Category Archives: Movies

Scratching the Surface With Mavrs: The Rise of “Babylon 5” The Awakening

Imagine a world where Papa Bezos actually ends up making his cylindrical city in space. Now imagine that same city being in a universe that is full of back door negotiations, assassination attempts, and newfound discoveries from unknown worlds and cultures. The floating city in space, Babylon 5, is that and more. In light of the new announcement of J.

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Who Should Play Samus Aran in a “Metroid” Film? (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the discovery of the Pythagorean Theorem! Though certainly not the first female video game character, Samus Aran from 1986’s Metroid is still considered by many to be the First Lady of gaming. It should therefore come as no surprise that the topic of a Metroid film keeps

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The “Bubblegum Crisis” Odyssey: From “Blade Runner” to “Love Hina” (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since cuneiform! A profound understatement would be saying that the 80s was a good decade for film. Star Trek films with the original cast had a long, lucrative run during the period; Back To The Future I and II took viewers on a temporal roller coaster; a

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A long time ago in a galaxy “Har-har” away: “Galaxina” (80s August Special)

Welcome back to 80s August, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of the greatest decade since the yellow polka-dot bikini! The Star Wars-style crawl gives us, the viewer, some quick exposition on what we are to expect, after it ends we watch an absurdly long ship slowly pass before our eyes, then the plot gets underway, where we have a hammy pseudo

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 20 June 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell. This week, we discussed the latest news on Parnell’s Ultra Star campaign, the photo leaks of Superma’am’s Supergirl’s costume from the Flashpoint movie, IDW losing stacks

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Ashes as Remains: Peter Lorre, ‘Der Verlorene’, and Post WWII Germany (Monochrome May Special)

The 50’s was a drought for the established character actor Peter Lorre, but perhaps things seemed brighter at the start of the decade with his directorial debut, a postwar German thriller, Der Verlorene, or The Lost One, sometimes translated as The Lost Man. Released in 1951, Der Verlorene tells the story of one Dr. Karl Neumeister (Peter Lorre), working at

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The Geeks + Gamers Network Raises Nearly $100k for Anti-Suicide Charity

Over the past couple of weeks, the crew at Geeks + Gamers (pronounced “Geeks and Gamers” for those not in the know) and their network of fans have raised nearly $100 thousand in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The fundraiser culminated in a livestream hosted on a G+G YouTube channel last night, in which viewers could

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Pixel to Cel: “Fatal Fury – Double Impact” (1999)

A previous article here on The Splintering covered the uninhibited method of 90s video game marketing ads, and it got me thinking not only about the games of that decade, but animated renditions of those games from the time period. Unsurprisingly, fighting games and beat ’em up side-scrollers come readily to mind, as colorful characters performing ultra violent moves on

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Jezebel Laments the Lack of Chun Li in “Mortal Kombat” Film… Yes, Really

You can’t make this stuff up. On Thursday, Jezebel posted an opinion piece focused on the upcoming Mortal Kombat film. The odd part is that the author’s primary point was to lament the fact that Chun Li was absent from the film’s latest trailer. *Record Scratch!* Yes. The self-described “astute film critic” wrote an entire piece around the idea that

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Premiere! Friday Night Drives – 12 February 2021

Welcome to the premiere of “Friday Night Drives,” where I do a video recap of this week’s news from The Splintering. I’m hoping to make this a weekly trend, so please let me know what you like (or hate). In the meantime, give it a watch and thanks for reading! The Splintering’s Teespring store has items starting at just $4.99!

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Happy Birthday Number 40: Remembering & Celebrating Ronald Reagan’s Acting Career

This weekend marks Ronald Reagan’s 110th birthday. Born February 6, 1911, Reagan was Number 40 in the line of American Presidents, his two terms in office opening and closing the decade of the 80s (1981-1989). It’s easy to think of him only in a political sense, but Reagan had a prior career, too. In Film! In fact, in the first

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COVID Cramping Your Halloween? The Public Domain Comes to the Rescue (Festival of Dread Special)

Welcome back to the Festival of Dread, The Splintering‘s month-long celebration of all things dark and disturbing! Let’s face it – there’s sadly fewer Halloween activities to enjoy in 2020. Some venues are completely shut down, and many people are still not working at the levels that they are used to. It therefore goes without saying that “recreational spending” is

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“Sit Down Sunday” Comic Book News Livestream – 23 August 2020 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit Down Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell, The Shepherd creator Dr. Andrea Molinari, and The Splintering’s own George Travlos. This week, we discussed the ongoing success of Patrick’s Johnny Phantasm 1985 crowdfunding campaign,

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Zack Snyder Reveals Darkseid from “Snyder Cut” of Justice League

On Wednesday, Zack Snyder took to social media to publicly unveil what appears to be the first official color image of Darkseid from his upcoming release of Justice League on HBO Max. He previously revealed black and white images in 2019. Without further ado, here’s the post from Snyder below: Zack Snyder stepped away from the director’s chair late in

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Star Wars’ Rey Isn’t a Wahman, She’s a Genetic Aberration (aka a Mistake)

The most recent retcon by Lucasfilm (LFL) elaborates on The Rise of Skywalker‘s Palpatine being an ill-formed clone. So, to follow their reasoning, our hero physically interdicts against her father who’s also her grandfather who’s developmentally disabled? Maybe he was drinking, too… At the minimum, he’s got to be in danger of the opioid crisis. Genetic deformity’s got to hurt,

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Review: “Heroineburgh” web series & comic book – plus swag giveaway!

For the last two years, a collective of comic book enthusiasts from Pittsburgh has undetarken one of the the most ambitious independent superhero projects I’ve ever seen: Heroineburgh. Combining the talents of dozens of actresses and other creators, Heroineburgh started as a web series featuring the exploits of a large cast of superpowered characters. The project has expanded to a

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Multiple media outlets erroneously report that B-movie starlet Julie Strain has passed away

On Monday, Malibu Bay Films announced that 57 year-old model/actress Julie Strain had passed away. The story was picked up by several media outlets, most notably The Hollywood Reporter (we first saw the news from Dynamite Comics). But hold the tissues, because she isn’t dead. Malibu Bay Films later retracted their announcement after the company’s owner confirmed with Strain’s family

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The Simple Goodness of “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and a Ten-Year-Old’s Imagination

Picture November 1978 as Thanksgiving approaches. A little “science fiction western” released last May has enthralled the hearts of generations young and old. Grandparents snicker at this “new thing” reinvigorating the movie industry just being entertainment from their childhood. Parents enjoy the lack of nudity, “f-bombs,” and politically-driven lectures that infect most cinema. Dads look forward to buying cool Star Wars

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New “Wonder Woman 1984” movie posters revealed at CCXP19

A new set of movie posters for Wonder Woman 1984 were revealed today at Comic Con Experience 2019 (CCXP) in Brazil. Keeping with the retro aesthetic of previous promotional materials, the new posters feature neon lights, scan lines, and of course, the ever-fetching Gal Gadot in iconic Wonder Woman garb. Wonder Woman 1984 is directed by Patty Jenkins and is

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How to enjoy holiday splendor and goodness at a theater near you (Jolly Jinglings Special)

Merry Christmas to all!   That just can not be said enough.  The Christmas season makes more indelible memories (good and bad) than any other family get together. As a member of two large families finding activities is always very important to the patriarchs and the matriarchs. Many times a trip to the theater makes the top of the list. Unfortunately, the Christmas

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