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Jack Lord as Captain Kirk???

Author: Mike Rickard
Before he became a household name for his portrayal of tough as nails Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O, Jack Lord was an actor who appeared in movies and television during the 1950's and 1960's.   Although work never eluded him, he couldn't land a solid gig.  His TV western Stoney Burke only lasted a season.  However this didn't stop Mr. Lord from plugging ahead and he continued to land guest star roles on television and occasional film roles.
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Why Aren't there any Good Dracula Films?

Author: Mike Rickard
After watching Taste the Blood of Dracula (a bizarre but apt title once you watch the movie), I began wondering, why can't anyone make a good Dracula movie anymore?  It's been over twenty years since Bram Stoker's Dracula, a film which has its moments but never really clicked for me.  I'll be generous to Keanu Reeves (who I think gets a lot of unjust criticism) and ignore his awful English accent and focus instead on Francis Ford Coppola's take on the characters. 

When a Loose Adaptation is Good: Comparing Frankenstein to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Author: Mike Rickard
        Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein has inspired many adaptations.   The novel led to a stage adaptation The Fate of Frankenstein which in turn would have elements incorporated into film adaptations (Behlmer).  There are many film adaptations of Frankenstein from many nations.   Two of the best known are James Whale's Frankenstein and Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.   Each movie has elements that make them enjoyable but after watching both,  James Whale's version is my favorite.







Comparing the novel Rebecca to Hitchcock's film adaptation

Author: Mike Rickard
        Although Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation of Daphne Du Marier's Rebecca is a close adaptation, the director omits some scenes from the book, adds some scenes, and compresses some others.   I believe that these modifications were artistic changes to make a good film adaptation of an excellent book.

MLK, RFK, N.W.A. ???

Author: Mike Rickard
While I haven't seen the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, I have read several articles about the people who present during the legendary rap group's heyday. A couple articles have featured comments from N.W.A.'s manager Jerry Heller. In a recent interview, he made the claim that:

"I think that N.W.A picked up where Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King would have gone if they hadn't been assassinated," Heller told Grantland. "I think that they did more for race relations in this country than any other entity in history." Yahoo Movies

Hyperbole or honesty? While no one can deny N.W.A.'s musical legacy, I find it difficult to imagine the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Senator Robert Kennedy endorsing music that glamorized the gangster lifestyle. Let's take a look at N.W.A.'s lyrics and compare them to Dr. King and Senator Kennedy's words. First though, my own history with rap music and in this case, gangsta rap.


Marvel Studios has seemingly got to the point where they can do no wrong (with the exception of Iron Man 3 but despite my opinion to the contrary, a lot of people went to see it and the film made Marvel Studios a boatload of money). When a studio produces a string of hit movies, it's inevitable that people start predicting (some even anticipating) when the studio is going to produce its first flop. Some people felt that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy might be its first bomb. After all, who would be interested in a bunch of second-string characters (and that's being generous) gallivanting through space? Turns out that a lot of them did with Guardians being one of Marvel's biggest hits to date, outperforming its top solo characters such as Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man (with the exception of Iron Man 3).

Personally, I believe that Guardians of the Galaxy proved that moviegoers are equally interested in entertaining stories as much as they are in big name characters. Granted, characters like Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America are attractions to fans of each character but it's hard to believe that their films would have spawned sequels had the first ones been dull. Guardians of the Galaxy demonstrated that you can cultivate a love for pretty much unknown characters if the film is entertaining and engages the audience.

Despite all this, Ant-Man seemed like a long shot at best. While Ant-Man is one of Marvel Comics' oldest characters (and a founding member of the Avengers), he never was able to sustain his own title and always seemed better suited as a supporting player. Subsequent attempts to freshen up the character by having new people assume the Ant-Man identity have met with mixed results.


Ant-Man Walks the Tightrope between Cheese and Classic

Author: Mike Rickard
The Tarnished Legacy of Hulk Hogan

Author: Mike Rickard
To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
Malcolm X

For the last year I have been writing a column entitled The Enduring Legacy of Hulk Hogan.  During this time I developed a greater appreciation for Hulk Hogan's legacy as an in-ring performer. Recent events outside of the ring have brought Hogan's legacy as a wrestler as well as a human being into question. Today, I'd like to address what could be the tainted legacy of Hulk Hogan.

Hulk Hogan has come under fire for remarks he made years ago. While these remarks only surfaced recently, Hogan has to deal with them. There is no way of knowing if they reflected Hogan's overall mindset or a particularly bad instance in his life. Whatever the case, the public's perception of him has been tarnished and many would argue that his wrestling legacy has been tarnished as well. Hogan's situation raise several questions, what will be the impact on Hogan's reputation as a man and as a wrestler and what, if anything, can he do to atone for his actions?

I know a thing or two about mistakes and how they affect your reputation. I also have come to learn a lot about Hulk Hogan's legacy as a wrestler. While this column is not about me, I'd like to relate how Hogan's situation mirrors mine.



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