Race to Witch Mountain arrived in theatres last week, debuted at number one, and will probably be gone from that spot this week. Unless there’s another warp in space and we get a repeat of the Paul Blart phenomena, where a steaming pile of a movie stays popular mainly because it’s the off-season at the box office and the other movies are just that bad.
The Writer of The Warriors Comes Out To Play:
An Interview with David Atchison
Michael C. Riedlinger
David Atchison is a writer who has exploded onto the comics scene in the last two years. His projects are the stuff of legends. He first worked with Rosario Dawson on Occult Crimes Taskforce. Then, last year, he penned the occult/kung fu/ hip-hop book Method Man. Now, Dabel Brothers Publishing has chosen him to write The Warriors, based on Walter Hill’s classic 1979 film. The thing is, he doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, his IMDB listing is practically pay-per-view because his projects are all still new, and Amazon gets him confused with an ophthalmologist. When we were presented the opportunity for some Q&A time with Mr. Atchison, you had better believe we jumped at it.
Can You Dig It?
Michael C. Riedlinger
Film adaptations usually go one of two ways. Either they stick solely to the source material, recreating it frame by frame, or they veer off in their own direction so horribly, they may as well change the title. So then, what happens when you take a classic Greek story, turn it into a novel, which then gets turned into a beloved cult classic that has almost as many versions as main characters, and then try to turn that into a comic book? You get the skillfully represented The Warriors from Dabel Brothers Publishing.
Showtime has an incredible knack for offing their original series regardless of the fan base. All too often, this also occurs with a season finale ending in a cliffhanger (or several) becoming a series' finale and leaving a load of unanswered questions. Dead Like Me (2003-2005) had two stellar seasons and ended with a barn burner. Seeing that the series would make a comeback in the form of a feature length DVD movie, I chomped at the bit to see what was up with my favorite characters and exactly how those annoying little loose ends were going to get tied up. I had high hopes, for if nothing else, I'd get one more chance to go reaping with George, Mason, Rube, Roxy and Daisy. What I got, was nothing of the sort.
I didn't really know what to expect when I began to watch 2007's Hot Rod, starring Andy Samberg and the always adorable Isla Fisher. A comedy about an amateur stuntman, his crew, starring a someone from SNL and produced by Will Ferrell really had all the potential in the world to hit a wall and go up in smoke. Within five minutes from the opening credit, I knew what to expect.
Hip-hop is great medium for the marginalized. The downtrodden masses of society get to have their say and, when done well, it is set to some sick beats. The various permutations of hip-hop over the years have catered to various minorities and given voice to the seldom-heard in our cultural dialogue. These days, it’s hard to find a person who hasn’t heard of Jay-Z or Lupe Fiasco, and wordsmiths like MC Chris and Optimus Rhyme may not be far behind if you believe the folks behind the documentary Nerdcore for Life.
Regardless of the graphic novel/film being set in the 1980's and the game being set in the 1970's, the one thing that will hit you in the face with a lead pipe from go, is that Watchmen: The End is Nigh (available now for The Playstation Network and on Xbox Live) is definitely not up to modern standards.