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19 December 2003 @ 12:30 am
Time for another oddessey through apple.com's movie trailers!  
Again.. just a random post about interesting things..

Sylvia- Gwenneth Paltrow as Slyvia Plath. Seems interesting.. probably not going to see it.

Troy- Blockbuster-type thing with too many big names to mention. Just look it up in imDB. Heck. In case you don't beleive me, I'm going to copy/paste part of the cast listing. It's unbelivable!!
Credited cast:
Brad Pitt .... Achilles
Eric Bana .... Hector
Orlando Bloom .... Paris
Diane Kruger .... Helen
Sean Bean .... Odysseus
Brian Cox .... Agamemnon
Peter O'Toole .... Priam
Brendan Gleeson .... Menelaus
Saffron Burrows .... Andromache
Rose Byrne .... Briseis
Julie Christie .... Thetis
Garrett Hedlund .... Patroclus
Adoni Maropis .... Agamemnon's Officer
James Cosmo .... General Glaucus
Trevor Eve
Julian Glover .... Triopas
Alex King .... Apollonian Guard
Tyler Mane .... Ajax
Owain Yeoman .... Lysander

The casting seems spectacular, and despite how they're marketing it as an "OMGGGGG BIG WAR BIG STAR! YOU GO SEE NOW!!!" I think it's going to have some great acting.

Lost in Translation- I'd seen some trailers for this.. and it's apparently already hit theatres and most likely left. I missed it.. probably because somthing like this would never hit Waco. I really want to see it. Comes out on video in Feb. It's about Bill Murry, who plays an actor who entered into a 2mil. dollar contract to promote Suntory Whiskey in Japan.. and has no clue what's going on. He meets a kindred soul there, and it seems pretty interesting. Not a wacky off-the-wall comedy at all.. but it looks like it has it's moments, and balances drama&a pinch of comedy well.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - This looks REALLY good.
Jim Carrey/Kate Winslet/Kirsten Dunst/Elijah Wood
Can you say human instrumentality project? The premise is really interesting, and it's got a great cast. Don't know if it will hit Waco or not, though.
Check out the trailer on apple.com, and you'll see what I mean.

The Passion of Christ- I really don't know how I feel about this one. Mel Gibson wanted to make a Jesus movie.. and it's been surrounded by a LOT of controversey. Some of his sources are dubious at best, and it doesn't seem to be historically accurate. IE- It's pretty much been scientifically established that to crucify someone successfully, nails would have to be driven into the forearm just past the wrist.. because the bones in the hand cannot support the weight of a body. I think that using a bit of science can't hurt.. because saying Christ was crucified via nails through the wrist as opposed to nails through the hands does not debunk Christianity. A lot of people are saying that due to his sources and his take on everything, the movie is going to be highly anti-semetic.. and frankly.. I never understood Christian anti-semetism.
Don't get me wrong. I understand that they feel they must hate the Jews for killing their Christ.. but I think they are missing out on the point of everything and the greater picture. Give me a few hours, and I'll explain it to you some other time.. or just message if you're interested. I'll spare you the religious rant for now.

Spider-Man 2 WHOOT! XD Repeat after me: I am a consumer whore.
But you know.. I loved the first Spider-Man... made me really nostalgic.. reminded me of when I used to read comic books when I was younger. I think it was supposed to do that :P But I don't care. The trailer for the 2nd movie looks kickass. A lot of people have complained about The liberties taken with the story, which has created a small rift between cannon comics vs hollywood fans.. but I'm both. The first one was a great movie, even for the liberties it took. Naturally, the sequel is going to deviate from the comics a little more, to keep continuity, but in the end, I think it's going to be all good.

50 First Dates Ok.. now for the fun low-brow humor stuff. New Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler movie. Premise: Guy falls in love with girl. Girl has no short-term memory. Girl forgets guy. A LOT.
So.. guy tries to come up with new ways to get the girl to remeber him. Looks really cute... and classic Sandler humor. I think it's going to be fun.

Envy Jack Black/Ben Stiller/Christopher Walken. I love any movie where Christopher Walken is in a comedy. His timing is great, and he's a fantastic actor. I love him to death :) Plus.. Akuma& I are Tenacious D fans.. so Jack Black is cool.. and so is Ben Stiller. Looks funny.


AND THIS intrigues me!
Ok... For those of you who have followed this a bit....
Lilo and stitch was supposed to be Disney's last classically animated feature film... as in.. Last of the old Cel-Animation style movies.. since their CG movies through Pixar were making sooo much more money.
So.. shortly after Disney anounced this. everyone was awaiting the release of Sinbad with baited breath. No, Sinbad was not a Disney movie.. but it was supposedly going to be the last traditionally-animated film slated for release in US theatres. And again, supposedly.. this movie would make or break the future of traditionally cel-shaded animated feature films. (Though.. it did integrate some CG). Anyway.. Sinbad flopped, and supposedly all future animated films were planned to be released CG'ed.
Now.. this raises the question...
Are they scrapping cel animation entirely, and going full 3-D rendered CG animation? Or are they just doing.. say.. what the Japanese are doing now.. and making more traditional cartoon-looking animated features using computers?
Considering how they wanted to be more successful.. and match the success of Monster's Inc over and over again, I would have guessed 3-D.
But check out the link to Home on the Range. Ok. The movie looks dumb. The poster is obviously CG. But.. It's not 3-D. It's cartoon-y. Notice that they even took up an OLDER classical Disney style.. similar to say Sword in the Stone& Sleeping Beauty. I have to wonder if they are animating this one on computers, and resorting to a classic Disney style to make audiences more comfortable with it.. or what?
Even if that was the case, it seems entirely pointless because it LOOKS like a regular animated film.

I'm confused.
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t3h m3rz0rzmerchan on December 18th, 2003 11:28 pm (UTC)
Lost in Translation is very good. I saw it when it first came out, 2nd week or so. I'd definately recommend trying to find a theater with it still showing.
Cryokineticcryokinetic on December 19th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC)
yeah seriously! lost in translation was awesome. we were surprised that it even showed down here in the valley. (i surprised liza hehe, she didn't know and i was just driving us to the theatre, she thought we were late for another movie.. she got all giddy when i told her what we were going to see hehe) so .. see that as soon as you can.

also i dunno if you've seen a trailer for it, but Big Fish looks really good too.

spider-man 2 looks pretty good. doc oc is pretty cool and all.. but i'm really hoping that venom's in the third one. (just like i hope juggernaut is in x-men 3.. though that's a bit less likely)
HIDE your facekyonomiko on December 19th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
Well, everyone wants to see their favorite characters... I thought Venom was ok.. but I'm really more into the classic villains& the sinister6, etc. If you carefully pay attention in the first movie, Eddie Brock *IS* mentioned, so it's entirely possible that he'll show up in another movie. I guess it all depends on how many the cast is willing to make. I think it's great that they're making the movies with the older villains first. Green Goblin & Doc Oc were always some of Spider-Man's toughest opponents. Goblin was always ruthless and cunning.. while Doc Oc fought him not only with strength, but with intelligence. These villains are classic because they not only fought Spidey on the super-powers front.. but they also fought him on his own turf... his intelligence. Since he's a scientist& a bit of a geek, the intellectual battles wounded him almost as much as the physical ones. That's one of the reasons, I suppose.. that Mysterio did so well as a villain, despite the fact he was kinda lame XD
Venom... he was tough for spidey in another way. I think he's a pretty cool-looking villain.. but he was pretty much designed to be the ultimate anti-superpower villain... which makes for some impressive fight scenes and lots of stuff breaking.. but I don't think it has quite the same depth. They fought to acheive it by the whole alien suit thing.. which.. if anything.. is the creepiest part of Venom.

I was going to mention Big Fish, but I forgot. I didn't watch the trailer on apple.. I saw it in TV not too long ago. I was really excited about it because it's a new Tim Burton film. It's also starring one of my freind's favorite actors- Ewan McGreggor. Aside form that, it also looks pretty kickass.
Juggernaut, I think, would add a pretty neat dynamic to the story. There have been rumors that certain cast members are not interested in coming back for the 3rd movie, so I'm kinda curious about what they're going to do. They've obviously set it up for a sequel- the Phoenix storyline.. but with all the rumors lately, I'm not sure what's going to happen with that one. I'm a comic book fan, true.. but I always liked Spider-Man more than X-men. Out of the X-men, I really liked Nightcrawler, Beast, and Angel/Archangel... and while Dr. Hank McCoy has been in the movies already, we have yet to see him in action as the Beast.. and Angel/Archangel hasn't been introduced at all. If you look at the special features on the 2nd movie disk, though, they have a few character sketches, so you could tell they were toying with the idea.. if only for a little while. Anyway... I don't follow X-men too much. I have a few issues of Wolverine, and a fwe issues of X-men. Typical collecter's stuff, though.. like a few issues of the massive crossover where wolverine gets his adamantium sucked out by Magneto. Never really liked the direction they took with that...
Cryokineticcryokinetic on December 19th, 2003 02:26 pm (UTC)
eh i don't follow them all too much either, though know enough to get by hehe. and venom i think was more than just his best match in the super power department. while doc oc was intelligent and gave him a hard time.. venom knows peter parker. and knows more of him than doc oc or green goblin did hehe. (them's just my thoughts)

surfing through the trailers i saw some very very cool things.
i mean dude... aliens vs predator in 2004!!!! i've been waiting for that for ever.

so far out of the one's i've seen.. i disagree with Garfield the most. i mean really.. they animated him really well, he looks great.. but.. he also moves entirely too much for a lazy cat... so we'll see where that goes.

and Eternal sunshine does look pretty interesting.
HIDE your facekyonomiko on December 19th, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC)
I think I'd have to dissagree with you on the Venom thing..
After all.. Eddie Brock blamed Parker for all his failures in life, but iirc, they wern't good freinds. The Green Goblin has always been much worse for Parker, because of his ties with the Osbourne family..and because of the death of Gwen Stacey.
And as for Doc Oc... I don't remember everything.. but I was pretty certain that Oc was a professor at NYU, where Parker went to college. Oc was somone Parker looked up to, but after Oc started playing mad scientist, things went awry. I'm sure there are websites out there on the history.. but Goblin& Oc have always been very personal enemies for Spidey.

Yeah.. I didn't mention that I watched the Garfield trailer. Bleh XP

Aliends vs. Predator: Silly fanservice. If they do it right, though, it could be a solid action flik.
Cryokineticcryokinetic on December 19th, 2003 09:25 pm (UTC)
yeah gwen stacey was very personal...
i'm still looking forward to seeing them bringing venom to life :P
makes you wonder though.. if that superman/batman movie ever happens.. are they gonna wanna cross spider-man/x-men,..

as far as aliens vs predator....
i'm a silly fan! :P
i saw some other ones but they don't come to mind at the moment.. i was in a bit of a hurry.