So, clearly, The Invasion is a remake of The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I’ve seen the 78 version with Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy – definitely worth watching – but I haven’t seen the ’56 version. This newest incarnation seems to be playing up the “no emotion virus” angle rather than the “alien clone” angle.

Just watched the Beowulf trailer – even the real people look fake. So disappointing.

10,000 BC looks somewhat intriguing. I hope it doesn’t follow the all style and no substance ethos of 300 and its ilk. For all you who may think I’m just naysaying modern filmmaking let me point you to the TV series Rome. I borrowed Stephane’s DVD set of the first season and I was really impressed. The series is light on CG, but when they use it, it is to excellent effect – chopping off arms and whatnot. The series goes deep into characters and interrelations, but it definitely has something for the fantasy-lovin’ crowd – rich, full costumes and weapons, architecture, the whole thing. In the extras you can see what lengths they went to to maintain authenticity. There’s a word that doesn’t come up much in these so-called “historically”-based films like 300. And there’s never a shortage of combat, and blood, but it’s not gratuitous – it’s all part of the daily life, along with slavery, prostitution, and not a whiff of the Christo-Judaic morality that’s been injected so unilaterally into our escapism. Like Stephane says, they really don’t pull any punches, and I am so relieved and grateful for that. It’s quality stuff and I recommend you track it down if you can. I haven’t seen the second season yet, but I’ve heard it’s as good as the first.

Terence Stamp, Alan Arkin, The Rock and Steve Carell in a new movie adaptation of “Get Smart?” Well I don’t think anyone can fill Don Adams’ shoes but I’m willing to give this the benefit of the doubt.

Okay, okay, okay… brace yourself… Owen Wilson…Angelica Huston, yes… JASON SCHWARTZMAN…bells ringing yet? NEW WES ANDERSON FILM!!! wiiiiiiiiiith Adrien Brody? I like, I like…. It’s called The Darjeeling Limited. September 29.

And here’s the trailer for the movie I’m most looking forward to seeing.

2 Replies to “Trailers”

  1. I thought you might like to know that the trailer you recommend is being labelled ‘Cloverfield’ or ‘1-18-08’ and is making quite a hubbub on the intraweb. I even heard about it here in England, land of films that time forgot.

    Frankly, I hope Mr. Abrams is able to handle a feature film better than television. He starts well but just can’t seem to finish. Plus he wrote Armageddon which is two strikes against him already.

  2. I meant to add that you need to watch the ’56 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers if only for the classic ending scene where Kevin McCarthy goes running down the street trying to stop traffic and…

    oh i won’t ruin it for you.

    Also, for a more authentic cinematic experience, watch The Tingler with an electric device hidden in your seat. The ‘Tingler’ then shocks you at key moments during the film, usually when the monster is near. Of course you’ll need to trust the person operating the device not to get carried away.

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