Jer is picking our January movie for the Movie Watching Group (MWG) as Bladerunner from 1982. He was trying to pick a movie to pay Marci back for Night of the Comet, but ended up picking this one since he really wanted to see it again. There are three versions of this movie out. There is the original Theatrical Version with Harrison Ford voice over narration, then there is the Director’s Cut (the one that is linked in this post) which cuts out the narration and has a different ending, and the Final Cut just came out on DVD. I have no clue how that one is different. I’ve only ever seen the Director’s Cut. Say which one you watched when you review it.
Netflix Synopsis: In the smog-choked dystopian Los Angeles of 2019, blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is called out of retirement to snuff a quartet of “replicants” — androids consigned to slave labor on remote planets. They’ve escaped to Earth seeking their creator and a way to extend their short life spans. Director Ridley Scott‘s reedited version comes with a different ending and the omission of Ford’s narration, giving the film a different tone.
RT Score: 91%
Here is our group that needs to watch the movie and review it: Amy, Marci, Sharon, Jim, Keiran, Lynz, Stacy, Jer and me. Review away! Remember to say which version you watched.
Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Directed: Jay Russell
Starring: Emily Watson, Alex Etel
Synopsis: A kid finds a rare creature, ends up putting him in Loch Ness and unwillingly starts the Loch Ness monster rumors.
My Take: For a kid movie, it looks adorable and it has a bulldog in it too.
RT Score: 70%
RT Consensus: The Water Horse is a fine family film, with imagination and heart to spare.
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I came across the Rolling Stone readers list of the top videos of the year, and I decided to make my own list. I stole some from there, but there were others that I found entertaining that were not included. I still like videos and wish there was a music channel that played them on cable! Alas, I have to come to the intarweb to find videos. Thank god for YouTube. These are cool songs that also feature cool videos.
Artist: Bat For Lashes
Song: What’s a Girl To Do?
I love the space trancy singing and the crazy animal heads riding bikes.
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Peter Berg, director Very Bad Things, Friday Night Lights and The Kingdom, is going to direct a remake of Dune. Even though he says he liked the David Lynch version, he is going to go back to the Frank Herbert source, which he calls himself “a huge fan of the book” and make the movie based on that. Even though I have never read the book myself, I did watch the original movie with cheesy special effects and the Sci-Fi miniseries. I liked the miniseries better, and not sure I need to see another version of it. Berg makes no mention of the miniseries when talking about it though. He only mention’s Lynch’s version.
Source: MTV Movies
This Is Forever, Now
Phil checks teams out at the former pit stop of the Stone Cross Outlook in Dubrovnik, Croatia where they find they are heading to Ancona, Italy. They must first travel by bus to Split, Croatia where they will catch a boat to cross the Adriatic Sea to find their next clue.
The teams were super spread apart in times that they left. The plane issues in the last episode really messed up some people.
- 2:19 am – Ron & Christina
- 2:55 am – Kynt & Vyxsin
- 3:45 am – Nate & Jennifer
- 5:37 am – TK & Rachel
- 7:05 am – Nicholas & Donald
When Ron & Christina left, he talked about how Prego means please in Italian. Christina pointed out that was a spaghetti sauce, but Ron wasn’t hearing any of it. Kynt was mega excited about going to Italy since there is such fashion there. I’m not sure why Kynt thinks he has fashion sense, but he feels that him and Vyxsin are going to fit in very well there. Nate and Jen talked again about how they fight and get stupid, and they need to cut it out.
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While watching I Am Legend last weekend, there was a trailer for The Dark Knight, which was timely since the day before I was online looking for a trailer for the new Batman movie. Mostly, I wanted to see Christian Bale looking hot, but all I found was a teaser trailer. That did not satisfy my curiosity, but I figured it was too early since the movie didn’t come out until next summer.
Then, the next day, there was a trailer with actual scenes from the movie! I hadn’t been paying attention about who the next villian would be so I forgot about Heath Ledger playing the Joker. You wouldn’t think he would be spooky or scary, and had big shoes to fill after Jack Nicholson, but he looks freaking creepy, as you can see above.
If the picture doesn’t freak you out enough, check out the much longer trailer and then get excited about the next Batman movie.
Source: A Taste for the Theatrical, Rotten Tomatoes
The dispute between New Line and Peter Jackson has finally been resolved. That means that Peter Jackson can finally helm The Hobbit, which he envisions as two movies. Peter Jackson and his partner Fran Walsh will serve as executive producers on the movies; the first one following the novel and the second would be new material created by the two of them that would link The Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The movies will start production in 2009 and be released in 2010 and 2011.
Peter Jackson will not be directing either film since he is already working on The Lovely Bones and Tintin. Waiting for those to wrap up would delay working on The Hobbit, so he is passing off directing duties to someone else. No decision has been made about whether he’ll be doing any writing or passing that off too.
Possible names that are being thrown around to direct the two movies:
- Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead)
- Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth)
- Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
I’d be happy with any of those directors, especially the last two.
Source: The Hobbit Movie Blog, Entertainment Weekly
Christian Bale is playing John Connor in the next Terminator movie (Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins), which is very exciting news, but I wondered why he was joining another franchise movie after Batman. Turns out that his character is not the main character, but just a minor one in a movie that producers hope will kick off a new trilogy. There will be a new character, that hasn’t been cast yet, that will be the main character in all three new movies. Apparently Christian Bale is supposed to appear more in the second movie, but I guess that all depends on how this next Terminator does at the box office. It will be directed by McG who has directed Charlie’s Angels, so I don’t know if that is a good thing or not.
For once, the nationwide releases look much better than the limited releases!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Directed: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman
Synopsis: Based on Stephen Sondheim’s musical, a man seeks bloody revenge after being sent away to prison for a crime he didn’t commit so a rich guy could take his wife and daughter.
My Take: Even as a musical, it looks dark, funny and awesome, especially with Tim Burton and the cast involved.
RT Score: 87%
RT Consensus: Full of pith and Grand Guignol grossness, this macabre musical is perfectly helmed and highly entertaining.
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Directed: Xavier Gens
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott
Based on a video game, an assassin has been set up so he’s out for revenge, and because he didn’t get paid for that job where he was set up.
When I saw this movie, I had no idea it was based on a video game. I laughed when I saw it in the opening credits. I also had no idea Timothy Olyphant was in it until I saw his name in the opening credits. I loved him in Deadwood as Sheriff Bullock. I guess I half paid attention to the trailers, but that’s because I had no desire to see the movie. We just ended up at the movie theater, and it was something everyone could agree on to watch out of what was playing so I went with it. I was in the mind set of watching a mindless shoot ‘em up and that’s what I got!
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