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This review contains minor spoilers.
With Injustice 2 just around the corner now, that means DC are bringing back their smash-hit comic book tie-in that expands on the universe of the already smash-hit video game series. What’s even better is that Tom Taylor, the original writer of the series, is returning for the prequel to the sequel. This is a highly-anticipated first issue, then, and thankfully, it manages to live up to the hype.
Injustice 2 #1 follows the events of the first game, where Batman and his allies have brought down Superman’s totalitarian regime. Can Bruce Wayne now trust himself not to be just as corrupted with ultimate power? Meanwhile, with all the Robins gone, Harley Quinn is operating as the Dark Knight’s sidekick. But, while Batman has forgiven Harley’s past crimes, that doesn’t mean everyone has. »
- Christian Bone
Why being honest about AI stifles good storytelling.
Open any newspaper and you’ll find a profusion of articles and op-eds debating the future of artificial intelligence. Elon Musk is terrified of it. So is Jack Ma. Peter Thiel isn’t. The AI mania has even permeated the film world, which (the latest slew of “film is dead” articles warns us) will apparently not escape the automation boom. Of course, our public conversation about AI has long been tied to the cinema. As our own Sinead McCausland has pointed out, films have supplied the popular imagination with images and existential questions about AI since Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. But as AI gradually shifts from the realm of science fiction to that of reality, it’s worth examining the premises film has fed us about the technology, and asking whether they’ll serve us well in the coming decades.
There is a special circle in hell reserved »
- Jake Orthwein
1940 / B&W / 1:85 / Street Date April 25, 2017
Cinematography: Stephen Burum
Film Editor: Barry Malkin
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Rumble Fish, Francis Ford Coppola’s Young Adult tone poem, unspools in a black and white never-never land of sullen teens, pool tables and pompadours. It may take a moment for the audience to suss out that we’re not in the Eisenhower era with Chuck Berry, Marilyn Monroe and the Cold War but squarely in Reagan’s domain of MTV, Madonna and the Cold War.
Set in a destitute Oklahoma town with the ghost of The Last Picture Show whistling through its empty streets, Matt Dillon plays Rusty, an inveterate gang-banger growing up in the shadow of his older brother played by Mickey Rourke, a reformed juvenile »
- Charlie Largent
Author: Cai Ross
Earth’s future has always proved a playground of possibility for scriptwriters and directors. Artists are rarely content to make do within the confines of what is merely possible. Setting a movie years in the future is a way of letting their minds off the leash, while usually offering an allegorical reflection of the times in which we currently live. As one fictional time-travel expert once said, “The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.”
Snow White & The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is the latest in a long line of visual soothsayers who has made his own fate in the form of Ghost In The Shell, which offers us a metropolitan futureworld full of gymnastic augmented cybernetic agents, colossal 3D advertisements and the increasingly regular sight of Juliette Binoche in a lab-coat.
Like many futuristic sci-fi movies, Ghost In The Shell »
- Cai Ross
Mike Cecchini Mar 27, 2017
There's so much DC superhero stuff hidden in the new Justice League movie trailer that we broke it all down for you.
Well, it sure took them long enough, didn't it? We've been waiting since last July for an 'official' trailer for Zack Snyder's Justice League movie. At San Diego Comic Con 2016, Warner Bros. unveiled a reel of footage, but it wasn't what they were officially calling a trailer. But this one is something different, and it reveals lots more about what's actually happening in the movie than that initial footage.
So the first thing you should do before I start overanalyzing every piece of this thing, is you should watch the trailer yourself if you haven't seen it yet.
Here it is...
The biggest thing to note here is that they're still aggressively pushing a very different tone (if not look) from Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. »
Broadway’s delightful — but wickedly accurate — satire of big business was brought to movie screens almost intact, with the story, the stars, the styles and dances kept as they were in the long-running show that won a Pulitzer Prize. This is the place to see Robert Morse and Michele Lee at their best — it’s one of the best, and least appreciated movie musicals of the 1960s.
1967 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95
Starring: Robert Morse, Michele Lee, Rudy Vallee, Anthony Teague, Maureen Arthur, Sammy Smith, Robert Q. Lewis, Carol Worthington, Kathryn Reynolds, Ruth Kobart, George Fennemann, Tucker Smith, David Swift.
Cinematography: Burnett Guffey
Original Music: Nelson Riddle
Art Direction: Robert Boyle
Visual Gags: Virgil Partch
- Glenn Erickson
Well, just as I predicted, in last night's Supergirl episode we find out that Supergirl is already pregnant thanks to Mon-El, and that Superbabies are indeed on the way! Or at least that would have been a much better story than what we got. Instead, this episode was split between two different stories and one of them was as predictable as rain in April.
The first storyline in Supergirl involves poor Winn and his new alien girlfriend Lyra, as she has been playing him the entire time (shocker) and used him to break into a museum to steal the Van Gogh Starry Night painting. Apparently, she has the same, and only, superpower that Mr. Terrific has in the comics and is invisible to technology. In fact, Batman used him to bring down his own creation; Brother Eye.
Winn, having not had much luck with women, even super-hot alien women, decides »
- Drew Carlton
The title of Alex Garland’s 2015 thoughtful psychological thriller Ex Machina derives its name from the ancient Greek phrase deus ex machina, meaning ‘god from the machine.’ By omitting the deus from the film’s title, it’s clear Garland wants his audience to question both the roles of God and man. There’s the godly referencing and positioning of Oscar Isaacs’s secluded genius, Nathan, the creator of Ava, a robot with consciousness played by Alicia Vikander. And Ava’s emotional existence itself goes against the idea of the natural in God, since she is a manmade creation. Meanwhile, the natural world of Ex Machina — the trees that blend Nathan’s perfectly rectangular home into the forest — acts as a direct juxtaposition to the technological imagery that fills the rest of the film.
- Sinéad McCausland
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. And if you're into box office and how movies might do, come play some of the box office games at EZ1 Productions including their new Pick 5 game!
This Past Weekend:
As expected, Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island won the weekend, and honestly, the Weekend Warrior’s original prediction of $61.6 million was pretty darn close to the movie’s opening weekend which ended up at $61 million. (Unfortunately, I chickened out on Thursday because my prediction was so much higher than all others and lowered it to $58 million, which was Still closer to than every other prediction last weekend.) Also, as expected (at least by me), Hugh Jackman’s Logan took a 2nd weekend tumble as has been the case with most X-Men movies, »
- Edward Douglas
Carley Tauchert Mar 15, 2017
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman was silly, joyful fun. We take a fond look back at the 1990s series...
A flash of red cape, the S sitting proudly on the chest, the warrior of Truth, Justice and the American Way, Superman has always been the most recognisable and iconic of all the superheroes. After many changes on-screen over the years from the All-American hero in the 1978 movie to the recent darker and moodier version, you'd be hard pressed to go anywhere on the planet and find somebody who had never heard of the Man of Steel.
The character has had many faces and been in many decades and settings, but one of the best that deserves a bit more love and a lot more praise is that of »
“Baby Driver” premiered at South by Southwest last night, and early word on Edgar Wright’s latest is highly positive. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn calls the “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” director’s fifth film “a wildly successful romantic heist comedy, propelled from scene to scene with a lively soundtrack that elevates its slick chase scenes into a realm of musicality that develops its own satisfying beat.”
Kohn isn’t the only one to draw attention to the film’s soundtrack, which includes offerings from the likes of Randy Newman, the Beach Boys, Beck, Queen and Simon & Garfunkel (from whose song “Baby Driver” takes its name). The film doesn’t open in theaters until August 11, but this Spotify playlist will give you an idea of what to expect from the Ost. »
- Michael Nordine
Like every Edgar Wright movie since “Shaun of the Dead,” the director’s fifth feature, “Baby Driver,” takes a ludicrous concept and turns it into a brilliant exercise in high style and a rush of big ideas. The director’s most ambitious work to date is a wildly successful romantic heist comedy, propelled from scene to scene with a lively soundtrack that elevates its slick chase scenes into a realm that develops its own satisfying beat.
If Busby Berkeley made “Grand Theft Auto,” it might look something like this exuberant comic caper, in which young getaway driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) speeds through highways and back alleys seemingly impervious to police advances so long as he has a smooth beat to guide his maneuvers. Operating under the employ of robbery maestro Doc (a stern Kevin Spacey), Baby quietly works off a debt to his boss by hauling two-bit criminals out of harm’s way, »
- Eric Kohn
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There’s no denying that Deadpool is currently one of Marvel’s hottest commodities. With a highly successful movie under the Merc with a Mouth’s belt and a sequel in the works, it only makes sense that the House of Ideas have the popular anti-hero headline more than just one comic book.
When issue #28 arrives, writer Gerry Duggan and artist Salva Espin will be the ones to kickoff the “’Til Death Do Us…” six-issue crossover also set to involve Spider-Man/Deadpool and Deadpool & the Mercs for Money.
It’s inevitable that most of us settle down and tie the knot at some point, but it’s not every day that someone exchanges vows with a demon succubus. Well, Wade Wilson isn’t the average person, so seeing him go through with something such as that doesn’t surprise us too much. »
- Eric Joseph
Here’s your first look at Deadpool #28, the first chapter of ‘Til Death Do Us… Writer Gerry Duggan continues his sweeping Deadpool saga alongside artist Salva Espin for the first chapter in a blistering 6-issue crossover with Spider-Man/Deadpool and Deadpool & the Mercs for Money.
There’s something amiss with Deadpool’s marital bliss! And a domestic dispute as unpredictable as Deadpool himself could spell grave consequences for the entire world!
Some couples hit a rough patch from time-to-time – but only Deadpool & Shiklah’s include a full scale monster invasion of Manhattan! With Spider-Man and the Mercs for Money along for the ride! Deadpool’s whirlwind romance with Shiklah was one of the most exciting times of his life. But that was then and this is now. The honeymoon is over, and reality has set in. Shiklah is a demon succubus and Queen of a monster kingdom hidden deep below Manhattan. »
- Kat Wheat
Marvel has released an unlettered first-look preview of next month’s Deadpool #28, which kicks off the ‘Til Death Do Us…’ story arc as the Merc with a Mouth’s marriage to Shiklah hits the rocks; take a look here…
Some couples hit a rough patch from time-to-time – but only Deadpool & Shiklah’s include a full scale monster invasion of Manhattan! With Spider-Man and the Mercs for Money along for the ride! Deadpool’s whirlwind romance with Shiklah was one of the most exciting times of his life. But that was then and this is now. The honeymoon is over, and reality has set in. Shiklah is a demon succubus and Queen of a monster kingdom hidden deep below Manhattan. And problems between her and Wade continue to pile up.
Now, when an affront to Shiklah’s people demands justice, a line will be crossed. As Monster Metropolis declares war on the surface world, »
- Gary Collinson
This past Saturday I participated in the Women’s March in NYC. While I marched with a group of burlesque performers and friends, other columnists here at ComicMix participated including Molly Jackson and Martha Thomases. It was an important moment of demonstration for the first days of the new administration here, and I’m glad I participated. For all of those reading who want to do something and were unable to attend I can assure you there will be plenty more opportunities to come.
Meanwhile, in my free time I’ve been reading some of the DC Comics Elseworlds. For those of you unfamiliar, these were stories that took place outside of DC Comics continuity that often involve alternate histories of what could have been. As you can imagine, that premise is really intriguing to me lately.
I’ve read four Elseworlds in the past couple of weeks, all of which were ones starring Superman. »
- Joe Corallo
Based on the classic manga by Osamu Tezuka, itself inspired by the homonymous, 1927 German silent film by Fritz Lang, and featuring a script by the anime legend Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), direction by Tezuka’s collaborator, Rintaro (Astro Boy), and animation by Madhouse, “Metropolis” had all the tools for becoming a masterpiece. In that fashion, it succeeded to the fullest, taking advantage of its huge budget ($15 million) in the best way possible.
Metropolis is an industrial, tri-level city, where robots and humans co-exist, although the former are discriminated (they cannot even have a human name, resorting in codes to name themselves) and segregated to the lower levels. Duke Red is a paramilitary leader with ties to the government and a plan to create the most perfect robot of all, in the image of his deceased daughter, Tima. Furthermore, he has just erected a massive skyscraper called the Ziggurat, which he claims »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Jim Knipfel Jan 17, 2017
In an interview with Peter Bogdanovich shortly before his death in 1976, Fritz Lang said of Metropolis, “You cannot make a social-conscious picture in which you say that the intermediary between the hand and the brain is the heart. I mean, that's a fairy tale – definitely. But I was very interested in machines. Anyway, I didn't like the picture – thought it was silly and stupid – then, when I saw the astronauts: what else are they but part of a machine? It's very hard to talk about pictures - should I say now that I like Metropolis because something I have seen in my imagination comes true, when I detested it after it was finished?”
Lang wasn’t »
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