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Friday, April 24, 2009

TRAILER - Halloween 2

I should have titled this as "Rob Zombie's Textbook Raping of Mike Myers." A sequel I can deal with, but what's with emo-mother Myers in the funny white dress giving Mike orders? The horror-cliched trailer might have been effective had I not started laughing when Mike's mother, from the previous movie, returns as some cheesy apparition. Yes, yes. I know. A trailer shows things out of context and the cheesiest of lines and images can end up being very compelling. But given the ho-hum, uneven direction of Zombie's first "Halloween," I can't see it being too intriguing.

So Mike's been killing everyone because he thinks his mommy is telling him too. Why relate this all back to his mother? Didn't we do this in "Psycho?" Fair attempt Zombie. Fair attempt.


Predator Reboot, "Predators"

It was inevitable. The Predator franchise is getting a fat reboot from 20th Century Fox. I know. Fox. That's already a huge strike against it. However, there's hope; Robert Rodriguez is producing the film which is possibly [loosely] based on a treatment he wrote for a Predator sequel over a decade ago.

Looks like the project will mostly be headed by Rodriguez's Troublemaker Studios instead of being grounded at Fox. So that's a plus, right?

Rodriguez isn't directing, but with him overseeing the project you have to wonder what it will be like. I'm getting more and more comfortable with franchise reboots because they don't always mean "remake," and this doesn't feel like a full blown remake either. Afterall, "Batman Begins," and "Casino Royale" gave fresh slates to their respective franchises. "Terminator Salvation" and "Star Trek" look great as well-- But then there's the flip side: Rob Zombie's "Halloween," for example.

So will this be a good thing or not? One thing is for sure, Fox hasn't been on the ball lately and to attempt a reboot with their current track record is a bit of risk. However, Rodriguez on board does bode well.

July 7th of next year: "Predators." (Yikes... sooner than you thought, huh?) Rodriguez and Fox better find a director and writer fast!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Arnold... Are You In "Terminator Salvation" or Not?

This struck me as both amusing and curious. Director McG and crew have been bombarded by different media fronts with questions regarding the Governator's cameo in the new movie. Apparently he agreed to be in the movie as long as he didn't have to perform.

No. There's no typo in the sentence above. This is true. As rumored awhile back the idea for the original Terminator's cameo is to digitally graph Arnold Schwarzenegger's face over another actor who is portraying the T-800 sent back in time to kill his mother.

“I made it very clear that I don’t have the time to do the movie… I said that I would be willing to be in the movie if they get the technology together, and so they are working on that right now.” Says Schwarzenegger.

According to McG, the crew is still having a hard time getting it to look right. After all, it needs to look pretty seamless to buy. I remember Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's CGI cameo in "The Mummy Returns" quite vividly and that was a terrible attempt at recreating a person. I hope the technology is there because, while I'm sure the movie would be fine without an appearance from Schwarzenegger, the Terminator movies have a legacy of pushing the envelop of special effects. (At least T1 and T2 did.) I feel it would be kind of a shame if "Terminator Salvation" didn't go the full stride to show how weak "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" really was.

In the meantime we have the fantastic episodes from "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" to tied us over. Yes, I know season 2, and maybe even the entire series, is over, but Hulu is an amazing thing. Am I right?

I'm looking forward to "Terminator Salvation." I just hope what we've seen and heard thus far isn't too good to be true.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Changing a Few Things

A brief note concerning the content my blog will contain from here on out. As you may have noticed I've grown weary of simply reporting news about different movies. There's plenty of sites where you can get that from. Oh I'll still report new things that strike my fancy, but from here on it'll mostly be a reflection on film and current film bytes. Don't worry, before I dive head first in to rants and commentaries I'll get you up to speed.

When I first started this blog I intended to use it to keep friends and family up to date about things in the world of cinema. I believe that attempt has failed in some form and I've decided to take my blog in a new direction. I promise it won't seem like a drastic change, but it will be a little different.

Until the next post-- See you at the theaters.