Thursday, March 17, 2016

New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer

 The second trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse has arrived, and it looks good. Like many, I have been on the fence about this. Mostly because of Apocalypse looking too much like Ivan Ooze, but also because the story seemed weak. I was excited about Bryan Singer being at the helm, but after seeing the character designs and the direction the plot seemed to go in, I became more skeptical. Let's face it, X-Men: DoFP was a decent movie, but problematic. That said, this trailer is starting to make me believe again. It looks like Mystique is going to be leading the X-Men, which is just weird, and I'm still not buying Magneto as a Horseman, because I can't see him letting anyone have that much control over him, but Storm, Psylocke, and Archangel look believable. The visual effects look solid, the plot seems coherent, and now knowing more about Oscar Isaac as an actor, I'm beginning to hope. Below is the official synopsis:

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

 X-Men: Apocalypse arrives in theaters May 27, 2016

Does this new trailer make you want to see the movie? How do you think the movie is going to do?

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Keep Young Justice Alive!

You read that right.  There has been a big call on the web to binge Young Justice on Netflix in order to entice the execs to bring it back for a third season.  The actors, producers, directors, creative staffers, and fans all want this to happen!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Game Review: Firefly Fluxx

Out this week is Firefly Fluxx from Looney Labs in partnership with Gale Force Nine. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy at Toy Fair this year. Actually, I saw the Firefly art from the distance, made a beeline for the booth, and then questioned them incessantly so they gave me a copy to shut me up. Looney Labs are awesome people.

This is a licensed version of the Fluxx game. Looney Labs has created a number of Fluxx versions including Batman, Uglydoll, and Cartoon Network but also Holiday, Pirate, Nature and Zombie!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Trailer Gives Us Spider-Man

The new trailer for Marvel's Captain America: Civil War has finally arrived, and it packs a wallop! Not only do we get a better sense of how the story is going to unfold, but we also get a glimpse at how Spider-Man is going to fit into everything. Check it out below.

I'm excited to see Spidey, but I'm not sure how I feel about his suit. It leans a little too much towards the comic books. Normally, I'd be happy to see more comic book elements in the movies, but in this case, Spider-Man's vibrant red suit looks out of place. I hope it's just one awkward shot, and he looks fine for the rest of his appearance. But other than that, this trailer is making me wish May 6th would get here quickly. 

The official synopsis for the movie is "Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire  for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability." 

What do you think about Spider-Man's appearance? And does this trailer make you more or less excited to see the movie? 

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Lumberjanes Are Roadtripping to Gotham Academy!

Cover Art Courtesy of Boom! Box
In the best news of 2016 so far, Boom! Box announced today that the Lumberjanes (aka an amazing series that you should be reading) is going to crossover with DC Comics' Gotham Academy.  So that math works out to some word that hasn't been invented yet to describe how good this will be. 

I admit I am curious to how the two groups will meet up.   Will the Gotham Academy kids head out of the city for fresh air or are our favorite campers bound for the wilds of Gotham?  Or better yet, are both groups destined for parts unknown?  Sadly, we have to wait until June to actually see this happen.  Damn, I don't think I can make it. 

The six-issue series will be written by Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday) and illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (Lumberjanes). The main cover seen above is illustrated by Mingjue Chen (Gotham Academy).

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Monday, March 7, 2016

A Night at Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage

It's been the 50th anniversary celebration for Star Trek for two months now, and I haven't really done much to celebrate so far. Shame on me! But now, that's all behind me. Fellow [IGH] contributor Reboot and I attended Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC.

This concert, produced by CineConcerts, is a musical look back at the past 50 years of Star Trek.  Performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the concert includes over 30 pieces of music from the five television shows, eight of the movies and the video game Starfleet Academy.  

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Who You Gonna Call? Official Ghostbusters Trailer (2016) Has Arrived!

Finally! Finally! Finally! After all the waiting, the Ghostbusters trailer premiered on the Ellen Degeneres Show and it looks good.

I'll admit I've been concerned about this reboot. Not because of the all-female cast, but because I didn't think we needed it, and given how Hollywood has been treating reboots/remakes, I was worried what kind of story they would tell. I'm still not 100% sold, but this trailer goes a long way to making me feel better. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are all good comedic actresses, and it looks like the story might be worthy of them. Also, I'm digging the proton packs. I'm cautiously optimistic. 

What do you think of the trailer? Does it make you more or less excited to see Ghostbusters? And can you spot all the easter eggs in the trailer? 

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Star Trek Meets Hamilton in Incredible Mashup

YouTuber Jackson Lanzing has created the mashup we never knew we needed until now. He has squished together Star Trek and Hamilton. For those who are unfamiliar with Hamilton, it is the Pulitzer Prize winning musical brain-child of Lin-Manuel Miranda, about the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and blends traditional musical theater with rap and hip hop, and is one of the most incredible musicals ever created.