Friday, August 8, 2014

august 8, 2014

you're too young to remember this, but there was a time when mad about you was one of the biggest hits on tv. it shared must see tv thursday night on nbc with the likes of friends and seinfeld. and now that you've heard about it for the first time, you owe it to yourself to scope it out on this re-release of the first two seasons (of seven). the show is about a newlywed couple living in new york. they are played by paul reiser and helen hunt. and you're too young to remember this, but they were big stars.

you know robert kirkman as the creator of the walking dead. but this is his other comic book, which is about a young dude who is a superhero. the world kirkman has built in the invincible universe is just as staggering as his walking dead universe, if not more so. it is a neverending sci-fi & superhero epic. and these big ultimate collection volumes are gorgeous, but if you've never read it, definitely don't start with volume 9. you're gonna wanna start with volume 1, then 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8-- in that order. only then will you be ready for 9.

you don't even realize that although there is a popular tv show and a comic book and many toys of the teenage mutant ninja turtles right now, it all happened before. in the 80s and 90s, teenage mutant ninja turtles was the most important thing in the world. i know this because i was there. i breathed pizza and bled ooze. and one of the happiest times in my life was when a movie came out called teenage mutant ninja turtles, and it was promoted by my favorite pizza place, pizza hut. now, that exact thing is happening again. your safest bet is to give yourself over to it, because if twenty-some-odd years ago was any indication, turtles are about to become your entire life.

Friday, August 1, 2014

august 1, 2014


mystery science theater 3000 is a tv show about a guy and his two robot friends on a spaceship who are forced by mad scientists to watch old cheesy movies as a psychological experiment. to maintain their sanity, they just talk on top of the movie and make jokes the whole time. this box set gives you four great episodes, each one featuring a classic feature of B-cinema. but don't get excited if you see that XXX and think this might have pornography. shout! factory is simply employing roman numerals to title their video releases in this series, which is now up to thirty. but this show is way better than pornography anyway, in terms of comical film commentary.

this compilation collects an assortment of comics from the batman animated series universe. you get batman adventures #2 and #27, batman: gotham adventures #2 and #4, and a short tale from adventures in the dc universe #3. and at $7.99, it's definitely a few bucks pricier than your typical comic book, but you get your paper's worth at 100 pages. that's more content than two regular comic books for the same price, and you get to scope out some of the best batman shit from the 1990s, containing such monster talent as paul dini, ty templeton, kelley puckett, bruce timm, and terry beatty. you won't see that kinda roster in this week's guardians of the galaxy #17.

speaking of which, guardians of the galaxy is the tenth film of the marvel cinematic universe and penultimate installment of "phase two" (which will culminate with next may's the avengers: age of ultron). usually it's hard to enjoy marvel movies that only focus on one main character, because for the whole movie, you're wondering, why don't they just call hulk? but guardians of the galaxy will not have that problem, because they're out in space. so like, they can't even call hulk.