The Alien franchise is a milestone in the history of sci-fi horror films, and now you can own all four of the original quadrilogy—which excludes Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, though those are somewhat in spin-off territory—for just $8. It’s a solid price to add whichever Alien films are your favorite to your collection without having to bicker about which ones those are. … [Read more...] about Thursday’s Best Deals: BABY YODA, Free Bacon For Life, RAVPower Charger, and More
8) Spider-Man Noir could’ve spoken like an old-timey radio announcer. In a section of the book dedicated to the other Spider-heroes Peter and Miles find convened at RIPeter’s former secret base, one of the cutest notes is a page of little doodles from artist Vi-Dieu Ngyuen, hashing out ideas for Spider-Man Noir’s characterization. That includes the note that his voice could potentially just sound like he’s a clipped news announcer on a wireless radio, or quote iconic phrases from Depression-era history. Please imagine, and then rejoice, at the idea of Nic Cage trying to do an old-fashioned radio voice. … [Read more...] about 8 of the Coolest Details We Learned From
Here’s my ideal superhero movie: We open on a busy city street. An unattended little girl steps out into the road. A truck barrels down on her… and she’s gone, whisked away by a mysterious red blur. We follow the blur as it moves through the city, foiling bank robberies, stopping disasters, and doing it all at lightning speed. Finally, it comes to a stop in an alley behind a police station. The figure reaches up to pull off its iconic red mask, revealing Big-era Tom Hanks as The Flash. With all due respect to The CW’s Grant Gustin (who’s great) and Warner Bros.’ Ezra Miller (who’ll probably be fine), I can’t imagine anyone capturing the geeky, cheerful charm of Barry Allen better than a late-’80s, early-’90s Hanks. Of all the big superheroes, The Flash is the one who’s always seemed like he’s having the most fun while he’s at it, and that’s something the Hanks of yesteryear could basically do in his … [Read more...] about What’s your “if only they were younger” dream casting?
Miami Vice’s hoary side was present from the outset. It was there in an early scene from the pilot in which Jimmy Smits, as Crockett’s police partner, is presented as so sympathetically likable that it’s a safe bet he’s not long for this show. (If he wasn’t going to be killed early on, they’d have made him the lead.) It’s in the way that Crockett and the rogue New York cop Tubbs start out with an adversarial relationship, then bond over their shared sense of mourning and need for revenge: Tubbs’ brother was killed by the drug lord Calderone, the same slimeball responsible for the death of Crockett’s partner. These well-worn touches, which must have seemed reassuring to hardened TV viewers, don’t grate they way they would in a show that was less visual and visceral and heavier on the exposition. But the stinginess with character information helps take the curse off them. So do those moments when the terse writing tells viewers … [Read more...] about The “MTV cops” of
Daemon Voices: On Stories And Storytelling by Philip Pullman (September 18, Knopf) Daemon Voices will appeal foremost to writers, as author Philip Pullman devotes most of the book to the peculiar art of writing and storytelling. But fans of his work, especially the His Dark Materials trilogy, will find insight and wit in this memoir even if they’re not storytellers themselves. Each chapter is a speech Pullman gave in the past, edited for the page and capped with a note from present-day Pullman ruminating on his lecture or sharing how his thoughts have evolved since he gave it. Because his inspiration is so varied, recurring themes in On Storytelling include phase space, Heinrich von Kleist’s “On The Marionette Theatre,” and image schemas, as well as the more writing-centric ideas of woods (world-building) and the path (the story), and Pullman’s brilliantly simple deconstruction of writing including two parts: the “writing it down” part and the … [Read more...] about My Struggle