From our friends at Amityville Now Michelle Forbes, Aimee Garcia, and Josh Hopkins are not only still with us, they all look virtually the same as they did in 2005—or even better. So go find …
It’s been a while since there’s been a really good disaster movie—in fact, we can’t remember one in recent memory. But next spring’s San Andreas, starring Dwayne “The Rock”Johnson and Carla Gugino, may just break …
We found some films that would make great stocking stuffers and I think our list has something for everyone. And we made it easy for you to order them, just click on an image and buy …
We say this all the time, another weekend of new releases and it’s hard to choose the best, but we thought these were interesting to check out. We are huge fans of Rosario Dawson and …
Michelle Forbes, Aimee Garcia, and Josh Hopkins are not only still with us, they all look virtually the same as they did in 2005—or even better. So go find the lost pilot, re-release it, sign ’em up and let’s get this show on the road, Fox.
So here’s the good news: Warren Ellis’ major mind-melt of a comic, Global Frequency, has been optioned by Fox. Apparently emboldened by the ‘success’ of Gotham and the buzz around comics properties on virtually every other network, they’re forgetting the painful death of Human Target and trying again, with a half-espionage, half-X-Files adventure starring a—get this, it’s pretty original—team of eccentric super-techs led by the most cynical heroine in modern funnybooks, Miranda Zero.
It’s a great idea. It’s just not necessary.
Global Frequency (the comic series) is very good. In fact, along with
Planetary, it may be the best stuff Warren Ellis ever wrote in comics, even a decade and a half later (and yes, even better than The Authority and Transmetropolitan, as good as those were). And one of the great missed opportunities for the last decade is the TV version of Global Frequency that was completed, never shown, and never optioned.
We recently visited a notorious video speakeasy on the seedy side of Toon Town, knocked three times, then twice more, then broke wind, and were admitted to watch a bootleg copy of that long-ago pilot (there, we said it! Such places DO exist!), and here’s what we came away with: this was damn good, and there’s no reason to make it again. Just buy up the pilot and re-hire the major players, and do a sequel. In fact, do a dozen or so sequels and call it a TV series, like that Doctor Who and Orphan Black stuff we’ve heard about.
Consider: we’ve loved Michelle Forbes since she was Ensign Ro on Next Generation. We watched her with great delight in Battlestar Galactica and True Blood and 24; we were awed by her in The Killing and we jumped with virtual delight when we heard she was going to be “Retro Girl” in the upcoming, long overdue adaptation of Powers on HBO. And here’s the thing: she hasn’t changed a bit in the last ten years. She could do GF 2right now as if only a week had passed.
Same goes for Aimee Garcia, who was fairly new to the game when she played Aleph (okay, Greeting from Tucson and All About the Andersons, but really, this was the Big Time). Since then she’s gone on to some great work in things like Trauma and Robocop. Crap, she did two seasons of Dexter, for God’s sake. The lady knows her stuff. And again: hasn’t aged a day.
And Josh Hopkins has been languishing in the cul-de-sac of Cougar Town long enough. Yes, he’s handsome, but he’s also proven himself adept at drama and action as well as comedy (we personally loved him in Pepper Dennis). It’s about time he got back into the ambiguous and intriguing world of Planet Ellis, where we all belong.
So no remake. No reboot. No re-thinking. Rockne S. O’Bannon of Farscape is behind this, along with Ellis himself. Forward, you guys, into the past, and put this team back together. We’re waiting.
(By the way, the ‘failed’ pilot of Global Frequency has the distinction of being the first pilot to be widely ‘leaked’ with the help of peer-to-peer and bitorrent technologies. To this day, the only wait you can see it is, well, you know, that way. Except in the tawdry video speakeasies on the seedy side of town. Just remember: Knock three times, then twice, then break wind. Ask for “Bruno.”
It’s been a while since there’s been a really good disaster movie—in fact, we can’t remember one in recent memory. But next spring’s San Andreas, starring Dwayne “The Rock”Johnson and Carla Gugino, may just break the mold. Almost literally. Here’s the pretty damn cool trailer:
This reminds us: time to do a Disaster Movie Collection and a Carla Gugino Collection (Spy Kids, Electra Luxx, Karen Sisco, Sucker Punch, Watchmen, the Girl Walks Into a Bar trilogy, and SO much more. Damn!).
In thearters May 2015
We say this all the time, another weekend of new releases and it’s hard to choose the best, but we thought these were interesting to check out.
We are huge fans of Rosario Dawson and were happy to see she’s in two films releasing Friday—one is the thriller The Captive and the other is the comedy Top Five with Chris Rock. Then there’s the drama Inherent Vice. This is one of those films you’ll have to watch a few more times, because there’s so much to take in, maybe because it’s an adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel. And we want to give a shout-out to our friend, Yvette Yates (Luz) whose part of it.
The Captive (Thriller)
Directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Rosario Dawson, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, and Mireille Enos.
Top Five (Comedy)
Written, directed and starring Chris Rock and a huge funny cast; with Rosario Dawson, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Sherri Shepherd, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, JB Smoove, Jay Pharoah, Anders Holm, and Luis Guzmán.
Inherent Vice (Drama)
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Martin Short, Katherine Waterston, Joanna Newson, and Yvette Yates.
In limited release today and everywhere else January 9, 2015.
For the past few years artist/singer/filmmaker Patricia Krebs has been doing some great music voice-overs for films dubbed in Spanish. Here’s a short list of films she has worked on; Happy Feet, Corpse Bride, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire and Beowulf.
And here’s a special treat—a sample from Patricia’s upcoming album, Amuzikanto: a whim of the child I still am (un capricho de la niña que aun soy).
Photo and art detail courtesy of Patricia Krebs.
Reposted from our friends over on Amityville Now
Some of the best hard science fiction of the last decade is destined for TV, and hopes are high.
Most everybody here at AmityvilleNow.com International HQ, Inc. LLC GlobalCo stopped reading hard science fiction quite a few years ago. Yeah, yeah, the occasional Ben Bova or Stephen Baxter or Greg Bear might lure us back temporarily, but let’s face it, most of modern-day hard sf is pretty second-rate: militarist claptrap or technobabble (and we’re not even including franchise spins like Star Trek and Star Wars).
But just in the last few years, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck combined under the pseudonym of James S.A. Corey have returned some real energy to hard SF with the “Expanse” series. And now it’s going to be on the televisor viewing box in 2015…
Leviathan’s Wake, Caliban’s War, Abaddon’s Gate and most recently Cibola Burn, as well as a handful of on-line-only novellas explore a very real interplanetary society that inhabits the near planets and the asteroids about two hundred years from now. Political unrest and tension between the inner and out planets is already high, and a sudden assault by the first interstellar threat ever encountered only makes it worse, threatening everyone from Earth to Ganymede. Every book of The Expanse is filled with believable tech, smart plotting and best of all, real and fascinating characters that you actually want to get to know. No, really.
We caught a hint of it last week, when “Digger Harkness” showed up at the end of Arrow and boomerang’d some dude right in the back, man. The geekmasters here at AmityvilleNow and SeFija! knew that name immediately: that’s the DC Universe’s most beloved rogue supervillain, Captain Boomerang! And he seems to be at the center of at least part of this midseason finale crossover between the vastly improved Arrow and the great-out-of-the-gate Flash.
Panic 5 Bravo is a tough, tight little film–a thriller about a team of American paramedics that receive an emergency call over their ambulance radio–5 Bravo, Mexico’s distress code for a shooting incident. The team decides to break the rules and cross the Mexican border, and that’s when the mission turns into a nightmare.
Panic 5 Bravo is the vision of writer/director/actor Kuno Becker, who conceived of the project when he was making a documentary on ambulance teams–a documentary he’s still working on. With some backing from Cinemedia, he managed to shoot the film in less than three weeks, on a budget of no more than half a million dollars.