Silver Linings PlaybookReporting from AFI Fest 2012 Presented by Audi

I hate romantic comedies.  The truth is I despise them!

I don’t think that it’s because I’m a guy or because I’m too much of a cynic to enjoy the genre.  I just think it’s because they’re almost always movies that are dreadfully terrible and oddly anti-feminist.  It’s weird to me that a genre largely aimed at women frequently has a really low opinion of them.  How often do you see rom-coms in which an ambitious woman with a great career is portrayed as an uptight shrew who just needs a free-spirited man to take her to bed and rid her of her aspirations?  It’s really quite offensive.  That a lot of these movies are written by men doesn’t surprise me.  But, when they are written by women, it’s downright stupefying.  O, Meg Ryan, what hath you wrought?

So, I’ll be interested to see how the traditional romantic comedy crowd responds to director David O. Russell’s new film, Silver Linings Playbook.  At heart, Silver Linings is a screwball romantic comedy, but it’s been filtered through the point of view of a real filmmaker with a distinct point of view who has infused it with some genuine moments of drama.


City in the Desert CoverWith the first volume of City in the Desert, author and artist Moro Rogers delivers a charming, debut graphic novel, whose flaws I found easy enough to forgive, considering the whole.  Rogers whisks readers away to the city of Kevala (which, you might have guessed, is in a desert), a bastion of flintlock fantasy civilization in a barren and monster-ridden landscape.  City in the Desert is the tale of Irro, Kevala’s last working monster hunter, and his assistant Hari, who has a tail, earning her no end of spite from most Kevalans besides Irro himself.  The pair make a fine living thinning the monster population surrounding Kevala in these hard times, at least until the Way of the Sacred Peace comes along and offers a permanent solution to the monster problem.


Atomic Robo 4When last we left our nuclear-powered hero, Robo was testing a prototype jet in the South Pacific when he was attacked by a squadron of those bandits the locals refer to as “UFOs.” Our plucky scientist was rescued by none other than those jet-pack wearing beauties, the She-Devils. Welcoming Robo into their home, She-Devil Island, our resourceful heroines looked for a means to return their new robotic companion to the States. The She-Devils were in for a world of a surprise, however, when the UFOs returned at the head of a rogue Japanese navy and sank She-Devil Island! Our mouthless purveyor of bad ideas jumped out of the airship to cover the She-Devils' escape and was captured by the enemy. What unspeakable horrors will the Japanese navy inflict on Robo? Will the She-Devils return in time to save him? Will Robo's plane ever fly again? Tune in to Issue #4 to find out, folks!

'Tank Girl - Carioca:' Hardcover Review


Tank Girl CariocaWicked and wild, Tank Girl - Carioca by co-creators Alan Martin and Mick McMahon (Judge Dredd) holds nothing sacred as it dissects religion, rebellion, the media, and pop culture.  A glorious, new, pre-distressed hardcover from Titan Books, Carioca follows Tank Girl, her kangaroo boyfriend Booga, and her loyal band of misfits as they struggle against institutionalized biases in an attempt to right the wrongs of the world.  


KozmikBe honest.  When you were a kid, did you ever daydream about finding a mysterious superhero suit?  A suit that granted you the powers of flight, speed, strength, and invincibility?  A suit that would lead you on an adventure to save your family, friends, and the whole human race?

I did.  No judgment, please.  My childhood sketchbooks contained page after page of superheroes that I wanted to be, but knew I never could.  That’s exactly why Kozmik was so much fun.  


The StrainI would imagine that adapting an existing story to comic form would be incredibly challenging.  You have to approach the original with both reverence and a critical eye. That balance must be just right, or the entire project can fail spectacularly. Having read the novel by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and the first trade of The Strain, I can say that the adaptation was admirably done.


Lobster Johnson V2I have been a big fan of Lobster Johnson since I first saw him. In fact, I generally won’t shut up about my incredible love for Lobster Johnson. Part of this stems from my enjoyment of Mike Mignola’s sense of humor, but part of my love of the Lobster stems from his pedigree. Lobster Johnson is one part Indiana Jones, one part Batman (admittedly a small part), and one part Dick Tracey. He is as likely to fall into a trap as he is to spring one. He has the best (worst) catchphrase ever: “Feel the Claw!” In fact, nearly everything that he says feels like a line from a 1930s pulp adventure. Seriously, Lobster Johnson is the best.

So, how’s the new trade? Am I capable of delivering an impartial review? What’s with all the questions? Great. Mostly. I have no idea.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Movies


Little Shop of Horros Blu-rayAhh, movies! Is there any greater escape than sitting in a dark room and letting the sweeping imagery, amazing scores, and mind-blowing special effects of a film transport you to a new world, scare your socks off, or take you back in time? As the holiday season approaches, we look at some rereleases of old classics, some new favorites, and two epic collections that are sure to please the cinephile in your life. ~Jason Enright


CW A Test of StrengthAfter two viewings, I'm still not really sure how I feel about this episode, but it's definitely leaning more towards the negative. So, for now, let's focus on the positives of "A Test of Strength," of which there is a major one.

David Tennant. David Tennant. David Tennant!

Blastoff ComicsEisner Award winner Jud Meyers talks with Fanboy Comics' Jason Enright about his new comic boutique, Blastoff Comics, what he's doing differently as a retailer, and why he is excited about bringing a specialty shop to the NoHo Arts District!




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