Category Archives: Movies

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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From “Star Trek” to “Star Wars” – The Rise of J. J. Abrams (opinion)

On the 20th of December, people will take a break from the holidays to watch The Rise of Skywalker. The timing of the movie virtually assures Disney of a hit regardless of fan support. Fans are concerned the success of the movie will lead to more DISNEY Star Wars versus stories that respect the previous lore. It’s a well-founded fear.

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Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck join calls to release the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League (updated)

Ever since Warner Bros. hired Joss Whedon to conduct reshoots of 2017’s Justice League film, rumors have swirled that a version of the movie exists which captures the artistic intent of its original director, Zack Snyder. This has spawned an online movement of DCEU fans who have adopted the hashtag #ReleaseTheSnyderCut to pressure WB to bring this rumored version into

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6 classic “bitch” moments that a proposed bill in Massachusetts would make illegal

Massachusetts state representative Daniel J. Hunt (D – Boston) recently introduced legislation that would ban the word “bitch” from being spoken in the state Commonwealth. Under the so-called Act regarding the use of offensive words, those caught using the word “bitch” will face a $150 maximum fine for the first offense, while repeat offenses could bring a $200 fine or

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Communist Vietnam bans “Abominable” film over South China Sea map; promises to be “more vigorous in censorship”

The communist government of Vietnam has pulled the family-friendly animated movie “Abominable” from theaters nationwide. Why? The movie has a scene which shows a map that the government doesn’t like. What’s the big deal? The map as shown includes a feature which has come to be known as the “nine-dash-line,” which demarcates the territorial claims of China in the resource-rich

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Explaining the critic/audience score divide for “Rambo: Last Blood”

This past weekend, moviegoers nationwide defied the consensus recommendation of film critics by seeing Rambo: Last Blood in theaters, and wouldn’t you know it? A large majority of the audience enjoyed the film, with the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes landing at an average of 86% positive reviews while critics (Rotten Tomatoes-approved critics) slammed Last Blood with a scathing 27%

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Could Conan the Barbarian join the MCU?

Marvel reacquired the Conan comic book license earlier this year, and since then, the Conan comics have been a fairly successful sales story, by modern standards, anyway. Marvel must be happy with the performance of the Conan property, because earlier in September, the publisher acquired the comic book rights to two other Robert E. Howard characters: Dark Agnes and Solomon

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