Double Feature of Doom! Carmageddon! pt 2

"In this one, instead of dressing Carradine like the unholy fusion of Darth Vader and the Gimp from Pulp Fiction, they make the odd decision to put him in a pink hoodie, a red neckerchief (tied like an ascot) and loafers. Now, while this outfit would almost certainly suck the wind out of even the most badass of action stars’ sails, I reiterate my previous assertion- David Carradine is cool in any and every context he appears in. It’s a rule I live by, and this ridiculous yacht club-looking outfit is not nearly enough to make me question it."

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Double feature of Doom! Carmageddon! pt 1

"For me, this movie represents just about everything that great B-movie filmmaking can and should be. It works within a limited budget but still contributes big ideas with a sense of humor that’s never cynical or above the material and satire that, while incredibly blunt, is still sharp and subversive but never takes itself quite too seriously with an overall pervading sense of fun. Even the gruesome nature of the race itself is played for laughs in just the right ways."

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Can Sony's Spiderverse Work? by MyckNic

Sony seems on track to setting up their own Cinematic Universe, something they’ve been wanting to do since the Amazing Spider-Man Series. I don’t like the duology, but the spin-offs that Sony have been planning to make sound interesting to say the least. Might Sony’s desire for a long-term franchise actually have bred some good ideas?

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DfoD!: Quadruple-Header Pt 2

"Were two-headed monster movies a trend at some point…? They must’ve been, because AIP apparently had enough confidence in this concept to devote twowhole movies to it. Oh yes, that’s right- there’s two of these things. It’s a double-headed double feature that I’m quite certain nobody ever asked for."

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Angela Bullock
Double Feature of Doom! The Quadruple-Header pt 1

"Were two-headed monster movies a trend at some point…? They must’ve been, because AIP apparently had enough confidence in this concept to devote twowhole movies to it. Oh yes, that’s right- there’s two of these things. It’s a double-headed double feature that I’m quite certain nobody ever asked for."

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How to Kill a Superhero

We’ve all been there right? You’re happily reading your favorite comic when all of a sudden, BOOM, the hero gets killed by some happenstance or villain plot. It doesn’t hurt for long though. At most you wait for 2 years for the next big event where they’ll be resurrected. It’s happened time and time again in comics, to the point it has formed its own tropes, some good and some bad. I am a firm believer that most any idea can be weaved into gold, including the Death of a Hero.

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Angela Bullock
Eddie Brock Sucks (But Venom's Great): Nic Woolfe

Not only did Venom have all of the black suit’s upgrades, but it had also managed to cancel out the Spider-Sense, which is supposed to alert Peter to danger. All in all, Venom made for a very powerful, paranoia inducing villain for Spider-Man. The only downside is that Venom had to be attached to Eddie Brock.

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Angela Bullock
A Case For Single Issues: Bones

About 15 years ago a slight shift happened. Publishers started to collect single issues into trade paper backs, moving the market (again) to book stores. The graphic novel section has been a growing part of books stores since, with classic and current story lines side by side. While I love the expansion of audience and availability, I personally still prefer the nearly 90 year old format of single issues

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Angela Bullock
A Case Against Single Issue Comics: Mousa the 14

I’m going to ignore all the other issues in the comic book industry that are causing the complete downward spiral of sales and profits and pop culture penetration… and just focus on the product itself. Because I don’t have the kind of time to do a full history and dissertation on why people who enjoy comics can’t have nice things. Let’s talk about Floppies v Trades.

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Marvel Doesn't know how to use MJ: Nic Woolfe

Now, for me, Mary Jane is the love interest for Spider-Man, having been so on Spider-Man the Animated Series and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy when I grew up. But the reason it was her and not someone like Gwen Stacy is because rather than “just being there” Mary Jane was created to be an injection of Silver Age fun meant to spruce up Peter’s life.

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MG Marshall's Double Feature of Doom! 1a

how could I not start with Roger Corman? I mean, he’s the “King of the B’s,” man! Anybody else would just fall short of his glory. For the uninitiated, Corman is a low-budget writer/director/producer who had a string of hits (in his own words, he “Never lost money on a single picture…”)

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