Before They Were Stars: Dabney Coleman in a Rambler Commercial

If you want the surreal sight of a young Dabney Coleman without his trademark moustache, here he is in a 1962 commercial alongside actress Jean Hale, who was his real-life wife at the time. They are both advertising Rambler, an automobile brand which has been extinct for over three decades now.

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Last Link of the Day: Wizard of Meh

Follow follow follow! Reach the wizard!

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Honest X-Men: The Animated Series

Boy, the 90’s really were a bastion of amazing superhero animated series, weren’t they? With X-Men: Apocalypse receiving tepid reviews as it hits theatres this weekend, it’s time to look back with Honest Trailers upon one of the best comic book cartoons ever. Annnnnd the theme song is stuck in my head again.

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The Reviewinator: X-Men – Apocalypse (2016)

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Eight movies in, not counting Deadpool, and any franchise would start to feel stale. They’ve already travelled through time once, so what’s to stop them from doing it again? It’s created a sort of “nothing matters anymore” kind of feel to it, stripping off any and all suspense, and robbing any surprises of their impact. Alternate timelines aside, this movie takes place in 1983, twenty-one years after X-Men: First Class. And these characters are still as baby-faced as they were back then? (Maybe they hoped we wouldn’t notice.) And with post-credits scenes practically a requirement for comic book movies these days, “apocalypse”, i.e. “the end”, may be the opposite of what X-Men has in mind for itself.

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Last Link of the Day: Awkward…

Just a second! Hold that elevator! I bet this actor is sick of it already.

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Drive 2: The Uber Years

Like all parody trailers, this one goes on just a little too long, but damn if this concept isn’t perfect. And the star even looks like Ryan Gosling! A tip of the hat to Joey Thompson for absolutely nailing Drive 2.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 255 – Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man

spidermanposterSpider-Man is back on the big screen thanks to Captain America: Civil War, and everybody seems to love the return-to-form of our favourite webslinger. It’s been a long road for Spidey to get to this point, so on this episode of Shouts From the Back Row, Gill, Robin, and TK give their thoughts not only on Civil War, but on all five Spider-Man movies which preceded it. With great power comes great responsibility – click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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Before They Were Stars: Sara Ramirez in “Spider-Man”

Later today, we will be releasing this week’s Shouts From the Back Row podcast, where we will be discussing the Spider-Man films. If you go back and watch the first two Sam Raimi movies, you will find a large number of recognizable actors who pop up in small roles before they were famous. One of the smallest roles belonged to future Grey’s Anatomy cast member Sara Ramirez, who makes a brief appearance in the first Spider-Man as the cop at Uncle Ben’s murder scene who tells Peter it was a carjacking.

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Last Link of the Day: Liquid Paper

I can do this. I just don’t feel like it. Shut up.

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Calvin & Hobbes: Art Before Commerce

As a lifelong Calvin and Hobbes fan, I have struggled more than once with coming to terms with Bill Watterson’s ethic. I adore Calvin and Hobbes, and to me one of the greatest tragedies in all of comics is the fact that Watterson never really did anything else. He showed up, created the best comic in history, and then…just stopped. I don’t think he should betray his desire to put his art over merchandising and money, I guess I’m just surprised that he never did another strip. Or even just put out a few art books. Anyway, this video is an appropriate tribute to Watterson’s work. Sigh…time to get out my Calvin and Hobbes books again.

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