Incredible. More excited than ever about this film. Does anyone else sense a Steve Jobs allusion here?
I’m not sure I completely understand the ongoing confusion (up until this video came out) about whether or not Prometheus is directly connected to the Alien universe/films. It obviously is. The Space Jockey, seen in the first trailer, is straight out of Alien. The derelict ship is straight out Alien. How is this movie not connected to Alien?
My first impression was that I’m not sure I like the new costume better than the costume from the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film Judge Dredd. I was 13 when the Stallone movie came out. I loved it, critics be damned. Looking back, I have a nostalgic, campy appreciation for it, but Karl Urban and company will be hard-pressed not to improve upon it. On a totally superficial level, though, I can’t decide whether I like the new, more “realistic,” quasi-tactical look they’re going for with Dredd’s armor. Stallone’s costume is hardly practical, but it seems truer to the character from the comics. Also, is it just me or does Urban’s helmet make his head look too big in proportion to his body?
What do you think? Which Dredd is cooler?
Money-grubbing 3D re-release of The Phantom Menace got you down? Here’s John Scalzi on why we should all just shut up and learn to accept the fact that the Star Wars films aren’t going anywhere:
Star Wars has the books, games, merchandising, and so on, but at the end of the day the movies are at the heart of the universe, and Lucas is smart enough to know he has to engage each new generation with them. In that respect, the theatrical re-releases aren’t aimed at the people who saw the films when they were originally in the theaters; they’re aimed at the ones who have never seen them there — or indeed possibly have not seen them at all. Lucas is explicitly taking a page from Disney, which before the age of home video would re-release its classic movies every seven years or so in order to bring in a new crop of fans to Snow White and Pinocchio and Dumbo (and which is also using 3D right now to do the same trick — note the recent releases of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast).
To be blunt about it, if you’re an older Star Wars fan, your exasperation at the 3D release of The Phantom Menace – and the future 3D versions of the other five films in the series — is almost totally irrelevant, because you’re not really the intended audience. Your kid is. And, speaking as the father of a 13-year-old girl, I can assure you that your child finds your exasperation quaint and adorable. The good news here is that in 10 to 12 years, when a new Star Wars release is out, you’ll smile when your child has his or her own nerd rage about how the films have been changed. It’s the nerd circle of life.
Variety and io9 reported yesterday that Mythology Entertainment, a new production company formed by Brad Fischer (producer of Black Swan, Shutter Island, and Zodiac), Laeta Kalogridis (producer, Shutter Island; executive producer of Avatar), and James Vanderbilt (screenwriter of Shutter Island, Zodiac; producer, Zodiac), have purchased film rights to Richard Morgan’s classic cyberpunk noir novel Altered Carbon.
The production team obviously has some chops, but I agree with io9: this makes me nervous. This is an important book. Too important to screw up (much like the long-rumored, long-dreaded adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer). If the producers are willing to make a movie with a hard ‘R’ rating, then they will be on the right track, but turn this into a PG-13 effects fest and the spirit of the novel will be lost.
This is too good not to repost (via ForeverGeek). Raiding the Lost Ark is a fan-made, in-depth documentary / commentary on Raiders of the Lost Ark by Jamie Benning. It shows the entirety of the film with custom curated commentary from the makers and stars, intercut with clips of the making of the film. Watch it while you can: Benning’s prior “filmumentaries” on the Star Wars trilogy were forcibly removed from YouTube due to alleged copyright infringement.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, George Lucas recently commented on the “Who shot first?” issue in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope:
The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.
Via io9 and slashfilm.
Right, George. Riiiight. Even if this is true, it just proves that Lucas’s conception of the Han Solo character isn’t as interesting as what actually appeared on screen in the original cut of the film. It’s not that Solo’s a “cold-blooded killer,” it’s that he’s a criminal who has only survived this long by not taking any chances with other criminals. It was clear from the original cut that Solo knew Greedo had every intention of shooting him, and when Greedo confirmed it (“Over my dead body.” “That’s the idea.”), Solo shot first. A pre-emptive attack. Bush style. It cemented his status as a rogue, a daring spacer who was not to be trifled with. Changing the scene and making it out like Solo always had a perfect heart of gold and only acted purely defensively just dumbs down the character arc. Not to mention the fact that if Han wasn’t the type to shoot first, he almost certainly would have been dead before the story opened. You can’t always count on your opponent missing.