We all know Hollywood is pretty much out of ideas. Nowadays, it seems like 90% of the movies hitting theaters is either some sort of remake or reboot, likely of something that has already been remade a couple times before. The awesome and epic story-tellers and directors (Looking at you, Nolan and Whedon) seem to finally be getting their chance to really shine, but studios are just too afraid to take a chance on those unique indie projects waiting in the wings, so it looks like we’re stuck with the likes of Michael Bay, Joel Schumacher, and Brett Ratner. Join us this week as we discuss the movies that we actually want to see remade (because it’s going to happen eventually), but only if someone with talent can do it! Wipe your classic memories away, burn up those original scripts, and whatever you do, don’t even think of Transformers as we discuss our remake picks on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
Well, boys and girls, another year has come to an end. 2012 has been good to us over here at the podcast, and we hope all of our efforts have brought you a great many laughs this past year. Behind us lies a failed apocalypse, crappy politics, and an awesome year of geekdom. We don’t know what all 2013 has in store for us, but you better believe it’s going to have some kick-ass geek times, sweet movies, and MORE PODCASTS! Join us this week as we B.S. our way into the New Year and talk about whatever randomness comes to mind. Throw away that useless old Mayan Calendar, cast aside those unneeded show-runners, and pimp out your E-Z Bake oven as you prepare your ears for a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
Now that I’ve put on about fifty pounds and will be fighting off a tryptophan coma until New Year’s, it is officially the holiday season! With Santa and Rudolph still weeks away, what is a geek to do in the meantime? Go to the movies of course! Here’s a couple brief looks at some of the holiday movies I’m looking forward to this year.
Robert Downey Jr. continues his career renaissance as he reunites with co-star Jude Law and director Guy Ritchie to once again play the world’s greatest detective. In the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster, Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the questionable death of the crown prince of Austria and soon find themselves embroiled in a continent spanning game of cat and mouse with the equally intelligent and infinitely devious Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris. Personally, I loved the first film and use it as heavy inspiration for my upcoming game, so I think this sequel is going to be the perfect kick in the pants for me to get my game off the ground. The film hits theaters December 16th, and in my opinion, if you aren’t down with Sherlock Holmes, then you ain’t no friend of mine!
The fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series finds Tom Cruise‘s Ethan Hunt and the entire IMF disavowed after the terrorist bombing of the Kremlin. Hunt and his crew of rogue secret agents – Brandt (Jeremy Renner), Benji (Simon Pegg), Jane (Paula Patton), Luther (Ving Rhames) and Trevor (Josh Holloway) – work to clear their, and the entire agencies name. I remember seeing the original Mission: Impossible in theaters back in 1996 and loved every minute of it, but passed on Mission: Impossible II and have yet to see it (I think it was a combination of Tom Cruise’s hair and John Woo at the helm that made me pass). The new film hits theaters December 21st, and if Ghost Protocol ends up being anything like Mission: Impossible III, it should be a damn good ride!
Based on the widely popular (in Europe) Tintin comic series started in the late 1920’s by Belgian artist Georges Rémi (also known as Hergé), the soon to be released film, directed by Steven Speilberg and starring Jaime Bell, Daniel Craig, and Andy Serkis brings the adventures of Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock to life through what looks to be an awesome implementation of full motion-capture animation. I’m not going to pretend like I know anything about the Tintin character or the world he exists in, but it’s hard to argue with Speilberg, plus the trailer looks pretty awesome. I predict that this movie is going to be an underrated sleeper hit this holiday season.
Alright… That’s all… time for the semi-permanent turkey coma. Happy Black Friday!!!