What would Girl Meets World Season 4 have been about?

The cancellation of Girl Meets World by Disney Channel was shocking to all of us. Especially considering shows with similar ratings have gone on to have a fourth and final season on the channel. Disney Channel said that it was because the advertisers they were getting for the show were outside of the demographic that they go after on their channel. I don’t believe that for a minute, though. If you look at other shows they’ve aired, such as I Didn’t Do It, the show could have continued for a fourth and final season just fine. I think Disney Channel was trying to make room on the schedule for two other shows: Andi Mack and the That’s So Raven sequel series. The end of Liv and Maddie also made some room, though, as did the end of Best Friends Whenever. I also have to note that K.C. Undercover features leads that are all in the same age group as the characters on Girl Meets World. Perhaps even a little older. Again, making Disney Channel’s claims deflate all the more.

That said, Michael Jacobs mentioned that he would share what the plans were for the fourth season of the show if he couldn’t find a new home for the series to continue. (P.S. If you are interested in trying to help get the show on Netflix, request it here!)

He tweeted:

I wasn’t able to find a new venue for the show. I’m sorry. We brought our best and hope we made you think and feel. Until next time. Thanks. Grateful to all who have written in support of the show. You are who we did it for. And now to keep a promise: Season 4 would’ve shown that what drew Farkle, Lucas and Zay to Riley and Maya was the deep friendship and respect they had for each other. And their relationship was the guide in how to meet the world. Especially our current world. Because to find love, friendship and respect must be at the center of it. Cory and Topanga always knew that. So, as you all meet this world, we wish you friendship, respect and love. Oh, and Auggie and Ava were forever. All of us at BMW and GMW have loved bringing you these stories. We hope we have taught you to dream, try and do good. Class dismissed.

I wish we were getting the fourth season of the show. I wasn’t sure about the characters going in, and watching the show episode by episode didn’t really help that too much. But then I showed my sister a lot of episodes in a row, the ones that featured cast members from Boy Meets World, mostly, plus some other good episodes. Watching the episodes like that helped to see the characters and stories the way they probably did in the writer’s room on the show. You could see the way the writers were building the world, and adding layers to the show as it went on. There are bits of dialog in episodes that are directly referencing a conversation or a moment from episodes earlier in the season, and possibly the entire series. I only started to notice the callbacks upon rewatching the series, and it made the show much stronger.

The final episode of season three was a good end to the show, rounding out the overall series to ten seasons with Cory and Topanga. I look forward to watching all ten seasons in order sometime soon.

Thank you, Michael Jacobs and the writing team. I know you would have given us more gold, but I’m thankful that we got some more. One of the last times I watched my way through Boy Meets World, I went looking for another show that was somehow like it. I just wanted more of it. And then that show was announced. It took a while to make it to the screen, but it did, and now having three seasons to add, it feels satisfying to have more content. Effectively Boy Meets World seasons 8, 9 and 10.

I look forward to showing my daughter all of this.

(Once more: If you are interested in trying to help get the show on Netflix, request it here!)

My Most Anticipated Films of 2017

This list was written a while ago, but I wanted to wait until I’d posted my best of 2016 list to post this. That said, I’m still not done watching the movies from that list, so I won’t be posting it yet. I did want to post this one, though. I’ve already seen one movie from this list, and I have to say, I should have placed it higher on the list. Split has just bumped the next Shyamalan film up higher on my list for the year it is coming out.

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – By far, my most anticipated movie follows up 2015’s The Force Awakens with the further adventures of Rey and Finn. Picking up from where we left off, Luke Skywalker joins the journey and our heroes take off on a new adventure as the First Order regroups and the Resistance continues in their efforts to bring them down.
  2. Look to the Sky – Brett Culp’s long awaited follow-up to 2013’s Legends of the Knight. This time it is a film about hope, centering on the character of Superman.
  3. A Voice that Carries – Another Brett Culp helmed documentary, this one about the relationship between father and daughter.
  4. Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters – A pair of feature length documentaries, one about Ghostbusters and the other about Ghostbusters II. I’ve been following the production of these documentaries for what seems like about 10 years now. They are getting closer to release. They may not make a 2017 release date, but they’re definitely on their way toward a release very soon.
  5. Justice League – I’m pretty excited for DC to finally have their Avengers movie. The cast is excellent, with everyone looking the part, and it’s about time all of these characters get together. Wonder Woman was one of the highlights of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and she could maintain that status here.
  6. Wonder Woman – Finally getting her own major motion picture, the setting kind of reminds me of Captain America: The First Avenger, though with settings in WWI rather than WWII. I hope that it’s great.
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – The sequel looks just as weird and catchy as the original. Baby Groot looks fantastic. Can’t wait to hear the soundtrack and hope that the film has as much heart as the first.
  8. Transformers: The Last Knight – Michael Bay’s (final?) Transformers film looks like more of the same. I liked the first and third TF films best, the fourth was alright, and the second as well… I’m hopeful for another great one. My one question: will they ever make a Transformers movie that isn’t lead entirely by the humans in the cast?
  9. Beauty and the Beast – The one major problem I have with this film is Emma Watson. So far, we haven’t seen her smile much at all in the trailers. I’m really looking forward to the music in this, and hopeful that, with the same composers working on this that worked on the 1991 original, they have recaptured the magic. From the music in the trailers, it seems like they have with the opening of the film at least. Slightly less annoying is the voice of Lumiere. It sounds like someone forcing a voice and accent, rather than using a voice that they use when they natually speak.
  10. Cars 3 – Lightning McQueen’s journey appears to be coming to a close with the third film in the series. I’m hoping for a return to form. The second film was very much a spy thriller with a fish out of water story that could have had more heart if they only work-shopped Mater’s role in the story a bit more. This time, McQueen appears to be the primary character once again, as he deals with being the older racecar in a field of new cars.
  11. Score – A documentary about film scores. I’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. Hope to see it sometime this year.
  12. Disneynature’s Born in China – Pushed from 2016 to Earth Day 2017. I love the Disneynature films that I’ve seen, and can’t wait for this one.
  13. Spider-Man: Homecoming – I still wish they had made Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4. I also wish they would have made The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Alas, neither was to be, and now here we are, 15 years after Spider-Man took the world by storm, we’re getting our sixth film featuring our third Peter Parker. Looks fun, and I hear it’s like a John Hughes movie. I like that prospect.
  14. My Little Pony: The Movie – My wife and I have watched this show for the last few years, and there’s no way she’s going to want to miss this one.
  15. Thor: Ragnarok – Been waiting for this one since Thor: The Dark World, to find out what has actually happened with Loki. Plus, this one looks like it includes Hulk and Doctor Strange.
  16. Coco – Pixar’s second film release of the year is also an original film. I haven’t read too much about this one, but I’m always up for a Pixar.
  17. Jumanji – Is this a reboot? A sequel? A remake? I have no idea, but it looks like a unique spin as we might be heading into the Jumanji game, rather than having the game invading our world.
  18. Logan – The final Wolverine film. It also features Professor X and X-23. This could also be Hugh Jackman’s final time playing the role he originated in 2000’s X-Men. (Amazingly, Dougray Scott was up for the role, back in the day, but filming on Mission: Impossible 2 ran over, creating a schedule conflict and they had to replace him with Hugh Jackman for the role that he went on to play over 18 years.)
  19. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – I like these movies. We’ll see, though. They need to capture the fun of the original film.
  20. The Lego Batman Movie – Will this be as good as the surprisingly great Lego Movie? I hope so. If not, at least it’ll be funny.
  21. Power Rangers – Could be great. Could be terrible. The cast will make or break this one.
  22. Smurfs: The Lost Village – After two live-action mixed Smurfs films, it’s about time they make one that is actually true to the original animated series in style and setting. This looks like it could be the Smurfs movie that should have been made first.
  23. A Dog’s Purpose – My wife wants to see this one for the dogs.
  24. Split – I love M. Night Shyamalan’s films. And I understand that this and his last film are both a return to form for the director. That said, I am kind of scared of seeing his latest movies. I’m not a fan of scary movies, and the subject matter of this one is kind of terrifying.
  25. Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan is hit or miss for me. I like all of his Batman movies and Inception. The Prestige is alright. Interstellar and Insomnia are both insufferable. Where will this fit in? Will it?
  26. The Dark Tower – We’ll see if I make it to this one. I could go either way.

New Documentary about Fathers and Daughters: A Voice that Carries

I’ve gotten into documentaries in the last few years. Mostly about topics that I’m into, like Ghostbusters, superheroes, etc. It likely stems from the enjoyment I get watching behind the scenes features on DVDs.

Releasing (hopefully) this year, on or around Father’s Day, is a documentary about fathers and their daughters.

If you’re like me, and you have a daughter (or if you have a few daughters), this is one that you’ll want to see.

Here’s the trailer for A Voice that Carries. The director is Brett Culp (Legends of the KnightLook to the Sky).

And please also help support the film’s completion.

You can also help Brett finish Look to the Sky at Generosity.com.

A look at “Ghostbusters Answer the Call”

Ghostbusters Answer the CallIs the new Ghostbusters any good? Is it terrible?

Let me start with this:

I don’t read reviews of movies that I want to see. I don’t put any stock in RT scores or the like.

If I want to see this a movie, I see the movie. I make up my own mind rather than be influenced by the hive mind.

Critics get the luxury (depending) of being able to see a movie without the influence of reading reviews or seeing a score that colors their own perspective of the movie. Why shouldn’t I also have that experience?

Since I started doing this about 15 years ago, I have enjoyed movies more, and more often. Including movies that have terrible RT scores.

So is Ghostbusters 2016 good or bad? Only you can decide for yourself. It is art, and art is subjective to the viewer.

I saw the movie last night in IMAX 3D. I then pre-ordered the Blu-ray after seeing it (it’s going to contain an extended version of the movie, which should hopefully add some much needed padding to the middle of the movie so we can see them progress with their skills).

No. It’s not a better movie than the original. It’s probably somewhere closer to Ghostbusters 2. In some ways better than GB2, and in some ways worse. I’ve only seen it once, and it definitely has some very cheesy moments, but it’s also not terrible. My friend and I both had a good time watching it. It really feels like an extended episode of The Real Ghostbusters or Extreme Ghostbusters with an all new team starting things up. It’s not for everyone (that’s obvious), but if you go in expecting to hate it… you probably will. If you go into it expecting to have a good time for a couple of hours… you probably will. It is not a bad movie, though.

What characters stood out? Two characters basically steal almost every scene they’re a part of: Kevin and Jillian Holtzman. Chris Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon are both fantastic in this. If there’s a sequel, they should have Holtzman go on a mission by herself, because watching just her on a mission would be very entertaining. And Kevin… he had more funny lines than all of the ladies, probably combined. Leslie Jones was at her best when she was quieter, and not yelling. When the ghost was on her shoulders at the rock concert, she was hilariously deadpan.

Ghostbusters Answer the Call? In the past few weeks, the movie has had another title on the commercials. People started questioning if Sony Pictures had renamed the movie. Turns out, they have. It wasn’t the title at the start of the movie (though I would have appreciated it appearing there). It was the title they showed at the end of the movie, though. Ghostbusters Answer the Call is clearly a better title than Ghostbusters (2016). It helps to separate it and make it into its’ own thing. You don’t have to explain which film you’re talking about with the year, and it gets to truly be its’ own thing. It should have been called this from the start. It’s not like each Star Wars movie is confused with the others… they each have their own official title. I hope that the name Ghostbusters Answer the Call is what they use on the Blu-ray release.

Was it what you wanted? I would have preferred the new Ghostbusters film to follow the same thread as the new Star Wars, and be a continuation of the story. That’s not what we got, and the movie is suffering for that. Honestly, they could have done practically the same thing with some major and some minor adjustments to the story.

Was anything missing? A MONTAGE. One thing that was missing from the movie’s narrative that would have helped immensely is a montage. Each of the first two Ghostbusters films had them. In this film, they test out equipment, and take on a ghost, and then suddenly they’re on their way to taking out hundreds of ghosts before the big baddie arrives. Give us a montage to see how they progress in their abilities to use their equipment properly. The awkward dancing scene that happens at the time that this montage could occur would actually work well as a part of the montage. Instead, it’s a bit awkward to watch on its’ own.

What should have been removed? Some of the language was superfluous. Some of the humor was very adult (like the original film) and it definitely should have been cut to PG rather than PG-13. The awkward dancing sequence should also have been removed or changed into a montage, like I said above.

What should have been improved? Some of the pacing… again… a montage would have helped immensely with this. Also, the villain Rowan was rather weak. He could have been, or should have been, more of a Louis Tully or Janosz Poha. He’s actually kind of like Janosz, except that Janosz had someone to talk to, and this guy was an extremely disturbed loner that had a vendetta against all of humanity. We never learn where any of this started for him, and that’s a shame.

How was the music? It was good. There was one part of the score that was particularly awesome, too, and I would have liked to hear more music like that. I’m glad the new cover from Fall Out Boy wasn’t totally featured in the movie more than just a little bit.

Was the movie fun? Yes. My friend Joe and I had a great time watching it. The 3D was impressive and even went outside of the frame, thanks to the IMAX having a taller screen.

Were the original actors in it? Yes. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver all appear. And there’s a blink and you’ll miss it homage to Harold Ramis, to whom the movie is also dedicated.

What are my thoughts on ‘Ghostbusters (2016)?’ Will I ‘Answer the Call?’

Ghostbusters 2016Lately I have had a lot of friends asking me about the new Ghostbusters film. This is because I love the franchise and have since I was a kid, and people wonder how I feel about the movie. The reasons they ask are as varied as their own responses to the film. They either have seen and enjoyed the trailers, seen and been unimpressed, or seen nothing and know nothing of the internet’s general hatred for the new movie that no one has even seen at the time of this writing. So I’m going to take you through my own thoughts at this point, starting with the title.

Lately, the new Ghostbusters movie has had a lot of commercials and posters with the phrase “Answer the Call” placed right under the title. I don’t think the movie has been renamed “Ghostbusters: Answer the Call” or “Ghostbusters Answer the Call” because the credits underneath still list it as “Ghostbusters,” but I actually prefer that as the title for this new movie. It makes sense, and it helps to differentiate between the 1984 and 2016 films without having to explain every time.

But what do you think of the Ghostbusters (2016) movie?

Once I see the actual movie in a couple of weeks, I’ll be able to tell you completely. I’ve entirely stopped (and have for the last 10 years or so) reading reviews of movies that I want to see before I see the movies for myself, because I’ve never found a critic that agrees with me 100% of the time. That being said, I read the junior novelization of the new Ghostbusters film, and if the movie was that and nothing more, then it’s basically nothing different from a feature film version of an episode of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon, that happens to have different characters and be an origin story. It seems like the actual movie has more crass humor than was in the version of the story that I read, as what I read was cleaned up for kids, and some jokes only work when seen visually. That is the part that worries me. (I don’t normally read novelizations of movies that I want to see, but I made an exception here, because I was worried about the content and wanted to see what I was getting myself into.)

On paper, the negative reaction the movie has gotten is entirely unwarranted. Frankly, the movie’s story is probably far more original than the Karate Kid remake from a few years ago. According to articles I read, that one was basically a “find and replace” of the names and locations and ages of the characters, with one extra scene added, but was otherwise the exact same movie as the original. This Ghostbusters film has a similar rhythm to the original Ghostbusters film, but can stand on it’s own. Basically, watching the two Karate Kid movies (original and remake) back to back would feel like you’re watching a fan film of the original. Watching this film back to back, or even after GB 2, you would wonder why they didn’t just team up with the original Ghostbusters, but you wouldn’t think it’s a repeat with different actors.

I’ll let you know how I really feel after I see it. I want to give it a shot to surprise me. It comes down to the acting, the jokes, the music, the directing and the visuals at this point. Will I want to own this movie? I hope so.

I want the movie to be awesome and for all the haters to have to eat their words. It would be amazing. But I don’t know if that is possible, because it’s not as good a story as the first film. It was, like I said, closer to The Real Ghostbusters and probably Ghostbusters 2 in story. Because it’s not as good as Ghostbusters (1984), people aren’t going to relent on the hate. I also wanted it to be good, because I’m okay with women being ghostbusters (Janine was for a little on the cartoon, and I read the comics and there were women in that before this was ever announced.) but I wanted a mixed team with Bill Hader, Emma Stone, etc.