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     I'm sure Peter Laird will have his quibbles too so while it's not terrible as so many of the reviews would have you believe it's also nothing truly amazing either. A real shame too considering I'd been eagerly awaiting this movie after 2007's TMNT & 2009's 2K animated series finale, the very awesomely satisfying, "Turtles Forever". With other movies out on the horizon this past year like Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men Days of Future Past,Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers 4, etc., this was the one movie that was at the very top of my list of must see's. I wasn't in complete shock being well aware of Platinum Dunes' deficient filmography but still had some faith since it was being directed by Jonathan Liebesman who's also responsible for the very underrated period/action flick, "Wrath of the Titans". It's not that this movie's bad because it's not. It's very action oriented with some great humor, & the special f/x are absolutely top notch. The turtles themselves look absolutely jaw droppingly spectacular as does Splinter & while many complaints were targeted at the turtles themselves as appearing too hulking with flared nostrils, this is all just total nonsense. If your a long time fan you can see right away they look like a cross between the artwork of Michael Dooney & those incredible A.C. Farley paintings from the Mirage Studios era. Megan Fox, William Fichtner, & Will Arnett are fine despite how little their given to work with.
     The movie's flawed because it moves at such a swift pace & then it's over just as fast, which would be fine if we got to know the characters a little better but the script obviously didn't leave room for any of that. It's almost as if this movie written as a Megan Fox vehicle or was aimed strictly at long time TMNT fans (I'll optimistically opt for the latter) which would seem like a good thing for us fans but a negative one for the uninitiated moviegoer. The lack of character development kills any attempt at the story they're trying to tell here & so everyone in the film comes across quite flat & one dimensional. Despite these faults what this flick successfully does, much like Zack Snyder's Man of Steel or Michael Bay's Transformers series, is that it adds new flourishes to the TMNT mythology that leaves plenty of more things to explore in future installments. This takes all the various iterations of the turtles world & tries to create something all together new, & that's as it should be. As a long time fan I can honestly say that none of the changes they made to the turtles origin's or Shredder & the Foot was dissatisfying in any way. In fact, this new film's origin story seems heavily influenced by IDW's current comic book series. Not everyone, but most fan's will enjoy this movie who either grew up with them through the comics books or the infamous campy cartoon that followed it. Casual viewers will see it as disposable popcorn entertainment perfect for one viewing but hopefully the sequel put's a little more running time & substance into their protagonists. C+
It's official & who knows how long this will float in Hollywood limbo heaven going forward. But anyways it's one of my all time favorite comics, characters, & favorite illustrators. Creator Erik Larsen's legendary comic book series. Click on the link!

www.digitalspy.com/comics/news…
     Great "under the radar" comic from the minds of the Men in Black films & one of DC Comic's premiere architects. A wonderful & original tale set during the age of the dinosaurs. The title itself pretty much states it's premise but it's all done all very neatly & alluring to appeal to a broad audience. The magnificent artwork is another excellent highlight. Mukesh Singh's illustrations is perfect & what really makes this a standout comic book among the monthly many. If you enjoy indie comics this is an excellent premiere. I'm quite eager to check out the second part because this first volume is a very fast read & the sketchbook section at the end is another plus. If you're curious what else is out there besides the Marvel & DC roster, this is as a perfect place to start as any. I picked up the 1st volume in digital format on Amazon.

liquidcomics.com/
     One of my personal heroes since I first heard his music back the late 80's. This book is all about one of rock's greatest & sometimes underrated front men, KISS' Paul Stanley. Really not too unlike Ace Frehley's & Peter Criss' autobiography, I had a hard time putting this book down as this traces Paul's early childhood growing up in an almost dysfunctional household & from loner to driven singer, songwriter. Long time fan's all know the history of KISS more or less but here we finally get Paul's' side of the story. And its not just tales about his infamous rock band but also his inner demons, personal challenges, win's, & defeats. I would've never in my wildest dreams have thought that Paul Stanley was someone insecure or shy because his onstage persona is obviously quite different as is his relationship with long time band member, Gene Simmons. What's really cool here is that he always stuck to his guns throughout everything  & continued his band after KISS' major success in the mid 70's was beginning to dwindle at the start of the 80's. And I do put an  emphasis on "his" since KISS pretty much became his running solo project after the apparent & slight loss of interest that his partner in crime, Gene Simmons had been going through. Simmons had other endeavors he wanted to try out,  away from the band during the 80's. Though to his credit, while  Gene Simmons didn't really participate 100% on some of their records after the very successful "Lick it Up" album, he did perform on all the tours & appear in all the videos during this time so that's got to count for something. That was another serious shocker. How much Paul Stanley grumbles over his long running band mate.  While all hardcore fan's know that Ace & Peter's reputation is anything but above grade, Gene is also left in a quite negative light though for many reasons that are completely valid. And one thing Paul doesn't do here is candy coat anything, especially when it comes to all things KISS. I also really like that he confirms his stance & the reasoning behind the long time controversy surrounding Eric Singer & Tommy Thayer in the Space Ace & Catman stage persona's in this most current line-up of the band. This is a very excellent read even if you don't like this particular sort of music.  
     People are just way too critical. Love the movies or hate them because rightly so, the director just doesn't give a s***.  And the box office numbers don't lie so obviously Michael Bay & company are doing something right. I hope the next Transformers film makes another huge lump sum of cash on it's opening weekend so fanboy's can still moan & groan about "how it's ruined the franchise", but they'll still go & watch it. These movies are pure fun & escapism. Something I think this movie going generation seems to have forgotten because they probably never had it in the first place. Something that maybe seems to have been misplaced after the mid 90's or so. Fortunately, the Transformers movies are still smart enough to appeal to adults & kids alike. I absolutely disagree with the degrading reviews calling these movies "mindless & dumb" because they do in fact contain a very original & imaginative story. If you want to see dumb, feel free to check out any Jason Statham film or some of the more recent work from Stallone & Schwarzenegger. Wow, talk about dumbing it up for 90 minutes. The first Transformers movie was a scifi, superhero epic that blew down the doors on action & special effects, & more importantly put to shame what other previous films had only dreamed of or aspired to (eg; The Matrix or TriStar's 1998 Godzilla flop just to randomly name a few). It raised the bar for other movies to follow. So this new film pretty much moves along those same lines as the last three entries. It's a globe spanning, alien invasion, chaotic, & dizzying laden movie. The escape scene with the space ship across the skyscraper left me feeling nauseated & edgy. Well done Michael Bay!
     It was Michael Bay's first Transformers movie that got me more interested in these characters, delving more into the IDW comics, & even got me to back track to the classic cartoons that my older brother & I grew up watching though I was never as drawn to them as much as my brother. I was more of a a Masters of the Universe & ThunderCats fanatic. But I digress. Growing up in the 80's we would've loved to see a movie like this so I think some us, myself included really appreciate these movies for what they are. An action packed, science fiction space opera & a welcome addition to the Transformers mythology. Fan boys & snotty critics will never  understand that not everything translates to film very easily & the transformers are a prime example. People just need to be glad that it even got made & enjoy the movie's for what they are. The core mythology is all still there no matter how much "it's been changed in the films".  I like these versions & their obviously using the current state of the world as it's  template. This movie is about massive, sentient alien's & fan boys still wanna complain? Just be glad it got made after all this time & kids get to enjoy it like we did more than 20 years ago. For this reason alone, I think is why I enjoy these movies so much. Naturally the movies differ when compared to the original cartoons (both American & Japanese versions) & comics but that's how it should be. The cartoons & comics have their own place so making a film that its own thing only add's to the mythlogy & to just make a straight up 100% replica adaption of a  previous cartoon storyline would be just kind of dull. I'm not a big Michael Bay fan outside of these series of films & maybe The Island, so despite some of the choppy acting, this is really all about the Transformers so it's only right that they take center stage & seeing an embittered Optimus & his legions in all they're superhero glory truly shines.
     I'm sure Peter Laird will have his quibbles too so while it's not terrible as so many of the reviews would have you believe it's also nothing truly amazing either. A real shame too considering I'd been eagerly awaiting this movie after 2007's TMNT & 2009's 2K animated series finale, the very awesomely satisfying, "Turtles Forever". With other movies out on the horizon this past year like Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men Days of Future Past,Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers 4, etc., this was the one movie that was at the very top of my list of must see's. I wasn't in complete shock being well aware of Platinum Dunes' deficient filmography but still had some faith since it was being directed by Jonathan Liebesman who's also responsible for the very underrated period/action flick, "Wrath of the Titans". It's not that this movie's bad because it's not. It's very action oriented with some great humor, & the special f/x are absolutely top notch. The turtles themselves look absolutely jaw droppingly spectacular as does Splinter & while many complaints were targeted at the turtles themselves as appearing too hulking with flared nostrils, this is all just total nonsense. If your a long time fan you can see right away they look like a cross between the artwork of Michael Dooney & those incredible A.C. Farley paintings from the Mirage Studios era. Megan Fox, William Fichtner, & Will Arnett are fine despite how little their given to work with.
     The movie's flawed because it moves at such a swift pace & then it's over just as fast, which would be fine if we got to know the characters a little better but the script obviously didn't leave room for any of that. It's almost as if this movie written as a Megan Fox vehicle or was aimed strictly at long time TMNT fans (I'll optimistically opt for the latter) which would seem like a good thing for us fans but a negative one for the uninitiated moviegoer. The lack of character development kills any attempt at the story they're trying to tell here & so everyone in the film comes across quite flat & one dimensional. Despite these faults what this flick successfully does, much like Zack Snyder's Man of Steel or Michael Bay's Transformers series, is that it adds new flourishes to the TMNT mythology that leaves plenty of more things to explore in future installments. This takes all the various iterations of the turtles world & tries to create something all together new, & that's as it should be. As a long time fan I can honestly say that none of the changes they made to the turtles origin's or Shredder & the Foot was dissatisfying in any way. In fact, this new film's origin story seems heavily influenced by IDW's current comic book series. Not everyone, but most fan's will enjoy this movie who either grew up with them through the comics books or the infamous campy cartoon that followed it. Casual viewers will see it as disposable popcorn entertainment perfect for one viewing but hopefully the sequel put's a little more running time & substance into their protagonists. C+
It's official & who knows how long this will float in Hollywood limbo heaven going forward. But anyways it's one of my all time favorite comics, characters, & favorite illustrators. Creator Erik Larsen's legendary comic book series. Click on the link!

www.digitalspy.com/comics/news…
     Great "under the radar" comic from the minds of the Men in Black films & one of DC Comic's premiere architects. A wonderful & original tale set during the age of the dinosaurs. The title itself pretty much states it's premise but it's all done all very neatly & alluring to appeal to a broad audience. The magnificent artwork is another excellent highlight. Mukesh Singh's illustrations is perfect & what really makes this a standout comic book among the monthly many. If you enjoy indie comics this is an excellent premiere. I'm quite eager to check out the second part because this first volume is a very fast read & the sketchbook section at the end is another plus. If you're curious what else is out there besides the Marvel & DC roster, this is as a perfect place to start as any. I picked up the 1st volume in digital format on Amazon.

liquidcomics.com/

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Are you kidding, a KISS fan?? Only the biggest!!!!!!!!! My whole house is a shrine/museum. I own the largest collection on Earth. I just made friends with a close associate of the group. Me and my father have been getting tons of signed items quite a bit lately. I have been trying to post pictures of my collection on everythingkiss.com, but do not know how to. Besides, by the time that I am done posting, I am sure that there will be more pictures to take, as I get items on a daily basis.
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