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In the past year or so, there's been a growing number of diecast metal figures hitting the market, each from toymakers looking to do something a bit different to stand out from the already crowded pack. Generally, when one thinks of diecast, it would be in reference to toy cars, and that category is one that the folks at Jada Toys know very well. Now they're putting their toolmaking skills to work with a new line called METALS that were once teased as being "worth the weight" - and they do have some bulk, firmly stamped as being "HEAVY." I know a thing or two about "heavy metal," so I appreciate the concept. Having tackled characters from both DC Comics and the MARVEL Universe, this summer brought a tie-in for the relaunched GHOSTBUSTERS franchise with an assortment of GHOSTBUSTERS Classics focusing on characters from Ivan Reitman's 1984 film. All four members of the crew are available, including Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore and Peter Venkman. Also issued were the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a two-pack featuring a "slimed" version of Dr. Venkman alongside the famous green ghost, Slimer. The latter two arrived here for review in our Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™ in a care package from my friends at The Toy Insider. Let's take a look!

Friday, April 15 2016 08:00

Film Review: Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK

As I said upon leaving the World Premiere at the El Capitan Theatre, Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK is an unexpectedly astonishing and beautiful film, not only in terms of visuals, but in terms of content and weight. To say it must be seen on the big screen and in 3D is an undeniable truth, a testament to the technological marvel created under the direction of filmmaker Jon Favreau (ELF, IRON MAN) - a modern digital film that pushes the boundaries of what can be done with photo-realistic CG to new heights, but also retains the feel of an organic, handmade film. Despite my unabashed appreciation for much of Favreau's back catalog, when the film was first announced a few years back, I must admit that I was apprehensive as to how, exactly, it would play out. As a fan of the 1967 original (reviewed here), and as a moviegoer that's sometimes burnt by the overuse of CG, how could it be done? Fortunately, many of these same issues had been considered and addressed early-on in the process, and the end result is wonderful. Could THE JUNGLE BOOK be every bit as good, if not better than the classic that inspired it? I say yes.

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It was just about a month ago that a teaser for the Neflix Original  Holiday Special, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS hit the web. Today comes the full trailer, and what Bill Murray and half of Hollywood have cookin' may well be the finest example of Holiday Cheer to be spread for grownups this season. Directed by Sofia Coppola, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS will be available for streaming this December, only on Netflix. See the full trailer below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

We're in a magical time, folks. The original content from Netflix (an organization I'm privileged to be associated with as a member of their #StreamTeam) is coming faster than ever, and it just keeps getting better. From MARVEL's DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES, to CARE BEARS & COUSINS and THE POPPLES (oh yes), there's so much great stuff in the pipeline, and the Holiday season is certainly not immune to the Golden touch. Netflix just released a teaser for A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS, and it's truly a delight. If I didn't know better, I'd think that I felt a snowflake on my cheek while watching Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Rashida Jones, Michael Cera and much of Hollywood having an adventure in NYC. Check it out...