Friday, July 17, 2009

TGIF: Coraline and More

Here are five things that I was excited about this week!
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1. Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern - The fanboys were going to get upset no matter who was chosen for the role of Hal Jordan, but let's face it: Hal Jordan's the typical boy next door type, so really anyone could have filled his shoes. Except maybe Justin Timberlake. Not sure why he was a top contender... I was kind of crossing my fingers for Bradley Cooper, but Ryan Reynolds, despite being tied to Deadpool, is a fine choice. A good leading man to make the film a success. He's certainly got the body to fill out the suit...
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2. New Craig Yoe imprint at IDW - IDW Publishing announced that Craig Yoe (Modern Arf) will have his own imprint of books beginning this Fall. The first book due out is The Art of Ditko, featuring full-color original art by Steve Ditko with essays galore. Next from Yoe we will see The Complete Milt Gross Life Story and Comics, featuring a complete biography of Gross, as well as every comic put out by the artist.
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3. Watchmen on DVD - I really enjoyed this movie, so it's DVD release is certainly cause for excitement, even if it didn't meet box office expectations. The only problem with this release is that the Director's Cut won't be out until December, and as I'm not going to have two Watchmen DVDs in my house, I'll have to wait to own a movie I enjoy...but I am certainly looking forward to another viewing
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4. Entire Criterion Collection 50% at Barnes & Noble - Criterion puts out beautifully-packaged DVDs for films that really deserve the treatment, many of which would probably never make it to DVD normally. You can get Akira Kirosawa, Cinema Paradiso, and familiar films like The Ice Storm and The Royal Tenenbaums through Criterion. They are usually pretty expensive since they're such deluxe presentations of mostly obscure (but important) films, but this sale makes them more affordable than most DVDs. Buy them half price in stores and on-line for the next week and a half (and members save an extra 10% on top of the sale).
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5. Coraline on DVD - I haven't even seen the movie, but I'm really looking forward to renting Coraline, as it's from the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick) and more importantly, it's adapted from the magical story by Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame), who wrote the excellent, recent Newberry Award-winning novel The Graveyard Book.

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