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Thursday hit as one of those rare beast days where my regularly scheduled Needless Things piece dropped at the same time as one of my Gruesome Magazine pieces. Interestingly, they both have roots in Japan. One looks at a classic kaiju film version of an iconic American monster while the other looks at the modern Japanese take on the ravenous undead.

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I’m going to swing over into the boss’s territory today and cover a little bit of 2017 toy news. It’s a subject I don’t dive into very often, but, hey, it’s LEGO and I’m a LEGO kind of guy. It’s one of the few toys that really had an impact on me as a child, and it’s really the only toyline I still regularly purchase anything from for myself to this day. Plus, I have kids who have become LEGO fans, so I can always excuse the larger purchases to my wife as something for the wee ones to enjoy.

LEGO has over the years gone from a line of exclusively basic, generic building sets to a line filled with original sets and multiple lines of licensed products. You can go out there right now and get yourself a Ghostbuster Firehouse, a Beatles Yellow Submarine, Adventure Time fun, Star Wars action, and even a little Doctor Who adventures in time and space on top of a huge number of original, LEGO owned concept series sets. But, as much as I love some of the other stuff, I have to admit to being a superhero guy, and that’s what I’m going to look at here today.

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People say that Hollywood has lost all of its creativity in recent decades. I tend to not agree with that if only because people tend to overrate the level of creativity Hollywood actually used to display. But there’s one place where a lack of creativity on Hollywood’s part is truly evident, and that’s in the modern Hollywood movie poster art and lobby card art.

 

I’m going to put on my grumpy old man hat today. I am not going to do the “It was always better back in my day!” routine along with donning that hat though, but only because many of the posters I’m going to use here today are from films that predate my coming kicking and screaming into this world. Plus, the decline in overall poster and lobby card quality started when I was younger, so a lot of the bad is in fact from back in my day.

Have you seen the social media posts poking fun at the Kong: Skull Island posters that look for all the world like rip-offs of the Apocalypse Now movie posters? To a degree it’s funny seeing someone in the promotional department commission posters and lobby cards that so closely (pardon the expression) ape the look of the classic posters, but at least the end result was posters that stand out. They pop when you see them, and they have a fantastic artistic style that makes them stand out like few other posters, lobby cards, and ad images for movies do these days. This is kind of a problem.

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I’ve been contributing to Needless Things for a while now, but I’ve recently become a contributor out the horror themed e-mag Gruesome Magazine as well. My Needless Things pieces drop every Thursday  while my Gruesome Magazine work drops whenever it’s ready. Today both sites had work go live.

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Athena is the story of Carl, a man living with both emotional and physical scars in the wake of his wife’s death. His life is crumbling around him, he’s tormented by dreams of his wife, and he’s turned to means of dealing with his issues that are not all entirely healthy for him; including tuning out the rest of the world. Athena is the story of Emily, a slightly schizophrenic, manic depressive who is doing okay handling her issues. She also seems to care for Carl. Then there is Athena, a voice that starts talking to Carl from inside of his head. Carl may be going mad, but then the voice begins talking to Emily as well. What is Athena? What does she want? Is she trying to help two damaged people, or is she trying to hasten their self-destruction? Athena is an independent film from Image Impact Group, GreySun Productions, the late writer Michael Louis Calvillo, and director Robert W. Filion.

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Invasion UFO

Posted: January 20, 2017 in Movies, Needless Things
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It was the 1970s, and British television icon Gerry Anderson (he of Captain Scarlet and Space: 1999 fame) introduced the world to his vision of Earth fighting a desperate war against an alien invasion in the far future of 1980. The show, called simply enough, UFO, had everything the young and young at heart viewers could possibly want. There were UFOs, aliens, high tech combat vehicles for the Earth’s defense forces, a covert military organization, a moon base, and girls with purple hair.

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This is not exactly new news. As a matter of fact, it’s old enough that it was discussed as a part of the reason we’re seeing a new King Kong film in 2017. We’re getting Kong: Skull Island in part- perhaps in large part –because they want a “shared universe” in order to have King Kong eventually meet the King of Monsters for a big budget, Hollywood battle royal.

Now, I’m not as anti-remake as a lot of other people can be. My attitude towards remakes with regards to potential quality is that they have a no greater or lesser chance at being good than an original film. I don’t do the complaints that remakes always suck, shouldn’t be made, or are never as good as the original, so that’s not what this is about. But I do occasionally wonder what they’re thinking when they decide that they’re going to do a certain property and how they intend to do it. So, along with a bit of a review of the original film, that’s what I’ll be doing here.

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