Thursday, September 21, 2017

DC All Access - iZombie Season 4, NYCC, Paul Dini, Dark Knights Metal

iZOMBIE SEASON 4: Apocalypse Is Here!
If you were ever hoping that the world would appreciate you more for your brain, New Seattle's the city for you! In this #DCTV clip, we look ahead to iZombie Season 4, which will bring with it big changes now that the truth about zombies is out. Cast members Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Robert Buckley and Aly Michalka along with Executive Producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright all discuss how Liv and her friends are dealing with the zombie apocalypse and which of the cast members will have a newly acquired taste for braaaaaains.

HARLEY QUINN: 25th Anniversary w/ Paul Dini
Lots of people are happy to see Harley Quinn turn 25, but we suspect few more than Paul Dini! In this DC All Access comics clip, we sit down with the Harley Quinn co-creator to discuss all things Quinzel, from how he first came up with the idea for her to what he thought of Margot Robbie's take on Harley to how he'll be spending Batman Day this weekend.

BATMAN: THE RED DEATH – Evil Dark Knight Origin Revealed + More News
Some nightmares you can't outrun. In this DC All Access news roundup, we look at Batman: The Red Death, the first in a series of Metal one-shots revealing the origins of the seven evil Dark Knights that emerged from the Dark Multiverse. Plus, we round up the recent casting news for the upcoming Titans TV series, look at the return of Warren Ellis's The Wild Storm, make our plans for Batman Day and look at the newest fighter to join the Injustice 2 ranks—Black Manta!

The Dawnbreaker is New York Comic-Con! Okay, well, he'll be coming if any of you make the costume for our NYCC Dark Nights: Metal cosplay meet-up, and in this DC All Access cosplay clip, we give you instructions on how to do just that. Cosplayer SuperxLuigi (Luigi Shiraga) drops by to talk us through how to assemble a Dawnbreaker costume that will be the talk of the Dark Multiverse. Or the convention floor.


LAW AND ORDER: SVU “Famous TV Families Marathon” – 11:00am-11:00pm
Catch members of some of your favorite TV families on SVU.
WWE Superstars take the stage live in front of thousands in attendance at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. RAW Superstars include Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Charlotte, Big Show, Sasha Banks and The New Day.
WWE Superstars take the stage live in front of thousands in attendance at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. SmackDown Live Superstars include John Cena, AJ Styles, The Miz, Becky Lynch, Dean Ambrose, Nikki Bella and Randy Orton.
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST “Prank Master” – 10/9
When Savannah decides to drop out of college Todd hatches a plan to get her back in class. Meanwhile Nanny Faye works overtime to pull an epic prank on Todd.
ACCORDING TO CHRISLEY “Jason George, Nanny Faye, Chase” – 10:30/9:30c
Todd Chrisley brings his unfiltered, unsolicited and hilarious point of view to this after show with According To Chrisley. Todd’s guest tonight is actor Jason George. Nanny Faye and Chase Chrisley also join.
MODERN FAMILY “Modern Family Friday” – 6:00pm-1:00am
If it’s Friday, it means an evening full of Modern Family!
LAW AND ORDER: SVU AND CHICAGO P.D. “Crossover Marathon” – 1:00pm-11:00pm
Benson in the windy city? Lindsay in the city that never sleeps? This marathon brings your favorite SVU-Chicago P.D. crossovers together in one super-crossover marathon event.



GAME FACE “From a Galaxy Far, Far Away” – 9/10c  
The artists must create ghostly pirates inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean, rulers of mythical lost worlds, and Star Wars inspired bounty hunters based on planets from the Star Wars galaxy.
CHANNEL ZERO: NO-END HOUSE “Nice Neighborhood” – 10/9
Margot and Jules deal with the presence of The Father, as Seth and JT set off on their own terrifying paths. Meanwhile, Dylan is on a secret mission to find someone close to him.
Z NATION “Warren's Dream” – 9/8 *SEASON PREMIERE*
Warren’s Apocalyptic Dream of a Black Rainbow sends our heroes on a mysterious new mission to save the Apocalypse from something even worse. Warren awakens from a Coma to find herself in ZONA two years later, with Murphy seemingly cured, and the rest of our heroes either dead or fighting for their lives against unkillable “MAD-Z’s” caused by an evolving Zombie Virus.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Why did I decide to repost that article?

I have respect for Mr. Aronofsky's work and having recently gone through some weeks of discussion with regard to the nature of the ending for the Showtime presentation of David Lynch's Twin Peaks: The Return, which I still feel was a major rug pulled from beneath the feet of the fans, I respect and love David Lynch's work enough to still consider as a whole his collaboration with Mark Frost to be his masterwork and he does not owe anyone any explanations at all.

Stanley Kubrick was a filmmaker who also felt that it was better for the audience to interpret his work and I think pretty much most artists do not owe the audience anything as far as explaining what has happened so long as they don't take something as basic as a Disney classic intended for kids and make something so utterly discordant with everything that has come before that the intended audience is left truly besmirched.

I think people who go to see a film by  Aronofsky know that it is not going to be a standard narrative film and the trailer left me wanting to see the film. I don't think Mr. Aronofsky needs to feel like he owed an explanation so complete that he basically gave such a vivid map that it took that air of mystery away from it.  I feel this way because I think people's reactions were very close to what he  stated so maybe it is not something everyone will like, it wasn't as though his films have been universally beloved. 

In the end I think Mr. Aronofsky is a contemplative and thoughtful filmmaker, who cares about his audience beyond just making a buck. The fact that he detailed a roadmap to the film, which was only recently released shows he cares, but while I respect his decision regardless, he did not owe anyone anything and I hope that those who see the film now and read the article I reposted and so on understand that what he did was not easy and he could have just let it ride without ever detailing what the meaning behind the film is. Now we know, but at the price of the wonder I think he intended. Thank you.

(C) By Mark A. Rivera.
All Rights Reserved.

The following is a reposted article that contains major spoilers for Mother!

[SPOILERS for mother! ahead.]

As mother! continues to draw mixed reactions, Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence are doing their best to explain its polarizing concept. The film, a psychological thriller written and directed by Aronofsky, stars Lawrence as the titular character, a woman living with her writer husband (Javier Bardem) in their newly-renovated house. They live in relative harmony until a new couple arrives, settles in, and forces their life (and home) into disarray. What follows is a muddled, violent, and allegorical dreamscape that’s left audiences either mesmerized or utterly confused.

As a result, its reception has been torn: some critics have praise its bold, thought-provoking exhibitionism, while others have dismissed it as grandiose and narcissistic. In its opening weekend, the movie flopped, accruing a woeful $7.5 million against its $30 million budget and landing a worst-possible F grade on CinemaScore. But according to Lawrence and Arronfsky, its box office failure is at least partially owed to its complex symbolism.

During an interview with Indiewire, Aronofsky said that he wanted to break genre conventions and give moviegoers something fresh. In doing so, he concocted an elaborate metaphor driven by the same biblical ties that dictated Pi, The Fountain, and Noah:

Lawrence is Gaia, or Mother Earth, while her house represents the world — a living, breathing organism being destroyed by its inhabitants. Her husband, known as “Him” in the film, is God. Out of boredom, he creates Adam and Eve (the couple), who proceed to destroy both Gaia’s creation and His study (the Garden of Eden), which holds God’s perfect crystal (the apple). Their dueling sons are Cain and Abel. They also bring worshippers to praise God, who keep sitting on Mother’s unsupported sink, and eventually, cause the pipes to burst into the Great Flood. God impregnates Mother, who gives birth to the Messiah — a chaotic sequence followed by a disquieting communion and Revelations.

As Aronofsky put it:

“[It’s about] taking a piece of a world and confining it to a space and making it a conversation about society, lined up with a personal human story… [Mother Earth has] given us life on this planet. All she does is give us life. We also see nature’s wrath in the scene when Mother is attacking the crowd. The allegory is, here are these incredible infinite resources given to us and we abuse it all. We don’t follow lessons from kindergarten to clean up your own mess. We are empathizing with Mother Nature, feeling her pain and her wrath.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

THE DARK TOWER Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey Debuts on Digital October 17 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & DVD October 31

“It delivers Idris Elba as an action hero” ~ Scott Mendelson, FORBES
Based on the Best-Selling Book Series by Stephen King
Starring Idris Elba and Academy Award® Winner Matthew McConaughey 
Debuting on Digital October 17
 On 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray & DVD October 31
Blu-ray Includes Deleted Scenes, Five Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, and more!

CULVER CITY, Calif. (September 19, 2017) – Idris Elba (Prometheus) and Academy Award® winner Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013) star in THE DARK TOWER, the epic adventure based on the Stephen King book series, debuting on digital October 17 and on 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD October 31 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Roland, the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba) has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from destroying the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle. THE DARK TOWER also stars Tom Taylor making his feature film debut, Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”), Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (Best Supporting Actor, Little Children, 2006).
THE DARK TOWER Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material, including deleted scenes, a blooper reel and “A Look Through the Keyhole,” which features three vignettes narrated by Roland and The Man in Black.  Also included are five behind-the-scenes featurettes that capture the imagination of fans. The filmmakers and Stephen King reveal the plot points that allowed the film to pay tribute to everything great about Stephen King’s novels while making it a whole new experience for fans in “Last Time Around.”  Fans step inside the fully realized sets and locations that play host to the physical embodiment of Stephen King’s Mid-World in “The World Has Moved On …”. For “The Man in Black,” Matthew McConaughey takes the audience inside his perceptions and process for portraying the villain Walter, aka The Man in Black. Fans go behind the scenes and inside the stunt team’s process for creating the action-packed battles in “The Gunslinger in Action”.  Stephen King discusses the journey from his book series to screen in “Stephen King Inspirations.”
Based on the best-selling book series by highly-acclaimed author Stephen King. The last Gunslinger, Roland (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the epic battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black. 
From Columbia Pictures and MRC, directed by Nikolaj Arcel from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman & Jeff Pinkner and Anders Thomas Jensen & Nikolaj Arcel, THE DARK TOWER was produced by Akiva Goldsman, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins and executive produced by G. Mac Brown and Jeff Pinkner.
Digital & Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Materials Include:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • A Look Through the Keyhole
  • Five Featurettes
    • “Last Time Around”
    • “The World Has Moved On…”
    • “The Man in Black” 
    • “The Gunslinger in Action”
    • “Stephen King Inspirations”
DVD Materials Include:
  • Blooper Reel
  • Two Featurettes:
    • “The Man in Black”
    • “The Gunslinger in Action”
THE DARK TOWER has a run time of approximately 98 minutes and is rated PG-13 for thematic material including sequences of gun violence and action.
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