God Hates Astronauts #1 Review

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I have to say I went in a little blind when I picked up this issue of God Hates Astronauts in as much as I didn’t realise how much a world creator Ryan Browne had already made. Visiting his website only goes to show how much I have already missed. However dear reader, do not be afraid, because with this latest issue from Image you are at the perfect jumping in point and can pick up the story straight away.

For those that are fans of slightly surreal and off kilter comics, then this is one certainly for you. The plot follows space farmers, interspecies love (who dares keep a man and his chicken away from each other in the name of true love?!), a cheeeseburger eating tiger king and many other weird and wonderful characters.

The comic itself it set out in a rather tongue in cheek manner, with fake reviews on the back, all of which seem to be telling people not to bother with the comic and to buy Snopple. The age rating at the back is referred to as “mature readers only?”, and it is little touches like this that show the huge amount of detail and control that goes into every issue of a comic.

I cannot recommend this comic highly enough as it is a so funny and I am extremely excited to see how the story unfolds over the coming months!

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Only Lovers Left Alive – Review

It is safe to say that recently we have entered a world where vampires are creatures that are meant to be adored and obsessed over, and personally I feel that this should not be the case. The vampire is not something that teen girls can swoon over and want to become. Everlasting life is not something to be sniffed it, it can become quite tedious after a while.

This is certainly something that Jim Jarmusch has touched upon along with a whole host of other ideas in his latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive.

The films star Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampiric lovers, Adam and Eve (don’t be too hasty to jump on the religious bandwagon though, because Jarmusch did not intent to have that connection with the characters when he first set out to make the film. The two are named after characters in a Mark Twain novel) who whilst being married carry on their separate lives in Boston and Tangia.

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The communicate with one another in much the same way that any long distant couple would, via the use of Facetime on an iPhone and a slightly more archaic version including a laptop, a television and hell of a lot wires. This just goes to show how different the two members of this relationship are.

It carries on further as we are shown more of the characters of Adam and Eve. Eve embraces her life in Tangia and enjoys all the joys that the city has to offer, whilst Adam hides himself away in his cavernous house and is content with making his music; just as long as no one knows who he is or where he lives, apart from his friend Ian who acquires things for him.

Only Lovers Left Alive really is breath of fresh air when it comes to contemporary vampire movies. This is is movie that people have been waiting for without even knowing it. It is wickedly smart, devilishly funny and manages to have a huge heart in it as well.

Not only do Hiddleston and Swinton bring life to these roles they have excellent supporting cast from John Hurt who plays William Marlowe (YES! That Marlowe), you also have Mia Wasikowski as the impulsive, childish ‘sister’ of Eve.

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At times the film seems almost too clever for its own good, managing to bring traditional vampiric folklore into a very comtemporary setting and story, and the back drop of Boston couldn’t be better. A once prospering city that is not just managing to grasp onto its own civilisation is the perfect allegory for the character of Adam. He was once such a powerful thing and now he is contemplating suicide and has locked himself away from the rest of the world.

This film manages to cover so many different topics and themes it is a shame to just place it under the title of a vampire movie, even though the word is never mentioned once throughout the movie. It is a film about romance, family, death, music, science and nature, the human condition. It is so simple in its complexity that I hope you will be as blown away by it as I was.

Only Lovers Left Alive is set to be released on Blu-Ray, DVD and limited edition steelbook (through Zavvi) on September 15th and I cannot highly recommend enough going and picking up a copy. Even if you are not a fan of supposed vampire movies, you will be pleasantly suprised from this offering by Jarmusch

 

H.R.Giger Passes Away

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It is with great sadness to announce that H.R.Giger, the artist behind the design for the creatures in Alien has passed away at 74. He died in hospital yesterday after the results of the injuries he sustained in a fall in his native Switzerland.

He was the man that brought nightmares to countless people for his work in the Alien franchise, but also worked on SpeciesPoltergeist and the brilliantly names Killer Condom.

Whilst many be be familiar with his work, he name was not always known to the masses and it is a shame that only now will some people know who the man is because of his passing.

He will be sadly missed.

Richard Donner Confirms Goonies Sequel

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It is safe to say that a vast majority of people grew up with The Goonies and it stuck with them into their adult years, well brace yourself because your world is about to be rocked!

Over the weekend, Richard Donner, who directed the original film, along with the Lethal Weapon franchise and Superman,  came out and confirmed that a sequel would be happening. He was asked the question of whether you he direct a comic book movie, to which he replied:

“If you call Goonies a comic book…We’re doing a sequel”

Some may be excited by this news, and I hate to say but I think they may be in the minority here. The Goonies is one of the quintessential 80s movies and a whole generation has taken it to their hearts. To try and create a sequel for it 29 years after it originally came out is pushing it a little bit.

Donner apparently wants to try and get as much of the original cast back for this film as well, so it will be interesting to see who actually comes on board this time around.

Scream Television Series Details

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It seems that now you can’t have a movie without someone trying to turn it into a television series as well, first off it was Fargo and it now it looks like Scream is getting the same treatment.

After 4 movies, MTV have gotten their hands on the franchise and are going to turn it into a series.

The folks over at Bloody Disgusting have stated that it looks promising that Wes Craven, the director of the original films, will also direct the hour long pilot episode for the show. So at least that is one less thing to worry about.

Much like the films, the plot of the television will focus on the rules of a slasher film. These were pretty clear in the franchise so it will be interesting to see how this concept works on the small screen. Also the pilot “explores a YouTube video that has gone viral and causes problems for the protagonist, Audrey, who is caught in the middle of murder and the town’s troubled past.”

TV Line has some more details about some of the upcoming characters:

Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been annointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a Gilmore Girls-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”

Noah seems a lot like the character of Randy, played by Jamie Kennedy, from Scream 2 and the idea of a “bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” is not a sentence I ever thought I’d hear attached to the Scream franchise.

I am a huge fan of the first two Scream movies and depending on my mood I am always willing to give the third a shot, you can’t beat a Jay and Silent Bob cameo, however I wasn’t impressed with the fourth film. I am not holding my breathe for this television show, but seeing as how Craven is attached to the pilot episode it may actually be OK. We will just have to wait and see.

Lucy – Trailer

So here is the trailer for the latest offering from Luc BessonLucy and it looks rather awesome!

Now I know that the whole “we only 10% of our brains” plot idea isn’t the most original, but once you put that aside it seems like Besson is taking the story in a nice direction and throwing plenty of action at us.

The plot follows Lucy, played by Scarlett Johansson, was becomes mixed up in a drug smuggling scheme, but when the drugs start to leak into her system, they have some rather interesting results. Whilst the initial reaction to the leak looks like a rather uncomfortable one, as her body becomes used to the new substance and it is absorbed into her brain, she starts to develop a whole host of new abilities.

Starring alongside Johansson is Morgan Freeman, who plays a professor with his area study focussing on the brain, so it seems like the two of them will definitely have something to talk about; although I don’t know how happy he will be about her hacking into his video calls!

It will be interesting to see how the whole film plays out and whether Besson has managed to create another new strong female science fiction character or if the trailer has just shown all of the good bits!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Trailer

Add this one to the pile of unnecessary franchises!

I have to admit that I do have a soft spot for the original TMNT films and so I don’t know how I feel about this new film. With Michael Bay acting as a producer you can see where he has had an influence in the overall style of the filming, but hopefully it won’t be as unwatchable as some of the later Transformers movies.

The CGI seems alright in the trailer but how it will look for a whole movie we will have to wait and see when it is released later on in the year.

I did have a little chuckle to myself over the “it’s only a mask” line, so it nice to see that some of humour hasn’t been completely lost.