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  1. For over a decade I have held the opinion that Battle Arena Toshinden and its first sequel are among the most underrated fighting games ever produced for the PlayStation 2. They aren't the best by any stretch, but they are immensely enjoyable -- especially Toshinden 2, which was a smoother, crisper improvement to the debut. Being the fanboy of those two games that I was (and still am), I readily and eagerly purchased the Battle Arena Toshinden anime OVA when it came out in 1997. Sadly, as is so often the case with movies based on video games, I was gravely disappointed. What I got for my loyalty to the series was a garbled disarray of horrible voice acting and dubbing, subpar / horrific animation, dull characters and a plot that can best be described as "unnoticeable."

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/a/battle-arena-toshinden


  2. Warhammer 40,000: Damnation Crusade, on shelves today from BOOM! Studios, provides an interesting look at the consistencies and differences between modern warfare, historical battles and a fictional, futuristic battlefield. It pits the forces of the Imperium of Man, clad in gigantic suits of robotic armor, against both an army of inhuman creatures and their own inherently human limitations. "Pain is an illusion of the senses -- despair an illusion of the mind," one superior barks at his subordinate, at once delivering something familiar and something foreign. It's a great line, which wouldn't be out of place at all in a war zone or a locker room today, but it takes a different meaning in the future, when physical pain receptors are intentionally burnt out of new warriors. Evidently, by the 41st century, the military has taken an age-old concept (pain is only temporary) and perverted it into something completely different (pain is irrelevant). As the story unfolds, this becomes something of a theme -- the rules of combat are familiar, but skewed just enough to let you know that something's strangely different.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/indy/warh...mnation-crusade


  3. Did First Born #2 surpass the greatness of the first issue? Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24 has a lot of hype behind it, but did the second chapter in the "One More Day" storyline impress? It might look pretty, but what of the story that makes up New Warriors #5? Is Punisher War Journal #12 the best Punisher book ever? And who didn't finish reading Runaways #28? [ 50:30 || 23.1 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/theshow/episodes/e2ts_162.mp3


  4. In this episode of Dread Media, Desmond Reddick picks the brain of prolific horror comic artist / writer Phil Hester. Phil talks about his classic work on Freaks Amour, The Coffin and Swamp Thing before spilling the beans on news about The Atheist (the comic and the film) and the upcoming Darkness book for Top Cow. Plus: horror news and tunes! Songs include: "Darkness Descends" by Midnight Syndicate (www.midnightsyndicate.com) and "Are You Ready (For Some Darkness)?" by Turbonegro (www.turbonegro.com). [ 1:04:51 || 29.6 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia...admedia_006.mp3


  5. I very rarely partake in bootlegging. I'd prefer to support those who make art, but sometimes that's just not possible. Without the evil underground bootleg market I would have been unable to enjoy From Beyond (just recently released on DVD) and I would have been unable to be eye-raped by Roger Corman's Fantastic Four. This summer, I was able to partake in bootlegging that has brought me full circle.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-46


  6. You may not think it by looking at him, but Tobey Maguire is in his early 30s and only a scant year younger than Christian Bale. Of course, many actors in Hollywood may seem forever young; indeed, your Nickelodeon / Disney Channel / kid sitcom graduates often play to type. Child actors who bypassed TV roles, and thus weren't prancing in front of millions of eyes on a weekly basis for years on end, can get away with playing younger roles on film. Maguire came to prominence by following this formula, carefully avoiding sickening teen comedies and live action family fare. Indeed, if one were to typecast Maguire from 1997-2001, it would be, to borrow a phrase from Wikipedia, the "thoughtful boy coming of age". Without knowing it, Maguire was doing an extended internship for the role of Peter Parker.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/wilson_i/comic-reel-lief-03


  7. Monday, 28 September 1987 was quite possibly the greatest day in geek history. On that day, exactly 20 years ago today, Star Trek: The Next Generation launched on syndicated television. Since then science fiction television has boomed, producing such shows as Quantum Leap, seaQuest DSV, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica and a countless host of others. Though they're all grossly different, each show owes a debt of gratitude to Star Trek: The Next Generation. In this special edition of Earth-2.net: The Show, Jenny and Mike honor ST:TNG by discussing their favorite characters, moments and episodes. Join them as they talk for over three hours about The Next Generation! [ 3:35:20 || 98.5 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/theshow/episodes/e2ts_160.mp3


  8. In this episode of Dread Media, Desmond Reddick - battling the plague - presents two interviews with contributors to Rue Morgue Magazine. Stuart Feedback Andrews (documentary filmmaker, film critic and horror journalist) and Chris Alexander (composer, film critic, horror journalist and pugilist) are free-flowing in conversations ranging from Michael Moore to Ennio Morricone. More importantly, they talk about punching Uwe Boll, and filming it! Songs included are: "London Dungeon" by Prong, "Organ Grinder" by Chris Alexander and "The Untouchables Main Theme" by Ennio Morricone. [ 1:05:19 || 29.8 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia...admedia_004.mp3


  9. "The angels are coming for you. But listen: your life could depend on this. Don't blink. Don't even blink! Blink and you're dead! They are fast! Faster than you can believe! Don't turn your back! Don't look away! And don't blink! Good luck." That's right, we're talking about "Blink," the awesomely wonderful episode of Doctor Who. [ 1:05:25 || 29.9 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/theshow/episodes/e2ts_158.mp3


  10. Though they only review three episodes of Batman: The Animated Series this time around, James and Mike hardly have a light week. First there's an inbox full of e-mails to read, then they cover "Harley and Ivy" (in which Batman should have died), "Shadow of the Bat" (in which the rumors about the Dynamic Duo are confirmed) and "Blind as a Bat" (in which Tony Stark could have stood in for Bruce Wayne). [ 1:42:32 || 46.9 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.worldsfinestpodcast.com/episodes/wfp_011.mp3


  11. Drafted offers a slightly different take on the tried and true formula of an alien invasion, uniting all of humanity in a struggle against oppression from galaxies unknown. While the front cover proudly displays an entire mob, dressed for battle with weapons in hand, this first issue offers nothing quite that interesting. Instead, the creators appear to be carefully setting the stage for an enormous, years-spanning tale. If the pace of this issue is any indication, it's going to be a very long ride.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/c/indy/drafted-01


  12. In this episode of Dread Media, Desmond Reddick unleashes Dying in the Gutters, a new segment of which he only names during the show! Spoiler-free reviews of horror comics abound in this cavalcade of cracking voices. BOOM! Studios, Devil's Due, Dark Horse... are any publishers free from his wrath? Well, these three are, because they do good stuff. Tunes include "A Marine Biologist" by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, "Setting Fire to Sleep" by The Dillinger Escape Plan and "Scream!" by The Misfits with Michale Graves on vocals. [ 39:22 || 18.0 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/podcasts/dreadmedia...admedia_003.mp3


  13. Anyone who has conversed with me on the Earth-2.net forums or simply reads my posts there probably knows at least two things about me: I love anime, and I love Sonic the Hedgehog. Common sense would dictate that I would love an OVA (original video animation) anime movie featuring the iconic blue blur. Was this the case? Uh... nope. Not even close. Sadly, in the case of the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA, that is about as far from reality as it gets. From the inconsistent animation, to the confusing script, to the plot holes, to the character butchering, topped off with some truly annoying voice acting, there was little joy to be had from watching this movie. There were plenty of headaches for me, though -- mainly from banging my head into my desk trying to figure out what the hell was happening at any given moment.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/a/sonic-ova