THEY’RE BAAAAAAAAACK: Panel Picks Returns, Is Now Giant-Sized

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What If: Age of Ultron #2

Nice homage to a comic I DESPERATELY wanted when I was younger.

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All Mew X-Men #25

Who’s mashed up with whom?

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All New X-Men #25

Guess this is an homage to THIS particular X-Men cover.

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All New Ghost Rider #2

Remember when Mr. Hyde wasn’t abslutely terrifying?

Deadpool #27

Deadpool #27

Gimmicks aside, still cool to see who you can pick out in the crowd. Apparently it’s the comic book cover featuring the most characters…ever.

Wolverine & The X-Men

Wolverine & The X-Men

Hope my child isn’t Apocalypse.
Waaaay more after the jump, man. You don’t even know bro. Continue reading

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Modern Borecast Vol.2: Podcast Womp Womp

Here it is, our second edition of the Modern Borecast! It only took a shade under 13 months to get up the gumption, the moxy, the chutzpah to put together a new episode. So hit play and let us know what you think. Downloads enabled right on this very player! Look for the download icon in the upper right hand corner of the embedded player and start getting crazy with the Cheez Whiz. Heck, you can even download it here for on the go aural pleasure. Once you click the link, you’ll arrive on a page & see the podcast title, underneath that you’ll see the track, below that will be the comment box and below THAT you’ll see a download button. Click that, you rascal!

Leave comments, criticisms, corrections or hate mail in the comments below. Feel free to send them to modern [dot] borecast [at] gmail [dot] com as well. TAKE THAT, SPAM ROBOTS!!!

Experience the magic!

the blackest magic

the blackest magic

 

With a Jolt, My Mind Awakens…Chapter Seventy-Nine: The Illusion Just Drank the Spiked 7-Up and Vomited Plastic Dashboard Ozzy on my Living Room Carpet.

I’ve been under the blankets of stoner synth rhythms since a car wreck ’bout 3 weeks ago, but unfortunately for y’all, Kentucky Jay lived through the scritchitySLAM!and took sabbatical for more mixed movie engagement. Pinocchio’s Revenge, the four horsegenies of the Wishmaster franchise, a Lee Majors/piranha showdown entitled Killer Fish, and a documentary about two lunkheads obsessed with pop star Tiffany entitled I Think We’re Alone Now set me regular. Fiber One bars washed with Eight O’Clock helped, too.


I’m certain the gal in the middle was the receptionist for my orthodontist, Dr. Ninivaggi…

7th Seeded UConn wins the tournament while seven-lettered (Ultimate) Warrior drops dead? This news staggers a Ugandan giant!

Good-bye, David Letterman, you sonuvabitch. Leaving TV and retiring and Colbert as your replacement – I’ll betcha Adult Swim ratings will continue to sky-high butterfly!

Oh, my Off the Air episodes are finished downloading? Well, then, no problem at all. FEEL THE POWER OF THE WARRIOR!

Friday Night Flix: We Are What We Are

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Welcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Each week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every selection is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.

Fact: It is totally impossible to run a cannibalistic cult without a dungeon or cavernous basement of some sort. You cannot get away with kidnapping and slowly butchering folk with just a shed or a carport, oh no. You need something subterranean, preferably made of ill-fitted stone patched together with crumbling mortar. The type of moldy walls just begging to be fitting with heavy wooden doors and rusty chains. Realtors should be required to alert the authorities when a prospective buyer insists on a property with an extensive catacomb system beneath it.

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We Are What We Are (Netflix) is a remake of a foreign film, which I have not seen. I know, I know. FOR SHAME. My guess is it’s something like La Casa Muda and The Silent House. The remake is pretty much a copy of the original movie, just in English. Regardless, what I can say is this remake is beautifully filmed, packed with classy actors and heavy on gloomy mood.

I’m not sure if everyone who watches We Are What We Are will buy into the premise. It’s a tough sell, the idea that generations of a family can grow up as murderous cannibals without anyone opting out or calling the cops on crazy, people-eating pa. But it’s stylish and well paced so I went along for the ride, which is not without some basis in plausibility. And holy shit was it disturbing. Killing and eating people is macabre. This movie takes it to a whole new level by making the kids kill dinner. Jeeeezus.

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If there’s anything I didn’t like, it’s that it relies on the tired cliche of inbred redneck Christians who justify a horrific lifestyle with twisted dogma. I watch a lot of horror movies. I’ve had more than enough stories about oppressive fathers and abused daughters connected by hideous religious rituals.

Added bonus: A neighbor asks you to babysit. The cute kid holds your hand, maneuvering your thumb into his mouth. A little weird, but whatever, he’s got a fever. Then he bites the shit outta your thumb, explaining “I’m hungry.”

Timm’s “Batman: Strange Days” – 75th Anniversary Short

Thank You Based Timm! In time for Batman’s 75th Anniversary, Bruce Timm drops an animated short reminiscent of that most important of Batman animated efforts.

A brand new short from producer Bruce Timm featuring a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.

A highly anticipated part of my weekday from ’92 – ’95,  Batman: The Animated Series is easily grouped with that generally triumphant period in animation, where networks were willing to take a chance on new and interesting efforts. For people weaned on Hanna-Barbara and then the Disney afternoon, shows like the original John K. run on Ren & Stimpy, the initial two seasons of Animaniacs and (dark horse alert!) Rocco’s Modern Life were pretty eye-opening in terms of what animation could be.  I’m not saying that B:TAS was responsible, I’m just saying it’ was part of the vanguard of shows that changed animation (for awhile, at least) for the better.

While we’re on the subject, can we settle, once and for all, a heated argument I had once with a friend of mine (ed.note: way to hold on to grudges)? Was the opening of Batman: TAS computer animated or not?

Friday Night Flix: Deadheads

 

deadheads-screen-shotWelcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Each week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every selection is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.

Oh Jesus this is gonna be some lazy shit right here. I mean lazier than usual.

I got a last-minute assignment yesterday that, while optional, I really couldn’t pass up. I was delighted to get it, in fact. The downside is it meant my evening (and, to be honest, a good chunk of the wee hours of this morning) had to be devoted to watching and reviewing Afflicted, which is out in theaters and on VOD today. (It’s not bad!)

So I couldn’t devote the roughly 42 heroic minutes I usually reserve for this column. Instead, you get the first 500 words I can vomit out before I have to go to work. YOU’RE WELCOME.

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Deadheads (Netflix) is a rom-zom-com that falls somewhere between Shaun of the Dead and The Revenant. That’s obviously a pretty wide gap. One of those is among the finest horror comedies of all time, the other is a piece of shit unworthy of being watched by anyone ever. Fortunately, Deadheads is much closer to Shaun (though, forgivably, nowhere near the same level of professionalism or quality).

The main thing Deadheads has going for it is a really sweet sense of morbid humor. The two main characters – a pair of buddy zombies – are pretty darn endearing, even if one of them is over-the-top with weird affectations and the other (who wrote the movie) is pretty bland. You root for these guys to work it out, and it only gets better when they start to pick up stray companions on their cross-country road trip. That in itself is unique, since most times those sorts of extra characters and introduced only to be brutally murdered for laughs. In Deadheads, however, these guys (the awesomest of whom is a hulking, mindless zombie they call Cheese) are given time to develop. They have their own stories and they get emotional moments at their conclusions. That is nice.

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One thing Deadheads could do without is the weird romance angle, the resolution of which will leave you scratching your head. But all in all, it’s fun, gross, and weird. And really, who could ask for more?

Added bonus: I slept 3 hours last night. Gimme a break, you bastards.