“To me, life is like a soap opera. I love tuning in every day to see what’s going to happen next.”
-Jerry Van Dyke

Cut the cord? Looking for more (different type) of movies to watch online (for free)? Over on Snag Films, I stumbled on this pre-famous Benedict Cumberbatch drama. It is always interesting to see big actors before they were famous, the movies they made, the risks they took.

Wreckers is from 2011 and was written/directed by D.R. Hood,  and stars Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shaun Evans, Peter McDonald, Sinead Matthews, and June Watson.

Official Description: This evocative, gorgeously shot British drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy (THE CROWN) as a married couple who return to the husband’s childhood village to start a family. But a surprise visit from his disturbed younger brother ignites sibling rivalry and exposes the lies embedded in the couple’s relationship. Directed by first-time filmmaker D. R. Hood, WRECKERS astutely examines the fragile relationship between truth, intimacy and betrayal.

Head over to Snag Films to watch Wreckers for free. Let us know if you enjoyed it in the comments.

After you watch Wreckers for free, check out these films online for purchase…



This week the Watchmen continue to invade the DC Comics universe, Marvel preps for  the Infinity War, and Image introduces a fantastical alternate world. Check out a selection of previews for new comics coming out tomorrow.

DC COMICS

Doomsday Clock 3 Action Comics

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3
Official Description: The story takes a turn in the third chapter of this 12-issue series you never thought you’d see, from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.
Writer: Geoff Johns | Artist: Gary Frank

ACTION COMICS #996
Official Description: “Booster Shot” part four! Superman and Booster Gold are out of time, and they’ve found themselves marooned on a strange planet sometime in the future. So why does this planet’s infrastructure look…Kryptonian? The answer shakes the Man of Steel to the core as the ruler of this planet reveals himself…the son of Zod reigns supreme!
Writer: Dan Jurgens | Artist: Will Conrad

MARVEL COMICS

Avengers Infinity War Prequel 1 X-Men Blue Annual 1

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #1
Official Description: When a terrorist puts the Avengers at odds, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE WINTER SOLDIER go rogue to find him – but IRON MAN isn’t far behind. Will the Avengers survive the fallout? Then, find out where Captain America, the Falcon and the Black Widow are headed next – because the world needs heroes, whether it wants them or not. And get a sneak peek at Tony Stark’s brand-new armor! Get ready for MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR in part 1 of this special prelude!
Writer: Will Corona Pilgrim | Artist: Tigh Walker

X-MEN: BLUE ANNUAL #1
Official Description: THE CROSSOVER BETWEEN VENOM AND X-MEN BLUE STARTS HERE! Spinning out of the events of Venomverse, the Children of the Atom and the Lethal Protector team up to take down an extradimensional threat! This is it, folks, the team-up you’ve been asking for: X-MEN BLUE and VENOM must band together in the cold reaches of space to protect our universe from a threat more diabolical than you can imagine. But will EDDIE BROCK, his faithful SYMBIOTE, MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, ICEMAN, BEAST and ANGEL be enough to save this universe? I really, really hope so.
Writer: Cullen Bunn | Artist: Edgar Saul Salazar Arteaga

IMAGE COMICS

Ringside Dissonance 1

RINGSIDE #14
Official Description: “SHOOT,” Part Four Potential 2018 Eisner Award-winner for Most Brutal Beat Down in a Continuing Series! Find out why RINGSIDE’s the ongoing premier series of choice for broken dreams and shattered spines!
Writer: Joe Keatinge | Artist: Nick Barber, Simon Gough

DISSONANCE #1  
Official Description: In an alternate world where Earth is populated with powerful human-spirit hybrids called Fantasmen, Folke and Roisia Herviett, two siblings with opposing worldviews, are challenged to prove their worth and take up their parents’ positions in a devious group who secretly run the world. Meanwhile, Seraphim, a Fantasmen warrior guard, is sent to prevent a catastrophic event from affecting the Earth and its own universe. From designer MELITA CURPHY, writer SINGGIH NUGROHO, and featuring the art of SAMI BASRI (Power Girl, WITCHBLADE), comes a fantasy drama set in a sci-fi world unlike any other.
Writer: Singgih Nugroho | Artist: Sami Basri


Superman Man of Steel 2

I want a really good Superman movie. After Justice League, Warner Brothers and DC Comics have a uniquely clean slate to move forward, correct past wrongs, and really make a great sequel to Man of Steel. The main cast and world have been established. You don’t need to introduce things or retell the origin. Just make a really good damn movie. One thing that would help with that is to add some of Superman’s wonderful supporting characters from the comics and animated shows beyond the main players that have been established. Lois Lane, Perry White, Martha Kent, are all stables that you need, but there are so many more rich characters to add.

Lets look at a few of these characters and potential actors that could bring them to life.

Superman: Maggie Sawyer MariskaHargitay

Mariska Hargitay as Maggie Sawyer. Captain Maggie Sawyer, one of the toughest members of the Metropolis’ Special Crimes Unit. As Lieutenant Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Hargitay already plays one of the toughest cops ever put on the screen, now picture her going against the Parasite instead of sex offenders and murderers. Hair color aside, she is also the spitting image of the character.

 

D.B. Woodside as John Henry Irons, aka Steel. Sure, Superman now has Batman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League as allies, but he needs to expand his family. Supergirl or Superboy are obvious choices, but my favorite member of Superman’s extended hero family is Steel. In Post-Crisis, he originally stepped up to fill in Superman’s shoes after his death and he could do the same here. Maybe while Superman was gone and then teaming with the league, John Henry Irons stepped up to protect the Suicide Slum in the Man of Steel’s absence as Steel. D.B. Woodside looks spot on as Irons. He is as big as him muscle wise and has the perfect presence and intelligence to pull off the engineer turned superhero.

 

Steve Austin as Bibbo Bibbowski. While speaking about Suicide Slum, how can I not mention (and cast) Bibbo. The big goofy guy who owns and tends bar at the Ace o’ Clubs, happens to be Superman’s biggest fan and could bring much (much!) needed comedic relief to Man of Steel 2. Steve Austin is tough as nails, like Bibbo, and brings a likability and charisma to the character that could be the perfect balance for someone who could too easily turn too cartoony and annoying.

 

Robert Patrick as Sam Lane. Lois’ father is a war hero and (depending on the version) a sometimes foe of Superman. He needs to be a military man through and through. He also needs to be believable as coming up against Superman, but not having the audience hate him as he is Lois’ father. Will he press on against Superman or flip and end up helping? Robert Patrick is a badass who can be the hero or the villain (changing in an instinct if needed). He is tough enough to look Superman in the eye and tell him to backdown.

 

John Shea as Frank Berkowitz. This is a smaller character that a lot of modern readers might not know. He was the Mayor of Metropolis introduced Post-Crisis in John Byrne’s “Man of Steel” mini-series. He stood up against Lex Luthor and in return was gunned down by a sniper hired by Luthor. John Shea, who portrayed Lex Luthor in Lois & Clack: The New Adventures of Superman, would be the perfect legacy actor to fill this role. There is something poetic with having a former Luthor be the Mayor who stands up to the new Luthor. He has the look and it would be sad to see him get killed. Bonus: They could use this as a potential cameo for Will Smith’s Deadshot as the sniper.

 

Adam Hicks as Jimmy Olsen. Jimmy is Superman’s best friend and one of the most important characters in his universe. It is also one of the hardest characters to cast. He needs to be young, but not too young, energetic but not annoying, and needs a full head of red hair. Before you comment, NO that photographer in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not Jimmy Olsen. I don’t care what deleted scenes or extended versions say. Bring him in Man of Steel 2 as the spunky younger brother of Rebecca Buller’s Jenny Olsen. Have him become an intern at the Daily Planet with dreams of being a photographer. He gets a lucky break with a picture of Superman saving the day and the rest is history. I honestly don’t know Adam Hicks (I’ve never seen Freakish, Pair of Kings, or Zeke and Luther), but he is spot on the spitting image of Jimmy Olsen.

Who would you like to see in Man of Steel 2? Agree or disagree with my suggestions? Let me know in the comments! 


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We are thrilled that we were able to discuss the indie film A Legacy of Whining with producer Maria Munro and director/writer Ross Munro.

A Legacy of Whining

Who?
The indie feature A Legacy of Whining was written, directed and stars Ross Munro (his second feature after Brewster McGee) and Produced by Maria Munro and Ron Heaps. The cast includes Ross Munro as “Mitch”, Robert David Duncan as “Dunc”, Angie Descalzi as “Esmeralda”, Keilani Elizabeth Rose as “Grizelda”, Emily Haine as the “Starlet”, Dayana Hernandez as “La Muda”. The Production Crew includes Ron Heaps (Cinematographer), Maria Munro (Costume Designer/Art Director), Ivan Barbou (Music), Eric Carbery (Production Designer). A Legacy of Whining is being distributed worldwide by Los Angeles-based film distributer Indie Rights.

A Legacy of Whining

What?
A Legacy of Whining is a 1970’s-influenced buddy comedy with serious undertones about two former high school friends who reunite thirty years later for an event-filled and quite disastrous evening that painfully proves “the past ain’t what it’s cracked up to be”. Some of the movie’s tonal and thematic references ranged from the classic American buddy films of the late ’60’s/early ’70’s like The Odd Couple to the early work of Woody Allen (Bananas/Take The Money and Run) and Martin Scorsese’s After Hours.

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Where?
The story and events depicted in A Legacy of Whining take place in a nameless city in present day North America over the course of a single evening (from dusk to dawn) which helps establish a more “universal” tone to the movie and allows viewers to further imprint their own experiences and to the film’s actions and characters and captures a more “dream-like” essence and surreal vibe to the proceedings.

A Legacy of Whining

When?
The film itself was shot in Vancouver, Canada (and some of its surrounding suburbs) over the course of six months from February 2014 – July 2014 using a combination of actual existing locations and constructed sets.

A Legacy of Whining had its World Theatrical Premiere in Vancouver at Van City Theatre in April 2016 and has since played at numerous film festivals (and is currently available on all major online digital platforms including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime).

A Legacy of Whining

Why?
Having recently come to a mid-life artistic crossroads as a filmmaker, I originally wanted to concoct a funny tribute to all those cool ’70’s buddy films I grew up watching every Saturday at my beloved Winnipeg movie theaters but as the story of the characters developed I began to discover that A Legacy of Whining started to reveal more darker shades having to do with questioning one’s life and the ultimate issue of wondering whether or not your life has amounted to anything. I was interested also in examining through the character of “Mitch” why one feels so desperately inclined to living in the past and how this affects your ability to move forward and grow. Hopefully, we- as the audience- can relate to all the messy aspects of growing older and figuring out this great unknowable void called life through the diametrically opposed view points of the main characters Mitch and Dunc as they spend the evening sparring over what their lives have become as they take their painful views into the rearview mirror of their existence.

A Legacy of Whining

How?
A Legacy of Whining is available to rent/own on all major online digital platforms in North America and internationally on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime as well as having all distribution, broadcast and sales rights currently available by Los Angeles-based distributor Indie Rights.

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Only one more week until 2018! Lets take a look at some of the final issues of 2017. Who is ending the year with a bang (and the return of a classic character!)?

MARVEL COMICS

Phoenix 1  Star Wars Crait 1

PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY #1
Official Description: She will return, like a Phoenix from the ashes. Years ago, Jean Grey died and the X-Men mourned her. Since then, the world has changed, her teammates have lived without her and died without her. And now, when strange events start happening all over the world, those teammates can only come to one conclusion – the one true Jean Grey is back!
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg | Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – THE STORMS OF CRAIT #1
Official Description: …Learn the secret of the mineral planet Crait! Long before it became a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa led the Rebellion there in search of a new home!
Writers: Ben Blacker, Benjamin Acker | Artist: Mike Mayhew

DC COMICS

Doomsday Clock 2  Wonder Women 37

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #2
Official Description:DC and Watchmen characters collide at last! The story that began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 comes to a thrilling and unexpected crescendo in the pages of this titanic twelve-issue series by the all-star team that brought you BATMAN: EARTH ONE and SHAZAM! In this second chapter: The Dark Knight discovers another relic from the Watchmen world. Lex Luthor pays a devil’s bargain. And killer clowns trek through Gotham seeking a madman.
Writer: Geoff Johns | Artist: Gary Frank

WONDER WOMAN #37
Official Description:“CHILDREN OF THE GODS” part five! As a fevered battle with Darkseid rages between Wonder Woman and the dark god, the Amazon warrior must choose between saving the lives that hang in the balance and ending the threat before her forever.
Writer: James Robinson | Artists: Jason Paz, Carlo Pagulayan

IMAGE COMICS

Bonehead 1  Savage Dragon 230

BONEHEAD #1
Official Description: “THE MASK IS WHO YOU ARE” In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of “Boneheads” parkour-gangs that use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises, a man with no past that might be the key to saving the city’s future. From writer BRYAN HILL (POSTAL) and artist RHOALD MARCELLIUS ( Marvel’s Contest of Champions ) comes a story about technological and human revolution.
Writer: Bryan Hill | Artist: Rhoald Marcellius

SAVAGE DRAGON #230
Official Description: “CHRISTMAS STALKING” American Nazis track Malcolm Dragon and his family to the Great White North.
Writer/Artist: Erik Larsen



COMET TV is ending the year with a bang and some awesome free sci-fi and horror movies!

The classic Tank Girl (trailer above ^ ) will be showing on both December 29th (8p e/7p c) and December 30th (same time). Tank Girl, adapted from the comic book of the same name, takes audiences to 2033 and follows Lori Petty as the title character in a post-apocalyptic landscape as she faces off with Malcolm McDowell’s villainous Kesslee. Action and booms a plenty.

Earth Girls are Easy

Also showing on December 30th (6p e/5p c), is Earth Girls Are Easy. Jeff Goldblum as a studly alien looking for a mate? Yeah, that hook works for me. Also starring Geena Davis, Jim Carrey, and Damon Wayans. How have I not seen this yet?

Dr Goldfoot

Also on December 30th, you can take a campy trip way back with the double feature of Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (2p e/1p c) and Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (4p e/3p c). Vincent Price. Frankie Avalon. And bikini clad robot women. I kid you not.

Head over to COMET TV to watch and learn more about their schedule/upcoming movies.

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