Sunday, July 5, 2015

Classic Reflections: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Review

Before Invasion of the Body Snatchers was published in book form in 1955, writer Jack Finney serialized The Body Snatchers in Colliers magazine.  That’s where producer Walter Wanger first saw it and brought it to the attention of Allied Artists film studio executives. 

At that time Finney had his first novel Five against the House made into a movie so the studio heads were probably hopeful that his next novel would be movie-worthy and lucky for us they were right.  Wanger gave director Don Siegel a copy of the story and Siegel suggested that his buddy Daniel Mainwaring do the screenplay.  (Siegel went on to gain fame as the director of Escape from Alcatraz, Coogan’s Bluff, and Dirty Harry, and was great friends with Clint Eastwood.)

The principle actors in Invasion of the Body Snatchers were Kevin McCarthy as Dr. Bennell, Dana Wynter as Becky Driscol, his old high school sweetheart, and Carolyn Jones as “Teddy”(Morticia in the Addams’ Family TV show).  McCarthy has since acted in many movies and TV shows and also had a cameo in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  For Wynter this was her American debut and also her first feature movie.  You’ll also see other actors in small parts that were in numerous TV shows and commercials in the ‘60s and ‘70s (see if you can pick them out when you watch this classic.)



San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators! Take note, some of those signings include Joss Whedon and Guillermo del Toro.

via press release



All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

New LARA CROFT Comic From Dark Horse In October

Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen cover, From Dark Horse Comics

With a new Lara Croft comic from Dark Horse announced, depending on its success, I wonder who will take up the mantle of the character if they move forward with new movies based off the new title?

via press release

Lara Croft® is back with dual pistols, sharp wit, and an eye for action as acclaimed writer Corinna Beckho takes on the video game icon in Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen this October.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

JURASSIC WORLD Review, Box Office Report & Easter Eggs


I FINALLY got to check out Jurassic World. In a word, it is more of the same fun we've come to expect from Steven Spielberg's world of science created dinosaurs and the money they can make for the greedy corporate businessman.


Jurassic World - Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt

  Directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), the film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D'Onofrio, Nick Robinson, B. D. Wong, and Irrfan Khan. Yes, the same B.D. Wong who was in the first film as a DNA science tech.

  I don't know what I can add to the umpteen million reviews that are out there, but here's my swing at it, with some light spoilers:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MARVEL Comics New Battle Title

Marvel Contest of Champions coming soon...

via press release

Battleworld Continues in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 Coming this Fall
New York, NY—June 30th, 2015— After the end of Secret Wars and the rebirth of the Marvel Universe, the Battlerealm is created: a broken section of space-time that’s filled with the shattered remnants of Battleworld. Here, a grand game is played in a cosmic arena where heroes must fight for their very survival and existence. This fall, no one in the Marvel Universe is safe! This is the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TV Land Drops Dukes of Hazzard and Other Confederate Flag Knee Jerk Reactions

I have to say that when a horrible person acts out a horrible deed in the misguided name of something, it always makes you look at their source of inspiration. After the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, law enforcement officials found images of the shooter standing next to several flags, those being the Confederate Battle Flag, the pre-independence Rhodesia flag and apartheid-era South Africa flag.

To the masses, this small-minded, 21-year-old posing with his flag of choice, has set off a steaming debate of what should or should not be associated with this ‘symbol’ of chosen hate. Because of this image he chose to create, many organizations, groups and people are taking a stand about the flag, including how TV Land network dropping all reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard because they have the flag painted on the roof of their car, the General Lee.

What if this disturbed young man posed with the American Flag? What would we be doing then? Or if he stood alongside a dog?

Review of ZOO Summer Series Premiere

A TV review of CBS' Zoo

I tuned into CBS's Zoo to check out if this premise had legs (or teeth) on it. And to be honest, I'm not sure. I tried explaining to someone why they might want to tune in to catch subsequent episodes, but I could come up with nothing convincing!


Kristen Connolly promo pic for ZOO

Zoo stars James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie, Nora Arnezeder and Billy Burke (and yes, that was Brian Tee) in a show where the animals of the world are turning on humans. The descriptor from the book this show is based on says,

"All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear."

But why are they turning on humans, which is a good question. Why are they attacking people for no reason?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Keanu Reeves in John Wick, a review of sorts

John Wick (Keanu Reeves) starts out in a disjointed sort of fashion, between seeing him bleeding out in the opening scene, to a moment where he is at the bedside of his dying wife, to her funeral, then to his receiving a delivery of a puppy after her death, which was from his wife, and how cute it is. They get along famously, until a thug steals his car and kills his puppy.

You see, that puppy was the last thing his wife ever gave him. It was all he had left of her. Oops on the thugs!

Here's the thing, if you like revenge porn and a fascinatingly interesting fighting style, then this is seriously your movie. Oh, and if you like to see harmed animals avenged, this too is  for you.

Monday, June 29, 2015

CBS's UNDER THE DOME Jumps Over the Shark

CBS's UNDER THE DOME season three premiere review
Look! I think I see a plot on the floor!!! Where!?
I just caught the two-hour (too many) season three premiere of CBS's Under the Dome, and to be honest, there was a reason why key demographic numbers were dropping in the TV ratings from season one to two and this third season premiere just pointed out exactly why the series has started to flounder.

Why CBS renewed the show, I am not sure, but the show runners obviously do not know what to do with the story now that they've basically covered much of Stephen King's source material, and are now just pulling random plots out of a hat with the go-to tool of mind f***ing with the primary characters.

WHY CBS, why?

In the third season premiere of Under the Dome, we watch people looking to exit the world of the dome, and they suddenly find themselves on the outside, looking into it.

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015/16 Fall Premiere Dates for NBC

– Sunday, Sept. 13
Sunday Night Football (season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 15
Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris –  (series premiere)

Monday, Sept. 21
The Voice –  (season premiere)
Blindspot – (series premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 23
The Mysteries of Laura –  (season premiere)
Law & Order: SVU – (season premiere, two hours)

Thursday, Sept. 24
Heroes Reborn –  (series premiere)
The Blacklist –  (season premiere)
The Player –  (series premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 29 
Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris – (time period premiere)

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Chicago PD –  (season premiere)

Friday, Oct. 9
Undateable –  (season premiere)

Tuesday, Oct. 13
Chicago Fire –  (season premiere)

Friday, Oct. 16
People Are Talking –  (series premiere)

Friday, Oct. 30
Grimm –  (season premiere)

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Chicago Med –  (series premiere)

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