Monthly Archives: July 2008

None Of This Will Be On The Test

Sorry.. after the long rambling mess that was The Dark Knight, we give you a long rambling podcast.. Don’t get me wrong, we all loved The Dark Knight, but it was a flawed masterpiece. If you can get through our hour long discusion, you’ll be rewarded by some of the funniest, most interesting Homework discussions we’ve had on the show. Hope you dig it. Pete. 

60 cycles humming, whatever happened to my friends?

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Movies based on comics suck! Well, except Iron Man. Ok the last few Batman movies have been alright too I suppose.The Watchmen is the product of one Alan Moore, a serious and frankly cantankerous chap who believes in the medium of comics very strongly. He’s also a failed LSD dealer, and historically has issues with his work being translated to film (he also wrote V for Vendetta amongst many, many others). His writing has tended to be rather heavily praised: The Watchmen actually won a Hugo award, and is listed amongst Time magazine’s All-time 100 novels.Warner Bros. are making the film version. It’s directed by Zack Snyder and the screenplay was originally written by David Hayter. Moore actually liked Hayter’s adaptation and so in true Hollywood logic Hayter was dropped from the project. His screenplay is being re-written by Alex Tse, an Actor/Producer/Screen writer who I’m sure is going to do a bang-up job and not try to stamp his personality all over the script … actually never mind, he already has.Snyder is a competent director although I don’t know if I’d call him particularly inspired. Based on his work with 300 it’s safe to assume the look and feel of the film will be faithful to the comics, but I don’t know if he’ll be able to bring a great deal of depth to the performances or nuance to the telling. Moore doesn’t like him very much, but frankly that’s not really surprising. Moore is somewhat …well … (let me quote his Wikipedia entry now) “a vegetarian, an anarchist, a practicing magician and occultist, and he worships a Roman snake-deity named Glycon.”. Snake-deity? Of course! Glycon did you say? Lovely. Waiter can you move me to a different table please?

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The link below will take you to the trailer, because I fail at embedding the thingy in the whatsit. It looks like it should be quite good as far as these things go but will it  stack up to the work it’s based on? Let’s err on the side of cautious optimism for the moment.Watch it at Empire!

Dr Horrible

Okay, should’ve posted this earlier, but Joss Whedon’s three-part offering of webby goodness hit this week. It was conceived during the writer’s strike on what famous wealthy third-generation-screenwriter well-connected cultural icons call a ‘shoestring budget’, It’s called Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and it’s really well worth checking out. It’s light and funny and sweet and poignant. It has Doogie Howser. It has Captain Mal. And it’s not just for Whedonites – it’s for everyone!Check it quick, because it’s only free and online for a few more days. Or less. Until midnight Sunday US time I think.Oh, did I mention that it’s a musical? Well, it is. But not in a bad way, in the manner of every other musical every made. In a good way.Promise!

Spaced DVD Defines Awesome.

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Um, seriously.. Holy fucking shit. A few epsiodes back on the ‘cast we mentioned that Spaced was finally set for an international DVD release. Well today i saw via teh twitters that the new DVD will be more awesome than i could have ever hoped.From Collider: 

Boasting over eight hours of content, Spaced: The Complete Series features bonus material including the all-new commentary from Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Bill Hader (Superbad, Saturday Night Live), Patton Oswalt (King of Queens, Ratatouille) and Diablo Cody (Oscar®-winning writer of Juno). 

Sweet merciful Crud! 

Something of a theme.

 

Tokyo! It’s one of Japans 47 prefectures, a shining beacon on the tourist map, and according to Flickr is quite a lovely place to take photos. It’s also the eye-wateringly accented movie anthology written and directed by Joon-ho Bong, Leos Carax, and of course Michel Gondry. Tôkyô! comprises of three stories about the city, each of the directors was given a great deal of access to locations and based on the Flickr stream from Michel’s shoot, well, frankly it looks like a lot of people standing around. I guess his film’s about … stuff. Now the good folk at Twitch have some excellent footage sampling each of the directors segments, go and look. Right now!