Notes from the Manager
Slowly getting back on track after the move (and Chicago Comic Con)…
If you didn't know there was a remake of Fright Night out this weekend you can watch it below:
I think looks surprisingly great: a strong cast, a solid-looking story, and crossbows — not to mention the fact that it's Craig Gillespie's follow-up to Lars & the Real Girl (which I absolutely love). Dr. Who fans will also be delighted to hear that while David Tennant is pretty scarce in the trailer, he wears leather pants in the film and apparently steals every scene he's in.
So are you going to check out Fright Night this weekend, or Conan the Barbarian, or Spy Kids 4 (yeah right), or something else entirely?
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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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