Sunday, July 27, 2008

This and that no.1

"This and that" is a post where I post various links that I have in my browser. Yeah! so here ya go:

1. Funny ad for Star wars marathon on spike TV in the states.

2. The soundtrack for the Wathcmen trailer. Orginal remix of Smashing Pumpkins - The Beginning is the End is the Beginning which can be found on the Batman and robin soundtrack (possibly the only thing good about that movie) Plus you can download the song in good quality:


3. The best summer-song ever?

4. Trailer for the movie Brothers bloom. Looks like a quirky con movie. Plus its got Rachel weis. Quite possibly the cutest woman alive..

5. Just downright freaky:

6. A scene from my newest favorite show of all times. Its always sunny in Philadelphia

and a trailer:

A interview with Brad Anderson where he discuses influences and favorite movies:

Another interview with the secluded genius that is Alan Moore. Comicbook Creator of From Hell, V for vendetta, League of extraordinary gentlemen and The Watchmen and other. The article goes contains everything from his refuseal to be part of any movies directed of his comics, to his beard. A damn fine read!,,20213004,00.html


Monday, July 21, 2008

Review: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Its been a while but Im back with a new review. This time is the new newest Indy movie.

Plot: During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Henry Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley's code, they find a legendary skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she'll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones's past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural..

So the first time I heard anything about this movie was (as propebly most people thought) the age thing. Harrison is pushing 60 now and the last movie was 16 years ago. The other thing was that there was no real point of a remake. I loved the fact that Spielberg and Lucas would team up again. But as the last 10 years of remaking has shown, the genius of hollywood have completely washed out the original thought-provocing storys and makes the movie for a bigger and younger crowd. (Like Die hard-4, the Invasion, I am legend etc)

Well, luckely the age of Indy has not been tamperd with. Sure, Shia (mutt) takes over a lot of the jumpy/running action but Ford does his share as well and he does it well. And it was a treat to see. He gets a lot of beating and throws alot of punches which gave me a nostalgic feel, and its also just s treat to see Ford back with the whip and fedora.

The plot however is completly retarded. Im not going to spoil it but it revolves around aliens.. (yeah, thats right)

My biggest gripe with the movie was that there was never any real danger in this movie. Waterfalls, fireants, collapsing temple, russians. You never ever felt that the gang where in peril. They where just happy and getting along well. I mean Indy is all about exploring and danger! Even the chase across the cliff side was unbareble to watch since its so clearly fake. Dont get me wrong. The sequence is nicely done and all that, but it goes on way to long and is just completly over-the-top cg. Thats another thing about Indy four. Spielberg and Lucas repeatedly said that they where going back to "the old school" way of effect-making and whats the first thing you see on the big screen? A computer generated Gopher! It was only there for 10 seconds but that was enough for me to set the mood. The movie also gave me the feeling of being shoot at a soundstage. It had a green-screen feeling and was completely fake. The old ones was shot on location and hard manual labour. This one is to clean looking and just lacks realisme

Also Indy never tries to trick the enemy or throw them off (the russians in this case) Infact he leads them directly to the "treasure". It just totally destroyd the enemy arcs since Indy was best buds with them and helping them almost all the way. It just stripped the movie of all danger and interest. There is no character arcs at all. At the end. Indy is still Indy. Cutesy Marion is still cutesy Marion. "Greaser" Mutt is still "Greaser" Mutt, and Kate Blanchetts character is introduced as a powerhungry mindreader but it doesent go anywhere. Also the story is all over place and alot of characters where a waste such as Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Jim Broadbent. Such great actors in such small insignificant roles.

All in all. Indy is a fun movie, but the whole premise of the movie is completely bonkers. Its not nowhere near the standard of the old ones and there is no scenes that sticks out like they do in the old ones. Boat out of plane? Traps? Boulders? Casino shootout? Lavapit? Minecart racing? Monkey-brain soup?. I dont remember any scenes in the new one. Indy four feels more like fun reunion of old characters with a script that goes nowhere..

Im going back to see the old ones now...



Friday, July 18, 2008

The Watchmen trailer!


I dont know what to say. It looks incredible and very true to the comic. I have to watch it again.

Plot: A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the “Doomsday Clock” - which charts the USA’s tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity…but who is watching the watchmen?

Watchmen hits theaters on March 6th 2009.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Max Payne Movie Trailer and poster

A trailer for the upcomming "games to movie" adaptation, Max Payne is out. The game got raving reviews because of its presentation, dark noir style art direction, excecution and game-mechanics that still inspires games to this date.

The trailer looks the part of Payne`s cold and underdog tone. Im not sold on Marky Marks preformance but it might turn out ok. What I do react to is the music. Why the hell arent they using the original theme? You should think that if you get the license to do Max Payne with the same story, character and locations as the first game, that you would at least get the rights to the music as well. Being original is not the point here either since they are way beyond that point by now. Ohh well. have a peek at the trailer:

The story follows Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg), a former NYPD Detective with internal and external conflicts in a dark, sinister New York City. Three years after the murder of his newborn daughter and wife by a group of junkies, Max is now undercover agent in the DEA and embedded in the Punchinello Mafia family. The video game series is known for its Matrix-like bullet-time, graphic violence and profanity. The movie will hit theaters on October 17th 2008.

PS: the poster is still to be confirmed. It looks fanmade

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Black Dynamite trailer is Dyno-MITE!

A trailer for the new movie "Black Dynamite" is loose on the web. Now, you might see the trailer and wonder what I mean by new? Stock footage, re-edited 70`s flick? No, I mean new as its made this year. In true Grindhouse fashion, the directors and actors have undergone a heavy 70s "whack" on the movie and by god, its working. The movie looks 20-30 years old and litterly overrun with 70s blacksploitation, super campy acting and sets, Ridiculous dialoge and plot. Thats pretty difficult to pull off in 2008 without looking superbad. Even the cast looks of the era.

Plot: “This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House”

Dont you just love the plot?

PS: Recognize the narrators voice? Its the same one that was on the original Grindhouse trailers and Machete

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Saturday, July 05, 2008


Ahhh Hollywood. Yet, another remake on the move. This time its the beloved scifi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still" that they are going to reinvent..

Synopsis: Updating the 1951 sci-fi classic’s Cold War and religious themes, Keanu Reeves stars as Klaatu, a mysterious man from another world who warns Earth’s humans that unless they change their gluttonous and harmful ways and pay more attention to the planet’s needs, aliens will swoop down and destroy them for good. :0

I have no idea why they would want to do remake and according to the trailer they have changed the meaning of the movie. The original was a political commentary on the fear of nuclear war during the cold war era. Obviously, they couldent keep this premise because not only would it make any sense now but it wouldn't have the same sense of impending doom and horror to us now as opposed to the people who saw the original when it was released in 1951. This "08" version talk to us about climate control and how we continue to damage the planet. Weta is in charge of the effects and all though Im all in for apocalyptic Cg inferno, its a bit sad that they are making that the eyecatcher of the movie. we will see how the movie turns out.

Ps: Apparently they went away from the Gort character but he is still very much present in the trailer (as you can see towards the end)

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Blindness International Movie Trailer

Alliance Films has released the international trailer for Fernando Meirelles’ Cannes hit Blindness.


Adapted from Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago’s masterwork, BLINDNESS is a harrowing tale about the fragility of mankind. Directed by the Academy Award® nominated (City Of God) Fernando Meirelles, from a screenplay by the Tony Award® winning (The Drowsy Chaperone) Don McKellar, BLINDNESS stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal.

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hording the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is however one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Their voyage is fraught with danger, yet their survival and ultimate redemption reflect the tenacity and depth of the human spirit.

BLINDNESS reminds us of the shocking fragility of our social institutions, the thin veneer of our “civilized” world, and the responsibility for every individual to protect their dignity at all costs.


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Food fight - a short by Stefan Nadelman

An abridged history of American-centric warfare, from WWII, Cuban Missile Crisis to present day, told through the foods of the countries in conflict.

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