Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

SPIDER-MAN FAR FROM HOME movie poster | ©2019 Sony Pictures/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, JB Smoove Writers: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel comic book and characters created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Columbia/Sony Release Date: July 2, 2019 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME is in the unenviable position of picking up the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline only three real-world months after the hugely emotional AVENGERS: ENDGAME. ENDGAME was presented as such a finale that it didn’t even have the customary Marvel mid-and-post credits […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Columbia/Marvel

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoe Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine Writers: Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman, story by Phil Lord, based on characters created by Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Picelli, Steve Ditko & Stan Lee, David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky Director: Bob Persichetti & Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman Distributor: Sony/Columbia/Marvel Release Date: December 14, 2018 Even for the possibly slightly SPIDER-MAN-weary amongst us (seriously, how many times can this specific superhero franchise be sequelized/rebooted […]Read On »

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Movie Review: VENOM

VENOM movie poster | ©2018 Sony/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Jenny Slate, Reid Scott, Melora Walters Writers: Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner and Kelly Marcel and Will Beall, story by Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie Director: Ruben Fleischer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: October 5, 2018 VENOM the movie is based on the VENOM Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. Full disclosure: this reviewer knows practically nothing about the character Venom, save what is in Wikipedia was in the 2007 SPIDER-MAN 3 movie, where he was played by […]Read On »

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Movie Review: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

Spiderman Homecoming | © 2017 Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Donald Glover, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine Writers: Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, story by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, based on the comic books created by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko Director: Jon Watts Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: July 7, 2017 SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING is, it can be argued, the most fun Spider-Man movie so far. This is the third retelling in the past fifteen years, after the […]Read On »

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Reeve Carney takes a jump to the left – Exclusive Interview

Reeve Carney in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN: Reeve Carney in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN | ©2016 Fox/Steve Wilkie

Reeve Carney plays Riff-Raff in Fox Network’s special presentation ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN. Original ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW producer Lou Adler has teamed up with fellow executive producer Gail Berman and director Kenny Ortega to combine the cult hit 1976 film, based on Richard O’Brien’s stage musical. In this edition, an onscreen audience, separate from the musical performers, enacts the “shadow cast” that has accompanied midnight showings for the past four decades. Carney has just come off three years of playing the unaging, sexually debauched Dorian Grey on PENNY DREADFUL. Riff-Raff in ROCKY HORROR […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 22: CIVIL WAR Review

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. Once again, Anthony is missing because he is off doing stuff involving sharks and tornadoes, maybe you’ve heard of it SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS? Once again the podcast joins Ryan Mitchelle, Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Chris Smith (@JettJergens) and myself (@peterbrownAX) for an in-depth discussion into CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Warning: There be spoilers here. So if you want to save yourself from being ruined for the movie, watch it first, then have a listen. Or get spoiled and enjoy it anyway. We also chat about the recent television shows […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 14: New GHOSTBUSTERS Trailer

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. No Anthony again this week because as you might have heard he’s off directing the latest installment of SyFy’s SHARKNADO franchise. So he’s a bit too busy to deal with the likes of Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Chris Smith (@JettJergens), Ryan Mitchelle and myself (@PeterbrownAX) who all sat down to discuss the latest hot button issues in pop culture. This week we dive deep into the remakes, reboots and re-imaginings (is that even a word?) world of Hollywood beginning with the big reveal of the GHOSTBUSTERS trailer. The gang also […]Read On »

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Ian Ziering grabs the chainsaw again in SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE

Ian Ziering reprises his role as Fin Shepard in SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE | © 2014 Eric Liebowitz/Syfy

In 2013’s surprise hit SHARKNADO, Ian Ziering played heroic Fin Shepard, who almost single-handedly – with a chainsaw in that hand – saved Los Angeles from a tornado full of sharks. In SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE, which premieres on Syfy Channel Wednesday, July 30, Ziering is back as Fin. Fin and reconciled ex-wife April Wexler (Tara Reid, also reprising her original SHARKNADO role) are on their way to New York City to promote April’s book about surviving the previous year’s event. However, they don’t even land in the Big Apple before they’re once again grappling with storm-borne Great Whites, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Fiore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field Writers: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, screen story by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt, based on the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Director: Marc Webb Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: May 2, 2014 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 puts together two different, significant villains from the comic book series, plus a back story about Peter Parker’s parents and with a version of a very famous incident that anyone familiar […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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