Despite it's generic qualities, which are numerous, The Mechanic maintains an appealing lack of moral rectitude throughout its running time. Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a “mechanic”, which is code for assassin. He kills people for an unspecified evil corporate entity run by his mentor. The lack of specificity concerning his motivations is an asset to the film. It helps make the hackneyed direction by Simon West more palatable.
Oh, how far this series has fallen. When the ongoing Zatanna title first debuted, it was great. The art was stunning, the storyline intriguing and fun, and I was excited to see where Paul Dini would go with the character. But after a couple great issues, I knew that there was trouble on the horizon. Reading the latest previews, I noticed a new artist coming on to the book, and worse still — because this type of stunt is usually a good indicator of declining quality — the fantastic Stephane Roux, who had been doing the interior pages, would continue, but only be providing the cover art.
In this (mostly) television-related episode Jeff and Will are joined by the Shelf's resident TV dorks Kathleen Corrigan and Ian MacIntyre, as well as TV critic Kat Angus of Dose.ca's excellent TV Casualty Podcast. The group discusses their favourite returning shows, shows they are looking forward to in 2011, the state of television in Canada, and even find time to challenge one another to ridiculously obscure TV trivia.
With Jess absent, Gavin and Jeff have a frank and deep discussion about the current state of media, lament having to grow up and reminisce about their respective dorky childhoods. They also discuss the always timely subject of the Transformers motion pictures.
Transmetropolitan is my favourite comic book series of all time. When I heard that someone was putting together a Transmet art book to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, I had to check it out. A $79 donation the project's Kickstarter page got me a Limited Edition Hardcover with a signed bookplate, and after tweeting about my donation, Mike McLarty, the book's editor, got in touch with me and passed along the image to the right, which might be one of the many that goes to print.
The much hyped, oft-speculated Fantastic Four issue that had generated so much buzz with the promise of a major character death has finally arrived in stores. But for me, what is much more interesting than the death of ----- ------ is the comic’s availability to consumers a day early.
Since the first Fable game, Peter Molyneux has over projected expectations of his now trademark series. All of it, as you probably know, has come off as a bit obnoxious and delusional, since, with the series bogged down by lazy combat and fart jokes, the fabled Fable has never really stood up to its own concocted legacy. Does Fable III offer a glimpse into Peter’s long-winded fantasies or will you just be absorbing more troll-related toilet humour?
I thought I was going to go to bed before midnight tonight. I've been a bit busy and sleep-deprived for the past couple days; this makes me question my decision to sit and read Jeff Lemire's Essex County all in one sitting. I have no regrets: instead, I'm wondering why it's taken so long for me to get around to it.
Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev deliver another stunning issue of Scarlet. The writing is superb, the art is unbelievable, and what really makes this comic so interesting to read, is its level of realism. From the premise, to the character’s motivations, through to the detailed illustration style, the whole comic feels more like a gritty documentary in the vein of Restrepo or The War Tapes than a fictional bi-monthly book.
For more than ten hilarious years, Duke Nukem Forever has been — to game nerds — a most marvelous on-going joke of a game, so fabled and so outdated that many wondered if it would only ever exist in alternative dimensions where dinosaurs lived on and you have a beard/don't have a beard. However, earlier today we discovered that this most cherished gag may come to an end earlier than we think.
This is it. The end. After four years of Buffy comics, this is the last issue. Until Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine, which is already confirmed. The last issue of this phenomenal run of Buffy comics is okay. Not amazing. Not bad.
Since we ended last week's show on such a high note, this week we explore Jess's trip to the theatre, Gavin visits Lionsgate and pitches the Heroes for Hire, and we once again play a new game of "Quiz the Geek".
Hero Complex today ended one of the biggest bits of casting speculation in recent memory: Anne Hathaway is set to play Catwoman and Tom Hardy will play Bane in the third installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman cycle, The Dark Knight Rises. They join returning cast members Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman.
We finally have our first look at the cast of Matthew Vaughn's upcoming X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class, and the result are... well, kind of disappointing. Don't get us wrong, First Class has a pretty stellar cast led by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy as Magneto and Professor Xavier respectively — Maybe we were just expecting more from this first picture?
We caught up with the cast of SPACE and SyFy's new supernatural dramedy Being Human this afternoon in Toronto. The series is adapted from a BBC3 show of the same name about a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost who share a flat. We joined Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath and Sam Witwer to talk about the show, their schools of vampirism, lycanthropy and poltergeisting, shooting the show in Montreal, and what they have on their dork shelves.
So a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost walk into a bar... No, that's not the beginning of a lame dad joke, that's the premise of SPACE's supernatural dramedy Being Human. Okay, more like a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost move into a house together and hilarity/shenanigans/brutal killings ensue.