Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ridley Scott's Prometheus Preview

When  the movie Alien was released back in 1979, nothing else like it it had ever been done before. It was a classic horror / monster movie set in space with a science fiction universe. There was a depth to the movie and a strong glimpse of a bigger universe of characters beyond the xenomorph aliens that played the terrifying antagonistic creatures in the movie. The original film contained an unexplained character that had long since passed by the time that the humans arrived. After the mining crew answer a distress beacon the foreign planet, they find an alien derelict cargo ship. On that ship, the humans discovered the fossilized remains of a large humanoid creature. This character was often called "The Space Jockey" or more formally, "The Pilot". The Space Jockey has never been attempted to be explained in any of the subsequent sequels by any other directors that followed Scott; being James Cameron, David Fincher, and Jean Pierre Jeunet, sequentially. (all three of those are in my top 10 directors list, by the way) The race is sometimes called in other media, the Mala'kak.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Hobbit Video Production Diary #5

These diaries are just so good.This one is delivered as a Christmas present to all of the fans. Even if you aren't a fan, it is well worth the watch. The production finally goes on location, as New Zealand is going into it's summer right now.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Adventures of Tinitn Review

Tintin is the kind of movie that every adolescent boy didn't even realize that they wanted to watch really badly. It is a fun movie and something different than anything else, yet it seems very familiar at the same time. Spielberg has said that a big influence in Indiana Jones has always been the comic books made from the 1930s to the 1970s also named The Adventures of Tintin by artist HergĂ© (Georges Remi)... and it's here that there are some striking similarities. Imagine sort of a Hardy Boys meets Indiana Jones. The style of the action set pieces seem very reminiscent of the scene that you might remember from the truck chase scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There is also a great deal of detective sleuthing done by the titular character. This is a fun movie, to be sure. Sometimes though, the action scenes seem to persist a little longer than they should, in my opinion. This effect kind of wears down on the viewer and it loses it's narrative a bit. This is something I also thought Peter Jackson's King Kong was also guilty of. Interestingly, it is Peter Jackson who is up next to direct the following installment of Tintin, trading producer / director roles with Stephen Spielberg. Like Raiders of the Lost Ark, this movie will also likely get a longer title change in the future to The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

First Trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

So, so excited about this. Instead of watching this tonight, I think I'll wait to see it in the theater, in front of Spielberg / Jackson's Tintin, which opens tomorrow.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises Theatrical Trailer

Here it is, the trailer that many people have been waiting for since The Dark Knight opened.

Click below for the trailer.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hugo Review

Let me start out by saying that it isn't often that a movie like this gets made. Hugo, an adaptation of the Brian Selznick book: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, has been called a love letter to cinema. That may be true, but I would go one step further, deeming it a fantastic exercise in storytelling, in love with the art of storytelling itself. The book is sort of a half-visual experience, containing many sketches and 526 pages of text. This film translates that experience in a way that has yet to be done with this genre.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Hobbit teaser lands in Austin, TX for BNAT 13, will be shown in theaters before Tintin

The title pretty much says it all, but the whole story can be found at theonering.net, including Elijah Wood's introduction at the But-Numb-A-Thon 13 film festival in Austin, TX, which is founded by Aintitcool News creator, Harry Knowles. Very cool news, indeed.

Spielberg sequel-mania! Indy 5 and JP4 in the works

What I refer to as Spielberg's two worst movies would be his last two directorial installments of Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. Hopefully he can redeem himself from the cringe-worthy scenes of that um, daughter of Dr. Malcolm doing gym-kata on some velociraptors, as well as Indy flying through the air in a refrigerator.

I sure hope that spending time with Peter Jackson on Tintin will ignite some of whatever it is that Steven Spielberg once liked about action movies.

JP4 news, courtesy of Comingsoon.net
Indy 5 news, also courtesy of Comingsoon.net

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Three Stooges Trailer from the Farrelly Brothers is up

Not really sure how I feel about this one. Why make it set in modern times? it makes me think of those '90s movie takes on '60s sitcoms. As far as the actors playing the parts, I sort of like everyone so far, but I'm not quite sold on Larry. This could be good but also could be really bad!
The later seems more likely.