Alex Wilder (from the Runaways) remix


Who is Alex Wilder?

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Don’t want to spoil Runaways for anyone, so I will only say that he is the only normal human member of the team. He lacks superpowers/magical artifacts/advanced technology, but makes up for it in intelligence.

My take on Alex:

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This Alex hails from the Maestro’s Battle World domain.  He is the only survivor of the Pride, a band of freedom fighters handpicked by the Gibborims (an ancient race of mystical giants).  He was recruited by the Victor Von Doom Institute of Gifted Youth.  His analytical mind earned him the favor of the headmaster and ultimately led to his banishment to SHIELD.

The Abstract:

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The Abstract is a Gibborim tome that contains the essence of the Pride.  It enables its user to do the following:

  1. Temporal Manipulation: alters user’s personal time frame to give the illusion of super speed and reject sustained damage.
  2. Summoning: calls forth minions in the form of: Mancha Raptors (electricity-discharging cybernetic dinosaurs derived from Ultron technology & genetic samples from the Far East domain) & Stein-Droid (an advanced hacking robot based on the Leapfrog).
  3. Light Manipulation: generates hard light shields and intense lasers.
  4. Casting: wields a variety of stored eldritch algorithms.
  5. Glamour: creates elaborate illusions that temporarily subverts reality.

Visual Reference (velociraptor):

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Art Acknowledgements:

Doom Institute by Sanford Greene, Runaways cover by Jo Chen & Alex Wilder panel by Adrian Alphona

Here’s the Trailer for Boulevard, Robin Williams’s Final Film


I made out my latest Oscar predictions before I saw the trailer for Boulevard.  Filmed shortly before Robin Williams’s suicide, Boulevard features his final dramatic performance.  Could Robin Williams receive a posthumous nomination for his role here?  We’ll find out later this year.

Lisa Marie’s Too Early Oscar Predictions For June


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It’s time for our monthly edition of Lisa’s Too Early Oscar predictions!

This is our first entry since the Cannes Film Festival.  As a result of Cannes, former contenders like The Sea of Trees have been dropped from the predictions.  Meanwhile, new contenders like Michael Caine and Sicario have emerged.  I have also added Pixar’s Inside Out to my list of predictions because a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes demands the consideration.

(Unfortunately, adding Inside Out meant dropping The Good Dinosaur.  Though it could happen, I find it hard to imagine two animated films receiving best picture nominations.)

If you want to see how my feelings on the race have developed, be sure to check out my predictions for January, February, March, April, and May!

And without further ado, here are Lisa’s Too Early Oscar Predictions for June!

Best Picture

Black Mass

Brooklyn

Carol

The Danish Girl

In the Heart of the Sea

Inside Out

MacBeth

Sicario

Suffragette

The Walk

Best Actor

Johnny Depp in Black Mass

Michael Caine in Youth

Michael Fassebender in Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmanye in The Danish Girl

Jason Segel in The End of the Tour

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett in Carol

Marion Cotillard in MacBeth

Jennifer Lawrence in Joy

Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

Lily Tomlin in Grandma

Best Supporting Actor

Albert Brooks in Concussion

Benicio Del Toro in Sicario

Joel Edgerton in Black Mass

Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation

Kurt Russell in The Hateful Eight

Best Supporting Actress

Joan Allen in Room

Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara in Carol

Meryl Streep in Suffragette

Julie Walters in Brooklyn

Best Director

John Crowley for Brooklyn

Todd Haynes for Carol

Ron Howard for In The Heart of the Sea

Denis Villeneuve for Sicario

Robert Zemeckis for The Walk

4 Shots From 4 Films: Lucio Fulci Edition


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Lucio Fulci (1927 — 1996)

Yesterday, I was excited to see Arleigh launch a new feature here at the site.  With 4 Shots From 4 Films, the TSL contributors will be sharing favorite shorts from some of their favorite scenes.  As opposed to doing our usual review or recap, this feature will let the image do the talking.  Hopefully, some readers will be inspired to track down and watch, if they haven’t already, some of the films that we end up featuring.

At the very least, it’s a great way for us all to express our love for the cinematic art form.

Yesterday was also the birthday of the late, great Lucio Fulci.  My first entry in 4 Shots From 4 Films highlights some of the maestro‘s finest work.

The City of the Living Dead (1980)

The City of the Living Dead (1980)

The Beyond (1981)

The Beyond (1981)

The House By The Cemetery (1981)

The House By The Cemetery (1981)

Murder Rock (1984)

Murder Rock (1984)