Geek Rewatch: The Monster Squad

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I hate nostalgia.  I really do.  Glorifying stuff from the past simply because it was a beloved thing of the past?  Not for me.  I’d much rather judge something based off its actual quality, not some warm feeling I had when I was ten.  Besides, revisiting a lot of those older things shows many of them weren’t that good to begin with.

So, with that in mind, I decided to check out The Monster Squad just before it left Netflix.  I’d seen it once from start to finish as a kid, remembered more or less liking it, and was wondering how good it actually was.  Anyway, thoughts after the cut.

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Box Office Report: Go On. Guess What Was #1 Again. I’ll Still Be Here.

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It’s that time again.

When Gabbing Geek gives you the Box Office Report, like you care.  Actually, if you’ve read anything after the cuts here, you probably do, but there are some really numbers-obssessed people around here.

Still missing Watson, but once again we found someone to give us the report.

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Tom Cruise Lands Some Breakout Leading Ladies

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Some casting news for a couple of Tom Cruise films has been announced in the last day or so.  First, the breakout star of Mission: Impossible – Rouge Nation, Rebecca Ferguson will return for Mission: Impossible 6.  I thought MI5 was only ok but Ryan loved it.  (Sorry, “loved loved loved” it.)  Either way, I think we can agree that Ferguson was great and it will be good to have her back.  MI6 is currently planning to shoot late next year for a 2017 release.  Joining Cruise and Ferguson in returning will be MI5 director Christopher McQuarrie who is presumably holed up in a pub somewhere with his laptop trying to come up with impossible situations to put Cruise in.

Secondly, for some unknown reason, Universal is rebooting The Mummy with Cruise (rumored to be) starring as the human and Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout star Sofia Boutella as the Mummy.  Well, that is a change from Arnold Vosloo.  I’m not sure why they need to reboot The Mummy, but it sounds like it will be with more of a horror slant than the campy Branden Fraser/Stephen Sommers films.  And is it really a “reboot” if it is a completely different franchise that just happens to have a mummy in it?

The Mummy is set to be released in the Spring of 2017, so it looks like Tom Cruise is going to be a busy boy next year.

Tom Recommends: The Universal Horror Classics

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Horror movies are probably about as old as the movie industry itself.  Thomas Edison made one, an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.  That movie no longer exists aside from a few frames, but that was hardly the last time something creepy, evil, and murderous would show up on the silver screen to threaten others.

Universal Studios perhaps invented much of the modern horror genre.  Producer Carl Laemmle Jr., son of the studio’s owner, oversaw much of them, and even if the movies may seem stale or silly by today’s horror standards, these films created the classic look of many monsters that every incarnation since is held up to as well as making household names for many of the actors who played said monsters.

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Jimmy Attempts To Read All Of Secret Wars XXVII: Mrs. Deadpool Edition


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I’ve never read much Deadpool.  I’ve got nothing against the character voted in high school as most likely to be twice played by Ryan Reynolds.  He’s just never really been something I’ve gone out of my way to spend my money on.

I’ve read some stories here and there like the old school X-Force days and any crossovers like the recent Original Sin and Avengers/X-Men: Axis .  Those last crossovers gave me some idea about what was going on with him marrying Shiklah and such.  (Looking back at it now, I actually read Deadpool #29 34 and  #36-39.  Thanks event tie-ins!)

And speaking of event tie-ins (not the greatest segue, I’m no Watson…thank Doom…), Deadpool’s wife is center stage in this Secret Wars book.  Deadpool does play a role, but since he is killed on the first page, that role is mostly as the ghostly narrator.

After the cut I’ll take a spoiler-y look at the surprisingly good Mrs. Deadpool And The Howling Commandos #1, Mrs. Deadpool And The Howling Commandos #2, Mrs. Deadpool And The Howling Commandos #3 and Mrs. Deadpool And The Howling Commandos #4.

Related links:
Secret Wars Power Rankings
Tom’s Road To Secret Wars: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,7.
Other parts of this series: 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 1415, 1617, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

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