Archive for the ‘movies’ Category

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Added to My To-Do List

February 24, 2008

My roommate- the stupid one- just came back from There Will Be Blood, bitching and moaning about how it was horrible and awful and completely devoid of plot or story. She said she and her boyfriend where sitting through the whole movie, looking at each other in disbelief, wondering how on Earth they were duped into paying money to watch such shit.

So now I have to rush right out and see it.

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Well fucking FINALLY!

February 6, 2008

The Evangelion remake has started to migrate out of Japan. First stop…Korea? Seriously? I mean, I know they’re close and all, but I have to think that we have a higher nerd population over here.

Okay, on second thought, no, I’m not surprised. Any nation that will make Starcraft its national sport is definitely fertile ground for an anime debut.

In any case, ANN has Eva’s American release set as February 22. I won’t have to live with the shakes for much longer. Hooray!

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Batgasam.

December 9, 2007

Oh my. Oh my, oh my.

A slew of Japanese animation studios are working together with Bruce Timm to create a series of shorts about Batman to be released sometime next year.

The stories will fit within the Batman Begins continuity, but they will also be able to stand alone.

I think I will have to buy a gun, because after I see this, I will need to kill myself in order to assure that I die happy.

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1:29

November 20, 2007

Go here: http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/11808/

Download a hi-res version of the new Cloverfield trailer. Watch it. At 1:29 we get the clearest shot yet of the movie’s monster. Looks like some kind of spiky elbow, along with the back of a head ending in sort of Knuckles-the-Echinda dreadlocks.

Earlier in the trailer, at point 1:11, we can see the silhouettes of two soldiers in biohazard gear trying to restrain a young woman. Her shadow rapidly distends outwards all along the torso, and the shot cuts just become she presumably explodes. This seems to indicate there may be a plague element to the story as well. Or perhaps, if it really is a Cthulhu movie, one of the Old Ones has just decided to start making people pop. You know, for kicks.

The next couple of days are going to be a smörgåsbord of unfounded rumor and speculation. Game on!

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Okay, Listen Up People

November 16, 2007

You know what? No more zombies. None. They’re played out. They’re overexposed. They’re starting to smell a bit ripe.

Living Dead, it’s been fun, we had a few laughs, it was a nice little Renaissance of dead things, but the party is over, and you guys need to leave. “Zombie” currently nets 35.6 million hits on Google. Benjamin Franklin gets 4.5. I’ll ask you to read that again: Benjamin fucking Franklin, the man who practically pulled the United States out of his ass, gets less than 13% as many Google hits as zombies.

Entire webrings are dedicated to zombie survival, most of which simply repeat everything all the other zombie survival sites are saying. A man named Max Brooks was smart enough to jot most of this down and have it published, which earned him a lot of undying goreboy (a fanboy of gore) devotion and the delusion that he was a good writer. He quickly followed up by inflicting a book called World War Z on us, and I haven’t been able to look at the Borders sci-fi/fantasy section without feeling a little whisper of profound and eternal disappointment since.

There is so much zombie fiction out there these days that it has started to be viewed as its own genre. But that can’t possibly be right, because calling a collection of works taken together a genre implies that there is both variation and commonality within the group. But there is nothing new coming out of Zombietown these days.

So stop. Stop the fucking zombie train, I want to get off.

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New Robotech Movie Announced- Irony Fans Applaud its Press Release

September 7, 2007

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to make a live-action Robotech movie, and Tobey Maguire is said to be attached through both his production company and his desire to star in the film. Mr. Maguire has apparently been spending too much time around the marketing guys, because he said the following out loud, in public:

“We are very excited to bring Robotech to the big screen. There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film.”

Ah yes, Robotech, that jewel of the East, that Japanese masterpiece. What a great pallete of depth and complexity from which to draw a film of sophisticated and intellectual beauty. What could possibly be wrong with that notion?

Now maybe I’m just bitter and skeptical because I got burned so bad by the Transformers movie, but I’m really not very excited about the notion of another live action film to come along and prey upon innocent Giant Fucking Robot fans. Now I like Mr. Maguire’s work, and he seems to make good choices in his selection of roles. Certainly he has proven his ability to act out a script with the most fantastic, implausible elements imaginable, and still treat the material with dignity and respect, a trick many actors never figure out. But does he even know one damn thing about Robotech? Robotech is not in any way a deep, cohesive or “rich” story. Rather, it is perhaps the most infamous Macekre of all time.  It is a Frankenstein’s monster sewn together from the rotting carcasses of three separate anime series, all of which had nothing to do with each other before they were cut together specifically for American syndication.

Maybe, just maybe this film isn’t the result of somebody at Warner Bros. thinking, “Well the kids all seem to be going wild with anticipation over this new Evangellan thing, and that Transformers turd managed to turn a profit. Maybe we ought’a get some giant robots of our own.” Maybe somebody honestly sees a good movie in there somewhere, and they’re dying to bring it out. Maybe it won’t suck donkey balls. But I won’t be seeing it on opening night.

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Evangelion’s New Movie Whoops All Comers.

September 5, 2007

Opening on a mere 84 screens, the new Neon Genesis Evangelion movie  took the top spot at the Japanese box office this past weekend, with one theater alone selling 12,500 tickets over two days. Given the universe’s penchant for giving us good things and then taking them away, I find this very encouraging as massive financial success should keep this project from sputtering out before all 4 movies are complete.

According to ANN, the end of the movie featured a “next episode preview” which included several new Eva designs for units 04, 05, and 06 and an unnamed new female character with brown hair and glasses. I suppose with Kaworu showing up quite early in this telling of the story, rather than at the tail end, the writers felt that they should add another girl pilot to keep the pilot’s roster heavily tilted towards the X chromosome. Or something. Maybe they gave Asuka a new character design. If that is the case, I think I will kill somebody.