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Listen up, my little dots and dashes, because Morse Code Day is today, April 27th, and was created to commemorate the birthday of painter and co-inventor of the Morse Code, Samuel Morse. Yeah, I bet you didn’t know he was a painter, too. A pretty successful painter, actually. Look it up, I bet you’ll be impressed.
I’ve always wanted to meet Michael Bay, especially in a lingering social setting like having dinner with him. I’d love to spend some time talking to him and seeing what makes him tick. On the one hand, he’s one of the most reviled film directors of the last 25 years. He’s directed nine feature films, and a quick perusal of Rotten Tomatoes says only one of them has ever had a fresh rating (The Rock). His average Tomato score is 36%, and his production company, Platinum Dunes, has an even worse record. They’ve churned out a series of genuinely terrible films, mostly remakes of classic horror titles like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (theirs is the one with Jessica Beil), A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Hitcher, and The Amityville Horror.
This past weekend, my wife and I went to the Los Angeles Festival of Books, and although I was expecting to mostly find new sci-fi and fantasy novels to read, I was very pleasantly surprised to find a few comic companies there selling graphic novels. I made my way over to the Valiant booth to see what they had to offer. Apparently, Valiant was a huge comic book company back in the '90s when I was 6 years old, but it disappeared before I got into comics. Just this last year, they got back into the comics game, and have been systematically rebooting all of their characters for a new generation.
I’m not a gamer like many of my peers or even my partners, though there are certain titles that I will play with an obsessive passion. One such title is the Need for Speed series, with their most recent release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted from last fall (or this past March for the Wii U). There’s just something about getting behind the wheel of a souped-up car and racing through the streets of an urbanopolis with nitrous rocketing forward . . . right into hitting a brick wall. It is a good thing I would never be a street racer in reality, because I’m sure that I would end up in the hospital several times over, as well as have really high auto insurance premiums.
Lucy's dreams and nightmares are coming true. She sees terrorism, riots, war, genocide, and superheroes, all caused by the actions of a woman in body armor with a stylized cross across her chest. The organization that has Lucy in its custody decides to prove whether she can actually see the future once and for all, and in case she's right, prepares to take out the Eponymous threat that's destined to cause all this destruction.
For over 40 years, the Star Trek franchise has witnessed several TV show and film adaptations, each boldly taking its respective fanbase where no one had gone before. Each property within the Star Trek universe embodied its own thematic elements and messages as influenced by visionary creator Gene Roddenberry, always staying true to his hopeful vision that the future would be one without thought of gender or race.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The brand new trailer for Disney/Pixar's Monsters University has been released on Yahoo! Movies and Disney.com!
Synopsis: Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best Scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But, during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.
Who is Scarlett? Where did she come from? Why does she behave the way she does? These are all questions I've had since my first Creepy Scarlett story, and this issue provides some of those very answers.
Are you in the mood for a night of laughs with a bevy of talented and hilarious women? If you answered, "YES!" then you will not want to miss "There Will Be Snacks," a free sketch comedy show performed by eight of LA's most talented female writer/performers engaging in some serious girl-on-girl sketch comedy action. "There Will Be Snacks" will take place on Tuesday, April 30th, at 8:00 p.m. at the Comedy Central Stage!
Mud is the latest film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Nichols wrote and directed 2007’s Shotgun Stories and 2011’s Take Shelter (one of my favorite Sundance movies from that year). Nichols has proven that he understands character, and Mud, a true bildungsroman, is no exception. Two impressionable teenage boys living in the rural South discover a fugitive hiding out in marshland, and they agree to help reunite him with his true love.