Stan Lee - in all honesty - was like the ultra-cool grandfather that I'd never met. As a child who grew up in the 1980s, his narration on TV shows like "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends" and "The Incredible Hulk" were some of my earliest childhood memories. And I was (and always will be) grateful to him for the universe that he has played a pivotal role into creating.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters in May 2019 and the film's first trailer has naturally drawn comparisons to 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand since both films involve Professor X tampering with Jean Grey's mind to "protect" her, and the subsequent disastrous results. The Last Stand however, is notoriously criticized by fans and even its own screenwriter Simon Kinberg (who has returned to write and direct next year's Dark Phoenix) for not living up to viewer expectations. It's widely considered gospel that one of the major storytelling "victories" of 2014's X-Men: Days Of Future Past (also written by Kinberg) was the erasure of the events of The Last Stand. Now that Dark Phoenix has made The Last Stand relevant once again, we are going to take another look at the film, and explore whether or not it is as bad as it's been made out to be, or if it is simply misunderstood and under-appreciated.
The year was 1987. I was 10 years old. My family and I were moving to another city. For me this was a life changing event because it meant my whole world was being turned upside down. I'd likely never see my old friends again. I'd have to make new ones. New house, new city, new school. Starting over. Things would never be the same.
The main protagonist of Transformers: The Movie is not Optimus Prime (the Autobot Leader), but rather a newcomer: a young Autobot named Hot Rod. He is brash, cocky and impulsive, and is appropriately voiced by a bad boy member of the '80s Brat Pack, Judd Nelson.
On September 27th, 2018 Fathom Events brings Transformers: The Movie back to the big screen for one night only at movie theaters across North America.
This blog post series is a tribute to the score by composer Vince DiCola. I should mention that this is written with a personal sensibility, and that these are the thoughts of a fan who has longed to write something like this for decades. I hope you enjoy this entry, and all the ones to follow.