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Ghostbusters Reboot

I have been a fan of Ghostbusters since the movie came out.  I’ve lost count on the number of times I have seen it in the theater.  I bought the VHS, DVD, and BLU-RAYS when they each came out.  I am currently playing the Ghostbusters video game on my Playstation.  I made my own GB costume the fall of 1984, and a new one for comic conventions in 2015/6.

When I first heard years ago that there was a Ghostbusters 3 in the works, I was excited – to say the least.  One of my childhood favorites would be coming back!  And then I heard it was out of the hands of Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis.  I was a bit skeptical, but it IS the Ghostbusters.  Everyone knows what the Ghostbusters is about and the fanbase is HUGE so there shouldn’t be anything to worry about – right?  Then I heard the director was Paul Feig and I thought – It’s the guy who did Freaks and Geeks!  He has to know the material.  This is even getting better.  Then I heard that it was going to be an all female cast. Initial reaction was – Why?  Is there a reason for making an all female cast?  It doesn’t need an all female cast – but there are a LOT of very talented female comedy actors.  I will wait and see…

re·boot (rē-bo͞ot′) tr.v. re·boot·ed, re·boot·ing, re·boots

1. To turn (a computer’s operating system) off and then on again; restart.
2. To bring back (an earlier film or television show), usually with a new cast and updated script.
n.
1. The act or an instance of rebooting a computer’s operating system.
2. A film or television show that is a remake of an earlier production, typically with a different or refreshed viewpoint.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

I heard the dreaded “reboot”.  Why not continue on the series?  Have a legitimate sequel and a “passing of the torch” to a new crew?  No – the filmmakers decided to go for a reboot where none of the Ghostbusters (1984) material existed.  A brand new universe.  This hurt a little as it made it feel as though the movies I loved weren’t valid, and that they were just going to pick the bits and pieces they wanted for the new movie.  The original, its sequel, comics, cartoon, Legos, characters, etc all exist and are safe but I took it personally that it wasn’t “good enough” for them

Then the trailers started.

TRAILER #1
– 30 Years Ago, Four Scientists Saved New York.  Winston wasn’t a scientist.  And if this a reboot, why are you referencing the material that you wanted to distance yourself from?
– The firehouse.  Again that’s a visual from the first movies that you didn’t want to use, don’t try and invoke familiarity by doing that.
– A New Team Will Answer The Call – makes me feel like this is a sequel – even though its NOT.
– Okay…are they retelling the orginal story, only switching genders?  And why isn’t Leslie Jones a scientist?  Well, we got our “blonde Egon” from the cartoon.
– The “new” ECTO-1 is a hearse?  What the holy hell?  No.  Don’t use “ECTO”!  Original content!
– Slimer!  I know times have been tough for the last few years, but I’m sure you could have found work elsewhere.
– Ghosts possessing human bodies?
– Familiar jumpsuits and “proton packs”
– I really hope jokes are better and this is just a first swipe at a trailer.
– First impression.  I am sad.  They wanted a reboot, but the new movie seems to have enough visual similarities to the original, the ghosts look like they are out of a video game, the proton packs look like toys, and the jokes fell flat.  Just watching the first trailer, it felt like the script was based off someone’s fan fiction.

TRAILER #2 (International Trailer)
– Four Friends – great they got a demotion.
– Introductions look cheesy.
– Why is Thor here?
– Stop licking the proton gun.
– It wasn’t a “race thing” or a “lady thing”  is the audience after they saw the movie.  They all jumped into Deloreans, when back in time and tried to stop the movie.

TRAILER #3 (US #2)
– No reference to “Four Friends/Scientists”
– Still shot of the firehouse – STOP IT
– Original theme playing in the background.
– Is Kevin the ‘Big Bad?” okay
– They got Roker?!
– “Mass Hysteria” – stop it
– Selfies with the ghost – okay, I kinda like that one.

 

TRAILER #4 (International Trailer #2)
– Little bit more of the same.  Jokes are meh.
– Is that the new ghost trap?  It’s the size of a barrel?!

TRAILER #5 (International Trailer #3)
– “We’re the Ghostbusters” No…no you’re not.

NEW Ghostbusters Theme – by Fall Out Boy & Missy Elliot
– Stop the planet, I want to get off.  There’s no air?  I’m okay with that.
Overall, I’m upset to what feels like the filmmakers went into my childhood toy chest, took out some of the toys and tried to make a movie.  But when I ask if they’re playing with the toys, they look at me with a disgusted look like I had wronged them.

If I was going to reboot the Ghostbusters series (which there’s so way I would).  I would:
– New Logo.  If you want to distance yourself, make a new logo.  It can be reminiscent, but don’t use the same logo.  It makes it look like its a sequel and you don’t want that – that’s why you’re “rebooting” the series.
– Don’t make references to the previous movie(s).  Original content.  No “ECTO-1” that is now a white and red hearse.  No more backpack proton packs.  Stop showing me the firehouse – it just makes me want to compare this movie to the 1984 original – and that’s not making things better.
– Don’t call yourselves the Ghostbusters.  If you’re really that clever of writers, you can make a variation or something “better”.
– Mix up the cast.  Having an “all female Ghostbusters crew” is not a novel idea, it’s lazy.

And in the “real world”, just because someone doesn’t like the movie – don’t label them as a ‘misogynist’.  The reason I’m not looking forward to this is NOT because of the all female-lead cast, but because of bad storytelling.

I am just glad that after this movie comes out and if it does poorly, it will go away.  Maybe a “true” sequel will come along in a few years and we can forget this universe.

 

Wizard World Cleveland 2015

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My friends and I went to the Wizard World Cleveland Comic Con this weekend.

It was an early morning for everyone.  I got up bright and early at 5 a.m. to run down to the corner store for some last minute donuts.

Around 7:30 everyone started showing up.  They were a little late because the weather was bad and only getting worse.  But, nonetheless, we “caffeined” up, loaded into the “Bus” and were on our way.  The roads heading east to Cleveland were pretty bad.  Even though you could tell plowing was done, the winds covered them over.  The Envoy handled like a champ.  Even in AWD, we were making good time.  Areas where you couldn’t tell the lane you were in and cars spread out four-wide, we maneuvered around them and took the lead.  We had one little fishtale – but that was when we got off the highway and onto the side streets around the Convention Center.

We made good time driving, only losing 10 minutes in the two hour drive.  A little driving around to find a parking space, and we were at the Cleveland Convention Hall at 10:30 a.m.  There was already a significant line at the ticket booths and the coat check had a ten minute wait.  (As we found out later, we were lucky to get in so early as things really picked up around Noon).

Weapons check to make sure the pistols and knives we were carrying weren’t going to hurt anyone and we were on the sales floor.

WELCOME TO GEEK LAS VEGAS!

It was overwhelming.  We saw the line to the Karen Gillan booth wrap around the outside wall.  And the Corey Feldman line was to the front of the walkway!

2015-02-21 12.10.28 (Copy)Of course we saw the TARDIS and Katie got a picture with it.

We met the Cleveland Chapter of The Ghostbusters with the Mini ECTO-1 (a Mini decked out!).  That gave me some ideas…

Comics and Toys everywhere!

SPECIAL PANELS

Ian Somerhalder – The “handsome” (allegedly) actor from Vampire Diaries.  We got a seat towards the back, and as I soon found out was in a room with 95% screaming fangirls.  I don’t watch the show and don’t know who he is, but from what I gained from his panel is that he has a foundation to prevent animal abuse (Ian Somerhalder Foundation) as well as a news aggregator (Ryot.org) site with 75% of its members being “Millenials”.  Of course, my sarcasm made the comment “Well, if he has 10 subscribers, and 7-1/2 of them were Millenials, then his math is correct.”

David Jason Frank – The F*cking Green Ranger.  This was an interesting panel.  He talked about life after Power Rangers (in all its forms) and what he has been doing.  You could tell we were in a very POSITIVE Green Ranger fan room and everything he said was met with a roar of laughter and/or cheers.  Truthfully, it was a little bizarre.  But everyone has their fan moments. You might see us in the background at the panel.  If you don’t pause it at the right moment…it’s gone.

Lunch and the Open Bar – they served alcohol.  Wise decision.

Sci-Fi Speed Dating – Ben and I dropped off the girls at Sci-Fi Speed Dating (I know…)

Bruce Campbell vs. The Audience – This was a packed hall and since we got there late, we watched on the monitors in the hall.  Bruce decided to pick on and rip apart the audience as he looked for talented members to come up and perform for him.  It wasn’t pretty.  There was a late night movie host called “The Schlockmeister” (must be new – never heard of him while I was in Cleveland) who “performed”…  The winner was a choir singer performing “Uptown Funk”.

After we picked up the girls from their Speed Dating Exercise, it was back to the bar and walking the sales floor.

The sales floor closed down at 7:00 p.m. and gave us enough time to decide on a movie to close out the show.

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Wolf Cop – He’s an alcoholic deputy who gets caught up in a sacrifice before the “Booze and Shoot” turning him into a werewolf who is also a cop, and he drinks… He’s Wolf Cop!  Coming to video March 2015.  The sequel – Wolf Cop 2 will be out this fall.  I wanted to buy the DVD now.

The Crow – There was a discussion about the movie and then the movie played.  Couldn’t tell you what happened – too amped up about Wolf Cop!

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Ghostbusters

It’s “Throwback Thursday”.

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My best recollection was mid- 80’s right after GHOSTBUSTERS came out.  I made the proton pack out of cardboard, duct tape, aluminum tape, some plastic dials and tubes.  The “hose” is a white translucent vacuum-cleaner style hose with adapter at the end.  I put a few glow sticks in the tube to get a “glow”.

Instead of carrying around a bag for Halloween, I would “pick up” the candy with the tube and it would slide back to my backpack – so I carried around a box of candy on my back.  Actually pretty smart if you think about it.

Not a lot of people knew who I was.

 

Ghostbusters – 30th Anniversary

58b42111db4d665f2b8bcf7027ed9bcbI remember when Ghostbusters arrived in theaters the first time around.

It was and remains my favorite movie of all time.

I am very excited to see it again in the theater – 30 years later.

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10403238_10152653423735535_1219124465641004227_nSo we went to the 7:00 p.m. show and saw that is was being presented in “Extreme Digital Sound”/Cinemark XD – which in all reality I have no idea what it means.  It was loud, but no louder than the traditional theater going experience.

Well, according to the Cinemark website:

Get face-to-face with the action and experience cinema like never before! Extra large, extreme entertainment for your senses. Huge wall-to-wall screens, wrap-around sound and a maximum comfort entertainment environment ensure that every seat is an intense sensory experience.

Cinemark has completely remodeled and transformed one auditorium at each Cinemark XD theatre location into a state-of-the-art cinema experience. The Cinemark XD entertainment environment features an oversize, wall-to-wall and ceiling-to-floor screen, brand new plush seating, a custom JBL sound system featuring crisp, clear digital sound, and the brightest digital images delivered by a Doremi server and a Barco digital projector. The Cinemark XD auditoriums are able to exhibit the newest movies every week, including 2D and RealD 3D and can show any digital movie on the XD screen (2D, RealD 3D, concerts, Fathom events, live sporting events and more!). Purchase your advance tickets at cinemark.com and experience Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema today!

And with that technical information out of the way, it was the same movie I watched on the big screen so many years ago.  They didn’t digitally clean it up, add special effects, improve dialogue, change characters, nothing like that (looking at you Star Wars IV, V, and VI).

 

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