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Hollywood Remakes – Comparative Opinions Episode 63

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week, Hosts Holly and David start from a conversation about what movies they feel should not be remade, and from there go through a discussion of different types of remakes, reasons they happen, and talk good ones, bad ones, and ones they predict for the future. Let us know what movies you don’t want remade!

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Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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Week in Geek Episode 4

Week in Geek, episode 4, recorded 9/14/17. News since last recording, including: a Die Hard children’s Christmas book; Last Week Tonight with John Oliver being renewed for 3 seasons; Patty Jenkins signs on for Wonder Woman 2; JJ Abrams returns for Star Wars Episode IXGuardians of the Galaxy vol. 3; and the writing credits situation with Thor Ragnarok.

Here’s a link to the Die Hard book: https://www.amazon.com/Die-Hard-Christmas-Illustrated-Holiday/dp/1608879763/

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

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Week in Geek Episode 2

Week in Geek, episode 2, recorded 8/28/17. Apologies for a couple jump cuts, we got interrupted way more than normal this recording. News since last recording, including: Game of Thrones season 8 release date (2019???); NetFlix Marvel shows watch order; new “Jessica Jones-esque” show for ABC (what does it mean?); and a whole bunch of time spent on James Cameron’s comments about Wonder Woman.

Here’s a link to the Guardian interview with James Cameron, if you’re interested: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/24/james-cameron-well-never-be-able-to-reproduce-the-shock-of-terminator-2

Our other podcast is Comparative Opinions, find it and old Week in Geek episodes on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes!

Music is by Scott Gratton: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Gratton/Intros_and_Outros

What’s Up, Han Solo Film?

Oh yeah, amidst everything else going on in Hollywood, they’re working on a Han Solo prequel standalone anthology film. Kind of forgot about that – certainly didn’t realize they had started filming in January, nor that it was slated for May 2018 (rather than as another Christmas-time film). However, there’s a slight hitch in that today, as apparently the directors have left the film over “creative differences.”

Thanks for the news, Twitter Moments.

Some people were super disappointed because they apparently knew the additional fact that the two directors – Phil Lord and Christopher Miller – had worked on such films as The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Okay, I liked those, sure, sad to have them go. And moreso, bad to have them go mid-filming. That Disney expects to keep the movie on-target is impressive.


I mean, movies lose directors, have creative differences, and in other ways slide into production hell all the time – it’s the plans to power through on this movie that is impressive, and also worrisome. This seems like a hard movie to do well, and having a single vision for it would of course be better than multiple visions – although with “creative differences,” it may already be too late for that.

This isn’t the first franchise to recently lose the director in the late days of filming. Justice League saw Zack Snyder bow out, for totally understandable personal reasons. The studio quickly got Joss Whedon, of all people, lined up to finish the movie, with re-shoots and editing to go – again, keeping the original release date in November this year.

There are reports that Joss is expected to do more re-shoots than Zack Snyder was planning to, and in the end we’ll likely be seeing a movie that has a touch of both of them clearly apparent. Hopefully in a good way; time will tell.

I could see something similar ending up happening with the Han Solo film: a high profile director coming in and acting as the closer on the film, who also maybe does a bit of work to make the film a bit more “their own.” One of the Twitter suggestions was Edgar Wright, and while I would love that, I don’t know how much he would want to tackle someone else’s movie (after all the trouble he went through trying to make Ant Man).

Time will tell – possibly quite soon – for the Han Solo film.

Epic Rap Battles of History – Director’s Cut

So to speak. See what I did there?

The most recent of the Epic Rap Battles of History was Steven Spielberg vs. Alfred Hitchcock. But they couldn’t leave well enough alone… ending up with a few more directors thrown in. And of course, at least they’re not Michael Bay. Right?

Please note: NSFW. Language. As with pretty much all of their work. Also, all of rap.

We thought this was great, and the question is as always a good one. WHO WON? YOU DECIDE! We have the poll for you after the jump! Continue reading