November 27 2007

Movie News Day

Watchmen Movie SetZack Snyder, director of 300, is hard at work on his adaptation of the classic comic book work, Watchmen. He posted some new images on his blog, one of I have here to the left. (Click it for a much larger view) You can see the other super-sized pictures here, here, and here.

I enter this project with some trepidation. We all saw what he did to 300, and what I thought of that mess of a film, and here he is playing with what is potentially one of the most important works in the history of comics. So far it LOOKS good, but this is an incredibely deep and layered story, I’m not quite sure how they’re going to pull this off within the confines of a movie If he does succeed, this could be the movie to show that comic books are not just child fare, but works of fiction on par with most novels.


Heath Ledger as The JokerNext up is a promising quote from Sir Michael Caine in regards to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker.

‘The problem was, how do you top Jack Nicholson as the Joker? Heath Ledger plays the Joker and he is fantastic. I couldn’t see how Jack could be topped but he’s at least equal to him. It’s extraordinary. Jack’s Joker was a very nasty old uncle, this Joker is a maniacal, murderous psychopath.

‘And when you see the make-up – he looks like he’s mentally gone. He puts the make-up on to disguise himself and then goes and never takes it off again, or washes, so gradually it looks like leprosy. I’m a great fan of Christopher Nolan. I thought ‘Batman Begins‘ was the best Batman I’d ever seen. And I think this one will be better than that.’

The problem with Jack Nicholson’s portrayal was he didn’t “get it”. He played The Joker for laughs, maybe a bit too much Cesar Romero from the 1960’s television series for my taste. The images I’ve been seeing from the film seem to speak more to the twisted Joker I love, and know he can be. This film is sounding better and better!

then I remember the “Batpod”.


Indiana JonesAnd finally, some new pics from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (ugh… I still hate that title). You can click the one to the left for a much larger view, and you can see the other two here and here.

Not a whole lot to see except for an older Harrison Ford running around with Shia LaBeouf. I’m still not sold on portions of the basic story premise (which I won’t say here for those who wish to remain spoiler free), but darn it, I know I’ll go see this any way. It ranks up there with Star Wars: You know it’s silly and pointless, but you just really don’t give a damn because it’s so much fun.

I know, I know… this is an attitude I need to have more often with movies. I keep trying to get there, and I may even succeed some day. And there are times I can suspend my critical nature, such as Indiana Jones movies. The difference is that these movies don’t take themselves seriously.

And that is where my problem is with most movies. If you take yourself seriously, and then if you especially break a rule you set for yourself, then I have no respect for you because apparently you think I’m too stupid to remember what happened a half hour ago in the film.

Anyway, there looks to be a lot of films coming up that I want to see, and, surprisingly, I may even enjoy some of them!

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