Jun
02
2020
3

Universal trying again with THE WOLFMAN.

A couple of days old, but what the heck: they’re gonna make a new Wolfman movie. “Months after Universal successfully relaunched its monster universe with Elisabeth Moss’s “The Invisible Man,” the studio is pushing ahead for “Wolfman” — which is being developed as a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling — to be the next movie based on its catalog of iconic creatures.” Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I had not quite ‘gotten’ that the Moss INVISIBLE MAN was, well, the Invisible Man until it hit theaters.

If I had, I might have gone and seen it! I am the target demographic for that “Dark Universal” thingy: I liked the idea of a bunch of interconnected classic horror flicks. But they went too fast — and God only knows what they thought they were doing with THE MUMMY. I liked it well enough, but they’d have been better off with Russell Crowe doing an entire Hyde movie. Damn, but I would have watched that.

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Jun
01
2020
4

The PERRY MASON TV trailer.

I was going to tsk-tsk about this new Perry Mason not being faithful to the books…

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May
31
2020
0

Movie of the Week: THE VAST OF NIGHT.

The Vast of Night is free on Amazon Prime, but I’m putting it up anyway because it’s fun. 1950s New Mexico aesthetics, and I’m not gonna give away anything about the plot otherwise. Everything about it was fun, from the conceit at the start. But one of the other things I liked about THE VAST OF NIGHT was something that other reviewers noted: the movie doesn’t condescend to its setting. And it definitely doesn’t mock it, either.

Check it out.

May
28
2020
1

Epic NPC Man: Broken.

This is fascinating, in its way.

May
27
2020
0

I’m just not seeing how HBO Max works out.

I mean, it’s trying real hard to play catch-up to the Mouse. But that sentence says it all, doesn’t it? Warner Bros. (the folks behind HBO Max) doesn’t have the immediate brand identification that Disney enjoys, and it shows. I’m also not getting why they’re not bundling the DC streaming service directly into HBO Max, either. Disney+ had to combine Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, and Disney’s own core materials to get a viable streaming platform; does anybody in Warner think that they’re going to get people to buy two different platforms?

Moe Lane

PS: I think that an answer to this problem might be copyright reform. Twenty-five years after first publication, then done. Somebody will be happy to curate pre-1995 collections of movies, TV shows, and radio broadcasts; and, shorn of the illusory promise of their backlists*, the studios can realistically price what it’s worth to have free access to their current inventory. But what do I know? I’m just this guy on the Internet.

*I don’t really think that non-Mouse studios have an appealing enough backlist to justify a permanent subscription. Heck, arguably Disney doesn’t, either.

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May
26
2020
2

Quote of the Day, …Alas edition.

George Lucas, on how he nearly sold the Star Wars franchise instead of going into debt to make The Empire Strikes Back:

“At first I was contemplating selling the whole thing to Fox… I’d just take my percentage and go home and never think about Star Wars again.”

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May
24
2020
2

The suits manage to keep the Snyder Cut from getting new shooting.

Makes sense that Zack Snyder would ask, though. The worst that’d happen is they’d say “No,” right?

“There’s not going to be any reshoots of any kind with any actors,” Gonzalez said. “It’s just additional dialogue. Here’s something that hasn’t been reported yet: (Snyder) did want to shoot and he wanted to do additional photography but HBO Max said no, that’s not happening. We’ll give you money for post-production, for special effects, for scoring, and even ADR but no reshoots of any kind on this movie.”

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May
22
2020
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In the e-Mail: download of @HPLHS’s THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS DART.

The HPL Historical Society knows darn well that we’re all waiting for the actual WHISPERER IN DARKNESS CD*. So, since they have the digital files already, why not send those along to the pre-orderers? And that’s why I’m a card-carrying member of the HPL Historical Society. In fact, I need to re-up my membership.

Moe Lane

*We buy the CD version of the Dark Adventure Radio Theater for the props. The perfectly TTRPG game-friendly props. The HPLHS knows what we like.

May
21
2020
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The new TENET trailer.

…Yeah, I’ll see this in theaters.

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