Daily Archives: 11/15/2011

“Star Trek 2” delayed to 2013, time-travelling Borg conspiracy unconfirmed.

For nerds, by nerds, watched by the normals too. Funny old universe.

Given the delay in sleight-of-hand-loving, hypethenate geek overlord J.J. Abrams confirming his involvement and the wait for an approved script, and perhaps because Paramount doesn’t like us very much and won’t let us have nice things, the announcement today that the second “Star Trek” movie won’t be with us until 2013 comes as no big surprise.

Paramount are having another crack at turning “G.I. Joe” into a film that you might want to see – good luck with that particular Herculean labour, folks – and that accounts for their Summer 2012 focus.  The end of 2012 will likely belong to the first part of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” and the next Bond movie, so as nobody with a brain is releasing much else at the end of next year, the second entry in the rebooted series is boldly going to a summer 2013 bow.

I’m all for waiting if the resultant film is as enjoyable as part one was and despite a lot of aggrieved chatter from the devout fans of classic Trek online, I felt that “Star Trek” was a reboot which absolutely worked and was the first salvo in a SF series that was infinitely more desirable than a new “Star Wars” movie.

Not great news for a blogger’s 300th post, but them’s the breaks.

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Yes, Michael J. Fox is still awesome. Need proof?

If they ever remake this film with some Bieber-alike, I will be hunting the responsible people down...

Via my spiritual (and no doubt blissfully unaware) blogging mentor Rob at Topless Robot comes the entirely life-affirming news that Michael J Fox is still kicking all kinds of arse despite his well-documented battles with Parkinson’s Disease.

I have history with Mr Fox, the “Back to the Future” series and the career of Robert Zemeckis and it’s arguably due to being at just the right age and in the right place to appreciate the talents all concerned and the great work that they did.  It’s probably just an inevitable by-product of getting older and thinking that everything was cooler when you were young and that everything today pales in comparison, but let me assure you – “Back to the Future” is still a bloody good slice of clever, well-constructed storytelling.

Today, the equivalent and gigantically successful summer movie which births a lucrative franchise is probably something like “Transformers” or the “Pirates” movies.

It’s hard not to feel that today’s kids are getting the spiky end of the tent pole flick and its leading lights:  Does Shia LaBeouf, in any way other than height, compare to a Michael J. Fox?  I’m going to go out on another limb and suggest to you that he doesn’t.

Maybe “Back to the Future” was one those alchemic films which managed to outwit the many-headed beast of studio interference, preview screening feedback idiocy and any number of issues which usually conspire to up-end potentially great movies and turn them into the crappy, unadventurous fare which so often clogs up the multiplex.

Certainly, Fox’s career wasn’t quite as luminescent as it was here before his health problems somewhat curtailed his acting work.  And Zemeckis went on make films like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Forrest Gump”, “Cast Away” and my personal favourite, the Carl Sagan adventure “Contact” before spending much of the last decade or so toiling away on motion capture projects which didn’t really connect with audiences – his efforts with “Beowulf” and “A Christmas Carol” being arguably a few years too early to avoid the ‘Uncanny Valley’ effect that James Cameron essentially circumvented to grand style in “Avatar”.

Would it be as good if it were made today?  I’d like to think so, but I’m pretty sure that it would be the victim of a shocking 3-D post conversion, star some no-mark from a CW tv series and be directed by an easily malleable studio pawn to no great effect.

Sometimes it’s best to just focus on the great stuff that you did get and not worry too much about what Hollywood might or might not do with things that you happen to love quite a lot…

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“Resident Evil – Retribution” set pics. And some rambling digressions.

Regular viewers of this blog will be wearily aware of my unaccountable love for the “Resident Evil” movies and the undeniable awesomeness of their star, Milla Jovovich.

I know that this series of films is not great, in the great pantheon of cinematic achievement.  You probably know that they’re not great, with that feeling of dismissal very possibly increasing in direct proportion to your love of Capcom’s originating sequence of Survival Horror video games.

Ah, the good old days - when polygons were pronounced and DLC didn't exist...


Other than a brief and – as I recall – terrifying sojourn with the first game on the original PlayStation, I’ve not filled my boots with a “Resi” game and I’ll be honest by telling you that I don’t think that I’ve been missing anything other than the distinct knowledge that “Resident Evil 4” is supposed to be the (Zombie) Dog’s Bobbins.

So, the new “Resident Evil: Retribution” set pictures that this post so teasingly promises?

Is there some kind of uniform policy for heroines of this mid-budget, Sci-Fi actioners?

There’s also this one – which is more in line with what you might expect from this franchise, what with Jovovich’s heroine Alice toting a gun larger than her head…

PVC, goth boots, heavy weapons - why Judi Dench doesn't do one of these movies is anyone's guess...

One thing which has been bemusing me lately is the uniform fashion choices offered to the heroines of movies like the “Resi” series, the “Underworld” movies and this year’s “Priest”.

Yep, not a pic from the new "Resi". But you could be forgiven for making that mistake.

If you happen to find yourself front-and-centre in one of these SF/Horror/Action hybrids, it appears that your character will have a wholly limited and really quite predictable wardrobe of neo-warrior fashions to choose from – you can’t beat the snot out of the undead in a mid-budget, genre film for a studio diffusion brand like Screen Gems unless you’re a petite brunette in PVC with a choppy bob.

It’s like there’s a law, or something.

Maggie Q in "Priest". Not an image from a "Resident Evil" movie. Trust me on this.

(I’m aware that this post, in some small way, actually perpetuates this gender divide by dint of employing the pictures that I have done – this is a ‘have your cake and eat it’ kind of blog entry and no mistake).

It’s as though the movie establishment gives and then extracts those small freedoms in the same gesture.  Yes, you can have your own, reasonably lucrative film franchise, with a signature character and do your bit to provide a vaguely positive, post-“Buffy”, post-Sarah Connor pop cultural role model for young women who don’t really get that many to choose from.

No, you can’t wear anything vaguely sensible to mop the floor with beasties, ghouls and daemons.  It’s impractical PVC, absurd latex fetish wear or leather-look attire all the way:  No baggy hoodies, flat shoes or flattering denim for you, Modern Missy.  There’s probably some half-hearted justification here about the garb in these movies being body armour or the like, but I’m not buying that and I doubt that you are either.

You can see if “Underworld: Awakening” does anything to advance the cause of the sisterhood in January 2012, “Resident Evil: Retribution” is out in September 2012 and you can rent “Priest” on DVD and Blu-Ray now.

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Quick Bits – Games Edition

Time-rich? Cash-poor?  Oh, yes – me, too.  With brevity and the saving of money in mind, it’s time for some quick gaming bits…

Speedy, but over so very quickly...

Yes, “Need for Speed:The Run” isn’t very good.  But on the upside, it’ll only take you two hours to finish…

Ezio, the kind of hoody you really don't want to tick off

Thankfully, “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” is much, much better – if only I had the free time to get into this series.

Battlefield 3 - fond of the Banhammer...

Cheating in “Battlefield 3”, much as in life, will get you nowhere...


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A “Doctor Who” movie from “Harry Potter” director?

Fancy a big-screen adventure for the Doctor?

Not sure if wants.jpg

The BBC is betting that you can’t enough of the Doctor and are apparently rolling the dice on a feature film version, with David Yates, who directed all of the “Harry Potter” movies from “Order of the Phoenix” on, developing a non-canon, cinematic incarnation of the classic SF hero.

I’m filing this one firmly in the “I’ll believe it when I see it” file, but as the source is Daily Variety, so I have to give it some credence.

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