Movies Everyone Hated – But I Liked

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

The internet is such a toxic place. You can post about how much you loved a new movie, and immediately you have a hundred replies telling you that the movie sucked. Everyone online thinks they are a professional movie critic and love to ruin movies for people before they even get a chance to see them.

That is a big reason that I started Exciting Incident. I was tired of seeing all of the negativity when it comes to film and television. How is a site like Rotten Tomatoes or your cousin Chad on Facebook supposed to tell you how YOU feel.

A good movie, is any movie that makes you feel something. It’s an art, and art is subjective. So who is to tell you that your favorite movie is bad? Here is a list of movies that the internet has told me is “terrible” but I liked them anyway. (In no particular order.)

The lone ranger (2013)

When The Lone Ranger came out in 2013, no one was more excited to see the movie than me. I was in the theatre opening night, sitting on the edge of my seat. I loved every second of it, from the beautiful cinematography, the performances of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, and the awesome train chase scene!

When the movie was over, I was ready for a whole franchise of Lone Ranger movies! But alas, the internet claimed it as one of the worst movies of that year. With it getting a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes and several Razzie Award nominations, any hope for a sequel was dead in the water.

I still really enjoy this movie and can’t wait to watch it when it comes to Disney+ on April 30th 2021.

power rangers (2017)

This one makes me angry. When the movie came out in 2017, all I ever heard was about how terrible it was. I heard that so often that I didn’t go and see it, and I didn’t ever plan to. Until a few years later, I decided to stream it and I absolutely loved it.

The movie was super fun, action packed, and I thought the actors did a really good job of bringing the classic childhood characters to the big screen. People are never going to be happy when a franchise is getting remade or brought to a feature film, but I thought this would be different.

Power Rangers gets rebooted all the time, with a new cheesy Power Rangers show every year on Nickelodeon. The show has always been cheesy and for kids, so what is so bad about this fun, new version?

I was very disappointed to find out that any planned sequels were scrapped after a 49% Rotten Tomatoes score. They are planning on a brand new Power Rangers movie soon, but sadly without this cast.

GI JOe – the rise of cobra (2009)

Oh man. I remember watching this movie in theatres with my dad when it first came out. I was so invested and in love with this movie that I was actually yelling during it. I had totally forgetten that I was in a theatre and I truly thought I was apart of it.

I’m a huge GI-Joe fan, from the comics to the cartoon series and all. So when this movie came out, I was not disappointed. I was in the minority however, as it received a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes.

They actually made a sequel to this one, but it had pretty much none of the actors from the first one and was just a “Dwayne Johnson beats people up for 2 hours” movie. I was pretty devistated because I loved the first one so much.

They have a new Snake Eyes movie set to release next year that is planned to kick start a new GI Joe franchise, hopefully it will be successful.

Batman v superman (extended cut)

So let me preface this by saying the EXTENDED CUT. Not the theatrical version that cut out 30 minutes of really important stuff. If you haven’t seen the extended cut, it’s available on HBO Max and it is definitely worth it if you are a DC fan.

The extended cut fixes a lot of the problems that were very prominent in the theatrical release, and it is honestly a really great movie. The Batman and Superman characters are played super well, and aside from the awkward “My mom’s name is Martha too” moment, it is really awesome.

Zack Snyder’s cinematography, story, and character development is top notch no matter what the internet trolls say. As an avid fan of Batman comics, this depiction of Batman hasn’t been seen on the big screen, and I am very excited to see the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League so that I can see his version of these characters again.

the cat in the hat (2003)

I have nothing to say here other than the fact that this movie is an acid trip that everyone needs to see. Sure, it’s not the best movie in the world… but I dare you to find a funnier line that this one.

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The movie stars Mike Myers and he gets away with a ton more adult humor than you would expect in a goofy children’s movie. I grew up watching this on DVD with my sister, and we still watch it all the time.

The fact that this movie got a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes is a travesty. How can you not like THIS?!

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spider man 3 (2007)

This movie gets so much hate from the internet and I have had enough. Sure there was that one cringy dance scene…

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But other than that, it was a pretty solid ending to the trilogy! Sam Raimi, the director of the trilogy, has gone on record saying that studio interference changed this movie from being what he wanted it to be. But that doesn’t make it a bad movie by any means.

The Sandman character has an amazing story arc throughout, and James Franco showing up at the end to help his former best friend brings a tear to my eye. The inclusion of Venom felt a little forced, and Topher Grace’s portrayal of Venom isn’t very comic accurate. But it still has it’s charms.

What are some movies that everyone hates that YOU like? Be sure to let us know in the comments or go and tell us on our instagram page here, or our twitter here.

The History of Scooby Doo | 51 Years of Mystery Incorporated

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

Scooby Doo is one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time. His goofy smile and blue collar is instantly recognizable by pretty much everyone, young or old! Scooby Doo has always been a personal favorite of mine, so today we are going to break down a quick history of this iconic dog detective and his pals!

Saturday morning cartoons were a huge staple in the 60’s and kids and adults alike loved watching all of the wacky characters get into trouble! However, towards the end of the decade, cartoons gained a ton of backlash from parent run organizations against all of the violence that took part in cartoons.

Most of these cartoons that were getting so much hate, were Hanna-Barbera cartoons, and they all got cancelled due to it. This caused Hanna-Barbera to start developing cartoons that were safe for children.

Writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears pitched a show called “Mysteries Five” a show featuring five teenagers (Geoff, Mike, Kelly, Linda, and W.W) they also had a pet dog who played the bongos named “Too Much.”

The Mysteries Five were not only a group of teenage friends, but they were also a band! And when they weren’t busy playing gigs, they were solving mysteries! The writers and artist Iwao Takamoto continued to work on the concept, making some big changes.

They got rid of the Mike character, changed Geoff’s name to “Ronnie” and then eventually “Fred.” Kelly became Daphne, Linda became Velma, and W.W became Shaggy! They worked on the title, and ended up naming it “Who’s S-S-Scared?”

The studio decided that it was too scary and passed on the show. The writers kept working on it, deciding to make it more of a comedic tone and dropped the rock band element to focus more on Shaggy and his dog Too Much.

This version is almost the show we know and love today, but it wasn’t until hearing Frank Sinatra scatting “Doo Be Doo Be Doo” that Too Much became Scooby Doo, and the show was renamed “Scooby Doo, Where Are You?” The new version of the show was pitched to CBS, and was picked up!

Scooby Doo, Where Are You? ran from 1969 until 1976 with a total of twenty-five episodes and two seasons. The show was such a success that it inspired tons of other cartoons that follow teenagers solving mysteries. Shows like “Josie and the Pussycats”, and “The Funky Phantom.”

BCLS: Scooby-Doo Where Are You?

During the shows initial run, it also produced “The New Scooby Doo Movies” which were hour-long episodes featuring guest stars like the Harlem Globetrotters, Batman and Robin, and The Addams Family. The New Scooby Doo Movies ran from 1972-1973 and released twenty-four episodes.

After The New Scooby Doo Movies finished it’s run, and reruns played of Scooby Doo, Where Are You? until 1976. CBS decided not to renew their option with the show, leading ABC to make a deal with Hanna-Barbera to bring a new Scooby Doo show onto their network.

Their ABC era lasted from 1976 until 1991 and went through tons of changes over the years. Starting with new Scooby Doo episodes along with a new show called Dyno-Mutt creating the “Scooby-Doo/Dyno-Mutt Hour.”

Dyno-Mutt

The hour program featured an episode of Dyno-Mutt, a rerun from Scooby Doo, Where Are You?, and then a new Scooby Doo episode that was made fresh by introducing Scooby-Dum as a reoccurring character. Scooby-Dum is Scooby-Doo’s dumb country cousin who would show up and be frustratingly stupid.

Scooby Doo and Scooby Dum

After awhile the Scooby-Doo/Dyno-Mutt Hour turned into “Scooby Doo’s All-Star Laugh-A-Lympics” which was a two hour slot that included reruns and new episodes of Scooby-Doo, Captain Caveman, and Laff-A-Lympics.

Laff-A-Lympics was a Hanna-Barbera parody of the olympics, which included 45 of their characters competing. Scooby Doo was apart of the Scooby Doobies team which also featured Shaggy and Scooby-Dum.

All of the original Scooby Doo episodes that were created and aired during the ABC run were compiled into a forty episode syndicated show called “The Scooby Doo Show.”

After ratings started to slip for Scooby and the gang, the network threw in a new character to add some excitement to the show. Just like that, Scooby’s nephew Scrappy made his debut. The idea actually worked as the ratings started making their way back up. Causing the studio to rename the show “Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo.”

Scooby Doo and Scrappy (along with Shaggy) found themselves solving actual supernatural mysteries as opposed to just men in masks for the next few iterations of Scooby Doo. The Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo Shorts, and The New Scooby and Scrappy Doo Show.

After these two versions, which were a lot shorter than what we were used to from Scooby, the show returned to a thirty minute format with the show The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo. This version of the show also brought back a familiar character, Daphne. As well as introducing new characters Flim-Flam and Vincent Van Ghoul. They traveled around the globe trying to capture the thirteen most dangerous ghosts in the world.

The Thirteen Ghosts of Scooby Doo

After Thirteen Ghost’s aired it’s final episode, it would be two whole years before we saw Scooby again.

In 1988, Hanna-Barbera revamped Scooby and the gang as elementary schoolers (a common television trend at the time), With the show ‘A Pup Named Scooby Doo’. This show was a big hit, going on to air for four seasons. The show added a lot to Scooby lore, as it’s where the town Coolsville got it’s start, as well as being where we found out Scooby’s real name is Scoobert.

A Pup Named Scooby Doo

For the rest of the eighties and most of the nineties, Scooby Doo reruns were all that you were going to get when it came to Scooby Doo content. It wasn’t until 1998 that Warner Bros, who had acquired Hanna-Barbera, began to release direct to video Scooby Doo movies every year.

These four direct to video movies, are some of the most popular versions of Scooby Doo of all time.

scooby doo on zombie island (1998)

scooby doo and the witches ghost (1999)

scooby doo and the alien invaders (2000)

scooby doo and the cyber chase (2001)

These version of Scooby and the gang were a bit older than the original incarnation, and also featured actual ghosts, and other supernatural elements, as opposed to just men in masks. These were only the first four out of tons of direct to video Scooby Doo movies that are still coming out to this day.

The most recent (as of this article) being Scooby Doo and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon. But these movies aren’t the only Scooby Doo content that has been going on in the past few years.

In 2002 and 2004, two live action Scooby Doo movies were released theatrically. These movies are loved by an entire generation of Scooby Doo fans that were growing up in the early 2000’s. The first film was actually a huge financial success and the second one didn’t do too bad either.

Scooby Doo (2002)

On the television side of things, 2002 was the year that ‘What’s New Scooby Doo’ started airing on the Kid’s WB network. This version of the show was very similar to the original, however it was set in the 21st century. Most of the original voice cast came back to reprise their roles for this series.

What’s New Scooby Doo

After three seasons of What’s New Scooby Doo, which were very successful, a new Scooby Doo show aired titled “Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue.” This show was very different from what we had seen before, changing up the art style and even the format of the mysteries.

Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get A Clue

This series went back to just featuring Shaggy and Scooby, although this time Fred, Daphne, and Velma would make appearances from time to time. The show lasted for two seasons, and has become one of the more forgotten versions of Scooby Doo television.

It was time for a new version of Scooby Doo and the gang to hit the small screen, and in 2010 on Cartoon Network, it came back in a big way. ‘Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated’ was a complete reboot of the classic franchise.

Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated

The show reintroduced the classic characters, villains, relationships, and stories while expanding the world of Scooby and giving us tons of new characters and lore. One of the most fun things about the show, is how it used the long and intense history of Scooby Doo to build a proper Scooby Doo universe.

The show also introduced a long arcing story format. Each episode acting as a chapter in one huge mystery. The show was a huge fan favorite, and my personal favorite adaptation of Scooby Doo. It ran for fifty-two episodes over the course of two seasons.

After the huge success of Mystery Incorporated, a new Scooby Doo series was released. Be Cool Scooby Doo hit Cartoon Network in 2014. The show saw our favorite crime solving best friends, kicking it back the summer after graduation. And of course, monsters and mayhem get in the way.

Be Cool Scooby Doo

The most recent Scooby Doo series is called ‘Scooby Doo and Guess Who?’ and features tons of guest stars, much like in ‘The New Scooby Doo Movies’ show from the seventies. The show is currently airing on the Boomerang Streaming Service App, and features guests such as Bill Nye, Wonder Woman, and Sherlock Holmes.

Scooby Doo, along with Fred, Daphne, Velma, and Shaggy have had a very long history in pop culture. Everyone grew up with some version of these characters, whether it be the original series, the direct to video movies, or What’s New Scooby Doo. Everyone has loved this iconic franchise, and they continue to bring joy to children every day.

The latest Scooby Doo feature film ‘Scoob!’ came out in 2020 and made over twenty million in the box office. Not too bad for an animated feature film! I grew up absolutely in love with all of these Scooby movies and series, and I continue to watch and love all of the Scooby content that comes my way.

What do you think about Scooby’s history? We covered all of his different television series but Scooby also has tons of movies that we didn’t get to mention. “Every Scooby Doo Movie” ever sounds like a great article… Would you like to see that? Let us know!

Easter Eggs Found In The Batman Set Photos – Mr. Freeze, The Joker and More

WRITTEN BY CHASE BRIDGES

With the highly anticipated ‘The Batman’ movie resuming filming we have been spoiled with tons of set pictures that fans are taking. Everything from pictures of Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, to videos of Batman perched on top of a building. If you want to keep up with these set photos you can follow us on instagram here, where we try to post all of the set photos that we can.

The latest batch of set photos included tons of posters which gave us some major easter eggs regarding other DC heroes and villains. Not to mention the pictures of two extras dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman, for a halloween party scene in the movie. (pictured above)

The picture has broken the internet, because it confirms that Superman and Wonder Woman both exist in Matt Reeves’ DC Universe. Something that was continuted to be proven after this set picture of a newspaper clipping made its way around twitter.

“One such voter who was elated with the result commented to us – We need to get harder on crime. The bus was like a hive of innocent little faces looking up to the skies, fingers pointed everywhere looking for you know who. Then the bus would stop and we’d all bounce out and then would come the eyes. We weren’t from Metropolis, we were from Gotham.”

The clipping goes on, but it becomes more and more difficult to read. From what we can easily read however, is someone talking about Superman saving a bus full of people. This is a super fun easter egg, and it really shows how much detail Matt Reeves is putting into this movie.

Another popular DC hero has an easter egg of his own after this set picture showed a poster with a lightning bolt on it. Very similar to the one that The Flash wears on his chest.

That is not the only easter egg to be found in this picture, if you notice the poster talking about “GothCorp” which is where famous Batman villain Dr. Victor Fries worked before he became Mr. Freeze.

Could Mr. Freeze make an appearance in this version of Batman? The last time we saw Freeze on the big screen was when he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin.(1997)

The posters don’t end there, giving us hints at other giant villains that could potentially show up. A poster for Ace Chemicals was photographed on the set, the famous chemical plant that created The Joker himself.

There has been a lot of debate in the Batman community, on if Joker should even show up or not. Some fans make the argument that we have seen four different versions of the clown prince since 2008, and the character has become over saturated.

Others argue that you can’t have Batman without The Joker. This easter egg could very well hint at the Reeves’ version of Joker and how he could be involved.

Tons of the set photos are talking about toxin, or “drops” all of it pointing at some sort of drug that is sweeping Gotham. This poster in partiular talks about “fear.” Any Batman fan knows that if fear and toxin is involved, The Scarecrow is not far away.

A villain that was seen in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy starring Christian Bale as Batman. This isn’t the only easter egg we have pointing towards a villain that showed up in that trilogy.

A poster that says “The Demon’s Quest” was seen on set, which is the title of a famous Batman The Animated Series episode that introduced R’as Al Ghoul. R’as Al Ghoul was intended by the comic book writers to be the Moriarty to Batman’s Sherlock Holmes.

In current pop culture, everyone see’s The Joker to be Batman’s greatest rival, but that was not always the case. Getting to see a version of R’as in Reeves’ The Batman Universe is something that I would love to see.

Having all of these easter eggs in the movie, is wonderful world building. It is helping to flesh out the entire universe that we are about to walk into. Thanks to these posters and pictures, we are learning that this young Batman has a ton on his plate.

We can start to understand how overwhelming it must be for Bruce Wayne to be taking on the Batman mantle and start chipping away at all of these different super villains. Instead of dealing with one villain at a time and pretending the others don’t exist, he is having to deal with all of this realistically.

I think this is all super awesome, and even if we never get to see any of these villains or heroes actually in the films, just the idea that all of them are out there really helps sell the world. Plus the idea that any one of them could show up at any moment has got be extremely excited.

Disney’s Haunted Mansion – From Ride to Reboot

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The Haunted Mansion (2003) Starring Eddie Murphy

For many fans of Disney’s all-star attraction, The Haunted Mansion, the 2003 Eddie Murphy film incites anger rather than pleasure. Rotten Tomatoes grants the movie a sad one-star rating, and many die-hard fans of the theme park attraction would agree with the masses’ reaction to the film. However, these fans are no longer stuck with this movie adaptation, and will once again hear these exciting words on the big screen:

               “Welcome, Foolish Mortals. . . “

That’s right! Disney has decided to give The Haunted Mansion another go! Earlier this week the mega company Disney announced that they will be putting another adaptation in the works with writer Katie Dippold. Known for writing The Heat and The Ghostbusters revival, Dippold is tasked with not only writing a good film but making park-goers happy as well.

Being one of the few lasting original attractions that remains popular to this day, Haunted Mansion has become a beloved classic of Disney fans around the world. Not only is the dark ride at both Disneyland in California and Disneyworld’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, but the ride also exists in some shape or form at the other international parks. The attraction changes shape, but still carries the torch as Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, as the Haunted Mansion in Tokyo Disneyland, and as Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland. 

The concept of the iconic ride at first glance may seem simple, a haunted house with a handful of haunts, a terrifying narrator, a ghost party in the dining room, some singing busts with lovely voices—But much more is revealed when given a closer look to the ride and its origins.

Walt Disney, the man behind the magic wanted a haunted house attraction long before Disneyland opened its gates. Ideas were tossed about, many left behind as Imagineers pitched a variety of concepts for the attraction. (One of them being The Museum of the Weird, which I think needs to happen, but that’s just my humble opinion.)

Originally, the attraction was going to be a walk-through tour of an old worn-down haunted house, but Disney detested the idea of something looking unkempt in his park. He wanted Disney to look pristine and believed that a nicely kept home would better suit the park’s aesthetic. Imagineers’ concept of a walk-through attraction was also changed upon a trip to the 1964 World’s Fair where they were introduced to the omnimover system.

The omnimover system is still used in many dark rides today. It is a system that uses a conveyor-like apparatus to create continuous motion at a controllable speed. For Disney Imagineers, it also allowed them to force the park-goers sight into the direction they wanted. Thus, the Doom Buggy was created.

The Doom Buggies allowed Imagineers to move guests about, and the overhang of the car would shade what should not be viewed by guests. It also provided a sense of isolation in which park-goers could seemingly experience the ride alone, which made the journey more frightening.

With the mechanics and the general idea, Imagineers now had to create the story of the ride. There are many early concepts for the story that would be told during the ride, many of the Imagineers creating bone-chilling tales that initially seemed too intense for younger guests.

One of the original concepts involved a murderous sea captain who owned the Mansion, who was found out by his wife who he eventually had to kill to keep his dastardly secret. The sea captain then starts to be haunted by ghosts, and it drives him to madness. The ride would follow this story, but eventually Imagineers left the idea behind.

After many talks, Imagineers decided to combine fright and fun, choosing to cut the ride into two parts. The initial part of ride guides park-goers through haunted halls with portraits that change upon lightning striking outside, a hallway with doors that creak and moan and bend like the one scene in the classic horror film The Haunting. All the while, riders are guided around by the ominous and always present Ghost Host.

After a few minutes, the tone of the ride changes as riders enter into a haunted ghost-party. This is the scene where ghost guests are seen at the dinner table, dancing about in circles, and the scene even features a ghost pirate captain!

Guests are then led into the attic where they meet a lovely bride who had a murderous past. Constance. Her name is Constance. Constance Hatchaway.

And specifically, in the Disneyland ride, guests are introduced to another character in the attic that many know and love—The Hatbox ghost. Mr. Hatbox can be seen in the attic carrying a hatbox in which upon one glance, contains the decapitated head of the ghost. Another glance reveals his head to be resting back on his shoulders. Gotta love him.

The Hatbox Ghost

The final part of the ride is where the tone really shifts, and things have more of a silly, family-friendly vibes. After exiting the attic, guests can now hear the joyous tune of “999 Happy Haunts” as they trek through the graveyard. Here park-goers can see the many ghosts that gather about tombstones and mausoleums. This includes an opera singer, the singing busts, a ghost-band, and even a mummy!

Upon exiting this scene, the ride begins its end, and riders are warned to beware of hitchhiking ghosts. These funny fellas also have names. Gus, Phineas, and Ezra.

The Hitchhiking Ghost

As one can see, the ride is full of story and silly tales. It is rich in lore and concepts, which is the main reason why the 2003 film made Haunted Mansion fans so upset.

The Eddie Murphy adaptation of the ride entered in on the coattails of the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean. It gave Disney the promise of another hit, but personally I find the 2003 movie to be a big swing and a miss.

The movie seems detached from the ride, having a handful of the original concepts that the ride had to offer. It does feature many of the ride’s concepts, but they’re more of a hat-tip to the ride than a basis of the story. One of the movie’s redemptive qualities are that it contains the iconic Madam Leotta—The ghostly fortune teller whose visage is trapped within a crystal ball. It also features the changing portraits, the hitchhiking ghosts, the singing busts, but considering the overflowing tales and scares, this seems minimal.

The movie is more about Eddie Murphy’s character than it is about the house. This seems to be its biggest mistake. There’s no Hatbox Ghost, no Ghost Host, no Constance Hatchaway, no surplus of ghosts in the dining room, and the house is completely different from the two originals. Perhaps this is why Disney has decided to give a film adaptation of the ride another go.

Disney has only announced the new adaptation’s writer, but lovers of the iconic ride can only hope that they get something better than the 2003 film.

Will this new film live up to the hype? Which characters would you like to see make an appearance in the new film? Do you even think a remake is needed? Tell us your thoughts!

Hurry back, and don’t forget to bring your death certificate!

The History of Sherlock Holmes in Television and Film

Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)

Written by Chase bridges

Enola Holmes is releasing on Netflix on September 23, 2020. The trailer for the film already has fans excited to see a new adaptation of the famous mystery solver. This time in the form of Sherlock’s little sister Enola. Enola will not be alone in the film however, as Sherlock himself (played by Henry Cavill) is set to be a large part of the plot.

While most fans are very excited to see this adaptation, there is always a bit of confusion of how another Sherlock Holmes film or show is being released. In fact, since 2009 there has been five different adaptations of the famous character alone.

The reason we see Holmes so often, is due to it being one of the most iconic characters that live in the Public Domain. A list of copyright free properties that anyone can use for their novels, shows, or films.

The World’s Greatest Detective has shown up 52 times on the small or big screen over the past 120 years. Let’s take a look at the history of Sherlock Holmes in film and television.

Sherlock holmes baffled (1900)

Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900)

The first appearance of Sherlock in the film medium came in the year 1900 with a one minute short comedy film.

sherlock holmes (1922)

The first American feature film starring Sherlock Holmes. This was a silent film with legend John Barrymore playing the lead role of Mr. Holmes.

sherlock jr. (1924)

The legendary silent film star Buster Keaton submitted his own take of the iconic character with an amazing feature length film full of his famous physical comedy.

Sherlock holmes’ fatal hour (1931)

After a slew of successful silent films, Sherlock finally found his voice. Fatal Hour was the very first Sherlock Holmes talkie film.

the hound of baskervilles (1939)

The Hound of Baskervilles was the beginning of a very important chapter in the history of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first film where Mr. Holmes is played by Basil Rathbone, who is considered by many to be the greatest on screen Sherlock Holmes.

terror by night (1946)

Terror By Night is the thirteenth and final film in the Basil Rathbone series. For seven solid years the face of Sherlock belonged to Rathbone, and this was the epic finale that shot the World’s Greatest Detective into the next generation.

Sherlock holmes (1954-1955)

The first ever television series based on the mysteries of Sherlock himself lasted for only one season, but paved the way for several more iterations for the small screen.

sherlock holmes (1964-1968)

After the first television series, the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson was very quiet for almost a decade. Until BBC created a Sherlock show of their own. Lasting for four years, this show was quite successful, which is probably why this wasn’t the only time BBC rolled the dice on Sherlock. (But more on that later.)

the adventure of sherlock holmes smarter brother (1975)

Gene Wilder is one of the kings of parody in film. Along with long time collaborator Mel Brooks, Wilder wrote, directed, and starred in a hilarious take on Sherlock Holmes. By the year 1975 there had already been so many versions of Sherlock Holmes to parody and poke fun at, that this film is a highlight in the Holmes history.

young sherlock holmes (1985)

After a decade in the purgatory of TV movies, we finally got a fresh take on the great sleuth character with Young Sherlock Holmes. We got to follow around a teenage Sherlock while he solves a mystery only he could crack.

the great mouse detective (1986)

The very next year, Disney themselves dipped into the public domain once again to find their next great animated film. The Great Mouse Detective. This is probably one of the most famous versions of the character as it is a beloved Disney film and is currently available on Disney+.

sherlock holmes (2009)

The next twenty years the TV movies had ahold of our favorite crime solver once again! However, this time Sherlock came back to the big screen in a very big way. Starring Robert Downey Jr. hot off of his career resurgence thanks to Iron Man, and the always talented Jude Law. This film was a fantastic action/adventure film that audiences absolutely adored. They even followed it up with a sequel in 2011, and a third one on its way in the next few years.

Sherlock (2010-2017)

The most adored version of Sherlock Holmes arrived the very next year, in the form of a new BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. This show skyrocketed in pop culture leading into a giant resurgence of Sherlock fandom. It also started the giant debate of who was a better Sherlock Holmes, Benedict or Robert Downey Jr.

Elementary (2012-2019)

The show that was heavily overshadowed by the BBC Sherlock, had it’s own solid twist on the iconic characters. Dr. Watson being played by Lucy Liu, which marks the first time that Dr.Watson was a female character. The show was actually quite successful going on for seven seasons until it’s cancellation.

enola holmes (2020)

Which leads us to the latest incarnation of the Sherlock Holmes world. The Netflix movie, Enola Holmes, is taking the baton and creating its own spin. Focusing around the younger sister of Sherlock, she goes head to head with her own genius brothers as she searches for her lost mother. This film is highly anticipated and looks to be one of the biggest Netflix releases of the year.

What’s your favorite version of Sherlock Holmes? Tell us about it!

Theatres Are Opening Back Up – Here’s What’s Different

Written by chase bridges

image from gettyimages

Yes I know, I know. How irresponsible to go to the movies during a pandemic. But for my birthday I went to the recently re-opened small theatre near my home town. (Equipped with my mask.)

They were showing a few older movies that would draw the attention of any movie goers. Giving film fanatics a chance to see movies that they might have missed in theatres the first time around. Such as The Avengers, Jaws, and Inception. Fun fact, they were also showing Dave Franco’s new film The Rental, which made history releasing in a mostly drive in theatre format.

I went and saw Inception for the first time, and I was very happy to get to see it in big screen glory. Not only was it a really interesting experience to watch a movie that was originally released ten years ago, but there were a lot of changes to how the theatre going process went.

photo by Eric Raptosh Photography

There was no-one there.

For real. I was expecting at least a few others to arrive as the movie started, but alas it was just myself and my girlfriend. This has its ups and downs of course. No-one to be on their phones, or talking the whole time. But also the experience of watching something with tons of others for the first time was greatly missed.

There were no trailers.

With no movies set for release, there were no trailers to play before the movie started. So instead they played a package of Christopher Nolan talking about the ten year anniversary of Inception, and his new film Tenet. I usually love the trailers, but the package that they played was very interesting so I didn’t really miss them.

Tickets were cheaper, Popcorn was still expensive

In order to get people to actually come to the theatre, prices for the tickets were only five dollars, however I still had to drop twenty bucks for popcorn and drinks. All in all, I don’t regret it. Theres something about that movie theatre butter that Ol’ Redenbacher just can’t replicate.

Visiting the theatre during a pandemic is not the smartest thing to do, however this was a very clean and safe environment. It was as if I had rented out the entire theatre just for myself, now when more and more people start to arrive, that will probably not be the case.

Watching movies at the cinema is one of my absolute favorite things to do, something that I have missed sorely the past six months. It was an amazing feeling to get back into the cushioned seats and focus on nothing but the screen for two hours.

Are you going to be visiting the theatre soon? Tell us about it!

How Many Sequels Can A Series Really Have?

Written by: Chase Bridges

We live in a constant state of “Have you heard of the new _____ movie coming out?” It seems like sequels are running rampant in Hollywood, even for movies which originally came out decades ago. Everyone has come to the general consensus that we’re tired of reboots and sequels, but yet keep going to see them. So as long as these giant movie franchises are continuing, lets ask the question on everyones minds. How many sequels can a series really have?

I want to make it clear before we dive anymore into it, that I am only including franchises with direct sequels or prequels. The MCU has over twenty movies in its Infinity Saga, however these are separate individual films that take place in the same universe, not continuous sequels. We also won’t include films that are based on book series, so Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are sitting this one out.

When you think of a franchise with a bunch of sequels, Fast and the Furious is ranking in with eight total films, with two more already green lit and ready for production. You would think that eight films spanning over twenty years would be tiresome by now. But considering the recent installment “The Fate of the Furious” brought in over a billion in the box office, fans prove that there is still a demand for more epic car chases and Vin Diesel.

What about a franchise with a ton of sequels that fans soured on after awhile? Star Wars. Star Wars has a total of nine films in their series. Three prequels, the original trilogy, and then the latest sequel trilogy. If you ask fans their opinions on this series, you will hear alot of arguing. Some think they should have stopped after the original three, other think they should have stopped after the prequels, and some think that the recent films are the only good ones.

That being said, every single film in the franchise has made a lot of money for Lucasfilm and then eventually Disney. So is it once again showing that the amount of films made doesnt really matter? As long as people love the original?

Indiana Jones is a good example of a series of films that should have stopped sooner. What’s strange about that is, there are only a total of four Indiana Jones films. Fans absolutely love the first three, but when a fourth installment came out in 2008, fans decided that was enough. Thus ending the iconic series… for now. Rumors have it that a fifth film is going to be on its way in the next few years. If it does well, should we expect another five films?

Pirates of the Caribbean had one of the strongest trilogy’s that Disney had ever produced, until they tried to follow suit of franchises like Fast and the Furious and Star Wars. After their first three, they tried their hand at a fourth film. While Pirates of the Caribbean On Strangers Tides was actually quite an enjoyable film, the box office showed a hefty decline. Everyone kind of assumed after the lackluster response to the film that it would be the last one, but a fifth one was released in 2017.

Fans did not like the latest installment of the franchise, and it looked to be like the real end of the series. Pirates found the magic number, stop at three, but possibly squeeze out a fourth. Never a fifth. But it seems like they haven’t given up on their Pirates Universe, with two separate Pirates films being developed. As of right now, it is seen to be that these films aren’t going to be sequels or even prequels, but separate films that take place in the same world. More of a MCU approach instead of a Fast and the Furious.

So what does all of this mean? How can Fast and the Furious keep churning out sequels while fantastic franchises like Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean only get three or four before being too much? Is it consistent directors? Consistent writers? What’s the secret formula?

Indiana Jones had the same director for the first all the way to the fourth. Fast and the Furious has had a different director or writer for almost every film. It appears that these things don’t really have an effect on making the films continue on and on. At the end of the day, each franchise is different, while a series like Fast and the Furious can churn out car chases, heists, and action movie goodness forever, more story oriented films like Indiana Jones might not have enough tales left in the tank for more and more and more.

We just have to hold on tight, and hope that the people in charge of making these reboots and sequels have the best interest in their heart when making them. Instead of just looking for a cash grab. Who knows, maybe we will look back at all of these in a few decades and realize how awesome it all really was.

How many sequels do you think a film can have before its too much? Let us know!

First Look of The Batman

Written by Chase Bridges

DC Fandome took place August 22nd and it surpassed the expectations of even the biggest DC fans. Out of all of the panels that took place promoting and announcing upcoming DC films, television, and comics; the one that took the internet by storm was The Batman panel featuring the director Matt Reeves.

During the panel, Matt Reeves gifted Batman fans with the first trailer for the 2021 movie. Even though the film is only 25% filmed up to this point, they jam packed the trailer with tons of footage to keep us excited for the next year.

With the trailer trending worldwide on Twitter, it took no time at all until screenshots and gifs were flooding my feed. Here are some of my personal favorite shots from the absolutely fantastic trailer.

This is Colin Ferrell. No really. Makeup artist for The Batman, Mike Marino has confirmed that this one hundred percent is The Penguin in the trailer.

Our first look at Zoe Kravitz’s Catwoman is not a sleek leather suit, but a handmade cut out ski mask. The film will act as an origin story for the iconic female cat burglar.

The Riddler in all his serial killer glory. Taking more inspiration from real life serial killers, rather than Jim Carrey’s version of the character is a smart move for this dark noir film. Paul Dano has already got fans excited for his big screen Riddler.

We also got several looks at the new batsuit for the film.

Almost as interesting as seeing the batsuit in all its glory, is getting to see Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne.

My favorite image from the trailer is not of Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano, or even the heavily disguised Colin Farrell. But of this Riddler victim. One of the most haunting and exciting moments of the trailer and it really gives us a look into how this film is going to be.

Are you excited for The Batman? What are you looking forward to most? Tell us about it!

GI-Joe | What Fortnite Could Be

Written by Chase Bridges

Fortnite (above) GI-Joe (below)

Ever since the original inception of GI-Joe in 1963, countless of generations have been fans. If you were a big fan of the action figures, the comics, the 80’s cartoons, or even the early 2000’s film GI-Joe The Rise of Cobra, then you know just how influential these characters have been.

GI-Joe started as a toy. Created by Hasbro, GI-Joe was a barbie doll for boys, using the United States Military as the gimmick. GI-Joe was the precedent to the term “action figure”, and was extremely popular with kids all over the country.

Like a lot of toys in the 80’s, Hasbro created a Saturday-Morning cartoon based on their action figure characters. They used the show as a long form commercial to sell toys. The children watching the show would find their favorite characters, and want to collect all of their action figure equivalents. It’s a very smart business model that is not exactly recreated in todays world.

Why is that? Well the tactic has actually seem to flip in todays market. Where popular cartoons and animated shows end up getting action figures created about them, in order to try and capitalize on the shows popularity. Not vise versa. But with the introduction of Fortnite and its mainstream success as a video game, could that be changed?

Fortnite is a battle royal based, third person shooter video game. It was released by Epic Games in 2017. It is known for it’s cartoon style and tons of different character skins, and has become the largest played video game in the world as of this article.

How could Fortnite become the new GI-Joe? Well in a lot of ways, Fortnite has already followed in their footsteps quite nicely. GI-Joe was known for their vast array of characters in the comics, on the shows, and in the movies. Having so many different characters made it so they could sell many different action figures. Fornite is very similar with their “Item Shop.”

The Fortnite Item Shop hosts different skins every day, and release brand new skin designs all the time. Skins are the different characters that the players can play as in game. Every gamer has their favorite skins, and get super excited when a new one comes out.

Another way that Fortnite is similar, is they have already created somewhat of a story with their skins. Using fun little animations and cut scenes to give their characters personality that the players latch onto. Causing their players in turn to want to purchase the skins that they are watching.

Fortnite could use the GI-Joe model to create more attachment to their skins and in turn make more money from skin sales. A Fortnite animated series would be the perfect answer to keeping Fortnite relevant longer, and increase the experience of the game even more.

Each season of Fortnite already has a loose storyline that the players enjoy following. Leading up to the big “event” at the end of the season, that kicks off the next one. These Fortnite Events are usually giant animated cut scenes that have something interesting happen to the map. For example, having two giant robots destroy it, or have a giant tsunami flood it, creating giant rivers.

Fortnite could capitalize on this, with a animated show. Using their already popular skins as the main characters, and introducing new characters that they could in turn, sell as a skin in the game. The events of the cartoon could even play along side the events in the game simultaneously.

Epic games already update the game weekly, making it change and evolve as time goes on. Imagine if they did that, while following along with their episode released that week. A kid could watch their favorite characters destroy a section of the map that morning while watching, and then when they are playing the game later that evening, the same thing has happened in-game! Or perhaps a brand new character enters the show, and then the skin equivalent is available for purchase the next day.

This would elevate the experience even more for fans of the game, and would also create a whole new fan base in the animated world. Especially if they make the show for an older and younger crowd, writing for the wide range of ages that play the game.

In a world where video game skins have taken over the popularity of action figures, this would be the best equivalent to the GI-Joe model. Do you think that Fortnite could follow in the footsteps of GI-Joe? Would you be interested in watching a Fortnite animated show? Let us know!

Disney was Built by the Public Domain

Written By: Chase Bridges

Robin Hood (1973)

In the year 2020, Disney is one of the largest media companies on the planet. Their acquisition of FOX in 2019 was the latest in a shopping spree of many companies and film rights. Such as their purchase of Lucas Film which gained them the entire Star Wars franchise, and Marvel which led to their biggest money maker in the film industry, The MCU.

The idea of Disney becoming so large because of properties that they have purchased, and not having to create something original is nothing new. In fact their entire history is flooded with the monetization of stories they did not create.

Snow White (1937)

Disney’s first animated feature, and what really shot them to fame, was Snow White. (1938) Snow White is of course a classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, published in their first book in 1812. By the time Walt Disney came around with his dreams of animation, the story was not under any copy-right law. This allowed him to take the classic story, alter it, and create an animated version.

Disney proceeded to follow this pattern of taking stories from the public domain (The public domain is the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright.) Disney would follow Snow White up with the following animated movies.

Pinnochio, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Sword and The Stone, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, and so many more.

Can you guess what each of these films are based on already published works? That’s right, all of them. It keeps going on as well, even classic films such as The Lion King, and Aladdin are based on public domain works. The former being based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the latter an actual novel.

Even their latest big animated hits Frozen and Frozen 2 are based on the novel “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. But don’t worry, Disney has of course had some original films in their almost fifty years since founding.

Exactly ten of their fifty-eight animated feature films are original works. If you look at Disney live action movies, the number jumps up a good bit to about twenty total original stories. This is super interesting as the majority of their films such as Beauty and the Beast, are considered “Disney movies” by the general public.

Is this a smart business model? Should we condemn Disney for this process? I don’t think so, in fact it was very intellegent move for Walt himself to incorporate. He was an animator, he wasn’t a storyteller. So he took from the Public Domain, which is available for anyone to use, and created beautiful pieces of art out of them.

Walt Disney, and his company after him, have taken unknown or forgotten stories, fairy tales, and historical legends (Pocahontas) and created amazing films, both animated and live action, for the world to enjoy. To blame them for their lack of creativity is not the point, when they never claim to be coming up with these ideas.

In fact the only films that they call “Originals” are the films made for their television network Disney Channel. Those films, such as High School Musical and Halloween Town, were actually original stories created specifically for television release.

What do you think about Disney utilizing already written stories for their films? Do you think it’s cheating? Do you love the films regardless of where they came? Be sure to let us know what you think!