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Beneath The Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes

April 15th, 2011 No comments

The first trailer for the upcoming Planet of the Apes sequel/remake is out.  The project–formerly known as Caesar and/or Rise of the Apes–has been redubbed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Furthermore, this new title has been lovingly rendered in the original film’s typeface. I approve.

What of the trailer itself? It looks like a film that could go either way. It has the benefit of being a quasi-remake of one of the better entries in the original Apes cycle, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. On the other hand, it appears to be going the traditional route of science-gone-wrong rather than tackling the civil rights allegory of that earlier film.

And it must be said: the problem with Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes “reimagining” was not that it needed more realistic monkeys.

Admittedly, it never quite made sense to me that the ape servants of Conquest‘s near-future world already resembled the creatures that Charlton Heston encountered in the nuclear-blasted 40th Century. Rise looks as if it will avoid that potential disconnect while at the same time providing an explanation for the primates’ rapid evolution.

I suppose that Peter Jackson’s WETA special-effects crew will work the same magic they did with Gollum, and that the performance of Andy Serkis–who plays Caesar, the leader of the ape revolt–will show through his digital avatar just as it did in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Still, a big part of the charm of those old films was the (groundbreaking for the time) monkey makeups.

As I said, this one could go either way.

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Oh, HELL Yes

June 29th, 2010 No comments

Something I did not know about until five minutes ago, but now cannot possibly wait a moment longer to see: a live-action version of the classic Japanese animated space opera Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers):

Oui Je Souhaite Voir Ceci

April 8th, 2010 No comments

A trailer for Luc Besson’s latest film, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec. From what I’ve been able to determine, it’s an adaptation of a series of graphic novels about an early 20th century adventuress. Mummies? A pterodactyl? I’m in!

I Admit It, I Want To See This

January 19th, 2010 No comments

Here’s the “red band” trailer for the upcoming Saturday Night Live-inspired movie, MacGruber.

Definitely not safe for work.

C’mon, Give Me A Token Guinea Pig

May 21st, 2009 No comments

Here’s a full-length trailer for the V remake. It hits all the right notes. Still lacking the rodent-eating, but I imagine that they’re saving that for the actual show.

And here’s another preview which, while shorter, features a bit more action:

My personal expectation level has been upgraded from “guardedly optimistic” to “when’s this thing gonna premiere, already?”

Space…Ah, You Know The Rest

November 17th, 2008 No comments

The new trailer for next year’s Star Trek feature film is online. I’m guardedly optimistic. Love the new/old costume and starship designs. Unfortunately, the trailer is so freakin’ rapid-fire that it’s hard to get any read on the performances.

Still, it’s an attempt to make Trek relevant again, and I’m all for that.

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Yeah, I’ll Be There

November 4th, 2008 No comments

The trailer for the upcoming Dreamworks animated film Monsters vs. Aliens.

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You’re Watching The Watchmen

July 18th, 2008 No comments

The trailer for the upcoming Watchmen movie went online today. While I’m sure that rabid fanboys (not to mention Alan Moore) are preparing to stab it with their steely knives, I gotta say that it looks right. Watchmen is a story that I thought could never be filmed, but damned if they aren’t giving it what appears to be a pretty good try.

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Crisis on Infinite Whos

June 22nd, 2008 No comments

The fourth series of the revitalized Doctor Who has been arguably the best yet. With the sole exception of one stinker (“The Doctor’s Daughter”), this has been a truly enjoyable run of stories. And while one expects brilliance from writer Steven Moffat’s annual entry (this time he brought us a sentient library and darkness that eats people alive), this year he was topped by show runner Russell T. Davies, who demonstrated why he just received a knighthood by knocking out back-to-back homers.

Spoilers!

First was “Midnight,” in which Doctor Who did The Twilight Zone by stranding the Doctor in a truly helpless situation: aboard a passenger bus on an alien world whose solar radiation is instantly lethal. With windows sealed for protection, the vacationers had no idea what was outside when the vehicle broke down and something began hammering on the outside, desperate to get in. It was a truly terrifying piece of psychological horror as the once-friendly passengers gradually turned into a frightened, murderous mob. The best thing was that it offered few explanations and no easy answers. We knew little more about the malicious alien presence by episode’s end than we did at the start. Prior to “Midnight,” the last time Doctor Who had me wanting to assume the traditional viewing position “behind the sofa” was sometime back in the mid-’70s.

More spoilers!

That was followed by this weekend’s entry, “Turn Left,” in which current companion Donna Noble (who is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine) tasted an alternate reality in which she literally chose a different path and never met the Doctor. In turn, the Doctor was killed, kicking off a horrible It’s a Wonderful Life-style chain of events in which the last two seasons of the show played out with disastrous consequences, including the destruction of London, the deaths of several of the Doctor’s friends, and ultimately (for reasons we don’t yet understand) the end of not only the entire universe but all parallel realities.

Massive, massive spoilers!

All of that leads us to next week’s episode, the first of a two-parter in which Russell T. Davies begins to hand off the reins of the show to a new executive producer, the aforementioned Steven Moffat. And it’s obvious that Davies plans a real blowout.

Two years ago, Davies pulled off what seemed the ultimate fanwank by bringing together armies of the Doctor’s two most implacable foes, the Daleks and the Cybermen, for their first-ever meeting, then making them fight. But that’s nothing compared to what’s in store this time.

Former companions Rose and Martha are coming back, along with the soldiers of U.N.I.T. and the casts of spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Even Harriet freakin’ Jones (M.P., Flydale North) is returning. Throw in the rhinoceros-like Judoon aliens (another favorite of mine), a staggering fleet of Dalek ships, and the first appearance of the Daleks’ creator Davros since 1988!

I don’t know how it’ll all wind up, but suffice to say that I. CANNOT. WAIT.

See for yourself!

Speedy Delivery

April 14th, 2008 No comments

Here’s a YouTube video of the most recent international trailer for Speed Racer, which includes what looks to be the Mammoth Car launching a missile barrage at Racer X!

That tiny video doesn’t do it justice, so go to the official site, click on “trailers,” then pick the one marked “international trailer” on the far left to see it in full 1080 HD awesomeness!

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