Tuesday, August 31, 2010

No Ordinary Family

I really should have posted this earlier, but it completely slipped my mind. ABC had an online preview of the No Ordinary Family pilot. Not sure if the link still works, but you can try signing up here:

Password: Extraordinary

Just a couple of spoiler free thoughts. Michael Chiklis plays a corrupt cop on the edge and he's about to -- er... sorry, wrong show. Chiklis actually plays a police artist and dad, Julie Benz is the hot scientist mom and two cranky teens round out this mildly dysfunctional bunch. An attempt at family time goes horribly wrong when their plane crashes in the Amazon. They survive their ordeal unharmed, but forever changed. If you blink within the first five minutes, you might miss all the crammed in plot. After that, it’s basically about them discovering/dealing with their extraordinary powers and trying to become a family again.

NOF isn’t a game-changer, nor do I think that was the intention. Those Incredibles, Fantastic Four and Heroes comparisons will probably help more than anything. I kinda wish they had pushed the envelope a bit. You know, Dad is having an affair, Mom has a drinking problem, the daughter might be pregnant -- but this is Disney we’re talking about. Wholesome 8pm fun. Some of the effects are pretty solid for TV. Dialogue felt forced a few times (e.g. texting God). I could easily see this as a one-shot cable movie or several cable movies, but a full-fledged series? I have my doubts. Still, it's just a pilot. Gotta wait and see.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Los Ojos de Julia (Julia's Eyes)

Here's the trailer for the new supernatural thriller produced by Guillermo del Toro. This just jumped to the top of my must-see list.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Drag Me To Hell

A loan officer tries to reverse the curse placed upon her by a disgruntled, old Gyp-- er, Romany woman. A few quick thoughts. It's fairly obvious that Sam Raimi had a heck of a time making this film. Drag Me To Hell feels as if you've been plucked out of the 21st century and dropped right in the middle of some late night 80s double feature hosted by Elvira. Lots of cheap scares, running gags and gross-out gags -- Alison Lohman deserves a medal. You can almost feel Raimi winking behind the camera. That being said, the film isn't quite my cup of tea. It's silly, schlocky and fun, but not scary. It went on to make $90M worldwide, so your mileage may vary. I much more prefer his work on The Grudge.

Unlike the Dead of Night Trailer, the throwback vibe totally works here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Dead of Night

Here's a first look at (yet) another comic book adaptation, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. A private investigator whose cases involve the supernatural. I don't think most folks in the States are familiar with the comic, but it's ginormous in Italy. Decent cast with the likes of Brandon Routh, Taye Diggs and Peter Stormare. Definitely getting a strong 80s-90s vibe from this one, although I'm not sure if that's a good thing. Reminds me of Cemetery Man. Which make sense, since both concepts were created by Tiziano Sclavi.


I've been busy driving my self crazy with Noel Clarke's Triangle Challenge so I really haven't had time to post. On the plus side, I had a really productive weekend — even though I ended up cutting about 50% of what I wrote. According to Noel's latest triangle-related tweet, he's already finished one script and is at the halfway point with the other two. Pressure? What pressure?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Supernatural Anime Teaser

Here's the teaser trailer for the upcoming Supernatural anime. So far so good. More details can be found here.


Still not where I want to be, but I've churned out a decent number of pages for The Triangle challenge. Really trying to resist the urge to go back and fix things, but the true goal is to push ahead and commit the (flawed) story to paper. After that, I can always go back and revise...

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

When it comes to cheesy made-for-television horror movies, I've seen more than my share, but the original Don't Be Afraid of the Dark doesn't ring any bells. A young woman is terrorized by tiny creatures that live in her home and of course, no one believes her. What a truly odd choice of movie to remake, by Guillermo Del Toro no less.

Some kind soul uploaded the 70s version to youtube, so I'll the take opportunity to check it out — at some point in the near future. Anyway, the trailer for the remake looks slick and I'm sure the story has been expanded. Also, gotta find the time to read the script for the GDT and James Cameron collabo, At the Mountains of Madness.


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