Analog Thoughts on a Digital Age

Friday, July 27, 2007

Movie Review: The Simpsons Movie

I don't know of anyone who was either directly or indirectly influenced by The Simpsons. As far as I can remember, The Simpsons have been a major influence in my youth and was very material to the development of my sense of humor. The Simpsons Movie was a gigantic undertaking in a sense that it was set to either be an incredibly great summer movie or a total franchise disaster. Its a good thing that it rocked the way it did.

The movie focuses on Homer and his lovable ability to screw things up for his family and himself. The story focuses on the pollution of the Springfield lake and the campaign to clean it up. Homer, decides to save a pig from becoming a new bag of hoenycured bacon and keeps it as a pet. This sets of a chain of events that eventually led to Springfield being quarantined and kept in a large fiberglass bubble. The US President Schwarzenneger (yes!) is misled to decide that Sprignfield is a hazard to the rest of the country and orders its annihilation with a bomb. Now it is up to our beloved dysfunctional family to save their hometown and find a new level of respect from Springfield.

The original writers of the earlier Simpsons seasons were hired to write the movie, and it did feel like na extended Simpsons Season 5 episode. S5 also happens to be one of the seasons when Conan O'Brien used to write for the show (although he wasn't involved in the movie)and is considered to be the best Simpsons season of all.

If you have been following the show in the beginning, you can notice all the significant side characters make little appearances all over the movie. Its almost a shame that the movie was only an hour and a half long. I wish there would have been more of Principal Skinner and Nelson(Ha-hah!), but they had to make room for the others I guess.

Some memorable moments include Bart skatboarding in the buff and exposing himself in one of the most surprising 1.5 seconds in the show and Homer's "Spiderpig" song. The guys in the theater were singing the Spiderpig song as we were going out after the movie was finished. Make sure you stay until the credits FINISH! There's lots of comedy gold that a lot of people missed because the needed to go to the bathroom.

All in all, the happiness I feel is complete in The Simpsons Movie, I really dont mind a sequel as long as the writers stay the same.

(Rocketboy's Rating= ***** (5 out of 5 stars)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

X Files 2...Hopefully.

I was one of the kids who was really addicted to The X Files to the point that I studied the whole alien/abduction scene and read and bought books about aliens. What X Files has taught me is that, you dont have to be a "believer" to enjoy the mythos. I personally took everything with a grain of salt, kind of like what Scully is to Mulder. It makes things more interesting, I think. If you "want to believe", all things no matter how absurd, become possibilities. I didn't like that. I wanted overwhelming evidence, which I got, sometimes, which is scary.

The "X-Files" film sequel is heating up. Co-star David Duchovny indicated Saturday during the Television Critics Association press tour that the film, which has been the subject of speculation for the past few years, is one step closer to becoming a reality. "I'm supposed to see a script next week," Duchovny said at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, adding that creator Chris Carter and Frank Spotnitz wrote the screenplay and that Carter is set to direct.

Duchovny also reiterated past remarks that he and "X-Files" co-star Gillian Anderson "are on board" the follow-up to the 1998 film and the series that ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002.

I am looking forward to this, honestly because it will tie up a lot of loose ends that the series left in its finale, which was a big pile of crap. The 2 new X Files Agents Dogget and Reyes were not bad and would rock in the new movie, if ever.

Now, If something could be done with Millenium. I know that Lance Henriksen has been quoted as being more than willing to get a Millenium movie done. It's just a matter of rekindling public interest. After all the 2000 year mark as already passed. I hope that X Files success will regenerate this dead franchise so that people will know how great a show this was.

Props to themovieblog

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Two Awesome Trailers!

Hello There, how's your Transformers hangover? Well, we've got a good summer season so far, few dissapointments in the past weeks and some promising stuff going on in the near future. This is a good time to market the movies of the next few months post-summer. Boy did I come across some really awesome stuff!

I was supposed to post this last week but was afraid that the lik would die before anyone had the chance to see it. You see, somebody with a videocamera taped the trailer from insiode a theater in the US and leaked it into the internet

Paramount recently released a teaser to a movie produced by Bad Robot productions, the production outfit of Lost creator and MI3 director JJ Abrams, which doesn't have a title yet. In it you see a bunch of twentysomethings in what looks like a farewell party for one of their friends. The shots are like as if it was taken by one of the partygoers with a video camera, you know, Blair Witch style. Then a big growl is heard outside the building...

Then you have to see it for yourself. It is freaking awesome.

For the higher resolution Quicktime trailer Click now. Click now. CLICK NOW!

Observing the theme of post apocalyptic madness, I have come across another trailer for a Joel Silver production staring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig called Invasion. It has a plot akin to a cross between 28 Days later and Invasion of The Body Snatchers. The trailer is creepy and pretty slick at the same time.

For the Quicktime trailer, Click HERE!