Latest He-Man Movie News & Our Dream Masters Of The Universe Casting Call

The internet nearly broke last week when Sony Pictures and Mattel announced they have tapped brothers Aaron & Adam Nee to direct their much anticipated He-Man and the Masters of the Universe movie.

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If your initial response to the Eternia shattering news was “Who?“, don’t feel bad. You are not alone.

The brothers are best known directing the 2015 movie, “Band of Robbers“, which received positive critical reviews, but this will be their first big budget project. That makes them a fairly risky choice for a project that Sony has so much riding on.

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The film is still being written by Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel & Justice League writer David S. Goyer. Goyer had previously been rumored to be directing He-Man as well, but has since said he will not due to his busy schedule (which includes the Terminator Reboot and Green Lantern Corp project). He is also being credited as executive producer.

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“I’m Batman.”

Sony Pictures has extremely high hopes for the Masters of the Universe property after having a very successful 2017 thanks to films such as Spiderman: Homecoming and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. 

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Wonder what he’s listening to…

Fortunately for Sony, Dolph Lundgren’s 1987 Masters of the Universe film set the He-Man Movie bar low. Like very, very low. (Think Snake $#!T low)

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This did for Masters of the Universe what the Last Jedi did to Star Wars.

All the ‘behind the camera’ stuff is interesting, but how about the on screen talent? He-Man is an iconic 80’s character who will require a gigantic physical presence with just enough 80’s campiness mixed in. He needs to be fun and exciting yet have enough comedic presence to not be taken too seriously.

So who could possibly fill this Filmation loin cloth?

Here is Geeky Daddy’ Dream Cast for the new Masters Of The Universe Movie:

(Remember, this is our “Dream Cast” which is basically our version of a cinematic mock draft. We are not taking into account things like payroll concerns or actor’s schedule or even desire to accept the part.)

He-Man / Prince Adam

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Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Chris Hemsworth

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The two most distinguishing physical traits of He-Man are obviously the build and the hair (probably in that order) and Hemsworth has got them both. His recent performance in Thor: Ragnarok also showcased his comedic timing, should the Nee Brothers decide to take He-Man in a more light hearted direction.

Other Possibilities:

Fellow Marvel Universe front man Chris Pratt

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WWE’s John Cena

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WWE’s Dolph Ziggler (Come on. His name is ‘Dolph’ after all)

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: (I actually don’t like this choice but I think he has a contract that gives him first right of refusal for any project that comes out of Hollywood)

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Nicki Minaj (because nobody has pulled off the ‘Prince Adam’ look better)

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Man At Arms

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Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Liam Neeson

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Man At Arms had a particular set of skillz, a matter of fact delivery style and was handy with firearms. Who could possibly be a better choice than Bryan Mills

Other Possibilities:

Tom Selleck (just because of the ‘stache. Nothing more.)

Bruce Campbell (and his boom stick!)

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David Caruso (Although the best part about his role on CSI: Miami are the drinking games requiring a shot every time he takes his shades off. Maybe that could be replaced with Man At Arms laughing?)

Daniel Craig

He can rock the ‘stache as well! (which is a phrase I never thought I would say in my entire life)

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Sean Bean is also a possibility but nobody wants to see Man At Arms die. So never mind.

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The Sorceress

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The Sorceress was basically Jedi Council of Eternia. A tremendously powerful force who would send others on dangerous missions but would hang back safe and sound in the castle and do….I have no idea what. Quilting maybe? Bird cosplay perhaps?

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Carrie Anne Moss

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Best known as Trinity from the Matrix trilogy, Moss possesses the pretty face and soothing voice that are going to be the most important characteristics for our sorceress (as well as a love for feathers).

Other Possibilities:

Glenn Close: She has the voice and the sweet grandmotherly charm you’d expect from a Sorceress. Maybe she bakes cookies all day in the Castle Greyskull kitchen?

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Keri Russell: You know how I mentioned a pretty face? Well anyone who has done a Cover Girl commercial you know has terrific skin.

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Teela

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Teela is the tough minded head of Eternia’s Royal Guard, bodyguard for bumbling Prince Adam and always carried a certain amount of sexual tension with Adam’s alter-ego He-Man. Think Xena meets Wonder Woman meets the wardrobe designer for Madonna in the 1980’s. Also, she is Man At Arms daughter, so if Liam Neeson does get the role, nobody better get any funny ideas about her.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Daisy Ridley

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Ridley is tough, beautiful and looks very convincing wielding weapons on screen.

Other Possibilities:

Jaime Alexander: She has the bad-@$$ look and can rock some serious armor!

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Mila Kunis: I think she is gorgeous and actually just really want to see her in skimpy armor.

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Orko

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He-man’s magician/buddy/comic relief Orko would obviously be CG, meaning the Orko casting would be voice only (ala Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy).

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Patton Oswalt

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Oswalt seems to be working non-stop since the death of his wife in 2016 so I am not sure how much more room there is on his plate. Fortunately, like I pointed out earlier, that does not play into our little Masters of the Universe mock draft.

Skeletor

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The master villain with the maniacal laugh would need to be mostly special effects make-up, so the voice would be the main attribute to consider here as well.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Tom Ellis

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In Lucifer, Tom Ellis has shown his ability to play a not always good guy character that you actually care about, laugh at, and feel sorry for…sometimes all in the same episode. He can also pull off the laugh!

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Side note: Anybody not already watching Tom Ellis as Lucifer on Fox really should check it out. The show does stand out in the over saturated television market thanks to Ellis’ portrayal of the fallen angel, a creative cast of characters and some very intelligent script writing.

Other Possibilities:

Willem Dafoe: Mostly because no budget eating costly make-up would be required.

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Walton Goggins: I’m a huge fan of his acting and his teeth. Those suckers are perfectly straight and pearly white! Especially when they are preceded by Willem DaFoe’s chompers.

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Mathew McConaughey: His career has had a bit of a renaissance (McCon-aissance?) since he started doing the Lincoln commercials

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Evil Lynn

(Hey, I don’t name these characters, I’m just trying to cast them.)

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She is hot, evil, kinda whiney and bat-$#!T crazy.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Megan Fox

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Like I said. “She is hot, evil, kinda whiney and bat-$#!T crazy.” Does that describe anyone better than Megan Fox?

Other Possibilities:

Olivia Wilde: I liked her in Tron: Legacy but I think I am the only one who saw that movie.

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Margot Robbie: Any doubts about her ability to play crazy were laid to rest with her performance of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad.

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Olivia Munn: I’ve been a fan of her since her days on Attack of the Show on G4TV and she needs a chance to redeem herself since that Psylocke debacle

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Beastman

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Much like Orko, Beastman would be CG or some type of special effects make-up, so we are looking for voice over talent.

Geeky Daddy’s Dream Choice: Vin “I Am Groot” Diesel

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“Have you driven a Dodge lately?”

Other possibility:

Jason Statham: Fellow Fast & Furious member Statham also has a distinctive voice is not as gravelly as Diesel’s (Vin Lite or Diet Diesel).

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“I don’t always play the same character. Actually, I do”

Dennis Haysbert: Despite a long movie and television career, he is better known as “the All State guy” (Although I only see Cerano from Major League cussing out Jobu).

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“You’re in good hands.”

What do you think of our casting choices?

Who would you like to see wield the power of Greyskull?

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Star Wars The Last Jedi: In Defense of Holdo

OBVIOUSLY MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Do not read if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

The first time I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I really hated this character. Vice Admiral Holdo appears out of (seemingly) nowhere to take command of the Resistance after Leia’s brush with death. We’re given a quick back story that she was the hero of a previous battle and that’s that.

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Her command doesn’t last very long as the fleet (all three vessels of it) is wiped out within an hour of screen time of her assuming command after her escape plan goes awry.

But, upon further review, would her plan have worked if not for Poe’s self-entitled insubordinate meddling?

First let’s set the scene.

The remnants of the Resistance fleet were being chased down by the First Order’s larger, more powerful but slower capital ships. Our heroes only had enough fuel remaining for a single jump to light speed but were hesitant to make the jump because they knew the First Order could track them through light speed (which is a new technology).

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So Vice Admiral Holdo has a plan to load the remaining Resistance personal into cloaked life boats as they pass a planet with an old rebel base. The goal is for the First Order to follow the now empty Resistance cruiser past the planet, unaware that the Resistance personal were transferred there.

Holdo decides to keep this plan compartmentalized to herself and not share it with the rest of the team. At first I thought this was a bad idea and where the plot begins to break away from previous Star Wars movies, where the pilots were always briefed with the ‘big picture’ by their superiors.

Commander Poe, who had been demoted earlier in the movie by Leia for losing his wing of pilots after pressing an attack on an enemy Dreadnaught (disobeying a direct order to break off), takes exception to being kept in the dark.  Untrusting of Holdo and believing she actually has no plan of escape at all, he sends Finn and Rose to find a splicer (hacker) and sneak onto the lead Imperial Star Destroyer while he leads a mutiny on board their cruiser. GeekyMommy says that it’s like he was trying to “Mansplain” a better plan and when she wouldn’t listen to him with his superior male intelligence, he ran amok. (GeekyMommy’s words, not mine!)

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Holdo later regains command and continues her plan to sneak the resistance fighters onto the planet. Her plan quickly goes to Hell in a hand basket however when the First Order ships adjust their fire to target the shieldless cloaked shuttles full of Resistance personal as opposed to the now decoy cruiser. Holdo then goes out “Like A Boss” in probably the coolest space Kamikaze scene ever put on screen.

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But upon further review…

Holdo’s compartmentalizing the information is not only the right of any leader of a military unit, but also actually makes a great deal of sense since she already knows her fleet is being tracked, but not sure how.

What is the source of the leak? Could there be listening devices on board? Perhaps a member of the crew is actually a traitor and relaying information to their pursuers? With these questions in mind, it makes sense to keep as many people on a ‘need to know’ basis as possible.

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Her plan was actually working well until the First Order discovered the cloaked shuttles moving away from the cruiser to the planet.

How did the Imperials discover the cloaked ships?

The Imperials captured Finn, Rose and the morally agnostic hacker DJ because the idea that 3 people could sneak onto a massive Star Destroyer and hack their computer system is the space equivalent of an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary!

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D.J. then sells the resistance plan to the Imperials who begin immediately destroying the defenseless shuttles full of Poe’s friends.

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How could you not trust this face.

D.J would not have been on the Star Destroyer in the first place to have been captured if not for Poe making moves without consulting his superiors. And even after being captured, he would NOT have able to reveal the cloaked shuttle to the Imperials if the details of the plan had been kept compartmentalized as Holdo wanted. She didn’t want to tell Poe about the plan, and the second she did, he essentially gave it to the enemy!

The components of the equation that led to the Imperials discovering the cloaked shuttles were all in play because of Poe’s impulsive actions.

Poe really is the poor-man’s Han Solo. Solo was famous for “never tell me the odds” but then beating the odds. Poe wants to be that guy, but really needs to listen to the odds.

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The End Result

Obviously, we are talking about hypotheticals in a fictional story, but by all accounts, Holdo’s plan of escape for the resistance would have worked had Poe followed the orders of those in command above him. Her plan was working in fact until D.J. (who Poe placed on the Star Detroyer) with the information of the escape plan (that Poe leaked to him) was utilized by the enemy.

While I still question Holdo’s actions after the launch of the cloaked shuttles (Why not jump to lightspeed so the Star Destroyers follow? Move the cruiser into a blocking position to shield the shuttles? Make her Kamikaze run immediately after the 1st shuttle was fired on), she did have a workable plan in place that would have worked if all her commanders had followed the Bill Belichick-New England Patriots motto of “Just Do Your Job.”

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So my initial impression of Vice Admiral Holdo as being the goat of this whole film was actually incorrect. Poe’s feeling of self-entitlement, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants attitude and laissez faire approach towards information security lead directly to the deaths of multiple shuttles full of his friends.

As for why couldn’t Holdo’s role be held by Leia or Admiral Ackbar, the person in charge had to be someone we didn’t know and didn’t necessarily trust. How many of us were duped by Poe’s dumb plan and thought what he was doing was right? We would have trusted Leia or Ackbar without question, but our lack of knowledge of Holdo, and perhaps even her clothing that doesn’t exactly speak military strategist, made us fall into that trap.

Also, other arm-chair quarterbacks wonder, “Well, if Holdo didn’t trust Poe, why didn’t she put him into the brig?” Poe hadn’t done anything brig-worthy and with the limited number of resistance fighters (Rose said she had just put 3 in the brig earlier that day), she couldn’t afford to lose someone who could actually fire a gun in the right direction (unlike say, Stormtroopers). He was stuck on a ship in the middle of space with a fleet of First Order ships following them – what trouble could he get into? It’s like trusting a toddler in a “childproof” room. Apparently a lot!

What are your thoughts on Holdo? Did she get a bad rap? How about Poe?

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The Last Jedi Nearly Did What With Lando Calrissian!?!

Obvious Star Wars: The Last Jedi Spoilers Ahead.

There were some good parts to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but there were plenty of times where it seemed as though we were watching 2 and 1/2 hours of Rian Johnson giving the middle finger to J.J. Abrams.

  • “Here is your lightsaber Master Skywalker.” Luke tosses it over his shoulder. F-U Abrams!
  • Curious about the mysterious history of Snoke and his power? Slice. Dead. F-U Abrams!
  • What is Rey’s lineage? Skywalker? Kenobi? Ezra Bridger? Well they are nobodies! F-U Abrams!
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They could still potentially be Rey’s parents. That would make her a (Disney) Princess!

Well, apparently Johnson’s middle finger was nearly expanded to the original series as well.

In a recent interview with Playlist, Rian Johnson said that the galaxies second most favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, was in an early draft of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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“Are you making faces at me under that mask?”

My first thought was this could have been cool! Seeing Lando rolling at the high stakes tables in the casino at Canto Bight. Maybe use him as a middle man for Finn and Rose to make contact with the splicer. Or even a cameo of him at the bar downing a Colt 45 Malt liquor.

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“Hello Finn. How’s your mom doing?”

But then I read what Rian Johnson had planned for the character and I nearly spit my Mt. Dew out onto my screen!

“Of course I’d love to see Lando,” Johnson said. “In terms of Lando, I briefly considered — would he work in the Benicio [del Toro] part, [DJ].” For those that mentally blocked the film from their memory already, DJ was the morally ambiguous splicer that initially helps Finn and Rose only to later betray them to the First Order.

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“I don’t think you would ever buy that Lando would just completely betray the characters like that and have that level of moral ambiguity,” Johnson explained. “Cause we love Lando and you’d come into it with that [expectation]…”

What a minute! So Rian Johnson had initially planned on having Lando Calrissian, the hero of the Battle of Endor, BETRAY Leia’s resistance? The widow of his bosom buddy Han?

 

How does this fit in with the character that risked his life to save Han on Cloud City, in Jabba’s palace and helped destroy the second Death Star?

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No wonder this got taken out of the script! Talk about sticking your middle finger up at the original trilogy!

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“Han old buddy, I’m not so sure this director understands what Star Wars fans want.”

What are your thoughts? Would you like to have seen the unexpected twist of have Lando sell out his friends?




Geeky Daddy Movie Review Of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Spoiler Warning: There are some spoilers, but if you’re worried about spoilers, why are you reading a review of the movie in the 1st place?

I have been looking forward to this film more than any other release of 2017!  Who hasn’t? Will we finally learn Rey’s story? How about Snoke’s?

I did have some trepidation about this movie however. Based on how much of a requel (combination sequel and reboot) The Force Awakens was of A New Hope, would The Last Jedi be simply a re-hashed Empire Strikes Back?

Fortunately, my fears proved unfounded as, while there were plenty of nods to Empire Strikes Back, The Last Jedi was its own story. But was it a good one?

The Good

There was a lot of good!

From the beginning crawl (yes there was one, I don’t know why they opted to leave that out of Rogue One) this movie felt 100% Star Wars!

Terrific Space Action

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The movie begins with a terrific space battle that had great action, wonderful special effects and even a little humor mixed in. Beginning a Star Wars movie with a joke was a bit of a risk, but paid off. The battle was an obvious nod to the trench sequence from A New Hope mixed in with some vintage WWII bombing raid battle footage. Laws of gravity aside, it was a great way to open the film!

Kylo vs. Rey vs. Elite Praetorian Guard

Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon Jinn vs. Darth Maul had always been my favorite lightsaber battle, but it may have just been unthroned. Usually a battle with multiple opponents quickly descends into chaos, but this battle remained a ballet of martial arts violence.

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The Samurai inspired armor was awesome to look at, the creative new weapons were impressive in combat and the martial arts was expertly choreographed.

The Bad

The Island

From the ending of The Force Awakens, none of use could wait to see what the island had in store for us. What we got was the slowest developing island story that was not told over the first 5 seasons of CW’s Arrow.

I mean, I only remember like 1 scene of actually training. So much of the time spent on the island seemed like the same dialogue repeated over and over again. Aside from the need for Disney to sell pallets of Porg toys, I’m not sure why the island scenes needed to take up so much screen time.

Vice Admiral Holdo & Other Bad Leadership

I have watched The Last Jedi twice and I still have no idea what the point of this character was. Why not simply have Princess (General) Leia fulfill this role?

The character of Vice Admiral Holdo appears on the screen built up as a great tactician and the hero of a previous battle but looking more like she just came directly from a Cyndi Lauper concert.

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“Girls just want to have fun”

But that’s cool. I like the whole “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” idea, but then she turned out to be the most inept leader in a movie that also included the ginger General Hux.

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“I SUCK!!!”

She stays behind on the cruiser while the rest of the resistance boarded shieldless shuttles so she could “pilot the cruiser”, but then she didn’t. She simply stared out the window with the same sad longing that I do when I am staring out my window waiting for the overdue pizza delivery guy.

She didn’t even head to the bridge until after a dozen or so of the 30 shuttles had already been destroyed! I did love her Kamikaze maneuver…that she did after like 27 of the 30 shuttles were destroyed!

Why not:

A: Maneuver the cruiser (with its working shields) in between the defenseless shuttles and the pursuing First Order. Or…

B: Once the cloaked shuttles were launched, use the last bit of fuel to jump to hyperspace to lure the tracking First Order with her and allow her shuttles to escape. Or…

C: Be on the friggin’ bridge so she could perform the Kamikaze maneuver earlier. As in, right after the First Order started blowing up the shuttles.

D: There really was no way to remote control the cruiser? Just how far behind Google in “self driving car” technology are the resistance?

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“I’m a very safe driver.”

Obviously no one could have foreseen Carrie Fisher’s death shortly after completion of filming, but even without that hindsight, why not simply have Princess Leia fulfill this role? What better way for her character to go out than by sacrificing herself to save the rest of the resistance?

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(And I was not a fan of her coming back from the dead of space)

And if we look deeper into it, the First Order only learned about the cloaked shuttles because Benicio Del Toro’s DJ character was on their main ship. DJ was only on their ship because Holdo didn’t share her escape plan with her commanders, as every previous rebel leader had down in every previous Star Wars movie.

Poe, Connix and the other commanders thought Holdo was simply leading them on the slowest high speed chace since O.J. and A.C. gave the world a guided tour of L.A.’s highway system. Which is why they sent Finn and Rose for the a splicer (hacker) in the first place.

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“I think we are being followed!”

And Hux had like a dozen Star Destroyers in his pursuing fleet. Why wouldn’t he have one make a short hyper jump ahead to cut off the resistance?

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I totally get why Mark Hamill reacted the way he did when he first saw Rian Johnson’s script for The Last Jedi.

In an interview with Vanity Fair.  “I at one point had to say to Rian, ‘I pretty much fundamentally disagree with every choice you’ve made for this character,'” he said. “‘Now, having said that, I have gotten it off my chest, and my job now is to take what you’ve created and do my best to realize your vision,'” he reportedly told Johnson.

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“At least I’m not ‘speechless’ this time.”

When I first heard this was Mark Hamill’s reaction, I was worried that Rey would be revealed to be his daughter and our favorite Jedi would be revealed to be the galaxy’s greatest dead beat dad. While, thankfully, this did not turn out to be true, what they did with Luke wasn’t all that much better.

They left him to wallow in self pity on his private island after his student fell to the dark. He essentially became a dead beat dad for a whole generation.

I will say, however, that I did like what they did with his character towards the end.

Other Notes

Are Johnson And Abrams On The Same Page?

The J.J. Abrams helmed The Force Awakens was a “requel” (combination sequel and reboot) of the Star Wars universe and introduced some great new characters and concepts, but did Rian Johnson agree?

It seemed as though Johnson purposefully undid some of the elements that Abrams introduced. Snoke ordering Kylo to “take off that ridiculous mask” sounded like it summed up what Johnson thought of it.

Much of The Force Awakens was spent building up the character of Snoke. Will we ever learn his origin, how he became so powerful or even if he was a Sith or something different? It is worth pointing out that neither him or Kylo took on the title of “Darth”. And what about the “Knights of Ren?”

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Who wore it better?

And what of Rey’s origin? Do you think Kylo was telling her the truth? Or could Snoke have implanted false impressions of Rey’s parents in his head?

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Could this still be a portrait of Rey’s parents?

J.J. Abrams will be helming  chapter IX in this trilogy so will we see him bring back some of what he introduced in chapter VII?

The Dice

I had to Google this because the significance of the gold dice to Luke and Leia went over my head when I saw the movie.

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The gold dice were a set decoration that first appeared in A New Hope and appear to have some kind of special meaning to Han.

After A New Hope, the dice disappear. They don’t appear in another Star Wars film until The Force Awakens. According to Vanity Fair, “[Lucasfilm Story Group creative executive Pablo] Hidalgo says it’s possible the production team simply forgot about them between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.”

Nods To Previous Movies

From the re-enactment of the Battle of Hoth to the Millennium Falcon somersaulting through tunnels, there were plenty of nods to previous Star Wars films. I did like the parallels between Anakin’s fall to the Darkside, his burning of the Jedi Temple and slaughtering of the padawans to Ben Solo’s fall, his burning of Luke’s temple and slaughter of the students. I especially like that the writers didn’t insult us by referring to Luke’s students as “younglings”.

Billie Lourd’s Expanded Role

It was great to see Carrie Fisher’s daughter with an expanded role in a Star Wars tale. While Billie Lourd’s character of Lieutenant Connix was not overly pivotal, it was nice to see the Star Wars tradition of strong female warriors continue.

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She even rocked the hair buns! (probably the first time that sentence was ever uttered)

Foreshadow To The Next Trilogy?

Disney recently announced that The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson will be taking over a new Star Wars trilogy and that it will not be Skywalker focused. Did we see a foreshadow of this new trilogy with the small force sensitive slave boy that helped Finn and Rose escape the stable and watch the falling star at the end?

The Result

At the end, The Last Jedi was very enjoyable and I would love to be able to give it a 5 out of 5 Geeky Daddy Movie Rating, but with all the character flaws and unexplained plot points, I can’t.

The special effects and action sequences were just as spectacular as you’d expect in a Star Wars film. There was a good splash of humor without being silly or distracting (as Thor: Ragnarok sometimes bordered on) and the Porgs were fortunately much more Ewok-ish than Jar Jar Binks-ish. Lil’ G-Man loved them!

From what I have read, the director’s original cut of The Last Jedi ran about 3 hours and Disney ordered it to be cut to 2 hours 30 minutes. From a fiscal point of view, this makes sense as it allows for one more showing per business day at the theaters (more showings = more tickets sold), but did this sacrifice the storytelling at all?

One thing is for sure: When the Director’s Cut gets released (it is Lucasfilm, so you know there are going to be multiple editions), it should be one of the best selling Director’s Cuts of all time!

Overall, I give Star Wars: The Last Jedi a 3.5 out of 5 Geeky Daddy Movie Rating and a Fairly Kid Friendly on the Geeky Daddy Sidekick Scale.

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NASA To Screen Star Wars The Last Jedi From The International Space Station

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are soon going to be able to create an awesome Meme for Facebook pages that reads something like this:

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That’s right. NASA has confirmed that the astronauts currently hovering in orbit over the Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are going to be able to stream Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

The new release will be uploaded from Earth to the ISS for the astronauts to view from their laptops! Hopefully none of them forgot their charging cords (I wonder if they need adapters aboard the ISS?)

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How many people can say that they watched a Star Wars new release in space?

Seriously, using this rare achievement as a pick-up line, these explorers will have absolutely no problem scoring at a hotel singles bar! Provided that the hotel is located somewhere near a sci-fi or comic book convention that is… 




Will David S. Goyer Be Directing the Next He-Man & The Masters Of the Universe Movie?

Most of us remember (whether we want to or not) the horrible turd-blossom of a Masters of the Universe movie that was unfortunately defecated upon the Earth in 1987.

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In that convoluted mess of a story, He-man and his friends came to Earth to team up with future Friends star Courtney Cox to battle Skeletor and his Star Wars inspired army over a space accordion that opened doors to other worlds by way of horrible synthesized 80’s music. (I didn’t make any of that up)

Which does make you wonder what dimension of hell a Flock Of Seagulls album would open a door to…

Anyway, lots of names have been circling around Mattel’s Masters Of The Universe reboot over the past couple of years.

Especially since a mysterious tweet last April appeared to confirm a release date.

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Now, according to CBR.com, talented Dark Knight trilogy screen writer David S. Goyer has entered into negotiations with Sony to direct the popular mid 80’s Mattel property.

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This would be a terrific hire for Sony, who has been attempting to get a Masters of the Universe project off the ground for nearly a decade. Previous names attached to the project included Charlie’s Angels director McG (who stepped aside earlier this year) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu.

David S. Goyer’s impressive resume includes screenwriting for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, as well directing Blade: Trinity in 2004.

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No word yet on any casting choices for our favorite Prince of Eternia. At one time there was a rumor circulating of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson having his name attached to the project, but I think there has been a rumor of his name being attached to every single other project that comes out of Hollywood as well.

Just so long as Dolph Lundgren is not allowed anywhere near the set.

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“Dammit Dolph, don’t you dare come near another movie set again! Ever!”

Although I would be open to James Tolkan reprising his role of fiery detective Lubic!

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“Hey! This Sucks!”
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James Cameron’s New Terminator Reboot Will Be A Direct Sequel To Terminator 2: Judgement Day

“We’re pretending the other films were a bad dream.”

That was what Terminator 1 & 2 director James Cameron had to say to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the past three films.

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James Cameron and his hot date.

I wrote before about how the famed writer/director/producer/deep sea explorer is returning as a producer to the Terminator franchise, which has seen a steady decline since his departure after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Tim Miller, director of the incredibly successful Deadpool film, will be taking over as director of this Terminator reboot.

In the recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron confirmed that he and Miller will create the new film as a direct sequel to the fan favorite T2 and that the other Terminator movies (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and Terminator Genisys) will be part of a separate timeline.

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“Genysis producers: Put your hands up and back away from the franchise!”

I am one of the minority of fans that didn’t mind Rise of the Machines. I’m not saying it was as good as the first two iconic films, but I don’t think it was a failure either. You will never hear me say the same thing about Genisys

As I mentioned in a previous article, all we know for sure about the story is that it will explore the origin of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 Terminator model. Per Cameron

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Both Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton have said that they will return for the project. No word yet on Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick or what remains of Axel Rose’s voice…

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1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day was undoubtably the high point in the franchise. James Cameron’s masterpiece combined ground breaking special effects with an excellent story, terrific action and memorable characters.

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Anybody else ever confuse Sean Spicer for a poorly aged T-1000?

However, since it’s release over 25 years ago, each sequel has arguably gotten progressively worse, culminating in 2015’s Terminator: Genisys‘s half assed attempt at a reboot.

I mean, seriously,  at that point the story would have been better if they had just sent the Terminator back to November 5th 1955 to assassinate Sarah Conner’s parents at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance.

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“I’m telling you doc, this huge Austrian guy showed up with guns!”

I did enjoy the television program The Sarah Conner Chronicles and didn’t mind Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (I would never confuse it with a good movie, but I thought is wasn’t bad either), but there is no doubt that the franchise has been in decline since T2.

Terminator 2 also happens to be the last film that writer, director, producer and amateur oceanographer James Cameron was involved with. But all of that will change in 2019 when the rights to the franchise revert back to Cameron.


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Cameron, who will be tired up for the foreseeable future with however many dozens of new Avatar films he is planning, will be producing the 6th Terminator film and has confirmed that Deadpool director Tim Miller will be heading the new film.

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Tim Miller doing his best Dana White Impression

Deadpool was Miller’s first director credit on a major motion picture and was an incredible success, both financially and among hardcore fans of the character. But a Terminator film will be a bit of a departure from the wise-cracking comic book anti-hero.

All we know for sure so far about the story is that it will explore the origin of returning star Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character. Per Cameron:

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“Get your ass to Mars…oops…I mean… I’ll be back!”

There is no denying the quality of product that James Cameron brings to the screen, some of the highest grossing films of all time are his work. I am glad to see him taking over the franchise and look forward to the 6th film.

Side note: The original plan for the first Terminator movie was for Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the hero Kyle Reese and former NFL pro and current parolee (and un-convicted ex-spouse murderer) O.J. Simpson to play the Terminator. It is impossible to not be curious how different the franchise may have turned out if that plan for the first film had come to fruition.

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What are your thoughts about the Terminator franchise? And how can the soundtrack possibly top Slash’s guitar rifts from the Guns ‘N’ Roses You Could Be Mine?

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Geeky Daddy Movie Review of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn Director’s Cut 35th Anniversary Special

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD

But seriously, this movie is 35-years-old, so if I am spoiling anything in this article for you, who’s fault is that…

Ask any Trekkie which is the best Star Trek movie ever made and the most predominate answer will always be Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn.

Well, that and that the paper used to print the script for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier should have been used for toilet paper instead. At least then, some use would have come from the trees it was printed on…

Side Note: All Trekkies know to stick with the even numbered Star Trek movies only.

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The History

The even numbered Star Trek movies also happen to be the only ones that Wrath of Kahns director Nicholas Meyer worked on. Coincidentally, I am sure this has something to do with him being  brought back to the Star Trek universe for the new Star Trek: Discovery series.

The story of how the best Star Trek movie was created really begins in 1977 with the release of Star Wars. Paramount Pictures saw the success (profits) of Star Wars and was desperate to ride it’s galactic coat tales, which lead to the release of the snoozer that would later became known as Star Trek: The Slow Motion Picture.

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In an effort to correct their mistake, the studio turned to low budget producer Herve Bennett with $11 million (a quarter of Star Trek I’s budget) and asked him to write a successful sequel with more action (which couldn’t have been that hard to do) than the original movie .

The Good

Wrath of Kahn features the most well written script of any of the original Star Trek movies. Smart, fast paced dialogue between the perfectly characterized crew with the right amount of humor and just enough Shakespearian effect catches the original cast at the top of their game.

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Everyone looking somewhat serious…then there is George Takei

According to urban legend, Bennett binge watched the entire run of the original series, decided that Kahn was the best villain from the entire series and chose to write a revenge sequel to that episode (Space Seed).

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(When Nicholas Meyer was brought on as director, he re-wrote much of the script but because Hollywood’s rule book for crediting writer’s has more layers and stipulations than Google’s search algorithm, he is not credited as a writer.)

All the returning crew member’s lines were perfectly written for each character with more subtle humor than I remembered. The interaction between the big three (Kirk, Spock & McCoy) felt unforced and flowed organically, even in the emotionally charged scenes towards the end.

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Even in a seated position, William Shatner is overacting.

William Shatner puts on the best performance of his Captain Kirk career, dealing with his own mortality on so many different levels. From something as subtle as the need for reading glasses to meeting his resentful adult son to the death of his best friend (I warned you about the spoilers), The ‘Shat’ (over) delivers the perfectly characterized dialogue in the way only he could.



Star Trek has often been described as a soap opera in space and Ricardo Montalban’s revenge seeking Kahn is the best possible Shakespearian villain for this interstellar opera. Blaming Kirk for the death of his wife, Kahn’s obsession with revenge to the point of self destruction was an instant classic.

Montalban is possibly the only one who could have portrayed Kahn’s level of obsession, to the point of quoting Melville, without going over the top and coming off as cartoony. I found that his level of over delivery actually paralleled Shatner’s over delivery and helped sell the rivalry of him and Kirk. The Yin to Kirk’s Yang or the Boba Fett to Kirk’s Han Solo.

And nobody can rock an ascot like Ricardo!

James Horner’s score was another dimension of this film that distanced it from the others in the franchise.

Horner most famous work is probably from Titanic and his most unusual is probably still the bizarre metal oil drums on the Commando soundtrack, but this film has some of his most emotional work. The score was powerful at the right moments of battle and subdued and reflective at the emotional times of the movie. I want Scottie to play Amazing Grace on his bag pipes at my funeral!

Director’s Cut vs. The Original

The Director’s Cut opens with an entertaining William Shatner interview reminiscing about the making of Wrath of Kahn…and at times, The Search for Spock (Shatner got a little confused at times and was called out on it by the interviewer).

The most notable change of the film itself was not so much the additional material, of which there was not much of, but the modernization of the film coloring.

Star Trek II vs. Director's cut Even with the improved color definition, the discrepancy between early 80’s technology and current high definition was painful at times on the big screen.

Most director’s cuts are mostly additional scenes were cut for the theatrical release for good reason. Whether scenes are just unnecessary, lack quality, negatively effect the flow of the movie or for simple run time, the fact is most cuts are made for a good reason.

However, the few minutes of footage that were re-inserted into the Wrath of Kahn Director’s Cut all worked very well and assisted the flow of the film.

I enjoyed the extended dialogue where Bones explains to Kirk what reading glasses are and how they are used. Kirk’s extended interaction with Scottie’s nephew also helped to add more emotional buy-in and weight to his death scene later in the film.

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I had hoped that the extended scenes would address a plot hole that always stuck out like a Darth Vader coplayer at a Star Trek Convention: If Kirk, Bones and Saavik were able to beam from the space station Regula I to the planet, how come they were unable to beam back aboard the Enterprise? Spock said the Enterprise did not have enough power to beam them back, but they were using the beaming platforms on Regula I.

Other Things I Noticed:

Sense of Mortality

It was impossible to watch the film without noticing how many of the cast are deceased. Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Ricardo Montalban, Bibi Besch, Paul Winfield, Merritt Butrick. It was a somber feeling.

Bacon sleeve:

It may just be because I was hungry at the time and unwilling to mortgage my home just to purchase a bucket of popcorn, but I thought Joachim’s arm looked like a huge strip of yummy bacon!

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I picked up a bacon cheeseburger after the movie.

Parallel’s to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

After the near franchise killing turd blossom that was Star Trek V: The Final Frontier bombed at the theaters, Paramount realized their best bet was to re-create Wrath of Kahn as closely as possible. (Even Shatner poked fun at #5 in the interview)

So the studio brought back Nicholas Meyer to write and direct Star Trek’s own version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens: a re-quel (or combination sequel and reboot)

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Christopher Plummer delivered his lines with Kahn-esque enthusiasm.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country featured a very similar naval battle between the two vessels, an eccentric enemy captain repeatedly over articulating quotes from famous literature (this time Shakespeare as opposed to Melville),  a young female Vulcan Lieutenant on the Enterprise and Kirk coming to terms with his own mortality (again).


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The Result

Any other Star Trek re-release, I may have thought twice about the cost of a ticket, but to seeing Kirk and Kahn match wits and over delivered dialogue on the big screen was only logical.

It was wonderful watching this well written sci-fi revenge classic on the big screen with a theater full of other geeks who appreciated these timeless characters.

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn Director’s Cut scores a 4.5 our of 5 (More Than Babysitter Worthy) on the Geeky Daddy Movie Rating scale and a warm green on the Sidekick scale (mostly kid friendly).

Although Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn Director’s Cut had a limited amount of additional content, what was added did assist the story telling without disrupting the flow of the movie and the improved colorization was much appreciated.

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Did A Funko Employee Just Reveal A Leak From The New Star Wars Han Solo Movie?

WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD

We are all familiar with the increasingly diverse line of the popular Funko Pops toys.

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“I hate my dad”

Funko has released officially licensed characters with pretty much every major motion picture over the past five years or so.

In a recent episode of the podcast Steele Wars, a Funko employee listed actress Lupita Nyong’o as being part of the cast for the new Star Wars Han Solo movie.

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Intergalactic ‘Golden Girl’ Maz Kanata

He spoke of his excitement about the Han Solo prequel due to the likes of “Emilia Clarke, Lupita Nyong’o, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover…”.

Since I am sure Funko would need months in lead time so they can design, mold, build and distribute their toys to coincide with a movie’s launch, it makes sense that they would have character information prior to a movie’s release.

Side note: Did anybody see a resemblance between Maz Kanata and Estelle Getty’s Sophia Petrillo on Golden Girls or was it just me? Will she thank Han “for being a friend”?

While this technically could be viewed as a “spoiler”, it really shouldn’t be surprising either. With our first introduction to Maz’s character in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it is made obvious through her dialogue with Han that they have a long history together.

Of course it is always possible that the Funko employee was mistaken about Lupita Nyong’o (IMDB still list her as “rumored” on the Han Solo movie) or that she will be playing a different character altogether. But that is also way movie speculation is so fun!

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“Works every time”

Maybe we will even Han lose the Millennium Falcon to Lando in a game of Sabacc at Maz’s bar?

 

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