Mat and Thrasher discuss the Wing Commander games for the PC in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast: Wing Commander 1-4, Wing Commander: Prophecy, Wing Commander: Privateer, and much more! They also touch on the animated TV series Wing Commander: Academy and the live-action feature film Wing Commander.
Video Game Sequelcast Ep. 5: Wing Commander (PC) [Wing Commander 1-4, Wing Commander: Prophecy, Wing Commander: Privateer]
Hollywood Reporter revealed that Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to have a starring role in Steve Pink’s (High Fidelity) upcoming remake of The Toxic Avenger.
If the negotiations are successful, it’s not clear what part Schwarzenegger would play. He’s a bit too old for the titular lead, but the original film had a villain that was a jock. Maybe the villain will be aged up or have a sidekick for this reboot? I hope we get lines like “Our relationship is toxic” and “You’re avenging no one.”
Should Arnold Schwarzenegger star in The Toxic Avenger? Comment away!
Mat, Thrasher, and Jersey Jason discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast.
Directed by Chris Columbus (Rent), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone had the tricky cast of transposing nothing less than a literary phenomenon to the silver screen. Screenwriter Steve Kloves (Flesh and Bone) adapted the novel fairly literally, with almost every scene from the novel showing up in the film nearly word for word.
Does the original title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone make more sense the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone? How do the special effects hold up after all the years? Why does the Harry Potter music by John Williams (Family Plot) always make me sleepy?
Thrasher provides an audio commentary for The Wiz in this episode of the SequelCommentary podcast.
Mat and Thrasher discuss Oz the Great and Powerful in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast.
Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man 3), Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel that looks at what the titular Oz’s first adventure before he became a wizard. Inspired by the books by Frank L. Baum, the film features a sunnier tone than most recent lavish blockbusters. Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp were considered for the lead before it went to James Franco (Spring Breakers).
How much horror does Sam Raimi inject into Oz, the Great and Powerful? Does the film have one witch too many? Is this a satisfying entry in the Oz cinematic canon?
Video Game Sequelcast Ep. 4: Space Quest (PC) [Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter, Space Quest 2: Vohaul's Revenge, Space Quest 3: The Pirates of Pestulon, Space Quest 4: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers, Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation, and Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier]
Mat and Thrasher discuss the Space Quest games for the PC (Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter, Space Quest 2: Vohaul’s Revenge, Space Quest 3: The Pirates of Pestulon, Space Quest 4: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers, Space Quest 5: The Next Mutation, and Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier) in this episode of the Video Game Sequelcast podcast.
Mat and Thrasher discuss Return to Oz in this episode of the Sequelcast podcast.
Noted sound editor Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) made his directorial debut with Return To Oz in 1985. Based off the books The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz by Frank L. Baum, this film was a notorious flop upon its release. Despite a hefty budget, its dark tone and lack of musical numbers scared off its potential audience.
In the real world, Dorothy Gale (Fairuza Balk) gets locked away in a mental institution by Dr. Worley (Nicol Williamson). After escaping, she somehow ends up in Oz with a new gang of companions. Her ultimate goal is to overthrow the Nome King and restore peace and prosperity to the merry old land of Oz.
Are Tik-Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead decent replacements for the Tin Man and the Scarecrow? How scary is the Nome King? Is Belina annoying for a talking chicken?
The May 2013 issue of NAG reports that Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) will not be voicing Batman in the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Origins. Kevin Conroy voiced Batman in the first two Arkham video games, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Batman: Arkham Origins is set for a worldwide release on October 25, 2013.
Kevin Conroy is nearly everyone’s favorite animated Batman voice. However, Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel. Conroy’s take on Batman is very deep and husky with notes of oak and dark cherry. Presumably, Warner Bros. Games Montreal will be casting a younger (or younger sounding) actor in the role. I’d say if you’re going for a prequel game, why not cast Adam West, the original Batman?
Any interest in Batman: Arkham Origins now that Kevin Conroy is not going to be voicing Batman?
Hollywood Reporter revealed that MTV has greenlit a pilot for a TV show based on the horror movie franchise Scream.
A Scream TV show makes a lot of sense. Scream 4 faltered at the box office, but the name of the franchise is still recognizable. I imagine the show will feature many meta moments just like the films. We’ll have to wait and see if this goes to series.
Does the possibility of a Scream TV show make you scream with glee? Comment away!
Mat and Thrasher discuss movies based on books that are not by Stephen King in this episode of the Sequelcast Special podcast.