Posts by Bill Watters

About Bill Watters

Games programmer by day, geek culture and fandom writer by night. You'll find me writing most often about tv and movies with a healthy side dose of the goings-on around the convention and fandom scene.

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We Got One Sigourney Weaver Returns as Ghostbusters Dana Barrett

We Got One! Sigourney Weaver Returns as "Ghostbusters" Dana Barrett

As if we weren't already excited for the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel from Jason Reitman, now we're entirely on board. In a recent interview with Parade, Sigourney Weaver dropped word that she is in fact going to reprise her role from the original two films as Dana Barrett. When asked if she was looking forward to […]

Dune Casting of Feyd Harkonnen Spotted on IMDb then Vanishes

"Dune" Casting of Feyd Harkonnen Spotted on IMDb, then Vanishes

As the cast continues to fill out for the 2020 reboot of Frank Herbert's Dune, one of the sharp-eyed readers of DuneFan2020 twitter account noticed that none other than Ready Player One star Tye Sherian had appeared credited to play the part of Feyd Rautha Harkonnen. Fans of the 1984 David Lynch version of the […]

Rocketman Soars With Warts and All Elton John Story [Review]

'Rocketman' Soars With Warts and All Elton John Story [Review]

After 2018's biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, it seems that it's time for retrospectives looking into the lives and careers of some of the late 20th-century musical icons. However where  Rhapsody was a super-sanitized and wildly fictionalized account of Mercury's career, the new Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton as the similarly unique Elton John, is a fantasy-laced full-bore musical that carries far more truth and energy than it's predecessor. 

Godzilla is Like Avengers but with Kaiju and Pesky Humans [Review]

'Godzilla' is Like 'Avengers' but with Kaiju and Pesky Humans [Review]

So, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is one of those movies that every genre fan wishes would come along. Unfortunately, as every Dungeons & Dragons player knows who came across a way to get a wish – it needs to be carefully spelled out, otherwise you're likely to get something that's not quite what you'd […]

Everyones a Critic: How do Ratings and Reviews Work

Everyone's a Critic: How do Ratings and Reviews Work?

I've been often asked about what my review rating scores mean. What's a 6 vs a 7? Is a 5 a recommend thing or not? Why are critics so negative all the time? I wanted to take some time this holiday weekend to come up with some of my own answers to the questions. One […]

Aladdin Grants Wish of Being Enjoyable But Cant Escape Origins [Review]

'Aladdin' Grants Wish of Being Enjoyable, But Can't Escape Origins [Review]

It's become clear with the changing of the content landscape that Disney has long since abandoned hope of doing what'd it had done for nearly a century – re-releasing their classic films every few years to bring in another round of box office revenues. So instead of still having the originals, we're stuck with their […]

Brightburn Asks: What if Clark Kent Grew Up Evil [Review]

'Brightburn' Asks: What if Clark Kent Grew Up Evil? [Review]

Leave it to Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn to produce a tight little thriller like 'Brightburn'. Written by James' brother Mark and cousin Brian, they take the classic origin story of Clark Kent/Superman, and throw it into a spin that would make Quentin Tarantino proud. It's wicked, graphically violent, and perfectly solid way to […]

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is Cute and Enjoyable but Never Evolves [Review]

'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' is Cute and Enjoyable, but Never Evolves [Review]

It's been with trepidation that fans of Pokémon have been awaiting the arrival of the first live-action adaptation of the mega-franchise to the big screen. From the first images of Pokémon: Detective Pikachu's screen-version of Pikachu as a furry and learning that it would be Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds giving the little yellow guy his […]

Game of Thrones The Long Night: Good But Robbed of Climax [Review]

'Game of Thrones' "The Long Night": Good, But Robbed of Climax [Review]

So we're now into Game of Thrones' season eight, and after tonight's episode "The Long Night," there are only three left. That means every minute counts. Every time there's a quiet moment between characters, it needs to mean something, and needs to be building to something that will be the big payoff for having watched […]

Hellboy is a Good Film Trapped in the Body of a Terrible One [Review]

'Hellboy' is a Good Film Trapped in the Body of a Terrible One [Review]

Any horror fan has seen at least one or two films where a possessed human fights against monsters to keep them under control and contained within them (it's that whole good vs. evil within us metaphor for beginners); unfortunately it's also a perfect analog to the new reboot of 'Hellboy'. Somewhere inside is a really […]

Pet Sematary Reminds Us Sometimes Dead (and Not Remade) is Better [Review]

'Pet Sematary' Reminds Us Sometimes Dead (and Not Remade) is Better [Review]

Every year it seems we're faced with the premise that some studio is going to drop an adaptation of one or more of Stephen King's stories. This time it's back to a new version of his 1983 novel Pet Sematary with a script by authors Jeff Buhler (Nightflyers) and David Kajganich (Suspiria) from a story by […]

What We Do In the Shadows Slays in the Best of Ways [Review]

'What We Do In the Shadows' Slays in the Best of Ways [Review]

It was back in 2014 that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi brought their small-budget indie film, What We Do In The Shadows, to Sundance. Their unique spin on a spoof of MTV's venerable Real World format of a documentary crew following around a set of housemates and chronicling their mundane dramas was novel by its […]

Luke Perry Star of 90210 and Riverdale Dies at 52

Luke Perry, Star of '90210' and 'Riverdale', Dies at 52

Following a massive stroke last week, Luke Perry, tragically succumbed on Monday morning. Luke  had risen to fame as teen heartthrob Dylan McKay on the early Fox series Beverly Hills, 90210, but had gained a recent following on the CW series, Riverdale. Reps for Luke had expressed that medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank, had […]

Close Encounters Wows at San Francisco Symphony [Review]

'Close Encounters' Wows at San Francisco Symphony [Review]

Being fortunate enough to live in San Francisco means that there's no end of theaters showing off the latest in video and audio technology. With Dolby's headquarters here their flagship theater is amazing, so what could sound better? How about watching a classic film while the score is performed live by a world-class Symphony. In […]

Alien Celebrates 40th Anniversary with 4K HDR Special Release

'Alien' Celebrates 40th Anniversary with 4K HDR Special Release

As painful as it is to imaging that a full forty years have passed since Ridley Scott's masterpiece of science fiction horror, Alien, first appears on the big screen, we can ease that feeling knowing that 20th Century Fox is about to wow us with an all-new remastering into an UltraHD 4K HDR release. The […]