Monday, October 27, 2003

Interview & Transporter Too

One of my favorite movies last year was the very under-rated The Transporter starring Jason Stratham. It had a cool soundtrack and just the right mix of action and comedy. It's made a great addition to my dvd collection and everyone that I'veshown it to has really liked it.

I'm happy to say that posted an interview with Jason Stratham and that he and director, Corey Yuen are returning for The Transporter 2!

Too Old Harry

Eastwood thinks he's too old to play Harry Callahan chasing criminals [and I'd have to agree]. Still Warner Bros. really wants another "Dirty Harry" movie. One suggestion that might work would be to start with a new person playing Dirty Harry. Eastwood could even direct!
Now that might make my day!

ABC News Knows

One of the biggest mysteries of our time is: Who Killed JFK? Ask ten different people and you could get ten different answers. ABC News thinks that they have the definitive answer.

"ABC News has conducted an exhaustive investigation of the Kennedy assassination, complete with a computer-generated reconstruction, which irrefutably confirms that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, the network said Monday. A two-hour special on the event is scheduled to air Nov. 20, two days before the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's killing."

Over the years, I've read just about every theory on the assassination of JFK and watched too many "documentaries" to even begin to count... I'm sure that I'll tune in to see what ABC News has to say, but I doubt that it'll have the DEFINITIVE answer.

Britney Bares No More

Britney Spears appeared topless on the cover of Rolling Stone and British Elle magazines and even bottomless on the cover of Esquire. But now she says she going to keep her clothes on in future photo sessions.

Did I just hear the sound of males around the world sobbing?

Some Scary Facts

I don't know which surprised me more: that "Scary Movie 3" opened in first place [beating out "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Mystic River," "Runaway Jury," etc.], that it earned $48.1 million in it's opening weekend [$48.1 MILLION!} or that it posted the best first weekend ever for a movie opening in October.

One thing that won't surprise me is that with numbers like that, there WILL be a "Scary Movie 4!"

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Halloween Fun!

Man, I love Halloween!

As we get closer to the big night, I find myself drawn to scary books and movies. For some reason even more so than usual this year. Maybe it's because there are so many good ones available.

I just finished reading Steve Niles' Dial M for Monster. Dial M is a book of short stories featuring his monster hunter, Cal McDonald. You've heard me praise Niles' work before and this book is no exception. I love everything about the world Niles has created for Cal [and I'm especially glad I can safely visit without fear of vampires, werewolves, fiends or other creatures coming after me!]. I'd suggest that you start with Guns, Drugs and Monsters [the first novel in the series] and then follow it up with Savage Membrane [the second].

If you'd like to get a taste of Niles' work before commiting to a novel, then by all means check out 30 Days of Night. This award winning comic series [with art by the extremely talented Ben Templesmith] is being developed into a feature film produced by none other than Sam Raimi! Why wait for the film? The graphic novel is available now and well worth every penny!

Changing gears just a bit... on Tuesday, one of my two favorite movies so far this year, becomes available! That's right 28 Days Later is available Tuesday! Man, I can't wait!

If you've read this far, then you're probably a real horror fan. You probably already know that a Dawn of the Dead remake starring Ving Rhames is coming out next March. But did you know that
the trailer is available now? At first I didn't think that a re-make of Dawn of the Dead was a good idea since the original trilogy [Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead] by George Romero are considered cult classics. But I did like the remake of Night of the Living Dead ]... plus Ving Rhames is starring... so why not? Plus, it'll give me one more thing to love about Halloween!

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Kill Bill Disappoints

I'm a huge fan of Quentin Tarintino's work. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction are two of my favorite movies. From Dusk till Dawn is as well. [And yes, I know that Robert Rodriguez directed it!] I loved everything about the original trailer for "Kill Bill." The look. The music. The stars. How could it miss?

Let me tell you how. [Minor spoilers ahead.]

"Kill Bill" starts off well enough. It begins with a scratchy, cheesy "Now For Our Feature Presentation" intro straight out of the drive-ins that I loved as a kid. There's also the retro "Presented in Shaw-Scope" title card, the "Revenge is a dish best served cold" Klingon quote, and the Sonny Bono song, "Bang, Bang" playing over the credits. Yeah baby, Quentin was tapping in to everything that we loved about this genre from our childhood.
Then the movie starts with a bang. Literally. Uma Thurman is shot in the head and left for dead. But she's not really dead... just in a coma for four years. And when she wakes up she must have her revenge. Great set-up.

The action is over-the-top and brutal. The first payback that we see is really well done. It has the right mix of Tarantino heightened reality, humor and action. Then we have a flashback to the hospital and this is where the movie starts to loose me. There are a couple of scenes with a red neck and Buck the orderly that just really push the envelope. And for some reason everything after that seemed truly excessive and redundant.

How many arterial sprays do we need to see? How many limbs chopped off? But before we get to that gore we have to sit through an anime cartoon [which is pretty well done but again, very gory], a boring dialogue about tea, and discussion about why Uma needs a specific man to make her sword.

When I left the theater, I was disappointed. I had been hoping to see a really fun, really exciting revenge film. To make matters even worse, we don't get to see how everything turns out, since "Kill Bill, Volume 2" doesn't come out until February. The funny thing is, I didn't hate the movie. I'm not sure I even disliked it. I was disappointed... but disappointed enough not to see the rest?
I guess we'll know in February.

"Kill Bill" rates a C+