Archive for the ‘land of the lost’ Category
Filed Under dinosaurs, hulk, indiana jones, land of the lost, mummy, vampires
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
I have such low hopes for this movie that it can’t possibly do anything but exceed my expectations. Which of course raises my expectations just enough that I’m bound to be disappointed. What a vicious cycle.
Coming so soon after Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, it’s either going to suck even more by comparison or I’ll cut it some extra slack because I’ll really be missing Indy by then.
Anyway, there a website for it now.
New Hulk trailer
I’m sure everyone’s seen this by now, but I’m still catching up on old news and just in case you’ve been in Haiti or someplace…
And did you notice that they worked the TV theme into the music at the end?
I’m so excited to see this, especially after Iron Man. I’m planning on sticking around after the credits too to see if what happened at the end of Iron Man also happens here. I’m betting it does.
Only two things disappoint me about the Hulk trailers so far. One is that William Hurt is so wrong for General Ross. Maybe we’re not seeing the best parts in the trailers, but he just looks so sleepy.
The other thing I don’t like is the design of the Hulk. He’s not bad, but if you’re doing an all-CGI character anyway, why not make him look really cool like this version?
You almost had me, new Land of the Lost movie!
I mean, those Sleetstaks look really frickin cool. But then I remembered it was a Will Farrell romantic comedy. Whew!
Lucas and Spielberg talk Indy
Entertainment Weekly did a very nice interview. There are some potential spoilers, so be careful, but there’s also some cool info about the series in general. Like how Last Crusade was originally going to be Monkey King and feature a haunted castle.
May is Vampire Month
At least for First Second Books it is. And for Newsarama too. I’ve got a couple of vampire related posts coming over there this month in celebration.
Indiana Jones makes everything better, part four
Expedia’s got Indiana-inspired travel packages for the summer. You can visit places like Egypt, India, Jordan, and Peru.
“Fetch wasn’t as much fun before dogs.”
Click through to see why.
Indiana Jones makes everything better, part five
Indy Kubrick with Golden Idol Be@rbrick. I really don’t get those Be@rbrick’s, but that Golden Idol one is pretty cool.
Indiana Jones makes everything better, part six
I totally want to eat with something called an Adventure Spoon. And Kellogg’s especially rules for actually putting it in the box instead of making you send off for it (unlike the Search Light). Gotta go get me some Frosted Mini-Wheats.
Well, I used to like Catcher in the Rye
That is until I learned that J.D. Salinger said that Raiders of the Lost Ark “might be excused for its unwitty, unfunny awful socko-ness if it had been put together by Harvard Lampoon seniors.” Oh, J.D…
Filed Under doctor who, land of the lost, robots, the librarian
I haven’t seen any of the Librarian movies yet, but I’ve been curious about them. Think I’ll try to catch up before The Curse of the Judas Chalice (which features Dracula) comes on.
There goes my free time
Just kidding. I don’t have any free time. Or a PlayStation. But I may have to get both since it looks like there’s a Doctor Who game coming.
I give up
It’s like they don’t want me to see the Land of the Lost movie. First they get Will Farrell to play Rick Marshall. Then they give him a love interest. Now Dan Taylor points out that the love interest is actually Holly and that Will is re-interpreted as a “macho tour guide.” Also, the entire cast is made up of comedians, including Cha-ka the monkey-boy.
When Dan first expressed disappointment about the movie, writer Chris Henchy contacted him and let him know that “everything that fans loved about Land of the Lost will be in the movie… everything.” Except, apparently, the whole family drama angle. I’m not saying that Land of the Lost was high art or anything, but having young children in it not only gave me someone to connect to as a kid, it also raised the stakes and provided thrills that I can’t imagine this comedic cast delivering.
As of right now, I couldn’t be less interested in seeing this. The trailer’s going to have to be damn good to change my mind.
I’m moving to Atlanta where they have robocops made out of barbecue smokers. Why must Saint Paul be so behind the times? Why?
Filed Under black canary, bond, dinosaurs, doctor who, fantasy, land of the lost, pirates, somnambulist, tarzan, vikings, zatanna
A love for Marshall?
I was already nervous enough about the Land of the Lost movie being a Will Ferrell comedy. Now comes news that his love interest has been cast.
Love interest? I’m not saying that the movie is Ruined or that it has to be about a single dad and his two kids in order to be good. Just saying that they’re making me nervous. As long as they have dinosaurs and Sleestaks and monkey-people though, and as long as the comedy’s not all slapstick, we should all be okay.
Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure indeed.
The Double O Section blog has a great write-up about one of my favorite Sean Connery movies, Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure. I haven’t seen it since catching it on late night TV about 15 years ago, but I remember how cool it was watching James Bond try to kill Tarzan. I totally agree with the Double O guys that it’s a shame this hasn’t been released to DVD yet.
Win A Life of Ravens
Alex Ness, my co-writer on Jesse James vs. Machine Gun Kelly, has written a book of epic poetry filled with Vikings and ravens and other cool stuff. He’s also got some amazing artists like Mike Grell and my Kill All Monsters! cohort Jason Copland to illustrate it. And he’s giving away two copies (one for the winner; one for a library of the winner’s choosing) in a contest here (scroll to the bottom for the very simple rules). It’s a gorgeous book and you’ve got nothing to lose, so show the guy some love.
Pirates — as a fad — are dead.
Doctor Who Season 4
The SciFi Channel will start showing Doctor Who Season Four in April. Also coming around the same time: The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Pop Culture Addict has an interview with Paul Dini in which Dini spills some details about his upcoming Black Canary/Zatanna hardcover graphic novel: “In discussing Zatanna’s history with Alex Ross, he maintains that Zee, especially in the early days of the JLA, was kind of a ‘kid sister’ to some of the other members. I liked that, so I established that Zatanna’s a couple of years younger than Black Canary and that Dinah’s a bit of a mentor to her.”
It’s a fun conversation and includes Dini’s wife Misty Lee.
I’m hearing a lot about Jonathan Barnes’ The Somnambulist lately. First it showed up in this list from Borders in the company of some of my other favorite books (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Neverwhere) and ones already on my reading list (The Prestige, Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell). So… interesting by association. Rod Lott’s recommendation pushed me over the edge with words like “milk-guzzling golem,” “human fly,” “serial killer,” “albino,” and “guy who claims to live time backwards.”
Filed Under dinosaurs, giant monsters, giant robots, kill all monsters, land of the lost, transformers, war of the worlds
How do I suck? Let me count the ways. Didn’t post again yesterday, obviously.
Because I pick up my son from school on Mondays and Wednesdays, it’s been messing with my schedule and I haven’t quite adapted yet. I’ll figure it out, but in the meantime, I appreciate everyone’s patience on those two days.
Here are the monster/robot links that I should’ve posted yesterday:
I haven’t even bought Beasts! Volume 1 yet and they’re already announcing Volume 2. I gotta step up my game.
Will Ferrell’s Land of the Lost movie is a go. My initial feeling is disappointment that instead of getting a cool, dinosaur adventure movie, we’re apparently getting a silly comedy. But when Dan Taylor expressed similar concerns, writer Chris Henchy contacted him and let him know that “everything that fans loved about Land of the Lost will be in the movie… everything. Rest assured, we have the blessing of the Kroffts on this one.” So… keeping an open mind.
In a review of Winsor McCay’s The Complete Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, needcoffe.com reveals compiler Ulrich Merkl’s assertion that “McCay introduced the entire ‘giant monster attacks metropolitan city’ genre, predating King Kong and Godzilla.” I’ve loved McCay since I got that huge Little Nemo in Slumberland Sundays collection. Now I love him even more.
It doesn’t get much better than Powerpuff Girls vs. Giant Monsters.
And I thought the Transmorphers movie was sadly hilarious. Little did I know…
Some Chinese Transformers nerds have built an $8000, 1300 pound Bumblebee statue.
At least this person made one that you can actually get inside.
I’ve never really thought of the War of the Worlds Martian tripods as giant robots, but I guess they are as much as the ones in Kill All Monsters! (which are piloted by humans, at least at first). So, in that light, it seems kind of appropriate that I point you towards this cool gallery of War of the Worlds book covers with all manner of tripod designs on them.
Here’s a review of Super Robot Wars OVA.
Giant Monsters Versus Giant Robots!
Negadon: The Monster from Mars is an apparently very good, short, CGI film. Just added it to my Amazon Wish List.
Filed Under black canary, comics, dinosaurs, fantasy, gilmore girls, horror, hulk, land of the lost, lost boys, mary marvel, peter pan, scifi, spider-man, superheroes
- The world so does not need a Lost Boys 2, with or without Corey Feldman. In fact, since I have no plans of ever seeing it, let’s just pretend I never saw that announcement and that it doesn’t exist.
- Today is Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie’s birthday. He would’ve been 147.
- Whenever I occasionally revisit Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s never as good as I remembered it from childhood. But Nuno Plati reminds me that visually, Yondu is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters. It’s the sail-head. Same reason this is my favorite dinosaur.
- I love Robert Rodriguez, but I’m concerned about his next couple of projects. The closest that Will Farrell should get to a Land of the Lost movie is his Marshal Willenholly character from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Yeah, Land of the Lost was kind of silly, but it wasn’t meant to be and a fun, but straightforward treatment of it would be much better than a comedy. I just hope the live-action Jetsons movie is better than the Flintstones one.
- Wizard has a great round-table discussion on the topic of Green Arrow’s upcoming proposal to Black Canary. They have comments by everyone from Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams to Andy Diggle and Tony Bedard. It’s a pretty comprehensive look at a complicated subject and, as you’d expect, not everyone agrees. A couple of interesting things from Green Arrow’s history that I didn’t know: 1) though Chuck Dixon’s always been vocal about not particularly liking Ollie, it was DC editorial and not Dixon who decided to kill Green Arrow back in the day, and 2) Judd Winick was always supposed to have followed Kevin Smith as Green Arrow writer, but DC thought they needed a “buffer” to keep fans from eating Winick alive after Smith, so they brought in Brad Meltzer.
- This report from a comics-movie roundtable is heavily skewed towards movies based on Marvel Comics, but that’s to be expected when three of the four panelists are Thomas Hayden Church (from Marvel’s Spider-Man 3), Zak Penn (who wrote the X-Men movies), and Marvel EiC Joe Quesada. But while it may not be balanced, at least it’s got some interesting news about the villain from the new Hulk movie. Hint: he may not be a snowman, but he’s certainly abominable.
- As a Christian, I find the idea of Spider-Man’s lending a hand in treasured Bible stories to be absolutely hilarious. Especially the bit where the Hulk helps to part the Red Sea.
- Grant Morrison points out one of the wonderful possibilities to come out of 52: “We all wanted to do something new with the multiple Earths so what you’ve already seen in 52 is simply the tip of the iceberg – each parallel world now has its own huge new backstory and characters and each could basically form the foundation for a complete line of new books. If you like the ongoing soap opera dynamics of New Earth, you can watch Mary Marvel turning to the dark side as her skirt gets shorter and shorter, or you can buy the Earth 5 line of books featuring more iconic versions of the Marvel Family.” I hope so, Grant. I hope so. ‘Cause honestly, I’d read both. There’s much, much more in the link. Easily the best of Newsarama’s “exit interviews” of the 52 creative team.
Stuff Nobody Cares About But Me
- Speaking of exit interviews, there’s a really nice one with Lauren Graham at TV Guide. She talks very candidly about Gilmore Girls and why it’s ending, as well as her plans for the future.
- One of the reasons I don’t talk much about TV shows here is that I TiVo them all and watch them at my convenience. That means that I’m not up on the latest spoilers and whatnot, but I’m also not at the mercy of TV programmers when it comes to my schedule. I’m perfectly happy with that trade off. And, apparently, so are a lot of other folks, which is totally screwing up the Neilsen ratings, because they aren’t doing a great job of taking TiVo and other DVR systems (not to mention iTunes) into account. The article in the link paints a gloomy picture, as if TV is dying as a medium, but reality is that the measurement system is just going to have to take a few years to catch up to new trends, at which point everything will balance out. Interesting article.