Tag Archive: US

Apr 16 2015

ECCC 2015: A first timer’s report from Emerald City Comicon

If you are a comics fan anywhere in the world, the pull of the major US con circuit becomes something of a mystical entity. Particularly if you live in Australia, where there are effectively two major cons in Supanova and Oz Comic-Con, and a smattering of other regional cons and fairs. As wonderful as they are, …

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Feb 02 2015

Behind The Panels Issue 127 – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Welcome to Behind the Panels Issue 127, the comic book show that uses talcum powder under its tights to avoid unfortunate chafing. In this issue, David Tennant joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That sound you hear is the Internet breaking under the strain. ALSO we all sit around and watch The Thing without pants in …

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Jan 22 2015

Film Review: Kingsman – The Secret Service

Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ comic shoots stylishly out of the gates, and it is guaranteed that minds will be blown. The prospect of Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn re-teaming with creator Mark Millar was already a glee inducing prospect, as the combination had previously produced one of the most kinetic translations of a modern comic book in recent …

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Dec 05 2014

Blu-ray Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

The biggest comic book film comes to terrestrial entertainment systems, and we can now walk in the Blu-rays of the beautiful sun. Guardians of the Galaxy was always going to be the trickiest film in the canon to sell to a mass audience. Just like Korath the Pursuer’s (Djimon Hounsou) reaction when he first encounters Peter “Star Lord” …

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Sep 03 2014

Film Review: Sin City – A Dame to Kill For

The long-awaited sequel makes a few sins of its own in a faithful yet uninspiring retread of Frank Miller’s classic series. It’s been almost a decade since Sin City burst onto our screens with a swagger that only comes from something truly original. In the development hell of the intervening years, countless imitators have come and …

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Jul 24 2014

Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

The boldest move in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is also the most joyous, neatly showing the rest of the galaxy how it’s done.  Guardians of the Galaxy was always going to be the trickiest film in the canon to sell to a mass audience. Just like Korath the Pursuer’s (Djimon Hounsou) reaction when he first encounters Peter …

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Apr 15 2014

Film Review: The Amazing Spider-man 2

The first sequel to the Spidey reboot tries to weave a wicked web, but rapidly gets tangled up in its own convolutions. Simple economics dictate that Sony will continue to make Spider-man films until the end of time, or at least until they start to become unprofitable. As such, it was only a mere 5 …

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Oct 28 2013

Film Review: Thor: The Dark World

The latest Marvel film pushes the boundaries of their growing universe, determined to turn mainstream cinema audiences into comic buffs. If Iron Man 3 was about escalating the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond even the dizzying heights of The Avengers, then Thor: The Dark World is about expanding that landscape. The original Thor was perhaps the …

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Sep 16 2013

Film Review: R.I.P.D.

The good guys dress in black, remember that. Mostly because they’ve already been to their own funerals. Ryan Reynolds hasn’t exactly got an unblemished career when it comes to comic book adaptations. From the excesses of Blade: Trinity to the misfired Green Lantern and the simply confused X-Men Origins: Wolverine, any personal love the actor …

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Aug 27 2013

Film Review: RED 2

This follow-up maintains the spirit and most of the original cast for a sequel that is keen to bring the fun. Although based on the limited comic series RED, written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner, Robert Schwentke’s 2010 action film greatly expanded the plot and gave the ensemble cast a lot more humour to …

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Aug 15 2013

Film Review: Kick-Ass 2

Based on the Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. comic of the same name, this sequel goes to some dark places.  The original Kick-Ass had a unique development history, with the film rights sold off before the first issue had even been published. Parallel processes worked to bring the eight-chapter comic book and more traditionally structured …

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