DVD Releases: January 6th, 2009

  • Bsg40 Babylon A.D.:  This one is going on the rent list.  I want to see it but have concerns, read Exploring: Babylon A.D. for more.  The movie is about Toorop a mercenary in the future who takes the job of escorting a woman from Eastern Europe to New York. While he thinks this is just an ordinary mission, he gradually finds out that his guest is carrying an organism that has the potential to become the next Messiah — and everybody wants to get their hands on it. Theater or Renter: August 2008.
  • Battlestar Galactica - Season 4.0:  A continuation of the Sci Fi series.
  • Doctor Who: War Machines (Episode 27):  Last of the William Hartnell years.  The Doctor poses as a scientist in 1966 London to ferret out the source of evil and stumbles on the thinking computer WOTAN. Though poised to be linked with computers around the world to create an advanced computer network, WOTAN has its own plans: namely, to create a robot army to take over the world.
  • Doctor Who: Four to Doomsday (Episode 118):  From the Peter Davison years.  The good doctor and a trio of companions aboard a spaceship headed for Earth in the company of an ethnically diverse android crew and the frog-like alien Urbankans. With the Urbankan leader set on poisoning the planet's inhabitants so that he can repopulate it with his androids, it's up to the Doctor to find a way to avert disaster.
  • doctorwho4_2_doomsdayDuckman: Seasons Three and Four:  This show is vulgar and funny, not for the light of heart or easily offend able.  The animated show is about a private detective Duckman who returns for more comic misadventures with his partner, Cornfed.  Duckman lands himself in the nuthouse, starts a revolution in a third-world country, adopts rap star Coolio and buys a mail-order bride.  Definitely worth seeing.

    Vampire Fans

    I haven't had a chance to sink my teeth into these yet.  If you have seen them let me know: owner, renter, or don’t waste my time?

    • Kiss of the Vampire:  Sick of teleporting to the next town after leaving a trail of blood-drained bodies in his wake, vampire Alex Stone and his clan decide to stay awhile in sleepy Hamilton, Ohio, after he falls hard for one of the local lovelies But while Alex wants nothing more than to leave immortality behind, there are those in town who will do almost anything to gain what he's intent on giving up in this horror love story
    • Netherbeast Incorporated:  In this satire of corporate America, it's business as usual at the vampire-owned and -operated Netherbeast Inc. -- one of the world's largest phone makers -- until the boss contracts vampire Alzheimer's and starts hiring humans. Bodies soon begin to pile up in this office comedy based on the award-winning short The Netherbeast of Berm-Tech Industries, Inc. Darrell Hammond, Judd Nelson, Dave Foley, Jason Mewes and Robert Wagner co-star.

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Dear Hollywood, treat Comics like Books

The Dark Knight Returns Graphic Novel This is just a quick note to ask a little favor from you and all of your brilliant writers, directors and producers. If you could, please start treating Comics like books. I know this might come as a surprise to many of you, but comics are not just collections of pretty pictures of men and women in tights. They have stories, characters and depth. Well not all of them. Some of them are pretty bad, but like novels, there are good ones. There are some that are classic.

Dark Phoenix Saga Graphic Novel If you want to do a Batman film, may I suggest The Killing Joke, A Death in the Family, or even The Dark Knight Returns. All of them would make great movies. They are action packed and full of emotional touch tones. If you want to do another X-men film, why not try the Dark Phoenix Saga, it has superheroes, space battles and magic.

I know what I am suggesting is radical. I know that none of you have ever thought about mining stories for sources of screenplays but they are there. Consider V for Vendetta, Sin City and the forthcoming Watchmen films, you found your stories there even though they do not have any big names. I really hope you can get over need to recreate beloved characters, telling stories about them that do not make sense at all.

This is just a thought. You don't have to take my advice. I mean what are the odd you are going to make another film as bad as Spiderman 3, X-men 3, Batman Begins, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin... wow, I suppose it isn't that hard to make a really bad superhero flick.

Give it a try. Justice League: A New Frontier and Superman: Doomsday both turned out pretty good. Maybe you should continue to follow that model.

Theater Or Renter? March 2008

It's time once again for our favorite game "Theater Or Renter?" Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then Put in your comments below the trailer: does the trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

For March we have three movies

Doomsday Doomsday: [Watch it here] Release Date March 14th. Official Site. Listed as Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller. The story from the official site: Authorities brutally quarantine a country after it is hit with a virus outbreak. For three decades the wall works until the virus resurfaces in a major city. They decided to send in an elite team into the still quarantined country to get a cure from the survivors.

images Horton Hears a Who!: [Watch it here] Release Date March 14th. Official Site. Listed as Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy. The Story from the official Site: Based on the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hears a Who" Where an imaginative elephant hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Suspecting there may be life on that speck Horton sets out to help.

superhero Superhero: [Watch it here] Release Date March 28th. Official Site. Listed as Action, Comedy, Parody. The story from he official side: Rick Riker is young, cool and has superpowers but doesn't know how to use them. Unfortunately he will still have to save the world from Zucker and the Gang.