Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide Sep24

Thursday at NYCC 2012 Planning Guide...

Last year, New York Comic Con extended the con from three days to four days for the first time. I love it. If you don’t like crowds, Thursday is for you. You can only attend NYCC on Thursday if you have a 4-Day or VIP pass. Thursday is the day to check out the big booth displays on the show floor. With not that many people around, you can get some great photos without a sea of heads at the bottom of each shot. Want to take a picture of yourself in a life size Darth Vader action figure bubble card? The line for it on Thursday might be one or two people. On Saturday, that line is going to be much, much longer. No line! The only downside to Thursday is Artist Alley is the least populated on this day. But on the flip side, this is a great time to sketches from the artists who are there and get first crack at buying some original art. There are also quality panels and screenings to attend. Here are what I think are the best panels and screenings to check out on Thursday. Unfortunately, working time turners haven’t been invented yet, or else I’d attend all of these. 3:45 – 4:45 Hasbro: TransformersIf you’re a Transformers fan, you know you’re going to be here…unless you’re at the Hasbro booth, buying whatever their unannounced exclusive is. Unfortunately, this panel starts 15 minutes before you’re probably able to get in the door to NYCC. 4:00 – 5:00 Protecting and Selling Your Comic Book or Graphic Novel – The Building BlocksTrue story: I once paid a few hundred dollars to take a class at NYU SCPS to learn the same things you’ll probably learn in this class...

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!) Sep21

NYCC 2012 Exclusives (UPDATED!)...

UPDATED 10/5/12!UPDATED AGAIN 10/9/12!! New York Comic Con is less than three weeks away and I am getting seriously excited for it. One of the best things about New York Comic Con is having access to limited edition items, many of which are either debuting or only available at NYCC.Here are the ones I’m more excited about! …and some that just have me shaking my head. 4-LOM and Zuckuss Christmas Ornaments (Hallmark) Price: ???, Limited to 800 sets. True story: I love Christmas and I love Star Wars. I already have a lot of Star Wars ornaments on my tree each year, but what’s two more, right? Last year’s droids two-pack sold out pretty quickly. This might be the first thing I buy on Thursday. The Dark Knight Returns Christmas Ornament (Hallmark)Price: ???, Limited to 700 setsThis was an SDCC exclusive, and I was jealous of anyone who bought it! I love Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s one of the few comic book stories that I go back and read year after year. Would I be more excited if it was a David Mazzucchellli Year One Batman? Yes. Am I complaining? No. This will be mine! Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament (Hallmark – Booth 1229)Price: ???, Limited to 600While you’re at the Hallmark booth, you might want to pick up this limited edition Cylon Centurion Christmas Ornament. It’s a gold plated variant of last year’s Cylon ornament. It makes sound. I probably won’t buy this one. My only exposure to Battlestar Galactica was playing with my cousin’s Cylon action figure when were kids. I never watched either the original show or the recent series. But that Cylon toy from my youth was so cool looking. It looked like a more bad-ass Stormtrooper. Did...

Les Miserables – Extended First Look Sep20

Les Miserables – Extended First Look...

My good friend Sarv alerted me to this video. It’s an extended first look at the new Les Miserables movie that is coming out this Christmas. I always look forward to Christmas, but I’m especially looking forward to this Christmas. Check this video out. My thoughts: – They. Are. Singing. Every. Take. Live! They’re not singing along to a prerecorded soundtrack. Instead, a pianist is playing along with the actors as they sing, and letting the actors set the tempo. No wonder Anne Hathaway’s rendition of I Dreamed a Dream was so haunting. And Tom Hooper is right. There is something false or unreal in people singing along to playback. It never looks as good as it does live. -I like Anne Hathaway as an actress more than I ever have before. – This will probably become my favorite Russell Crowe movie. – The sets look amazing. – I can’t help but think that One Day More is going to be EPIC. – Hugh Jackman explaining his process for how he approached What Have I Done is awesome. – I am somehow even more excited for this movie now than I was before. – I’m going to end up watching the trailer at least 10 more times tonight. If, like me, you feel the need to watch the trailer again, like right now, you can find it here:...

Green Lantern (On The Couch 2012 #9) Sep20

Green Lantern (On The Couch 2012 #9)...

As summer 2011 was approaching, with its hoard of superhero movies, I was excited for Green Lantern most of all. I am a huge fan of what Geoff Johns has done with Green Lantern since he started writing the character in 2004. When I found out that he was on set during the production of the movie, I had a feeling that we were in store for something amazing.Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for the Green Lantern movie puttered out before I saw it in the theater. It got so many bad reviews from critics and people on the street that I figured this would be DC’s version of Daredevil. The only people I know who like this movie are the guys who work at my local comic book store, one of whom has worn a Green Lantern ring since before I met him AND has a Green Lantern tatoo. So maybe he’s a little biased. Basically, I missed it last summer and wasn’t that upset about it.Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim are two of the writers on the Green Lantern screenplay, and Berlanti produced the movie, so I’m shocked how flat and boring the whole thing felt. Usually at the end of a Greg Berlanti production, the response in my house is “Damn you, Berlanti,” but it’s meant as a compliment for his uncanny ability at tugging on our heartstrings and manipulating our emotions. Here, any exclamations of “Damn you, Berlanti,” would just be about delivering a disappointing movie.I think they should not have had Parallax be the main villain. Parallax bogged down the movie with cuts that had to be made to what it was doing in space, which was usually making an angry face. We could have done without all the exposition as to...

The Adventures of Tintin (At The Theater 2012 #10) Sep19

The Adventures of Tintin (At The Theater 2012 #10)...

Except for while on the airplane, I didn’t expect to see any movies during my trip to Kauai. But when we heard on the radio that the Poipu Rotary Club would be hosting a screening of The Adventures of Tintin on Poipu Beach, we decided to check it out. I was worried that with The Adventures of Tintin being a children’s movie, there would a mob of noisy, crying kids at the beach for the screening. The kids were there, but they couldn’t have been better behaved. I’m guessing a lot of the younger ones didn’t make it through the entire film, but they were joined by their fair share of adults in not staying awake for the whole movie. I don’t blame the movie. The Adventures of Tintin is great. I’m guessing that after a long day of hiking, swimming, surfing, kayaking or a combination of all four, it’s easy to fall asleep on your beach blanket, especially if you’ve had a glass or two of wine (the adults that is, not the kids!).We were running late and didn’t get to stop by a wine store, so I was happy to find that the deli across the street from Poipu Beach sells alcohol. It doesn’t have the best wine selection, but I was very happy to find a chilled bottle of pink with a screw top. The guy behind the counter let me grab a couple of plastic cups as well, so more praise to them.You guys, The Adventures of Tintin was so good. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you do. The tone of the movie is similar to The Secret of Monkey Island computer games I couldn’t play enough of as a teen. I’ll be honest, I have never...

Win Win (On The Couch 2012 #8) Sep18

Win Win (On The Couch 2012 #8)...

Win Win came on during our flight to Kauai as soon as The Lucky One ended. I had wanted to see Win Win in the theater, so I kept my headset on. But the combination of the beginning of Win Win being a little slow, the disappointment of The Lucky One and a bout of sleepiness had me wondering if I’d be better off taking a nap instead. I’m glad I opted out of the nap and watched Win Win. I really enjoyed it.In Win Win, Mike, played by Paul Giamatti, is a down on his luck lawyer who does some underhanded things to keep his business afloat and groceries on his family’s table. Don’t get me wrong, he didn’t start working for the mob. What he did falls into that gray area of “This is definitely wrong, but if I were in his situation, would I do the same thing?” I really like Paul Giamatti for the same reasons I like Stanley Tucci and Mark Ruffalo. The three of them always bring a sense of realness to the characters they play. Can we get the three of them in one movie, please?My favorite part of Win Win is when Kyle asks Mike to give him a slap across the face before a wrestling match. When we got to Hawaii, I asked my wife to do the same when we went zip lining. Based on their reactions, I’m guessing the other people in our zip lining group didn’t see Win Win on their flight in. “Give me a slap.” In the battle of movies shown on planes during my trip to Hawaii Win-Win beats both The Lucky One by a three count pin and Men In Black III via DQ (I fell asleep before...

The Lucky One (On The Couch 2012 #7) Sep12

The Lucky One (On The Couch 2012 #7)...

This one is more “On the Window Seat” than “On the Couch.” I saw The Lucky One, which I keep mistakenly calling The Vow on a flight from California to Hawaii. I’m not sure why I chose watching this movie over reading my book or playing with my iPad, but I did, and here we are. Wrong movie. The Lucky One is Rambo, if Rambo were made by Lifetime. Both Logan, Zac Efron’s character and John Rambo are veterans trying to find their place in the world. Both Logan and John Rambo move to new towns and immediately become unfairly targeted by a sheriff who has no respect for veterans. Rambo has explosions. The Lucky One has montages. Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with montages as a storytelling device. But The Lucky One has lots of montages. I had to double-check to make sure the movie wasn’t directed by Garry Marshall. There are at least a half dozen montages in it. This just comes off as lazy storytelling. It seemed like whenever time needed to move forward, The Lucky One would jump into a montage. I want to propose a new law. This law would limit the number of montages allowed in one movie. I’m calling it Logan’s Law. Please lend your support and contact your local congressman or screenwriter. The Lucky One also has Zac Efron in a beard, because if he wasn’t, you’d spend the movie wondering, “What kind of country sends a 12 year old off to war?” In the battle of Zac Efron movies involving dead brothers, Charlie St. Cloud beats The Lucky...

The Dark Knight Rises (At The Theater 2012 #9) Sep07

The Dark Knight Rises (At The Theater 2012 #9)...

Yes, yes, yes. I loved The Dark Rises. This was my most anticipated movie of 2012 and it did not disappoint at all! I loved it so much that I watched Batman Begins and The Dark Knight again back to back shortly after seeing The Dark Knight Rises. Thank you, Christopher Nolan. This trilogy has been amazing. Anne Hathaway is definitely the sexiest Catwoman since Julie Newmar. I wasn’t sure what to make of her being cast at first, but she was perfect in DKR. We can all pretend the Halle Berry movie didn’t happen now, right? Tom Hardy as Bane was awesome. I loved how well he communicated without saying a word. I loved his voice. I’m very glad they didn’t go with Bane’s traditional wrestling unitard and pants costume from the comics. I’ve always found that costume to be ridiculous looking. I really glad they didn’t go with this look. I loved Bane’s jacket in Dark Knight Rises. Seriously, where can I get that jacket? This jacket will be my closet’s reckoning. Random thought: Is it me, or does Matthew Modine look a little too much like Aaron Eckhart? When he came on screen, I thought, “Didn’t you get horribly disfigured and die in the last movie?” SPOILERS BELOW! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED, COME BACK AFTER YOU WATCH THE DARK KNIGHT RISES! I really liked how Nolan mirrored scenes from Batman Begins in Dark Knight Rises, like when young Talia climbs out of the prison. It looked just like young Bruce’s ascent from the cave as a child. Speaking of Talia, I called Marion Cotillard as Talia fairly early on. She was always being put in situations where if she was a villain, it would be very much to her advantage. Like,...

The Amazing Spider-Man (At The Theater 2012 #8) Sep06

The Amazing Spider-Man (At The Theater 2012 #8)...

I’m of two minds about The Amazing Spider-Man, On the one hand, I thought the story was great. I’m a big fan of the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book, and I thought this movie was almost a direct adaptation of the first six issues of Bendis and Bagley’s Ultimate Spider-Man, just with the Lizard standing in for the Green Goblin and Gwen taking the place of Mary Jane. On the other hand, I felt like I wasn’t really watching a new movie, but rather a revised draft of 2002’s Spider-Man. There were some differences, but not enough to make it feel like it was a new movie. That said, I thought Andrew Garfield was excellent as Peter Parker. I like that this Peter Parker wasn’t just a complete nerd, but still an outsider. It was Peter Parker by way of James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause. “You know something? You read too many comic books.” I also thought Emma Stone was excellent at Gwen Stacey. She is such an improvement over Kirsten Dunst as in every way. I never understood the casting of Kirsten Dunst in Spider-Man. I think the only movie I liked her in was Bring It On. But I’ve loved Emma Stone in everything she’s been in, including this movie. Adorable. Their chemistry together worked so well. The dialogue was great. I can’t decide which was my favorite line. It was either: Mrs. Ritter: “Peter, don’t make promises you can’t keep.”Peter Parker: “But those are the best kind.”or Spider-Man: “Oh, no! You have found my weakness. Small knives!” I have to say, as much as I liked The Amazing Spider-Man, I am very glad that I saw it before The Dark Knight Rises. Don’t get me wrong, I thought The Amazing Spider-Man was a great movie, but...