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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) / Z-View

Posted in Celebs, Comics, Movies, and Z-View

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Director: James Gunn

Screenplay: James Gunn, Dan Abnett based on the Marvel comics

Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice), Bradley Cooper (voice), Michael Rooker,  Sylvester Stallone, Jeff Goldblum and Kurt Russell.

The Pitch: “Time to make another Guardians of the Galaxy!”

Tagline: You only get one chance to save the galaxy twice.

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

Although the Guardians are now considered heroes, they earn their living as mercenaries.  On the run after barely escaping with their lives from a job gone wrong (Thanks, Rocket!), they meet a being claiming to be Peter’s father.  Although he/it may be Peter’s dad, something’s not right…

Stallone’s cameo is a bonus!


RIP – Bobby Heenan

Posted in Celebs, Pro Wrestling, and RIP

Bobby Heenan passed away today surrounded by his family.  My guess is even if you’re not a fan of professional wrestling, you know of Bobby Heenan.

Bobby Heenan was a WWE Hall of Famer, but he transcended the sport.  Of course when you’re considered to be the greatest manager of all time as well as the best color commentator to ever call a match your popularity shouldn’t be surprising.

Heenan spent over 40 years in the world of pro wrestling. He wasn’t your typical wrestler. He wasn’t gigantic. He wasn’t musclebound. He didn’t fly through the air [unless being thrown by Dick the Bruiser or some other good guy].  Bobby Heenan started out as manager “Pretty Boy” Bobby Heenan.  He was a heel.  As a little kid, Heenan was the first person to make me root for the “bad” guy.

Fans loved or hated him, but no one was neutral about Bobby Heenan. Sometimes Heenan would even get involved in matches [usually against his will].   He could “rassle” with anyone and make them look better.  No one could work a crowd like “the Brain.”  And Bobby Heenan was witty. His one-liners and off-the-cuff comments were at times more entertaining than the matches themselves.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bobby Heenan’s family, friends and fans.

The Conjuring (2013) / Z-View

Posted in Horror, Movies, and Z-View

The Conjuring (2013)

Director: James Wan

Screenplay: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes (as Carey W. Hayes)

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston

The Pitch: “A remote house… spooky going-ons… evil!”

Tagline: None

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
When strange things continue to happen in their remote farm home, Carolyn and Roger Perron contact paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warren’s discover that true evil lurks there


Navy Seals vs. Zombies (2015) / Z-View

Posted in Horror, Movies, Z-View, and Zombies

Navy Seals vs. Zombies (2015)

Director: Stanton Barrett

Screenplay: Matthew Carpenter from a story by A.K. Waters

Stars: Ed Quinn, Michael Dudikoff, Rick Fox

The Pitch: “Zombies, and, wait for it… Navy Seals!”

Tagline: None (Perhaps the budget was so low they couldn’t afford one.)

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…

The title says it all. Navy Seals are sent in to rescue folks during a zombie outbreak. High concept – low execution.


Dan Panosian, Down-But-Not-Out Boxers and “Killing Me Softly”

Posted in Art, Comics, Crime, and Movies

Dan Panosian recently sat down (or perhaps he stood up) for an interview with Adventures in Poor Taste to talk about his new series Slots.

I’ve always enjoyed Panosian’s art and he’s a great guy so there’s that.  In the interview I discovered that Dan’s a fan of the film Killing Them Softly.  I thought I was the only one.  So there’s another reason to like Dan.  If you check out the interview, I’ll bet you’ll find a couple for yourself.

The Last of the Mohicans (1936) / Z-View

Posted in Books, Movies, and Z-View

The Last of the Mohicans (1936)

Director: George B. Seitz

Screenplay: Philip Dunne based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper

Stars: Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon.

The Pitch: “Let’s turn the classic Last of the Mohicans into a movie!”

Tagline: James Fenimore Cooper’s Greatest Tale Of Rousing Adventure!

The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
A classic love story set against the background of the Colonial Indian Wars. A half-breed Indian scout becomes entangled in a blood dispute between Magua and Colonial Munro, when Munro’s daughters are targeted for execution by Magua and his warriors.


A “Die Hard” Christmas

Posted in Art, Crime, and Movies

If you have a hard-to-buy-for Die Hard fan in your life, then A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic by Doogie Horner (author), and J.J. Harrison (artist) may be just what you need.

And if A Die Hard Christmas: The Illustrated Holiday Classic is a home run, then the 80 page Die Hard: The Authorized Coloring and Activity Book from 20 Century Fox should be worth a couple of bases.  (Not sure where the baseball analogy came from.  On that I struck out.)


Phantom Lady (1944) / Z-View

Posted in Crime, Movies, and Z-View

Phantom Lady (1944)

Director: Robert Siodmak

Screenplay: Bernard C. Schoenfeld (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich based on his novel written as William Irish

Stars: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis, Elisha Cook Jr., Regis Toomey and Milburn Stone.

The Pitch: “A romantic thriller with a man’s life on the line!”


The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
Scott Henderson (Curtis), who is in an unhappy marriage, spends his night at a bar drinking with a woman he’s just met. When Henderson gets home he discovers his wife has been murdered and the woman he’d just met is his only alibi… only no one seems to remember seeing her with him.


Guillermo del Toro & Ron Perlman’s Hellboy vs Neil Marshall & David Harbour’s Hellboy

Posted in Art, Celebs, Comics, Horror, and Movies

This shot of David Harbour as Hellboy is making the rounds because of how well it looks to capture Mignola’s Hellboy.

Some folks are upset that Ron Perlman and Guillermo del Toro won’t be coming back to complete their Hellboy trilogy.  I was disappointed as well, but that won’t stop me from seeing Neil Marshall’s darker, rated-R version.

I’ve also seen complaints that Harbour’s Hellboy looks like Perlman’s Hellboy.  Ok.  Let’s think about that for a second.  They’re both playing the same character, so shouldn’t they look similar?

I’m a fan of Perlman and Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy and hope to be of  Marshall & Harbour’s Hellboy as well.

Hellboy directed by Neil Marshall, starring David Harbour, Mila Jovovich, Ian McShane and Daniel Dae Kim premieres January 11, 2019.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949) / Z-View

Posted in Crime, Horror, Humor, Movies, and Z-View

Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)

Director: Charles T. Barton

Screenplay: Hugh Wedlock Jr. & Howard Snyder

Stars:  Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff

The Pitch: “It’s time for Bud and Lou to meet Boris!”


The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When the bellboy (Costello) becomes the prime suspect of a murder in a remote hotel full of shady characters, only the hotel dick (Abbott) believes his innocence.  The race is on to find the killer before he kills again… and the bellboy is in the killer’s sights!

I was surprised that Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff didn’t hold up as well as I remembered it.  I was sure it would get a “B” rating or higher.  As a kid, it would have gotten an “A” — yet it is still fun with some good laughs.


Blood Simple (1984) / Z-View

Posted in Crime, Movies, and Z-View

Blood Simple (1984)

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)

Screenplay: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Stars:  John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya and M. Emmet Walsh

The Pitch: “Let’s make a noir!”

Tagline: Breaking up is hard

The Overview:  Beware of Spoilers…

When a vengeful husband (Hedaya) learns that his wife is cheating on him, he hires a sleazy PI to kill them.  What follows is a classic throwback film noir that jumpstarted the Coen brothers’ career.