December 28th, 2017
You know, it’s a cute idea with some good actors and played for the right level of comedy, but there are some problems with Stan Against Evil.
Last season, I had some issues, especially the appearance that IFC doesn’t seem to care much about the show, but I’ve started to realize that maybe the issues go a bit deeper than I had thought.
So let’s look at season 2 and see just what is going wrong.
December 26th, 2017
Last night, my wife and I sat down and watched a riff on Phantom Menace and it got me thinking about something I’ve talked about before in passing, that I think Star Wars ended in 1983 with the release of Return of the Jedi. Sure, many movies have been released since that bore the name Star Wars, but those aren’t Star Wars in the same sense that the original trilogy was.
See, movies, and it isn’t just Star Wars but all “classic” movies, are a product of their time. They are the perfect synthesis of a particular kind of writing and a particular kind of direction to produce a memorable movie. Even something like the Universal Monster Movies couldn’t have been done at a different time in history because movies weren’t the same outside of a very small window when they were made. I mean, try to picture the classic 1931 Dracula with Bela Lugosi. Now try imagining them making the same movie, with the same cast, the same director and the same script, in 1951. Or 1981. Or 2001. It simply wouldn’t be the same. Whether or not it’s a good movie, it still wouldn’t be that movie. And in the case of Star Wars or the original Star Trek series, all of the magic, at least in my opinion, is a combination of a particular script or set of scripts, a particular set of actors and directors, and a certain feeling that only came from the era in which it was made. It’s virtually impossible to recreate that feeling unless you exist within that specific era. You couldn’t remake Citizen Kane and have it be the same movie. You couldn’t remake 2001: A Space Odyssey and have it be the same movie. It just can’t be done.
Mel Brooks says that you simply couldn’t make Blazing Saddles today because the culture has changed (for the worse IMO). You couldn’t make a lot of films from the 70s and 80s today for the same reason. They wouldn’t have the same look, they wouldn’t have the same feel and they certainly wouldn’t be written or acted or directed the same because all of those things are a product of their time as well. I don’t want a Star Wars movie, I want Star Wars. I want that particular moment in cinematic history that will never come again. I’m not attracted to the general Star Wars universe, I’m attracted to the original three movies and that’s it. I’m not a fan of the overall Star Trek universe, I am a fan of the original series and that’s it. Nothing that comes later will ever recapture the look and feel of the original. Flashy ships and huge explosions don’t replace the feeling of the original. It can’t. People should stop trying to do it because they will always fail.
I figure no one will ever agree with me and that’s fine, but when people ask me what I mean when I say Star Wars ceased to be in 1983 or Star Trek stopped in 1969, that’s what I mean. That show, those movies, complete with the look and feel and all of the details that went along with them, those stopped being made and could not be made in any time period outside of the ones that they were. And that’s what I am a fan of. You’re welcome to be a fan of anything you like. I just don’t have to agree with you.
December 21st, 2017
As much as I absolutely adored the first season of Daredevil, I have to admit that, as time has gone on, the Netflix Marvel series have been a mixed bag at best, some have been passable but a lot have been just bad. Just because you get one really right doesn’t mean lightning can strike again twice. Or six more times at present. That is up until Jon Bernthal’s take on Marvel’s iconic psychopath, The Punisher. So let’s see what the first season holds and why this is the role Barnthal was absolutely born to play.
December 17th, 2017
I really need to get these reviews out a bit faster because I’ve got a couple that have been in limbo for a while. This time I’m taking a look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and I haven’t reviewed it because I didn’t like it, I really did, but because I have so much piled up that I have to get to.
I really loved the first movie and looked forward to this one, but now that it’s out on Bluray, now that I’ve finally sat down to see it, I guess it’s time to get my opinions out there into the ether. So away we go!
December 14th, 2017
Oh look, Mormon TV! Because let’s be honest, that’s what Extinct is. No, it’s not all that overt, but it is co-created by Orson Scott Card, who is a complete religiously bigoted asshole, and produced by BYUtv (Brigham Young University), so yes, the Mormons had a lot to do with this.
But I’m not going to judge it on that basis, I’m going to look at it by its own merits and see if it’s any good. So is it? You’ll have to look below the fold to find out.
December 12th, 2017
I stumbled across this movie quite by accident, someone was talking about it and it sounded interesting. But what I got wasn’t what I was expecting, which is both good and bad. Museum is based on a manga series by Ryosuke Tomoe about a frog-masked serial killer and the race against time to save innocent lives.
So is it a good movie? Well, I guess the only way you’ll know is to look below the fold. See you there.
December 7th, 2017
I usually don’t pay a lot of attention to Hulu, but recently they’ve started coming up with some decent original programming and I might have to see what else they have. This time around, they brought us Future Man, a flat-out spoof of everything pop culture, especially 80s pop culture, created by Seth Rogen. It’s the first show he’s ever done that he hasn’t acted in. But the second I saw the trailer, I knew this was going to be something special and damn it, it was. So let’s hop into the future and see just what makes this such a great show.
December 3rd, 2017
This is a straight lift from 1959’s Giant Gila Monster, but even though it’s billed as a remake, there are enough differences that I don’t buy it.
And I’ll be honest, I am a fan of the original low-budget movie. It is one of my favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes and I own the non-MSTied version. Giant Gila Monster is a classic in bad 50s sci-fi with a ton of heart and enough going on to make it enjoyable while you’re laughing at how bad it is.
So while I may be the only one who really enjoyed this, let’s take a look at Gila!