Even though Harrison Ford is now 72 years old and looks it, it was hard not to get excited when he made his first appearance as Han Solo in this week’s teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So I feel it’s only appropriate to turn the clock back 46 years and showcase a much younger Harrison Ford making an early acting appearance in an episode of Love, American Style, a comedy anthology TV series which showcased numerous self-contained stories involving romance. In this one, Ford plays a hippie who helps convince a bickering married couple not to get a divorce and, man, is it weird to see Harrison Ford delivering corny jokes to a canned laugh track. Fun fact: when Ford heard he was going to play a hippie, he apparently showed up on set with long hair and a beard, but was told to get a haircut and shave it off since the look did not suit him at all.
And thus began a life long fear of fish.
Well, Warner Bros. and DC couldn’t let Disney’s new Star Wars trailer be the hit preview of the week, so “someone” has leaked the trailer for the horribly named Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice early! And honestly, my reaction is a resounding “meh.” Obviously this is just a teaser thing, because it mostly consists of tracking shots and voiceover. We hear a bit of Lex Luthor Eisenberg ranting about Superman, and he makes a compelling argument, but the real meat of the trailer comes at the end, when we finally see Ben Affleck in full Batman gear squaring off against the Man of Steel. He’s got the crazy armour and everything, straight out of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. But will it be any good? I dunno, man. The most surprisingly thing about this trailer for me was how little Ben Affleck bothered me. In fact, I think he’ll actually make a solid Batman. Yeah, I said it.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice sulks its way into theatres on March 25, 2016. Does anybody else find it weird that it’s a March release? Just sayin’.
What can a screenwriter bring to the director’s chair? That question is the focus of this episode of Shouts From the Back Row as Gill and Robin count down their top 3 favourite screenwriters who became directors. And as if you need any more reason to tune in, they also spend a bit of time discussing the new Star Wars trailer! Click here to download!
Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!
Today officially marks the release of the most anticipated movie of 2015. Not Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today, our cinema screens have been blessed with the presence of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. As if you all die-hard Paul Blart fans aren’t excited enough already, I’m going to further satisfy your fix by posting some footage of a then-unknown Kevin James performing stand-up way back in 1992.
It’s…uncanny. Aww, I miss Robin Williams.
Okay, I have to ask: was anybody calling for more Scream? The first two movies were fun, but I mean, Scream 4 landed with a pretty big thud, and I thought that meant that they were done trying to wring a few more bucks out of what is ultimately an extremely generic franchise. Sure, the point was that it was lampooning the cliches of the slasher genre, but there are only so many times you can make a “What was that sound?” joke before it becomes tired. And besides, has MTV ever done a live action series worth a damn? In case you haven’t gathered, I have absolutely no interest in this. So why post it? I’m kind of fascinated that it even exists.
Scream the TV series starts on June 30, 2015.
I didn’t mean to get excited by this new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I’m pretty cynical about a lot of movies at this point, and you’d think after so many years of mediocre Star Wars films, that I wouldn’t get all giddy at some new Star Wars stuff. you’d think I’d remember how excited we all were when the first trailers for The Phantom Menace showed up. But I can’t help it. This trailer has turned me into a kid again. And old Han even looks like a badass. Don’t let me down, J.J. Abrams.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out December 18, 2015.
Uh oh. Uuuuh, suddenly I don’t think I’d be comfortable working at Home Depot. Anyway, this is the best short since Moving In.
Leif Garrett is often seen as a poster child for “child stars gone wrong”, but I have to ask: how could a kid possibly turn out right after starting out his career by acting in Devil Times Five?! Our very own Vince Nitro recently screened Devil Times Five for the Back Row crew, as it was a childhood favourite of his, but dear God, is it terrible! The film is a low-budget 1974 grindhouse horror flick about five psychotic children who terrorize a group of adults at a secluded mountaintop home and proceed to murder them all. As you probably guessed, a young Leif Garrett plays one of the evil children. As awful as Devil Times Five is, the highlight is undoubtedly the ultra-grumpy simpering character of Harvey Beckman (played by Sorrell Booke, the future Boss Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard!), who is continually antagonized by Leif Garrett’s bratty psycho until Leif decides to put an axe into Harvey’s head. For your convenience, I’ve posted the entire (public domain) movie, but watching Devil Times Five without the aid of booze or a mocking audience of friends is probably harmful to your health.