Masters of the Universe Chronicles: Filmation Discussion Season 1 Vol 1

 

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Hey Guys
Welcome to another edition of the Masters of the Universe Chronicles.  On Masters of the Universe Chronicles, Chris and his various guests have discussed the 2002 MYP Masters of the Universe cartoon so Rob Base, Wade Thurman and James’Roboto’Garnhart join in the discussion of the Season 1 Vol 1 boxset which of course is based on the classic Filmation series.
Before we actually hear the guys and Chris with what episodes we chose, Netlex has his Filmation/MYP comparison and James Sawyer concludes his look at the DC comics with Issue 3.  We hear what other fans from PopCultureNetwork.com enjoy with the Filmation show and Netlex recorded his as well. With the main recording, Chris’ internet was still playing havoc so there are a few hiccups but they are quite humourous!
Sit back, relax, grab your copy of James Eatock’s “The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” and hear everyones thoughts on our choices!
As always you can contribute to the show by emailing Chris on vintoman@popculturenetwork.com. contact Chris on skype where his username is Vinto316.  and feel free to have a chat or leave a voicemail.  Lastly you can join the BRAND NEW Masters of the Universe Chronicles Facebook page which is – http://www.facebook.com/?sk=lf#!/pages/Masters-of-the-Universe-Chronicles/169845723067513.  Leave your comments there or even head over to www.popculturenetwork.com and join the forums!  Plenty of ways to interact with Chris and the show so he look forward to hearing from you!
Chris would also like to congratulate Mr James Eatock on selling all 1000 of his amazing book ” The unofficial cartoon guide to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe”!  An amazing feet by an amazing gentleman.  If you missed buying a copy, head over to Facebook and look for Cereal:Geek (and other projects of wonderment by James Eatock.  Have your vote and see what happens!

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He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner – Episode 042

Val Staples, Emiliano Santalucia, Rob Base and Eamon O’Donoghue are back to discuss He-Man and She-Ra.

Over the course of the show the crew touches on topics such as
fan voicemail and e-mail!
It’s our fan dedicated episode!

MOTUC bios discussed in this show:
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Plus, fellow He-Fan josh on the forums has created this fantastic Roast Gooble Dinner podcast Appendix & Notations which contains a ton of info about the show, with all the info about the Fanart, Fansites and Collectibles of the week, along with links to sites and user profiles of interest, and also details on how to contact the show with your feedback. Be sure to check that out!

Also, don’t forget the Roast Gooble Dinner iPhone App, which is great for organizing and downloading current and past episodes. Click here to get yours today!

And as always, you’ll enjoy some extra seasoning with this episode’s Fanart of the week, Collectible of the week and Fansite of the week!

So pull up your chair and fill up your plate! It’s time to chow down on a tasty serving of fandom here on He-Man.org’s Roast Gooble Dinner!

Runtime: 2 hour, 24 minutes, 35 seconds

 

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Scream 4 review

By Edward Gambichler

Scream 4

“…This isn’t a comedy, its a horror film. People live, people die……..and you better start running……”

Ghostface ( Scream 4 )

Do you like “scary movies”? With this one simple question, the declining genre known as “slasher” films was revitalized. Slasher films were generally defined by film historians and fans alike as films in which the primary antagonist ( a psychopathic killer ) stalks an innocent group of people ( mostly teenagers ) and dispatches them in violent and graphic means. Usually the victims are cut off from the outside world ( secluded cabins in the woods, severed phone lines,etc. ) and the killer’s motives are tied to a shared history or relationship with his/ or her victims. One by one, the group is eliminated until the main protagonist ( traditionally, a beautiful and virginal young woman ) remains. The genre became so popular that many of the actresses who were cast in this role were referred to by fans as “scream queens”. Among the more classic entries in this type of movie were “Black Christmas” ( widely regarded as the first true slasher film ), “Prom Night”, “Terror Train”, “Friday the 13th”, “A Nightmare on Elm Street” ( a slasher film with a supernatural twist ) and the most famous of them all, “Halloween” ( starring Jamie Lee Curtis, cinema’s most famous “scream queen” ). The genre reached its peak in the late 70’s and mid 80’s. However, the rise of independent films like “Sex, Lies, and Videotapes”, “Drugstore Cowboy” and “Reservoir Dogs” and the popularity of filmmakers such as Stephen Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, and Quentin Tarantino relegated slasher films to the film purgatory of “straight to video” DVD release. It wasn’t until 1996 that the genre received a much needed jumpstart when Miramax ( thru their Dimension Films label ) released “Scream”.

Directed by horror maven Wes Craven ( “A Nightmare on Elm Street” )and written by Kevin Williamson ( “Dawson’s Creek”, “The Faculty” and another slasher entry, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”), Scream is the story of a group of high schoolers from the town of Woodsboro who are rocked by the brutal murder of one of their classmates, Casey Becker ( played in a brilliantly staged opening scene by actress Drew Barrymore ). The main protagonist, a lovely girl named Sydney Prescott ( played by “Party of Five’s” Neve Campbell ) is particularly affected by the murder, due to her own mother’s brutal rape and murder one year earlier. This mysterious killer plays a sick and twisted game with his prey by quizzing them on the subject of scary movies ( calling them first over the phone ), then killing them with a hunting knife when they give a wrong answer. The assailant conceals his/ or her identity by wearing a dark cloak and a Halloween mask resembling a screaming ghost. The cast also includes Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan, Matthew Lillard, Jamie Kennedy, David Arquette ( playing the town deputy, Dewey Riley ), and Courtney Cox ( in the role of Gale Weathers, news reporter and author of the book on the subject of Sydney’s mother’s death ). Scream became such a book office success that two sequels soon followed: Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000). Both of these movies continued the character’s story arcs and the movie that was made about their lives, “Stab”.

Now, 2011,comes the release of Scream 4. This time out, the town of Woodsboro is rocked again by the double homicide of two young high school girls. The killer utilizes the same methods as the original Woodsboro killer ( Ghostface disguise, hunting knife, and cellphone ). Heading up the investigation is Dewey Riley ( who is now sheriff ) and married to Gale Weathers. Sydney Prescott has just arrived in town to start a book tour of her memoirs and when evidence linked to the murders is uncovered in her rental car, she becomes a suspect ( and is forced to stay in Woodsboro ). This time, the stakes are higher because it is Sydney’s niece Jill Roberts ( played by actress Emma Roberts ) and her friends ( played by Hayden Panetierre, Rory Culkin, Nico Torterella, Marielle Jaffe, and Erik Knudsen ) who are being hunted. As the body count gets higher, Sidney, Dewey, and Gale must race against time to catch the killer before tragedy strikes Sidney’s family again.

The one thing that made the first Scream movie unique from other slasher films of its kind was the level of self awareness ( especially in the character’s reactions to the events unfolding around them ). The characters in the film ( especially the “film geek” Randy Meeks, played by Jamie Kennedy ) would comment on how the situations they were in were like something out of a “scary movie”. The film was not just a straight up slasher movie, but also a commentary on traditional horror conventions. When Wes Craven directed the first “Nightmare on Elm Street” film and the third sequel “Dream Warriors”, he used the same structure as any other slasher film. When he was invited back to direct the sixth film in the series “Wes Craven’s New Nightmare”, however, his approach to the material was “out of the box”. The main characters of the film were not just Freddy Krueger and his victim Nancy, but their respective “real” world counterparts, actors Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp ) and the plot centered around the actual production of a new Nightmare movie. Two years after, in 1996, he directed the first “Scream”.

I went to see the fourth film with a friend of mine, Juan. When we started to discuss the series of Scream films, Juan asked me to place them in order of 1 ( being the one I liked the best ) to 4 ( being the worst of the series ). I answered that I liked the first Scream first, Scream 4 second, Scream 3 third, and Scream 2, the last. Truth be told, Scream 4 would have been a lot better if the second and third one were never made. The same self awareness that made the first one unique, had by then been beaten to death. Also, the return of the three principal cast members ( Campbell, Arquette, and Cox ) fifteen years later, would have had a more nostalgic feel to it ( if the other two sequels hadn’t marred the original by convoluting the back story to Sidney Prescott’s family history ). When Neve Campbell first appears on the screen in the fourth film, I should have had the same reaction as when I saw Jamie Lee Curtis in “Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later” ( when she came basic to reprise her iconic role of killer Michael Myer’s sister, Laurie Strode ). There are times when I think that some film franchises would “feel” better to us fans, if we could just drop the second and third sequels from our collective consciousness ( Die Hard, Halloween, Highlander, etc. ). Unfortunately, hindsight is not foresight.

Also, the film convention that Scream 4 seems to be “ripping apart” this time are remakes of classic horror movies and how filmmakers change the rules making them fresh and less predictable. It’s not as enticing as the ones being parodied in the first film. Before the movie started, I saw a trailer for an upcoming film called “Apollo 18” ( a movie about the supposedly last and secret lunar landing ). The movie utilizes the now popular “found footage” structure present in movies like “Blair Witch Project”,”Cloverfield”, and”Paranormal Activity”. For a second, I thought it would have been interesting to see a Scream movie produced in this vein. What makes this Scream film stand out this time is the killer’s motives behind the murders. The conclusion is logical and, at the same time, unsettling. All the character’s performances hit the right notes. Courtney Cox is especially funny this time out ( as well as “Mad Men”‘s Alison Brie in the role of Sidney’s publicist ). However, the standout in this film is Emma Roberts. She handles the young ingenue “scream queen” role just as well as Campbell or Curtis. Expect great things to come from this young actress. And I’m not saying that because her aunt is Julia Roberts and her father is Eric Roberts. Refrain from accusations of Hollywood nepotism, if you please.Trust me…..after this performance…….she doesn’t need to ride their coattails.

Masters of the Universe Chronicles: Bios Discussion Round 3

 


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After the success of the last 2 bios discussion, Chris decided to go ahead and do a third one! Now its time for round 3 of our bios discussion with the classic contributors from the PopCultureNetwork.com.  Suine_hallock, Rob Base and Ryan Porter join Chris as they pick two bios each and we go over what we like, what we dont like and our thoughts on the figures. Poor James “Roboto” Garnhart was meant to join us but had audio problems.  Its left to Chris to read these and for which i totally apologise!  You will understand when you listen to it! Glad to have the PopCulture contributors on the show, the best of the best!!
If you want to get in touch with me, you can via different methods.  If you are on Skype my username is Vinto316.  I am on Facebook as is the Chronicles with www.facebook.com/mastersoftheuniversechronicles and if you want to email you can send me one – vintoman@popculturenetwork.com.  All the older episodes are available on www.masterspodcast.com!

Sucker Punch

By Edward Gambichler

 

Sucker Punch

 

 

“…If you don’t stand for something……you’ll fall for anything”

….Wise Man (Sucker Punch)

 

 

A few years back, I remember hanging out with a friend of mine from work named Ragnar during our lunch break.  Ragnar was thumbing through the Victoria Secret Spring catalog and without so much as a word held up a picture of Stephanie Seymour adorned in a red satin teddy and shot me an approving nod. I, in turn, held up the swimsuit issue of Flex magazine showing a centerfold spread of female bodybuilding champ Rachel McLish giving it the same “ME LIKE, ME LIKE” approving nod. Ragnar turned to me and asked, “Hey Ed……..you love women who can beat the living s#!t out of you…..don’t you”?  I didn’t give him an answer, but my sly grin conveyed it. I’ve never made it a secret, my admiration for powerful women. Mind you, you’ll never catch me in a hotel room, handcuffed to the bed, getting my nether regions shocked with an electric cattle prod by a $300 an hour leather clad S & M bondage hooker named Mistress Andromeda ( then again……maybe you would…..hey….some of you out there are my “real” friends…..you know me….). However, I can certainly tolerate a little “female empowerment” in today’s cinema. Could you blame me. Just look at some of the films this particular theme has offered to us in the past. From director Russ Meyer’s “Faster, Pussycat Kill Kill”,

Jack Hills, “Switchblade Sisters”, and as recent as Quentin Tarantino’s “Death Proof” ( the second segment in the double feature film “Grindhouse” ), this sub-genre has provided us with not only a plethora of beautiful kick-ass babes, but also some of the most fun and campy film premises ever committed to celluloid. When news that one of my favorite directors, Zack Snyder was shooting a movie with an all female cast and calling it…..of all things…”Sucker Punch”….I couldn’t buy my ticket fast enough. And as the highly stylized character posters from the film were being distributed around the subway stations ( in the weeks leading up to the film’s release ), I couldn’t wait to see his contribution to this time honored female exploitation theme. That is….until I actually saw it….and either Zack Snyder or somebody at Warner Brothers dropped the ball.

Set in the 1950’s, Sucker Punch is the story of a young girl by the name of Baby Doll (played by actress Emily Browning). The movie starts with the tragic death of Baby Doll’s mother and she and her younger sister are left in the care of her lecherous and evil step-father. When the step-father learns that he is cheated out of the mother’s will, he decides to take his anger out by trying to molest the two girls. When Baby Doll locks herself in the closet, the step-father turns his attention to her younger sibling. However, Baby Doll gets her hands on a gun and shoots at her step-father to stop his rampage. Tragically, the bullet misses him and ricochets, killing her sister. As a result of the shooting, she is committed to an insane asylum. Upon arrival, Baby Doll overhears her step-father close a financial deal with the hospital’s head orderly Blue Jones (played with eerie menace by Oscar Isaac). In order to silence Baby Doll from testifying to the authorities regarding the real events surrounding her and her sister’s attack, Blue will forge the signature of the head therapist Dr. Vera Gorski ( played by Watchmen’s Carla Gugino ) to approve an lobotomy performed by the Doctor ( an underused Jon Hamm ). Baby Doll has five days until the Doctor comes and completes the procedure. In the all-female wing of this institution, Dr. Gorski has the girls participate in a sort of “theater” therapy group. It is in this group that the girls adopt a shared alternate psychological universe. In this reality, the hospital is transformed into a burlesque nightclub owned by the gangster Mr. Blue (actually orderly Jones ) and the girls are the house’s exotic dancers trained for the clientele’s pleasure by Madam Gorski ( Dr. Gorski ). It is here that Baby Doll befriends four other dancers: Rocket ( played by Jena Malone ), Blondie ( played by Vanessa Hudgens ), Amber ( played by Jamie Chung ), and Rocket’s big sister and the club’s main dancer, Sweet Pea ( played by Abbie Cornish ). It is also in this setting that Baby Doll discovers a valuable talent for spellbinding dancing. With the clock ticking away till her inevitable appointment with the lobotomist, Baby Doll plans her escape from the club with her new “sisters”. In order to escape, they must retrieve four items from their orderlies/ employers: a map, a knife, fire, and a key. To obtain them, Baby Doll must dance and place each of their holders under a spell while the five girls do battle with hostile forces across four alternate fantasy worlds guided by a Wise Man ( played by actor Scott Glenn ).

 

Now on to the positives it’s a Zack Snyder film. The man who directed “Dawn of the Dead”, “300”, and what many have considered to be an impossible film to make, “Watchmen”. As a visualist, he ranks up there with Victor Fleming, Ridley Scott, and Tim Burton to name a few. The range of his palette is reflected in the set pieces of the fantasy battlefields (ranging from feudal samurai Japan, WWII goth steampunk, to Barbarella-esque futuristic Metropolis). The fight scenes are also well choreographed and emphasized by the “slo-mo” technique that has become Snyder’s staple. And I have to give special mention to the film’s soundtrack. It contains some truly exceptional covers to classic songs like Eurythmic’s “Sweet Dreams” (in the opening scene), Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit (during the WWII segment ), and my own personal favorite, The Pixies “Where Is My Mind?”. What is also surprising is that the covers “Sweet Dreams” and “Where Is My Mind” contain vocals by lead actress Emily Browning. She has a lovely voice which lends a soft melancholy vibe to these traditionally off-kilter tracks.

Unfortunately, of the five actresses, only Emily Browning and Jena Malone’s characters really stand out. This theatrical release is only one hour and forty nine minutes long. The other actresses’ characters are not strong personalities and they disappear into the background. I don’t blame the actresses, but the way their roles were written for the screen. According to interviews with Zack Snyder, the studio made extensive cuts and trimmed the movie from an R-rated to a PG-13 Rated release. However, a Director’s Cut will be made available for DVD and Blu-Ray release and that, as a reviewer, leaves me in a quandary. It’s hard to render a final judgment on a film or a director’s capabilities, based upon a studio edit. I and other reviewers run the risk of being too harsh on a film only to put our feet in our collective mouths when a re-release proves we “jumped the gun” in our initial negative assessment. I did not think too highly of Mark Steven Johnson’s theatrical version of “Daredevil”, but his Director’s Cut made it a different viewing experience altogether ( lending the movie a more nuanced tone ).

Another problem with this film in regards to a fantasy genre film-maker of Snyder’s stature is that its subject matter has given him too much to work with. Not to say the CGI in this film is not impressive……it is just too much. After awhile, the effects have a tendency to take the audience out of the film due to sensory overload (making a PS3 fed generation of movie-goers especially susceptible). There isn’t a particular “money shot” that stands out from the rest of the scenes. What Snyder needs to do is take a step back in his next film, like Tim Burton did with “Ed Wood” and concentrate on substance rather than presentation. The one director who seems to be immune from this overindulgence is Christopher Nolan (who’s dream within a dream narrative in “Inception” worked better and made more sense than the structure in this film).

Nolan’s emphasis is on large scale physical effects and it gives real weight to it’s surroundings and the characters that appear within. And last, the dark and somber mood to this film has torpedoed my initial hopes for a real fun and carefree femme fatale fest. I wish this level of CGI and Zack Snyder were around in the 60’s or 80’s. A sort of Mamie Van Doren meets “Tank Girl” hybrid, instead of Avril Lavigne meets Marilyn Manson. I like my “good girls gone” BAD, not MANIC DEPRESSIVE SUICIDAL.

Red Riding Hood:Review

By Edward Gambichler

Red Riding Hood

 

“…What big eyes you have……”

Valerie ( Red Riding Hood )

 

In answer to the eternal question posed to fans of the series of Twilight films,  “Which team are you a member of….Team Edward ( vampires ) or Team Jacob ( werewolves )….I have to place myself firmly in the latter’s corner.  Not that I’m desperate to see Taylor Lautner with his shirt off anytime soon, ( although…gotta admit…the guy is buff…) I just sympathize more with the werewolf’s lot in life. It all goes back to Lon Chaney Jr.’s tragic performance as the doomed lycanthrope Larry Talbot in Universal Pictures “The Wolfman” ( released in 1941 ). Lycanthropy is more or less viewed as a curse the victim does not ask for. The human lycanthrope ( usually afflicted by the bite of another werewolf ) is unable to halt the change that comes upon it during a full moon cycle.  And as depicted in pop culture (  the 1981 movie ” American Werewolf in London” and the original BBC TV series “Being Human ), this change is not without a considerable amount of physical agony. He / or she also cannot control their actions in their lycan forms nor the killing of innocent victims and must bear the guilt and horror of being the cause of their deaths.  However, I mostly side with werewolves because I’m so sick and tired of vampires complaining about living forever and having abilities 10x times that of any normal human being……as well as being irresistible to women.

 

In literature, the Wolf is often portrayed as an antagonist to the hero or heroine. Examples can be found in stories such as  “Peter and the Wolf” and “The Three Little Pigs”. The most recognizable of these stories is “Little Red Riding Hood”, made popular by the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. In this fairy tale, a young red cloaked Girl, on her way to her Grandmother’s house, is confronted by a hungry Wolf. The Wolf does not want to eat her in the open, so he suggests she go pick some flowers. The Wolf then steals away to her Grandmother’s house, consumes the old lady, then dresses up in her clothes and waits for the young Girl. When she finally arrives, the Girl mistakes the Wolf for her Grandmother. However, she grows suspicious about her Grandmother’s change in appearance ( she has larger eyes, larger nose, and teeth ). Before the Wolf can pounce on the Girl, a Hunter enters the house just in time and shoots the Wolf.

 

In the movie “Red Riding Hood” ( directed by “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke ), this time the werewolves are given the tortured romanticized facelift. In this adaptation of the popular folktale, Valerie ( the red cloaked heroine played by Amanda Seyfried ) is in love with the woodcutter Peter ( Shiloh Fernandez ). Unfortunately for the two lovers, Valerie’s parents, Cesaire and Suzette ( played by Billy Burke and Virginia Madsen ) promised her hand in marriage to Henry Lazar ( Max Irons ) in order to pay off a debt to his wealthy father, Adrian ( Michael Shanks ). Valerie and Peter decide to run away together, but their plans are tragically cut short by the vicious killing of Valerie’s sister, Lucy. It seems that similar killings have been attributed in the past by a powerful Werewolf. However, the townspeople had reached an agreement with the beast and monthly sacrifices had been offered to it in exchange for them being spared his hunger. The men of the town form a hunting party and soon capture and kill a large grey wolf ( thinking it is the culprit ). However, the local magistrate and experienced witch hunter, Father Solomon ( played by Gary Oldman ) arrives in town with an infantry of soldiers and deduces that the real Wolf is still at large ( stating that if the grey wolf were indeed a true werewolf then he would have reverted to his “human” form once killed ). And that not only is the real Wolf still at large, but that he is actually one of the townspeople.

First off, let me begin by stating the positive aspects of this film. The cinematography is beautiful and lush and the production design is a match for it. Also, Amanda Seyfried makes for a capable lead and the camera loves her. So few of today’s actresses are as capably photographed as Miss Seyfried is by this film’s cinematographer ( with my own personal gold standard example being Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” ).

Unfortunately, as far as an adaptation of the popular folktale of Little Red Riding Hood goes, this film falls short. The “whodunit murder mystery” aspect of the film feels forced as well as obvious and the same themes of forbidden love were already explored by Hardwicke in the first Twilight movie. Nothing new is being added to the  formula and not even the prestige of a brilliant actor of Gary Oldman’s class can lift this production. Also, today’s special effects teams have veered away from traditional physical makeup appliances to depict werewolves and instead rely on CGI depictions ( making the film’s Wolf look like something out of a “Big Boss” level in a PS3 video game ).

Gone are the brilliant effects that made “The Howling” and “American Werewolf in London” the classic films that they were. If you really want to see the story of Little Red Riding Hood done right, I suggest renting the movie “The Company of Wolves”starring Angela Lansbury as the Grandmother

( a 1984 film by Neil Jordan, director of “The Crying Game” ). This movie not only offers a unique take on the fairy tale but also goes deep into the folklore and myths associated with Lycanthropy. However, if you really want to treat yourself to a true “out of the box” depiction of this classic fairytale then look no further than the dementedly skewed dark comedy 1996 film “Freeway”,

starring Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland ( in the roles of the Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf characters respectively ). This re-imagining is pure genius and Sutherland’s take on the Wolf is no less inspired. It is Reese Witherspoon, however, who steals this movie and she is a revelation. Although she is known primarily today for her numerous high profile dramatic turns and rom-com roles, this earlier performance of hers just happens to be my personal favorite. I dare anyone watching this film to name another actress in recent history who could have “knocked it out of the ballpark” in the way Miss Witherspoon does in this one. She is, as they say, an absolute “hoot”!