Monthly Archives - March 2021

The Dark Herald Recommends Kong Vs Godzilla

This movie is dumb. Let’s start with that upfront.  This movie is as dumb as box of snake-mittens, dumb as crate of glass-hammers, as dumb as a Biden press conference.   This movie is that dumb. That said, it’s also a lot of fun.  If you are the audience for this film then you already know it.  Nobody who wants to see this film should have any illusions about what you are in for, and it is giant monsters beating the hell out of each other.  That’s...

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Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Trailer Reaction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIRei6ORlPE Well it looks better than the Resistance cartoon they did a while back. I can give it that much. This looks a lot more like Dave Filoni's comfort zone. I suspect that the reason that Filioni was wedded to Favreau for the Mandalorian was so that he could job-shadow the Iron Man director. After all there is only so much time Jon Favreau will be willing to spend on a TV show. As much as he...

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Gay Captain America…Sure, Why Not?

He is also known as Hobo Captain America or at least he should be. He calls himself the "Captain America of the Rails." Marvel is probably going to be very disappointed with this post, since they pretty much invented this guy just to try and piss me off and I just don't care. Oh no! How dare they make a homosexual... Nope, can't do it. Don't care. Here's the setup. Steve Rogers, Bucky, Sam and Walker set...

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Toxic Fandom

Godzilla Vs Kong was released internationally this weekend and has done better than anything else has since the plague hit town at $120 million+. Strongly indicating that the international movie culture is headed for a strong comeback. A lot of that was China, naturally. The US release is on March 31 and is going to launch simultaneously in theaters and HBOmax. However, it's already being review bombed on IMDB. This is a little weird because it's being review bombed by the...

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Blogs and Ends: Friday Night Popculture Roundup

Swoop night speed blogging.  I got to be on the road an hour ago.  Ready? Too bad if you aren’t. FIRST Flash! Marvel Dumping Diamond! Okay, it’s not much of a flash this came out yesterday. But this one is not a rumor; Marvel Comics is now moving their direct market to Penguin Random House.  Retailers can still buy from Diamond as a wholesale customer of PRH.  The thing is while you can order from either one, Penguin won’t charge you for Freight.  On top of that, there is the issue of...

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RE:Animation – Superman (1940)

Welcome to the start of my new series of retrospectives on classic superhero animated productions here at Arkhaven Blog.  And I am beginning with the granddaddy of them all. Superman (1941). The animation quality of the 1940s Superman animated serials has never been equaled since.  The artwork was a deco dream.  The colors were vivid and vibrant.  The character movement was analog live realistic.  There was nothing it didn’t get right.  And no one has come close to recreating its level of artwork in a superhero...

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RE:View – Predator

On April 30th, 1975 Saigon fell to North Vietnam. The pictures of Americans being evacuated from the roof of the embassy couldn’t have been a clearer image of defeat for the United States of America.  This was as close as America ever got to what France must have gone through in the Franco-Prussian war. Disgrace of arms.  The men who had been junior officers in last war had failed the country as old men. We had been beaten and everyone knew it.  There were...

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English Patient Zero: The Death of the Oscars

A few years ago, I actively participated in the destruction of a major award. Okay, that isn’t exactly accurate. The Hugos were never a major award, and my activity was limited to buying a WorldCon membership and voting the Rabid Puppies ballot.  But nonetheless, I made my voice heard.   The Hugos had always claimed that they represented the very best in science fiction and fantasy and at one time this was pretty much true.  Science fiction novels from the fifties and sixties that won...

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Disney Screws the Theaters Afterall

This is my shocked face. Despite all of the promises that Disney made to the theaters last year about how they would never think about putting Black Widow in the Theaters before they put that flick on Disney Plus, they are now putting it on Disney Plus. From Bounding Into comics "Just a month ago, Disney CEO Bob Chapek confirmed to investors that Black Widow would be a theatrical release. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Chapek stated, “We are still intending...

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