June 2007

We Want to See…

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2007

in Uncategorized

Aaron and I have discussed, and bemoaned, the state of comic adaptations, but there is one series we think might make a good adaptation for television, if it could earn a spot on network like HBO, or possibly Showtime.  The comic?  Planetary.  What?  Never heard of it?  FOR SHAME!  The tale of super-hero archeologists might just make for some must-see-tv (something relatively scarce these days).  Read more in the Full Diagnosis.


The premise, as created by Warren Ellis and John Cassady, involves a organization known as Planetary which acts as “Archeologists of the Impossible.”  The team includes three members and is funded by a myserious Fourth Man.  The current team includes the nearly indistructable super-hot and super-powered Jakita Wagner, the Drummer who can detect, manipulate and tap into information steams, computers, radio waves, and other electronics, and the mysterious Elijah Snow, the newest recruit with the longest history (100 years worth!) and the power of heat subtraction (the ability to affect the temperature around him).

The set-up for each issue is simple.  The team is sent out to invesigate strange phenomena or occurances which can range from a ghost cop in Japan to an island of monsters int the Pacific.  Whatever they expect to find, they usual discover something much more interesting.  This set-up would lend itself well to hour-length serialized television program with three stars and a revolving guest cast and different locales for each episode.

So who do you cast?  Ah, there’s the question.  I’d like Rutger Hauer in the role of the gruff Elijah Snow who knows more about what’s going on then even he realizes.  The Drummer could be filled by any number of actors depending on how crazy or young they would want to cast him (the character is drawn by Cassady to resemble himself).  A unknown might be the best bet.  A young Ethan Hawke-type would work well here.  This just leaves Jakita Wagner, the hardest of the characters to cast.  Eva Longoria has the right look for the part, but is probably too small for the role.  Eliza Dushku might be okay, or, God help me, someone like Jessica Biel would have the althleticism and sex-appeal (and might look good in the one piece spandex suit) but how would she look with black hair?  You could go in a completely different direction and cast an Asian actress such as Ziyi Zhang for the role (intriguing idea, but not my first choice).


In a televison landscape where most of the best programing is now on cable, Planetary could be a break-out scif-fi hit with fans and provide something worth watching on that box of wires and lights we call a television.

Movie News

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

Hitchcock Redux is becoming a genre all its own.  Sony announced that they have greenlit a remake the 1927 silent Alfred Hitchcock thriller about a a man suspected of being a serial killer, The Lodger.  Writer/director David Ondaatje (Waiting for Dr. MacGuffin) will write, direct, and produce a new updated film based off the novel by Marie Belloc.  This marks Ondaatje’s feature film debut as a director, but hey, anybody can do Hitchcock nowadays, right?

The Lodger

The Best Movie Ever?

by Ian T. McFarland on June 27, 2007

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Live Free or Die Hard
  • IMDB: link

live-free-or-die-hard-posterOkay, probably not.  In fact, it’s definitely not the best movie ever, but it’s a summer movie chock-full of over-the-top thrill moments perfect for the season.  It’s a stupid, stupid movie, but don’t let its mindlessness fool you – Die Hard kicks enough ass to make up for it.

It’s the 21st Century, and war ain’t what it used to be.  The armies only comprise of a few dozen hackers and a handful of guys carrying guns, and the good guys only have their information stolen – never their lives.  But Bruce Willis still knows how an stick his boot up a pooper or two, and movie-goers should be thankful for it.  After an often lackluster-ish Spider-Man 3 and the complete failure of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, summer has finally given us a good ol’ fashioned, buffet-of-explosions action flick that we can enjoy for just being a fun waste of time and thinking.

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Comic Movie News

by Alan Rapp on June 27, 2007

in Film News & Trailers

Samuel L. Jackson will appear as Nick Fury in a cameo performance in next year’s Iron Man, which also leads you to wonder if this means Jackson will also star in the proposed Nick Fury feature film.  The Ultimate-line version of Nick Fury was modeled after Jackson, so the casting makes perfect sense, but I just hope this doesn’t mean other Ultimate-line choices will take prescednece over the established Marvel Comics history if and when the much rumored Avengers movie gets made.  Also no word yet on if Jackson has contacted David Hasselhoff for advice on portraying the character.

Iron Man

Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on June 27, 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 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 The Boys, City of Others, Deadman, Invincible, JSA Classified, Silver Surfer: Requiem, The Transfomrers Spotlight: Galvatron, Wonder Woman, and the 200th issue of X-Men.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including Annihilation Book 3, Hellgate: London, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ Stardust, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 2, and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #27

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