These days we see so many superhero suits that are done in hard black rubber, and the first time this was ever done was in the 1989 Batman. Before this, of course, superhero clothes were more leotard-y, where Tim Burton’s Batman brought the superhero costume into the modern age.
While any new technology or website phenomenon will always have its share of critics and haters, I enjoy Facebook a great deal. I get a lot of news from it first, it’s a great way to find people and stay in touch, and I’ve also had emotional times when looking somebody up will take me back into the past. (It’s quite a trip to look somebody up on Facebook, and realize how far you and that person have come since then.)
The movie Her has gotten rave reviews, and it’s also caused a bit of Oscar controversy because Scarlett Johansson wasn’t nominated. It’s certainly raised real issues about what constitutes an Academy Award winning performance, especially when you can’t see the actor in the film, or when an actor is doing a motion control performance, a la Andy Serkis.
Howard Stern is 60? It’s not that we thought he wouldn’t hit this milestone one day, it’s just another thing that makes us feel much older. Seemed like only yesterday he broke into L.A. after ruling N.Y., and he soon became a phenomenon everywhere.
Game of Thrones is heading back to cable on April 6, and the show’s sure to be a ratings bonanza when it returns. It’s also going to steer clear of the return of The Walking Dead, which is coming on February 9. (It would be highly foolish for both shows to go head to head in the ratings.)
Several years back on TGD, we wrote about the return of Rambo…not on the silver screen, but to gaming. And frankly we were surprised at the response the story got. Apparently there’s a lot of people who want a Rambo video game, and he’s a great choice for a first person shooter.
Here on TGD, we’ve reported a lot on the high frame rate controversy with The Hobbit. While a lot of filmmakers have been claiming it’s the way of the future, a lot of people feel it makes a movie look too hi-def and unrealistic, and it makes the 3D even more headache inducing. But what about high frame rates for gaming?
There’s a new era of video game movies coming, and we’re hoping they will turn the genre around, much like X-Men turned around the comic book film. We think there could be a great video game movie down the road, but we’re not sure Need For Speed’s going to be it.
It’s not easy to step into the shoes of an original Star Trek member, but Zachary Quinto has done a great job as the new model Spock, and now he’s up to star in a big screen video game adaptation, Agent 47.
We just reported here on TGD that the first commercial for Transformers: Age of Extinction would debut during the Superbowl, which is always a prime time for the major studios to buy ad space for their upcoming blockbusters. In fact, according to polls, Extinction was the most anticipated movie commercial for the Bowl broadcast.
Thanks to the recommendation of a friend, I checked out the trailer for Monkey King, and it is some really wild sh*t. While one early review considered it a mixed bag, it’s already doing gangbuster business in China, where the myth of the story takes place.
Many times I’ll learn of a celebrity’s passing on Facebook, because a lot of my Facebook friends are film buffs, and they’ll post about it there first. When a good friend posted, “No, not Philip Seymour Hoffman,” it took a while for the news to sink in, just like any death, and cliché as it is to say it, it is truly a terrible loss.
It was first released early last year, a reboot of a 90s classic given the next-gen treatment by Square Enix. Well, it wasn't quite next-gen enough because, by the end of last year we got the PS4 and Xbox One. Now, the new Lara Croft adventure is even newer. But is it worth another $60?
Okay, okay, we know…We were really hoping there wouldn’t be any news on Batman Vs Superman anytime soon, especially with the release date getting pushed back nearly a year. Still, the hits keep on comin’ with this one, and here’s the latest mist-step in what could end up being the next Batman and Robin…
Even if you don’t know the name Rankin Bass, you’re certainly familiar with the stop motion puppets they pioneered, and how they told delightful holiday stories that generations of kids have grown to love. In addition, Rankin Bass made one of the coolest Halloween movies for kids, Mad Monster Party, not to mention they also produced the Jackson Five cartoon, an animated version of The Hobbit, as well as the Thundercats series.
Kurt Russell is one of the great icons in geek culture. He started out as a child star for Disney, and went on to play Elvis, as well as star in the John Carpenter classics The Thing, and Big Trouble in Little China. Now he’s recalling his days as a minor league baseball player in a new documentary, and it’s gotten rave notices at Sundance.
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.