August 14, 2019

[Masters of Carpentry] Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007)

JD and I finally dig into Rob Zombie's notorious and controversial remake of Halloween, and all the gore, rape, and trash Americana shoveled within. Enjoy? Check it out here.

July 31, 2019

Stuff I Read & Watched in July 2019

July 2019

Blue means I liked it
Red means I didn't
No color means it'll be discussed on a future thing

July 30, 2019

[Cinemaspection] Quatermass and the Pit

I had the honor of joining Tim & Corrine of Cinemaspection to discuss one of my favorite films of all time, Quatermass and the Pit. We discuss the film, it's mixture of science and theology, it's place in the broader Quatermass franchise, and even the attempt to remake it as a Hollywood blockbuster in the 90s. Check it out here.

July 17, 2019

[Projection Booth] Krull

I had the honor of once again guesting on The Projection Booth, to discuss the 80s fantasy adventure Krull. Gooseberries are sought, gazebos are exploded, early drafts are explored, Slayers are parasitically erupted into the ground, and it turns out there's more than one person who was born at a time where Star Wars didn't become a defining work of their childhood. Check it out here.

July 8, 2019

Stuff I Read & Watched in June 2019

Blue means I liked it
Red means I didn't
No color means it'll be discussed on a future thing

  movies

American Beauty (1999)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Aquaman (2019)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Boys Don't Cry (1999)
But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
Dance of the Drunk Mantis (1979)
Drunken Tai Chi (1984)
Election (1999)
eXistenZ (1999)
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
Halloween (2018)
The Insider (1999)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
John Carter (2012)
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid 2 (1986)
Krull (1983)
Lock, Stock, and 2 Smoking Barrels (1998)
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)
X the Unknown (1956)

  scripts

Halloween (2018)
Krull (1983)
The Quatermass Experiment (1955 - 6 episodes)
Quatermass II (1955 - 6 episodes)
Quatermass and the Pit (1958 - 6 episodes)

  tv

Cloak & Dagger (2019)
 11 Restless Energy
 12 White Liens
 13 Shadow Selves
 14 Rabbit Hold
 15 Alignment Chart
 16 B Sides
 17 Vikingtown Sound
 18 Two Player
 19 Blue Note
 20 Level Up

The Quatermass Experiment (1953)
 1 Contact has Been Established
 2 Persons Reported Missing

Quatermass II (1955)
 1 The Bolts
 2 The Mark
 3 The Food
 4 The Coming
 5 The Frenzy
 6 The Destroyers

Robotech: The Macross Saga (1985)
 9 Miss Macross
 10 Blind Game
 11 First Contact
 12 The Big Escape

  comics

Atlantis Attacks (1989)
 1 How Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth (Silver Surfer Annual 2)
 2 Two if by Sea (Iron Man Annual 10)
 3 Double Cross (The Uncanny X-Men Annual 13)
 4 Abominations (The Amazing Spider-Man Annual 23)
 5 Knight Fight (The Punisher Annual 2)

Iron Man (1989)
 Annual 10 There Are No Wire Hangers Underwater

The Punisher (1989)
 Annual 2 Dark Seeker
 Annual 2 Punisher's Fighting Techniques

The Saga of the Serpent Crown (1989)
 1 Creation (Silver Surfer Annual 2)
 2 Blood Feud (Iron Man Annual 10)
 3 Serpent in the Garden (The Uncanny X-Men Annual 13)
 4 Cataclysm (The Amazing Spider-Man Annual 23)
 5 Heirs Apparent (The Punisher Annual 2)

Silver Surfer (1989)
 Annual 2 Burried Treasure
 Annual 2 Shooting Star

Uncanny X-Men (1989)
 Annual 13 Jubilation Day

June 30, 2019

My CONvergence 2019 Panel Schedule

I'll be on 6 panels at this year's CONvergence. Feel free to say hi if you're attending.


Thursday, July 4

1999 Movies, Twenty Years Later
5:00pm-6:00pm
Hyatt 4 Great Lakes B
"1999 was the year of The Matrix, The Phantom Menace, Galaxy Quest, Being John Malkovich, Fight Club, The Mummy, The Sixth Sense, and The Iron Giant. Let's take a look back at a year in which genre films took a great leap forward. Participants: Laura Okagaki-Vraspir, Kristina George, Matt Gamble (mod), Niles Schwartz, Noel Thingvall"

Cloak & Dagger Fan Panel
8:30pm-9:30pm
Hyatt 2 Greenway B
"This show has so far lasted two seasons. Let's discuss what works on the show and what doesn't. Participants: Dirk Thomas Ykema, Rakhi Rajpal (mod), Lathan Murrell, Noel Thingvall"

Halloween 2018 Fan Panel
11:30pm-12:30am
Hyatt 2 Greenway HI
"There's a new entry in the franchise - let's talk about it. Participants: Jei Herald-Zamora, Michelle C, Kyle B. Dekker (mod), Noel Thingvall"


Friday, July 5

I am Iron Man? Identity in Iron Man 3
7:00pm-8:00pm
Hyatt 4 Great Lakes A2
"As Phase 4 begins to envelop us, let's return to the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist that started it all: Iron Man. No, wait. Tony Stark. Wait... IRON MAN 3 literally deconstructs our hero and puts him back together again. Let's discuss. Participants: Lee Blauersouth, Windy Bowlsby (mod), Noel Thingvall"


Saturday, July 6

Sequel Strikes Back
11:30pm-12:30am
Hyatt 2 Greenway CDE
"Successful films often have sequels. Some sequels are superior to the films that spawned them. Join us as we discuss films from The Empire Strikes Back to The Dark Knight and everything in between. Participants: Diane Blumenfeld, Niles Schwartz, Aaron Coker, Noel Thingvall"


Sunday, July 7

Remaking the Remake
2:00pm-3:00pm
Hyatt 2 Greenway HI
"How many versions of a superhero's origin story do we need? Godzilla's? Why we keep doing this to ourselves? Participants: Taylor Cisco, John Shea, MD, Noel Thingvall"

June 19, 2019

[Schumacast] Dying Young (1991)

Angie and I are once again joined by the wonderful Lore to explore a passion project Julia Roberts brought to Joel Schumacher after her sudden rise to A-list celebrity, where actors and a story don't get along, and everything is lost in a maze full of death. Check it out here.

June 12, 2019

[Masters of Carpentry] Dennis Etchison's Halloween 4

JD and I dig into several drafts of an early, unmade version of Halloween 4, when John Carpenter and Deborah Hill were still producing, Joe Dante was in talks to direct, and noted author Dennis Etchison was behind the wheels for an oddball story about resurrections, rebelling teenagers, parents who just won't understand, and a 20-foot tall Michael Myers crashing the drive in. Check it out here.

June 2, 2019

Stuff I Read & Watched in May 2019

Blue means I liked it
Red means I didn't
No color means it'll be discussed on a future thing

  films

Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949)
The Dark Crystal (1982)
Emperor of the North Pole (1973)
Europe '51 (1952)
Journey to Italy (1954)
Jungle Jim (1948)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Police Story (1985)
Police Story 2 (1988)
Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
Rim of the World (2019)
Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948)
Tau (2018)
Yes, Madam (1985)

  prose

Star Wars: Han Solo 3 - Rebel Dawn (1998 AC Crispin)

  scripts

Halloween Returns (unproduced Dunstan & Melton - 2 drafts)

  comics

The New Mutants (1990-1991)
90 To Hunt the Hunter
91 Prey for the Living
92 When the Carnival Comes to Town
93 Madripoor
94 Lethal Weapons
95 X-tinction Agenda: Shell Game
96 X-tinction Agenda: United We Stand
97 X-tinction Agenda: War
98 The Beginning of the End 1: The End of an Era
99 The Beginning of the End 2
100 The End of the Beginning

Wolverine (1989)
17 Basics
18 All at Sea
19 Acts of Vengeance: Heroes & Villains

  tv

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2006)
21 The Avatar State
22 The Cave of Two Lovers
23 Return to Omashu

Fosse/Verdon (2019)
2 Who's Got the Pain?
3 Me and My Baby

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983)
10 A Friend in Need
11 Masks of Power
12 Evil'Lyn's Plot

Highlander (1992)
3 Innocent Man

The Orville (2019)
24 Sanctuary
25 Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
26 The Road Not Taken

Robotech: Macross Saga (1985)
4 The Long Wait
5 Transformation
6 Blitzkrieg
7 Bye-Bye Mars
8 Sweet Sixteen

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1988)
6 Return of the Shredder
7 The Incredible Shrinking Turtles
8 It Came from Beneath the Sewers
9 The Mean Machines

The Tick (2019)
13 Lesson One: Think Quick
14 AEGIS and You

Tiger & Bunny (2011)
7 The Wolf Knows What the Ill Beast Thinks

Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
12 Let's Rock
13 What Story is That, Charlie?
14 We Are Like the Dreamer
15 There's Some Fear in Letting Go

May 28, 2019

[Projection Booth] Emperor of the North Pole

I had the honor of joining Mike White and Cullen Gallagher for this discussion of one of my favorite movies, a meaty Robert Aldrich depression era action adventure which pits Lee Marvin against Ernest Borgnine atop a moving train. What more do you need! Check it out here.