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The Dark Herald Recommends: Prey

Well, it isn’t the worst Predator movie. I have to give it that. I had to wait a little bit before doing this write-up.  The reason for the delay was figuring out where this one falls in the franchise’s best of all time lineup.  It genuinely does give Predator II a run for its money, and surpasses it in quite a few places but at the end of the day, I have to award this movie third place. I was honestly expecting it to...

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RE:View – Predator

REPOST: I'm doing a Recommends on Prey tomorrow so I figured I needed to bump this one up. 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...

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The Dragon Awards Are Dead 

The Dragon Awards began as a rebellion against the Wokelings that ran the Hugo awards into the ground.  The Dragon Awards is now the property of the Wokelings that ran the Hugos into the ground.  That is because the methodology used to award a Dragon is in a word: Crap.  There is more to it but we will look at the methodology first. This simple popularity contest favors people who either have a large enough fanbase to swing the needle OR a...

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Warner Brothers Commits to Ezra Miller

According to the Hollywood Reporter, (and they would never publish this without studio approval) reshooting the Flash movie with another actor is off the table.  It will either be launched or scrapped and that is it.   At this point, it is now clear that this movie will be released next summer unless Ezra Miller is reliably accused of cannibalism. With photographs.   I just found out that Miller has been doing reshoots for the Flash over the summer.  This absolutely means that David Zaslav...

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RE:Animation – Batman the Animated Series

“One thing and one alone keeps Gotham from drowning in a sea of corruption and despair. It is a grim being cloaked as much in mystery as he is in shadows. Like a bat he dives out of the night to feed on Gotham’s evil. To some, he is merely a legend. To others, he is a dedicated, driven avenger. And to criminals, he is their worst nightmare. He is … BATMAN.” – Introduction to Batman the Animated Series,...

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First Impressions: Netflix’s Sandman

Netflix’s adaption of Neil Gaiman’s has finally dropped on Netflix.  Sandman was the comic book that put Gaiman on the map as a writer.  It did so well that DC started its Vertigo line of adult-oriented comic books in the Nineties.  It isn’t hard to make the argument that Sandman led to the 1990s revival of comic book shops after the eighties crash.   The original series ran from 1988-1996.  Its graphic novels routinely hit the New York Times Bestseller’s list and it had numerous...

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The Coming Streaming Collapse

Streaming has become a bubble economy.  And bubbles always go pop. The Warner Brother’s Discovery quarterly earnings report was, believe it or not, interesting.  In places anyway. The biggest place was reserved for WBD CEO David Zaslav’s little speech where he demolished the entire business model for the 2022 entertainment industry. The Unfallen Darklings who read this blog on the regular know all about my spiel on studios chasing the Twenty Billion Dollar Dragon, so skip the next couple of paragraphs.   A few years ago,...

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Ezra Miller Charged with Felony Burglary

The latest legal problem of this deranged pervert is of no importance whatsoever, given that the Attorney General of the United States is trying to set off another Capital Hill riot. Regardless, my beat is comics entertainment so I have to cover this retard. From CNBC: (make no clicky) "As David Zaslav seeks to revamp Warner Bros Discovery's DC cinematic universe, one of the studio's biggest stars continues to make headlines for alleged criminal behavior. Ezra Miller, who portrays Barry Allen, aka the...

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This Is Incredibly Sad

(*sigh*) Okay, this is the Clerks III trailer. look at it. LOOK AT IT!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMspLXUjjBk That. Was. Awful. Randall has a heart attack and makes Clerks. That's the movie. The jokes, if they could be called that, are entirely self-refential. This is fucking tragic. Kevin Smith was once the voice of Generation X fandom. He was the guy with radical attitude who was telling George Lucas his prequel trilogy was complete crap. Now he's a two dollar fan whore pretending the Last Jedi was...

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The Dark Herald Recommends – Luck

Whoopi Goldberg would not have been my first choice to play a leprechaun.  Luck felt a lot like old Pixar, it had that much going for it.  I could have taken the kids to see it at the theater and not been worried about any mind control experiments being performed upon them by the filmmakers. This was John Lasseter’s first feature-length animated film after his short Blush.  Blush felt like golden age Pixar, the magic was somewhere to be found even if it...

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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 an art deco vision whose 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...

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Ezra Miller – Cult Leader

Running down an Ezra Miller story quite literally gives me a freaking headache because everyone uses his retarded non-binary pronouns. Good trick though, if you are running a cult, which he appeared to be doing in Iceland. When an individual uses "we" as a personal pronoun it invokes a collective identity to everyone around you, especially if you have to be deferential to him. From Indiewire: "In April 2020, Miller rented out parts of Iceland’s Hótel Laugarbakki, where the actor took a young...

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What About Flashpoint?

The rumor that Batgirl will never see the light of day is now hitting the Hollywood trade media.  This is all but an official announcement.  The Woklings, who never planned to see it, are stamping their little feet over this decision and calling it racist.  But that was to be expected, any kind of loss of ground in the culture war sends them into fits.  But the bigger question isn’t the fate of Batgirl, that appears to be sealed, it is...

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Batgirl Movie Killed

It looks like this one is for real. Warner Brother’s $70 Million Batgirl movie would appear to be shitcanned.  This thing was already finished.  It was awaiting the release of Ezra Miller’s Flash movie to reset the DC timeline and bring Michael Keaton’s Batman into the current DC film universe’s meta, whatever the hell that is at the moment.  It was pretty questionable from the get-go unless you were Ann Sarnoff. Batgirl is black but Commissioner Gordon is JK Simmons and Batman was...

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The 21st Century of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson- Space 1999 (part II)

One of the biggest disappointments of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s professional lives had to be the poor reception of Journey to the Far Side of the Sun.  It was their only theatrical release, and it was a bomb.  Gerry Anderson had put his heart into the project.   The script was as good as he could make it.  There were plenty of thrills and chills.  And while the basic science of a film that was supposed to be hard science fiction didn’t pass the smell...

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The Dark Herald Does Not Recommend: The Boys Season 2

Or Season 3 for that matter. It is actually worse. I'm incredibly busy at the moment. I have a local election tomorrow in my area and for once this very Red territory’s primary is going to matter.  I hope. With luck we will be chucking a lot of cuckservatives off the ticket. Consequently, blogging will be light today and tomorrow.  I’m half finished with the second part of my Space 1999 retrospective.  I’ll get that up some time this week. Enjoy some best of...

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The Death of Substack Comics

Nick Spencer apparently is no longer in charge at Substack Comics. He was the guy in charge of the machine that was built around throwing high-speed comics shit at the wall and hoping it would stick.  He is now back to being just a writer. From Bleeding Cool, so don’t click on it. //// “The Year One Substack Comics Pro deals are coming to an end, as was originally planned and the Substack Pro deals will switch from those large six-figure advance payments...

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DC Film News

Yes, I had better things to do than report on DC films.  But it is comic book news so here I is. FIRST  Batfleck lives!  This time it isn’t a rumor.  Ben Affleck is back in black for Aquaman 2.   Because they don’t want to show Keaton yet.  This does mean that Affleck signed a new contract.  There is no way he would have come back for a one-and-done cameo.   It also means reshoots are finally underway.  So, one way or another the Amber Heard matter has been...

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What Is Going On With Hulu?

There is a lot fist shaking going on about Hulu rejected a political ad for the Democrats but then turning around and accepted “some” political ads. Most of the yelling was about how Chapek was backpedaling again, like he did on the Florida Anti-Groomer law. A lot of people were asking how long will Disney keep doing this? Wrong question. The question I had was, why is this happening now?  This is July.  Political ads won’t start in any serious way until after Labor Day.  That is when...

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The Dark Herald Recommends The Law

 This one took me by surprise.  At first, I just assumed that it was something from an anthology that Butcher’s publisher decided to run up on Amazon as a one off, but I called it wrong.  This 99 page novella is Butcher finally dipping his toes in Indy waters. **Spoiler Alert** This story takes place after Battleground and references it heavily.  So, if you are planning to read it and haven’t yet, bail now. **Spoiler Alert** The Law opens a month after the Battle of Chicago,...

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Star Wars News – It All Sucks But Here It Is

I’m getting this one out of the way fast. FIRST Obi-Wan is now canonically bisexually asexual.   Why? Because his latest book is being written by Young Adult female author.  These days that all but guarantees a plot-line that consists of girls who like boys… Who like boys.   Girls of Blue state America, you should really look into the love lives of Judy Garland and Liza Minelli.  This will not work out for you. NEXT The Acolyte is officially green lit.   Yeah, it’s been green lit for a while, but...

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1960s Creepy Comedy Reboots

The post WWII pop culture is mostly notable for its staid conformity with the occasional anti-Communist diatribe thrown in on the side.  But aside from Ozzie and Harriet plus sporadic Commie bashing, there was also some distinctly macabre humor going around. I strongly suspect that this eerie comedy was the result of the PTSD riddled psyche of the Greatest Generation blowing off a little steam.  There is precedent for it. European art during the Black Death frequently featured dancing skeletons. The children...

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RIP David Warner

1941-2022 Legendary screen villain David Warner has taken his final bow at the age of 80. For those of you who are asking who is "David Warner?" I'll show you: Time After Time Tron Time Bandits Cast A Deadly Spell The Star Trek we don't talk about. Star Trek: The Less Embarrassing Sequel Star Trek could not get enough of this guy SOS Titanic A better known Titanic Hogfather: He did a better job with Lord Downey than Pratchett himself. This doesn't even begin to cover his voice work. He...

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Comicon Announcements

This makes me so tired. Here’s a shock, there weren’t any that I cared about in the least. MARVEL: Marvel Phase V was announced and clearly, Feige sees no reason at all to make a course correction.  Or possibly he did and discovered the rudder has rusted into place. Regardless, Marvel is staying on the Woke Wagon. They can’t change how they do business at Marvel Studios.  They just can’t. Truth be told if they just adjust their budget downward they can still keep making...

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Who The Hell Is This Even For?

And I thought I wouldn't be interested in anything announced at Comicon this year. I am reasonably, if not absolutely certain that gemstones can't be embarrassed but these have reason to be. Marvel is going to be selling a $25 MILLION collection of six gems called the Infinity Stones Collection. It's too stupid to be real, yet it is. The Time Stone is a Colombian emerald is rare and brilliant in color. Untouched by human hands, straight from birth to be faceted for...

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The X-Men Are No More

Well, I knew it was coming. The golden X-Men brand is being retired by Marvel Studios.   San Diego Comicon is underway.  Not that it has anything to do with comic books these days.   Comicon is all about the movies and TV shows now.  It’s where people “get excited for next product.”  In truth, it is why those people go there now. A new X-Men project was announced but of course, it’s 2022 and the very idea of a show with the word “Men” in the title...

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Is The Rippaverse For Real?

YouTuber, musician, Libertarian, and now comic book writer, Eric July has been making headlines with the massive success of his self-published line of comics called the Rippaverse. The comics line is crowd funded and as of this writing is nudging at the $3 million mark.  His original goal was a reasonable $100K, he has now surpassed it by nearly 3,000%! In theory, good for him.  Well done, Young Rippa! In practice, who the hell is Young Rippa?  Look, I am by the loosest possible legal...

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God of Thunder Blunders

The trade press is going on at great length over how mega-super-great Thor: Love and Thunder is doing at the box office.  Despite a 68% second weekend crash. Yeah, it has hit the $500 million mark.  Good for them.  But it had a budget of $250 million and it was shot pre covid, so it has been racking up obscene amounts of interest for years.  This film needs to pull down somewhere in the neighborhood of $750 million before it crosses into the black. It...

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Guess Who Is Not Welcome at Disneyland Anymore?

Well, we all knew this was coming. Disneyland celebrated the 67th anniversary of its opening on Sunday. Every year this speech is played. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uuC3kS9kxk This is blocked?!?!?!!? Are you shitting me? Well, this isn't the only place it's blocked because Walt Disney's innocuous cheerful 37-second speech no longer has any place in Disneyland's official celebration of its own anniversary. The guy whose name is on the damn park is now an unwelcome figure. Walt Disney's opening day speech was very conspicuously absent. The Woke...

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REPlay Redneck Rampage

Having covered all of the old Sierra games or at least all of the old Sierra games I gave a crap about, I decided to move on to the nineties proper.  That means Doom clones and that means games built with the legendary Build engine. I'm not going into the history of the build engine here because I know it's ashamed to associated with this game. Instead of starting with one of the really great games like; Blood, Shadow Warrior, or Duke...

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