Friday, September 11, 2009

Escape to the Movies: "9"

Ah, well...


http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escape-to-the-movies/924-9

Incidentally, one of the "non-Anime-mature-animated-films" briefly referenced in there was Rene Laloux's "Fantastic Planet." Today regarded as a classic of both the scifi and animation genres, it shares in common with other appreciated-in-the-US-later foriegn masterworks like some of the early Bergman pieces having been first brought before American eyes by prolific director/producer Roger Corman. Though most of his catalogue (especially the films he ALSO directed) are justly regarded as below-average B-movie schlock, the guy is probably the ultimate legend of American independent filmmaking; with an eye for young talent that launched the careers of Francis Ford Coppola, Brian DePalma, Johnathan Demme, James Cameron, Jack Nicholson and literally HUNDREDS of others. For these and other contributions, he will be recieving an honorary Academy Award this year. The director of "It Conquered The World" and "Teenage Caveman" holding an Oscar, THAT is a photo I want to see. Awesome.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one whose a little scared steampunk art style will become "the new black" in films. Maybe I'm just blowing smoke but it seems to me at least steampunk is kinda everywhere at the moment.

Disco said...

This movie was such a disappointment. The dialogue was Transformers-bad.

I say, save yourself the time- just watch the trailer while listening to this (http://pi.ytmnd.com/)

Pretty much the same thing.

Dan said...

I was really with this movie until the last 10 minutes or so (although it telegraphed it quite a bit beforehand, I was just trying to ignore the inevitable I think).

Especially after the "Somewhere over the rainbow" sequence. And after the amount of thought applied to the creatures, especially the "monsters". Those are easily some of the most unsettling movie monsters I have ever seen. The way that they, in a sense, "parody" the actions or emotions of other creatures just creeped me right the fuck out. Especially the "Snake".

tyra menendez said...

corman is an odd duck. his first movie, swamp women, is terrible, yet it featured women in strong, proactive roles which were virtually unseen in 1955, especially in those kinds of movies. but then he's done the poe movies, with vincent price.
personally, i'd like to see romero up there. the guy gave us a positive black hero, in the 60's and leslie nielson as bad guy.

Bob said...

Yeah, the fame afforded Corman as a starmaker in his "3rd act" and as a maker of MST3K-fodder in his youth has oddly overshadowed what an important role he played in socially-conscious film in the 60s. He was doing drug, hippie, biker etc. films often with POSITIVE spins on those lifestyles years before almost anyone else. I wonder how different film history would be if he HAD ended up directing Easy Rider like he was originally supposed to.

Anonymous said...

OH man..and I was really looking forward to this movie :(

This looks a prime example of the creators goinf "we have fucking awesome CGI who gives a shit about everything else!" and I hate that! Pixar is the only one now that doesn't think like htat and that's the main reason why I love 'em so much!!!

OH also have to checked out the trialers for Disney's Princess and The Frog? I am so loooking forward to it! After years of cheap sequel cash-ins & crappy CGI productions, Disney FINALLY goes back to basics!!!!

tyra menendez said...

but now we'll get cheap cgi cash-ins with marvel characters, courtesy of disney.

anyway, corman has also produced crap as well as stars. carnasaur; 'nuff said.

romero, on the other hand, not only had positive influence with civil rights politicizing, he also made some good movies. night of the living dead not only has a strong, black hero, but it's a good movie.

Engineer said...

gotta say, i loved this one. wasn't loaded with substance but it was still completely enjoyable and something i'd love to see again. i didn't have any trouble understanding the ending, and i loved how dark (but uplifting) it was. they didn't cop out with an all-out happy ending for the kids. and as someone else said, that somewhere over the rainbow sequence... oh man.

Sniffits said...

I think that the movie could have stood to be longer (maybe by another hour?) so they could iron out the narrative in the beginning and flesh the characters out. Yea, I was kinda let down as the trailer had so much potential hidden behind them. I would have handled the story way differently. Still, pretty entertaining.

Also saw District 9. Thanks for the recommendation!

Long time reader and fan,
Sniffits

Pbastien said...

Hmm. Great to look at. but not a lot of substance. It's still a mile beyond everything dreamworks puts ou (save kung fu panda).

I have to say this is smelling like a very 7-8/10 experience that just isn't worth seeing at the theatres (my PS3 will do just fine though).

S. James said...

it would have been a much more interesting film if they went with the ending they telegraphed three quarters of the way through instead of the tacked on, BSG end.