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Not a big fan of guys who try to ice skate uphill.

It’s that time again, where we journey to the world of Marvel Comics adaptations, but this time instead of looking at various adaptations of Marvel properties, were just focusing on one series of movies and one TV show featuring Marvel’s resident vampire hunter, the daywalker himself, Eric Bishop, AKA Blade.

Everyone likes to talk about how Deadpool was the greatest R-rated comic book movie, but they seem to forget that Blade was the first R-rated comic book movie, if it wasn’t for Blade, we wouldn’t have had a certain series of movies that would be the subject for next year, people wouldn’t have been as interested in comic book movies as they are now, and we wouldn’t have the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But, one question remains, does any of the movies, or the TV show still hold up after all these years?

Find out next week as we look at Blade.

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Two movies, one milestone.

200 posts in and seven months later, and I’m still tingling with Power Rangers fever. So what better way to celebrate this nifty milestone, by talking about the first two theatrical movies from the Power Rangers franchise.

One of the reasons I’ve been gone for awhile is mostly because I had a lot of trouble trying to figure out what I was going to look at for the 200th. Another reason is that I don’t think anything is going to top the Robotech review, and the only reason I ever really tackled it for the 100th review was because I was getting into the show, and the movie was fresh in my mind.

I had a ton of ideas for the 200th post, Dragonball Evolution, Last Airbender, even Max Steel, but I really didn’t feel like doing those since I’d pretty much be saying what everyone’s been saying for years now.

So come back soon for the first part of this Power Milestone, as we look at the Power Rangers’ first foray on the big screen.

I’m back, and were looking at some commercials. Commercials bring us so many memories, and so I thought I’d look at some of my favorite adverts from when I was young.

10. Mortal Monday – There’s not much to say about Mortal Kombat that hasn’t been said already, the games (most of them anyway) are great, and this commercial is also great. There’s not much to say really it’s just a bunch of kids running around the city shouting Mortal Kombat, while a slowed down version of Techno Syndrome played. It’s enough to get your blood pumping for the game, even if it’s a toned down version.

9. Transformers G1 (Transformers 2010 Japanese Commercial) – I’m technically cheating, since I saw this later in life, but I still think it deserves some mention. It’s a commercial showcasing the new toys for the third season of G1, but it’s pretty chilling. It has some helicopters carrying off Optimus Prime (or Convoy in Japan) along with some other characters, with a crowd of people chanting Convoy, culminating with a boy shouting Convoy, and then silhouettes of Rodimus Prime (Rodimus Convoy) and the other new characters introduced in The Movie.

8. Sega CD – I’m a pretty big Sega fan, mostly because it’s what I grew up with, until the Playstation Line came into my life. One of the funniest (unintentionally) has to be for the Sega CD add-on, where a guy on TV tells the viewer to buy it, while showing off some of the not so great games (and Sonic CD). There was another one, showing off some other games that pretty much foreshadows what Sony had in mind in the future. “There is no Nintendo CD” the guy says. Irony!

7. Voltron X Sprite – So most people from the 80s know about Voltron from the anime, some kids from the 90s know about it from either the reruns on Toonami, or the CG cartoon that I have yet to review, and then there’s the kids from the 2010s who know about it from Voltron Legendary Defender. This is how I found out about Voltron. For some reason, Sprite teamed up with World Events to make a series of commercials where King Zarkon sends out a Ro-Beast to an Urban city, and it fights each of the Lions. But the twist is that there being piloted by popular rappers at the time. It was a little odd, but it was still good to see Voltron for the first time.

6. Star Wars Shadows of the Empire – This was Lucasfilm’s first big sub-project within the Legends Timeline, a massive project ranging from comics, books, a video game (that was exclusively for the N64, sadly), and of course toys. It even spawned a original soundtrack by Joel McNeely. Taking place between Empire and Jedi, the project explains how Luke and the others found out where Han was taken, while also following the adventures of possibly one of the best named characters in the Legends Timeline, Dash Rendar! Let’s hope e makes a comeback within the official canon someday.

5. Mentos, The Freshmaker – One of the few candy jingles I know word for word, and the commercials weren’t to bad either. It would always start with someone getting in some kind of trouble, and figures out a solution, by eating Mentos while that jingle plays in the background. The guy, woman, or group wonder what’s going on, the protagonist shows of the product, and everyone goes home happy. Also did anyone else know there was an extended version of the theme?

4. Got Milk – Which one, pretty much all of them. Weather you saw these in the 90s or in the early 2000s, the Got Milk campaign was one of the most clever and entertaining advertising campaigns ever made. Everyone as a favorite, wheather it’s a milkman joining The Avengers, or a parody/tribute to an episode of the Twilight Zone. By far my favorite has to be the one with the Trix Rabbit, mainy because it keeps you guessing.

3. Make 7Up Yours – No you’re not misreading that, this was an actual campaign for 7Up. For awhile Orlando Jones (only known for MadTV at the time) serve as the spokesman for 7Up, and so he came up with this oddball slogan. Throughout the commercial we see him walking down the street telling people “Make 7Up Yours” while wearing a t-shirt saying “Make 7” on the front and “Up Yours” on the back. He keeps saying it unaware of how people are reacting negatively, especially this one guy, but still sees this as a success.

2. Bionicle: Toa Inika – The commercials for Bionicle were already great, but the ones for the 2006 storyline were on a whole other level. While it was cool starting off with the bad guys first (the Piraka), the rap in their commercial is kinda laughable, but then there’s the commercial for the former McToran turned Toa, the Inika, showing off their new Zamor shooters and light up weapons, and set to Move Along by the All American Rejects.

1. Crossfire – Of course I can’t talk about commercials I grew up with, without talking about one the greatest commercial ever made. “It’s sometime in the future”. Kids in leather jackets engage in an epic battle of marbles and pucks. Two kids enter, one gets teleported to oblivion. And of course that awesome jingle. There’s not much to say except, “you’ll get caught up in it”.

Honorable Mentions

Lazer Tag Rocky

Wonder World

Skip It

Chrono Trigger

Socker Boppers

Diet Pepsi Max

Star Wars Vector Prime

Alright folks, when we return, the 200th post, then Marvel Month, and some other stuff after and in between!

See you then!

Had to include this shot of the Zords.

Best scene of the whole movie!

TRAILER 1

Jason and Kimberly’s kiss was a reference to the budding relationship that was planned for the two before the Green With Evil saga.

A very small and barely noticeable one during the morphing sequence at the end, Trini wears a shirt with the year 1973. 1973 is the year Thuy Thrang was born

TRAILER 2

The “I’m black” joke was of course referring to the accidental racist casting with Walter Jones being cast as the Black Ranger and Thuy Trang being cast as the Yellow Ranger (and to a later and lesser extent Jason David Frank as the Red Zeo Ranger).

Kim’s line of “We’re talking to a wall” is similar to Zack’s line “We’re talking to giant floating head” in Day of the Dumpster

The Superhero landing as mentioned in the Trailer 2 review before reminded me of Gatchaman.

The Dino Megazord itself (or at least the toy) bares a resemblance to the super robot Mazinger Z

ALL STAR TRAILER/TV SPOT

The song in the background has the sing saying “ay yi yi yi yi” repeatedly, which is Alpha’s catchphrase. Alpha says this twice in the movie.

The shot of the Dinozords charging through the desert/quary (as seen above) was an homage to the exact same scene on the show.

THE MOVIE

The movie’s opening in the Cenozoic Era is both a reference to Abaranger and Dino Charge.

Jason, Billy, and Kimberly meeting each other in detention, is similar to how Connor, Ethan, and Kira met in Dino Thunder.

Zordon and the original Yellow Ranger bore strong similarities to the Aquitians from the Alien Rangers from the Alien Rangers arc/series. Zordon also looks like his depiction in MMPR The Movie

As usual, the Rangers wear the respective colors in civilian attire.

Squat, Finster, and Putty Patroller action figures appear in Billy and Trini’s rooms respectively.

Power Rangers has the distinction of being the first superhero movie to feature heroes that are on the Autism Spectrum (Billy) and LGBTQ (Trini)

The three rules of being a Ranger (1. never use your powers for personal gain, 2. never escalate a fight unless forced to, 3. keep your identity secret) is stated word for word here.

When the Rangers morph for the first time it is reminiscent of the Rangers’ first morph in Turbo A Power Rangers Movie.

Rita refers to the Rangers by color similar to Dr. K in Power Rangers RPM.

Rita says “Make My Monster Grow” as Goldar takes form.

The 1995 version of Go Go Power Rangers plays briefly during the Zord sequence.

The Dinozords run past a store called Dex’s Door and Window, a possible reference to Masked Rider.

The Dino Megazord coming out of the fiery pit, is similar to the Tyrannosaurus and Pterodactyl Dinozords coming out a volcano

Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank (Kimberly and Tommy respectively) cameo as bystanders at the end of the movie.

In some behind the scenes photos there are street signs for Ocean Bluff and Reefside. These are the name of cities in Jungle Fury and Dino Thunder respectively. Mariner Bay (the city Lightspeed Rescue takes place in) was also mentioned during the climax.

After the Dino Megazord bang-zooms Rita to the space, you see the moon right behind her, a reference to her castle from the show.

Rita mentions that there are others that’ll go after the Zeo Crystal, this may be a reference to Lord Zedd, King Mondo and his House of Gadgetry, and yes, even Divatox.

Tommy Oliver is mentioned in the mid-credits scene

Lord Zedd (despite being mentioned in promotional material) does not appear or is even mentioned (outright) in the movie

OTHER

In Russia, Power Rangers is rated 18+ (the equivalent of an R rating here in the US), due to their negativity on LGBTQ.

Bryan Cranston. Outside of being (or not being in some cases) the inspiration of Billy’s last name, he worked on Power Rangers before, doing voice work for two monsters of the week (Snizzard and Twin Man) .

In the movie and trailers Billy mentions Spider-Man, Elizabeth Banks was in the Sam Rami Spider-Man trilogy as Betty Brant.

Rita’s new look harkens back to Divatox, Trakeena, and one of Rita’s commanders on the show, Scorpina.

RJ Cyler’s casting as Billy Cranston is actually a bts reference to Walter Jones originally auditioning for Billy instead of Zack.

Becky G’s casting as Trini is a reference to the original Day of the Dumpster pilot, where Trini was played by fellow latina actress Audri DuBois.

The Angel Grove High blog had Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy) serve as a writer for a brief time. If you watch his videos you know he loves Power Rangers just as much as I do.

The Power Morpher bares a striking resemblance to the Typhoon Belt from Kamen Rider

The Power Coins seem to be a combination of the Power Coins from Mighty Morphin and the Dino Gems from Dino Thunder.

Since her reveal, there have been rumors (which have since been confirmed) that Rita might be the Green Ranger, and that her staff has the Green Power Coin inside it, here’s a fan replica of what the coin might look like.

There’s a promotional service on Facebook that allows you to chat with Alpha, during the chat Alpha mentions Zeo Crystal. The Zeo Crystal is a major plot device for the movie.

In a copy of his autobiography A Life In Parts, Bryan Cranston autographed to Andrew Gray (Troy Burrows/(Super) Megaforce Red): To a Power Ranger, from a Power Ranger. This helps confirm the rumor that the Movie Zordon is a former Red Ranger.

There are also references to Super Sentai itself

EXAMPLES INCLUDE

Despite no Super Sentai footage, the franchise is given equal credit in the movie alongside Power Rangers.

Alpha’s manerisms are similar to Peebo, and Billy’s death harkens back to Choudenshi Bioman. Incidently, Haim Saban attempted to adapt Bioman long before Zyuranger was made.

“Teenagers With Attitude” was a concept that existed all the way in 1989 with the show that should’ve been adapted to Power Rangers Turbo, Kousoku Sentai Turboranger

Zack’s personality is almost on par with Gai Yuki/Black Condor from Coujin Sentai Jetman.

Zordon’s appearance actually resembles Empress Meadow, the primary villain from Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman.

There’s a subtle reference to Zyuranger where Trini’s brothers think the Yellow Ranger is a guy.

Rita being a Ranger that turned evil for personal gain, and killing (most of) her former teammates is similar Ryo’s (Ryu Ranger) father from Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Brajira from Tensou Sentai Goseiger.

The opening taking place in the Cenozoic Era is a reference to Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger

The Zeo Crystal being inside the Earth’s core is a reference to the current season of Sentai Uchu Sentai Kyuranger.

And there you have it, if there’s any other easter eggs I missed I’ll update this page accordingly. Next we explore the world of Virtual Reality with the V.R. Troopers.

Save the Rebellion! Save the dream!

This is a rebellion isn’t it? I rebel.

WARNING!! THE FOLLOWING MOVIE IS CURRENTLY IN ITS THEATRICAL RUN. THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN HEAVY SPOILERS, PLEASE READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

PLOT

Research scientist Galen Erso is in hiding on the planet Lah’mu when Imperial weapons developer Orson Krennic arrives to take him to complete the unfinished Death Star, a space station-based superweapon capable of destroying an entire planet. His wife Lyra is killed in the ensuing confrontation, but their daughter Jyn escapes and is taken to safety by Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera.

Fifteen years later, pilot Bodhi Rook defects from the Empire, smuggling a holographic message from Galen to Gerrera on the desert moon of Jedha. After learning about Rook’s defection, Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor frees Jyn from Imperial captivity and brings her to the Rebels, who plan to use her to extract Galen and learn more about the Death Star. Unbeknownst to Jyn, however, Cassian is covertly ordered to kill Galen rather than extract him.

Jyn, Andor, and reprogrammed Imperial droid K-2SO travel to Jedha, where the Empire is mining kyber crystals to power the Death Star while Gerrera and his partisans are engaged in an armed insurgency against them. With the aid of blind spiritual warrior Chirrut Îmwe and his mercenary friend Baze Malbus, Jyn makes contact with Gerrera, who has been holding Rook captive. Gerrera shows her the message, in which Galen reveals he has secretly compromised the Death Star’s design so it can be destroyed, directing them to retrieve the schematics located in a high-security Imperial data bank on the planet Scarif.

On the Death Star, Krennic orders a low-powered shot from the superlaser to destroy Jedha’s capital, causing Jyn and her group to take Rook and flee the planet, but Gerrera and his group are killed. Grand Moff Tarkin congratulates Krennic before using Rook’s defection and security leak as a pretext to take control of the project.

Rook leads the group to Galen’s Imperial research facility on the planet Eadu, where Cassian chooses not to kill Galen. When Krennic directs that Galen’s main team be killed for causing the security leak, Galen confesses that he is responsible. Jyn makes her presence known just moments before Rebel bombers attack the facility, resulting in Galen being wounded. Jyn reunites with her father only to have him die in her arms before she escapes with her group onboard a stolen Imperial cargo shuttle. Krennic visits Darth Vader, seeking support with granting an audience with the Emperor, but Vader dismisses his appeal for recognition.

Jyn proposes a plan to steal the Death Star schematics using the Rebel fleet but fails to get approval from the Alliance Council. Frustrated at their inaction, Jyn’s group is supported by a small squad of Rebels intent on raiding the data bank themselves. Arriving at Scarif via the stolen Imperial ship, which Rook dubs “Rogue One”, a disguised Jyn and Cassian enter the base with K-2SO while volunteers attack the resident Imperial garrison as a distraction. The Rebel fleet learns about the raid from intercepted Imperial communications and deploy in support. Rook is killed by a grenade just after informing the Rebel fleet that it must deactivate the shield surrounding the planet to allow Jyn and Cassian to transmit them the schematics. K-2SO sacrifices himself so Jyn and Cassian can retrieve the data. Despite this, Jyn and Cassian are ambushed by Krennic, who has traveled to Scarif, and shoots Cassian.

Îmwe is killed after activating the master switch to allow communication with the Rebel fleet while Malbus is killed shortly after. Most of the Rebel squad are killed as well. Krennic corners Jyn, declaring the Empire’s victory, but Cassian, still alive, shoots Krennic. Jyn transmits the schematics to the Rebel command ship. The Death Star enters Scarif’s orbit, where Tarkin uses the weapon to destroy the Empire’s base. Krennic dies instantly, while Jyn and Cassian embrace on a beach before dying in the ensuing shock wave.

The Rebel fleet prepares to jump to hyperspace only to be attacked by Vader’s flagship. Vader boards the command ship and massacres several troops in his pursuit of the schematics as a small starship (the Tantive IV) escapes with them onboard. Aboard the fleeing ship, Princess Leia declares that the schematics will provide hope for the Rebellion, as the Tantive IV warps off to the Outer Rim.

To be continued… Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

REVIEW

This was actually pretty good. I was a bit concerned at first, since the director only did one movie, and the last guy  who did a major movie ended up ruining his career. But, I’m actually very impressed with what Gareth Edwards brought to the table. Michael Giacchino took over for John Williams, and I gotta say, you could barely tell the difference, if fact if Williams was to not work on Episode IX, I’d love for Giacchino to do the music instead. The cast was great as well, though I do admit we could’ve done without the cameo by Jimmy Smits. Speaking of cast, let’s get to the controversy about the movie, and that was the “return” of Peter Cushing as Tarkin, now some people found it disturbing, others thought it was good, and most people thought it was unnecessary. I really didn’t mind it that much, I also didn’t mind the “cameo” from Leia at the end either.

And Vader, good God Vader. Well, alright I was a little concerned after his little Dunkelman-esque pun he gave Krennic (in fact I even joked, “oh, he’s still got a little prequel in him.”), but he completely made up for it in the end.

Overall, it was a very decent movie, and was huge step up from the prequels.

RANK: 4 out of 5

So, welcome to 2017, hopefully this makes up for not reviewing Force Awakens. Next, I give my long overdue review of the Power Rangers trailer.

In Memory of Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) and Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

2016 is over, and good freaking riddance! The world’s dumbest rich guy became our president. We’ve lost so many people, and apparently, even during the holidays, we still have to keep loosing people. But, there were some positives to this year, I did a year-long celebration of Star Trek, and despite a minor hiccup in September and October, I still consider that a success, I held a marathon of Robotech, tried Ecto Cooler and Crystal Pepsi for the first time ever, and only one of those drinks made me throw up, and I created an Instagram account to show off my artwork.

As mentioned, in the Big Hero 6 review, Marvel Month is tackling the first franchise in outside of animation. The 200th post is coming up soon, and I haven’t made an official decision on what I’m going to cover yet. I was planning on holding a poll on Twitter to see what people want me to cover.

I have plans on doing retrospective series on Digimon, but that’s currently being put on hold until, the final three Adventure Tri movies are released, and the new series, Appli Monsters has ended. As for movie reviews, I plan on reviewing Rogue One following this post in honor of Carrie Fisher’s passing. Next up, is Ranger Spotlight, I’ve been meaning to give my thoughts of the trailer for the new movie. And of course go over some of my favorite team-ups from the both Power Rangers and Super Sentai. Since my first interview was a success, I’m working on scoring another one soon.

So, with that said, Happy New Year folks, let’s hope and pray that 2017 will be better than 2016.

Keep a look out for the Rogue One review.

Later.

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Center: Oliver Harper L-R various characters from Blade, Mystery Men, Aliens,, ect.

Center: Oliver Harper L-R various characters from Blade, Mystery Men, Aliens,, ect.

Hey everyone, I know I promised a new Ranger Spotlight, but this took more precedence, I’ve finally have managed to get my first interview, and it’s with one of my favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper.

Dave Cameron: How long have you been making your web series?

Oliver Harper: I started back in late 2011 with a review to Superman IV and have continued producing reviews ever since.

DC: What were your influences in making the Retrospective and Review series?

OH: I love watching documentaries and being from the UK us Brits are spoilt by a wealth of content produced by the BBC over the years. With my passion for film, I binge watched the documentaries on the ALIEN films produced by the very talented ‘Charles De Lauzirika’ and, during late 2011, I was pouring over the Resident Evil and Star Wars retrospectives produced by GameTrailers. I was aware of other YouTubers covering movies, such as The Nostalgia Critic, but he pushed a more comedic approach and wasn’t really about the facts and production of the movie. So when I came time to decide to review superman 4, which is a film that isn’t very good but had good intentions that I wanted to highlight, I decided to take the retrospective approach. With my video being a review of the film as well I just labelled it retrospective / review and went from there. At the time I don’t think anyone else was calling their videos a ‘Retrospective / Review’ and its funny, now I see it being used a lot so maybe I’ve had some influence on how others approach their reviews.

DC: What is Oliver Harper’s Retrospective and Reviews?

OH: It’s a channel dedicated to reviewing older movies presented in a documentary style that provides facts and trivia. I discuss the soundtrack, visual effects, video game tie-ins and mix it with a critique. But the channel has evolved over time to offer more to the viewer, for example reviews on new releases, audio commentaries and coverage on the latest video games and trailers.

DC: How did you come up with the Retrospective and Review series?

OH: See Question 2

DC: Aside from the Retrospective/Review series, what else do you do on your channel?

OH: I also produce audio commentaries, which the viewer can run in sync with their own copy of the film, these commentaries feature actor Duncan Casey, movie buff Richard Jackson and on special occasions filmmaker Tim Partridge. I do cover recent movies as well but not on a weekly basis, I look ahead to determine what films my audience would like to hear about. I review new video game releases but I’m very picky on what I cover, so I only do them if a game really encourages me to express my thoughts on it. I have started producing videos on film & comic conventions. I just shot some new footage for a small comic convention in Bedford and I will be attending the MCM con in October.

DC: I’ve noticed in one of your other videos you have an extensive laserdisc collection. How did you get a hold of them and why do you collect them?

OH: I got into Laserdiscs in the late 90s when DVD came out. I couldn’t get a DVD player at the time because it was new technology and the players cost in the region were £500 ($663.33). I looked at other options and noticed LaserDisc was coming down in price because many home cinema enthusiasts were jumping on to DVD. I was aware of the LD format as a kid, seeing them in HMV, and was shocked at the price of them, some titles cost £50 ($66.33) each so it struck me as a format for rich people really, not for young kids with limited pocket money. I had just started studying film at college around 1998 and noticed LaserDisc had loads of my favourite films in widescreen so I scanned the small ads and came across a player for £100 ($132.67) with a bunch of LDs, so that’s how my library started. Most titles were selling for £5-10 ($6.63-13.27) in hi fi and second hand shops so I built up a collection quickly. Over the years I’ve upgraded my players and my collection has decreased and increased over time depending what mood I’m in. I sometimes lose interest in the format and sell off some of my collection then I suddenly I get this urge to buy more. The beauty of laserdiscs is their sleeve, large LP size covers, which are a great show piece and the sound can sometimes be on par with Blu-ray. But you have to remember DVD/Blu-ray is better than LD in the picture department and you will have to invest in a decent player and video upscaler to make it match DVD in quality.

DC: How do you handle criticism (Rude/disgusting comments, and/or constantly being asked “when’s the next video”)?

OH: Being the butt of criticism comes with the territory when being a content creator on YouTube so you do have to have a thick skin. The more popular you get, the more haters you gain. If people are outright rude to my friends or me then I ban them instantly, there is no point in communicating with those individuals. My audience is mostly adults so they tend not to take part in silly juvenile stuff because they’re mature and sensible. However, you will always encounter someone who is very self-entitled and demands a lot from you and wants to dictate how you should run your channel. Often they’re polite about it and you can believe they support what you do but then suddenly they take a turn and hate you generally because you’ve said no to a review they want to see.

With regards to requests, I get so many on a daily basis and had to stop taking requests because it became too much to manage. There are some subscribers that constantly make requests and its easy to think they don’t really understand how long it takes to produce a video and often don’t appreciate the effort you put in, they just think you’re their personal jukebox which they can operate to select the next review. But all in all, those people make up a very small percentage of my viewer base and 95% are extremely supportive and appreciative of what I do.

DC: Do you have other ideas for Retrospectives/Reviews?

OH: I hope to cover more TV shows in the future, shows with a small number of series is a plus for me because I don’t have to watch too many episodes. Don’t expect a retrospective on ‘Smallville’ or ‘X-Files’ any time soon! I do need to cover the Rocky films and continue with some more 007 reviews. There is always something I’ve got planned so I’m never scratching my head thinking what to review next.

DC: Other than your web series/commentaries do you have any other interests?

OH: My YouTube channel takes up a lot of my time so when I relax I either play video games or try to catch up with my friends. I end up working more than 50 hours a week so it becomes a nightmare to balance your work life with your social life, so I try to keep that a healthy balance but most of the time I fail at that and work too much.

DC: You’ve done retrospectives/reviews of some of my favourite movies (EX. Ghostbusters II, Star Trek, Galaxy Quest, Star Wars), and some of your retrospectives introduced me to some new favourite movies (EX. The Phantom) do you have a favourite and least favourite retrospective/review?

OH: Well the videos I feel less happy with are my older retrospectives that were far shorter and lacking in presentation especially with my voice over in comparison to my current stuff, you’re your own worst critic. I think my early reviews of Ninja Turtles, Big Trouble in Little China, Timecop and Supergirl are below par for me. I do plan to revisit many of these earlier reviews to update them such as Superman III and Dragon The Bruce Lee Story. Those R/R’s I am most happy with is probably my ALIEN reviews, Galaxy Quest, Bladerunner and Superboy Part 1 & 2.

DC: Recently you’ve been doing remakes/re-masters of some of you’re older videos (most of which are exclusive Patreon supporters), are you planning on doing that for all of the older videos, or just a few at a time?

OH: Yes I have been cleaning up some of my older reviews (improved picture & sound) as an exclusive perk to my Patreon members and will continue to update a few more. I’m planning to revisit a number of my older reviews to expand them and cover the films again such as Superman III, Masters of the Universe, Dragon The Bruce Lee Story and Ninja Turtles 1990 which will be available for everyone.

DC: Are there any TV shows you watch?

OH: In the last 6 months I’ve ploughed through House of Cards, Daredevil and recently Stranger Things all on Netflix and the fantastic The Man in the High Castle on Amazon. TV shows have come on leaps and bounds in the last few years equaling feature films and often being far superior because of the advantage of having an episodic structure. I’m really looking forward to the new series of Red Dwarf. I really want to cover them in the future with a retrospective but the BBC are very strict on allowing people to use their products online even for a review.

DC: What do you think of the DC Extended Universe, do you think DC should keep going with their cinematic universe, or just stick to TV?

OH: If I had my way I would scrap the DC Universe on film and start again because the movies have clearly not been praised or received in the way Warner Brothers have hoped and for the most part they have been a huge disappointment for me. They want to capture the market that Marvel is dominating and in allowing Zack Snyder the freedom to push his bleak depressing vision for Superman and the rest of the DC characters its not going down well. There are fans of what Snyder is doing but I think the vast majority would prefer a more uplifting and colourful DC universe. WB’s TV shows are definitely going in the right direction, I never watched Arrow and only a few episodes of The Flash, which didn’t appeal to me, but I was very impressed with Supergirl, I think they nailed the tone and look. Melissa Benoist really captures the character of Supergirl and is some of the finest casting in years. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with Superman in season 2 despite his costume looking a bit rubbish but at least its colourful.

DC: Steven Spielberg once said the superhero genre would go out of style some day, what are your thoughts on that?

OH: I think there is some truth in that; I’m starting to get burnt out with the number of super hero films. Warner Bros output has really left me disappointed and soured my interest in the super hero movie genre. Wonder Woman looks pretty good from the trailer I’ve seen but trailers are designed to get you excited. I’ve heard a few insiders saying the film is going to be another let down which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. We will see next summer if Warner Bros can drag themselves out of this bleak depressing hole and take the DC Universe into a brighter more uplifting direction.

DC: Do you have any advice for people wanting to make their own web series?

OH: If you have a passion for a subject and want to produce a video expressing your views on it then go for it. However, be warned it’s becoming more and more difficult to get noticed on YouTube, it will take a long time to build up a following and to even generate any revenue (if you want to take advantage of that option) so treat it as a hobby. A lot of people don’t understand the effort that goes in to creating a successful YouTube channel and see it as a quick and easy way to make some money and be your own boss – it isn’t. You have to be truly passionate about what you are creating if you want a channel with longevity and a dedicated following – and you have to invest your time and money to maintain that. But if what you produce captures an audience and they tune in for every video, you will be rewarded for your hard work. Always think about presentation. If you’re going to be on camera, make sure the picture is good (don’t use your webcam) and of course be confident, if you’re very nervous or uncomfortable on screen then the viewer will instantly pick up on that so if being on camera is not your thing then provide a voice over to what you want to talk about. Make sure you have decent microphone so people can hear you clearly to get your view across. If you want to use clips of copyrighted material do some research on worldwide fair use laws because they have different restrictions on how you use the footage in different countries. Don’t go crazy and use long unedited clips because it will get flagged by YouTube’s automated system, which detects copyrighted material. Before sharing a video online show it to your friends first and get feedback so you feel more confident in putting your work out there for the world to see. Don’t copy other YouTubers, it’s great to be inspired by someone but you’ll have difficulty growing an audience that is already out there watching someone else.

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