Just finished watching all of Game of Thrones Season 1 on DVD. Now comes the long wait for season 2 to be released.
Spending another night watching the old Six Million Dollar Man TV shows. I’m watching these shows and realizing that in spite of the 1970s fashions, there has not been an episode that has been incredibly dated.
I just spent the night watching an old TV classic on DVD, The Six Million Dollar Man.
I’m a huge Doctor Who fan. Not just the news series, but the classic one as well. I remember the first time I saw Doctor Who. It was as a kid and one of the local stations used to play movies in the afternoon. One of those movies was Doctor Who and the Daleks, starring Peter Cushing as the Doctor. Granted, this was not really Who canon, and a remake of one of the William Hartnell stories.
So let me start over.
I don’t know whether I should be proud or ashamed that I watched the entire third season of Fringe over the course of 5 days.
Not a lot of work on anything. To be honest, I got sucked into Fringe when I saw Season 3 was out on DVD. This tends to be my practice with Fringe. I end up not being able to keep up with the series when it actually airs because of lack of time and work (working nights will do that). So I will wait until the season comes out of DVD and power run through the episodes. Probably by the end of the weekend I’ll be on disc three or four.
I’m starting to get ideas for scenes for my November project. They are still random scenes stuck in my head. But they will most likely show up on the page in November, along with some of the details about the characters that are floating around. One thing is for sure, this year’s project is pretty much one just for me since it is going to pull from so many different pop culture sources.
The worst part of picking up Fringe Season 3 on DVD is the strong desire to watch the entire season, even though it’s 3:30 am.
I modification of my Guilty 10 concept. This time, the list is open to anything on DVD and not just movies that saw cinematic release. It is also open to movies that were not necessarily released in the last ten years. There will not be a lot of duplication from this list and the guilty 10 in the last 10 list.
As always, I’m still working on my Best 10 in the Last 10 list
The Guilty 10 on DVD
1) Godzilla Final Wars – Supposedly the last Godzilla movie (just as Godzilla vs Destroyah was supposed to be the last Godzilla movie), Final Wars throws in everything to make one Hell of a roller coaster ride. Not only do we have the king of monsters, but just about every other monster Toho ever released (even the American Godzilla), but a human storyline draws upon a lot of the stunts that The Matrix movies used. On second thought, don’t really pay attention to the story, just watch Godzilla beat up on a lot of monsters.
2) Destroy All Monsters – Going retro with this Godzilla flick. Like the later Godzilla: Final Wars, Destroy All Monsters features a monster cast of Toho’s giant monsters in a Battle Royale against Ghidorah.
3) Five Deadly Venoms – Cheesy martial arts flick that is truly a master of cheesy martial arts clicks. The story centers around five martial arts masters (the titular Venoms), one apprentice trying to find who’s good and who’s bad, and a lost treasure. Granted, the treasure is almost secondary to watching the five Venoms introduce themselves to each other (“You’re Number One, the Centipede”) and fight, naturally.
4) Tarzan – I refer to the Disney version of the movie. A fun romp that brings the character of Tarzan to a new generation without losing a lot of what makes Tarzan, well, Tarzan.
5) The Phantom – One of those comic book adventure movies I know I shouldn’t like, but always enjoy watching whenever it’s on. Billy Zane is actually entertaining as the Phantom.
6) Doctor Who: The 5 Doctors – Not a movie, per se, but many of the DVDs out there stitch together this anniversary Doctor Who series into one mini epic. Even without a prominent presence of Tom Baker, the DVD is a fun adventure that pulls together not only the Doctors, but many of their most popular companions.
7) Cowboy Bebop – Anime series that is sharp, stylish, hip, and so well produced. Interesting characters and a hip non-anime style soundtrack help to make this a fan favorite in the U.S.
8) Final Fantasy: Advent Children – Similar in style to Final Fantasy: Spirits Within (well produced computer generated animation), only with the characters that those of you familiar to the Final Fantasy storylines will recognize.
9) The 40 Year Old Virgin – I have not laughed so much as when I watched this movie. Steve Carell is hilarious as the titular character, as are his friends that try to help him with his “situation.”
10) Godzilla – The original. A recent DVD release has on it the American version with Raymond Burr as Steve Martin (yes, that’s right, Steve Martin), as well as the original Japanese release of the film. Watch the original with subtitles to see the real themes of the movie come through.
Since Hollywood is so keen on remaking old tv series and classic films, I figured it would be a good idea to give them some new ideas what to cover. After all, there are tons of old shows and movies that were so bad that a cinematic overhaul would only improve the source material. Want proof? The Island, due out later this year, is, more or less, a remake of Parts: The Clonus Horror. Never heard of it? Consider yourself lucky, because it is that bad. Not even Mystery Science Theater 3000 can make this piece of… ahem… celluloid watchable.
So, without wasting any further time, here are a number of old crappy ideas that Hollywood could recycle.
1) My Mother The Car - Reimagined so that Mother is reincarnated at a Ferrari, and constantly acts up whenever her son tries to use her to pick up women.
2) The Navy vs The Night Monsters - Take one Antarctic research mission, sprinkle in strange acid-squirting trees, and add in the modern touches of Navy SEALs and a CGI aerial battle between Navy Pilots and giant night dwelling monster trees (not in the original movie, but hey, what the Hell). Top it all off with some former Playboy playmate to reprise the role once played by Mamie Van Doren.
3) Misfits of Science – A series ripe for a serious cinematic interpretation. Wipe out the campy feel of the original, and somehow convince Courteney Cox to make a cameo to tie it to the original series, and there you go. The script writes itself… and if it doesn’t, reuse one of theirs.
4) Seven Brides For Seven Brothers – Not really a bad movie, but still ripe for “reinterpretation.” Instead of a cute story about a young bride trying to turn her husband’s six brothers from gruff mountain men to marrying material, we have the intense story of two planets… and lasers, yeah, must have lasers.
5) Destroy All Monsters- The 30 man battle royal of Godzilla movies, only this time, we use the monsters that Hollywood has given us of late. That’s right, it’s Freddy vs Jason vs Michael vs Leatherface vs Horace “The Shocker” Pinker vs Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lector vs Pinhead “the Hellraiser” vs an army of Romero zombies.