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Ridley Scott On Board for “Blade Runner” Follow-Up

August 18, 2011 Leave a comment

With all of the sequels, remakes and reboots getting repeatedly funded by Hollywood these days, its very easy to say that movie-making has shifted into an unprecedented realm of unoriginality. In 99% of all cases I would whole-heartedly agree. The exception would be seeing one man’s name attached to the project and that name is Ridley Scott.

It’s been widely known for some time that Scott has chosen to direct a pseudo-prequel to his original sci fi classic “Alien” entitled: “Prometheus.” Now that said film is well into production, Scott has chosen to up the ante by announcing his involvement with a continuation of the original “Blade Runner” franchise, the film that more or less turned the director into a god for science fiction fans around the world.

The new film will be directed by Ridley for Alcon Entertainment (“Insomnia,” “The Book of Eli,” “The Blind Side,”). While no plot details have been released (or possibly even exist at all, at this point), the main word being tossed around the campfire is “follow-up,” which leaves this project quite mysterious. It could be a sequel, a prequel or some other form of tie-in that we can’t even imagine. One detail that has been confirmed is the non-involvement of Harrison Ford’s character of Rick Deckard. According to the producers, the film will not be a continuation of the original character’s story.

Some might argue Scott’s decision to mess around with his own work, which has since become a classic on many different levels. However, for me, there are several filmmakers with whom I have no problem placing my complete trust in. Sir Ridley is definitely one of them. Despite his obvious flops, his successes have made him one of the true film visionaries of the last half century. With him behind the controls, I fervently anticipate every step of this production and look forward to it’s completion, which according to sources, may not be for at least three years. Stay tuned for more info.

In the meantime, enjoy one of the greatest openings in film history:

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Trailer

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

A half and hour ago, this film was not even close to being on my radar screen. Since 2001, how can anyone look at anything with “Planet of the Apes” in the title and look forward to it? It just doesn’t have a high probability of greatness. However, I took the time to scope out the new teaser at Apple after seeing an effects shot that looked pretty decent.

I wouldn’t say that the trailer looks anything along the lines of incredible. Yet, there seem to be some pretty looking elements at play here. For one, much of the imagery looks incredible. The shot of a chimp standing over a sleeping couple was truly chilling. Also, the slow motion storm of branches and leaves falling from the sky as dozens of apes leap from tree to tree. One would hope that the presence of James Franco might mean something good, since he seems to be choosing his projects with a little more care, lately (with the exception of “Your Highness”). Plus, the added incentive of Andy Serkis reprisin his monkey-movement skills that he perfected in “King Kong” is very promising. I mean the man lived with mountain gorillas for the better part of a year just to make sure that he got their mannerisms correct.

Or maybe this will simply be another version of “Deep Blue Sea” only with apes instead of sharks.

Whatever the outcome, I think we can assuredly expect some dazzling visual effects here. The chimpanzee motion capture work from several shots (including that final one) look even more impressive than “Avatar.” Therefore, I will keep my expectations for this film above the minimum amount. Enjoy the trailer. I definitely recommend taking the extra time to download the Apple version below the embed.

Apple HD Version

NEW “Hangover: Part II” Trailer

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Not gonna lie, this is pretty close to the bottom of my must-see list of the summer…well, the year…maybe just in general. I thought the first one was pretty funny, but insanely overhyped. Now, this second installment looks like the worst class of sequel: the kind in which it’s basically the exact same movie with the exact same characters and the exact same jokes. They simply switched up the country. They did a similar thing with the Jackass sequels, but at least those got more creative each time. And one would think that we should hold actual movies up to a bit of a higher standard.

In all seriousness, I don’t think that I laughed at a single moment of this trailer. Perhaps the only thing I am looking forward to in this film is Liam Neeson’s cameo as “The Tattoo Man,” being that Mike Tyson was, by far, the funniest part of the original. And yet, despite it all, this is once again the most hyped film experience of the year, so I must serve the people. Here’s the trailer, with the usual Apple HD link after the embed.

HD Apple Trailer

NEW Scream 4 Trailer

January 21, 2011 2 comments

Oh, what the hell. I’ve known about this film for a while. I saw the original teaser when it leaked. I’ve seen all of the films before it. And the saddest part: I will probably end up seeing this, probably just for the opportunity to review it down to its last ridiculous detail. Seriously, folks, what the hell is this?

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better example of a “paycheck” movie than this one. This is a cold hard proof that Wes Craven just has no more ideas left in his skull. By the way, I completely resent his trailers referring to him as the master of suspense. Steven Spielberg? Henri Georges-Clouzot? Alfred Hitchcock, for God’s sake?. It also shows that certain members in the cast, specifically Neve Campbell and David Arquette (Courtney Cox at least has “Cougartown,” and I must say, I don’t think she has ever looked hotter than she does now, surprisingly), really don’t seem to have a lot of options left in their careers. I mean, honestly, who the hell really thinks that this is a spectacular idea?

You know, the first film is actually quite decent, possibly one of the best straight-up horror movies of the 90s. However, this is a classic example of each sequel growing increasingly worse as the series progresses. So I’m sure that we’re in for a real treat this time around.