12 items from 2015
Moon Knight #13
Written by Cullen Bunn
Pencils by Ron Ackins; Inks by Tom Palmer, Walden Wong, & Victor Olazaba
Colors by Dan Brown
Published by Marvel Comics
A latest “arc” of Moon Knight begins with the new creative team of Cullen Bunn and Ron Ackins. The title is quite a strange one. Given the majority of the big two’s output is overpopulated with comics deliberately written to fit into a six issue trade paperbacks a regular series from Marvel comprised of self-contained stories and only the barest of inter-issue continuity is nearly alien. While trying to follow up from the excellent run by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey is quite the Herculean feat but it’s safe to say the team is more than qualified for the task.
Bunn does a masterful job to match the haunting howling mood set the previous writers but also makes it his own. The »
- Grant Raycroft
Image Comics has announced that writer Warren Ellis and his Moon Knight creative team of artist Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire are reuniting for the new sci-fi horror series Injection, which will be published by Image Comics.
Set in a dystopian future where the world has been poisoned, the first issue will focus on Maria Kilbride—a scientist working for a large multinational corporation at fault for the damage—who must deal with the messes caused by the company’s experimental research. She is joined in the effort by an investigator, a technician, and an esotericist.
“Injection is very heavily about the sort of things I’ve been discussing in my talks at conferences of late,” states Ellis. “The connections between deep history and the future, between folklore and technology, the ways in which the present moment is haunted by the future as well as the past.”
Injection #1 goes on sale on May 13th. »
- Gary Collinson
Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) along with Benderspink (We're the Millers, Ride Along) continue to make their mark in the ever popular sci-fi, superhero genre. Ucp and Benderspink are developing the comic book Dreadstar into a scripted series with iconic comic artist and creator Jim Starlin ("Guardians of the Galaxy", "Captain Marvel" and the "Infinity Gauntlet" Trilogy) who will serve as executive producer and writer. Ford Gilmore is also signed on to produce. The announcement was made today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development at Ucp, who had this to say in a statement..
"Jim Starlin's cosmic space opera is a great read and it's time for Vanth Dreadstar to make his television debut. Ucp and Benderspink believe this series will galvanize existing Dreadstar comic followers and ignite a new generation of fans especially with Jim at the helm."
Dreadstar is based on the classic character from the Marvel-owned »
Possibly the cheekiest and most life-affirming documentary on the concept of death and dying since Errol Morris’ “Gates of Heaven,” “Tender” is a valentine to the can-do spirit of Australians in general and local governments, known as councils, in particular. Artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth’s nonfiction debut is a compassionate and often gently funny tale of one such council determined to go into the not-for-profit funeral business, only to be challenged by the terminal cancer diagnosis of one of its own. Recent winner of the TV documentary prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema, Television Arts awards, the film is being distributed Stateside by Documentary Educational Resources and will make a fine addition to any cabler’s library.
“We won’t be keeping bodies at the community center,” someone explains helpfully during an informational meeting of the council in Port Kembla, the seaside industrial town in the Illawarra region of New South Wales. »
- Eddie Cockrell
Written and directed by Amy Berg
Growing up not too far from Colorado City in a small town in Southern Utah, polygamists (members of the Fundamentalists of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) were not an out of the ordinary sight. You’d find them occasionally in town wearing with the women wearing the pioneer dresses and the boys dressed in their Sunday best, each person wearing the signature polygamist hairstyle of a poof and a braid. There was always this “otherness” quality about them though, when you’d see one you’d ask friends if they had seen them too. It was only as we grew older that we would learn about the horror of the church and how evil of a person Warren Jeffs was. Plenty of people do crazy things when they think God is on their side, but Jeffs »
- Dylan Griffin
In her devastating 2006 documentary “Deliver Us From Evil” and last year’s controversial Hollywood expose “An Open Secret,” director Amy Berg brilliantly uncovered the face of sexual deviance in corridors of power. She does it again to deeply disturbing effect in “Prophet’s Prey,” a gripping, authoritative account of the myriad abuses of Warren Jeffs, the currently incarcerated leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Berg’s interviews with past members of the polygamy-practicing Mormon denomination make for damning testimony, but the lasting power of “Prey” is its grim insight into the mentality of the deceived, and its despairing recognition that spiritual and psychological bondage doesn’t end simply by putting a monster behind bars.
Premiered at Sundance in advance of its Showtime airdate, Berg’s film didn’t kick up quite the same fuss as Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear,” the festival’s other incendiary »
- Justin Chang
Celebrating screen craft excellence in Australia, 22 awards were presented, recognising the work of screen practitioners working in television, documentary, short fiction film, short animation and feature film.
The Luncheon was hosted by writer/actor/producer/director Adam Zwar, who was also joined throughout the event by a list of distinguished presenters. including Aacta President Geoffrey Rush, David Stratton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Alexandra Schepisi, Charlotte Best and Diana Glenn.
In the feature film category, Predestination took home the most Awards; with Ben Nott Acs taking out the prize for Best Cinematography, Matt Villa Ase winning the award for Best Editing, and Matthew Putland scooping Best Production Design.
- Emily Blatchford
In the latest edition of Comics to Read Before You Die, Jessie Robertson looks at The Authority Vol. 1…
Complete Bad-assery. Obviously that is not a word, nor a phrase heard anywhere but after re-reading this book, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. My advice, though, when it comes to this: read it twice through without making opinions about it. The first time I read The Authority, I soaked it in at face value; terrorist villain, super-powered characters that can affect things on a large scale, other worldly espionage, science fiction and occult all wrapped into one confounding team-up book. It was all too familiar but with a handful of characters and worlds I was very unfamiliar with. It struck the notion of the latest batch of characters who are on souped up power levels to give them the weight of famous characters already created. »
- Jessie Robertson
It’s a wonderful time to be a TV-binging comic book fan. In fact, if you were a little tactical about your viewing habits (and not too fussy in your Marvel/DC preference), we’re approaching a state where you could probably fill an ‘all the soap operas’ shaped hole in your schedule every day with the stuff of capes, cowls and crime-fighting.
Of course, we already have Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, The Walking Dead and – for now – Constantine gracing our schedules. Of those, Arrow, The Flash and The Walking Dead have already been picked up for further seasons, as well. With the exception of Constantine, we wouldn’t be too surprised to hear the rest renewed too.
The fun doesn’t stop there. »
Here's the complete list of winners of the 8th annual Cinema Eye Honors:
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Directed by Laura Poitras
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Outstanding Achievement in Production
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (tie)
20,000 Days on Earth
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Films Made for Television
The Price of Gold
Directed by Nanette Burstein
Produced by Libby Geist
Audience Choice Prize
Directed by Alan Hicks
Outstanding Achievement in a »
“Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’ documentary about Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, won four awards at the Cinema Eye Honors in New York City on Wednesday, reinforcing its position as the dominant non-fiction film of 2014.
The film swept the top categories, winning Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking as well as Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Editing and Production.
It became the second film in Cinema Eye history to win four awards, after “Waltz With Bashir,” and the second to win best feature and best director after Steve James’ “The Interrupters.”
Also read: Edward Snowden Doc Director on Taking ‘Staggering’ Risks, Angering Powerful People
In December, »
- Steve Pond
Comics can touch our lives in interesting ways. A college kid has an epiphany: the rapper he’s listening to while reading The Fantastic Four just made a Doctor Doom reference. Or maybe a young adult comes to terms with a previous attempt at ending their own life – through a comic’s creator coming to terms with the same thing in the pages of her art. Two middle aged people get a second shot at love, realizing they both adore Gaiman’s Sandman. Occasionally more than just words and pictures on a page, comics can be the tendrils between us.
Warren Ellis’ long running web-comic Freakangels holds a special place in my heart. But before I get to that, let me explain why Freakangels deserves to be reread years after its conclusion.
Ellis is one of comics’ most infamous figures; he’s an imposing, bearded, gloomy looking guy with rings »
- Dan Black
12 items from 2015
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