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March 2008

Celebrity Poker Showdown

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2008

in Uncategorized

More gamblin’ fun for ya!  Here are some clips from Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown featuring celebs taking their lumps at the table.  This first clip involves Desperate Housewives’ Jesse Metcalfe taking money from Heather Graham and Andrea Parker.  More celebrity poker fun can be found inside the Full Diagnosis.

Celebrity Poker Showdown
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Andrea Parker and Heather Graham lose money to Jesse Metcalfe

 

Ryan Stiles winning a couple hands

 

A Full House doesn’t beat 4 of a Kind?

 

Heads-Up Maura Tierney and Lauren Graham

Iron Man Video Game News

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2008

in Uncategorized

Those of you with SpikeTV can check out the latest episode of Game Trailers TV early Saturday morning 1:00/12:00 am.  The episode will take an “in-depth look” at the new Iron Man game inspired by this summer’s film plus a look at the new Incredible Hulk video game as well.  Check out this short commercial for clips of each (larger version available in the Full Diagnosis).

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D.C. Cab

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2008

in Home Video

  • Title: D.C. Cab
  • IMDB: link

2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of that cinematic gem D.C. Cab.  To celebrate this milestone we take a look back at the film which gave us the following philosophy:

“Don’t let your dick run your life.”

“You have faith in God.  You have faith in your country.  You do not have faith in The Eight Stooges!”

“Why are women so uptight?  They’ve got half the money and all the pussy.”

After the death of his father, young Albert Hockenberry (Adam Baldwin) moves to Washington D.C. to stay with his dad’s Vietnam buddy (Max Gail) who owns his own cab company.

Albert decides he likes the life, despite the odd characters (Mr. T, Gary Busey, Bill Maher, Marsha Warfield, the Barbarian Brothers, Charlie Barnett, Paul Rodriguez) who work there, and decides he wants to be a cab driver.  Things get complicated when Albert falls in love with a girl he can’t have (Jill Schoelen) and a kidnapping he gets mixed-up in, but everything works out fine in the end.

Let’s get this straight.  D.C. Cab is not a good movie by any rational standard.  It is however an immensely enjoyable trainwreck.  Where else are you going to find a movie where Gary Busey fits in so naturally?  Or where Mr. T pimps out a taxi-cab?  The inmates have control of the asylum from the get-go here, and turns out they know how to have a pretty good time.

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RazorFine Presents – The Defenders

by Alan Rapp on March 26, 2008

in Comics

Welcome to yet another issue of RazorFine Presents Comic Spotlight as we take a look at comic heroes, villains, and everything in between.  This week, for the first time, we shine the comic spotlight on a group.  You might think we’d spotlight the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, or the Justice League.  Nope, today we examine one of the wackiest teams ever formed – The Defenders.

The Defenders

Name: The Defenders

Members: The Silver Surfer, the Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Namor the Sub-Mariner

1st Appearance: Marvel Feature issue #1 (1971)

Final Appearance (original team): Defenders mini-series (2005)

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To discover the key difference between the Defenders and other super-hero groups in the Marvel Universe, you only need to examine the roster.  Although incredibly powerful, this isn’t exactly the foursome you would recruit to create a well functioning team.  If New York is under attack and the Avengers or the Fantastic Four arrive the crowd cheers.  If the Defenders arrive they check their shorts, because their arrival might not mean the situation had improved.  Although the Defenders might save the day, there’s also a good chance they might destroy the city doing so.

Facing a crisis too large to deal with himself, Doctor Strange manipulated both Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Incredible Hulk into aiding him against extradimensional demons.  Strange would later call on the pair as well as the Silver Surfer to fight supernatural and extraterrestrial battles too large for others to tackle.

Although the team’s roster went through many changes during the years and included Valkyrie, the Black Knight, Hawkeye, Red Guardian, Nighthawk, Luke Cage, Moon Knight, Beast, Moondragon, Yellowjacket, Daredevil, and Son of Satan (among many others) it’s this core foursome which most people think of when the team is mentioned.

Unlike the Fantastic Four which is presented as a family (dysfunctional as they sometimes are), or the Avengers who are a team of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe, the Defenders were powerful beings who you weren’t really sure you would want on your team, or be able to control.

In original foursome was immensely powerful, as any one of the four was powerful enough to make a valiant attempt to take over the planet Earth.  Two of the members (Hulk and Namor) also were a bit unstable and not exactly always looking out for the little people.  And Strange and Surfer are outsiders with high levels of intelligence and power, but with a different, more abstract and philosophical, view of the world than your average hero or person on the street.  There was no Captain America, no Batman, to ground this team.

The original concept of the team by Roy Thomas was due mainly to the fact that Doctor Strange’s comic was canceled and needed a new place to hang his cape.  Over the years the team fluctuated and other methods were introduced including spells, curses, and more, to bring the originals back together from time to time.  Recent runs, though popular, haven’t been able to stick.  In 2001 Kurt Busiek and Eric Larsen reformed the original team in a twelve-issue maxi-series, and three years later Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire (they guys who did Justice League International) did their own take on the team.  This year Marvel has reformed a new team called The Last Defenders.  Although it includes heroes who served as members in the past, none of the originals is represented.

The Defenders are one of the more interesting teams in Marvel Comics history.  Several of their adventures have been collected in graphic novels and are worth checking out including the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire mini-series Defenders: Indefensible, Avengers/Defenders War, Essential Defenders Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3.

Princess Mononoke

by Sarah on March 26, 2008

in Anime Reviews 

Don’t worry, I had seen Mononoke-hime, also commonly known as Princess Mononoke, back when I got introduced into the anime world, so I am not just watching it now.  I also know that it is a little over played on the review home front, and most everyone has seen this masterpiece, but I thought it would go nicely with the Spirited Away review I have planned for next week. 

Mononoke-hime
4 & 1/2 Stars

Don’t worry, I had seen Mononoke-hime, also commonly known as Princess Mononoke, back when I got introduced into the anime world, so I am not just watching it now.  I also know that it is a little over played on the review home front, and most everyone has seen this masterpiece, but I thought it would go nicely with the Spirited Away review I have planned for next week.  Another film by the same director, Hayao Miyazaki, is Howl’s Moving Castle.  Jeff, a fellow anime buff who used to do reviews along side me, reviewed it back in mid-January, but he didn’t enjoy it as much.

I don’t normally do the super popular animes, but let’s face it, Hayao Miyazaki is a genius in the anime world, so I have to cover them sometime.

 

Onto the anime, in this movie you follow the adventure of Ashitaka, the last prince of the Emishi people.  A gigantic rogue boar attacked Ashitaka; he survived the attack but was infected with a curse that would eventually kill him.  The villagers agreed there was nothing they could do for him and banished him in the middle of the night.  Banished with nowhere to go, Ashitaka searches for a cure for the curse on his arm left behind from the rogue boar.  The villagers of Irontown graciously take him in after he rescued a few of their men.

On Ashitaka’s first night in the village, San, the human daughter of the wolf goddess Moro, attacks the village.  She is attempting to assassinate Lady Eboshi, the leader of Irontown, in hopes it will drive the humans away from her home, the Sacred Forest.  San becomes injured and Ashitaka takes her to safety, but not before being injured himself.  From that point on, Ashitaka’s mission is to create peace between the humans and the animals.

A monk by the name of Jigo comes to town to team up with Lady Eboshi to sever the head of the Forest Spirit.  The Forest Spirit, also known as the god of life and death, is what the gods and goddesses of the forest, easily noticed because they are large, are there to protect.  In the end, the animals, even humans, all must work together to save the forest, and the rest of the world itself.

There is a love interest in this, but it isn’t sappy, which makes it okay.  The demons as they say are merely just rogue animals with blood oozing about.  Rather nasty, so hold off on the Ramen if you have a weak stomach, I do.  The Forest Spirit is a little trippy looking if you were expecting something different from a deer body and human-ish face that morphs night and day.  The story rocks, not if ands or buts about it.  Anyone who disagrees obviously has not been able to watch it several times without getting bored.  I don’t know of many animes that I have been able to watch more than twice, without getting bored of the story.  I cannot wait for Spirited Away next week, so check back if you are a fan of Hayao Miyazaki.