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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Elisha Cuthbert To Be Sassy Girl

My Sassy Girl is one of those movies that will be remembered among friend's circles rather than in the cinema history books. It's critical acclaim is not among the film scholars and movie pundits but among romance fanatics and the general Asian cinema fanbase of which I am a proud member.

The dreaded topic of the Hollywood remake has been floating around for literally years now. It has gone through so many hands, most notably through Gurinder Chadha of Bend It Like Beckham. According to Variety, it has now landed into the hands of neophyte director Yann Samuel and get this.. in final negotiations for the role of "Sassy Girl" is Elisha Cuthbert.

Cuthbert would play a reckless, brazen girl who turns the life of a small-town guy from the Midwest upside down. Production is scheduled to start Oct. 16 in Gotham.

First of all, I am a little curious about how they are going to treat the new Americanized version. Is it going to be a completely new story? I am curious about what "Sassy Girl" will be like, compared to the one played to perfection by Jeon Ji Hyun.

I used to be very skeptical about the whole remake idea ...but now that Elisha is involved. I'm actually excited to see what changes they are going to make to acommodate the fiery sex appeal that EC is most famous for when we saw her in Girl Next Door. Whatever they're gonna do with it, I'm sure it's gonna be a big leap from "You wanna die?" and all those flying saucers.

Friday, July 28, 2006

New Iron Man Poster...Whoah!

I was just jumping back and forth between sites when I stumbled upon this in

I like how they went for the more tapered design. Something freaky about his mouth area, though.

Click Iron Man for a much larger image.

Movie Review: "13 Tzameti" (2006)

I havent been watching a lot of indie and European films lately. It's not that I've lost interest in them, Its just that I have basically exhausted most of the films that I found interesting within the last two years that not a lot of the new ones get around nowadays. I had the pleasure of seeing the trailer of 13 Tzameti in Yahoo Movies. Wow! Now that's a trailer. I went to my favorite Quiapo spot to look for a copy. But alas, after 2 hours of searching, I could not find one. Fortunately, an office of mine said that he had a relly good copy with English subs. So I loaned it.

Sebastien (George Babluani) is a down on his luck young man who does odd jobs for money. One time he was hired by an old man to fix his roof. This old man receives a letter, with and invitation and an train ticket. One day, the old man dies in his bathtub from a drug overdose, this means Sebastien wont get paid. All he knows about the letter is that there is cash involved so he gingerly tucks it away in his jacket pocket.
Sebastien uses the train ticket and follows the steps outlined in the letter and after following people around, oblivious to what he got himself into. He ends up in an isolated location deep in the forest.
What he doesn't know is that he had accidentally gotten himself in a high stakes gambling ring where he would be one of the contestants. The game? Russian roulette.

It doesn't help that he is also contestant number 13.

I would have soiled my pants If I were this guy.

Like a bad dream or being on Punk'd, 13 Tzameti puts us in this boy's shoes and makes sure that we piss in them. The suspense in the initial round of play just keeps revving like an engine and goes full throttle till the end. Shot in black and white, it almost demands respect and can be a potential suspense classic. There are already rumors of a hollywood remake allegedly by Brad Pitt (whooo boy, here we go again...)

13 Tzameti is a great watch. Although the beginning may be a little dragging with a lot of character development, it is all worthwhile when you see that lightbulb light up and hear the guns crack.

Rocketboy's Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Movie Preview: "The Fountain"

The first time I saw the trailer of The Fountain, I didn't get it. It was because it was an alternate reality type movie. very hard to explain but bery deep and moving apparently. Much like my favorite movie 2001: A Space Oddysey. The new trailer is now out and, to tell you the truth I haven't seen it yet. Restrictions in my office computer won't allow me. It's got Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz and directed by Requiem Of A Dream and Pi director Darren Aronofsky.

If you can watch it, tell me what you think will ya?

here's the link

More News in the Horizon

Peter Cullen To Be The Voice Of Optimus Prime.

News from the San Diego Comic-Con, It is reported that the original voice of Optimus Prime will be used for the upcoming 2007 Transformers. Peter Cullen, the original voice of Prime, as well as other transformers will be used for the live action/CGI movie. A reported 3 thousand Transformers geeks just wet themselves.

TMNT Poster

In the same Comic Con, the posters of the upcoming TMNT (yes they suggest that it be called TMNT, not Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) have been unveiled, showing the newer renditions of the famous four pizza gabbling warriors. The trailer is also found online...and I have it here.

It will also be released next year. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Shaun Of The Dead makers Bring Us Hot Fuzz

I have been a big fan of Shaun Of The Dead. The guys who did that are geniuses. I' have also seen some parts of their show Spaced. And they are hilarious. The have since come up with a new movie called Hot Fuzz. Put this on your to-watch-out-for list, because it is in mine. Plus check out this Balls Of Fury poster from the makers of Reno 911 (love that show). Any movie with Christopher Walken in it is sure to be better of with him than without him.

Props to AICN,Twitch and TheMovieBlog

Oh yeah, by the way Heath Ledger is going to be The Joker. Man, almost forgot about that *rolls eyes*.

Movie Review: "Click" (2006)

The Adam Sandler fan in me is just screaming to do a review for his latest movie Click, 'cuz it was just so nice. So Im giving in to the voices in my head and doing this one really quick.

Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) is a busy architect and building planner trying to mix both a professional life of kising up to his boss Mr. Ammer (David Hasselhoff) and a life with his wife Donna (Kate Beckinsale) and kids.

Complicated as his life already is, he tries to find some order by going to Bed, Bath and Beyond to find a universal remote control for all his household appliances. He stumbles upon one provided by Morty (Christopher Walken), a mysterious mad proffessior type working in the store's backrooms. The remote seems handy at first, until Mike discovers that can control not only the electrical appliances, but virtually everything around him including his nagging wife, his boring appointments and his dog's bowel movements. he soon discovers a new sense of freedom in being able to control his time and pause whenever things get rough or infuriating. At one point he pauses his boss in the middle of a statement and hits him in the face 4 times, unpauses him leaving him with a big headache all of a sudden.
Things start to get really bad when the remote automatically pre-programs his preferrences and just shuttles to the next thing in his life without his permission. He later finds himself shuttling through his life without experiencing it which results to him wanting out. But the remote is non returnable.

Adam Sandler comedies are shallow and juvenile, and that's just the way we like them. Although it plays between the college humor and heartstring plucking, it does not alienate either poles of its diverse audience. Like Wedding Crashers, its a college humor flick with a romantic twist.

Plus, did I mention that Kate Beckinsale is uber-hot in this movie. In most of the scenes she wears this pink number with a pair of boxers that is very difficult to forget. I will post a hi-res photo right here. You can take your time...

Done? Ok let's move on.

I enjoyed this film. I don't know hat you think about it, but I thought it delivered what it was supposed to deliver and more, unlike Sandler's previous recent movies, this one brings you back to Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore territory, plus giving you a little Its A Wonderful Life.

Rocketboy's Rating: ***** (5 out of 5)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Movie Review: "Nacho Libre" (2006)

I have been a fan of Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess. Hess has proved something that the cinema world didn't think was ever possible.

You can make a funny, non-kid oriented film that appeals to a wide audience (not just the conservatives) without using a single cuss word or showing skin(well....female skin, at least).

I'm prety sure most of you who saw Napoleon Dynamite didn't even notice that, right? Thats because everyone, including myself has been desensitized to these things. We expect cuss words and skin in our comedies. Not this one.

Hess has continued this legacy with Nacho Libre.

Ignacio (Jack Black) is a friar in an orphanage who takes care of all the cooking duties. He has a hidden talent and desire for becoming a Luchador (mexican wrestler) which is suppressed by the conservative nature of the priesthood. One day he sneaks with his bum friend Esqueleto (Hector Jimenez) into a wrstling match and fulfills his long frustrated desire to kick butt. Only his butt gets kicked. But he still gets paid.

This new obsession (and source of income) continues as the orphanage continues to enjoy the fruits of his bruises and aches. He also earns the respect and admiration of the lovely Sister Encarnacion ( quite possibly the hottest nun in movie history)((Ana De La Reguera). Soon enough, his secret is discovered by the priests and he banishes himself into the wilderness into a journey of self discovery...for about 17 hours.

Nacho Libre has many choppy parts which prevent it from having a solid plot. It looks like a series of shots pasted together with scotch tape. Hess has a reputation for not being linear in his storytelling. There is no real plot in Napoleon Dynamite, nor is there much in Nacho. Much of the movie's appeal lies on either the Dynamite-isms in the movie like the blank stares into space and the food shots, or Jack Black just being Jack Black.

Nevertheless, I give Hess props for standing his ground and not bowing to cheap profanities and stuff that sells and just doing his own thing. Makes me proud of being a Mormon (Hess is a returned LDS missionary.. like me.)

Overall, entertaining and funny, but don't expect a story.

Rocketboy's Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Movie Preview: "The Prestige"

There are a few directors in cinema that have been consistent with the quality of their work. Christohper Nolan is one such director, having brought us the reverse-storytelling masterpiece Memento and, of course Batman Begins. He is now set out to release The Prestige. A story based on a novel by Christopher Priest about two magicians in the 1900's competing for their audience. Much like David Blaine and Chris Angell nowadays. Their desire for prestige, draws them to extreme means, even murder.

The cast includes Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale (Batman himself) as the competing magicians. Also in the cast are Michael Caine (also in Batman), David Bowie, Andy Serkis and Scarlett Johannsen.

I only do previews like this when I look forward to a movie. Let's just say I'm looking forward with my face in the windshield...

Click here for the trailer.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Movie Review: "Pirates Of The Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2006)

The highest grossing movie opening in history! Wow. No one saw that coming! At $135 Million in 3 days. Pirates Of The Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest has entered the record books despite lukewarm reviews. I guess everyone was looking for a little sea and sand in their pants.

Jack Sparrow (Johhny Depp) is once more into one of his old antics. Ever in search for the next exciting thing. As he has always been a fugitive, he has been everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) are also in the run from the law after aiding Captain Jack's escape. Their wedding was rudely interrupted by Lord Norrington (Jack Davenport) who placed the charges and subjected the pair in a compromise to assist him in searching for a very valuable item in the form of a chest. Sparrow is also in pursuit of the key, the clues of which was given by Will's very own father Bootstrap Bill (Stellan Skarsgaard, the coolest name ever), which apparently opens the chest Davenport was searching.

I never new the happy meal could be so much trouble

In the middle of all of this is athe enigmatic but equally dreaded team of supernatural pirates led by the ocean's most dreaded force Davey Jones (Bill Nighy) and his ship, The Flying Dutchman.
Johhny Depp is, as always. brilliant in everything that he does. As Jack Sparrow he doesn't dissapoint. Although this movie's Jack is a little more confused and confuse-ing at the same time, his trademark swagger and drunk uncle-ness still proves to be the most influential fabricated characters in the past 5 years.
I have to say Orlando Bloom is flat in everything he has done so far post-Lord Of The Rings. Keira Knightley, effortlessly prettly. She can act, but she still has a lot to learn (hey didn't she get nominated last year?).

The true gem and main foundation of this movie is without a doubt Bill Nighy as Davey Jones. Freakin' Bill Nighy!!! You've seen him as Viktor in the first Underworld, in Love Actually as the aging rocker guy and in The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxyas...well.. someone important. The thing is, behind all that CGI and makeup, Nighy comes accross as bright as the Carribbean sun. There really is no mistaking that it isn't him. His pirate swagger is so effective you really feel the dread once his peg leg starts thumping through the deck. The special effects, by the way are awesome in this movie, and very well executed. Escpecially the ones involving the giant octopus that swallows ships whole.

Entertaining and funny. The key to Pirates success is that it never takes itself too seriously. Its a movie about pirates! And treasure. It's supposed to be fun!

I got the fly first.... no I did!

Rocketboy's Rating: **** (4 out of 5 stars)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Superman Vs. Batman Buzz

A lot of buzz has been generated by the alleged tie up between the two DC Comics franchises Batman and Superman. Superman director Brian Singer seems to have his eye set on the project since Wolfgang Peterson (Troy, Poseidon) dropped the idea a few years ago.

Today, Singer tells MTV that he’s considering the “Batman Vs. Superman” film – but not before The Man of Steel has a couple more singly adventures.

"I've thought about it for a long time — even a longer time ago, actually," the director revealed. "But I don't know who would be the villain. I guess Batman would be the villain, but then he can't be too bad, because he is Batman”.

Once this is confirmed, it will officially become the most anticipated superhero movie-ever. Forget that Superman Returns was less than great. Forget that Batman might become the villain. This will rock!! It also has the potential to become the riskiest superhero movie yet. The amount of baggage this team-up already has, couypled with the scrutinizing eyes of critics and fanboys alike. It will become a tightrope walk from pre-production to premiere.

Too bad the Spiderman/Daredevil tie up never happened. The two being owned by different studios. That would have been cool too.

Props to Moviehole via TheMovieBlog

Friday, July 07, 2006

More Updates before Meals!!

Daft Punk Making a Movie!

mmmph, mmmmmgrphhhhh

I love Daft Punk. Their music is a smart and unique blend of elecric pop and a wide range of musical styles ranging from 70's disco to Herbie Hancock techno. I was excited to hear that they were going to come up with a movie called Electroma, directed by, themselves! They have previously gone through the movie path with their animated video series Interstella 5555. You might recognize some of these videos in rotation in MTV and Channel V for a while as videos for One More Time, Aerodynamic and Digital Love amongst others. And who can forget Around The World?

Click here for the YouTube trailer

Props to Twitch

Paramount pisses off The Movie Blog

The Movie Blog
is probably my favorite blog site around and is my biggest source of movie news. Just yesterday, I found the TMB to be down, replaced by a GoDaddy banner. few hours later I log back in and find TMB founder John Campea, fuming mad with a large ranting post about how Paramount requested to have his site pulled down for exhibiting copyrighted material (i. e. a photo from the set of the Transformers movie). The site is back up and Campea has since replaced the rant with a less scathing summary of his complaint. Apparently paramount called him to settle things. Damage control is more like it.

It just comes to show that you do not mess with the core audience or you will end up cleaning your own mess. That's showing them John!

Click here for the entry.

Silver Surfer will be All CGI

Silver Surfer will make his first ever cinematic appearance in the new upcoming Fantastic Four movie. And he will be completely CGI.

Great deal. I never liked the Vin Diesel idea anyway. They oughta get the rights Joe Satriani's Surfing With The Alien as his theme too.

Props to TheMovieBlog

Triple H Eyed as He Man

Actually he's not a bad choice. We all know he's got the bod. It's not like his acting needs that much of a stretch. As long as it's not Fabio, I'm all good.

Props toTheMovieBlog