Thursday, February 28, 2013

Confirmed Epic Podcast Giant Size Episode 4: He-man and Snitch

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Collectors World's pick to play He-Man: The Rock

In this weeks Giant Size edition of The Confirmed Podcast  we review Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's latest film Snitch.  We also discuss the Epic news items of the week such as Batman Incorporated #8, the new Amazing Spiderman suit, Chris Copper being cast as Norman Osborn in the Amazing Spiderman, Megan Fox being cast as April O'neil in the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie, Peter Dinklage possibly playing the role of Sentinel creator Bolivar Trask or Mr. Sinister in X-men Days of future past, Guillermo Del Toro's Justice League Dark movie pitch, and a possible Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic spin off movie.  We also delve into what we have been checking out this week: DC's Brand New He-man and the Masters of the Universe comic while taking questions on what we thought of that from the good people at He-man.org, the Oscars, Kevin James's Here comes the boom, Mattel's latest Masters of the Universe subscription figures, DC directs latest Arkham City wave, and Neil Gaimen's Black Orchid.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Blu Review: Here comes the boom (4 out of 5)

Kevin James brings the Boom!

     Last Fall when Here comes the boom hit theaters I easily dismissed it, immediately labeling it as a Kevin James comedic version the great MMA film The Warrior that was released in 2011.  After a family member rented Here comes the boom from a local video store (Yes some places still have those believe it or not), and pleaded with me to check it out I finally gave in figuring what was the worst that could happen? The results after the break.....

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Movie Review: Snitch (4 out of 5)

2013 may be the year of The Rock!

     2013 is a big year for The Rock in addition to being the current WWE Champion, he has major roles in the upcoming GI Joe sequel as Road Block, as well as headlining Michael Bay's Pain and Gain along side Mark Whalberg, and is making his return to The Fast and the Furious franchise for the second time this Summer.  First on the docket for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson before his rematch with John Cena at Wrestlemaina 29 was his latest film Snitch that opened February 22nd.  The marketing behind Snitch portrayed it as another action flick starring Rocky, but the results which you will find after the break where surprisingly different.....

Monday, February 25, 2013

The 85th Annual Academy Awards, Our Take

The 85th Academy Awards February 24, 2013 on ABC 

     It's that time of year again the Academy Awards, the time of year where the Hollywood Elite known as The Academy pick and choose to honor the best films and performances of the year.  A lot of these films where only seen by true Cnephiles, but odds are if you look hard enough their is a little something for everyone at the Oscars.  Luckily for you, most of us here at The Epic Review are true Cinephiles who see most films from those little artsy films nobody has heard of, to the biggest and most anticipated blockbusters.  Our coverage of the 85th Annual Academy Awards not only provides commentary on the actual winners, but also our opinion on who or what should have won, based on the actors and films nominated (Sorry as much as we want to, we aren't going to claim The Avengers should have won best picture).  So who and what won, and what should have? Find out after the break.... 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Ninja Turtles reboot back from beneath the sewers: Megan Fox is the new April O'neil

I guess Michael Bay and Megan Fox are back on sleeping  speaking terms!
    News broke late last night that Megan Fox has been cast as the beloved April O'neil from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.  Not only that, but according to producer Michael Bay the film is back on track now slated for a May 16, 2014 release.  Originally the reboot was scheduled for a Christmas Day 2013 release until the film fell into development hell at Paramount last Summer.  With this news is the Turtles reboot finally ready to rise from the sewers to the surface? Find out after the break.....

Action Figure Barbecue: Stars in Plastic #1- Bruce Willis

  
 In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy critiques Beethoven to Schroeder: "Everyone talks about how 'great' Beethoven was. Beethoven wasn't so great.  He never got his picture on bubblegum cards, did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubblegum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture on bubblegum cards?"
    
Of course, we here at ThEpic Review know that greatness isn't measured by one's appearance on bubblegum cards. No sir, it is not.  The true measure of greatness is appearing as an action figure.  It isn't until you're fully articulated, given a kung-fu grip, and thrown on a blister card that you can truly feel like you're worth anything.  In our new feature, Stars in Plastic, join us for a look at various actors and actresses by examining the little plastic effigies constructed in their likeness. Today, join me as we look at all of the action figure tributes constructed to not only a great action star, but the star of the greatest Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard: Bruce Willis.

Bruce Willis even made a shot for shot remake of "A Christmas Story" so that no one can argue that he doesn't star in the greatest Christmas film of all time.

More Bruce Willis Action after the break....

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Top 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2013


2013 is shaping up to be a heck of a year for videogames. Sony just announced the PlayStation 4 and it is widely believed that Microsoft is set to release the next iteration of their consoles this year. With the rise of mobile gaming, apps, digital downloads and streaming it will be very exciting to see everything the next Xbox and PlayStation will be able to do. With both companies making a push recently towards making their consoles an entertainment hub and capturing the ever growing casual market the next consoles could very well shape the gaming industry for decades. But at the heart of every console are the games. And while the next generation may be just around the corner, this generation still has plenty of great tittles to offer fans.

This game is beautiful!

2013 has already seen the release of some great games like Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Dead Space 3 and Fire Emblem Awakening. However this article will focus on games yet to be released and while that still leaves too many great games to list here is my Top 10.

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 3: A Good Day to Die Hard

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The Confirmed Epic Podcast

In this weeks edition of The Confirmed Podcast  we review the fifth and latest  installment of the Die Hard franchise A Good Day to Die Hard, and discuss The Epic News items of the week such as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher Episode 7 speculation, Guardians of the Galaxy casting news,and Sony's unveiling of the Playstation 4.  We also delve into what we have been checking out this week:  The Lethal Weapon series, Mike Mignola illustrated novels, Marvel Now's Uncanny X-men #1, Lego mystery figures, AMC's Comic Book Men Mid Season 2 premiere, and Bronies.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: Action Figure Trends of the Future

Prediction #1: In the future, all your toys will bring you birthday cake.

     I had originally started this article a week or so prior to the New York Toy Fair and planned to try to release it prior to the event.  I got delayed, however, and at NYTF I noticed more evidence of some of the things I had originally predicted.  As someone who keeps up with action figure news pretty often, I used a combination of my best insights and the question and answer feature from a 1984 Kowl figure.  The four trends I see happening in the action figure hobby over the next few years after the break...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bagged, but not bored: Comic Review Uncanny X-men #1 (4 out of 5)

Marvel has finally managed to make Cyclops a bad ass!

(Spoilers for Uncanny X-men #1, AVX, Messiah Complex and House of M follow)

     The X-men have been through utter hell in the last couple of months/years House of M decimated the Mutant  population, Messiah Complex was just that a very complex search and development of mutant savior Hope Summers, and it all culminated in last year's blockbuster event Avengers VS. X-men.   All of this left the mutant world reeling after the Death of Charles Xavier at the hands of a Dark Phoenix powered Cyclops, but with also with a little "hope" after the discovery of new mutants across the globe as the result of Hope Summers and the Scarlet Witch supposedly extinguishing the Phoenix force for good.  Following AVX Magneto breaks Cyclops out of prison, thrusting Scott Summers into being the face of a new Mutant Rebellion, and launching a new volume of Uncanny X-men written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Chis Bachalo as part of the new Marvel Now publishing initiative.  So just how good is Uncanny X-men "Now"? find out after the break...


The Best There Never Was: Wrestlemania 29 Predictions



The Road to Wrestlemania is in full gear after Sunday’s Elimination Chamber PPV.  So it is about time for some serious Wrestlemania predictions.  This isn’t how I want Wrestlemania to go but how I think it will actually go.  If I had my way it would be Punk/Taker for the title and the streak would be over., but that's probably not going to happen.  So the matches that will actually/probably/may possibly happen are after the break:

Monday, February 18, 2013

Blu Review: Seven Psychopaths (4 out of 5)

Seven Psychopaths only works so well, because of the brilliant performances of it's ensemble cast!
     From time to time here on the Epic Review we will take a moment to review the films we missed in theaters, but catch shortly after their Blu-ray releases.  These articles will be known as the Blu Review, and up first is Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, which was originally released on Blu-ray January 29, 2013.  Our inaugural Blu-review after the break...

(Mild spoilers for Seven Psychopaths follow:)

Action Figure Barbecue: Weekly Review Update

Back in action, baby!!
Here's a brief summary of the reviews you can find this week on my Amazon review page: Barbecue17's Amazon reviews!

Fish Face (TMNT, Playmates Toys)

Try him with custard!



While this TMNT line is geared towards kids, that doesn't mean old school TMNT fans won't like him! This guy has a perfect style that really harkens back to the absurdity and wackiness of the vintage line.  He fits right in.

 

The Penguin (Batman Unlimited, Mattel)

Pictured here: The World's Strongest Umbrella



This is a great Penguin figure that is in scale with all of your DC Universe Classics figures. He really emulates the art (pictured above) perfectly.  If you like your villains portly and garish, look no further!

 

Netossa (Masters of the Universe Classics, Mattel)

Her name's Netossa.  She's tosses nets.  Are you following this?



Netossa is a gorgeous figure and was the January 2013 Club Eternia subscription figure. Hailing from the She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon (and vintage toy line) Netossa adds some needed muscle to the ranks of the Great Rebellion.

 

Businessman (Lego Minifigures: Series 8, Lego)

Only the computer in the background dates this picture.
Who doesn't want a greedy little businessman running around their Lego town?  The Businessman is a fun little minifigure from Lego's blind bagged minifigure line.  I guarantee he'll be in the 1% of your toy collection.

Stuff you must own: ED-209 from Robocop by NECA



     NECA has released an excellent Robocop figure (and two cool variants) but now we're finally getting someone for him to fight: The ED-209!  From the original 1987 classic, the ED-209 was an attempt at creating a self sufficient law enforcement droid that didn't turn out quite as planned.  (I still remember watching the scene where ED-209 shoots that guy during a board meeting at a friend's when I was pretty young. It freaked me out, man.)
    This guy should be released sometime this summer.  He's supposed to be nicely in scale with Robocop and should retail for around the $50 mark. 

Learn more and see more pictures at NECA's website.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard (3 out of 5 stars)


      In the pantheon of action movie stars, there are three who stand at the top and look down on the mere girly-men below them: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Bruce Willis.  So far this year all three of these icons have had films released. "A Good Day to Die Hard" was certainly the film I was most looking forward to so far this year but unfortunately, while somewhat entertaining, it really failed to live up to my expectations.  While it's always good to see John McClane (Bruce Willis) in action, and I did like the dynamic in partnering him with his son Jack (Jai Courtney), "A Good Day to Die Hard" was far too generic of a film to live up to the Die Hard legacy of unique, interesting plots and diabolical bad guys whom you just can't wait to see die(hard).  The rest of the review after the break...

Is 2013 officially the year Summer blockbuster season starts in Winter?

Superheros movies aren't just for Summer any more


     It used to be in Hollywood that the biggest tent pole franchises were reserved For Summer (May 1st to Labor Day), and the holiday season (November 1st to New Years day).  Over the past several years many blockbusters have been releasing earlier in year, and to big openings, just last year The Hunger Games releasing on March 23rd raked in a $155 million in it’s opening weekend alone.  It seems that the success of the Hunger Games had a major impact on the overall release schedule in early 2013 and beyond.  Studios are now choosing to release Films that in years past would have been definite Summer blockbuster releases like what Disney/Marvel are doing with 2014’s Captain America the Winter soldier choosing to release it in April rather than Summer like its predecessor.  While this New Year- long Summer movie season seems to be the new trend in tinsel town, one could argue that 2013 is the first year we have seen so many quality releases this early.  The proof in the form of the Summer quality releases that aren't actually being released this Summer after the break… 



Thursday, February 14, 2013

Movie Review: Warm Bodies (4 out of 5 stars)

Movie Review: Warm Bodies (4 out of 5 stars)


Special thanks to our guest reviewer Generbeener for contributing this excellent review!
As we approach Valentine’s Day, love is in the air and everybody is thinking about how much they adore their… zombie boyfriend? Crazy right? But Warm Bodies is not just another Zombieland! This humorous film is what critics are calling a Rom-Zom-Com, a new genre brilliantly blended with romance, zombies, and comedy. You can ask any of my friends and they will tell you I am not a zombie film person. In fact, when I saw Zombieland the first time, I had a friend tell me when all the scary parts were coming so I could close my eyes! But Warm Bodies, is not so much about zombies as it is a story of how love can heal (and about how ridiculously funny a zombie falling in love with a human can be).  The rest of my review after the break...


Confirmed Epic Podcast #2: Death of the Family finale and Hansel and Gretel Which Hunters

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In the 2nd ever edition of the confirmed Epic podcast we review Hansel and Gretel which hunters, and discuss the Epic news items of the week such as New York Toy Fair, Ben Affleck Batman rumors, and more Amazing Spiderman villain speculation.  We also delve into what we have been checking out this week:  the return of Community, Lego history, TMNT classic collection volume 1, and the end of Scott Snyder’s nearly Epic Joker tale Death of the family.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: Toylines Missing in Action for 2012



     With New York Toy Fair in full swing this week, it's time to take stock of the past year for action figure collecting and to look forward to all of the little plastic men that will be offered to us over the next year.  I've already covered my top ten favorite toy lines of 2012, so here's a look at the toy lines from the past which I was really into in previous years but that didn't even register on my radar in 2012.  This isn't an attempt to bash these lines or anything, just to try and understand why they didn't take my money like in year's past.  They are listed in no particular order after the break:


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Movie Review- Hansel and Gretel:Witch Hunters (4 out of 5 stars)


     I finally had a chance to catch "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" this weekend.  After hearing some not so good things about this action/horror/fantasy/comedy, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie.  It was a fun, fast paced genre film that seems quite underrated.  More after the break....


Monday, February 11, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: My Top 10 Toylines of 2012



     The 2013 New York Toy Fair just wrapped up, so I thought it would be appropriate to look back over my favorite toys of 2012.  2012 was definitely an interesting year for toys.  Like always, there were toy lines that disappointed, toy lines that surprised us, and toy lines that continue to impress.  This is a list of 10 of the toy lines that I spent all most of my some of my money on last year that most impressed me. I've decided against including lines from companies like Hot Toys, Sideshow, or Enterbay on here because 1. There are plenty of other folks who cover those lines, 2. While those 1/6th lines have action figure qualities in their DNA, they are so superior (and so much more costly) that I really don't think it is fair to compare them with traditional action figure lines, and 3. I just can't afford them.  This list is certainly not all inclusive nor is it intended to be a completely objective look at the truly best toys of 2012. It's simply one man's opinion!  Here's what devoured my money in 2012: 


Sunday, February 10, 2013

TV Review: Community Season 4 premiere (Confirmed: Epic)

Community has had an immediate cult following, one you can see the cast is quite grateful for.

     We here at The Epic Review tend to only review series premiere’s and finales when it comes to TV shows, but for the Epic season 4 debut of the already cult classic NBC series Community, an exception had to be made.  Sice the end of Season 3 fans of this beloved series have been an absolute roller coaster ride.  After the normal speculation that the show would be cancelled was subdued, series creator and show runner Dan Harmon left the show, and had quite a nasty falling out with NBC.  Shortly after that Chevy Chase who plays the very inappropriate Pierce Hawthorne announced he was leaving the show, due to his own differences with staff behind the scenes.  All of this combined with fact that NBC decided to delay the start date of season 4 to February 2013 left fans waiting with bated breath to see what was to become of their favorite show? Despite all of these uphill battles the group came roaring back stronger than ever!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

New York Toyfair News: Mattel Unveils 1960's Batman Action figures



I love the 1960s Batman series starring Adam West.  That's why I'm thrilled to see the first reveals of action figures (and a Batmobile!) from Mattel's new Batman series.  Between Toynewsi.com and Entertainment Earth, we've seen three figures and the Batmobile from this exciting new series. These should be released this summer and retail for around $16 a figure.  So far we've seen:


Movie Review: The Dark Knight Returns Part's 1 and 2 (Confirmed:Epic, 5 out of 5)

The Dark Knight Returns is DC's best animated film to date!
     DC has produced some pretty well done movies within their animated universe over the past couple of years: Batman Under the Red Hood, Batman Year One, Green Lantern First Flight, and Justice League the New Frontier have been amongest their best.  Many may even argue that first flight was better than the live action Green Lantern film.  As good as those adaptations were, none come close to their version of The Dark Knight Returns.  Now upon hearing the news they were adapting the Frank Miller's classic into a cartoon many were very skeptical.  It just seemed there was no way they could capture the grittiness and political commentary of arguably the best Batman story ever written with an animated film, DC and director Jay Oliva proved the critics very wrong indeed!


Friday, February 8, 2013

The ever untangling "Webb" of the Amazing Spiderman 2

Marc Webb is a lot less reliable than Venom's webbing pictured above when it comes to telling coherent  Spidey stories!

     Rumors began flying from the set of The Amazing Spiderman 2 recently, that another iconic Spidey villain could be joining the already crowded cast of baddies.  Apparently speculation has led many to be believe that none other than Venom will join Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) as one of the villains in the Marc Webb Sequel.


Leaked! Masters of the Universe Classics, DC Universe Classics, and Watchmen Reveals from New York Toy Fair

While Mattel's reveals of new action figures in their hit online exclusive toylines Master of the Universe Classics, Watchmen, and DC Universe Classics weren't supposed to be made until sometime this coming Sunday afternoon, official photos have leaked of some very cool upcoming figures and the prototype for the Castle Grayskull play set due to be released in December of this year. Here's a look at the newest releases.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: Thursday Weekly Review Update

Hey everyone!

As I've already mentioned in my introductory post and on the podcast, I really like to do action figure and toy reviews on Amazon.com so check out all of my reviews there. If you're curious, here are a few reasons why I like to put my reviews on Amazon:

1. Amazon is a huge site that has millions of people checking it out. It ensures that reviews have a chance to get read by both collectors and parents looking for good toys for their kids.
2. Amazon is an online marketplace where people can actually purchase the product they are reading reviews of at any given time. I like the idea of educating buyers before they make a purchase.
3. While it has some flaws, Amazon does have a decent feedback and commenting system for reviewers. I can check everyday how many people have left comments on reviews or found my reviews helpful.

This week I've reviewed:

Ivan Drago (pre-fight) from "Rocky" by NECA     (5 out of 5 stars)- Confirmed EPIC!!

     Neca's Rocky line was one of my favorite action figure lines of 2012. Beautiful sculpting and excellent, well thought out articulation really made these figures come alive. It's like having a mini Dolph Lundgren on your shelf!
He must break your toys

Dog Pound from "TMNT" by Playmates Toys  (4 out of 5 stars)

   Despite being a little weak in articulation and having some paint issues, Dog Pound is still a fun, massive mutant for your TMNT collection. 
Who let Dog Pound out?
As always, I'll be working on more throughout the next week so keep checking my Amazon review page and ThEpicReview blogspot for more action figure reviews!  If you like my reviews, feel free to leave me some good feedback or comments as well!-Jerry Reed lead contributor

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 1: Bullet to the Head

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     In the inaugural episode of the Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Bullet to the head, and discuss our thoughts on the Epic News of the week such as: Phase 3 Marvel movie speculation, proposed Star Wars Spin off films in the works, and preview New York toy fair.  We also delve into what we have been checking out this week: Avengers #4, Superior Spider-man #2, Part 1 of The Dark Knight Returns animated film from DC, Ian Flemming James Bond novels, the Theater by Raven Gregory, and Lego Valentines.


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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Movie Review: Les Miserables ( 3 out of 5)


     Even before Les Miserables began to make it's initial run in theaters this past holiday season their was already talk that it was the favorite for best picture.  Which when you thought about it, it made a lot of since.  Here we have Tom Hopper whose film The King's Speech won best picture at the 2011 Academy Awards, taking a bit of a risk by turning one of the greatest tales of our time into a completely RAW musical.  When you add this to the fact that musicals are not always received well by today's cinema audiences, you have to give Tom Hopper and the entire cast a ton of credit for just attempting to make this film.  However I still have to wonder if that risk alone warrants a best picture win?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Marvels Smashing Plans for the Hulk and Phase 3 of it's cinematic universe

HULK SMASH! The Marvel Universe that is, in World War Hulk!

Latino Review broke the biggest and greenest news of Super Sunday when it revealed Marvel's future cinematic plans for one of it's most beloved characters, the character directly responsible for making last year's Avengers the smashing success it was The Incredible Hulk.  According to the report Marvel's movie plans for the Hulk will not take full affect until after Avengers 2.  Apparently the results of the Avengers sequel will lead directly to Planet Hulk which will join Ant Man, and Doctor Strange as part of Marvel studios/Disney planned phase 3. 

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head (3.5 out of 5 stars)





     The revenge flick is one of those film subgenres that always seem to satisfy despite how good or bad the  movie actually is.  We have a natural tendency to jump behind a character who has been wronged in someway, especially when those who engaged in the wrong doing are powerful and beyond the normal channels of justice.  Bullet to the Head is most definitely a revenge flick, and while that means it definitely offers some degree of satisfaction, it would be a very average movie if it weren't for the presence of Sylvester Stallone.  Stallone is just one of those actors that I find enjoyable no matter what he's in. While he always a plays a similar role (lovable, mumbling, wisecracking, tough guy) he  has an onscreen presence that seems to grow stronger with time.  I know everyone likes to make jokes about Stallone's age but to be honest, Stallone still looks like a pretty rough dude and this role suits him well.  Just watching, you can see that while Stallone comes in at the pretty average height of 5'10, he still looks massive next to nearly everyone else because of his build.  Stallone plays James "Jimmy Bobo" Bonomo, a small time hitman hired to kill a corrupt ex-cop.  Jimmy's one of those tough guy hitmen who also has a code of honor(he doesn't kill women or children), lives out in a swamp on a stilt house, drinks a liquor no one has ever heard of, raised his daughter as a single parent, and rigs everything he owns to explode (just in case).