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Review: Finding Dory

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Review: Finding Dory

It has been 13 years since we first went on a life or death journey with Marlin and Dory as they searched for the missing clown fish, Nemo, in 2003’s Finding Nemo. It’s arguably one of the best Disney/Pixar films. So it should come as no surprise that Finding Dory is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. What could have been a cash grab sequel with no value ends up being a movie about self-discovery, family and love.

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Review: The Jungle Book

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Review: The Jungle Book

Jon Favreau’s remake/reimagining/retooling/reboot of Walt Disney’s 1967 animated classic The Jungle Book tells the same story we’ve all come to know as kids and into adulthood: Mowgli, an orphaned human boy, sets out with his animal guardians on a journey of self-discovery while evading the threat of the evil Shere Khan. That’s the story at its core, a true retelling of the same story you already know. So if you liked the one you’ve grown up watching then most likely you’ll like this too, since it’s the same thing.

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Review: Zootopia

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Review: Zootopia

For Disney’s 55th animated feature film instead of going back to their roots with a fantasy full of royals, sidekicks, villains and songs, they decided to try something completely different: Zootopia. In a city of anthropomorphic animals, living like people, a fugitive con artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), and a rookie bunny cop, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), must work together to uncover a conspiracy that could tear the fabric of their great society apart.

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Comic Issues #171 – Cast all the characters!

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Comic Issues #171 – Cast all the characters!

You know how sometimes you’ll think of a movie Hollywood should make, and then dreamcast all the actors you love into the roles? This week we figured heck with it, let’s do it backwards: we’ll talk about the actors we love best and figure out a comic-book movie we can put them in.

It’s a free-for-all of our favorite actors and our favorite characters: Idris Elba, Olivia Wilde, Katee Sackhoff, Kevin Spacey, Hawkgirl, Doctor Strange, Namor, Death, and a bunch more until that jerk Doctor Nick interrupted us. Before that happens though we also fit in the news about Agent Carter, Constantine, Suicide Squad showing up on Arrow, and an idea for DC: instead of trying to make Justice League stand up to Avengers, what if they went in a completely different direction?

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Movie Issues: Thor: The Dark World

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Movie Issues: Thor: The Dark World

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is back again, and this time they’re bringing Thor into his second solo adventure: Thor: The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones, The Sopranos) and staring Chris Hemsworth as the titular hero, along with his scheming demigod half-brother Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston. Bringing back the entire cast from part one, they all join Thor in this new tale as he tries the stop the Dark Elves from destroying the universe. All this combines into one hell of a great movie that is thrilling, funny, action-packed, and one of the most entertaining movies of the year.

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Movie Issues: Pacific Rim

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Movie Issues: Pacific Rim

In Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy take on giant monsters with the help of Heimdall, It’s Always Sunny… and everyone’s favorite, Hellboy!

When giant monsters called Kaiju rise from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the world unites to create a line of defense called Jaegers. These equally giant robots are controlled by two pilots psychically synced to work as one to defeat these would-be destroyers of man, but these creatures from the unknown are becoming tougher to beat each time. Soon comes the day where man must make his last stand.

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First Trailer for Thor: The Dark World

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First Trailer for Thor: The Dark World

The Mighty Mjolnir has returned and with it a new trailer for Thor: The Dark World.  Marking the return of Thor, Thor 2 picks up after the events that  Avengers leaves off from and finds Asgard and Midgard once again in danger, but this time from an enemy that is older than the universe itself.  Led by the vengeful leader Malekith (Eccleston), an army is amassing that threatens to overthrow the order of the Nine Realms and will push Thor to his limits while forcing him to make the toughest decision of his life.  Featuring the return of Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Sir Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jamie Alexander (Lady Sif), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg), and Idris Elba (Hemidal) Thor: The Dark World comes out November 8, 2013.

Darkness is coming…

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Comic Issues Presents: Thor – Review

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Comic Issues Presents: Thor – Review

Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing an advanced screening of the Marvel Comics latest hero-turned Hollywood movie, Thor. In following the successful Iron Man franchise, and the soon to be released Captain America and Avengers movie, Marvel seems to be getting their continuity together for a very good set of films, which is a nice change of pace being that Marvel hasn’t been able to do the same for their latest books to save their lives. Perhaps Marvel needs to brake down and have a “Crisis.” That however, is not what this is about–this is about The Mighty Thor. Thankfully, here Marvel has another strong film on their hands. “Thor” is everything you’ve come to expect from a Marvel movie; it’s fun, action-packed, epic and widely accessible to comic fans and non-comic fans alike. As with all Marvel films to date, you should stay to the very end. Yes, suffer though the horrible Foo Fighters song–trust me, it’s worth it!

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I am certain no two people in the theatre were more ignorant of the Marvel comic title Thor than my companion and I. We gamely let the film unfold before us with zero preconceptions and (to be honest) pretty low expectations. The fans around is seemed to feel pretty good about it as a whole, and we both found it entertaining and pretty well self-contained.

The story takes place in two worlds: ours, and the far-off realm of Asgard, where the personages of Thor (Chris Hemsworth(, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Frigga (Rene Russo), and Heimdall (Idris Elba) live. The presence of these space gods in our Norse folklore is explained as long-ago visits to Earth where their advanced science seemed magical. Naturally, back in New Mexico, we have Stellan SkarsgÃ¥rd as a Swede who knows the stories, though a children’s book is still needed to explain the extra bits.

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A Black Heimdall? Thor Controversy and Ethnic Tokenism

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A Black Heimdall? Thor Controversy and Ethnic Tokenism

So, a black Heimdall, huh?

I’m going to join with Penny Arcade by saying that the racist groups currently protesting the casting choice aren’t really to be taken seriously. The Council of Conservative Citizens has been recognized as a hate organization; their interest in the issue lies only in their bigotry.

So we can dismiss the issue of agreeing with racists and the underlying awkward shame. It’s ridiculous to seriously believe that the casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall is some sort of sinister attempt to deny Europeans their cultural heritage. It’s far more likely he was chosen simply because he was a good actor fitting the role of Heimdall for the movie than the producers are out to indoctrinate children and young adults.

It does, however, raise an interesting question: do authors and creators of media have a responsibility to enforce diversity? And how important is ethnicity to verisimilitude when it comes to a setting? Read On

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