Upcoming Spring Films

Spring is in the air – depending on the day. If the season is flirting with winter on your day off, it might be a good idea to head to the theater and enjoy the fresh crop of science fiction and fantasy films hitting the silver screen.

French Steampunk Cinema and Graphic Novels

French author Jules Vern has long been acknowledged as an influence on the modern day steampunk genre. Other authors/artists in France have continued the tradition; in fact there is a thriving steampunk community in the country producing vast amounts of artwork, film, and narrative fiction. Not every work makes it “across the pond,” but here are two that you might enjoy.

Adaptation is the Name of the Game

There are diverse reasons why a movie grabs the attention of an audience or why it sputters in the theaters. Each movie endeavor is a complex mix of story ideas, casting, narrative, writing, cinematography, musical score, advertising, and other intangibles. If one element does not work, the success of the entire movie is at risk. Is it any wonder that studios look to produce movies with a built-in fan base? This is why studios are more likely to fund remakes or sequels—and why they search out best-selling novels, popular comic series, and MMO, RPG, and FPS games to adapt. * Yet movies developed from games tend to provide mixed results among fans. Some are successful—like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider—and some fade away into obscurity. There are two movies in development that gamers will instantly recognize: Borderlands and Warcraft: Fans will have the opportunity to judge for themselves if the massive success of these games will be duplicated on the big screen.

The Steampunk Capital of the World?

Fans of science fiction, fantasy, and steampunk may find themselves asking—why does New Zealand have all the cool places to travel? First Peter Jackson chose New Zealand for the film locations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies: now there is an entire tourist industry dedicated to taking travelers to all the stunning film locations. If this is not enough, tourists can visit Flock Hill, Purakaunui Bay, and Auckland City to see where The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe was filmed. Of course, fans of the X-Men can visit Otago and feel like they are walking through scenes of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But for the true immersive experience, steampunk fans can visit Oamaru, a town dedicated to the steampunk aesthetic: a town whose residents claim they are living in the Steampunk Capital of the World.

Avengers, X-Men, and the Kinky Sixties!

In the 2011 film X-Men: First Class the enemy of the newly formed X-Men was an organization known as The Hellfire Club led by Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon). This storyline first appeared in January 1980 with issue #129 of the Uncanny X-Men series, and was created by the writer/artist duo of Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The […]

Women of Awesomeness: Kitty Pryde

Imagine if you will a young girl of ten, mousy with brown hair and eyes reading comic books in the family room of a simple three bedroom home in Texas. Normally she would be in school, but it’s Rosh Hashanah and her parents took her to services earlier in the day. She is the only […]

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