Theater or Renter: August 2009

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?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra:

Release Date:  AUGUST 7th

Listed as:  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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)

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District 9:

Release Date:  AUGUST 14th

Listed as: Sci-Fi

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)

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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)

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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)

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Halloween II:

Release Date:  AUGUST 28th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio:  The Weinstein Company, Dimension Films

Director:  Rob Zombie

Produced by:  Malek Akkad, Andy Gould, Rob Zombie

Written by:  Rob Zombie

Stars:  Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Danielle Harris, Scout Taylor-Compton

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)

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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)

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Review of The Crow

get your copy of The Crow on DVD here and help support the projectReview of:  The Crow Overall Rating: 10

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!

get your copy of The Crow Graphic Novel here and help support the project 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.

crow_soundtrack 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

  1. Victims; aren’t we all… –Eric Draven
  2. Is that gasoline I smell? –Eric Draven
  3. "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
  4. Take your shot, Fun Boy, you got me, dead bang. –Eric Draven
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Abashed the Devil stood; and felt how awful Goodness is. –T-Bird
  9. 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
  10. What the Crap! -Cop

Get you copy of:

The Crow Collector's Series

The Crow The Graphic Novel

The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Breaking News: Autumn Writers Exhibition On Second life

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 Cookie Island 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 Cookie Island, joined by events in the Town Center. 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

Or, just come on and teleport to the tents here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cookie/31/176/21

Jilly Kidd -------------------- 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.

Second Life Bookstacks Location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Awen/118/157/25

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 hope to see you there! Emerian Rich

Top Ten Artist of the Week (12 Aug 2007 – 19 Aug 2007)

I have been listening to a lot of music lately, the writing is in full swing, so I thought I would share my Top Ten Artists from Project: Shadow’s Music Profile at Last.fm. I must say, I was surprised by the list a little, and as usual there are a lot of ties. My top 10 this week has 13 Artists in it. Not because it is such a luck number but because there are 10 songs tied for the number 4 slot on the chart. 4. Rob Zombie, Nightwish, Ann Wilson, Meat Loaf, Dio, HIM, Leave's Eyes, Type O Negative, Fields of the Nephilim, and Blackmore's Night.

  • Rob Zombie
    • 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.
  • Nightwish
    • What can I say? I am surprised they didn't make it higher on the charts. Slaying the Dreamer is very close to my heart right now as I am writing the next chapter in Fate's Harrow.
  • Ann Wilson
    • 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.
  • Meat Loaf
    • What? Don't look at me like that! I am writing, I need the drama and Meat Loaf is good to write too. He was in the Tenacious D movie so, he is cool! Back off buddy. j/k
  • Dio
    • For some reason, his Magica album has been in my thoughts lately. Probably because I want to make an animated film out of it.
  • HIM
    • This is all Pandora's fault. I have been listening to Pandora a lot lately, and I am beginning to realize that I kinda really like HIM.
  • Leave's Eyes
    • Legend Land is the soundtrack of my fiction right now. I cannot wait for the next album.
  • Type O Negative
    • 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.
  • Fields of the Nephilim
    • The Nephilim are one of the greatest bands ever. What more can I say?
  • Blackmore's Night
    • Pandora recently introduced me to this band. They are an amazingly fresh and exciting. Most of the write ups on them I found call them Gypsy Rock. Medieval meets classic rock, it is an instant winner.

2. Queensryche and Paul Stanley

  • Queensryche
    • One of my all time top artists, for sure, but lately, I have been getting more and more songs stuck in my mind. Man, I wish their tour came closer to me, I would love to see them live again.
  • Paul Stanley
    • 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.

1. Kiss

  • Ok, I am sure you saw that coming. This has been a back to basics week for me, and there is no band closer to my heart than Kiss, and here they are yet again at number 1!

So that is my chart. What is yours? Lets talk in the Forums (link)