Monthly Archives: August 2009

From the “Do Not Want” file…

More explosions, no waiting...

More explosions, no waiting...

From Empire Online comes the terrifying news that all concerned parties are now moving toward a third “Bad Boys” movie – Martin Lawrence’s presence is understandable given his recent descent into sub-Murphy family comedy, but do Will Smith and Michael Bay really need to return to an exhausted well for a third go-round?

Given the bloat of the second film, and Bay’s insistence on eking out wafer-thin premises for two-and-a-half hours in his recent canon, the chances of this being something that I would want to see are more or less nil.

If I’ve outgrown Michael Bay’s films, why can’t he have a going at doing that, too?

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Nintendo raise Wii price, gamers shrug…

Courtesy of Cubed3, a story which boggles the cranium – just as Sony cut the price of the PS3 (and introduce the PS3 Slim) and Microsoft make noises about another Xbox 360 price drop, Nintendo decide to buck the trend and  RAISE the price of their market-dominating Wii console to £200.

Is this box worth £200?  Ninty thinks so...

Is this box worth £200? Ninty thinks so...

I can’t really see the logic of this – the value in the machine can’t compare to the merits found within both the 360 and PS3, the demand for the system appears to have hit a plateau and the whispers of an HD iteration of the console refuse to be silenced.

As somebody who loved his GameCube and has just picked up a DS, I have no interest in dissing the system – far from it, in fact.  A few moments spent in the Nintendo sphere is a heady treat and so refreshingly different from the gaming vernacular of Sony and Microsoft – no bald-headed, swearing, alpha-male space marines for Ninty.  I want the Wii to offer something so compelling that I feel the need to acquire the system for my home, but this price hike is hardly the right way to encourage new consumers to adopt the hardware.

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Avatar pics

As the lucky so-and-so’s who got their hands on tickets for the “Avatar Day” preview screenings on Friday count their blessings and clutch their printed tickets close to their Weyland Yutani t-shirted breasts, the rest of us will have to make do with some new stills from James Cameron’s eagerly awaited return to the director’s chair, courtesy of the splendid folks at “Total Film” magazine.

James Cameron & Sigourney Weaver, together again.  Isn't it lovely? (C) Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox

James Cameron & Sigourney Weaver, together again. Isn't it lovely? (C) Lightstorm Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox

Total Film have the trailer as being online later today (iTunes have a countdown which ends just before 3:00pm GMT), which means that I’ll be refreshing FireFox like a carpal-tunnel loony tune.  I really won’t hold it against you if you decide to do the same.

The things I do for the world’s greatest living action filmmaker.

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The Lovely Bones trailer

This trailer for Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel, “The Lovely Bones”, arrived whilst I was away on holiday and is certainly worth your time – posted most obviously as it’s the next major movie to feature Rolling Eyeballs’ adopted actress Rachel Weisz .

The trailer suggests, as you might expect, a drama more akin to the Peter Jackson of “Heavenly Creatures” than the blockbuster sturm und drang of his “Lord of the Rings” trilogy – for some viewers this will be an entirely welcome thing.

For my money, this is a difficult novel to adapt and it’s intriguing to see just how (SPOILER BEGINS) Jackson has visualized Susie Salmon’s personal view of the afterlife, given that this very issue apparently caused a short-lived shut-down in production during filming (SPOILER ENDS).

Rachel Weisz as Abigail Salmon in "The Lovely Bones" (C) Paramount Pictures

Rachel Weisz as Abigail Salmon in "The Lovely Bones" (C) Paramount Pictures

“The Lovely Bones” opens in the US on December 11th 2009 and in the UK on 29 January 2010.

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Frugal Gaming

Like saving cash?  Big on playing games?  I heartily endorse that you visit Frugal Gaming, then – now with US deals and bargains for anybody reading this in the United States.

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