Friday Round Up: Ghostbusters, Superheroes, and… eh, you’re not reading this today ‘cuz it’s a holiday

We’re one step closer to Star Trek‘s holodeck technology (and the jizz mopping jobs that would come with it) or at least Minority Report‘s interactive computer screens. Japanese scientists have created tiny mid-air images made from plasma that interact with touch. This is the kind of thing that makes me want to jump 20 years into the future to see where it ends up. Anyway, we also have a bunch of news about Ghostbusters, Marvel comics and movies, Star Trek, Walking Dead and more. Basically, we’re a week away from San Diego Comic Con so we get a bunch of cool stuff.



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The Worst Transformers Names

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I love Transformers. At its best, it gives you not just two forms to play with but a fun puzzle in between. That said, sometimes the toymakers phoned in some of their names. And I’m not talking about something like Optimus Prime or Megatron that are basically made-up names. That’s fine. It sounds cool. I’m talking about names like Vroom. Can you imagine anyone actually giving him an order? “Vroom, I want you to transform and roll out.” It sounds ridiculous. Or a name that has an easily assumed second meaning. “Wideload… you’re fat.” Here are some of the least creative names for Generation 1 toys only. Several images are sourced from tfwiki.net.



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Webcomic Wednesdays: My Hero! by Matt Rhodes

dragon age inquisition story art by matt rhodes

Matt Rhodes is a concept artist for Bioware, working on their games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. Above is an example of his work, some story panels for Dragon Age: Inquisition. You can follow his blog but the only comic I’ve ever seen was the below one he released about five years ago. It’s silent, with no real dialog. And it’s designed to take advantage of online viewing, scrolling down instead of going page to page. It’s a brief read but rewarding.



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The Best Cartoon, Sci-Fi, and Superhero Theme Song Covers by Real Bands

thundercats cover song

Cover songs are nothing new but what’s fun is when real bands cover a cartoon theme song, especially one that’s becoming older or obscure. Here are five that we’ve really enjoyed, covering Saturday morning cartoons, syndicated cartoons, primetime cartoons, and live action adaptations of superheroes.



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Netflix New Releases for July 2015 – Rev. Ron’s Bite Size Synopses

Rev Ron Netflix New Releases

Hey gang!  June is an inch away from being done and that means a couple things:  1) We are half way through 2015, 2) July is upon us and that means fireworks and freedom and 3) New releases are hitting Netflix for your streaming pleasure!

Coming in July, Netflix is throwing out 30 plus new shows and movies that will provide enough reason to stay out of the hot summer sun but, I have to say, I was a little shocked by the fact I didn’t know or even see a good portion of these films–and I’m a guy who watches a lot of movies.  However, I’m only one man–a weak, mortal man and, as usual, I will focus on the ones I’ve seen and give you the Go/No Go on them.  Ultimately, though, all these movies mean nothing because the real news of this month on Netflix is the return of Bojack Horseman on the 17th and, even more importantly, the Netflix Original Series based on the cult comedy classic; Wet Hot American Summer:  First Day of Camp, will premeire on July 31st and await your (and my) binging pleasure.  Can’t wait for that one!

Anyway, let’s get to the films…



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Real Life Inventions Directly Inspired by Science Fiction

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There’s no question that science fiction inspires us. What’s amazing is that when an idea by a writer directly inspires an inventor to actually create a working version of that concept. But it absolutely has happened and continues to happen. Below are examples where the creator cites the specific inspiration or we can reasonably assume some influence because of how similar the creations are. What will be most interesting is to see a similar list in ten years. Will we have invisible cloaks, holographic communicators, or hyperdrive by then? Well, scientists are working to create such things that at this point are still just fantastical ideas in our minds. But take a look below and you’ll see how frequently ideas have turned into reality.



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Friday Round Up: Wrapping up June

So, I have to admit that I haven’t read the Attack on Titan manga or seen the anime series. But I know it’s very popular. Japan is making two live-action films and they just released a trailer for the first. I gather it’s about people in the future that have made massive walls to keep evil giants out. Can someone sound off and let me know if it’s good?

I’m going to try to keep this week’s Friday Round Up a little leaner. It’s getting too big. The point is to mention the most important stories, but really it’s so that we can easily digest them and talk about them in the replies here or on our Facebook page. This week we discuss the death of James Horner, Jurassic World‘s monstrous second week haul and why that’s bad, some fun comic book news, Screech going to jail, and some bad moves with the Jurassic World toys and Batman: Arkham Knight game. Let us know what you think.



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3D Blu-Ray Review: 3D Rarities

3D Rarieties

Recently Flicker Alley and the 3D Film Archive teamed up to release a rather unique collection of clips, trailers, and film shorts of really old and really rare 3D footage. Some of it going back as far as 1922!

The Film

3D Rarieties 3D Footage

3D Rarities is a two and a half hour collection of rare 3D footage that’s a treat for fans of history, film buffs, and/or those who just dig 3D. There’s a ton of clips starting with some footage from 1922, to the 1940 World’s Fair, to some trailers and shorts from the 1950s.



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Ranking the Transformers from the Live Action Films

typical transformers fight scene

A typical Transformers fight scene

I don’t think anyone would defend the Transformers live action movies as really good. For a property that was pretty young adult friendly, the movies are shockingly violent. They also feature characters that can be really, really dumb and plots that don’t really make sense. But the action scenes, brief as they can be, are usually pretty exciting. And the basic idea of transforming robots never gets dull. Still, the actual Transformers seen in the four live action films run the gamut from fun and accurate to racist and depressing. Let’s take a look at all of the Transformers we really see in the movies and list them, best to worst.



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SDCC Exclusive G.I. Joe Sargent Slaughter Kre-o Set

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I’ve been mostly hush on San Diego Comic Con exclusives this year, because none of them aren’t really doing it for me… until now! Hasbro is putting out a special Sergeant Slaughter themed Kre-o set and it comes packed with Kreo goodness.



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