Archive | August, 2012

Man of Steel Update!

14 Aug

No John Williams Theme in Man of Steel! Noooooooo!

Below are some updates to the upcoming Superman reboot:

In an effort to distance itself even further from the previous Superman movies, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will not feature the classic title theme from composer John Williams. Here, let him explain it in his own words.

“We decided to act as if no Superman film had been made — even though we love the films that have been made,” said Snyder. “We had to say this is a Superman movie for the first time and you can’t then go ‘Oh, now let’s steal a little music.’ So, yes it’s awesome music but Hans Zimmer is going to do something awesome.”In regards to Man of Steel as a whole, the director added, “Superman is a big responsibility but I felt he needed to be reintroduced to a generation and I thought this was a great opportunity. We have great respect for the canon. I would say it is a clashing of stories and ideas. Superman is the king-daddy of all superheroes — to make him work is a big deal.” I agree that Superman is of the highest pedigree of comic book lore.

Of course, the biggest challenge with any Superman film is making the title character connect on an emotional level with the audience. “‘What would you do if you were Superman?’ That’s what we went out to do as far as we could. Superman’s always been this kind of big blue boy-scout up on a throne that nobody can really touch, so we tried to make him relatable.”

How does one relate to the Man of Steel? I think Mr. Snyder is missing the point of Superman. He’s not like one of us. Is he?

Man of Steel is scheduled to hit theaters on June 14, 2013.

– Source for this article and quotes are from IGN.

IMDB attacks…response

9 Aug

It’s funny. Years ago when I’d review films on Amazon or videogames for Electronic Gaming Monthly I’d always get crap for ‘cherry picking’ my reviews…In other words, only reviewing movies and games I liked. I figured, what was the point of wasting my time writing about garbage. So I, more or less, stopped writing reviews and editorials and instead focused on screenwriting and film producing, albeit with very little success.

I wasn’t going to respond to the tasteless and juvenile comments left on IMDB regarding my take on Prometheus and my fears that Prometheus 2 will venture down the same road and fair the same fate. I am not alone in my disappointment in Prometheus but I could give two fucks if I was…my point of view would remain the same. I will maintain some semblance of professionalism and not blast back at those of you who have displayed your lack of thought and intelligence by sounding off like 12 year old douche bags. For the record, I have always welcomed different viewpoints and opinions and I will respond to those who challenge my articles without resorting to grade school antics.

Furthermore…The Jefferson’s was a spinoff of All in the Family, Laverne & Shirley was a spinoff of Happy Days, Frasier was a spinoff of Cheers…Prometheus was not a spin off. Films have sequels, prequels or are set in expanded universes, not spin offs.

Cheers…

Shake your money maker Jackie Chan !

2 Aug

So…Where do I begin with this one? Is anybody surprised that, after a 5 year hiatus that Mr. Chan and Mr. Tucker are reuniting for another cheap, yet entertaining action flick guaranteed to rake in the dough? After reading the announcements project producer Arthur Sarkissian made I’m only surprised it took so long. So… Have they spent countless hours upon hours and years working on this elaborate, intriguing story line with twists and turns around every adrenaline-fueled corner? Probably not. Wrong franchise, sorry. In fact, there apparently is no Screenwriter even attached to the project so this is very early, ‘ test out the waters and see if people even give a shit’ preproduction we’re talking about here.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big Jackie Chan fan…Well, let me clarify that statement. I’ve been admiring Jackie Chan flicks since Meals on Wheels and Armour of God. From his uncredited beginnings in Bruce Lee’s “Enter the Dragon” and John Woo’s “Hand of Death” to his Police Story series and beyond. This cat’s been in over 100 feature films and still shows no signs of quitting, which is a good thing. The issue I have with films like Rush Hour is they do little to legitimize a once iconic legend of action films. Let’s face it. He has aged and, while he can still kick some ass, he has slowed down and is not doing all the crazy stunts he’s known for. It’s kind of like Harrison Ford in last Indiana Jones, which was, quite laughable at best, embarrassing at worst (The good rumor going around is that the 5th installment is off the table for now, phew). Why can’t we just remember Indie for the whip cracking bad-ass he was in Raiders or Temple or Last Crusade? I feel the same about Jackie Chan. I want to remember him as the bad-ass that leapt from snowmobile to helicopter and dove onto a moving hot air balloon several hundred feet above the earth. That’s the Jackie I know and love. I’d like to preserve that memory. Besides, he’s done a great job with voice work on “Kung Fu Panda”.

As for Chris Tucker. I still feel his finest hour was in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” (albeit a very short-lived role). While I am not a huge fan of his, he isn’t necessarily a deal breaker. What I don’t get is Sarkissian saying he wants “something fresh” and he’s looking to “Fast and Furious” 5 for inspiration. That’s like Mozart finding inspiration in a farting frog. I don’t really think he wants something fresh because, let’s face it, something fresh doesn’t put butts in seats when it comes to these expensive, focus group produced films. People will want to see Jackie and Chris make asses of themselves as always and I for one do not want to see Jackie Chan, my Jackie Chan, end up another “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”.

So whatever may become of this project (I’m sure it’ll get made), we can always go down to our nearest DVD retailer and pick up the great 4 pack of Jackie Chan classics on Blu ray for like 10 bucks. You’ve got “Operation Condor” 1 and 2 as well as “Project A” 1 and 2 (“Operation Condor” was “Armour of God” in China). Those films will blow any “Rush Hour” out of the water all day long and cost less too!

– Orlando G Acosta