This Is The End – a review

First off… This is an ADULT film with ADULT humor (and most of it is vulgar).  It’s not one for the kids regardless of how many times they say that Hiccup is in it. It’s not one for those easily offended.  This Is The End features an all-star comedy cast; James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, among others.  The unique angle is that they all play themselves.

Those who follow me know that I’ve had a rough month so far.  AC in the house died; hot water heater blew up, car died, cable went out, all kinds of bad things have been going on.  You could say I’ve been having a bad day.  I really needed to hit my local movie theater, Carmike Oaks 7 in Batesville, Arkansas, and watch a good comedy to lighten my mood.  This Is The End most certainly delivered.  The short of it; I loved it, go see it.  The long of it; read on…

As the tale unfolds we learn that Jay and Seth have been long time friends since childhood and grew up in Canada.  Seth moved to the States and made it big in Hollywood and made lots of Hollywood friends.  He and Jay tried to keep in touch over the years, but each got busy with their own careers.  This is actually not far from the truth as Seth explained to SiriusXM Radio Host Howard Stern this past Monday.

Jay arrives in Hollywood, hangs out with Seth, and head over to James Franco’s house to really party.  The Party features even more actors and comedians playing themselves (yes, yes, we all understand that they are all playing a character of themselves, over-the-top if you will).  Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Michael Cera, and several others all seem to be in the good graces of James Franco.


Then all Hell breaks loose, literally.  I don’t want to spill any spoilers about what is to come, but suffice it to say this is perhaps one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in the past few years.

As I mentioned this movie is full of adult content.  Sexual jokes, brief nudity, lots of drug use and reference, it’s just not something I would take a kid to go see.   That aside, I loved it.  I think most readers of this site would find it right up their alley as well.

This week we also have Man of Steel due out.  You may be hesitant to spend your hard earned cash on two movies.  I would say… Indulge yourself.  On this day give yourself a little present and go catch a double feature.  This Is The End is by far super funny and is very much well worth it.  I would almost venture to say that if it had come out on any other given weekend, it very well could have been the top selling movie.

I might just go see it again, it was that entertaining.  I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of fun.

I give it 4 out of 5.

Who knew the Apocalypse could be so funny?

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D&D Encounters: Search for the Diamond Staff

Get ready to traverse the Dalelands for an artifact with the power to unlock the mysteries of an ancient elven civilization in Search for the Diamond Staff, the newest season of D&D Encounters beginning June 12.


The Diamond Staff of Chomylla, an artifact with the power to unlock the mysteries of an ancient elven civilization, has at long last been found. When orcs steal the staff, though, it’s up to a group of heroes to stop them. Why orcs should want the staff is anyone’s guess, and the quest to find the truth might well lead the adventurers across the Dalelands and into the depths of the lost library-vaults of Uvaeren.

Search for the Diamond Staff takes characters from levels 4-6. This season also includes an optional online component, which allows players and Dungeon Masters to convert the adventure to the D&D Next playtest.

Adventurers will also have the opportunity to play in a multi-table roleplaying event during Vault of the Dracolich Game Day on June 15.  This annual event, which takes place at Wizards Play Network locations in over 40 countries, is a celebration of Dungeons & Dragons and a way for local communities to get together and play one of the latest releases.

For more information on D&D Encounters and D&D Game Day or to find a participating hobby store near you, visit And be sure to follow D&D on Facebook and Twitter.

D&D Encounters is an exciting, weekly campaign that plays out one epic encounter at a time. As you defeat enemies, solve puzzles, finish quests, and perform heroic deeds, you’ll earn Renown Points that you can use to get exclusive rewards. Each session only takes 1-2 hours to play, so it’s easy to fit your game in after school or work. And each week there’s a new and exciting challenge. Jump in anytime!

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The Purge – Movie Discussion

I find myself sitting in my local movie theater and tonight’s movie is The Purge.

You’ve seen the preview.  Crime and unemployment are at an all-time low.  The government has sanctioned an annual 12 hour time frame called ‘The Purge’ in which any crime is legal and will go unpunished.

While the concept is extreme, sometimes you simply have to go into a movie with an extreme suspension of disbelief.  Think about the first time you saw Ghostbusters, Joe Verses the Volcano, or Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  Could the elements in those movies actually happen?  Have they ever actually happened?  Probably not and No.  They all require a fair amount of suspension of disbelief.

The Purge is such a film.  Could we really ever live in a world that was 99% crimeless and where 99% of us were employed?  Of course not.  Would we really ever get to a point where we all could bottle up our anger and save it for just one small 12 hour period?  I very much doubt that (and by me saying that I am in no way admitting to any crimes – just so you understand that).

SO.. Let’s go ahead and get that out of the way now.  If you are avoiding this movie because of its concept, let go of that thought.  Sometimes you do have to let go, take a chance, roll the dice, and just have fun.

What’s fun about a film that depicts a night where any crime goes?   Yes, yes, the actions themselves are horrible to ponder, but leave that; this is just a movie.  Keep that thought in mind but also try to relate with the main characters.  That’s where this movie shines.

Put yourself into the shoes of the family in their home.  They don’t want to hurt anyone let alone kill anyone.  But what would happen when someone seeming innocent needs help?  Would you turn your head and let them suffer, knowing you could have tried to save them?  Or would you help them?

The fun is in letting your mind go for a while and consider what you would do in that situation.  I approach most zombie flicks in the same way; and much in that way The Purge reminded me of that.  It’s a movie about survival.  Who will be your enemies, who will be your allies?

The concept within the movie has been around for literal years; The Lottery by Shirley Jackson comes to mind as does an episode of Star Trek (The Return of the Archons).  That’s not to say that The Purge is unoriginal, it absolutely is original; I’m just explaining that the theme is one that may not be as far-fetched as it appears.

If I haven’t stressed this enough, just go watch the movie with the mindset of simple enjoyment.  Avoid trying to explain why it could or could not happen and just enjoy it.

We give it 3 out of 5.

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Max Bemis’ comic Polarity

Have you ever read a comic where you can actually watch the Superhero go from regular person to Superhero status?  Yeah, you may know the story; Spiderman, Superman, Batman, and the like, but have you ever been able to go back and read the very first issues without knowing what was going to happen next and be able to take the journey right alongside them?

How about watching the regular person turn into a Villain?

What about getting in on the comic so early that you really have no way of knowing which path this regular person is going to take as he discovers his powers?

All of that is a rare thing to be able to do these days.  Comics today, in general, don’t do very well in the mass market unless it has a multi-million dollar movie attached to it.  Years ago, think mid-70’s here, comic books were the thing to spend your loose change on.  Even into the mid-80’s  comics were going very strong, but it was the beginning of the decline for the smaller press publications.

It is a smaller press publication that I want to talk about today; Boom! Studios.

Don’t get me wrong, they are by no means unheard of.  They have, after all, published such comics as Adventure Time, Garfield, Hellraiser, Planet of the Apes, 28 Days Later, among others.  They also are the ones to publish Polarity.


Polarity is going up in value!  It’s only been out for a few months and already issue #1 is going for about $80 bucks!  Albeit that’s for the limited edition cover version, but still that’s pretty damn good considering it’s only been out for a few months and was $3.99 to start with!

What makes it so collectible?

For one, it’s written by Max Bemis.  Yeah, that’s right, Max Bemis.  The frontman for the band Say Anything (which is a cool element as Max already has some built in followers – which pretty much guarantees sales of the comic).

For two, Boom! Studios has great marketing for their comics and almost always produce variant covers for each issue, and in some cases they make some very limited edition covers.

For three, Jorge Coelho does the artwork.  I say that as though I am knowledgeable about this guy, but really I’m not.  He’s damn good, I can tell you that.  I just don’t know much else about him except that he is not the basketball player of the same name from Portugal.  Though he is from Portugal.

For Four, it’s limited to 4 issues.


Enough banter!  What’s Polarity all about?

Directly from Boom!’s website:

Timothy Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art — better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Timothy discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn’t just been subduing depression and uncontrollable mania…it’s been suppressing his super powers! Now it’s time for Timothy to stand up to his disease alongside an onslaught of wretched human villainy as he finally finds his place in the world. Each issue comes with a free download for a new original song written and performed by Max Bemis!”

Fans of Say Anything can also find a few Easter Eggs within the pages of Polarity as well.  That’s not to say that the comic is a direct read along to Say Anything’s songs, it’s not.  There are similar themes that run throughout both the songs and the comic, however.

Variant cover art is probably what makes this most fun (well aside from the story within).

Issue 1 of Polarity came out in April and has 3 variant covers and 1 second edition printing.

Issue 2 of Polarity came out in May and has 2 variant covers.

Issue 3 of Polarity came out in June and has 2 variant covers.

Issue 4 of Polarity is due out in July and will have 2 variant covers.

Those are just the variant covers from Boom!  Hastings has exclusive variant covers, there is a 1st print Special Edition variant (both in full color and in black and white), Retailer Incentive variants (also known as Virgin Variants – they show just the artwork on the cover and have no text to indicate what it is), it’s insane how many variants there are for a 4 issue comic!

I was given Issues 1 and 2 by a friend who told me that these would be right up my alley.  He was 100% correct, I love em!  And now like the manic obsessive person I am, I must own all variants of this comic (gee.. thanks Charles).

Head out to your local Comic Shop today (always support your local place first), and if they don’t have it, good luck, it’s selling fast everywhere!

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Magic the Gathering eBook: Dragon’s Maze: The Secretist, Part Three

Dragon’s Maze: The Secretist, Part Three

A Planeswalker Novella

Ravnica’s 10 guilds are poised to run the Implicit Maze and unlock the power at its heart.

Stitched into the fabric of Ravnica’s vast metropolis, the maze is the legacy of an ancient guildmaster, and the dragon Niv-Mizzet craves the advantages it could mean for his guild. The goal is obvious: Discover the secret route and complete the maze. But the bickering guilds will never cooperate, and each sends its own champion to claim the prize.

But Jace Beleren believes that the guilds are being tested. The maze hides some deeper truth, and Jace knows that the power balance of Ravnica – and the lives of its denizens – are at stake. Jace’s potential allies have been captured, disgraced, or turned against him. Can he discover the truth behind the maze, while navigating the labyrinth of powerbrokers and conspiracies surrounding it, before the dragon can? Or will dark forces claim its deadly power for themselves?

– Description of Dragon’s Maze: The Secretist, Part Three

Jace Belerin’s quest to discover what is behind all of the strange happenings in the most revered plane in the Multiverse is coming to a close, with Ravnica’s 10 guilds poised to run the Implicit Maze and unlock the power at its heart.

Today, Wizards of the Coast released Dragon’s Maze: The Secretist, Part Three, the third and final e-book in a three part series in the form of a novella, written by Doug Beyer, writer and creative designer on the Magic: The Gathering R&D team.

Dragon’s Maze: The Secretist, Part Three is available beginning today in the U.S. and Canada for $1.99 at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo.

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