Saturday, May 31, 2008
It was revealed on Good Morning America that they had actually shot two alternative endings to prevent spoilers being leaked. Consequently, when I discovered there were three possible endings, my mind went back to another excellent production which contained three possible endings...
Here the spoilers begin...
Friday, May 30, 2008
Yesterday, I posted off a series proposal to the ABC for their Comedy Hour call for submissions. Wrote a treatment and a sample script for a format I think is quite viable. Won't say anymore here, but hopefully they like it, or at least see I can write a sketch script. Grdo, Spinks and Pizzato all made submissions as well - am hoping someone notices the UQ Law Revue on all of our resumes and makes the connection. ;)
A mate alerted me to Hamish and Andy's $10,000 "Copycat" Competition or something - where you basically have to re-enact any scene from any movie. You could win $10,000. Hence the $10,000 in the title. Obviously. Do try to keep up. Will try as hard as I can to make something for this on Sunday.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
This is another example of one of the best actresses around working with one of the best directors around and my expectations go through the roof.
Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener) directs Julianne Moore in a Children of Men style scenario where everyone except one woman suddenly and unexplicably go blind. Panic takes over.
The guy has two very solid movies under his belt - I hope this doesn't kill his run. Average test reviews so far, so I hope it gets tweaked by the time it gets here.
IMDB Page - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0861689/
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Harrison Ford's best performance in years. It's like he never left.
Waaaaaaay too much CGI. Bring back the stop motion melting heads. Spielberg lied about how much there'd be. Took me out of the movie. Left me feeling very hollow by the end. Like Superman Returns - there was good intention in playing on peoples' nostalgia, but got bogged down by dull finale.
The Ark reappears.
Indy survives an atom bomb explosion by hiding in a lead lined fridge.
Is there anything Alan Dale hasn't been in?
Giggled when Neil Flynn (The Janitor for Scrubs) turns up.
Heard the Grail Theme play when Indy looks at a photo of Sean Connery.
Excellent chase sequence through the rainforest, only hampered by very very very obvious chroma key.
Cool sequence involving flesh eating ants.
Marion isn't as fiery as she used to be, but very good to see her again. She and Indy were clearly meant to be together.
Shia is good. John Hurt is excellent. Jim Broadbent is a sweet and endearing replacement for Marcus, even though he never gets to go on the adventure beyond the university.
There's a subplot where the Russians are trailing Indy and co. via some tracking bugs being dropped by one of the team. I wanted it to be Marion leading the Russians because Cate Blanchett's character had brainwashed her in the few minutes where both characters had disappeared for some reason. Would have been very cool twist. Sadly, they take the obvious route with the reveal.
Very lame final moments.
Had they made this ten years ago, would have been on par with the others. As for now, it's good, but it's not the same. Easily the weakest of the movies, but still enjoyable. Sadly, it didn't leave me with the same joy I got out of the others.
Two and a half out of five.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
At work today I served two interesting looking older women.
One was in her late forties and I thought she was a dead ringer for Al Swearengen aka Ian McShane. It was creepy.
She handed me a $50 note then called me a "cocksucker".
The other was a woman in her seventies who reminded me instantly of Grandma Yeta from The Nanny. Except with a heavy Mediterranean accent.
Her hair was that purple rinse colour.
At what point do old ladies think this is a good idea? When has purple hair ever been a good idea?
"Oh dear I'm getting old. My hair's going grey. I know what I'll do to hide this fact: I'll colour my hair purple. Nobody will ever notice!"
It was that very strange tint of purple - like when you play around with the colour controls on your TV and you take the colour level down from 50 to 0 - you know, so you can see what The Simpsons would have looked like had they been made in the 50's - and then you just inch the colour level up to "1", so it's mostly grey but juuuuuuuuuust a hint of colour to it.
That's what she looked like.
And Ian McShane-lady just topped off the day too.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Yesterday, I caught a bus from the city to Chermside. I took my seat behind a twenty-something man with a very short haircut and a female companion. Sitting behind him, I noticed something peculiar.
On the back of his neck was a tattoo. And not just any tattoo. He was sporting an identical tattoo to that worn by Vin Diesel in the 2002 Rob Cohen-directed action pic xXx (aka Triple X).
Vin Diesel's character had this tattoo in the movie to reference a) his extreme nature (oooh) and b) the number of times he'd spent in jail.
Now, at first I thought this tattoo was fake. It was identical to the film's logo. But upon another inspection, if it was a fake tattoo, there would have been a copyright symbol with the year and attribution to Sony Pictures, or trademark "TM" letters or something, had it been taken off of a fake tattoo sticker. Hence I assumed the tattoo was real.
Now, this baffles me for two reasons.
One: is this guy inferring to me he's been to jail three times and loves extreme sports?
Two: is this guy telling me that his favourite movie of all time is a Vin Diesel movie from six years ago that most people would never see twice? And loved it so much, he decided to tattoo it onto his head??
Telling this story to two guys at work, they told me about seeing a guy who had the each of the opposing Transformers logos tattooed onto the back of each of his legs.
I love movies as much if not more than the next person, but if I WERE to tattoo some iconography from a movie or TV show I loved onto my body, I would A) make sure it doesn't date in six years and B) not make it as public.
Like getting "DUDE" or "SWEET" on my back. :)
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Last weekend, I helped Grdo out with a few shots for a short he wrote and directed for the Vancouver Film School Scholarship Contest being run on YouTube. It also features appearances by myself, Tom Slater and Steve Mylonas, with Grdo as himself and Bridget as his partner.
I think it's a sweet little thing he's made. :)