Last week, Comic Afterthoughts discussed the films to see in 2014. With this column, we're going to take a look at the five biggest comic movies of 2013. After the massively successful films of 2012, this year's crop stirs much more debate when it comes to the top spot. Read below to see how we rank them, and provide your own line-up in the comments section. Now, let's start with No. 5.
5. Kick-Ass 2
This film maintains that Mark Millar brand of humor captured perfectly in the first installment, 2010's Kick-Ass. With an inspired bit of casting with Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes and even more action than its rocket-launching predecessor, the film showed promise. But even though the tone was similar, all the shock of the first film was gone with this one, and the entire concept lost its luster. This is just one of those rare stories in which the origin story is the highlight, and instead of wanting to skip over it for the good stuff, I'm pining for the days when it all felt new.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 13, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
* Nutcracker at Belk Theater
* A Soulful Noel at McGlohon Theater
* Those Darlins at Snug Harbor
* Misfits Christmas at Prohibition
* Reception at Studio K
Former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield, who has had a slew of legal troubles, says he won't watch his former multimillion-dollar mansion go up in smoke on Saturday when it's burned down to the ground. The new property owners say they don't want the house.
The legal bills are piling up as the fight for Charlotte-Douglas airport continues.
For the grammar geeks: A UNC Chapel Hill English professor says it's time to kill off the apostrophe.
The Associated Press uncovers details about "one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA": An American man who went missing in Iran seven years ago was there on an unapproved mission.
And for the ultimate planners out there: We've just published our big-ass list of New Year's Eve parties.
Surprise! Somehow, queen Bey, who was in Charlotte this past summer, was able to keep the fact she was working on a new album a secret.
For a year and a half.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Working with Jay Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Drake, the Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Frank Ocean and Hit Boy, the singer churned out her most ambitious project to date, without ever actually saying she was putting out an album any time soon.
"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans," Beyonce said in the album's announcement on Thursday.
"I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out," she added. "I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans."
The self-titled album is currently available as an iTunes exclusive.
Miracles do happen during the holidays.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman
Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - Tyler Perry, Larry the Cable Guy
A fun piece from our Benched sports blog about a man who brings incredible Super Bowl luck to nearly every city he's lived in. He moved to Charlotte in the fall.
Finally, the U.S. foreclosure crisis is behind us.
North Carolina and other states throw themselves at Boeing.
Soon after its merger with US Airways, American Airlines ordered 90 new regional jets.
Much like humans wear colors that reflect their mood, chameleons change colors to communicate.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 12, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
* Buddy Valastro at Ovens Auditorium
* Triptych Collective's Genealogy at Chop Shop
* Art & Adornment at LaCa Projects
* A Tuna Christmas at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre
* Shiprocked at Snug Harbor
SEED20 has announced this year's nominees in the annual competition that awards the most innovative local nonprofits a cash prize.
According to a statement:
These 20 innovators - selected from a competitive applicant pool - have compelling ideas for creating positive social change in the Charlotte region. Their ideas were selected based on relevance, innovation, and potential for tangible community impact.
Just in time for Christmas, Image has released a new holiday-themed series about the centuries-old, mythical villain Krampus. The demon is the anti-Santa Claus, the one who punishes children instead of rewarding them. In this tale, Krampus! #1, the Secret Society of Santa Clauses are responsible for bringing cheer to the world.
However, something goes wrong. The source of their power is stolen, and now, the gang must turn to the most unlikely of allies (and the demon they had imprisoned for decades): the Krampus. The baddie must now make the decision: Should he actually solve the mystery, or is this the prime opportunity to wreak havoc again?
The comic comes from scribe Brian Joines and artist Dean Kotz. Joines is the man behind Imagine Agents, the BOOM! Studios project that sees the imaginary friends of children as actual creatures. This story seems like a natural progression from that idea. Kotz's work is recognizable to any fan of Charmed's comic book adaption.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 11, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
* Shaun Jones at The Comedy Zone
* Charlotte Bobcast vs. Orlando Magic at Time Warner Cable Arena
* David Bromberg at Visulite Theatre
* Humpday Hookah featuring DJ Steel Wheels at Red@28th
* ArtFusion: Art Deco at Mint Museum Uptown
Brilliant show as usual. Can't wait till they return to Charlotte.
Time's award is now officially "Person Of The Year Not Named Edward Snowden".
The same "gridlock" that confirmed Anthony Foxx 100-0? A non-lazy writer would have examined Watt's…
The things you find on flickr...!
Wow, that graphic of the toy soldier and the red Christmas ball is fantastic. Thanks!
Well deserved. These guys are tops today.