Pratchett, Terry. Dodger.

I’ve been looking forward to this one, too, but now that it’s here I can’t let myself read it for one simple fact: embarrassing as this is, I’ve never read Dickens’s “Oliver Twist”. We never read it in school, and though I’ve read some DIckens books as an adult on my own (David Copperfield and Great Expectations), I haven’t gotten around to that one yet. And I like to read books that other books are based on first, if I can. That said, I’ve been looking for a used paperback of it for months, and as soon as I find one in decent condition I will devour it. I really enjoyed Great Expectations.


NY: Harper, 2012.

A new book from Sir Terry is always a cause for celebration, and this one is no exception. It’s also somewhat unlike any he’s done before, being in the way of an “historical fantasy,” as he himself describes it.

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Werewolf Police

Can’t. Wait.

Drinkin' & Drive-in


Just when I think the horror movie genre has hung itself with its own rope comes Wolfcop, a movie about a cop that’s a werewolf. If I went to church, I’d go there to thank some sort of fictional deity for this life-fulfilling concept.


Actually, the film hasn’t been made as of this blogging yet. Wolfcop is in competition to win bling money so that they can finish this highly important and much-needed social statement.


There’s an entertaining teaser trailer online, which shows a regular copy tied up and being transformed into a werewolf through some sort of anti-religious ceremony that involves the drinking of blood. (Just think how much quicker the change would be if he drank a few tall boys.)

If I was a criminal – AND I’M NOT – and saw a werewolf wearing a badge and charging at me, I’d totally load the downstairs…

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Poster, New Images From Kick-Ass 2

I’m actually quite looking forward to this. The first one was a real surprise for me, but it felt like the set-up for more adventures, and now finally here one is. Very likely the last one, too, unfortunately. That’s the problem with origin stories, at least in movies — one movie is devoted to how the hero got to be the hero, which makes #2 the first real movie in the series, but sometimes we don’t get that far, and so far I don’t think we’ve ever gotten past #3 (at least since the Christoper Reeves era), which makes for a lot of set-up with comparatively little pay-off to show for it. Hollywood shouldn’t start things things if they’re not going to finish. More cinematic blue balls. Still, looking forward to KA #2, which in a way will be the first real Kick Ass movie — that is, the first one where he’s an established hero from the beginning.

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What we have here is the first poster from Kick-Ass 2, along with a bunch of images from the film, this summer’s follow-up to 2010’s surprise hit comic book adaptation.

The producers got all the original cast back — including Chloe Grace Moretz, who is on the verge of blowing up any day now, as more and more people realize what an amazing little acting fireball she is. If she isn’t under contract for another sequel, good luck getting her back!

I don’t know about you, but I loved Matthew Vaughn‘s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s gritty comic book, and I’m really looking forward to the return of these characters.

Kick-Ass 2 opens Aug. 16.

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Jack the Giant Slayer Review

I moderately enjoyed this one. As a writer of epic fantasy (as well as other things) myself, maybe my expectations were too high, but still. Come on, guys.

It was a light but more or less enjoyable film, with massive flaws. The flaws really hold it back, because it honestly could have been a truly great Saturday afternoon movie, which seems to be what it’s aiming for (like the works of Harryhausen, and I mean that respectfully). If you shaved ten minutes off the beginning and added ten or twenty onto the end, and generally spruced up the writing overall, this really could have been something on the order of Steven Sommer’s “The Mummy” — a great, light adventure movie. The ending really lames it, though. It builds up to this big epic battle between giants and people on the scale of a Lord of the Rings battle (almost), and then, juuuuust as the battle starts, it stops. Talk about cinematic blue balls. I was all set for a rousing battle, but nope. Oh well. I still have a fondness for Bryan Singer, though, and hope he knocks it out of the park next time. (I don’t want HIS career to go the way of Stephen Sommers’s, speaking of the guy!)

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By Jason T. Smith

(Hesperia) Fee, Fye, Foe, Fun! Giant fun! That’s what’s in store for you when you check out Warner Bros. latest motion picture “Jack The Giant Slayer”. This is Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures take on the classic fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk which many of us remember hearing as kids. And boy did they hit a home run with this one.

The film puts the unlikely hero, Jack, (played by Nicholas Hoult) up against some pretty nasty giants when he accidentally lets one of the magic beans get wet, thus causing it to instantaneously sprout into a massive beanstalk that towers to the heavens and creates a means of passage for mythical giants to come down to earth and wreak havoc. Now Jack, alongside the brave knight Elmont (Ewan McGregor) must endure perilous dangers as they climb the huge beanstalk to a land only thought…

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Clone Wars end and Detours gets postponed

Thank Azathoth the abomination (not the cool kind) that would have been “Detours” got postponed. Hopefully this means indefinitely. To use a crude metaphor semi-politely, it would have done bad things to the inanimate body of my most beloved series. I’m hoping the new trilogy will pump some life into that body and get it doing a jive again. Come on JJ, you can do it!

I love Seth Green in “Buffy”, but please keep him away from Star Wars!


In an announcement on the official Star Wars site, the company announced the cancellation of its successful Star Wars: The Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network (yay).


“After five highly successful and critically acclaimed seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we feel the time has come to wind down the series,” the announcement reveals, adding the somewhat confusing news that, “while the studio is no longer producing new episodes for Cartoon Network, we’re continuing production on new Clone Wars story arcs that promise to be some of the most thrilling adventures ever seen” and advising fans to “stay tuned for more information on where fans can soon find this bonus content.”



They’ve also put Seth Green’s planned official parody series “Star Wars Detours”, created by the team behind Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, on indefinite postponement. Originally announced last year, Lucasfilm today said that the series was postponed until a…

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Game of Thrones 90’s

Okay, this was pretty great. I laughed. I cried. I realized how lucky we are to have the show we do. Can’t wait to see how they develop the next books, especially “Feast” and “Dragons”. I love them all, but they are not without flaws, which get much wider as we plunge into “Dragons”. The story seems to lose focus and momentum. I can understand why it took Martin so long to write. When I’m writing something I’m not sure about, and I think I might be going the wrong direction in, it usually takes me far longer than when I know I’m hot on the right track.

Of course, even flawed Martin is pretty much golden, at least as far as I’m concerned, and I’m still loving the series (even if it occassionally frustrates me), and can’t wait for the next book. Hopefully the threads will begin coming together. However, if the cracks get wider . . . ouch.


Some guys made this insanely cool video of a fictional canceled Game of Thrones TV Show from 1995. It has the low quality picture, scratches, light leaks and the nostalgic style of 90’s as well as the awesome but cheesy rock classic from Queen – I Want it All as the soundtrack.

Last but not least, all those smiles…




Game of Thrones originally aired on HBO in 1995. It was cancelled. All that remains is the intro. Enjoy!

Inspired by the great work by goestoeleven.

If you’re around my age, you are probably in tears by now.


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Film Raised $2 Million in One Day on Kickstarter!

I’m really excited by this news. Not only do I love “Veronica Mars” and can’t wait to see it on the big screen, this gives me hope for all shows that were canceled before their time. The big one for me is “Firefly”, as I’m sure it is with many people. I would gladly contribute to a Kickstarter drive to raise money for a “Firefly” movie, or even somehow a more episodic format. After all, as much as I enjoyed “Serenity”, I didn’t think it quite captured the magic of the TV show. It was designed to be done in an episodic, serial format and it excelled in that. While I’m positive there could be a great movie to come out of “Firefly”, I would love for some Kickstarter program to launch a (probably) web-based “Firefly” serial where I could have not just one adventure with the gang but ongoing adventures where we could enoy the benefits of the serial format, following them as larger story arcs progress and characters fall in and out of love with each other, etc. A good TV show can often be more rewarding than a movie.

Anyway, back to “Veronica Mars”. This was a terrific show and I never understood why it got the axe (well, I UNDERSTAND, but . . .). Again, though, as much as I would love to see Veronica kick ass on the big screen, it was designed for the small one and it would make me even happier to see it return to that format.

Still, this is awesome news! Well done, guys!

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‘Veronica Mars’ film’s online fundraiser hits $2M goal

Published March 13, 2013

Associated Press

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    This 2007 publicity photo supplied by the CW shows Kristen Bell, who plays the title role in “Veronica Mars” on The CW Network. (AP/THE CW)

LOS ANGELES –  “Veronica Mars” fans just bought themselves a big-screen version of the cult favorite TV series.

A crowd-sourcing campaign on the Kickstarter website to raise $2 million for the project hit its goal in less than a day.

“Veronica Mars,” which starred Kristen Bell as a young sleuth, ended its three-season run in 2007. With Bell’s help, series creator Rob Thomas started the effort Wednesday to make a big-screen version.

More than 33,000 contributors had pledged $2.1 million as of Wednesday evening, and the total was still growing.

In his online pitch, Thomas promised, “The more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make.”

The movie is the fastest…

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Film Review: Hansel & Gretel – Witch Hunters

This was a fun if forgettable movie. I actually wish this had been lower-budget so that they wouldn’t have been mired in studio notes and could have gone all Evil Dead on our asses.

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Hansel and GretelI have a great love for terrible films. Not the really awful soul destroying ones, but those which have decent low budget:high aspiration or high budget:knowingly silly ratios. I firmly expected Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to be a daft, gory nonsense fest with a few knowing winks to camera and high camp all round. Instead I feel irrationally betrayed. This film is awful, not so bad it’s good, but so bad it is bad and the badness seeps into the wounds in your flesh and makes you suffer.

Where to begin? I’m fine with the concept – Hansel and Gretel left in the woods as kids, preyed on by a witch, they kill her and become full time witch hunters. That’s fine. It falls apart almost immediately as the leads (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) are apparently playing it straight (mostly) against the rest of the cast…

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Lovecraft in film – the top Lovecraft stories in movies

The best Lovecraft movie without doubt was Stewart Gordon’s “Dagon” — great writing, atmosphere and direction, all told with love and respect for Lovecraft himself. Also, a pretty great realization of “Shadow Over Innsmouth”, long my favorite Lovecraft story.

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The best H.P. Lovecraft adaptations and Lovecraft inspired films.

H.P. Lovecraft stories are often called un-filmable because of the way they are written; partly because of the grandiose descriptions of ancient cities and cultures, partly because most of his stories are told with multiple flashbacks and partly because much of his stories are the contemplation of ideas and concepts thought about by the main characters. But that doesn’t stop filmmakers from trying. Most Lovecraft stories adapted for film are re-written, quite often completely, leaving only the title, character names, and most basic concepts in their wake. However, there are some that get enough of the story and atmosphere right – making them true Cthulhu Mythos worthy.

Consideration is given for the following elements: The movie as an entertaining piece of cinema/film – the movie as an HP Lovecraft adaptation and how close the elements come to Lovecraft’s tales.


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