I know this film has no chance of greatness with McG at the helm, but whoever designed this teaser deserves an award. The static emulating the T2 score, the imagery of the dude caught ina web of cables in an old power tower, Bale as Conner, and the fact that the whole thing feels like a message from the future ... brilliant. Damn them for making a teaser this creative, it gives me hope the movie won't destroy yet another franchise (which really is dead after the T3 fiasco).
Yeah, I anticipate the same thing. Honestly, I don't care about any of the other Avengers ... and although the idea of bringing all the separate heroes together in one film really seems awesome, I can't imagine how hard that would be to pull off, it gives me the Spider-Man 3 jitters.
The official program for the 2008 Comic-Con has been released, and it looks like a solid year for movies, but lacks the HUZZAH of last year's Indy 4 and Iron Man panels.
Leading the pack is Universal's Wolfman panel on Friday, an attempt to milk more out of their three horror franchises.
With Rick Baker helming the FX it promises to be visually awesome, at the very least, and with Benicio Del Toro under the latex we'll probably have a bit more weight in the acting department.
Also on Friday is the Hobbit "rumor" panel (not affiliated with the actual movie, apparently) and of course The Watchmen panel.
Saturday is swamped with the rest of Universal's line-up (Mummy 3, Death Race, Land of the Lost), as well as Pixar (Up), Sony (Underworld 3 and Quarantine), and Terminator 4.
Sunday holds panels for the Friday the 13th remake, Hamlet 2, and the line-up for Rogue Pictures.
Despite all the major studio panels, I find it interesting that the most interesting preview is the independent steam-punk film the Mutant Chronicles starring Thomas Jane (The Mist, The Punisher) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy)
Hey David, this is great stuff. I've worked in film for seven years, two of those in documentary television, three of those producing "narrative non fiction" of my own, and this is very well done.
It's unprofessional in the sense that you didn't have a lighting kit or high end camera or color correcting. But honestly, the amateur feel is awesome, giving it a Michael Bay polish would ruin the spirit. Amateur is often used to mean low quality, but that's not the case.
I like that it's so conversational and candid without a big dramatic cut to him in the throes of a major tic. I know this might sound weird, but there was a bit of mystery about it. He seems to have a few facial tics, but it's hard to tell if he's demonstrating or actually having a tic.
Using his own music is inspired, and the fact that it's just two friends hanging out and talking really saves you from the sterile microscope feel of a lot of docs.
I turned this thing on, expecting to watch a couple minutes and turn it off, and sat focused through the whole thing. Realyl very good.
I hadn't seen the originals since I was a kid and I've never bothered with the sequels, so it was time to hit up Blockbuster and finally figure out who is the reigning king of horror, round by round.
Round #1 Friday the 13th - A Nightmare on Elm Street - Halloween
The Loser: Friday the 13th
Ok, I know that in round one we don't even really deal with Jason - and I have to admit, his one appearance in the original film is very scary ... hell, it was the only time I even CARED out of the whole 90 minutes - but still, ANY villain that sends his mom to do his dirty work is a complete tool. This film is fodder for MST3K for sure, and even though I really loved it, thought it was a total silly blast, it has to be the least scary movie ever made. The image of Mrs. Voorhees struggled to walk upright in ankle-deep sand still makes me smile. This franchise is ten films long (ten and a half if you count Freddy vs. Jason) and that stands for something. But I better see a hockey mask soon or there's going to be an early disqualification.
Scariest Moment: Jason's cameo. Worst Moment: The strip Monopoly game gets interrupted. Unintentionally Funny Moment: "You're all doomed! Dooooooooomed!"
The Runner Up: Halloween
Now, I have to give props to Michael for being the slasher entrepreneur. He was the first with a mask, the first to be supernatural, the first to leer at half-naked girls. But still - does he have to wait SO LONG to make a kill? He never even does anything scary until halfway through the movie! Loomis talks him up like he's Satan, but I had to take his word for it until FINALLY he plugged that kid like the crowning jewel in a moth collection. Jamie Lee Curtis's performance carries this film through the first half, and when it finally gets going Michael really seems like a badass ... I just wish the kids he killed didn't die with bug-eyed cheesiness. But then, in the end, he's stopped TWICE but a high school girl armed with a sowing needle and a clothes hangar. And while the symbolism isn't lost on me, I still wish my villain could find the strength to swiftly kick in a breakaway closet door.
Scariest Moment: After he pins the boy to the wall and stares at him, cocking his head from side to side. Worst Moment: Showing his face. Unintentionally Funny Moment: Donald Pleasance's strangely derogatory accent when he yells, "get off ma damn porch!"
The Winner: A Nightmare on Elm Street
Easily the most sadistic and creepy of the first round. He doesn't have the swiftness of Mrs. Voorhees or the brute strength of Michael Myers, but damn if he isn't a slinking, devious, gollum-esque pedo-monster. I had forgotten how quickly this film sets up his character (making the glove) and delves into the twisted dream motif (stretchy arms anyone?). Despite some clunky dialog and a few weak performances, this film holds up the best today, and Freddy honestly scared the CRAP out of me. Scariest Moment: Tina's ceiling death scene. Worst Moment: the Home Alone sequence. Unintentionally Funny Moment: The slapstick sledge hammer in the stomach gag.
Summary: While all films were fun, only Nightmare was consistently scary - but Jason has the most potential for a last minute win.
Coming Soon: Round #2 Friday the 13th Part 2 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge - Halloween II
The Fountain could be the best film of the decade, it's a disrespected masterpiece. Pi and Requiem are amazing as well.
You know what makes me sad about this? As amazing as the first Robocop was, the sequels were mediocre (2) and crap (3). It makes me wish he could scrounge some old film stock, slap some Oil of Olay on Peter Well's skin, and reboot the franchise starting with pt2.
Dude Tyler, are you stateside and a west-coaster? Cause I'd consider kicking someone outta our group if I can get you there in costume! Holy crap! At the very least you need to take a camera and film yourself and post it on the forum for us!