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Venom Fan Film – Eddie Brock: Truth In Journalism

Welcome to another installment of Unknown Fan Films where we delve deep into the World Wide Web and select for you some of the best and most interesting fan films that you might have missed.

This week we look at Truth In Journalism, a film which focuses on one of Spider-Man’s most ferocious enemies – Venom. Or to be more precise, it focuses on his alter ego, the disgraced journalist Eddie Brock.

Eddie has become further corrupted since his days at the Bugle, and the saddest thing is he doesn’t even know it. The only truth to be found here is in Eddie’s real personality change, or what Eddie perceives to be true journalism. Certainly Truth In Journalism focuses on a type of reporting, whether this is considered to be the best kind of journalism is left up to the viewer to decide. Here is what director Joe Lynch and producer Adi Shankar has to say about his project.

[quote] “This was 200% pure “passion project”, a dream come true for a comics ‘n cult-film loving fan to work within two distinct worlds I grew up loving. As a lover of mixing pop culture into storytelling, in a Warholian way, TRUTH IN JOURNALISM is pure ‘Pop Art’. I’ve rarely been as proud of something I’ve created as much as I had with this project and thrilled the TRUTH has been unleashed to the world. To CineMAAA!”  – Joe Lynch

“I don’t subscribe to the school of thought that as a feature film producer I shouldn’t dabble in television, web content, or even comic books … that thinking perpetuates the consumerist mosh pit we are now desperately trying to dig ourselves out of. I have a burning desire to entertain and different mediums allow me to do this in different ways. These shorts are as much a part of my filmography as the movies are. I’m here now, I’m inevitably going to die at some point, and as an artist I feel an ardent urge to constantly be creating. ”  – Adi Shankar. [/quote]

Like Man Bites Dog director Joe Lynch takes the documentary approach with a French crew following Eddie around the streets of New York. The black and white gives the film a crisp, realness to it that makes it thoroughly engaging (the scratches on the film add another element of realism to it). There are some nice little touches to – Eddie working out (which happened quite a few times in the comics), talking about the events after the Bugle (when he became Venom), talks to Venom in the bathroom and instantly gets changed, ties up villains and the shocking ending.

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Actor Ryan Kwanten (from True Blood) really brings to life the character of Eddie, more so than attempt in Spider-Man 3. Not that his attempt was bad, it’s just has more time to get engrossed in the character and bring him to life for us. And he certainly does that, with his black attired clothing and common man attitude he does come off as a likable guy but there are scenes that pop up that show the menace underneath (a key scene involving a stab victim begin one of the shocker scenes). This sense of underlining menace builds up to a truly sinister and quite disturbing ending where Eddies true self comes out. This scene alone is incredible, using the shock techniques seen in  many a homemade horror flick, but used correctly (and very similar to the ending of REC). Not to give to many spoilers away but this is handled perfectly and for once it actually makes Venom seem alien, like something not of this Earth and most important it makes Venom scary. Director kind of knows the darkness of this scene because he gives us a nice (and very funny) cameo from one of Marvel comics most well-known killers.

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A stunning short to watch and in just 15 minutes manages to tell a story that Spider-Man 3 with his compilation of characters really struggled to tell correctly. This version of Eddie is dirty, gritty and more importantly shocking. A must see for all Spider-Man fans but fans of good quality movies should also check this out to.

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No More Blood: True Blood’s Final Season Announced

It’s Sunday night and after a long weekend of drinking, rejection, and excessive drinking you have to unwind. You have probably been here before and you know only one thing is gonna fix this weekend: Anna Paquin’s boobs. And thanks to the miracle of premium cable, this has been a great cure-all option for six years. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has confirmed this substance is officially on its last legs. The hit HBO television program, True Blood, has run its course, and season 7 will be the final chapter.

This comes as a blow to the many loyal viewers that have kept up with the Bon Temps crew for several years but to some people, not so much. Ratings for the show have not grown over the last few seasons and some have said since Alan Ball left the show, the age is starting to show. Yet still, I thought season 6 was nothing short of fantastic. It had a way of pulling you in closer week after week and prompting a sudden gasp of air just as the credits would roll. When it comes to character development, everyone on the show has pretty much peaked out. 012912_true_blood_season_5_trailer120129221944In the last couple seasons we got to see Eric Northman return to the Viking roots. Bill Compton has come full circle from vampire to mainstreamer to vampire back to good old vampire Bill. And Sookie Stackhouse has basically uncovered all the skeletons in the family closet. So in reality, there’s not a lot left to tell. The season 6 finale set up, what appears to be, an epic ending in a staple of modern entertainment. A lot of questions still have to be answered and surely will.

 [quote]Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show. -HBO President Michael Lombardo.[/quote]

Historically, HBO has produced shows that made an impact on our generation, such as The Sopranos, Entourage, Eastbound and Down and The Wire. Although those shows were great and entertaining for years, there always seems to be an ambiguous feeling at the end, almost a feeling of uncertainty that it is truly done. Shows like Entourage have been rumored to make comebacks or even movies. As far as True Blood goes, one can only hope that the show will give the fans a decisive ending that will leave everyone with a feeling of closure. Stay tuned folks, the true death is coming.

Sunday Night TV: This Week’s Top 5 Moments – Face Punching, Rage Phase & the True Death…

There is real plethora of excellent television currently airing on Sunday nights as everyone rushes in to fill the time-slots that were held by Game of Thrones and Mad Men last month. What follows were my top 5 TV moments *SPOILERS ALERT!* from Sunday night…

Low Winter Sun (1.01) – The Kitchen Sink

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The premiere of AMC’s latest show (both set and shot in Detroit) Low Winter Sun, hasn’t pulled everyone on board yet but I’m already hooked. Mark Strong and Lennie James headline a stellar cast and if people are patient enough to hang around, I think this show will end up being great. The moment of the night occurred pretty early on as our principal characters murdered a fellow cop in a kitchen sink. Pretty heavy for the first 5 minutes of a series.

Ray Donovan (1.07) – Abby’s Arrest

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[quote]I hate him all day, but when I’m drunk all I do is think about him.[/quote]

As usual Abby (the Irish Carmella Soprano) is pissed at Ray, and while out shopping with Deb in Beverly Hills, they decide to steal the $5000 shoes Abby is wearing just for the thrill of it. The foot chase is quickly over but it was a nice bit of levity in a show that doesn’t have an abundance of lighthearted scenes.

True Blood (6.09) – Newlin’s Confession

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The former reverend and constant coward Steve Newlin finally met the true death at the hands of Eric Northman. Not a great episode (hardly any Jessica), but this was a well deserved death, because he is a douche. And as a final FU, just before bursting into flames he looks at his ex-wife/murderer and confesses his love… for Jason.

Breaking Bad (5.09) – Heisenberg Down!  [Episode Review]

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Walter White is feeling a bit sanctimonious, months after leaving the Meth trade and seemingly set for the future, while brother-in-law Hank finally figures things out. The episode climaxes as the two men confront each other and the hobbled DEA Agent knocks Walt on his ass. Not a bad right hook from a man with a limp.

The Newsroom (2.06) – The Wrath of Sloan Sabbith

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Sloan Sabbith is generous enough to put on a little photo show for her BF, who immediately leaks the pictures online, jeopardizing her reputation and possibly career.  That’s when the best character on The Newsroom shows up at his office and lays him out in front of his friends. That was a feel good moment.

So those were my top 5 for this week. Sorry Dexter, gonna have to step your game up…

Sunday Night TV: This Week’s Top 5 Moments – Staple Guns, Eskimo Brothers, and Sookie Stackhouse

So last week’s Sunday night shows were so good we decided that they needed to be recognized, and I had planned to make this a weekly feature. The problem now though, there was a noticeable dip in quality from last week to this week.

What follows were my top 5 TV moments from Sunday night…

5. True Blood (6.04) –  Sookie Steps Up

Overall I thought this episode was pretty sub-par. Andy’s fairy children are/were annoying, Jason’s feelings towards Warlow are totally forced, and the stuff between Sam and Alcide is downright stupid. Alcide is just like a murderer now or what? The one thing I did like however, was for the first time in years, Sookie Stackhouse did something to make us think she is worthy of being the show’s lead. She seduces Warlow and ends the episode with him seemingly at her mercy. Plus Eric turning the Governor’s daughter was a pretty baller thing to do also…
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4. Copper (2.03) – The Lamp Post

The most powerful moment of the episode is when Sarah takes an axe to the metal lamp-post where her brothers died, and help flows to her from all over as the whole neighborhood joins in tearing down the symbol of her agony. HOWEVER, the best gif I found from the episode is unrelated to that event…

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3. The Killing (3.07) – The Preacher Man

This episode was a lot of emotion without too much actually happening. The biggest development, and what I and probably everyone else who watches the show assumed from week 1, the Pastor at the shelter isn’t what he seems. The extent to which (name change, creepiness) was still pretty unclear, but when this episode ended, it left little doubt that he isn’t at least guilty of something. Gotta check that back seat Linden…

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2. Dexter (8.02) – Deb’s Fight (Episode Recap)

Wow, this was Deb hitting bottom. Her attacking a hitman in a storage locker, getting her ass kicked, and then murdering said hitman. Deb is really not dealing with her place in life very well right now.

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1. Ray Donovan (1.02) – The Staple Gun

In what is quickly climbing the ranks of my favorite shows, the 2nd episode of Ray Donovan carried over rather well from last week. We find out that Ray framed his father Micky for a shooting in Boston years earlier, and the true culprit was an actor who is now being stalked by Micky. Security camera’s show Ray’s half-brother Daryll breaking into the actor’s house to leave a picture, and more importantly a message. Well this is rewarded in kind when Ray’s guy beats down Daryll and staples the picture to his chest…

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Sunday Night TV: This Week’s Top 5 Moments – Ray Donovan, Jessica Hamby, and the Return of Dexter Morgan

There is real plethora of excellent television currently airing on Sunday nights as everyone rushes in to fill the time-slots that last month were held by Game of Thrones and Mad Men. What follows were my top 5 TV moments from Sunday night…

5. Copper (2.02) – Burn Baby Burn

Francis Maguire is out of jail and working on the other side of the law now. His first act with his new gang of ruffians is to stick a lit cigarette up a man’s nose. Imagine the pain associated with plucking a nose hair out, and how horrible that can be. Now take that bundle of nerve-endings and hold a smoldering ash to it…

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4. The Killing (3.06) – Linden’s Interview Skills

Not only did Sarah scare off their only witness with her pressured interrogation, but she also lost her cool talking to Ray Seward and admitting to the fact she thinks him innocent of the crime he is only days away from being executed for. This doesn’t sit well with the man living out his last days on Death Row. He informs her that she need not bother to visit again. What made this scene really stand out was the performance of Sarsgard, who has been excellent all season, but particularly shined here.

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3. Dexter (8.01) – Deb’s Breakdown (Episode Recap)

I loved Debra laying into Dex, which I normally hate, but ol’ Dex has really seemed to lose touch with what used to make him such a great character. Not sure why so many people were so excited for this episode considering what the once great show has become over the last few years, but we are still watching. And I know everyone hates Deb, but I’m loving her complete breakdown. Something in this episode changed her from annoying to sexy as hell. Perhaps I just have a thing for train wrecks…

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2. True Blood (6.03) – Jessica Goes to School

Jessica Hamby is the main reason I still watch True Blood. This season, 3 episodes in does seem already better than the last 2 seasons were, but if not for Deborah Ann Woll I doubt I would’ve stuck it out till now…

1. Ray Donovan (1.01) – The bag or the bat?

The ‘Under the Radar’  surprise of the week was the premiere of Ray Donovan, staring Liev Schreiber in the title role. The guy is a fixer, like Mr. Wolfe in Pulp Fiction, he gets called in to handle shit. One such example was when a certain stalker arrived home to find Ray sitting on his couch. “The bag of the bat?” That’s a gentlemanly move to give the dude a choice. Get brained with this here bat, or take the mystery bag! It could be anything, it could even be a bat! I won’t spoil what’s inside the bag, but I’m gonna recommend this show to everyone. Strong start.

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True Blood – #WaitingSucks but a new trailer doesn’t!

I’ve mentioned it before, (here in the S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer write-up) but I love when shows embrace social media, especially when they come up with a clever hashtag with which to brand themselves. There are few better than the HBO vampire show, True Blood, with their #WaitingSucks campaign. In addition to having something that is easy for people to spread around twitter, they put out YouTube videos as well.

Just a few behind the scenes look at filming for season 6, that’s all. Of course with everything that happened in season 5, people are looking for any little clue as to what season 6 holds. To refresh your memory, how about a brief overview of True Blood last season?

So yea. Bill is now Lillith, Alcide is pack leader, Jason still is seeing “Mom and Dad” who aren’t really there, and who is Warlow? Will Jason finally clear his head this season and there’s been a lot of rumor floating around about someone dying… especially with episode 7 titled “The Funeral”. Could it be Eric? There’s plenty of people speculating that it is, especially after the key art was released.

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I don’t think that looks like anyone specifically but there is a large contingent of people out there who are convinced that it’s Alexander Skarsgard’s character Eric Northman. Of course no one over at HBO is going to let that secret out so we’ll just have to wait and see.

How about some teasers though? Ask and you shall receive.

Our first glimpses of genre legend Rutger Hauer! Looks pretty good right? Of course it does, it’s True Blood! Even when they have an “off” season (some will argue that they’ve never had an off season, even if we all know season 4 sucked) it’s still pretty entertaining. One thing that I hope they continue is the whole vlog aspect they had with Jessica this past season. I just can’t help myself, I love it when shows do things like this.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that Deborah Ann Woll is easy on the eyes either.

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So there you go- teasers, trailers, recaps of season 5… I daresay we are ready. Are you looking forward to True Blood season 6? Have any theories as to who is going to die? Who will live? Let us know in the comments!

True Blood season 6 premieres on HBO on June 16th at 9 EST.

HBO’s True Blood Episode 5.08 – “Somebody That I Used to Know”

After the brilliance of last week, I was completely underwhelmed by what I was served during this most recent of episodes.

Sookie’s faerie powers are getting ridiculous.  Now apparently she can read the thoughts of dead people?  It’s too much.  It’s too weird.  And who is this creepy new vampire that killed her parents?  The Scarecrow from Batman Begins?  Seems like he’d be pretty cool to have on the show as more than just a memory, so let’s hope we meet him for real.

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