28 June 2008

Put on Your Sunday Clothes

For those of you that saw WALL-E, this should bring a smile to your face:


New Ghibli Sneak Peak

Here is a peak at Ponyo on a Cliff, the new one from Hayao Miyazaki. Yeah it looks bizarre, which is exactly what I had hoped for. If we are lucky this one will rank up there with Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and My Neighbor To-to-to-toro.

27 June 2008

From the Studio that Made Chicken Little, its BOLT


The trailer has arrived for Disneys Bolt starring Hannah Montana and John Travolta.

This looks ok, the hamster may be funny, but I never have gotten used to Disney's new style. I don't really know how to explain it, but I guess I just wouldnt expect to see Bolt, or Chicken Little, or any of the Robinsons walking down Main Street at Disneyland... or if they were there, would anyone care? I felt the same about Treasure Planet. I was at Disneyland after that came out, and I just couldnt really believe that space pirates belonged there. Now the Mulan and Lion King parades on the other hand, fit in perfectly during their time.

The quality of the movies notwithstanding, they just, of me, dont have that magic touch. On the other hand, I could see Wall-e or Remy the Rat being mobbed in Tomorrowland. Maybe it just boils down to fairly generic character designs in the Disney CG films. They need to get back to their roots with fairy tales and leave the animal antics to Dreamworks.


Wall-E Has Landed


Post your reviews and predictions here. Based on the good will cooked up by Ratatouille alone, this one would make $200 million at least, but it is getting rave reviews, so I am going to say it could make well over $250 million. Looks like EW may have bested my predictions this year after all.

26 June 2008

The Babylonian Captivity - Signs and Portents (1x13)

This was the big pivotal episode I had been waiting for. The one that got things moving. Well, maybe it was, but I will have to stick around for the fallout. I assume this new weird character has something to do with the upcoming "shadow war." There was basically a lot of really bad CG space battles and lots of talk of the destruction of Babylon 5. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the episode, but I am still not immersed in the series yet. If anything, this episode gave me a huge appreciation for the level of effects rendered for Battlestar Galactica. Never does that show look fake. Obviously, effects in general are better nowadays, but it is amazing that B5 was acceptable even compared to DS9, Next Generation, or frankly, even the original Trek.

4/5

25 June 2008

Marvel's Gone Bananas


For today's story that made me go WTF!? click over to EW.com. In the spirit of Marvel Zombies and Marvel Babies, Marvel is launching some sort of alternate line of monkey characters. This is odd. Does this sort of stuff really sell? I mean I can almost understand the zombie concept, ALMOST, but apes? Whats next? Marvel Wizards? Marvel Star Wars? Marvel Leprechauns?

Anyways, here are a couple of sneak peaks including Spidey Kong:


How is the Hulk Sizing Up?


The Hulk is not exactly "Red" hot, but is set to cross the $100 million blockbuster mark today (well, actually based on yesterdays earnings). Hulk SMASH! Using data from BoxOfficeMojo, I compared The Incredible Hulk to other midrange Marvel films. After 11 days, Incredible Hulk is slightly behind Hulk '03 but is earning more per day (Hulk earned $29 million from day 11 on). Incredible Hulk is also almost tied with Rise of the Silver Surfer, but is also outpacing that film (Silver earned $32 million from day 11 on). Lastly (if you arent bored yet :) ) Incredible Hulk is keeping pace with Fantastic Four, which from day 11 on earned another $51 million. Taking all of these exciting numbers into consideration, it seems like Hulk will land somewhere near $145 million. So, will this be spun as a hit, or bomb? Its still too early to say.

24 June 2008

The Babylonian Captivity - By Any Means Necessary (1x11)

That sneaky SOB Commander Sinclair was given authority to use "any means necessary to end a labor dispute on the station." Rather than using the military to kill the strikers, he diverted the military budget to the workers guild for increases in pay and upgrades to machinery. That did not make the government happy.

4/5

22 June 2008

Get Smart Head of Class


Get Smart and Love Guru duked it out, with Smart taking in $39 million and Guru bombing its way to $14 million. How many bad comedies will we get this year? Starship Dave is yet to come.

Anyways, Iron Man has hit the 300 mark. Way to go Mr Stark. Indy is hot on his heels and should cross the mark in the next week or so. Panda shuffled up to the number 3 spot, and Hulk leapt to number 6. Speaking of Hulk, this one is now out pacing Hulk '03, but barely. So after 5 years and a bigger budget, Marvel will manage a Hulk that did about the same as the last one. Way to go guys.

M Nights Happening did something good this weekend. It dropped a huge 70% from last week, but dumped Speed Racer from this list. Bye Speed Racer Bye.

Next week is Pixar's Wall-E which should easily make this list by Sunday and steadily climb to the # 3 or 4 spot.


Standings:

#1
Iron Man - $304,788,000
#2 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - $290,835,000
#3 Kung Fu Panda - $155,596,000
#4 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - $135,467,000
#5 Sex and the City - $132,385,000
#6 The Incredible Hulk - $96,476,000
#7 You Don't Mess With the Zohan - $84,055,000
#8 What Happens in Vegas - $77,522,000
#9 The Happening - $50,267,000