Analog Thoughts on a Digital Age

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

New Transformers Posters!.. And More News.

Optimus Prime and Megatron look like they're about to kick each other's mufflers in this one (Does Megatron have a muffler?).

The first posters for the Transformers movies coming out on July have surfaced on the web just a few hours ago and are currently being reproduced digitally, Photoshopped and turned into desktop wallpers at an alarming rate. I put a couple of these babies in the old computer myself. Want one?

More Transformers related news - its official! Hugo Weaving is the voice of Megatron! Yes! Agent Smith. Elrond. V. Also Keith David (bottom) of '80's shocker The Thing(I almost threw up during this movie when I was a kid), They Live ( a really cool Wes Craven camp-fest) and other movies where he is the token black dude is cast as the voice of Decepticon, Barricade.

Coolness emits from this movie like Energon cubes.

Props to Dark Horizons

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

First Pics: Set of Rambo IV

I just stumbled upon an interesting set of images from, the set of the upcoming Rambo movie.

What? Another Rambo movie?

It seems to me that old Sly is trying to make a graceful exit by beating new life into his old '80's cash cows, the Rocky and Rambo movies.

Is this old geezer milking the cow too much? Or is it just appropriate that he close these books with guns blazing. A better question would probably be, will this movie close the series with guns blazing?

Man, is he big or what!?

Click the thumbnail picture for a larger view of his large largeness!

Props to the The Movie Blog

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Movie Preview: "The Last Mimzy"

I have been looking through the trailers in and I have come across the trailer to The Last Mimzy. It's a story about a couple of kids who are apparently geniuses and are getting information from the future on how to conduct a very significant event.

The trailer doesn't reveal much. But that's what a trailer is supposed to do. Give out enough to get us interested without spoiling the movie. And boy, did this get my attention.

I have clicked on almost all the links in the page, but this trailer really got me excited.

For all I know the movie could be a boring load of crap. But from what ZI see in the trailer. This could be a potential revival of the old "80's Speilberg type childrens' sci fi genre. There definitely was an E. T./Close Encounters of The Third kind/ Goonies feel to it.

Here's hoping to that.

Click here to go directly to The Last Mimzy trailer page.

Props to

Emile Hirsch In Talks For Wachowski Bros. "Speed Racer"

The guy that was lucky enough to hook up with Elisha Cuthbert in The Girl Next Door may also be the chosen one to pilot the iconic Mach 5

Emile Hirsch is in talks to star in "Speed Racer," the live-action version of the anime cartoon being directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski.
Based on the classic 1960s series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida that was retooled for North American audiences, "Speed Racer" follows the adventures of young race car driver Speed (Hirsch) in his quest for glory in his thundering gadget-laden vehicle, Mach 5. The movie will feature other characters from the show, including Speed's family and his mysterious arch-rival, Racer X.

I can totally see Hirsch in that white and red bodysuit and helmet. Also, dont you think his face is sublty kind of anime-like in a way, too?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Pirates Of The Carribean: At World's End - Trailer is Up!

Pirates of the Carribean is probably one of the most exciting movie franchises ever made, I have to say. Although it had only sprung from a Disneyland ride, it has developed into one of Disney's many bankable brands. For what it's worth, the POTC movies do make for great summer entertainment. The third (and posibly last?) Pirates movie is coming in May.

Are you excited to see it?

Personally, I can't wait till the Transformers movie kills in the box office, but since that will be waaay ahead of Pirates, this will have to be the great opening to a potentially hot summer.

Catch the HiDef trailer here.

And who doesn't like to look at Keira Knightley for at least an hour and 45 minutes?

Monday, March 12, 2007

Extra: 300 Page-To-Screen Comparisons

I have been wanting to post this for a while. Solace in Media a while back posted a comprehensive page to screen comparison between Frank Miller's 300 and the WB movie 300 by director Zack Snyder. The similarities are breathtaking. Sometimes, loyalty to the source material is the real way to go.

For more page to screen pics, click here.


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Movie Review: "300" (2007)

I was walking around Barnes and Noble chain in Orange County when I found a book, a graphic novel that I had been looking for for a long time. I read the entire comicbook/novel in the store. The pages I wanted to buy it for my collection, but I had other things in mind to get at that time.

The anticipation for Zack Snyder's take on Frank Miller's amazing graphic novel is almost as unexpected as it was great.Once people got a glipse of the film's trailer, it was immediately added to everyone's to-watch list. Sparta was not a very popular civilization and it's legend was buried in time and ignorance and was only brought to live by a rubber sandal company. Zack Snyder is not a very popular director, not yet at least. So what was the attraction? The movie is so stylized and well, it just looked great on film!

Sparta is in the verge of change. the great nation of Persia has conquered most of the worrld and has amassed their armies and has turned into an unstoppable force. Leonidas(Gerard Butler)is the King of Sparta. A warrior by birth and trade. His heart cannot take surrender. With an army of only 300 dedicated and well trained Spartan soldiers, he bravely faces destiny and marches into the glory of his great nation and people.

If awesomeness had an odor, my clothes would have reeked for days.

Blood spatters frozen in mid air, mangled bodies gray with decomposition, ripped hard bodies, skies blackened by millions flying arrows. This movie is so full of the cool stuff that blinking is almost a burden.

You'd think that given the ingredients above that this would be more of a guy film. Not so my friend. There were an equal number of chicks in the sold out theater I was in in Glorietta 4 as there were guys. In the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week. Gerard Butler was greeted with hysterical shrieks from ladies in the audience. The Spartans and their hard rocking bodies, especially Leonidas, were medeival eye candy for the honeys.

Having read the graphic novel, it was obvious that the goal was to get it as near as possible to the source material. Like in Frank Miller's Sin City. The director played it shot by shot, rendering the page to screen treatment as close as physically possible. And boy did they get it close.

After all is said and done, critics will always resort to whether the story is of any merit. Actually I didn't care at this point if the story or dialogue sucked, because it was so visually satisfying. However, simple as the story was, it was delivered with such verve and passion that it kind of gave me the LOTR fuzzies all over again. With David Wenham (LoTR's Faramir) as Dilios the loyal messenger in the cast, the movie brought out the message in the story any respectable filmmaker would want to convey.

This is the perfect movie to go to with a loved one, with your no good friends or by yourself. Man, treat yourself to this piece of cinema that will surely be a classic!

Now it's time to hit the gym!

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