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The Rewind: Ghost In The Shell

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April 7, 2014

cH4ZJwVFMyI8J2MWJkX48cQv3ebGHOST IN THE SHELL
“It Found A Voice… Now It Needs A Body.”

THE YEAR: 1995
THE DIRECTOR: Mamoru Oshii
THE WRITER: Kazunori Ito (screenplay), Masamune Shirow (manga)
THE CAST: Atsuko, Tanaka, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera

THE INTRO:
The first anime film to hit theatre screens worldwide on the same day. A landmark piece of science fiction that has influenced numerous Hollywood directors. Based on a comic series by manga royalty, Masamune Shirow. But despite the huge splash that it made, and the influence it continues to have, how much does it owe to its source material? And how well does it hold up today?

So let’s plug in and hit the rewind button… (more…)

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God of Comics [2014-04-02]

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April 6, 2014

This Week: Amazing Spider-Man – Family Business #1, Aquaman and the Others #1, Archer & Armstrong #19, Black Widow #5, Inhumans #1,  Loki – Agent of Asgard #3, Magneto #2, Moon Knight #2, New Warriors #3, Pretty Deadly #5, Punisher #4, Quantum and Woody #9, Red Sonja #8, Red Sonja and Cub #1, She-Hulk #3, Suicide Risk #12, Turok #3, Veil #2

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Emerald City Comic Con 2014 – Afterthoughts

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April 1, 2014

We are Living Myth Media, and go to every convention we can. It’s just a thing that we like to do. And when we go to conventions, we buy comics and games and all sorts of stuff. Then we go home and read them or play them or otherwise make use of them. We figure it’s only fair to rate the convention and the treasures we managed to nab while we were away.

Everything’s gonna be rated using the same basic five symbol scale we use for God of Comics. The Con gets two symbols for organization, two for the venders and events, and the last for raw cool. Comics get rated on art, story, and gateway – like God of Comics, proper. Games get two for playability, two for presentation, and one for concept. Movies get one for direction, one for script, one for sound, one for acting, and one for story. Books get two for character, two for story, and one for overall style. Posters, collectibles and clothing get two for presentation, two for quality, and one for value – that shit gets expensive at cons.

Symbols can be broken down into quarters and look like this from quarter to full: LMM Tree of Life One Quarter,  LMM Tree of Life HalfLMM Tree of Life Three Quarters, and LMM Tree of Life. The title of everything we review here is a link that will take you to where you can purchase the thing we’re reviewing, regardless of what it might be.

Cool? Everyone understand? Fantastic. Let’s do this.

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The Rewind: Hulk (2003)

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March 31, 2014

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“Smash.”

THE YEAR: 2003
THE DIRECTOR: Ang Lee
THE WRITER: James Schamus, Michael France, John Turman
THE CAST: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly Sam Elliott, Nick Nolte, Josh Lucas

THE INTRO:
So in 1990, fresh from the end of the beloved television series with The Death of the Incredible Hulk, a big screen, big budget reboot was put into pre-production. And there it stayed for twelve tumultuous years, passing through no less than ten writers (including JJ Abrams) and at least two directors (sadly not JJ Abrams). But at the end of the day the project was being helmed by an acclaimed director and filled with a solid cast. Green giant destroys everything in sight, seems simple enough. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, let’s smash the rewind button and see how the dust settles… (more…)

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God of Comics [2014-03-26]

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March 29, 2014

This Week: A+X #18, All-New Ghost Rider #1, Amazing X-Men #5, Aquaman #29, Captain America – Homecoming #1, Catwoman #29, DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe #6, Deadly Class #3, Eternal Warrior #7, Forever Evil – Rogue’s Rebellion #6, Furious #3, Ghostbusters #14, Guardians of the Galaxy #13, Hacktivist #3, Hawkeye #18, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #11, Marvel Knights X-Men #5, Origin II #4, Revolutionary War – Omega #1, Sandman Overture #2, Silver Surfer #1, Suicide Squad – Amanda Waller #1, Redacted Spider-Man #30, Survive #1, Tomb Raider #2, World’s Finest #21

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The Rewind: Fist of the North Star (1995)

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March 24, 2014

fist-of-the-north-star-movie-poster-1995-1020203811FIST OF THE NORTHSTAR
“The Ultimate Battle Is About To Begin.”

THE YEAR: 1995
THE DIRECTOR: Tony Randel
THE WRITER: Peter Atkins, Tony Randel
THE CAST: Gary Daniels, Costas Mandylor, Chris Penn, Malcolm McDowell, Dante Basco

THE INTRO:
The legend says that North Star and Southern Cross should never fight. It should probably also say that anime is often near-impossible to adapt to live action, especially for North American audiences. But that doesn’t mean that a number of ambitious production companies haven’t tried. If any title had a shot at success at translation, arguably it would be Buronson’s martial arts-heavy, post-apocalyptic series Fist of the North Star. While it did more than make back its (admittedly meagre) budget, the 1995 live action film left fans feeling as if they were already dead.

So let’s hit the rewind button one-hundred times per second and see what happened… (more…)

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God of Comics [2014-03-19]

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March 23, 2014

This Week: All-New Invaders #3, Aphrodite IX #9, Batwoman #29, Clockwork Angels #1, Disney Kingdoms – Seekers of the Weird #3, God is Dead #9, Goof #1, Harbinger – the Bleeding Monk #0, Harley Quinn #4, Lazarus #7, Legenderry #3, Manifest Destiny #5, Marvel Knights – Hulk #4, Ms. Marvel #2, Noah #1, Revolutionary War: Warheads #1, Shadowman #16, The Sixth Gun #39, Superior Foes of Spider-Man #10, Thor – God of Thunder #20, Thunderbolts #23, Uncanny X-Men #19, Wolverine and the X-Men #2, WWE Superstars #3, Wynter #1, X-Men #12, X-O Manowar #23 (more…)

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Ogre Plays Games: South Park – The Stick of Truth

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March 18, 2014

2436997-imageAs a huge South Park fan, I’ve been looking forward to this game for a few years now. Since its announcement at E3 2012, I have been waiting by my PC to play it. It was set to be published by THQ, so when they went bankrupt I feared the worst. But it rose from the dead like the mighty phoenix and now I get to try it out. I’ll try and keep it mostly spoiler free.

The game centers on you being the new kid in South Park. Your starting goal is to make friends on Facebook, and there are over 100 people in South Park you can add as a friend. As you start meeting some of the characters like Butters and Cartman, you get wrapped up in their make believe game of endless war between Humans and Elves over the fabled Stick of Truth. Cartman is the Grand Wizard of the Kingdom of Kupa Keep. (KKK… yeah I know) and Kyle leads the elves. You can pick between four classes, Fighter, Mage, Thief, and Jew. As always in South Park fashion, it gets ridiculously out of hand, involving aliens, the government, Goth Kids, Underwear Gnomes, and even…The Girls.

The game plays like a JRPG (“Japanese Role Playing Game” for those who don’t know) in the fact that the combat is turn based. The game makes a wonderful excuse for that so it doesn’t seem out of place. It’s very reminiscent of Super Mario RPG in this playing style. There are also a ton of weapons armor and add-ons for them as well that give you a lot of choices in customization. Speaking of customization, there are hundreds of costume pieces you can find or buy in the game to make yourself look like pretty much anything you would want. (more…)

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The Rewind: Final Fantasy – The Spirits Within

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March 17, 2014

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“Unleash A New Reality.”

THE YEAR: 2001
THE DIRECTOR: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara
THE WRITER: Al Reinart & Jeff Vintar, Hironobu Sakaguchi
THE CAST: Ming-Na, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi

THE INTRO:
With the promise of a pioneering, photo-realistic computer animation process, highlighted by what was being touted as the first ever completely digital actor, paired with one of the most beloved and successful video game franchises of all time, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was poised to be huge. I mean, game-changing HUGE. Instead, it spirited away with little to no notice.

Slip on your motion capture suits and let’s hit the rewind button… (more…)

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