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  1. Preacher the movie? Televangelism!

    Joseph Gilgun is probably the most down to earth, unpretentious "celebrity" you'll ever meet. His Cassidy is more action-man than the comic version but I think he'll wind up being the breakout star of the show. Although on a personal level as his celebrity grows he may want to be more careful about whom he buys his drugs from.
  2. It differs widely from the comic. Honestly I was never a huge Preacher fan and it's been at least a decade since I looked at a Preacher comic but I remember the first dozen issues pretty well. The script opens with a mysterious force flying through space and trying to inhabit a Preacer in Nairobi who then explodes. This force spends the whole episode trying to inhabit various religious figures (there's a joke about Tom Cruise exploding at a Scientology meeting) while being hunted by two characters named DeBlanc and Fiore. Jesse doesn't get inhabited until towards the end of the episode and his first use of "The Word Of God" is to tell one of his congregation to "tell the truth and open his heart" to his mother. Of course there's then a scene where the guy rips out his own heart in front of his mother. Both Cassidy and Tulip are introduced with people trying to kill them. Cassidy on a plane by Vampire hunters and Tulip by cartel gangsters in Kansas. There are scenes all over the world but most of the action is set in Annville, Texas.
  3. Hey I haven't posted here in a while but I recently came in possession of a script for the Preacher pilot. It's currently being filmed in Albuquerque, NM and through my job I come into contact with some of the actors. I don't want to get myself or anyone in trouble so I'll leave it there. Anyway I don't want this to become a big deal so I came here because: a) Only like 10 people actually come to this site. b) The people who do post here are actual comic book fans. c) The people here aren't afraid to get on their high horse and berate me if they think I'm doing something dodgy. I'll answer any questions about the script or I'll fuck off if that's the general consensus but I will say that based on the script alone fans who wanted a straight retelling of the comic will be disappointed. I'm not going to get into a flame war or PM a bunch of people so let me know what you want.
  4. Hellblazer ends! Constanteen begins.

    Is this really surprising news...Hellblazer has been slowly dying for years and this is the perfect time to end it. I've been reading it since 1988, over half of my life but I'm actually relieved it's now over. Funny once I hit my mid/late 30s (the age John Constantine was when Hellblazer began) the character didn't feel as real to me and about midway through the Denise Mina era the title didn't excite me as much as it once did. I've still bought every issue even though I can barely remember a thing about Andy Diggle's insanely boring run and the Peter Milligan stuff is at least interesting although it's not the John Constantine of my youth. So as old timer I'm content to let the character move on with its life and I'll move on with mine. I won't hang around and talk about the good old days of Delano and Ennis. I won't be burning comics in an alley or making angry posts on-line about how DC owes me for over 20 years of me buying their comics. I realize that all fictional characters must evolve or die whether I like it or not. I could be like one of those Ian Fleming fans in 1964 who complained that the movies were ruining the James Bond novels or those old Doctor Who fans who complain that the new series is doesn't look cheap enough. So I'm perfectly happy to have John Constantine do his thing in the DC Universe. I like the idea of the Justice Leage Dark even if I may not always enjoy actual content but frankly at this point having a John Constantine who is flying the House of Mystery with Frankenstein and a magic troll or whatever is more interesting and a fresher take on the character than another run around with a demon serial killer in a London backstreet. So goodbye Hellblazer. You were my favorite thing for many years but eventually there's always going to be one last cigarette.
  5. Yakko Smakko & Dot present...

    yeah, welcome to the club electricinca. Now onto No Country for Old Men...A great film if not quite the masterpiece it's made out to be. However it's one of those films that slowly burn into your subconsciousness. It's worth a second viewing. Having read some McCarthy, I can say it's true to the source material which may irritate some. Although one thing that did bother me on a personal level is that during the supposed climax in what was supposed to be a cheap motel in El Paso was in actual fact just a cheap motel just a few blocks away from where I'm writing this. It's just one of those things that grate from time to time when watching a movie that was fimed in your hometown that's supposed to be somewhere else.
  6. WHO's that girl?

    Believe me, 98% of US Who fans download the episodes right after they're broadcast on the BBC. The other 2% wait for the DVD. Hardly anyone watches the Sci-fi channel on US cable systems. Doctor Who is much more popular in North America than many are willing to admit.
  7. WHO's that girl?

    Having watch Rememberance of the Daleks on DVD recently I was struck by how cheap it all looked shot on that crappy video they used in the late 80s. It ironically looked even more dated than some of the stuff from twenty years prior. Oh and while I liked Time Crash for what it was (a fun nostalgic bit of a piss-take romp) I'm not sure I would have wanted a whole episode of that. However I still think a two-Doctor episode where they don't meet would be great. Perhaps a split-screen episode with two different Doctor's in the same place at different times and have say the Tenth Doctor going around and fixing what, say the Eighth Doctor is currently shown to be doing. A clever writer could make that work.
  8. Hellblazer #238

    Best single issue HB story since (but not quite as good as) Ellis' Telling Tales. It even got me to bother posting here again. More stuff like this please....
  9. Hellblazer #240 Solicitation

    I always liked the 'Laughing Magician' moniker but I can't remember it ever being used since the first issue. It bring back a potential Constantine trait which doesn't take eveything so seriously that seemed to be traded in for the ole misery-guts Constantine we now know and love.
  10. Hellblazer #240 Solicitation

    I haven't really been excited about Hellblazer recently but the last few solicts sound like Mr. Diggle is at last trying to bring something new to the 20-year-old title. However that cover by Glen Fabry is sooo 90s.
  11. HELLBLAZER #240 Written by Andy Diggle Art by Leonardo Manco Cover by Glenn Fabry Vertigo’s flagship title reaches its 20th anniversary issue with “The Laughing Magician,” Part 1 of 3! The streetwise, chain-smoking con-magician John Constantine finds himself in receipt of a most perplexing birthday gift: a memory wrapped up in a warning. As Constantine tries to figure out what it means, the brutal African war-mage known as Mako hits London — and he’s taking no prisoners... On sale January 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS
  12. WHO's that girl?

    I thought she was alright in The Runaway Bride. She had a several good lines in there and it might be interesting to have the Doctor play the straight man for once. I'm thinking the first part of series four will be more of 'Donna makes a fool of herself throughout space and time much to the Doctor's chagrin' type of stories with the things becoming more subdued as the series ends with the return of whichever old villian is due for a re-appearence.
  13. Aleister Crowley from the Jenkins era. If you're going to use a historical character in a piece of fiction, at least try to make him resemble his real-life alter-ego.
  14. WHO's that girl?

    I glad to see there are only 147 Doctor Who fans nerdy enough to sign an online petition bitching about their favorite show. I think I'll wait 'til the new season starts before making any judgements about this Tate person. Perhaps I'm lucky that I'm not very familiar with her comedic personality. I have seen a few sketches from her show and didn't find them particualrly amusing but then her humo(u)r is probably too dry for anyone outside Southern England.
  15. WHO's that girl?

    Yes I have that VHS tape that has all the completed scenes from Shada with Tom Baker narrating the missing bits and while it probably woud have been one of the better stories from the latter Tom Baker era, I can't imagine it being better than City of Death which is still one of the best Who stories. ever. Unless you're a really a die-hard Tom Baker fan or one of those who only accept Doctor Who in its televised form, than the Paul McGann audio only version of Shada would be the best way to experience this story. It also sort of proves my point that Paul McGann is basically Tom Baker without the overacting. Speaking of Paul McGann I did just buy Minuet in Hell because I was curious to see how bad it really was. While it's no classic, it's hardly "the worst Doctor Who story in any medium". Sure it's corny and ridiculous with one-dimensional characters who have accents that don't exist in any form of reality but it is somewhat redeemed by having a dignified performance from Nic Courtney as the Brigadier.
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