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New York Comic Con 2015 Coverage

Submitted by petrocs on October 14, 2015 - 8:37am


 

As a veteran of making the yearly pilgrimage to San Diego for the king of all cons, San Diego Comic Con, I was curious to hear that New York Comic Con was quickly becoming the east coasts version of the massive event. Having never attended the event I was ready to see for myself, so I made the train ride up to the Big Apple and walked into the Javits Center for the first time, and I am so glad that I did.

First off, this con is very much a fan event, first and foremost. Walking into the gates you find huge banners of upcoming seasons of fan favorite shows as well as some new, interesting shows gathering buzz around the fandom. The landscape is wide open for your cosplay viewing pleasure and it seems that the event coordinators have filled each area with something interesting to keep the traffic flowing to every square foot of the convention center. My favorite booth, by far, was the Cafe 80’s replica from Back to the Future II. Complete with video board and Delorean, fans had their chance to take photos with the car as well as try their luck at the Wild Gunman video game for a chance to win one of a limited amount of Pepsi Perfect replicas made by Pepsi to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise. Unfortunately yours truly didn’t get a chance to play, but the kids loved it!

Starz was among the exhibitors to bring to life their newest show “Ash vs Evil Dead” for fans to walk thru Ash Williams trailer and win some cool prizes. Other featured props came from Jurassic World, who brought an animatronic Velociraptor for fans to take pictures with and Warner Bros., who featured the costumes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman from the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The vendor floor and artist row were filled with amazing pieces of original art as well as chances to purchase some rare and highly sought after collectibles.

After a few long hours of gazing at the sights, it was time to head into one of the many panels that this con had to offer. From comic book writers to television stars, there was something for everyone one to enjoy. For me, it was the television panels, most importantly, Fox’s “The X-Files” Season 10 debut. Creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Mitch Pileggi were on hand to take fan questions and to show the season 10 premiere to the lucky fans in the audience. As a long time fan of the show I can say that the episode was outstanding and exactly what fans were hoping for in this return event series. Seeing Mulder and Scully together again brought back so many wonderful memories from the shows hayday and the actors haven’t missed a beat. The wait til January is on!

Starz presents “Ash vs Evil Dead” panel brought cast and crew to the Hammerstein Ballroom for a Q&A session hosted by Kevin Smith. Director and creator Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell introduced the pilot episode to the crowd of thousands of fans eager to see a glimpse of the new show. The pilot didn’t disappoint! The comedy and over the top gore that made the Evil Dead trilogy so beloved was present and the new cast of characters add a new dimension to the show. After the viewing the cast and crew took fan questions and some interesting tidbits as to what to expect from the upcoming season were revealed. One of the most welcome comment came from Campbell himself who announced that Starz and the creators are hoping that the show runs for as many seasons as fans want. “Ash vs Evil Dead” is here to stay people and it’s…groovy!

Netflix panel featuring Marvel’s “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” was another highlight of the weekend. Rumors were abound that we could be getting the world premiere of the pilot episode for “Jessica Jones” and sure enough, Marvel delivered! But before that, we were graced by a panel for “Daredevil” Season 2 which featured the first teaser of the season featuring a first look at Elektra and The Punisher! Nothing ground breaking was revealed but the cast and crew are very excited to bring season two to viewers in 2016. Up next was what the audience was waiting for. A quick introduction of the cast and crew of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” lead into the world premiere of episode one. The episode was dark, gritty and sexy which was a welcome surprise. The actors, including lead actress Krysten Ritter were wonderful and the tone of the show appears to allow for the each actor to explore their characters without constraint. David Tennant’s Kilgrave was lurking in the shadows for much of the episode and truly adds that a level of creepiness that will no doubt make “Jessica Jones” the must see show of 2015. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” premieres on Netflix on November 20th at 12:01am.

As New York Comic Con comes to a close, I have so much appreciation for all the hard work that went into making this show as wonderful as it was. From the vendor floor to the panel line organization, everything was first rate at NYCC. As this show continues to gain steam, I can definitely see it being talked about in the same breath as San Diego, and rightfully so. NYCC, you have gained another fan, see you next October for round 2!

RSVP Highlights - Pitch Perfect

Submitted by tom on July 5, 2015 - 11:04pm


 

What is your favorite cover song? (Link to its YouTube video if you wish!)

"When Adele sings the cover of Lovesong. She is such a good singer."
Submitted by boykos

"A Change is Gonna Come by Gavin Degraw."
Submitted by AMYJHAMAN

"All Along the Watchtower- Jimi Hendrix"
Submitted by nyart99

"I would have to say my favorite cover song is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Israel 'IZ' Kamakawiwoʻole. It has been in many movies and tv shows. It's such a beautiful rendition of the well known original and fits so well in the movies/tv shows it has been in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k"
Submitted by lilprager

"King of Anything by Sam Tsui (originally Sara Bareilles)"
Submitted by trimbleb

"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, cover by Amy Winehouse, originally by the Shirelles"
Submitted by dnkerins

"I would have to say that my favorite cover ever would be The Muppets rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Hehehe, gotta love The Muppets!"
Submitted by okaylauren

"Johnny Cash, Hurt originally by Nine Inch Nails"
Submitted by zeeedunn

"Obadiah Parker's cover of Outkast's "Hey Ya""
Submitted by malenalong

Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con: The Stars Have Come and Gone

Submitted by petrocs on June 23, 2015 - 8:49pm


 

The 14th Annual Wizard World Comic Con: Philadelphia Edition has come and gone and has left thousands of fans with permanent smiles on their faces. The Wizard World Comic Con traveling spectacle (for those of you not in the know) brings together thousands of like-minded fans from around the globe to celebrate the best in sci-fi, comics, movies, graphic novels, toys, video games, television, gaming and much much more. The show not only brings fans together with each other, it also provides access to some of genre's most beloved stars for autograph and photo opportunities, a chance many fans would never have without this convention. To sum it up, Wizard World Comic Con is the destination for the comic reader, cosplayer, toy collector and star gazer. Short of traveling to San Diego for the genre's biggest show, this is the Mecca for geeks everywhere.

Cool Movie Poster of the Week - Moon (2009)

Submitted by tom on April 28, 2015 - 5:30pm


 

Moon

Secretly Awesome - Breakdown (1997)

Submitted by tom on March 4, 2015 - 12:04am


 

Breakdown is something of a rarity. It's pure suspense. The plot is thin, the characters are pretty much two-dimensional, and the motivations are always clear from the start. Simply saying that the end justifies the means wouldn't do Breakdown any justice, nor would it give writer/director Jonathan Mostow the credit he deserves, because Mostow makes such perfect use out of these means that adding depth or backstory, or sub-plots would just screw the whole thing up. It's sharp, concise, and always gets right to the point; dialogue is only spoken when necessary, but most of it is just a high-wire act set at top-speed on moving vehicles.

Secretly Awesome
Breakdown
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I sat down several months ago expecting a dirt-ball action movie to have on in the background while I surfed the internet, but ended up watching the film for ten or fifteen minutes at a time, until I finally gave up trying to surf and closed my laptop about forty minutes into the film. When I looked it up on imdb earlier today, I saw that I had rated it a four out of ten, based on my memory of seeing it when it came out. Ashamed, I quickly changed it to a ten. It is that good. I turned it on to refresh my memory while I write this, and had to pause it at the 42:20 mark because I hadn't even logged into the site yet. It is completely absorbing.

The plot is this: Kurt Russel and his wife, played by Kathleen Quinlan, are moving out West, and their car breaks down in the middle of the desert. A trucker offers to take Quinlan to a truck stop to call a tow-truck and kidnaps her. The rest of the movie is a frightened Kurt Russel running around frantically through the desert looking for her. It's not concerned with twists and turns, no big shocks or revelations; it's all laid out pretty simply in the first fifteen minutes, and the rest is watching Russel unravel as he becomes more and more desperate, isolated in a world he knows nothing of, amongst truckers and red-necks who don't care about him or his situation, with nowhere and nobody to turn to. It's beautiful.

And when I say that these characters are two-dimensional, I don't mean that it doesn't take any skill to play them. On the contrary, there are some brilliant performances not only from Russel and Quinlan, but also from J.T. Walsh, Jack Noseworthy, and M.C. Gainey as the group of seedy truckers who prey on his initial trust. Nobody in the late 90s played a shady villain like J.T. Walsh, and nobody played the ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances like Kurt Russel, who has the right physique and the perfect blend of intelligence and naiveté to pull of the everyman who gets in further and further over his head.

Mostow's direction is near-perfect. It's not showy or overly stylized, and he doesn't hide behind fast cuts when it comes to the action. He's more interested in bleeding a scene or situation dry of its inherent tension. At the 42:20 mark there have really only been a handful of scenes, which are dragged out to achieve their full potential. It's full of scenes that make Russel seem crazy to anyone who could help him, or long shots of him against an empty desert to highlight his isolation. That's the type of pace Mostow sets. It's not a typical action film, with a big set-piece delivered every twenty minutes. It's slow, it takes its time. There is a sequence later in the film that is just Russel climbing from the bottom of a moving truck's trailer to a safer spot in-between the truck itself and the trailer, where he can stand until the truck stops. It lasts for three full minutes, and it's just him struggling and grunting, trying not to be seen by the driver... and holy shit is it tense. And as I believe all great 90s action films should end in a crazy location, so ends Breakdown, but I won't give it away. See it for yourself.

Breakdown (1997)
Breakdown at the IMDb
Rated: R
Directed by: Jonathan Mostow
Written by: Jonathan Mostow and Sam Montgomery
Featuring: Kurt Russell, J. T. Walsh and Kathleen Quinlan
Plot: A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

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Feature by Bradley Redder of This Week's Movie. Have a Secretly Awesome suggestion that you'd like to propose? Or have a past or present entry you'd like to argue about? Feel free to e-mail Brad at maxfischar@gmail.com.

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