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Cinematropolis Review:16 minutes of ‘Avatar’ in 3-D! Pretty Darn Impressive!

22 Aug

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August 21st, 2009—

UPDATED: Read my full AVATAR review HERE.

 Well, now I’ve actually seen some of James Cameron’s Avatar the way it was intended to be seen—on the Imax and in 3-D. Let me just say that the venue really does make a difference. Like most of the rest of us, I watched the teaser trailer online yesterday and I was underwhelmed by what I was seeing. As a sci-fi geek and a genre hound, I was expecting something more breathtaking, more original, and, I dunno—more daring. On the computer screen, even in HD, the film looked like little more than a cartoon.  The story appeared a basic amalgam of every “outsider meets a new culture” film I’ve seen and the environments and wildlife were interesting but I wasn’t any more convinced by the animated landscapes than the cluttered cgi worlds of the Star Wars prequels. In fact, one of the only reasons my wife and I ended up going to the preview tonight was so I could write about it here. I was curiously ambivalent otherwise. Continue reading

McKellan and Caviezel look set to rescue ‘The Prisoner’! AMC’s 9 minute promo!

28 Jul

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June 28th–

AMC has decided that we, the viewing audience, need INFORMATION!! So, they rolled this nine minute promo clip out for their new remake of the surreal Brit drama The Prisoner. Patrick McGoohan played the original Number 6, and is replaced here by Jim Caviezel, who seems to be taking the character in less of a lone-wolf direction. Ian McKellan is the head of the Village and I’m glad to see him here. He’s exactly the kind of presence that will help make this work.

Overall, Im impressed. This is going to be a 6 part mini-series starting in November. All of the elements are here, just updated and re-arranged. Save for Rover, which looks about the same except alot bigger.

Check it out HERE.

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Reviews come in from Tarantino’s Inglorious Cannes screening

20 May

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May 20th, 2009-

This Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.  Quentin Tarantino, the rabid dog of extravagant, pop-indulgence himself, presented his  Inglorious Basterds to the Cannes audience. The new film stars Brad Pitt and follows a militia of Jewish soldiers sent out to strike fear and collect scalps among the Third Reicht, with the  finale taking place in a movie theater with Hitler himself in attendance. The trailer made it look like more of the wacky same from Tarantino, who I personally find to be frustratingly inconsistent. His original Pulp Fiction, which won him the Palme D’ or at Cannes back in 1994, is an original and energetic work and I’m quite fond of Kill Bill but most everything else that Tarantino has done has fallen short for me, especially the tedious and overblown Death Proof.

As for this one, I’m not sure. Tarantino will most certainly be drawing from war pics and sphagetti westerns and if he conjures as much fun as he did with Bill’s martial arts influences then count me in. For now though, the most compelling part of the film’s trailer is Pitt’s  crazy line: “I want my scalps!” Heres are some links to the early reviews and three clips from the film:

Variety review is up HERE.

Roger Ebert offers some thoughts HERE.

Michael Philips gives a somewhat mixed review HERE.

The Guardian is appalled HERE.

See 3 new clips from Inglorious Basterds HERE.