Friday, May 24, 2013
You need to find a good story, something that will suck you in from the very first page and keep you going to the very end of the book, leaving you hoping for sequels.
You need a good writing style that keeps you engaged, with a fresh vocabulary. Classic science fiction has come to be known for its lacking in fully-developed characters, so for good science fiction you’re going to want some well-rounded characters.
Good science fiction is a regular book that deserves to be shelved next to any other award-winning, bestselling work of regular fiction, and yet it involves elements, storylines and plot involving elements of the future and science.
Look no further than Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin trilogy.
It’s been almost 25 years since the television show China Beach was on the air (can it really be that long?) and in that time since, television has certainly not shied away from showing the Vietnam War in all its brutality. But China Beach was different, instead of showing the horrors of war through a soldier’s eyes, its focus was on the female point of view, those in the military and the few civilians who chose to work in conditions that were in no way “chick-friendly”.
And it wasn't something that mainstream America was completely ready for at the time of its airing back in the late 80's (judging by its poor ratings) even though the show managed to win Emmys, Golden Globes and a Peabody during its 4 year run.
The introduction to the China Beach starts with a pilot that feels like a series finale with Dana Delany’s First Lieutenant Colleen McMurphy finishing up her tour of duty as a nurse at the 510th Evac Hospital (known as the Five and Dime), which serves as a base for the R and R facility known as China Beach.
|By Morayo Sayles|
Actually, Henry discovers Shelley’s body while he was bird watching one gray day.
Yes that’s right, Henry Spencer was bird watching with folks old enough to be his much older siblings.
Not something I would ever expect from the elder Spencer, however ever since his shooting, Henry’s been more about “Carpe Diem” and living “La Vida Loca” and less living by the rules.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
New to DVD! Digitally remastered Doctor Who classic The Visitation Special Edition! It's 1666, and medieval England is in the grip of the Great Plague. But when the Doctor and his companions arrive, they discover an even greater threat: the entire planet is in danger. As the Grim Reaper stalks the countryside, the Doctor uncovers an alien menace intent on wiping out humanity and claiming our planet for themselves. The Terileptils have arrived - and only the Doctor can stop them.
Some people may wear their heart on their sleeve but why put yourself out there emotionally when you can wear your food (or beer) addiction on your finger instead (that was kind of a lame juxtaposition but, whatever).
And Canadian artist Sofia Molnar is happy to help you in that regard with her line of sweetly constructed rings that celebrate stuff being poured onto or into other things (like the beer one above that will be resting on my finger as soon as it gets shipped to me).
Made from plastic, ceramic, metal, glass as well as other items, these totems to gluttony are a sure was to express your love of food and drink to the world (she also has necklaces as well if you'd rather be a bit more discrete) for prices that will make your mouth water (between $10-$19.50).
After a break are a few more ring designs to tempt your taste buds and your fashion sense.
WRITERS: Art Baltazar & Franco
ART: Ig Guera
Publication Date: May 22, 2013
Publisher: DC Comics
Buy it HERE
Aw, Yeah Green Team!
DC Comics has resurrected the 1975 Joe Simon Green Team in The New 52 to compliment Gail Simone’s The Movement comic.
The best part?
It’s written by Art Baltazar and Franco—the famous cartoonists behind Tiny Titans, Superman Family Adventures and most recently Aw Yeah Comics.
Up until now, the guys of have been on an all ages initiative at DC, so it is exciting news to see them writing in The New 52.
The Green Team consists of Commodore, J.P. Huston, Cecilia Sunbeam, and young Mohammad. The kids don’t have super powers, can’t tell you where the Batcave is, and aren’t trying to save the world...yet.
They all meet up in the first issue at a pop up expo, POXPO ’13. Here, inventors try to gain angel funding for their latest and greatest machinations. Commodore (Nicknamed “64”—an excellent joke referencing the ‘80s computer) Murphy strolls around the expo determining who should get the funding. That is until he discovers Prince Mohammad is broadcasting the location with his Instagram app. This brings on the trouble and the bad guys looking to rob the youngsters, and steal the tech.
This is a very fun book, and it is great to see Art & Franco in The New 52, bringing their unique brand of humor and universal appeal. These are not known properties, so we can imagine some fun stuff coming down the pike, as the team works from a pretty clean slate.
These kids have a good heart, so let’s not condemn this 1% — I have a feeling they will use this funny money to help the world, not doom it.
Making your valuable objects appealing to buyers on Craigslist can be a bit tricky. You have to be a wordsmith, a professional photographer and a savvy negotiator in order to make your used crap seem so important that someone would be willing to hand over cash in order to possess it.
But if you are none of those things, then by all means, post a naked picture of yourself with the object you are selling all pressed up against your greasy junk in order to entice a buyer in purchasing a $400 keyboard.
History of Science Fiction Cinema:
1953: Invaders From Mars, War of the Worlds & One of the Worst Movies Ever Made
While the first few years of the 1950's were slowly leading up to making it the decade of sci-fi (and not just in movies, but in books and TV and comics as well), 1953 is the year it all broke open - wide open.
Several films that are considered by many (myself included) to be near the pinnacle of the genre - The War of the Worlds and Invaders From Mars highest among them - were released during this break through year of sci-fi movies.
The most famous of these sci-fi cinematic pinnacles is undoubtedly The War of the Worlds.
KIDS HAVE ALL THE POWER: A Father Re-Enacts Conversations He's Had With His Two Year-Old...Who Is Played By Another Grown Man
|You Will Do Exactly What I Say...Understand?|
In this web/short film series, filmmaker Matthew Clarke and David Milchard (who plays Clarke's daughter Coco) re-enact actual conversations that have transpired between the father and daughter that were, shall we say, fraught with psychological terror.
Don't get me wrong, Coco isn't a demon child or anything, but there's something that happens to a kid when they reach the age of two where they suddenly have the type of power that politicians running for office can only dream of harnessing.
It's fucking frightening.
I remember when my nephew was that age and asked me for a cookie and when I told him no, he folded his arms, stared directly into my eyes and said, quite clearly, "I think that I will have a cookie".
And you know what?
I handed him that cookie straight away.
I wasn't about to test that kind of power my friends.
Video after the break.
And yes, while we all expected the movie to be stupid, I wanted at least more of the cartoon-fun that The Rise of Cobra was.
I ended up seeing Retaliation twice in one day last month because I first saw it with a friend, and then later that night I took the wife out spur-of-the-moment. It happens. So when I say I saw G.I. Joe: Retaliation, I saw the hell out of it, and its many crimes.
A half-baked plot that couldn't decide if it wants to be Roadblock's Revenge, or the Snake-Eyes Ninja Spectacular. Though the ninja fight in the mountains did provide the best action figure-y moment on film, at least until Pacific Rim comes out.
During the early to mid nineties, while I was rolling on E and hugging everyone at Club Some in Houston, Texas, Satanists (and apparently homosexuals...they're the same thing according to our Satan Guide below) were out and about in parks leaving graffiti tags in order to talk with one another and generally causing havoc during their various rituals that all seem to be performed in open spaces near public park bathrooms.
But thank Lucifer that someone was brave enough to keep local law enforcement informed about the Satanic rampage that was happening in our cities and towns via this educational video (that I presume played in every police department in the country).
It's brave individuals like Epic Mullet (oh, you'll see) who keep this country safe.