Watchmen | Film Review

Cheese and Bacon
By
Michael C. Riedlinger
Editor-In-Chief

            At midnight on March 6, 2009, thousands of comic book fans and blockbuster filmgoers alike filled theaters across the country to see if Zack Snyder’s Watchmen could live up to the hype. For some, it was a question of purism. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal work of graphic fiction has become a sort of sacred cow in the last two decades. For others, it didn’t matter if the subtleties of the book translated faithfully, this was a chance to see the first high-octane adrenaline film of 2009. In either case, it was a tall order to fill. So how did Snyder do?

Public Enemies | Trailer Park

It makes me want to visit The Safe House in Milwaukee and run around with a tommy gun!

Lonely Joe | Film Review

Old Ghosts
By
Michael C. Riedlinger
Editor-In-Chief

            Ghost stories never get old. The recent spat of Japanese horror film remakes in America have mostly been based around retelling old ghost stories, and some of the better psychological horror films in our country have been based on homegrown campfire tales and occult studies. Everything from the Bell Witch to “the white lady” have been fair game in film and television the last few years. The reason these stories keep popping up is because they are usually effective, and Michael Coonce’s Lonely Joe is no exception.

Terminator: Salvation | Trailer Park

Finally! A story to go with the cool pictures! This one is looking better and better every minute...

Take a Chance | Graphic Novel Reviews (ongoing series)

People Power
By
Michael C. Riedlinger
Editor-In-Chief

            Typically, I steer clear of super-hero comics. I don’t trust them because Deus Ex Machina comes into play way too often. Avoiding that is what made Rising Stars great a few years ago, and it’s one of the reasons I still re-read Watchmen at least once a year. Then along comes Take a Chance from Dabel Brother’s Publishing.

Acute Clownus Carrus Uterosis | Villain of the Week

Those who profit from Acute Clownus Carrus Uterosis and the dickhead's that encourage them...
By
J. Sternberg
Staff Writer

            Ah yes, Clownus Carrus Uterosis, or treating your uterus and vagina like a clown car, is certainly a problem in this country. One that has come to the forefront and headlines with aplomb as of late, due largely in part due to the Octomom. Sure that name makes her sound like Otto Octavius' matriarch from Spider-Man, thus throwing her instantly into the pool of villainy, but she is only part of the part of the problem, and ultimately condemnable for her own actions, she is not the root of the problem.

Watching The Watchmen | News

A Look at the Stars of the Upcoming Movie
By
Kenneth Holm
Senior Staff Writer

            Well, I cannot believe that I am saying this, but it is only about a week until we see Watchmen on the silver screen. This has been a long road for comic book fans, and an even longer road for the studios that have been involved with it. Consider this: there have been plans to do a Watchmen movie since the lat eighties. Now, however, not even frivolous lawsuits can stop the juggernaut that this movie has become. You see the trailers everywhere you look and there's always a story online about it. Hell, even the soundtrack is awesome! However, there is always one thing that can make or break a movie... Actors.

The Wrestler | Film Review

Tied to The Tree of Woe
By
J. Sternberg
Staff Writer

            I'm usually not a fan of the character exploration drama. Let's face it, all too often these films are about someone who could be just like you, rising or falling based on their actions, or lack there of. I feel like I've worn that hat a thousand times, and yeah, its old, not too mention I see people like me who will rise or fall based on their actions every day. I guess I'm just not a people person. Knowing all of this, I still dove off the top headfirst into The Wrestler. I gave it a shot, call it a high risk move if you will, but I'll always give Mickey Rourke, Darren Aronofsky and Marisa Tomei a chance, they don't really fuck up that often. Being huge wrestling fan to boot, it seemed like this could be the film that may sway me on this particular sub-genre. It didn't, but I'd blame that on being stuck in my ways. Besides, this is a film review, not a genre study, and the movie was excellent nonetheless.

Death Walks the Streets (Comic Book) | Trailer Park

Not often that we see trailers for comics, but our old friend Jim Zahn and the folks at Fango seem to have their heads together. Though we are all still waiting for the movie, this should tide us over for now. We did a story on them last year at Wizard World Chicago, and though we don't do single issue comics review, this was probably one of the best finds at that convention last year. Check it out!

DMZ Vol. 6: Blood in the Game | Graphic Novel Review

Vote and Die
By
Michael C. Riedlinger
Editor-In-Chief

            Brian Wood’s DMZ has been running for three years now, and is still one of the most interesting critiques of American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan to date. The latest installment, DMZ Vol. 6: Blood in the Game, examines provincial elections held overseas through a lens of hip-hop panache and old-fashioned American dystopianism.

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