Anime · Movies

Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic

So the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie came and went, and with it, the dream of seeing a high-quality Hollywood produced live-action anime, such as Akira or Battle Angel, took another big step backwards. Fans and critics were, for the most part, on the same page, as the film only made $40M in its first month in the US, and it’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits (at the time of this writing), at 46%. So the immediate reaction is to say that this movie is a bust. But that may or may or be the case. In fact, I am positive that in a few years, future critics and audiences will react more favorable to this film. Continue reading “Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 22 (Nightlife, Pt I)

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. Exception – I removed some 2009 pop culture references.  If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

Downtown Disney

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 22

Nightlife, Part I

Downtown Disney (DTD)

This is the amalgam of the Downtown Disney Marketplace, Pleasure Island, and the newly created West Side in 1997. Disney marketed the area as an entertainment – shopping – dining district unlike any other. The creation was a very important step to make WDW an actual “world” of its own. These are the sections (and their history) in order of creation: Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 22 (Nightlife, Pt I)”

Lists · Music

The I, Omnibus Top Ten Underrated Aerosmith Songs

“I’m a real fat city
I’m an aero delight”

–  Aerosmith, “Let The Music Do The Talking”

It’s difficult to call a legendary band that has been around for over four decades underrated. Considering how ubiquitous they were throughout the entire 1990s, it’s very easy to snobbishly dismiss them as overrated. You wouldn’t be completely wrong – most of their stuff during that decade was not… to put it kindly, not their best stuff. To be more blunt, they sold out to become the world’s oldest teeny-bop bubblegum pop band. To their credit, they went back to their hard rock roots in the 21st Century, but the damage has been done to their reputation.

But I’m not here to bury Aerosmith. I’m here to praise them. Forty seven years in the business, and they have had their original lineup for most of them. And they are still going strong in their concerts.

Anyone unfamiliar with the band’s history can easily go their Wikipedia entry. In the fewest words possible – years of hard drugs and hard living took its toll on lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry, that by the mid 1980’s, they were on the verge of breaking up and were considered irrelevant just when hard rock / glam rock / heavy metal had crossed over the mainstream and dominate the radio and MTV airwaves. Then, Run DMC collaborated with Tyler & Perry to do a rap version of “Walk This Way,” and Aerosmith received a second wind.

To get back to the “overrated” reputation; if you listen to a classic rock station, you will hear the same five Aerosmith songs over and over, with little to no variance. They are; “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” “Rag Doll,” and “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” In essence, it’s more akin to say that because their biggest hits are so overplayed, the casual fan can not appreciate the band’s versatility. But it gets worse if you listen to an Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, “Best of the past few decades” station. These stations bombard you with the band’s power ballads: “Cryin’,” “Crazy,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

The fact that these power ballads, which are clearly the band’s “Kangaroo Men” moment, didn’t completely derail the band’s career, is a testament to their greatness.

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Animation

It’s that time again – time for Animaniacs?!

Animaniacs OST1

IndieWire has some breaking news. The fine folks of Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are planning to reboot the 1990s cartoon classic, “Animaniacs.” And even the original Executive Producer, Steven Spielberg, whose name was a part of the official title, is also reported to be involved in this new project! Continue reading “It’s that time again – time for Animaniacs?!”

Lists · Movies · Podcast Unlimited

The Top Ten Movie Directors

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

“Like Kurosawa I make mad films
Okay, I don’t make films
But if I did they’d have a Samurai.”
Barenaked Ladies – “One Week”

If you are following my blog and/or podcast, then I don’t need to explain the significance and value a good director brings to the making of a movie. But if you need empirical proof, take a look at your multiplex, or steaming provider. We are living in a gilded age of remakes and reboots. Whereas the originals have given us iconic images and memorable scenes that made them timeless classics, the newer versions are created by those that lack the creative vision, and fail to learn the lessons why the originals work so well. Continue reading “The Top Ten Movie Directors”

Food

A sushi donut?! That’s CRAZY TALK!

sushi donut

When last we left those crazy culinary Californians, those kooky chefs gave us the pizza with the hot dog crust. And that idea went national, as Pizza Hut copied that idea for the summer. Not content with Frankenfooding American cuisine, they set their eyes to the Far East. Just what the heck is that? Continue reading “A sushi donut?! That’s CRAZY TALK!”

Lists · Podcast Unlimited · Video games

The Top Ten Star Wars Video Games

LucasArts

“Oh Star Wars,
Nothing but Star Wars,
Give me those Star Wars,
Don’t let them end.
Oh Star Wars,
If they should bar wars,
Please let these Star Wars
Stay.”

– Nick Winters (a.k.a. Bill Murray), from “Saturday Night Live”, Jan 21, 1978

I wish I could have been at LucasArts at the ground floor. They created a bunch of wonderful and underrated game in the 1980s that myself, and many others still adore to this day. But the main reason is the slew of Star Wars games they have created the past four decades. And as long as we have home video game consoles, and video game systems, we will have Star Wars video games. In fact, I think one of my best friends and I had the only 2 video game systems that did not have a Star Wars game in its catalog: Channel F, and Vektrex. So if you thought I was going to make a new Internet Rule, forget  it!

When you consider that the video game franchise maker was part of the deal that Disney acquired back in 2012, the price tag looks even more like a bargain!

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Lists · Literature · Media · Omnibus · Podcast Unlimited

The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series

Marvel Civil War

“I don’t need your civil war,”
– Guns N’ Roses, “Civil War”

During the 1980’s, the comic book industry, after seeing the success it brought the television networks the previous decade, decided to create their own mini-series. Before then, if a comic book wanted to tell an extended story, they would just tell the story over multiple issues with little to no fanfare. The story arc would be given a name after the fact (e.g.: the X-Men’s “Dark Phoenix Saga” is the name given to issues #129 – 138 of the comic title, “Uncanny X-Men.”) But when comic books industry hit its first bubble in the eighties, the companies decided that they can generate even more sales if they hyped their story arcs ahead of time, and dubbed them as events. And it worked! Continue reading “The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series”