Saturday, 26 May 2007

Michael Moore Sicko trailer

What more can I say about this man. He is fearless, unrelenting, and ultimately brave. The U.S. government has targeted him (y’all know his every move is watched) and yet he still goes out and stirs the collective sh*t of American politics and their policies. Now he takes on the U.S. health care system. In a country of such fanatics (religious, anti-abortion, homophobic) I am surprised no one has made an assassination attempt, must be divine interference – only the really good get that!

Thursday, 24 May 2007

More and more comic movies…will they ever be exhausted??

Frank Miller , author of the graphic novels adapted into the features 300 and Sin City, will direct a live adaptation of Will Eisner's comicbook series The Spirit for Lionsgate. Miller also wrote the script. This will be Miller's first solo directing project, following his co-direction of Sin City with Robert Rodriguez. The Spirit chronicled the adventures of a masked vigilante who fought crime with the blessing of the city's police commissioner, an old friend. Despite the Spirit's origin as a detective named Denny Colt, his real identity was virtually unmentioned again and for all intents and purposes he was simply "The Spirit". His nemesis is the Octopus, who kills anyone who sees his face and is looking to wipe out the entire city. The start date for production on The Spirit will work around production on the Sin City sequel that Miller is making with Rodriguez.
With Sandman, The Watchmen, Aqua Man, Magneto, and Wonder Woman (to name but a very few) all being adapted from their comic/graphic novel origins one has to ask….Is there room for more?

Pulling off a movie adaptation of a comic/graphic novel is very difficult. “300” and “Sin City” had their fans, but also their distracters. Fan boys/girls are very vocal and also very influential with their opinions on these films and what they have to say should be listened to by the studios. “Watchmen” has A LOT to live up to, and could indeed fall flat as it is too dense a novel to be cut down into one two hour film, perhaps two films, but certainly not one.
Also since it has a release date of 2008 and it has yet to be cast, hopes do not hold high. “300” helmer Zack Snyder is directing and he needs to prove he can combine style and substance, which he has yet to prove. Style…yes, substance…no.
We will have to wait and see what happens with all of these. I will wait, without passion, and see what is said before I venture to my picture house and spend my money.

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

The Golden Compass Trailer


Or view it is AMAZING Quicktime HERE!!!!

Monday, 21 May 2007

Bussmann's Holiday

Nira Park, producer of Hot Fuzz, is working on an adaptation of Jane Bussmann's one-woman stage show Bussmann's Holiday. Park will develop the project through her Big Talk Productions. It is a comedy based on the true story of Bussman's career. Last year, Bussmann realised that she had "worked my entire adult life being useless": essentially, writing about inane celebrities for fashion magazines. So she decided to do something useful and travelled to Uganda, where she ended up in the heart of the war zone, interviewing military leaders and children kidnapped to bolster Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army, and discovering just how little the Museveni government is doing to resolve the situation.

But what Bussmann also reveals, pricelessly, is that she only went to Uganda because she has the hots for an American peacemaker intermittently working there; that she spent her entire time in Uganda blundering about idiotically; and that - as you might expect from a writer of South Park – demonstrates that she can spin twisted, brilliant gags out of the unlikeliest of material.
Visiting camps full of maimed, raped children, she says: "I'd not seen such a depressing sight since I caught my ex-boyfriend wanking and crying at the same time." Terrible, but funny at the same time.
It will be interesting to see how this is pulled off. One person shows can be hard to pull off, the most successful one I can think of it ”Wit”. If it can be pulled off it could be brilliant.

Remake THIS TWO!!

Back in 1984 “Wolfgang Petersen” bought us to the fantasy world of Fantasia (crap name really) and the characters of Bastian, Atreyu, Night Hob and The Childlike Empress in the classic but aged “The Neverending Story”.
There were some dark and upsetting moments in this otherwise slightly slushy film. Artex succumbing to sorrow in the swamp of sadness (welling up thinking about it) and Atreyu with the Sphinx were moments I would not want to willingly watch as a child for fear of getting upset around others (have a thing about public displays of emotion).

However much I loved this movie, it has not aged as well as I had imagined. This is why I would like to see it remade today, but not as a child’s film, but as a film for adults.
Take away all the slush and the cutesy characters and ground them in the seriousness of their plight. Give us complex heroes and base all the creatures in a organic reality. Sure the central characters can be children, but make them believable in their roles. Make Bastian a teenager, but not a looser. Maybe make Atreyu a girl, a savage warrior on the cusp of woman hood. Please do not make the luck dragon a flying dog with scales (keep it dragon like and voiceless). And above all make it scary!! Do what Guillermo del Torro did in “ Pan’s Labyrinth ” and create a child’s vision of fantasy aimed at an adult.

I would seriously recommend a director of such visual flare as Jean-Pierre Jeunet to tackle this. I would trust him to do wonders with the material, and more importantly, loose the theme song.