Tag Archive: Romeo and Juliet

Review by C.J. Bunce

Romeo and Juliet, Emma, American Graffiti, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Grease, Square Pegs, The Outsiders, Sixteen Candles, Say Anything, Heathers, Dazed and Confused, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Clueless (the best version of Emma), 10 Things I Hate About You, Veronica Mars, Orange County, Superbad, Riverdale.  Writers have concocted several personal and entertaining coming of age movies and TV series over the years.  Add to that list Netflix’s new series Boo, Bitch, a funny, clever, supernatural twist on the typical “last days of high school” story, full of snappy, witty dialogue that catches the genre up with the year 2022.

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The great composer James Horner died last year in a plane crash, leaving behind a legacy of some of the biggest and most memorable soundtracks that defined nearly 40 years of film history.  One of the most memorable for sci-fi fans is his score to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  To celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Mondo–the guys known for their redux poster interpretations–are releasing an extended LP edition of Wrath of Khan with music never before available on vinyl.  And the release includes Mondo’s killer level of artwork interpreting Khan and Kirk on Ceti Alpha V and the Genesis Planet.

But Mondo didn’t stop there.  The vinyl albums reflect the look and colors of the Mutara Nebula, where the Enterprise and the Reliant faced off.

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Horner’s work on Wrath of Khan is impressive and established Horner as a major film composer.  His score adapts themes from Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Romeo and Juliet, and Horner would work cues from classical masters in many of his film scores over the course of his career.  Order your copy of Horner’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 2-LP set today here at the Mondo shop.

Never heard of James Horner?  You certainly have heard his work.  His last score will be featured in the remake of The Magnificent Seven due in theaters September 23, 2016, but the variety of films he wrote for is unprecedented.  He wrote themes that made many an actor look good–many in multiple films, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigourney Weaver, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Matthew Broderick, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts, and Brad Pitt, and collaborated on movies with the likes of big filmmakers, including Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Phil Alden Robinson, Wolfgang Petersen, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Michael Apted, Joe Johnston, and Edward Zwick.

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By Jason McClain (@JTorreyMcClain)

This feels strange to say, but Sleeper: Season Two is one hell of a love story.  I thought that after first thinking about what to write about this graphic novel, and now after writing about my favorite fantasy movies, I think I’m just trapped in an endless love loop.  (No, this doesn’t have to do with continually listening to the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross song.)

So, how does a story about people that need to hurt themselves or hurt others in order to get by in their daily lives have anything to do with love?  Well, I think my contents of my question just answered my question.

Sometimes you have to put yourself out there and make yourself vulnerable.  The downside is that you could get rejected. So as the fear creeps inside you, you avoid even the specter of vulnerability.  You deprive yourself.

On the other hand, maybe you ridicule and laugh at everything that has even a touch of romance to make what you’re missing seem small, silly and unimportant.  PDA is gross.  Going to movies is stupid because you can’t talk anyway, so why does everyone do it?  “Sally and Linus, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G” had to be one of the first rhymes we learn to mock our fellow elementary schoolers.  Some people never grow out of that.

What makes this a love story?  There’s a guy.  He loves a girl, even though she isn’t good for him.  There are two girls, both of whom love a guy even though he isn’t good for them.  The guy tries to protect both of the girls.  They all try to figure out how to make it work.

Sleeper isn’t a comedy like the fantasy movies though.  If it isn’t a comedy, you can probably guess what it is.  If you can’t, I’ll give you a hint beyond what you’d see on two masks that hang in every drama student’s room.  Think Romeo and Juliet, with super powers and double crosses and adventure and great sidekicks and chess and origin stories told in third person and world domination.  (I know. All of that sounds so awesome.)

I guess, I’m saying that I really like the style of these Sleeper stories.  It surprised me the direction that they went and contained a great depth of plot.  As a person that doesn’t read things more than once too often, I’ve now read this three times in less than a year.  I guess that proves I’m just a romantic.  Though with “Sleeper: Season Two” as proof, at least I can pretend to have an edge.  Ladies dig a guy with an edge.

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