Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

Steven W. Alloway, Fanbase Press Contributor

The important question of this film isn’t so much “Who is Delsin?” but rather “What is Delsin?” As in, what is the film itself? Both the plot synopsis and the trailer hail it as a documentary. The synopsis begins by describing a horrific shooting in Tampa, Florida, as if it’s a real event, and one that we may possibly have heard about on the news. They interview a number of real people throughout. Brothers Pete and Paul Guzzo, the director and screenwriter, respectively, go out of their way to make it seem like the things in this film actually happened.

It’s hard to tell what’s going on at any given time in The Vale. First of all, the main characters tend to speak in varying degrees of an accent that I can only describe as “British Thug.” An accent which is spelled out phonetically on the page, so that a statement like, “My parents are in there,” would be written as “Ma rents iz in dere!” While it’s usually at least somewhat evident from context what they’re saying, this style of writing can still be challenging to puzzle through, particularly when they start talking in obscure slang. It’s a stylistic choice, though. I get that, and it helps to establish the characters and the world they’re living in.

Who Is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen is a noir-style mystery set in a world of superheroes. It’s pretty hard to go wrong with that combination. But, more than that, it tackles some deeper issues, like good and evil, reality and fantasy, free will, the nature of humanity, and, more importantly, the grey areas surrounding all of these things.

If you watch Doctor Who, particularly the last couple of years, and you saw the title of this adventure, “Nemesis of the Daleks,” you would probably assume that the titular nemesis is the Doctor himself. You would be mistaken. Who could possibly be more of a nemesis to the Daleks than the Doctor, you ask? Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer.

Many of the jokes and scenes in Feeding Mr. Baldwin are in pretty bad taste. Those also happen to be the jokes that are the funniest. The entire movie is one big comedy of errors—where the errors involve disposing of dead bodies.

At the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2013, Fanboy Comics Contributor Steven W. Alloway interviews actress Rebecca Mader about her stage performance in The Third Date, her time on Lost, and her next super secret sci-fi project.

 

My So-Called Secret IdentityI don’t want to say that My So-Called Secret Identity is reinventing the concept of strong female characters in comics. After all, surely similar characters have appeared in comics before this (Agatha from Girl Genius comes to mind). But, what it does do is to remind us of what a strong female character can be, and how she doesn’t have to be the same one we always see. There are all different ways of being strong.

 

Skyward 2The first issue of Skyward was an epic beginning, with battles, betrayal, mysteries, mythical creatures, and a desperate fight for survival against greater odds. Skyward #2 scales back the action just a bit, focusing less on the fantastical world in which the comic is set, and more on driving the story itself.

 

RushlightsTake one part True Romance, one part No Country for Old Men, and one part U Turn, and you’ll have the basic plot of Rushlights. As crime thrillers go, the plot is fairly standard. But, more important in this type of movie is the execution. And, all-in-all, Rushlights manages to hold its own.

 

Problem of Evil posterProblem of Evil provides an interesting look at religion and faith from a number of different perspectives. The film follows Jason (Ethan Kogan, who also co-wrote and co-directed the film with Jessica Silvetti), a documentary filmmaker who’s struggling to deal with the loss of his wife. While doing a piece on a community garden, the woman who runs it—whom he’s never met—shocks Jason by relating to him some of the intimate, personal details of his life. She tells him that she’s part of a religious group, and that their spiritual leader told her years ago that Jason would be the one to carry the group’s message to the world.

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