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    by Published on 08-05-2012 04:31 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Titles: Fugitive Alien, Star Force: Fugitive Alien II, The Sword & The Dragon, Samson Vs. The Vampire Women, and shorts Snow Thrills & A Date With Your Family

    An alien raised human finds himself fighting his own kind, a famed warrior must stop an evil warlord, and a Mexican wrestler is all that stands between humanity and the vampires. Get used to being blood filled juice boxes, people.

    Writers & Performers: Michael J. Nelson, Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Jim Mallon, Bill Corbett, Mary Jo Pehl, Paul Chaplin, Bridget Jones, Colleen Henjum- Williams
    Creator: Joel Hodgson
    Extras: Introduction by August Ragone, Sandy Frank speaks, MST3K hour wraps, Life After MST3K: Frank Conniff, Lucha Gringo: K. Gordon Murray Meets Santo, 4 exclusive mini-posters by artist Steve Vance, & MST3K shorts: Snow Thrills & A Date With Your Family
    Released By: Shout Factory

    Okay, Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans, sing it with me: “They tried to kill him with a forklift ..!” Yes, it’s time for another DVD box set release, this time featuring the awesome grandeur that is Fugitive Alien 1 and 2, the Japanese TV series turned into a movie by the infamous Sandy Frank.

    by Published on 08-02-2012 07:07 PM
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    Reviewer Waylon Wernette
    Quick Rating: Grundy Meet Giant Fist
    Title: A Confluence of Wonders
    Rating: T for Teen

    The Gray Champion meets the Green Champion and a giant atomic fist!

    Writer: James Robinson
    Art: Eduardo Pansico & Nicola Scott
    Colors: Alex Sinclair
    Letters: Travis Lanham
    Cover: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, & Rod Reis
    Publisher: DC Comics - The New 52
    Price: $2.99
    Release Date: August 1, 2012
    Available: In stores and on tablet comic readers - same day distribution

    Grundy, the Champion of the Gray is reborn and that spells trouble for the entire world unless the Green Lantern can stop him! Luckily Green Lantern has new friends in Hawkgirl and the Flash to give him a hand. But will their combined strengths be enough to stop this new menace or will the World Army resort to unveiling their hidden Wonder, the Atom, onto the battlefield to save our nation's capital? If you chose door number 2 you are correct!
    by Published on 08-01-2012 04:08 PM
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    Of the many misconceptions people have about teachers, the one most likely to make one snap and start smacking you with a ruler is the notion that we get three months of paid vacation. Seriously, that ticks us off. Like Wolverine berserker rage. Ahem. Granted, teachers have more time off than most professions, but it's barely two months and we're most certainly not paid for that time. Most of us do elect to have our paychecks decreased the rest of the year and stretched out so we're still getting a check in the summer, but a lot of us don't get a dime for the work we do in that time. And yes, that's the biggest thing –the notion that teachers don't work during the summer. Athletic coaches and music teachers give huge chunks of their summer to training and camps, and even the rest of us spend time in workshops, conferences, and on planning the semester. For example, yesterday the English teachers from my school met with English teachers from another high school in my district to look at our new curriculum for the 2012-13 school year, and that's what made me think about comic books.
    by Published on 07-31-2012 11:47 PM
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    True Blood
    Episode 508 – Somebody That I Used to Know
    Aired July 29th, 2012
    9 PM, HBO

    Well, that was interesting.. It's funny how True Blood has plots that only pick up right before the end of the season, and others that peter out long before and barely limp to the finish line. This episode had both.

    Save for an athletic sex scene with the legally required HBO scenes of nudity, the werewolf plot is just getting deader. How can a dead thing get deader? In a pure violation of all the laws of physics, this does. Maybe it'll pick up once Russell comes to claim his V addicted wolves, but as it stands, this has been the stupidest, most predictable plot imaginable. I don't want to keep ragging on this, I don't, but it just keeps shoving shittiness in my eyeholes. When it's stop, I'll stop.

    by Published on 07-31-2012 12:22 PM
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    by Published on 07-31-2012 12:04 AM
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    At the Movies Episode 30: Silent House and a Cinematic Rundown
    by Blake M. Petit

    This week, Blake takes a look at the new-to-DVD horror film Silent House, then takes the time to do quick reviews of several other recent films he's watched in the last few months, from the sublime to the surreal to the surprised anyone would make such a thing. In the picks, he urges you all to rush out and get the hardcover collection of The Monolith. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!
    by Published on 07-30-2012 10:34 PM
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    Breaking Bad

    Episode 503 – Hazard Pay

    Aired July 29th, 2012
    10 PM, AMC

    Oh Walt, you horrible, horrible person. At one point, you had a good reason for doing what you did, but now, to borrow a phrase from Mr. Burns, you're just wallowing in your own crapulence. And you're enjoying it. The worst part of this is how much you're enjoying it. I just keep hoping your downfall will be an awesome thing to behold.

    This episode gives us several options for said downfall. First, we follow Mike, as he reassures his men behind bars that Chow's death is not a precursor of things to come, so they don't need to go blabbing to the nearest DEA agent. But it costs money to keep people sweet, a financial reality that will be circling around again shortly.
    by Published on 07-30-2012 02:21 AM
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    Reviewed By: Andrea Speed andy@cxpulp.com
    Quick Rating: Great

    Batman comes out of self-imposed exile to fight Bane and save Gotham, in the final instalment of the trilogy.

    Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Matthew Modine, Alon Aboutboul, Ben Mendelsohn, Burn Gorman, & Josh Stewart

    Written By: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer

    Batman Created By: Bob Kane

    Directed By: Christopher Nolan

    Released By: Warner Brothers

    Right off, let me lay down some ground rules: this review is solely about the actual film, and that's all. If you want to discuss any real life violence and insanity, please go to the forum, where you will find a thread for it. But it isn't allowed here, and I'm the Hulk and you're Loki. So don't even tempt me. Capisce? (And you're welcome for the shout out, Avengers.)

    Please keep in mind since this review is so late, there will probably be spoilers. So if you really haven't seen the film yet, maybe you want to come back after you've seen it. We good? Okay, moving on.
    by Published on 07-27-2012 07:46 PM
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    Reviewer: Waylon Wernette
    Quick Rating: Fire + Ice= A Headache for the Flash
    Title: Slow Burn
    Rating: T for Teen

    Barry Allen decides to embrace his role as the Flash, so naturally he moves to seedier side of
    Keystone City and takes on a job at the Rogues' bar. Wait what!?!

    Writer: Brian Buccellato
    by Published on 07-27-2012 01:38 AM
    TMNT Micro-Series #6: Casey Jones cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    With a little help from buddy Raphael, Casey fulfills a promise made to his mother years ago.

    Script by: Mike Costa & Ben Epstein
    Art by: Mike Henderson
    Colors by: Ian Herring
    Letters by: Shawn Lee
    Editor: Bobby Curnow
    Cover: David Petersen
    Published by: IDW
    Cover Price: $3.99

    I've pretty much always enjoyed Casey's character in the various TMNT iterations--at least the original Mirage comics, the films, and the 2003 animated series. This iteration in the new IDW continuity is no exception. Simply seeing what Casey lives with in the present in issues of the ongoing TMNT has provided a certain depth to the character, contextualizing his motivation to do what he does. This issue adds to that, and if we had context before, this shows the heart of the motivation.

    After a night on patrol with Raph, Casey returns home where he once more witnesses fallout from his father's drunken decisions. This leads Casey to take action in order to follow-through on a promise he'd made to his mother before her death. Interspersed with flashbacks to the pivotal conversation, we see Casey call on Raph to have his back, and the two take a proactive stance against a particular group of hustlers. ...
    by Published on 07-27-2012 01:29 AM
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12 cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Great

    The Turtles reunite with Splinter as the family fights for their very survival against Shredder and the Foot.

    Story: Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz
    Script: Tom Waltz
    Art: Dan Duncan
    Colors: Ronda Pattison
    Letters: Shawn Lee
    Editor: Bobby Curnow
    Cover: Dan Duncan and Ronda Pattison
    Published by: IDW
    Cover Price: $3.99

    If I wasn't already buying this series, this issue still would have grabbed me from the cover alone. Duncan gives us a really nice homage to the classic, original TMNT #1 that really nicely caps this first year of IDW's TMNT run. (However, this would have made an even better cover for #1 than the single-turtle variants).

    As the issue opens, we rejoin Splinter who is fighting for his life with his old enemy, the Shredder. The turtles finally catch up to him with a little help from the Purple Dragons, and as the turtles and Splinter--family--reunite once more, this time its in full battle mode against Shredder, Karai, the foot, and their mutated allies. By the time the ferocious battle wraps up, there's hardly room to touch on other loose ends, but those touches lead to what's coming next.
    by Published on 07-25-2012 03:00 AM
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    I have been holding back on writing down my final thoughts of the Mass Effect trilogy, as it pertains to Commander Shepard, since completing Mass Effect 3. The main reason is that I got a sensation that DLC might come along that affects the main story a little bit more. We got some entertaining content, including new characters, after Mass Effect 2, but after seeing the initial offering this time around I feel like it is time we can completely close the chapter on Shepard. This is a good thing because the Reaper storyline has run its course. While some things about the general story still trouble me, which in part is what this retrospective is designed to explore, the goal is to figure out whether Mass Effect deserves a spot on my mantle of all time video games and what its place might be in the annals of the industry.


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