Everyone wants and deserves a little escape every now and then. I don’t think anyone would disagree with that. We’re all overworked and underpaid. We understand how stress affects us more now than any other time in history. And it’s ironic that for most of us our most common escape – or at least tool used for escape – is often the very same item that brings upon most of our stresses in the first place. I’m talking about the Internet.
Now the actual history of the Internet is a bit sketchy. Al Gore jokingly said that he invented it a while back but I think the true origin of the Internet actually goes all the way back to the late 1960s as a way for different military branches to stay in synch with what’s going on regarding national security. I could be wrong so don’t quote me on that. Once again, I digress…
I had written a few posts already a while back regarding this amazing book I read (and continue to re-read) called Ready Player One. In the book there’s a super immersive virtual reality online world called The OASIS. OASIS stands for (more…)
Despite my extreme skepticism and outrage, I will be watching Michael Bay’s TMNT abomination next year. That being said, I know I’m not the only person who has thought about, debated, and dreamed about what could happen if some of our favorite or most-anticipated movies had different cast members or even writers and directors. I’m sure everyone at least once has even thought about who would be cast in a new reboot or re-imagining of their favorite franchise. With Social Media today, online campaigns run amuck for better or worse trying to have the fans’ voices heard (and in all likelihood ignored) to actually make these things happen. It’s a double-edged sword, though. When official movie pages on Social Media announce any updates, their fans respond/react accordingly. And if it’s bad… well, you know the rest.
In the spirit of all that and in light of the reboot and re-imagination of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” I have decided to create a new category on my page with my suggestions for what I believe would be the best casting choices and beyond for past, present, and future films. This will be my first of many to come in what I call
THE ULTIMATE HYPOTHETICAL MOVIE CASTING (or UHMC)
In regards to casting, I do so based at least partly on characters these actors have played in past rolls. So in regards to the turtles, I believe that the four cast would work regardless of CG, makeup/prosthetics, or full suits like the 1990 original film. (Disregard physical transformations such as bulking up, stunt training or martial art skills needed for now. I’ll get to that later.) I should also say that this would be a TMNT for my generation; the generation that grew up watching the shows and movies in the 80′s and 90′s. (more…)
Sequels upon sequels upon sequels in games are very common and usually the sequels will improve upon its predecessors. Be that as it may, the core principles of the games remain nearly identical. Sports games get new titles every year and with a few changes along the way. It’s basically just tweaked graphics and an updated roster. Maybe some changes in the user interface as well, but that’s about it. FPS (especially from older generation consoles) for the most part were also prone to this. Even this franchise is probably the most guilty of them all and I’m not going to hide from that fact. I mean how many times can Princess Toadstool get kidnapped? But it works…
So most of us have already heard of these brothers named Mario and Luigi… (more…)
I’m a Miami guy who loves sports (especially basketball and football.) To stay updated with my favorite players and teams, I watch SportsCenter whenever I can and games on TV. It’s gonna be a little bit harder to watch my favorite teams these days because I moved 3000 miles and crossed 3 time zones. Nevertheless, there’s one podcast that makes me feel closer to my hometown, keeps me up to date with all my sports needs, and it has something that no other sports show or podcast has…
Of course there are local sports shows and sports radio stations around the country that pander to certain audiences, demographics, sports fans, etc. But these particular “sportscasters” go monumental steps further by taking countless idiotic steps backwards in the name of their profession and I love them for it. I’m talking about (more…)
I’m not a parent. But I do know quite a few. I’ve always been told comments that over the years I have filtered into “You’ll never know what being a parent is like, until you are one.” and “Becoming a parent changes you forever.” I’ve gotta say that that statement I know to be true and I witnessed it as first-hand as you can get without being the one actually becoming a parent when my sister had a baby. That’s all well and fine. Growing up, my mother would tell me about the crippling fear a parent (my parents) went through when I was battling heart disease, but I digress once again. Let’s get to the review, shall we?
“Prisoners” is the story of two families whose young daughters go missing. Naturally (and forgive the cliché) this would undoubtedly be a parent’s worst nightmare. But when the prime suspect is released due to a lack of evidence, how far would you be willing to go if you were convinced that they had your child? This movie (and story) fiercely tested the limits of two grieving fathers and how far they would be willing to go to find their missing daughters.
The characters are (more…)
This truly is an amazing world we live in. There have been people and events throughout history that have helped define the very way of life we live for better or worse. They have defined a nation, a generation, a people, a civilization. In the art world, this is such a Pandora’s Box to open. There are paintings, films, sculptures, or pieces of literature that are truly moving. These kinds of art stay with you. You somehow tell yourself in your mind that something completely obscure and unrelated can somehow remind you of that piece of work or art. They can also inspire you to help you accomplish something in your personal life for better or worse.
This is the story about J.D. Salinger; the writer who had exactly that effect on everyone, but wanted nothing to do with it. (more…)
After thirteen long years and two cancellations and resurrections, Futurama finally bid a fond farewell last night on Comedy Central. And it was an appropriate, emotional, and fitting end. One has to wonder whether or not this means that creator Matt Groening is also contemplating his ending for “The Simpsons” but I digress. Even though the Planet Express crew will make an appearance in Springfield next year, last night was the last time we will ever see them on their own show.
When I was in film school, I was taught that one of the biggest differences between writing characters for television from film is that television characters and character dynamics don’t change or evolve. Over the last thirteen years, this show really broke that mold especially between the complicated romance arc between Fry and Leela. (more…)
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