So it’s Sunday. Sunday’s used to be a dull day. Nothing to watch on TV, except the occasional b-roll cartoon like Galtar or some other show that just wasn’t cut out for Saturday mornings. While I do have a soft spot in my heart for even those shows, nothing compares to choosing what you want to see, when you want to see it. I have a hard drive full of content, a packed Netflix queue, Amazon Prime, and several shows I’ve purchased via my new happy place… Google Plus.
Now down to it… I am having a great time screening Robotech on Netflix this morning. I have the series, but I really love streaming shows since they keep better track of where I left off than I can with my 47 year old memory banks. I am a huge fan of what Harmony Gold did with Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada. I find that Macross holds up really well, and it’s also in my library. I’ve never bothered to track down the other two series. Macross is my thing.
Back to Robotech. This show had a different feel than the normal cartoons of my youth. I was 14 when it came out, and perhaps it was the Sci-Fi action combined with the more adult drama that had me hooked. Don’t get me wrong, if t had Robots, heroes, or any sort of martial arts, I was all about whatever I was watching. Robotech came at the right time and had an interesting story arch, along with a heavy transforming robot style aesthetic.
UPDATE: While poking around on Amazon Prime, I found both Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, and Genesis Climber Mospeada! Bonus 👍
We fans of the Adventures of Superman must often deal with bittersweet thoughts about the series and its star, George Reeves. Often these thoughts take the form of what if questions like “What if Superman and the Secret Planet had been filmed?” Most likely, many of you know that the script for this proposed Superman movie was written sometime during the run of the series. It’s interesting to speculate, then, about what Reeves, the cast and the crew could have accomplished with a bigger budget and a longer filming schedule than the television episodes allowed. [ Click the Link for the rest, and MORE ]
This labor of Super Love is a wonder piece of work. When I was growing up, this was my Superman until Chris Reeves’ forever took George’s place in my heart. That being said, The Adventures of Superman is still a much beloved show, for me. I was excited to hear about this missing show, and that a team of fans were doing their best to bring it to light. Check it out, enjoy yourself.
We finally caught up with Moana this evening. My wife and I really enjoyed the entire film. It takes a lot for us to go out and see a movie, so we usually opt for waiting for it to come out for rent and staying at home. The most impressive part, other that Dwayne Johnson, was the water… it was rendered so beautifully, I was blown away. I am not clamoring for a Moana sequel, but if it does happen I won’t complain. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the female lead HERO. She was excellent!
It’s been years since I’ve watched this film. For some reason it doesn’t seem to get the same love as other Disney production. Today I found it on Netflix and decided to give it another viewing. I love the Steampunk aesthetic of the movie, along with the traditional
animation mixed with computer generated elements. Many well known voices lend their talent to this adventure, such as Jim Varney, Florence Stanley, James Garner, and the great Leonard Nimoy.
There is a sequel available, also on Netflix. Now I won’t expect too much as far as infamous direct to video sequels go, but I am pretty easy going and plan on enjoying it.
This film is seven years old, and I am only now finding out about it. It is an incredibly compelling short movie with an ending that you don’t see coming. I totally dig the whole production. Watch it for yourself. If you’ve seen it before, watch it again, and give the creator’s a thumbs up. They’ve earned it.
From time to time I love to revisit RetroBlasting‘s video catalogue. Check out their Star Wars Follies series. It’s pretty cool to chart the progress that Michael and Melinda have made in their production quality. Michael’s sardonic whit is a nice punctuation on in-depth mini documentaries on great toys, toons, and times.
Tonight we are have a 70’s Sci-Fi movie night double feature. “Time after Time” and “Westworld”. Two great science fiction films from the decade I was born.
H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) has built a time machine, and he plans on using it to travel to a Utopian paradise in the future. But before he can, Jack the Ripper (David Warner), on the run from the police, uses it to escape and travel to 1979. Wells follows, and enlists the help of a bank teller named Amy (Mary Steenburgen) to catch Jack before he continues his killing spree. As they work together, Wells falls for Amy, even as she has a hard time believing his wild story of time travel.
Westworld is a futuristic theme park where paying guests can pretend to be gunslingers in an artificial Wild West populated by androids. After paying a sizable entrance fee, Blane (James Brolin) and Martin (Richard Benjamin) are determined to unwind by hitting the saloons and shooting off their guns. But when the system goes haywire and Blane is killed in a duel with a robotic gunslinger (Yul Brynner), Martin’s escapist fantasy suddenly takes on a grim reality.