Yesterday in the Nerd Verse… Jan 06, 2015

New Comic Book Releases: G Willow Wilson takes over the all-female X-Men, Mortal Kombat X digital release, and some unique new books in: Ant Man, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and IXth Generation.

Check out our latest feature, Best of 2014, for our take on our favorite: comic books, movies, TV shows, collectibles, music and video games.

Hardy har har. Everybody got a great laugh out of the itty-bitty Ant-Man trailer; here’s the full-length teaser. It should erase any hard feelings you had about the upcoming movie. Source: YouTube.

IDW Comics is acquiring Top Shelf Comics (March). I don’t think this will make any severe changes at IDW, but it is nice to see “the little guys” stick together. Source: IDW.

The first episode of the mid-season for Gotham, “Rogues’ Gallery” is in the books and our review is up.

In a week, Marvel Comics previews Star Wars #1, and in preparation, have released a butt-ton of variant covers for it. Bleeding Cool has been nice enough to gather them all in one neat little post. Bleeding Cool.

An Eisner Award-winning writer is coming to Spawn, via Todd McFarlane. Source: Facebook.

In television, Empireblack-ish and American Horror Story all make their debut tomorrow.

Hector “Tio” Salamanca from Breaking Bad joins Constantine as Felix Faust.

 

Yesterday in the Nerd Verse… Jan 05, 2015

Fanboys, ready to drool? ScarJo has been cast in the live action version of Ghost in the Shell, based off the popular anime. Get ready for some major boobage and baddassery. Source: Variety.

Fangirls, ready to drool? ChanTat (Is that a thing?) has officially put a ring on it; the newly-minted Gambit announced the release date for X-Men Apocalypse, which Remy Lebeau will make his X-debut (we don’t talk about Origins in this house). Source: Twitter.

Agent Carter debuts today. SET YOUR DVR! Or just huddle around the radio with your family like they did back when the show is set (mid-1940’s).

Hold the phones – Mortal Kombat X is getting a comic book prequel, and the first one comes out January 6th; it is a short, digital-first book by DC Comics. Finally! WB is putting those licensing rights to good use.

As awesome as it sounds, Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul is NOT slated to play Han Solo in a spin-off Star Wars film. Screw fact checking; you have a story like that – you run with it. Source: Twitter.

Facebook has become an amazing tool for tracking people’s lives, so says the NSA. Sometimes though, it can provide people with a great research tool. A recent study shows interesting correlations among comic books and gender the last few years. Source: Graphic Policy.

Game of Thrones is coming back in a couple months, and I couldn’t think of a better way to catch up than to watch the Season 4 finale in IMAX, followed by a new trailer for the 5th season. GoT will be coming to “select” IMAX theaters the last week of January. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more. Source: EW.

Riding on the back of an elephant murdering bad guys with flaming arrows is just the tip of this metaphorical iceberg. Ubisoft is willing to think outside the box, and this survey should clear the air about any qualms people might have a bout a straight-forward sequel to Far Cry 4. Screw playing it safe; I want dinosaurs. Source: Eurogamer.

In the race of who has the most of my money guaranteed in 2015, the winner right now is 20th Century FOX, who has produced a Peanuts movie, set to release in November. Snoopy and the gang is back. Good grief that trailer is great!

Everybody’s favorite swashbuckling kitten is getting his own Netflix series. The Adventures of Puss in Boots becomes available January 16th. Source: Netflix.

It’s all fun and games until an entire generation of people don’t know who Paul McCartney is… We really have nobody to blame but ourselves. That new Kanye song “Only One” is ridiculous.

A slew of soon-to-be comic book news is making the rounds:

  • Warren Ellis is going to do some guest writing on Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel. Source: CBR.
  • Mark Doyle is coming to DC Comics to stay as the Bat-book editor. Since heading the Bat-books, there have been a lot of pioneering and adjusting, so this is a good move. Source: ComicsAlliance.
  • With Brian Buccellato (art) and Mike Miller (writing) taking over creative duties on Injustice: Gods Among Us, expect a must different product when issue #15 drops today. Source: ComiXology.

A cool little twist for Tekken 7 has been revealed; a new camera option will let both players be on the left side of the screen when starting a match. To a lame-o like me, whatever, but to serious competition players, this could be the difference between kicking a 13 year old’s ass and throwing your controller down in rage. Source: Twitter.

X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass 2 director, Matthew Vaughn started poppin’ off at the mouth today when he said that he thinks “Nolan kick-started a very dark, bleak style of superhero escapism, and I think people have had enough of it.” SCOOOORE-BOARD. SCOOOORE-BOARD. Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Sony is going to continue kicking Microsoft’s ass with these upcoming Playstation features:

  • Playstation Now will launch this year, and offer so much content for either $20/month of $45/quarter. Sourcer: Wikipedia (super reliable).
  • Playstation Vue could eventually do away with cable TV, and several major companies are already supporting it. Source: IGN.

Best of 2014: Movies

Another year is in the books, and we here at Hush Comics couldn’t pass at the chance to rank our favorites of this year’s releases in all types of mediums. Some of the winners will surprise you; heck, some of the results surprised  us. The results are completely subjective, and therefore were chosen with infallible logic. We would love to hear your opinions on what we have chosen, or if you thought we missed anything. This should be a fun review before we gear up for 2015.

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This year’s nominations are…

Best Comic Book Film

  • Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Results here.

Best Straight-to-Video Movie

  • Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Justice League: War
  • Mudbloods
  • Son of Batman

Results here.

Film of the Year

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • LEGO Movie

Results here.

Best Drama of the Year

  • Birdman
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Fury
  • Noah
  • The Normal Heart

Results here.

Best Horror/Thriller of the Year

  • Gone Girl
  • Horns
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Purge: Anarchy
  • Under the Skin

Results here.

Best Comedy of the Year

  • 22 Jump Street
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Knights of Badassdom
  • Neighbors
  • Sex Tape

Results here.

Best Sci-Fi/Action of the Year

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Godzilla
  • Interstellar
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

Results here.

Best Family Flick

  • Big Hero 6
  • Book of Life
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • LEGO Movie
  • Maleficent

Results here.

Best Independent Film

  • Chef
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • Snowpiercer
  • Wish I Was Here

Results here.

Onto: Best of 2014 – Television

Best of 2014: Movies – Best Film of the Year

Another year is in the books, and we here at Hush Comics couldn’t pass at the chance to rank our favorites of this year’s releases in all types of mediums. Some of the winners will surprise you; heck, some of the results surprised  us. The results are completely subjective, and therefore were chosen with infallible logic. We would love to hear your opinions on what we have chosen, or if you thought we missed anything. This should be a fun review before we gear up for 2015.

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Best Film of the Year

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • LEGO Movie

WINNER – Guardians of the Galaxy

If you ask me, the best films are the ones you have the most fun watching.  The most fun I had in a movie theater all year long was when I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy.  I knew the film would be good, but I was not expecting it to be AMAZING!  There were so many things that the Marvel team did well!  They cast an unexpected lead role that did a fantastic job (Chris Pratt).  They nixed the formulaic “superhero” movie model, creating instead a thrilling space adventure.  They worked in one of the best utilization of a soundtrack EVER.  They gave us a foul mouthed, short tempered, talking Raccoon and his best friend, a talking tree!  It was a film for everybody – honestly!  GOTG appeals to children and their parents, hard core fan-boys and fan-girls, the elderly, people who hate movies, mermaids, your dog, that guy over there, everybody!!  I’ll wrap this up with one of the most profound, insightful and inspiring quotes of the film – ahem – … “I am Groot.” – Taylor

Second Place – Interstellar

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Chances are, if a movie can make me ugly cry, it will be one of my favorites.  Interstellar was no exception, and yes, I did ugly cry when it was all over.  From the obvious aspects like acting to the small details like sound editing, this film was not just a film; it was an experience.  And best of all?  Christopher Nolan and his brother, Johnathan Nolan, pulled off a futuristic/dystopian/space exploration/science-fiction film and wrapped it in the bow of the love a father has for his daughter.  How beautiful. – Adrian

Third Place – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Before watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, my favorite animal was a Gorilla for its powerful nature, commanding presence and authority. Now, I struggle with having my favorite animal also being the source of my nightmares for the exact same reasons. This movie was absolutely excellent. Between the apes creating their own society and the humans struggling to find a way to continue living, a story was developed which not only left the movie part of my brain satisfied, but also wanting more. A lot of times, sequels to highly rated movies with attempt to pack too much story into the film, leaving nothing but poor storytelling and drawn out action for the 3rd film. However, this movie discovered the secret formula to having the perfect amount of content, action, and story while allowing the audience to hope for the “main event” in the new movies to come. I’m just saying, if chimpanzees riding horses, shooting AK-47s engaging in “guerrilla” warfare wasn’t even part of the actual war, just imagine how screwed the humans are in the next one. – Evan

RUNNER UP – LEGO Movie

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If you haven’t watched this movie, stop whatever stupid thing you’re doing and watch it right now. I can’t even put to words how amazing this movie was. I didn’t catch it in theaters because, come on, a LEGO movie? Ugh. Stupid, right? Who would have figured that a movie based on plastic blocks would be the thing to tell a story more meaningful than anything Disney’s produced in more than a decade – to have a thoughtful analysis of a son’s relationship with his father, to challenge our notions of the structure of the universe, to make me cry at the end like no other kid’s movie has done that isn’t The Land Before Time, and to be funnier than any other kid’s movie I’ve seen since… well, I’ll have to get back to you on that. I can’t think of the last kid’s movie I saw that made me genuinely laugh. BUT OH MY GOD! LEGO! AGGH, GET IT! – JH

RUNNER UP – Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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Despite the media circus that Jennifer Lawrence became this year, Mockingjay was void of all the distraction that plagued its star throughout the year. The first movie of the third and final Hunger Games book was well-paced and had a very powerful message. Much like the Harry Potter series, the content has matured even more so than the characters in the story have. It was a great reflection of current political turmoil in a police state, one that may be too real by the time the final iteration is released. – Sherif

Next Category: Best Drama of the Year

Interstellar Review

Genre – Science Fiction
Director – Christopher Nolan
Cast – Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Wes Bentley, David Gyasi, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon and Ellen Burnstyn
Alluring element – Christopher Nolan, All-Star Cast, SPACE!
Check it out if you liked –  Contact, Inception
Plot – 10
Acting – 10
Representation of Genre – 9  
Cinematography – 10
Effects/Environment – 10
Captivity – 10
Logical consistency – 9
Originality/Creativity – 9
Soundtrack/Music – 9
Overall awesomeness – 10
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Walking out of the IMAX theater and into the harsh light of day after seeing the experience that was Interstellar was blinding.  I was no longer in space, in the wormhole.  I had not aged quickly, yet I was different for seeing this movie… this masterpiece.

I’ll admit: I cry pretty easily – even during commercials.  But Interstellar had me bawling.  The combination of the immense visual and metaphorical beauty left me in tears.  I walked into the theater thinking, “This will be a pretty cool space movie.” I did not have a clue that it was in fact a borderline Science Fiction epic all wrapped in the one theme that eludes us even more than space travel does: Love. The best part of the whole thing is that it was not about romantic love, but rather the love between a parent and their child.  There is a scene towards the end of the film where things start coming together, as they always do in Christopher Nolan films, and I lost it.  If you cry easily like me, you may want to bring a pack of tissues.

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Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar.

Interstellar is set in the future.  It is unclear how far ahead in time we are, but I think the ambiguous time period adds to the idea of time relativity the movie focuses on.  At first, we follow Cooper (McConaughey), his two children, Tom and Murphy, and their grandfather Donald.  The world’s population has dwindled, there is so little food left on the planet that the most respected job is to be a farmer, and there are dust storms so large that people are forced to leave their town.  This world is a believable take on the world to come. There is a line in film that really resonates with the sentiment that we were headed for doom because there are 6 billion people and we want it all.  The truth of this harsh reality is that humans will die unless another planet is found.

Enter the “science porn” as I call it.  Cooper, a former space pilot, through a series of well-timed events, is implored by the now underground NASA to pilot a spaceship, along with Amelia Brand, to go through the wormhole of Saturn and find a habitable planet.  There is no telling if Cooper and his crew will return to Earth, see their families ever again, or how old they will be if they do. The discoveries made about time, gravity, and outer space is astounding, thrilling, and terrifying all at the same time. Everytime the crew must make a new decision or do something tricky with the ship, the scenes are wrought with the perfect amount of anticipation; something difficult to convey to the masses considering how many of us actually understand what was going on (for the record, I don’t have the faintest idea about space travel).  The amount of research that was put into this film was astounding.  It was evident through the dialogue and the presumably accurate imagery of space, the wormhole, and the other planets.

Through the wormhole via Saturn in Interstellar
Through the wormhole via Saturn in Interstellar.

In my research, I found that Jonathan Nolan (brother to Christopher and co-writer of the film) took classes on relativity at California Institute of Technology, that his research took 8 terabytes of data, and that the whole movie was inspired by the work of Kip Thorne, a close colleague of Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking.  Kip Thorne was the scientific advisor for Interstellar.  When the special effects team was making the images of the wormhole based on calculations by Thorne, he learned so much from the images, he was able to draw new conclusions and write a whole new scientific research paper on the phenomena.  If that isn’t some science porn, I don’t know what is.

The most impressive part about all the science is how it translated to film.  Space is something that most of us Earthlings dream about (my poll audience so far is me, but I think I’m a pretty good representative of Earthlings).  Interstellar showed the vast beauty of the blackness of infinity.  My only gripe about the movie is that the space exploration could have lasted longer.  The impressive look of the movie can be attributed to the fact that it was filmed in 35mm and IMAX photography; something incredibly rare in this age of digital photography.  The film was that much better because it look classic instantly.  With that being said: go see Interstellar in IMAX.

Along the lines of space travel, one of Nolan’s hopes for this movie was that it would ignite a desire for space travel again – the idea that we are innately pioneers.  That desire was certainly a strong point of the film, both through message and imagery.  What an impressive feat to create a feeling like that in only 2.5 hours.

What impressed me most about the film’s story were the literary elements, but I suppose that is because of my personal background.  Between the books in Murphy’s room, the symbolism of those books throughout the movie, the repetition of the Dylan Thomas poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, and the evocativeness of Slaughterhouse Five because of the idea of free will vs. fate was a literary buff’s dream.

I really could go on and on about the literary aspect, but I will only focus on the importance of the poem. Thomas wrote the poem for his dying father, an amazing juxtaposition to the idea that Interstellar projects about the Survival Instinct.  Matt Damon’s character Dr. Mann (by the way, fuck that guy) tells Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper that we see our children when we are dying because that is our proof that we will continue to live. The close relationship that Cooper has with his daughter Murphy transcends not only the Survival Instinct, but the fear children have about watching their parents die – a true testament to the brilliance in writing by having the poem repeated throughout.  It didn’t hurt that Michael Caine was the one to recite it.  Everything is better British.

Anne Hathaway in Interstellar.
Anne Hathaway in Interstellar.

If you’ve kept up with me thus far, you may be wondering, “Ok the message was cool and so was the space stuff, but did McConaughey live up to his Lincoln car ads?” Joking aside, the acting was excellent.  Not only was McConaughey so utterly believable as an explorer, scientist and father, Hathaway shined as his teammate.  In addition, I was astounded by David Gyasi’s performance as fellow astronaut Romilly, who must age by 23 years ahead of his crew at one point in the movie.  It should be noted that Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Mackenzie Foy were equally as astounding as the headliners.  Furthermore, the robot TARS, voiced by Bill Irwin was the perfect counterpart to rest of the cast.  Also, I really hope there are actually TARS in the future.

TARS in Interstellar
TARS in Interstellar

One major triumph of Interstellar was keeping the story fresh and interesting throughout its long run time.  There was always a clear direction.  When the mission changed, it was easy to keep up, and as exciting as the last mission.  Boredom never occurred, which could have been an easy turn to take.  There was a moment when I thought we were going to get a prettier version of Armageddon, but then went in a totally different direction, which was much appreciated.  Part of what created such an atmosphere of suspense was the score and use of sound.  The music was gripping, as were the perfectly executed sounds within the spaceship, outside the spaceship, and the use of silence. At one point, there is a terribly loud noise in a scene that is very unexpected followed by immediate deafening silence.  There was a gasp throughout the theater and then an instant hush, causing the feeling that we were all in this together.

All being in this together, whatever this is, is the essence of Interstellar. In ways we are alone in this galaxy, but we must forge connections in our galaxy, whether between the stars or between each other. We are humans.  We will find a way to survive.  We must work together in order to continue on.  Not just surviving, but living.  Feeling. And loving.  No matter what Interstellar proved that no matter how advanced we are, that love will transcend time and space. How profound.

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Monthly Movie Preview: November 2014

After the month of October brought us a handful of diverse, good movies, we come to the barren wasteland that is November. Aside from a new Oscar contenders, indie films and family blockbusters, this November looks to be a relatively quiet one. Take advantage of the time off and go see one of these movies!

November 7 – Big Hero 6

Starring: Ryan Potter, Jamie Chung, Damon Wayans Jr., TJ Miller, Maya Rudolph, Alan Tudyk

The powerhouse combo of Marvel and Disney have teamed up to bring us the newest, and probably one of the best, animated feature of the year.  Big Hero 6 is based on a comic series of the same name, chronicling the adventures of Hiro Takachiho, a kid genius who is forced to join a group of superheroes to save Tokyo.  The comic seems much darker, with its roots engrained in the aftermath of WWII.  The Disney movie will be a light version, using similar characters, but giving a lot of heart to inflatable robot Baymax, the robot who wants to help people.  I don’t know if it was the first trailer released, or the epic song they play during the preview, but I’m pretty sure this is the kind of inspirational animation that I might need to bring my box of tissues to. – Adrian

 

November 7 – Interstellar

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane from The Hunger Games)

The mad genius Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan at it again. After a couple years off from directing, the legendary filmmaker who brought us Momento and The Dark Knight trilogy is taking us out of this world in Interstellar. This film focuses on space travel, and Earth’s need for a sustainable life source. To add to the validity of the storyline, physicist and longtime colleague of Stephen Hawking was brought in as scientific consultant to the movie. While Interstellar has some star power attached to it in Oscar-winners Matthew McConaughey, it will no doubt rely on its heavy sci-fi elements and beautiful effects to bring people in. Look for this film to be as awe-inspiring visually as it is in subject, so this might be the one time that you pay the extra bump to see this movie in iMAX. – Sherif

 

November 14 – Foxcatcher

Starring: Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

Who would have known that the only thing keeping Steve Carrell from looking like a total sex offender was his eyebrows? Carrell, who takes a step outside his normal funny-man role (waaay further than The Way, Way Back), plays a creepy millionaire who sponsor wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz to win a gold medal as part of “Team Foxcatcher.” In real life, the story of the Schultz brothers is one of triumph turns tragedy, and has already been subject of a book called Wrestling With Madness. Long story short, sponsor John Eleuthère du Pont (Carrell) becomes schizophrenic and murders Dave. While I hope that this doesn’t become another platform movie for mental illness, I hear that the movie is chilling and suspenseful; some great performances by trio of stars here could really take this movie from cliché to something with substances. – Sherif

 

November 14 – Beyond the Lights

Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Danny Glover, Machine Gun Kelly

The movie is a romantic drama which is both written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. When the pressures of stardom pushes Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) to attempt suicide, Kaz (Nate Parker), a police officer, saves her from throwing herself off a building. A romance soon buds as both are pressured by fame and family who threaten their relationship. I like the preview. I am a sucker for romantic dramas and the story looks engaging enough. I don’t know if it’s a romance to blow use out of the park, but it looks like an emotionally-fulfilling movie. It also has some great actors that I know I’ll get a lot of entertainment out of. I might not go to the theater to see if, but I will definitely see it when it come out on DVD. – Jené

 

November 14 – Dumb and Dumber To

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden (Andrea from The Walking Dead)

So… Is Jeff Daniels low on money? Did Jim Carrey lose a bet? I can’t see any other reason that these guys would want to get together and do this absolutely laughable movie – and not the type of movie that you laugh with. The only thing that I’m really glad to see back here is the dog van. I was a huge fan of the original Dumb and Dumber, and even snickered at Dumb and Dumberer, but from the trailers, this looked like another recycled bastardization of a classic 90’s film. If you’re really hoping for some nostalgia, cross your fingers and hope that the Farrelly brothers can bring back the magic, but chances are you will be better off seeing Big Hero 6 and Interstellar for the second time instead. – Sherif

 

November 21 – Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Pete Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s CGI’d face, Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer

The wait is almost over!  Mockingjay is here, but not to its fullest; we will have to wait a whole year for Part 2 to be released.  But what we have is the beginning of the Revolution.  While I loved the book Mockingjay it is one of the few books I have read that I thought, “I would love to see this on the big screen.”  The battles are sure to cause goosebumps, Katniss’s use of celebrity is sure to produce a fire within her young audience, and the deaths of beloved characters may start tears in the eyes of tweens around the country.  While the first two movies were aimed toward a younger generation of girls, I feel that Mockingjay becomes very adult – much like Harry Potter did at the end.  I know that this movie will create the same atmosphere; the marketing strategy is brilliant by using the same marketing campaign that President Snow uses on the people of Panem – a direct attribute of the mature nature of the story. – Adrian

 

November 21 – V/H/S: Viral

Starring: Emilia Ares Zoryan, Emmy Argo, Gregg Bishop, Nick Blanco, Dan Caudill, Angela Garcia, Amanda Hall, Justin Welborn

VHS: Viral is the third installment in only two years to the relatively well received found footage VHS series. Like the others in the series, VHS: Viral will include one overarching storyline as well as a handful of individual stories. This time around, we’ll meet a group of fame hungry young people as they take to the streets to try and get some footage of the runaway ice cream truck that has captivated all of Los Angeles. Yes, you read that right. While the main storyline sounds like a bad version of Twisted Metal, the short stories within the movie range from really intriguing (Parallel Monsters, about monsters within parallel universes) to just plain the stupidest thing I have ever heard (Dante the Great, about an actual magic cape). VHS: Viral seems to be the weakest addition so far, this time even attracting the least exciting directors for each short. Judging from the trailer it seem like it will have its moments, but where the other films had somewhat weak segments and awesome segments, it’s seems the juxtaposition this time around will be just alright and god awful. I’ll give it a shot, because I always do, but I’ll probably hate myself for it. – Keriann

 

November 21 – The Imitation Game

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones)

Get ready to learn somethin’ ‘Murica.  Unlike the flurry of WWII movies made in recent years, The Imitation Game follows a British group of scientists who use computer science via the Enigma machine to break the Germans advanced communication codes.  Spearheaded by Alan Turing, the group uses their technological prowess to learn the codes created by the Nazis.  Based on the true events, the film is sure to shed some light on the major contributions of other countries in the war.  Turing is credited with making some of the biggest contributions and advancements in the war, possibly stopping the war from continuing for an estimated two to four years longer.  If you want to learn more about Alan Turing’s life (warning: it ain’t pretty), I highly recommend checking out The Enigma by Andrew Hodges from your local library. – Adrian

 

November 26 – Horrible Bosses 2

Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Christoph Waltz, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Banks (Mike from Breaking Bad), Keegan-Michael Key (Key from Key & Peele)

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis are back to commit crimes against employers for a second time in Horrible Bosses 2. If you saw the original Horrible Bosses, you know that the three of them have excellent chemistry and they are one of the funniest groupings of comedic actors I’ve seen. Director Sean Anders looks like he knows how to do a sequel right. He took what was already a funny movie and just built upon it well. He brought back the main cast of characters and kept the favorites in Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. Jennifer Anniston is also back but….meh. They also bring the talents of Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. You wouldn’t expect to see Waltz in a comedy but I have a feeling he’ll be good. I liked him in The Green Hornet, yeah I said it. Chris Pine looks like Gary from Team America: World PeaceThis time instead of trying to kill their bosses they’re the bosses. When Christoph Waltz comes around to take over their company with some slick investments the trio decides to get their hands a little dirty again with a terribly misguided kidnapping of Gary Pine. Horrible Bosses 2 looks to be a very successful sequel, which can be hard to do with comedies, just ask Will Ferrell. Takes some time around Thanksgiving to see this one.

 

November 26 – The Penguins of Madagascar

Starring: Tom McGrath, John DiMaggio, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong

The lovable quartet of special ops penguins make their return after stealing hearts in the Madagascar trilogy, as well as getting their own cartoon series. As far as family movies go for the holiday, this is it, and that’s not a bad thing. Penguins of Madagascar could be a hit, and 20th Century Fox is really pulling out all the stops to make sure that it is, accompanying the movie with a video game and a comic book mini-series. I don’t think the train has already left the station just yet for Madagascar, but with the lackluster reception of Madagascar 3, this definitely feels like more of a desperate attempt to gain back an audience than a capitalization on a growing franchise. Nevertheless, Penguins of Madagascar is sure to guarantee some good laughs and a sure-fire way to entertain the whole family during your Thanksgiving Day break. – Sherif

Batman Day – Best Collectibles

DC Comics has dubbed today Batman Day. The Dark Knight has been fighting crime and serving justice for his 75th year since the 1939 debut of Detective Comics #27. Batman has been a big part of our lives, and was responsible for making us into the comic book fanatics we are today, whether it be through comic books and toys or television and movies. To show our appreciation for the man, the myth and the legend, we have compiled a plethora of Bat-themed lists. We hope that we can inspire you to read more about Batman and his legacy, or even give us some feedback if you agree or disagree with the lists. Sound off below! And click on the picture below to take you to all of our Batman Day articles.

 

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Top 20 Collectibles

Not only does Batman have the best gadgets, but he also is the driving force behind the best collection of action figures, statues and replicas out. Whether it’s an affordable item that you add to your display case or just something to ogle at because nobody in their right mind would spend money on it, there are some great collectibles out there. There was absolutely no way to complete this list without missing a fair share of great items, so here are 20 of what I consider the coolest collectibles to add to your collection. Are there any toys, replicas or eye that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments below.

 

20.) The Dark Knight Rises Bane vs. Batman Statue

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19.) Tim Burton’s Batman Mime Joker

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18.) New52 Box Set of Court of Owls and Death of the Family

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17.) Sideshow Collectibles Harley Quinn statue

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16.) Batman Hush Action Figure – DC Artist Signature Series

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15.) Life-size Batman Statue

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14.) The Dark Knight Rises Cowl BD Set

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13.) Lifesize Bat-Signal

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12.) Capullo Designer Series Figures

 

 

11.) Harley Quinn-Joker Mad Love Two-Pack

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10.) Eagle Moss Batman Chess Set

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9.) Green Lantern Batman

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8.) Arkham City Riddler Trophy

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7.) Kotobukiya ART FX+ Statue

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6.) Batman vs. Killer Croc Statue

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5.) Nightwing Arsenal Set from Arkham City

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4.) Batman vs. Superman: The Dark Knight Returns statue

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3.) Batman: A Call to Arms from The Dark Knight Returns

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2.) Batman and Catwoman: Kissing the Knight Statue

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1.) Batman: Black and White Statues