kenman

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  1. Six movie arc? Sounds to me like it should've been a TV show. Oh wait...
  2. RedLetterMedia tweeted this image of their Space Cop logos and the new Justice League logo with the caption "how embarrassing..."
  3. Insurrection has the closest TNG tone...but the action is cheap and the characters are a bit off...and often it just feels like a crap episode.
  4. I think as the years have gone by, my view of First Contact has evolved some. It used to rank pretty high for me. But nowadays I think it has a lot of good stuff in it, I can still enjoy it, but it is kind of just a bit too action heavy zombie movie...to really feel like TNG. Beyond is a much more big budget action style story than any TOS episode, but it still manages to capture the feel and tone of the original show and it's characters in a way that just balances out for me (the characters feel like those TOS characters put into this extra big budget action adventure tale...oh and the Yorktown just feels so Star Trek to me). And I dunno what it is, but what actually hurts First Contact for me these days is how much it DOESN'T evoke that TNG feeling. I mean it's fun, you got the characters and actors you love, you get the Borg in a big bad higher budgeted way, and you get little bit of Trek-lore and nice action...but it is lacking a sense of TNG that I can't pinpoint, but I just know it is missing when I watch it now. Again, not bad, it has just dropped in it's rankings for me personally.
  5. Yea I'm sorry as much as I can see flaws in 2009, it is still far more entertaining than Insurrection or Nemesis ever were. And at this point I might put Beyond above the much loved First Contact. So I can't agree. The 90s movies were the weak point of the film end of the franchise in my opinion (I can defend most of the TOS-cast films, with the exception of 5), but I pop in the TNG films a lot less than I pop in TNG itself...they just don't capture the right tone of that show, they don't hold up particularly well in my book...and for all the things I think 2009 didn't do great, I find it a far more enjoyable piece of entertainment than those films were. Into Darkness is lousy though. I'll give you that.
  6. Volume Three of Doctor Who Magazine's collected Eighth Doctor comics. Volume Three kicks off the beginning of the strip being run in full color, and also features the final arc featuring the Eighth Doctor's companion Izzy, who joined at the very beginning of his comic run. I have to say, the plotting of story arcs within small stories with big old payoffs at the end...I mean I always saw Buffy as a major influence to Russell T Davies relaunch of Doctor Who, but knowing he was a fan of this comic run has really highlighted that he could've just as easily taken some creative spark from this run. Each Volume has really felt like a distinct season, in much the same way as the RTD era launched Doctor Who with a season long arc mixed in with individual stories. And they are so entertaining and just feel like proper Doctor Who. It is almost a shame to see Izzy go, perfect companion material, but she had a good long run, and her arc really came together beautifully in the end...the timid girl who loved sci-fi and struggled with the fact that she was adopted, and by the end of it she is stronger, is far more confident in knowing who she is, and accepts that her adoptive parents actually love her. I love that early on there was this red herring of "she doesn't know her real parents" as if that would come into play at some point...but in the end? She realizes that her real parents are the ones that adopted and raised her and loved her all those years. Beautiful stuff. Hope I didn't go to spoilery for anyone who may care to read these great books someday...they are definitely recommended for Who fans...and while I touched on some thematic stuff I loved, I think the real meat I left out...the stuff that makes it really worthwhile I tried not to mention.
  7. But in the 90s...most of the movies sucked...okay they had a similar run in the 80s, and those movies are pretty entertaining...but the 90s? Let us not go back to a period that gave us one decent action movie, one weird cross generational mess (a mess I enjoy due to nostalgia, but it is a bit of a mess), and then two stinkers. If they could give me movies like Beyond every two years? I am down...but I don't need them to rush them out assembly line style. Just every few years or so, give me a decent Star Trek adventure with that likable new cast.
  8. I've seen Max Headroom, and I really don't see them in the same ballpark. And I don't think you are quite grasping what watershed means. Ghost in the Shell is an anime seen by a smaller number of fans...The Matrix was a huge box office and critical hit in the mainstream. A watershed film is one that may not be the first of it's kind, but it is the one that gains the biggest notoriety. Jaws wasn't the first movie of it's kind...Hitchcock had made that kind of a film before, but Jaws was a big hit in it's day and could be considered a watershed moment in film. I know you wouldn't ever deny the fact that Star Wars was a watershed film, but does that status get diminished because Flash Gordon had gone there before? Every watershed film has influences, but that doesn't mean they don't somehow break new ground in their own way, and capture the public in a big way. That is why the Matrix is definitively a watershed film. It was new in many ways, it culled from different influences, but you can't convince me that Ghost in the Shell was ever as popular or as well known in the 90s as the Matrix became. And Maybe GITS did borrow from Blade Runner, which borrowed from Metropolis and so on...but the Matrix doesn't, in the end, remotely resemble Blade Runner in my eyes. So maybe to you, it didn't seem too fresh because you had been watching a cartoon that had some stylistic similarities, but for most of the public, is a big step forward. For me and people of my age, it was a huge film because of how things changed before and after in filmmaking. You can see a clear line before the Matrix, in which there are a handful of films that may have some early progressions of the kind of things that would become so present in the Matrix itself, and then after the Matrix, in which you had a ton of films copying its style and presentation and use of visual effects.
  9. The biggest problem I see is that it looks stylistically to be aimed at adults. It looks dark and gritty. I wouldn't take an 11 year old to see something like this. It looks like its adding a bit of that Dark Knight route, when it should be pure light colorful entertainment. Because the target audiemce should be new 11 year olds, not the people that were 11 when the original came out. They can put in all the representation they want, wont matter if no one goes to see what looks like a truly dreadful filmgoing experience.
  10. It has to be an age thing, but the Matrix was a huge stylistic leap in filmmaking. I don't even see it as very similar to Blade Runner at all. It was a watershed film, and lead to tons of mimicry after its release. And its a great entertainment on top of all its stylitstic leaps.
  11. SHOCK! WHO WOULD EVER GUESS? I mean it's only a property with a base of 11 year olds being darkened up for more mature audiences that have either moved on or that have totally forgotten or never realized just how crappy the original show actually was. I loved the show when I was a kid too...but at some point you grow up and realize that not all childhood nostalgia shows hold up upon adult eyes.
  12. This is just one of those "franchises" that never should've been a franchise in my opinion. That first movie is so great, but they never needed to do more. And the thing is, even though they did do more and the sequels weren't the best received...I honestly don't mind them as sequels. But I have no interest in returning to the Matrix unless it is popping in a blu-ray of the first film. Sort of a perfect film for when it came out. No need to revisit it or expand it or reboot it or update it. It is a perfect little cyberpunk time capsule from the late 90s. Leave it there. Not everything needs to be touched on and revamped over and over. But it if it is a sci-fi or horror property, it gets no respect and is usually tampered with forever and always. That can't be seen as true classics that should remain untouched if they aren't a certain kind of film.
  13. Its "friends we met at conventions" casting. I am fairly pleased about Bryant, just love my Doctor Who and Star trek worlds colliding. Also it means the Sixth Doctor's era has really invaded their take on classic Trek, which is rather funny.
  14. Today STC announced their guest stars for their upcoming episodes, Battestar Galactica's Anne Lockhart, The Expanse's Cas Anvar, and 80s Doctor Who companion Nicola Bryant (Peri!).
  15. The Eighth Doctor strip was pretty great, must've been, or I wouldn't be plowing through it so quickly. The second Volume of his run, titled "The Glorious Dead" is top notch Doctor Who, no matter the medium. It starts with a story called "The Fallen", which is followed up with several stories that build up to the big finale of "The Glorious Dead," and it is a top notch run of stories that effectively serve as a genuine sequel to the TV movie, and quite frankly, it is a better story than that movie ever was. We see the return of Grace and what happened to her, we see the Master get a grand return from his death at the end of that movie, and it just builds nicely and everything flows. I enjoyed the first Volume of Eighth Doctor Comics, it had a nice run of stories with a decent arc, but this second arc was even better. I can kind of picture these comics as a series that could've been following the TV movie (though had the show ever been made into a series it would've never been this good based on what ideas they seemed to have for the show...none of the people involved in this would've been there for the show). The comics, thus far, really seem like a good start to the Eighth Doctor's adventures, and I can kind of picture them taking place before Big Finish and Charley and everywhere he has gone since Big Finish got McGann behind the mic. The comics are like the early days of his Doctor to me. For a Doctor with such a short lifespan on TV, he has one hell of a prolific set of adventures to his name.
  16. Moonlight. A poetic film that chronicles three stages in the life of a black kid (eventually teen and adult in each respective chapter) who struggles in his coming of age, dealing with his addict mother as well as his own sexual identity. It's a well made, and subtle, film that grapples with it's subject matter with maturity and beauty and sorrow.
  17. If that is a taste of our character's silhouette...fun way to tease us!.
  18. It definitely said it was the Discovery on it's saucer. And it wasn't the final design for this ship, that much has been made clear.
  19. I can think of no franchise less needing of a reboot.
  20. I would love to see them take a break!
  21. There are so many greats, but I think it is sort of amazing that with practically a new setting, story, and sometimes even storytelling style each week, with only two regular characters, that they somehow remained strong and consistent from start to finish...I would even argue the final season might've been the strongest. I don't currently own it...but I am very tempted to buy the complete series on Blu-ray right now. Especially as it, unlike the DVDs, has most of the original music cues.
  22. And as much as I enjoy "Hook," people of my generation tend to do so, but people older tend not to. If Spielberg looks back on "Hook" and thinks it wasn't quite up to his own personal standards, he is allowed. And if you disagree with his own self evaluation? Not a problem. Disagreeing is perfectly fine. And if Meyer has a few things he wishes he could've done differently on a film most of us tend to enjoy? Well that is fine too. It doesn't hurt my enjoyment of that film in any way...look at a yearbook photo of you or on old photos of you and some friends. Maybe you look back and regret the way you dressed or the way you might've been or some other niggle...but does it actually take away from fond memories you may have had with friends at the time? Not in the least. That is essentially all he did in this article, but it has a major clickbait headline because if it said "Nick Meyer reflects back on a popular Star Trek film he made and he doesn't shower it with his own self praise" just isn't gonna grab people, you know?
  23. I freaking love that show.
  24. They have said it will be a bit fluid. They have a sort of guideline to follow, like it has to be at least so long, and maybe even can't go over this other length of time...but there is no set "it must be 42 minutes long" on this one. If an episode needs to be a bit longer to tell the story it wants to tell, it is allowed. I am sure the only reason they have a guideline or at least a suggestion that things not go too long is purely budgetary...the longer the episode the more it costs to make. But I like that freedom it allows shows in online platforms (or other platforms with less rigid structures due to commercial demands). Even Doctor Who has occasionally varied from it's usual time of 45 minutes when a story needs a bit more or a little less to tell the story it wants to tell. I would rather that than great bits ending up on the cutting room for to make way for an extra Charmin commercial.