Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Smokey at the Bandit at 40

On March 27th, stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham's first movie, Smokey and the Bandit, turned 40 years old. If you've never seen the movie, please rectify this oversight immediately. Without it, there never would have been a Dukes of Hazzard, Burt Reynolds may have had a whole different career, and Jerry Reed might never have become a recognized music sensation and remained an unsung Nashville session musician. I, for one, am glad this wacky little movie exists. If you agree, join me in a toast to Bandit and the cops that were always just a little bit too slow to catch him. Keep your foot hard on the pedal and watch ol' Bandit run.

Fans of Burt, Jerry, and Hal can read more about their work together HERE.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Rasslin' - Hulk Hogan in Japan

Well let me tell you something, Mean Gene! There's a nasty rumor going around that Hulk Hogan doesn't know how to wrestle, and that Hulk Hogan NEVER knew how to wrestle! Well I'm here to tell ya, BROTHER, that's a bunch of garbage, DUDE! You don't need to say your prayers, BROTHER! Forget the vitamins, DUDE! All the little Hulkamaniacs out there need to do if they wanna drop a leg on that heinous rumor is watch his work in Japan, BROTHER! Whatcha gonna do when HULK HOGAN and Japanamania run wild on YOU?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mummy Mania #1: The Mummy (1932)

A new Mummy movie is looming from Universal with promises (threats?) that it's the first of a new shared universe (a "Dark Universe," if you will) that will revive all their classic monsters for modern popcorn munchers. Because the marketing machine is in full swing, all the previous Mummy movies have just been re-released, with some of them restored in HD for the first time.What better excuse to binge on classic horror? In this inaugural installment, we're looking at the film that started it all: 1932's The Mummy.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Continuing Voyages: The Trial of James T. Kirk

No franchise has more spin-off material than Star Trek. Over the last fifty-plus years, there have been hundreds of novels and tie-in books, multiple comic book runs, audio dramas, games, and more. Collectively, this material provides over a thousand stories that exist outside the official Star Trek continuity, and some of them are real gems that should not be overlooked. From time to time, we'll highlight one of these stories and examine it. These are The Continuing Missions. In this installment, we'll look at "The Trial of James T. Kirk" from DC Comics.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Why the Music of Guardians of the Galaxy Matters

James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is such a big hit with both audiences and critics alike that even the songs from the movie are a big deal. What does this mean? A lot.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cinnamon Cereal Showdown!

Two new cinnamon cereals are competing for the right to be the champion of the cereal aisle. Let's take a look at both, compare them, and see which one comes out on top, Thunderdome style!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

From Hell It Came (1957)

Answering the age-old question: if a killer tree stalks the woods and no one is around for it to murder, does it make a noise?