Friday, May 1, 2015

TEEN TITANS GO!: HOUSE PESTS Season 2 Part 2 on DVD August 18th, 2015

It's a never-ending quest for goof, justice and maybe a little couch time!

Includes Over 4 Hours of Content on 2 DVD Discs!

The Teen Titans try to keep things as crime-free and boredom-free as possible as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases Teen Titans Go!: House Pests Season 2 Part 2 on DVD on August 18, 2015Teen Titans Go!: House Pests Season 2 Part 2 will be available on DVD for $19.97 SRP and includes over 4 hours of content.

The Top 20 Free Comic Book Day Titles You Need To Get!


Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!

For those of you who have never heard of it (and for some reason are reading a site called "Forces of Geek"), Free Comic Book Day is an annual event on the first Saturday in May when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops!

This year there are fifty titles available, which means there's pretty much something for everyone.  Whether you're a weekly customer or just simply curious about the medium, take some time tomorrow and visit a participating store and check out the free books (and by all means buy something, these books aren't free for retailers and could use your support)!  If you don't believe me, listen to Luke Skywalker...


It can be a bit overwhelming, so I've narrowed things down a bit; these twenty books are worth seeking out.


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April showers bring May Avengers!

The Earth's Mightiest Heroes have assembled again in Age of Ultron and we couldn't be more excited (seriously, I saw it twice last night).

I've also spent the better part of the morning looking over the selection of Age of Ultron merchandise available from our friends at SuperHeroStuff.com

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Top 10 Movies That'll Get You In the Mood For Summer

By Elizabeth Weitz

After living through the Ice Age this past winter and a series of cold Spring days in which my overworked heater had to kick on repeatedly, I am more than ready to start complaining about the heat of Summer. And, since today is the first day of May (which we all recognize as the official countdown to vacation season) I figure it is only appropriate to list my go-to flicks that get me into a Summer mindset.

So grab whatever contraption you like to watch movies on and head outside for a mental va-cay...I've already mixed up a batch of margaritas and I'll see you out there.

Double Feature Movie Show: WRITER’S BLOCK

Every writer goes through it.

And every writer hates it.

Then, when the writer goes through it, they write about it.

Here’s a great double feature about writer’s block.


BARTON FINK (1991)
Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen


When the Coen Brothers were writing Miller’s Crossing, they hit a wall. They went out to watch Baby Boom and decided to try out a different story.

One about the very problem they were having.

Barton Fink (John Turturro) is a fairly successful and intellectual playwright in 1941 New York. He’s called out to LA to write a script for a wrestling movie. While staying at Hotel Earle, though, he can’t seem to get anywhere on the script. Next door is Charlie Meadows (John Goodman), an insurance salesman who wants to help Barton with his plight.

Barton Fink is a brilliant and surreal take on the process of writing that shows just how hellish it can really be. The film becomes more surreal and Charlie becomes more sinister as time goes on. Is he actually an insurance salesman? Or is he something…more?

The Coens have never fully explained their film, and that’s a good thing. It’s much better to just watch it and come to your own conclusions. It’s filled with symbolism (which they sort of deny) and amazing sets that fill Barton’s world with dread and horror, especially the Hotel Earle. A more desolate hotel you may never see in a Hollywood film. And a creepier performance form Goodman you WON’T see anywhere else. It’s a great film that I think a lot of people have kind of skipped over.



Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD (review)

Review by Lily Fierro

Directed by Paul Goodwin 
Featuring Dan Abnett, Karen Berger, Brian Bolland, D’Israeli, Will Dennis, 
Andy Diggle, Ian Edginton, Gary Erskine, Carlos Ezquerra, Henry Flint, Jock,
Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Alan Grant, Paul Gravett, John Higgins, Pat Mills,
Cam Kennedy, Peter Milligan, Grant Morrison, Kevin O'Neill, Bryan Talbot, 
Chris Weston, Rob Williams, Steve Yeowell


Warning: Much to my own embarrassment, I must admit I have not read any of 2000AD. Yes, it is part of a canon I’m still tackling, but alas, I have yet to get to it. I promise I’ll get to it soon....

For the past four years, I have attended the Independent Film Festival of Boston to see a marathon of films across a week. Ranging from personal narrative features to experimental films, IFFBoston offers an extended tasting of films covering a wide range of plots, topics, and themes.

Undoubtedly, over the years, plenty of narrative films have remained in my mind as stars of the festival, but the films that have a warm and fuzzy place in my heart are the documentaries, specifically ones focused on a specific person or a specific project. Downeast, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, and The Overnighters were all documentaries that I recall with great fondness if I had to name a few.

Why documentaries?

Sure, there’s a plethora of documentaries out there that exist to make people aware of “serious” world problems; I the greatly fear and largely spite these “cause documentaries” that merely touch on some controversial topic in order to provoke some sense of pathos and ethos without ever fully explaining the context and the complexities of the topic. Those are not the documentaries I am speaking about.

The best documentaries can accomplish one of two things:
  • Balance interviews and nuanced footage to develop an intimate story and study of characters while deftly conveying statements about life with small gestures and quiet moments OR
  • Shed light on a person/place/thing with a thorough and engaging study of the central topic through the characters involved

Consequently, during the impressively diverse lineup for IFFBoston 2015, I was thrilled to see a documentary on the iconic series, 2000AD.

As warned before, I have not read any of the series, and went into the film as naively as possible. As a result, I hoped to see the film to learn more about the series’ creators and in turn better understand 2000AD’s context and the series itself.

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD documents the origin, history, and arc of the beloved and revered comic book series 2000AD. It begins with a beautiful opening animation of some of the panels of 2000AD and then launches into a fascinating segment on the culture of England in the late 70s.

Sadly, these first two parts, totaling in 15 minutes of the 100 minute film, stand as the strongest parts.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (review)

Review by Benn Robbins
Produced by Kevin Feige
Based on The Avengers by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Written and Directed by Joss Whedon
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, 
Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, 
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders,
Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, 
Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson

I am going to to attempt to write as spoiler-free review as I can here. So, please bare with me. Anything that I mention will be only things that trailers might have revealed.

“A-hem”

AAAAAAVENGEEERRRRS AAAAASSSSEEEEEM…

Wait.

Let me back up.

I have always been a DC Comics guy. I could never get into Marvel. It just never clicked with me.

If you had told me 15 yeas ago that Marvel Comics would be kicking the ever living meta-butt of DC Comics, in both the comic world AND in the cinematic world, I would have told you to go pound sand and enjoy that fantasy world you have created.

Instead, here I stand. Foot firmly in mouth, having happily ingested my fair share of craw and loving the Marvel Universe, both film and, for the most part, now comic book one as well.

What Marvel has done is created a tightly knit, beautifully designed and entertaining series of films whose characters I care about and who’s stories are engaging and emotional. In turn, I am beginning to read their books.

Mission accomplished.

Make Mine Marvel.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is no exception.

The eagerly awaited sequel to the 2012 Marvel’s Avengers film is about as good a film as you would come to expect from The House of Ideas. Boston’s own, Kevin Feige, the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and co-producer on every Marvel film made since 2000 has a plan and he is sticking to it.

It is a damn good plan.