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COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Star Trek "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (IDW, Ongoing, Issues 1&2)

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Welcome to our first review of the new ongoing Star Trek comic book from IDW Publishing, a company that specializes in TV and movie tie-in comics such as GI Joe, Transformers and Ghostbusters, to name just a few of their genre titles. The series is set in the Abrams-verse of the 2009 movie and new timeline. The series is planned to reimagine TOS episodes for the new continuity as well as present new stories set in that timeline. Appropriately enough, the first story arc is an adaptation of the second pilot, or the first episode of the series that actually went to air, "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Batman: Year One

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Wow. To be honest, that pretty much sums it up. I'm sitting here writing this as the end credits are rolling, and I'm finding myself at a loss for all words except, wow. I'm so at a loss for words that I really don't even know how to begin this review. I'm at a loss for words, of course, because the movie was that good. Very seldom am I blown away by a movie, but blown away truly is an apt description of the feeling this movie left me with.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Thing (2011)

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The Thing was a 1982 science fiction/horror film directed by John Carpenter. It was based on a novella called "Who Goes There?" written by John W. Capmbell, jr. and originally published in 1938. The novella was first adapted as a motion picture in 1951 titled The Thing from Another World. Despite popular belief, John Carpenter's The Thing was NOT a remake of the 1951 film. More appropriately, it was an attempt to do a more accurate adaptation of the novella than the original movie had been. In that same vein, the new film is not a remake of the 1982 movie, nor is it another interpretation of the novella. Simply put, it is a prequel that couldn't have come up with a better name than just using the name of the original, The Thing.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "Real Steel" (2011)

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MOVIE REVIEW: Real Steel

Forget the name Richard Matheson. In reference to this movie, at least, just wipe that name right out of your mind. In fact, go into this movie thinking of it as an adaptation of the old skool game Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Do that and Real Steel is a fun, family-friendly movie about giant robots beating the crap out of each other.

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