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Movies and TV

What’s Wrong With Zack Snyder Anyway?

My favourite film directors, in no particular order, are Terry Gilliam, James Cameron, Michael Bay, Danny Boyle, John Woo, Tony Scott, and Ridley Scott.

Zack Snyder is one of those directors I should love, he creates big, bold movies that are audacious, and which others have said are unfilmable. He has a style which is undeniable, and the trailers for his films are second to none.

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Movies and TV

Captain America Civil War Review

Captain America Civil War is the latest Marvel film, and on paper, like most of the Marvel movies, it shouldn’t work.

Let’s do the math.  The first Iron Man starred a washed up Robert Downey Junior and was directed by John Favreau who’s only other action flick was the 2005 box office bomb Zathura: A Space Adventure.  Iron Man had ZERO name recognition outside of hardcore comics nerds, and of the various heroes Marvel had at their disposal, was the least recognizable.

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Movies and TV

Walking Dead Season Six Finale Live Blog

I haven’t done anything like this in years, but for the finale of Walking Dead this year, I am going to live blog my reactions to every single moment.

A little bit of spoiler free back story before we get to the show itself.

In my opinion Season Six has been the best season of Walking Dead so far. There have been amazing moments, and a mounting tension that has appropriately evolved along with the evolution of the series.

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General

Cursed: Black Swan – A Review

I have followed Ryan McFadden’s writing career since it was in its embryonic stage. It’s no secret we’ve been besties since high school, we’ve been in each other’s wedding parties, and we’re each other’s “go to” when we need a good swift kick in the ass (metaphorically or physically).

The novel that has become Cursed: Black Swan – A Fixer Novel is about 20 years in the making. I read the first version of it when it was called Nathaniel, before it was put back into a drawer for a decade. I’ve read everything as Ryan has evolved as a writer, he became an Aurora award winner for his part in the anthology Women of the Apocalypse, he won again with The Puzzle Box, and he got more accolades for his shared world concept “The 10th Circle Project”.

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Comics Movies and TV

Batman v Superman – Spoiler Free Review

I went and saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last night, before the movie Zack Snyder came on the screen to tell us that we were seeing the movie before anyone else, and to make sure we don’t spoil any of the secrets to others.

This review will be as spoiler free as possible, if you have seen any of the trailers for Batman v Superman, then you will not be surprised by anything I say here (although I am going to go a little more in-depth to the comic book meaning behind some things).

You can read the entire review over on ComixAsylum – Batman v S.

Batman v Superman is the movie that is supposed to kick off Warner Brother’s connected DC Universe series of movies. Suicide Squad which features a cadre of villians taking on missions that the government wants to be able to disavow is up next August 23, 2016 (directed by the very capable David Ayer), followed by the Wonder Woman film (directed by Patty Jenkins) June 23 2017.

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Comics

My favourite comics of 2015

I’ve been writing about my favourite comics every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve narrowed it down to five picks each year, it’s interesting how three of the five titles on this list were here on last year’s list – My Favourite Comics of 2014, and two of them are brand new titles.

This year’s list looks like this.

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About Me Business

2015 In Review

This was a great year. Not a good year, not an okay year…this was greatness. For as long as I can remember, I have had a dream of owning my own company. I saw it as a type of freedom, I saw it as an opportunity to work on things that mean the most to me, and I saw it as a way to build something bigger than me.

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About Me Movies and TV

What Star Wars means to me

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why I love Star Wars so much, why it holds up so well for me, and why 38 years after I saw the movie for the first time, it is still such a large part of my life.

Star Wars is a fully formed world. You get dropped right in to the middle of the story, which means you have to figure out what is going on, and while the story is a very basic good vs bad guy story, there’s levels of nuance around family, redemption, and destiny.

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Comics

Robert Charpentier (1960-2014)

Rob passed away a year ago this past Saturday.

He was my comics guy for the better part of a decade. He was the reason I travelled an hour in to his store every week for a year. It’s because of him that I became a comics guy. In a lot of ways, the guy who called himself “The Man Who Did Nothing” changed my life.

For comics fans, there are few relationships more intimate than your comics guy. As a former comics guy myself, you learn a lot about a person by what they read. You learn to anticipate what they will buy, and you find commonalities to talk about.

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Business

It’s All Part of the Plan

I am doing a number of different things right now, and from the outside looking in, it probably looks like too much stuff, with none of it connected.

That’s not the case though, see…it’s all part of the plan.

Here are the things I have on the go right now.