I have easily seen the 2005 movie The Producers (a musical update of Mel Brook’s 1968 classic based on the Broadway play of the same name) a hundred times. I have always followed a strict policy of never apologizing for the intelligence of your jokes. If someone does not get the joke, then rightly the onus should be on them for not getting the joke. However, The Producers contains some of the smartest humor you will see anywhere. As a matter of fact, you probably need a college degree to catch some of it. Continue Reading
Most people, even some of the ones that are familiar with Star Trek, tend to discount the importance of the animated series which was produced by Filmation. This is an interesting phenomenon for several reasons. First of all, The Animated Series is one of the few times in which nearly the entire case of a live action television show reunited for an animated series playing the same characters. The only regular cast member who was not in the voice cast was Walter Koenig. Koenig also made a contibution to the animated series in that Koenig was the first cast member to write any type of episode for Star Trek. Koenig wrote the episode for the animated series. In the 2009 movie Star Trek, they essentially allowed themselves a time reset situation in which any of the details of the Star Trek universe could be kept or thrown away. It may be lazy storytelling, but it essentially allowed the producers to come up with new entertainment. The surprising part is that in all that was jettisoned, there was a surprising amount which was kept directly from the animated series and no where else. Continue Reading
With the opportunity to have now seen The Dark Knight Rises several times as well as in the comfort of my own home and having the ability to pause as well as rewind, the more I see watch it the more similar the movie starts to seem to be with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Lets examine a few of them. This is mostly to either establish whether I am or am not in fact out of my mind.
[Warning: This blog contains spoilers from both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Dark Knight Rises.]
In my last entry, I discussed that money could be saved by watching movies at home. I also stated that there were a limited amount of movies coming out that truly caught my interest. So you might be questioning what are you going to watch if there are only 15 +/- good movies coming out every year. For example, there are plenty of lists online that are available to get you started.
I recently saw a segment of Clark Howard on the news where he discussed how much money can be saved by getting rid of cable. He suggested by getting Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime you could save a ton of money and get a better selection of shows. I think the same could be said about watching movies. I remember 10 years ago, I went to around 15 movies a year, probably more. On top of that, I would rent movies 2 at a time at the video store at least twice a month. Now my habits have dropped to next to nothing. I still see movies but not at the same frequency. There has been a major dent in my movie going habits. People who know me would say that is what happens when you have children. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Dec 15, 2012
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I was disappointed in your holiday lineup this year. This year should be the biggest year in Disney-ABC history. After looking over the holiday schedule on all your affiliated networks, and checking it twice. It seems that someone is being naughty. You have failed to include the holiday programming your viewing audience most wants to see. The programming could be the most watched show in TV history if someone at the Disney Company had not been naughty. This would be a chance to beat the viewing audience of the MASH “ Goodbye, Farewell and Amen.” Continue Reading
Since everyone seems like they are too cool to actually say it, I will. I am a fan of Robin. Yes, I am a huge fan and love almost every incarnation of Batman’s red and green wearing sidekick. You want a further reason to look derisively upon my point of view? Outstanding. I love Ewoks too. Personally, I think of myself as being a Tim Drake man. It is all a personal preference. Personally, I cannot stand and have very little tolerance for the current incarnation of Damian Wayne. I just think that Drake was the right meld of all of the elements that made a great Robin. Now, cinematically, there have been a few Robins over time. I will examine a few of my favorites. Continue Reading
I think that there is a fundamental misunderstanding of Peanuts when the producers say that there is ‘finally the technology to present Peanuts on film.’ This actually makes me really nervous about the Blue Sky production of the Peanuts scheduled for 2015. I love the Peanuts. I love animation. I really do not have anything against CGI or 3D technology. Granted, I am one of a long line of people that will scream “You murdered my childhood!!!” at almost the drop of a hat, but this one just feels different. In Schultz and Peanuts: A Biography, David Michaelis wrote about Charles Schultz’ desire for his children to take over the franchise when he passed on. Craig Schultz, Charles Schultz’s son, is one of the writers of the new movie. However, the realm of continuance written by relatives (otherwise known as ‘fam-fiction’) has turned out to be a rather mixed bag. Continue Reading
Recently, I watched the series finale of Smallville, concluding its tenth season. Ten years is a long time for anything. Ten years of actors playing the same role, ten years of steady employment for the crew, ten years of storytelling and character development. Considering I only recently watched the finale that originally aired in 2011, it is, perhaps, obvious that I did not watch Smallville real time, but I also didn’t watch it all at once. My journey with Clark Kent and friends has existed through what must be six years of my life, and it’s impactful. Television shows, especially today, are just as strong, powerful, and entertaining, if not more so, than films, and it’s amazing when you look back and think about all the adventures you’ve watched when a long-running series like Smallville ends. Continue Reading
I love a lot of things openly that people will not even admit to loving privately. That being said, I love and will watch with fascination most anything in the ‘body switch’ theme or genre. Keep in mind, I rarely think that it is done right. However, this will not stop me in any way from watching them. There are a few tenants to this genre we will explore. Continue Reading