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Monthly Archives: June 2017

When a new Judge Dredd film was announced, there was no real fanfare.  What people did not realize is that the film was being written outside of the Hollywood scene.  Alex Garland (writer of 28 Days Later and writer/director of Ex Machina)…Garland is a fan of 2000AD and Judge Dredd. Keeping the story very simple, Judge Dredd is taking a trainee with him, a hopeful Judge named Anderson.  She has some limited… Read More

Somebody looked at Sylvester Stallone’s chin and declared him perfect for the role of iconic British comic book character Judge Dredd.  And they were not wrong: (I know I already showed this…but it seems relevant for the review) Anyhow, looking for a story, the filmmakers thought the best approach was to tell it through the eyes of SNL alum Rob Schneider.  He is an ex-convict returning home who gets caught in the… Read More

For Americans, the character they probably most recognized from the British comic book series 2000AD is Judge Dredd.  But 2000AD actually had a whole host of characters spawned from its weekly pages.  Almost all of them every bit as violent and over the top as Dredd.  There was Rogue Trooper, the ABC Warriors, Nemesis the Warlock, Bad Company, the Ballad of Halo Jones, D.R. & Quinch and Zenith to name a few…. Read More

Everybody knows Batman.  And most people know who Bob Kane is.  He is the creator of Batman.  Every Batman comic book tells you this.  Right there in print.  “Batman Created by Bob Kane”.  Bob vehemently defended this idea that Batman was his creation and only his.  But why?  Why would he need to defend this notion? The documentary Batman and Bill tells you exactly why.  In the comic book world, it was… Read More

“We broke Batman’s back.  We killed Superman.” – Rob Liefeld The 90’s were an amazing time for comic books.  It was the highlight of the speculator market, it was all about foil covers, and pouches.  Characters with hundreds of pouches.  In the early 90’s Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee were the top names.  They each set records for the sales of X-Men and Spider-Man books. Comics have a pretty sordid… Read More

You may think that there have been three Fantastic Four films.  There were the two Tim Story film with Jessica Alba and Chris Evans…and the 2015 film with Miles Teller and Kate Mara.  But there are tales of a first film, never seen by the world.  Spoke in hushed tones.  Okay, not really.  There actually was a first movie made back in 1994.  It was completed and even had release material.  Outside… Read More

While critics and plenty of fans pummeled the first film, it was more than successful enough to get a sequel greenlit.  Directed by the Brothers Strause (that is what they direct under), Requiem is a real mess in more ways than one. The cast is immense, so you start figuring out who will die sooner than later based on how much attention they get.  The film picks up right after the first… Read More

The Predator films went quiet after the second film, and Alien films were stalled by Resurrection seven years earlier.  In that time, there had been a series of successful Alien and Predator comics by publisher Dark Horse Comics.  In 1990, Dark Horse brought the franchises together, which was one of those crossovers that you never knew you wanted until you were given it.  The Alien vs. Predator comics were very popular and… Read More

After the second film, the Predator series went dormant.  The alien hunters only saw the screen in the “team up” Alien vs Predator films.  It was not until about 2009 Predator was announced as getting it’s own new film.  It was spearheaded by Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, Sin City) and was referred to often as a reboot.  The problem with the tendency to treat every film as a remake… Read More

Directed by Stephen Hopkins (Lost In Space, Nightmare on Elm Street 5 and Race), Predator 2 is an attempt at being very different.  Instead of a jungle, we are in “the Concrete Jungle”.  Instead of a heavily muscled soldier, we have have a team of police.  The film tries to be different by being very opposite.  There are vicious gang wars that are tearing up the street.  Captain Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover)… Read More