Friday, July 28, 2006

Some Movie News...

Some movie news…

Just watched the new trailer for the movie The Black Dahlia over at Yahoo. Good looking trailer, and it’s from the author of LA Confidential. One of my faves, I thought the movie LA Confidential was great, and this looks to be in the same vein. Set in what looks like the ‘40s era and based on real life events, it focuses on two cops investigating the death of an actress – aka “the Black Dahlia.” One of the cops is played by Josh Hartnett, the other by Aaron Eckhart. Now, I haven’t really been a huge fan of Hartnett, but his stock went up considerably watching him play the hitman in Sin City. I have yet to see Lucky Number Slevin, but I heard he was really good in that as well. He seems to get the tone right here too. Maybe he should concentrate on these noir-ish movies with gritty voiceovers instead of romantic comedies. Oh, and by the way, Scarlett Johansoon and Hilary Swank are in this movie too. Should be good. Yahoo says its opening September 15th.

Elsewhere, it’s been announced that X-Men will come to DVD on October 3rd. Of course, it’s coming in several editions. There’ll be a collector edition that includes a 100 page commemorative book with a new story penned by Marvel legend, Stan Lee. The big news, however, is that the DVD will include 3 (THREE?!) alternate endings. I knew there had to be a better ending…or at least that’s what I’m assuming :) The different endings will also have commentary by director Brett Ratner. There’s also going to be 10 deleted scenes included as well. (how could they have any deleted scenes from a movie that short?) Should be an interesting DVD…though I’m still waiting word on the inevitable double dip from Fox…

And now for something different from Will Ferrell. Sure, his goofball comedies are his bread and butter, but lately he’s trying other stuff too. (Although I did laugh at the trailer for Talladega Nights where his two sons names are ‘Walker’ and ‘Texas Ranger’, most of his comedies aren’t my thing) There’s a new trailer you can download here (and I don’t think its QT7) for his movie Stranger Than Fiction. It’s pretty unique – basically about a guy hearing a narrator in his head commenting on things he does or is about to do…but there’s a twist. Looks really good, and it’s one of those ‘man, I wish I’d thought of that’ stories…

Comments on "Some Movie News..."

 

Blogger The Original LRU said ... (July 30, 2006 2:13 PM) : 

An interesting slashdot discussion on "bad movies." You can find the story here. Store link here.

 

Blogger Eaglewing said ... (July 30, 2006 4:16 PM) : 

Interesting discussion. There will always be bad movies, but there are plenty of good ones too. Unfortunately, you really have to go out of your way to find them sometimes, but they are out there and still being produced.

Expectations have a way of getting in the way too. I've found that the movies I've enjoyed the most are the ones I know the least about going in. If you follow a movie's production via the internet or something and are really excited to see it and have high expectations thanks to the marketing machine and then you do see it and it's not at all that good, it's a pretty big disappointment and you might wind up labelling it a 'bad' movie just because it let you down. (try diagraming that sentence :) Movies I know nothing about going into, I generally wind up rating higher because I'm judging them solely on the story and not the hype. Of course, I've seen some pretty bad movies that way too...

 

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