Friday, November 27, 2015

Is It Time to Remake “Back to the Future”?

One of the most successful movies ever is definitely ‘Back to the Future’, written in 1985 by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, who was also the director. The starring roles were given to Michael J. Fox, Thomas F. Wilson, Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson, and Christopher Lloyd. This movie is a story about a teenager who was sent back to the past to the year 1955, and suddenly, he met his parents and fell in love with his mother. But, he realized that he must repair the history and make his parents fall in love. Of course, he would do all this with a help of a scientist, and then he would return back to 1985. An exciting story, isn’t it?

Modern time travel movies appear to be more sophisticated than they were some 30 years ago. Once Back to the Future achieved its success, Hollywood has got overwhelmed with time travel movies. Some of these movies, such as The Terminator, have seen several successful sequels. Because of all these movies, it appears that the audience has got used to a bit different story lines. This opens up lots of possibilities for a fantastic story to be developed for Back to the Future.

According to Hollywood’s big preparation for the remake of Back to the Future, we can expect the new version soon. But, the director, Zemeckis, doesn’t think the same. He refuses to give the authority to reboot the first version of the movie although millions of fans are waiting for its return. Despite this, the Universal Pictures has already started with the project of remaking Back to the Future.

Who are the main actors?

The remake can’t have the same actors because the starring Michael J. Fox suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately, the first version released in 1985 went on the 11th place on the box office charts, so the Hollywood productions are still pushing the idea of its reboot.

The actual proposal for the remake of Back to the Future by Universal Pictures West and Robert Zemeckis for 2016 would look like this. The writers would be Josh Trank, David S. Goyer, and Zemeckis, who would also be a director and co-producer. The producer would be Avi Arad (Iron Man). And, the most important thing, the main actors will be Aaron Paul as Marty McFly, John Malkovich as Emmet Brown, Jimmy Tatro as Biff Tannen, Sam Rockwell as George McFly, and Betsy Brandt as Lorraine McFly. The other actors on the list are Jonathan Banks and Christa B. Allen. The budget for the film, according to Zemeckis, would be about $180 million. There is some news that the shooting should end in the fall of 2016.

And the special effects?

When we think about special effects, the idea of having a remake of Back to the Future sounds really cool, especially if we take into account everything that the special effect technology can do. This will maybe give the remake a deeper storyline, maybe with some Matrix-like special effects. Also, since the car from Back to the Future was smashed to bits, there would have to be a new one.
Some movie experts agree with this believing that the movie could be rebooted perfectly, as every character can be brought back to life with the use of certain special effects and computer graphics. Also, they think that the special effects in the remade version should support those from 1985, which were made by Industrial Light and Magic. 

As you can see, the remake of Back to the Future is a huge challenge for Hollywood production houses. But, it’s possible to happen, especially when there are a good crew and budget to make it real! So, would you like to watch the remake of this movie, with some little changes, but with the best special effects ever?

Well, hopefully, Back to the Future can be the nearest future of the movie world.


epicfail comic con costumes
Comic Con is a right of passage for so many, and at the same time, it's a place were fans can go to meet like-minded others, similar die-hards that share your same passions.   But it's also a place where fans go to dress up like some of their favorite comic book, movie, or television characters, and while, mostly, these costumiers go way out of their way to create a costume that, sometimes, rivals the screen-used version, there are others who really just completely half-ass their costume.

Here are some of our favorite #EPICFALL Comic Con costumes of the last 2-3 years of Comic Con season from across the country as well as from the United Kingdom.  These are so bad that they're good.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

#EpicFail: The Top 5 Worst Superman Movies

The Worst Superman movies
At the end of the day, no one can say anything bad about Richard Donner's, filmed back-to-back, Superman: The Movie and Superman II.   Both of these Superman films star the great, and gone-much-too-soon actor, Christophe Reeve.    Donner, filmed both films at the same time more or less, and although, in the end, Superman II was ripped out of his hands by the films' producers and he was fired,he managed to have his day with his Special Edition Superman II Donner Cut DVD release.   The Donner Cut really shows the greatest of the early 80's Reeve Superman; which is a pity because ultimately, while Superman III has it's loyal campy and cult following, Superman IV makes it all the more bittersweet because of just how awful that film really is.  And certainly, given the rise in popularity of the superhero movie in the last ten years in Hollywood; these films earning big box office bucks in a time which we've seen only Hollywood studios recycling everything, including yesterday's news---Superman had tried and tried to make his way back to the big screen since 1987, since Superman IV tanked and made the franchise a laughing stock.    And while there have been those in Hollywood who have fought and struggled to bring the Man of Steel back to the big screen, we've heard about the failures, especially with the recent documentary out highlighting Tim Burton's re-imagining for Clark Kent.  
And then there's Bryan Singer.   Singer, who was once best known as the film-maker who crafted such masterworks as Public Access and The Usual Suspects, has turned his sites on comic book movies and superhero influx.   While Singer has found great success in bringing the X-Men to the big screen, his take on Superman was a turd, although a steel one at that.    With Singer's Superman in the can, and 2013's improved but still lacking Man of Steel, is it possible to bring Superman back to the big screen. But with the same grace and magical propensities that Christopher Reeve had in the role? Or with the same great qualities that Richard Donner brought to the character and story?     Perhaps, only time will tell.   In the meantime, the answer is likely no.     In the meantime, we're supposed to be satisfied with the Supergirl television series?    Are we supposed to be re-watching our Lois and Clark DVD box set?   At this point, one would expect that their DVDs of Superman: The Movie and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut would be getting worn out from repeated play.  When will Superman return to the big screen proper?   Richard Donner will you please save us?
Here are the Top 5 Worst Superman and Superman-related movies (in no particular order):

Sunday, November 22, 2015

What Made "How I Met Your Mother" So Popular to Watch?

"How I Met YourMother" was a unique and engaging show that kept audiences guessing. There are many sitcoms in which you can watch different episodes at different times without having to miss out on most of the storylines, but with "How I Met Your Mother," it acted as a timeline that you had to keep up with; an excellent way to keep audiences engaged for each airing. Besides this, there were many other reasons why "How I Met Your Mother" was so popular for audiences to watch.

Good Cast Chemistry
The cast of "How I Met Your Mother" seemed to have always been friends. They were friends off-screen, which helped them to develop this dynamic, and it worked. Barney and Ted had the perfect ‘bromance’, and Lily and Marshall were the perfect couple and it felt wrong that it wasn't that way off-screen, although they’re friends. And Robin added the perfect twist with her unstable, but close relationship with both Barney and Ted.

Unique Comedy
The social rules in "How I Met Your Mother" were probably one of the most intricate and unique pieces of comedy that the show offered. There were things such as the ‘slap-bet’, ‘bro code’, and the ‘nothing good ever happens after 2 AM rule’. Audiences watched as the characters struggled to follow these rules, mostly according to the way Barney developed them, which was always entertaining and sometimes even took over the whole story-line of episodes. Audiences also had to remember that the stories were being told from future Ted's perspective. He was telling the stories to his kids, and sometimes they were censored or changed slightly, which was another comedic aspect of the show that was unique. For example, many bad words were changed to "Grinch" and "smoking marijuana" was changed to "eating a sandwich."

Intricate Character Personality
With the multiple flash-backs, audiences follow throughout the entirety of the show. The character development shines and makes their personalities intricate, more in-depth, and overall, more comedic. With Robin going from a Canadian teen pop star and Barney going from a confused kid with no father and a brother who looked nothing like him to a hippy barista to an always wearing a suit bachelor, it kept audiences intrigued and entertained. Not only were there flash-backs to show character development, but there were also flash-forwards that gave little hints to future events, but not enough to give anything away completely.

These three factors were what made this show so unique, funny, and connectable. Many audiences find themselves wanting to re-watch the episodes to catch subtle hints of the ending that they might not have noticed before. Even though the show’s over, it still seems to be going on.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Movie Review: The Night After (2015)

 The Night Before offers little laughs....

 As we've just started the 2015 holiday season, Americans are flocking to their local multiplex for a spot of entertainment.  This means that they're out there looking for that perfect holiday movie.   These types of movies usually involve a story with heart that is set up against the backdrop of a holiday such as Thanksgiving or Christmas itself.   These movies are mostly always centered around a comic situation as well, which is why, on the exterior The Night Before likely looks be the perfect holiday season movie-going fodder.     
And one would be correct in that assumption about the film. Certainly an indication of The Night Before's intentions would be easily deciphered simply by one watching the film's trailer that has been heavily-touted around on television over the last several weeks.   Which is fine, and The Night Before is enjoyable, but only to a degree.
The Night Before has no intentions to re-invent the comedy wheel.  It was designed simply as a piece of entertainment during the holiday season hussle and bussle.   In fact, its too entertaining. And it tries way too hard to be a bunch of different things all at once.   It's so loaded with Hollywood tropisms that you can predict how its all going to end in the first seven minutes after its started.   So the question becomes: if you know how a movie is going to end right when it begins, can you still enjoy it?  The only way one can do that is if they believe and identify/sympathize with the characters.
Does The Night Before allow one to do that?  Not really.  The basic premise, and not to give out too many spoilers: three friends get together every year on Christmas to have a wild night out on the town together partaking in a lot of drinking and drugs.   The tradition was started ten year prior when one of the friends (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) loses both of his parents in a horrible car accident.  His friends come to his aid, like good friends should, and they become his surrogate holiday family.  Everything is kicked off when Gordon-Levitt's character steals a set of special tickets to an exclusive party that the three have been trying to get invited to for a decade while sporting some pretty funny ugly Christmas sweaters.
When you walk into the movie theater to watch something like The Night Before, something that, for better or worse, has been marketed, almost passively-impressively as a holiday movie, one doesn't think that they're going to be subjected to over-the-top debauchery that features more dicks than there are boobs and a character that is so steeped in his own drug use that he rivals Keith Richards' own in the 1970s.  
The Night Before does promote heavy drug use, and doesn't attempt to, at least, suggest that it might be a bad idea to take a lot of drugs out for a night on the town in the holiday season by the end.   The problem with the drug jokes in the movie is that they're just lame.  All in all, the target audience for The Night Before, although the screenwriters wouldn't likely admit it, would be those between the ages of 30-35; those who have been through some drug experimentation and are well on their way to middle age suburban death, those who are stuck in crappy jobs, those who are about to become parents or parents for the second time.   People under 30-35 will laugh at the jokes, but only because they've barely lived any of the experiences that the characters in the film are smack in the middle of themselves.  

And what of the holiday audience?  What about the Grandmas that may see the film with their family this holiday season thinking that this will be the perfect holiday season movie fare?  Will the film be too much for them?  Well they get the drug references or will those alienate them?      After all, this isn't Seth Rogen and Barbara Streisand driving in a car together across the country; a film that most likely pleased Grandma.   Will Grandma appreciate the scene in The Night Before of Seth Rogen talking to his wife while he is on LSD and seeing her as a dragon?  Will she find the dick pic texting scene hilarious?  Doubtful.    Which is why The Night Before doesn't quite work, firstly as a holiday movie, but secondly as a comedy.   It's very uneven.  The jokes, in particular, the drug jokes, the man questioning his sexuality jokes, are just sort of played out, they're not used here in a fresh or unique way.  Perhaps those that find everything Seth Rogen does as funny; perhaps those people will find this all-in-all amusing, no matter what the age, but those people may be few and far apart.    Overall, it's a very uneven film, it's predictable too.   Even the "surprise" cameo of James Franco was expected.  Watch for a silly Miley Cyrus cameo as well here.  
In the end, The Night Before can't seem to decide whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama.  While some may not find the jokes funny, they are there nonetheless, but they are so few.   The scenarios aren't even absurd. The situations are mild.   The film can't even manage to come across as a comedy of manners.   It also tries to be this Charles Dickens Scrooge kind of thing, but in the end, because it can't decide if it wants to make you laugh, make you cry, or play into your holiday whimsy, it doesn't successfully do any of those things because it tres to go into all three directions at one time.  

Friday, November 20, 2015

#EpicFail: The Top 5 Science Fiction Box Office Failures

Top 5 Sci-Fi Box Office Failures
There are great science fiction films, and then there are those that are not-so-great.   Still, if you're a sci-fi junkie like we are here at TVSO then you probably just love it all whatever the heck it is as long as it has some spaceships in it, right?   If there's a contemporary genre of movies that is as popular as American comedy today it's science fiction and horror.   While dozens of horror films get churned out, almost weekly, it seems--science fictions take a little more care.   And yet, to go back to those not-so-great science fiction films again:  are they really that bad, or are our expectations so high and mighty that it is impossible for us to enjoy them in the first place?   There may be something to that when it comes to a beloved adaptation of your favorite science fiction book of yesteryear.

Books like Battlefield Earth and Dune certainly proved themselves to be major let-downs when it came to their movie adaptations.    And what of the remake? Did Tim Burton really have any rights to attempt a remake of a classic such as Planet of the Apes?  Hell, no.  He didn't, and his career, his perfect filmography, will forever be tainted by that hairy Tim Roth-y-over-the-top-disaster.  The Science Fiction genre should wow, dazzle, and inspire.  It's the thinking person movie genre.  It should have a aura of mystery about it, and at the same time, be completely entertaining.

While the following list reflects only a selection of sci-fi movies that have failed at the box office in one way or another, let it be suggested, that we here at TVSO don't have anything negative to say about any of these films in themselves.  Each has found itself a cult following (no matter how tiny) and each has its detractors and its admirers. These just so happened to be #epicfails at the box office.  Audiences stayed away in droves or took a stand against these.   Okay, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes was so awful...there's no sugar-coating that.    We'll never forgive him for it either. 

What follows is our list of the Top 5 Science Fiction Box Office Failures (in no particular order):

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fascinations with the Supernatural in Comics Books

Almost every comic book out there has some element of the supernatural. Batman has to deal with the Penguin, who has been mutated in a non-normal way into a super-villain. ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ is always out there slaying vampires--it's all in the title! Then there's ‘Thor’, who isn't actually a "God", but people on Earth perceive him as one because he comes from a different realm. Spawn has to do with a man who is combined with some kind of demonic entity, and becomes a crusader for good. In short, most comic books use as a vehicle either for the plot or the protagonists some supernatural motif. 

But why?

Well, part of the answer may have to do with the generation to whom the content of the comics is being marketed to. Modern generations have forgotten the supernatural in their brick-and-mortar, cement-and-electrical, internet-and-television worlds. Today, everything's let on to be explicable by naturalistic sciences. The reality is, naturalistic science does a terrible job of explaining the modern world in many ways, but scientific terminology hoodwinks those who don't know better into thinking everything is understood. Yet inside them they know it isn't, and for this reason a drive toward exploration of supernatural entertainment naturally grasps them.

Consider that great volumes of supernatural fiction weren't around in the past, when many stories are set. In antiquity, people were relatively illiterate; but it's presumable certain supernatural exigencies of life assailed them enough, it became desirable to block them out! The legends survived because they were based on facts, as inconvenient as that may or may not have been.

Now, we still have apparitions in the attics, demon possessions in the streets, and warlocks creeping around at night effecting their wicked charms. There are even people that actually believe themselves to be vampires--in the 90's an entire cult was started around the subject. As it turns out, scientifically there's some aspect to ingestion of human bodily fluids which fundamentally changes the ingesting party's genes--Ted Talks have indicated what we do directly affects our DNA.

So why do we like supernatural things today? They've been excluded from us, and we're told they don't exist; but in our hearts and souls and minds we know naturalistic explanations just don't explain everything. So the writers of comic books like Buffy the Vampire Slayer bring us back to reality, as ironic as that sounds, by reminding us there are things that go bump in the night; and perhaps we should be grateful for the trappings of modernity.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Worst Star Trek Cosplay Costumes

Worst Star Trek costumes

God bless the Trekkies!  There are two kinds of people in this world--those who love Star Wars and those who love Star Trek.   You can love both, you can geek out over each, but one resides more in the brain than the other does.   The Star Trek costumes are, relatively speaking, easier to put together than something in the vain of Chewbacca or C-3PO, one only needs a red long-sleeve shirt and a sew-on Star Trek logo patch and you've got yourself a instant Star Trek costume.  But, what about those who try to mash-up Star Trek costumes and Star Trek cosplay with other characters in pop culture?   Should Star Trek be mixed up with Batman or Star Wars?  Methinks not.   And what about those who sort of half-ass their Star Trek costumes for any upcoming convention?  Does one think that sometimes a Star Trek or Star Wars fan half-asses their costume out of their wry sense of humor or financial means?   Perhaps, we'll never know....

What follows is a collection of the Worst Star Trek cosplay costumes that we can find (in no particular order):

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Monday, November 16, 2015

An Epic Battle: Goku vs. Superman

Goku vs. Superman is a hypothetical battle that has been argued by fans ever since Goku reached Super Saiyan status back in the early 2000’s, putting him on par with Superman. Being that these characters and their stories are ongoing, the circumstances of their battle change with each new arc and reboot. Recently, Goku has obtained the power of 'Super Saiyan God', and Superman unleashed a 'Super Flare' once his heat vision had reached its limit. So the question arises again. Who would win? 

Goku's a hero whose strength is constantly growing. As a Saiyan, he possesses the ability to increase his powers dramatically every-time he comes close to death, or in some cases, dies. Many have argued that Goku could take Superman out with a Spirit Bomb that harnesses energy from not only the planet but from around the universe. However, this theory's flawed. For one, Superman's a good guy. Those who're pure of heart cannot be harmed by the Spirit Bomb. And two, Superman has survived a supernova, and essentially gets his energy from stars, which's what a Spirit Bomb that harnesses energy from the universe would consist of. 

One way that Goku could stand against Superman is by using his new-found ability, Super Saiyan God (obviously, Toriyama is running out of titles). This allows Goku to retain the once temporary powers of Super Saiyan God. Going toe-to-toe with Superman (whose strength knows no bounds) would prove destructive for wherever they do battle. As protectors and allies of Earth, they'd most likely take their battle to a remote planet using Goku’s Instant Transmission technique. Though Goku has Superman beat when it comes to speed, Superman blows Goku away in Strength. Superman once bench-pressed the entire weight of Earth for five days straight. If Superman could land one full-power blow, Goku would literally be torn to pieces under its shear force, along with whatever unfortunate planet they chose to spar on.

As a DBZ fan, I absolutely hate to admit it, but Superman would win. Goku is faster and has amazing strength, but unless he went around obliterating every star feeding energy into Superman, Goku would run out of steam well-before Superman. Once that happened, Superman would gain the upper-hand. Knowing Goku, he would stubbornly continue to fight with whatever energy he had left, assuming there was no one around to lend him their strength or feed him Senzu Beans. Superman would then use his Super Flare to completely put Goku out of commission. Otherwise, he would risk a powerful comeback from Goku whose strength grows with every beat down. Thus, their battle would reach an end.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The 5 Worst Video Game Movies Ever Made

5 Worst Video games
Do you love video games?  Do you love movies?  Do you appreciate it when your favorite video games are made into blockbuster movies?  It's really a tricky matter.   It takes just the right finesse to convert over anyone's favorite video game into the motion picture arena.  It's been tried so many times, and while there have been a few that have crossed-over successfully, there have been many that have failed both critically and at the box office.    You really have to wonder exactly how a video game is chosen for a cross-over?  Is it as simple that the ease of rights obtained for the video game film, or is it that there just might something that appeals to the film-maker about that particular video game?    If the latter was true, can you imagine what Uwe Boll was inspired by when he chose to make House of the Dead into a movie?   The mind boggles...
What follows are the 5 worst video game movies ever made (in no particular order):

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Top 5 Thanksgiving Movies

Top 5 Thanksgiving movies

Top 5 Movies About Thanksgiving...

Okay, suggesting that the following movies are "about Thanksgiving" is a bit of a stretch.   Yet, each of the following movies is centered, story wise, around the holiday of Thanksgiving, and while some of these, okay,err... couple of them probably aren't the perfect fodder for the family to watch this year snuggled up on the sofa in that Tryptophan-coma, these are , none the less, all great movies for a varied degree of reasons.    Perhaps you're on the edge of passing out from eating too many slices of Pumpkin Pie, or perhaps you've had one too many glasses of wine--these Thanksgiving movies are still quite essential to one's holiday experience.  There is something for everyone here in our list of Top 5 Movies about Thanksgiving, heck, many of these are likely streaming on Netflix or other VOD services at this very instant simply because it is close to Thanksgiving and they have a Thanksgiving theme.  So, why not? Check them out!

What follows is our list of the Top 5 Thanksgiving Movies (in no particular order, mind you..)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Marvel and DC in the Media

For as long as comic books have been popular there has always been a bit of a rivalry between MarvelComics and DC Comics. It has gone from the popularity of certain characters to story-lines to even merchandising.

But with superhero-themed media gaining even more popularity as time goes on, Marvel and DC are now enjoying more success.

Thanks to the launch of Marvel Studios, which eventually kicked off the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as being owned under Disney, Marvel’s now enjoying immense success and acclaim in theaters all across the world, winning at the box office at every chance it gets. However, while the movies are an almost guaranteed win for Marvel, their success on television leaves a lot to be desired as their success here has been considered average.

As far as DC goes, the exact opposite is true. Many of DC's latest films that have hit theaters have won significant gains at the box office but opened to average acclaim. At the same time, DC has enjoyed critically praised hit after hit on the small screen as well as in the department of various animated movies. DC's most major television show properties include ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Gotham’ and most recently, ‘Supergirl’.

‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’, both of which are broadcast on the CW network, happen to be part of the same universe and have earned the praise of critics everywhere, with ‘Arrow’ now entering its fourth season and ‘The Flash’ entering its second. ‘Gotham’, which airs on FOX, is also entering its second season and ‘Supergirl’ has only started its premiere season on CBS. Other properties owned by DC include ‘iZombie’, which also airs on the CW, and the upcoming ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, which’s set to debut in 2016. All of the shows have enjoyed positive ratings and reviews, with many citing the loyalty to the comic book characters and pacing as reasons for it.

The acting has also been seen as a positive, a prime example including Grant Gustin, who plays the leading role of Barry Allen a.k.a. ‘The Flash’ in the titular series.

Back to Marvel, which has put out television series of its own, the most notable one coming in the form of Marvel's ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, which proved to be a breakout hit when it premiered in 2013. However, despite holding generally positive reviews and being liked by the critics, ratings and viewership of the series has steadily declined since the first season. Regardless of this, the show’s still watched regularly by a significant amount of viewers.

Theaters, on the other hand, are where Marvel truly reigns supreme, as the release of twelve different films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have proven. It was the release of ‘Iron Man’ in 2008, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the leading role that allowed everything Marvel Studios is doing to take place, stretching all the way to its most recent film, ‘Ant-Man’, in the summer of 2015. Between having acclaimed directors behind these films, casting that many other studios would be jealous of, loyalty to the comics and a huge budget, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grossed over $9 billion dollars worldwide.

In short, both Marvel and DC do have their weaknesses in the media but more than make up for it in completely different venues.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

My Top 3 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Moments

If you haven’t caught up on ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ then read no further as there are spoiler's in this article. If you haven't watched the it, especially if you’re a fan of Marvel studios and this is an amazing show.

That being said, without further ado, here are my Top 3 moments of the show.

Moment #3: In Season 1, I think the biggest moment was finding out that Ward was a member of Hydra. He was a major player in the show up until that point and it caught me by surprise to find that he was a member of the organization. That was a big reveal and really added a bit of spice to show.

Moment #2: In Season 2, the moment that sticks out to me is when Skye (or Daisy) gets her powers. I enjoyed watching how her powers unfolded and the lengths she had to go to learn how to harness them properly. This was the same season where she got to reconnect with both her mother and father. Talk about your family drama. It was a good addition to the show, as it allowed viewers to get a real taste of superpowers that weren't given through technology.

Moment #1: In the current Season, the biggest surprise is finding out that Andrew Garner was Lash. That was a twist I didn't expect, neither did many, judging by her reaction when she found out the truth about lash. I’m really excited to see how the show evolves from that pivotal moment.

Picking out only three moments is hard, because there are so many. A moment that gets honorable mention was an extra addition to the season finale of Season 1. It came down to an epic battle between Shield and Hydra, and at the end of the episode, it showed Garret climbing into TAHITI and coming back to life. As he was giving his celebratory yell, Coulson finds him and shoots him and kills him. It made me laugh out loud as Garrett thought he was going to make it out alive.

The show has everything, action, it has espionage, showcasing of super powers, and a fantastic sci-fi element to it. Not to mention, full of one-liners and a good assortment of other comedic elements. You’ll laugh, cry, and you’ll celebrate victory with the characters. That’s how good it is, so again. I highly suggest watching the show. There’s so much awesome packed into each one hour episode that leaves you wanting more. It’s a very easy show to binge watch as well. However, don't take my word for it, watch it for yourself and you be the judge.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Top 5 Films of Mike Myers

The Top 5 Mike Myers Movies

Born in 1963, Mike Myers has been a major force in the American comedy milieu since the late 1980s after getting his big break through on Saturday Night Live.   Myers, in his way, continued on the blast from SNL into the role of Hollywood film star which first launched with the likes of Chevy Chase, Dan Akyroyd, Bill Murray, and John Belushi.   With the exception of the likes of Eddie Murray and (possibly) Joe Piscopo, not many SNL alumni had left the show in the wake of the "The Not Ready for Prime Time Players" of the late '70s.  It was Mike Myers who re-started the SNL comedian transitioning away from the show, moving into the role of Hollywood blockbuster star.

What follows are our favorite Mike Myers films (in no particular order):

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

'Cheers' for Timeless Television

'Cheerswas a classic sitcom that ran for over 10 years. The show was centered on a Boston bar named ‘Cheers’ that was the hangout for some seriously funny and bit eccentric patrons. As for the cast, its owner, Sam Malone, played by actor Ted Danson. Sam was a retired major league baseball player who loved the ladies, in today's lingo, he’d be called a player. With an all-star cast including such legendary actors as, Woody Harrelson, Kirstie Alley, Rhea Pearlman, Kelsey Grammer and Shelly Long, and a great supporting cast, Cheers was one of the most popular sitcoms to ever hit the airwaves.

But the success of Cheers was more than just great acting.

"It's a dog eat dog world, and I'm wearing Milk-Bone underwear.” It was lines like this in this case, delivered by Norm Peterson, played by actor George Wendt, which made the sitcom such a hit. It was this combination of great writing and great acting that elevated Cheers to its lofty status. A bar “where everybody knows your name” became a place that was almost real. A place that the average working American could relate to. Sam Malone and his skirt chasing, or mailman Cliff Clavin and his half-witted trivia knowledge, were all characters we could relate to in real life. And who can forget the constant feuds, and hilarious exchanges between actress Rhea Perlman’s character Carla, and Diane Chambers played by Shelly Long.

A great show like this begs the questions: Could one of the major television networks bring Cheers back? But more importantly: Would it work in this day and age?

If a major network were to reboot the show, it would need a new approach, a modern-day makeover so to speak. A new, fresh setting and a few updated characters might be enough to make a reboot of Cheers successful. The original Cheers was set in Boston with an all-white cast. Adding a few minorities would make a reboot more interesting and attract a larger demographic, while adding a modern flavor to the show. Characters like Sam could be an ex-pro football quarterback rather than an ex-pitcher. Simple changes like this could make a reboot very successful. 

Cheers was such a hit because people could relate to the characters, for a successful reboot, the plots and story-lines, as well as the characters, would have to have something in common with the average working American.

If the show could become a hit again like it was in the 80's, it’d have to compete and outshine sitcoms like 'Sullivan & Son', 'Modern Family' and 'The Big Bang Theory'. For a sitcom to be successful, it needs to attract a wide audience that can relate to the story, the setting and the plot lines. But most of all, it has to be funny, as having great acting isn’t enough; it must be partnered with great writing. With the right combination of hot new stars, a fresh look, and story-lines that people can relate to, Cheers could come back with a vengeance.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Top 5 Superhero Cartoon's of the 1980's

Top 5 cartoons of the 1980s

What defines a Superhero? Do they have to wear a costume and cape and fly in the air?  Or are superheroes, people, who regardless of their affiliation with this planet or the next, risk life and limb to help those in need?   While, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman etc., would be construed as belonging to the cannon of "official" superheros, certainly there are others that many overlook, and this is likely because they simply just don't identify with them on some level. 

Yet, superheros, are all around us each and every day.   Whether it's a police officer who stops a crime in action, or a firefighter who rescues a little kid from the fourth floor of a burning building--superheroes are what keep us going.  They are what inspire us to do and reach for superhero heights in our own lives.    

What follows is our list of our favorite superhero cartoons from the 1980's (in no particular order):

Monday, November 2, 2015

Why Do Kids and Adults Enjoy Watching SpongeBob?

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” Yes, for those of us who watch the iconic Nickelodeon cartoon series, we know the answer to that question. It’s of course ‘SpongeBobSquarePants’. Since the 30-minute animated series began back in April of '99, it has become Nickelodeon’s highest rated and critically acclaim TV series. Perhaps the thing that has made this show so popular is that it’s a program that not only children enjoy watching but adults as well. So what is it about the show about an undersea sponge who happens to live in a pineapple in a place called Bikini Bottom that so many find entertaining?

Well, first let's look at SpongeBob in general, he along with his friends Patrick Starr, Sandy Cheeks, Squidward Tentacles, and Mr. Krabs all live underwater. When we stop to think about it, who would actually think about creating a show about underwater creatures, especially a sponge? Well, SpongBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenberg, who at one time studied marine biology. His love for underwater life led to him coming up with the concept to create this show which dealt with sea life. It was a simple concepts but over the years as the show progressed, theories from die-hard fans of the show of all ages started emerging online about what SpongeBob represents.

Some of these theories can be pretty out there as some would discover by doing a basic search about what SpongeBob represents. However, when we stop ourselves to think about what it does truly represent, maybe we get the heart of why adults and kids alike seem to be drawn to the show. It's good entertaining fun that’ll make us laugh and perhaps forget about our troubles for a little while. Perhaps this is what SpongeBob truly represents, a way to relax and unwind without having to over analyze what the show is about, although some have tried. But maybe the wisest thing to do is just sit back and enjoy the stories.

For others that do want to analyze it, let me sum it up for you. This show represents what true friendship is about, always being determined, and making the best out of any tough situation. That for me is what I see this animated series representing.

These stories over the years have included some quirky misadventure along with some hidden lessons. For kids, perhaps the thing that stands out the most are the characters who children can relate to, especially SpongeBob who’s definitely a kid at heart. For adults, there’s the quirky comedy that isn't lost on them as it may be on kids. Yes, at times the stories can get silly but the program is still funny. Maybe that’s the true magic to the SpongeBob SquarePants formula. It's just good quality entertainment that’s fun to watch at any age.