Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Macbeth is my favourite Shakespeare play.  I was lucky enough to study it twice in high school – at two different schools.  Foe English Literature I did at essay on Macbeth and the changing roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.  I hope I still have it somewhere, packed away in a box.  I’d like to find it and read it again.

The reason I bring up Macbeth is that there is a new movie version of the play coming out.  It was shown at the Cannes Film Festival to mostly very positive reviews. The trailer has just been released and it looks stunning.  I cn’t wait for it.

The trailer for the second part of The Hobbit is now out – seems to take a bit of a detour from the books, but we’ll see more when it comes out.

For those that bought The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, they were given access to a special to a special live online event which featured the first look at the second part, The Desolation of Smaug, due in December.

For those who didn’t get to see it, Peter Jackson has released a short 6 minute excerpt to whet our appetites.

New The Hobbit Trailer

Posted: September 21, 2012 in Movies
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A new trailer for The Hobbit is out and I’m looking forward to the movies a lot. Hopefully they can pull it off as well as the did with Lord of the Rings.

Actually, it is not just one trailer. They released it with five variant endings.

Sting:

 

Gollum:

 

Gandalf:

 

Bilbo:

The Hobbit Trailer

Posted: December 22, 2011 in fantasy, General, Movies
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The Hobbit trailer is out!  Of course now we have a 51 week wait until we can watch it, so in the meantime keep hitting replay.  And then we have to wait another year for the second part.

One of the memorable things about the book is that it has a lot of songs and poetry, and by the prominent way one of them is part of the trailer, it would seem that they have included them in the movie.

The Adventures of Tintin

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Movies
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It is not long now until the Tintin movie has its release here in Australia, and I am looking forward to it. In theory a collaboration between Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg should be good – and one based on the Tintin comics as well. As a kid, the Tintin stories were right up there along with Asterix as my favourites. Of course going by the trailers seen to date it seems more a ‘loosely based on’ style rather than the true to the source style that the TV show a few years back used.

 

In part it is based on the ‘Secret of the Unicorn’ and ‘Red Rackham’s Treasure’ two parter, which was always my favourite. I always enjoyed those treasure hunt style stories, such as in Indiana Jones, The Mummy, The Goonies, Treasure Island, National Treasure and numerous others. I did write, way back in primary school, some stories of that nature, and went back to that partially in Tears of the Mountain. I hope to do some more of those (revolving around Professor Halir of course) in the future.

The first theatrical trailer for the new Conan the Barbarian movie has been released, the one starring Jason Momoa, not Arnold, which is due out Aug 19th.

As a big fan of Robert E Howard’s works, I am looking forward to this – it looks more true to the source material than Arnold’s version did.

The trailer can be seen over here.

I was mildly surprised, and rather happy, yesterday to see Blade Runner trending on Twitter.

It very rapidly turned to despair when I saw why it was it was trending. A Warner Brother financed production company, Alcon Entertainment, is in final negotiations to produce prequels and sequels to Blade Runner.

Blade Runner is the greatest sci-fi movie ever made, and is likely ever to be made. Nothing they could do could come close to it. To date I have not heard a single person supporting this idea. It is just another example of how bankrupt Hollywood is for ideas. What next, a remake of Casablanca?

It should not go ahead and the outcry I hope will convince them to change their minds.

To restore some sanity, here is the most memorable scene from that great movie;

News coming out of New Zealand is that Peter Jackson, best known for bringing us the Lord of the Rings movies is know Sir Peter Jackson, a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

New Zealand had scrapped knighthoods from their honours list back in 2000 when the previous government was in power. Their new conservative government has since reinstated it and Sir Peter Jackson was made a knight in the first New Years honours list since they reinstated the title.

Australia also scrapped the title, but there is no move to reinstate it, so there is no chance I’ll ever become a Knight, alas.

How Did I Miss This?

Posted: January 1, 2010 in General
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As I may have alluded to once or twice in the past, I’m a bit of a Doctor Who fan. Looking forward to the second part of the 10th Doctor’s last show and the beginning of the 11th Doctor’s show this year.

It is therefore something of a surprise that I hadn’t run across this video earlier – Time Crash, a short video featuring the 10th and 5th Doctors for the 2007 Children In Need Special. It took TvTropes to alert me to its existence.