27 December 2007

First Looks - Bolt and Hulk

UPDATE: Here is Dr Banner as well.

Here's a couple of pics from next year. First is the not really a super "hero" Hulk. This is nice and different from the last movie, but still true to the character. I like.

Second is the dog that thinks here is super powered but isn't, Disney's Bolt. I'm not sold on this yet. It looks kinda generic, and being voiced by John Travolta doesn't really excite me either. But who knows.

Radar Blips - Galaxy Quest

The Year: 1999

The Players: In addition to the this time tolerable Tim 'the Toolman' Tailor, you get Severus Snape, Ripley from Aliens, The Mac Guy, and Monk.

The Take: $72 million

Star Trek Parody Eh? Sounds Kinda Lame: This movie is actually a fairly respectful action comedy rather than a "Hot Shots" style spoof.

Why you should see it: The bast way to describe this movie is to imagine the cast of Star Trek being forced to command a real starship Enterprise by real world aliens who had seen the show on TV and thought it was real. So while this is a comedy, its also an honest to goodness sci-fi movie as well. I put off seeing this for years because it seemed like a lazy cheap shot at Trek, but it was a nice cable surprise.

26 December 2007

Time Lapse Homer

From last weeks Simpsons episode, blatantly copying a famous youtube vid. Cool nonetheless.

25 December 2007

Ink Blots - Surf's Up

After the underwhelming Happy Feet, I pretty much felt that the demand for cartoon penguins had died out, but like so many other animated movies, the penguins came in pairs. 2007's Surf's Up offers a mockumentary style tale about surfing penguins (and one chicken). Admittedly, I wasn't expecting much, but the movie delivered a delightful diversion and was actually pretty funny. One joke that I quite enjoyed was when Chicken Joe said he never really knew his dad, while the camera showed a picture of Joe's papa. Then the camera zoomed out revealing the picture on a bucket of chicken. Ha ha.

The movie follows Cody, a young surfer who was inspired in his youth by the legendary surfer Big Z. Cody enters a surfing competition along with Chicken Joe and Tank Evans. Unfortunately, Cody can't surf too well and Tank is an SOB, but when beach bum Geek takes Cody under his "wing," there is some hope for the underdog.

Anyways, nothing too deep here, but midway through the movie I found myself caring about what was going to happen and hoping that somehow the movie didn't take the cliche path of making Cody become a legendary surfer in a weeks time in order to win the championship. I won't say what happens, but the resolution was satisfactory.

As for the animation, it was fantastic. The water looked photo real, and watching the tide and beaches made me miss California. The penguins also had wet suit like designs that were kind of cool. The documentary style also gave the film a fresh angle that kept things interesting and different than the rest of the glut of CG animal adventures.

In closing, Surf's Up was not a big hit in theaters earning just $59 million, but this little film deserves a second look. In the battle of the penguins, Surf's Up easily wins out to the tune of a B+.

..and on a final note, lets let the penguin thing rest for a while eh?

24 December 2007

A Wall-e of a Trailer

Thanks J, I forgot this one in yesterdays batch. My personal pick for June '08.

23 December 2007

Trailer Round-Up

I've been away on some vacation, and neglecting my duties as chief of the chips. But I am back and here are a few of the gems that came out this past week.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army may not win any news fans for Big Red, but it looks to deliver for fans of the first.

The Dark Knight got some special IMAX preview treatment with a 6 minute Joker intro. This dude looks crazy - insane in the mainframe, some might say.

Coraline is a stop-motion Neil Gaiman adaptation. Though this isnt a real trailer, it promises a movie along the lines of The Corpse Bride.