August 2008

Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on August 27, 2008

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 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, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, Devil’s Due Publishing,  Archie, and Image Comics.

This week includes Army of Darkness, DMZ, Justice Society of America, Star Wars: Rebellion, Wildcats, X-Men: Legacy, the first issues of Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, Guerillas, Marvel: Your Universe Saga, newuniversal: Conquerer, and the final issues of Catwoman, Project Superpowers, The Secret History of The Authority: Jack Hawksmoor, and Star Trek: Year Four – The Enterprise Experiment.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including America’s Best Comic Primer, The Astounding Wolf-Man Vol. 1, Daredevil by Brain Michael Bendis Omnibus Vol. 1, Metal Men, Roy Rogers Archives, She-Hulk Vol. 6: Jaded, Suicide Squad: From the Ashes, and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #85

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DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2008

in Home Video

  • Title: DC Super Heroes: The Filmation Adventures
  • IMDB: link

This two-disc set collects 18 cartoons made by Filmation during the late 1960’s and features some of the heroes of DC Comics.  Those familiar with the heroes, and with some affection to them already, should have a good time here as the cartoons give them the respect they deserve.  Though they could have used some better (and more varied) stories – and villains.  Not one of the classic DC baddies, from any of the characters’ rogues galleries, makes an appearance!

These short episodes were mainly used as filler between the big episodes on The Superman Aquaman Hour of Adventure.  There’s only so much you can accomplish in eight minutes, so don’t expect much character development.

Each of the heroes’ episodes have their own intros which, like the show, are narrated by Ted Knight.  More than the actual stories themselves these intros are what really stick out on the collection.

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This Week in Foreign Film

by Alan Rapp on August 25, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Ballet Shoes
  • IMDB: link

Emma Watson, Yasmin Paige, and Lucy Boynton star as orphans in London during the 1930’s who are adopted by a mostly absent eccentric explorer (Richard Griffiths) and find themselves raised in the theater where they learn to sing and dance.  Emilia Fox, Victoria Wood, Marc Warren, and Gemma Jones also star.  The film, adapted from the Noel Streatfeild novel and originally shot for BBC, is getting a small American theatrical run in select cities (check here to see if your city is on the list) beginning on Tuesday.  Check out the official site.

The House Bunny

by Alan Rapp on August 22, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: The House Bunny
  • IMDB: link

“But I’m 27.”
“That’s 59 in Bunny years.”

The day after her 27th birthday Shelly (Anna Faris) is thrown out of her comfy lifestyle in the Playboy Mansion.  Her initial forays into the real world aren’t too successful, and an unlikely misunderstanding with a cop (Dan Patrick) even lands her in jail for a night.

Her luck changes with the discovery of an entire street of mini-Playboy Mansions and a new calling as a House Mother for the lamest sorority on campus, the one full of the kind of misfits you only find in movies like this and Sydney White (read the DVD review) and is constantly facing probation, expulsion, or both.  From here you can guess what happens next.

Shelly uses her gifts to turn all the other girls (Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Katherine McPhee, Dana Goodman, Rumer Willis, Kiely Williams) into hotties, fights off the mean sorority girls across the street (Sarah Wright, Rachel Specter), learns an important lesson about herself, and saves the Zeta’s house in a last-minute impassioned plea to the Dean.

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Rock Me Sexy Jesus

by Alan Rapp on August 22, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Hamlet 2
  • IMDB: link

“It was stupid, but it was also theater.”

A rather strange high school teacher puts together a musical sequel to Shaekespeare’s play which involves sex, profanity, a time machine, and Jesus Christ.  Say what you want about the film, and there are many valid criticisms you can make, but this original little gem, even when it goes off-course, is rather enjoyable.

Dana Marschz (Steve Coogan) is a former actor turned high school drama teacher in Tuscon, Arizona (which the movie reminds repeatedly is the worst place on Earth).

Dana’s simple life is complicated when his class of two (Phoebe Strole, Skylar Astin) is increased by other art and computer classes being shutdown, followed by the news that the Drama department is the next to get the axe, leaving Dana unemployed.

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