02 March 2007

He's Gone Black, Will He Ever Go Back?

Another new promotional poster has emerged for Spider-Man 3. I like how these posters have had a consistent style over the 3 films.

In other webby news, The CW has announced a new The Spider-Man animated series to debut in 2008. The Amazing Spider-Man, like current show The Batman will focus on a young hero coming to terms with his secret identity. Could be fun.

01 March 2007

Radar Blips - The Prestige

The Year: 2006 (2 months after The Illusionist)

The Players: Batman (Christian Bale) and Alfred (Michael Caine), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), and David Bowie as Tesla

The Take: $53 Million

What is a Prestige?: A magic trick consists of 3 parts. In the pledge, the magician presents "an ordinary object. In the turn, something happens to the object, i.e. it disappears. The prestige is the height of the trick as the object is restored.

Why you should see it: This tale of rivalry between magicians has enough twists to make M. Night Shyamalan jealous. There is just enough of a science fiction element to this film to make it interesting without it being completely fantastical. It is beautifully shot, and makes you think about the movie long after it is over. The movie is structured like a trick with a pledge, turn, and prestige. Also, unlike The Illusionist, the tricks in this movie are explained. Anyways, when watching a magic show there are always people who claim they know how every trick is done. Those people will claim the don't like this movie because they figured it out, but of course, they are lying. Others will always be baffled by magic tricks. They will tell you this nonlinear movie is too confusing. Don't listen to them either. They are just a bit slow. The rest of us will enjoy a magic trick and will be spellbound by this film.

The Prestige

28 February 2007

Rise and Shout, The Surfer is Out

Thanks to SciFi.com for this look at the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer poster. Oh and be sure to check out the new trailer here.

27 February 2007

Star Trek XI Nuggets

Trek 11 has a date, a director, and some potential cast names. Star Trek XI will be directed by its writer JJ Abrams. He did a great job with Mission Impossible 3, and hopefully he can revitalize Trek. I hope they reset the continuity here, because otherwise going back in time in the Trek universe just isn't that exciting.

Anyhow, the movie will open on Christmas Day 2008. For all you heathens, that's December 25, 2008.

As for the cast. So far rumors have named:

Matt Damon as James T Kirk

Adrien Brody as Mr. Spock

Gary Sinise as Bones McCoy

Daniel Dae Kim as Sulu

James McAvoy as Scotty

So far, so good. But please NO Halle Berry as Uhura. She has already seeped her way into the X-Men and Bond franchises and I don't want her turning Uhura into the focus of Star Trek.

Star Trek - First Contact (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)

Waste Allocation Load Lifters -- Earth (WALL - E) Revealed

According to JimHillMedia.com, the plot of next summer's Pixar movie WALL-E has been spilled. This is sort of surprising since I don't really know what this summer's Pixar film Ratatouille is about other than it has a rat in a French restaurant. So far WALL-E sounds like a mix of Cast Away, Fern Gully, and Robots. Not exactly sure if that's a recipe for success, but anyways, why don't you read the synopsis and tell me what you think:

Our story opens on Earth in the year 2700. Which -- due to the horrible way that humans have treated this planet -- is now just one massive trash heap floating in space.

Earth in fact has become so toxic that -- centuries before our story actually gets underway -- mankind has abandoned the planet. We're now all living aboard the Axiom, this massive spaceship that circles high overhead. Waiting for the day that the planet once again becomes inhabitable.

But the only problem is that mankind hired this enormous, inept corporation -- Buynlarge -- to supervise the clean-up effort. And that company -- in turn -- sent hundreds of thousands of robots down to the planet's surface to pick up all of the trash.

But Buynlarge's Waste Allocation Load Lifters -- Earth Class units really weren't up to the task. And so -- over the centuries -- these robots slowly began breaking down. Until now (as the film's story finally, officially gets underway) there's only one WALL E left running on the entire planet.

And so every morning, this WALL E powers up and then tries to accomplish the task that he's been programmed to do. Which is pick up all of the trash that's been scattered around the Earth. It's obviously an impossible job. But still this robot (with the help of his pet cockroach, Spot) does what he can every day.

But here's the thing, folks. Over the past 700 years, WALL E has gotten ... quirky. To be specific, he's become somewhat self-aware & curious.

"Curious about what?," you ask. Well, humans for starters. Over the centuries, this WALL E has collected an amazing array of human artifacts. Things like a Rubik's Cube, a lightbulb, a Playmate portable ice chest. But this robot's proudest possession is an old VCR. On which he plays -- over and over again -- a VHS copy of "Hello, Dolly !"

Now let's pause here for a moment and just think about that. Everything that this robot knows (Or -- more importantly -- thinks he knows) about mankind, he's either learned from picking through garbage and/or by watching a 700-year-old Barbra Streisand film.

Anyway ... Given that he's the last operational robot left on the planet, with only Spot to keep him company, WALL E has become lonely. He longs for companionship.

Which is why this robot is thrilled one morning when a spaceship almost lands on him. And what should float out of the craft but this sleek new unit, EVE.

Eve has been sent down to Earth to find ...something (Sorry. But I really don't to give "WALL E" 's entire story away with today's article). And as this sleek new unit hovers around the planet, endlessly scanning the Earth's surface ... WALL E follows along behind EVE like a lovesick pup. Desperate to get her attention, to have this newer model notice him.

It isn't 'til a sudden sandstorm forces WALL E & EVE to seek shelter in the very same vehicle that these two mechanical devices then really begin trying to communicate. With the trash-collecting robot trying to impress this more advanced model by showing off his collection of rare human artifacts.

But then EVE is recalled. And as she reboards her craft to return to space, WALL E has a decision to make. Should this robot just do as he's programmed? Remain on Earth and continue to pick his way through those never-ending mountains of trash? Or should WALL E actually take a chance, continue to try & win EVE over by following her out into outer space?

At the very last moment, as EVE's rocket is actually blasting off, WALL E latches onto her craft. And this robot -- along with the rocket -- is hurtled off into space. Which is where the real fun begins ...

Now keep in mind that all I've described here is just the first third of "WALL E." Which plays out with little or no dialogue. By that I mean: The age-old trash-picking robot and the sleek new scanning droid may beep & boop at one another. But -- with the exception of the music & the dialogue that we hear coming from that VCR that plays "Hello, Dolly !" -- that's it. The rest of this section of Pixar's 2008 release is (in effect) a silent movie.

And wait 'til you see what happens to WALL E once he gets on board the Axiom and finds out what has become of mankind. How -- because humans have grown even more lazy in the 700 years that they've been off Earth -- we're all now just these enormous fat blobs who can only move about because we travel in huge floating lounge chairs.

The rest of this amazing motion picture is set deep out in space, where WALL E runs into some even more mis-begotten creatures ... And some 700 years after doing what he was built to do, this robot will finally discover what he was meant to do.

Ink Blots LIII - Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade

Although the theme for the month is dogs, Jin Roh actually only features metaphorical dogs and a dog like title. The theme of Little Red Riding hood and the wolf (also a dog) are woven throughout this tale. This anime film is set in an alternate post WWII Japan. Little girls known as "little red riding hoods" act as couriers for terrorists, carrying bombs to fight against the police. Kazuki Fuse is a member of the police who chases one of these "hoods" into the sewers. He hesitates to shoot, and she blows herself and most of the pursuers to oblivion. Fuse is blamed for this incident and sent to be retrained. The rest of the film involves Fuse interaction with Kei, the older sister of the little red riding hood that Fuse failed to stop. There are quite a few twists and turns in this one, and I am not even sure I could properly explain them so I will leave it to you to figure out for yourself.

Jin Roh is obviously pretty violent and complex and quite interesting, though not really what I would call a "feel good" film. If you are in a thinking mood, and up for a realistically animated film, pop this one in, just don't expect the woodsman to save the day in the end. Jin-Roh is a compelling tragedy worthy of an A-.

Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade

26 February 2007

Silver Surfer TV Spot

Witness the TV Spot for Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

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Oscar has Happy Feet

Happy Feet took home the Academy Award for best animated picture for 2006. Quite a feat for a bunch of penguins. The film joins Shrek, Spirited Away, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit as a winner of the award newly created in 2001.

I haven't seen the film, but I have a hunch it won in part for its eco message. At least Pixar isn't guaranteed a win every time. In fact, over the last 6 years, 5 studios have won the award. While Pixar has won twice, its sorta sad that Disney is yet to take home the award. Unless Meet the Robinsons is a lot better than the break dancing T-Rex in the preview leads me to believe, it doesn't look like 2007 is gonna end that drought either.

Happy Feet (Widescreen Edition)