Friday, March 23, 2018

Full 'Deadpool 2' trailer 'lives up to the hype' (review/breakdown)

Now this is more like it! The second trailer of the “Deadpool” sequel has the irreverent sense of humor and filthy language I’ve been expecting.

Although I gotta say the "Gettin' Wet on Wet with Deadpool 2" teaser (aka Deadpool vamping on artist Bob Ross, you know the dude with the red afro!) – reviewed here at Cary's Comics Craze – is hysterical. But I'm talking a trailer with movie footage. ...! 
And here of course is another not-patented, Cary’s Comics Craze nearly second-by-second breakdown of this 2:31 of pure fangasm enjoyment:

0:00-0:15 – Leave it to the “Deadpool” sequel to have the second trailer start with such a lovely song like “I’m All Out of Love” – just before all the you-know-what hits the fan. And the fun begins!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Diamond Dogs David Bowie tribute band rocks House of Blues (review)

CLEVELAND — In less than a month, this lifelong Bowiehead had the chance to see two David Bowie tribute concerts. And they couldn’t have been any more different, but that’s a good thing.
This is part of the promotional images used by the Diamond Dogs tribute band used to promote
its recent House of Blues, Cleveland, concert.
On Friday, I went with two good friends, Rob and Nancy Smith, to take in the Diamond Dogs concert at the House of Blues in Cleveland. The Cleveland-based, four-piece Diamond Dogs band is fronted by singer Rich Kline and the group has been performing since 2003.

Kline, a self-declared Bowie impersonator, did three wardrobe changes during the roughly 90-minute show that mostly featured hits. He wore a red, mullet-style wig and two costumes in the set that focused on Ziggy Stardust, the alien persona that the late Bowie created and embodied on stage and even in interviews.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

'Celebrating David Bowie' concert features tight band, great vocalists (review)

“It takes a village to play David’s music.” – pianist Mike Garson 

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Celebrating David Bowie concert Monday night at the Royal Oak Music Theatre was an event I had been looking forward to for weeks. The concert didn’t just live up to my expectations; it far exceeded them.

The band was tight. And this was no house band, no tribute or cover band; this group consisted of musicians who recorded and toured with the late David Bowie. And had done so multiple times.

Even the four performers who didn’t have a direct Bowie affiliation were stellar. Singers Bernard Fowler, Gaby Moreno and Joe Summer and the drummer, Earl Slick’s son, are fine, fine performers. 

As Garson told the crowd late in the concert, “it takes a village to play David’s music.” And that was evident from the fact that Bowie’s band members used three vocalists – a charismatic black man, a tiny woman with huge pipes and a white dude the crowd later learned is Sting’s son, all of whom have big, powerful and expressive voices – to emulate the Thin White Duke himself. Slick Jr. (as I called him) produced the biggest sound from a five-piece drumset that could be imagined.

Let’s talk about the band itself – full of what I have said was always Bowie’s secret weapon – extremely talented musicians. It’s a who’s who of DB all-stars: Garson, lead guitarist Earl Slick, guitarists Gerry Leonard and Mark Plati with bassist Carmine Rojas. Any Bowiehead will know these cats’ credentials, so there’s no need to list them here.

Regardless, these guys are the real deal. Combine their instrumental expertise with the vocal power of Fowler, Moreno and Summer plus Slick Jr.’s strong drumming and you’ve got a tight powerhouse band that knows how to groove.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

'Tales of the Batman: Tim Sale' is must-buy, must-read trade paperback (review/retro-review)

My sister is right; I should stay away from my nearest Ollie’s Outlet store. Not just because she’s discovered an inexpensive goldmine to buy me Christmas gifts, but also because the one in Sandusky has a treasure trove of ridiculously cheap trade paperbacks and since making that discovery, I have walked out with purchases each time.

It’s hard to pass up DC Comics trades that are $2.99 and $3.99. And somewhat like the BATMAN: GORDON OF GOTHAM collection, I have nearly all the issues in TALES OF THE BATMAN: TIM SALE, but I bought it anyway. Another similarity to GORDON OF GOTHAM is those same issues drawn by Sale are filed away in my comic book collection – alphabetically, of course – and I haven’t read them in years. And I again didn't realize how damn good these stories are and well they have aged.

Friday, February 16, 2018

'Jessica Jones' Season 2 trailer had me at 'Barracuda'

There are those songs — that no matter how many times you hear it — you have to crank it up whenever you hear it on the radio. Or your earbuds. Whatever. It's a generational thing ...

In the case of the trailer for the second season of "Jessica Jones," Marvel Studios and Netflix had me at "Barracuda." The rockin' Heart tune, arguably, the Wilson sisters' best song in their great catalog, kicks in at the eight-second mark. And like I said, I was all in at that point.

Of course, the subdued sultriness of actress Krysten Ritter never hurts.

A cynic might say the footage looks like a repeat of what we saw in Season 1. And I get that; there's Jessica drinking alone in a bar (0:47-51), she's taking photos of people she's tracking down (0:16), she's throwing people through glass doors (0:23-24) and saving someone from a burning building (0:39 — albeit probably reluctantly, knowing her) but ... "Barracuda"! Seriously though, the straight-ahead, no-holds-barred tune is a perfect match for Jessica Jones. She kicks ass — but without taking names.

Monday, February 12, 2018

'Deadpool' teaser trailer featuring Cable: Where's the humor? (review/breakdown)

The first 25 seconds of the teaser trailer for what's being called the "Untitled Deadpool Sequel" is just the usual action-movie drivel. Thanks to the voice-over by Cable (Josh Brolin), we learn he's been "born into war."

Blah, blah, blah ... BO-ring!

Then at the 28-second mark, there's a hope of the breaking-the-fourth-wall humor we're used to hearing from Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds' Merc with the Mouth complains about Cable's right forearm still having the green-screen effect and not getting the final special effects.

For the next 12 or seconds, Deadpool rants and even throws DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. under the bus about its reportedly poor handling of CG'ing out Henry Cavill's "Mission: Impossible" mustache from the "Justice League" rehsoots. For the record, I have no clue why fans and critics didn't enjoy that film; haters are gonna hate, as the cliché goes ...

Sunday, February 11, 2018

'Gordon of Gotham' trade paperback features all-star creative teams (review/retro-review)

How can you pass up buying a trade paperback featuring work by some of the greatest writers and artists in the last 40 years when it’s only $3.99?

Well, I certainly couldn’t do that to the GORDON OF GOTHAM trade – even if I had bought the individual issues when they originally were released. And I always am a near-sucker for themed trades, whether it’s a DC or Marvel publication.

The 2014 collection contains three, four-issue DC limited series published from 1996 through 1998: GORDON’S LAW, GCPD: GOTHAM CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT and GORDON OF GOTHAM. They ran under the Batman banner, but the Dark Knight hardly even makes cameos in each series, especially the first two. The three series focus on Commissioner Jim Gordon and his underappreciated police officers.

And I’m not kidding about the all-star creative teams! None of these modern legends need any introductions. Chuck Dixon wrote GORDON’S LAW and GCPD while Dennis O’Neil is the scribe for GORDON OF GOTHAM. Klaus Janson pencilled and inked GORDON’S LAW. Bill Sienkiewicz inked the late Jim Aparo’s GCPD pencils. GORDON OF GOTHAM features Janson inking the late Dick Giordano’s art.