Being a big punk fan from back in the eighties, I loved the music, and really got off on the insane energy of the live shows. But who ever thought it could crossover into the mainstream? Back in the day, punk was a very violent, dangerous genre, and it was tough to book gigs because the mosh pits and fights were too out of control.
We just reported here on TGD that Godzilla is currently the most watched coming attraction on YouTube, and it looks like the advance anticipation for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is very strong as well. On this front we’re not surprised, especially considering the Dino-Bots will be in the next installment.
It took him a long time to return, but it was great to see Guillermo Del Toro back in action after being off the big screen for four years. Whether you loved Pacific Rim or thought it was just okay, it was cool to see Del Toro deliver a big, fun sci-fi adventure that rekindled our love for giant robots battling giant monsters.
We all still have mad love for Back to the Future, not just because of the nostalgia for when we first saw it, but because it still holds up very well. Thankfully rumors of a remake are unfounded - the fans would revolt over that, big time - but there is a musical in the works, and it’s slated to debut in London in 2015.
While so many of us are probably sick and tired of 3D already, Gravity gave the technology another fifteen minutes of fame, along with being a big step forward for Imax. Metallica tried to break new ground with 3D Imax with their concert film, Through the Never, but it was a big loser at the box office.
Sharknado was one of the funniest pop culture hiccups of 2013. A silly B movie that in normal cases would have been buried in the horror aisle of Blockbuster, it became one of the biggest jokes on television, and it got monster ratings.
We at TGD have high hopes for the next Godzilla movie because the 1998 American version really blew it, and we’re hoping an American version of the big green guy can finally get it right for once. While there’s no word yet on how good or bad the movie could be, there’s a promising sign that audiences are really looking forward to the famous firebreather’s return on May 16.
It’s amazing to think it’s been fifteen years now since three huge movies were released that were considered major game changers: The Matrix, The Blair Witch Project, and The Sixth Sense. While many thought the filmmakers behind these movies would go on to great heights, it turned out to be the peak for all of these directors, with M Night Shyamalan especially becoming a major joke in Hollywood.
The Grammys is one of those events that are a lot like the Academy Awards. Often times the right people win, and many times it’s obvious the voters don’t know sh*t from shinola. This is what happened back in 1989 when Metallica’s first opportunity to win a Grammy went to Jethro Tull instead, which caused significant booing from the fans in the audience.
We just reported here on TGD about Ant-Man moving into the July 17, 2015 release that’s been vacated by Batman Vs Superman. As you probably know by now, the release date of B V S has been pushed back nearly a year, and the only other competition that day is a reboot of Peter Pan.
Some time back, the frightening news hit that Michael Bay was going to ruin a major childhood favorite of many: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The net erupted in fury over this, and Bay tried to keep the haters calm and convince them he wouldn’t f*ck it up.
Usually we don’t cover nonsense like Justin Bieber on TGD, and we think the current media frenzy surrounding this kid is pretty ridiculous. You’d think there’s nothing important going on in the world that we see this punk all over the news for drag racing, drunk driving, and egging his neighbor’s house. A young pop star makes too much money, his ego goes totally out of control, and he repeatedly makes a fool out of himself in public. Gee, never heard that story before.
If this indeed comes to pass it will be a big boon to mankind…apparently trailers are going to have time limits on them in the future.
So JJ Abrams is finally talking a little bit about Star Wars because it’s getting closer to the start date, which will reportedly be in May. Abrams confirmed the screenplay is finished, and official casting decisions should hit the news soon.
We just reported on TGD that Paramount and The Weinstein Company have stopped making movie prints. This has been a long time coming, and theaters have to convert to digital or get left behind. There are, of course, directors that will continue to work on film, and Christopher Nolan is one of them.
Back in the day, there was no deader genre than a pirate story. Pirate movies were too expensive to make, and they didn’t make any money back. That all changed of course with Pirates of the Caribbean, and now Black Sails is going great guns in the ratings as well.
X-Men Days of Future Past is coming on May 23, and it’s very promising for several reasons. First off, Bryan Singer has returned to helm the franchise. Number two, Peter Dinklage, one of the finest actors around, is in it as Bolivar Trask. Third, this movie has The Sentinels, and full blown pictures of them have just been revealed.
While a lot of people today may find the idea of a movie about killer plants silly, Day of the Triffids is still a beloved genre story to this day, as well as a well recognized title, which means, of course, it’s going to be remade. But instead of hiring some hack to helm it, an interesting helmer is onboard: Mike Newell of Harry Potter fame.
Some years back you may recall that a movie version of Halo was in the works at Universal with Neill Blomkamp (District 9) directing, and Peter Jackson producing. Alex Garland (Dredd, 28 Days Later) also wrote the script, but the movie fell apart because it was just going to be too expensive to make.
To be honest with you, I’d never heard of Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder until I was assigned to look into it. The fact that a children’s book series could deal with flatulence is definitely cool with me, so this was an interesting discovery to say the least.