October 2008

Wolves at the Gate

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2008

in Comics

  • Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight – “Wolves at the Gate”
  • Comic Vine: link

Drew Goddard picks up the reigns for a four-part storyline, out today in trade paperback, which returns a villain from Season Five (no, not Glory) and a few other surprises as well including Buffy’s night of passion being interrupted by, well, everyone and an oversized street fight between giant Dawn and Mecha-Dawn on the streets of Tokyo.  Throw in great one-liners and more serious heartbreak for Xander and you’ve got a winner.  This is by far the funniest, and the finest, story arc from Season 8 yet!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #12-15

“Oh, hi Buffy.  Hi nude Asian girl….How much Dramamine did I take?”

Drew Goddard takes over the reigns here to bring us a tale packed with humor in an issue you don’t want to miss.  Goddard penned a few episodes of Angel Season Five (most notably “Lineage” and “The Girl in Question”).  As he did in those episodes he takes on some serious issues, but brings plenty of funny, too!

The issue begins with a cute awkward conversation between Xander and Renee and the invasion of Slayer central by wolves.  The tone of Xander is perfect here especially when Renee tells him simply to take her out and her asks “You want me to assassinate you?”  Classic Xander.

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Graphic Novel Goodness

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2008

in Comics

Hey folks, you’ll find the latest comic releases in our Comic Rack, but if you’re just looking to pick up some graphic novels look no further than inside where you’ll find BtVS Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate, Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus, Frankenstein, Ghost Omnibus Vol. 1, Green Lantern: In Brightest Day, Hulk: Heart of the Atom, Mighty Avengers Vol. 2: Venom Bomb, Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite, X-Men: Longshot, and much more!

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 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, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Archie, and Image Comics.

This week includes Chuck, Justice League of America, Madame Xanadu, Proof, Red Sonja, Solomon Kane, Spawn, Superman, Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves, The Sword, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, the final issues of Checkmate and Spike: After the Fall, and the first issues of Amazing Spider-Man Annual, Battlefields: Night Witches, Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch, Marvel Spotlight: Ultimatum, Mirror’s Edge, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle – Dark Rising, and Zen Intergalactic Ninja. That and much, much more inside.

Enjoy issue #93

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Chaplin

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2008

in Home Video

  • Title: Chaplin
  • IMDB: link

“What do we do now Charlie?”
“Smile.”

It is impossible to discuss Chaplin without first mentioning the singular performance by Robert Downey Jr. There are many biopics where the star does a passable job and others where movie magic truly happens and the actor, to an almost eerie extent (think Jim Carey in Man on the Moon, only better), embodies the subject on film.

Downey may have failed to take home the Oscar (Anthony Hopkins, also in this film, spirited it away for his performance as a cannibal), but there is nothing here to be ashamed of.  From the recreation of Chaplin’s famous scenes to the more intimate moments far from the cinema, Downey gives us a Chaplin that lives and breathes, and a magic that makes us want to go out and buy all of the Tramp‘s films.

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This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • IMDB: link

Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks star in Kevin Smith‘s latest about a pair of longtime friends in need of money who decide to make an adult film together.  Traci Lords, Katie Morgan, Jennifer Schwalbach Smith, Jeff Anderson, and Jason Mewes also star.  Originally branded NC-17 for language the film won it’s appeal (take that MPAA!) and will be released with an R-rating.  Check out the official site.  We’ve seen it and we’ll have the review when View Askew returns to theaters on Friday.