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  1. Since "Little Red Riding Hood" has been told to small children, the spectre of the wolf as a sexual deviant has permeated the world culture. From the iconic portrayal of Lon Chaney, Jr. as the original werewolf to the latest spate of sexy-cool males and more feminine lycanthropes, the werewolf film has always been linked to sex. As you will soon see, the link runs deeper than most can imagine.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-36


  2. The Scarecrow must be insanely stupid if he can't ascertain Robin's true identity ("Fear of Victory"). Batman gives Temple Fugate way too much respect in "The Clock King," leaving James and Mike at a loss for words. Some familiar faces appear in "Appointment in Crime Alley," and Mike takes issue with Batman leaving roses in Crime Alley. Mix "Mad as a Hatter" with James' love for Lewis Carroll and you wind up with a (mostly) gushing review. And does "Dreams in Darkness" make an allusion to Jason Todd? [ 1:38:43 || 45.1 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.worldsfinestpodcast.com/episodes/wfp_005.mp3


  3. I lost my grandmother the other day. I'm not trying to be a downer, but it's hard to write anything else. My relationship with my grandparents was always strong. I was in part raised by them; I spent so much time with them. My temperament, sense of humor, moral code and taste in movies is drawn directly from my grandfather. When he passed away four years ago - after a long deterioration in health - it was devastating. My grandmother, on the other hand, has always had a leaning towards the morbid, or at least a strong footing in pessimistic reality. I learned much of the history of the last century through this amazing woman who lived it herself. Gramps never talked about the past much, the war has a funny way of locking that door for some men. It was my grandmother who taught me much of the way the world works. So, I suppose, this is for her.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-35


  4. It's episode 100, baby! The big one we've been working towards for a year and a half is in the books, and we celebrated the occasion by covering all things Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! In a marathon of epic proportions, Jenny and Mike reviewed all four feature films. Never have they spent so much time discussing one topic, but the Turtles deserve such an honor (even if two of the films should be erased from the collective consciousness). Not only that, but Ian, Kellen, Desmond and D.W. all contributed to the Turtle lovefest. If you ever loved the Turtles, this is the episode you've been waiting for! [ 7:15:27 || 199.0 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/theshow/episodes/e2ts_100.mp3


  5. The Hulk has returned to Earth. With him he's brought an army of loyal followers. Mad doesn't begin to describe what he's feeling. And he'll stop at nothing to destroy the men who stabbed him in the back. No one can stop him, not this time. So why bother trying? That's Ant-Man's take. And he's decided to hide in the one place he can't get stepped on... inside Hulk's nose. Art: Phil Hester

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/wallpaper/full/Hulk_003.jpg


  6. Initially, Rockstar hinted that unlike its predecessor, Liberty City Stories, this Vice City Story would remain a PSP exclusive and never make the short jump over to the greener pastures of the big PlayStation 2. I guess its life as a portable-exclusive didn't quite reach their expectations, however, since it was less than six months before the developers went back on their word and released a value-priced port for indoor play. The original theory I'd heard tossed around was that all hands were needed on deck for development of the upcoming GTA IV, which makes sense. But if the decision came down to hurry this translation through to the PS2, I have to wonder about the quality of the team assigned. Still, so much of this game feels like an afterthought, I can't imagine that the port team alone is to blame.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/gta-vice-city-stories


  7. Have we become desensitized? Are the authority figures right when they say that horror movies are to blame for seducing the innocent into lives of sin? There are those who would outline a clear descent into the profane in the realm of horror cinema over the past few decades. I am going to argue the opposite: the realm of popular horror cinema has been tamed in recent years.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-34


  8. Who'd have thought the once-campy Adam West could turn in such a touching performance ("Beware the Gray Ghost"), or that Heather Locklear had a small part in the lackluster "Prophecy of Doom"? "Feat of Clay" begs a serious question, and continues to portray Batman's villains as sympathetic characters. If there's one person in the world you wouldn't want to owe a favor to, it's The Joker ("Joker's Favor"). And in "Vendetta" Batman admits he was wrong about Harvey Bullock! [ 1:31:33 || 41.9 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.worldsfinestpodcast.com/episodes/wfp_004.mp3


  9. As I mentioned in my two earlier director spotlights, there is a tendency for the best of directors to do variations on a theme. John Carpenter is fascinated with the conflict found in the classic western Rio Bravo, and both he and Guillermo del Toro seem to enjoy exploring fantastical elements which cling to the other side of reality’s fabric. But there is no real precedent for a director who adapts the works of a single author as the brunt of his filmography - save Stuart Gordon. Yes, Roger Corman has his excellent cycle of Poe films, but they're but a small blip in his huge (and mostly laughable) collection of works. But Corman is a good comparison to make for Gordon. Unlike Carpenter and del Toro, Stuart is unquestionably a director of B films. Good B films, but B films nonetheless.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-33


  10. If I were asked to name one title in particular that's responsible for my life-spanning interest in console gaming, like so many others of my generation, I'd have to name the original Super Mario Bros. as the one. I can still vividly remember the day I walked into the house of a friend and saw it shining there on that mildly sized living room television set. I couldn't tell you whose house it was, who had led me there, how old I was nor how long I stuck around to absorb the experience, but that one moment remains burnt into the depths of my memory and my imagination. In the years following that meeting, I've enjoyed some ups and some downs with the industry - even walking away from the scene for several years during my adolescence. And, while I've experienced many hundreds of games of comparable stature, magnitude and excellence, none have really recaptured the sense of ingenuity, imagination and innocence that poured from that first title.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/reviews/v/new-super-mario-bros


  11. I have recently come to understand that the field I work in (education) is based on a system that was outdated after the Industrial Revolution calmed down. The workforce of tomorrow needs to be prepared to work in jobs that don't even exist right now. The system needs to be drastically changed. This both terrifies and excites me. Change, though organic and necessary, is scary. We humans are a stubborn, resistant and even fearful breed. As a mirror of society, pop culture has always shown this through speculative fiction, namely horror and science fiction.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/columns/reddick/reel-dread-32


  12. Though they agree that Spider-Man 3 was rather lackluster, Jenny and Mike vehemently disagree on the characterization of Mary Jane. (One thinks she's an unsympathetic character portrayed by a hack actress who doesn't resemble the part. The other believes MJ epitomizes how young women think and act.) When that's all said and done, Desmond Reddick pops in with another installment of Dread Media. Also: Episodes 100 and 101 are right around the corner, and we need your help! [ 1:52:22 || 51.4 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/theshow/episodes/e2ts_098.mp3


  13. The first thing any colorist needs when working is something to color. Obviously. So I've selected a Batman / Captain America pic illustrated by George Perez. One of the best pieces of advice I can give when you're first starting out is to color artwork by someone who knows what they're doing. Coloring your friend's crappy artwork, complete with bad anatomy, isn't going to do you any favors at all. So I would strongly urge you to stick to pro-level work until you have a good grasp on what you're doing.

    The above is from: http://www.earth-2.net/articles/coloring-101


  14. "It's Never Too Late" proved mobsters could be sympathetic characters years before The Sopranos hit HBO. Not every episode can be a gem, and "I've Got Batman in My Basement" illustrates that. Bruce Wayne might be a hopeless romantic, but Batman sees everything in black and white ("Cat and the Claw"). The near-perfect "Heart of Ice" needs no description. And "See No Evil" has a shocking subtext. If that wasn't enough for you, listen just to hear Mike make quite possibly the funniest Freudian slip ever. [ 1:11:46 || 32.8 MB ]

    The above is from: http://www.worldsfinestpodcast.com/episodes/wfp_003.mp3