October 2007

Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys?

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2007

in Uncategorized

From time to time we give you the heads up on some serious nerd merchandise.  Was Dick Grayson, the former Boy Wonder, ever this cool?  From DC Direct comes this new 1:6 scale Nightwing Deluxe Collector Action Figure. “This deluxe collector figure comes clothed in an authentically detailed fabric costume and includes two escrima sticks and a display stand” and comes with an alternative mask.  The figure is currently available at comic shops for the low price (heh) of $69.99,  Check out more pics in the Full Diagnosis.

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Full Metal Panic!

by Sarah on October 31, 2007

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I am a member of several different anime and manga fan forums, and someone suggested I take a look at Full Metal Panic!  Full Metal Panic!  is a twenty-four episode series that has two sequels: Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.

Editor’s note: A big RF welcome to Sarah and the first of what will be many looks into the strange world of anime.

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I am a member of several different anime and manga fan forums, and someone suggested I take a look at Full Metal Panic!  Full Metal Panic!  is a twenty-four episode series that has two sequels: Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu and Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid.

The story starts out with Second Lieutenant Melissa Mao, Sergeant Kurz Weber and Sergeant Sousuke Sagara are given a mission to protect one of the Whispered.  Without any other knowledge of the mission, they are sent off to Jindai High School where Sousuke is to blend with the students.  Sousuke, a mysterious military teen, becomes somewhat of an open book as the episodes slowly dip into his past.  Sousuke, as a hardcore mercenary, has a hard time adjusting to the high school territory, which makes it hard for him to blend.

In the mission at hand, they are to protect the Whispered, Kaname Chidori.  Kaname is an orphaned high school student who has special knowledge that causes her to get into trouble.

In the series the main antagonist is Gauron, he seeks the Black Technology that Kaname inherently posses.  Sousuke is the only one who can stop Gauron, but only with the help of Kaname’s Whispered knowledge.

Quick character analysis:

Sergeant Sousuke Sagara: also known as Urzu 7 in battle.  Sousuke, now approximately seventeen years old, got his start in the military as an eight-year-old guerilla.  He then joined with Mithril about two years prior to meeting Kaname Chidori.  Sousuke is squad mate to Sergeant Kurz Weber and their squad leader is Second Lieutenant Melissa Mao.

Kaname Chidori: One of the Whispered.  Before Sousuke and Mithril came along Kaname was a normal high school student.  Now she is burdened with military involvement.  Her Whispered abilities are in advanced mathematics and science.  She often helps Sousuke in battle so he can better understand the Lambda Driver in his Arm Slave.

Second Lieutenant Melissa Mao: Urzu 2.  She is the squad leader to Sousuke and Kurz.  She is approximately 25 years old.  Melissa Mao accepted Sousuke and Kurz into her Special Response Team after seeing spectacular marksmanship from Kurz and a particular battle between Sousuke and an Rk-92 Savage.

Sergeant Kurz Weber: Urzu 6.  Sousuke and Melissa Mao’s squad mate, he is an exceptional marksmen, and usually is seen fighting from long distances with a sniper rifle.  Kurz is a big flirt who hits on all the women, including his Captain Teletha Testarossa.

Captain Teletha Testarossa: also known as Tessa.  She is also a Whispered.  Her and Kaname become friends after Kaname aids Sousuke and a battle with Behemoth.  Tessa is in love with Sousuke, which creates a love triangle between Sousuke, Kaname and Tessa.

Personally, I believe this series is one to look into.  I enjoyed every single episode.  If you are into the action animes mixed with love stories then this is your anime.  But keep in mind that it is the stereotypical anime where the boys are all lechers [no matter what].  Also another thing to remember is that when the protagonist is in battle they cannot fight their hardest unless they are saying a woman and they use their most powerful weapon in the nick of time to save the day.

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Comic Movie News

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

Two more of DC heroes seem set to get their own films.  Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights, Fred Claus) has confirmed he has signed to direct The Flash which will be a spin-off of the Justice League of America film we told you about last week and will center around Wally West and not (sigh) Barry Allen.  Also of note, the emerald warrior will be getting his own film as well.  Current Hollywood hub-bub puts writer/producer/director Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Brothers & Sisters) in charge of Green Lantern (a project many times killed off in development in the past).  No word yet which Lantern the film will center on (it better NOT be Kyle Rayner!).  You’ll know more when we do!

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Two more of DC heroes seem set to get their own films.  Director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights, Fred Claus) has confirmed he has signed to direct The Flash which will be a spin-off of the Justice League of America film we told you about last week and will center around Wally West and not (sigh) Barry Allen.  Also of note, the emerald warrior will be getting his own film as well.  Current Hollywood hub-bub puts writer/producer/director Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Brothers & Sisters) in charge of Green Lantern (a project many times killed off in development in the past).  No word yet which Lantern the film will center on (it better NOT be Kyle Rayner!).  You’ll know more when we do!

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2007

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at the feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, and Image Comics.

This week includes American Virgin, Batman, Emily the Strange, Hellboy: Darkness Calls, Iron Man, Justice Society of America, New X-Men, Savage Dragon, Sub-Mariner, and the first issues of Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood and Special Forces.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including 30 Days of Night: Complete Trilogy, Accelerate, The Creeper: Welcome to Creepville, Essential Werewolf by Night Vol. 2, The Flash: Wonderland, Wolverine: Evolution (Premiere) and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #45

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Veronica Mars Goes to College

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2007

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Veronica Mars – The Complete Third Season
  • tv.com: link

“After all these years do you not instinctively fear me?  Maybe you should write yourself a note.”

veronica-mars-dvd-season-3Okay, I’ve been a fan and supporter of this show since the beginning (read the Season One DVD review, and the Season Two DVD review).  And I’m still a bit bummed that this is the end of everyone’s favorite tiny blonde teen detective.  Veronica Mars provided many memorable moments throughout her three years on television.  She portrayed a fierce vulnerability and one of the strongest and most complex women’s characters in recent memory (but hey, Survivor got renewed.  Joy).  You are missed, Ms. Mars, but enough of the maudlin, here’s Season Three…

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DVD Look Forward

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2007

in Home Video/DVD News 

There’s a great little off-beat indie love story playing in theaters now, Lars and the Real Girl (read that review), but if you are more of a DVD person I’ve got a dandy little film from earlier in the year for you featuring pies, love, pregnancy, pies, and a wonderful dark sense of humor.  Waitress starring Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion is a scrumptous treat worthy of savoring each and every bite (read the full review).  Adrienne Shelly‘s final film (watch Russell’s interview discussing Shelly here) will be released on DVD on November 27th!  Why don’t you order a slice of goodness for yourself now to beat the holiday rush!  For fans of the lovely Miss Russell, I’ve left you some love in the Full Diagnosis.

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RF DVD

by Ian T. McFarland on October 30, 2007

in Home Video/DVD News 

Just in time for Halloween, it’s the best 110 episodes of television about a vampire ever.  No, watching the Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns is Dracula 110 times doesn’t count.  Sorry, G.

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Spider-Man 3: So there’s no way that Sam Raimi was going to deliver a film that could live up to the love for Spider-Man 2, but fans of the series everywhere were still disappointed by this trilogy-capper.  Plenty of it works – like Thomas Haden Church‘s Sandman baddie and the fights (I’m thinking of Peter and Harry’s night-time confrontation near the beginning of the film;) but in contrast to what this film could have been, enough things don’t work – like Venom and the pacing of the film – to let down a lot of us fanboys.  But hey, it’s the top grosser of the year, and it’s sure to rake in plenty more of Andrew Jacksons, Alexander Hamiltons and the boys in video sales.  Reviews?  MineAlan’s!

Day Watch: Don’t confuse a mention of this Russian vampire flick as a recommendation from yours truly.  Although Alan could appreciate it, I was utterly let down by this sequel to a kick-ass remix of The Matrix and Underworld.  Part two, despite some nice visual candy, is a muddled mess of a story that feels like it was completely scripted inside of a few hours.  Dusk Watch is on the way, but I won’t be half as crazy-excited for it as I was for Day Watch.

License to Wed: I’m not even going with to try with this one – any more, writing something bad about a Robin Williams movie is like taking candy from a retarded baby.  Besides, December already summarized it for you guyzos.

Talk To Me: Finishing this trio of disappointing films on DVD today is a Petey Greene biopic.  Disappointing might be a bit over-stated (Alan did, after all, give it four out of five umm . . . razorblades?), but it’s how I felt in a third act that was preceded by an entertaining and intelligent hour and a half.  You can always count on Don Cheadle to deliver as he does here, but we’ve also got some good turns from Chiwetel Ejiofor and Cedric the Entertainer.  For the most part, it’s a pleasant way to waste two hours; but you could do better.

Scrubs – The Complete Sixth Season: Maybe it’s just because I was force fed repeats of this quirky sitcom on Comedy Central ad nauseam last year, but however it happened I went from adoring this show being sick of it over the course of a few months.  It’s charming enough, but I’m tired of the pretentiousness of the writing and the fact that every episode is a clone of another one.  And to finish this angry rant, I’d like to wave my walking cane as I inform you kids to get off my lawn.

WHOA – IT’S A TELEVISION COMPLETE SERIES PARTY!!
That’s right, you crazy cats and diggity dogs, there are a whopping three television shows being released to DVD in their completeness today.  First up is My So-Called Life, a show I know next to nothing about, although I have on multiple occasions been told that I am the spitting image of Brian Krackow.  There’s also Twin Peaks, a show that I need to see so badly, I am literally going to add it to my Netflix queue as soon as I am done writing this clause . . . done!  But the one series that I am actually recommending is Angel.  I was always more partial to the Buffy side of the Whedonverse; but Angel had a lot of success in taking a world dominated by pop culture references and turning it into a pulpy but satisfying serious serial.  The 110 episodes will run you $100 . . . not too shabby, huh?

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This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

A recently widowed science fiction writer (John Cusack) adopts a boy (Bobby Coleman) who believes he is from Mars.  RF fav Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Richard Schiff, Sophie Okonedo, and (of course) Joan Cusack also star.  Check out the official site.  We’ve seen it and we’ll have the review for you when the film opens in theaters everywhere on Friday.  Larger trailer available in the Full Diagnosis.

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This Week in Animated Film

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

While staying with a florist (Renee Zellweger) Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) decides to sue all of humankind after he learns that people eat honey.  Other actors lending their voices to the project include Matthew Broderick, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Barry Levinson, Larry King, Sting, Larry Miller, and Oprah Winfrey.  Check out the official site.  The film buzzes into theaters everywhere on Friday.  Larger trailer, along with a pre-animated trailer, available in the Full Diagnosis.

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This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

The latest from director Sidney Lumet (The Verdict, Death Trap) follows two brothers (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke) who attempt to rob their parents’ jewelry store, with disasterous results.  Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Rosemary Harris, Aleksa Palladino, and Amy Ryan also star.  Check out the official site.  The film breaks into limited release in select cities on Friday.  Larger trailer available in the Full Diagnosis.

Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
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