Friday, October 30, 2015

Legion Quest Part 2

On the road to the Age of Apocalypse.... Legion has time jumped himself and four Xmen( Storm, Iceman, Bishop, and Psylocke) back in time.  His goal was to go back in time and kill Magneto so his fathers( Professor Xavier) dream of peaceful co existence between Mutants and Humans could become a reality.  However, with the time jump, he has set into motion events in the past that are having a major affect on the present and the future.

The book picks up in the past.  Charles and Magnus( Erik) are working at a hospital together.  Neither know each other is a mutant but both suspect there is something special or different about the other. In that difference, they form a strong bond of friendship- something alluded to in the books and Xmen movies but first visually scene here.  Their differences on mutants and human relations is laid out here, as well and you can see the seeds of future conflict.

Charles is there working with patients and secretly using his mutant power to help soldiers who have been affected by the war.  Magnus has been assigned a "special" patient at the hospital who has memory issues and looking to piece together his fractured mind( I wonder who that could be)

But Charles and Magnus are not the only people stuck in the past.  When Legion time jumped, he brought with him portions of the Xmen( Storm, Bishop, Iceman, and Psylocke).  They have been back in time for months and their memories have been affected, too. They know they are different and they have powers but cannot figure out who or what they are!

Meanwhile, in the present, the Xmen Blue team is on the scene to find the remaining Xmen.  Before Jean Grey/Phoenix passed out, she communicated with Professor Xavier and he use her psi signature to find her in the vast deserts of Israel.

Piecing the story together with Jean, Charles and the team determine they need an expert on time travel to deal with this situation with Legion.  Of course the resident time travel expert at the time is Cable. For those who don't know, Cable is the son( in a future time line) of Jean Grey and Cyclops. Cable travels with his lady friend, the assassin Domino.

Back in the past, Magnus has a strange conversation with his mystery patient.  As he gets closer, Legion's power manifests and taps into Magnus' mind and floods images of his painful past in the concentration camps and this freaks out Magneto and Legion as he is attempting to put his mind and mission back into focus. Magneto, freaked out, seeks out his friend, Charles to help put his mind at ease.

Charles and Magnus make their way back to the hospital and find Legion in a psychotic state. Not only that, from his body our images from the future and Charles and Magnus can see these images which leads to massive confusion as to who or what they are seeing.

Back in the present, a plan is being put into place to send Cable back into the past to help bring the Xmen and Legion back to the present. Before putting the plan into action, a crack of lighting appears in the sky and a hologrpahic image of Lilandra appears.  Lilandra is the leader of the vast Shiar empire and she comes with a warning to Charles- her former lover, that events in the past are affecting the future and the Xmen need to stop it. But who delivers this message to Lilandra.

That ends Legion Quest Part 2. Come back next week for part 3 as we move forward to the Age of Apocalypse.

The Producer

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How Desperate Is Hollywood?

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I ran across an article that listed 93 movies that are currently being remade and some have already completed production.  In going through the list, I am astounded at how desperate Hollywood really is and the fact that there seems to be very little originality left in Hollywood.  The list of remakes is atrocious, and I just can’t help but to ask myself, why?  Why is this even necessary?  On some of these reboots, the original is good enough to stand on its own, on some others, the original is so bad, why bother to redo it again since it was awful to begin with.  I don’t understand the logic in this assumption that an audience will pay to see anything.  I think Hollywood is going to be in for a rude awaking on these reboots.  

The thing about most of them is that there is a nostalgia attached to the original, good or bad, which is something that a remake will be sorely lacking.  Most people would just rather watch the original, instead of suffer through some half-cocked remade version of what Hollywood thinks that audiences are willing to pay to see.  

I am going to list some of these remakes, and then let you decide if this group is worth the effort.  I myself, say none of these should be remade.  Let the original stand on its own merit.  Also, to top it off, some are being remade for the 3rd and 4th time.  Enough Already!  Please give us a break.  I know there are some original filmmakers looking for an opportunity to put their ideas on the big screen, please give them the opportunity.  Stop rehashing this already done to death crap.  Give creative, original filmmakers the chance to shine.  We are more than willing to pay to see quality, creative film-making, stop playing us like were stupid!

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-Alien Nation – I liked the original, this actually might have potential 
-A Prophet
-The Batman
-Beauty and the Beast – Emma Watson (Hermione from Harry Potter) is set to star as lead
-Big Man Japan – have not heard of this one
-Big Trouble in Little China
-The Birds
-The Black Hole
-The Blob
-Blue Thunder
-Cabin Fever
-The Craft – loved the original, no need for reboot
-Creature from the Black Lagoon
-The Crow –  2nd reboot
-Das Boot - haven't seen this, but it is suppose to be really good
-Don’t Look Now – have not seen this, but it ranks high on scary movie list, I am going to have to check it out
-Dumbo - Is this necessary?
-Dungeons and Dragons
-The Entity
-Escape from New York
-Flash Gordon – the original is so cheesy, darn near anything they do would have to be an improvement
-Flatliners - I kinda liked this one
-Flight of the Navigator
-Friday the 13th 

-The Fugitive
-Ghost in the Shell – a live action remake of anime version
-Going in Style
-Green Lantern – Really?
-The Grudge
-Highlander – Ryan Reynolds was attached as Conner McCloud, thank goodness he is no longer attached
-The Howling
-I Know What You Did Last Summer
-Inspector Gadget
-The Invisible Man
-IT – I know the Producer will be happy about this one
-Jacob’s Ladder – This movie was twisted as heck, but does not need a reboot, it was well done the first time
-League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
-The Legend of Conan
-Logan’s Run 
-The Magnificent Seven - I believe the remake is to star Denzel Washington
-Masters of the Universe
-Mortal Combat
 -The Mummy - This probably could do for a decent remake
-The Naked Gun
-A Nightmare on Elm Street – 2nd reboot
-Nosferatu – I am not sure how many remakes
-Pete’s Dragon
-Pete Sementary – 2nd reboot
-Point Break – 2nd remake, 1st remake was Fast and Furious
-Police Academy
-Power Rangers
-Predator – 2nd reboot, not to mention umpteen sequels
-Red Sonja
-Retribution – have not heard of this one
-Road House – I think Rhonda Rousey is attached to play lead role
-Scarface – Why Oh why!
-The Seven Samurai – done to death
-Shaft – 2nd remake
-She’s All That
-Short Circuit – again why?, although Chappie was the first remake and awful
-Sister Act
-Sleepless Night – have not heard of this one
-Spiderman – done to death
-Stargate – this may have some potential, I was highly disappointed in how the first one ended
-A Star is Born – done to death
-Starship Troopers – this might have potential, only if it gets a better script than the original
-Strangers on a Train
-Stuart Little
-Susperia – have not seen the original, however it is listed pretty high on horror movie list, I may check the original out for Halloween
-Sword in the Stone
-TimeCop – one of Jean-Claude Van Damme better movies, however, there is room for improvement
-Tomb Raider – the original was awful, so we will see
-Toxic Avenger
-The Warriors - Warriors! Come out and pla yay!
-Weird Science – again The Producer will be happy about this one
-The Wild Bunch
-The Wolf Man – done to death
-Zorro Reborn- several reboots

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So folks, this is what to expect, and it ain’t pretty.  Leave comments on which remake or reboot you are looking forward to and would be willing to go see at the theater.

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