Sep 302012
 

“A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you, my good sir,” said Balin with the white beard. “But I don’t mind some cake–seed-cake if you have any.” 

“Lots!” Bilbo found himself answering, to his own surprise; and he found himself scuttling off, too, to the cellar to fill a pint beer-mug, and then to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel. — The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party

Hello this is Fenrir here with yet another exciting addition to Fantastic Feasts and Where to Find Them. As many of you may (or may  not know, and that’s okay) I’m an Anglophile and Tolkein-fan and am doubly excited for the new Hobbit trilogy that will hit theaters this December. (And conveniently on my birthday, too!) For those of you who have not read The Hobbit–for shame, for shame–or even had a peek at the Rankin Bass animated version, there are many delightful scenes of food, drinking, and general revelry that seem to be the hallmark of any good fantasy series. And of the many mentions of food (Since our hero Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit and food is one of his top priorities), none are quite as delightful or whimsical as the botched tea-time escapade that happens in the chapter, “An Unexpected Party”.

So without further preamble, let’s dive into this tea-party and the tasty treats hidden within~

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Sep 292012
 

Someone call She-Hulk, we’ve got a case on our hands. Avengers legal team assemble!

Tuesday saw the home video release of Marvel’s The Avengers film, quite possibly one of the best darn superhero movies… Ever. And if you all didn’t know beforehand, the special edition box set of the movie and all the other Marvel movies leading up to it was going to be quite something. In addition to six movies, the ten disc set was going to also contain four discs of bonus features galore, S.H.I.E.L.D files and even a model Tesseract all for a cool $150 if you pre-ordered. Sounds like a major deal right? Unfortunately we’re going to have to wait a bit longer.

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Sep 282012
 

Once upon a time, the 90s happened. And man, was there a lot of shit floating around in the water then. Yes, amongst all the crappy offerings the cinema doled out between all the classics of the era was a comic-book adaptation entitled Judge Dredd. It starred everyone’s favorite muddle-mouth Slyvester Stallone and Diane Lane for whatever reason (probably it was in her contract with the studio) as two “Street Judges” in one of the last bastions of human civilization, dispensing justice wherever they went. Fans of the comic hated it. Critcs hated it. General audiences hated it, but laughed their asses off anyways. The film became a cult classic, but was always remembered for its huge financial loss by the studio, and the intellectual property was never touched again…

…that is until someone decided a reboot was in order. Yes, Dredd hit theaters not but a week ago, nearly 17 years after the original film’s debut, and almost 35 years after the comics first started publishing. Will it go the way of The Amazing Spiderman, and be a terrible, soulless reboot, or will it be a newer, better very of the original’s trainwreck? Let’s prepare to pass judgment on Dredd.

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Sep 272012
 

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of the Western genre, but I’ve held a soft-spot for cowboy tales as long as I can remember. When DC premiered All-Star Western last September I didn’t touch the title, but thanks to some positive word of mouth (and a cover featuring Z.C. Branke…) I started reading with Issue #7 and have followed ever since. So far, I feel the series fluctuates between downright amazing and startlingly mediocre. I decided this issue is my make-or-break for me continuing to read the series. Did this title amaze me enough to keep me onboard?

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Sep 262012
 

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With the new mini series Minimum Carnage hitting shelves next Wednesday, I thought it would be a good time to review the Carnage U.S.A. mini series which precedes it. U.S.A. picks off right where the first Carnage mini series, Carnage: Family Feud, left off. Cletus Kasady, who had previously been believed to be dead, is on the run. He makes his way to the small town of Doverton, Colorado, and he begins to wreak havoc. Continue reading »

Sep 262012
 

It’s a troubling topic, game addiction. Certainly discussed before by perhaps more eloquent voices, this is a topic that in some way or another affects a large number of people. Often it does so in varying ways, making my job summarizing any points about it rather difficult. Even still, there’s value to be had in having a general discussion even if only to explore the reasons we play and perhaps more importantly the reasons we keep playing. And playing. And playing. Long after it ceases to be healthy.

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