Showing posts from February, 2007

New Releases 2/27 - 3/2

DVD Releases (Tues, 2/27)
Conversations With God
Filmation's Ghostbusters: The Animated Series (Volume One)
A Good Year
The Return
Stranger Than Fiction
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny

Previous Week:
IMDb Top DVD Rental: The Departed
Billboard Top DVD Sales: Cinderella III: A Twist In Time
My Barnes & Noble #1: The Secret

Music Releases (Tues, 2/27)
Hanson - Walk
John Denver - The Essential John Denver
Matt Wertz - Everything In Between
Otis Taylor - Definition of a Circle

Previous Week:
Billboard Top 200 #1: Norah Jones - Not Too Late

Comic Releases (Wed, 2/28)
Comics Journal #281
Essential Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man (Volume 3)
Exiles (Volume 14): New Exiles
Firestorm the Nuclear Man: Reborn TP
Jack of Fables (Volume 1): The Nearly Great Escape
Love Roma (Volume 5)
New Avengers (Volume 5): Civil War Premiere HC
Showcase Presents: Green Lantern (Volume 2)
Spider-Woman: Origin TP

Theatrical Releases (Fri, 3/2)
Black Snake Moan
Wild Hogs

Previous Week #1: Ghost Rider

New Releases 2/20 - 2/23

Sorry - Manga Monday will be postponed again since I'm only halfway through Until the Full Moon. It's much harder to keep up with this while holding down a full-time job than I'd imagined. Anyway, here are this week's entertainment release highlights...

DVD Releases (Tues, 2/20)
Family Ties: Season One
Flushed Away
Man of the Year
The Prestige
Shut Up & Sing

Previous Week:
IMDb Top DVD Rental: Flags of Our Fathers
Billboard Top DVD Sales: Open Season
My Barnes & Noble #1: The Secret

Music Releases (Tues, 2/20)
The Ataris - Welcome the Night
Erasure - One the Road To Nashville
Kidz Bop 11

Previous Week:
Billboard Top 200 #1: Fall Out Boy - Infinity On High
My Barnes & Noble #1: Norah Jones - Not Too Late

Comic Releases (Wed, 2/21)
Annihilation (Book 1) HC
Birds of Prey: Perfect Pitch TP
Catwoman: The Replacements TP
Checkmate (Volume 1): A King's Game
Drifting Classroom (Volume 4)
Justice (Volume 2) HC
Kamandi Archives (Volume 2) HC
Legion of Monsters: Werewolf by Night #1

Music Review: Alright, Still

Lily Allen

Coming out of nowhere with a fresh sound and a killer British accent is Lily Allen, whose debut CD came out a few weeks back with impressive results. It's hard to describe what kind of music Lily Allen does - maybe that's why when I uploaded the CD onto I-Tunes for my I-Pod, it contained the first tracks I'd seen labeled as "Undefinable" for its classification. But if I had to describe it, I would say that it seems to be a blend of R&B, rock and techno. I feel like it's what Gwen Stefani's been trying to reach with her solo efforts, but hasn't quite found. Lily Allen is a true pioneer with her sound. Some of the sounds may be a bit obnoxious and in-your-face upon first hearing the tracks (particularly with Knock 'Em Out), but I'll be damned if they don't worm their way into your skull until they become some of the funnest, contagious sounds you'll ever experience. The first single off of Alright, Still is Smile, whi…

New Releases 2/13 - 2/16

Here are this week's entertainment release highlights...

DVD Releases (Tues, 2/13)
Beauty & the Beast: Season 1
The Departed
Golden Girls: Season 7
Half Nelson
Marie Antoinette
School For Scoundrels
The U.S. vs. John Lennon

Previous Week:
IMDb Top DVD Rental: The Marine
Billboard Top DVD Sales: Saw III
My Barnes & Noble #1: The Secret

Music Releases (Tues, 2/13)
Bridge To Terabithia O.S.T.
Music & Lyric O.S.T.
Van Morrison - Van Morrison At the Movies
Lucinda Williams - West

Previous Week:
Billboard Top 200 #1: Norah Jones - Not Too Late
My Barnes & Noble #1: Norah Jones - Not Too Late

Comic Releases (Wed, 2/14)
Excalibur Classic (Volume 3): Crosstime Caper Book One
Franklin Richards Lab Brat Digest TP
Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: Brick Stuffed With Moombins
Little Lulu (Volume 14): Queen Lulu
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (Volume 1): This Is What They Want TP
Showcase Presents Aquaman (Volume 1)
Spider-Man: Death of the Stacys Premiere HC

Theatrical Releases (Fri, 2/16)
Bridge To Ter…

Manga Monday 25: Tanpenshu

Tanpenshu (Volume 1)
Hiroki Endo
Tanpenshu is the first of two books from the very talented Hiroki Endo, who's best known for his sci-fi epic Eden: It's An Endless World! This a collection of short stories that occur in the real world, and as such, Endo proves his mastery over the medium with the diversity of his storytelling skills in this fantastic first volume. I was blown away by the depth and characterization that Endo was able to establish in such short numbers while maintaining that level of quality art that any fan of Eden has become familiar with. The first story contained within examines a blooming friendship between a disfigured girl and a yazuka outcast, and though it was my least favorite of the stories, it served as a great introduction to the volume. The other two stories, Because You're Definitely a Cute Girl (about a very disturbed high schooler) and For Those of Us Who Don't Believe In God (about the relationships of a theater troupe) were pretty muc…

Athena Voltaire: The Collected Webcomics

Paul Daly & Steve Bryant

Before Athena Voltaire: Flight of the Falcon, Athena Voltaire starred in her own comic strip on-line that appeared more or less weekly at Garnering plenty of critical acclaim and nominated for an Eisner Award, the strip eventually caught the attention of publishers excited to print new material from the creators (Speakeasy, followed by Ape Entertainment) and the rest is history. Athena Voltaire emulates a 1930's adventure strip, and stars an aviatrix who has a knack for finding trouble. The two stories included in this collection, The Terror in Tibet and The Wrath From the Tomb, are the earliest adventures of the title character, introducing readers to Athena's world and vast cast of supporting characters. As her earliest adventures, the art from Steve Bryant isn't up to the standards of the gorgeous work that appears in Flight of the Falcon, but there are glimmers of greatness here and there amid artwork that's over…

New Releases 2/06 - 2/09

Here are this week's entertainment release highlights...

DVD Releases (Tues, 2/06)
Baywatch: Season 3
Charmed: Season 7
Cinderella III: A Twist In Time
Flags of Our Fathers
The Grudge 2
Hellboy: Sword of Storms
Mad About You: Season 3
Running With Scissors
The Science of Sleep

Previous Week:
IMDb Top DVD Rental: Saw III
Billboard Top DVD Sales: Gridiron Gang

Music Releases (Tues, 2/06)
Barenaked Ladies - Barenaked Ladies Are Men
Bloc Party - A Weekend In the City
Belinda Carlisle - Voila
Fallout Boy - Infinity On High
Patty Griffin - Children Running Through
Rickie Lee Jones - The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard
Sondre Lerche - Phantom Punch
Jordan Pruitt - No Ordinary Girl
Ashley Tinsdale - Headstrong

Previous Week:
Billboard Top 200 #1: Pretty Ricky - Late Night Special

Comic Releases (Wed, 2/07)
Absolute Boyfriend (Volume 3)
Batman: Year One Deluxe SC
Claymore (Volume 6)
Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born #1 (of 7)
DMZ (Volume 2): Body of a Journalist
Eden: It's An Endless World! (Volume 6)

Manga Monday 24: Mushishi

Mushishi (Volume 1)Yuki Urushibara
Mushishi is a book that seems to have a few people excited in the manga realm. This series comes from a new young cartoonist and has garnered quite a bit of acclaim, at the same time that it's branching out into other multimedia areas like anime. The first volume of this manga has just been released by Del Ray to American audiences in a pretty little package. The story follows a mysterious young man, a mushishi named Ginko, who travels to expand his knowledge and help people with problems that involve magical creatures called mushi. He's kind of like a shaman of sorts. Now, I went into this book without having any prior knowledge of the premise and was a little out-of-sorts, as I didn't realize where the focus of the story would lie, let alone what the heck was going on. As a series of short stories, Mushishi opens with a young man (Shinra) who has the ability to draw anything he wishes into being with his left hand, no matter how fantasti…

Mouse Guard

David Petersen

Archaia Studios Press' first mini-series of David Petersen's Mouse Guard concluded a few weeks ago, with a hardcover collection entitled Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 scheduled for release in a few months' time, with the sequel mini-series Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 not far behind. The title has garnered quite a bit of praise, if not a faithful following, and deservedly so. This is a really good mini-series. And it features cute little mice with cute little swords! But truly, David Petersen does a stellar job of transferring his world to the page with vivid colors, beautiful drawings and great character designs. I've said this before, but Petersen also demonstrates a mastery of cartooning via the expressions of his characters, whose eyes are pretty much the sole vehicle at conveying emotion. The characters aren't exactly flushed out in this straight-forward story, but you can't help but getting attached nonetheless as the story progresses. In this s…

In Passing...Fables to X-Factor

And I'm now caught up on last week's floppies...

Fables #57 Bill Willingham & Michael Allred . The latest Fables sees Bigby and Snow going on a visit to see Bigby's father, The North Wind, with their troop of wolf cubs. Nothing particularly interesting occurs, but this issue does contain guest pencils from the hand of Mike Allred, who does a stellar job of it. B . X-Factor #15 Peter David & Pablo Raimondi . While Jamie Madrox is captured/brainwashed by Hydra, Siryn and Monet have a little incident in Paris, that latter story of which was more exciting. Jamie's quest to reclaim his dupes is an interesting one, but I hope something occurs in this book to bring it back to the glory of its early issues. The storylines lately have been a tad dull. C+ . Eternals #6 (of 7) Neil Gaiman & John Romita Jr. . The Eternals come together to try and stop the sleeping Celestial from...well, awakening. This is a pretty odd series, but it's fun in a way with some really nice Romita Jr…