Let’s Go, Voltron…

   Voltron: Legendary Defender, was released on June 10th. I cannot recommend this new show enough. I was 15 when Voltron: Defender of the Universe was released in North America from a retooled Beast King: Go Lion. Back then, I enjoyed the show a lot, it wasn’t my favorite but is was fun… until they tried splicing in Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. They quickly re-retooled their show and phased out the “Vehicle Voltron” for the more popular lion version. Clever as it was, they milked the footage for all they could. Coupled with the specialty shops importing Go Lion toys, Matchbox releasing a version then Panosh Place taking a shot at the license, the world seemed to be crazy for Voltron.

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190 (So Far) Cartoon Intros of Yesteryear

    Born in 1970, I was exposed to some of the greatest animated shows from all over. From the 30’s to the late 90’s, I watched it all. Even the 2000’s had/have it’s fair share of good shows. Kick back and enjoy the play list. It will be growing.

Monster Mania: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

MV5BMTQ4NjIzODQ0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDQzNzYzMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_    Today at the Quantum Cave, things are kind of slow. I’ve got a bug and Mrs. QM is taking care of me so Monday’s work day doesn’t suck. It’s October, and around here that means Monster Movie Mayhem! I really on have tie during the weekends to watch movies and enjoy them. On this, the first Saturday of October, we are screening “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” from 1948. I am an old-school monster movie guy. Universal monsters are the best! Next to them, pre-80’s Godzilla movies are awesome too.

   IMDB sums it up best; “Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.”

   This was always a favorite of mine when I was a kid and it still holds up to this day. Talk about a combined universe. All these monsters exist in the SAME World! Epic 🙂

   If you want a fun movie and one of the best Monster Mash-Ups on film, then this is the family friendly flick for you.

Google uses tactics from the ‘The Last Starfighter’

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   It seems that Google uses hiring tactics skimmed from the Sci-Fi classic, ‘The Last Starfighter’. I wonder if Centauri is their lead recruiter?

   Google is seldom boring; its hiring strategies can be as refreshing as its product launches. One would assume you get any job through a job board, website with relevant listings or through recruiters, hoping to be asked for a resume, portfolio of some sort and three references. Cut to Google.

The Rest of the Story: http://techxplore.com/news/2015-08-term-day-google.html

Cult Movie Essentials: The Kung Fu Classic, Invincible Shaolin (1978)

61vsgjqompL._SY606_   This one has to be in my top 5 of all time Kung Fu Flicks! It is also known as “Unbeatable Dragon”. The word Dragon had to be in just about every American release of a Martial Arts movie to have any traction or gravitas. When I moved to Reno, NV, in 1987 I found a teacher that was teaching Wing Chun Kuen (Ip Man > Leung Sheung > Kenneth Chung system) Kung Fu. After my first lesson I thought that it seemed very familiar as I sat in my car. I raced home and popped this movie into my VCR and I was right! The son of the Southern Shaolin school’s teacher (Sifu) was taught the exact style that I was learning. By this time I was already familiar with the movie for about 6 years. It gave my real life a connection with a fun, stylised, fantasy. It has been almost 30 years since that first lesson, not my first or last art to be learned, I now teach and I still watch this cult classic!

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Invincible Shaolin is the second proper Venoms movie, following on from Five Venoms.  Legendary director Chang Cheh returns to explore how the Ching Governments attempts to stamp out the influence of the Shaolin – a theme he also explored in Heroes Two.

The plot involves an evil Qing general (Wong Lung Wei) who comes up with a brilliant plan to rid the Qing Empire once and for all of the Shaolin masters. He invites three Northern Shaolin experts to his mansion and has them fight the in a contest against three novice Southern Shaolin men already present at his mansion. By royal decree, Shaolin was required to supply experts to teach the Qing troops martial arts.

The Northern Shaolin experts easily and decisively win against the South Shaolin men. After the contest, the general visits the South Shaolin men in their quarters later that night and secretly kills…

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Honorable Mention: KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park

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   So a little over a week or so ago, Warner Bros. released “Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery“. It has an EPIC opening credit scene that transported me back to 1978. KISS was something that I had never heard of before, then I saw the make-up, the costumes and the superpowers, they had me! I was eight and this was the most awesome shit I had ever seen on TV at this point. For some reason NBC decided that they should jump on the Superhero band wagon. I am glad that they did.

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   I “found” a copy of “KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park” and rewatched it. It still holds up. Now, I am not some die hard KISS fan. I had a poster and an album because they looked bad ass and I really did dig the movie that NBC put out. Sure it’s late 70’s style cheesy but it is a good kind of cheesy, a nostalgic kind of cheesy.

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   The story is simplistic, and the VFX are horrible, but that was the style for a movie of the week back then and that is where it retains all of its charm. Only KISS could pull this off.

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   The story is, roughly… Stuffy old scientist dude get’s the boot from him job at an amusement park for being stuffy. Dude vows to remain stuffy and bring stuffiness back to the park. He creates KISS robots, among other robots,captures the band, to cause a riot at the concert. KISS escapes and kicks all the robot ass that they can find. KISS, and their fans, WIN

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   Oh and the bad guy dies. Did I mention he was stuffy? Anyhow the final words of the movie were, “He created KISS to destroy KISS and he lost.“. Well said, guy who started this shit over the bottom line and the dollar sign, well said.

The End.

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   Screw it… Join the KISS Army? Where to I sign up? I am all in now. If I didn’t have other shit to do, I would Rock & Roll all night, and Party EVERY Day!

Kotobukiya DC Comics Green Lantern Classic ArtFX+ Statue

   Kotobukiya is releasing ArtFX+ statue versions of the Kenner Super Powers line. I have to say that this version of Green Lantern is my favorite. They’ve really outdone themselves with this piece. I had the original figure and just recently replaced him, sans the Power Battery. I wasn’t going to share it until I had the battery but I had to show a comparison between the Kenner version and the Kotobukiya one. It is obvious that the sculpt was inspired by the original, yet updated enough to give it its own identity. With the huge push to capitalize on nostalgia by offering larger scale exact reproductions of vintage toys, the attempt to keep the flavor of the original without being confined to it makes these ArtFX+ pieces unique. This piece is incredible and I hope they do Hawkman.

   I would love to compare these two in person but I’ll have to wait until I can get my hands on one.

Fox to Re-Make Big Trouble in Little China!?

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   So Fox is remaking Big Trouble in Little China. What? Who the FU… oh wait, with who? The Rock??? Oh HELL YES! I am in. Now, while I am usually one of the first to bemoan the lack of creativity in Hollywood, this film and Dwayne Johnson just fits.