As we begin, I’d like to offer a belated RIP to inspirational film critic Roger Ebert, whose public funeral service is today. In honor of his passing, here’s a clip that explicates my personal appreciation of Ebert, wherein he and TV partner Gene Siskel review and take seriously Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a big screen version of an after-school children’s cartoon. Because it deserved to be taken seriously.
In case you were wondering, or live in the Chicago area, the 15th annual Ebertfest — the critic’s personally curated film festival — is still happening later this month. I like to think that’s exactly what he would want. (Ebertfest)
I didn’t always agree with Ebert’s opinion on things, but one we shared was our affection for Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. At least we can all agree that Rorschach was totes boss, right? For those of you who appreciated Jackie Earle Haley’s masked, mad man perhaps a shade too much, you can now wear your own moving-ink-blot mask that totally, if disturbingly, works. WARNING: Nightmare fuel follows. (Topless Robot)
Speaking of madmen, the season premiere of AMC’s modest hit about ad men on Madison Avenue aired this weekend. I couldn’t watch it due to “Game of Thrones” and a acute case of not-caught-up-itis. So, no spoilers until Sarah’s review tomorrow. If you’re in my boat, you can do what I did and tide yourself over with some of Jessica Pare’s best GIFs as Megan Draper. I’m with Don on this one. (Warming Glow)
Because I’m a firm believer in avoiding the pitfalls of instant karma, here’s a look at what some of our favorite comic book super heroines might look like if properly and adequately attired for their mythical battles royale. I’m not really sure if khaki cargo pants is really the answer for Wonder Woman’s star-spangled bikini, but Elektra and Zantanna are pretty righteous. (Unreality)
While we’re on the subject of pretty heroes, I never understood why people disliked the Beast make-up from X-Men: First Class — g’aww I just want to pet the big, blue kitty cat. Regardless, if X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer is trustworthy source, it looks like the Beast is getting a somewhat new look. Click the link for the bigger picture. (Twitter)
In case you’re a clone who just wake up (and learned how to read), Jurassic Park celebrated it’s 20th anniversary with a 3D re-release this weekend. If you haven’t seen it yet, you have until Thursday. Here’s the only review you need: Go see it, now. And if Dustin didn’t blow your mindhole with enough movie trivia, here’s Entertainment Weekly’s oral history of it, with quotes from pretty much everyone involved. (EW)
And it looks like Sam Neill’s Alan Grant is soon going to have some company as an adventure-seeking movie paleontologist.
Tony Soprano James Gandolfini and Michael Scott Steve Carell have signed on to reunite as best frienemies in Bone Wars, which takes it’s narrative from the same rivalry of proto-paleontologists Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh as the PBS documentary, “Dinosaur Wars.” (Deadline)
Can you guess who’s playing who?
We’re going to close out today’s P-Love with a couple more nostalgic things from precisely twenty years. First, here’s a dead-on description of The Sandlot as an honest depiction of perfect adolescent summers. It is forever one of my favorite movies. Foooorrrrevvvvvverrrrrrrr. (Film Drunk)
Lastly, but most definitely not leastly, here’s a gritty film reboot of Bill Waterson’s Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. It’s like a heady mix of Donnie Darko, Inception, Omen-type movies, and “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.” It could easily be entitled We Need to Talk About Calvin (and Hobbes). So when can I get tickets to the full-length feature? (Laughing Squid)
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter, tumbls on the Tumblr, and his wares can be purchased here. Calvin was probably the first fictional character he ever closely identified with; Lisa Simpson was the second.