Theater or Renter: August 2009 includes five SF movies G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, District 9, Ponyo, Shorts, Halloween II, The Final Destination. Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care?
Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the movie. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, Hasbro, Di Bonaventura Pictures
Director: Stephen Sommers
Produced by: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Bob Ducsay, Brian Goldner, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, Stephen Sommers
Written by: Screenplay: Stuart Beattie, David Elliot, Paul Lovett Story: Michael B. Gordon, Stuart Beattie, Stephen Sommers Comic book: Larry Hama
Stars: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Jonathan Pryce, Saïd Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Ray Park, and Dennis Quaid
The Plot / Story: Ten years in the future the Cobra Organization raises to terrorize all nations of the earth. With only one group to stop them Duke forms the G.I. Joe, a top secret team of elite soldiers. Yo Joe! (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Studio: WingNut Films, QED International, Key Creatives, Wintergreen Productions
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Produced by: Peter Jackson, Bill Block, Ken Kamins, Paul Hanson, Elliot Ferwerda
Written by: Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell
Stars: Jason Cope, Robert Hobbs, Sharlto Copley
The Plot / Story: Twenty-eight years after their first contact the alien refugees, now living in District 9, welcome is wearing thin. Their care is handed over to Multi-National United (MNU), a private company uninterested in the aliens' welfare but very interested in getting their weapon tech to work unfortunately the tech requires alien DNA to work. After an accident that changes Wikus van der Merwe's DNA the MNU field operative quickly becomes the most hunted man in the world, as well as the most valuable, for he is the key to unlocking the secrets of alien technology. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Release Date: AUGUST 14th
Listed as: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Produced by: Toshio Suzuki
Written by: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson
The Plot / Story: A juvenile fish named Ponyo wants to become a human girl. In pursuing her goal, she befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke and they go on a mad capped adventure together. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
Shorts: The Adventures of the Wishing Rock:
Most refer to the name of this film as "Shorts"
Release Date: AUGUST 21st
Listed as: Family, Fantasy
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Produced by: Robert Rodriguez
Written by: Robert Rodriguez
Stars: Jimmy Bennett, James Spader, Kat Dennings, Trevor Gagnon, Jon Cryer, Leslie Mann, William H. Macy
The Plot / Story: Toe Thompson's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes a stir in the suburban town of Black Falls, and grand-scale chaos occurs when the object falls into the hands of local adults. Can Toe and his two newfound friends save the residents of Black Falls from themselves? (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
The Plot / Story: Family Is Forever... At least if your brother is Michael Myers. He returns to his home town of Haddonfield, bringing death in his wake, to bring "closure to the secrets of his past". (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
The Final Destination:
Release Date: AUGUST 28th
Listed as: Horror, Thriller
Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: David R. Ellis
Produced by: Craig Perry, Warren Zide
Written by: Eric Bress
Stars: Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Haley Webb, Nick Zano, Krista Allen, Andrew Fiscella, Jessica Ritchie
The Plot / Story: On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave... escaping seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one — in increasingly gruesome ways — Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination. The film is shot in HD 3-D (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)
The Crows fast-paced action and visual styles were stunning and only out done by the soundtrack which aided the mood brilliantly without detracting from the movie. It is an amazing film and example of the gothic aesthetic, I recommend it as an owner. It has even gained the stature of tradition in my own house, every Halloween we watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown every October 30th devils night we watch The Crow!
The Crow is a tale about a couple who is murdered on October 30th devils night. One year latter The Crow brings Eric Draven back from the grave to seek vengeance on the gang that murdered them. Based on the comics series By J. O’Barr. It addresses issues like coping with the death of a loved one which J. O’Barr was personally wrestling with when he wrote the original comic series after he lost his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver. The crow was also the last movie for Brandon Lee who with eight days left in filming was shot, during recording, with a long range blank which was loaded accidently for a short range scene. The studio did the honorable thing by burning the reel of film. They then used cutting edge CG technology to edit the movie putting Brandon Lee into the remaining scenes he had yet to film allowing Brandon to end his career at it’s highest note.
The soundtrack for the Crow features songs from great bands like The Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, Violent Femmes, and The Hennery Rollins Band. The Cure, & Joy Devision were actually inspirational bands that James O’Barr listened to while writing the original comic series. He was deeply touched that they were able to put “Dead Souls” into the movie.
The Crow is also well known for some of it’s most brilliant and poignant lines. My top favorite lines are
My top favorite lines are
Victims; aren’t we all… –Eric Draven
Is that gasoline I smell? –Eric Draven
"Suddenly, I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door." –Eric What the fuck are you talking about? –Gideon You heard me rapping, right? –Eric
Take your shot, Fun Boy, you got me, dead bang. –Eric Draven
If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn. People die. But real love is forever. –Sarah
Jesus Christ! Stop me if you've heard this one. Jesus Christ walks into a hotel… –Eric [Funboy shoots him] Ow. He hands the innkeeper three nails and he asks… –Eric [Funboy shoots him again] Don’t you ever fucking die? –Funboy “Can you put me up for the night?” –Eric
I thought the police always said "Freeze." –Eric Well I am the police and I say "don't move" Snow White; you move, you're dead. -Albrecht And I say I'm dead; and I move... –Eric
Abashed the Devil stood; and felt how awful Goodness is. –T-Bird
Oh great! Great! Guy shows up looking like a mime from hell and you lose him, right out in the open. Well, at least he didn't do that 'walking against the wind' shit. I hate that. –Albrecht
Breaking News: Autumn Writers Exhibition On Second life
October 24th – November 2nd
This is a must-do for any writer, poet, or reader. Jilly Kidd, a poet and host of the very popular SLCN.TV show Meet An Author, is organizing the Autumn Writers Exhibition. Jilly and her partner Hastings Bournemouth have cooked up a virtual writer’s extravaganza on CookieIsland on Second Life.
Jilly’s Press release:
After the success of the Autumn Writers' Exhibition last year we're making it a tradition and bringing it back. Last year we had more than 100 writers displaying their work for free and taking part in events and impromptu readings and music. Come along and enjoy the fun, which will end with fireworks and a main events week over Halloween.
There are three L$5,000 (Second Life dollars) competitions for best display, best poem, and best piece of prose under 2,000 words on the subject of Autumn.
This year the exhibition will be on two parcels of land next to the Written Word and INKsters areas on opposite corners of CookieIsland, joined by events in the TownCenter. There's also plenty to see on this island dedicated to writers and creative people. Try out the magic carpet ride between the two towers.
Find out more about the AWE on our website http://www.writtenword.org.uk
Book events on Second Life are always a great time.They will have readings, book discussions, author interviews, movies, poetry events, book trivia, writer tips, open mic events where you can read your own work for others, and much more.This is a great event to meet authors at and if you are an author, it’s a great place to network.Come enjoy the events or peruse the writer tents.Lots of free goodies!
Come check out my tent (pictured above) and grab my free coffin podcast player to put on your own SL land.
I have been asked to host the Bookstacks Horror Book Discussion on November 2nd at 12pm PST.I’d love to have you come out and discuss horror books with me.
Bookstacks is where booklovers meet.Bookstacks hosts the following: Book Trivia Saturdays at Noon, Discussions of books Sundays at Noon.Announcements of bookish interest are also shared on this group.For more information on Bookstacks, contact Simeon Beresford, Kghia Gherardi, or simply join the Bookstacks group.
I saw the trailer for the remake of Halloween, at at first I was angry. This is not the kind of film that needs to be remade. Then I saw that Rob Zombie was doing it. I shrugged and thought to myself that it could not be all that bad, and found myself playing more Zombie. My hopes are up.
Her first solo album is not out yet, but the Podfather played a track on the Daily Sourse Code, and I ran to the Podsafe Music Network right away to check it out. They have 2 tracks from the new album, Hope and Glory, Where to now St Peter (which she sings with Elton John) is an amazing tune, and her cover of the Immigrant Song blew me away. I am looking for ways to feature them in the Podcast.
I have really been looking for more music like the song Enemy of the State from Roadrunner United, but I have not found anything. If you know of any songs like it, please send me a note. In the mean time, I am I glad to fill my ears with Type O Negative.
Songs like "Live to Win," "All about you," and "Wake up Screaming," have become instant classics for me, I just can't hear them enough. There may not be any more Kiss albums coming, but I hope Paul keeps them coming.
Rob Zombie has struck a deal with MySpace.com to show the original Halloween Film on their site for free (see it here)! Thank you super beast, may the horror classics flow! Deck the halls with something frightening!
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