San Diego Comic Con has came and went and it was meh. There was some new stuff shown, but most of it was things we had already seen or known. Nothing big or surprising was announced. No footage of Godzilla vs King Kong, or no big trailers for 2020. There wasn’t a new trailer for Episode 9. I wonder why so many conventions this year have been mediocre, I wonder why? I was really hoping to see some new trailers or big new announcements, instead I get the Harley Quinn cartoon. Why me?
I really don’t know. That is how dry it was this year. Top Gun 2? I could care less, IT chapter 2? Yawn. Game of Thrones Season 9, er I mean The Witcher? No thanks. OK, probably Terminator Dark Fate. That is the only thing that got me excited. Nintendo had some good games, but we’ve seen em before. Again, the good stuff we already knew about. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, the exciting new trailer for the Picard series. That got me excited, but we already knew about the show. Sigh.
Nothing new. We knew most of the announcements and the few new announcements were very boring.
Grade: C- A few decent highlight can’t save a boring Comic Con. Let’s hope that next year is bearable.
Gremlins was one of my favorite movies growing up. I loved the mixture of dark humor and scares. I loved tthe character Gizmo so much, I bought a stuffed Gizmo and he was my sleeping buddy for 12 years. I also loved the sequel, so I am a fan and I have high expectations for the show.
Oh I hope this new animated show is good. They could add to the mythology and make the Gremlins world much richer, or they could ruin this and put a stain on the Gremlins name. Let’s hope it’s option no1. Good luck!
I love wrestling, it is fun, theatrical and athletic. I love seeing bigger than life personalities do acrobatic stunts, cut great promos and the storylines. I grew up watching the WWE and WCW. I couldn’t get enough of the Rock, Mr. Perfect, Bret Hart and Sting. I adored the NWO. That was my favorite wrestling act when I was a young girl.
Needless to say, I know my wrestling. Which is why I don’t like a group of wrestling fans the internet has nicknamed, “marks.” These are fans who claim to be expert fans who care about wrestling. Their actions don’t match their words. They have bitterly booed Roman Reigns, they’ve turned on Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey, and Baron Corbin. They will call a WWE PPV garbage, even if it was good.
Stomping Grounds is a perfect example of this. Most wrestling reviewers considered Stomping Grounds a great show. But, you couldn’t tell that to the marks, who were saying it was trash. The main reason they hated the main event, (even though it was a good match), was Lacey Evans being put in as a special guest referee. Who cares! That shouldn’t ruin a good match. Look at what Bradi Rhodes did at Double or Nothing. She added Awesome Kong to the women’s match. No one batted an eye when she did this.
If Roman Reigns wins a match, the marks are the first to scream. “Here goes VINCE shoving Roman down our throats again.” Yeah, Shane McMahon beat Roman, let that one sink in for a moment. Some of these marks accused Roman of faking his cancer. That is disgusting! If you don’t want to like Roman fine, but saying he faked his cancer is going too far. It goes beyond criticizing an organization for putting on a product you don’t like. They are making it personal, and that is down right creepy.
What can we do about marks? Call them out for their actions. They loved Becky Lynch for most of 2018, but they seem to be souring on her. Just because she is the champion, (because she is the top star, go figure). Now the marks are saying Vince is shoving her down people’s throats. Wow, a person like Sting who won most of his matches at first could NEVER happen today. What about Goldberg’s streak? Oh wow, imagine how well that would go down.
Marks want all wrestlers to get a push, but that isn’t going to happen. There are going to be wrestlers who are world champions and those who aren’t. If you are so unhappy with the WWE, why keep going to the events and buying the PPVs? Watch Impact Wrestling, ROH, NJPW, or AEW. Sorry, but the main event Match between Rollins and Corbin was awesome! It told a good story, had good drama and the wrestling was good. The wrestlers did not deserve the AEW chants. If you like AEW, go watch them, let people who want to enjoy WWE, enjoy it. All you are doing is making people dislike you, and all the legit criticisms you throw at WWE will be void because of your radical hatred. Wrestling is fun, let’s keep it that way.
3 Stars: A good trailer, but nothing breathtaking.
4 Stars: What an experience! That’s how you do a trailer.
Jim Henson, that name brings back so many memories for me. The Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fragile Rock shaped my childhood with their wonderful imagination and colorful characters. Jim Henson did movies as well. One of my favorite movies was called The Dark Crystal. I’ve never seen anything like it before, with its wonderful character designs and creative worlds. Jim Henson was a genius, and it’s good to see Netflix bring Dark Crystal back. There is a trailer for it, so let’s rate it.
Does it capture the spirit of the original?
Yes it does! You can tell by the way they recaptured the look of the original film. The characters look like the originals and the tone is similar as well. Gorgeous details help bring the world to life. The look has been updated a bit with the help of CGI, but it isn’t overdone. It looks like they used some good old prosthetic to keep it true to the original. Great job Netflix.
Too many to count, but I love when the scene of the Gelflings meeting the mystical flower. She starts having visions. The lighting of the environments and facial expressions of the characters are perfect. Seeing the one-eyed witch was great. The trailer does a good job of pumping you up getting you excited for this. Mission accomplished.
Netflix has a winner on their hands with Dark Crystal. Jim Henson’s creations have been surging in popularity, and this is the perfect time to make a Dark Crystal Show. Seeing Dark Crystal make a comeback makes me extra happy. This could be one of Netflix’s biggest shows.
Grade: 4 Stars. Great teaser to get people excited.
According to Variety, Nteflix beat out HBO for best original programming. Netflix got 39%, while HBO got 11%. Hulu got 6% while Amazon got 5%.
No wonder Netflix has so many subscribers. Stranger Things is a mega hit. It also makes you wonder what’s going to happen to HBO after Game of Thrones went off, (with a thud, not a bang). Will HBO’s subscriber numbers fall? Amazon and Hulu are catching on, and don’t forget about Disney plus launching this fall.
It will be a long road for HBO if they can’t come up with original content to keep viewers tuned in, or subscribed. It could be all downhill after this. Will HBO last? We shall see.
I have never personally liked Game of Thrones myself, but I knew it was a good show and it helped the presence of fantasy shows on TV. I am actually sad about the backlash that is happening because of the episode Bells. Oh boy, I haven’t seen a backlash this bad since Star Wars the Phantom Menace. The intensity of this is reaching levels unheard of. This one episode basically destroyed Game of Thrones. No longer will people look at GOT as one of the greatest shows of all time. Now, it will go down as a show a lot of fans want to forget.
I think writers could learn from this. Look at how successful the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been. The movies worked because Marvel didn’t try to pull a fast one on the audience. They stuck to their plan and let it play out. The results speak for themselves. Huge box office and lots of trust from their fanbase.
I am not going to spoil what happened in Game of Thrones for those who haven’t seen it, but needless to say, it doesn’t make a lick of sense in the context of the show. The decisions seemed rushed and no thought was put into how this show should end. What should’ve went down as one of the top ten shows of all time, will end up a cautionary tale for someone like me, who has a big series that we’re writing. This is how you don’t end a series.
I am taking my sweet time with the Buzzies. Even if that means taking years like James Cameron is with the Avatar movies. I am not gonna let the Buzzies end up like Game of Thrones. I want the Buzzies to go out on top the way Lord of The Rings did. If we can learn anything from Game of Thrones, it’s haste does make waste. Take your time and make sure you plan out how big arcs and stories are supposed to go. Put some thought into what you’re writing. Make sure that the characters stay true to themselves, and that the story has a payoff that makes sense in the context of the past situations, the different plot points and if it makes sense. Don’t do something just to shock people. It can end up bad, ask Game of Thrones.
What a sad way for Game of Thrones to end. Many disappointed fans and critics who don’t look at the show the way they used to. All because of some rushed decisions, and their decision to want to throw a cheap shock just to shock people. It failed, let this a lesson for future show runners. You don’t want the same results.
Thor, Captain Marvel, The Hulk and Wonder Woman. These are great characters, but let’s be honest, how many of us can identify with them? Are any of us Thunder Gods? I highly doubt it, although I do get the feeling I can manipulate lighting sometimes (JK). These characters are great, do not get me wrong, but I do miss the days of Jake Sully, Sarah Connor, Ellen Ripley and Indiana Jones. We had regular people who went through extraordinary situations and we felt like we were along the ride. We could be the teacher who went globe trotting, or a waitress whose son would be the savior of mankind.
Why don’t Hollywood give us more characters we can relate to?
A little variety never hurts and too many heroes are out of reach now. We will never be them, nor can we relate to them. They are fun characters to watch, but Hollywood is doing too many white color Gods who don’t show a real struggle. We know that these characters will over come their predicament. There is no suspense to this. Have audiences been trained by superhero movies to see nothing but God-like heroes who will perform super human strengths that they can’t relate to, but they love to see kick bad people butt. Is the blue collar hero dead? What it comes down to is how much money super hero movies make, but don’t forget that Avatar is the biggest box office hit of all time and Jake Sully didn’t have super powers.
A New Generation
There is some good news, it seems like some movies are making characters who we can relate to. Take Tim for instance, the main hero in the new movie Detective Pikachu. He is just a college kid. That’s it, his only ability is he can talk to Pikachu (which isn’t know why, but we will find out when the movie opens). How many people can identify with going to school and trying to make your way into the world? Loosing a parent or not knowing where someone is? Those are very relatable situations, so when Tim is hurting, we can relate and it makes the pain more real to us. We feel what Tim is feeling.
Madison in the new Godzilla King of the Monsters is another example. She is just a sweet kid who is fascinated with monsters, (how many kids can relate to that)? She has trouble communicating and relating to her mom. Those are real struggles, and it helps when you have a character you can identify with. I am not saying every character has to be like this, but a little variety Hollywood goes a long way.
We are seeing less blue collar heroes right now, but as with all things, everything comes full circle and having characters like Tim and Madison is a good start. It is great to see ordinary people who we can relate to overcome relatable problems. There is a time and place for super human characters performing super human feets of strength, but there is also a place for regular people who can overcome relatable problems as well. All things in moderation Hollywood, that will make everyone happy.
Millie is being called America’s sweetheart, and for good reason. Her co-stars love her and she’s such a sweetheart to her fans. Her sweet personality shines through on screen, this makes her relatable to her fans and audiences in general.
Stranger Things is watched by 16-18 million people a week on Netflix. That’s a huge number, that’s just as high as GOT and the Walking Dead.
Her sweet personality wouldn’t make her a star if she didn’t have talent. Look at Godzilla King of the Monsters. She stands tall with the monsters. She gives such a range of emotions, and does it with believability. Remember, she is only 15! For her to have this level of acting chops for someone at her age is almost unheard of. If she continues to expand and picks the right project, there’s no reason why she won’t be the next Amy Adams.
The future looks bright for Millie, if she sticks close to her family and avoid the pitfalls that so many young actors and actresses fall into, she will have a great career like Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts or Maryl Streep. She is the star of the future. You can quote me on that.
In the 21st century, Japanamation (or Japanese Anime), has exploded in popularity. Names like Miyazaki, Hosoda and Shinkai mean as much to animated fans as Pixar does. What is causing this? Let’s take a look!
Anime has a distinct style that allows bigger facial expressions and over the top humor that wouldn’t work with western style animation. This can lead to bigger for audiences and it can convey different story telling methods to the audience.
The Forgotton Hollywood Category, Drama.
Let’s face it, Hollywood don’t do good dramas anymore. Some independent movies can do it well, but big budget dramas are almost dead. In Anime though, it’s alive and well. You feel the pain the characters do, movies like Kiki’s Delivery Service, Your Name and Ponyo will have you in tears when they feel pain, and cheering when they are happy. Drama when it’s done right can be so rewarding.
Aren’t you tired of cynical movies? Don’t you want movies with real heart and sincere emotions? You get that a lot in anime. Wolf Children is a great example of a loving family who works to stay together and you really know that the family loves each other. It is real and the characters don’t wink at you to let you know it’s a game. This makes you more invested in the story and the characters.
When you turn on TV or go to You Tube, you can come across so much harsh reality. We all need to deal with it, but too much can bring you down. Watch a sweethearted anime movie. You can see relatable characters overcome obstacles and hardships. You’ll see lots of gentle stories like the Secret World of Arrietty. What a sweet story about a loving family who happen to be small and how they deal with it. You’ll feel so good after you watch it. Forget your problems for over 2 hours and enjoy. There are other movies like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Ponyo that will make you feel great after watching them.
Oh the things you can do with animation. Spirited Away is a great example of this. You’ll see creatures you’ve never seen before and a world that will make your sensors go wild. Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are packed with imaginative images that will fill your mind with gorgeous colors, character designs and weird creatures which will blow your mind. You’ll feel like you are on cloud nine seeing all of these incredible images.
Anime has a lot of different sub-categories. Some are wild sci-fi, sexy, some are dark and some are wonderful family movies. You don’t get a lot of adult animation in the west (adult swim used to, but not now), anime knows there are fans who crave adult animation. Vampire Hunter D, Death Note and Akira are great adult animes that are smart, dark and edgy for older . Then you got cute and wholesome animes like The Castle in the Sky and Summer Wars that are great for the whole family.
No matter how wild the images or creatures, anime gives you very relatable characters. Taki and Mitsuha from Your Name, are typical college kids who are trying their best to get by. Working jobs, going to school and trying to balance their home life. Who can’t relate to that? Even though there is a sci-fi element, the movie never forgets to give us characters we can relate to and care about. Wolf Children is another great example of this. Hana, Yuki and Ame are a typical family. Yuki is a regular housewife who is trying her best to raise her kids on her own. This makes the drama real and we feel for them when something happens. No matter how outrageous the story.
Remember when Disney did movies like Aladdin, the Little Mermaid and the Lion King? Nearly all western animated movies are CGI now. Don’t get wrong, I love CGI, but there is something about hand drawn animation that is appealing. The colors are brighter, the textures pop and there is a quiet charm about it. Princess Mononoki, Your Name and A Silent Voice can stun you with beauty in ways CGI can’t. The gorgeous colors that will make your eyes do somersaults and the fluid movement that will cause your brain to work overtime. Hollywood has forgotten that a lot of people still prefer hand drawn animation to CGI. Anime is one of the few places where someone can get that nowadays.
For all of the reasons above, Japanese Anime is gathering a huge following in western Countries now. It isn’t just movies or tv shows either. Video games as well are showing a growing interest in anime. Games like Persona 5 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 both have sold over 2 million copies. America is taking notice. JJ Abrams is remaking Your Name, (please let it turn out to be good), and stores like Walmart are carrying more anime. This is great! If you haven’t checked out anime, do yourself a favor and check some out. There is something for everyone. Long live Anime!