It’s another edition of our Biff Bam Popcast! As we get ready for Fan Expo Canada, our panel will discuss the films of the great director John Carpenter, who will appearing at Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear August 23-26 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Find out what Carpenter films are our faves and which ones we find lacking. The popcast kicks off at approximately 10pm with JP Fallavollita, Glenn Walker, Corina Newby, Andy Burns and our special guest, Alex West of Scare Tactic and a Rue Morgue contributing writer. Watch us live at 10pm right here, or catch it on demand after 10:30pm!
Does anybody really like Michael Bay films? I haven’t really met anyone who thinks Armageddon or any of the Transformers films are actually any good. When it comes to Bay, it’s all big explosions and scantily clad ladies. Now he’s at it again with plans for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that will completely change the origin of the heroes in a half-shell, an action that has got the entire geek universe up in arms (except for Corey Feldman, who voiced Donatello in the original film as is “IN” if Bay wants him. Of course, if Michael Bay wants Feldman to deliver him a pizza, he’s also “IN”.
On that note, I asked our team of Biff Bam Pop writers to weigh in on his fairly insane plan to turn the turtles into aliens. Here’s what they had to say:
Gentlemen Broncos is one of those awesome sci-fi movies about science fiction that is simply overlooked. The trial of a young unknown author, the plagiarism of his greatest work, good vs. evil, battle stags and yeast wars; YUP. Struggling sci-fi writers, this is a movie dedicated to you.
Like other Hess films (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre) Gentlemen Broncos is non-descript, with a weird worn out kitsch character treatment; and this one is really weird – like, weird in a way that will make you afraid to use hand cream.
But if like me, you have ever romanticized the life of a successful writer or struggled to write a story; if you’ve voraciously read yellow TOR paperbacks; if you remain obsessively loyal to the campy origins of sci fi, you’re probably going to love Gentlemen Broncos.