Tag: BenBella Books

Batman Unauthorized

Print Reviews

With the Dark Knight casting his long shadow over box offices this month, a true sidekick emerges to help define this troubled but beguiling hero. Batman Unauthorized lifts the cowl with 18 diverse essays that do a lot more to support the Caped Crusader than that “Aww shucks!” Robin, and should be the perfect warm-up for the big screen bat.

Boarding the Enterprise

Print Reviews

Calling all Star Trek fans and absolutely no one else!! This book is not for the light of Trekkie heart. Tim Wardyn got suckered into reading these essays and finds out that, for the most part, those who write about Star Trek are just a bunch of a-holes.

James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007

Print Reviews

Can a Cold War-era spy find love in the 21st Century? The box office returns for Casino Royale say YES. If you want an idea why James Bond is still such a cultural force, the essays in this volume give you a lot to think about. Bob Pomeroy tells you about the good and the not so good from the Bond debates.

Star Wars on Trial

Print Reviews

Two nerds hold a mock trial to determine the merits of George Lucas’s most popular creation. The result is somewhere between Night Court and A Few Good Men. James Greene Jr. is our court reporter for the day.

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What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

Print Reviews

With his latest book, What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, celebrated stand-up Jedi Bill Maher “shocks” readers by doing the most outrageous, unthinkable, and socially unacceptable thing imaginable: he speaks rationally, logically, and objectively.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops

Features

Gasoline Lollipops’ newest single, “Freedom Don’t Come Easy,” is today’s mother lovin’ punk rock folk anthem.

Basket Case

Basket Case

Screen Reviews

Frank Henenlotter’s gory grindhouse classic Basket Case looks as grimy as the streets of Times Square, and that is one of the film’s greatest assets. Arrow Video gives this unlikely candidate a welcome fresh release.

Jimmy Failla

Jimmy Failla

Event Reviews

Despite the Mother’s Day factor, hundreds of fervent, faithful followers still flocked to Orlando’s famed Plaza Live to catch an earlybird set from Jimmy Failla — one of the hottest names on today’s national comedy scene.

Lonnie Walker

Lonnie Walker

Features

Ink 19 readers get an early listen and look at “Cool Sparkling Water,” a new single from Lonnie Walker.

Los Lobos

Los Lobos

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier has a bucket list day at a Los Lobos 50th Anniversary show in Davenport, Iowa.

Always… Patsy Cline

Always… Patsy Cline

Archikulture Digest

Carl F. Gauze reviews the not-quite one-woman show, Always… Patsy Cline, based on the true story of Cline’s friendship with Louise Seger, who met the star in l961 and corresponded with Cline until her death.