Be honest: which of us doesn't appreciate a good knock-off of Ridley Scott's seminal Alien film? I know that I do, and that's about the best that can be said for Noel Clarke's Storage 24, a motion picture he conceived and starred in and maybe would've done a better job directing than did Johannes Roberts. I watched it last night after much procrastination, and I penned my thoughts in a review right here. Check it out, if you have the time, and have yourself a terrific weekend!
For anyone who missed it yesterday, news broke that apparently Paramount Pictures has tasked Simon Pegg with the task of writing the next installment in their rebooted Star Trek franchise. Now that I've had some time to -- ahem -- digest it, I thought I'd sound off on it.
Most of the web seemed to greet the news favorably. After all, Pegg is clearly a fan of the franchise (or, at the very least, he's certainly a die-hard fan of this reboot). Also, Pegg has an impressive record of writing and co-writing features and television projects like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. While those are all good, I'm particular impressed with his writing and acting from his Spaced television show. (If you haven't seen it, pick it up on home video DVD, and methinks you'll be equally surprised.) Lastly, one could argue that Pegg has served as the most vocal cheerleader of these current Star Trek movies; thus, why not give him a chance to see what he can do with a silver screen story?
Besides, I've always said that things like casting news and/or director announcements really don't have a whole lot of interest for me at this stage in my life. All too often, I've been disappointed by far too many projects to list here, and that's taught me that what really matters less the star power is what Shakespeare I think it was said (I'll paraphrasing): "The story's the thing." A good story can usually salvage a bad acting choice, whereas I've rarely (if ever) seen a great actor save a bad story.
As to who can write a good story?
Well, as one who practices a fair amount of writing on a daily basis, I've always contended to friends and family that anyone -- and I do mean anyone -- can be a storyteller. Granted, I don't necessarily believe that anyone can be a masterful storyteller all of the time but -- every now and then -- I think the sky parts and the clouds fall away, leaving truly great things to come through on the horizon. I think given the right circumstances everyone can rise to the occasion and do some of their best work regardless of how many big or small ideas are bouncing around like rabbits in their heads.
That said, 2016 will serve as Star Trek's fiftieth anniversary, so I can understand why Paramount wants this picture in-the-can and on its way to the megaplexes by then. A deadline looming can often times help serve as an inspiration to those of us who try to work off of them. Writers tend to be pragmatic people more often than not -- I say this based entirely on my own experiences with them -- and I suspect more of us try to draw inspiration from a due date as opposed to look on them as a curse.
So ... the end result of all of this digestion is that I'm going to stay cautiously optimistic about the decision to put this project in Pegg's hands. He's certainly written enough to know what elements make for a successful story, and audiences seem to embrace what he's done even if those particular visions may not exactly look like Star Trek stories.
If anything, he's definitely got the weight of the franchise on his shoulders at present, and -- loving Trek as much as I do -- I'm going to wish him well.
Keep boldly going, my friends ...
Golly gee, Batman, it's been years since I've seen the original The Blob -- the film that basically featured a giant ball of man-eating slime making a movie star out of Steve McQueen. I did get the chance to see the 1988 remake when it played theatrically, and I really wasn't all that impressed.
Well, it looks like that lumbering dome of phlegm will be making another bid for the Academy Award as this morning Deadline reports that Goldcrest Films are going back to the well for another take on the seminal story of alien invasion. I suspect today's special effects will make for a greater thrill ride than what's been done previously, but otherwise this seems like the kind of flick that'll come and go quickly from the marketplace.
For the record, Eaglemoss Publications have been doing some terrific work with their current run on the Star Trek merchandising license, and I wanted to bring it to your attention.
Sometime in the last year or two or three, they started this monthly subscription service aimed at die-hard Trek enthusiasts. For a monthly fee, you can receive these terrific replicas of various ships featured across all incarnations of the popular SciFi program and movies. (Being perfectly honest, I never subscribed, but that's only because I thought it was far too costly and I'd really only be looking for specific ships.) And each ship comes with an associated magazine that serves kinda/sorta as a 'user's guide' to that vessel, highlighting its various strengths, weaknesses, and technical specifications.
The two featured in the above photo are available this month, and -- if you're interested in ordering them separately from the subscriber service via Things From Another Planet -- I'll post their links (and one more) below, along with the general link for Eaglemoss's website.
Dare I say ... ENGAGE!
Star Trek Starships: The Valdore
Star Trek Starships: Cardassian Hideki Class
Star Trek Starships: USS Vengeance
Despite how much it helps us, I think everyone has some deep rooted fear of technology. (Here's looking at you, Skynet.) Some would say that our advancing technology truly robs us of our respective identities, but I'd argue that's not quite the case. After all, if we didn't have this thing called the internet, then we wouldn't have this thing called blogging. And if we didn't have this thing called blogging, then you wouldn't be here right now reading what I've written. And if you weren't here right now reading this thing I've written, then wouldn't that be my own real loss of identity?
On one level, it's always been (and always will be) a 'chicken and the egg' argument. Let's just leave it there.
Still, that deep rooted fear remains, and it's clever little theatrical ditties like APP that strips away the layers and shows us our fears up close and personal. No, it isn't any grand spectacle of a film, but methinks it's definitely worth a single viewing ... especially for those of us who like our movies with a healthy dose of Science Fiction in them.
I recently had the good fortune to watch this film. It stars the young (and delicious!) Hannah Hoekstra, a real star-in-the-making. There's a link below, and you know what to do about it ... if you're not so afraid ...
SciFiHistory.Net's Review of APP
Oh, you kids today, with your role models. You can have your Tiger Woods. You can have your Justin Bieber. You can have your Robert Downey Jr. For when I was a kid -- well, a big kid -- we had a real hero, and his name was Snake Plissken.
Perhaps you've heard of him? Perhaps you've heard he was dead.
I read online last week that John Carpenter was now actively involved in this so-called reboot of the entire Escape from New York franchise, and -- as much as I can appreciate a good reboot -- I really don't want to have anything to do with it. Sure, maybe with Carpenter's involvement and blessing it'll be less of a toot and more of a hoot, but I'll take the old flick for good measure. And you can leave that sequel -- Escape from L.A. -- on the trash heap where it belongs, thank you very much.
However, what I wouldn't give to have an extra couple hundred dollars sitting around because I now know without great certainty what I'd be spending it on: Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale action figure / national monument is due to be shipping this January / February. The low, low price of $159.99 (gasp) is all you need to have this bad boy on display in your home. On the couch. As a dining table centerpiece. Wherever. It's Snake, so it's completely usable in any fashion.
Link to Sideshow Collectibles
And -- in the words of the best action hero ever -- "Get a new President."
Hey, peeps, I'm back from a brief hiatus, and I've got good news: I watched Syfy's TV incarnation of 12 Monkeys over the weekend on my DVR ... and it's actually quite good! Granted, it's a first episode, but there are plenty of reasons to remain hopeful that Syfy is putting the SciFi back in weekly programming if this is an indication of things to come from the flailing network.
I've penned a review of the said episode, and I've posted it for your approval. Enjoy!
Syfy's 12 Monkeys: May None of Them Throw Feces!
Hey, peeps! We made it to Friday, so all us can thank our lucky stars! You know how exciting it can be to finally see another work week come to an end, and those are sentiments certainly not lost on the time travel SciFi short ReCURSION.
I just learned about this from a follower on Twitter. It's a little over twenty minutes, and it's easily one of the better made shorts I've seen in this new year. It helps to kinda/sorta think of it as 'The Time Travelling Best Man's Groom' as a subordinate title.
Enjoy ... and have a great weekend!
Confession time: I was one of the long-time Star Wars comics book readers who was honestly dreading the move from Dark Horse to Marvel. (Bear with me, peeps: that’s NOT what this review is going to be about … I’m just owning up is all.) You hang your hat as long as one does with a particular publisher, and you think that means something in today’s world of business. However, I think those of us who follow the trades knew that – once George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney – a change was like a disturbance in the Force: bound to happen, and we’ll just have to see what comes of it all.
Well, the day is finally here. As a Star Wars fan – and as someone who read ALL of Marvel’s original run on the space-faring property back in those original days – I was just excited as the next bloke for the time to arrive when the continuing adventures of Luke Skywalker and his cohorts would continue again. They are, they will, and the future looks good.
Reviewed: Marvel's Star Wars #1
For what it's worth, you young pups can have your Avatars. I'll happily leave you to them ... especially when terrific old school properties keep getting a chance to share the limelight with new merchandise.
One of my most favorite websites/webstores ever, Things From Another Planet hit my mailbox today with their weekly newsblast (you really should sign up for it if you're anything near a geek or nerd like I am), and right there at the top of the list was this baby: the Universal Monsters Metaluna Mutant Bust Bank (see picture above if you're not already salivating at the prospect). It's available for purchase today in either the black'n'white model or the color (or is that Technicolor?) version, and the more mature SciFi dogs out there would do well to check 'em out today while supplies last. You know you want to.
Link for Black'n'White Bust Bank
Link for Color Bust Bank