Prime’s Smile

 

The Leader of the Autobots has changed his appearance over the years from

good old Convoy

to Powermaster

Action Master
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Car Robots
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He has had more faces than Soundwave has cassettes. But when was the first time we ever saw Prime’s mouth?  Most would argue it was in Beast Wars, but here’s a little known fact, it was during the heyday of the Transformers circa Generation 1. Marvel comics released a Big Looker Storybook called Battle for Cybertron.

On the  cover we get to see our brave hero. It was a decent seller and soon, Marvel released book two called The Great Car Rally.

This is where things go south, and I do mean really south. The first and second books were drawn by the same artist, his name is Earl Norem.

On the first page of the second book shows a very odd image of our beloved leader of the robotic rebellion. Here, Prime is sporting a mouth. Yes, I said it, a mouth.  WTF?

I quickly thought to myself that maybe, just maybe, this was an oversight and he would soon be sporting his metal mouth plate. However, only going a few pages in, we see Prime standing with Bumblebee rocking a mouth,

ready to kick someone’s metal dentures down their respective throats.

What makes this so unique is the last page of the book where good old Earl draws Prime laughing it up with his crew as they stand victorious with their new car trophy.

After re-reading this Marvel book, I completely have no more words I can say about this. My whole life defending the mouth-less Prime has now been debunked!

Well until next time. “Till all are one”!

Thor: review

By Edward Gambichler

 

Thor

 

“…You don’t know what your actions would unleash……”

 

Frost Giant ( Thor )

 

When it comes to cinema of the past, comic book adaptations used to have an easier time making the jump from printed page to the screen. There existed an unspoken agreement between the filmmakers and their audience in regards to a suspension of disbelief. The filmgoer of the past did not need a character or concept rooted in practicality ( by way of proven scientific fact or pure common sense ). Nor did they need a film’s premise explained or justified to them when it flew in the face of logic. As the tagline in Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie” (1978) stated, “You’ll believe a man can fly”. Not just because of the special effects wizardry of the various production technicians, but by the audience’s willingness to be carried away by the illusions crafted by these FX masters. Fantasy was always taken at face value. Today’s film audiences, however, seem unable to make that great leap of faith that is required for the success of these comic book properties. Now the average filmgoer wants the subject matter to adhere to a certain amount of plausibility found only in the laws of their “real world”. Simply put, “If you want me to believe a man can fly, you better explain to me how the hell he can do it”.

Now, in 2012, the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie, “The Avengers” ( 2012 ) , must navigate that viewer mindset and the limits it places on them. With the release of “Iron Man” ( 2008 ), “The Incredible Hulk” ( 2008 ), and the upcoming movie , “Captain America: First Avenger” ( in July ), Marvel Studios inches closer to realizing its goal of depicting a shared cinematic universe between its characters ( something that has never been attempted by any other comic company before). And although the individual main characters between these properties have been made cohesive at best, the one character that seemed destined to rock the “plausibility” boat is the character of “Thor”. The technology of armored battle suits depicted in “Iron Man” are reflected in actual military projects such as the Raytheon Sarco exoskeleton.

And the subject of human enhancement depicted in “Captain America: First Avenger” and “The Incredible Hulk” is reflected in today’s stem cell research as well as developments in human growth hormones. “Thor”, on the other hand, has its origins in Norse mythology and not science. Also, the fact that Thor is one of the founding members of the Avengers, makes the task of bringing him to celluloid life that much more difficult. The fans expect him to be in it, and in their eyes it will not be a true Avenger’s movie if filmmakers have to shoot around him. Yet despite these hurdles, Marvel Studios ( under the unlikely direction of Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh ) released Thor in theaters last Friday.

Thor is the story of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Asgardians. There existence on Earth ( known to them as “Midgard” ) is known only through Norse mythology where they were worshipped by early Man as gods. Asgard, along with Earth, is part of the “Nine Worlds” that make up what is known as the “Tree of Life”. These worlds are separated by an inter-dimensional gateway, a “rainbow bridge” known as the “Bifrost” ( which is guarded by an omniscient sentry called Heimdall, played here by Idris Elba of HBO’s series, “The Wire” ). Long ago, Asgard went to war with one of the Nine Worlds, an ice-encrusted planet known as Jotunheim ( occupied by a race known as the Frost Giants ) in order to stop their invasion of Earth. At the conclusion of this war, an uneasy truce was brokered by Odin, ruler of Asgard ( played by Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins )and Laufey, ruler of Jotunheim ( played by Colm Feore of Showtime’s “The Borgias”. In order to force Jotunheim to adhere to the truce, Odin confiscated the source of their powers ( an ancient relic known as the “Casket of Ancient Winters” ).

The movie begins as Odin enters the “Odinsleep” ( a period of hibernation which serves to rejuvenate his powers ). He chooses as his successor to the throne his warrior son , Thor ( who wields a mystical hammer known as Mjolnir which gives him superhuman strength, the ability to fly and control over the atmospheric elements ). The proceedings are interrupted by three Frost Giants who have broken into the trophy room containing the Casket of Ancient Winters. Although the three giants are killed by an armored sentinel called the Destroyer, Thor ( played by actor Chris Hemsworth ) becomes incensed by the breach of Asgard’s walls. Despite Odin’s wishes to maintain the truce, Thor resolves to cross the Bifrost and invade Jotunheim and strike back. He is aided by his close friends, Lady Sif ( played by Jaimie Alexander ), Volstagg ( Ray Stevenson ), Fandral ( Joshua Dallas ), Hogun ( Tadanobu Asano ) and Loki, Thor’s brother who is trained as a sorcerer and is second in line to the throne of Asgard ( played by Tom Hiddleston ). A fever pitched battle ensues between the four and  King Laufey’s forces ( despite Loki’s pleas for Thor to withdraw and honor their father’s treaty ). Before the fray escalates further, it is interrupted by Odin on horseback, who orders the four back to Asgard. As punishment for his arrogance and for disobeying his decree ( placing all of Asgard in danger as a result of his actions ), Odin strips Thor of his power and banishes him to Earth. He also sends Mjolnir on the other side of the Bifrost to Earth as well ( with the condition that , henceforth, only a person who proves himself worthy would be able to wield its power ).

Thor and Mjolnir both wind up in New Mexico. Thor is soon discovered lying in the middle of the road by Jane Foster ( played by last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Actress Natalie Portman ), an astrophysicist who was in the middle of tracking the wormhole anomaly which brought Thor to Earth. Along with her mentor, Erik Selvig ( Stellan Skarsgård ) and assistant, Darcy ( Kat Dennings ), she gives Thor shelter. On the other side of town, a large group of locals try to remove Mjolnir from the ground. Due to Odin’s spell, however, they are unable to make it budge. The crash site is soon placed under quarantine and the jurisdiction of S.H.I.E.L.D. ( the anti-espionage government agency which serves as the underlying thread through all of Avenger’s films ). Once Thor discovers Mjolnir’s location, he storms the S.H.I.E.L.D. compound to take it back. Despite overpowering a whole unit of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, he is unable to lift Mjolnir from the ground and is taken into custody and interrogated by Agent Phil Coulson ( Clark Gregg ), S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nicholas Fury’s right hand man ). To make matters worst, Loki ascends to Asgard’s throne and refuses to lift Odin’s ban on Thor. It seems Loki  ( who has secretly harbored a deep jealousy of Thor ) is in liege with Laufey and the other Frost Giants and was behind the attempted break in of the trophy room. Loki soon dispatches the Destroyer to finish off Thor once and for all, a move that soon places the whole town of New Mexico in mortal danger. Thor must find it in himself to be worthy of Mjolnir, in order to stop Loki’s final plan and protect his new found friends. What surprised me the most about this film was how well director Kenneth Branagh handled and respected the material, hitting all the right “fanboy” notes.

When I heard that the producers had hired him to direct, I didn’t know what to think. Known primarily for his adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare and indie films, he’s not exactly the traditional choice to direct a summer blockbuster ( let alone a comic book adaptation ). However, he balances all the performances as well as the various elements and plot devices with an assured hand. Also, I felt the explanation of the Asgardians as a race of extra-dimensional beings rather than deities went a long way in  anchoring the film in the common scientific ground of the other Avenger films. What makes this film come alive though is the performances of its two leads, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Not since Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie has there been a case of an actor so suited to a role than these two actors. Hemsworth rises to the occasion and portrays Thor with the right mixture of arrogance and charm ( as well as deftly handling the comedic elements of the “fish out of water” aspect of Thor’s arrival on Earth ). And Hiddleston avoids playing Loki as a one note villain and conveys both sympathy and treachery in equal and nuanced measures. It is going to be a treat watching these two go head to head next year in “The Avengers” ( 2012 ). Also, do not forget to stay after the closing credits for a scene that ties the film to Captain America and gives audiences a clue as to a major plot point in next year’s movie.

Masters of the Universe Chronicles: Filmation Discussion Season 1 Vol 1

 

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Hey Guys
Welcome to another edition of the Masters of the Universe Chronicles.  On Masters of the Universe Chronicles, Chris and his various guests have discussed the 2002 MYP Masters of the Universe cartoon so Rob Base, Wade Thurman and James’Roboto’Garnhart join in the discussion of the Season 1 Vol 1 boxset which of course is based on the classic Filmation series.
Before we actually hear the guys and Chris with what episodes we chose, Netlex has his Filmation/MYP comparison and James Sawyer concludes his look at the DC comics with Issue 3.  We hear what other fans from PopCultureNetwork.com enjoy with the Filmation show and Netlex recorded his as well. With the main recording, Chris’ internet was still playing havoc so there are a few hiccups but they are quite humourous!
Sit back, relax, grab your copy of James Eatock’s “The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and hear everyones thoughts on our choices!
As always you can contribute to the show by emailing Chris on vintoman@popculturenetwork.com. contact Chris on skype where his username is Vinto316.  and feel free to have a chat or leave a voicemail.  Lastly you can join the BRAND NEW Masters of the Universe Chronicles Facebook page which is – http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/pages/Masters-of-the-Universe-Chronicles/169845723067513.  Leave your comments there or even head over to www.popculturenetwork.com and join the forums!  Plenty of ways to interact with Chris and the show so he look forward to hearing from you!
Chris would also like to congratulate Mr James Eatock on selling all 1000 of his amazing book ” The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”!  An amazing feet by an amazing gentleman.  If you missed buying a copy, head over to Facebook and look for Cereal:Geek (and other projects of wonderment by James Eatock.  Have your vote and see what happens!

MOTUC filmation

He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner – Episode 042

Val Staples, Emiliano Santalucia, Rob Base and Eamon O’Donoghue are back to discuss He-Man and She-Ra.

Over the course of the show the crew touches on topics such as
fan voicemail and e-mail!
It’s our fan dedicated episode!

MOTUC bios discussed in this show:
(none)

MOTUC figures discussed in this show:
(none)

Intro/Outro info:
Song: Blues Apocalypse
Album: The Lions Den
Band: Heath Breitenbach
Free to download!
***Please support these Artists! Many are fans of MOTU and POP, and some are fans here in our community.

Plus, fellow He-Fan josh on the forums has created this fantastic Roast Gooble Dinner podcast Appendix & Notations which contains a ton of info about the show, with all the info about the Fanart, Fansites and Collectibles of the week, along with links to sites and user profiles of interest, and also details on how to contact the show with your feedback. Be sure to check that out!

Also, don’t forget the Roast Gooble Dinner iPhone App, which is great for organizing and downloading current and past episodes. Click here to get yours today!

And as always, you’ll enjoy some extra seasoning with this episode’s Fanart of the week, Collectible of the week and Fansite of the week!

So pull up your chair and fill up your plate! It’s time to chow down on a tasty serving of fandom here on He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner!

Runtime: 2 hour, 24 minutes, 35 seconds

 

click the link below and Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!

roast gooble dinner

Scream 4 review

By Edward Gambichler

Scream 4

“…This isn’t a comedy, its a horror film. People live, people die……..and you better start running……”

Ghostface ( Scream 4 )

Do you like “scary movies”? With this one simple question, the declining genre known as “slasher” films was revitalized. Slasher films were generally defined by film historians and fans alike as films in which the primary antagonist ( a psychopathic killer ) stalks an innocent group of people ( mostly teenagers ) and dispatches them in violent and graphic means. Usually the victims are cut off from the outside world ( secluded cabins in the woods, severed phone lines,etc. ) and the killer’s motives are tied to a shared history or relationship with his/ or her victims. One by one, the group is eliminated until the main protagonist ( traditionally, a beautiful and virginal young woman ) remains. The genre became so popular that many of the actresses who were cast in this role were referred to by fans as “scream queens”. Among the more classic entries in this type of movie were “Black Christmas” ( widely regarded as the first true slasher film ), “Prom Night”, “Terror Train”, “Friday the 13th”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” ( a slasher film with a supernatural twist ) and the most famous of them all, “Halloween” ( starring Jamie Lee Curtis, cinema’s most famous “scream queen” ). The genre reached its peak in the late 70’s and mid 80’s. However, the rise of independent films like “Sex, Lies, and Videotapes”, “Drugstore Cowboy” and “Reservoir Dogs” and the popularity of filmmakers such as Stephen Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, and Quentin Tarantino relegated slasher films to the film purgatory of “straight to video” DVD release. It wasn’t until 1996 that the genre received a much needed jumpstart when Miramax ( thru their Dimension Films label ) released “Scream”.

Directed by horror maven Wes Craven ( “A Nightmare on Elm Street” )and written by Kevin Williamson ( “Dawson’s Creek”, “The Faculty” and another slasher entry, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), Scream is the story of a group of high schoolers from the town of Woodsboro who are rocked by the brutal murder of one of their classmates, Casey Becker ( played in a brilliantly staged opening scene by actress Drew Barrymore ). The main protagonist, a lovely girl named Sydney Prescott ( played by “Party of Five’s” Neve Campbell ) is particularly affected by the murder, due to her own mother’s brutal rape and murder one year earlier. This mysterious killer plays a sick and twisted game with his prey by quizzing them on the subject of scary movies ( calling them first over the phone ), then killing them with a hunting knife when they give a wrong answer. The assailant conceals his/ or her identity by wearing a dark cloak and a Halloween mask resembling a screaming ghost. The cast also includes Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, David Arquette ( playing the town deputy, Dewey Riley ), and Courtney Cox ( in the role of Gale Weathers, news reporter and author of the book on the subject of Sydney’s mother’s death ). Scream became such a book office success that two sequels soon followed: Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000). Both of these movies continued the character’s story arcs and the movie that was made about their lives, “Stab”.

Now, 2011,comes the release of Scream 4. This time out, the town of Woodsboro is rocked again by the double homicide of two young high school girls. The killer utilizes the same methods as the original Woodsboro killer ( Ghostface disguise, hunting knife, and cellphone ). Heading up the investigation is Dewey Riley ( who is now sheriff ) and married to Gale Weathers. Sydney Prescott has just arrived in town to start a book tour of her memoirs and when evidence linked to the murders is uncovered in her rental car, she becomes a suspect ( and is forced to stay in Woodsboro ). This time, the stakes are higher because it is Sydney’s niece Jill Roberts ( played by actress Emma Roberts ) and her friends ( played by Hayden Panetierre, Rory Culkin, Nico Torterella, Marielle Jaffe, and Erik Knudsen ) who are being hunted. As the body count gets higher, Sidney, Dewey, and Gale must race against time to catch the killer before tragedy strikes Sidney’s family again.

The one thing that made the first Scream movie unique from other slasher films of its kind was the level of self awareness ( especially in the character’s reactions to the events unfolding around them ). The characters in the film ( especially the “film geek” Randy Meeks, played by Jamie Kennedy ) would comment on how the situations they were in were like something out of a “scary movie”. The film was not just a straight up slasher movie, but also a commentary on traditional horror conventions. When Wes Craven directed the first “Nightmare on Elm Street” film and the third sequel “Dream Warriors”, he used the same structure as any other slasher film. When he was invited back to direct the sixth film in the series “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, however, his approach to the material was “out of the box”. The main characters of the film were not just Freddy Krueger and his victim Nancy, but their respective “real” world counterparts, actors Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp ) and the plot centered around the actual production of a new Nightmare movie. Two years after, in 1996, he directed the first “Scream”.

I went to see the fourth film with a friend of mine, Juan. When we started to discuss the series of Scream films, Juan asked me to place them in order of 1 ( being the one I liked the best ) to 4 ( being the worst of the series ). I answered that I liked the first Scream first, Scream 4 second, Scream 3 third, and Scream 2, the last. Truth be told, Scream 4 would have been a lot better if the second and third one were never made. The same self awareness that made the first one unique, had by then been beaten to death. Also, the return of the three principal cast members ( Campbell, Arquette, and Cox ) fifteen years later, would have had a more nostalgic feel to it ( if the other two sequels hadn’t marred the original by convoluting the back story to Sidney Prescott’s family history ). When Neve Campbell first appears on the screen in the fourth film, I should have had the same reaction as when I saw Jamie Lee Curtis in “Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later” ( when she came basic to reprise her iconic role of killer Michael Myer’s sister, Laurie Strode ). There are times when I think that some film franchises would “feel” better to us fans, if we could just drop the second and third sequels from our collective consciousness ( Die Hard, Halloween, Highlander, etc. ). Unfortunately, hindsight is not foresight.

Also, the film convention that Scream 4 seems to be “ripping apart” this time are remakes of classic horror movies and how filmmakers change the rules making them fresh and less predictable. It’s not as enticing as the ones being parodied in the first film. Before the movie started, I saw a trailer for an upcoming film called “Apollo 18” ( a movie about the supposedly last and secret lunar landing ). The movie utilizes the now popular “found footage” structure present in movies like “Blair Witch Project”,”Cloverfield”, and”Paranormal Activity”. For a second, I thought it would have been interesting to see a Scream movie produced in this vein. What makes this Scream film stand out this time is the killer’s motives behind the murders. The conclusion is logical and, at the same time, unsettling. All the character’s performances hit the right notes. Courtney Cox is especially funny this time out ( as well as “Mad Men”‘s Alison Brie in the role of Sidney’s publicist ). However, the standout in this film is Emma Roberts. She handles the young ingenue “scream queen” role just as well as Campbell or Curtis. Expect great things to come from this young actress. And I’m not saying that because her aunt is Julia Roberts and her father is Eric Roberts. Refrain from accusations of Hollywood nepotism, if you please.Trust me…..after this performance…….she doesn’t need to ride their coattails.

Masters of the Universe Chronicles: Bios Discussion Round 3

 


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After the success of the last 2 bios discussion, Chris decided to go ahead and do a third one! Now its time for round 3 of our bios discussion with the classic contributors from the PopCultureNetwork.com.  Suine_hallock, Rob Base and Ryan Porter join Chris as they pick two bios each and we go over what we like, what we dont like and our thoughts on the figures. Poor James “Roboto” Garnhart was meant to join us but had audio problems.  Its left to Chris to read these and for which i totally apologise!  You will understand when you listen to it! Glad to have the PopCulture contributors on the show, the best of the best!!
If you want to get in touch with me, you can via different methods.  If you are on Skype my username is Vinto316.  I am on Facebook as is the Chronicles with www.facebook.com/mastersoftheuniversechronicles and if you want to email you can send me one – vintoman@popculturenetwork.com.  All the older episodes are available on www.masterspodcast.com!