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22 November 2014 @ 11:42 am
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Welcome back my readers to another entry in the ‘Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments: Angel’ series. Our issue this time out is #30 - “The Trouble with Felicia” and “Intermission”. During this point in the series, the reviews were being split up with Angel’s stories that run 18 pages before refocusing on the devil, Eddie Hope for four pages.

Innovation Labs are the real losers, demerit-wise, in this one.Collapse )

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harsens_rob
22 November 2014 @ 10:49 am
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - a “Best Of / Worst Of Character Moments” entry.
Season 8, Issue 30

In today’s subject, “Retreat, part V” our gang continue fighting against the U.S military, Amy Madison and the held-together-by-magic Warren Mears. All of them under the direction of Twilight who wants to crush the Slayers, but has an especial interest in breaking Buffy mentally and emotionally.

Our focus characters today are: Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Willow, & Monroe’s Werewolf Brigade, Riley Finn with cameos by the Slayers including Faith, Oz and Bayaarma.

Exciting well written issue, but not as many kudos as I thought I'd hand out.Collapse )

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Angel & Faith
Season (8), Issue 07


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“Lost and Found” part II

Writer: Victor Gischler, Artwork: Will Conrad, Coloring: Michelle Madsen, Lettering: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft’s] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Scott Fischer

Blurb: Faith decided to stay in the employ of Deepscan when she found out that her next mission concerned the missing Riley Finn - a guy with whom she has a past. Now, Faith and a team of Slayers search the South American jungle for Riley, his wife, and a missing tycoon, Walt Zane. In London’s Magic Town, Angel does his best to aid the people transformed by the magical virus he helped cause - currently he’s occupied with a request from an old Wiccan friend, Amy Madison.

My Blurb: I’ve got to take an exception to this blurb on two fronts: One, I don’t know why we keep saying that Angel helped create the mystic virus since this was Whistler’s doing. The only thing Angel is guilty of is possibly being to preoccupied with Giles’ resurrection to devote the time needed to stop Whistler’s plan… but even that is debatable. Second, I would be fine with calling Amy a witch or a sorceress… I would not call her a Wiccan, though. The terms are not interchangeable, if I understand it correctly.


I like both Angel and Faith's current stories.Collapse )
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Current Mood: i have totally pissed off the gods
 
 
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19 November 2014 @ 05:36 am
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Season 10, Issue 07

I Wish” part II


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Writer: Christos Gage & Nicholas Brendon, Artist: Rebekah Isaacs, Colorist: Dan Jackson, Letterers: Richard Starkings & [Comicraft’s] Jimmy Betancourt
Cover: Steve Morris


Page 01: We open on Xander and Spike moving their boxes into their new apartment. Apparently forgetting what living with one another was like before, they immediately fall into the conflict of roomies… whose stuff is going to take up all the space.

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Scene 41: In her apartment, Keri is straddling Will and sharing Candy Corns. As they start making out, Keri decides now is the time to come clean about Laurie Strode. She starts by telling him that she’s not who he thinks that she is, which he takes as a sexual game of naughty nurse or sexy spy or whatever.

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Current Mood: I feel under seige.
 
 
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Hello, readers! First, you should know that you’re getting this review just because I want to complete my Halloween reviews. The original and this one are the only two I own or am interested in owning. Second, I apologize that it’s randomly stuck in here now. I actually wanted to do a Special Halloween Double Feature post where the original was to be posted on Devil’s Night and this one would be posted on Halloween. However, God is apparently in this mood right now where none of my plans run smoothly… not a single, frickkin’ one… *sigh*. So, instead I had another power outage. Thankfully, this time I noted the windstorm we were getting and shut down the computer. Even after the power came back up, the internet wasn’t though so the timing just wasn’t going to work out. My life is like being pecked to death by hens… slow, more irritating and stressful than actually painful… and constant and unrelenting.

Anyway, enjoy the review.
Spoilers ahead - especially Laurie and Michael’s fates since Halloween: Resurrection was only a bad fever dream and doesn’t actually exist. Only one of our screen caps has gore.



Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later
(1998)

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Josh Hartnett
DIR: Steve Miner

Blurb: Now the headmistress of a private school, Laurie Strode is still struggling with the horrifying, 20-year-old memories of the maniacal killer Michael Myers… when he suddenly reappears with a vengeance! And this Halloween, his terror will strike a whole new generation! Laurie’s rebellious son, his girlfriend, and the school security guard will become Michael’s newest victims unless Laurie can conquer her greatest fears and put evil in its place once and for all!

My Blurb: The exclamations! The blurb referring to “a hot cast of hip, young stars!” The effusive critic quotes on front AND back of the DVD case! The slightest hint of desperation?[!!] Ugh. I didn’t have a good feeling going into this, fearing that Jamie Lee would get a five minute cameo and then disappear from the rest of the movie - but thankfully our filmmakers weren’t that completely stupid.[!] But, is Laurie Strode returning to finish her story worth the effort… [and oh yes, her tale DOES finish here]?[!] Let’s find out.[!]



Scene 01: We open on “Mr. Sandman”, the sugary song about a girl begging to dream about her one true boy. Under this, a knife flashes as a woman with a group of unruly brats jabs the top of a pumpkin.

Would it shock you to learn it’s Halloween? We pan a few houses down the block. We’re in Langdon, IL and focus our attention on a car pulling up to a curb. It’s October 29th, and the person we’re so interested in is Nurse Marion Chambers Whittington, the same nurse who was menaced by Michael briefly 20 years before on a stormy night.
I love getting caught up with Laurie Strode, but boy things didn't go so well for her emotional health.Collapse )

TBC

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12 November 2014 @ 09:33 pm
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The European Rosetta mission's Philae probe landed on a comet for the first time in history.


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The ROLIS instrument took a snapshot of comet 67P/CG as Europe's Philae lander descended toward the surface on Nov. 12, 2014.

Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR


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12 November 2014 @ 09:22 pm
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Scene 33: At the ranch, the guys find three sets of cattle bones completely stripped of all meat with no sign as to the attacker. Andy is understandably concerned that whatever did it could be back and end up wiping him out.

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12 November 2014 @ 08:59 pm
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Tarantula
(1955)

Starring: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll
DIR: Jack Arnold

Blurb (imdb): A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.


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Scene 01: We open, before credits, on a windswept desert landscape. We pan across a dirt tract full of tire marks, despite the wind on the soundtrack focusing on a man shambling and stumbling in exaggerated fashion.

We don't get any giant spider action yet, and I don't mind that a bit.Collapse )

TBC

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12 November 2014 @ 11:02 am
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Welcome, welcome, welcome to readers both tried and true and those who are new.

Our posting this time out is for a Best Of/Worst Of Character Moments analysis in Buffy, Season 8. Our issue of scrutiny is #29 - Retreat, part IV.


Our focus characters, whose actions must be evaluated are: Buffy, Xander, Dawn, Willow, Andrew, Giles, Oz, and Bay.

A highlight in the Twi-debacle arc.Collapse )
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