By guest columnist Film_Tacs.
I was under the assumption that The Circle was a thriller – as advertised – but I was wrong. So if you go into the theaters expecting such, you will be disappointed, but for more than one reason.
Samantha Locklear is dealing with things as best as she can. And she does have a lot of things to deal with. A former marine who served three tours of duty, she’s suffering from PTSD and multiple medical problems after being held as a POW for almost a year. And then there’s the mysterious lights in the sky, and a businessman who has an obsession with those lights and who’s looking to buy up all the property in the area, whether the owners want to sell or not.
Fortunately Sam’s got a job she’s very good at (mechanic in a desert scrapyard), and a very understanding boss who’s not at all intimidated by pushy businessmen. Oh, and there’s also Sam’s best friend in the world, a 600-pound talking gorilla named Mike.
Mike, as you’ve probably guessed, is completely imaginary. What’s interesting is that Sam knows this.
Even more interesting? I’m pretty sure Mike knows it too.
The Functionist Council got the drop on Rodimus’ crew, someone’s Conjunx Endura may be beating up their partner during blackouts, and it’s possible someone might have hallucinated the last four issues. So, a typical Wednesday in the Lost Light universe then? See below for preview pages and a review of Transformers: Lost Light #5.
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation’s Voltron: Legendary Defender debuted at WonderCon 2016. A year later, with a third season already on the way later this year, the fan reaction has been incredible. We got to sit down with some of the cast and creators of the show at WonderCon 2017 and talked with them about what’s to come next season, what they liked best about last season, and what they think about Voltron cosplay. (Seriously, if you wore your Voltron cosplay when you met the cast, you need to see this video: they think you’re amazing.)
See below for our interview with Kimberly Brooks, Joaquim Dos Santos, Tim Hedrick, Josh Keaton, Tyler Labine, Lauren Montgomery, Jeremy Shada, and Bex Taylor-Klaus.
May has finally arrived and with the temperature slowly starting to heat up around the country it’s time for the annual onslaught of the big budget box-office summer movies to begin. And starting us off as usual is Marvel Studios. This year is the return of our favorite space trekking heroes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s going to be another box-office-breaking smash-hit for Marvel/Disney as they deliver once again a great, fun, action-packed comic book movie.
You know how we always open the podcast by saying you should listen to the Welcome To Night Vale episode first? Well this week you REALLY NEED TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE FIRST. This was one of those episodes that’s surreal and disjointed and hard to understand and then when you get to the end you realize they were giving you clues about what was really going on THE ENTIRE TIME.
There’s also some stuff about Peaky Blinders and M. Night Shyamalan, Transformers Combiner Wars, and the new Transformers Earth Wars game that Kathryn hasn’t been able to put down yet.
Starscream struggles to maintain control of Cybertron in the wake of the battle with the undead Titans and Windblade’s…I mean her….look I don’t want to talk about it and it’s not entirely clear yet so I’m holding out hope, okay? Okay?
Anyway, things are getting political, but not in a paperwork and bureaucrats way but more in a propaganda and blackmail and “yes I have you over a barrel it’s for your own good and you’ll do what I say and you’ll like it” way. Also Elita One is not to be trifled with. Ever.
See below for a review of Till All Are One #9.
Bad things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen to okay people. Bad things happen to everyone. Good things happen to…well, somebody, probably. Somebody somewhere else.
Being a superhero causes a lot of collateral damage, and we’re not just talking about crossover events that level a city block. Start dating a guy who has a superpower and/or a secret identity and suddenly you’ve got a target on your back with a sign reading “FOR CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, SHOOT HERE”.
Ever wonder what those hapless wives and girlfriends of superheroes think about this trend? Imagine knowing that your ex gets a dramatic pose and a lost love to avenge, while you get a cosmic prison, a room in an insane asylum, or an eternity wearing the godawful clothes someone picked for you to wear in your casket. (Really, these shoes with that dress? Come on now…)
Catherynne Valente’s latest book The Refrigerator Monologues (due out this June) is a collection of six stories told from the point of view of women who have been “refrigerated”: stripped of their powers, driven insane, strangled and stuffed in a fridge, basically removed from the stage in order to move the “real” hero’s story forward. Written in Valente’s delightfully off-kilter style and with illustrations by Hawkeye‘s Annie Wu, the women of the Hell Hath Club swap tales while hanging out at the Lethe Cafe in Deadtown, the city where the fictional go when they die.
Nat Geo is excited to announce YEAR MILLION, a new six-part documentary-drama series that premieres May 15, 9/8c. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, YEAR MILLION explores what it will be like to be human approximately one million years into the future. Depending on your perspective, the future can be thrilling… it also can be frightening. Imagine if the robots we create will one day outsmart us and take over. Or imagine a world where mortality is no longer a given. What if Earth is no longer our home?