Film Club: “Jodorowsky’s Dune” (2014)

large_Jodorowsky_Dune_PosterI was probably 12 or 13 when I watched Dune for the first time and soon became enthralled with the epic scope of the story.  I was even more excited to find out there was a series of books that the film was based on.  When I finally got my copy of Frank Herbert’s Dune in my hands I was blown away about how much had been changed by the source material.  Over the course of a summer I went on to read all of the books in the Dune series and I found myself wondering about what could have been.

Jodorowsky’s Dune tells the story of the greatest version of Dune never made.  In 1975 Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky obtained the film rights to Dune in hopes of making his vision of the science fiction epic.  Jodorowsky assembled a creative team that included concept artists H.R. Giger and Jean Giraud and a cast that included the likes of Orson Welles, Salvidor Dali and Mick Jagger.  Jodorowsky’s vision of Dune took several noticeable detours from Frank Herbert’s novel and after two years of pre-production work not a single studio would fund the project.

While watching Jodorowsky’s Dune you cannot help but be angry that this version of Dune never made it to the screen.  Throughout the film you are treated to gorgeous pieces of concept art and storyboards that were so ambitious it is hard to believe that the planned shots were able to be done in 1975.

 
Many of the names associated with this ambitious project went on to work on Star Wars and Alien, arguably two of the most influential films in the science fiction genre.  After after watching Jodorowsky’s Dune you cannot help but think that the studios may have borrowed from the Jodorowsky’s vision … but you will have to judge that for yourself.

 

Star Trek 3 Needs a Director … It’s Time To #BringinRiker

Over the weekend it broke that Robert Orci would no longer be directing Star Trek 3 and that Paramount had a shortlist of possible replacements which included Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).  When it was announced that Orci had landed the director’s chair for Star Trek 3 I was left scratching my head.  Why would Paramount hand over a tentpole film to a first time director?

rikerwomenUp to this point Orci has been instrumental in the revitalization of the film franchise … but I was highly skeptical. The reason behind Orci’s departure was clarified from a report from Badass Digest which stated that the studio and Orci came to odds after the studio shut down pre-production over disagreements over the movies script.  The script, which Orci co-wrote involved more time travel and Old Kirk teaming up with New Kirk and something about Vulcans.

I love the Star Trek franchise more than anything … but enough with the time travel already and deviating timelines.  My impression after Star Trek Into Darkness was that we would finally get to see the five-year mission of the crew of the USS Enterprise.

In order to get Star Trek 3 in theaters in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary a director needs to be picked … and soon.  Star Trek fans around the world have banded together to try and get Jonathan Frakes on board to direct using the hashtag #BringinRiker. While I would be completely satisfied with Wright or Cornish getting the job, I would love nothing more to bring Frakes back into the Star Trek fold.

via [Trek Movie]

Pull List Preview — “Escape from New York #1″ (BOOM! Studios)

 

Cover by Riley Rossmo

Cover by Riley Rossmo

After the success of their Big Trouble in Little China series BOOM! Studios has continued their partnership with John Carpenter to bring another one of his iconic characters back to comics.

Escape from New York #1 picks up mere seconds from the close of the film which finds Snake Plissken public enemy number one after humiliating the President and effectively derailing the peace process in the midst of World War Three.  With the United States Police Force on his ass Snake is on the run … to Florida.  Apparently Florida seceded from the United States and has a heavily fortified border along with a bunch of Soviet nukes courtesy of Cuba.

I really enjoyed reading the “new” adventures of Snake Plissken again as the last time we saw Snake in comic book form was back in 2003 when a four issue miniseries was published by CrossGen/Hurricane Entertainment.  Here’s to hoping that this will ignore the events from Escape from LA entirely.  Regardless of your feelings regarding that not-so-good sequel Escape from New York #1 is on sale December 3rd at comic shops everywhere.

Check out a five-page preview courtesy of my friends at BOOM! Studios.

Time for Vacation … See You In A Week!!!

Tomorrow I start a much needed family vacation with a road trip that will eventually bring us to Walt Disney World.  Over the next week I may be updating sporadically, but keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram feeds as my compulsion to toy hunt will not be stopped by the most magical place on Earth.

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Image via Tom Bricker [http://tombricker.smugmug.com/Disney]

The blog has gone dark for November simply due to the fact that I needed a break.  I will return in time for Thanksgiving reinvigorated and ready to bore you all with the most tedious nerd musings and banter.

 

This Jem & The Holograms LEGO Creation is Truly Outrageous

Reddit user fujiia is quite a prolific LEGO builder dabbling in everything from Star Wars to LEGO Friends.  In scouring their Flickr feed I found this amazing brick built homage to the 1980’s musical sensation Jem & The Holograms that is truly outrageous.

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via fujiia on [Flickr]

 via r/LEGO on Reddit

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Contest: What’s Your Favorite #LionsgateHorror Film?

As horror fans we are well aware of the fact that Lionsgate has had a considerable presence in the genre with theatrical releases like The Descent, Hostel, The Cabin in the Woods, and of course The Saw Saga.  And we cannot forget about their back catalog which includes films like The Blair Witch Project, The Wicker Man, American Psycho, and Children of the Corn.

Just in time for Halloween I have an awesome contest that requires minimal effort on your part where one lucky winner will receive a VUDU HD download code for The Blair Witch Project.

Step 1:  In the comments below post your your favorite Lionsgate horror film and why

Step 2:  Tweet me @doubledumbass letting me know you’ve entered using the #LionsgateHorror hashtag.

All entries must be received by November 8th, 2014 by 11:59:59PM EST.

… and here’s the fine print:

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Digital Download code for The Blair Witch Project via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

The 5 Most Terrifying Paranormal Entities from The Real Ghostbusters

As far as cartoons go The Real Ghostbusters remains a revered piece of pop culture for many of my generation.  Running from 1986-1991 it allowed us to enjoy the further paranormal adventures of Venkman and Co. every Saturday morning.  For it’s time the show was very irreverent in that it drew on the events of both feature films.  Kenner was a tremendous promotional partner and had a fantastic toyline (how many of us had those role play Proton Packs?).

The one thing that The Real Ghostbusters did not do is shy away from terrifying its viewing audience.  Below you will find some of the most terrifying paranormal entities from The Real Ghostbusters.

5 – Werechicken from Poultrygeist

IT’S A GIANT FUCKING CHICKEN THAT WILL EAT YOU!!!!!!!!

4 – Hob Anagarak from Cold Cash and Hot Water

An ancient Inuit demon that controls fire, has superhuman strength, the ability to teleport, and can project telekinesis doesn’t seem that bad does he? Or maybe it is due to the the fact that he looks like a cross between a Predator and a Yeti.

3 – Necksa from The Devil in The Deep

This big four armed Gorgo looking sea monster wanted to destroy New York and the world for that matter due to the fact that the water was just so … polluted.  As one of the most powerful primal gods thousands of years old, he was awakened by unknowingly by some public utility workers. And one more thing … he was immune to the Ghostbusters’ standard proton throwers.

2 – The Thing from The Thing Is Mrs. Faversham’s Attic)

“What’s that noise in the attic?”

“Oh just a large purple ectoplasmic cloud mass that is fueled by hatred and revenge.  It can manifest itself in a variety of objects and propel bolts of psychokentic energy”

“Oh, okay.”

1 – Boogieman from The Boogieman Cometh & The Boogieman Is Back) 

As I’ve said here before the Boogeyman as depicted in The Real Ghostbusters is truly the stuff of nightmares.  Despite appearing in just two episodes, the Boogeyman could have cemented the top spot in this countdown with just his appearance alone.  We haven’t even begun to talk about how he warps through your closet door while your sleeping to capture your soul.

 

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” … More Like “Age of Hulkbuster”

There’s certainly a lot to digest in that Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. It appears as though the Heroic Age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could very well be over.  However I wanted to make sure that no one forgot about one important aspect …

THAT HULKBUSTER ARMOR THO

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Hulkbuster vs. Hulk, Cap’s Shield! , Creepy Alien/Robot Bad Guy … is it May 2015 yet?

 

Spooky Book Club — Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix from Quirk Books

For many Americans there is nothing more horrifying than trying to assemble flat packed furniture purchased from IKEA.  And for others it is even more terrifying to wander the showroom trying to locate the bookshelf you saw online.  In Horrorstör we are introduced ti an IKEA clone called Orsk … and appearances are definitely not what they seem.

Horrorstor_final_300dpiSome very strange things are happening at the Orsk #00108 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  Escalators are shutting down, graffiti is appearing in rest rooms and someone is defecating on couches in the showroom.

Orsk management is concerned and deputizes a few employees to conduct a secret overnight surveillance of the store to figure out who is vandalizing the store during the off hours.  What happens next is a genuinely fun and creepy as this apparently random group of employees find themselves at a supernatural crossroads that does not bode well.

Anyone who has ever worked big-box retail (myself included) can attest to how genuinely those massive buildings can be when the music cuts off at 10:00pm and lights go on power saving mode.  Hendrix has craft a very fun modern haunted house tale that plays on those “what-ifs” which makes for an intense read.  It’s a perfect addition to your bookshelf just in time for Halloween.

The design of Horrorstör is probably one of the most attractive I have seen this year.  It is put together as if it is an Orsk catalog, complete with pricing and color options for their fictional furniture.   In this digital world I highly recommend picking up a physical copy of Horrorstör.  

Quirk Books continues to put out some of the most unique and fun titles out, and I am very appreciative of the review copy that they provided  to me.

Horrorstör can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Breaking: The ‘Ant Man’ Trailer Has Been Seen By Some People

antman_conceptOn Sunday morning as part of an exclusive Marvel event at New York Comic Con the trailer for next summer’s Ant Man was shown for the very first time.  And from reports it seems as though the fans went crazy for it.  Apparently I missed this significant piece of news while compiling my NYCC coverage.

The crew over at Topless Robot has a description of the teaser:

The Ant Man trailer seemed to confirm a lot of the rumors that have been floating around about the plot: Michael Douglas, playing Pym, hires Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) to be his on-the-ground man for a heist. They argue about super-heroics and then Lang, wearing the Ant Man suit, runs towards the camera, trips, damages the helmet, and then calls an ant to take him away ….

No word as to when the Ant Man trailer will be released for the common folk; but I’d expect something during Marvel’s 75th Anniversary Special airing on ABC on November 4th.

[via Topless Robot]