It’s Our Fault We’ll Never Get The Next Star Wars

Nostalgia is a big part of our current pop culture landscape, but maybe it’s keeping us from getting the next Star Wars, or TMNT, or Doctor Who.

I think it was either Universal Studios’ announcement of their DARK UNIVERSE franchise or the latest round of “Cowboy Bebop is REALLY getting a live-action series” news that I came to the realization that we’ve given the next generation a bit of a raw deal when it comes to entertainment. Much of the movies, television shows, comic books, and pop culture that have defined our childhood have undergone a revival to aggressively cash in on our nostalgia.

 

In some cases I’ve been very receptive to this; see 2012’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which struck a balance between reminding me what I loved about the 80s/90s cartoon, and making something new out of it for a younger generation of turtle fans. Still, it wasn’t new, and I’d be willing to guess that it won’t have the same impact on the new generation of fans that it had on me and my generation. They inherited the heroes in a half shell from us olds, but we saw its origin.

 

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Co-host/Video Producer/Writer for After the Hype. Created an animated fantasy webseries called Flagon. Plays D&D on the reg, and goofs around on the internet more than is probably healthy.

A Hype To Remember: Cars (2006)

Cars 3 comes out this weekend and it’s only fitting we talk about the surprising first movie. Ka-chow.

 

Sandwiched between The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Cars at first blush feels like a bit of a misstep. It’s a movie where vehicles are the only lifeforms and…well…that’s where the marketing pretty much lost me. Lots of racing stuff that I don’t care about? Check. A sidekick voiced by one of the “kings” of blue collar comedy? Check MATER.

 

I mean, look at this trailer…

 

 

The movie turned out to be way better than I thought it would be, walking a fine tightrope between its themes and the ridiculousness of the premise. After I saw the movie, I couldn’t help but think the trailers, marketing, and toys didn’t do the movie justice. The themes of “respecting your elders” being a “good winner,” honor, and appreciating history are very compelling, complex, and not something you would expect based on the marketing. I absolutely loved the moment where Lightning McQueen gives up the Piston Cup to help The King finish his last race.

 

Cars may not be as good as some of the other films in Pixar’s filmography, but man is it worth a watch. And with the “final chapter” coming out this week, I find myself hyped to see what Lightning McQueen faces next.

 

Co-host/Video Producer/Writer for After the Hype. Created an animated fantasy webseries called Flagon. Plays D&D on the reg, and goofs around on the internet more than is probably healthy.

TOP TEN GREEN LANTERN CHARACTERS!

Batman is a contender, and I have a soft spot for Aquaman, but the Green Lantern is my fave. Here are my top ten green lantern characters of all time.

 

I’ll start with a disclaimer, I’m not an expert on Green Lantern.  I’m a fan, have been for a long time.  But when it comes to the nitty gritty stuff, I may not be the best source.  Now that that’s out of the way, I want to tell you why the Green Lantern(s) is/are amazing, and why I love him/them so much!

 

When people ask me who my favorite comic book character is, I alway pause.  Part of me wants to say Batman, he’s a clear winner for many people.  Then I want to say Superman, Wonder Woman, I have a real soft spot for Aquaman… But when push comes to shove Green Lantern gets my vote every time.  This vote, is a total cheat I know… there are many Green Lanterns and I love them all.   So as a way to celebrate this fact, here we go! A countdown of my favorite Green Lantern characters!!

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Bryan is the Host and Producer of After the Hype. He loves talking. About everything. But mostly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and Batman.
 
He also lives in Los Angeles and works in TV Post Production

Tip of My Brain: Name That Movie 6/12/17

Time to play a game! We’ve got some movie stills and we want you to name the movie. Think you can do it?

We love movies over here at ATH HQ, and we hope you do too! That’s why we’re challenging you to a game. It’s a very special game in which we give you five stills from movies and make you guess the movie. We’re working on adding a scoring component so you might want to get your guesses in as soon as possible.

May the BEST movie fan win!

Let’s do this!

 

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Mummy, It’s Gonna Be A Frightful Musicapalooza

Need to create a mega franchise but missing some bangin’ music? Look no further than our Musicapalooza!

In the spirit of Universal’s DARK UNIVERSE franchise-starter THE MUMMY, we’ve thrown together an eclectic playlist this week of songs ranging from apt to awful. We’ve got stuff from The Bangles, League of Legends, Rockwell, Darude, Soft Cell, Skrillex and more. Trust us when we say that you’ve never heard a playlist quite like ours.

 

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ATH ORIGINS Ep #1 – Dead Space

We’re taking a break from your regularly scheduled episodes to bring you the origin stories of each of the hosts of After The Hype, starting with the very first episode…or the second episode? Well, the second episode but labeled as the first? Anyway, hosts Bryan and Nick talk video games, specifically DEAD SPACE.

 

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Tip of My Brain: Guess The Movie 6/05/17

Want to play a game? We here at After The Hype challenge you to figure out which five movies we’ve pictured. May the best movie fan win!

We love movies over here at ATH HQ, and we hope you do too! That’s why we’re challenging you to a game. It’s a very special game in which we give you five stills and make you guess the movies from said stills. We did this last week by challenging you each day, but we thought it might be more fun to hit you with all five at once and give you the week to guess. Can you get all five correct? Guess we’ll find out!

Comment below to play.

Let’s do this!

 

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Tip of My Brain: Guess The Movie For 6/02/17

Want to play a game? We here at After The Hype want you to guess the movie based on the still we picked.

We like movie games over here at ATH HQ, and want to play one with you. We’ve got a variety of movie stills that we’ve acquired over the years and we want you to guess which movie they’re from. We went pretty easy on you these past few days, but now that we’re at the weekend we want to ramp it up.

 

Think you know the movie? Let’s see just how much of a movie buff you are!

 

Let’s play!

READY?

GUESS THAT MOVIE!

 

 

6/01/17 SOLUTION: DEATH BECOMES HER!

 

What A Wonderful Musicapalooza

Can’t get enough of that Musicapalooza? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve got another playlist ready for your weekend!

It’s a WONDER(ful) Friday, and that means we’re here with another spotify playlist. If you followed last week’s playlist, you’re in luck. It’s the same playlist, only we added different songs to it. The theme this week is Wonder Woman, in celebration of the new film. Are you as hyped as we are for the first comic book heroine to take the lead in a major blockbuster? Probably. This is a huge deal!

 

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Tip of My Brain: Guess The Movie For 6/01/17

Want to play a game? We here at After The Hype want you to guess the movie based on the still we picked.

We like movie games over here at ATH HQ, and want to play one with you. We’ve got a variety of movie stills that we’ve acquired over the years and we want you to guess which movie they’re from. We’ll start them out pretty easy, but then ramp up the difficulty throughout the week. Think of it like the crosswords in your local paper.

 

We’re almost to the weekend, so hang in there. You can do it! While you’re waiting to party it up this weekend, give our latest TIP OF MY BRAIN a shot. Think you know the movie? Let’s see just how much of a movie buff you are!

 

Let’s play!

READY?

GUESS THAT MOVIE!

 

 

5/31/17 SOLUTION: THE REVENANT! | 6/02/17 IMAGE!