Thursday, November 13, 2008

NEWS: Early Benjamin Button Reviews, Watchmen (again), and Some Trailers...

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday, but I am back today with more news than one can physically handle. So here are your headlines...

- The first reviews for the hotly anticipated film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (my most anticipated of this year), have been released...thanks to /film for all the info...

OBSESSIONS OF A POP CULTURE NERD Pitt “gives a nice, subtle performance full of wonder and longing.” … “I wasn’t as moved by this film as I wanted to be. This was number one on my list of must-see holiday movies and I so wanted to be blown away but it just didn’t happen. This movie is a very ambitious effort—it looks gorgeous, there are some groundbreaking special effects and the rest of the cast also do excellent work but it’s the kind of movie you respect more than love. It’s like a piece of art that you look at and say, ‘It’s pretty,’ but don’t necessarily want to bring home. I think the problem for me was the stakes weren’t high enough for Benjamin and there was no sense of urgency throughout most of his life.” … “I’m surprised there aren’t more riveting moments in this movie, considering it’s directed by Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en). I was attracted to it after hearing that Fincher would take the unsentimental route. Well, it’s unsentimental almost to the point of passivity. This isn’t to say it’s boring—it isn’t. Many times, it’s even laugh-out-loud funny. There are visually interesting aspects—the film looks like old stock at times, where you can see the pops and scratches like on an old newsreel. The color is sometimes muted, sometimes overly saturated, like the unnatural tones of a black and white movie that’s been colorized.”

VARIETY “It’s magic realism propelled by extraordinary filmmaking technology but it’s not remotely what I’d call cold. It creates a world of oddities and wonderful, off-kilter characters but the whole piece is anchored by a decades long relationship that gets strained, frayed, breaks and rebuilds into something profound and moving. The achievement is big and bold and ambitious and life-affirming, but the sentimentality is always toughened by the continual sense of loss and deep sadness at the transitory nature of the human condition. If it sounds like an art movie, it absolutely is, but it’s a four quadrant art film!” … “Can’t wait to see what the Fincher freaks make of it. For the record, I am not one of them.”

Well, this is all good news, especially the Variety review. For those of you who may not know a whole lot about it, here's the main plot.

Brad Pitt plays Benjamin Button, a man who was born and was already physically 80 years old. So as he ages, he discovers that he is aging backwards. The film is directed by David Fincher, the brilliant director of such classics like Fight Club and Se7en, and other great films like Panic Room, The Game, and last years Zodiac (I just neglect that he did Alien 3...that never happened). It is set to be released on Christmas Eve this year...I'll have more about this film as it gets closer to release day. I'm thinking of doing a 5 Days of Fincher, so come back later to see if that pans out...

- The new Watchmen trailer will premiere online at 5 p.m. later tonight on Yahoo!...

- It looks like the animated film, Heavy Metal, will be heading back to Paramount. After David Fincher's long talked about beef with the studio over the final cut of the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, it seems that he has gotten over that, and will direct parts of the film, as will Watchmen director Zack Snyder, and Pirates of The Caribbean helmer, Gore Verbinski...

- The Twilight soundtrack is at #1 on the Billboard charts with over 100,000 copies sold...

- SPOILER ALERT! The comedy duo, The Fine Brothers have attempted to give you 100 film spoilers, all in 1 take, and in 4 Minutes...Watch at your own risk...


- The brilliant score to The Dark Knight has been disqualified from any Academy Award nominations...the wording as to why is very vague, at least the way I saw it on the web, but I think it may have something to do with music being previously used, or too many composers on the record. Batman Begins was disqualified for similar reasons.

-Finally, here is the recently released trailer for Roland Emmerich, director of this years 10,000 B.C. (drek), and Independence Day (awesome), called 2012. I don't know much about this film, but I expect it to be about the Mayan Doomsday Prophecy of 2012, and if anyone can do anything about it. Sounds awesome! Check it out below!



Thoughts?

Well, that's all I've got for now, so come back later for more news, notes, and a review of Quantum of Solace!

Go see something good!!

1 comment:

  1. From what I hear, the director's cut version of Alien 3 is actually not that bad. I have it on DVD but I haven't gotten around to watching it so I can't say for sure, though.

    Anyway, I'm hoping Benjamin Button will be solid. Also looking forward to your thoughts on Quantum!

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