Day 1 8PM (Pratt Street Lobby) 

I made my way from the video game hall to the Pratt Street lobby for the different photo shoots. Cosplayers from their respective shows meet up for one large photo shoot. Anime conventions, more than most; give an unscheduled entertainment in cosplaying. Like the red carpet ceremony at an awards chow, everyone wants to know who’s who and who’s wearing what. 

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Otakon 2014

The annual celebration of everything anime; another Otakon is upon us. The Baltimore Convention Center, for the next three days, has been transformed into the cultural capital of Japanimerica. In its 21st year, Otakon has come a long way from its small beginnings in a State College, Pennsylvania Days Inn. Now it’s filling the Convention Center to its capacity with characters from the farthest reaches of the Multi-verse. It’s my first Otakon and luckily I was able to capture the frivolity; because some of the things seen at the Con are absolutely indescribable. 

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There isn’t enough time to cover 100% of the Otakon experience. Believe me, I’ve tried. With that said, the following real-time rundown of DAY 1 of Otakon 2014, is only a taste of what is offered. the full schedule can be found on the Otakon website. 

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Papa vs Mallory When tragedy in the form of political unrest strikes the Kadam family’s Mumbai restaurant, they pack up and head to London. If home is where the heart is, the heart is in the flight path of one of Europe’s busiest airports. The Kadam family is on the move again. After car trouble stalls them outside of a small town in Provence, France, the headstrong but stubborn patriarch, Papa (Om Puri), falls in love with a space that was formerly a restaurant. The rest of the family has reservations, especially since nobody eats Indian food in the South of France. Undeterred by the family or the locals, Maison Mumbai will open, come hell or high water. Led by the talented Hassan (Manish Dayal) in the kitchen; will the restaurant survive in a land where their culture doesn’t exist? (more…)

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Since Into The Storm is about a series of tornadoes that threaten a small Oklahoma town; let’s get one thing clear, from the beginning. This movie isn’t Twister. It’s as relatable to Twister, as Showgirls is to Jersey Boys. Sure, both Into The Storm and Twister follow storm chasers into Tornado Alley, for research. Both movies exploit the raw, destructive power of tornadoes. That’s where the comparisons end. Into The Storm takes a different approach. Using found footage from the omnipresent cameras of a group of storm chasers that roll into Silverton, Oklahoma. Along side the two students that are recording their high school graduation, these indestructible cameras record all the action. With the acting being slightly better than basic cable, Into The Storm relies heavily on visual effects. I guess you’d have to if you didn’t have Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Phillip Seymour Hoffman at your disposal. 

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Starting next Thursday, August 7th, 2014, Baltimore, Maryland is turning Japanese. No, Zero’s aren’t circling Camden Yards, but Otakon 2014 is upon us. The Reel Film News team will be out in full force, covering the convention from all angles. Keep this space refreshed for the latest updates from Otakon 2014 in Baltimore, August 7th-10th.Otakon 2014Anime enthusiasts from across the universe will descend on the Baltimore Convention Center. It’ll be a celebration, 21 years in the making. Over 100,000 Cosplayers, gamers and friends of an Otaku Generation attended last years festivities; making it the largest Otakon to date. From its humble beginnings in a rural Pennsylvania Days Inn, to one of North America’s longest running Anime conventions, Otakon isn’t only for die hard fans. It’s the best way to immerse yourself in Japanese and other East Asian cultures without the 20 flight. From sumo wrestling, sake tasting, concerts and more; Otakon 2014 looks to be the biggest one yet. 

Each celebration gets increasingly bittersweet, as Otakon prepares to say goodbye to the Baltimore Convention Center. Its home since 1999, the BCC presents Otakorp, Inc. with a good problem to have. Otakon’s increasing popularity has outgrown Baltimore; and it will move back to Washington, D.C. At the end of last year’s con, it was announced that Otakon will move to the Walter Washington Convention Center, starting 2017. 

Guardians AssembeledI’m going to start this review with a note of caution. I want to make things very clear from the beginning that, this will not be a normal review.You won’t find any spoilers in this space. Nor will you find any discussion of the plot at all. This is because of the notion that you follow one of two schools of thought about this film. You are reading this review to either confirm your suspicions of how awesome the movie really is; or, you’re on the fence about seeing a movie that stars a raccoon and an emotional tree. I found myself in the latter camp and wasn’t impressed by the 17 minute IMAX 3D sneak peek, shown last week. I knew little about the Guardians going in and had little faith in James Gunn, whose credits include Slither (2006) and a little movie called Super (2008). 

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(L to R) Z (Chelsea Alden), Jax (Cole Shoemaker), Eve  (Stephanie Koenig), Alaric (Eric Carpenter), and Cas (Zach Bostrom) Photo Credit: Jerry Buteyn

(L to R) Z (Chelsea Alden), Jax (Cole Shoemaker), Eve (Stephanie Koenig), Alaric (Eric Carpenter), and Cas (Zach Bostrom) Photo Credit: Jerry Buteyn

What happens when you have a woman, with a mysterious need to die and resurrect, cross paths with an eclectic band of individuals with their own unique set of supernatural abilities?  The answer is the new paranormal webseries Necrolectric set to release this summer.  (more…)

“You think you know the real story of Hercules? Think again.” Unfortunately, that translates into: You thought you were seeing an updated version of the story you know and like. Think Again. From the beginning, the marketing for Hercules had me convinced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would become the son of Zeus. But, as suggested by the narrator, I don’t know this story of Hercules. Based on the Steve Moore short series, Hercules: Volume 1: The Thracian War; this story takes place in Thrace, not Greece. Cotys, the King of Thrace seeks the help of Hercules and his band of merry men. Bandits threaten the land and Thrace’s unqualified army won’t cut it. But, expectantly, not everything in Thrice is as it seems. 

Apparently Hercules was a master strategist and proponent of dental hygene.

Apparently Hercules was a master strategist and proponent of dental hygiene.

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Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) is a professional cynic and a pessimist. Which is why he’s succeeded under the stage name Wei Ling Su, a Chinese magician who has brought his secrets of the Orient to Europe. We find Stanley on tour in Berlin, 1928 when he gets word of a spiritualist in the South of France that could be the real deal. Never passing on a moment publicly shame a swindler,  Stanley gleefully heads to France. (more…)

Movie Review – Lucy

July 24, 2014

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) isn’t a bad person. She’s recently made some terrible decisions. We don’t know why she’s partying hard with drug dealers on the streets of Taipei. We don’t know how she met Richard, nor why he’s so jumpy about delivering this briefcase to a man named Kang (CHOI Min-Sik). Kang, a powerful South Korean durg lord, wants the briefcase, now handcuffed to Lucy. It contains a new synthetic drug that could increase the brain function of it’s user. Think of it this way: the drug that Lucy has is the uncut, unprocessed version of what Bradley Cooper took in Limitless. While the average human uses 10% of its brain power; what would be the ramifications of using 20% or even 60% of brain power?

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San Diego Convention Center (left) will host San Diego Comic Con 2014

Unless you have been living under rock, you’ve probably noticed (the past few weeks) an increase in our articles that have been geared towards Comic Con.  Well, there is a reason for that…San Diego Comic Con will soon be upon us once again next week! (more…)

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With San Diego Comic-Con taking place next week, Disney Interactive is excited to share details on all of the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes’ activities during the show. From hands-on previews to hosting a Pop-Up Shop and games panel with Executive Producer John Vignocchi, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will have something for everyone. (more…)

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As mentioned before, major changes will be made to many of our favorite Marvel superheroes come this fall.  Though some fans are excited by the changes, only time will if these changes will be accepted in the long term.  Nevertheless, Marvel has released a press release today detailing their new Marvel Universe.  Check it out below: (more…)

When Jay first met Annie in college, it was sex at first sight. Surely, the love came later; but it was definately about the sex. In the library, the park, or whenever they had a free momen; sex for Jay and Annie was as expected as your next breath. However, the burden of responsibility in the form of marriage, two kids and work, leaves little room for coitus. Annie now writes a blog increasingly successful blog about motherhood and Jay is somehow involved in music. When Annie’s blog gets picked up by a national lifestyle brand (think: Martha Stewart), the sex starved couple decides celebrate her success by, making a sex tape. 

That moment when you realize the movie you paid to see is S#!T

That moment when you realize the movie you paid to see is S#!T

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Marvel has made headlines the past few days thanks to the major changes that have been announced regarding some of their most iconic superheroes.  If you not caught up, then let me bring you up to speed… On Tuesday, it was announced on The View that the Asgardian God of Thunder (known as Thor) would no longer be male, but female.  In addition, it was announced yesterday on The Colbert Report that the mantle of Captain America would be taken over by long time Captain America ally, Sam Wilson (aka The Falcon).  A change which will see the character of Captain America become a black superhero.  Now, comes news today that our favorite playboy billionaire, Tony Stark, will receive a radical change as well!  Check out the details of this change in the press release below: (more…)

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Today CBS Consumer Products announced an out-of-this-world lineup for the iconic Star Trek™ franchise at Comic-Con International 2014 in San Diego. Fans will be able to participate in a full weekend of Star Trek events and activities at the world-famous convention including the Star Trek’s Ships of the Line panel on Thursday evening, and Star Trek: Live in Concert with the San Diego Symphony at Embarcadero Marina Park South on Saturday. (more…)

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When collectibles manufacturer Factory Entertainment shows up at San Diego Comic-Con next week, it will have more on its mind than selling “cool stuff.” (more…)

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Though The Purge wasn’t a good movie, the elephant in the room has always been its premise. How would you spent the night where all crime was legal, except for the killing of government official of level 10 rank or higher. Also class 4 and higher caliber weaponry is forbidden. But how would you spend the night? Unfortunately, the first movie focused on a single family, in a single neighbourhood; living in a suburb of Los Angeles. It left me wanting so much more. I had a ton of questions in the end, as the premise had been so intriguing; but almost  forgotten when the assailants stormed the home. Such a great movie premise, abandoned to become a run of the mill slasher film.

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BUNNYMAN MASSACRE

 

Freddy.

Michael.

Jason.

Leatherface.

Now…Bunnyman

 

Back in 2011, writer/director Carl Lindbergh and his company ANOC Productions introduced audiences to a new boogeyman in the form of bunny suit-wearing maniac, BUNNYMAN. Now, flash forward to 2014, the sequel, BUNNYMAN MASSACRE has acquired quite a following (especially on the horror channel known as Chiller) and is currently poised for a DVD release in August.  In lieu of the impending DVD release, I caught up with The Bunnyman himself, Joshua Lang, to discuss the sequel and the upcoming third installment (which Lang has recently finished).  Check it out! (more…)

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That’s right! Check out the details of this landmark event in this press release (below) released today from Marvel! (more…)

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Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Universal Remote Control

Are there any Trekkies out there who desire a Phaser-styled universal remote? Well, it appears that your wishes have come true as news hits that there will be a fully functional Phaser remote (shown above) replica that you can experience at this year San Diego Comic Con!  Moreover, in the press release released today, it appears that it will be available to own this fall!  Check out the press release below to find the details:  (more…)

David Hayter as Toby McTeigue in DEVIL'S MILE.

David Hayter as Toby McTeigue in DEVIL’S MILE.

As the title states, X2: X-MEN screenwriter, David Hayter, will have his thriller DEVIL’S MILE make its world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival.  Directed by Joseph O’Brien, the film follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages-two teenage girls-to their mysterious and powerful employer. Early reviews have pegged the film “both fresh and eerie” with critics claiming DEVIL’S MILE the film “not to miss” at the festival.

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This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Adult Swim will once again amaze and inspire fans inside and outside the convention center with an all new Adult Swim booth, unique fan experiences and celebrity filled signings and panels featuring series stars, creators and producers from the network’s most popular shows such as Robot Chicken, The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, and Rick and Morty. Adult Swim will also offer fans a first-look at their highly anticipated new series Mike Tyson Mysteries and the live-action series starring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jack McBrayer. (more…)

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That’s right! Shows such as Constantine, The Blacklist, Hannibal, Grimm, Bates Motel and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog are all set to make a splash at this Comic Con in a few weeks! Curious as to what secrets will be shared? Check out the press release: (more…)

 

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TNT is bringing its eagerly anticipated drama Legends to Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014 with multiple events and initiatives, including the first-ever branded takeover of San Diego International Airport. The gripping undercover drama starring Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) is the centerpiece of TNT‘s extensive presence at this year’s Comic-Con, which takes place July 24-27 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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  Ten years after the great ape rebellion, the Earth has been claimed by the apes. Only pockets of humanity stay, while the apes have established colonies outside of San Francisco. The epicenter of the pandemic that nearly killed the human race (and presumably James Franco) is home to thousands of apes and only a few hundred humans. A map in the prologue explains all of this. Lead by Caesar, a benevolent ruler that is eager to spread his knowledge of the human world; the apes are thriving. A form of sign language is spoken an taught to the young and old alike. It’s been two winters since the last sighting of humans, until a group of explorers, looking for a hydro-electric dam wander through the forest. 

Guns no kill people, Caesar kill people.

Guns no kill people, Caesar kill people.

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A few weeks ago, news broke that the new upcoming series, Outlander, would be making its premiere at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.  Now, you can add “panel” to that list as Starz has released details concerning the series’ panel (which you can check out below).

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As we are now in the middle of Con season, another convention that has unveiled news today is the Walker Stalker Con.  As title of the article reveals, “The Governor” (from AMC’s The Walking Dead) along 7 additional guests will be in attendance at the event come December.  Find out who in the press release below: (more…)

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Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and Bjorn Lothbrok (Alexander Ludwig) look on in History Channel’s Vikings.   Courtesy: History Channel

Well, it appears that History Channel‘s hit series, Vikings, will be making the trip to San Diego in a few weeks as news hits that it will once again make an appearance at Comic Con!  Check out the details (below) in the press release: (more…)

The 2nd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero

 

Besides the obvious elements that come into play with superhero films, such as the casting or the effects (which are necessary to bring both the character and their abilities to life), folks often overlook another element which is also vital: the music.  No matter how grandiose and epic a superhero film is, it is “naked” without a sweeping music score to complement it. Don’t believe me? Then imagine Tim Burton’s BATMAN without renowned composer’s Danny Elfman’s “Batman Theme” or THE AVENGERSwithout Alan Silvestri “Avengers Theme.”  Therefore with all that said it has been confirmed that the “Anatomy of the Superhero” Panel will be making a return appearance at this year’s Comic Con!  As was the case last year, the purpose of the panel will be to provide insight on the process of creating a theme, transforming the theme throughout the story line while following the often uphill battle that our heroes travel.  Check the details of the panel below….. (more…)

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