Long story short, my dad is a Gilmore Girls fan. I was a huge fan of the show, and I somehow talked him into watching it. And, once he gave it a whirl, he loved it. Now, he’s a big fan of Bunheads, the new show from the Gilmore Brain Trust. I was talking to him the other day, and he mentioned that there probably weren’t many men his age (he’s 71) who would watch a show about the goings on at a small town dance studio.
He’s probably right. But, I would argue that any story that is compellingly told should be enjoyable to anybody, regardless of their age, race, sexual orientation, or any other demographic grouping.
I didn’t walk out of Ted, so that’s saying something. If I see a movie by myself and I’m not liking it, I will often leave before it’s over. It’s not an offended leaving or storming out in disgust. It’s merely me saying, “You got my money, you’re not going to get my time, too.” If I genuinely don’t care to see the end of a film I’m not enjoying, what’s the point of wasting an hour to see how it turns out?
Let’s just make it easy and blame Punk’d.
It was MTV’s lame, Ashton Kutcher-produced practical joke show that introduced me to actor Dax Shepard, who often played various roles in the show’s elaborate “pranks.” Man, was that show horrible, smug, and staggeringly unfunny. Because Punk’d was so totally abhorrent, it caused me to never pay much attention to Shepard’s work, even when he was collaborating with people I respected, like Jon Favreau. (Shepard appeared in Zathura.) And, I was always a little baffled by his real-life relationship with actress Kristen Bell, she of Veronica Mars and sloth-loving fame and somebody I completely adored.
Old people will always tell you, “They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.” And, regardless of what “’em” they may be talking about, the elderly are usually right about these things.
There was definitely a retro feel to watching Premium Rush, the new action picture starring Joseph Gordon-Robin-Levitt, and it isn’t just because of its similarities to that '80s Kevin Bacon bike messenger movie, Quicksilver. While the studios today are in the business of making largely bloated, over indulgent, $250 million movies stuffed to the gills with computer generated imagery, Premium Rush (which was made for only about $30 million) feels breezy and fun. But, more importantly, it feels handcrafted, with the vast majority of its stunt work being done on set rather than against a green screen.
Call it Ronin with bicycles.
"When you're alone,
And life is making you lonely,
You can always go downtown.
When you've got worries,
All the noise and the hurry,
Seem to help, I know, downtown . . ."
So go the lyrics to Petula Clark's famous pick-me-up song, "Downtown," and the same could be said about Ellen DeGeneres' feel-good afternoon talk show. If you lost your job, your car won't start, or your freakin' hairdresser cut your bangs too short, Ellen can turn all of that around.
Before Star Wars, before Battlestar Galactica, before Star Trek or Babylon 5, there was Flash Gordon. And, if you love any of those works, you owe it to yourself to check out an early inspiration for those by checking out the first volume of another landmark series, the new collection from Titan Books, The Complete Flash Gordon Library - On the Planet Mongo.
*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.
Throughout my life and time in geekdom, I’ve come upon several people who have wanted to divide geeks into two camps: those who enjoy Star Wars, and those who enjoy Star Trek. And, even within those divisions, more divisions have occurred: which Trek series is the best, which Star Wars trilogy is better, which books are more enjoyable to read, etc. It is as though people feel the need to belong to a certain subgroup in order to find acceptance—heck, even the term geek has come to mean a clique in the past few years. Well, as someone who is both a Star Trek AND a Star Wars fan, I’m going to tell you just which one is better: they’re both awesome, and they both suck.
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The following is an interview with Wesley Freitas, co-creator and star of "Batman Maybe," a hysterical parody of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" featuring the characters of The Dark Knight Rises. In this interview, Fanboy Comics Managing Editor Barbra Dillon chats with Freitas about the inspiration behind the music video, the process for collecting the amazing sets and costumes, and fan response from the Batman community!
This interview was conducted on August 27, 2012.
The following is an interview with Eli Halpern, one of the many creators of Card Against Humanity, a self-described "party game for horrible people." In this interview, Fanboy Comics' Sam Rhodes talks with Halpern about how the hit game got its start, the various ways that you can acquire a copy, and when you can expect the gold-plated shark-hide edition to hit store shelves.
This interview was conducted on August 23, 2012.
Creepy Scarlett is a figure from Sunnyville folklore. Some say she's a great evil who once destroyed Sunnyville, while others say she's heroic and saved the town, but no one is quite sure which story is true. In reality, Scarlett is some sort of supernatural entity who possesses superior combat abilities, a love of candy, and is trapped in Sunnyville's cemetery except on Halloween of each year, which is when our stories take place.