Letters: US, Bruckheimer's BBQ, making ofs and mystery TV
Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...
So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.
Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.
Find out how to join in the, er, fun yourself down at the bottom...
DEN OF GEEK & DEN OF GEEK
I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.
Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek US and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume the UK one came first and so is the US version like the Office or Broadchurch in that the Americans are remaking it or is it a spin off more akin to Angel? If so will there be crossovers? I understand the Game Of Thrones reviewer is a "US correspondent". Was he part of a backdoor pilot manoeuvre like Arrow/The Flash?
Simon writes: Ah, glad you asked. Den Of Geek was set up in 2007. Back then, nobody read the site. In fact, it took a long time for that to change, but that's a story for another time.
A year or two back, a bunch of people in the US approached us with a plan to do a US version of Den Of Geek. As such, there's now a Den Of Geek US, headed up by Jennifer Bartner Indeck and Mike Cecchini. We like them, even if Mike has an ability to scare small children in the Disney Shop. That's a story for another time as well.
Some articles are the same, but most are different. You can flip between the sites now via the flag at the top of the page, so as to choose the version of Den Of Geek you least dislike.
I am planning a Den Of Geek Halesowen too, by the way, to save on my travel costs.
We do still have US writers on the UK team. Ron Hogan, who reviews Game Of Thrones for us, has been with us since 2007. He also has one of the 25 most impressive beards on planet Earth. True story.
What is your favourite picture of Jerry Bruckheimer's face?
Ryan writes: It's a tough choice, but it's possibly this one:
Ryan writes: It's great to see a Hollywood producer who understands the value of matching your baseball hat to your polo shirt. Also, this picture wasn't even taken on one of Jerry Bruckheimer's famously explosion-filled movie sets. It's just a barbecue he was having in his back garden one August that got a bit out of control. Nic Cage had to step in with a bucket of water to put it out and everything. True story.
WHERE DID 24 GO?
I've just been wondering recently where the reviews for 24: Live Another Day have disappeared to? Reading your thoughts on the absurdities of this most recent series was a highlight of my work day!
Also, on the subject of reviews, a special mention has to go to poor Billy who seemed to be loosing the will to live having to watch Revolution until the end. It's a shame it didn't get renewed really, as it would have been interesting to see if being forced to watch another 22 episodes would have tipped Billy over the edge. Even on the edge of madness it was always the most entertaining review of the week though!
Kind regards and many thanks
Simon writes: Ah, that was my fault. I've always liked 24 a lot, and felt that pointing out the inherent daftness of it all was all part of the fun. Judging by the response to the reviews, I might have pitched those incorrectly. So that was the reason I stopped doing them. That, or I got called away for a week and a half. Whichever excuse makes me sound the least bad.
We did our utmost to get Revolution renewed, just to cheer Billy up. Sadly, our valiant attempts failed miserable.
NAME THAT TV SHOW!
Hi, I remember a kids TV cartoon from the late 80s/early 90s. It had a bunch of kids who seemed to live in a dome. They all had a really cool spaceship each. I seem to remember all the spaceships and perhaps the kids uniforms/suits were primarily white with red trim. I can’t really remember much more than that, except perhaps that they had an old master who lead them.
Any help greatly appreciated!
Louisa writes: Your query, Simon, sent us down a rabbit hole of telly nostalgia leading to the realisation that every kids’ cartoon made between 1986 and 1992 was conceived by a maniac. A maniac woefully misguided about the suitability of orphans and magic shoe-wearing rap artists as weapons in the war against crime.
That aside, we wonder if you could be thinking of Robotech, the divisive collision of the Japanese animated shows Macross, Southern Cross and Mospeada, which ticks the white/red uniforms and cool spaceships criteria though not the others.
The space kids’ costumes in Battle Of The Planets/G-Force were heavy on the red and white, too, though you’d probably remember if they’d all dressed like birds/Noel Fielding.
Failing that, perhaps one of our kind readers has a suggestion?
LTRFTW, love the website.. massive fan.
My question is this if you could only watch one of the following - Helix, Revolution or Under the Dome, which one would you pick?
Also, which is your favourite Back To The Future film and do you think the stage show will be any good?
(aged 25 years, 3 months and 6 days)
Simon writes: I have no idea what 'LTRFTW' means, but thank you very much. The best Back To The Future film is the first one. The stage show will hopefully be grand.
Louisa writes: You do know what it means, Simon, stop trying to be cool.
I would choose Under The Dome cos it’s an abstract masterpiece more avant-garde than Yoko Ono’s trousers. The first series ended with a lengthy argument over what an egg was thinking. Unmissable.
What's the best making-of feature you've ever seen? I personally think the making of Frozen is one of the finest things I've ever seen...
Ryan writes: There are loads of good ones. But my personal favourite is easily the one for John Carpenter's The Thing, and not just because the film itself is a classic. It provides a great insight into just how much work Rob Bottin put into designing and building his monsters, but also the tribulations of making the film as a whole - the crew got ill from being on a refrigerated set in the middle of a hot summer, the bus slid on ice and nearly crashed en route to the location shoot, and one of the special effects caught fire.
As a refreshingly frank depiction of a production gone horribly wrong, Wreckage And Rage is a fascinating watch, too, detailing the rush to make something - anything - with the Alien 3 title on it, and the headache it gave everyone in the process, from the revolving door of screenwriters to a young, very bewildered David Fincher.
Or what about the making of The Abyss? That's riveting. There's also a superb documentary about Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. And of course Hearts Of Darkness, about the making of Apocalypse Now, is essential viewing. Come to think of it, there might be an article in this...
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