Saturday, 31 March 2012
A quick guide to how Hollywood comes up with all it's top notch blockbusting concepts or 'the Bay Effect'...
Step1: Choose a well loved character from the past, preferably the 80's with instant brand recognition and an established record in profitable merchandise. For my pitch I have chosen the CARE BEARS.
Step2: Hire the best team of writers or failing that hire the ones behind whatever the top rated TV show is at the time and begin to build "BUZZ" off the back of their shows hype.
Step3: If he's not directing (?) Michael Bay will no doubt be producing so a 'visionary'* director has to be found. (*Generic.)
Step4: Suck out all the child friendly elements that made the central characters popular in the first place and apply the word "DARK" and or "EDGY" to whatever is left.
Step5: Although the selling point behind the movie are the beloved characters of your audiences youth, two hip young actors must be hired to give the film a human element your audience can relate to. So even though your going to see the CARE BEARS half the flick will be taken up by the relationship between these two characters that have little or no connection to the characters you want to see.
Step6: Milk the fucker for as much as you can because you only have a small window of time before some other money grabbing dick decides to release a big budget version of THUNDERCATS or scrapes the barrel and remakes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and gives them a 'dark gritty origin', 'takes a leaf out the Highlander 2 (worst film ever) play book and makes them aliens' and rounds it of by changing the title to the comparatively dull 'Ninja Turtles'....oops.
Thursday, 29 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
Saturday, 24 March 2012
I think if you ask most (if not all) Green Lantern fans this would have been their choice for the role. He has since voiced Jordan in the Justice League: Doom animated feature...
There have been a couple of Girl Wonders in comics and I think Browning has shown (was I the only person that enjoyed Sucker Punch?) she could succeed in bringing the character to the big screen.
Right now Gosling is the moody brooding king of Hollywood with the acting chops to back it up and so would be perfect for everyone's favorite supernatural detective. A lot of fan-boys place the stink of the Constantine flick square at the feet of Keanu Reeves personally I blame the hacks that made it, for me Reeves at least looked like he was trying which is more than anyone else involved in that picture can say.
There was never any chance of this ever happening (at any time) in the real world but the idea of Dirty Harry taking the law to the streets of Mega City 1 would have been as close to perfect as it's possible to get after all isn't Dredd just Harry in a costume any way...
I recently read Mark Evanier's book 'Kirby: King of Comics' and after it I couldn't help think that Kirby's life was an Oscar winning movie waiting to happen with a worthy actor like Pacino playing the role of one of the all time great American artists and contributors to modern popular culture.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
I saw this photo yesterday and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Anyone with a passing interest in comics from superstar pros to enthusiastic amateurs like myself can't help but be influenced by Jack Kirby in some way or another, even if you've never read a comic I'll bet you'ved Marveled (I thank you) at the endless processions of big screen Marvel blockbusters most of which feature characters he created or co-created. Here's a radio interview with the man himself, enjoy.....
Monday, 19 March 2012
Was looking through some old work of mine and came across these publicity designs I did for a production of 'The Three Musketeers and the Princess of Spain' by the Belgrade Theater Company (along with the Traverse Theater.)
And this was an earlier version with the hero's in uniforms......
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Saturday, 17 March 2012
'History of Oil' show but it's still light years and dimensions ahead of other stand ups. Absolutely worth listening to.
Thursday, 15 March 2012
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Sunday, 4 March 2012
5. VADER mach-1
4. Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi...
3. Naboo Royal Cruiser, N-1 Starfighter and the ARC-170 fighter.....
2. DARTH MAUL...
1. The Red Letter Media film reviews.....
As much as I hated the prequels when ever I tried to get across what it was that was so wrong with them I would inevitably turn into a babbling fanboy foaming incoherently at the mouth step forward Mr. Plinket to give his ridiculously in depth reviews which point out just what it is that's wrong with these flicks which is apart from all the contradictions they make to the originals these are not just badly made Star Wars movies but just badly made movies, full stop. If you haven't already check out Red Letter Media you won't be disappointed.