love, and a couple of Kickstarters, Stripped is required viewing for anyone interested in comic strips and/or webcomics, since the makers (Dave Kellett, author of the webcomic Sheldon, and Fred Schroeder) managed to get interviews with many big names. The $19.99 DVD contains an hour-and-a-half documentary. On the traditional newspaper comic side, they talk to Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse), Jim Davis (Garfield), Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), […]

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I, Frankenstein

Out Tuesday, May 13, on home video — or now, if you want a digital copy — is I, Frankenstein, a steampunk action movie starring Aaron Eckhart as the titular creature, Adam. After killing his creator’s beloved — and inadvertantly his creator, who followed the monster into the winter wastes and perished — Adam is now being hunted by demons. They’re battled by gargoyles, angelic-powered warriors led by the sympathetic Queen Leonore (Miranda Otto). I was impressed by the effect […]

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The World’s End (Blu-ray Review)

The World’s End continues to impress me the more times I watch it, and as expected, the Blu-ray release contains much more information on the moviemakers’ aims and intentions. I described the premise when I talked about how much I enjoyed watching the movie. In short, five former friends reunite, drawn together by the one of them whose best years really were in high school while the others have moved on and grown up. We open with young versions of […]

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The World’s End

I don’t want to say too much about The World’s End, the movie opening this weekend starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and directed by Edgar Wright, other than that it’s worth seeing. I went to see it last night knowing very little about it, and that made the experience much more fun and surprising. Usually, by the time I see a film, I’ve already heard about all the major events. The lesson here: if you know you want to […]

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Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Yesterday, my local library had a showing of Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a documentary covering the origin of the first female superhero, her legacy as an inspiration, and the necessity of powerful fantasy figures for women and girls. There was a lot more about the comics than I expected, although it was well mixed with information on feminism and portrayals of women in media. In addition to the expected comic-related commentators — Trina Robbins, of course, […]

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