Thursday, November 30, 2006

I AM LEGEND


One of the posters for Will Smith’s upcoming “I Am Legend”. Can you say underwhelming? Not even the hint of a sinister image hiding somewhere in the background. Guess they’re going for a less is more approach.

UPDATE: I was punked. It's just the work of some fan. Thanks again for the heads up Burbanked.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Magic Numbers


Jim Carrey’s "The Number 23" appears to be something mighty interesting, even though we’ve sort of covered the same ground with Will Ferrell’s “Stranger Than Fiction”.

I’ve been on a bit of a roll the last couple of weeks with the werewolf spec, but I neglected to update my progress bar. The deadlines for the Slamdance Horror and the AAA screenwriting contests are approaching. I’ll be lucky if the screenplay is in decent shape.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Ungrateful Bitch


To be honest, I’ve seen worse. Much worse. After watching “BloodRayne”, I am convinced that Director Uwe Boll is some kind of vampire. Not one of the euro-trash suckheads that dominate today’s movies, but a throwback to the vamps of yesteryear who could hypnotize their prey with a penetrating stare. I mean, how else can you explain the likes of Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley smack dab in the middle of this mess? Sure, he could be whoring himself out for the cash, but I’d like to think he’s bigger than that. The dude was Ghandi after all. Uwe must have worked his mojo on him. I read somewhere that low budget scripts can sometimes attract a big name star -- who has a limited window -- with a character that stays in the same location. The actor can come in and finish the bulk of his scenes lickety split. Maybe that’s what happened here, but I’m still leaning towards vampire director. Sir Ben has a great zinger near the end...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Deja View



Really looking forward to that new Denzel Washington series tonight on ABC. You know, the one about the guy going back in time to save his girlfriend. It’s surprising that an actor of his stature would do television... That upcoming Taye Diggs movie about a guy going back in time to save *his* girlfriend, looks interesting as well... Wait. That’s not right. Talk about parallel development. As far as I’m concerned, the most intriguing thing about “Daybreak” is the female lead, Moon Bloodgood. Coolest. Name. Ever. Whenever uttered, it should be accompanied by a thunderclap and a flash of lightning. With a name like that, you just know her vampire birth parents showed up on her eighteenth birthday and the Van Helsings had to battle them to the death.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Death by Disintegration


There’s something about “X-Men: The Last Stand” that feels insincere. Yeah, I know it’s a comic book movie and therefore set in the land of make-believe, but still...

Throughout the film, a couple of major characters bite the big one and I just sort of sat there unmoved -- part of my beef with last week’s episode of “Lost”. None of the deaths resonated with me. Maybe the problem lies in the fact that there are too many damned characters running around (which has always been the case with this franchise) and not enough time for them to properly reflect on stuff. I might start to sound like a crotchety old humbug, but back in my day, death used to actually mean something. People didn’t disintegrate, they dropped dead. Whole bodies and everything. And it wasn’t always quick and neat either. Remember when Spock died in “Wrath Of Khan”? Now that’s a death scene. How about Joyce Summers’ quiet and unremarkable death on “Buffy”? One of my favorite death scenes was in “Fright Night” where Mr. Fearless TV Vampire Slayer stakes a real vamp and it’s nothing like what transpires in his movies. There’s pain, sadness and even a sense of regret between him and the dying vampire. I think if you’re gonna kill somebody, try to make it matter beyond advancing the plot. Didn’t stop the movie from making a bajillion at the box office though. Overall, “X3” is a lot like Chinese food. Enjoyable enough while you’re taking it in, but afterwards, it becomes a distant memory like... that.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Lost

There’s a Woody Allen joke that goes something like this: two old ladies are eating in a restaurant. One lady makes a face and says, “The food here is horrible” and the other one goes, “And in such small portions!” I’ve kept that in mind when it came to expressing my thoughts on the current season of “Lost”. Even though I was no longer enjoying the viewing experience, I couldn’t seem to make a clean break. I totally gave up trying to solve the many mysteries of the island long ago, but the show still managed to draw me in with compelling characters and great drama.... until last night. You finally broke me, J.J. Abrams. I’m done.

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