Flame Con 2017

Article and photos by Stephen M

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


As a New Yorker, I still remember that horrible day.  I was actually in-between jobs, job searching on the computer while listening to the news.  And then suddenly news of the attack started pouring in.  When I went outside, my home was in Chinatown toward Houston Street, I could see the smoke all the way from where I was.  I don't know anyone directly that lost their lives that day, but it still haunts me.

In Charlie Sheen's new film, 9/11, which is based on a true story, chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.

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About the 9/11 film:
9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman (The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).



In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later ... their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Article by Stephen M.

If the indication of success for any convention is the success of the artists and exhibitors and the joy of the attendees, than Flame Con 2017 was an astounding standing ovation.  Noticeably much larger crowds though still easy to navigate floor space, the convention was still quite full toward the wee hours of the last day on Sunday.


If you're not familiar with Flame Con, it is an annual comic/geek convention in Downtown Brooklyn with a friendly LGBTQ theme. While last year's convention featured many eye opening artwork and items for sale that you wouldn't considered family friendly.  This year, the out in the open merchandise was tone down with any one under the age of 21 free on Sunday.

Now if you're looking for the traditional comic convention that has become the norm of late of media heavy guests and a few outstanding artists with comic book exhibitors, you're barking up the wrong tree.  Their lone media guest was the super friendly Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor.  The comic book creators as in previous years was quite robust even if it didn't include any legends like last year's Chris Claremont.  As far as comic book exhibitors, you know the ones with the long boxes, with $1 issues and half price graphic novels.  Not one in sight, which honestly is a bit of a disappointment.  You have so many good artists, and except for a few prepared artists, or if you bring them yourselves, there are no blank comic covers to purchase to get some cool sketches.


Speaking to several of the artists and vendors, they exclaimed how they sold out of items fairly quick and would be happy to return again.  I have to share that sentiment despite the lack of comic book and comic book related merchandise exhibitors.  Hopefully given their success the con will expand next year and include a few of these exhibitors. If you're interested in learning more and getting updates for next year's con, visit their site and subscribe for updates! https://www.flamecon.org



Thursday, July 13, 2017


War For the Planet of the Apes
Releases July 14th 2017
2 hours 19 mins
Rated PG-13

Trailer:


Director: Matt Reeves
Writer: Mark Bomback & Matt Reeves

Cast:
Andy Serkis as Caesar
Steve Zahn as "Bad Ape"
Karin Konoval as Maurice
Terry Notary as Rocket
Ty Olsson as Red
Judy Greer as Cornelia
Max Lloyd-Jones as Blue Eyes
Devyn Dalton as Cornelius
Sara Canning as Lake
Michael Adamthwaite as Luca
Aleks Paunovic as Winter
Alessandro Juliani as Spear
Woody Harrelson as The Colonel
Amiah Miller as Nova
Gabriel Chavarria as Preacher
Chad Rook as Boyle

Review by Stephen M.


Director Matt Reeves caps a trilogy with his best outing yet with War for the Planet of the Apes leaving room for more films.  Matt does a great job in pushing your emotions through the spectrum from making you hate your own human race to then pity and more.  Andy Serkis as the voice of Caesar and Steve Zahn as the comedic relief "Bad Ape," combined with the amazing visuals that combines CGI and motion capture in new ways.  In this war the only real winner is the audience.


The latest film continues two years after the last film, with Caesar now with his apes in hiding in the woods.  Having been out of sight from man, a legend grows out of his existence with the surviving human with some believing he is an urban myth.  With the word "War" in the title, it is not long before Caesar's apes and soldiers led by The Colonel played by Woody Harrelson are in full attack mode.

Overall, I would recommend watching this film in theaters given the good action scenes.  There are some campy moments throughout the film that is a bit of a turn off.  However, the film does enough good things including a stellar soundtrack to make you over look it.  As a fan of the original series and of this current series thus far, I give this 4 out of 5 bananas.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Urban Hymn
Released September 11, 2015 (TIFF), May 12, 2017 (Theaters/In Demand)
1 hr 54 mins
Drama
Not Rated

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Screenplay: Nick Moorcroft

Cast:
Letitia Wright as Jamie Harrison
Shirley Henderson as Kate Linton
Isabella Laughland as Leanne Dixon
Steven Mackintosh as David Linton
Ian Hart as Ian Wilson
Billy Bragg as himself
Shaun Parkes as Charlie
Caroline O'Neill as Fiona
Frankie Oatway as Bob
Matthew Steer as Michael
Jack McMullen as Dean
David McKell as Ryan
Victoria Alcock as Prison Chaplain

Trailer:

Plot:
"Set against the backdrop of the 2011 England Riots, the film follows a neglected and volatile female offender, Jamie, who possesses an amazing singing voice and is torn between her loyalties toward her inspiring, unconventional care worker, Kate, and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne."

Review by Stephen M.

Urban Hymn is an emotionally charged film about a wayward teen that learns to channel herself constructively through singing as the world around her falls apart.  The movie is a powerful message of redemption with strong actors albeit a fairly predictable plot that is not entirely original in concept or production.



Letitia Wright as the lead Jamie Harrison, just kills it, in both her performance and in the musical portions of the film.  Overall, I enjoyed everyone's performances, including the other two leads in Shirley Henderson as Kate Linton and Isabella Laughland as Leanne Dixon.  The film gives a strong and deep look at the troubled youths of London which stories can be taken as universal to any large city.  However as mentioned before, the story is somewhat predictable as the Director mostly plays it safe despite the volatile nature of the subject matter.

Overall, I would still recommend watching if you have the chance to come across it if only to catch the great performances by Letitia Wright and the others.  Additionally the soundtrack with its original music was also good but a little subdue.  While you won't be blown away by the film, it will make for a good distraction on a lazy evening.

Rating 3 out of 5 Stars

Saturday, May 27, 2017


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Friday, March 24, 2017


Article by Stephen M.

From Marvel:
A bright new tomorrow is coming for the Children of the Atom as the X-Men race full speed into ResurrXion! Today, Marvel is excited to release its first trailer timed with the upcoming release of all-new X-titles – X-MEN GOLD, X-MEN BLUE, GENERATION X, WEAPON X, ICEMAN, JEAN GREY, CABLE, OLD MAN LOGAN, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE and ASTONISHING X-MEN! Launching this spring in your local comic shop, these new, ongoing series bring fans a new beginning for these merry mutants – one that is sure to please fans old and new! You asked for it, you got it! The ResurrXion of the X-Men is here!

This new resurrection of the X-Men brand  after the fall out of Inhumans vs X-Men is a bit of deja vu, as we have seen the team split many times before.  In this latest split of teams we see the original five (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Ice Man and Angel) as the Blue team, while the Gold team will be lead by Kitty Pryde along with Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan, and Prestige.  These new stepping stone books release next month.

X-Men Gold will be written by Marc Guggenheim with art and cover by Ardian Syaf, releasing April 5th, 2017.  X-Men Blue will be written by Cullen Bunn with art by Matteo Buffagni and Jorge Molina with cover by Arthur Adams releasing April 12, 2017.  I can't say I am particularly looking forward to one over the other.  It will be interesting to see though what they do with Astonishing X-Men.

Trailer:


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


1 Night
Released February 10, 2017
1 hr 20 mins
Not Rated
Romance, Drama

Trailer:

Director: Minhal Baig
Writer: Minhal Baig

Cast:
Anna Camp as Elizabeth
Justin Chatwin as Drew
Isabelle Fuhrman as Bea
Kyle Allen as Andy
Kelli Berglund as Rachel
Roshon Fegan as Henry

Plot:
Past and present collide when two couples explore love over the course of one night at a hotel.

Review by Stephen M.

1 Night is a romantic drama telling the story of two couples simultaneously at different stages of their relationship and life.  The four main actors/actresses individually each are amazingly talented.  But the film as a whole while you kind of get what they are trying to do, just fails to keep your constant attention for the 1 hour and 20 mins.  Anna Camp better known for Pitch Perfect and Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan are equally matched by Justin Chatwin (Dragonball Evolution, yes, that movie) and newcomer Kyle Allen.



Incredibly slow pacing with weak chemistry between the couples makes the film a tedious watch.  The long drawn out character building and self discovery could have been condensed tremendously.  Despite all of this, it's still a pleasure to watch each of the actors/actresses perform at their high level making this watchable.

Overall, I would recommend watching this only if you are a fan of any of the actors listed in the cast.  For a better romantic drama try "Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong" starring real life husband and wife Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg.  The chemistry as a real life couple is naturally there and with much more engaging and intriguing dialogue.

Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5 Stars