Dead or alive, you are coming with me. Seriously, this 30 cm Robocop Sixth-Scale Figure is pretty damn sweet. Featuring more than 30 points of articulation and diecast materials “for greater realism,” Robocop comes with his gun (and leg holster), swappable hands along with battle-damaged helmets and chest plates, and will even speak six phrases from the film. If you’re willing to go a little further you can get him complete with his mechanical chair for $425 or stick with Robocop alone for $300.
I was hoping to have a review for Before Midnight today, as the third installment of Richard Linklater‘s unusual movie series which looks into the lives of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) once every nine years was originally supposed to open in theaters this weekend. Sadly, it appears the movie has been pushed back, at least in this neck of the woods, and so we’ll have to settle for the film’s stars providing the Alamo Drafthouse with another of the theater’s inventive messages asking audiences politely to not talk during the movie.
Who better to center a glitzy over-the-top heist caper on than masters of misdirection? Director Louis Leterrier offers us a tale of four talented but struggling magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco) brought together be forces larger than themselves to become the most sought after magic show in the world. And in their free time they also rob banks.
Based on an idea from one of the film’s stars, the latest from director M. Night Shyamalan stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith as an estranged father and son in the far future who crash-land on a post-apocalyptic version of an abandoned Earth and must work together to survive. Part coming of age story, part father/son dynamic, part horror film, and part shaky science fiction, After Earth proves to be the most straightforward movie of Shyamalan’s career. Instead of twists or late reveals After Earth relies on drama, action, and ramped-up tension to play out a predictable story.
When a out of control car chase ends in the wrecks of both Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) and Gus’ (Dulé Hill) cars as well as disrupting a holiday marathon, the new mayor sends in a consultant to take a hard look at The Santa Barbara Police Department. The first thing Harris Trout (Anthony Michael Hall) does is to fire Shawn (James Roday) and Gus. In an attempt to win back their jobs, Shawn relates the series of events that led to that morning’s fiasco through a series of flashbacks inter-cut with Trout’s questioning, beginning with their client (Joey Slotnick) who hired the pair to discover who poisoned him and is responsible for the theft of $10 million dollars from a safety deposit box in the bank where the victim worked.
The concept for A + X is pretty simple. It’s your basic team-up issue with one member of the Avengers working with one member of the X-Men. Broken into a main story and a back-up story (featuring a different team-up) I’ve found the series to be occasionally entertaining but also inconsistent as usually one story in each issue is far better than the other. A+X #8 marked an occasion where I liked the possibilities of both team-ups.