Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Pulp TV Series


So after the top 50 New Pulp Movies list a couple posts back, I decided to do a New Pulp TV series list.  I've put them in alphabetical order (more so I don't double up) and not to play favourites.

1.      Adventure Inc

2.      Agent Carter

3.      Agent X

4.      Airwolf

5.      Arrow

6.      Bugs

7.      Burn Notice

8.      Daredevil

9.      Darkwing Duck

10.   Human Target

11.   Intelligence

12.   Jack of All Trades

13.   Jonny Quest

14.   Kim Possible

15.   Knight Rider/Team Knight Rider/Knight Rider 2008

16.   Legend

17.   Leverage

18.   MacGyver/MacGyver 2016

19.   Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

20.   Now and Again

21.   Nowhere Man

22.   Person of Interest

23.   Queen of Swords

24.   Relic Hunter

25.   Sable

26.   Sam Fox Extreme Adventures

27.   Soldier of Fortune Inc/ Special Ops Force

28.   Stingray

29.   Street Hawk

30.   Tales of the Golden Monkey

31.   Terra Nova

32.   The A-Team

33.   The Adventures of Briscoe County Jnr

34.   The Cape

35.   The Deep

36.   The Equalizer

37.   The  Finder

38.   The Green Hornet

39.   The Librarians

40.   The Mummy: The Animated Series

41.   The Persuaders

42.   The Player

43.   The Pretender

44.   The Punisher

45.   The Sentinel

46.   Transporter: The Series

47.   Vengeance Unlimited

48.   Veritas: The Quest

49.   Veronica Mars

50.   Young Indiana Jones Chronicles


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Death Wish (2017) Trailer


So this came out the other day much to my surprise.  I had heard rumblings that a Death Wish remake was in the cards but I hadn't heard anything for some time and I presumed that it was stuck in some type of development hell.

If I'm reading it right this is a remake of the 1974 film and not a reinterpretation of Brian Garfield's 1972 novel.

One of the obvious changes from both sources is the action is moved to Chicago but that's not too big a deviation as the main character Paul Kersey (in the movies) and Paul Benjamin (in the books) moves to Chicago at the end of both.  The novel's sequel Death Sentence by Brian Garfield was set in Chicago.  (The odd numbered movies are set in New York and the even numbered in Los Angeles, the 2007 Kevin Bacon movie Death Sentence (Based on the novel) was set in Columbia, South Carolina)

The film seems to create a visual call back to Unbreakable (as Willis' David Dunn wears his rain poncho with the hood up in the same way as Dr Paul Kersey wears the hood up on his hoodie)  and I've seen it pointed out the visual similarity of Paul Kersey to Denzel Washington's Robert  McCall in The Equalizer 2014.

The script was written by Joe Carnahan who wrote and directed Smoking Aces and The A Team, and has written the script for the Uncharted movie.

I'm intrigued by this movie and I look forward to seeing it.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This is the End: Modesty Blaise (novels)

I'm sure that I've mentioned my love for Modesty Blaise.  The character started as a comic strip in 1963 and by 1966 there was a plan to make a movie.  Peter O'Donnell wrote the screenplay which the movie makers then rewrote and reportedly only one line ended up in the final product,  However, O'Donnell also wrote the novelisation and he used his script as the basis for that.  SO O'Donnell adapted his first comic strip into a movie script which he then adapted into a novel. Phew! Now the 1966 movie was less than successful (and less than faithful*)  and most people wouldn't be aware that the novel started out as a novelisation.

 Image result for monica vitti Modesty Blaise

*I mean they made it a musical, dress Monica Vitti as a near perfect recreation of the comic strip and then go "nope not doing that" and have her run around as a blonde.

Given that the movie didn't gain a sequel and O'Donnell wrote another ten novels and two short story collections, I'd suggest that maybe they should have went with his script.

So I still need to read all the comic strips but I recently read all the novels.  Some like Modesty Blaise and Cobra Trap for the first time.

The books are really good I love all the recurring characters - Stephen Collins and his eventual wife Diana, Doctor Giles Pennyfeather.

The novels give us a more detailed look at the world of Modesty and Willie, more than we can in the strips.

I heartily recommend reading the books and the comic strips (perhaps best to miss the 1966 movie and the 1982 TV pilot both available on youtube)  The 2004 direct to DVD movie My Name is Modesty is okay but really get the DVD for the special features interviews with Peter O'Donnell, Quentin Tarantino and an overview of the comics.

Now O'Donnell supposedly has in his will that Tarantino is the only one who can make a movie. Tarantino has said he will quit making movies after 10 films and he has made 8 already - one of those last two had better be a Modesty Blaise movie.



Saturday, July 8, 2017

This is the End: The Destroyer




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Strictly speaking this is not the end for the world of The Destroyer.  The books are still being published as is the Legacy spinoff series.  But this is the end of playing catchup with the series which started in the early 1970s.  I started collecting in the late eighties and now have finally caught up (if I had more time I'd reread the whole series in order) thanks in large part to fact the entire series is now available as ebooks.  151 books, a spinoff series of six books so far, a movie (and a new one in the works), a TV pilot as well as Marvel comics. (There are new comics that I need to get)
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It feels weird being caught up, the hunt for Destroyers has been part of my life for 30 years now.  The Destroyer I can't remember how I discovered him it might have been a copy of Inside Sinanju at the cheap books in the corner store visiting my grandmother.  It might have been a library book.  It may have been the back cover blurb for the Doc Savage video (which was definitely my introduction to Buckaroo Banzai).
Image result for Doc Savage VHS Cover

When I found The Destroyer, I was in love. The characters are great.  Chuin should be the most offensive character in the world but he's not. Some would say that he's racist but it makes sense because he IS far superior to everyone else. He’s a frail looking little old man but heaven help you if you upset him or interrupt his soap operas.

Then there is Harold Smith the incorruptible WWII veteran cheapskate with a computer system that can infiltrate any electronic information.  Smith was asked to head the agency CURE by Kennedy and has been in the job since the 1960s. 

Remo is the meat in the sandwich of these two extremes. The Newark beat cop conscripted into an eternal battle with outré threats to America. He's the guy who cleans up Chuin's bodies when the old man kills someone who has annoyed him.
Image result for Hector Garrido The Destroyer Remo Williams



A lot of the Destroyer has made its way into other things Person of Interest, Knight Rider, The Karate Kid.

The Destroyer lead me to explore other series and was why I wrote Serial Vigilantes of Paperback Fiction.  Being able to write a Destroyer short story for the More Blood anthology was one of the greatest moments of my life. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

50 New Pulp Movies

Recently Derrick Ferguson announced that he was doing a list of 50 New Pulp movies.  The end result can be found here

When he announced it, it for shits and giggles I thought I'd try and see how well I'd go at predicting what would be on his list.

So here is my list the ones in red weren't on Derrick's list.

50 New Pulp Movies


1. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

2. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

3. Sahara

4. Indiana Jones Quartet

5. The Rocketeer

6. Sky Captain

7. Hudson Hawk

8. Our Man Flint/In like Flint

9. High Road to China

10. Darkman

11. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizzou

12. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

13. The Fifth Element

14. The Phantom

15. Romancing the Stone

16. Jake Speed

17. Dark Avenger

18. Dark Knight trilogy

19. King Kong 2005

20. Kong Skull Island

21. The Mummy Trilogy

22. The Goonies

23. Cutthroat Island

24. Sunset

25. Shoot em up

26. Captain America: The First Avenger

27. Atlantis the Lost Empire

28. The Punisher 2004

29. Big Trouble in Little China

30. National Treasure

31. Cast a Deadly Spell

32. The Black Mask

33. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

34. Brotherhood of the Wolf

35. The Black Samurai

36. The Black Scorpion

37. Billy Jack

38. Congo

39. Machete

40. The Man with the Iron Fists

41. Second Hand Lions

42. The Specialist

43. The Transporter

44. Cleopatra Jones

45. Coffy

46. Foxy Brown

47. Black Belt Jones

48. The Equaliser

49. The A Team

50. The President's Man
So with only 14 out of 50, I'm a poor prophet of Derrick's choices but it just shows the wide range of New Pulp movies out there (that is movies from after the 1950s in the pulp style)



Monday, June 5, 2017

This is the End: Teen Wolf



As a fan and collector there are some items that are an easy hole to fill.  The Cape, one season 10 episodes, buy the DVD done. A single movie like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow similarly easy to complete the search. An ebook megapack might get the complete works of Edgar Wallace or H. Rider Haggard for 99c.


Others take a bit more work I own and have read all 135 JT Edson novels, I own all seven seasons of MacGyver, the two TV movies, the novel (which I got Richard Dean Anderson to autograph) and the 2012 five issue comic book miniseries.  And I've watched all the episodes of the 2016 revival.

It takes time and dedication.  Recently I've realised that I've had three things that were nearly completed or caught up on so once I'd finished them I thought I'd share my thoughts on those things.

First we have Teen Wolf.  Loosely based on the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie of the same name. (The 1985 movie spawned an animated series and a sequel Teen Wolf Too starring Jason Bateman as the cousin of the original).

The only thing this new version took was a teenager named Scott whose best friend is named Stiles and is a werewolf.  Instead of Scott Howard we have Scott McCall. 

McCall played by Tyler Posey (who was nearly Jacob in The Twilight movies) is a teen bitten by an Alpha werewolf.  The big mystery of the first series is who is the Alpha? The series was darker and scarier version yet it still had comedy.  Dylan O'Brien was the MVP of this series always there to help his friend Scott with a quip and some great physical acting.

The series kept me on the edge of my seat for 100 episodes, a Tie in novel and a three issue miniseries. 






Characters came and went Scott grew eventually becoming a true Alpha through his own strength of character.

The show played with mythology bringing in kanemas, chimeras, the wild hunt, were jaguars, kitsunes, banshees, were coyotes and skin walkers.  I was pleasantly surprised that the werewolf/vampire war seen in several other shows never got played out here.

I can't complain about the ending as it was left open for a spinoff starring Scott's beta Liam (Scott bit him to save his life) or a follow up series set a few years later.

I'm fully expecting Dylan O'Brien to have a great career after this show.   

Loved the show

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tomb Raider Timeline


Firstly the intention of this timeline is to work much of the Tomb Raider Franchise into one cohesive timeline.  I am limiting this to event in Lara Croft’s life so no expansions on the history of the artefacts she finds.  I am working on the assumption that the new “Survivor” game continuity is a prequel to the earlier games and that the “Legend” games are also part of this continuity.   Any speculation on my part to explain any discrepancies will be clearly indicated.

There have been three games called Tomb Raider the 1996 original, the 2000 Gameboy game and the 2013 reboot.  I will be referring to the games as Tomb Raider followed by their year.

Other adventures will be referred to by their subtitles as we know they are Tomb Raider products.  I will also be referring to the source for each entry and the media type (So the novel Tomb Raider: The Lost Cult will be referred to as The Lost Cult (novel))

I won’t be including fan productions as much as I have enjoyed many of them. I also won’t incorporating references to Lara Croft (in Rob Hayes Adventures Rob tells a female friend she is not Lara Croft) or characters dressing as Lara Croft (Ally McBeal, Looney Tunes, Dexter, How I met Your Mother.) The holographic projection of Lara in an episode of Totally Spies is also excluded.

I’m excluding advertisements that treat Tomb Raider as just a game for example one of the later Lucozade commercials has Lara drinking a Lucozade while the game is paused. 

Timeline

14 Feb 1968 (Core Design Bio)

Lara Croft born to Lord Richard Croft and Amelia Croft (Legend - Game)

1971 - 1979

Private Tutoring 3-11 (Core Design Bio)

1977

Lady Amelia Croft and Lara are in a plane crash.  Amelia disappears and Lara walks out (Legend –game)

1979 - 1984

Wimbledon High School for Girls 11-16 (Core Bio)

1980

“Pre-Teen Raider” (Re/Visioned animation) (Gail Simone advises that Lara is about 12)
 

 1984

Training with Von Croy in Ankor Wat (The Last Revelation –Game)

“Black Isle” (Chronicles Game)

1985

Lord Richard Croft dies (differing accounts are given in Rise of the Tomb Raider– Game, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Movie and Legend –Game)

Speculation Lara is adopted by her uncle Lord Henshingly Croft and his wife.  Neither are fans of Lara adventuring and try to mould her into a proper lady. The adoption explains why in 1996 her father is listed as Henshingly Croft in the first game.

1984-1987

Gordonstoun Boarding School 16-18

1987-1989

Swiss Finishing School 18-21

1989

21 yo Plane crash Lara is only survivor (Core Bio)

1990

Excavation Massacre (Legend – Game)

The Beginning (Dark Horse Comic)

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The Ten Thousand Immortals (novel)

Season of the Witch (Dark Horse Comic 1-6)

1991

Secrets and Lies (Dark Horse Comic 7-12)

Queen of Snakes (Dark Horse Comic 13-18)

1992

Rise of the Tomb Raider (Game)

Baba Yaga The Temple of the Witch (Rise expansion – Game)

Cold Darkness Awakened (Rise Expansion – Game)

Blood Ties (Rise Expansion – Game)

Lara’s Nightmare (Rise Expansion – Game)

Spore (Dark Horse Comic 1-6) (Spore features a 1996 flashback this must be a 1976 flashback)

Trial and Sacrifice (Dark Horse Comic 7-12)

1994

Finds Bigfoot (Tomb Raider 1996 – Game)Adventurer! Lara Stamps Out Bigfoot!! magazine

Finds Ark of the Covenant (Tomb Raider 1996 - Game)

1995

Philosopher’s Stone (Chronicles – Game)

1996
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Unfinished Business /Shadow of the Cat (Tomb Raider 1996 Expansion – Game)

1997

Tomb Raider II

Golden Mask (Tomb Raider II Expansion - Game)

Tomb Raider/Witchblade (Top Cow Comic)

Lucozade (commercials) (the last commercial is not counted)
 
 
PlayStation Commercial

“Tibet Air” (Short Story)

1998
PlayStation Commercial

Tomb Raider III

Lost Artefact (Tomb Raider III Expansion – Game)

Seat Cars (Commercials)

Spear of Destiny (Chronicles –Game)

Die Artze “Manner Sind Schweine” (Music video)

Tomb Raider 2000 (Game)

1999

Hemos terminado con él” The Companeros (Spanish TV Episode)

Brigitte Magazine (Commercial) 

The Time’s Exclusive Bonus Level (Game)

The Last Revelation (Game)

Tomb Raider Chronicles (Framing Sequence – Game)

The Amulet of Power (Novel)

Origins (Top Cow One Shot)

Dark Aeons (Glenat Comic)

The Greatest Treasure of All (Top Cow One Shot)

Tomb Raider 0 (Top Cow Comic)

The Medusa Mask 1-4 Top Cow Comic)

2000

Merlin Stone 5-6 (Top Cow comic)

Dead Centre 7-10 (Top Cow Comic)

Chasing Shangri-La 11-12 (Top Cow Comic)

Dark Crossings (Top Cow One Shot)

Fathom 12-14 - the Resurrection of Taras (Top Cow Comic)

The Tomb Raider Technical Manual (Book)

2001

Merlin Stone 5-6 (Top Cow Comic)

Dead Centre 7-10 (Top Cow Comic)

Chasing Shangri-La 11-12 (Top Cow Comic)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Movie + Novelisation)

Curse of the Sword (Game)

Grim Reaper 13-15 (Top Cow Comic)

Pieces of Zero 16-17, 19-20 (Top Cow Comic)

Year of the Cat 18 (Top Cow Comic)

Tomb Raider/The Darkness (Top Cow Comic)

2002

The Prophecy (Game)

The Osiris Codex (Game)

The Quest for Cinnabar (Game)

The Elixir of Life (Game)

The Trap: The Path of The Tiger 21-23 (Top Cow Comic)

Medusa’s Garden 24 (Top Cow Comic)

Endgame 25 (Crossover with Witchblade/EVO) (Top Cow Comic)

Tomb Raider: Apocalypse (Game)

              The Eye of Osiris

              The Shadow Falls

              Armageddon

Journeys 1-12 (Top Cow Series)

2003

Abyss 26-28 (Top Cow Comic)

Strange Flesh 29-30 (Top Cow Comic)

Conquista 31 (Top Cow Comic)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life (Movie + Novelisation)

Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness (Game)  (The Action Adventure/The Board Game/Flash Game versions and comic adaptation issues 32-34)

Epiphany (Top Cow comic One Shot)

G4 – (Commercial)

Visa - Monster Chase (Commercial)

Scarface’s Treasure (Top Cow comic One Shot)

Monster War (Top Cow comic One Shot)

2004

The Lost Cult (novel)

The Black Legion 35-37 (Top Cow Comic)

Bloodstone 38-39 (Top Cow Comic)

The Man of Bronze (novel)

Risen 40 (Top Cow Comic)

Spirit Walker 41-42 (Top Cow Comic)

Takeover (Top Cow comic One Shot)

Sphere of Influence (Top Cow comic One Shot)

Arabian Knights (Top Cow comic One Shot)

2005

Tower of Souls 43-44 (Top Cow Comic)

Inner Demons 45 (Top Cow Comic)

Gathering Storm 46-48 (Top Cow Comic)

Vendetta 49 (Top Cow Comic)

Alpha/Omega 50 (Top Cow Comic) In this comic Lara finds the Fountain of Youth and is seen adventuring into the far future.

2006

Legend (game)

The Reckoning (game)

Puzzle Paradox (Game)

2007
 

The Keys to the Kingdom (3 Parts) (Re/visioned Animation)

Revenge of the Aztec Mummy (Re/Visioned Animation)

Angel Spit (2 Parts)( Re/Visioned Animation)

Lara Croft Legacy (Re/Visioned Animation)

Raising Thermopolis (Re/Visioned Animation)

A Complicated Woman (Re/Visioned Animation)

2008

Tomb Raider Underworld (Game - also has a board game)

Beneath the Ashes (expansion Level)

Lara’s Shadow (expansion Level)

2010

Lara Croft and Guardian of Light (game)

2013

Lara Croft Reflections Card Game (Game)

2014

Lara Croft and Temple of Osiris (Game)

2015

Lara Croft Relic Run (game)

Lara Croft Go (Game)

Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen (comic)

2016

Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever (novel)

 

TOMB RAIDER MEDIA ITEMS

Games (indented items are additional downloadable Levels)

The Core Series –Original Timeline

Tomb Raider 1996

Unfinished Business /Shadow of the Cat

Tomb Raider II 1997

Golden Mask

Tomb Raider III 1998

The Lost Artefact

Tomb Raider: The Times Exclusive 1999

Tomb Raider the Last Revelation 1999

The Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003 (The Action Adventure/The Board Game/Flash Game versions and comic adaptation)

Crystal Dynamics – Legend Reboot

Tomb Raider Legend 2006

Tomb Raider Anniversary 2007

Tomb Raider Underworld 2008

Beneath The Ashes

Lara’s Shadow

LARA CROFT and the Guardian of Light 2010

LARA CROFT and the Temple of Osiris 2015

Survivor Reboot

Tomb Raider 2013

Rise of the Tomb Raider 2015

Baba Yaga The Temple of the Witch

Cold Darkness Awakened

Blood Ties

Lara’s Nightmare

 

Gameboy Games

Tomb Raider 2000

Tomb Raider: Curse of the Sword 2001

Tomb Raider: The Prophecy 2002

Interactive TV Games

Tomb Raider: Apocalypse 2002

              The Eye of Osiris

              The Shadow Falls

              Armageddon

Tomb Raider: The Reckoning 2006

Mobile Phone Games

Tomb Raider: The Osiris Codex 2003

Tomb Raider: The Quest for Cinnabar 2003

Tomb Raider: The Elixir of Life 2003

Tomb Raider: Puzzle Paradox 2006

Lara Croft Reflections 2014

Lara Croft Relic Run 2015

Lara Croft Go 2015

Board Games

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003

Tomb Raider: Underworld 2009

DVD Game

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Action Adventure 2006 (adaptation of Angel of Darkness)

Flash Game

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2004

Books

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Tech manual by Michael Jan Friedman 2001

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider Movie Novelisation by Dave Stern 2001

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life Novelisation by Dave Stern 2003

Tomb Raider The Amulet of Power by Mike Resnick 2003

Tomb Raider The Lost Cult by E.E. Knight 2004

Tomb Raider The Man of Bronze by James Alan Gardner 2005

The Ten Thousand Immortals by Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent 2014

The Blade of Gwynnver by Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent 2016

Short Stories

“Tibet Air”  in Lara’s Book: Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider Phenomenon by Douglas Coupland 1998

Movies

Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2001

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Cradle of Life 2003

TV

The Companeros “Hemos terminado con él” 1999   (tie in for Last Revelation)

Commercials

PlayStation 1997 & 1998
Lucozade 1998 & 2001

Seat Cars 1999

Brigitte Magazine 1999

Visa Monster Chase 2003

G4 2003

Video Clips

Die Artze “Manner Sind Schweine” 1998

Re/Visioned 2007

The Keys to the Kingdom (3 Parts)

Revenge of the Aztec Mummy (1 part)

Angel Spit (2 Parts)

Lara Croft Legacy

Pre Teen Raider (about 12)

Raising Thermopolis (after first Game)

A Complicated Woman

Comics

Glenat

Dark Aeons 1999

Top Cow

Tomb Raider Witchblade 1997

1999-2005

Tomb Raider 0

The Medusa Mask 1-4

Merlin Stone 5-6

Dead Centre 7-10

Chasing Shangri-La 11-12

Grim Reaper 13-15

Pieces of Zero 16-17, 19-20

Year of the Cat 18

The Trap: The Path of The Tiger 21-23

Medusa’s Garden 24

Endgame 25 (Crossover with Witchblade/EVO)

Abyss 26-28

Strange Flesh 29-30

Conquista 31

The Angel of Darkness 32-34 (Comic Adaptation of Game)

The Black Legion 35-37

Bloodstone 38-39

Risen 40

Spirit Walker 41-42

Tower of Souls 43-44

Inner Demons 45

Gathering Storm 46-48

Vendetta 49

Alpha/Omega 50

Tomb Raider Origins 2000

Dark Crossings 2000

Fathom the Resurrection of Taras  12-14 2000-2002

Tomb Raider The Darkness 2001

Tomb Raider Journeys 2001-2003

Scarface’s Treasure 2003

Epiphany 2003 (AOD tie-in)

Monster War 2003

Takeover 2004

Sphere of Influence 2004

Arabian Knights 2004

The Greatest Treasure of All 2005

Dark Horse

The Beginning 2013

Season of the Witch 1-6

Secrets and Lies 7-12

Queen of Serpents 13-18

Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen 1-5

Spore 1-6

Trials and Sacrifice 7-12