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20 Cool Photos From the First Annual Five Points Festival 2017 in NYC

This past weekend on New York City’s Lower East Side was the inaugural Five Points Festival, a brand new fan convention curated by Clutter magazine and presented by Midtown Comics.  The festival is a collision of toys, comics, street art, and counterculture, replete with food trucks and craft beer.  This was pretty much a geek’s version of Valhalla.s Continue reading “20 Cool Photos From the First Annual Five Points Festival 2017 in NYC”

Film Review: Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Was Pure Sci-Fi Bliss

What’s up guys?  Ralph a.k.a. the “Perennial Aesthete” is here.  It’s been awhile, but I hope you’re all in the best of health and happiness.  Speaking of being happy, to describe Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sequel to Marvel’s 2014 swash-buckling science-fiction adventure, I’d have to say it was pure euphoric bliss.  It brought back memories from my childhood when I used to sit in my room drawing comic book characters and reading my favorite comics such as Iron Man, the Avengers, Spider-Man and the Mighty Thor. Continue reading “Film Review: Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Was Pure Sci-Fi Bliss”

RIP Bernie Wrightson, Celebrated Comic Book Artist and Horror Illustrator 1948 – 2017 

The comic book world suffered a huge lost this past weekend.  Acclaimed comic book artist and horror illustrator, Bernard Albert “Bernie” Wrightson, sometimes credited as Bernie Wrightson—has died following a long battle with brain cancer.  Recognized as one of his generation’s greatest art masters of horror illustration and comics, Bernie was known for his iconic Frankenstein illustrations and co-creating DC Comics’ movie-starring creature, Swamp Thing.  He also worked on popular comic book titles such as Spider-Man, Batman, Doctor Strange and The Punisher. Continue reading “RIP Bernie Wrightson, Celebrated Comic Book Artist and Horror Illustrator 1948 – 2017 “

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: The Ape King Makes A Gargantuan Return – But Kong Is Not The Only King

If you’ve already watched Kong: Skull Island and you stayed past the end credits, you should be clear on one thing—that Kong is not the only king.  You should also know that the ‘Toho Initiative’ is a go.  That’s just a mere reference to Nick Fury’s (Samuel Jackson) visit to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Marvel Studio’s 2008 film, Iron Man, in which Fury informs Stark that he’s putting together a team of superheroes.  In this case, Kong: Skull Island, is the next chapter of Legendary Picture’s “MonsterVerse,” a new cinematic universe that’s highly anticipated to reach a pinnacle in a Godzilla vs. Kong movie in 2020.

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‘Logan’ Review: Hugh Jackman’s Final Wolverine Movie Comes To a Brutal, Beautiful and Somber Ending

Hands down, this is the best X-Men or X-men related film that has been made to date and unquestionably, the Wolverine movie, we’ve all been waiting for.  Feeling more like a western rather than a comic book adaptation, film director James Mangold (The Wolverine3:10 To Yuma, Copland), brings us a visceral, violent, emotional and arguably, the most ambitious one since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy.

Continue reading “‘Logan’ Review: Hugh Jackman’s Final Wolverine Movie Comes To a Brutal, Beautiful and Somber Ending”

‘Split’ Movie Review: James McAvoy Delivers in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unhinged Return to Form

By now, many of you probably heard about Split, the latest offering from M. Night Shyamalan which had it’s world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX last year in September 2016.  The festival is the largest genre film showcase in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and other fantastic movies from all around the world.  With that being said, it’s safe to say that Shyamalan has returned to form in full force in his latest and quite unnerving psychological thriller, Split.

Continue reading “‘Split’ Movie Review: James McAvoy Delivers in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unhinged Return to Form”

Reflecting on World Cancer Day: The Importance of Cancer Screening and Health Checkups (RIP Anthony Lloyd Gilliard)

“We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts. About one-third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care.”

– Ban Ki-moon

Continue reading “Reflecting on World Cancer Day: The Importance of Cancer Screening and Health Checkups (RIP Anthony Lloyd Gilliard)”

My Open Letter of Gratitude to Former President Barack Obama (From Ralph A. Gilmore)

Dear Former Mr. President,

Ever since the day of your farewell speech, I’ve been meaning to put something together to honor you in my own way.  I’m not sure how much traction this post will get or even have the slightest possibility of my words reaching your vicinity.  If, by some miracle, you happen to come across this post, I want to start by saying, “thank you!”  I am proud of you Continue reading “My Open Letter of Gratitude to Former President Barack Obama (From Ralph A. Gilmore)”

(Video) Happy New Year 2017 From NYC – Inspirational Message

Peace to 2016!  I’m more than ready to move on to bigger and brighter days ahead, along with a fresh perspective… it’s all on God’s timing.  I just wanted to share some thoughts in which I hope that some of you will find encouraging and inspiring.  Here’s hoping 2017 Continue reading “(Video) Happy New Year 2017 From NYC – Inspirational Message”

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