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Drums #1 review

Posted on 13 June 2011 by TH3 No08

Drums #1

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written By: El Torres
Art by: Abe Hernando and Kwaichang Kraneo

In our world there exists an ancient religion with many names and many disguises: Candomble, Palo Mayombe, Santeria… Voodoo. FBI agent Martin Irons is sent to investigate the sudden deaths of an entire gathering of followers at a ceremony, an assignment horrible enough before one of the mangled corpses rises and leads him on a sinister path. A new horror story with possessions, santeros, zombies… all set to the thunderous boom of drums!

It’s not very often that comics draw audible gasps or any noise at all from me. I pretty reserved when I’m taking in my comics but there was a moment in this book when I simply let it slip. Holy Shit. That’s the only thought that could describe the two page spread that momentarily left me speechless before I let these two words fly. Lucky for me that wasn’t the only holy shit moment as this comic is full of them.

Drums is the story of an FBI agent sent to central Florida to investigate a mass death at a large religious ritual. With no clues and only a large pile of bodies he sets out with Cultural Anthropoligist Michelle Hernandez to investigate the mysterious underworld of complicated African based religions. Full of twist and turns all stemming from the mysterious murders it’s a story like i’ve never read in a comic before.

Writer El Torres does an amazing job of creating a hot, steamy world full of danger and violence. The dialogue is smart, full of information relevant to the story, and moves the pace along quickly and if you ever get confused by any of the religious terminology you can flip to the end of the story and check out the handy glossary of terms to help guide you through this complex story.

This is the type of book that careers are built upon and I can’t wait to see what comes next in this series. If you are tired of the relentless rehashing of super hero stories in comics and are looking for a change of pace than this is a great book to pick up and I would definitely recommend it.

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Super 8 Movie Review

Posted on 10 June 2011 by TH3 No08

There’s something about seeing that Amblin Entertainment logo come up right before a movie starts that lets you know exactly what kind of experience you’re in for. From the classics of the 80s such as ET and Goonies on through Harry and the Hendersons and even through the Men in Black series, Amblin has a track record of making quality films that just happen to be a great opportunity for parents and kids to watch a movie together and neither feel like they’ve been shortchanged. JJ Abrams has created a movie that fits very well into the Amblin universe while adding his own style and touch to keep the modern movie audience on its toes.

Set in the late 70s, which much of the Amblin audience was either born or grew up in, Super 8 is the story of a young man and his group of film maker friends who accidentally stumble into an amazing adventure when the train they are recording for their short film crashes and releases an unknown monster on the town they’ve grown up in. As mysterious incidents begin to take place all around the town the group must make some rather adult decisions that they hope will ultimately save the town from danger.

While the group of friends’ dynamic is very much in the same vein as Goonies or Stand By Me, this story never gets stale or bogged down. An excellent job of casting brings these characters to life. Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning shine when they are on screen together. Relationships are awkward at this age and that is portrayed wonderfully in the longing looks from Joel Courtney and the often uncomfortable silences between the two. They come from families with a tragic connection in the past and the well written scenes involving the situation let us know how deep that tragedy has damaged the two families. The other young actors of the group are also wonderful pieces that, when all on screen together, create a gang of friends that you truly believe are willing to do whatever it takes to keep each other safe.

Having these great characters to work with really allows Abrams to do something that he has at times failed at in some of his previous films, and that’s make us care about what happens to these kids. When the explosions get crazy, (and they do get crazy), or the creature is pursuing them, the previous character work done really pays off. You want to see them get out alive, you want to know whats going to happen next, and when the payoff hits, it was worth every minute you have invested.

As far as summer movies go we haven’t seen a movie like this in a long time. It has the heart and soul of early Spielberg mixed with the action and adventure of a modern day sci-fi epic and that is a potent combination. The action sequences are striking, at times leaving me gripping the seat as I waited to see what was gonna happen next. The mystery behind what’s on that train is riveting. From the moment I saw it on screen I couldn’t wait to experience the next twist in this adventure. I enjoyed every minute of this film and can’t wait to see it again with my family.

Yes Super 8 may be a nostalgic trip down memory lane meant to pull on your heartstrings and remind you of your childhood, but when it all comes down to it, Super 8 delivers story in droves and that’s what matters in the end.

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App Junkie Fights To-Fu

Posted on 08 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi for iPhone
By: HotGen Ltd.
Price: 0.99 – Intro Price!

 

Games are plentiful and come in a wide variety in the app store these days. Every week a more creative one emerges. With all the new features mentioned for the forth coming iOS update, it makes me wonder whether Apple will join the gaming console forces. There are several apps I wouldn’t mind seeing on the big screen, and I’d have to say this one would make my list.

To-Fu is not just a vegan treat, but a small malleable martial artist as well. With 100 challenging levels to master, he needs your help to become the “Master of Chi”.

To do this you stretch To-Fu with your finger, aiming for the spot you’d like him to land. Sounds simple enough, but add challenging obstacles, booby traps and a variety of surface types to the equation and you have quite the task on your hands.

To-Fu: The Trials of Chi is very simplistic, which is what I like most. It is challenging enough to keep me entertained but easy enough for my 4 year old to understand. It is truly a game everyone can enjoy. The retina display graphics compliment the design of the game and create a hero that is very likable, even for a block of to-fu.

Add To-Fu to your game list today for the sweet intro price of 0.99. Junkies, To-fu may not be great to eat, but it’s sure fun to play with!

Rating: 5/5

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App Junkie’s Home Movies

Posted on 01 June 2011 by @brihannajoi

Viddy for iPhone
By: Viddy, Inc.
Price: Free!

How creative are you? Think you can make a stylized, interesting video in 15 seconds? This is the question asked by Viddy.

Viddy is a video sharing app from Viddy, Inc. Much like Instagram, it is all about creating and sharing with the world, but instead of a still picture, you get 15 seconds of video.

After creating an account, you are ready to record. You can record straight from the app or choose a piece of video that has already been recorded. Once you’ve filmed your 15 second masterpiece you can begin adding effects. There are tints, vintage looks and junked and scratched film cells. Each effect also comes with a music track. You can adjust the volume on the music including turning it completely down. You can also customize the opacity of the added effect. Once completed it’s time to share.

Aside from submitting your video for the Viddy community, you can add Facebook, Twitter and other social accounts. Even your location can be added once linked to Foursquare.

Shared videos can be liked and commented on like a mini YouTube. You can follow other users which will show in your stream and see the most popular and trending videos. The interface is very user friendly, especially if you are an Instagram fan.

I really like the concept of Viddy. It is definitely not as complex and feature rich as the Vimeo app, but it’s not trying to be. It’s a simple shoot and share idea that gives you an instant gratification and encourages you to create. And it does all this without bogging down your phone. There has already been an update of improvements with more to come. I expect to see more effect packs along the way, and I cannot wait.

Junkies, get Viddy and your phone will thank you.

Rating: 4/5

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The Hangover Part II Review

Posted on 26 May 2011 by TH3 No08

The Hangover Part 2 is exactly the type of movie that Film Snobs hate. First, it’s a sequel. Snobs hate sequels as much as they hate made for TV movies, It’s just beneath them. They’ll also hate Hangover 2 because on some level it seems to be a remake/ bigger budget re-imagining of the first one and lord knows that “Film Snobs” hate remakes of any sort no matter how good they may be. When I say that this movie is re-imagining, I don’t mean they touch on some of the same themes and the character arcs are similar, I literally mean they have taken scenes from the first movie and re-shot them for this movie without so much as a second thought. Remember that tiger in the first one? Now it’s a monkey. Remember when Stu married that prostitute in the first one, well let’s just say Stu has some issues and leave it at that. The one thing that Film Snobs won’t mention in their reviews of this film is that despite the trappings of rehashing/sequelizing the Hangover Part 1, The Hangover Part 2 is at times a very funny movie. It won’t win any awards or change anyone’s life with it’s message, but it’s really not intended to do that. This movie was made to make you laugh and it delivers that in spades.

People who have seen Part 1 will be very familiar with the plot of Part 2. Stu is getting married and has invited the gang to Thailand to celebrate and share his special moment. The gang’s all here, they introduce the curmudgeonly father in law, bla, bla, bla. None of that matters. The only thing you should care about in this movie is what happens between the time the guys wake up in a rundown hotel room with no memory of the night before and the photo montage that runs during the closing credits. Usually character development is important and we want to get to know everyone and their motivations but that doesn’t matter here. The opening 30 minutes of the movie is actually the weakest point of the film and if you can sit through that and not totally lose interest in what’s about to happen, you are in for some good laughs.

The plot of this movie seems to be based entirely on the premise of “bigger is better”. Director Todd Phillips has gone out of his way to try and outdo his previous film in every way possible. The gags are more risque, the action sequences are bigger, and the over the top characters are way more over the top and that’s not always a good thing. One of the things I enjoyed from the first film was the nuanced idiocy of Zach Galifianakis. His humor really stood out in the first film because it was restrained. He was a supporting character who popped in from time to time to move the plot along and say some awkwardly hilarious things and that worked really well. In part 2, not so much. While he is still funny at times, His character is much more in the fore front of the story therefore his lines and awkward jokes and dialogue are more the focus making his character very hit or miss. When the jokes work they are really funny, when they don’t it seems forced and at times very unnecessary.

The stand out in this film is definitely Ed Helms. His journey from awkward soon to be husband to a fearless wild man willing to take on the darker side of Bangkok Thailand was a joy to watch. The very thing that didn’t work for me with Galifianakis worked great with Helms. With the focus squarely on him and the search for his missing brother in-law he really shines. Ed Helms plays up the everyman on the verge of a breakdown as good as anybody in Hollywood. His ability to flip a switch and go from brow beaten loser to wild man rioting in the streets is entertaining and has me looking forward to seeing more from him in the future, as long as it’s not in The Hangover Part 3.

The Hangover Part 2 is by no means a perfect movie. It struggles at times to separate itself from part one and occasionally drags when moving from one joke setup to the next but what it does do well is deliver funny moments that fans of the movie will be quoting for a while. If you’re looking for a good laugh and don’t mind seeing an ample dose of penis then round up a group of friends and check this movie out. You won’t be alone in enjoying what will probably be one of the bigger movies of the summer.

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App Junkie Loves Custom Radio

Posted on 25 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

Slacker Radio for iPhone
By: Slacker, Inc.
Price: FREE!

 

Junkies, apps for music seem to be everywhere these days. Some far exceed others. Some crash incessantly and are more trouble than they are worth! But there are a few rare gems out there. One of these gems is Slacker Radio.

Slacker Radio is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and, more recently, iPad. Now, I am a longtime fan of Slacker Radio, my favorite feature over other apps being not the music, but the comedy stations. And not just censored comedy collections, but explicit as well. Their selection is varied and rarely do I hear repeats. Slacker Radio allows you to listen to their over 150 expert-programmed radio stations or create your own. This app gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. And now there are brand new features added just this week.

You can now browse the songs and artists on Slacker stations and make your own custom stations within the application. Search or simply browse station and artist pages for new music. Slacker also offers subscriptions with additional features. A Slacker Premium Radio subscription, gives users the ability to create playlists as well as play songs, albums and artists on demand, a feature I would gladly pay for! In addition to being able to stream on-demand content, Slacker Premium Radio subscribers can also cache stations, playlists and albums to their device to listen without a network connection! No Wi-Fi or wireless needed. Enhanced music discovery featuring artist bios, album reviews & lyrics is also included with paid subscriptions.

With all these features, there

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Grimm Fairy Tales: The Dream Eater Saga

Posted on 23 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Dream Eater Saga #0

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Raven Gregory
Art by: Anthony Spay

When picking up a comic such as Grimm Fairy Tales by Zenoscope (who have been building the Grimm Fairy Tales brand since 2005) you often find your self behind the cart before you even get started. The characters in these books are not your every day super heroes or characters that you would usually recognize from other comics so you have to do a little research or pick up some back issues to get up to speed on the story. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a lazy reader but that’s a lot of catching up to do and a lot of old comics to go on the hunt for and I just don’t have the time for it. Well for all you time challenged readers like me who just can’t fit a day of research into your comic reading this book is for you.

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Death Eater Saga #0 serves as both a beginning to a new story arc, the before mentioned Death Eater Saga, as well a detailed compendium of characters and background information on the series sure to quickly get you up to speed. Much like the .1 series of comics by Marvel, if you want to jump into the Grimm Fairy tale world this is the issue to pick up.

The Death Eater Saga begins with a brief 11 page back story on one of the main characters in the Grimm Fairy Tales world, Baba Yaga and how she became who she is. I don’t know if this story line has every really been touched on in this series before but they do a great job here of setting up her character and giving here a reason for being the vengeful, angry witch she has become.

However, When i reached the end of the first 11 pages and the story ended with only half the book gone I was a bit confused, that is until I turned the page and found a detailed description of the earth and realms, classes and factions, bios, as well as a check list of all the previous books and volumes to catch up on. Nice.

While I was originally expecting a more detailed story with more than just an intro to the character of Baba Yaga I found myself more than happy with what I got, and that was a well done introduction to the Grimm Fairy Tale world that left me excited and ready to pick up the next issue.

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Leaves Me With an Empty Feeling…

Posted on 23 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Kung Fu Panda 2 had a lot going against it before I ever even took my seat in the crowded theater full of kids and parents eager to get an early look at what’s sure to be a summer blockbuster. I wasn’t a huge fan of 2008′s Kung Fu Panda when I first saw it and the subsequent viewings as my children watched it relentlessly over the summer of 2010 did little to change my opinion of it. I can certainly understand the appeal of it. It’s got a cuddly panda who learns Kung Fu and goes from being a fat goof to being the Dragon Warrior over the course of 2 short hours or so. What’s not to like about that? Jack Black, that’s what. And Angelina Jolie. And the

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Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1 review…

Posted on 20 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Moriarty: The Dark Chamber #1

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Daniel Corey
Art by : Anthony Diecidue

I’m a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes series. I enjoy the complexity of the mysteries, the science used to solve the cases, and I really enjoy the character that inhabit the world of Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty is one of the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that has actually had a much larger role in the films and movies based on the original series of books than he ever did in the two books he actually appeared in and that’s not a bad thing. Writers and filmmakers over the years have expanded on the myth of Moriarty so much that he has now become synonomous with Sherlock Holmes and now you can follow his post Sherlock Holmes life in Moriarty: The Dark Chamber.

The Dark Chamber picks up some 20 years after the death of Sherlock Holmes. Having spent the last 20 years trying to escape the demons of his past, Moriarty has now taken on a new persona and picked up where Sherlock Holmes left off, just on the dark side. He is now an investigator of sorts for the criminal underworld who also dabbles in shipping to fill his free time and give him a legitimate front. Just when things are seeming to reach normality he is threatened by a force from his past when he is hired to find Sherlock Holmes’ missing brother as well as a former professor he once knew who has also gone missing. This of course leads him back into a world he has been very careful to avoid, putting himself and everything he has worked for over the past 20 years, in danger.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I picked this book up but I soon found myself engrossed in an exciting tale not unlike many of the original Sherlock Holmes mysteries. While the dialogue was at times a bit wordy, I never found myself bored, I actually quite enjoyed the witty banter of the many back and forth conversations Moriarty had while trying to suss out clues from the crafty thieves and villains that populate this book. I would definitly recommend this to both fans of the Sherlock Holmes series as well as anyone just looking for a good read.

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Musical App Junkie

Posted on 18 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

Magic Piano for iPhone
By: Smule
Price: FREE!

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App Junkie Says 8mm is SUPER

Posted on 13 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

THE SUPER 8

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Hesher picks a fight and wins big time…

Posted on 13 May 2011 by TH3 No08

We’ve all had a Hesher in our life

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There’s Something About Thor…

Posted on 10 May 2011 by TH3 No08

There’s something about Thor I just couldn’t put my finger on. Something that sat in the pit of my stomach for a couple of days, keeping me from fully recommending this movie to you. It’s not that I didn’t like it. The story was interesting, the characters well developed, the sets were beautiful, even stunning at times. It was well paced, didn’t really get too bogged down in details, honestly I don’t even remember looking at my watch once to see how much movie was left. It actually took me a few days to figure out what the problem was but first lets take a look at what worked for me.

We all know the story of Thor by now from the numerous trailers and tons of promo done for this movie and if you don’t here is a short rundown on the story. Thor is the

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App Junkie Discovers Blips

Posted on 04 May 2011 by @brihannajoi

blip.me for iPhone
By Camino Real, Inc.
Price: FREE!

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Planet of the Apes: The Long War #1

Posted on 04 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Planet of the Apes: The Long War #1

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Daryl Gregory

Art by: Carlos Mango

Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! Beginning an all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie in the continuity of the first five films! Ape society has reached a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of The Lawgiver?

I’ve read a lot of comics lately that were adaptations of either movies, tv shows, or even video games and they all seem to make the same mistake when it comes to presenting material that we’ve seen in other forms and that is the constant rehashing of material. It seems that the writers are far more interested in sticking with tried and true story lines and formulas rather than taking on something new. Fortunately for us, Planet of the Apes: The Long War does not fall into that category. It is a fresh take on the old tale that has previously been covered by both movies, live action television series and cartoons as well as previous comics but with a perspective that makes it new again.

Planet of the Apes: The Long War takes place 1200 years before a man named Taylor fell from the stars. The humans and apes share the earth but with an uneasy co-existence. The dynamic created here is quite striking and sets up what’s to come very well. Humans are second class citizens, but they are not hunted, yet. There is a deep mistrust between the two species that we know will one day lead to bad things for the humans but at this point it is still relatively unspoken.

This is a well written book that takes place in continuity with the movies that came before it. This series basically fills in the history and provides us with an insight into what lead us to the situation that Heston encountered in the 1968 film. I enjoyed the characters and the back story between the ape, Alaya, and the human, Sullivan, who at one point lived as family members. These are the types of stories that make me excited about what’s coming up next. Even thought we know what the long term result is, the story was well written enough to make me want to know led them to that point. For Planet of the Apes fans, this is a must have and for comic book fans looking for a story with long term potential to create something very cool, this is certainly worth picking up.

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Young Justice #3: Hack and You Shall Find

Posted on 02 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Young Justice #3: Hack and You Shall Find

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Mike Norton

In issue three of Young Justice, Robin stumbles upon a plot by the League of Shadows to

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Darkwing Duck #11 F.O.W.L. Disposition

Posted on 02 May 2011 by TH3 No08

Darkwing Duck #11 F.O.W.L. Disposition

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written By: Ian Grill
Art By: James Silvani

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App Junkie: Game Edition

Posted on 27 April 2011 by @brihannajoi

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App Junkie Shows Her Artistic Side

Posted on 20 April 2011 by @brihannajoi

ToonPAINT

By: Toon-FX

Price: $1.99

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The Green Hornet: Aftermath

Posted on 14 April 2011 by TH3 No08

The Green Hornet: Aftermath

Sponsored by: www.comicbreak.com

Written By: Jai Nitz

Art By:Nigel Raynor

Rocketing out of the events of the monster hit movie, follow the continuing adventures of Green Hornet and Kato as a power struggle for control over drug trafficking in Los Angeles turns violent. Green Hornet and Kato are just starting out, but they’ve attracted attention from the cops, the drug pushers, and even Homeland Security! Britt and Kato keep their alter egos hidden, but a new set of masked men on the scene complicates matters.

I’m not a huge fan of movie/comic crossovers. I prefer them to stay within their own that’s why I didn’t think much of The Green Hornet: Aftermath when I picked it up. It looked like a piece of promotional material for the movie that came out a few months back and I don’t need to be sold on a movie that I was never really interested in seeing in the first place but I read it anyway and suprise of all suprises, it’s actually not a bad comic.

The book picks up where the movie left off, which is a bit of a mystery to me since i didn’t see the movie but that didn’t really hurt too much. It starts with the typical scenario of Kato doing all the heavy lifting and The Green Hornet showing up at the last moment to take all the credit only this time the credit is being given to someone else by a pair on nosy Home Land Security officers. They think TGH is one of Reid’s reporters, Cullen Hurtt and this doesn’t sit well with either of the guys. Kato and TGH want a bit of the credit they feel they should be getting but don’t want to out themselves to accept it.

I like the book, the character chemistry is interesting, the art is classic comic inspired and the cover is dynamic, straight off a movie poster. If you enjoyed The Green Hornet than this is certainly worth picking up and if you haven’t seen the movie but would like an introduction to the character this is definitely a good point to jump on and check it out.

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