Thursday, 27 November 2008

[86] Batman RIP, Shameless DVDs, CC2K stuff

The last issue of Grant Morrison's Batman RIP storyline came out today.


Great stuff. Still bonkers, and it leaves as many questions unanswered as it answers. It's been quite divisive, and a quick browse of any comics discussion forum will find a slew of for-and-againsts spewing out generalisations about Grant Morrison and Storytelling dos-and-don'ts. I quite like how he subverted the whole 'conclusion' thing. There are conclusions here, but the true implications and consequences will be explored in later books. After all, Batman RIP is not a graphic novel, or a limited series. It is part of a long line of issues, those written by Morrison already, and those to be written by Morrison and others in the weeks and months to come. Fanticipation (see what I did there) and buzz-hype made everyone expect an immediate, straightforward paradigm shift. But I suppose what we have is something more artful, or money-grabbing, depending on your viewpoint. I'm still hooked, though. Might give a more detailed thought-splurge later.

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I've received a couple of new review items from Den of Geek, which I'll be digesting and dissecting in the next day or two. This evening, I watched The Designated Victim (La Vittima Designata), a 1971 Italian 'Giallo' film, directed by Maurizio Lucidi.


The DVD was produced by a company called Shameless Screen Entertainment, who seem to deal in re-releasing out-of-print horror/thriller/exploitation curios from the 1970s and 1980s. They seem to really love the films they pick up, and it really shows in the presentation of the DVDs. I'd recommend checking out their site for some info, they have some good stuff on offer.

I'll link to the review once it's up.

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Finally...

This morning we've got news about X-men Origins: Wolverine, Stallone's next big all-star action flick, and Michael Cera's new film. Also, news and tidbits from all other corners of the pop-culture world. Diversify - it's the morning roundup!


Read the full article here.

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