Japanese Sci-Fi: The War In Space / 惑星大戦争 (1977)

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   The War in Space, released in Japan as Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE, is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1977.

   I’ve been looking for a copy of this film for a while. It was playing one day on channel 2 out of San Francisco in the late 70’s and I was able to watch a little bit of it. The main ship really stuck with me, along with the action and colors. The movie probably isn’t all that great and my geek nostalgia goggles are really thick on this subject but I have enjoyed watching far worse films… just ask Mrs. Multiverse 😉

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA

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New Intel on KING KONG VS. GODZILLA – Possible Team-Up, Size, and Connections

   I don’t know why, but I am excited to see a new King Kong vs. Godzilla movie. Kong vs. humans, lame. Godzilla vs. humans, lame. You pit both against each other and you’ve got my attention. Let’s face the fact first, though. The original sucked. Well that may be a bit harsh, but it wasn’t that great. Can technology make this as epic as it was supposed to be? Yep. It will be epic. At least the battle will be, I can’t speak for any human drama that occurs.

That Time Wonder Woman Was Blonde (1974)

Blonde in a Track Suit. Cathy Lee Crosby was Wonder Woman in 1974

   I remember watching this in the late 70’s but that was the last time. Currently, I am attempting to get a copy to watch and pseudo-review. There are copies on Amazon, honestly they don’t seem like they are worth the price. I would rather rent or pay the price for a digital download.

Here is the breakdown of the story on Wikipedia

   This version of Wonder Woman (Cathy Lee Crosby) did not wear the comic book costume including the tiara trademark and her “secret identity” of Diana Prince was not all that secret. The film follows Wonder Woman, assistant to government agent Steve Trevor (Kaz Garas) as she pursues a villain named Abner Smith (Ricardo Montalban) who has stolen a set of codebooks containing classified information about U.S. government field agents.

   Meanwhile, on YouTube…

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“Legends of the #Superheroes”: An Odyssey Better Left Unfinished

Legends of the Superheroes - TV Guide ad 1   The best thing that happened on TV when I was nine. It was January, 1979, and there were two hour long shows. One aired per week on NBC. I was able to see the first and was SUPER excited to watch the second part. Well, because I don’t remember the details, I lost my TV privileges, and wasn’t able to watch the second part. My life was over! There wasn’t this widespread device called a VCR, at least not in my life. Once something was on TV as a “Special Event” that was it, game over if you missed it. It sucked to be me. Who knows, I could have become s much more than what I am today! DAMNITALL!

   Fast forward to, roughly, 2004-ish, my internet was still dial-up, due to where I was living, and I had just discovered that both parts of this were being offered as something called a “torrent”. I had no clue what that was so I dug deeper and discovered that I couldn’t access it. Enter my best friend, since we were 12, I asked him to download the episodes and he agreed to. He was interested too so it was a win – win. Right? Well… no. He told me to not expect too much out of the show. Did I listen? Hell no! My inner nine year old was already to, FINALLY, complete the journey that he had set out on a quarter of a century earlier.

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#DC / #Marvel #MashUps: Ben Reilly, the Blue Beetle

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My 1st design for Ben’s outfit.
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The 2nd design, closer to Ted’s costume.

   Before we had the awesome Jaime Reyes take up the mantle of the Blue Beetle, I had an idea for a Marvel / DC crossover. In my version I had envisioned that Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, instead of dying, would have been presumed dead after an apparent self-sacrifice to save New York. He believed that he was a dead man until he woke up in a new world, a new reality, the DC universe. He felt that he should lie low and give up the mask for a while.

   After years of making a quiet life, working for Kord Industries, and becoming a fan of several of the heroes of his adopted dimension, something tragic happens. Ben sees the news about the death of Ted Kord and finds out that Ted was the Blue Beetle. Ben wanted to discover what had happened to his former boss and created a new outfit as an homage to Ted’s costume.

   Ben Reilly became the Blue Spider.

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie in Works at Warner Bros. as Lawsuit Ends

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   In an era where things things that were once taken lightly are now treated with respect, and everything is done on an epic scale, this should be pretty good. I never played the game, although I wanted to, nor did I read the books. I did play some of the video games and enjoyed them immensely. I also happened to like the movie they put out. It was good for what it was on a cult film level.

   Will this be a “Can’t Miss Flicker” or a “Meh, I’ll wait for it on NetFlix”? We shall see. After a few minutes of thought, the above image is what we may see with the current prevailing winds in Hollywood, at the moment. I am OK with that.

Batman in his Armored Bat-Suit, next to the Bat-Signal? Bat-Tastic!

   I just felt compelled to share this image. It really makes my rough week a little “lighter”. Thanks Bat-Man!

Ben as Bruce... looks incredible.
Ben as Bruce… looks incredible.

Review: Jon Shnepp’s ‘The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened?’

 cd8c17fac275b4cb2b86f74b30be6a4e   So one day, a few years ago, we all woke up to the internet and saw THIS photo of Nick Cage in a Superman suit. I don’t know about you but I was like “What the F**k is this shit!?”, and “Dodged that, faster than a speeding bullet”. You see, I had gotten so used to type casting that there was no room in my tiny, angry, nerd opinion for somebody who didn’t fit my vision on what this that character was supposed to look like. I look back at that reaction, which I really try to recognise any and all knee-jerk reaction that pop up in my life in order to crush them before they gain momentum, and I am a bit embarrassed. Michael Keaton, not the ideal classic Bruce Wayne/Batman type, but he owned the role. You would think I would have kept that in mind.

Nope.

First world nerd problems.

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   Enter Jon Schnepp’s ‘The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened?’ Why would I possibly watch, let alone purchase something that was related to the image above? Well Jon released a teaser. That shit was like Kool-Aid and he was handing out free samples. Now I am drinking gallons of what he’s selling. It was absolutely entertaining and informative. There are great interviews with multiple people who were involved with the production and a shit-ton of pictures, production drawings and video. I like documentaries, even though they tend to be dry. THIS doc is NOT dry in any way, shape or form. It features the always entertaining (now skinny) Kevin Smith and the enigmatic Tim Burton. Two of my favorites in the industry.

   Jon’s passion for the subject is infectious and leaves you wanting more. I purchased the digital edition and it was more than worth the price I paid. I cannot recommend this documentary enough.

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   Sure you can find somewhere to download this title. Don’t. Support Jon’s work, and >Purchase< this shit Right now. You will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to see what Jon may have in store for us next.