Sunday, March 4, 2018

Cosplayer Soni Aralyn

We Watched it For You: Game Night

As Black Panther continues to dominate the box office domestically and world wide, studio's still need to offer up counter programming for people who have no interest in seeing a super hero movie or those who have seen the movies 3 times ( me).  Warner Brothers jumps into the fray with Game Night-comedy counter programing starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a couple who met at trivia night, fell in love, got married, and are looking to have a baby.  The problem, and this is quite a stretch in terms of plot, Bateman's characters sperm is having a hard time and his Dr and his wife link this to his unhealthy sibling rivalry he has with his brother, played by Kyle Chandler.

The movie plays out on a game night hosted by Chandler's uber successful character as he attempts to take Game Night to a whole new level.  Gone is the idea of charades, Scrabble, or Pictionary- no he hosts a Game Night in which a real life kidnapping will happen and each couple will need to figure out how to rescue the kidnapped person.

Of course, shenanigans reign supreme as Chandler's character is actually involved in some shaky business deals and is legitimately kidnapped and its up to Bateman and McAdams to solve the mystery and rescue his brother.  There are many B plots surrounding the other couples on Game Night, there is a creepy neighbor/cop, and the movie tests your limits on who is in on the game and who is not.  The movie borrows heavily from Date Night, the 2012 movie starring Tina Fey and Steve Carrell as a couple who gets themselves overly involved in something criminally unexpected.

Overall, a fun date night/ Game Night movie.  I would probably reserve it more for a Redbox rental than an actual date night, tho.

The Producer

Greg Land Interview @ComicCon Revolution West Palm Beach

My interview with Greg Land at Comic Con Revolution in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He talks his upbringing in comics and he breaks X-Men comic book news... you heard it hear first!

The Producer

Friday, February 2, 2018

DCEU Fans Stay Being Awful

With Black Panther just a few weeks away from its theatrical release and with early viewings giving the movie great reviews, it seems DC fans are looking to sabotage the positive vibes coming out of the MCU's latest offering by attempting to drop the movies score on Rotten Tomato by negatively rating the movie.

First of all, there is nothing these DC fans or any other person can do to stop the moment that Black Panther has at this point.  Black comic book fans have been waiting for this movie since Wesley Snipes tried to get it made in the 90's.  After seeing Black Panther debit in Civil War and the respect and honor the MCU paid to the character, the anticipation for this movie has been fever pitched for over 2 years.  Nothing anyone does or says is gonna stop that.

Secondly, there is a undercurrent of racism to this campaign against Black Panther.  Whereas there has always been this Brand war between DC and Marvel, at no point in time had there been a moment where DC fans were actively looking to sabotage the success of a MCU movie. I don't remember this around Spider-Man Homecoming or Guardians 2.  It seems the excessive excitement of a MCU movie starring a Black characters has brought out all the Rediit and Make America White again racists to try and prevent this movie from being uber successful.

But lastly, I wish DCEU fans would use this energy to hold the makers of DC movies accountable fro the drek they keep producing.  Since the launch of Batman V Superman, which was awful, they have made one good movie in Wonder Woman- and calling that good is even a stretch.  Suicide Squad and Justice League were both terrible in their own special way and the rest of their extended universe is mirred in production issues( Flash and  Cyborg) or is Aqua man- a film starring a character nobody likes. And that does not even factor in the issues concerning the Batman reboot and if they will need to move on from Ben Affleck.

I really wish DCEU fans would just focus on their own house. Marvel fans aren't out here wanting your movies to fail... in fact its quite the opposite. We want the movies to thrive so this thing we call Comic Book Movies continues for years to come.  But DCEU gotta do their part to put out movies that fans and critics agree that are quality.  Until that happens, enjoy Suicide Squad 2 and please shut the fuck up!

The Producer

F Gary Gray to Reboot Men in Black

F Gary Gray to Direct MIB

This news dropped yesterday that famed director F Gary Gray was looking to head up a Men in Black reboot.   Its been six years since Men in Black 3, the last installment of the series and over 20 years since the original movie debuted in 1997.  Since all things old are new again, its no real surprise that MIB is on the slate to get rebooted.

Word is that Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will not be involved in this project as the new movies look to explore the world around the MIB and not necessarily focusing on the actions of specific agents.  And that sounds good on paper, but when rubber hits the road and money needs to be spent, will the company be strong enough to not fall into the comfortable trope of having Will Smith star in the movie.  Because lets be frank, MIB 2 is a terrible movie no matter what anyone tells you and the fact they didn't have Linda Fiorentino in that  movie still burns me till this day.  MIB 3 was slightly better because of the performance by Josh Brolin,  but neither movie captured the freshness of the original and just became vehicles for Will Smith to be "Will Smith".  Possibly bringing in two new agents and focusing on world building would be a great way for the series to feel fresh again.

I love the original MIB and the cartoon that was on UPN short after the movie debuted.  A more serious tone movie that has more thrills than laughs could make for a refreshing start to a franchise that is really dead in the water at this point.

The Producer

Friday, January 26, 2018

I Know What You Did Last Winter: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Game of Thrones, Season 1, Episode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

We are back this week as we get introduced to two new characters: Holder and Sam Tarely.
The plots and schemes in the capital continue, Ned makes a huge discovery, and we get the history of where the Dragons went.  Plus Jon makes a new friend, Tyrion begins a list a long line of punk outs of Theon, and Lady Stark makes a decision that has long range consequences.

Podcast also available on ApplePodcast and Stitcher

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kitty and Peter Make it Official

Marvel announced this past week that long time off and on couple, Kitty Pryde and Peter Rasputin- better known as Ariel/Sprite/Shadowcat and Colossus are going to get engaged in X-Men Gold #20.

This relationship has been going on since the 1980's and each person has never really been able to get over the other.  Kitty Pryde even married StarLord and joined the Guardians of the Galaxy yet somehow found her way back to Peter

Look, if you have read or listened to anything we have done at Brothascomics in our almost 3 years of existence, you know that none of the founders of brothascomics is a fan of Kitty Pryde.  The character started off annoying and for some reason, the powers that be at Marvel keep pushing her to be something she is not.  From precocious teen, to Ninja, to all the name changes, to pet Dragons, to adult Kitty, to now leader of the X-Men, and now to once divorced woman, the character has never been interesting enough to carry my interest.

On top of that, there is even talk that Kitty Pryde may even get a solo movie by the people at Fox before the Disney overlords take over in 18 months.  Yep... you ready right... Kitty Pryde getting a solo movie before numerous other X-Men characters... most notably Storm.  It’s a joke, but it’s not funny at all.  I just don't understand it and maybe I am not meant to.  Maybe somewhere, deep in the tunnels of nerdom, there are people that are excited about this.  Maybe there are fans jumping up and down to see Kitty and Peter get married.  Or maybe, this is a big ass publicity stunt to sell some books.  And maybe her getting a movie treatment is further proof that Fox has no idea how powerful and popular Storm is......

So masoltov(sp) Kitty and Peter... Let me know what you want off your gift registry.  Hopefully that girl from the Secret World Planet don't come back to stop the wedding....

The Producer