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Introduction: The following are just some supplemental thoughts on Batman Returns. Whether or not you like Batman Returns probably comes down to whether you like Tim Burton movies. However, it doesn’t really matter whether we like Batman Returns or not. It’s a Batman movie and it’s still entertaining on some level even if it’s horrible. Batman Returns falls into a small group of big budget comic book movies that weren’t directed by committee. In other words, the studio stepped back and gave Burton nearly complete control over the movie. So, let’s break it down.
The punk on the bus in Star Trek: The Voyage home is the movie’s Associate Producer, Kirk Thatcher. Associate Producers are generally the top assistants for the Producer(s).
Kirk Thatcher worked as an Associate Producer on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
He became connected with Star Trek through his job as a Technical Assistant with Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). He did some uncredited work on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and puppeteering work Star Trek III: The Search for Spock like the giant worm creature Kruge has a moment with.
Kruge as a moment with the creatures that evolved from the microbes on the photon tube that landed on the Genesis Planet in Star Trek III. Christopher Lloyd pictured here.
Why is Star Trek IV named The Undiscovered Country? It’s a pretty cool sounding name. It’s definitely more provocative than The Wrath of Khan or The Search for Spock. Star Trek movie subtitles are hit and miss. The Motion Picture was intended to let audiences know that it was a high budget film, similar to Superman The Movie. Looking back, it’s unnecessary because the average movie-goer can probably tell that Superman The Movie or Star Trek The Motion Picture are in fact movies instead of television shows, but considering their enormous budgets, it’s understandable that the studios didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Continue reading →
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home is the most pivotal installment in the entire Star Trek franchise. Let’s step back in 1986 for a moment. At this point, Star Trek simply a cult phenomenon that sprouted a couple moderately successful movies. The first three Star Trek movies were hits, but they weren’t HITS like Indiana Jones, or Ghostbusters or Star Wars, at least financially speaking. Despite having been in the mainstream public for 20 years, Star Trek was still struggling to attract mainstream movie-goers. That of course changed with Star Trek IV, which won over mainstream audiences.
Why is any of that important? Because the next phase of Star Trek starting with The Next Generation stemmed from the financial success of Star Trek IV. Paramount CBS Television pushed forward with their new Star Trek show because Star Trek IV’s financial success gave them the confidence to finance what would become The Next Generation. Had TNG never materialized, there wouldn’t have been Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise or any of the TNG movies. I know, I know. A lot of that was really bad, but it kept the franchise alive and in the public eye. If the 24th Century Rick Berman Star Trek never happened, the franchise would’ve likely petered out when The Original Series movies ended.
Another franchise-altering thing to come out of Star Trek IV was William Shatner’s clause to direct Star Trek V. That clause was negotiated when he signed on to star in Star Trek IV. That means, during the entire production and the period following the film’s release, Shatner already knew he going to run the show for the next movie. When Star Trek IV became a massive financial success, Shatner and the rest of the production team had to have been cognizant that Star Trek V could attract even larger crowds. Continue reading →
On August 15th 2013, RoboCop archive reported that YouTube began enforcing a block on any videos containing copyright material from RoboCop (1987). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) who holds the copyright to RoboCop (1987). MGM and Columbia Pictures Sony are releasing their franchise reboot also titled RoboCop (2014). It’s unlikely that YouTube would single out RoboCop when blocking copyright material. Copyright material is can be legally published under U.S. Copyright Law Section 107 regarding “Fair use.” It’s likely that MGM and Sony ordered YouTube to block this material in order to suppress search results for RoboCop (1987) and effectively result in RoboCop (2014) placing higher in search results.
Google and YouTube are private companies and commonly manipulate their services’ search results to promote their own interests. It may not be in good faith, but they are free to operate their services however they please. In this situation, they are choosing not to dispute MGM’s copyright claim. It’s cheaper and easier to comply because this battle isn’t worth fighting for them.
However, fans of the movie and series have lost YouTube as a medium for publishing their work. A vast majority of these content creators aren’t seeking financial gain from publishing RoboCop videos on YouTube. They make videos because of their enthusiasm for the movie and franchise. Let’s be real here. MGM isn’t worried about losing money from having clips of RoboCop 1987 floating around on YouTube. This is some form of inverse advertising that is suppressing one property for another.
In any case, it’s just annoying. I’ve created two videos using material from RoboCop 1987 that I can’t publish on any viable video sharing service. Ultimately, it doesn’t mean anything to anyone, but it’s still not fun to spend dozens of hours working on something that’s getting arbitrarily blocked so that some February-released action movie can make a tiny bit more money.
Star Trek III is a pretty good Star Trek movie. It’s an ambitious movie in that it follows up the wildly successful Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, but it doesn’t try to repeat the same formula. Fantasy movies were popular in the early 1980s and Star Trek III can arguably be put in that genre. It deals with the metaphysical; Spock’s spirit living on within Dr. McCoy while his body is reborn on a artificial planet. Planet Genesis itself has jungles, frozen tundras and volcanic mountains within a few hours walk from each other. The movie essentially looks like Legend or the Never Ending Story. As anyone bothering to read about Star Trek III already knows, Leonard Nimoy directed it. Considering all the unique makeup, costumes, sets, special effects, locations, and on-set security precautions that went into creating this movie, it’s clear Nimoy did an amazing job pulling all those components together. Continue reading →
Star Trek: The Motion Picture is long, boring and long but you already know that. If you’re a Trekkie, you probably like this. If you’re a Trekker, you take yourself too seriously and if you’re neither you’ve probably forgotten that this movie exists. In case you need a refresher, the crew of the starship Enterprise is reassembled to go check out a space cloud named Vger that’s approaching Earth. They discover it’s a machine having an existential crisis. There’s an insane amount of character reaction shots, then the movie’s over. Now let’s take a look at some plot holes, production mistakes and other Trek stuff. The following is a summary of the info in the video above. Continue reading →