Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

dopes to infinityBack in the 1990’s there were a lot of bands that complained about having fame and fortune even though it didn’t stop them from making music. The grunge scene had made it sort of uncool to be a rock band that enjoyed the spotlight until one band from New Jersey decided to come along and make it cool to rock again. The band that I am talking about is the stoner/psychedelic rock band known as Monster Magnet. In 1995, the band was made up of Dave Wyndorf (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass, theremin, organ, bells, and mellotron), Ed Mundell (Bass, Guitar), Joe Calandra (Guitar, Bass), and Jon Kleiman (Drums). On March 21, 1995, the band would release their third album (first through A&M Records) entitled Dopes To Infinity that was produced by Wyndorf himself. Powertrip may have been the album that broke through the mainstream, but Dopes is the album that proved their were a rock dynamo. I don’t have figures on whether it charted on the Billbaord Top 200, but it did land at 22 on the US Top Heatseekers Chart while hitting 51 in the UK. The album itself was ranked 406 on Rock Hard magazine’s The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time book.

dopes to infinity back cover1.Dopes To Infinity– The title track kicks off the album and I read that the main guitar riff was “Lifted” from Woman Tamer by Sir Lord Baltimore. 5/5

2. Negasonic Teenage Warhead– A very cool track that Marvel Comics writer Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly used for a character (she’s in Deadpool and Deadpool 2). The song is the band’s response to all the grunge acts that reject fame. 5/5

3. Look to Your Orb for the Warning– A shorter version of this melodic and dark track appeared on the soundtrack to The Matrix. The song is very bare bones in nature, but it’s effective in a track that could be about tripping. 5/5

4. All Friends and Kingdom Come– A very cool and psychedelic riff takes over in this track that is about someone who is showing their dominance over another like a patient in a hospital being told by the orderly that he is in control. One of the coolest things is hearing the Theremin being played on the track. It reminded me of a White Zombie track 5/5

5. Ego, The Living Planet– The next track on the record that is all about the Marvel Comics character of the same name that appeared in Fantastic Four comics. 5/5

6. Blow ‘Em Off– A semi acoustic track like Space Lord that makes me think the lyrics are talking about someone who is finally leaving the nest and never looks back. 4.5/5

dopes to infinity CD7. Third Alternative– A track that many think is about a contingent plan involving Mars and the Moon, but I think the track is about a relationship that is toxic, but you just can’t get out of it. 4/5

8. I Control, I Fly– a bad ass rock song that is supercharged about a guy who doesn’t have a care in a world because he’s in control and he tells everyone to be original and not followers. 4.5/5

9. King Of Mars– a sludge driven track that that is about guys saying that the rock scene is up in the air for everyone to claim so he claims to be the king of the scene. I thinkt hat is what the lyrics are talking about. 4/5

10. Dead Christmas– a dark semi acoustic track and I have to be honest that I am not sure what the lyrics mean or what they have to do with Christmas, but this could be a loss of innocence track. There’s some bongo drums thrown into the track for fun once it goes electric. 4/5

11. Theme from “Masterburner”– A very cool instrumental track from the band that is full of high octane moments and just some kick ass rock music. 5/5

12. Vertigo– The last track on the album and it feels like starts right back where Theme ended, but this one is sludgy in nature as it’s a slow burn and I once again have no idea what he is talking about. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is a superb release that really showcased what the band was capable of and what would we get to see later on in their careers as well. Favorite track on the album is a tough one, but I really enjoyed All Friends and Kingdom Come. Just the creativity that went in to that track is phenomenal. My least favorite track on the album goes to Third Alternative and I am not saying that I hated the track, just not one of my favs. I ma going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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Fox-Disney-700x300One of the biggest megadeals was pulled off three days ago after much speculation that the Walt Disney Company was inquiring about purchasing some assets from Rupert Murdoch and his company Fox. Disney paid them 52.4 billion which means that the company that owns Star Wars, Marvel, ESPN, ABC, will now acquire 21ST Century Fox which includes 20TH Century Fox, 20TH Century Fox Television, any Fox owned cable networks (FX and National Geographic), as well as Fox’s 30 percent share in HULU. While the deal may seem insane, it is a huge power move for Disney who is essentially number one in films, but it powers them up with the number three company in film in Fox. Now if you need me to spell out what the company now owns, let me do that for you then. The company now owns the Alien franchise, Predator, The Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Ice Age, the Planet Of The Apes reboots, The Simpsons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I Met Your Mother, FuturamaFirefly, and The X-Files. That is just the tip of the iceberg that the company now owns as they get ready to develop their own streaming service for the public.

thumb-1920-618647Now what I am most excited about when it comes to this deal are the possibilities as far as the MCU is concerned. They have already promised that Deadpool 2 would remain rated R, but just imagine what they can do moving forward with Phase 4 of the MCU. We know that Spider-Man 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 will be Phase four films, but there is not that much else that we do know and what a better time to add the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to the mix. Just think of all the characters that they will have access to moving forward and what kind of story lines that they’ll be able to explore as well. We have seen through three phases that the big boss villain at the end of it has been Thanos we get to fully meet him in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, but who is going to be that big boss villain moving forward after that? If you ask me, the next possible villain for it all could be the one and only true eater of worlds in Galactus. We could also stars introducing villains like Kang The Conqueror, Namor, and even some X-Men villains like Mister Sinister, Apocalypse (or at least do him justice), and Omega Red to name a few. As you can tell I am pretty excited for that aspect of the merger and the fact that all of the Xenomorphs are now Disney Princesses too. It remains to be seen what they will do with all this property and what the current films coming out will mean for Marvel (New Mutants and Dark Phoenix). Stay tuned and we will try to keep you updated!

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sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the movie side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

b-mco-chris-vs-chris_nvy1Listen, I know I am not crazy and I also know that the next Superbowl (which is Superbowl LI) isn’t going to happen for another 274 days (from todays date May 7TH), but there were just too many factors that played a part in me thinking about it. First of all, this weekend saw the official release of Captain America: Civil War (read review here) into theaters and it also happens to be Free Comic Book Day which saw the release of Civil War II as well as a Captain America comic. So with all of this in my face constantly, it made me remember a bet that was waged during SuperBowl 49 between Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Star Lord) an they called it Superhero Bowl 49 as Pratt was a Seattle Seahawks fan and Evans a New England Patriots fan. I don’t know why one wasn’t down for last years SuperBowl, but I would love to see it return once again. They made an incredible T-Shirt with proceeds going to charity and they dressed in character for each other’s charities. It was all fun and it was for great causes.

marvel_cinematic_universe_timeline_by_darkmudkip6-d9jhxzl copySo, I thought of a list of teams that I would love to see make the next SuperBowl in hopes that there is an actor from that city that plays a Marvel character. Anthony Mackie, the man who plays Falcon represents The New Orleans Saints. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlet Johansson (Black Widow), and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) all can represent whatever team from the New York/New Jersey area (Jets or Giants). Don Cheadle who plays War Machine represents the Kansas City Chiefs while Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) could represent either the Oakland Raiders or the San Francisco 49ERS (depending on his preference). Chadwick Boseman is from South Carolina so it would be interesting to see what team he picks whether it be Carolina or any of the teams near by. If we go beyond the film, there’s Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) who can represent the Green Bay Packers and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Dave Bautista (Drax) could represent the Washington Redskins. Vin Diesel who plays Groot could also represent either Oakland or San Fran while Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) could represent the Philadelphia Eagles. If we go into the television universe of Marvel, Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) could represent the Washington Redskins while Kristen Ritter (Jessica Jones) could represent either the Eagles or the Pittsburgh Steelers (depending on her preference). Meanwhile Mike Colter (Luke Cage) is just like Chadwick Boseman where it depends on his preference as he is also from South Carolina. So, keep all of these options in mind once the football season starts and hopefully they bring back Superhero Bowl once again.

 

1930228_10207278460853390_9099499689539595186_nThis is not a joke, I repeat this is not a joke. You do not have to pinch yourself or tell yourself that it’s all a dream because the one and only Spider-Man is here. If you have not see the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War then you did not see the appearance of Spider-Man and what team he is on. We knew that Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, The Winter Soldier, and Ant-Man were team Captain America while Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Black Panther were team Iron Man, but what team was Spider-Man going to be on? Well by the looks of the picture above, I think it’s safe to say that he is Team Iron Man as well. Check out the trailer below:

Speaking of other trailers that were recently released, The Lonely Island, everyone’s favorite SNL group has a new film coming out called Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The film apparently follows Connor4Real (Andy Samberg) and his apparent career tailspin right on screen. The film looks hilarious and it has so many cool stars and it looks like it has a lot of awesome cameos as well. Check out the trailer below:

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In some Cheeseball Cinema related news, SYFY has announced that they will be coming out with Sharknado 4. The network also announced some of the new cast members which will include Gary Busey (he’ll play Tara Reid’s dad), Tommy Davidson (In Living Color), Cody Linley (Hannah Montana), Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris) and Masiela Lusha (George Lopez). David Hasselhoff will apparently return as Finn’s dad and Cheryl Tiegs will join the cast and play Finn’s mom. The film doesn’t officially have a title yet, but it will premiere in July on SYFY. Stay tuned for more info as it becomes available to us.

hqdefaultBefore Marvel movies became the hip thing to do in the cinema world, there were films that they were releasing that weren’t that great. For today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, we are checking out one of those films in The Punisher which starred Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV) as Frank Castle, the cop who goes for vengeance after his family is murdered. You see it has been five years since the supposed death of Frank Castle and his family and someone known as The Punisher is taking out mobsters left and right. Only one cop (Louis Gossett Jr.) believes that The Punisher is Frank Castle and he is going after to Frank. Meanwhile the city is in chaos ever since he started murdering mobsters and the Japanese Yakuza are moving in, but it’s up to Frank to stop them. The film also stars Jeroen Krabbé (The Living Daylights) as Gianni Franco, Kim Miyori (The Grudge 2) as Lady Tanaka, Barry Otto (The Great Gatsby) as Shake, Brian Marshall (The Spy Who Loved Me) as Dino Moretti, Nancy Everhard (The Trial Of The Incredible Hulk) as Sam, Todd Boyce (Spy Game) as Terrone, and the film was directed by Mark Goldblatt (Dead Heat). Before we get into the review, let’s check out some stats:

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punishingYeah let’s start this paragraph off by looking at the stats of this film. Frank Castle has about 63 kills in the film and that’s me low balling a little because one scene it was hard to tell who was killing who. All we know about his origin story is that he was a cop whose family was murdered by the mob. He has no love interest in the film because his wife and kids were murdered and he’s out for revenge. The big boss is defeated in the film and you’ll have to watch for yourself. The thing about this film and why it was probably a failure, is that it was just cheesy and sometimes it didn’t make sense. Why would he team up with a mobster he wants to kill in order to rescue that mobsters son? My other problem with the film lies in the make up department, they are getting some heat from me. What is going on with the way Frank Castle looks? He is alive and he is not a zombie! Throughout the film he gets progressively worse looking like he is the undead coming back for revenge. I will give Dolph credit because he is the first man to portray Frank Castle in anything live action related. Although, this did mark the second franchise that he starred in that failed (Masters Of The Universe). It’s not a terrible film, but it’s not amazing either. Just think Punisher: Warzone violence with less money for special effects. I am going to give the film 2 fists out of five for a final grade.

One of the things I wish Disney and Marvel would do in the future would be to make a Howard The Duck film because I love the character. The film that was released in 1986 with Lea Thompson (who actually sang on the tracks), Tim Robbins, and Jeffrey Jones gets a lot of crap for being “Cheesy”, but this is one of my favorite movies from my childhood. Yes it has it cheesy moments, but that is what was fun about it. Anyways for today’s Soundtrack Saturday songs, I chose the title track that was written by Thomas Dolby and George Clinton and performed by Dolby’s Cube. Dolby’s Cube was basically a group of musicians that Thomas Dolby would perform with and Lea Thompson performs the vocals on the track with Joe Walsh performing the guitars. The song is catchy and features all the elements of what made the 80’s so great with keyboards, synthesizers, and catchy power chords. Check it out below and rock out with Howard The Duck!!!