Details for the horrified are found therein. I don't know what these people are thinking. I suspect that they're looking to cash in on a the huge appeal the original got over the long-tail of cult popularity, without realizing that those fans are going to be offended by their crappy sequel.
I came up with this a few days ago and sprung it upon twitter. Benjamin seemed as excited by the prospect as I, so I figured I'd do what I could to make it a reality. Benjamin makes me happy pretty much every day, so now it's my turn to try and give something back to him.
Without further ado; Benjamin, this one's for you:
M. Night Shyamalan has made a number of good films. One of which, I'm betting you've never seen.
This unknown film is called Wide Awake, and a quick google search for reviews will turn up a number of people waxing rhapsodic about how wonderful this film is, and how sad it is that no one has ever heard of it, let alone seen it. The film was made pre-The Sixth Sense, and when that movie exploded, video copies of Wide Awake were re-released with a big blurb about how this film is from the creator of The Sixth Sense, but that didn't really help. And why didn't it help? Because this is the cover of said film:
Would you pick that film up off the shelf at your local video shop? Neither would I. The trouble is, this cover completely misleads the viewer about the content, tone, and POINT of the movie. Yes, Rosie O'Donnell is in the film, (And, I have to admit that she's actually darn good in it as well) but she is not the focal character of the film. Yes, there was something in there about baseball, but once again: that has nothing to do with the film. What looks like a cheeseball Rosie O'Donnell comedy is, in actuality, a remarkably wonderful film about a young boy coming to terms with the things he believes. It is incredibly touching, and everyone in the film gives stellar performances. Dennis Leary is particularly good in it. Sure, there are some funny moments, but to call the film a comedy would be greatly under-selling it.
I think whoever designed that cover did us film viewers a great disservice -- not to mention doing a disservice to M. Night himself; in my opinion this is the best of his films, and it's a shame he hasn't been paid its worth. In an effort to try to encourage other people to see this fine film, I decided to make a better cover for it. Now, I'm neither a marketer nor a designer, but seeing this cover on a shelf would make me pick it up. Hopefully it'll do the same for you:
Bonus points to anyone who prints it out and tapes it onto the disc at their local rental shop.
(This poster contains Creative Commons-licensed material from kadj, frankloohuis, and danwk71 and is licensed under a Creative Commons "do whatever you want as long as it doesn't make money" license, because that's how some of its parts are licensed.)
Portland Oregon's Museum of Science and Industry has one of those IMAX dome screens that they use to play IMAX films upon. If you've never seen one of these, think of a laser light show or a planetarium; you lie back and stare at the ceiling, completely surrounded by the film.
This allows for these magnificent films of staggering scope and clarity to be distorted to the point of unwatchability on the inside of a large dome. Unless you manage to score the two seats in the house directly under the projector, the film will be crooked in addition to horribly distorted by the dome, and the epic swoops and pans IMAX films are known for are pretty much guaranteed to make you nauseated. In fact, part of the "preflight briefing" even includes instructions to help minimize nausea. And yet people still go.
People eat this crap up, and I have no idea why. "Hey, want to go watch a distorted, crooked, nauseating movie?" "COUNT ME IN!"
(They also occasionally play actual films that have been upscaled for IMAX release. <i>Transformers</i>, <i>Batman Begins</i> and <i>Harry Potter</i> played there. And people went. The fast action and explosive explosions in <i>Transformers</i> were nigh-unwatchable on the flat screen; I can't even imagine what it must've been like on the dome. But I digress.)
The reason for all this explanation is that I just heard an ad for the latest IMAX epic that is playing on the dome. It's some Grand Canyon movie, which virtually assures that the sort of epic swoopiness and zoominess that makes people nauseated will be well-represented -- but now they've kicked it up to the next level. The film's music is provided by the Dave Matthews Band.
The Bush administration is likely to move its research on one of the
most contagious animal diseases from an isolated island laboratory to
the U.S. mainland near herds of livestock, raising concerns about a
The creatureâ€™s organs were also perfectly preserved, and its heart
could be clearly seen with the help of computer scanning techniques. Some experts hope that the perfect condition in which the body of the
mammoth was found could allow extricate intact DNA from his cells, and,
as a result, clone the animal in future.
The new Geneva collider will re-create the rapidly changing conditions in
the universe a split second after the Big Bang. It will be the closest
that scientists have come to the event that they theorize was the
beginning of the universe. They hope the new equipment will enable them
to study particles and forces yet unobserved.
ARTIFICIAL human sperm could come to the aid of infertile men, according to a team of scientists who have used lab-grown sperm to inseminate female mice. Dr Engel said if sperm could be grown in the lab, it would be possible to take early germ cells from one woman, turn them into sperm cells, and use those to fertilise the egg of another woman.
Cloning long-dead species, recreating the Big Bang, making cattle viruses easier for cattle to catch, creating a man-less utopia -- what could go wrong? I mean, it's not like these scenarios haven't all been done TO HORRIBLE EFFECT in movies, right?
Man with suicide victim's heart kills self
It is a well-documented fact that if you put part of a killer inside an otherwise-normal person who happens to need that part, he will become a killer as well. I mean, duh.
From now on I'm keeping my eye open for this type of story in hopes to make this a continuing series. There is just so much that the movies teach us about the world that's completely ignored; maybe I can make a small difference, possibly preventing this type of thing in the future.
I made this last night for a silly photoshop contest, forgetting during its construction that the theme of the contest was "<i>horror</i> villains getting jobs." If there's blood and killing, it counts as horror right?
Hey, remember when I mistook John McCain for John McClane, linking to livefreeordiehard.com as his campaign page? Well now, COINCIDENTALLY, Twentieth Century Fox Films has done the same thing, even using "Yippie Kay Yay America" as a slogan like I did, linking right from livefreeordiehard.com with a bumper sticker graphic very similar to the one I made. And how were people getting to livefreeordiehard.com to see the advertisement? That's right, those thousands of people were getting there because I had the common decency to link them there.
Granted, I never followed through by making a full-on campaign page because it was too much work for a stupid joke, but it gave Fox the opportunity to show that there is NOTHING TOO STUPID, provided someone comes up with it for them first. On the plus side, their site looks JUST LIKE the one I was going to make, so that's all good. I particularly like the quote about John putting himself in his opponent's shoes. I'd link to it, except that unlike my version of the site, theirs is entirely flash and impossible to use.
Anyway, to the people at 20th Century Fox I only have one thing to say: "You're welcome."
Spent an hour at Barnes & Noble today looking at books. I took a few pics of amusing shelf locations and amusing books while looking at covers.
I'm a sucker for a good cover, to the point that I'm contemplating making a coffee table book that's nothing but fake book covers. Or something.
Speaking of covers: I really hate it when they moviefy book covers. You know, when they put the poster of the movie they made out of the book onto the BOOK. ("Oh! I love Brad Pitt... I bet I'll like this book...") Upton Sinclair's <i>Oil!</i> was proudly displayed with Daniel Day-Lewis's mustachioed manliness on its cover, the poster for <i>21</i> emblazoned whichever one of Ben Mezrich's books it was based upon. (I say this because I truthfully don't know which it was... a quick glance at Amazon shows that he has at least three books all detailing his capers with the MIT whiz kids who busted Vegas. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Busting-Vegas-Brought-Casinos-Their/dp/B000Q6GXWM/ref=pdbbs2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202505258&sr=8-2">One</a>. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Down-House-Students-Millions/dp/B00015PPM2/ref=pdbbs3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202505258&sr=8-3">Two</a>. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Vegas-Ben-Mezrich/dp/0099490994/ref=pdbbssr_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202505258&sr=8-5">Three</a>.)
I remember trying in vain to locate a copy of <i>Fight Club</i> without either Brad Pitt, Ed Norton, or Brad Pitt AND Ed Norton on the cover around the time the movie came out. Ug. I always like to joke "Oh, they made a book out of that movie?!" whenever I see one, but even that's not doing it for me anymore.
Please, publishers, keep movies off of your books. Thank you.
Not knowing much about Heath Ledger's career or family, I'm largely untouched by his untimely death. Sure, like he was, I'm having problems with prescription drugs and depression, but to me that's really not enough to make a personal connection. What impacts me most about the whole thing is the effect this surely is having on Terry Gilliam; rumors are flying around of him contemplating using CG or "magic actor swaps" to desperately try and save his film from the fate he's experienced first-hand so many times before. Gilliam is no stranger to films falling apart due to circumstances beyond his control, and it's really unfair that this keeps happening to him. More difficult still, he was reportedly close friends with Heath, adding pressure to avoid looking like he's trying to "cash in" on Heath's death like so many others are. (CNN and FOX, I'm looking at you.)
Terry Gilliam is in a really difficult spot right now, because no matter what choices he makes, they're all going to come off as seeming disrespectful. That's a real shame, because I'm sure he's hurting at least as much as everyone else pretends they are, but he's actually got something to lose as a result in addition to his friendship.
If you've got any mojo left over after sending it out to Heath's family, I'd suggest sending a little Terry's way as well.
I can't tell... does this trailer look overwhelmingly terrible or extremely bad-ass?
On the one hand, it looks like a bad <i>28 Days Later</i>-style viral apocalypse. But on the other hand, it's from the director of <i>The Descent</i>, has some really hot people in it (including Malcolm McDowell) as well as a society of <i>Mad Max</i>-esque fighters driving <i>Mad Max</i>-esque vehicles.
I'm hesitantly going to say it'll be extremely bad-ass. Thoughts?