*written in 2015.
I recently did a list called 20 Comic Book Properties That Haven’t Gone Live-Action Yet (see here). This is a sequel to that.
Considering that Hollywood is out of ideas and they keep resurrecting old stuff from my childhood as live-action blockbuster films, I figured that I would list twenty awesome cartoon or anime properties that they haven’t turned into a live-action spectacle yet.
Now some of these have been in live-action development, whether in film or on television, but for the most part, those that have been in development, have been in a state of limbo for quite some time.
Sure, I’d like to see Hollywood take a crack at some of these depending upon who is involved in them. I’d prefer Michael Bay to stay away, however.
Also, a few of these may have had a live-action version but it is either really obscure, very poorly done, really outdated or for a foreign market.
1. Robotech: The Macross Saga
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
4. Star Blazers
6. Space Pirate Captain Harlock
8. Ninja Scroll
9. Johnny Quest
11. Mobile Suit Gundam
13. Captain N: The Game Master
14. Defenders of the Earth
15. She-Ra: Princess of Power
17. Captain Planet
18. Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
20. Filmation’s Ghostbusters (the one with the Gorilla)
Summer 2017 is over, as far as movie season goes. I didn’t expect a lot from the crop of movies coming out this year but I was surprised quite a bit. So as I have done on previous blogs that I wrote for, I wanted to rank all the summer films that I have seen.
Some of these aren’t your typical blockbuster type of flick but they came out in the midst of the blockbuster season and should be included.
So here is my attempt at trying to quantify the films I’ve seen.
1. War for the Planet of the Apes
2. Baby Driver
3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
4. Spider-Man: Homecoming
5. Atomic Blonde
7. The Big Sick
8. Wonder Woman
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
11. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
12. It Comes At Night
13. The Hero
14. Alien: Covenant
15. The Mummy
16. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
17. The Dark Tower
*written in 2015.
There is a rumor that Netflix is now developing a Moon Knight series in addition to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. It hasn’t been officially announced, so I included Moon Knight on this list. It could just be a rumor but I really hope it isn’t. Because I’m now really looking forward to it and Iron Fist.
But this maybe news got me to thinking about what other comic book properties still haven’t gotten the live-action treatment yet.
These properties are my top twenty comic book franchises (or characters) that I would like to see come to life in live-action form.
1. Umbrella Academy
2. Hawaiian Dick
4. Moon Knight
6. Dr. Fate
11. The Spectre
14. The Maxx
16. The Savage Dragon
18. Simon Dark
19. X-O Manowar
20. Doom Patrol
This is a hard list to compile, as I haven’t disliked a single Doctor in the long history of Doctor Who. However, some were better than others and this is my attempt to quantify that in some fashion.
Just because someone ranks in at the bottom spot, doesn’t mean they weren’t worthy of the role. The people behind the show have always done a great job in finding people that fit The Doctor.
Some of the ones at the bottom are also only there because they made only a few appearances and didn’t have the time to really shine in the role over a season or more.
1. Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker)
2. Tenth Doctor (David Tennant)
3. Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee)
4. Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi)
5. Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
6. Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
7. Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith)
8. Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton)
9. Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston)
10. Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
11. First Doctor (William Hartnell)
12. Movie Doctor (Peter Cushing)
13. Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)
14. War Doctor (John Hurt)
Stanley Kubrick is my favorite director of all-time. I don’t think that he was capable of a bad film. In fact, he didn’t make one. Here, I have ranked his films.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. A Clockwork Orange
3. The Shining
4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
5. Eyes Wide Shut
8. Paths of Glory
9. Full Metal Jacket
10. Barry Lyndon
11. The Killing
12. Killer’s Kiss
13. Fear and Desire
When King Kong came out in 1933, I doubt that anyone thought it would be a film that would continue to resonate for over 80 years. Throughout the years it has had reboots, remakes and sequels of those films. There have been four separate film series and one standalone, in that time.
The original King Kong spawned Son of Kong the same year.
In the 1960s, King Kong vs. Godzilla spawned its own sequel King Kong Escapes.
The Dino de Laurentiis 70s remake, also just called King Kong, spawned a sequel in the 80s, King Kong Lives.
Coming off of the heels of his success with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson did his own remake in 2005. That was the first to not get the sequel treatment.
Then, earlier this year, we got Kong: Skull Island, which leads into Kong’s eventual meeting of Godzilla in an upcoming joint sequel between the American versions of the two monsters.
So with all these King Kong pictures, I figured that I would weigh them against each other and attempt to rank them. While I’m sure everyone won’t agree with me, that’s what makes these sort of lists fun.
And now, the list!
1. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
2. King Kong (1933)
3. King Kong (1976)
4. King Kong Escapes (1967)
5. Kong: Skull Island (2017)
6. Son of Kong (1933)
7. King Kong Lives (1986)
8. King Kong (2005)
*originally written in 2015.
The new James Bond film Spectre comes out tonight. The title, for those who don’t know, is a reference to the evil organization that Sean Connery’s James Bond fought against in the 1960s. It is the most vile and sinister group in Bond history. In fact, they were a consistent presence in the James Bond novels going back to before the films.
Since the SPECTRE organization is being brought back into the James Bond film mythos, I thought I would honor their awesomeness with a list of the best cinematic Bond villains in history. And yes, many of these characters were members of SPECTRE.
1. Ernst Stavro Blofeld
2. Francisco Scaramanga
3. Emilio Largo
4. Rosa Klebb
5. Dr. Julius No
7. Irma Bunt
8. Agent 008 (Alec Trevelyan)
9. Baron Samedi
10. Hugo Drax
11. Raoul Silva
12. Xenia Onatopp
13. Auric Goldfinger
14. Max Zorin
15. Dr. Kananga
16. Le Chiffre
18. Red Grant
19. Franz Sanchez
21. Mr. White
22. Karl Stromberg
23. Mr. Wint & Mr. Kidd
24. Nick Nack