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“Bonjour, Je Veux Mon Livre”: Hocus Pocus

Happy pre-Halloween, Tor.com! In celebration of the encroaching Pumpkin Spice Day, please accept this humble offering of one of the Butler Sisters’ all-time favorite holiday movies: 1993’s Hocus Pocus! 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!

[It’s the chocolate covered finger of a man named Clark!]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Meandering with a Mazy Motion: Xanadu

A million lights are dancing, Tor.com, so come and see what I thought of a place no box office dared to go!

Yes, the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia is covering that most interesting of failures: 1980’s Xanadu! With a guest appearance by Brother-in-Law Peter!

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!

[also, the voice of Zeus was totally Colonel Pickering, and I’m DASHED]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Still Not a Relic: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Good afternoon, Doctor Jones – and Tor.com! Please join the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia for a movie whose awesomeness neither the years nor the mileage can bury in the sand: 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark! With special guest appearance by Nephew Remy!

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!

[Guess I’ll have to bust out my old Tomb Raider games now]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

At Least It’s Not Grain Storage: Stargate

Dust off your sarcophagi and bust out your sunscreen, Tor.com, because the Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia is back, with: 1994’s Stargate! They do the sand dance, dontcha know!

(And if you immediately got that reference: congratulations, you’re old. Whee!)

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!

[oh way oh]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

You Just Digested the Bad Guy: Innerspace

Howdy, Tor.com! The MRGN is back, with a big fave of the Butler Sisters: 1987’s Innerspace! Action! Adventure! Theistic hysteria! The funniest depiction of bodily fluids in cinema history! 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!

[Here they have a lot of fun/ Puttin’ trouble on the run]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

Negative, I am a Meat Popsicle: The Fifth Element

Ladies and gentlemen and beings of indeterminate provenance! I present to you the MRGN post of a thousand and one follies, jollies and lick ‘em lollies: 1997’s The Fifth Element! Supergreen!

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!

[Aziz, LIGHT!]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

We Are the Weirdos, Mister: The Craft

It is better that you should run upon this blade than miss today’s Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia, Tor.com!

Okay, maybe not actually. But as today’s MRGN is covering that Gothic wonder of 1996, The Craft, I bet you’ll be pretty sorry that you missed it. So come and see!

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!

[By the power of three times three, let them click, let them click]

Series: Movie Rewatch of Great Nostalgia

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