Friday, July 10, 2015

This Week in Neat-O

:: This is a long but really engaging essay detailing the history of the movie trailer.

:: This fan-made title sequence for Doctor Strange is pretty nifty. It captures that cosmic weirdness that I'm hoping the film has. Great song choice, too.

:: Nintendo put up a video of Shigeru Miyamoto visiting Jim Henson Studios. (Boy, it just shows you how much I miss Farscape that a one-second shot of Rygel with no sound gets me excited.)

:: The trailer for Creed, the follow-up to Rocky Balboa. I've made no secret of my love for the Rocky series, and the trailer looks great. Really interesting idea for a Rocky movie to focus on Apollo Creed's son (played by Michael B. Jordan) and put Stallone as Rocky into the role Mickey played in the first film. This one's directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, who made the underrated Fruitvale Station, which would actually make this the first Rocky movie not directed or written by Stallone.

:: The AV Club has an article about a movie I'm never planning on doing as an 80s Revisited: The Wizard. I saw it once in the theater as a kid, found it uncomfortable and never thought about it again, except for the unintentionally hilarious attempt at Power Glove badassery and the at the time very exciting reveal of Super Mario Bros. 3, my favorite NES game. Interesting stuff if you were there.

:: This one's a little older, but Kristen Bell wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about researching the facts about vaccines. Huffington Post has become something of a willing platform for anyone famous to write about their destructive, strident, pseudoscientific beliefs, and they need more editorials like this one: Kristen Bell apparently expected not to vaccinate her kids (something that would have killed my respect for her, honestly), but takes us through the process of what she did instead of listening to the loud anti-vax crowd: researching actual scientific fact and then doing what was best for her children.

:: Harry Knowles posted the presentation reel for the John Carter movie when it was still going to be made by Kerry Conran. It even has some rough computer animation in it, including a duel with a Thark. Conran directed Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, one of my favorite movies. I loved the Disney movie, but I'd be fascinated to see what Conran would have done with John Carter.

:: Stravinsky’s “Illegal” Arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner”

:: The Ant-Man trailer as a '50s monster movie.

:: 15 Toys And Action Figures That Have Consistently Gone Down In Value

:: I'll probably never get to play this game, but the gameplay trailer for Transformers: Devastation is pretty cool. It's cel-shaded, so it looks like a cartoon, which I think is wonderful. Between this and those Cuphead trailers (another one I'll probably never get to play), there's some really interesting stuff going on in making video games cartoonlike.

:: Entertainment Weekly has an update on The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow, one of the specials Jim Henson didn't get to make but which is being made now for broadcast this November. Very excited about this!

:: A trailer for a documentary I cannot wait to see: Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.

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