Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

Ghostbusters 3 is a Myth

April 28, 2010

As a big Bill Murray fan, I must say that my propensity to find everything he does as instantly witty probably make me biased towards him in this ongoing struggle.  However, I simply don’t care.  Murray has come out unabashedly denouncing talk of a third Ghostbusters as nothing more than mere “myth.”  Murray came out after being grilled on the prospect of the new film to cinemablend and stated

It’s just really the movie studio. They love the franchise, they’d just like to re-create it again. All this talk is just talk. It drives me nuts, it’s just people talking…Until someone actually creates a great script it’s just hogwash, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s interesting that people are interested in it, they’d like to see it. It was a great thing, it really was fun. Maybe it should. And if it’s such a good idea, then someone will write the screenplay.

Murray went on to further lambaste the project, of which you can find the rest of his derogatory sentiments on /Film. Overall, I find Murray’s position incredibly refreshing. How often, when faced with a mega-profitable franchise with the certain propensity for marketing and toy revenue to explode through the roof, do stars turn down deals such as this? Murray clearly isn’t excited about the prospect of another Ghostbusters sequel and rightfully so. The property is beloved by many and, really, doesn’t merit a sequel. The original 4 ‘busters are all in the twilights of their careers. The only feasible story would be about the squad coming to grips with the one ghost they can’t defeat, time. (You see what I did there? How’s that for verbal imagery? Eh?). This theme (which circled the web for awhile as the script for the third film that was in development) has been told so many times and certainly doesn’t constitute a retelling at the expense of the dearly-held Ghostbusters franchise. And before anyone preaches about the possibility that a third foray into the franchise could reap positive results, let me just remind you what a wonderful franchise Indiana Jones was before Shia LeBeouf, aliens, and lead-lined refrigerators came into the fray. And do I even have to mention Star Wars at this point?

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Banana Song (I’m a Banana)

February 11, 2010

I love the internet.  The ever-shifting landscape of the entertainment industry coupled with the prevalence of new media and content sharing has birthed a beautiful new class of entertainer, what I have dubbed the Bourgeoisie of Filmmaking.  There is a new middle class of filmmakers that have little to no funding, yet make videos with just enough quality and technical finesse that they require a skilled hand to create.  Pulling together makeshift equipment, props, actors, and crafts, these new pioneers of the digital shift are very much akin to George Lucas in the early 70’s trying to get his space-epic made.  Of course, Lucas has morphed into the all-powerful digital monolith that he has become and has done everything in his power to distance himself from humanistic endeavors and cinematic techniques, but I digress.

All this just to talk about an absurd video with a banana suit.  At first I simply thought this video was hilarious.  Then I slowly began humming the tune in my head after a few views.  THEN I began to crave the video in its intravenous state.  Eventually I had to check into rehab and bunked up with Sam Ronson to kick my addition to this wonderful little digital short.  That Onision guy is talented!

David Lynch Speaks on Return of the Jedi

December 12, 2009

While many know that David Lynch was originally slated to direct Return of the Jedi in 1983, what many had not heard (including myself) was the encounter that ensued when Lynch met with Lucas to discuss the movie at-hand. In this lovely little interview, Lynch reaffirms the disturbing fact that I have come to live with all these years later as an AVID Star Wars fan: George Lucas is simply not that talented. He wrote a decent space opera and is a GENIUS with special effects, but he simply isn’t that wonderful of a director or even a writer in the long run, at least since the 1980’s, that is.  PLEASE, MR. LUCAS!!! PLEASE DON’T MAKE AN INDIANA JONES 5!

Halloween Costumes ’10!

October 7, 2009

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It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are changing, Jack-O-Lanterns are on display, and college girls around the country are trying to come up with what “Slutty” something-or-other they will be this Halloween.  Which is what prompted this article.  I love Halloween.  So it goes without saying that I love an in-depth creative costume choice and loathe a generic, simplistic one.  Below are some 2009-centric ideas that I would LOVE to see out in the public domain this Hallo-day.

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1. George Lukas and Steven Spielberg raping Indiana Jones, or a stormtrooper.

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2. Shakira writhing around in some form of epileptic interpretive dance, as referenced in her She Wolf video.

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3. Kanye West-run around all night interrupting people’s conversations with a mic in hand.  Bring a Taylor Swift with you to further interrupt.

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4. The Mighty Boosh-Vince, Howard, Naboo, Bollo, and Bob Fossil in some form or other.  Bonus points for going as one of their more elaborate side characters, like the band from the episode, The Priest and the Beast.

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5. Kate from Jon & Kate Plus Eight toting eight babies all tied to a single rope, sans-Jon.

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6. A plethora of Lady Gaga’s all fighting for attention and leadership in that poor girl’s clearly multiple-personality-driven head.  It would have to be a group outing, but it would COMPLETELY be worth it.

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7. I would LOVE to see the entire cast of The Office simply to see if it could be pulled off correctly.  As Michael Scott and crew have fairly uniform appearances, it would take quite the striking resemblance of ALL characters involved to pull this one off.  If done properly, however, it could be FAMAZING.

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8. Christian Bale (who I still love) constantly attacking a lighting guy as he sets up his rig in the middle of the street.  This would obviously require two people, and some sort of lighting rig, but with an uncanny Bale look-a-like and a slipping Welsh accent, it could be kind of fun.

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9. Fox Studios Destroying Wolverine-This one is VERY high concept but probably my favorite one.  Dress up clearly as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and then spend the rest of the night demolishing toy helicopters (as Jackman does in the film), crappy Deadpools with stitched-up mouths, and comic books in the symbolic act of Fox destroying everything sacred about Wolverine, The X-men, and Marvel Comics.

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10. Zombieland-Go with me on this one, I know it sounds generic, but just think, if you and three friends dress as the characters from Zombieland (which was AMAZING, by the way), complete with weaponry, you can spend all night running around interacting with people who dressed up as zombies!  Namely, killing them, but that’s not the point.

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My Favorite Movie

May 14, 2009

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In more Geek-related news, immediately after I watched the following video, my exact emotional reaction went something like this:  I immediately lost LOADS of respect for the new, Chris Pine-helmed Star Trek; then, I felt less upset about Star Trek and lost all faith in Hollywood writers again, as a whole.  Part of the problem, and the reason that MANY story’s adhere to this classic narrative approach, is that many writers in Hollywood follow a very succinct formula to get their script into the hands of the soulless, lifeless Hollywood bigwigs that have enough clout to OK their project.  The bigwigs know exactly what they’re looking for in a script (The Whitest Kids U Know have done an incredible sketch about it, actually, watch.), and will only snatch up what they have discovered works across the boards with test audiences.  Many (including /film) blame the Joseph Campbell-inspired Heroes Journey model that universities pump out and that many writers look towards as a ground plan for their work.  I, however, put the blame in no way on an old, tried-and-true model that described how epics work, and instead place the blame on myself and all of you, the consumers.  The studios only curtail ‘what works’ to actually mean ‘what sells.’  If people weren’t paying for this certain ‘business model’ of storytelling, we wouldn’t see it, rather, we’d see another, different cookie-cutter story model.  But, I digress.  This video does a great job of echoing what I always end up screaming eventually, “THERE’S NOT ONE ORIGINAL THOUGHT IN ALL OF H’WOOD!!!” 

P.S.  The saddest part is that I really liked Star Trek.

P.S.S.  SPOILER’S AHOY!!!

$150 Million for…The Green Lantern?

April 16, 2009

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Oh boy, this one’s a doosey.  According to /Film, Warner Bros. is moving forward with production of their rendition of The Green Lantern in Sydney, Australia at their Fox Studios lot.  They have allocated $150 million as their principle budget, and, despite the recent implosion of American economics, the dollar goes even farther in Australia than it does in the states.

I’m already skepticle of the finished product.  My logic resides within the budget itself.  Of course, I have no insight into the upcoming production, but what I can deduce from the above factoid is that a lot of money will be spent, possibly in an egregious, Michael Bay-esque manner.  Warner Bros. clearly feels the need to invest a decent dime into this cinematic onslaught, and rightfully so, as the story behind The Green Lantern is an epic space opera that enlists a laundry list of alien races that we have never even seen on the silver screen.  And I’m not basing the fact that $150 million is a lot of money on nothing.  Here’s the rundown from /Film of comperable superhero franchises budgets:

Fantastic Four was $100M, Iron Man was $140M, Watchmen was $150M, The Dark Knight was $185M, X-Men: The Last Stand was $210M and Spider-Man 3 topped $258M.

So that means that Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Watchmen all had equal or lesser budgets, and I think we can form unanimous consensus on the interwebs that these three movies had decent production values (Some moreso than others).

So this would lead me to believe that Warner Bros. has entered into the “the more money we throw at it, the better it will be!’ mindset, granted the fact that there has been no prequel in the franchise to gauge viewer satisfaction or ANY certifiable Green Lantern work that has ever made it past footage on the Justice League.

So if Warner has decided to give The Green Lantern a nice, fat budget with which to woo the audience with intersteller combat, then the alternate question I have is; Is $150 million enough?  As I said earlier, the story behind the Lantern is quite complex and takes the viewer into an intergalactic police council (kinda like interpol, only actually effective) where all kinds of crazy, cosmic violence occurs everyday.  The budget to get this sort of thing right will have to be (pardon the punnage) out of this world.  Unless they plan on animating the whole adventure, tackling a bonafide space epic will be an ambitious undertaking.  $150 million may not be enough to fully express the lantern’s indoctrination into his powers in space, let alone simply his powers on Earth.

Before anyone starts screaming about the wonders attained by Lucas with the original Star Wars trilogy, keep in mind that the breath-taking experience Lucas was able to craft was a once-in-a-lifetime outing, not easily duplicated, to say the least.  Also, keep in mind the above fact that Spider-Man 3 (I can barely bring myself to utter the name) cost $250 million and was a certified suck-fest.  Not to mention that the entire movie took place on the streets of Manhattan, not ANOTHER WORLD. 

To wrap up this ramble-fest, I have VERY little faith in the project, which is too bad because I feel that The Green Lantern would be a great project to spearhead…with the right approach.  While Warner Bros. have given us the wonder that is the last two Bat-movies, they are also responsibe for Catwoman and Superman Returns and prone to ginormous fails just like EVERY major studio.  The bottom line is that I’m just not sure we are ready for this brand of epic.  We just recently tackled gritty realism correctly in comic book films (i.e. The Dark Knight).  I believe that we need WAY more time to iron out the details to the genre before we jump the gun and get into Green Lantern-Justice League-Avengers-Thor territory.  I mean, c’mon, we couldn’t even get The Hulk right, and they’ve had two stabs at it in six years!