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Leigh Butler

Spaceballs Brakes for Nobody

Thank you for pressing the self-destruct button, Tor.com. This website will self-destruct in two minutes! Okay, not really. But maybe you should read this post at ludicrous speed, just in case.

That’s right: today’s Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia is one of the most parodiest of all sci-fi film parodies: 1987’s Spaceballs! Whoo!

(I apologize in advance, by the way, for the sheer number of gifs under the cut. But I just couldn’t help myself!)

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[Nice dissolve!]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

That Magic Technique: Dark City’s Influence on Modern Sci-Fi

Wait, don’t hang up, Tor.com! Do you find yourself lurking in shadows, memory gone, wondering if anything around you is real?

Well then, you’ll fit right in with this post, for today’s Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia covers one of my personal faves, 1998’s dark and twisty neo-noir offering of Dark City!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[It’s a Small World Afte- BLAM]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Attention, K-Mart Shoppers: Beetlejuice is (Mostly) a Triumph

Shake, shake, shake, Tor.comma, for it is a brand new Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia!

For today’s entry: He is, according to himself, the ghost with the most, and therefore we must watch him jump in de line: 1988’s Beetlejuice is on deck!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[“I’ll chew on a dog!” Holy crap is THAT was he was saying there]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Excitement and Dread: Looking Ahead to The Wheel of Time TV Series

Good morning, Tor.com!

I say, with especial maddening cheer to my WOT peeps nursing post-JordanCon hangovers, heh. Because with the news last week that Sony Pictures has named a showrunner, one Rafe Judkins, for the long-awaited TV adaptation of The Wheel of Time series, WOT fans have had a lot to celebrate. (Not that any of you scurvy ne’er-do-wells needed an excuse, I’m sure.)

Concurrently, TPTB at Tor.com have asked if I, as one of the resident Wheel of Time opinion-havers round these parts, wouldn’t mind sharing my thoughts and/or girlish hopes and dreams re: a WOT TV series actually coming to fruition. And as I am generally perfectly happy to share my thoughts on things whether I’ve been asked to or not, I said Why I Would Love To, and here we are.

[“Shame of Cones” is also the name of my next veterinary clinic]

Firewalk Without Me, Please: Firestarter

Salutations, Tor.com! Welcome back to the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia!

Today’s MRGN will be a little different from our usual fare, O my Peeps! Owing to Easter weekend madness and a truly absurd concatenation of scheduling conflicts, my sisters will not be joining us for this post; your Auntie Leigh will be flying solo on this one. And given that, I decided to do a film appropriate to my solo status: 1984’s Firestarter, adapted from the 1980 Stephen King novel. Yay!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[“Give a man a fire and he’s warm for the day. But set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life.” ~Terry Pratchett]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Casting Ideas for the New Wheel of Time TV Series

Well, whaddaya know. It’s happening after all. (Update: And now it’s heading to television with a showrunner attached.)

As you know, Tor.com Bob (especially if you just clicked that link), the television rights to the Wheel of Time series have just been optioned by a major studio, this time with the approval of Robert Jordan’s estate. Which is pretty stupendous news if you’re a WOT fan. That doesn’t mean a WOT TV series is a fait accompli, of course, but it does mean that its existence is a hell of a lot more likely than it was just over a year ago – which, as you may recall, was when the whole Red Eagle/“Winter Dragon” alleged pilot debacle went down. (My thoughts on the subject at the time are at the beginning of this post.) But whatever, who cares about the legal technicalities of it all, when we can discuss the actual important conundrum now facing the fandom?

That conundrum being, of course (drumroll, please): casting. Dun-dun-DUN!

Who, WHO shall play our beloved (and not so beloved) Wheel of Time characters that we have been following for so very long? It’s a question that’s been fought over since the nineties, over and over again, but now we can start yelling at each other about it afresh, y’all! Yay!

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I’m Getting Off This Merry-Go-Round: Logan’s Run (1976)

Identify, Tor.com! Are you still young enough to enjoy a Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia? I bet you are!

Today’s entry in the MRGN is that retro classic of 1976, Logan’s Run. It takes all the fun out of dying!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[Carousel begins!]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Fires of Heaven, Part 3

Happy Tuesday, Tor.com! Time for another Wheel of Time Reread Redux, yes? Yes!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapter 16 and Chapter 26 of The Fires of Heaven, originally reread in this post and this post, respectively.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[In other news, “indignance” is now totally a word]

Series: The Wheel of Time Reread

A Piece of Iconic Americana: Superman (1978)

Greetings, Tor.com! Are you ready for some truth, justice, and an awesomely spandex-clad American way?

Well, you’re in the right place then, for today’s Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia is about that quintessential superhero movie of my childhood, 1978’s Superman. Whoo!

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[“I’m here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way.” “You’re gonna end up fighting every elected official in this country!”]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Fires of Heaven, Part 2

Heeeeeeey, Tor.com. This here is a Wheel of Time Reread Redux, and don’t you forget it!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapter 7 of The Fires of Heaven, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[I mean, I don’t even *like* Slurpees]

Series: The Wheel of Time Reread

The Value of a Brilliant Ally: James Cameron

Hello, Tor.com! Welcome back to the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia… sort of.

You see, Bob, we’re doing things a little bit differently today. As you may or may not know, O my Peeps, this past week was Mardi Gras, and concurrently things here in New Orleans have been just a little bit fun-yet-insane, as is right and proper. Therefore, in the interests of PARTY TIME, EXCELLENT, I decided to give my long-suffering sisters a bit of a break re: nostalgia, and go catch some beads and eat king cake and dress their progeny up like Ghostbusters instead. Because I am a caring and benevolent eldest sibling, I’ll have you know.

Ergo, instead of watching a movie and having the three of us nostalgize about it (yes, I have just verbed “nostalgia”, step back), I thought I’d fly solo this week, in order to talk to you about a realization I recently had about me, and some dude named James Cameron who never amounted to much in Hollywood oh wait.

Because we need to talk about James Cameron, and how he created, both by accident and design, something of a watershed moment in both cinematic history and much more importantly in my own personal popular culture horizon embiggenment. Mostly because it’s probably not the watershed moment you are thinking of.

What is the moment I am thinking of, you want to know? Of course you do! Click on to find out!

[“It’s not easy being a cast-iron bitch. It takes discipline, and years of training. A lot of people don’t appreciate that.”]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Fires of Heaven, Part 1

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new book for me, yeah! Come join me for today’s Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover the Prologue and Chapter 4 of The Fires of Heaven, originally reread in this post and this post, respectively.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[whoo-oo-oooh whooo, and I’m feeling good]

Series: The Wheel of Time Reread

“Make Love, Not War” in Cheesy Sci-fi Form: Barbarella

Dear Tor.com, are you in a primitive state of neurotic irresponsibility? I know I am! But never fear, the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia has the cure! Or something!

Today’s MRGN entry is 1968’s Barbarella. Yes, that one. No, really. No, for real! And you might actually be really surprised by what I have to say about it.

Previous entries can be found here. Please note that as with all films covered on the Nostalgia Rewatch, this post will be rife with spoilers for the film.

And now, the post!

[“A life without cause is a life without effect.” ~the immortal philosopher DILDANO, ladies and gentlemen]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Shadow Rising, Part 13

Goooooooood MORNIN TOR.COM!! Hey, this is not a test, this is a Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 57 and 58 of The Shadow Rising (or, you know, the end of the book), originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Rand al’Thor really born in SHARA, Chief Couladin says! It are fact!]

Series: The Wheel of Time Reread