The Apes of Wrath

On the latest episode of The Midnight Movie Cowboys podcast, Stu and I go through the entire Planet of the Apes franchise, from the classic original, onto it’s sequels, the spin-off TV shows, the Tim Burton remake, and finally, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  So head on over to the site and check it out.  Also, be sure to subscribe on iTunes if you haven’t already!

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From Hand to Mouth

It’s been awhile, but a new episode of the Midnight Movie Cowboys podcast is available!  This time Stu and I talk about the career of documentary filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, the guys who made fascinating films like Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, and Some Kind of Monster.  The wait for the next show won’t be as long, we have a very simian show coming soon.  In the mean time, go listen to this one, and enjoy!

Midnight Movie Madness

The latest episode of The Midnight Movie Cowboys podcast is up, this one focusing on the midnight movie phenomenon.  We focus on the films that Jonathan Rosenbaum and J. Hoberman focused on in their book, Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream.  This isn’t an episode on cult movies, but specifically films that found their audience playing at midnight, specifically Night of the Living Dead, El Topo, Pink Flamingos, The Harder They Come, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and EraserheadGo listen at our website, and subscribe on iTunes if you haven’t already!

 

Midnight Movie Cowboys talk Indy on the USG

Stu and I were asked to record a quick segment for the episode on Indiana Jones for the United States of Geekdom.  We talk all four Indy flicks, plus the press antics of Shia Lebeouf.  Go check it out over at the USG blog, our segment is a good chunk of the way in.  Also, towards the end, Andrew Farmer challenges Stu and I to a Green Lantern-related throw-down (Stu loved it, I’ve made it quite clear I hated it), which we accepted.  So expect a recording of us arguing more so than usual soon.

The Green Lantern That Never Was

Stuart, my co-host over at the Midnight Movie Cowboys, is doubling-down on his defense of Martin Campbell’s boring Green Lantern, but he brought up a straw man towards the end which was interesting: the comedy take on Green Lantern starring Jack Black that never happened.  Robert Smigel, who is probably best known as Triumph the Insult Comic Dog on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, penned a script, the first draft of which is available online.  Obviously the movie never happened because of fan outrage, and the studio opted for something more serious.  In late June, Smigel sat down with Vanity Fair after the release of the movie we ended up getting to discuss the Green Lantern film that never was, and the interview was an interesting look into what could have been. 

In the article, the interviewer indirectly makes a point that I think speaks true about the film that’s out now: if the Green Lantern movie we got with Ryan Reynolds was any good, no one would be talking about the one that never came to pass.  Trying to imagine a Green Lantern film with Jack Black seems ridiculous at first, but we did get a Green Hornet movie starring Seth Rogen this year (which I really enjoyed), so I guess anything’s possible when it comes to playing with popular brands.