Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

   This week we are revisiting an old friend, Fellowship of the Ring. 2001 was a rubbish year, as a matter of fact this movie is the only thing of any good to come out of that dark year. I will say that I was a bit disappointed upon leaving the theater after viewing this film. It was good, but it lacked some of the charm of the book. It wasn’t until the Summer of 2002, when the extended edition came out, that my true love of this movie franchise began to bloom. While there is no replacing the written works of Tolkien in my heart, the interpretation that Peter Jackson gave us was well played even with some of his personal flourishes. This first film is my favorite, perhaps because of it’s focus on a small group of travelers whose bonds grow stronger with every ordeal. We usually screen these films in Autumn, it felt like it was close enough.

   So which one is your favorite? Or are you a Tolkien purist? Let me know 🙂

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)

   I know that I would probably take some fire for admitting this, but I am really enjoying this flick. I knew about Sky Captain when it came out but then it flew under the radar, as it were. While flipping around our Netflix menu, this movie came up, and I thought it might be a fun watch. Well it turns out that I was very right. You see, I totally LOVE Sci-Fi pulp, hyper-reality noir, and the art deco aesthetic. This one as it all. This movie is so fun that I may just purchase a copy for when Netflix takes it out of rotation.

   This movie is definitely going on my favorite pulp science fiction movie list. It’s right up there with “The Shadow“, “The Phantom“, “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze“, “Dick Tracy“, “Flash Gordon“, and ALL four of the Indiana Jones adventures. I am a sucker for a fun period film. Say what you will about my taste in movies, but I do enjoy each one of them.

  Anyways, for a final movie of this Labor Day Weekend this one was the perfect choice. It’s Beautifully done, Fun, and Done in One.

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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight ~ Sneak Peek

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   When DC’s Elseworlds concept was first introduced, it felt like an upscale version of Marvel’s What-If comics. I was all aboard for anything that took my favorite heroes and put them in different settings. THIS next DC animated release has me very excited and I will be pre-ordering it ASAP.

Tonight: Ghostbusters 👻

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   In 1984, I was 14, and I can remember going to the drive-in to see this with my Dad. While I cannot recall specifics of the evening, I know that we had a great time. I was very familiar with Murray & Akroyd even though I had only watched SNL on a few occasions while they were members of the cast. As for Ramis & Moranis… I was all about those two, since I was an SC-TV fan by this point. I am a still a little bummed that John Candy couldn’t be a part of the production, but it all worked out in the end. With the group being rounded out with an anchor who represented the everyday guy being thrust into the madness of busting ghosts, Ernie Hudson was a perfect addition to the team. I still haven’t watched the newest Ghostbusters film, for no other reason than I just haven’t gotten around to it. I will, eventually ☺👍🏽

Disney’s New DuckTales Quacks Me Up!

   DuckTales. This is something that I watched when I was 17. Yep. The stories were entertaining, and I enjoyed the classic Disney animation style. Yet, I am not here to talk about the past. No. I am here to praise the brand new series! The first episode (posted above) is available on YouTube for free. It has convinced Mrs. Multiverse, and myself, that we need to purchase the season on Google Play.

The new art style is inspired, the characters are multidimensional, and the story is amazing.

   But don’t take my word for it 😉

Wolverine and the X-Men

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Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)

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   Today, in the Quantum Cave, we are screening the first few episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men. This is a show that was pulled off of the air far before its time. Well animated, and perfectly plotted, the series took a new spin on an old favorite. It wasn’t a continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, nor was it related to X-Men: Evolution. The only  thing unchanged between this iteration and the previous, Evolution, was the return of Meghan Black as the voice of Rouge. Along with that link to a previous show came the voice of Steven Blum, as Logan, to firmly anchor us into this new reality for the team. His voice gives the show a solid amount of gravitas from the very beginning.

   I won’t get through the entire series today, we have a Back to the Future trilogy marathon planned, so I’ll jump forward and praise the finale. The show ended on such a strong note that it’s even more unfortunate that we didn’t get a second season. No spoilers if you haven’t seen it, but a nod and wink to those who did. Like Young Justice, this one deserves another shot.