VOD Review: What We Do in the Shadows

29 05 2015

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Kung Fury is out, and it’s amazing

29 05 2015

If you haven’t heard of it, Kung Fury is a short film from a couple of Swedish guys who obviously have a deep and abiding love for everything 80’s.  It started as a trailer on Kickstarter, which you can view here:

As you can guess from that now-legendary trailer, tons of people backed it, and the filmmakers ended up with over a million dollars.  Money well spent, in my opinion, and the final product is just as jaw droppingly ludicrous as the trailer suggests.  Best part, it’s free on YouTube.  So if you’ve got thirty or so minutes to kill, and you want to watch a kung-fu cop and a valkyrie with an uzi riding a dinosaur, then please, by all means, don’t let me stop you…..

Oh, and be sure to check their other videos on the channel, especially the music video featuring David Hasselhoff.  You’re welcome.





Mad Max: Fury Road – Actions Speak Louder Than Exposition

26 05 2015

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Speaking Of….

18 05 2015

Brief Thoughts on Pop Culture 05/18/15

 

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Speaking Of….05/14/15

14 05 2015

Brief Thoughts on Pop Culture

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Speaking Of….05/11/15

11 05 2015

Brief thoughts on pop culture

The Conspiracy Theorists Must Be Right….

  Because “the government is trying to acclimate us to the idea of pre-crime” is the only possible reason I can see why FOX would pick up the Minority Report series for a full season sight unseen. It’s a sequel series set 10 years after the movie, where a now-released precog teams up with a detective to solve mysteries or some such network garbage. Who asked for this? 

Speaking of Asking for It….

  The era of American Idol is over. After 16 seasons it’s finally going off the air, wallowing the it’s death throes of irrelevance. Am I the only person that wasn’t aware it was still on? Is that super hipster of me to say?

 

 Apparently this is me.

Speaking of Hipsters….

 

 I’m not sure, but I think this image alone counts as a spoiler….

Another season of Orange is the New Black, another season of Laura Prepon and her hipster glasses. The show (now on season 3) is good, I’ve just never really gotten into it. Here is a trailer for season 3, coming June 12:

OITNB S3 Trailer
Speaking of Things I didn’t get into….

  

Yes, this is a poster to the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. It took me a minute (and imdb) to remember which “Die Hard in the White House” movie from 2013 this was a sequel to. Apparently not the one with Charming Potato and Jaime Foxx, but the other one.  

  

Lol @ anyone pretending they are different movies.


Speaking of getting stuff mixed up….

  I’ve been trying to write an article about all the network pick ups, renewals, and cancellations. But then I realized I don’t care about most of them, save the ones I already discussed in previous editions of Speaking Of….. So instead, here’s a concise, easy to read but in no way complete list of cancellations and renewals!

Renewed:
Agents of SHIELD
The 100
Arrow
The Flash
American Crime
The Blacklist
Beauty and the Beast
The Big Bang Theory
Bob’s Burgers
Daredevil (Netflix)
Elementary 
Galavant 
Gotham
Grimm
Hannibal
iZombie (I keep hearing this is good)
The Last Man On Earth
Once Upon A Time
The Originals and Vampire Diaries 
The Simpsons (season 28!)
Supernatural

Canceled:
American Idol
Backstrom
Constantine
The Following
Forever
Glee
Gracepoint (just watch Broadchurch)
Parenthood
Parks and Rec
Resurrection
Revenge
Two and a Half Men





Speaking Of…05/10/15

10 05 2015

Brief Thoughts on Pop Culture

Agent Carter Gets Renewed,  Shouldn’t Have Even Been in Question

 

  

Marvel’s best network show (sorry, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) has officially been renewed, because despite all previous evidence ABC is not run by a team of drunken monkeys.  The first season was so different from everything else on TV, which is a trait that is getting more and more difficult to find. I am so looking forward to more of Peggy’s sharply-written adventures with Jarvis, Howard, and the gang.

 

Speaking of Sharply Written….

  

 

Game of Thrones keeps getting more and more off book, and I love it.  Not only is it nice not to know what’s going to happen just by the episode’s title, but it’s nice to be just as surprised as everyone else when a character who lives in the books dies in the show, or two characters that never meet in the books become traveling buddies on HBO.  And does it seem to anyone else that this season’s episodes feel five minutes long?  BTW, Barristan the Bold and brave Grey Worm FTW.


  

 

Speaking of “Brave” and “Bold”….

 

 


DC gets their own “Avengers” on TV…kind of.  Spinning out of Arrow/Flash TV universe,  Legends of Tomorrow stars Brandon Routh as the Atom, along with Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, the Prison Break guys as Heat Wave and (Captain, dammit) Cold, Victor Garber as half of Firestorm for some reason, Caity Lotz as The Canary We Like 

 

  

(just please let that poor girl put her boobs away, they are nice, but I’m sure it gets cold in Vancouver), 

 

and Hawkgirl and probably Cyborg. As weird as it sounds, I’m totally on board.  Oh, and if you want Flash and Arrow to make sense this week? Wait to watch Flash after Arrow.  CW screwed up the scheduling a few weeks back, so they are out of order, explaining some of the continuity weirdness (i.e. Raylicity going back and forth on the shows)

 

Marvel, Sony Emails reveal their thoughts on a solo superheroine film

  

 

Well, this is kind of sad.  Apparently Sony reached out to Marvel via email about a woman-led superhero film (like the Black Widow movie we should have already gotten) and what they got back was a discouraging message indeed:


 From: “IP” 
To: “Lynton, Michael”
Subject: Female Movies
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:32:50 -0400
Michael,
As we discussed on the phone, below are just a few examples. There are more.
Thanks,
Ike
1. Electra (Marvel) – Very bad idea and the end result was very, very bad. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=elektra.htm
2. Catwoman (WB/DC) – Catwoman was one of the most important female character within the Batmanfranchise. This film was a disaster. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=catwoman.htm
3. Supergirl – (DC) Supergirl was one of the most important female super hero in Superman franchise. This Movie came out in 1984 and did $14 million total domestic with opening weekend of $5.5 million. Again, another disaster.
Best, 
Ike

 

Now I understand not betting on a losing horse, but one thing stands out about all of the movies listed…they’re terrible.  Elektra was a rushed, poorly written cash-in to a movie that was terrible to begin with (Fox’s Daredevil)…Catwoman was a poorly-written vanity project that suffered more ridicule than a movie had in a while, and Supergirl…look, I love Helen Slater, and at least it’s not as bad as Man of Steel.  You know what’s not on that list, though?  Daredevil.  Green Lantern.  Superman Returns.  Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.  Jonah Hex.  League of Extraordinary Gentleman.  The Spirit.  Steel.  The Rocketeer (a damn, damn good movie, still a box-office flop), The Phantom…

 

 My list can go on all day, Marvel. This pic could easily have been David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury, but I just couldn’t resist Reb Brown’s magnificent package.


Maybe if you wrote a good script, and put as much care into a She-Hulk movie, that you do your SECOND Captain America movie or your THIRD Iron Man movie (it was decent) you wouldn’t have to add it to the list of flops.  Women don’t make superhero movies suck, you guys make terrible superheroine films.

 

Speaking of Ignoring Flops….

 

 

 Following the most recent Dragon Ball Z theatrical film (yes they still make those), Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F”, a new sequel series to Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super is set to premiere in Japan in July, and looks like it will completely disregard Dragon Ball GT, which sucked anyway. No word yet on when it comes to America.

 

Speaking of things that suck…

 

 

 Frank Miller is returning for Dark Knight III : The Master Race.  Yes, that is the real title.  Yes, Frank Miller lost his mind several years ago.  

  

 

Yes, Marvin. Yes it will.

But hey, Brad Bird’s Next Movie will be Incredibles 2!

  

 

That’s all I know.  I just had to share.  I’m excited. It’s still the best Fantastic Four movie out there.