I try not to hate on remakes since they’ve been a thing for as long as film has been around, but sometimes I can’t help myself. The news a while back about a remake for Men in Black was one of those times. I loved the original as a kid. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones were fantastic. Then, there was also the cartoon that I really liked — I guess that might go a little towards remake territory, but I digress.
Iron Man teased the idea of a larger movie universe with Agent Coulson mentioning S.H.I.E.L.D. Then the end credits drove it home with Director Nick Fury schooling Tony Stark on not being the only one doing heroics. I flipped out. It was the first time a comic book movie went there; that there’s more out there and that we will see more heroes in the same movie universe.
Stranger Things is one of those shows that I’m a huge fan of. After binge watching it, I was quick to have family come over weekly to watch it. They were easily just as hooked. Just about everything about it hit the right notes. The actors were engaging and the atmosphere and cinematography left you with a sense of unease that latched onto your attention.
I was a Batman fan as far back as I can remember. One of my earliest memories is playing with a toy Batmobile. The most rewatched movie for me was the Michael Keaton Batman movie when it was released on VHS. I was only four at the time, so this meant that I had to close my eyes during a particular scene where a mobster was burnt to a crisp. Oddly, I was allowed to look after the act, so I still saw the burnt corpse. My imagination filled in the blanks with something far more terrifying.
This is veering towards another story that I will have tell at another time.
I will admit that I have never seen The Room but I have seen different scenes from it. It’s bizarre and has bad acting but it made me laugh. Possibly for all the wrong reasons. And that’s the case for so many others. Apparently the behind the scenes for the film is just as strange, as told in a book by one of the stars in the film.