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
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
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
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
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
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
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


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)


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


Halloween Returns (unproduced Dunstan & Melton - 2 drafts)


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


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