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TV / Movies Fact or Fiction
The Meg, ALF, Batman, Buffy and More
August 12, 2018
Welcome to the first ever Fact or Fiction, Movies and TV edition. I went over to 411mania, a great site, to see if the questions for their music FoF had been posted yet. That’s where I get the majority of the questions for these Fact or Fiction posts. I use their questions, give them the credit of course and provide my own answers. It’s a fun little way to get material and provide some Dougie insight on the world of music and wrestling. So what was I saying? I went to look for the Music edition and it wasn’t there. For the second week in a row, it’s a no-show. And then I noticed that over in the TV & music section of the site, there is something new. There is a Fact or Fiction column. Well, it’s not music, but I can definitely work with this. I like movies. I like TV. And so here you go. Today, I’ll do a special double-sized column with two weeks of statements and my opinions for each. And starting next week, for so long as it lasts, I guess we’ll do be doing a TV / Movie edition of FoF here at the site now too. Sounds like a plan to me so let’s can the chit chat and get busy. Let’s do this…
The Meg looks to be fun action film to finish out the summer with.
FICTION: A giant shark attacks a submarine and the folks inside are trapped at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, looking for a savior and hero to come save them from the toothy beast in the form of Jason Statham. How can it not be good? Actually, it sounds kind of cheesy and stupid to me. Shark movies? Jaws was good, the original one. Every one since then, not so much. It’ll be at the box office for a few weeks, bomb and then become a cult favorite on Netflix or video. I won’t be wasting my time with it though.
Warner Bros.’ plan to develop an ALF reboot series is a bad idea.
FICTION: Hell, I thought the original series was pretty damn dumb and a bad idea so what the hell do I know? It’s just nostalgic enough and stupid enough that it’ll probably be a big, big hit and the kids of today will be all excited about this “new show” that they just learned of. Original ideas in Hollyweird are fewe and far between these days and reboots are the lastest craze so what the hell, go for it. Make lots of money pushing a series starring a wannabe muppet that eats cats. What could possibly go wrong with that?
Sony’s plans for a Kraven the Hunter movie will fail unless they can get Spider-Man involved.
FICTION: Kraven was a fairly decent character in Marvel comics and though as super villains go, he was a bit on the “eh” side of things, if the script and story are good, the movie might do well too. Spiderman wasn’t the only foe that Kraven ever battled against, fighting Kazar and Daredevil on occasion as well. He’s got a history and back-story and it can be an interesting story to tell if told correctly. I think this will be a wait and see, but I’m feeling fairly optimistic about this movies chances, if not at the box-office, then at least internationally and in video release afterwards.
Patrick Stewart returning to Star Trek is the best thing to happen to the franchise in years.
FACT: Is there still even a series going on or is it just the movies now? Whatever! Patrick Stewart is a big freakin’ deal and if he’s returning to do something with the franchise, resurrecting his role as Piccard, it definitely falls under the category of something good.
Matt Reeves has the right idea with his Batman film by not basing it on an existing comic book storyline.
FACT: Batman is a great character, but sometimes the movies seem to be held down and lacking due to the restrictions of having to stay loyal to this story or that character or whatever. Reeves is starting with a clean slate where it’s a new Batman, a new series and a new beginning. If the story is well written, well directed and well acted, the sky is the limit. They’ve taken off the handcuffs and given Reeves a chance to run with the ball in a new direction and it’s definitely the best thing for the movie and the character in a long, long time.
A legal thriller take on 24 without Jack Bauer is destined to fail.
FICTION: If the show is well done, well written and tells good stories, it’ll do fine regardless of if Jack Bauer is there or not. And if it’s not good, it’ll fail. End of story and ‘Nuff said!
The Darkest Minds looks like it could rise above the last several young adult franchise adaptations.
FICTION: I don’t know what The Darkest Minds is and don’t really feel like looking it up. I don’t follow the “young adult” genre as I’m not a young adult anymore. I have seen the trailer a couple of times and it just kind of seemed “eh” to me and didn’t really make any kind of impression. The movie may or may not do well, but regardless, unless it shows up on Netflix and I’m really bored, I’ll never see it.
The Shazam and Aquaman trailers give you hope the that DC is on the right path for their cinematic universe.
FICTION: The Aquaman trailer kind of sucks, but the Shazam trailer looks like it could be a really fun movie, but then again, DC has been really good about making exciting movie trailers only to come out with a movie that isn’t quite as good or up to par. Remember Suicide Squad? The trailers were awesome, but the movie was a convulated mess and confusing as hell. Same with the Justice League movie and the Batman vs Superman movie too. Only Wonder Woman seems to have escaped the DC movie curse. I’m not sure why it is that DC can make such excellent TV shows with their characters, but when it comes to making movies, they always manage to totally screw everything up. I hope DC is finally on the right track, but I’m not going to hold my breath in anticipation.
You’re excited for Netflix’s Locke & Key adaptation.
FACT: I’m not really familiar with these characters so I had to go do a quick look-see on Wikipedia and they look like they could be fun and interesting characters to work with and create a series about. I’ll hold my final judgement until the series is released, but the characters are strong and I love comic book adaptions made into TV shows and movies (unless they suck). I’ll give it a shot when it comes out.
Disney will eventually hire James Gunn back once the furor over his controversial old tweets has died down.
FICTION: They should never have fired him in the first place, but in these crazy times of act first before thinking in order to not offend anyone and be politically correct, Disney jumped the gun and over-reacted. The tweets, while not really funny, are nothing worse than any stand-up comic of the past twenty years or anything we regularly see on Facebook, especially if you’re friends with Papa… lol. James Gunn is a great writer and director and is well liked so he’ll be fine and never lacking for work regardless of what Disney decides to do, but for Disney to rehire him would be to admit that they screwed up and were wrong. A corporation like Disney admitting that they were wrong and doing the right thing? It’s never going to happen.
Rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a bad idea, even with Joss Whedon involved.
FICTION: I’m not really big on this idea, but I’m going to wait and see before I get all upset and butt-hurt. If it was the original cast coming back as their middle-aged selves, to fight vampires once again, etc., that probably wouldn’t work. I wouldn’t mind a made-for-TV type movie that has a one-time gathering of the original cast and characters to close the book on the Sunnydale Scoobies once and for all. That would be okay. But this series is supposedly in the same original “Buffyverse”, but it’s twenty years since Buffy and the Scoobies closed the Hellmouth and it picks up as things are today with a new slayer and new characters. That could work, especially if they use a few of the older original characters such as Xander or Cordelia to link the two different times and groups. If it was just let’s recast and make a new Buffy, Willow, Anya, Giles, etc, I’d say hell no, but if done correctly, this could be decent. We’ll just have to wait and see.
You’re not willing to pay $7.99 a month (or $74.99 a year) for the DC Universe streaming service.
FACT: Most of the best DC stuff is already on free, Network TV and most of the movies, as I said earlier, suck. If I had money to throw away and lots of free time, I may consider it and give a DC service a chance, but from what I’ve seen so far, there isn’t enough good there to make me want to part with my money. I’ve always been more of a Marvel guy anyhow.
And I guess that’s all for now. This was long, but starting next Sunday, it’ll be more of the FoF TV & Movies, but only with the average six questions instead of twelve. Thank you for reading. Thoughts & comments are welcome. Contact me here at the site or at my e-mail, Doug28352@yahoo.com. Until the next time, take care of yourselves and I’ll see you at the movies.