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Walt Sent Me Episode 78: The Lion King

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On the new episode of Walt Sent Me, Kristen and Todd are joined by JD Duran from the In Session Film Podcast to discuss the 1994 Disney animated classic The Lion King. They also look at the 1950 Donald Duck short Lion Around.

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For The Love Of Sci-Fi

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This December sees the return of the For The Love Of Sci-Fi convention. For The Love Of Sci-Fi brings together guests from the world of science fiction, along with film props and amazing replica prop builds, and packages them into one huge weekend.

Guest this year include William Shatner (Star Trek, TJ Hooker), David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider), Dolph Lungren (Rocky 4, Masters of the Universe), David Prowse and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), and more.

Although Conventions and Comic Cons have been big business in the US for decades, they are a relatively new thing here in the UK with them only really starting to become “things” in the last 10 years. It really is great to be getting such established names coming to the UK.

There will be talks and Q&A sessions with the guest included in the ticket price, with the opportunity to meet and talk to the guests. Guests do charge for autographs, which may be something that surprises newcomers to Conventions, but this is the same across all conventions. And, come on, you’re getting to meet, talk to and shake hands with icons!

So come along and meet the people who helped define your childhood!

For The Love Of Sci-Fi runs from 3rd Dec to 4th Dec and is located at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, just behind the Intu Trafford Centre.

Check out ForTheLoveOfSci-Fi.com for all the info.

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For The Love Of Sci-Fi

This article is from 80sNostalgia.com. Click the title to hop over there.

This December sees the return of the For The Love Of Sci-Fi convention. For The Love Of Sci-Fi brings together guests from the world of science fiction, along with film props and amazing replica prop builds, and packages them into one huge weekend.

Guest this year include William Shatner (Star Trek, TJ Hooker), David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider), Dolph Lungren (Rocky 4, Masters of the Universe), David Prowse and Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), and more.

Although Conventions and Comic Cons have been big business in the US for decades, they are a relatively new thing here in the UK with them only really starting to become “things” in the last 10 years. It really is great to be getting such established names coming to the UK.

There will be talks and Q&A sessions with the guest included in the ticket price, with the opportunity to meet and talk to the guests. Guests do charge for autographs, which may be something that surprises newcomers to Conventions, but this is the same across all conventions. And, come on, you’re getting to meet, talk to and shake hands with icons!

So come along and meet the people who helped define your childhood.

For The Love Of Sci-Fi runs from 3rd Dec to 4th Dec and is located at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, just behind the Intu Trafford Centre.

Check out ForTheLoveOfSci-Fi.com for all the info.

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Forgotten Filmcast Ep 92: Wild Thing

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We visit the urban jungle on the next episode of the Forgotten Filmcast for a film that borrows heavily from the Tarzan legend. Todd is joined by Rik Morgan and Danny Bennett from the Hail Ming Power Hour to discuss a 1987 film written by John Sayles, Wild Thing.

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Show Notes:
The Hail Ming Power Hour
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Films Discussed:
Wild Thing
The Phantom of the Paradise
Mr. Right
Eight Men Out

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The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave

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Nowadays, premium cable TV series are considered the height of the television medium. That wasn’t always the case. Back when I was a teenager most of these shows seemed to be just a bit of a step down. I’m not saying that they were, but that was the impression many had. These shows either weren’t good enough for the broadcast networks or they had boobies so they landed on HBO. One show that appealed to my dumb sense of humor, though, was Super Dave, which aired on Showtime. It centered on daredevil Super Dave Osborne (Bob Einstein) as he mounted a new stunt each week…usually with disastrous results. The show ran from 1987-91, but in 2000 the character showed up in his own movie…The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave.

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The film begins with Super Dave mounting a big stunt in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. It essentially has to do with him being shot out of a cannon and then bouncing back and forth between two big trampolines. On hand, as always, is his team, including his assistant Donald (Don Lake) and his stunt planner Fuji (Art Irizawa). Of course, the stunt goes horribly wrong and Super Dave ends up in the hospital. Adding insult to injury, he learns that his manager has skipped the country with all his money.

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Now, Super Dave is forced to sell off his assets to get by. This includes most of the items at his training compound/amusement park. His life starts to change though when he begins mentoring a young daredevil named DJ (Steve Van Wormer). He even lets him use the name Super Dave Jr. But DJ ends up betraying Super Dave by signing up with a crooked promoter (Dan Hedaya). Of course, the promoter has in mind to create huge event where the two daredevils square off against each other.

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Now, if you’re at all familiar with the Super Dave character then you should realize going in that any movie about him is going to have a lot of dumb humor. In that department the film doesn’t disappoint. Call me what you will, but seeing all of the disastrous, bone-crushing stunts on Super Dave’s Showtime series each week struck me as funny. Adding Bob Einstein’s deadpan reactions to each disaster to it just made it work all the more. If you like those sort of jokes, there are plenty of them in this movie, and most of them made me laugh. Now then, the question remains: is crushing a dummy in a Super Dave costume 20 times enough to sustain a 90-minute film. Honestly, no. Much of the connective tissue of this film just doesn’t work all that well.

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I do think the cast does an admirable job with what they have to work with. Einstein is fun as Super Dave, though the character really has no comedic depth. He’s a human punching bag, which is okay to an extent, but when going from 24-minute TV episode to feature film, we kinda need a bit more. Don Lake also has some funny moments as Dave’s best pal, but again, he’s a character better suited to an SNL skit than a feature film.

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I did enjoy Gia Carides who plays Dave’s love interest, Sandy. She is the mother of a little boy with a medical condition which of course tugs right at Super Dave’s heartstrings….besides the fact that he thinks she’s hot. In the end, “Super” ends up coming out of retirement to pay for the kid’s operation. This element of the story seems a bit hokey on the surface, but it’s one of the more successful aspects in terms of parodying the Evel Knievel persona that they are going for with the whole Super Dave character.

As a fan of the TV series, it was fun to see Super Dave again. I laughed from time to time. Part of that was nostalgia factor, part of that was that I have a dumb sense of humor. Ultimately, though, The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave proved to me that certain characters and gags are better suited to the small screen.

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Making Mr. Right

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For a time back in the 80’s, the hot name when it came to female directors was Susan Seidelman. She’s the filmmaker who had the good fortune of casting an up-and-coming singer named Madonna in her film Desperately Seeking Susan. By the time the film opened, Madonna mania had struck and Seidelman now had “the Madonna movie” on her hands…much to the frustration of the film’s real star, Rosanna Arquette, as rumors have suggested. The film was a hit, unfortunately Seidelman’s follow up was not as successful. Which brings us to 1987’s Making Mr. Right.

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The film tells the story of Frankie Stone (Ann Magnuson) a PR professional who is hired to create a campaign around a new high-tech android called Ulysses (John Malkovich). This includes her spending time with the android in order to making him a bit more likable and, quite frankly, more human. The creator of the robot, Dr. Jeff Peters (also Malkovich) is not so keen on the idea, but his employers force him to cooperate.

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As Frankie starts to connect with Ulysses, he becomes more and more curious and ends up taking a few excursions outside of the lab/compound where he was built. This includes him going on a date with another lab employee (Laurie Metcalf) who thinks he’s actually Dr. Peters. However, Ulysses has really started to have feelings for Frankie, and soon she finds she is feeling the same way. Too bad he’s due to be shot into space in a few days.

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Once you get past the somewhat creepy idea that we’re dealing with a love story between a woman and a robot, Making Mr. Right turns out to be a very sweet little movie. What ultimatley makes it work is the strength of the performances from the two leads. We all know that Malkovich is a great actor, but this is really only his fourth film…and his first comedy, at that. Not only does he show himself to be a very skilled comedic actor, but he perfectly balances two completely different characters. His Dr. Peters is more like the stereotypical Malkovich role – fidgety, frustrated, and coming across like a zit that’s ready to pop at any moment. While Ulysses is so innocent and childlike that you almost forget that it’s Malkovich.

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Meanwhile, Ann Magnuson is a revelation. Sexy, determined, and quirky…she is an absolute joy in this. With an outlandish premise, like we have at the center of this film, it would’ve been easy for her role to descend into camp. However, her feelings toward Ulysses seem genuine. I almost said that Magnuson really sells it, but that just feels wrong. Her affection for Ulysses flows and progresses in a very natural and believable way.

If I have a complaint about the film it’s that it does go into a few predictable and well-worn places. The final act of the film hinges on Peters and Ulysses both being present at Frankie’s sister’s wedding, causing cases of mistaken identity. You can see that device coming a mile away. It’s also a bit unbelievable that Ulysses is as naive and childlike as he is, considering he’s just a few weeks away from a science mission into deep space. I kinda think he would’ve been given more than a 2nd grade education, all things considered.

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Even with a few problems, the film is so charming that they hardly matter. Beyond the two leads we also get some great supporting players rounding out the cast, including Polly Bergen and Glenne Headly, who was Mrs. Malkovich at the time. Making Mr. Right is very funny and sweet, and has a lot of peculiar 80’s style that that just makes this even more of a wonderful treat of a film. I’m a bit embarrassed that I overlooked this one for 30 years.

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