In the fall of 2021, Ghostbusters Afterlife will finally debut in theaters. It’ll star Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace and Paul Rudd…the latter of whom is featured in a clip released by Sony to the world this morning.
My newest interview subject, John Bruno, is an accomplished visual effects artist. He’s helped to create some of the most memorable images of the last few decades of blockbuster cinema in projects ranging from Ghostbusters and the first two Poltergeist films to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Batman Returns to Avatar and the Twilight films. He’s even won an Oscar, taking home the Best Visual Effects Oscar for The Abyss. I spoke to John Bruno recently about his long and diverse career, and we put this together over the course of two phone calls. I hope you all enjoy getting to know this amazing talent.
You probably missed Ghostbusters: The Video Game when it initially saw release on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Don’t skip out on it this time! The modern rerelease is out today for all consoles, so you have no excuse!
You probably missed Ghostbusters: The Video Game when it initially saw release on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Don’t skip out on it this time! The modern rerelease has been dated for October 4!
There will no doubt be a lot of ghost-related movies available to watch this October, but none more important than the all-time classic 1984 comedy Ghostbusters. Often imitated, never duplicated, you’ll have another chance to see it on the big screen thanks to Sony Pictures and Fathom Events.
Ghostbusters: The Video Game was released in 2009. It featured a new plot that took place after Ghostbusters 1 and 2, based on a script written by Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd, and had the entire original cast providing voices. It’s the closest we will ever get to an actual Ghostbusters 3, and the game itself wasn’t that bad either.
It hasn’t been that long since “Ghostbusters: Answer The Call,” the divisive reboot directed by Paul Feig that appeared in theaters ’round 2016. In pre-anticipation of the film’s inevitable success, Sony established a division within its company dubbed “Ghost Corps,” devoted to expanding and spreading the Ghostbusters brand with sequels, spinoffs and Cinematic Universes.
Back in my RetroJunk days, many of my articles were list articles, and many of those lists pertained to the pop culture of the 1980s. As a lot of these articles were written in the 00s, they were part of the first wave of 80s nostalgia, probably best exemplified by VH1’s I Love The 80s trilogy. There were three installments, those being 2002’s original I Love The 80s, 2003’s I Love The 80s Strikes Back and 2005’s I Love The 80s 3-D. I was puzzled as to why they called it I Love The 80s when so many of the commentators were snarky and sarcastic about it, lacking the love of the title, but I watched all three installments anyway because of the topics covered. You can preface this article’s title with the words 10 Big Ones because these were big movies not covered on VH1’s I Love The 80s. Surprisingly, there were a lot of movies they never got around to, movies that spring readily to mind when you think of the decade. Whether it was clearance issues or just the fact that each episode was only an hour long, with an episode for each year in all three series making for three hours on that year, there was a lot they could’ve and should’ve covered. Prepare to be surprised.
The Ghostbuters haven’t had a good run of things recently. The “reboot” film featuring an all female cast only did decently at the box office, and thus didn’t make a profit. What’s worse, after that, people starting point fingers as to who or what was to blame for the films failure. But, if some quotes from San Diego Comic Con are to be believed, there may be good things ahead.
There has been a LOT of comic book crossovers with properties you thought would never happen. We’ve seen Batman meet the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man meet Lion-O, Tarzan enter the Planet of the Apes, and so much more. But now, a previously seen crossover is happening again. The Ghostbusters are teaming up with the TMNT for a second time.
This December, I’ll be turning 35. My date of birth was December 22nd, 1982, and I started becoming aware of my surroundings in 1987, around the time I was 4 and 1/2 years old. I had no idea at that young age that the pop culture of the decade I was born in would become a guiding force in my life, but as I grew and matured, the decade’s films taught me valuable lessons, some of which wouldn’t impact me until adulthood while others struck me immediately. I’d like to share some of those lessons and the films they came from.
With the “reboot” of Ghostbusters coming July 15th, many are still wondering what we can expect from the modern day version. The first two films clearly had limitations do to the technology of the time. Where as now it’s not much of a problem as long as you have the money.