A grab-bag of geeky stuff that I am spending too many cycles thinking about right now, in reverse order.
I grew up watching the old Godzilla flicks that played on Saturday afternoons. The badly dubbed English was just part of the charm. Alas, every recent iteration of Godzilla has disappointed, to the point that this newest attempt didn’t even blip my radar when I first heard about it.
Then the trailers hit. The teaser with the Army parachuting in and trailing flares got my attention. The first full trailer convinced me that this Godzilla was legit. The atmosphere in the trailer is incredible.
It’s out now… and I can’t wait to see it.
I didn’t really care for the Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, so its kinda funny how intrigued I am by this photo. Batman looks ripped in a way we’ve never seen before in the movies. I love the idea of an older, grizzled Batman, with some of that thickness that age often brings.
This one is firmly on the radar.
I am not a Nolan devotee by any stretch. Batman Begins restored my faith in the franchise, and The Dark Knight is one of my top 10 movies of all-time. But The Dark Knight Rises was uneven and full of plot holes, and while Inception looked cool, it ultimately felt unsatisfying.
Still – Nolan taking on sci-fi? With Mathew McConaughey, fresh off of True Detective and Mud? I’m listening…
The trailer has heart, and lots of cool sci-fi stuff going on.
I am haunted by the daughter running after his truck when he leaves. As a father with my own little girl… damn.
#3 Guardians of the Galaxy
This movie looks like so much fun. I know nothing whatsoever about these guys other than what I’ve learned from watching the two trailers. That is still enough to make it my #2 anticipated movie of the year, behind only Days of Future Past.
Guardians has this cool, Star Wars meets Firefly vibe that I am just really digging. Looks like a fun movie.
#2 D&D Next
After months of speculation and rumors, details are finally emerging regarding the next iteration of D&D. The starter set is launching July 15th, with the iconic core books coming August thru November.
D&D has lost a lot of mindshare due to Pathfinder and the rise of indies (fueled by Kickstarter). Still. D&D is the grand-daddy of them all, and I can’t help but feel a swell of excitement just hearing the name “D&D”. I’ll have more to say on this soon.
#1 Star Wars Episode VII
Star Wars came out in 1977; I was born in 1978. Most of my earliest childhood memories involve Star Wars in some fashion. I clearly remember going to see Return of the Jedi with my father when I was 5. Februarys transformed Michigan into Hoth, wherein I would lay on our snowy front lawn and reach toward the street moaning “Dagobah…” My action figures had telescoping lightsabers (wish I still had them!). Once we got a VCR, I taped the Trilogy and religiously watched it almost every weekend.
So yeah. I might go see this movie next year.
The Prequels had their moments, but they left me a bit cautious and even jaded. Expectations were too high, impossibly so. Star Wars could never be for me as an adult what it’d been to me as a child. Still, I worried about further damage to the legacy with another lackluster trilogy.
Questions lingered. Is JJ Abrams the “right” guy? I don’t know. I loved Alias and his two Trek movies (and I was never a Trekkie), and I thought Super 8 was a good flick, but Star Wars is something else entirely. Focusing on the original characters – maybe not such a good idea? I mean, we love Han and Luke and Leia, but the years haven’t been kind.
Then that photo came out of the principle cast doing a first read of the script, and I felt some of the old magic tingling. I know nothing whatsoever about the young actors. But I love Andy Serkis. And Mark Hamill channeling Obi-Wan via a grizzled Luke? Sign me up.
And there, in the middle, sitting with a bit of that old swagger, Han Solo himself. Between Han and Indy, Harrison Ford was my favorite actor growing up and it wasn’t close. I fear that Episode 7 might be the long-rumored send-off for Han, but maybe that’s okay.
So that’s some of the stuff I’m dreaming about these days… It’s a great time to be a geek!