Monday, May 08, 2006

Crass commercial entertainment

Some movie items that make me, and probably lots of other movie geeks out there, very happy:

The original Star Wars trilogy to be released on DVD - untouched, un-special-editioned, un-fucked with. No extra CGI shite, no Gungans dancing and singing "weesa free!", and yes - Han shoots first, just like he always did, which is the way it should be. Only available for 3 months, from September, so that everyone will desperately buy it immediately and fill the already-overflowing coffers of Lucasfilm. I already have DVD versions of the laserdisc originals, I refused to buy the "special" editions, but I'll probably get this version. Well done George, and yes, you really should have done this ages ago, like before the "special" editions came out on DVD.

The new Superman Returns trailer. When I watched it, I got goosebumps, and was instantly transformed into a little kid again. Proper movie magic. I really really really hope it's as good as it looks.

Casino Royale teaser trailer (direct link to Quicktime file, right click and save as). Very excited to see this, it's time they stopped the silliness in the Bond series and brought it back to basics. I think Craig is a fantastic choice, and will bring some much needed gravitas to the whole thing. While also blowing shit up, punching people, and having sex with lots of foreign women. He's the Captain Kirk of the spy world, really.

I realise these are three franchises that normally rely on special effects and explosions rather than scripts, and that as a screenwriting blogger I should shy away from such crassness, but hey, the best examples of all three were great because they were well written, and anyway I don't care, I love Superman and Bond and Han Solo so you can just go and get your own blog, matey.

6 comments:

Dom Carver said...

You forgot X-Men 3 and the much anticipated Nacho Libre... but I'll forgive you - just this once mind.

James Moran said...

I'm cautiously looking forward to X3, although the signs weren't good it is a cracking trailer. And I hope Nacho Libre is better than the trailer, you can't go wrong with Jack Black in a wrestling outfit, really.

soulmining said...

The jury's still out on Superman Returns for me, but I'm with you on Casino Royal... I feel confident that Daniel Craig will do a terrific job. Whether it's what the geek fans want is another matter...

Dan said...

Please excuse me as I have a tendency to stray completely off topic but I read an interview with Tim McInnerny the other day and he was plugging his forthcoming BBC drama 'The Line of Beauty'. When asked what he's been up to he mentioned a certain film called 'Severance'.

Jolly well done, sir.

(And yes Casino Royale is shaping up nicely. Wow, I can stick to the subject after all.)

James Moran said...

The geek fans (in particular, that ridiculous website that is shrieking about the casting) can bite me. I'm sure proper Bond fans will give it a chance...

Dan: Cool, where was the interview? I love that it's getting mentions here and there, very exciting.

Dan said...

Ah, now you've got me. My mind is not what it was, and that's down to either my age or the drugs. I have a feeling it was one of those TV magazines I find myself browsing through on a lunch break. I'll take a look at work tomorrow and get back to you, James.