More Podcasting Is More Better


Hello everyone,

 

Sorry it’s been a few days since I posted anything. It’s been a busy time. I have been working like crazy. As some may or may not know I’m a cab driver and you can hear a story about that on the latest episode of The Gorram Nerd Hour. Besides working I have been trying to find time to sleep. That hasn’t been happening so instead I’m just throwing myself head first into more podcasts. Besides The Gorram Nerd Hour I have been doing a limited series under the Gorram banner called Holodeck Malfunction with my good friend Isaac Hulke. It’s a show about Star Trek if you couldn’t guess that from the title. 

In each episode of Holodeck Malfunction we pick a series or movie and talk about it for an hour, sometimes two topics. It just depends. We have recorded eight episodes so far and just started putting them up. So, you will be able to hear me twice a week on the Gorram page. You can also hear me and some free music on a new show I’ve started with my friend Ryan Ford. It’s called From The Underground and it will focus on indie bands of all genres. You can read more about it by following the hyperlink above. 

Lastly, I want to talk about the Abnormal Entertainment crew as a whole. These folks are awesome. I love each and every one of them…even Taylor Made from Bank On Action. He may not realize it since I do nothing but make fun of him all the time but I do appreciate him. David Hayes, one of the hosts of Cinema Head Cheese has a new book out. Follow the link on the other pages I’ve already hyperlinked and you’ll find it. It’s called American Guiginol. 

Thanks to everyone at Abnormal Entertainment. I’ve had a blast working with you all and can’t wait to see nearly everyone in one place for Phoenix Comicon.

Why Can’t They All Be Like Prometheus?


I’m old enough to remember when summer movies had something more to offer than just blowing things up, fast cars and hot women. I remember E.T. and The Thing back in 1982. I remember Back To The Future in 1985. I remember the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies offering more than just explosions from 1977-1989. So when was the change?

Through the 90’s I saw most of the big summer movies. Die Hard With A Vengeance was the closest thing to having substance that comes to mind. And that still Palestine in comparison to the original from 1988. Now, I’m not pointing fingers, but Michael Bay started making movies in the 90’s. Bad Boys was nothing more than a big, loud movie skating by on charm. I fell for it, and so did the masses. Was that beginning of the end?

When I think back over the decades of summer movies I think about story and character, mood and tone. Alien had all those things in spades. After over thirty years Ridley Scott returned to play in that universe again. He succeeded where others have failed (George Lucas) by creating a compelling story that felt fresh even though we knew going in how it was going to end. The fun was watching how they got there.

When Star Wars Episode I came out I was one of the first in line to see it. Like all geeks I grew up watching the originals over and over in theaters, on cable, on laserdisc, VHS, back in theaters, and then on DVD. I loved them. And watching Episode I tainted that love.

It seems to me that the people we relied on for great summer entertainment stopped knowing how to deliver and the ones who idolized them just learned the flashy parts of filmmaking and forgot the substance.

I’m gonna name off some of my favorite movies from childhood through high school – Terminator, The Abyss, Star Wars, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Highlander, Gremlins, Goonies, Little Shop Of Horrors, The Breakfast Club, and many more. I could spend a day rattling off movies I loved from that time in my life. No time for love, Dr. Jones, gotta get back to the article at hand.

My point is that for every Ridley Scott, who seems to still know how to kick ass, there’s numerous people like George Lucas who have no idea how to make a movie anymore. The new generation of filmmakers needs more people like Joss Whedon, who hit it out of the park with The Avengers, and less like Michael Bay. Giant hanging testicles on a robot? That’s what passes for entertainment these days?