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Weekly Highlights – THINGS GO BOOM!

This week there has been some awesome comics releases, trailer reveals and music announcements! So many things rocking in my world!

 

Let’s start with the movies:

Movie #1: Regarding superheroes I’m typically a Marvel guy, but I do have some fond childhood memories watching some Superman stories on VHS and I also loved the All Star Superman comic DC released a couple of years ago. Mostly I enjoyed Smallville’s take on Clark Kent growing up and realising his destiny.

So this week the “Man of Steel” main trailer was released and I loved it. The gravitas and tone set by the music and narration really sets this up as a step for Superman to enter the current generation of moviegoers that are well-versed in Comic Superheroes on screen. There’s a lot of power and impact that is teased at in the trailer as well. If you haven’t seen it – here’s my friendly link #1.

 

Movie #2: Pacific Rim is a giant monster vs robot film from one of my favorite directors, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth). The trailer only really hints at a lot of the scale and fun that this film will be – but it totally brings out all my memories with Neon Genesis Evangelion, Godzilla and Transformers. With Del Toro helming this with the freedom to make the movie he wants, this is gonna rock – check it out here link #2.

 

Now my favorite part of the week – this week’s comics! RiD 12

I had a lovely LOOOONG drive down to my local comic shop this week but it was worth it. A bunch of comics to pick up and some real gems. Two Transformers comics in particular – Robots in Disguise #12 and a return of the Spotlight brand focusing on Orion Pax (pre-Optimus Prime). Robots in Disguise is a comic that i’ve been engrossed in all year (still working on that essay…) and it even got to the top of the “Buy Pile” at ComicBookResources. The “Underbase” podcasting team did a great review of it too – link #3.

Also on comics – next week sees Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #12 coming out – which in James Roberts on words “ends with a bang.” Which little robot is gonna get it?!?

And lastly here, MY LITTLE PONY #2 should be out in a week’s time – can’t wait!

 

Last piece of news that i’m LOVING is the teaser for SEVENDUST’s new album “Black out the Sun.”

These guys are my favorite band ever. Their youtube channel has a lot of great behind the scenes videos showing their recording, hanging and antics during the recording process for this new album.

I cannot wait until it is released next March!

 

Cheers all,

Luke

Sci-Fi, Maybe?

I love science fiction, and this term I’ve been lucky enough to be teaching Speculative fiction and also Sci-Fi films to my year 9 class. They’ve really dug it and we’re also gonna have a brief look at comparing Sci Fi in novels and films to gaming. Halo and Mass Effect here we come.

We’re also starting to see a renaissance of excellent Sci Fi in film. District 9 was a stand out and I cannot wait to see Blomkampt’s Elysium (with Matt Damon and Jodie Foster) next year.

Also coming next year is Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which looks to bring all of DT’s monster mash love with a heavy dose of giant, epic robots. (How could I not love that?!?)

I just read a great post on Ain’t it cool news, and it reminded me that Sci Fi is quite special. Whether people disregard it’s ‘genre-ness’ out of ignorance or dislike, it often does something that other cinema often ignores. There are mysteries and puzzles in Sci Fi that Pirates of the Caribbean just don’t attempt. (Which is fine)

Check out the post here.

Cheers,
Luke