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Fantasy Cast – “What If” #1

It may be somewhat delayed, but here it is, as promised…. another addition to my ‘Fantasy Cast’-category. And what object have I chosen to cast, you might wonder? Well, since you asked… and this may/may not be appropriate seeing as the third installment of the franchise is currently (still?) in the works, but I thought to myself; “What if they were to remake Ghost Busters, how would that look?”, and so, here’s a quick Fantasy Cast for just that, the Ghost Busters.

As the original Ghost Busters, (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson) set the standard (in my book) when it comes to chemistry between an ensemble cast and I think it’ll be pretty hard to find that again, but let’s give it a shot, shall we…

Bill Murray Venkman Dylan O'BrienFirst off, we have the character Peter Venkman, a crass character with a goofy side note, brought to life in a surreal way by Bill Murray back in 1984. Who, today, could even Possibly fill those shoes? The one that struck my mind in an instant, was Dylan O’Brien. Probably best known for his work on Teen Wolf, O’Brien shows us time and again, that he can be just as goofy as our old Murray (although not as great, but no one man is), but also that when push comes to shove, he brings a seriousness to the table just like anyone else and I think he can be a great Peter Venkman if given a chance. Yes, he may be a bit young, but hey…. you don’t really think they’ll reboot the franchise in at least 10-15 years, do you?

Dan Aykroyd Stantz John KrasinskiNext up, we have the dynamic and somewhat derailing character of Raymond Stantz, originally portrayed by Dan Aykroyd (he sure brings the blues, doesn’t he?). Who out there today, can give us just as good a Stantz that Aykroyd gave us? Well, for me, this choice is as easy as sleeping when I’m tired. The Office’s own John Krasinski is and will always be the only choice for this character. Not only does he remind me of a young Aykroyd, but he’s just a fantastic actor as aforementioned as well. Krasinski for Stantz, he’ll definitely get my vote!

Harold Ramis Spengler James McAvoyThirdly we have Egon Spengler, originally played by the now late (and most definitely Great) Harold Ramis. He’s quirky, goofy, professional and very funny, all mixed into one and this, my friends, would be the biggest shoes to fill (no, not just because Ramis’ passing) and the person I feel can do it proper, is none other than Professor Xavier himself, James McAvoy. We’ve all seen what he can do on screen and there’s not a doubt in my mind that he would deliver the best Egoooooon!’s today!

Ernie Hudson Zeddmore Anthony MackieAnd lastly, we’ve arrived at the fourth and final Ghost Buster, Winston Zeddmore, played brilliantly by Ernie Hudson. Sure, some might say that his character is just that, how to put it… token black guy, but I think that the film would be completely different without it, and that difference would be a negative one, for sure. But who to place in this “token black guy” part? Personally, I wouldn’t go with anyone else but Anthony Mackie. One quick look at his resumè and the recent upswing in his career, he is the perfect choice. Some might call Michael B. Jordan a better choice but no, for me it’s Mackie all the way.

As they say, better late than never, so here it is for your reading pleasure. What do you guys think of my choices? Let me know and maybe we’ll have a busting discussion? And on a side note, there will be a review of sorts later today on the movie Edge of Tomorrow, so tune in again tonight for some more goodies. But until then…..

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Robocop 2014 – A remake “review”..

Robocop 2014 PosterWow, it’s been a while. But in what better way to boot things back up again, then to take a look at the latest installment of the (now of annoying proportions) trend that is Remakes. Yes, you guessed it. I’m talking about Robocop.

The definitive 80’s action-flick has now gone under the remake-treatment…. and the verdict? Oh yeah, I’m definitely recommending this one, no doubt about it and I’m also pretty sure that I’ll be going to see it at least once more before it stops showing. Why? Because it was just that awesome! Sure it had its flaws, but I dare you to name a remake that didn’t. Couldn’t think of one? I thought so! But enough about that, let’s talk about the movie as it is…

First off, when I saw the first trailer, I got a mixed bag of feelings toward the movie. I felt that it had the potential to be a hit, or it could tank completely. The main thing that worried me was the fact that they made him black (“Make him more tactical, make him more… let’s go with black”). My initial reaction was, WHAT?! NO!!, but… it worked. Another thing that made me crinch was that he was riding a motorcycle. Robo’ shouldn’t ride a motorcycle, he should be burning rubber, bouncing his way out of the garage. But, again… it worked. It was actually pretty damn awesome!

Another thing I felt kinda unnecessary was the “Novak Element”, the Sam. Jackson-portions of the film. It did draw some necessity from the political aspect of the plot, but I do feel that the film in itself could have been just as good without it, I have to say. Never the less, it’s always fun to see Samuel L. Jackson on screen (even though he is in everything). “But how did the movie stand in comparison to the original?” you ask? Well, honestly… I’d say it can stand proud. Sure, it could never take its place as a cult classic, but (as long as it’s a hit at the box office) it will definitely spawn a new franchise of its own, I’m sure of it…

Joel Robocop

I also have to say that, even though Peter Weller was a fantastic Robocop (no, not just because he was THE Robocop), my countryman Joel Kinnaman did one hell of a job in both his role as detective Alex Murphy and Robocop. Without a single shred of doubt in my mind, Kinnaman is on the verge of exploding into Superstardom, and I can’t wait to see him in more blockbusters like this!

Well, you know me, I’m not for prolonging anyone’s experiences by drawing stuff out to the extreme, so I’ll conclude this “review” with these words; If you haven’t had the chance to see this film, I highly suggest that you do, as soon as you possibly can, because it was well worth the otherwise overly priced ticket.

So, until next time…. how are you?


Rob Zombie’s Halloween

2013 Horror-a-thon banner

Halloween PosterThe day has finally arrived… Halloween. And what better way to celebrate this dark holiday than to watch just that? Not much, I’d say. So, for this years Horror-a-thon, I’ve chosen to watch Rob Zombie’s Halloween instead of the original. Why? Because I think it’s a much better film, that’s why. And I know that the original Halloween is a classic and that it broke a lot of ground when it comes to slasher-flicks, but I just can’t stand the original (and most of its sequels). I’m fully aware of what people will think about that statement but I stand by it. The original stands proud with a 7.9 IMDB-score and a 94% Fresh on Rotten in comparison to the remake’s 6.0 and 25%, but ratings isn’t everything…. which you all know. Anyway, the remake was written and directed by Rob Zombie and it stars Malcom McDowell as Dr. Loomis, Brad Douriff as Sheriff Brackett, Scout Taylor-Compton as Laurie and Tyler Mane as Michael Myers, as well as Daeg Faerch as Michael at age 10. But on to the movie then, shall we..

Young Michael MyersWe all know the story of Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode and her friends on Halloween night and Zombie’s remake doesn’t change anything specific about that, but what it does is, it gives us a greater insight in “Why” Michael goes on this killing spree. The first 40 minutes or so is focused on Michael as a young boy, living with his mother, an older sister, a baby sister and a stepfather, where we see him being bullied, both in school and at home. The first thing in this movie that really sticks with you, is something everyone that have ever been bullied has thought about at least once in their lives…. taking out revenge on the bully (I’m pretty sure some of them did more than just think about it, too). And Michael does just that. He whacks the kid with a branch and when the bully falls down, Michael keeps on whacking him into a bloody pulp. Later on, he cuts his stepfathers throat, beat his sisters boyfriend to death with a bat and stabs his sister (while wearing the infamous Shatner-mask) seventeen times, leaving only his baby sister and mother alive. Needless to say, he ends up in a sanitarium, where he is put under Dr. Samuel Loomis’ psychiatric care. While in this psych-ward, he begins crafting weird looking masks, telling his mother that they hide his ugliness, and all the while becoming more and more withdrawn, always wearing these masks. After a while, Michael murders a nurse in the sanitarium with a fork, thus setting it straight once and for all… he is a complete psychopath and there is no “curing” him.

Michael Myers hugeWe flash forward 15 years, and we see Michael grown up… and yeah, he grew up BIG! Tyler Mane is one ginormous dude, standing at 6′ 9″(here shown next to Danny Trejo (to the right), standing at 5′ 7″), so the very sight of him is downright scary. For now, verything seems fine and dandy, with Michael pretty much catatonic, only focusing on creating his weird masks. But of course, there’s always that dumb f*cker who doesn’t know any better (in this case, a dumbass redneck hillbilly) who fucks everything up while (with his cousin) raping another patient in Michael’s room, you know, just because that was a great idea…. well, Michael didn’t think so. Yeah, you guessed it, he fucks them up both up, then the real movie begins. He escapes the sanitarium and backtracks to his old home, where he conveniently had stashed away a kitchen knife and the Shatner-mask… oh, for all of you who didn’t know that, the Michael Myers-mask is just a William Shatner-mask painted white. You learn something new every day, don’t ya?….

AMichael Myers 2007 vs 1978nyway, this is where I’m gonna stop dropping spoilers. All I’m going to say about it from now on, is that… being that the mask apparently have been laying under the floorboards for 15 years and change, it’s only natural that it have begun to deteriorate, which I think gave it an incredible new look. Instead of that pale white expressionless mask we’re used to, we now get a creepy, badass, puts-tears-in-your-eyes scary mask that feels just as messed up and freaky that Michael himself really is… Props to Zombie for that one! Both Tyler Mane and Daeg Faerch gave incredible performances as old and young Michael respectively, and Faerch’s performance is even ranked #8 in the “Top 10 Performances From A Child Star In Horror” by Horrornews.

Halloween castAs for the rest of the cast, they did their jobs pretty well. Malcom McDowell’s Dr. Samuel Loomis was really believable but Scout Taylor-Compton’s Laurie Strode was a little dry at times, so it helped that she’s unbelievably easy to look at (yeah… she’s hot)! And of course, you have the alluring Sheri Moon Zombie as Michael’s mother and she does what she always does, she shows her ass. Hey, I ain’t sayin’ that’s a bad thing! But if I were to pluck one actor/actress from this movie’s roster for a performance-award, it would have to go to Brad Dourif for his Sheriff Lee Brackett. If he didn’t have Chucky on his resume, one could almost argue that this is what he was meant for. Oscar-worthy performance, to say the least.

Well what’ya know… I can’t think of anything else to say about this one right now. However, as it is for many other movies, this one is going to be featured in one of my webisodes, where I’ll be compairing them somewhat more in depth with the original, along with both Halloween II as well. So… I guess that’s it for the Horror-a-thon. Yeah, it really is, we made it!

What’ya think? Should I keep doing more horror-reviews, or should I just write whatever I want to write about like before? Please, tell me, I’m anxious to hear YOUR thoughts!

But as of now, I’m gonna go scoop myself a huge bowl of ice cream and eat it while watching a feel-good movie. It’s kinda needed now, after watching almost 85 horror-movies in 31 days. Yeah, didn’t know that did ya, that I watched more than the ones I wrote about? Well I did… and I’m pretty sure I won’t be watching any more scary movies this week or possibly even next week. A Horror-hiatus if you will. But I’ll be back very soon with other delicious movie-related posts, don’t you trouble your little nobs about that. But until then…. which one did you prefer, the 1978 original or the 2007 remake?