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THE COMICS VAULT'S "THUNDERWORLD ADVENTURES #1" REVIEW

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THE MULTIVERSITY: THUNDERWORLD ADVENTURES #1
Art by Cameron Stewart (line art) & Nathan Fairbanks (colors)
Words by Grant Morrison
Letters by Steve Wands

When Morrison’s Multiversity was first announced I was excited. Then four years passed and my anticipation cooled. But now Multiversity is here and for me so far it’s…okay. To be honest I was really looking forward to Morrison’s take on the classic Captain Marvel stories. So I gotta say, it was worth the wait. 

Thunderworld is everything a Captain Marvel fan could want, including reading him being called Captain Marvel instead of “Shazam”. Grant Morrison said he’s a big fan of the Fawcett charecters and it shows. Thunderworld is a great throwback to those 40s stories but modernized for anyone to enjoy. 

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Thunderworld or Earth-5/Earth-S is the 5 world explored in Multiversity. Here Doctor Sivana has discovered the Rock of Eternity and has taken over imprisoning the wizard Shazam. Sivana’s endgame is to mine all the magic from the rock and manufacture enough Suspendium to create an eighth day in order to defeat Captain Marvel. All with the help of the Doctor Sivanas of the Multiverses.

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Meanwhile boy reporter Billy Batson is reporting on “Timequakes” in downtown Fawcett City when Sivana’s children, Magnificus, Georgia & Thaddeous Jr. arrive. They have been given the same powers as Captain Marvel thanks to Doctor Sivana tapping into the magic in the Rock of Eternity and they fight. Eventually Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel Jr. come in as back up.

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  • Stevens’ seems to have a flair for comedy and gives more ammunition to the notion that he’s a mega-star just waiting to happen. He’d be my choice for Snake Plisken if that ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK reboot winds up getting made (he would have been a great Kyle Reese in TERMINATOR: GENISYS). (x)
  • Dan Stevens dazzles as the British Museum’s Sir Lancelot, who teams up with the American exhibits to help them on their quest. Stevens (so good in The Guest earlier this year) adds comedy to his ever-expanding CV, getting most of the best lines and delivering a frequently hilarious performance. (x)
  • Maybe the best thing in the movie is Dan Stevens, who is genuinely funny as Lancelot, a pompous knight who is out of touch with modern day things. He is clearly having fun in this role, especially when it comes to poking fun at Stiller’s character. (x)
  • In London, we’re introduced to a few new characters, including Lancelot (Dan Stevens) and a new nighttime security guard named Tilly (Rebel Wilson). Both are great, but Lancelot, in particular, truly steals the movie with his sidesplitting fairy-tale bravado. (x)
  • The pace of the film picks up when the characters arrive at the British Museum in the United Kingdom, thanks mainly to the new additions to the cast whose presence helps make the film more entertaining. Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, in particular, gives an enjoyable performance as Sir Lancelot, who is trying to complete his quest for the Holy Grail in order to return to Camelot. (x)
  • It’s only when we are introduced to Lancelot played hilariously by Dan Stevens that the movie kicks off in a rather great way. Stevens lauds up the performance as the handsome, somewhat silly and raucous knight that steals every scene he is in. Because the minute he arrives on the screen, you can tell that the rising star actor is having a whale of a time, chortling in a medieval hysteria that is very akin to Robin Hood: Men In Tights and similar to how Ewan McGregor gives no shits in Jack The Giant Slayer. He is romping through the role and it is so incredible to watch. And when he arrives, so do the jokes and it’s no longer just Lancelot pulling Night at the Museum 3up to a stunning and comical film. (x)
  • The best of the new additions is undoubtedly Dan Stevens (who is having a hell of a year). He pop up here as the one and only Sir Lancelot, hamming it up with great gusto and a touch of self-awareness which he also brought to The Guest. (x)
  • Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens is an especially welcome addition as Sir Lancelot, bringing cheeky British charm, humour and depth to his character. (x)
  • The addition of Dan Stevens as Lancelot is a great one, he’s funny and the quips about his blue eyes are laughable. (x)
  • But Stevens is the real find here, cut loose from his pale, lovesick turn on “Abbey” to wear long hair, armor and a dashing swagger as Lancelot, a knight in need of a quest.Even he never rises to hilarious. (x)

Can we talk about this drink? Aloe vera is known as an ancient healer filled with vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. This original flavor is sweetened naturally with honey, which contains magnesium, potassium, and minerals as well. I read that aloe water can aid in symptoms after eating gluten, so I wanted to keep a few in the house if there is ever cross contamination. Each bottle contains aloe vera pulp, which are little jelly like pieces throughout the drink. I thought it would be odd, but it is tasty, and quenches thirst. 

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation Review - T

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Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation - £28.00 

  • - FOR OILY SKIN
  • - GREAT FOR ACNE PRONE SKIN
  • - CRAZY LONGEVITY
  • - SPF10
  • - HIGH COVERAGE
  • - OIL FREE
  • - MATTE
  • - CONTAINS VITAMIN A,C,E

If you liked Estee Lauder Double Wear’s formula and coverage, you’ll definitely love this! It also reminds me of MAC Pro Long Wear Foundation without it breaking your skin out! Both loved by those with oily skin suffering from constant breakouts, blemishes and dark marks. 

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I’m shade '2.2 Light Golden Beige' from the 12 Shade spectrum and i'm pretty impressed by it's neutral-to yellow undertone (I probably would've loved if it was more yellow though)

I wear this on days when I’ll be travelling for longer periods of time and won’t have time to touch up on my makeup. Its remarkably long wearing and stays just as flawless by the end of the day as most matte foundations do. It can look rather flat and dull on the face as its so matte so ensure you do brighten up the under eyes just for more dimension to the face. I wore Maybelline Age Rewind (GREY AS SHIT CONCEALER which you can tell from the photo above, but okay looking if colour corrector is used underneath)

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(FYI: My brows haven’t been done for awhile, apologies for the mess lol Im in the process of regrowing/thickening and reshaping them in time for my birthday)

)Just like Estee Lauder DW it can sometimes feel like a mask on my face (this could be because I have super dehydrated dry skin and need moisture in my foundations) but does behave when I wear my Smashbox Hydrating Primer underneath and then set it with a mist.

I apply this foundation with a damp sponge to lighten up the highly pigmented formula as I find that brushes cause way too many streaks which set too quickly to blend.

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Overall, I do love how amazing it looks on the skin. It does have SPF10 which is essential for longer days out but it can leave horrible flashbacks on camera WHEN FLASH IS USED.

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If you haven’t read my review of Coastal Scents Eyeshadow palette - Click here

I got it out again to create the eyeshadow look, inspired by one of mine & M’s absolute favourite makeup artists Styledbyhrush,

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Products Used:

  • Smashbox Hydrating Primer
  • Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation
  • Chanel Les Beige Powder
  • Bobbi Brown Peach Corrector
  • Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer
  • NARS Liberte Blush
  • NARS Albatross Highlight
  • Bourjois Liquid Liner
  • Eylure Lashes 151
  • ABH Dipbrow Pomade
  • The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
  • Coastal Scents 88 Palette
  • No7 Stay Perfect Lipstick Bare

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Harley Quinn is comin' to town: Harley Quinn Holiday Special review

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Deck the halls! Hang the mistletoe! Sing the carols!

It’s the holidays season!

And of course, DC has something very special for us in store.

This month, Harley Quinn is the star of the Holiday Special issue, with 3 amazing short stories written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (the dream team that writes the monthly issues) and illustrated by some amazing guest artists.

The result is a funny, festive volume which will make you go "aaawww" several times for its cuteness.

Following her New52 reboot, Harley is a complete and interesting character with a big heart. And what it is that they say? We’re all goodhearted at Christmas. Harley included.

This is the perfect read for a cozy night in before Christmas. Well done DC, well done!

[Reviews] Movie Review: The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies at Takuchat.com

by our user dracosummoner

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Lake-town is burning!

The final installment in the heretofore uneven Hobbit trilogy begins with a bang, keeps a powerful pacing throughout its surprisingly short running time, and for the most part makes for a highly, unexpectedly satisfying conclusion to both its own story and to Peter Jackson’s overall journey through Middle-earth.

A much more mature atmosphere and concept

Frightening, powerful, loud, and stunningly amazing.

The Battle of the Five Armies opens by resolving the cliffhanger its predecessor ended on: the dragon Smaug has begun slaughtering the people of a port village and leaving their town in ashes. The town’s hierarchs are more concerned about the preservation of gold than of people, leaving the young, old, and weak to protect each other, or try. This fantasy story begins with an unsettling tragedy that can be easy to relate to, and watching the dozens of screaming, terrified individuals and families trying to scramble to safety is intense and nerve-wracking. Many efforts fail.

The Elf Tauriel does part of the leading for these evacuations, and if you liked her in The Desolation of Smaug, you may want to know that she remains noble and selfless; if you did not, her character is not heavily emphasized, nor is her budding romance with the Dwarf Kili. (There’s no cheesy, sugary ending. I did like the way actress Evangeline Lilly took to this side story’s resolution, as I felt she’d been too stoic elsewhere in the movie.)

It’s difficult to look on as the wandering emigrants from Lake-town struggle desperately to make shelters for their people, some of whom have to be carried for medical assistance on makeshift stretchers. Moreover, they have little in the way of material help–their authority figures don’t lift a finger to offer aid, and neither does the Dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, who is reveling in the mountains of gold he’s found in the halls of Erebor, which Smaug had been jealously guarding. The people ask only for enough coin to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, but Thorin firmly refuses to spare even one coin. One of his speaking lines subtly evokes one of the dialogue motifs used in The Lord of the Rings films themselves, which is a nice touch.

The film’s system of action and consequence means that selfishness is often paid for with influence. The people of Lake-town lose faith in their civil protectors, and Thorin’s consummate greed and heartlessness toward the poor costs him much of the trust of his fellows, let alone the rest of the people, who are simply demanding the aid they were promised. All sides have more pressing concerns–beyond Thorin and Lake-town, the Elves are also pressing their claim to the treasure (evidently partially consisting of their heirlooms), all of whom make for quite the target.

Many die in war. Life is cheap.

Azog’s back.

The Defiler, as menacing now as he was in An Unexpected Journey, has readied a vast army of Orcs for an assault on Elves, Men, and the Dwarves brought by one of Thorin’s relatives. As suggested in its name, nearly all of the film consists of fight scenes and lead-ups to more of them. There’s not a lot of story, but what’s present is good, including would-be king Thorin having quite the moment of introspection, making him a much more likable individual over the course of a few moments than he had bothered to be for two films.

At its best moments, Five Armies does recall the grandeur of Jackson’s previous Middle-earth trilogy, with sweeping displays of scenery often being filled with masses of troops from all sides. The fight scenes themselves, which take up a very large part of the movie, vindicate its narrow focus and are exciting, up-close, and brutal. The heroes rarely have the advantage, the violence rarely seems “fun” or goofy (there are no silly Goblin-town or barrel-bouncing scenes to be found here), and victories come from hard work and endurance, not stylishness. I wouldn’t recommend bringing young children, viewers who don’t like seeing decapitation, or those who are sensitive to rapidly flashing lights or images, particularly in the case of one old character who happens to emanate flames. Though there’s no torture or inordinate emotional trauma, some scenes were nonetheless hard to watch, and it’s worth knowing going in that Tauriel especially takes a beating in full view of the camera, complete with blood running down her face. At least it generally cuts away when several others receive impalements.

The movie does an excellent job of maintaining a dark mood throughout, even with occasional moments of humor, which never feel inappropriately timed or aimed and often come across as black comedy. There are no jokes about golf or genitals or toilets this time around, even if there is a little bit of language (“b-tards,” “bloody,” “b-ggers”). Instead, we receive grisly shots of streets and countrysides littered with dozens of dead soldiers and civilians, including children if I recall, and from the one-on-one fights to the small skirmishes and the openly warring armies, the fights themselves do a good job of maintaining variety so the viewer shouldn’t have to feel like the movie is simply repeating content. The lack of a strong central story can make the action tend to blur together a bit, though.

The devil’s in the details

The movie is a huge technical success. The God-made and man-made environments are as beautiful as ever, and the soundtrack from composer Howard Shore serves as an incredible and quite possibly flawless complement. Some of his battle themes make me wonder if he’s been comparing notes with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor composer Garry Schyman. The writing and role assignments have likewise improved: Bilbo Baggins at long last sort of feels like the star of the film named for him, and even though his naiveté is more heartbreaking than adorable (he continually speaks of Thorin as a “friend” when the latter has treated him horribly), he does make up a good part of the film’s moral compass. Several of the other Dwarves also hold Thorin accountable for his actions, and much of the film’s best drama comes when Elves are angry not at Orcs but at other Elves or Dwarves, or vice versa. These conflicts accomplish the twin purposes of making the characters and races feel nuanced while also holding them to a moral standard above that of the Orcs and monsters.

Said monsters generally look pretty good, and likewise the Elven soldiers are given just enough irregularities in how they stand or hold their weapons so as to not look like an endless swarm of clones. The environmental destruction, and there is a lot, is impressive up close (a collapsing bridge) or at a long distance (a burning city). There is one psychological hallucination that, while not extremely scary, is especially compelling thanks to its role in a character’s maturation and is like little else I’ve ever seen from a Middle-earth tale.

The movie’s battle scenes wind down right at the two-hour mark or so, and from there, the leisurely fifteen-minute epilogue kind of limps a little, as the story follows Bilbo in dealing with one last Shire-related pickle while deciding whether or not it actually wants to end. There is no grand series of conclusions chain-following each other, and indeed, several characters and the specific details of their fates feel unaccounted for. That being stated, the story wraps into The Fellowship of the Ring in the most perfectly delightful way. And really, since I walked in with no expectations, that’s a far greater thing than I could ever have asked for.

Conclusion: There and back again

I am pleased.

It’s been eleven years to the day since The Return of the King made its theatrical debut in America. Eleven years. I was still in school, and to this day I remember seeing a friend of mine come in the morning after the midnight release and immediately collapse his head onto a table. Our world has changed so much since then, and The Hobbit trilogy made many choices that clashed with my expectation of what a Lord of the Rings story should be or feel like. But if this is a salvaging of a sometimes wayward trilogy, then it’s quite possibly the greatest and most successful salvaging of a movie series I’ve witnessed.

The Last Goodbye,” sung by Billy Boyd [Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took], is a beautiful credits song, and it does right in evoking the melody and song structure of Annie Lennox’s Oscar-winning “Into the West,” intentionally or not. Regarding the movie as a whole, The Battle of the Five Armies is not quite the sprawling success that The Return of the King was (in part due to the former’s simple lack of content), but I think it’s another kind of movie miracle. It shows, whether a story starts out as great or not, that with enough love and effort, it’s not impossible to make it so.

Image credits (property of New Line Cinema and others)

- Movie postersource
Lake-town in flamessource
The hordes of Azogsource
Huge battle picturesource

This article was originally written and published on my review blog, Projected Realities.

Unbelievable Talent Right from the Start...

If you are a Colin Morgan fan, you may very well know that he was still in his final term at RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) when he was cast in the lead role of the play Vernon God Little at the Young Vic theatre in London’s West End. 

Director Rufus Norris said this of finding and casting Colin: 

Good casting directors have their spies in many places. We did have to look pretty hard for that part and it took a long time. Colin was literally the last person we saw. There were two others who were all right but when Colin came in on the last day we knew we had our Vernon. (x)

The play, which ran from April 30, to June 9, and then extended to June 23, 2007, gained rave reviews for Colin. Here are just a few:

All this would have mattered little had Norris - a director with something of a Midas touch at the moment - not made a genuine discovery in newcomer Colin Morgan, as Vernon.

Full of restless energy and youthful charisma from start to finish, Morgan is an absolute delight and carries the weight of the production on his shoulders with ease and a certain swagger, in what is his major stage debut. (x)

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Norris shapes a terrific professional debut from rangy Colin Morgan as Vernon. Although still at drama school, Morgan can turn his emotions on a dime. Onstage throughout, alive with contempt, he keeps the play alight. Vernon starts out as a slacker but Morgan invests him with focused energy. (x)

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Morgan (who has yet to graduate from drama school) gives a remarkably assured performance and manages his role as the dramatic centre of the piece with terrifying aplomb in one so young. (x)

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Colin Morgan’s Vernon belies his relative inexperience. Even if you can see Norris’ directorial hand moulding his youthful enthusiasm at moments, it is still an exceptional achievement to hold the dramatic centre of the piece with such aplomb. (x)

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Even the author of the book that the play was adapted from, DBC Pierre had this to say about him:

But he’s thrilled by the young actor Colin Morgan, who plays Vernon. “He’s absolutely spot on. I think it’s the first time I’ve had an image in my head of Vernon. I didn’t really picture him for the book. If you look in the text, all you know is that he has long eyelashes and dodgy hair.” (Independent, May 2, 2007)

In fact, the play was so well received that it was nominated for an Olivier Award (Britain’s equivalent to the American Tony Awards) for Best New Play in 2008! (x)

No doubt, it was nominated in large part because of Colin’s performance, who was in nearly every scene in the 2 hour and 40 minute play.

A pretty amazing debut for our favourite actor from Armagh.

(I certainly hope that his drama instructor at RSAMD, who had to travel to London to see the play for Colin’s final grade, gave him top marks!)

Two moons shimmer in the heat above the horizon, and the desert evening fades to purple rather than blue; into the starry black, huge and/or hopelessly complex artifacts flicker, flash, spin, turn, or merely progress with ponderous motion; indoors is all machinery, some old, some new; white plastic storm troopers and dull grey generals meet and march; circus-putty aliens drink in a bar where what appears to be an automatic still gleams in the background with tarnished copper tubing […] Motion: that’s the feeling you take away from the film more than any other. People tramp, run, sprint; sand skimmers skim; spaceships race, chase or careen of to hyperspace.
—  "Star Wars: A Consideration of the Great New S.F. Film" Samuel Delany. Cosmos Science Fiction and Fantasy. 1977.
Review ~ Oleavine Konjac Green Clay Sponge

I got the Konjac Green Clay Sponge for free from Oleavine and Tomoson.com to try and review, regardless this is my 100% honest opinion.

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It’s a sponge, a very nice sponge…but still just a sponge. It sounds great, but I’m not seeing any difference in my face that I wouldn’t get from using my face loofah pad or just my fingers or a washcloth. It is a nice generous size, and comes packaged dry and hard but softens up really quick once you get it completely wet. It is also very lightweight and comes with a thin string to hang it on.

I don’t see any difference in my face using it, maybe I need more time?. Alone it definitely did not clean my face at all, I rubbed it all over and it still felt a bit oily and dirty. I put a small bit of my face cleanser on it and it spread it around on my face nicely and I could even use a smaller amount directly on the sponge than I usually use with my finger so it will make my fash wash last longer. After I have my face was lathered all over my face I rise the sponge out by flatting it between my hands like they say to do and then I run it over my face with just water to rinse the face wash off. Once I’ve done all this my face feels good and clean but for my face I definitely need some kind of soap on it.

The shape of sponge is nice as I can use the point to get close to my eyes without getting soap in my eyes and the bigger side can be used on the bigger sections of my face and neck that I don’t have to be as cautions. One side of my sponge the pores are very smooth and absolutely does not exfoliate at all, but the other side the pores you can feel much more and though it’s not a rough exfoliation like a washcloth or loofah pad it still feels like it is doing something to your skin but very gently. Honestly it’s like the poor holes are smoothed or glossed over on on top and more real and natural on the bottom if that makes sense at all?

I will keep using this sponge with my face wash as I do like how it will make it last longer, but as just a stand alone sponge I don’t feel that I would purchase this regularly.

To find out more information about this product you can click here to find it on Amazon

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Batman #37 - All-Comic.com

By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, Fco Plascencia, James Tynion IV, John McCrea, Michelle Esposito There’s a scene in Batman: Year One where Batman crashes Carmine Falcone’s dinner party. The candles blow out, signifying the end of an era. It’s enough to give any Bat-fan chills. Miller an…

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