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Bill & Ted Face the Music and Their Franchise Future

8 Sep

Bill & Ted Face the Music poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on VOD

SPOILER ALERT

Bill and Ted still have an insurmountable task to accomplish in Face the Music. They still have to make that song to bring harmony to the universe. The pseudoscience and sociology behind being able to achieve that is hard to grasp as not even the Oa who created the Green Lantern Corps can promise universal peace. As cinema’s most lovable doofuses would say, being happy means being excellent to each other.

The story by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon is not too perplexing. Time travel stories often struggle with its own internal logic, and this film is no different.

The film is brilliant at realizing this mantra because the future shelves of Bill and Ted simply forget their own credo and need reminders. They are cruel to their past shelves. It’s sort of funny, but I can’t help but wonder when each future iteration decided to be nasty. Part of it has to do with how they failed as musicians. Sadly, the film doesn’t spend any time about them as family men. Their wives are concerned for their wellbeing and suggested couples therapy to “separate” them. Just why their kids adore their fathers is mind-boggling.

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Let’s Face It, Bill & Ted Are Doomed

8 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
September 9, 2020

Dark Horse Comics
SPOILER ALERT

The release of the comic book Bill & Ted Are Doomed is far too perfect of a title for those who know the premise behind the movie Face the Music. It’s a proper sequel to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The new misadventures they have nicely fills in the gap to the years leading up to the third film. The tale looks at the decline of the Wyld Stallyns.

Life is not as easy with an enormous weight on their shoulders. They married their respective princesses, and Billie and Thea are born. I would have liked a story which develops how these kids were raised. The toddlers want to have fun and to see how they were raised doesn’t always make for entertaining reading. As much as I would’ve like to see it, the focus is really on Bill and Ted in this work.

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[Seattle, WA] Pop Con 2020’s Special Keynote feat. Alanis Morisette!

4 Sep

Conversation – September 10 at 3:00 p.m. PT
Event Runs September 9-10, 16-17, and 23-24 

Complete program details can be found at www.MoPOP.org/PopCon

To kick off “Forever Young: Popular Music and Youth Across the Ages”—this year’s special virtual version of Museum of Pop Culture’s Pop Conference 2020, spanning three consecutive weeks—MoPOP today announced that the Conference keynote conversation would feature seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette. MoPOP’s annual Pop Conference, first held in 2002, mixes together ambitious music discourse of every kind to bring academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation. This year’s conference was delayed this past spring due to the on-going global health crisis, but returns this month as a purely digital format. Continue reading

Summer Goes Sonic July 23rd with X Japan & More!

20 Jul

 

unnamedSummer Sonic will stream X Japan’s legendary 2011 performance on the event’s YouTube channel along with sets from Green Day (2012), Nine Inch Nails (2009), Rihanna (2012), and The Prodigy (2008).

The performances will be available for viewing for 24 hours only beginning July 23 at 8:00pm Japan time (4:00am in Los Angeles, 7:00am in New York).

https://www.youtube.com/user/summersonic

X Japan’s appearance at Summer Sonic was part of the band’s world tour which took them to Asia, Europe, South America, and New York’s Madison Square Garden.

X Japan: http://www.xjapan.com
Yoshiki: https://www.yoshiki.net
Summer Sonic: https://www.summersonic.com