If you’re a sketch collector, Matt gets my highest recommendation.
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Did you know that Creed was named one of The 25 Best American Screenplays of the 21st Century by the fine folks at IndieWire? It was and here is what they had to say…
Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington’s “Creed” screenplay is the kind of crowd-pleasing knockout that seems to come along once in a blue moon. Not only does the script manage to tell an authentic origin story of the young and determined Adonis Creed, but it also finds an authentic way to revive Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky and make him the emotional lynchpin of Adonis’ rise to champion boxer. Nothing in “Creed” feels shoehorned in to satisfy “Rocky” fans. The script fights hard to invest you in Adonis’ journey and earn its callbacks to Stallone’s classic. No wonder the moment when Creed runs through the streets of Philadelphia feels like such an invigorated triumph. The script is the very definition of satisfaction. —Zack Sharf
You can see IndieWire’s other choices by clicking here.
A Quiet Place is an inventive, original and scary (without being gory) horror movie. John Krasinski, who co-wrote and directed A Quiet Place, shares how sound and silence were key in making the audience feel tension and better understand characters.
If you haven’t seen A Quiet Place, you should!
Caitlin Busch decided to spend some time Ranking the Top 10 “The Rock” Characters for Syfy.com.
Using just her list, here are two of my favorites. Yeah, just two this time. Busch’s list favored The Rock’s comedy’s and I lean to action. So… here’s the two from her list…
Luke Hobbs, Fast and Furious franchise (2011-present)
Raymond Gaines, San Andreas (2015)
…and then a couple that I think should have made the cut…
Beck, The Rundown (2003)
Driver, Faster (2010)
Me-TV presents 9 Altogether Ooky Facts About John Astin. Here are three of my favorites…
3. He was nominated for an Oscar…
Image: MGM Television
…but it wasn’t for acting. Astin directed the 1968 short film Prelude. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
4. He appeared in ‘West Side Story.’
Image: United Artists
The 1961 musical blockbuster starred box office heavyweights like Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno, but it also featured an uncredited appearance by Astin. The actor appeared as the character Glad Hand, the social worker who kicks off the “Mambo” dance sequence in the gymnasium.
5. He appeared as The Riddler on ‘Batman.’
Most people associate the devious villain with Frank Gorshin. But Astin also put on the green tights and purple mask in the season two episodes “Batman’s Anniversary” and “A Riddling Controversy.”
Kimberly Pierce created an excellent piece for Syfy.com on how George Reeves’ Superman Helped Create TV and Superhero Fandom. George Reeves as Superman was my gateway into the world of Superheroes.
Well done, Ms. Pierece.
Louisa Mellor at Flipboard came up with her list of The Walking Dead‘s 21 Most Shocking Deaths So Far. Mellor’s list is a good one and a tribute to the number of truly shocking death’s in The Walking Dead‘s eight seasons.
As I was going through the list, I had to keep refining to come up with my top three…
Shane’s death is one of The Walking Dead’s most memorable exits. Andrew Lincoln and Jon Bernthal held nothing back in their performances as former partners turned mortal enemies. Rick’s gambit with the gun—pretending to hand it to Shane then stabbing him in the heart with a knife—was a shock as great as the one little Carl faced when he arrived on the scene and took in what had happened.
Glenn Rhee and Abraham Ford
Perhaps this entry should belong solely to Abraham, as most people were expecting Glenn to follow his comic book counterpart and fall foul of Negan’s baseball bat. The brutality of Glenn’s death though, with its truly stomach-churning prosthetics and make-up, made it no less shocking than the unexpected addition of Sgt Ford. As punishment for their attack on the Savior satellite outpost, Negan famously beat Abraham to death after a massively publicised season six cliff-hanger. When Daryl punched Negan in retaliation, he provoked the Savior leader into additionally murdering Glenn.
The Walking Dead audience, or what’s left of it, had an entire midseason break to get used to the idea that Carl Grimes was a goner. We all saw the bite-mark, we all knew what it meant. Even if you’d ignored the set leaks and behind-the-scenes rumours, it was clear that in a world without a cure, that boy was no more.
Somehow though, having that certainty made it no less surprising when that final gunshot signifying Carl’s suicide rang out from the destroyed church. They finally really did it, those maniacs! A character we’d known since the pilot had breathed his last.
It was hard to not include Sasha’s death in my top three. Also, although the death didn’t make Mellor’s list, I would have included Shane killing Otis!
Matt Childers is “comic book artist, illustrator, designer, sometimes writer and most of all a storyteller.” I first became aware of Matt through a story that he drew called Dick Ruby and the Case of the Little Green Men (written by Brett Harris). That led me to other of Matt’s comics and commissions. I was hopeful that Matt would be up for a Stallone sketch. As you can see, he was.
I liked it so much, I immediately requested a Childers’ Jack Carter. You’ll see that here next weekend.
If you’re a sketch collector, Matt gets my highest recommendation.
Guy Vizard has come up with a list of 10 TV Show Revivals We Want to See. From his list, I’d like to see the return of…
3rd Rock From the Sun
Starring John Lithgow, French Stewart, Kristen Johnston, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, and Jane Curtin, this show — about a team of extra-terrestrials sent on an observation mission to Earth and disguised as a mid-western family — was great. It ran from ’96-’01, and presented wonderful writing and performances every week. To bring back one of the funniest casts of all time would be a challenge, but oh so worth it. The Solomons could find a new reason or assignment to come back to Earth. Perhaps they escaped their home planet and are being hunted by The Big Giant Head? Maybe Dick just can’t forget the love of Mary and must return. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Tommy would have to be retired by now, which could be a great running gag. Think Frank from Always Sunny…, but in a 37-year-old body. It would be worth it just to get Jane Curtin back to continue to prove she’s one of the funniest actors of all time. So far, there has been no word of a revival of 3rd Rock.
Why this ever left in the first place is a downright mystery. Saturday nights on TNT, from 1993 – 2000, host Joe Bob Briggs (who began hosting in ’95) would introduce monster movies of all kinds, sometimes include guests, and pop in between commercial breaks for some quips and silliness. Always at least a double feature! For many, it was an introduction to the classics, like the original Clash of the Titans all the way to the obscure ones like Night of the Lepus. Usually on a theme or genre (sci-fi, slashers, kaiju, etc.) He would have a “Drive-In Total” review filled with the most important aspects of each movie like body count, number of breasts, explosions, drug usage, and any exceptionally brutal kills. If Mystery Science Theater 3000 can make a come back, then surely this can. Briggs still hosts his own live events in New York. Bring him back. In fact, we can all help bring him back. You can sign a petition on Joe’s website to help bring MonsterVision to the streaming service, Shudder TV.
- Tales From the Crypt
With the success of Black Mirror and the recently announced Twilight Zone reboot headlined by Jordan Peele, the time is right for this schlocky fright fest to return. M. Night Shyamalan has been trying to bring this classic (’89-’96) anthology series to TNT for a year, now. It’s been stuck in development hell. Apparently, the rights structure surrounding the series is “one of the most complicated… I’ve ever seen in my career” according to Turner Entertainment chief creative officer Kevin Reilly. They’re waiting to hopefully revisit the property after it all gets cleaned up. Too bad, but maybe it’s a blessing, as it should really be on a channel where they can show the gore that needs to be had. Bring hot new stars into fresh stories every week, and see them die in horrible ways. Surely young writers and directors would jump at the chance to work on some of these. Also, bring back John Kassir and his trademark laugh as the crypt-keeper, bad puns and all.
Three shows that didn’t make the list that I’d like to see revivals of include…
Justified: Who doesn’t want more exploits of US Marshall Raylin Givens (with occasional appearances of Boyd Crowder)?
The Shield: What is Vince Mackey up to these days?
The Strain: Take us back and tell the tale of others living through the Vampire Apocalypse.
Bradley Russell’s From The Rock to Dave Bautista, Here’s the 10 Best Wrestlers-Turned-Actors piece for GamesRadar was a fun read and it got me to thinking…
Shouldn’t Stone Cold Steve Austin have been rated higher than 10?
Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin both had their best performances in a Stallone movie!
Did you catch Kevin Nash’s cameo in John Wick?
Does anyone besides Bradley Russell think that Jesse Ventura’s best move was The Running Man? Ventura was in Predator!
Dwayne The Rock Johnson is #1 and should be. I also want to see for the record that Johnson’s crime film Faster is very under-rated.
While Russell’s list is a good one, there has been a major oversight. Terry Funk was left off!
How could any list of Professional Wrestlers Turned Actors omit the man who played Franky the Thumper?