Maestro’s Picks: September 1, 2017

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Maestro’s Picks!

With a new adaptation of Stephen King’s It hitting theaters in less than a week, a lot of viewers may be popping in their discs of the original ABC miniseries starting the immortal Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. However, if you don’t have three-and-a-half hours to spare, you can try James A. Janisse’s shorter recap, a part of his excellent Kill Count series on the Dead Meat YouTube Channel.

With an emphasis on the kills, his series sets itself apart from the other countless versions of the same premise online with his witty and irreverent synopsis of everything onscreen. Beginning with slasher films like the Friday the 13th series, Janisse has branched out into other horror flicks such as Night of the Living Dead, Get Out, and of course, It. He is currently in the middle of the Child’s Play series.

Today’s pic of the week: The Empire subscriber cover for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The vid of the week: Luke Scott’s short prequel to Blade Runner 2049, Nexus Dawn.

That’s all folks! See you next week!


New Fan Edit – Godzilla: Resurrection

The time has come, folks! Time for me to embark on my own fan edit!

For my first project, I’ll be tackling a fanmix of The Return of Godzilla and its Americanized recut, Godzilla 1985. While the original Japanese version of the film is still the definitive one, I’ve always held a soft spot in my heart for Raymond Burr’s scenes in 1985, and had always wondered what the final film would have been like had he been present in the Japanese cut.

This re-edit seeks to accomplish just that, while also streamlining the slower pacing of the original cut with suggestions from 1985 to combine the best of both worlds. The film will still be highly critical of both the United States and the Soviet Union, and will work to marginalize the more humorous aspects of the added Pentagon scenes. Finally, this cut will feature a brand new opening to the film, one that seeks to definitely tie the new Godzilla to the original beast in an eerie and unforgettable way.

To read more about the project, please visit my official page on it here, and keep your eyes peeled for a trailer on YouTube and Vimeo, coming soon. Until then, enjoy my custom poster!

Godzilla Resurrection - Coming Soon Poster

Godzilla: Resurrection will be available for viewing and download this fall.

New Video Series: Short Fan Edits

Hey there, true believers!

I have just launched a new video series on my YouTube and Vimeo channels, Short Fan Edits! Sometimes I feel the need to restructure just small portions of my favorite films; while the piece at large is fine just the way it is, perhaps one scene or two could be changed, either for the benefit of the narrative or just because it’s fun. This is the aim of Short Fan Edits. Each video will be a small sliver of a full fan edit, in many cases, probably the only change I would make to the film.

The first installment is my version of the deleted “bank robbery” scene of Escape from New York, placed before the opening credits to create a more natural flow. Check back on my channel, Temporal Productions, on YouTube and Vimeo for more!