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Heavy Metal, based on original works and stories from Heavy Metal Magazine: a Film Review

Synopsis:

The Loc-Nar has been released into the world and has let its evil leech into the universe. As we follow the stories of those it has touched the characters, events and styles change with the situation.

Will the Loc-Nar have its way and continue to pour its pure evil into the world or will it meet its end finally?

General Information

-Genre: Animated, Science-Fiction, Science- Fantasy, Adult Content

-Creator: based off of works and stories from Heavy Metal Magazine

-Length: 90 minutes

-Film Rating: R (For violence, sexual situations and imagery, weapons, death and violent injury, blood and gore)

-Where to watch: STARZ, DVD, Blue-ray, or check your local library for a copy!

-Main Cast: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, Don Francks, Martin Lavut, Marylin Lightstone, Eugene Levy, Alice Playten, Harold Remis, Susan Roman, Richard Romanus, August Shellenberg, Jon Vernon, Zal Yanovsky

-Page of Reference in RP1: 87

Review (contains spoilers):

This was super trippy but quite awesome! Gave me very Anamatrix vibes (we will be reviewing that one soon!) with all the stories tying back together but with all of them being written, created, and animated by different artists and creatives.

The overarching story was compelling but I was kind of thrown by just how adult a lot of the content was. I know it mentioned it at the beginning and it is rated R. I guess I was just thinking Princess Mononoke “R” not borderline pornography “R”.

Once I got past that it was a cool film. Definitely not for kids at all but from what I know about Heavy Metal magazine it seems to fit the theming really well. All the different art styles were cool. I love seeing how different animators see their style when given free reign. It makes me want to try and find some older copies of the magazine from the 1980s to see the stories this was based off of!

Overall, very cool and something I’ll probably watch again!

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Posted in Blog Posts, Read Me

Heavy Metal Magazine

Heavy Metal Issue 1 cover

Heavy Metal magazine is mentioned pretty early on in Ready Player One (page 82) and I knew I would be hard pressed to get a hold of any issues let alone all of them to read through so here is a little overview of what this magazine was all about.

Started in 1977, Heavy Metal is a science-fiction and fantasy based collection of comics and stories that was released monthly. Unlike the comic books of the time that were regulated by the Comics Code Authority, Heavy Metal allowed for adult and explicit content within its pages.

The magazine was originally an official licensed American version of the Parisian magazine Metal Hurlant which featured the same things that Heavy Metal continues to publish to this day. American audiences weren’t used to the more European pieces of art and the underground comix (small satirical and self published comics common in Europe). This became a way to introduce America to a variety of different media that they would t otherwise see on the news stands.

But it was definitely meant for adults. Often featuring explicit imagery and cartoons, Heavy Metal became known for its bright full-color and glossy pages filled with photography, comics and short stories which spawned two feature films one that followed various storylines from several issues connected by one theme and a second that was its own story.

There are also several video games based on the magazine and they now own their own podcast network! Every other week you can find the latest episode of Heavy Metal Magazine: The Podcast and well as the full production podcast WonderWerk wherever you listen to podcasts. Both feature stories from Heavy Metal magazines along with lots of fan based hilarity and passion.

There are a lot of other podcasts as well that the network hosts including Pumpkin Spice Podcast (a comedy horror podcast), Putting the Science in Science Fiction (explore the line where science and science-fiction collide with hosts Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney, aerospace engineer John Connelly, and Benjamin Dickow of Columbia Space Center talk to experts on the subject), and even The TV Show Show (all about pop culture and tv!).

I think it is amazing that Heavy Metal is still around today. It really bridges the gap of what is considered comic, art, or explicit content. The meshing of a lot of those things is what makes a lot of people really think. Plus a good science-fiction based comic is always good in my book.

Featuring different artists, styles, stories and media there is most likely something for everyone in the pages… but makes sure you are 18+ before venturing into the pages of this awesome and slightly trippy magazine or anything that is based on its content.

We here at Gunters, Games, and Gold are not responsible for anyone consuming content they are not ready for.

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If you want to purchase Heavy Metal Magazine you can at: Heavy Metal Magazine

If you want to listen to Heavy Metal: the Podcast or WonderWerk or any of the other podcasts on the Heavy Metal Podcast Network we recommend listening on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Sources for our information above:

Heavy Metal Article on Wikipedia (yes we do look at Wikipedia and it’s linked sources!)

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REPOST: Blade, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 1967 a woman is brought into the hospital after being attacked.  She is bleeding profusely from a neck wound and is revealed to be pregnant.  As the life begins to fade from her, her child is delivered and taken from her.

Thirty years later, a vampire hunter by the name of Blade, finds a supernatural rave called a BloodBath and proceeds to annihilate their ranks in search of the founder….a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost.  Finding only one of his right-hand men Blade is forced to leave the vampire behind when police arrive at the scene.  Knowing the being may not actually dead, Blade chooses to follow him to the hospital morgue where he is resurrected and kills the doctor there and nearly kills another.

Blade takes her to his cohort who attempts a risky and not always effective “cure” for her bite.  As she discovers the world is not what she believed it to be and Blade discovers there is some sort of vampire prophecy about revealing La Magra, the mother of vampires, everything may not be as it seems.  As they join together to attempt to fight the ranks of vampires swarming through L.A. they may not be enough to save the world from the fate awaiting them should Deacon Frost fulfill his mission of summoning the powers of La Magra.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from Blade, MARVEL Comics

-Length: 120 minutes

-Rating: R (for horror, extreme gore and violence, supernatural violence, moderate to severe profanity)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This was EXACTLY the type of movie I was looking for tonight.  Horror, superheroes, vampires…the supernatural.  I don’t know why I haven’t watched it before.  It’s got some of my favorite elements in it so far as films go.

The dynamic that is built between Blade and Karen as well as his relationship with Whistler feels complete and well balanced which is unique for a horror film.  Usually, the characters are all unfamiliar with each other or are all old pals.  Here we get a bit of each and both are handled very well.

We get a ton of action.  A great female lead.  Plenty of gore.  Superheroes that feel more like anti-heroes.  An awesome story filled with mythical prophasy and VAMPIRES.  A really terrible bad guy…who is truly a BAD guy first and a vampire second…which doesn’t always happen.

The action sequences are great.  The CGI is a bit outdated but that is to be expected for 1998.  The battles are well choreographed. The costumes and the sets fit that super dark aesthetic.  The writing is well done and doesn’t force too much information down the audience’s throat at once.

Just a genuinely good film that is definitely worth a watch if you like any of the following: superheroes, vampires, horror films or just a good action movie.  Do not watch if you don’t like gore.  Or needles…there are a lot of needles…

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Deadpool 2, based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Now working as a mercenary over the past two years things seem to be going in the right direction for Wade Wilson.  He’s back together with his fiancée, Vanessa…and they are talking about having kids!  But when he fails to kill a target on their anniversary, that target comes back with a vengeance.

When the dust settles there isn’t much left of the life Wade was building over the last few years.  No Vanessa.  No apartment.  No possessions to speak of save a Skee-Ball token (an anniversary gift) and his incredible healing abilities.

Taken in by the X-men after attempting to end his life, which he discovers is basically impossible due to his new mutation, Wade agrees to join up because he believes Vanessa would have wanted him to do good in the world.

When he and his new team- Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead respond to a standoff with an unstable young mutant, Firefist, at an “orphanage” Wade realizes there is more going on than meets the eye.

After being arrested and sent to the Ice Box Wade is determined to make things right, forming X-Force… but things are always more complicated than they seem.  And Wade is about to find that out firsthand.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Revenge Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld

-Length: 119 minutes

-Rating: R (for severe sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, mild use of alcohol and drug use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

And they knock it out of the park AGAIN!

I can’t really say more than I did for the last movie other than they just kept up all the fantastic parts that make Deadpool…well, Deadpool.

He and the X-Force are snarky and sarcastic.  Volatile and angry. 

And if you like the X-men we get to see some of the crew that aren’t widely used in the other films as well as some of the villains that aren’t seen as often outside of the comics.

Plus, Wade’s relationship with his blind elderly landlady/roommate is just GOLD.

If you love Deadpool you’ll love this film.

And once again… THIS IS NOT A MOVIE FOR KIDS!!!!!

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Deadpool, based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld: a Film Review

Synopsis:

Dishonorably discharged and out on the town, one Wade Wilson, meets a beautiful prostitute named Vanessa.  As the pair become romantically involved things lead to a proposal.  When she accepts the couple is insanely happy…that is until Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and leaves Vanessa without a word, hoping to protect her from watching him die.

Not long after Wade is recruited by a strange and mysterious group offering an experimental procedure which should cure his cancer.  He accepts hoping to return to the life he had with Vanessa.  Instead he is injected with a serum designed to awaken the X-gene…which is thought to be the cause of mutations like those seen in the X-men.

Subjected to days of stress and torture to trigger any latent mutation contained in his cells, Wade suffers for days until he is put into a hyberbaric chamber for a weekend…periodically being brought to the verge of asphyxiation throughout the days.  When his captors return they discover that Wade has indeed mutated but with some unwanted side effects.

While he can heal at a superhuman rate (effectively rendering him completely immortal) Wade is covered in burn like scars that can never heal…regardless of how his new mutation works.  After being left for dead in the lab Wade has only a few choices.  Try to live a life with Vanessa now that he is “cured” of his illness.

Or to seek revenge on those who have done him wrong…

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story, Revenge Story

-Creator: based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld

-Length: 108 minutes

-Rating: R (for severe sex and nudity, severe violence and gore, severe profanity, mild use of alcohol and drug use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is everything you could ask for in a Deadpool movie and more.  I know I should have included this in the X-men reviews because technically it is the 8th X-men film but come on.

Deadpool is and always will be his own thing in my mind.

If this is just the start of seeing him in the MCU I will take it. 

It is snarky, and violent…funny and just over the top.  It is so perfectly Deadpool from start to finish.  Plus as far as origin stories go its comprehensive and brash but not condescending.  You get everything that you need while still feeling like you are trapped in Deadpool’s head…which is absolutely perfect for a Superhero (anti-hero?) who continually breaks the fourth wall both in the film and in his comics.

Ryan Reynolds certainly redeemed himself with this one after the disaster that was Green Lantern… for that review click there.

Do remember though (and Reynolds has said it himself time and time again) this is NOT a movie for kids… just because its about superheroes doesn’t mean the VERY ADULT content is acceptable for kids.  Deadpool is so very much not a kids character.

So worth the watch if you are okay with gratuitous language, excessive violence and a character that is worth every single bit of all of that.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Blade, based on characters from MARVEL Comics: a Film Review

Synopsis:

In 1967 a woman is brought into the hospital after being attacked.  She is bleeding profusely from a neck wound and is revealed to be pregnant.  As the life begins to fade from her, her child is delivered and taken from her.

Thirty years later, a vampire hunter by the name of Blade, finds a supernatural rave called a BloodBath and proceeds to annihilate their ranks in search of the founder….a vampire by the name of Deacon Frost.  Finding only one of his right-hand men Blade is forced to leave the vampire behind when police arrive at the scene.  Knowing the being may not actually dead, Blade chooses to follow him to the hospital morgue where he is resurrected and kills the doctor there and nearly kills another.

Blade takes her to his cohort who attempts a risky and not always effective “cure” for her bite.  As she discovers the world is not what she believed it to be and Blade discovers there is some sort of vampire prophecy about revealing La Magra, the mother of vampires, everything may not be as it seems.  As they join together to attempt to fight the ranks of vampires swarming through L.A. they may not be enough to save the world from the fate awaiting them should Deacon Frost fulfill his mission of summoning the powers of La Magra.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Action Horror

-Creator: Based on characters from Blade, MARVEL Comics

-Length: 120 minutes

-Rating: R (for horror, extreme gore and violence, supernatural violence, moderate to severe profanity)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), iTunes (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This was EXACTLY the type of movie I was looking for tonight.  Horror, superheroes, vampires…the supernatural.  I don’t know why I haven’t watched it before.  It’s got some of my favorite elements in it so far as films go.

The dynamic that is built between Blade and Karen as well as his relationship with Whistler feels complete and well balanced which is unique for a horror film.  Usually, the characters are all unfamiliar with each other or are all old pals.  Here we get a bit of each and both are handled very well.

We get a ton of action.  A great female lead.  Plenty of gore.  Superheroes that feel more like anti-heroes.  An awesome story filled with mythical prophasy and VAMPIRES.  A really terrible bad guy…who is truly a BAD guy first and a vampire second…which doesn’t always happen.

The action sequences are great.  The CGI is a bit outdated but that is to be expected for 1998.  The battles are well choreographed. The costumes and the sets fit that super dark aesthetic.  The writing is well done and doesn’t force too much information down the audience’s throat at once.

Just a genuinely good film that is definitely worth a watch if you like any of the following: superheroes, vampires, horror films or just a good action movie.  Do not watch if you don’t like gore.  Or needles…there are a lot of needles…

Rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.