Film | by Shane “The D In DC Is For Dumb” Hnetka
The trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake looks interesting. I tend to hate remakes and doubt this will equal Dario Argento’s 1977 classic but it looks artful. It also stars the awesome Tilda Swinton, so who knows — maybe it’ll be good? Suspiria opens Oct. 26.
Go Go Go To The Sask Expo
The Saskatchewan Entertainment Expo is Sept. 15–16 and unlike the Queen City’s anemic, disorganized and apathy-drenched 2018 con, Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park will have plenty of celebrities. The convention’s 2018 line-up includes Ron “Hellboy” Perlman, The Shape Of Water sea monster Doug Jones, Gates “Dr. Beverly Crusher” McFadden, Jewel Staite (Kaylee Frye from Firefly), John Ratzenberger (Major Derlin in The Empire Strikes Back), Julian “General Veers” Glover (Game of Thrones, The Empire Strikes Back), Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn from Degrassi Junior High, Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead) and Sean Austin (Goonies, The Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things). Phew! That’s a lot of impressive guests.
Sask Expo also features comic creators, cosplay guests, exhibitors, special events and just a ton of stuff to see and do overall. You can learn more at saskexpo.com. Should be a great time. See you there!
DC Universe: Stream A Little Stream
On Sept. 15 Warner Bros launches the online service DC Universe. The venerable studio has apparently decided the best way to fight Netflix and Amazon is, um, with a laser-narrow focus superhero streaming service (instead of, say, the massive Warner Bros back catalogue).
DC Universe will have new TV shows like Titans and Doom Patrol, as well as various classic Superman and Batman movies and lots of cartoons — including the excellent Batman: The Animated Series. Does it justify the $7.99 (U.S.)/month price? Hey, if Warner puts all its superhero movies online, viewers can enjoy a whole, staggering 29 films (if you include Superman and the Mole Men, which was released theatrically in 1951 to kick-start the George Reeves-led TV series).
On top of this impressively un-ginormous list of movies and TV shows, DC Universe subscribers will also be able to read select comic books on the service. There’s also an online store with exclusive collectibles to help you spend even more money.
Well, not you personally, because DC Universe won’t be available in Canada. It’s probably for the best. Titans looks terrible.
Shane Hnetka is a made-in-Saskatchewan film and comic book nerd. His column “Sunday Matinee” appears weekly on Dog Blog.