7 items from 2017
Ryan Lambie Mar 29, 2017
Where there's great popularity, there's sometimes an equal and opposite backlash. Pokemon has occasionally been accused of promoting everything from Satanism to animal cruelty. The book Why Knock Rock, published in 1984, warned of the morally corrosive dangers hidden in the music of Judas Priest, Kiss and Led Zeppelin.
Before all this, there was the moral panic surrounding Dungeons & Dragons. From humble beginnings, the role-playing game quickly became a phenomenon in the 1970s, taking the company behind it - Tactical Studies Rules, founded by Gary Gygax - from a tiny cottage industry to a 600-strong firm by the end of the decade.
Dungeons & Dragons' brilliance lies in its freeform design; with only a few raw materials - dice, counters, a rulebook - the game conjures »
It really isn’t that weird that someone spent $105 million on a “Power Rangers” movie in 2017. What’s weird is that someone spent $105 million on a “Power Rangers” movie in 2017, and then decided that it should open with a gag about a teenage boy inadvertently masturbating a bull.
Yes, we live in an an infantilizing age of blockbuster cinema that sustains itself by selling people overpriced echoes of the songs they sang as kids. Yes, Hollywood is growing desperate for previously established properties it can exhume, refurbish, and sell back to the public as mega-budget franchises with international appeal. And yes, the studios are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel, throwing money at anything that boasts even the faintest glimmer of brand recognition (the next few months alone will see big screen versions of “CHiPS,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and “Baywatch”). But “Power Rangers,” which feels so distant »
- David Ehrlich
“Thru the Time Barrier, 552 years Ahead… Roaring To the Far Reaches of Titanic Terror, Crash-Landing Into the Nightmare Future!” … and as Daffy Duck says, “And it’s good, too!” Allied Artists sends CinemaScope and Technicolor on a far-out timewarp to a place where the men are silly and the women are… very female. Hugh Marlowe stars but the picture belongs to hunky Rod Taylor and leggy Nancy Gates.
World Without End
1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 80 min. / Street Date March 28, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks
Makeup: Emile Lavigne
Art Direction: Dave Milton
Film Editor: Eda Warren
Original Music: Leith Stevens
Produced by Richard V. Heermance
Written and Directed by Edward Bernds
“CinemaScope’s first science-fiction thriller.”
First, huh? What about MGM’s CinemaScope attraction Forbidden Planet, which »
- Glenn Erickson
Ellen Ripley in all her butt-kicking glory is kicking off today's Horror Highlights. Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy collectible will hit stores soon! Also: details on Splathouse podcast's Hobgoblins (1988) discussion, Alamo Drafthouse and Kodak's first-ever Reel Film Day, and release details for Bigfoot the Movie.
Funko's Ellen Ripley Rock Candy Collectible: From Funko: "A Pop! and ReAction just aren't enough - Ellen Ripley will be joining the Rock Candy line soon!
Splathouse Podcast Presents a Hobgoblins Discussion: From Splathouse: "For your consideration: Our four panelists (Sarah, Mike, John, and Jim) are joined by a Twitter friend (@parkerandcooley), an Academy Award nominee (Christopher Walken), a quiet coyote, and Rick Sloane (writer/director of The Visitants and Vice Academy). Can the gang survive the chaos or will they be seduced by the evil, mind-altering Hobgoblins? Find out this week!
Plus! All the regular bullshit you love: What Do Ya Know? »
- Tamika Jones
Yep, yet another fleet of giant alien spaceships has Earth surrounded, but Denis Villeneuve’s movie is not your garden variety invasion fantasy. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a limited time to figure out how to communcate with alien creatures whose intentions are a complete unknown. It’s a rare sci-fi thriller that succeeds on a personal and emotional level — while teaching us how to converse in coffee stain hieroglyphics.
Blu-ray + Digital HD
2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 39.99
Cinematography: Bradford Young
Film Editor: Joe Walker
Production Design: Patrice Vermette
Original Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
A few science fiction entertainments in the last twenty-odd years »
- Glenn Erickson
Your favourite characters from the hit HBO dramas Game of Thrones and True Blood have already been immortalised as Pop! Vinyl figures – and now it’s time for the dedicated staff at Pied Piper to have their moment in the spotlight. Yes, you read that right, Silicon Valley Funko Pops are coming… and I want them All!!
The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated series Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.
Funko and HBO have announced a new line of Silicon Valley Pop! Vinyl Figures, which will begin rolling out in February ahead of the shows season 4 premiere. The series will include some of the most popular characters from the show, each standing 3.75” tall and presented in a window display box as per usual.
The Silicon Valley Pop! Vinyl Series includes:
- Phil Wheat
Purveyors of fine vinyl toys Funko have partnered with Playmobil to make collectible figures in the Playmobil style, but with that Funko pop culture twist… Yes, we finally have Playmobil based on famous TV and movie characters – including Back to the Future, Turtles, Willy Wonka, Dr. Who and the Ghostbusters!
Modelled in the classic Playmobil style these figures stand 6” tall and come with accessories, packed in a blister. The Rrp on the 6″ figures in the UK is £17.99, but you can pre-order them now at Forbidden Planet International for £14.99
Check out images of the first wave in the range below:
- Phil Wheat
7 items from 2017
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