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MARVEL ZOMBIES VS ARMY OF DARKNESS: a Slash/Up video

I’ve said it countless times, but The Evil Dead stands as one of my favorite horror films of all time. The character of Ash is the epitome of what a ‘hero’ in horror should be. He’s funny, he’s extreme, and..let’s be honest, he’s been through a lot. He’s faced numerous Deadites in his adventures through The Evil Dead all the way to Army Of Darkness, and that’s not including his newest adventure that’s coming up! Another thing I’ve said far too many times to count is that I enjoy comic-books, specifically Marvel comics; such as Wolverine and Spider-Man. But what if we could combine the two together into an epic battle?

Whether you believe it or not, Marvel Zombies VS The Army Of Darkness is an actual five-issue comic book that was published in 2007 by Marvel Comics in association with Dynamite Entertainment, a crossover series where Ash Williams, who – as we just said is the hero of the popular Evil Dead films, finds himself in the Marvel Zombies setting: which is an alternate world of flesh-eating ‘zombified’ Marvel comics heroes.. These comics are as gory as they get, at least by Marvel standards, but Ash has kept his Bruce Campbell face, which I’m more than okay with!

thanks to a group of people known as “Slash/Up”, who run a YouTube series that actually combines pop culture icons with each other, we actually get to see characters like Ash fighting zombified super heroes, like Wolverine and Spider-Man, which let’s face it – we’ve all wanted to see at some point. Although it was initially removed, it’s been recently re-added; and in high-definition too! Although the video ends on a cliff hanger, It’s been recently mentioned that Slash/Up is working on “Ash VS The DC Dead“, which isn’t based on a comic – but that doesn’t stop me from imagining a zombified Batman.. If you’re still curious about the Marvel Zombies and Ash fight that I’m talking about, the awesome short [clocking in at just over 8 minutes] is found over on YouTube – or better yet, I’ve included it down below.

If you lasted through the above video, what were your thoughts on it? I actually really enjoy this short, and I forgot all about it until YouTube brought it up as a recommendation on my feed. Was Ash the hero he is meant to be? Or did you find him to be too try-hard? [which is kind of the point of Ash when you think about it..] Let me know in a comment or two down below or over on the Facebook Page.

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HOWARD THE DUCK wasn’t THAT bad of a film, right?

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“are we really about to delve into this film?” yes. yes we are!

We’ve all heard the stories and we’ve seen it on people’s top 10 worst film lists; but after his cameo in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, I took it on myself to find myself a copy of the
dreaded film known to the world as Howard The Duck. It was done by George Lucas so I mean, that alone should mean something, right? When I finally had a copy in my hands [and for only $10 too!] I knew that it was gonna be entertaining, even though it was considered a flop to many. I put off watching for a good while — mainly cause having to work; but when I actually sat down and watched it in full, guess what? I actually enjoyed myself. At least to a point.

The film opens up with Howard getting home from work, sitting on his couch reading “Rolling Egg” [get it? Like “Rolling Stone”? talk about a bad pun..] which he quickly switches out for reading PlayDuck [I’ll let you do the fix for that one yourself] when the entire room starts shaking. Howard assumes it’s an earthquake [Duckquake?] and is promptly dragged into orbit and ultimately, Earth [and the visuals are the absolute worse during this scene.]

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The thing about Howard The Duck is that it is a bad film, but it’s a cult-classic. It’s humor is just so cheesy but I managed to laugh. It has it’s strong points, but ultimately – I understand why it was considered a flop: to start, it’s kind of difficult to relate to Howard. He’s a humanoid duck who drinks beer, smokes cigars, and is a master of something he calls ‘Quack Fu’. Secondly, the acting. At times it’s ‘alright’, other times..not so much. But the biggest thing I simply cannot forgive is ‘Duck Tits’. It’s shown only briefly, but as Howard is hurdling through space and time; he shoots through a female duck’s bathroom — while she’s bathing! Those that have seen the film know exactly what I’m talking about. If not, just look below:


yeeeeeeeeeeeah. not feeling this one…

Who the hell said this was a good idea?! It’s not ‘comedic’, or even clever; it’s just…weird. [and not in a good way, either] I can officially say I’ve seen ‘duck boobs’, and I’m not amused; I mean who would?!

The one saving grace in Howard The Duck is a character known as Beverly: Howard‘s love interest in the film. She’s the one at the top of this post with Howard. She’s in a band, [known as ‘The Cherry Bombs’] sings about stuff no one cares about, and is a human. While she is annoying, she seems to actually care for Howard when no one else does — and she’s a babe too, so that helps our cause dramatically! just look at that rocker hair, though!

what a babe! ..I meant Lea Thompson I swear!

Now the million dollar question is: can Howard The Duck really be as bad as everyone says? I found it entertaining, but it had it’s faults. [The final ‘enemy’ is terribly CGI’d.. I didn’t expect perfection, though.] ultimately, it’s well deserving of it’s cult status: it definitely is a “love or hate” kind of film, and I definitely fell in between the two. What about you? Did you enjoy the film? If you haven’t seen it, would you? Let me know!

Also, as much as I doubt it’ll happen — I wait patiently for the day we get a real remake of the film. With the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY version of him. Hey! a guy can dream, right? …right?

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JOURNAL #5: “learning why Spider-Man will always be my hero.”

I’ve mentioned it before but Spider-Man is my favorite superhero – He has been since I was five years old. I’ve watched all the movies, I read the comics, and yes I even love the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon. [I have the whole series on DVD!]  just watching him swing around, beat up bad guys, and make terrible jokes has made me into the person I am now. Last night however, I had the pleasure in [finally] watching The Amazing Spider-Man 2  and it got me thinking, why else do I like this character? I thought about it long and hard, and have come to some conclusions why I would choose Spidey over the likes of Superman or Batman any day. Please be aware – this post will have spoilers for the Spider-Man movies, comic books, and the character in general. Otherwise, if you’re okay with spoilers and other super hero stuff, read on!

lemme lay it down for you

like many of my favorite characters, Spider-Man is extremely fallible. I mean, sure – he has super powers [does whatever a Spider can], and he has the smarts; but ultimately – Peter Parker [depending on what form of Spider-Man you read/watch] is just a kid. He’s been Spider-Man since he was a young teen, and has grown both as a hero and a person. He’s not like Iron Man or Batman in the sense that he doesn’t have a ton of money [before being hired by Tony Stark – in the comics – he just took pictures of himself as Spider-Man and sent them to The Daily Bugle for some cash] or really – anyone.

Peter Parker has gone through a lot – both as Spider-Man and Peter Parker. from losing [more than one of] his loved ones [his parents, Uncle Ben, Gwen, etc], to feeling lost, to losing himself to the dark of his mind [read the venom symbiote story-arc], to even dying.. more than once too! It shows that even as a young man, he can push through the hardest of situations: and for that, I applaud you.

There’s also the most important part of him, which is what I take from him most: his humor. As we all know, Peter Parker – before the Spider-Man days – was a nerd. he had next to no friends, no one acknowledged him other than his family [Aunt May/Uncle Ben] and they always told him he was more than enough for anyone. When he became Spider-Man, it’s almost as if through becoming a hero, he became someone new. He jokes [almost insults] with villains while he battles them, even when he’s at the brink of death, he still makes time to make a joke out of things [SPOILER: like in Amazing Spider-Man 2, when Electro knocks him down and he’s clearly dying and his first words are “I hate this song”]

It’s through this humor [I like to believe anyway] that he manages to push through the bad, and turn it into something good. [which is something I do all the time, thanks to The Web-Head] even if he helps tons of people, he still lets Uncle Ben/Gwen Stacy’s death linger over his head – but somehow he manages to push forward, hoping one day – he can make it up to them. It’s reasons like this he left The Fantastic Four and quit The New Avengers – the more he cares about someone, the more likely they will die. No doubt he’s bound to blame himself.

In the end though, Spider-Man is still [swinging] around, but it’s not Peter Parker; not anymore. [he died in issue 700] we now have a new Spider-Man, who is none other than Miles Morales – who Peter actually gave his blessing to.  [see Miles’ costume above] I haven’t read any of the Morales time-line but at some point [hopefully soon] I plan to, because although I grew up with Peter Parker, I will gladly accept a new Spider-Man who has been passed the torch by Parker himself.

In all seriousness though, I want to thank you Spider-Man for being my hero. You’ve made me into the man I am today: making me live by the famous words of Uncle Ben: ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”, and without you – I would never have become the person I am now. I may not have super powers, but through your life and your hardships, I’ve learned to be a better person – and to be strong even in the hardest of times.

THANK-YOU.

welcome home. [RIP]

 

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with great power, comes great responsibility.

Why ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ DESERVES it’s praise

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being as I work all this week, I figured this [now passed] weekend was perfect time to do some things that have been scratching at my head as of late: like go and [finally] see the new Marvel film — GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. this is going to be a short-ish review so be aware that there will be spoilers after the jump, and that the full review will be found [after I type it up] over on Letterboxd here. Now, let’s talk about some space heroes, shall we? SPOILER WARNING!

The film opens up on a depressing note, with young Peter Quill watching his mother die of cancer and to make matters worse — he doesn’t know who his father is.. [but us comic book fans do, don’t we?] after running out of the hospital, young Quill gets picked up by what can only be described as the coolest alien spacecraft ever! 20-some years later, Peter is doing well; gathering interesting artifacts on different planets and pawning them off for profit – too bad the one his latest score is HUGE SPOILER ALERT! something Marvel calls: an Infinity Stone.

Now the thing about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is the fact that they’re so much more than just a group of misfits — more than a: half-human, two alien beings, a talking raccoon and a walking/talking tree; they become like a family to one another.. In the end, they actually need each other for survival. It feels real, it definitely tugs at your heart strings- in more than one way. Guardians is funny, sad, quirky and has a ton of fun being so. [don’t even get me started on that soundtrack, it’s perfect for the film]

Now what separates GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to most other Marvel films is the amount of cameos in the movie itself. From one of the Chitauri from The Avengers [you gotta look quickly – it’s in one of the glass cases during the scene with ‘The Collector’] to talks of the other Infinity Stones within the Marvel cinematic universe. The best cameo [in my opinion anyway] was the one at the end — after the credits. It’s a special little quirk, which many people may or may not have understood. That cameo was by none other than this guy!

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for those keeping points at home, that’s none other than fucking HOWARD THE DUCK! he hasn’t been in a film [let alone as a cameo] since his movie in the 80s – which was a commercial flop unfortunately, but look at him! he’s nearly perfect! he looks and acts [all in a span of 30 seconds] like he should have been back in the 80s! but what does this mean though? does Marvel have a plan for a new Harold The Duck film? Or was it purely to see who’s wise enough to notice who he is? Let me know what you think of this in the comments!


So does GUARDIANS deserve it’s fan base? definitely. is it the super hero film of the summer? absolutely! So do yourself a solid and go see it — it’ll tear at your heart strings, but you’ll enjoy every minute of it! [and with a grand total of 121 minutes of super heroes goodness.. who could say no?]

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