No one could ever claim that the 1980s was the first decade to address the theory of time travel. As any steam punk aficionado would be happy to share, HG Wells put the idea to paper damn near a century before Ronald Reagan took office. No one could even claim that the idea itself hasn’t gone back to the days of cave dwelling. If you can say that you wouldn’t go back in time to change at least once thing, you’re lying to yourself. For shame! All of that being said, when it comes to time travel, not many decades have done it as well as the 1980s. From The Terminator to Time Bandits to Back to the Future, and a dozen more, there are few silver screen flicks that bring back that sense of wonder, hope, and nostalgia that the 80s time traveling films carried along with them. Among those brilliant stories, and with no disrespect to Marty McFly, stand two of the most excellent dudes to ever surf the time stream: Bill S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan – You may know them better by their band name, Wyld Stallyns. In case that still isn’t ringing any bells, here’s a quick refresher. (more…)
It was recently announced, that Hasbro will be producing a massive 4ft Playset of Jabba’s sail barge from Star Wars Return of the Jedi and selling it at a not no modest price of $499.99. It will be the most expansive action figure sets Hasbro has released in their history of making Star Wars merchandise. The pending release of this vast vehicle has toy enthusiast all a flutter and feeling very nostalgic. Imagine being a kid in the 80’s and having such a monumental play thing for your action figures? Well, no need to imagine… ’cause the 80’s were awesome. That decade was the pinnacle era for action figures and the vehicles and toysets to go with them. Some had one, some had all, and others had none but here’s a trip down memory lane to remember the biggest and best action figure playsets from the 80’s.
Oh, and for anyone that may still own one or more of these plastic marvels, may be entitled to a windfall of cash. (more…)
Given the sheer amount of quality television available these days, there’s simply no excuse for settling for endless reruns of Futurama, no matter how great that show is. It doesn’t matter what your preferred genre is, there’s a hidden TV gem just waiting to capture your imagination.
These are the smaller shows that tend to get lost in the cultural conversation while everyone is theorizing about what’s going to happen in the final season of Game of Thrones. The series on this list have been quietly cultivating passionate audiences in the shadow of TV giants like The Walking Dead and Westworld. And it’s time more viewers start paying attention to just how good they are.
The two things that these shows all have in common is an undeniable cool factor and a desperate need for more people to fall in love with them. These TV gems are all streaming somewhere out there in the wilds of the internet, which means you’re just a few clicks away from discovering your next favorite show.
Now, prepare to fall in love, because these 10 underrated shows are just that good! (more…)
When you look at lists of the greatest driving movies ever, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hollywood doesn’t make films about cars any more. Typically dominated by classics like The Driver (1978), Bullitt (1968) Duel and Vanishing Point (both 1971), it might seem like the genre peaked decades ago. So, we thought it was about time to set the record straight. Yes, no matter how many imitations come along it’s unlikely that the original films will ever be knocked from pole position, but here are ten films from
this millennium that could give them a run for their money. (more…)
If Star Wars: The Force Awakens taught us anything, it’s that there’s no “happily every after” in the Star Wars universe. Empires fall, but they rise again. And like empires, republics rise and fall again. A cynic would add, “Especially not when there’s tens of billions of dollars to be made from Stars Wars fans, diehard or otherwise,” but cynicism has no place – or at least shouldn’t have a place – when it comes to writer-director Rian Johnson’s (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) follow-up, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the middle chapter in a third trilogy that will eventually span nine films. Temporarily borrowing the directing reins from J.J. Abrams (Abrams will direct the ninth and presumably final entry in the Skywalker Saga), Johnson has succeeded beyond even the highest expectations, delivering a Star Wars not for 2017, not for 2019, but for a soon-to-be-classic that will rightly take its place with A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back as the best the Star Wars franchise has to offer. (more…)
Sometimes it’s hard to speak as a man. However, just because I am not “a part” of an affected group doesn’t mean I don’t have empathy.
In the wake of ousted sexual predator and now former powerful producer Harvey Weinstein, comes hordes of women sharing the two heaviest little words in history – #MeToo.
A rally cry started by Alyssa Milano (Who’s The Boss? She da boss!) to encourage woman to speak up and speak out – a showing of solidarity for all those who have been sexual assaulted in their lives. As of this posting that hashtag has gone viral with an astounding 12M Facebook posts and counting. (more…)
The NeverEnding Story (1984) is a rare breed. There’s not many fantasy films and even less that are as good as The NeverEnding Story. It’s a beautiful film. The music is brilliant (hear The NeverEnding Story song and good luck getting it out of your head) and the story is magical. The lush scenery, sets, use of practical effects, and, of course, the colorful cast of memorable characters were so wildly imaginative and spellbinding. Least not bit of all, the message behind this film. That message being “to keep fantasy alive”. Without our dreams, without imagination, without a heart, without caring for others… humanity basically doesn’t have a reason to exist, we would be we would nothing (just like the evil force in the movie). Given that geek culture is all those things, that message evokes such a moving and lasting impression.
30 plus years later, you may be interested to know these 7 facts about The NeverEnding Story. (more…)
That’s right, 69 years. In an era when half of all marriages end in divorce, nearly seven decades of marriage is almost incomprehensible. Except to the Lees. Stan and Joan Lee got married in 1947, and were together through thick and thin. Without Joan, there would have been no Marvel Universe, because it was her challenge to Stan to write a comic he was proud of that resulted in the Fantastic Four. Otherwise, Stan Lee might have been another failed novelist instead of the godfather or a multimedia empire. It’s just one reason why we’re sad to report tonight that Joan Lee has passed away at 93. (more…)
Wonder Woman has just unlocked the achievement of losing less than 50 per cent of its opening weekend gross on its just completed second weekend of release, so there’s really no denying that this is the critical, commercial, and cultural turning point that Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have been looking for. With many questions lingering about the fate and future of the DCEU, let’s look at five things to consider going forward as to how Wonder Woman may impact the future of this shared universe. (more…)
An icon of nerd culture and the man behind easily the most distinctive and unique Batman portrayals ever broadcast, Adam West will always have a special place in hearts of people all over the world. As well as being at the core of all the camp and colourful nostalgia of nerd culture, he was famously cheerful and friendly, not to mention pro-active well past the age at which many people retire. Today it was announced by a representative of the West family that, at the age of 88, Adam West has died after “after a short battle with leukemia”. (more…)