Rich Cicci

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is another successful successor by Marvel

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is another successful successor by Marvel

Do you want your summer blockbusters to balance spectacular action and drama with character development and a few laughs along the way? If so, then you may want to check out this little quasi-independent film by a virtual Hollywood unknown that was just released. Can you taste the hyperbole? We hope so, as we’re clearly […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Batman v Superman’ is so gritty you could use it as sandpaper – but why?

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Batman v Superman’ is so gritty you could use it as sandpaper – but why?

Superheroes have been leaping off the pages of comic books and into other forms of media for the past 75 years. There have been various television serials and series, numerous Saturday morning cartoons, and countless movies showcasing the exploits of these bastions of justice. In 1978, we received the first full-length feature film of Superman. […]

 Rich Cicci

‘Here Come’ The Bastard Suns – to Ole Tyme Charley’s in Plains on Friday, April 10!

‘Here Come’ The Bastard Suns – to Ole Tyme Charley’s in Plains on Friday, April 10!

The Bastard Suns is a band that has been making the kind of music they want to make and doing it on their own – and on their own terms with a distinctive reggae-infused punk sound. After two full-length albums, a split EP, a four EP set, and several tours that have crisscrossed the country, […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The good, the unfunded, and the Paul Blarts of the movie business

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The good, the unfunded, and the Paul Blarts of the movie business

There is a certain nuance that can be found in small or independent films. Yes, the budget may not be as much as a larger movie would receive from bigger studios, but then those filmmakers can create the type of movie they want to make without interjections from producers and higher-ups. Their story doesn’t have […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The flame war battlegrounds of social media

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The flame war battlegrounds of social media

With social media, we have been granted access to the various lives of millions of people around the globe. It has even had a huge part in many protests and upheavals in countries halfway around the world. This interconnectedness can be an amazingly strong tool. Yet here, in our country, we use it for such […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Genderbusters,’ or ‘Boys and girls living together – mass hysteria!’

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Genderbusters,’ or ‘Boys and girls living together – mass hysteria!’

It has been a few months since the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot was announced. There is a certain camp of people who have shit all over this announcement based on the “all-female” theme alone, but that initial shock has worn off. The pitchforks have been placed back in their toolsheds and torches have been extinguished… for […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The good and bad of ‘Gotham’ by TV light

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: The good and bad of ‘Gotham’ by TV light

My personal motto when it comes to the world of superheroes has always been, “Make mine Marvel.” The one exception has always been Batman. It is pretty hard to screw up Batman in my eyes. Comics, movies (although Joel Schumacher came pretty damn close with his movies), cartoons, videogames – Batman is arguably the one […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Better Call’ Cinnabon

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: ‘Better Call’ Cinnabon

One of the most frustrating things in the world of nerdom is not getting in on something while it was still at the ground floor; I’m talking movies, book series, a comic run, or television program. This has happened to me from time to time over the years. One recent example is that I never […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: Who needs reality when you have ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition?’

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: Who needs reality when you have ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition?’

Hello there, and welcome to the second installment of my column, Wildly Frustrated! I’d like to discuss a serious issue with you today, dear readers. Video games have been around since the 1970s and have evolved remarkably over their 40+ years in existence. From the simple days of “virtual ping pong,” a kidnapping gorilla, heroic […]

 Rich Cicci

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: Marvel Comics and U

WILDLY FRUSTRATED: Marvel Comics and U

Oh! Hello there. Please, pardon me; I didn’t hear you come in. By all means, take your coat off and have a seat by the fire. Would you care for a drink? Some hot tea, a mug of cocoa, or perhaps a snifter of brandy or a fine Irish whiskey? I wasn’t expecting any visitors […]