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by Donald Petersen
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: If they're going to remake a movie...
Replies: 130
Views: 24990

Heh... one last Carpenter tidbit. I found this quote on his IMDb bio page:

"In France, I'm an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain; a genre film director; and, in the USA, a bum."
by Donald Petersen
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Digital TV Conversion
Replies: 26
Views: 6802

I think there was also a certain degree of deception wherein realtors may have pressed some buyers into taking on subprime mortgages by assuring them that when the mortgage matured to the point that the higher payments would need to kick in, the value of the house would have appreciated so much that...
by Donald Petersen
Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: If they're going to remake a movie...
Replies: 130
Views: 24990

I basically hate Carpenter's movie - beyond its camp value. It DOES have some good moments. But, for me, too much of it is simply stupid. I obviously disagree. I don't think it's the most cerebral horror flick out there, but I don't think it aims to be, either. There was the potential for Carpenter...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: If they're going to remake a movie...
Replies: 130
Views: 24990

I don't think your devotion to Carpenters flick will provoke a lynch mob here, but I suppose you know there's a MASSIVE crowd out there who'd fight you to the end on that one. Oh, sure. I know The Thing From Another World has its devoted fans, just as I know Carpenter has his detractors. FWIW, I do...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:10 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: All Just Fodder for Youtube
Replies: 5
Views: 3067

Lots of companies are getting more proactive at pulling down copyrighted material on YouTube. A favorite band of mine, Rhino Bucket, has a MySpace page, with some of their old (early 90s) music videos embedded via YouTube. But when you click on them, all you get is the text "This video is no lo...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Digital TV Conversion
Replies: 26
Views: 6802

Personally, I can't see why the transition should be delayed. So a couple million people won't miss next week's American Idol ? Hey, when the signal craps out for good, maybe someone will pick up a magazine instead, or walk the dog, or stimulate the economy by finally dragging their lazy ass out to ...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:26 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: If they're going to remake a movie...
Replies: 130
Views: 24990

If I were to give the Godzilla remake a generous 2 stars, I'd STILL be giving the former a "BOMB" rating. I'm with you. Awful as it was, I was at least momentarily entertained while sitting through Godzilla . But then, I was prepared to be a very easy audience for that one. But throughout...
by Donald Petersen
Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:43 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Frank's pop culture minute.
Replies: 1805
Views: 128386

(c) having a name like "McG." His middle name (and mother's maiden name) is McGinty. I guess he knew there might be more than a little danger of being labelled "The Not-So-Great McGinty." And apparently "Joseph McGinty Nichol" ain't flashy enough for a Charlie's Angels...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: So, what recent comics/graphic novel would YOU recommend?
Replies: 22
Views: 7158

FWIW, most of the objections that have kept studios from following through with Preacher have been based upon the rather extreme blasphemy involved. On its deepest cosmological level, it really isn't any more blasphemous than, say, Pullman's The Amber Spyglass . But a part of me doubts that that thi...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: So, what recent comics/graphic novel would YOU recommend?
Replies: 22
Views: 7158

Preacher is another one of those comics that, like Watchmen , has been in and out of movie development for years. For a while, it looked like Garth Ennis himself would script it. Then, last year, it looked like it would be an HBO series scripted by Mark Steven Johnson (of Ghost Rider and Elektra fa...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: So, what recent comics/graphic novel would YOU recommend?
Replies: 22
Views: 7158

No doubt. I guess it is somewhat appalling how my idea of libraries is so firmly rooted in the mid-twentieth century, even though I'm not yet forty.
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: So, what recent comics/graphic novel would YOU recommend?
Replies: 22
Views: 7158

Mark, if your local library carries Preacher , then I'll be quite impressed. I do love public libraries in the abstract, though I haven't had occasion to set foot in one in years and years... my memories of them feature card catalogs, spectacles on chains, beanbag chairs in the kids' section, and no...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: If they're going to remake a movie...
Replies: 130
Views: 24990

I have the enthusiasm, but none of the professionalism. Unfortunately, Eisner and Ross seem to have the exact opposite problem. I've run into that syndrome before. About twelve years ago I worked on a TV-movie remake of House of Frankenstein . Now, the original isn't exactly the shiniest gem in Uni...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: If they're going to remake a movie...
Replies: 130
Views: 24990

Why are old masterpieces always remade, but crap rarely so? I think I know the answer, but I need to blow off steam anyway. . . Well, I suppose the best reason for remaking a good movie would be similar to the logic behind mounting a revival production of a beloved old play: let's see what Modern J...
by Donald Petersen
Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:02 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Original Opening Day for New Star Trek
Replies: 39
Views: 9055

Heh... all that new Enterprise-under-construction needs is a spring-loaded kickstand and the image will be complete!

No snow down here on Montana St., but we can easily see it up the hill from us. Not as much this week as we had last month, though.

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