Archive for January, 2004


Friday, January 30th, 2004

If you thought the publicity photos of Halle Berry as Catwoman were terrible, just wait till you see this. Between this god-awful addition to the Batman canon and the never-ending trainwreck that is the Superman movie, I think Warner Bros has officially squandered all good will they engendered after casting Christian Bale as the Dark Knight.

Youngest inker work in SSCA #3

Friday, January 30th, 2004

Our own Scott McCullar has introduced to the world a startling new inking talent: his daughter Rachel!

That’s his seven and a half year old daughter.

Scott’s latest Yellow Jacket story “Feeling The Sting” debuted this week in Shooting Star Comics Anthology #3. I’ve already seen the art in previews and I have to say: I cannot detect which inks are done by Scott and which are done by Rachel. I couldn’t even draw a smiley face when I was 7!

I have to apologize to the gang from Shooting Star Comics for not spotlighting their new book when it debuted on Wednesday; the date snuck up on me! I will try to post a review of the book on our review site, but in the meantime let me just say that it is their best book yet.

That isn’t just meaningless praise. I thought SSCA #s 1 and 2 were good, but they had their strong and weak points. I managed to snag a preview of #3 and every story is enjoyable, there are no letdowns, and one of them is LOL hilarious.

Okay, so it’s foreign and I’ll never see it

Friday, January 30th, 2004

Remember that guy who fell into a coma in 1984 when Terminator came out and woke up when the star of that movie is governor of California? OK. Now imagine being behind the Iron Curtain during that same period of time.

In Good bye, Lenin!, a man has to protect his frail mother from the knowledge that the Soviet Union is gone, Germany is reunited and capitalism is the new system. Intriguing premise…and it looks hilarious, even subtitled.

Who’s ripping off Signs?

Friday, January 30th, 2004

I saw this trailer for The Village and saw a number of visual elements that seemed reminiscent of the movie “Signs,” to the point that I wondered if this was just a ripoff of that film.

Oh, guess not. The reason it’s so similar is that this is M. Night Shyamalan’s new film! Joy!

PIXAR breaks free of the mouse!

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

This has been coming for a while, but I honestly didn’t know that it would happen: Pixar will not have Disney as its distributor after 2006. The final films will be the awesome superhero film “The Incredibles” (from Brad Bird, the genius behind “The Iron Giant”) and one more, probably “Cars.”

For Pixar, this is just fantastic. Disney has been reaping the acclaim and the profits for films that aren’t really theirs. To date, the five Pixar films have earned about $2.5 billion! Without Pixar, Disney’s only good movie in ages is the hilarious “Emperor’s New Groove”…and even that was something of a lark of a picture. That’s why Disney studios are surrounded by promotional images of Buzz and Woody and Finding Nemo, as though they were Disney’s claim to fame.

For Disney, the loss of Pixar means they have to find a new, meaningful direction. They have been plagued by misfires (Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Treasure Planet) and their only money-makers are straight to video budget rehash sequels of their earlier, better films. And with Winnie The Pooh, another big source of Disney income, also in court to break the copyright away from the Mouse Republic, Disney could be in serious financial straits!

Most addictive web game yet

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Fly The Copter

(No thanks at all to Jonah Goldberg for highlighting this dang thing and getting me to waste my time.)

Gone, Yoda is. Yes. Hee hee hee.

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Yoda has been stolen

The bronze Yoda statue was bolted to a truck and weighed 170 lbs, but a thief stole it anyway. Strong the Force is with that one.

Why did Superman IV suck?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

An informal poll:
NEVER MIND – THIS LINK IS DEAD –Why did Superman IV: Quest for Peace suck?


Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Blade: Trinity director (and longtime co-writer of DC’s JSA)David Goyer has signed on to direct Unique, a sci-fi thriller based on an upcoming graphic novel from Platinum Studios. This development certainly bodes well for other Platinum Megaverse projects. Projects like, say, Love Bytes


Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Howard Chaykin’s seminal sci-fi political satire American Flagg! is finally coming back into print thanks to the good people at Dynamic Forces. Filthy, funny and groundbreaking, this book belongs on every serious comic fan’s shelf.


Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Just wanted to introduce myself to everyone… The name is Joshua Elder — former DC Comics intern, former Wizard magazine associate editor and newest member of the Monitor Duty family. Mike Hutchinson was nice enough (or insane enough, depending on your perspective) to invite me to become a regular poster to Monitor Duty, so look forward to a lot of kvetching about the sorry state of the Superman titles and the occassional philosphical digression. And if you’ve got entirely too much free time on your hands, go check out my website, The Planet Krypton.

Now, on to blogging!

Dawn of the Dead is coming!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Dawn of the Dead has a new trailer, and I wish I could see the trailer in a theater. When it gets to the end, you’ll understand why.

For a zombie movie, this looks quite well done and I think it will be much better than the overhyped 28 Days (which, I’m sorry, had an awesome first act but no story).

New “Passion” trailer

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

The Passion of The Christ has a new trailer combining the best of the two previous trailers. This new one is two minutes long and has a bit more story to it.

I will say this: if this music is from the soundtrack, the sales of that alone will pay for the movie!

Hugh Jackman is…KRULL!

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Oh, no, wait…he’s Van Helsing! Sorry, the glave threw me.

If not for the crummy CGI, this movie would look great. After all…it has Frankenstein, the Wolf-Man and Dracula! Last movie to have all of them together was the execreble “Monster Squad.”

Sci-Tech Oscar nominees

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

I believe that the technical awards are as important as the “Big Ones”, so here they are:
The Award of Merit
Scientific and Engeneering awards
Technical Achievement

These nominees were hard to find on the ‘net, my friends. I’m doing you all a favor. Wink wink, nudge nudge.

As for the awards that will be given out on camera, I for one am surprised and happy that Master And Commander got a whopping 10 nominations, including Best Picture.

Hmm…looking for Hulk…..nope, no nominations for Hulk.

Reviews site

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Just a reminder that we have a new Reviews Section which is now getting more and more in the way of content.

Yes, I’m still redoing the site’s navigation and eventually it will be much easier to make out those two links under the logo.

Okay, the song is tapped out. Stop it.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

I really liked the song “All Star” by Smash Mouth.

I loved it when it was featured at the end of “Mystery Men.”

I liked it when it was in “Shrek”, but the song was a bit overexposed by then.

I couldn’t believe that the song turned up again at the end of “Rat Race”, this time with an extended painful appearance by Smash Mouth before the song.

Add to that all the ads and trailers it has been featured in.

Guys! The song is played, man. So played. The last thing we need is to HEAR IT AGAIN at the end of an otherwise fine trailer for SHREK 2!

More on the Oscar noms

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Lots of surprises on the Oscar noms complete list.

Check it out:
Bill Murray as best actor for “Lost In Translation“, a film I’ve yet to see but you will all remember that even the trailer amazed me many months back.

Surprising everyone who said that the acting was good but he wasn’t going to get it for an oddball role in a Disney movie…ladies and gentleman, Jonny Depp nom’d for best actor in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” Wow!

The girl in “Whale Rider” is up for best actress. Double wow. I’m pretty sure Charlize Theron will be getting it for “Monster.”

Blake Edwards will be getting a career achievement award. Guess the academy didn’t see the condom-fighting scene in “Skin Deep.”

I am surprised that there weren’t any acting noms for anyone from “Lord of the Rings”, particularly Sean Astin as Samwise.

Even more surprising: Will Ferrell up for best actor in “Elf”. Didn’t see that coming.

OK, I’m kidding.

Oscar Nominations announced!

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Oscar Nominations Announced – LOTR leads the pack with 11!


Monday, January 26th, 2004

Okay, ICv2 calls it a retailer calendar, but let’s just call it what it really is: Geek Events for 2004!