I typically jump at the chance to see a Sam Rami movie. Director of Evil Dead and the Spider-Man trilogy, Rami, has been one of my favorite directors. I got excited when I heard that he was going to direct the Wizard of Oz prequel. Then I saw the trailer filled with special effects, and very stiff acting. I instantly could tell that something was off.
The Steel City Con (a.k.a The Pittsburgh Toy Show) starts Friday December 7th. The show is mostly made up of toy vendors selling a variety of action figures, trains, comics, and some very rare items. I will be attending the show, and covering it for the site on Saturday. Some of the celebrity guests include Louise Gossett Jr., Elvira, Peter Mayhew, Sgt. Slaughter, and from the A-Team Dirk Benedict and Dwight Shultz. If you are planning on attending look for me! I love meeting readers of the site.
Not only does Pixar create amazing films, but the short films that proceed the features are just as entertaining. The shorts are magical pieces of storytelling that put together on one DVD makes it an easy way to watch all of them easily.
That’s right these have all been released before, but in order to watch them you need to pull out all of the latest Pixar films, watch one, remove it from the player, and insert another. You also have to find a way to skip the Disney trailers and commercials. I also have to wonder who really wants to admit they own Cars 2?
Movie sequels are never as good as the original. Rushed into production for a quick buck. Once in a while the second film proves this wrong, and is just as good or sometimes better! A third film is then expected to complete a movie trilogy. That’s when everything goes bad, ruined by the third film. Looking at all of the trilogy DVD box sets on my shelf, I identify the Essential Seven Worst Third Films in a Movie Trilogy:
I recently began re-watching episodes of The Wonder Years on Netflix. (Note: The music changes are hard to accept) I haven’t watched the show since it first aired, so I was surprised by my reaction after a few episodes. Kevin Arnold is a manipulative, dishonest, and evil douchebag that I despise.
Yes, I realize that Kevin is just a teenager, and all teenagers are dicks. Everybody grows up, matures, and regrets things they did growing up, and I should just accept that fact that he is learning from his mistakes. Kevin as an adult is the narrator to the show. He has the greatest memory of anybody that I ever met. While he reminisces about his childhood, I really see the narrator as a way to explain and provide valid reasons as to why he was such a terrible person. Just like the older wiser Kevin Arnold reflects back on his life, I reflect on the Essential Seven Reasons I Hate Kevin Arnold.
At Comicon Peter Jackson revealed that he wanted the two Hobbit films to become a trilogy. New Line jumped at the chance, and quickly made this happen. This week it was announced that the second film would be renamed to The Desolation of Smaug with the third final film titled There and Back Again. The first film will still be called An Unexpected Journey. Having read the book, I have an idea of how the films will be structured, and it makes sense. However, I think the title The Desolation of Smaug doesn’t work very well with the other titles. The good thing is that it is far better than the Essential Seven Rejected Titles for the third Hobbit Film:
Gods or Deities, have always played a part in movie culture (oh and books!). Whether you believe in a God or not, the concept of a being that is worshipped is depicted in many different forms. Some depictions are of the Christian GOD. Other’s are supernatural or just objects. Of course you can’t overlook the fact that some don’t believe in anything. I’m not here to judge! Obviously religion is a touchy subject. Not everybody will enjoy this list. Trying to stay away from a religious discussion, here are the Essential Seven Movie Gods: