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DOOM!

April 27, 2009

What’s better than good Hip Hop + Comic books?

I called my brother from another borough Dallas Penn this weekend to see what was popping off since I was playing Mr. Dad with my four kids. He told me he had just taken a “deuce” at Bloomingdale’s while in the midst of shooting a DOOM video. I quickly changed the subject since his poop fixation is not at all amusing to me. I assumed he was palling around with the artist DOOM, and even asked if he caught a glimpse of dude with his mask off. Heh. Little did I know he was working on this.

EFFIN DOPE!!!

I am so jealous right now.

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Iron Man: Armored Adventures

April 26, 2009

I missed this last Friday, 7pm on Nicktoons. Not too keen on the yung Tony Stark, but heard and read it was dope. Did anyone see it?

Anti-Christ

April 14, 2009

Lars von Trier’s Antichrist – Official Trailer from Zentropa on Vimeo.

Sorry I’ve been taking a while cooking up some more posts. They’re coming, trust. But in the meantime, I just came across this trailer which looks creepy as all “hell”. The movie is directed by this Danish cat Lars von Trier. Starring Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the flick is about a married couple who take to the woods in order to cope with the death of their young son. Like most movies, once they get to settle down in their cabin, the shits and giggles start to pop off. Enjoy.

Courtesy of Ain’t It Cool News.

"In Brightest Day, In Darkest Night…"

April 11, 2009

Dunno if you’re up on the recent string of animated straight to DVD/ blu-ray hits DC has been dropping. With dope titles like “Batman: Gotham Knight”, “Justice League – New Frontier”, “Superman – Doomsday” and “Wonder Woman” their next heat rock “Green Lantern – First Flight” is looking good. Plus they landed a PG-13 rating to bring some gully to the party.

Over the past 10 – 15 years, Green Lantern has become one of my favorites. Might have to cop.

"Drag Me To Hell". Please

April 1, 2009

Not that you might care, but I’m a big film buff. Love the movies. All types of movies. My favorite though, is horror. When I was five years old, me and my older cousins were left alone, unsupervised by adults, on a cold wintry Saturday night. As my oldest cousin went to sleep, I stayed awake, twisting the old school knob dial changer until I hit the station featuring the “Creature Feature” movie of the week “Night Of The Living Dead”. Once the movie started, I was too shook to change to a kindler gentler show. My shit was frightened to the effin core at what took place on the screen. That George Romero black and white zombie masterpiece fucked my head up permanently. What I realized though, was that no matter how horrified I was, there was a certain high, a rush that came with the scares. It was the beginning of my true, never dying love affair with horror films, and I’ve been trying to recapture my first high ever since. It wasn’t cool that the Black dude that played hero died though, still, at least he survived and made it to the end of the movie.

I stay fiending for the perfect horror flick, not the blood fest type ones that focus more on the mad gore and chocolate syrup splattering. Not the stupid ones either, like the ones with the dumb white chicks running, stumbling TOWARDS their attackers or the recent joints of late with a cast of “beautiful” Blonde kids camping out on some deserted, haunted hotel, beach, resort, camp house by the pool with the lake and the hitchhikers and killers with the Scream type masks. Them joints are an insult. Plus, the one Black kid always gets it first.

I’m talking about the joint that, once you watch, once you let the horror that unfolds seep into your psyche, you know for a fact that you’ll carry a bit of that horror with you for a long effin time, maybe to the grave even. You know what I’m talking about, “The Exorcist”, the first “Halloween”, that old school HBO joint “The Hitcher”, shit even the original “Psycho”. There have been a few classics. Eff’d up thing for horror fiends like myself is that the GREAT horror flicks are mad rare, and sometimes it takes years to catch one worthy of ending up in the DVD blu-ray collection. Last joint I saw that was even semi collector worthy was “The Ring” released back in 2002. No doubt the Asian J or K horror ones stayed mad hot for a while, up until they starting running the same formula into the ground, every one of them having the mandatory dead, cursed, eff’d up looking Japanese girl with the long wet hair hunting that ass down. That shit got played out quick.

Sam Raimi remains one of my favorite movie directors to date. Dude started out back in 1981 with the low budget flick “The Evil Dead”. In a nutshell, The Evil Dead was about five college students who came across a haunted book in the woods and inadvertently unleashed all types of fuckery upon themselves. Although low budget, Raimi was able to combine the perfect elements of horror and comedy resulting in the movie becoming a cult horror classic. Raimi followed with two sequels to complete the trilogy, “The Evil Dead II” (1987) which went head to head with it’s predecessor in becoming another classic, especially since it wasn’t as much a sequel as it was a revamping of the first one with a bigger budget and “Army Of Darkness” (1993) which was wackier than the first two and played out more like a slapstick, horror adventure piece. By the time Raimi completed his “Evil” trilogy however, he was deemed by many to be a master of the genre.

Having locked down the horror game, Raimi decided he would try his hand at full blown action adventure. The result was the 1990 classic “Darkman”. “Darkman” jumped out of nowhere and became that instant suburban mall and ghetto banger with Liam Neesom playing the disfigured hero type maniac who wrecked shop in his quest for revenge against the gangsters that made his life a living hell. “Darkman” was so on point in that it played like the perfect comic book movie, even though it wasn’t based on any actual comic book characters. With one shot, Raimi proved that he was also on top of his game with the action/adventure genre.

Not one to rest on his laurels with horror and action in his pocket, Raimi’s next joint was a flick that further stretched the master storyteller’s horizons with the western “The Quick And The Dead” starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. In it, Stone played a female gunslinger focused on revenge against Gene Hackman who played the nasty bad man who had wronged her. Although the movie played out like a typical spaghetti western, Raimi won in that he infused the flick with his own quirky, fast paced style. “The Quick And The Dead” satisfied many movie goers who wanted a little western flavor added to their movie going experience.

Raimi churned out two more notable movies, “A Simple Plan” (1998) which was a crime, drama thriller that had a Coen brothers feel and “The Gift” (2000) which was a quiet but well crafted return to his horror roots. After proving, time after time, that he was that go to guy to the Hollywood shot callers, Raimi beat out a host of block buster film makers in landing the holy grail of comic book movies “Spider-Man”(2002). “Spider-Man” was the movie Marvel comics had been trying to make for over 20 years. After the success of “X-Men” (2000) and with Hollywood turning it’s eye to comic books as the next cash cow, Raimi was tapped to step to the plate and once on board, he delivered a home run. “Spider-Man 2” (2004) proved to be better than the first and became arguably, one of the best in the comic book movie genre. “Spider-Man 3” wasn’t the critically acclaimed piece that the first two were, mainly because now that Raimi proved he was that blockbuster director, the studio allegedly applied mad pressure in having him throw everything and the kitchen sink into the movie in order to guarantee another successful hit. Fans complained about S3 having too many villains, plus that whole cornball black suited emo Spider-Man thingie, nonetheless S3 went on to become a major commercial success.

I go into Sam Raimi’s filmography because, as I mentioned above, I am a true fan of this man’s craft. I also go in because during the past few years, fans have been begging Raimi to return to his true original love, the horror movie. In addition, Sam has been complaining of late about how he has been aching to return to his roots in order to bless horror fans the world over with a much needed classic, the type shit that might could make one soil their draws. On May 29th, Sam Raimi will be bringing us “Drag Me To Hell”. “Drag Me To Hell” is about a young female bank loan officer ambitious in moving up in her career. Feeling she has to prove her gully to her superiors, she shits on an old gypsy woman who practically begs her to be more lenient in extending a grace period in order for the gypsy to avoid foreclosure on her home. Once shitted on, the gypsy woman brings it, in spades. “Drag Me To Hell” was screened at this years South By South West film festival and was met with critical acclaim across the board. I’ve even been warned to bring an extra pair of clean draws upon my first viewing. The trailer looks like mad shits and giggles. No question, I am psyched. I’m hoping that my fellow horror fans are equally as psyched. May 29th is now looking so effin far way.

So I’m asking, what’s yer favorite horror flick?

Watchmen Review: Caps Peeled and Wigs Split

March 6, 2009

NO SPOILERS!

Today wifey, me and the homie Fritz decided to play hookie in order to catch the 10am viewing of Watchmen at the IMAX Lincoln Center screen. We got there at 9:28am and the place was effin packed. I guess there was a whole lotta hookie going on. Not going deep into what the story is about, only because you can get that shit anywhere these days, but Watchmen was originally published by DC Comics as a twelve-issue comic book limited series written by Alan Moore, drawn by Dave Gibbons and colored by John Higgins. The series was published in single issues format during 1986 and 1987. The story was basically a deconstruction of the whole super-hero mythos and very much captured the pre-apocalyptic tension that permeated New York City during the 1980’s. When that shit dropped, no one reading it knew where the fuck the book was taking them, but they knew it was a ride the medium of comic books had never taken them on before. Dense with both pop and classic literature references, Watchmen was multi-layered in story, structure and theme. The story was mad philosophical with regard to what being a super-hero really meant and went in deep with topics ranging from war, murder, rape, child abuse, prostitution and euthanasia on a genocidal level. To say Watchmen was, and remains to this day, the best piece of work captured in comic form is an understatement. It’s the “Citizen Kane” of graphic novels, bar none. Even in describing what the book is about, what the experience of reading it is all about, I am not doing it any justice. I can only, and once again, strongly suggest to all of you out there who have never read it to please sincerely take the initiative to cop the book and do so. Your life in general will most definitely be enhanced.

As hard as it is for me to explain what the Watchmen reading experience is, it’s twice as hard for ANY FILMAKER to truly capture the full experience on film. Watchmen has been deemed “impossible” to make as a film. Zack Snyder of “300” fame does a pretty good fucking job at it though. Visually, the film hits all the notes, from costumes to grand background scenes to choreographed action sequences. This is the joint you most definitely cop a bag of shrooms to drop in order to capture the full visual experience. The IMAX screen adds to Snyder’s visual A game. Being an ’80’s period piece that spans several decades (50’s, 60’s, 70’s), post World War II New York, Viet Nam and even life on Mars never looked better. In addition, the characters as designed in the book are portrayed faithfully, virtually jumping off the pages. Rorshach, The Comedian and Dr. Manhattan (played by Billy Crudup and pimped out in CGI fashion) in particular make for some of the best book to film adaptations ever seen. Snyder also brings some of that slo-mo to quick fast visual magic that came off so well with his prior “300” joint. As a “super-hero” movie, the action is on point and mos def earns it’s R rating. My kids were hating on the fact that we didn’t bring them and I’m glad that we didn’t. In addition to the major sex scene being soft pr0n worthy, the violence portions were well served and I got my fair share of blood splatter, bone breakage and blade cuttage. Wigs definitely got split and that is truly pun intended. The manliest of you will be giving up a wince and squirm here and there. Yes, I dare you.

Story and plot wise? Let me ask, how do you adapt the Bible into an action packed blockbuster for mass commercial consumption? Yeah, I dunno either. As much as Snyder tries to be as faithful as possible to the original, there’s mad nuances and layers that are just not possible to capture on screen. At 2 hours and 40 minutes, the film is actually a well streamlined version of the original work but in no way comes close to capturing the full depth of the masterpiece that is the book. As much as I was amped to see more, at times, it was obvious to me that the piece was a bit too heavy in it’s length. Philosophically, parts of the movie lumbered in the weight of it’s depth, and as much as I loved every bit of it, there were moments where I was kinda bored.

All that said, what do I really think? As a fan of the Watchmen graphic novel, I always hoped that it would be made into a movie, even though deep inside, I wished it would never made into one only because I knew how virtually impossible it would be to fully capture all that is the Watchmen on film. However, if there was ever a film version of Watchmen that I would want to see, this joint is definitely it. The movie definitely earns an A for effort and a B for delivery. Don’t get me wrong, I will definitely be seeing this again, next time hopefully in full altered state. I even see Blu-ray addage to my dvd collection. Snyder came to the table facing a lose lose situation and came out with a win-win/lose outcome. This isn’t a date movie type of flick, more like the cerebral joint you and your nerdish type set might could build on on a weekend night. I will be seeing scenes of this film in my dreams as I sleep tonight.

I thoroughly endorse Watchmen the movie. There’s nothing out there like this and I don’t foresee anything like this in the distant future. In addition, I strongly urge that you Watchmen virgins cop that graphic novel and STUDY it like math. Just cause I said so and also because you will be broadening your horizons.

In the end though, The Dark Knight > Watchmen.

Watchmen Alert

March 5, 2009

Tomorrow. 10am. IMAX. Lincoln Center. Official Combat Jack review soon to follow.

Watchmen Alert

February 25, 2009
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I know a lot of ya’ll just ain’t into this geek, comic booky shit, but really, after viewing this clip, are you not yet entertained?

Watchmen Alert

February 5, 2009

Right about now, Warner Brothers is not effin around with the promotionals. If you’re up on the seminal graphic novel “Watchmen”, this right here is better than prOn, if not, either catch up by copping a copy and reading it in it’s entirety before March 6th, or as a certain blogger on the other end of the dial would say, go kill yerself.

At the :48 mark, they actually let fly the words “lesbian whores” in the background. They had me at hello.

Watchmen Alert

January 25, 2009

I am a HUGE comic book fan. I am a HUGE Watchmen fan. I came across this clip and then immediately jizzed my pants. Sorry and [||]. To my geek heads out there, how EFFIN incredible is this biyatch right here? It is sooo effin on on March 6th, 2009.