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Athena is the story of Carl, a man living with both emotional and physical scars in the wake of his wife’s death. His life is crumbling around him, he’s tormented by dreams of his wife, and he’s turned to means of dealing with his issues that are not all entirely healthy for him; including tuning out the rest of the world. Athena is the story of Emily, a slightly schizophrenic, manic depressive who is doing okay handling her issues. She also seems to care for Carl. Then there is Athena, a voice that starts talking to Carl from inside of his head. Carl may be going mad, but then the voice begins talking to Emily as well. What is Athena? What does she want? Is she trying to help two damaged people, or is she trying to hasten their self-destruction? Athena is an independent film from Image Impact Group, GreySun Productions, the late writer Michael Louis Calvillo, and director Robert W. Filion.

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This is not exactly new news. As a matter of fact, it’s old enough that it was discussed as a part of the reason we’re seeing a new King Kong film in 2017. We’re getting Kong: Skull Island in part- perhaps in large part –because they want a “shared universe” in order to have King Kong eventually meet the King of Monsters for a big budget, Hollywood battle royal.

Now, I’m not as anti-remake as a lot of other people can be. My attitude towards remakes with regards to potential quality is that they have a no greater or lesser chance at being good than an original film. I don’t do the complaints that remakes always suck, shouldn’t be made, or are never as good as the original, so that’s not what this is about. But I do occasionally wonder what they’re thinking when they decide that they’re going to do a certain property and how they intend to do it. So, along with a bit of a review of the original film, that’s what I’ll be doing here.

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It has come every year for decades now. It’s almost like a seasonal plague. Sometimes there are only a few cases here and there while other times we suffer a massive, terrifying outbreak. I speak of course of the annual tradition with many television writers where they feel that they too must do their show’s take on either A Christmas Carol or It’s a Wonderful Life.

Sometimes the attempts have been just plain bad. Well, most of the times the attempts have been just plain bad. A good chunk of the time we get something that’s watchable- perhaps it’s even good –but totally forgettable. It’s like the writing teams just decided to do the most basic paint by number version of the story their riffing on and then knocked off early that week.

But, ever so often, you get an attempt at doing one of these Christmas classics where the writer or writing team decides that they want to play with the concept. They decide to turn the concept on its ear, twist it inside out, shake it up a bit, and create something that actually has the ability to stand on its own and feel like more than just a lazily done, cheap knockoff of the original. I present to you a few of those attempts that are worth seeking out for your holiday viewing pleasure.

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A Bad Movie PSA

Posted: December 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Movies, Needless Things
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Usually I try to promote the things I love. Occasionally I grumble. Here I give you all a warning that may in fact save you from unimaginable pain and suffering. Well, except for those of you who are, like me, the type of sick freak who will read something like this and then seek the movie out to see if it is indeed every bit as bad as described. This movie- and calling it a “movie” is really being overly generous -may in fact be part of the triple feature they make you watch in hell every night.
 
I give you Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire (AKA The Sword and the Sorcerer 2) for your possible viewing masochism.

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Over the last few years there’s been a noticeable movement by fandom and convention owners to shut down rip-off artists and thieves who are lining their pockets by making copies of the work of real artists and selling them as their own work. We’ve seen guys like Rob Granito, Joseph Bayer, Matt Walker, and others confronted at and even removed and banned from conventions for selling other people’s art as their own under the argument that they’ve “interpreted” the original artwork to a degree that they can claim a level of fair use and call it their own.

Many fans have rightly seen this as total bunk and many conventions are rightly removing them from their premises. Thing is, they’re not even the worst offenders out there right now, and that’s where all of you come in.

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I’ve been a wrestling fan for years now. Moreover, I’ve been a fan of pro-wrestling for years now. That may look like I said the same thing twice, but it’s not quite the same thing. Like many, I’ve been a wrestling fan in that I enjoy just sitting down and watching and enjoying what I’m seeing on the TV screen or in whatever venue I was in for a live show. But, additionally, I’ve been a fan of wrestling. I’m one of those people who love the art of it, the technique of portraying the unreal as real in live entertainment and not breaking the “reality” of it. I love the history of it all, and I love seeing how wrestling has influenced pop culture in different eras and vice-versa. I also love the variety of it all. I’m a wrestling fan, and I’m a fan of pro-wrestling.

This can be a good thing and a bad thing when it comes to what’s happening in the pro-wrestling world. See, I’m in my mid-forties. I’ve seen some of the biggest “Golden Eras” of wrestling over the last 50 years. The big problem with this is that every time we seem to see these “Golden Eras” we see the world of pro-wrestling simultaneously become lesser for it.

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Bad Movie Beware!

Posted: October 8, 2016 in Entertainment, Horror, Needless Things

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The month of October is upon us again, and that means that Halloween is fast approaching. With Halloween comes parties, get togethers, and intimate soirees dedicated to cheap drinks, bad takeout food, and even worse movies. Yeah, this is the time of year when you’re on the lookout for the newer gems the horror genre has to offer, but where’s the fun in it if you’re not having at least some so bad they’re good (or almost good) movie showings?

Now, it’s not always easy to track down such films if you don’t have a really good friend with really bad taste in movies. Yeah, you can turn to Google, but you’ll end up with 100 search results for lists that all give you more or less the same 15 “top” bad films. Fortunately for you, me, and that strange guy down the street none of us want to talk about, there’s Fail-Flix.

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