The Coen brothers really raised the bar on this one. No Country for Old Men immediately earned the title of recent classic upon its release in 2007. Today I want to really sink my teeth into this movie and talk about some of the themes and character motifs that truly make it one of the modern greats.
Cormac McCarthy penned the novel of the same name back in 2005, and the movie follows the same basic beats as the book does – although many scenes are expanded upon in the novel, of course. It’s a Neo-Western, and like all great westerns the plot follows a big bag of money and those who want it. We follow Llewellyn (Josh Brolin), are huntsman from rural Texas who while tracking a deer through the desert along the border with Mexico, he stumbles upon a drug deal that went majorly wrong.
Fantasy and Sci-fi fiction is full to the hilt of an incredible array of fictional races and species. Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Merfolk, Clingons, Ewoks and all the others we can think of. Today, I want to strengthen your worldbuilding forearms with a few bits of advice on how to handle creating new species from scratch and expanding on their origins.
Creating an entirely new race is a fantastic way to project a societal moral into your story. The Vulcans in Star Trek, for example, had no capacity for emotions and thus were ever logical – even to their detriment. How would such a personality conflict with the emotive human race?
The possibilities for these kinds of questions are endless, but whatever you decide to use your species for in your story, you are going to need to know how they got there in the first place.
Today, folks, I want to take you down to the lowest level of Hell for you to witness the imagery that could only be conceived by the twisted genius of this man's magnitude. He has been lorded across the west as being the, ‘Japanese Clive Barker’ a title he truly has earned, but his work is in no way derivative of his.
I want to take you into the macabre world of Junji Ito.
Junji Ito was born in the Gifu prefecture of Japan in 1963. He was inspired from a young age by both his older sister’s drawings and the work of Kazuo Umezu. Ito first began writing and drawing manga as a hobby while working as a dental technician in the early 90’s.
Today, we take a look at a part of history that is far less remembered in the West than perhaps it should be. The exploration of the Pacific, the establishment of alliances of a newly discovered foreign power and the arrogance of one European. This is the story of Magellan's last voyage.
You may have heard that Ferdinand Magellan was the first man to circumnavigate the Earth back from 1519-1522. If so, then whoever told you that was wrong. It is true that Magellan’s voyage traversed the entire planet, but the man himself did not. Magellan was actually killed in 1521 in the Kingdom of Mactan – which is now a part of The Philippines – and it was his second in command who completed the voyage.
It’s that time again, folks! Today we go through a select pick of popular comic book projects on Kickstarter that are inching ever closer towards their deadlines and they need your support to be bought to life.
When a girls’ softball team takes a shortcut through the Florida Everglades, they veer off the path towards a night they'll never forget – drinking, dancing – one last hurrah before college starts and they go their separate ways.
When they stumble into a trap set by a murderous cult, the stage is set for a night of blood-soaked carnage – but the cult has never dealt with victims who are ready to fight back, and while the girls might not have home field advantage, they have a game-changing surprise of their own.
Blake Northcott’s 48-page graphic novel is a double-header of murder and mystery that will crack you square in the skull ... it’s unfiltered survival horror like you've never seen before!