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#137: Spidey’s Got Bright Eyes

May 9, 2007

Notes from the Manager

No, I don't think Spider-Man 3 "sucks," unlike a lot of excessively vocal, whiny fanboys on the interweb. Although there are several really stupid plot points that drag down the movie for me, it was definitely fun to watch: the action is phenomenal, and most of the cheesy stuff is flat-out hilarious (I actually loved the widely-reviled Saturday Night Fever sequence). I only mention this, because every so often, I'll get an e-mail from a reader that forces me to explain (yet again) that my characters are not mouthpieces for my own opinions — even Jason, who does admittedly parrot my own opinions of movies most often, but still not all the time....

Anyway.

For more of my actual thoughts on Spidey 3, download the latest episode of The Triple Feature Talkcast, featuring myself, Tom Brazelton (Theater Hopper) and Joe Dunn (Joe Loves Crappy Movies)! This one is especially fun, because of all the back-and-forth between us. For once, none of us agreed on a movie! Joe loved it; Tom hated it; and I fell somewhere in the middle, though I definitely leaned more towards the "loved it" end of things than the "hated it" end....


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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

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