Jeff’s Eccentric People, Places and Things: Mike Jittlov

 

Image result for mike jittlovimage from en.wikipedia.com

 

Who dosen’t like to go to the movies? I know prices for the snacks are outrageous when you can get them for at least three times less at the gas station. The lines are also a pain and so is all the crap you get for the first fifteen minutes of the show, (But I do enjoy  the film trailers). Well I guess we all could wait for Redbox to release the film for a buck or get Netflix. However some movies are almost forgotten as soon as they are made. Of course we’ve got our cult classics, b-movies, midnight movies and art films, but we have also have films so bad they probably should stay forgotten but we can’t because they are so bad ( I’m talking to YOU, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Last Airbender”). We do have some gems so rare they are hardly known and only the super nerdiest of nerds, geeks and film buffs can find, providing that they know what they are looking for. Which leads us to the almost unknown genuineness of Mike Jittlov.

 

Mike was born in Los Angeles on June 8, 1948. He became a math-language major at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and took an animation class to satisfy the art requirement. He made a number of short films specializing in stop motion, rotoscoping and pixilation, works that still look impressive for its time. His work won a number of awards and Academy Award nominations and even caught the eyes of the Walt Disney Company. There he created the shorts “The Collector” and its sequel “Mouse Mania” for Mickey’s 50th, a two hour special in 1978, celebrating the world famous mouse’s’ golden anniversary. “Mouse Mania” featured the first stop motion of Mickey Mouse and over one thousand Disney toys dancing in a psychiatrist’s office, with Mike Jittlov as the patient, to the tune “Baroque Hoedown,” the theme to the Disney’s Electrical Parade. The following year Jittlov worked on another project, a three minute short for another Disney special Major Effect entitled “The Wizard of Speed and Time.” In the short it…well…you know what, maybe it’s better if I just show you…

 

Whoa.

 

Just blows you away the first time you see it. Right? I mean, I can not describe how I felt when I first saw this. I learned about it in a documentary and looked forever to find it. Then, after many years, almost giving up on looking for the Wizard until, “BAM!” I discovered Youtube and experienced the magic for myself. But if you think that was amazing you should see what Mike had up his green robed sleeve. This…

 

Image result for wizard of speed and timeimage from moviepostershop.com

 

Yep,  in 1989 Mike Jittlov created a full fledged 95 minute movie based on the three minute short he created ten years ago. In this film Mike Jittlov played himself, a brilliant, eccentric but unknown jack of all movie trades trying to get his big break in showbiz, despite his talent he is non union and is constantly under attack from by the book, arrogant, money-grubbing bureaucrats out to steal or destroy his work. Mike also directed, wrote, and produced special and visual effects for the movie, among other things. A number of big named (well sort of) stars appeared in the film like Steve Brodie, Philip Michael Thomas of “Miami Vice” and “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” fame, voice actor Will Ryan and Stephen Stucker. Music was done by John Massari, who also created  the soundtrack for “Killer Klowns from Outer Space,” and Russell Carpenter worked on cinematography. He later worked on big name films including “Titanic,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Shallow Hal.” There was even a cameo of Ward Kimball, award winning animator and on of  Walt Disney’s core animators the “Nine Old Men.”  I just love this film, five out of five star entertainment at its best.

Sadly “The Wizard” was not released in theaters for very long and only appeared in a selected areas. It has been released on VHS and LaserDisc, but not on an official DVD, and has mostly great reviews at about every website I found about it. There is a created DVD image file made by fans that Mike is aware of and supports that is available on peer to peer networks until an official is released and the complete movie and others of his works are available on Youtube for your entertaining pleasure.

 

The question that Jittlov fans all over the world (all ten dozen of them) ask is what happens next? Where is our Wizard in the robe of Green? To tell you the truth he pretty much remained a mystery. He was a fairly common visitor at conventions during the nineties. He worked as a special effects technician on the blockbuster film “Ghost” and played was the voice of Han Solo in the fan film “Darth Vader’s Psychic Hotline,” and was was an early internet user creating his own website:http://www.wizworld.com/ but it REALLY needs an update. From what I’ve heard Mike gave up making movies due to the bad luck he had with the limited release “The Wizard,” and not getting much money from the video release. Lately has moved back in with his mother to look after her in her old age. Hardly anyone know of him. Where are the Wizard of Speed and Time fanarts or cosplayers at Comic Con? Still even if he never creates another film again and despite being barely known, I still see him as a renaissance man and genius who helped bring stop motion to new levels and hop with this article more people will start appreciating that wonderful green Wizard of Hollywood, and as Mike sometimes says, “May all your fine wishes and good dreams come true”.

 

Image result for wizard of speed and timeimage from pinterest

Advertisements

Beauty & The Beast 2017(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles & I’m here to preview the upcoming 2017 live-action version of the classic Disney movie Beauty & The Beast. This movie contains both the complete Disney story plot as well as all its wonderful and magical songs. The cast consists of Emma Watson (Harry Potter) as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast/Prince Adam, Luke Evans (The Hobbit) as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice (Belle’s father), Josh Gad as Le Fou (Gaston’s sidekick), Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen (The Lord Of The Rings) as CogsWorth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Nathan Mack as Chip (Mrs. Pott’s son). In Conclusion, This Fairy Tale Re-imagining will surely bring your wildest dreams, fantasies and imagination to life before your very eyes and you can expect this timeless tale to be retold in theaters on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Image result for beauty and the beast 2017

Suicide Squad Review

Image result for suicide squad poster

 

The film Suicide Squad was released August 5, 2016, one day before my 31st birthday. Set in the DC Comics Expanded Universe, the film is a character study on the broad range of criminal insanity and the worst side of human nature. In a polarized world of good vs. bad, the baddest of the bad at a high security prison are forcibly drafted by the US government into Task Force X, a Secret shadow operations group tasked with performing deadly wetworks missions in return for reduced criminal sentences. Each criminal exhibits a different streak of nasty behavior that is complex and surprisingly relatable to. No person is perfect, and even among bad people there are positive elements.

 

Former psychiatrist Harleen Quinzel was assigned to analyze the criminal mind of the psychotic Joker, but instead fell under his sway and grew to love him, becoming an insane murderous harlot herself known as Harley Quinn. Floyd Lawton is a deadly hitman known as Deadshot, with an almost supernatural affinity for firearms of every make, model, and era. A serious professional, he tries to set a good example for his teenage daughter, who is the reason for his work ethic of contract fees paid up front, and no women or children killed. George Harkness is Australian rogue Captain Boomerang, dressed like an aristocrat, but who is callous, brutal, and self-centered who does not get along well with anyone. He is a professional bank robber and a member of the criminal group called the Rogues, who are united in fighting against the Flash. Waylon Jones is Killer Croc, a former circus performer and a genetic freak with reptilian traits, including great physical strength, thick scaly skin, and sharp teeth. He harbors a deep hatred of the human society that shuns him. Chato Santana is El Diablo, a tormented former criminal gang leader who shuns his powers of pyrokinesis after destroying his family and home by mistake.Together they are controlled and monitored by subdermal implants placed within their necks that mark their location and can be remotely detonated if the subject misbehaves, hence the name Suicide Squad. Control of the implants rests in the hands of squad field commander Rick Flag, a highly skilled soldier and veteran of countless black-ops missions. At Flagg’s side is Tatsu Yamashiro, a woman known as Katana, armed with a mystical sword that steals the souls of it’s victims.

 

The Squad is assembled and sent to fight against the Enchantress, a malevolent ancient mystical spirit possessing the body of the archaeologist June Moone. Moone was a former lover of Rick Flagg before she was possessed while researching magical artifacts in Asia. By disturbing the magical vessel containing the Enchantress, she gained incredible magical power, but was enslaved by the dark spirit who sought to destroy the world of men who once worshipped her as a god. June was slowly corrupted by the sorceress while under the employ of Amanda Waller, the government official who is responsible for founding the Task Force X Program. Waller, herself, is ruthless and unforgiving, concerned only with completing the given mission,no matter the cost or collateral damage.
The film is a showcase of good, bad, and ugly in  various shades of human nature working, or at least trying to work together, to defeat a greater evil. In the process, the criminals become slightly better, or at least better understood. Harley’s love/hate bond with the Joker becomes more believable, Diablo comes to terms with the ghosts of his past, Boomerang improves his social skills, Deadshot vows to be a better role model for his daughter, Croc regains some of his humanity working with other outcasts, Katana wields her cursed blade for a good cause, and coldly professional Rick Flagg finds someone to relate to in June Moone. In my imaginary superhero alter ego Rain Man, I would be brave yet reckless, professional yet hot-headed, both compassionate and arrogant, funny and serious in equal measure, a clever sense of humor but able to use words as potent weapons to support people in need of help and disrupt the actions of those who oppose me, and to point out the good and bad in everyone. I would also control the forces of rain and lightning and use weather-related humor while doing good for humanity. 

By Erik

The Batman

After the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Accountant, it’s been confirmed that Ben Affleck will indeed star, write, produce and direct the first Batman solo movie.

Since The Batman movie might take place before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this would be revealing that Batman was fighting crime for twenty years in Gotham. Ben had said in an interview that the film will be an original story: some rumors indicate that parts of the movie will take place in Arkham Asylum, meaning that the movie will be inspired by the Batman video game: Arkham.

I would say that would be awesome, New details around August; Ben Affleck posted a video teaser of Deathstroke, so that means Deathstroke will be the villain in Ben Affleck’s The Batman movie and will make an appearance in Justice League.

So my ideas for this movie are if Deathstroke will be the villain, they might as well bring in Maroni and Falcone who will play pivotal or small roles and even Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin, Black Mask and the Joker might participate on whatever their role is in the movie

But since there is no release for The Batman, it’s possible it will release on 2017 or 2018

By Angel

The Accountant 2016 film review: autism

 

The Accountant is a 2016 American action thriller film directed by Gavin O’Connor, written by Bill Dubuque and starring Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow. The film follows a highly-functioning autistic[3] small-town certified public accountant who makes his living uncooking the books of dangerous criminal organizations that are experiencing internal embezzlement.

When saw I this trailer for this movie I found it very interesting. It is about a kid and man who has been diagnosed with autism. He is a small-town certified public accountant and makes a living uncooking the books of dangerous criminal organizations that are experiencing internal embezzlement.

But I don’t think of Ben Affleck’s character as being a villain, I consider him a man who had a tough childhood with autism who was not being afraid, learned to have self-defense and sometimes we can relate to him when we have difficulty socializing.

Somehow, when a person says you’re special and smart, there is nothing wrong to be diagnosed with autism. It’s a good thing to be smart and special.

So, watching this movie, I learned that sometimes when we have rough childhood, learning self-defense and being smart about all things can be very helpful to your own character.

But also I liked that there were hidden references in the movie. For example, when Affleck’s character had comic-books, one of them had a Superman comic and even when Christian was calling the Voice, it had a little nod reference to when Batman was calling Oracle on phone or bluetooth

I give this movie 100% approved. Ben did great and the cast was wonderful and I’m really looking forward to seeing Ben Affleck and J.K. Simmons again in Justice League as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Commissioner James “Jim” Gordon.

By Angel

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sneak peek review

 

Oct 19, 2016 – Uploaded by Marvel Entertainment  They’re back. Check out this sneak peek of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” coming to theaters May 5, 2017.

Well the Guardians of the Galaxy are back, Old Friends, New Missions, New Enemies and a big new reveal about Peter Quill learning about his true parentage. GotG: Vol. 2 stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn with Glenn Close and Kurt Russell as Ego, An ancient and mysterious cosmic being who is Quill’s father and raises Mantis.

The film is directed by James Gunn.

My reaction to this sneak peek is very cool and excellent and I’m glad they brought the Hooked on a Feeling song back and I like the montage of the movie and the brief moment between Peter and Drax and I like the reveal when Baby Groot appeared on Rocket Raccoon’s shoulder.

Even though this Guardians Vol. 2 is a sneak peek, It’s possible we might get a full trailer soon, maybe this December or January…as much as I respect MARVEL studios and director James Gunn about this sneak peek.. we will have to wait and keep an eye on the details.

By Angel, a true MARVEL fan

Johnny Blaze: First Appearance on S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

After all of the references and hints in the before and after episodes on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4.

We finally learn who is the Devil that gave Robbie Reyes his powers…be careful of spoilers if you haven’t seen the episode…Okay, it’s Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider himself resurrected Robbie Reyes with power to make Robbie as the New Ghost Rider.

It’s been awhile since we last seen Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider in his Hell Cycle, even though Nicolas Cage didn’t reprise his role from the first two Ghost Rider movies. It is unknown who is this actor playing Johnny Blaze. But I’m glad to see him again.

It did occur to me that Johnny had small part in this episode, J.B. arrived at the scene on his Hell Cycle, he pulled Robbie’s brother out of the car and Blaze was able to transfer some of his power into Robbie Reyes to become Ghost Rider.

Even though Robbie had mentioned he made a deal with the Devil aka Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider, but my own perspective is that I don’t see him as a devil. I see J.B. as an ally or mentor to Robbie.

But I’m expecting to see more about Johnny Blaze, his short or big part in the following episodes, he could know about this mystic book called the Darkhold.

It is possible that Mephisto and Johnny Blaze will have a big or small part in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4

By Angel