Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Halloween is Coming...


Halloween is coming.

     That's right, boils and ghouls. In only 71 days, Halloween will be here. Now I know that for that past month or so things have been pretty slow here on ThEpic Review. The Reel Brad Bell has been mostly doing podcasts and taking care of other stuff, everyone else has pretty much been missing in action, and I've been taking a much needed break from stuff on the site. And why is that? Because I'm recharging my batteries so that 2014 will be the best Halloween ever. But here's the thing: For me, Halloween isn't a single day.

     It's two full months of terror. That's right. Two full months. Honestly, it is only two months because of the constraints my wife puts on me. If I had things my way, the Halloween season would start in August. As it stands, though, the Halloween season starts on September 1st at La Casa de Barbecue17 and goes until a week after October 31st (read the Legend of Re-Halloween to learn why!). That's a plenty of time. Plenty of time to:

*Eat every Halloween treat know to humanity and inhumanity!

*Put up lots of spooky and hokey decorations!

*Costumes, costumes, costumes!

*Watch multiple horror films, read horror books and comics, and even go to a few haunted houses!

*And of course, 31 Days of Toy Terror

Yup. While we've been slow here during the dog days of summer, just know that something better (and just a wee bit spooky and sinister) is around the corner. Just a few more days (so catch up on last year's festivities) until it all goes down. This year, starting on August 1st, get ready for the greatest internet Halloween experience that ThEpic Review has ever done. Get prepared for....

Hokey Halloween Horror Part 2: Best. Halloween. Ever.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Heroes Convention 2014 Cosplay!




We here at The Epic Review had such a great time at Heroes Con this year!  We met lots of cool people, spoke with some really great vendors, and, of course, saw tons of amazing costumes!  Here are some of our favorites!  (Once again, you'll notice The Reel Brad Bell isn't in any of the photos. This year he was in line to meet Kevin Eastman, one of the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!!)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 34: Guardians of the Galaxy




In Episode 34 of The Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell and Andrew Stokes review the film people are calling the new Star Wars: Marvel Studios and James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Maybe more importantly we answer the question of: Where we have been since Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and set the record straight about the future of the podcast and site moving forward!  In Epic News we cover our highlights of San Diego Comi-Con 2014: Hot Toy’s Back to the Future and Batman Returns figures, Mondo’s Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman posters, Legend of Korra season 4, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman costume, and the first Batman V. Superman footage.  In what we have been checking out we discuss: Non-stop, Transcendence, and Richard Linkwater’s supposed modern masterpiece: Boyhood.  Also in a surprise twist we discuss music for the first time ever on the show, in a conversation about the resurgence of vinyl records

(Remember to email any questions or comments about the podcast to thepicreview@gmail.com and we will read your questions or comments on the next episode, also feel free to leave a comment about this episode below!) 


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Monday, July 14, 2014

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 33: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes




    In the 33rd Edition of the Confirmed Epic Podcast we review one of our most anticipated films of Summer 2014: Matt Reeves Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.   In what we have been checking out The Reel Brad Bell, BBQ17, and Andrew Stokes discuss:  Brian K. Vaughn’s: EX MACHINA, The World Cup, The WWE Network, TMNT Build a Bears, and the new Ninja Turtles movie figures by PlayMates.  In Epic News we discuss: Colin Farrell potentially being in True Detective Season 2, the rumored return of Young Justice, and Batgirl’s new makeover.  

(Remember to email any questions or comments about the podcast to thepicreview@gmail.com and we will read your questions or comments on the next episode, also feel free to leave a comment about this episode below!) 


(You can also find the Confirmed Epic Podcast on iTunes, just search for "thepicreview", and if you have time we would appreciate it if you could leave us a review on i Tunes!)


(Editors Note: If you have any problems with the link either install adobe flash player or if you are listening from a phone simply follow the direct link to our audio here: http://thepicreview.podbean.com/ Thank You!) 


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Action Figure Review: The Penguin (Batman Returns) from DC Multiverse by Mattel

    
    I still have very fond, vivid memories of going to see Batman Returns with my dad when it came out in 1992. I remember a number of details about the experience, including going to KB toys before the film and getting a Toy Biz DC Comics Superheroes Robin, but mostly I remember just how strange and dangerous the film felt to me while at the same time how captivated I was by it. As an eight year old, I'm not sure I'd ever encountered a film scene that left me as excited as Batman Returns' climactic showdown in the sewers. I'd also never seen a film that had villains as menacing as Catwoman and the Penguin. While Catwoman was definitely a femme fatale and a cool character, I'm not sure eight year old me was yet able to comprehend all of Catwoman's appeal or why she "felt so much yummier" but I totally realized just how weird and twisted the Penguin was. I mean, Joker was an insane villain who wanted to kill Gotham, but Penguin wanted to kill babies and drown people in toxic waste. That kind of stuff stands out to an eight year old, y'know? Of course, I'm not really here to discuss Batman Returns; I'm here to talk about the Danny DeVito based Penguin figure from Mattel's fairly new DC Multiverse line that covers a few different DC films and video games. Ready for a look at a version of the Penguin who eats raw fish, bit a guy's nose, and actually had flippers? Then join me after the break...

Friday, July 11, 2014

Action Figure Review: Raph in Disguise from Ninja Turtles by Playmates


     As soon as I heard about this action figure, I knew I had to have it. Not only is Raphael my favorite turtle but this figure totally reminds me of the original movie scenes where Raphael travels above ground in New York disguised in a trench coat and a hat. Further, the action figure Don, the Undercover Turtle has always been one of my favorite figures from the vintage toyline so I was thrilled to have a new toy that somewhat paid homage to the original. If Playmates ever releases a disguised Raphael in their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics line, I'll freak out. I just know it. As I mentioned in my review of The Shredder, I'm currently cautiously optimistic about the new film that is slated for release on August 8th, 2014. I'm really getting into an even more hardcore TMNT groove than usual so even if the movie ends up being less than awesome, I'm still enjoying eating TMNT pizza from Pizza Hut, drinking TMNT crush, listening to Ninja Rap, watching the cartoon, and reading the IDW comics. Ready for a review of Raph in Disguise to help add to this radical summer? Then join me after the break...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Check it Out: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizzas from Pizza Hut!





     For over a month now the good folks over at the Technodrome Forums have been discussing Pizza Hut's involvement with the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film (many of us remember the awesome TMNT promos from back in the 90's at places like Pizza Hut and Burger King) and we've finally got some official promo images from Pizza Hut about their new TMNT themed pizzas. I was so tempted by these that I actually went and hit up my nearest Pizza Hut to grab one for lunch. More details about all of the available pizzas after the break...