Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thought(s) For The Day 8/20/09

Ah, so much going on today...

Well, we got our first look at "Avatar" finally, with a trailer that actually manages to FINALLY tell people what the damn thing is apparently about... without ANY spoken dialogue. That's kind of impressive when you think about it; though one wonders if that's more an indicator of James Cameron's expertise as a visual-storyteller or of how much of the now-evident plot is familiar from other things. Whatever. Campbell, Jung, hero's-journey, only-three-stories, etc. Main thing is, you can't deny it's pretty incredible-looking:

Here ya go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qd_IsxgAf8

Gotcha. Look, tell me they DON'T look like that...

Here's the real thing:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/avatar/

We also have the trailer for "The Wolf Man," which is light on the title monster and heavy on the yes-we-did-it-"period"-and-here's-Anthony-Hopkins-to-prove-it. GREAT trailer, oozing class... to the point that the very matter-of-fact monster-movie title coming up at the end almost plays like punchline. The lack-of-monster worries me, suggesting that those rumors about the studio being skittish about having a practical/makeup-FX Rick Baker creature and ordering CGI retooling might have some truth. Dammit...
http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/the-wolfman.html?showVideo=1

But, as some of you may imagine, my interest was most-piqued by far by Script Shadow's rundown of Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" screenplay...
http://scriptshadow.blogspot.com/2009/08/black-swan.html

...in which we learn the film features a sexual encounter between character's played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. Yeah, so I'm easy - though anticipation is, of course, tempered by the fact that the last time I went to an Aronofsky movie for girl-on-girl action it turned out to be part of that montage at the end of "Requiem For A Dream."

Yikes.

7 comments:

Vincent said...

Is Avatar supposed to look so obviously CG? Because I've just become so desensitized to movies that rely ultra heavily on CG. I think the Star Wars prequels really helped to ruin CG for me. Whenever I see a world that is mostly CG, I just can't quite enjoy the full awesomeness of the events.

JJ said...

Isee Anthony Hopkins is playing Malcolm McDowell in this film.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about anyone else but for me the creatures in Avatar are taking up residence in the uncanny valley.

tyra menendez said...

it does look like thunder cats. it also looks fucked up. is that supposed to be a live action adaptation of the cartoon? because i didn't see anything but a couple backgrounds that looked anything remotely close to resembling anything from the show.
seriously, i though hollywood got over never taking source material seriously and just using the name in an attempt to pull in the fan base while completely betraying them.
but then, i don't think cameron has made a movie worth seeing since terminator 2. yeah, that's right: fuck titanic.

Lance said...

Wait- In "The Wolfman" trailer at the 2:02 mark, was that...was that Gollum?

Strong said...

avatar has nothing to do with the cartoon, though they're doing a live-action version of that, too.

it looks... strange. the cg stuff didn't look that great to me, and i don't think i'd like to see a whole movie of just that.

skeej said...

ASS TO ASS!!!

Hehehehe. That isn't supposed to be funny, but it is!