I have never been a Bond fan.  Sure, I knew who 007 was, had heard the famous introduction “Bond, James Bond,” and could ID Tom Collins’ and Angel’s lines in Rent as referencing the famous spy (although Pussy Galore never wore anything resembling Angel’s costume!), but since I had fallen asleep every time I tried to watch GoldenEye (three separate occasions; Disney’s White Fang also shares this dubious honor), I wasn’t putting the films on my must-watch list.  Then, a few months ago, a new friend convinced me to give the classic films a try.  Instead of watching just any Bond film, I needed to see some of the iconic ones that brought the franchise to life.  Working with him and another friend who is a female Bond fan, we worked together to pick some of the good Connery and Moore-era films to see if my opinion could be swayed at least a little.

Given the recent splurge of YA fiction properties (and, more specifically, dystopian YA fiction properties) in both bookstores and cinemas, it’s easy to understand how even a dedicated geek and proud Whedonite could dismiss Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series as just another part of the latest pop culture trend. As a life-long geek and hard-core Whedon fan since Buffy: Season One, I wish to stress that Collins’ unflinching and imaginative novels are closer to Orwell’s powerful 1984 than Meyer’s sparkle-infested Twilight books, and Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen is following in the footsteps of everyone’s favorite blonde vampire slayer in more ways than one!

After Sundance 2014, I was ready to discuss my favorite films I had the pleasure of seeing and share my overall views on the festival, like usual. As my time in Park City, Utah, drew to a close, I’d begun compiling a list of movies I wanted to recommend to our FBC community.  It all seemed pretty straightforward.

Shortly thereafter, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away. My overall experience of the festival and the films I saw there, in particular the two he starred in (A Most Wanted Man and God’s Pocket), films that I watched alongside him in the theater, has now changed considerably.

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Steven Spielberg. Martin Scorsese. Francis Ford Coppola. George Lucas. These master storytellers are some of my biggest influences for two reasons. The first is their incredible repertoires of work. The second is the freedom they had to tell their stories. These are the guys that taught me how to be a filmmaker, and that if you wanted to be one, you needed to grow a beard. (See Exhibits A-D) They pioneered one of the greatest eras of cinematic history, The Storyteller Era. The period in the annals of filmmaking history, where the director had true control over his/her story. Some of the greatest movies ever made were made in this time. Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Taxi Driver, The Godfather, Jaws, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now. I could go on. And on. And on.

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Though I am nowhere close to being considered an expert when it comes to Marvel’s mutant-related comics, I am an X-Men fan and have read many of the titles concerning the band of mutated individuals.  Throughout all of the titles I’ve read, there is a very common aspect of “Bad Mutants” (such as the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and some variations of the Hellfire Club) which have gone to great lengths to try and wipe out humanity in the hopes of creating a mutant-only paradise on Earth. Not only is this action seemingly morally wrong, but it is rather antithetical to the actual long-term existence of mutantkind.  Without humanity, mutants would not exist, and to extinguish them would be to cut off the greatest producer of mutants ever known to history.

MINOR COMIC HISTORICAL SPOILERS BELOW

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Yesterday was Image Expo, an all-day media event to show off what's next from Image Comics. Fanboy Comics sent Kristine Chester and I to cover the event in San Francisco. Kristine will be delivering an article with all the news from the show, so I thought I would deliver more of an opinion piece on the Image Expo experience.

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As a kid of the '80s, I grew up with several toys and cartoons, but one of the most interesting to me at the time was G.I. Joe—not because of any violent, reactionary equation, but of the simple aspect of a group of remarkable individuals coming together to fight for the side of good in a battle against evil. At the time I had very little interest in comics overall and hardly ever played a video game (aside from failing often at Mario 3), but the Joes were able to pique my interest like no other toy/comic/cartoon could. To this day, I still cannot fully explain (to myself or others) just why I enjoy the Joes, but I’m going to do my best right here, right now, for your entertainment purposes.

 

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On a Facebook Wall: "How do you think he would like it if I sat him between X and Y at our event? Ha!" 3 months later: "Hey guys, I can only private message and not post on my Wall because I've been banned from Facebook for the next 12 hours." It appears that if enough people disagree with your comments or opinion, all they need is enough people they can convince to report you, and the power trip can begin.

 

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I grew up with Star Wars comics, they being one of the very few titles I have read since I first got into comic book reading, and the titles (for me at least) have done a great job of bridging the gaps between the feature films and the novels.  For me, Star Wars has always been a central core of my geekdom, a pillar upon which I have judged other aspects of science fiction—as well as other aspects of Star Wars itself—and I have immensely enjoyed the stories that Dark Horse has provided . . . well, most of them. There will always be some that I am not a fan of, but that’s the way things go.  But now, with Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilm, the license to produce Star Wars comic material has been lost to Marvel (another division of Disney), and once the current contracts of ongoing (and soon-to-be-made) comics finish, Dark Horse will lose one of the most important resources it has relied upon since 1991: the overwhelming obsession of Star Wars fans.

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Anyone who really knows me will not find it strange that I consider Spider-Man to be my favorite and strongest superhero, especially given his geekish and nerdy background—something I know quite a bit about. Over the last few years, I have been trying to catch up with the comics that tell the tales of the famous wall-crawling, web-slinging solo savior and have seen a lot of interesting and life-changing things in his life.  While I haven’t read the majority of the Amazing Spider-Man title (or several other of the long-running comics, aside from the Ultimate version), I have looked into the history of the man behind the mask, and a lot of it was well written . . . until we get to the most recent end of ASM #700.  One would think that I would be used to endings like this given the way the heroes of the Marvel and DC worlds blink in and out of existence, but the way this was done really has me wondering if I even want to continue reading the new adventures of Spider-Man when in the series that started not long ago.

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