My Favorite Scene: Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines (2003) “Sarah Connor’s Grave”

Ok, I’m going to come clean with you people, because we’re a close-knit family by this point…..I like Terminator 3.  I do not get all the hate for this film just because it’s not directed by James Cameron.  I know I said we were going to go through the entire franchise, but given the dismal reviews Terminator: Genisys is getting, I cannot make myself next week try to pick a favorite scene from Terminator: Salvation (the hate for I DO GET).  Oh, ok, here’s my favorite part from T4: the end credits which meant I could run out of the theater and scream at the moon.

Terminator 3 is not a bad film.  It’s not the film the first two are, but it’s not anywhere close to the franchise-buster that some people consider it to be.  A lot of the hate centers on the ending and how it negates the “we make our own fate” theme of the first two films, but I like that.  I like that trying everything possible through multiple timelines, they still were unable to avoid Judgment Day and that dichotomy is, to me, more interesting and could have been intelligently explored in future sequels (it apparently will not be).

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The weakest part of the film are the leads.  Stahl and Danes can both act, but they were miscast.  They never felt like they belonged in that world.  That doesn’t negate some fantastic action pieces like the two chases, another poignant Terminator sacrifice and my favorite scene: Sarah Connor’s grave.  Since she was smoking like a chimney in T2 (and let’s face it, under kind of a lot of stress), I find it entirely plausible she died between the 11 years between the second and third films.  What I find even more Sarah is that she filled her coffin with enough ordinance to bring down a small kingdom.  I love everything about the sequence at the cematary, right down to that poor, poor shrink getting his head messed with again.  Sarah should have filled him with Drano in the second movie and done him a favor.
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Comic Con 2015 Saturday Complete Schedule

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UPDATED WITH SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE BELOW

It’s hard to believe, but it is almost time for the most work-intensive portion of my year…..COMIC CON.  The San Diego International Comic Con has, over the years, mutated from a comic book show into a media orgy.  It’s not just comics; it’s movies, TV, books, music, video games, and anything and everything vaguely having to do with geekdom.  There will be huge announcements.  There will be new trailers (some of which may even leak).  There will be posters.  OH DEAR GOD, how there will be posters.  So quickly, before I paste the just announced schedule for the event’s three days, let’s cover how KT covers Comic Con.

If I posted something every time there was an announcement out of Comic Con, you phones, computers, personal AI companions, etc. would not stop blooping and blurping for five or six straight days.  Also there is the very real chance that I might lose what passes for the remainder of my sanity and fly to San Diego just to try to stop it all from happening.  Big announcements, will-yes-get normal posts.  Medium announcements will go up on our Facebook page at facebook.com/killingtime2014.  At the end of each day of the con, there will be a promo summary piece (or POSTER POST) wherein all the promotional art released for that day is neatly summarized for you in one handy post.  Don’t thank me.  I won’t hear you.  When Sunday’s schedule goes up, I will post those as well.  Put on your big boy/girl pants.  It’s about to get geeky.  SDCC will run from July 9-12 Continue reading Comic Con 2015 Saturday Complete Schedule

Comic Con 2015 Wednesday – Friday Complete Schedule

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It’s hard to believe, but it is almost time for the most work-intensive portion of my year…..COMIC CON.  The San Diego International Comic Con has, over the years, mutated from a comic book show into a media orgy.  It’s not just comics; it’s movies, TV, books, music, video games, and anything and everything vaguely having to do with geekdom.  There will be huge announcements.  There will be new trailers (some of which may even leak).  There will be posters.  OH DEAR GOD, how there will be posters.  So quickly, before I paste the just announced schedule for the event’s three days, let’s cover how KT covers Comic Con.

If I posted something every time there was an announcement out of Comic Con, you phones, computers, personal AI companions, etc. would not stop blooping and blurping for five or six straight days.  Also there is the very real chance that I might lose what passes for the remainder of my sanity and fly to San Diego just to try to stop it all from happening.  Big announcements, will-yes-get normal posts.  Medium announcements will go up on our Facebook page at facebook.com/killingtime2014.  At the end of each day of the con, there will be a promo summary piece (or POSTER POST) wherein all the promotional art released for that day is neatly summarized for you in one handy post.  Don’t thank me.  I won’t hear you.  When Saturday and Sunday’s schedules go up, I will post those as well.  Put on your big boy/girl pants.  It’s about to get geeky.  SDCC will run from July 9-12 Continue reading Comic Con 2015 Wednesday – Friday Complete Schedule

Furious 7 Blu Ray & DVD Date and Details (Extended Version)

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Furious 7, to me, remains to most stunning hit of the year.  This movie is only Titanic and Avatar in terms of global box office. That is astounding.  The seventh entry in a series is the third highest grossing film of all-time.  What’s more, it’s REALLY good and all of this was done in the shadow of the tragedy of Paul Walker’s death, which the film handled in a classy and laudable manner.  I absolutely have to see how some of the stunts in the film were done so this is a day one purchase for me.  BluRay.com has your full rundown on what goodies Universal has in store for your home theater when Furious 7 roars in on September 15, 2015. Continue reading Furious 7 Blu Ray & DVD Date and Details (Extended Version)

Why There Will NOT Be a Solo Hulk Film Soon

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Why isn’t a solo Hulk film on the Marvel schedule anywhere?  The schedule is laid out through The Inhumans closing Phase 3 in 2019 and there is nary a big, green guy on it.  After The Avengers, the Hulk was the break-out character of that film and it seems natural that Marvel would want to capitalize on that.  Plus, given where Avengers: Age of Ultron ended, an adaptation of Greg Pak’s Planet Hulk storyline would seem a natural segue.  It isn’t going to happen and this is why: while Marvel has the production rights to a solo Hulk movie, Universal Studios still owns the rights to distribute the film.  This is exactly the same dilemma that held up production on The Hobbit films for a decade.

I’ll paste Geek Tyrant’s summary of the court’s ruling on the matter that came via Forbes, but to be honest, I think you may just see a Red Hulk on the screen before you see Bruce again.  Just take a look at the cast list for Captain America: Civil War and you’ll see that William Hurt is returning as General Thunderbolt Ross after nearly a decade.  Is Rulk going to be added to the MASSIVE Marvel buffet that is Cap 3?  We’ll find out next May.

The report states that Universal no longer has the production rights to the Hulk. Marvel currently has them, and has had them since 2005. But Universal still holds the distribution rights on a solo Hulk movie. So if Marvel were to make a new Hulk film, Universal would be given the option of “First Refusal.” Only if they passed on the project would Disney be allowed to take over the distribution rights of that movie.

There are a few other factors that play into the reason why Marvel isn’t looking to make another solo Hulk movie yet. The real issue doesn’t lay with Marvel not being able to work something out with Universal. Forbes points out that the high cost of production and marketing for a Hulk film, mixed with the disappointing box office results of the two previous films, are a huge reason a Hulk solo film isn’t happening anytime soon. They also point out the obvious, and that is that the character simply works better as an ensemble team player with the Avengers.