MovieRob’s 007 December Blogathon: Moonraker (1979)

A fantastic write up of my favorite Roger Moore Bond picture. Embrace the silliness folks!

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My strange obsession with this highly special and arguably terrible Bond film continues! Here’s the second review I’ve written for MovieRob‘s fantastic 007 December Blogathon. If you want to know more about my admittedly poor taste in Bond films, read on!

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177741Moonraker (1979, dir. Lewis Gilbert) is also known as “Bond in Space”, because it’s the film where the one and only James Bond – this time played by the very charming Roger Moore – actually makes it out to the vast expanse of space. But in the beginning, before the outer space shenanigans occur, Bond is assigned on a secret mission to respond to a critical incident where an MI6 space shuttle has been hijacked. It seems that a millionaire named Hugo Drax is involved, and Bond must investigate this suspicious individual to prevent further damage to the British Crown.

Some say that Roger Moore’s interpretation…

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A Comic Moment: George Lucas’ The Star Wars By Dark Horse Comics

Now that the trailer for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens has been released, I want to revisit a post from earlier this year. A look at the comic adaptation of George Lucas’s original rough draft script, The Star Wars. 20140609-205832-75512496.jpg

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Writer:
J. W. Rinzler
Artist:
Mike Mayhew
Colorist:
Rain Beredo
Letterer:
Michael Heisler
Cover Artist:
Nick Runge

A while back I began reading a limited comic series called The Star Wars published by Dark Horse comics. This eight-issues series was based on the original rough draft screenplay by George Lucas. This would evolve over the course of the 1970s to eventually become the movie we know as Star Wars.

I had never read a Star Wars comic before in my life, so when I was in my local shop and I saw the cover of issue one, I though this was a comic adaptation of the original film, when I saw it was of Lucas’ original version I had to check it out.

In my previous post, I noted that this is Star Wars in name, but not what your are used to seeing. You see character names, but they are not the same characters. For example, Luke Skywalker is not the heroic young aspiring Jedi we all know and love, but a battle hardened general. He basically fills in the role for Obi-Wan Kenobi. And in the role of the young hero, we have Annikin Starkiller, son of Kane who takes up the mantle to save the galaxy from the evil empire. We also have our princess, still named Leia, our two droids, also named C3PO and R2D2. The names are spelled slightly different however. Our bounty hunter Han Solo is not human, but an alien. And of course the villain, who is still named Darth Vader.

As a comic, this was a lot of fun to read it had great artwork. Very bright colors. Even though this was not the same Star Wars story, it certainly had the same epic, adventurous tone as the original film did. Since this is an adaptation, I can only assume that the dialogue between characters was Lucas’. Just like his work on the prequel films, it is very cheesy and just like in Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the romance between Annikin and Princess Leia is so cringeworthy, I actually felt nostalgic. Guess the good news is that we can’t say Lucas lost his talent for writing dialogue, it never was really there.

But I certainly can say, that he does have an imagination, and seeing some of his original thoughts in some form of visual is quite rewarding. This could never have been an actual film I feel, it could have possibly been worse than the prequels, which I actually do like those movies.

My reccomendation: Head to your local comic shop and pick up The Star Wars issues 1-8. I had a blast reading and most likely will pick it up when it is released in a special collected format. Go visit a galaxy not too far from the one that is far, far, away.

Deacon’s Den Top 5: Most Recommended Animated Series

Here is my newest contribution to Vic’s Movie Den. Today’s focus is on 5 Animated series that I totally recommend you watch.

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Hi gang, Vic  here to introduce the latest Contribution for Vic’s Movie’s Den. It is from Eric Jones of “Deacon’s Den.” Eric has kindly written up a very cool post about the Best Animated Shows that he feels you all should be watching and enjoying. I can confidently say that the list is very accurate and pretty varied. I hope you all find one show or more that may interest you!

You can drop by Eric’s very cool page: “Deacon’s Den” HERE

TOP 5 Most Recommended Animated Series –

By Eric Jones

We really are in a “Golden Age of Television.” The quality of various programs on the air now is something we haven’t seen before. One thing that people seem to overlook however are some equally quality animated series. I think the problem that most people have is when discussing programs of this nature is…

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