The Film Gult


So how many comic fans are there out there? Some of you might be old enough to remember back in the late ‘80’s, early ‘90’s the comic industry went through, what is now referred to as, THE GULT! [que INCEPTION, “BARWAG”]

All started with the first incarnation of Valiant Comics, when they did a really fun redemption program for #0 issues. A promotion really unheard of at the time, and I think they were the first one to do #0 issues too. But what happened? The after market on these comics BLEW UP!  Going for insane amounts of dollars.

Safe to say all of the other publishers, including Marvel and DC, took notice. Somehow, from there, this idea of special issues transmorgafied into these gimmick covers. And before you knew it, you were getting this influx of “special” editions. Featuring chromium, prism, hologram, you name the sparkly cover… all carrying a premium cover price, but no added story or content benefit to the reader.

Next thing you know, the comic book industry as a whole hit an all time low. It was a dark time. And the GULT had taken hold.

Slowly but surly comics came out of it. Putting more value on story then some variant cover. And before you knew it, comics became a varied wealth of strong stories.

Why do I mention this? It kind of feels like the Film Industry is head in it’s own little version of the GULT right now. Continue reading The Film Gult

A Little Cantina “Antique Pop”…


So FUZZYBUG.NET is based in Kansas City, and gotta say, love when local talent gets some national coverage. The “talent” in this case? The self-proclaimed “antique-pop” duo that is Victor & Penny.

Otherwise known as Jeff and Erin.

And having met with them on more than one occasion, I can say there are just as delightful in person as they are talented. BUT I’m getting off-topic. The national coverage I’m talking about? Well, this dynamic duo got a write-up in Paste Magazine on doing a GEEKTASTIC cover of the Star Wars cantina theme, and it is fantastic!

Check out the video after the jump. Continue reading A Little Cantina “Antique Pop”…

DON’T CALL IT SEQUEL! But Luc Besson Wants to Return to Sci-Fi…

The Playlist asks Besson which film of his he’d like to direct a sequel to, and he says The Fifth Element… but sort-of comments, not really a sequel…

The Fifth Element. I was a little bit frustrated because I made the film right before all the new effects arrived. So when I did the film it was all blue screen, six hours, dots on the wall, takes forever to do one shot. Now, basically, you put the camera on your shoulder and then you run and then you add a couple of dinosaurs and spaceships. And I was so frustrated because it was not so easy at the time. So I always think to myself that I would avenge one day and use all the new tools to do a sci-fi film for sure….

I don’t know if it would be directly connected [to The Fifth Element] but it would be the same area and the same genre. So for me it would be connected even if the stories had nothing to do with each other.

Pirates 5? Really?


So turns out, speaking of sequels, a 5th Pirates of the Caribbean is happening. This one being titled, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Why do I mentioned it here? Well, looks like this was slated to come out next year. But recently Disney has decided to push it back to 2016. Reportedly there is no specific reason for the delay. Sounds like the Mouse is happy with how the production is going, they just want to give the picture more development time.

Which honestly is probably a smart move. With so many genre movies coming out in the next few years, and a lackluster installment that was On Stranger Tides, more time to develop the picture is probably best.

But personally, kind of done with this franchise. Kinda think you’ve done all you can with it. But we’ll see what happens.

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