Ever wondered what ‘Die Hard’ would have been like if it was set in Disneyland? Well, thanks to recently published graphic novel ‘Ricky Rouse Has a Gun’, you no longer have to. Sorta.
This rip-roaring yarn is a deviant little book – in all the best ways. Jörg Tittel and John Aggs have crafted a satirical story with bite in it’s hero’s mousey teeth: not to mention gunfire and bloodshed in abundance. Despite its central character’s, erm, resemblance to a famous mouse, this is definitely not bedtime reading for kids.
So, what’s the story? Down-on-his-luck soldier Rick is lying low in Shanghai when he crosses paths with Hucheng, an entrepreneur who owns a Chinese theme park that is decidedly similar to the US’s most culturally significant amusement parks. Out of the job and desperate to support his estranged daughter, Rick becomes ‘Ricky Rouse’ and joins the park’s existing staff, all of whom are versions of some of the world’s most familiar fictional characters.
However, when a rogue band of costumed creeps take the theme park hostage on Christmas Day, Ricky Rouse has to come to the aid of both its patrons and his visiting family. Cue bullets and ultra-violence – happy Christmas!
As well as sly political undertones regarding Western-Chinese relations, the commentary on attitudes to political property is defiantly on-the-nose. Above all though, it’s a fun romp with a wicked streak of anarchic humour, Tittel’s snarky dialogue backed up by Aggs’s blood-soaked, rampaging visuals.
Published by SelfMadeHero, ‘Ricky Rouse Has a Gun’ is available now – and just waiting to give you a good time.
Okay, so Gareth Edwards may not be behind the camera (he was a wee bit busy wrangling that Godzilla fella), but a sequel to the director’s monstrous indie hit is very much welcome – and here’s a trailer to get us rubbing our slimy tentacles together in anticipation.
‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ is directed by Tom Green and looks like ‘The Hurt Locker’ spliced with a B-movie of epic proportions – but don’t take my word for it, simply press play…
It’s finally here.
After paying my respects a year ago, upon the announcement it was being staked in the heart, it’s time for UK fangbangers to take their final sip of ‘True Blood’.
Of course, there may be those of you not tuned in to FOX who’re up to date with our US cousins who bit into the finale a couple of weeks ago – but, rather than spoiling the ending for us pitiful TV viewers, why not join us in celebrating the legacy of Sookie, Bill, Eric, Pam, and the residents of Bon Temps with one last trip down the bloody bayou?
After a bit of a dip around the Season Four mark, HBO’s vamp drama embraced its crazy, ridiculous and kinky nature to romp towards the finishing line like Jason Stackhouse on V. The final season may have given short shrift to some key characters (Sam, Tara, Alcide) but I have every faith tonight’s sign-off will celebrate the show’s wicked ways at the same time as providing closure for the Sookie/Bill shippers out there.
So, it’s hump day. And this is my 200th post.
Raise a glass, yah?
It always seems like the hot literary properties David Fincher turns his directorial talents to have a habit of passing me by.
‘Fight Club’ was my introduction to the world of the crazy-good Chuck Palahniuk in 1999, and it wasn’t too far back that his spin on Lizzy Salander (expertly played by Rooney Mara) gave Stieg Larrson’s bestseller ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ a Hollywood remake that was, in true Fincher style, pitch black un-Hollywood.
His next movie turns to a similarly much-loved novel with a titular ‘Girl’ – and, similarly, I seem to be the only person who has access to Amazon/Waterstones who hasn’t read it. Gillian Flynn’s page-turner is a keep-you-guessing thriller that promises to mess with the reader’s mind – apparently, anyway, or that’s what all my friends who keep a commute-ready copy in their bag tell me.
With Fincher involved, plus an intriguing cast led by Batman Ben Affleck, Brit babe Rosamund Pike in what promises to be her true Hollywood breakout and Neil Patrick Harris swapping Broadway and sitcoms to give good creep, I am IN. But maybe I’ll read the book first before anyone can spoil the ending – who wants to lend me a copy? Anyone?
Slinkies, Swatch watches, vintage Madonna, ‘The Goonies’… the ’80s were pretty ace, TBF (as a 1986 baby, I have some worthy credentials there even if I was more of a ’90s geek kid).
Client is one musical act that sound like they refuse to believe it’s 2014. The female indie duo have ridden a wave of ’80s nostalgia on past albums, and continue to do so on new record ‘Authority’. It’s a throwback for sure, so your enjoyment will depend on your familiarity and enjoyment of acts like The Human League and Depeche Mode, but check out my review and the vid for single ‘Refuge’ to make your own mind up.
2010’s ‘Kaboom’ was a riot but director Gregg Araki has been on the down-low since. Therefore, fans of the indie auteur’s movies will snuggle up tightly to the new trailer for ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’, which promises a return to the moody and possibly award-baiting drama he delivered with ‘Mysterious Skin’.
Shailene Woodley stars as an ’80s teen whose mother (Eva Green, in what promises to be another bewilderingly magnetic turn) suddenly disappears. Soundtrack may be one to add to the wishlist, too.
Check out the trailer below:
It’s a great cause, but I just couldn’t resist…
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it’s a super-frickin’ awesome Superman poster courtesy of the very talented Brian C. Roll (he of the genre art haven that is Odyssey Art).
Remember my post a couple of weeks back? Well, the superman behind art prints celebrating genre icons from Sherlock to Buffy, Marty McFly to Miss Piggy has been kind enough to donate a 24”x 36” Superman ‘Go Forward’ poster to one lucky winner who enters the latest Nice to Geek You giveaway.
So, what do you have to do?
1) Head over to Twitter and follow @nicetogeekyou and @OdysseyArtTorch.
2) Retweet any one of the daily Tweets I’ll be sending out via the NTGY Twitter between now and the giveaway end date on Friday 29th August 2014.
Now, ‘go forward’ and good luck!
Prize Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Prize giveaway open to anyone in the UK and US aged 18 or over. Entry closes 11:59pm on 29/08/2014. One winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly thereafter via Twitter, whereupon a postal address for delivery of prize will be requested. Entry method as described above: to be considered eligible, you must follow @nicetogeekyou and @OdysseyArtTorch on Twitter and have retweeted at least one of the daily @nicetogeekyou tweets promoting the giveaway. The prize is as stated, with no alternative offered unless the advertised prize becomes unavailable. If a response is not received from the selected winner within 7 days, that winner will effectively forfeit his/her prize and another winner will be selected in his/her place. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.
New Cronenberg alert! And if ‘A Dangerous Method’ left you cold and ‘Cosmopolis’ had you scratching your head, maybe the creepy intrigue of the new ‘Maps to the Stars’ trailer will have you on board.
With a stellar cast, headed by the one-two girl power punch of Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska, and rave reviews already from critics, this could be real star quality. What do you think, guyz girlz ‘n geekz?