A cabin in the woods, demonic possessions, the Book of the Dead. Many movies and TV shows have had all three of these tropes since the 1970s, but none have been as well-known as Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. In 1981, Ash (Ashley) (Bruce Campbell), his sister, and college friends take a weekend trip to a small cabin in the woods of Tennessee. The vacation turns rotten immediately when they hear noises from the cellar where they find a tape recorder, firearms, and a strange book covered in human skin. Of course, they’re smart and do not read the book. The cabin’s former resident does it for them on the tape as it recites the text. Continue reading
When The Ring was first released in theaters, the concept was unique and actually threatening. A VHS tape with a trapped spirit. VHS tapes were regularly rented and borrowed from friends, and the more they were played, the worse the tracking got, causing lines on the screen. As the movies continued, most importantly with the recent sequel Rings, the concept was all but lost on most audiences, given that the original premise surrounded an out-of-date and forgotten media. Continue reading
We’re a little all over the place this week, but you can probably tell we had a good time. After a very brief update of our goings on, we get into myriad tv shows we’ve watched from the 80s through to today (and some crazy plot lines), what we like/don’t like about movie trailers and why detailed origin story movies aren’t necessary. We also say farewell to a Bat icon and talk Star Wars costumes. Listen now!
Two weeks ago was Memorial Day weekend. Whenever holidays like these fall on a Monday or a weekend when the market is open, I go shopping to the Hartville Flea Market (in northeast Ohio). I often do not have a specific goal in mind while shopping, but sometimes I start the day off seeing one unique item I had not thought about and spend the rest of the day searching for similar finds. On this day, my unique hunt became Ninja Turtles action toys. Continue reading
As I have mentioned before, movie casting is sometimes a big deal to me. This is especially in regard to geek properties, most especially comic book movies where the characters need to have a rather specific look. Regardless of abilities, I think it’s important to capture that look to truly capture the character. But even when the casting is not quite right, there can be moments in a movie when the acting, story and visuals come together so well that they get the character right. Continue reading
What would you do for a million dollars? Rob a bank? Fix the lottery? Would you consider hurting yourself? (I usually end up having to pay bills for a few years as a result of this, so I could handle this option).
The Brass Teapot (2013, R) guides audiences on a journey of liberation from debt, to greed and all-out murder. After stealing a mysterious teapot from an antique shop, Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) discover that it produces cash whenever in the presence of pain. Whenever either harms themselves in the vicinity of the teapot, cash appears, increasing in amounts depending on how much they hurt. Continue reading
It’s time for a pop culture history lesson. Which came first: Disney’s Aladdin or Warner Brother’s The Thief and the Cobbler? That’s a difficult answer. While Aladdin arrived in theaters in 1992, with Thief in theaters the next year in South Africa and Australia (America in 1995 by Miramax, coincidentally re-named Arabian Knight), Aladdin was stolen straight from the pages of Thief, on which production began in 1964. Continue reading
We all know that nostalgia puts a shiny, happy filter on the past, making it difficult to find fault in the things we love. As geeks, we know this all too well as the games, comics and movies of our youths are a beacon of what made us who we are. I was reminded of this over the weekend when I watched a movie I hadn’t seen in a very long time: Krull. Continue reading