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.